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britain's allies lined up to expel russian diplomats after the nerve agent attack on a former spy now must go is falling to respond. hello welcome to our there live from doha and it's also coming up egypt's president urges voters to turn out and have their say and then the election that he is certain to win. saudi arabia threatens to retaliate against iran after accusing it being behind missile attacks from yemen. civil rights campaigners mourn the death of linda brown who helped bring an end to segregation in us schools.
more than twenty countries including the us canada australia and several european states are expelling russian diplomats is a coordinated response to a nerve agent attack on a former russian spy in britain which the west blames on moscow russia which denies the allegation describes the expulsions as a provocative gesture she have or transit reports from washington. the trumpet ministration had said it would expel russian diplomats if its allies also did so in a coordinated action and on monday that coordination was revealed countries across western and eastern europe and canada joined the u.s. in the expulsions the british prime minister expressed hope gratitude international solidarity following what the u.k. alleges was a russian nerve agent attack on a former russian double agent and his daughter in an english town this is the largest collective expansion of russian intelligence officers in history. i have found great solidarity from our friends and partners in the e.u.
north america and nato and beyond over the past three weeks as we have confronted the aftermath of the soulsby incident the russian ambassador to the u.s. expressed his concern the deal would she would never say union leaders that they meet again what the united states of america is doing today they are destroying what little remained of us russian ties and i would add that all the responsibility for ruining russian american relations is on the united states of america. sloma however a different tone was struck on twitter the russian embassy asking the public for suggestions on which u.s. consulate to now close in russia u.s. officials said there expulsions weren't just about standing with the u.k. but about curtailing russia's covert operations against u.s. national security they presented all of those being expelled from the russian embassy the seattle consulate and the u.n. as part of a pool of some one hundred agents moscow currently has in the country administration officials here said that with these expulsions some forty russian spies would
remain in the u.s. but that russia's covert operations would be severely curtailed in all three statements from the white house the state department and the u.s. is u.n. mission there was unequivocal agreement with the u.k. that russia was behind the chemical weapon attack something that donald trump or sounded less convinced of in his statement so far she ever times the washington. more now from our correspondent in moscow rory chalons well in the west it's called tit for tat in russian governmental circles it's called the principle of reciprocity and that's what we're likely to see in the coming days with russia essentially responding to all of these diplomatic expulsions with its own set of diplomatic expulsions of the countries that have chosen to act against moscow the russian foreign ministry is putting together a list of options basically and they will supply this list to vladimir putin and
the presidents will make his decision about what happens next now this i think has taken russia by surprise i don't think that it anticipated that the united kingdom what with its difficulties with the united states at the moment because of the trumpet ministration and of course its difficulties with the e.u. over breaks in negotiations i don't think moscow thought that london will would be able to assemble such a broad coalition of allies essentially but i also think that actually potentially russia feels that it's got off relatively lightly so far until western countries go off to the oligarchy assets that the russian elite hold in financial centers like london and new york measures like that would actually punish the russian governmental structures until the west actually does that and it might do still then i think russia will be breathing a sigh of relief. now beijing is abuzz with speculation about the visit of what
appears to be a very important person from north korea there are reports of a convoy with heavy security in the chinese capital and there's talk of a specially armored train having rolled into town let's get the view from seoul in south korea by talking to our correspondent there kathy novak what are the south koreans thinking then do they think that this is really a senior north korean official who's turned up in beijing. well the south korean government for its part is not ruling anything in or out and the fact is martine perhaps the south korean government doesn't even know what is going on but there certainly is speculation here in the south korean media that it appears that a very important north korean is in beijing because of these reports of this heavily armored train that came across the friendship bridge that connects north korea and china the border city of dandong people pointing out that this is a very similar train to the one used by the leader kim jong un's father kim jong il
when he traveled to china as leader kim jong un as leader has never left the country on this kind of fishel visit and when members of his government have done so the foreign minister for example he has flown so the presence of this train traveling across the bridge and then ending up reportedly beijing railway station is one thing that is raising eyebrows also heavy security around a motorcade that has been seen in beijing traveling first we're told to the great hall of the people and then on to a guest house that is often used by v.i.p.'s that come to visit beijing so signs speculation still but signs seem to be pointing to a very important person coming to beijing but some of the speculation here in the south korean media is could it perhaps be kim jong un's sister who of course recently traveled here to south korea becoming the first member of the kim family to come to south korea and who we're told has the ear in the trust of her brother
kim jong il and then the other thing that's very interesting here martin is the timing of course this is coming as preparations are being made for and into korean summit between the south korean president and the possible. kim jong un and of course the possibility later of a meeting between the u.s. president donald trump and kim jong il and china of course being north korea's traditionally. closest ally a may want its leader xi jinping to be the first to be seen to be meeting kim jong un but for now it's still speculation martina when it was kim jong il visiting china we didn't find out until after the trip wrapped up interesting thank you very much kathy novak live from the south korean capital seoul. second day of voting begins quite soon in egypt for a presidential election that abdel fattah el-sisi is all but guaranteed to win he's
urging egyptians to turn out in large numbers so that they can have this say a strong turnout will give him a big mandates to repair the economy and crush armed groups husham a whole bar of reports. a crucial moment for the band seeking reelection president. wants a comfortable when and the huge turnout among the nearly sixty million eligible voters his supporters see him as the only man capable of leading egypt at a time when the nation faces many challenges and an impish. i couldn't sleep from all the joy just to come here and say yes to my motherland egypt i came here to say yes to stability and yes to development i came here to say yes to all military and . i will vote for sisi for the sake of the coming phase and i have a bachelor's degree in business administration and i feel like i have not given
what i deserve and i feel that this coming phase of a great things but the election has been widely seen as a false potential rivals to c.c. have either been jailed or dropped out of the race after a campaign of intimidation the only candidate allowed to run is a staunch supporter of president sisi. whose leader of the centrist party told the media he doesn't want to challenge the authority of c.c. for critics. more than a candidate whose role is to give the impression of a legitimate election i don't think there's any question that it's a sham i'm not aware of any serious difference of opinion among you know political scientists or human rights groups or analysts i think the point of the election is to demonstrate cc's power and his popularity this is why the government is pushing
so hard for a high turnout if there's a low turnout it will be bad optics for the regime. president c.c. will likely secure a second term by the general turned politician faces mounting discontent over the economy and armed groups operating in the sinai peninsula the vote will last for two war days a strong turnout could indicate a growing trust in cc's leadership has about al-jazeera. more missiles into saudi arabia if the saudis stop their bombing raids on sunday that he sent several rockets across the border targeting the capital riyadh the incident is threatening to intensify yemen's war and a hoax has the latest. this is how yemen's heathy rebels celebrated the third round of the conflict with the saudi led coalition a series of missiles were launched into neighboring saudi arabia on sunday night.
and the gyptian construction worker died one attack in the capital riyadh and several other people wounded. the saudi coalition was quick to react and claimed they had successfully managed to intercept several missiles. the kingdom says it has been targeted by some ninety police stick missiles launched by the who sees and pointed the finger of blame at iran. and to the work of iran must stop supporting the terrorist groups and organizations iran becomes like an appendix in the world's body it should rectify that situation other was the world will rectify it. but analysts warn this proxy war between both sides looks no closer to ending the cooks falls who have operatives on the ground in yemen have helped the who are these and the yemeni armed forces to basically augment the capability of the missiles in order to make them more capable and say you know if you don't negotiate with us we will continue with more sophisticated weaponry more missiles being fired and there
will be more dead on the side of saudi arabia which is something that can sustain. hundreds of thousands gathered in the capital sana'a monday to mark the third anniversary the saudi led coalition launched to fight for his fees in support of yemen's government. after three years of persistence the hopes of yemenis have been achieved there is a national yemeni army that is strong and protects its land and its resources and the. the honor of the people and their is a government that meets the demands of the yemeni people and strives to maintain their abilities and provides them with the means to live that enables them to hold strong in the coming years. or not the conflict has led to what the u.n. calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis at least ten thousand people have been killed in yemen and nearly twenty two million people in need of humanitarian aid to survive. eight million yemenis are on the brink of starvation with over
a million suffering from cholera the country's say face the diptheria outbreak with the conflict showing no sign of ending any time soon human suffering looks set to continue. outages there. so to come here and al-jazeera rests after the deaths of more than sixty people and of brushing russian shopping moves by i and thirty six years after the falklands war families finally get to say goodbye to previous the foreign soldiers. from a fresh coastal breeze. to watching the sunset on the australian outback. hello there it's rather murky for some of us in the middle east at the moment we've got plenty of whether that's been working its way up from the mediterranean and it's also been grazing the northern part of africa as well and that's course
a little bit of excitement over some of the mountains in the southern russia where we've seen a lot of orange snow now as we head through the next few days they could well be more in the way of dust storms from the northern parts of africa thanks to another storm that's making its way into wards this is not quite with us just yet but come wednesday we'll be seeing the rain and the cloud already over many parts here and the winds will be picking up as well so i won't be surprised if we see more dusty conditions thanks to this before the towards the south and here in doha is just getting hot now say thirty five degrees the maximum temperature on choose day and maybe thirty four home wednesday but not really much of a change for us for since a lot of some of will be at around thirty one and i'm towards the southern parts of africa there's always more showers here and at the moment some of the showers are looking particularly lively through parts of zimbabwe and down into mozambique very wet here and to the north of that is generally quite unsettled lots of showers around but to the south is where the dry weather is so it's dry in durban twenty seven degrees all maximum temperature dry also in cape town at twenty two i met
a guy isn't looking too bad either. the weather sponsored by qatar raise. the scene for us when they're on line what is american sign in yemen that peace is possible but not what happens not because the situation is complicated but because no one cares or if you join us on sat there are people that there are choosing between buying medication and eating basis is a dialogue i want to get in one more comment because this is someone who's an activist and has posted a story join the global conversation at this time on al-jazeera.
thank you look at the top stars here it out as there are more than twenty countries including the u.s. have joined britain in expelling dozens of russian diplomats as part of a coordinated response to the poisoning of a former double agent in the u.k. there's been a low turnout on the opening day of egypt's three day presidential election where president up to faster l.c.c. is widely expected to win a second. pfizer's in northern yemen have warned more missiles into saudi arabia if the saudis don't stop their bombing raids. now a senior u.n. official has visited one of australia's offshore detention centers for asylum seekers and he's described the conditions there as shocking follows nationwide marches on sunday which cooled on the government to bring refugees on man a silent route to australia under the government's hardline immigration policies anyone who attempts to reach australia illegally by boat is also massively sent to
offshore processing and told they will never settle in australia but we can now speak to. who joins us from cambra the australian capital thank you very much indeed for talking to say you're the first or the highest level u.n.h.c.r. official to have actually visited now ruth tell us what you saw. well martin the conditions in the room particularly as it relates to children and families was quite shocking i would like to highlight perhaps first and foremost the impact the long term detention has had on children i have witnessed for example a child of fourteen who was with her father in the. in the detention center her mother and sibling had been transferred to australia for medical treatment this child was pretty much catatonic had not gotten out of bed in
a month and was basically not leaving her room this is just symptomatic of some of the conditions that children face in terms of the long term stay there forty children have basically being born there and i've never seen anything outside this place and fifty children have actually spent most of the time there so i must say the situation their particular version of it was his it was hitting it out i mean another many many people describe the conditions as being prison like what is it about the. about the accommodation if you like that is having such a devastating effect on so many of these asylum seekers. other wanting part of it is the duration the duration they've been in there and for many the turn to the combination is been it's impacted by the
environment and mold and the conditions there and in some situations i think the movement of people out on the decongestant has made available any single space and we do hope that where there is space available and conditions spaces available in the sense that people in the normal tents in the heat can actually move in there another point i think of concern was the family separation issue where you have some families here being split because of movement to get into australia for medical treatment and there was one again a woman of four who was there and it was quite telling when she said you know i feel like i'm in the dark deep well and screaming for help and nobody can hear me i think this is symptomatic of the desperation and the hopelessness that many of these refugees feel in this circumstances i mean we've we've heard quite a lot about how these conditions there have been described as being brutal of being
traumatic and everything is australia actually in breach of international humanitarian law is it in breach of of refugee conventions for instance or is this just is this an option that australia has the right to proceed. well australia has decided to pursue this path. has clearly stated that australia should live up to its international refugee law obligations of permitting access to those in need of protection fleeing persecution and violence to its territory the present arrangement is not in that sense permitting people access to protection and asylum on australia's territory and the impact martin is what is of. consequence when you see that trained psychiatrist and medical personnel and
professionals have said that the majority of these individuals the mental state mental health is in in jeopardy and that the population is feeling a sense of hopelessness this i think is what needs to be addressed and solutions need to be found for this population we encourage that the australian government and the u.s. government has come to. an agreement by which refugees are being resettled in the united states but still over a thousand people will need solutions and pending an outcome all right in that water thank you very much indeed for telling us about your observations of the conditions are now only for asylum seekers and refugees now flagrant safety violations are being blamed for causing the death of sixty four people in a russian shopping mall far investigators say fire alarms were switched off and emergency exits were blocked four people have been detained jonah how reports.
firefighters had battled the blaze for hours by monday morning with most of the fire put out drone footage revealed the horrifying extent of the damage combustible walls and ceilings entirely collapsed where once they'd been cinemas and a children's play area they'd been full on sunday with families on a day out russia's investigative committee at work in the remains of the shopping mall in the siberian city of command over says a security guard had switched off the alarm system some fire exits were blocked and cinemas packed with children watching cartoons were said to be locked to stop those without tickets from sneaking in. for one person from an upper window was the only hope the emergency services in command over have confirmed dozens of deaths with some bodies yet to be recovered in the us leave the most difficult areas for us to
collapse in the miles because they've almost entirely fallen through to the third floor now bit by bit we continue to remove the construction. witnesses describe children becoming separated from adults as the mall filled with choking black smoke survivors were visibly distraught. this boy eleven years old jumped from a fourth floor window doctors say he's responding well to treatment but his parents and little sister didn't make it out. of course i'm shocked by what's happened nothing like this has ever happened before and compare of those it's the first time and i feel so sorry for the people the children who were there this is terrible i'm speechless investigators say the primitive to discuss the cause but they have identified serious violations in the construction and use of the mall converted from what was once
a factory for people including the mall's owners have been detained. environmentalist say iraq's once fertile for peninsula is now facing catastrophe the region seen a major collapse in its fishing and farming industries because of drought emraan colorful. they call this the graveyard of palm trees it used to be a lush forest supplying the entire country with dates. iraq self open into that was also home to a busy fishing industry is now shrunk to just a few points. as most of the fishermen quit their profession some of them are working as laborers others in the ministry palatino others working in other professions but not as a fisherman anymore as you can see all these boats are deserted fisherman are constantly getting threats from iran's maritime navy and fishermen can go deep into
the air even see anymore. farmers have almost disappeared from the area so it's because of the walls people if they farmlands and palm trees but when people wanted to return they did not get any support from the government whatsoever the situation will worsen there's no water no rain years of conflict has destroyed much of this area the former peninsula has witnessed war it was the scene of many battles in the one nine hundred eighty s. between iraq and iran and in one thousand nine he wanted was heavily bombed by coalition forces during the first gulf war and it was also the site of the very first battle during the u.s. led invasion occupation in two thousand and three the crisis has been made worse because of the dumping of toxic chemicals by the oil and gas industry the effects can be reversed if something is done soon according to environmentalists but time is running out. for was facing a major environmental catastrophe this is due to the negligence of authorities who
fail to implement rules to protect the environment which are needed and which in turn led to the certification in general across the southern parts of iraq. implementation of environmental regulations could change things here but so far the local government hasn't taken any measures almost everyone al-jazeera spoke to in zero four is concerned that it's not just a farming and fishing industry this dying the skills that go with it are also disappearing as the young seek jobs in the cities and towns of southern iraq without a generation of new farmers fisherman investment and regulations is in danger of turning into a region without life. like that. linda brown who was at the center of a landmark u.s. civil rights case has died at the age of seventy six she was nine years old when she was barred from attending an all white school in the state of kansas in one hundred fifty one her father turned to the courts for justice in the supreme court would you not know mostly rule four years later that school segregation was
unconstitutional. the families of ninety arjan time soldiers killed in the war for the falkland islands all melvina us have visited their graves for the first time their remains have been identified thanks to an agreement between argentina and britain whose nine hundred eighty two conflict left nine hundred soldiers dead on both sides to raise a bow ripples from one aside. it was a painful day for the relatives of those killed in the one thousand nine hundred eighty two war between the united kingdom and argentina they traveled to the falklands that he spewed islands the argentines call my living as to put a name on their loved ones graves last year a forensic study identified the remains of ninety souldiers out of one hundred twenty two that were buried under gravestones that read argentine soldier known
only to god. but on monday the lab was able to put her son's name to a grave at the darwin cemetery. but it's a very strong new feeling because i found my son i was able to speak to him as a mother and ask him questions address him with my feelings with my pain but it is a feeling of peace because now i know where he lies following thirty six years of such struggle but now i can come here to us and be with us quasi the identification was possible thanks to an agreement between argentina and the united kingdom with the help of the international committee of the red cross as a military man this has huge significance to me there is a shoot between all militaries but i think in particular the british military and the old gentleman the trees there is huge respect for from both sides of what has happened here. to. argentina lost the war with britain after the
military dictatorship of what a cite is or did the asian of the british control. which lies around five hundred kilometers off the coast of latin america. the identification of the argentinian soldiers is same by many as a step towards the improvement of the relations between argentina and the united kingdom and new relationship that will include not only dialogue but also cooperation on important issues such as illegal fishing and the search for oil in the southern atlantic. some war veterans continue to insist the islands belong to quieten tina but believe that dialogue should prevail. we have to negotiate so we never again have war and this is coming from someone who was there through dialogue through agreements and i hope that one day we can travel to the islands without a passport. but on monday it was all about putting the past to rest.
especially for those who have been waiting to give their loved ones a proper burial for so long. time versus a lot of the top stories here of al-jazeera more than twenty countries including the u.s. have joined britain in expelling dozens of russian diplomats as part of a coordinated response to the poisoning of a former double agent in the u.k. earlier this month this is the largest collective expulsion of russian intelligence officers in history. i have found great solidarity from our friends and partners in the e.u. north america and nato and beyond over the past three weeks as we have confronted the aftermath of the salzburg incident and together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate russia's continued attempts to find international law and undermine our values we've been
a low turnout on the opening day of egypt's three day presidential election where president have to faster l.c.c. is widely expected to win a second term is running virtually unchallenged with potential candidates either locked up or forced out of the race who the fighters in northern yemen have warmed their fire more missiles into saudi arabia if the saudis don't stop their bombing raids on sunday they sent several rockets across the border targeting the capital riyadh one person was killed and several others were injured a senior u.n. official has visited one of australia's offshore detention centers for asylum seekers describing the conditions there as shocking in drink of that water said children as young as ten were at risk of committing suicide at the now root detention camp anyone who attempts to reach australia illegally by boat is automatically sent to offshore processing centers. in russia for a recipe made after a fire at a shopping mall killed sixty four people investigators say
a smoke alarm system had been turned off in the building in the eastern city of. exits were also blocked at the time of the blaze four people have been detained linda brown who is at the center of a landmark u.s. civil rights cases died at the age of seventy six she was nine years old when she became the focus of a court battle that led to the desegregation of public schools right you have to date coming up next is the street. there were seven candidates vying for egypt's presidency. there are just two and with president abdul fattah el-sisi poised for his second term in power international rights groups are calling this election a farce we'll bring you the latest coverage and analysis of the egypt election on al-jazeera.