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me and purana coming out the next sixty minutes. tokay says it will launch a military operation against kurdish fighters in the syrian town of money raising fears of a faceoff with the u.s. . that if a person adopts a reconciliatory tone after winning another presidential term and says russia doesn't want an arms race with other countries. a stark warning from the u.n. that the revealed humanitarian needs have doubled over the past year and the democratic republic of congo plus pressure is on facebook to explain how political can salton sea got access to data on fifteen million of its uses. the syrian government has criticized what it calls turkey's occupation of the town of a free and has demanded the withdrawal of turkish forces but turkey says it plans to
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expand its military operation to all that could help towns. syria where u.s. forces are known to operate further self and what's left of the rebel. local media and activists are reporting that of airstrike has had a school where people were sheltering in the town of seventeen people were killed while russia is of course a major player in the conflict and belong to un security council meeting on human rights and syria more on that shortly but first a tour of the situation in northern syria. in the center of a free free syrian army fighters are still celebrating. after seizing the town from syrian kodesh forces at the weekend the rebel fighters were backed and directed by the turkish military the syrian government has criticized what it calls turkey's occupation of the town and blames the united states for allowing it to happen if
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turkey is part of the nato and the nato is involved into the bloodshed in the area in iraq as well as in syria so the nato is protecting turkey don't believe in this hollywood show you are seeing in. turkey is doing what it is doing with the blessing of the americans. and turkey says it will expand its military operations to other kurdish held towns in syria president says his forces could also intervene in iraq. after controlling the city center of afrin yesterday we completed the most important phase of operation olive branch now we will continue this process with. and ras al-ain and chemistry until we remove all of this corridor. this is how northern syria was divided before turkey launched its so-called operation olive branch in january the yellow was in kurdish control green
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represents territory held by turkish troops and the regime syrian. they support almost two months later they've taken a free their next major target is ma'am beds part of a two hundred kilometer stretch of kurdish controlled territory along the turkey syria border here kurdish forces are directly supported by u.s. troops they work together to recapture much of this territory from eisel including raca the armed groups self declared capital in syria. the latest in a freend some much needed aid is starting to flow in the turks say they were careful to leave the infrastructure intact and have told civilians they can return but the united nations is warning that the situation in surrounding areas is tense the massive influx of internally displaced people is putting a strain on host communities which are already overwhelmed all sixteen schools entire refactor are being used as internally displaced shelters resulting in the
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interruption of education. the turkish backed operation in african adds another layer of complexity to syria's seven year long war and with turkish plans to push for the east the situation on the ground is likely to become even more complicated victoria gave him be algis there. let's get more on this knowledge for what fellow at yale university and at the middle east institute of washington d.c. is joining us now from st johnsbury and vermont via scotland for great to have you with us on al-jazeera so as we've been reporting you know turkey is demanding that the syrian kurds withdraw from men vege the east of the your faces but will they and will the u.s. allies make them. i think that the most important thing for the viewers to know is that the top number one american general for american forces in the middle east general tell was in men bitch just five
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weeks ago and his message there was widely reported in the media was that any force that attacks men did the americans would fight. i that message was clearly aimed at the turkish government and i think it is unlikely that turkey is going to test directly american military result so given that then you don't think we could see some kind of a confrontation between nato allies and the u.s. despite dumond's that the cuts withdrawal from the same area. this is been a long argument between on current and washington. as long as a year and a half ago the obama administration promised the turks that. the
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syrian kurdish white peachy fighters the militia that is aligned with a candidate turkey that they would withdraw east. and cross over to the east side it seems that hasn't happened yet i have seen no evidence that general votel and his forces are preparing to send those kurdish fighters east to the euphrates river. my sense is instead there are active discussions underway diplomatic discussion between washington and for right now and do you think the u.s. as fully prepared for these diplomatic discussions with a new secretary of state mike pompei on. well it might pay oh it's not yet confirmed the affair that senate must vote to approve or the office said that probably will not happen until april so for the time being
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me we will have a secretary of state to manage these diplomatic negotiations we will have a lower level people at the state department and the defense department working already i would expect the americans to avoid a full scale crisis with turkey and that they will look for those alternative scenarios perhaps a different force to be a bitch to be created over a period of well it's something like that the americans jane do not want and bitch to fall back into the air. militants yeah and so the two governments are going to have to find a way to work that out so i missed a fourth thank you very much for your time and sites and to this that's robert ford joining us live from and then months thank you let's get more on the situation in
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east and go with analogy reports from urging that syrian government forces have arrested hundreds of people as they fled to happen over the past few days the syrian government backed by russian launched an offensive to retake the district near damascus a month ago and since then more than a thousand people have been killed and tens of thousands have escaped saying ahold of reports from 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 a 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 government forces
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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. of this journalist are demanding. the. international. leading through status quo goes on the president of the un and other international community bodies in the city of. the pro-government alliance has recaptured approximately eighty percent of the
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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 harassed 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 are out of controls harassed or socialist controls the north and five man controls the southern towns those 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 a brief lull piling more pressure on the opposition since the military campaign
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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. beirut now the un's on water syria has warned that increasing division is threatening the country's future stephon the mistress says ice who could return or there's no inclusive peace settlement do drugs is. a soft long term partition of syria which we are witnessing at the moment in different areas of drawled. will be a catastrophe not only for syria but for the whole region the truth is that without the new clues the political process including those stories glued but pickler lead the majority. will come back. well as we
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reported earlier russia has blocked a proposed meeting of the un security council on the human rights situation in syria so instead most member nations to part and informal briefing mike hanna has more from the u.n. headquarters in new york. well it was a very rare occurrence within the security council when a procedural motion to dismiss a session was actually up held what happened the un human rights chief was due to brief the security council on the human rights situation in syria it was expected that russia would object having argued that the forum for such a briefing should be the human rights council in geneva not the security council chamber as expected it was backed in its photon a procedural issue by its normal allies including china but what was not expected what's this. the result of the voting is this follows eight votes in favor
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for votes against three abstentions the provisional agenda has not been adopted it have been filled to obtain the required number of votes and abstention by the three african members of the council equitorial guinea ethiopia and cote d'ivoire this is only the fourth time in some four decades that a procedural vote has actually been carried in the security council what happened next well the meeting went ahead the briefing went ahead but in an informal aria form and that means that it did not carry the weight politically or diplomatically of a formal security council session the human rights chief went ahead and brief security council members and as expected deep criticisms of the syrian government the siege of eastern by the syrian government forces half a decade long has involved pervasive war crimes the use of chemical weaponry in
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forced starvation and certain weapon of war for and the denial of essential life saving. the current relentless month long bombardment of hundreds of thousands of terrified and trapped civilians. at the end of the day perhaps a tactical miscalculation by those who want to the briefing to take place in the security council chamber in a formal session because now with the abstention by the african members the security council is divided as never before. had to more head on the news hour including a breakthrough. in un the u.k. reaching our transition phase bob still no solutions for ireland class. i'm lee willing is in south london a damaged football club who were threatened with eviction by property investors but of fighting by.
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russian president vladimir putin pearce to have softened his tone towards the west today after he secured another six years in office as a victory he received a mere good reception abroad that many international leaders slow to congratulate him at a meeting with the candidates he beat. doesn't want an arms race and will seek to resolve its differences with other countries long sleeve reports from moscow. so de war nevada near putin says sturrock fourth term in power a demonstration of the difference between how as you get home and increasingly how he's viewed abroad for very many of his supporters here in russia there will be celebrations at the scale of the victory the validation of these eighteen years in power in the sense that he's going see stability and the forward march of russia but against that a day in which for his so-called european friends and partners it seems like
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increasingly the knives are out and very many problems still to come. the russian president spent monday basking in the warm glow of his record breaking success he had said he wanted to reach out to his opponents and build bridges abroad meeting with all the bees 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 want to tell you now that no one is going to accelerate any kind of arms race 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 accepted the cheating didn't make much
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difference it was a one horse race most candidates publicly expressed their certainty that the incumbent president would prevail in the election with many of the candidates themselves stating that they did not expect to win the election lect genuine competition thus efforts to increase the turnout predominated over the comp aim of consistence 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 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. 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
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a surprise or surpass much as the circumstances of the election obviously. impossible to speak a fair political contest as we know it a fact that this result was also achieved a speck of niceness crimean territory is another aspect which we find unacceptable we continue in the knowledge that russia will remain a very difficult partner to say that when it comes to finding international solutions russia is indispensable to 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. add to that hugely condom a tree 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
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now urging the germans to scrap the deal. many russians idolize the president 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. as the days foreign ministers meeting in brussels of european union countries is going to be a full european council meeting on thursday and friday of this week now that was supposed to discuss brics its problems as some western european countries have in particular with poland and hungary in the status of the rule of law there but given the spy scandal all the issues that presented themselves before this weekend's election there's no doubt that issues to do with the relationship between the european union and russia going forward a bouncer present themselves right to the top of the agenda. the u.n. is calling for urgent funding for the democratic republic of congo where it says humanitarian needs have doubled over the past year the un's humanitarian chief has
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just returned from the d.l.c. and says thirteen million people there are in need of aid marked low carb says the long delayed election to replace president joseph kabila has led to an escalation in violence more than two million people have become internally displaced in the past year alone. humanitarian needs caused by internal conflicts have doubled over the last year thirteen million people need humanitarian assistance more than four point six million children are acutely malnourished including two point two million suffering severe acute malnutrition we're seeing mushroom in epidemics including the worst outbreak of cholera in fifteen years. there is also an epidemic of sexual violence most of it unreported and unaddressed and much of there against children the palestinian president has blamed her mass for a bomb attack on a convoy transporting the prime minister last week mahmoud abbas described tuesday's attack in gaza on. a scale on an as despicable and sinful speech at
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a meeting in the occupied west bank abass also had heart of the us ambassador to israel and dismissed a u.s. plan for reconciliation talks. dog i love the but they're going to delay. this plan began being implemented when trumps administration declared jerusalem as israel's capital decided to move its embassy to it could donations to the un relief agency and regarded settlements as illegal and that was said by more than one american official the first of them was their own bussard to tel aviv david friedman who said that the israelis are building on their learned the son of a dog says they build in their land and he is a settler and his family are settlers and he is the u.s. ambassador in tel aviv what should we expect from him now independent experts have arrived in the u.k. to assess the nerve agent used to poison a former russian spy and his daughter promise to theresa may continue to point the
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finger at russia while that image putin has demanded the u.k. provide evidence or apologize but it's unclear if the scientific analysis will prove that moscow was responsible for the attack as the phillips explains. the technical experts from the p c w will be collecting samples in and around salzburg of what the british government says is the nerve agent novi chunk the o.p.c. w. will be able to make its assessments on whether the british government is correct it doesn't follow however that they will be able to say with any certainty where these particular samples were manufactured 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
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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 the had been evidence over the past decade that russia had kept. stocks of nerve agent and i 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. strategy of trying to conceal the truth in a haystack. of this case and it really strikes me to do european friends in part today is it twelve years after the assassination of alexander litvinenko you.
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see 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 resume a statement here in the house of commons last week will be leaving person on tuesday. now on what's being hailed as a major step forward and bracks at negotiations the u.k. has been granted a twenty one month transition period out of the e.u. is designed to reduce any sudden shocks when the u.k. meets the bloc next march and means it will effectively remain unknown the e.u. member until the end of twenty twenty the u.k. will be able to negotiate trade deals with the rest of the world during the transition there is still no agreement on the question of the irish border sagna diago has more from london. much goodwill between the u.k. briggs's secretary david davis and the chief breaks of negotiator michel barnier
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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 enjoyed 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. 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 a move to redo history 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
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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. would crash out without a deal then northern ireland would be protected and it 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
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everything is trying to be placed into a position where that tension along that border will be preserved as little as possible during the press negotiations still ahead on the news hour listen texas said i'm looking for a serial bomber to the forefront splosion in austin the small class. i mohammad followed by the shores of lake chad coming up i'll tell you why this source of fresh water for millions of people in the region is at the risk of disappearing. and the first major of the gulf season on the horizon tiger woods is being tapped as the favorite for the masters off to an incredible return to form johansen. we've got more stormy weather gathering across the southeastern corner of the u.s.
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you can see this little area cloud making its way across the deep south heading towards alabama towards the carolinas that looks set to wind itself up over the next few days some nasty wet and at times when she weather sliding through it will push up the eastern seaboard as some snow there easing out of new jersey into new york rising making its way up into new england and that is the side of kind of the behind the system to watch out for just coming in from the pacific heading towards central and southern parts of california that could be some significant rain maybe some snow too as we go on through the next couple of days that could cause some flooding it could also cause some mudslides certainly want to keep an eye on that same time we're looking at more wintry weather that is this more east set to make its way in across the northeast and cold as we go on through what is a central parts generally try and find twenty three cells just the data. with plenty of sunshine and probably a sun side across the caribbean over the next few days but some pieces of the where
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the cloud but not looking too bad its whole astley little bit of cloud there into jamaica i think it should stay largely dry having said that possibility of one or two showers temperatures in kingston thirty degrees. it looks ugly it sounds ugly and scares people from america's high streets to mexico's on the world's record for just this side and who controls the other side people in power the smuggling route and test the ease of acquiring untraceable weapons on american soil the weapon that was designed for war and it took you about five minutes to buy it unless you try america's guns arming mexico's cartel on al jazeera congressman are you interested in stopping crime. we're here to jerusalem bureau covered israeli palestinian affairs we covered 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
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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 there matters. it's good to have you with us on the al-jazeera news hour these are our top stories turkey says it now plans to expand its from the tree operation to other kurdish hell towns in serbia where u.s. forces are supporting the white chain about the syrian government has criticized what it calls to its occupation of the taleban thing and has demanded turkish
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forces withdraw. the u.k. has been granted a twenty one month transition period after the view of what's being hailed as a major step forward and breck's of negotiations it's designed to reduce any sudden shocks one version leads to block next march it will see the u.k. effectively. as a non-voting member of the end of twenty twenty and russian president vladimir putin has been outlining his priorities for his next six years in office he says russia doesn't want an international arms phrase that will seek to resolve differences with other countries his reelection received and muted reception of what with many foreign leaders slow to congratulate him. on the u.s. state of texas say they're searching for a serial bomber after an explosion in the city of austin is the fourth bombing there this month and officers believe they're all connected the latest blast on sunday was set off by a tripwire injuring two people police are investigating whether the attacks of racially motivated two african-american men were killed and one hispanic woman was
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injured in the blast n.b.c. reporter jay gray has the latest from austin. the devices that initially started the explosions march second was the first were all placed near a door a front door of someone's house and detonated when they were picked up or when they started to open the packages the one last night completely different was left by the side of the road and used a trip wire to trigger the explosion here that's very concerning for investigators on the ground who say this is the level of sophistication involved in the bombs and the trigger mechanism they are very concerned about what could come next and where that could happen they have reached out asking publicly for the bomber to contact them that they want to talk to him they want to know what his message is and what's driving these attacks they're also asking all of the families in communities like this one to stay build vigilant to make sure that they see anything different if
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they feel like something's amiss that they call authorities immediately the u.s. president has called for the death penalty for criminal smuggling in larger more amounts of opioid drugs it is the most controversial of a range of measures he's proposing to tackle the crisis an epidemic of drug dependency that's affecting more than two. million americans are opioids a powerful painkillers designed to replicate the effects of opium they include legal drugs like morphine and oxy caught on as well as illegal ones like heroin by two thousand and twelve doctors in the us were handing out two hundred eighty two million opioid prescriptions a year in two thousand and sixteen there were nearly sixty five thousand overdose deaths two thirds of those involved opioids and that's an average of one hundred fifteen every day the president has about a crackdown on drug traffickers some of these drug dealers will kill thousands of people during their life to thousands of people and destroy many more lives than
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that but they will kill thousands of people during their lives. and they'll get caught and they'll get thirty days in jail or 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. well the white house is also taking steps to cut back on legal prescriptions hoping to be jews them by as much as one third over three years let's get more on this on all of this we're joined by andrew kolob me the co-director of opioid policy research at brandeis university in his joining us live from new york very good to have you with us on al-jazeera so there are of course many people who need this medication what might cutting prescriptions so significantly mean for those who actually need it. well there are many people who need them these are very good medicines for easing suffering at the end of life
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these medications also play an important role when used for a couple of days after major surgery unfortunately the bulk of the consumption in the united states is not for end of life care or a couple of days after major surgery the bulk of the u.s. opioid consumption is for common conditions were opioids are more likely to harm a patient than help a patient and the reason united states is in the midst of a severe epidemic of opiate addiction is that the medical community has been over prescribing and as the prescribing went up millions of americans became opiate addicted and we're now experiencing record high levels of overdose deaths and so do you think it is a good idea then to cut prescriptions if there has been such a problem with other prescribing to now cut them back so significantly over the next few years i mean how is this going to happen and is it a good thing. well to bring the addiction epidemic under control there are really a couple of things that have to happen we have to prevent more americans from
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becoming addicted and that's why more cautious prescribing is important that's why it is necessary to reduce overprescribing but we also have to see that the millions of people who are already addicted can access effective treatment we've been waiting for a plan from the trunk administration for quite a while several months ago president trump designated this problem an emergency but we've yet to see any action from the president we've been waiting for a plan and today what we thought was going to be a plan instead was really a list of ideas some of which might be helpful others of which sound like a step backward like executing drug dealers but what we really don't yet have is a plan so for example even a worthwhile goal of trying to promote more cautious prescribing reducing prescriptions by a third we haven't yet heard how the administration would tend to accomplish that and how do you think that the administration should go about addressing what is a massive problem for the united states. well this is an addiction epidemic we have
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to prevent more people from getting addicted and we have to see that people who are addicted can access effective treatment we're failing on both fronts in particular with access to treatment what we should be doing is making sure that people who are opiate addicted can more easily access affective outpatient treatment then they can access pills heroin or fence and all and right now we haven't gotten there it is much easier in the united states to get a bag of heroin or to get painkillers than it is to access the most effective forms of outpatient treatment mr canady thank you very much for your time on this. thank you. now saudi arabia is calm presence has heightened tensions with iran accusing it of trying to destabilize the middle east. made the comments in an interview on u.s. television ahead of his meeting with donald trump in washington on tuesday. u.s.
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president donald trump was clearly impressed with the reception he received in saudi arabia and it's likely the saudi crown prince mohammed bin solomon can expect a similar greeting perhaps just a bit more understated when the two speak their words will be closely watched trump initially sided with the blockading countries against cutter but then reportedly pushed by then secretary of state rex tillerson he later called for the crisis to be resolved but tillerson is gone fired by tweet millions have been spent trying to influence this debate alexei if there's any winner in the blockade k. street is a euphemism for lobbyists ben freeman studies the influence of foreign money he says millions have been spent since the start in june according to public records since the blockade saudi arabia spent more than two million dollars a new contracts with lobbyists but many of the amounts are recorded so it's likely much more the u.a.e. has also increased its lobbying and qatar did as well according to the center for
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responsive politics spending at least five million as of last october and they continue to sign contracts after that worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a month but freeman points out saudi arabia has a big head start they started lobbying after nine eleven it was working before they just didn't have anywhere near the scale of the saudi lobby before and to be fair cutter so as one of the largest lobby is that that there is a it's a very powerful effective lobby to it's just simply not in the scale the saudi lobby right now you might be asking why people pour millions of dollars into the lobbying firms that lined the streets of washington d.c. well they are trying to buy access to policymakers and they are also trying to shape public opinion. the firms have to detail their work public records show several sunday talking points to reporters posting twitter ads and putting competing commercials on cable news they want to limit also qatar and north korea partners in terror saudi arabia has benefited from some positive press some of the
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most influential columnists have praised the chrome prince as a reformer but there have also been some negative stories as well one alleging been some on has been secretly keeping his mother away from his father for years and she was under house arrest and they believe that he did this because he felt that she was not on board with his plans for a power grab and several organizations have printed detailed accounts of the alleged torture of prominent saudis at the ritz carlton in riyadh still been sold on has spent millions to make sure he will find a friendly reception at the white house and on wall street while millions more have been spent in hopes he won't political gain al-jazeera washington. facebook's chief security officer is leaving his position it comes as a us democratic senator and to mete to see. demonic of a sponsor allegations that the dot of fifteen million jews it was harvested by
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a political consultancy for a whistleblower who worked at cambridge and a letter says the dutch always do this to build a system which may have influence voters in the presidential election. campaign and the u.k. breaks that referendum republican and democratic senators according to testify before congress cambridge analytic. was birthed out of a company called s.d.l. group which is a military contractor based in london. 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 that really took fake news to the next level by pairing it with algorithms. while fas facebook's shares have formed an almost seven percent to my
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thing the forty billion dollars of its market value michael simon is the c.e.o. of tech company elusive who set up and brand and how the analytics department for barack obama's presidential campaign and he says the poor response from facebook has already hit the company. facebook's reaction to a series of embarrassing sort of egg on their face moments including this one revolving the recent us elections have been. surprisingly slow for a company whose motto is move fast and break things. they've been very reactive very behind the ball this particularly of this particular event. this theft of data happened over four years ago so it's very surprising to see them be so reactors at a proactive i think you're going to starting to see members of congress of both parties really wake up and start to see
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a problem and start to sort of shake the cage and demand that back in january and number of sort of mid-level executives from facebook and google and twitter were called before congress testify about a unrelated matter regarding the u.s. election and foreign meddling but they said middle executives they didn't send the c.e.o. i think when your company loses almost forty billion dollars market value in one day that probably is deserving of sending the c.e.o. to to account for it and it's trading at least seven hundred people in the southeast have been forced to flee their homes as bush fires continue to spread the fires of course extensive damage to rural areas of new south wales and victoria and no deaths have been reported but around one hundred homes have been destroyed and cattle have also been killed at spending the finest respond by lightning on saturday. the un says five billion people could face water shortages by two thousand and fifteen caused by climate change and creates demand and pollution the
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warning comes as well as an experts meet in brazil to discuss the world's growing water crisis daniel shawn the has more from the world water for form and brasilia. the eight swells water forum here in brazil year is a huge of bands bringing together something like ten thousand delegates forty old thousand visitors from one hundred sixty countries discussing all the elements of water distribution the care of food. this is the this happens every three years the last one was in south korea three years ago at this conference report will be issued on how the various agreements reached there are going to be implemented around the world we've seen across the world that the lakes and losing routes glaciers are melting something like seven hundred eighty million people do not have running routes are something like two point five billion people did not have sunny taishan and up to three million people mostly children die every year from move
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related diseases we have experts covering the whole field here the big question always is how to implement the various solutions being agreed at these big conferences and who eventually will have to pay for the one that message that comes out of this is reclusive we all need water whether it be in agriculture whether it be in industry or for domestic consumption what is the best use of that water from now into the foreseeable future these are the issues that are being discussed here while at the same time here in brasilia they have their own little jimmy shoes they have been protesting about the diminishing. as they say the aspects being childhood's much talking going on that the question always is how will these solutions be implemented. the one place that's already affected by the water crisis is the lake chad region. and central africa that provides water to millions of people in four countries but it's drying up and the latest part of our first series
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mohammad valving ports. for the people of good to fill in the lake is life but these fishermen say things are changing. 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 lake chad was one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world it straddles the borders between chad cameroon and nigeria in the mostly dry ice ahead climate the lake remains an exceptional necessity for thousands of fish animals and plants species supporting 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 islands began to appear in the middle as the water levels dropped environmental organizations and regional governments have long sounded the
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alarm bells. villages that were on the shores of the lake years ago are now fifty kilometers away the little studies show 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. in security. around the lake. especially on the nigerian side those living in refugee camps and. regional and international efforts. to save the lake. and. further deterioration of the lakes environment. thousands of people to join.
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on the sport now his job. thanks very much with just two weeks to go until the first major of the gulf season a surprise favorite has emerged for the most tiger woods is being tipped by many to win not only his first tournament in five years but also his fifteenth major when it comes to augusta that softer return to form which saw him pick up a second top five finish in his many weeks on sunday at least holeman has the story there was no doubting who received the loudest choose at the bank your club in orlando. it's been five years since fourteen time major winner tiger woods has posted a victory on the professional tour but as he continues a comeback from multiple bucks on juries for a second straight week woods found himself in contention during the final rounds.
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you would ask me you know the beginning of the year that i would have a chance to win two golf tournaments. now i'm going to take it on a heartbeat. while woods finished in a tie for fifth i chopped off the lead he can finally be considered again in next month's mazda's at ogata. i miss playing there i've been there for the for the dinner and as great as it is it's frustrating knowing that i'm you know i would have to say young enough to play the event as some of the other champions you know are not and i just have not been able to physically do it the must as is the only my jury looting rory mcilroy he also had inclined to tour victory since the twenty fifth of september twenty sixth jane the day that onil palma died but the northern irishman strauss hinted at the events named after the goshen way was yeah really proud of myself i have hung in there over the past sort of year with injuries and.
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you know taking a little bit of time off at the end of last year to to sort of get myself right come into this year. you know all the all that were hard work as. has finally paid off mcelroy had started the round two shots behind us and i played a henrik stenson was but birdied five of the last six holes for a round of sixty four and a straight shot to take drink was was i mean i played a perfect going to golf i get myself ready chances on basically every hole. just executed shots the way i the way i wanted to when i needed to mcelroy another big name that will now be considered a contender for the queues for most my job was released home an al-jazeera roger federer says his loss in the final at indian wells stings and he just has to get over it the well no one saw his seventeen match unbeaten streak end on sunday
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when martin del potro rallied from three match points down in the third set to win six four six seven seven six and ten federal first defeat of two thousand and eighteen this is the biggest tournament the argentine has won since he federal. to win the u.s. open back in two thousand and nine. but i'm so happy to win a title like this last minute final. thoughts on the masters but today was the day for me i play the number of attorneys on the three hours or so my time leading rusher in the first time of day. that's means a lot to me. just as it should sting like you said you know for a bit the question is how long it won't be long but it's it's disappointing talking about a great match that is losing even though i was right there now you may not have heard of them but dallas hamlet football club in london has been going for one hundred twenty five years they should be enjoying
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a successful season on the pitch but instead they're fighting to stop their identity from being removed the wedding's reports on how the problems with their own is should serve as a warning to bigger cubs in england and beyond. tucked away in south london a football club that has served its community for one hundred twenty five years it was built by american property investors mind but when the local council didn't agree to their plans the company suddenly kicked the club out of its heart and even stated their attention to remove permission for dollar charlot to use that. this should be much value for dollar football club with hundreds of people in the community poor thing into the ground so watch that same plan instead the ground is locked a new fencing has been erected to keep them out was this the right being used as leverage like this has been a shock to fans of what is a friendly and socially conscious club with
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a track record for staging games for charity. jays on a bitterly cold day hundreds of them gathered to stage a protest we were the second example. is threatens. the community and everything with the value of money are really the matter is serious enough to have been braised in the u.k. column and this is an increase of clubs which prioritises and racism which protests like to be t.v. rights protests women in football and you see that on. a saturday afternoon and at the gauge how clueless fighting for their existence but not along the gulf in a respectful nothing ever day league rivals to see the mitcham over twelve kilometers away quickly offer to share their ground and so much time against worthing happens a dilate. refusing to let this affect them on the pitch by when the match three nil
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to reach the top of their division the promotions eleven six of english football within their reach the. fans base their home comforts but this is about survival and pride yes when such a man accompany her. weeks and just the whole like turnout today such a testament to the power behind the club and just all the ethics behind it show. a win on this you know i think they should just take the money whatever money is on the table in. suffolk county says it will try to buy the ground from inside the club and the voted into talks with the meds i would not all request for an interview and to answer a simple question if their intentions are honorable then what aggressively threaten to remove a club's one hundred twenty five year old. the english football association has yet to intervene and might be powerless to what they told me then monitoring developments the question beyond this corner of london is who i'm joel klein. and what's i intend to do with it this club will not be frozen out lee warnings
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al-jazeera cell phone and that's a useful for now more later. thank you very much john just before we go remind of that you can always keep up to date with all the news on our web site that's that al-jazeera dot com. that does it for this alexander news hour but i'm back in just a couple of minutes with another full news bulletin thank you very much for watching.
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conservation ease helping kids stove to recover its snow leopard population to see the results i traveled up to the remote nature reserve of saudi chat at a touch camera traps have identified a healthy population of up to twenty snow leopards as the technology improves we're refining all these ways in which our guesses are are getting corrected the latest evidence suggests they're more cats than previously acknowledged but the snow leopard trust believes it's premature to downgrade the cats on the international
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least of threatened species. a key figure of the early twentieth century arab literary scene. and a feminist writer. had ever had time. so why did her story and in such tragedy. al-jazeera won't expose the life and why of maisie arda at this time on al-jazeera. her case is that when the military operation against kurdish fighters in the syrian town of bandage raising fears of a faceoff with the us.

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