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what when paul in society opened up the space for the race is the european problem and it's not accountable and it's impossible for the people but it is for link up our people don't trying to take more folks and their leader to focus on a stronger man or song woman while getting the growth the projection is and it's probably because the model doesn't work europe's forbidden colony episode two at this time on al-jazeera. russia's president strikes a softer told towards the west after his election victory gets a cool reception. one of them jimmy mcdonald this is al jazeera live from london also coming up chemical weapons experts arrive in the u.k.
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to examine the nerve agent used to poison the russian former spy and his daughter amid reports civilians fleeing the stone good to are being arrested by syria's government a new airstrike kills fifteen children in a school plus. i mohamad followed by the shores of lake chad coming up i have told you why this source of fresh water for millions of people in the region is at the risk of disappearing. their warm welcome to the program russia's president vladimir putin appears to have softened his tone towards the west the day after his security and all the six years in office his victory got a cool reception abroad many internationally distilled to congratulate him but after meeting with the cabinet it's he beat he said russia doesn't want an arms race and will seek to resolve its differences with other countries lawrence lee has more on moscow. the russian president spent monday basking in the warm glow of his
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record breaking success he had said he wanted to reach out to his opponents and build bridges abroad meeting with all the b.'s and candidates his language could hardly have been more conciliatory. but you know we must vote and we will give necessary attention to further strengthening the country's national defense capability but i wanted to tell you now that no one is going to accelerate any kind of arms race issues if we plan to build relations with all the countries in the world in a way that is constructive we will aim for and of course encourage our partners towards constructive dialogue. fears that his vote share might go down have proved groundless after all even if there was the minor inconvenience of people being filmed stuffing huge reams of ballot papers into boxes still the margin of victory was such that even independent monitors excepted the cheating didn't make much difference it was a one horse race most candidates publicly expressed certainty that the incumbent
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president would prevail in the election with many of the candidates themselves stating that they did not expect to win the election lect generally in competition thus efforts to increase the turnout predominated over the calm came off insistence after his victory on sunday putin thanked his supporters we're one big team he said but the same cannot be said of his relationship with the european union whose foreign ministers met in brussels on monday in recent days russia had accused several countries including sweden and slovakia of holding supplies of the nerve agents used to poison the spice script the european backing of the u.k. position on the poisoning also led germany to question its entire partnership with russia to give mr vireo. result of the russian election a surprise or surpass much as the circumstances of the election obviously. it is impossible to speak or fair play to qantas as we know it
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a fact that this result was also achieved on what a spec of nice described mean territory is another aspect which we find unacceptable we continue in the knowledge that russia will remain a very difficult part to say that when it comes to finding international solutions russia is indispensable for germany to question the strength of its relationship with russia is a far far bigger problem for the kremlin than the collapse of its relations with the u.k. out so that hugely condom matri language from countries like sweden and slovakia in recent days and it starts to look like a much bigger structural problem for russia with its so-called european partners only adding to the sense of isolation for vladimir putin the real worry for russia is that germany is on the point of signing a big new deal to import russian gas poland with long term hostility to russia is now urging the germans to scrap the deal many russians idolize their president
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because they regard him as impervious to pressure the strong man who can take on everyone single handed he might say he wants to get along with other nations but as he starts his fourth term more and more countries are lining up against him lawrence lee al jazeera most of independent experts have arrived here in the u.k. to assess the nerve agent used to poison a former russian spy and his still so prime minister to resume a continues to point the finger at russia while vladimir putin has demanded the u.k. provide evidence or apologize but it's not clear if the scientific analysis will prove moscow was responsible for the attack as part of the phillips explains. the technical experts from the p.c. w. will be collecting samples in and around of what the british government says is the nerve agent of each of the o.p.c. w will be able to make its assessment of whether the british government is correct it doesn't follow however that they will be able to say with any certainty where
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these particular samples were ninety factures whether they were actually made in russia or not. the o.p.c. w. will simply be confirming the identity of the substance it may do that in its own laboratory and one of twenty other designated laboratories around the world and get them to help confirm the identity but it will not point the finger of blame at russia for using this particular agent if the finger of blame is to be pointed at anyone it will have to be done through united nations circles meanwhile the rhetorical war between the british government and the russian government grows ever more hostile boris johnson is the man the foreign secretary who's led the attack from this side over the weekend in interviews here in london he was saying that there had been evidence over the past decade that russia had kept stocks of nerve
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agent and had been looking at ways in which they could be used in assassination he's been in brussels rallying support from other countries this is a classic russian strategy of trying to conceal the truth in a haystack of the sound of the station and it really strikes me to get to european friends today twelve years after the assassination that it's on to you can you. be anybody in the. meanwhile we understand that the russian diplomats who are due to be expelled from this country given a week to leave by to reason may in her statement here in the house of commons last week will be needing person on tuesday. to syria now where an airstrike on a school in eastern culture has killed fifteen children and two women who were
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sheltering in the basement well the attack on our bin comes amid reports that syrian government forces arrested hundreds of people fleeing the area over the past few days the regime which is backed by russia launched an offensive to retake the rebel held area near damascus a month ago since then more than a thousand people have been killed in order reports neighboring lebanon. estimates vary on the number of civilians who have crossed into government controlled territory because of military operations in eastern huta but it's believed to be in the tens of thousands many people found themselves back under government rule as front lines quickly changed the pro syrian government camp is calling this a victory or liberation but human rights organizations are expressing concern following as of yet unverified reports of people going missing or arrested. no one it's fair minded about the violations that we have seen in places of detention by
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government forces from torture ill treatment sexual violence and even executions in order to ensure the security of these people that are fleeing from the center. we do need to have independent monitors on the ground thousands remain trapped inside an ever shrinking rebel enclave many of them are wanted by the state because they were involved in opposition activities medics civil defense volunteers are particularly vulnerable so are media activists who the government accuses of being terrorists a reporter working for the syrian opposition orient t.v. is missing the organization says he is being held along with members of his family by the government it is demanding his release. to this journalist or demanding. leading through status quo of those on the president of the un and other international communities what is the safety of those people the pro-government
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alliance has recaptured approximately eighty percent of the enclave eastern huta is now divided into three pockets in the north the largest town duma is surrounded it's the same case in nearby harasta and both are split off from the rest of the area the rebels still control some towns in the southern edge. each rebel faction controls different pockets of herat a sham controls harass the socialist that controls the north and fire local rush man controls the southern towns the three rebel factions are involved in separate negotiations with the russian military they are insisting that the negotiations do not involve an evacuation of civilians and rebels but it is clear that anything short of a surrender will be a nonstarter for the pro-government alliance the situation on the ground is an indication that talks are not going well the pro-government alliance resumed its offensive from the air and on the ground after
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a brief lull piling more pressure on the opposition since the military campaign began just over a month ago the russian military and the syrian government have made clear that agreeing to leave to go to other rebel held areas is the only option the opposition has if the military assault is to end senator bayh wrote well the un's high commissioner for human rights has condemned syria's government for its actions in eastern huta in a briefing on the situation in syria the syrian government also claims it makes every effort to protect civilians but when you're capable of torturing and indiscriminately killing your own people you have forfeited your own credibility. the siege of the east in warsaw by the syrian government forces haas a decade long has involved pervasive war crimes the use of chemical weaponry in forced starvation as
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a weapon of war for and the denial of essential life saving a culminating in the current relentless month long bombardment of hundreds of thousands of terrified and trapped civilians well that briefing came in an informal meeting after the commission it was brought from addressing the full security council by russia and china my kamma is live for us at the un high there might just how rare is it for something like this to happen. well there have been a number of proposals brought to have a procedural vote on a contentious issue a but what we have not seen or very rarely see is where such a procedural motion actually succeeds in fact only four times in the past three decades has a procedural motion like this succeeded within the security council it was expected that russia would object to the briefing in the security council from the human rights chief it was expected that they would be backed by normal ally china on this
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particular issue what was not expected was the abstention of the three african members of the security council equitorial guinea code to weimar and ethiopia it was not expected either it would appear by those who brought the briefing to the chamber including the u.k. france and holland they clearly had expected that they would get the necessary nine votes to overcome any russian objection in this they clearly did not succeed the briefing went on but in that informal format which does not have the way to diplomatic or political offer for more security council briefing and very clearly here that it might well have been a tactical mistake because with that abstention by the three african members the dynamics in the security council has substantially changed particularly when it comes to the issue of syria mike hanna there live from the united nations from.
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now the syrian government has heavily criticized what it calls turkey's occupation of the time of our freedom and it's demanding turkish forces withdraw troops allied with the free syrian army seized the region's main time from syrian kurdish forces at the weekend turkey says it now plans to expand its military operation are there other kurdish held times in syria that includes kabbani and man binge for u.s. forces are known to operate. still to come this half hour. if we don't get tough on the drug dealers we're wasting our time prison time proposes the death penalty for drug traffickers to help tackle americans opioids problem. and having students engineers here using technology to help protect women from the east i'm grasping.
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how the weather remains lousy dry across much of australia but i am pleased to say we're losing that intense heat down into the southeast corner where we have of course seen those nasty bushfires winds coming in from the southwest for melbourne for example snow will move them around eighteen degrees celsius on shoes days of that will help we could do with some right at the least the cool weather started to push its way in twenty eight celsius the full price but fish i was the longest they will continue just around the top and some hate them to the southwest in kona perth at about thirty four thirty five degrees over the next few days that is the wet weather continues across the north for wet and stay does wilma a little into melbourne getting back up to about twenty five celsius attack over there to sydney at around twenty three degrees again it does stay largely dry in the state aussie dry across northern parts of new zealand over the next lousy find
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and settle for the north island at the south well tony crazily wet twenty two celsius twenty one twenty two celsius therefore crossed it right started to push this way but north stay settled in sunny oakland around twenty two degrees it will turn out increasingly wet meanwhile across japan over the next day i'll say not too bad on tuesday but cloud a royal palace where across the korean peninsula into much of honshu. education is struggling to keep pace. from failing to prepare children for today's work. but some schools are changing the leaves are good to have the day in china and how beginning. with but still mission results. even. if it both are. rebel education in mexico at this time on al-jazeera.
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my dad our top stories here are now to see russian president vladimir putin has softened his tone against the west following his landslide election victory signal has no desire for a no strace independent experts have arrived in the u.k. to assess the nerve agent used to poison a former russian spy and his doctor. and amid reports civilians of fleeing east and have been arrested by syria's government a new airstrike on a school in the area has killed fifteen children and two with. peace in the u.s. state of texas believes there is a connection between four separate bombings in the city of austin the latest on
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sunday injured two people was set off by a trip wire are making it a more advanced assign than the previous explosions which were set off when the victims humble packages left on their doorsteps faces are investigating whether the attacks a racially motivated two african-american men were killed one hispanic one was injured in those attacks. u.s. president donald trump has called for the death penalty for criminals to smuggle large amounts of opioid drugs into the u.s. also buy to crack down on pharmaceutical companies that supply them they're part of a range of measures he's proposing to tackle the opioid crisis an epidemic of drug dependency this affecting more than two million americans some of these drug dealers will kill thousands of people during their lifetime thousands of people and destroy many more lives than that but they will kill thousands of people during their lifetime and they'll get caught and they'll get thirty days in jail or
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they'll go away for a year or they'll be fined and yet if you kill one person you get the death penalty or you go to jail for life or maria mcfarland sanchez modano is the rate to the drug policy alliance which campaigns the decriminalize ation of responsible drug use she says there are many other options the trumpet ministration could take. something has to change one of the major factors driving the overdose rise is the war on drugs itself because the fact that the us criminalize is personal drug use that it's primary response to people who have problematic drug use is to lock them up threaten them with prosecution and punishment instead of providing any kind of meaningful help means that people go underground it means that people become much more vulnerable to to risky
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behavior to infection because they can't access help because they're more likely to use dirty syringes they're more likely to get hiv hep c. and they're more likely to overdose we know that there are many other countries that have adopted different approaches that are much more focused on public health right tailing company uber says it's working with peace after the death of the woman who was struck by one of the firm's self driving vehicles an hour or so met the accident in tempe just outside phoenix marks the first fatality from a self driving car yes p.c. that when it happened the vehicle was in a tall i'm a small but with the person behind the wheel suspended it's a tall a miss vehicle program across the united states and canada is that a major step forward in talks between the united kingdom and the european union over brics it the two sides have agreed the terms of the two year transition phase around a year before britain is to use to withdraw all its designed to reduce any suffering
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shocks on britain's departure and will give the u.k. the freedom to negotiate and sign trade deals with the rest of the world but still no agreement on the question of the irish border the resistance to europe's backup plan of keeping northern ireland the customs union sunday daigle has more. much goodwill between the u.k. briggs's secretary david davis and the chief breaks of negotiator michel barnier a lot being made about the fact the progress that has been made that means coming to the agreement on those two main issues there one which would include the rights for european union citizens to be able to have enjoy the same rights as e.u. citizens already living in the u.k. if they are to enter the country during the transition period this was something that had been resisted initially by the prime minister to reason may she had thought about saying that they should perhaps have different residency rights considering that they would enter the country knowing that the u.k.
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would eventually be leaving the european union but certainly on the point that this is a point that michel barnier was eager to play up in terms of the progress that is being made after all hard work that both sides have put in the house really this makes it possible today to reassure the four and a half million people british and european who are affected and concerned by break that those are the people who have been our priority from day one the priority of european parliament and the priority of the member state the other issue of course the u.k. is also able to pursue and negotiate third country deals but it will not be able to implement any of them until the end of the transition period which is the end of december twenty twenty the first day breaks that obviously being the first journey twenty twenty one but the other issue which is a sticking point here is still regarding the situation of northern ireland. is being put into place a backstop deal which would mean that if in the event that the u.k.
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would crash out without a deal then northern ireland would be protected and that would still be included as in the single market and the customs union to prevent any fracture or any issue between the border with the republic of ireland lot of work having. put in there of course not forgetting the good friday deal which has been made so much of everything is trying to be placed into a position where tension along that border will be preserved as little as possible during the brics negotiations britain's information commissioner says she'll seek a warrant to get access to the service of data mining firm cambridge. becomes us pressure mounts on facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg to respond to allegations that the data of fifty million users was harvested by the consultancy whistleblower who works at the political consultancy firm says the information was used to build a system that may have influenced voters in the u.s. presidential election well facebook shares have fallen almost seven percent wiping
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nearly forty billion dollars of its market value. this data was used to create profiling algorithms that would allow us to explore mental vulnerabilities of people and then map out ways to inject information into different in different streams or channels of content online so that people started to see things all over the place that may or may not have been true this is a company really took. to the next level by pairing it with algorithms. u.s. president donald trump issued an executive order banning american citizens from using venezuela's new crypto currency the venezuelan leader nicholas majority hailed the launch of the petro last month as a way to address the country's economic crisis which says the new digital currency is an attempt to circumvent this action against venezuela. in brazil heads of
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states and delegates are meeting to discuss the world's calling water crisis one place seriously affected is the lake chad region in central africa it provides water for millions of people in four countries but after years of environmental decline it's trying all as part of our first series muhammad reports on the humanitarian issues caused by the lake shrinking. for the people of getting philip to the lake is life but these fishermen see things are changing like it undercut you don't need them for another when water was abundant on the lake we could fill our boats with fish on one trip so now the water is scarce and we need ten trips to catch half the previous amount. of the bottom of the lake chad was one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world it straddles the borders between chad nice air coming down and nigeria. in the mostly dry ice ahead climate the lake remains an exceptional no city for thousands of fish animals and plants species supporting
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the livelihoods of forty million people living along the. drought and the harsh dusty winds over the last sixty years have turned much of the area into a desert. hundreds of violence began to appear in the middle as the water levels dropped environmental organizations and regional governments have long sounded the alarm bells. villages that were on the shores of the lake years ago are now fifty kilometers away the u.s. special that is appearance of the lake is an extremely sad situation within the last twenty five years it's water receded by two thousand five hundred square kilometers and the right of it's shrinking is getting faster now causing a huge disruption in the natural habitat. the climate issues have been compounded by insecurity in recent times the group boko haram used and its new islands as a hiding place and base from which it could launch attacks like in the majority of villages around the lake are now deserted especially on the nigerian side those who
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fled are living in refugee camps and lack of funds has also complicated regional and international efforts to launch meaningful programs to save the late point and there's a growing concern that further deterioration of the lakes environment will encourage thousands of the split young people to join armed groups as the only available source of income. they chat. well in the next part of our series we'll look at how drought in northern kenya is affecting pastures and water sources and that's causing conflict in the region that some choose to hear. to miss it has long been considered a regional data and the arab world for protecting women's rights but activists say the day to day life of many chin is in women is still being blighted by obese and also harassment. at some university students are using technology to help protect them. for settlement and her fellow university students their mission isn't just
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clear it's also personal we're a team of first students who often think public transportation and while we think public transportation we say sexual harassment a lot in the public spaces selma tells us it's a terrible and terrifying situation that women in tunisia face constantly it's why she and her team are developing a mobile app called safeness. whatever you're working on the streets alone and you don't feel safe you will send your location to one of the dresses person that you scribe. these person will get lucky and they will track your movements until you arrive safely or arrive to the place you are heading to despite their busy class schedules they meet as often as possible the app will allow this victim if she wants to know what are the police stations that are nearby and the hospitals
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that are around her so that she can take action at that moment even in a country many say is one of the most progressive in the region for women's rights this group says there's simply no time to waste tunisia passed a landmark law last year criminalizing domestic violence since then several women here have launched initiatives to raise awareness about the numerous issues affecting their safety and security. the new legislation also includes provisions outlawing sexual harassment in public spaces and what i want at a conference in the country's capital organized by us walk in the center a local women's rights organization participants discuss what more needs to be done i mean the law if we have a no it's not it's not necessarily implemented or we don't have the budget or we don't have the process to to to monitor it and to and to evaluate it and second the people are supposed to apply the law like the police are the misses they don't know they're not trained they don't have the skills and the tools to do that in this era
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of the me too movement selma and i sure like others in attendance are encouraged it's been seeing throughout two thousand and seventeen there were many women that were raising their voices and taking action so it's really like a moment and yet i think it's we can make it they say real change whether through grassroots activism or technological advances can't come soon enough. tunis tunisia. where you can find all the so as we're following at our website. cong. top stories here on al-jazeera russian president vladimir putin a started laying out plans for his next six years in office most of us received calls from world leaders congratulating him on a landslide election victory that will make him the longest serving ruler of russia
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says joseph stalin or as leaders more from moscow on christians message since his when he said on sunday nights after he won to the crowds in the square over that he wanted it was like a big team and he wanted to reach out to his brazil opponents of the candidates whom he beats and he wanted everybody to be working together and and today he sat with all those candidates and made a series of very very conciliatory observations about things to do with russia's relations with the outside world that he didn't have an arms race and they might reduce the number of weapons they have or they wanted normalization and better relations with other countries as long as those other countries respect russia independent experts who arrived in the u.k. to assess the nerve agent used to poison a former russian spy and his still so tensions continue to my between but the mosque or the incident that's the reason may pointing the finger at russia and vladimir putin demanding the u.k.
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provide evidence or apologize an air strike on a school in syria's eastern quarter has killed fifteen children and two women who were sheltering in the basement the attack on our bin comes amid reports that syrian government forces have arrested hundreds of people fleeing the area over the past few days the regime launched an offensive to retake the area a month ago the syrian government's heavily criticized what it calls turkey's occupation of the city of a free that is demanding turkish forces withdraw troops allied with the free syrian army seize the region's main town from syrian kurdish forces but the group can. police in the u.s. state of texas believe there's a connection between four separate bombings in the city of boston the latest blast on sunday injured two people it was set off by a trip wire are making it a more advanced a sign that the previous explosions which were set off in the victims packages that were left on their doorsteps you are up to date those are current top stories
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regulate to cation is next as always thanks for your company see. lost and of. found and see. when he's reveals how one charity is giving pakistan's lost children a new chance and luck. education. the universal rights to expand. and offer better prospects. to a better life yet around the globe. an institution. system's been deemed to be no longer. rethinking what schools are and how they were identifying the skills and knowledge needed in the twenty first century now a new wave of rebel education is sweeping. educated.

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