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i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent the early stages of dementia. sacked the f.b.i. director says donald trump is morally unfit to be president. i'm sam is a band this is al jazeera live from doha so coming up. we send a strong message and our hope is that they listen to. the u.s. plans new sanctions against russia over the suspected chemical attack in syria. hundreds of thousands of people take the streets of barcelona to protest against the jailing of nine catalan separatist leaders and the bushfire threat to homes right on the fringes of a strongly is biggest city. former
f.b.i. director james coney says there's some evidence the u.s. president's obstructed justice says it happened during a private meeting he had with donald trump in february last year komi was speaking in an exclusive interview with a.b.c.'s george stephanopoulos he recounted the meeting in the oval office where he says trump urged him to close an investigation into his former national security adviser mike flynn the former f.b.i. director also said trump was unfit to hold office. joins us live from washington d.c. so it looks like he's really turned up the heat by talking about obstruction of justice give us the other headlines. yeah that was really a big one right there when he basically said that trump could be open to
obstruction of justice charges primarily what he was referring to was this alleged meeting private meeting between donald trump and then director of f.b.i. of the f.b.i. james komi in the white house where komi said that trump asked him to stop the russia investigation or at least insinuated that he should pledge loyalty to donald trump insinuating that he should stop the russian vest a geisha and that we've no and i mean that's come out previously but in this interview what's new is the direct. really accusation by james komi that that could lead to obstruction of justice for donald trump that was one of the many headlines that came out of this interview it's called he's promoting his new book a higher loyalty is the name of it that's coming out on tuesday host of other things as well one of questioned by the interviewee if if he thought that russia has any compromising information on donald trump james komi said he could not rule that out
that russia might have some compromising information news leading to this unconfirmed reports that have been circulating around for a while now that russia might have video or photographs of donald trump book of boarding with women in moscow that's something that the intelligence community has been looking into and it's just remarkable on so many levels that the former head of the f.b.i. the highest intelligence agency in the u.s. is saying this about a sitting president but the real headline out of all of this is that james komi is saying that donald trump is morally unfit to be president of the united states listen to what he had to say here. he's donald trump unfit to be president. yes but not in the way i often hear people talk about it i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and those
what's going on i don't think he's medically unfit to be president i think is morally unfit to be president gabrielle the sort of talk about obstruction of justice that could have very real consequences for the future of the white house given the mother investigation right. yet could because if obstruction of justice charges are brought against donald trump and let's remember that's a big if we don't know if that's going to happen yet but if they are presumably jim comi would be a star witness in that why because when trump fired komi last year he publicly said he was fired because of his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation but later trump in an interview with n.b.c. news said insinuated that he fired komi to stop what he viewed as an unjust russia investigation that is potentially what led to a series of events at the justice department that then led to the appointment of the special counsel robert mueller that is now looking into not only the russia
ties with donald trump or alleged russia ties with donald trump but also and this is key potential obstruction of justice by donald trump for firing robert sorry for firing james komi so if these charges are brought against donald trump there you have it you would be called he would probably be a star witness so what he said in this interview is basically potentially a foreshadowing to what he would then say in court interesting. that. earlier the u.s. president unleashed another torrent of abuse against james komi in a series of tweets donald trump suggests the former f.b.i. director should be jailed and challenges accusations he makes in a new book he says i never ask only for personal loyalty i hardly even knew this guy just another of his many lies is memos all self-serving and fake
from then calls komi slippery out of whack the worst f.b.i. director of history by far coming back saying on to his book is about leadership and three presidents who worked there to help to illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership trump he says serves as a counterpoint to that is the white house is constantly attacked khomeini's credibility for his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation i mean give me a break the guy knew exactly what he was doing he thought hillary clinton would win and he thought that this would give him some cover he thought that he made these decisions based on the political landscape and not on the facts of the case and when the person that is supposed to leave the highest law enforcement agency in our country starts making decisions based on political environments instead of on what is right and what is wrong that's a really dangerous position and i think that's one of the reasons there is such a huge bipartisan consensus that james comey doesn't have credibility and shouldn't
have been leading the f.b.i. any longer the u.s. has announced it's to impose further new sanctions against russia for its support of syria's government washington's envoy at the u.n. nikki haley says they'll target companies involved in syria's alleged chemical weapons program this follows the morning's airstrikes on syrian military solutions that allegedly stalled chemical weapons. so you will think that russian sanctions will be coming down secretary mineta will be announcing those on monday after he hasn't already and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to assad and chemical weapons use and so i think everyone is going to feel that at this point i think everyone knows that we send a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it french president emanuel says he's convinced president trying to keep the long term u.s. presence in syria but the white house responded afterwards adar trumps a once u.s.
military forces to return home as soon as possible alan fisher has more from washington d.c. well we know there have been a number of calls between the elysee palace and the white house over the last week not least to judge their reaction to what the saw was a syrian chemical attack against its own people and to draw up plans for the strike that we saw on friday night into saturday morning certainly present mccrone will consider himself one of the world leaders closest to donald trump but don't position on syria has been clear just over two weeks ago at a campaign event in ohio he insisted he wanted to get out of syria very soon indeed that surprised some people in washington and a week later the president rode back slightly by saying he still wants to get out of syria he doesn't want an open ended commitment there but he was looking to get out of syria as soon as the objective was achieved which he saw as the defeat of
eisel and certainly we know that military leaders are looking at a six month time skill to try and remove all american troops out of syria but as far as the president of france is concerned he has no doubts about the american commitment to the efforts in syria. and of course you don't ten days ago president trump was saying the u.s. should withdraw from syria we convinced him that it was necessary to stay i think that on a diplomatic level beyond what happened abroad those three strikes which are one element for me the most important thing we convinced him that we needed to stay for the long term and i still don't actually the trump white house is being criticized for a lack of vision a lack of policy on syria certainly that was a point that was made by politicians from both sides before the attack was launched on syria late on friday early into saturday morning by asking ok if we do carry these raids what's the next step what happens after that and the white house has
been concentrating largely on defeating eisel and reducing the caliphate as donald trump refer to several times on twitter and certainly they would like to see some sort of peace settlement in syria but they have moved away from the idea that president assad needs to be in a place where there is no doubt that the president of france left those phone calls with donald trump very clear on donald trump's commitment although obviously given the statement snow coming out of the white house saying there is no change in their policy nothing has altered as far as their ideas and syria has can sound president mccraw made of left to his conversations with a different impression of what donald trump was actually seeing. syria also featured high on the gender of the arab league summit in saudi arabia the twenty two member body is divided over the issue of those airstrikes saudi arabia are behind part of previously issued statements in support of the action while egypt
iraq and lebanon have expressed concern the sound of mark used his role as host to push for a unified stance against iran which he blames for instability in meddling in the region to her arm is a key backer of syrian president bashar al assad. hundreds of thousands of independence protesters of marched in barcelona calling for the release of nine jailed catalan separatist leaders spanish authorities want to try the political leaders on charges of rebellion so in their guy goes in barcelona. really six months since catalonia has been governed under direct route from madrid and there was little in the way of a political resolution to the crisis was yet dark no side is prepared to climb down from that position the spanish government maintains its line the illegal referendum last october was an act of rebellion and it's taking all
measures it says on necessary to contain it measures that protesters here say have gone too far or you can be against the ban guns or you can be crying abandons but. it's impossible to think that that's a normal thing and i don't project boundaries our political prisoners in our politicians cannot do their job because they're not allowed to do. so we are taking charge of the situation i think is the thinking behind the decision to jail catalan leaders would be that it would quell some of the fervor here that could have been more of a mistaken one because that has only served to really galvanize people here pro independent is but also beyond that as well to say that their fundamental democratic rights are being threatened meanwhile be arrested castle and politicians await trial on charges of rebellion a crime that carries a maximum sentence of thirty years in prison according to the lawyer representing the leaders there's little hope that spain's justice system would deliver a just verdict but the conduct of the moment to the spanish authorities believe the
started to call for democracy you do not lock people up for the peaceful expression of better view of. the castle and parliament has called for legal charges to be brought against a spanish supreme court judge for refusing to release one of the leaders jordy sanchez he was. nominated to become the next catalan president now catalan politicians have only until the end of may to nominate another leader before new regional elections a cold if it comes to that may shift the crisis but not necessarily in favor of those who put so much faith in the session is movement on it i go al-jazeera barcelona. still ahead on al-jazeera i'll tell you why a popular coffee shop is the target of protests in the u.s. city of philadelphia. and all charged up ford sparking drivers in jordan to turn away from fuel burning cars.
by the springtime flowers of a mountain lake. to the first snowfall on a winter's day. hello again the weather's looking pretty unsettled at the moment across the levant and western parts of asia you see some snow in evidence across a specky stand through up into kazakhstan also temperate zone terra just fourteen degrees with the risk of some showers baghdad to a shower isn't entirely out of the question and the wind hours are also indicating that we could and it was some lifted dust in places meanwhile across the western side of the eastern side of the mediterranean weather conditions here looking largely dry and fine there with sunshine for beirut temperature twenty six expected on shoes day for the north is fine rather cross turkey ankara a twenty five degrees now here in the arabian peninsula the weather conditions are looking a little bit unsettled i think you're in the course of monday fine on the western side of the punisher thirty eight degrees and sunny in mecca but here in the gulf
states that three more cloud around the capital but dust flows around to also the chance of one or two showers coming your southerly flow so that cool house being just thirty degrees likely here rising to thirty one as we head through into tuesday so across into southern portions of africa here we've got some rain across the western side of south africa much needed rainfall of course but cape town will be largely dry elsewhere should be fine for durban and we're expecting a high here of twenty three. the weather sponsored by qatar race. when the winning the will of the people hinges on the mass media state p.r. machine it's going to overdrive. he's been feeling saying. we just don't know yet where the lines when it drawn between what can be said and what cannot. some journalists decided to sacrifice their integrity for outside
polling the media opinion. base time on al-jazeera. you're watching out to zero time to recap our headlines now former f.b.i. director james comey says daar trump is morally unfit to be the u.s. president damning interview with a.b.c. news george stephanopoulos comey also says there's evidence trump attempted to obstruct justice. the u.s. has announced new sanctions against russia for its support of the syrian government washington's envoy the u.n. nikki haley said they'll target companies involved in syria's alleged chemical weapons program as follows saturday mornings air strikes on syria street military
installations but eventually stored chemical weapons. and hundreds of thousands of independence protesters have marched in barcelona calling for the release of nine jailed catalan separatist leaders spanish authorities want to try the political leaders and charges of rebellion the march comes just days after the supreme court blocks yet another candidate from becoming the region's leader. wanted negras ruling party has declared leader. as the winner of sunday's presidential election preliminary results have him winning fifty four percent of the vote which is enough to avoid a runoff his main opponent. got thirty three percent it's a key victory for the fifty six year old you kind of it who defied russia when montenegro joined nato last year. the selections results above all i understand it as the confirmation of montenegro's strong determination to continue on the european road to continue on the road that leads to
a european quality of life for all our citizens to continue on the road that will bring us to a full european union membership. al-jazeera balkans reporter militia reports from montenegro. went to fifty four percent. of its long lasting montenegrin leader became new president of this balkan country it will be his second mandate as president and in his almost thirty years long political career he was also six time prime minister issues victory speech he said that montenegro will stay on the path and the next member state of the e.u. in the next five years he has said that his priority will be economic growth and better living standards for montenegro and citizens his main opponent got thirty three percent of votes he was the candidate of several opposition parties including
pro russian once he didn't want to congratulate djukanovic and admit defeat one it said he will continue to fight against the economy which he sees as a man who has called captured state in recent times small to new growth ahead complicated relations with its old historic ally russia because last year a country joint nato alliance and state authorities montenegrin state authorities accused moscow for being involved in an attempt in montenegro in order to prevent that allegations that russia denied big story of each in that sense will definitely mean new distance in relationship of these two countries french politicians will debate a new immigration bill on monday the proposed law reducing illegal arrivals and speeding up the process for asylum seekers critics say the new proposals will not
provide any help to refugees during the application process and won't gratian into french society. reports from paris. for a couple of nights each week this is home fizzy most are one published been hosting the seventeen year old refugee from ivory coast in his paris apartment for several months it's a warm place to sleep and a slice of family life for the teenager who's alone in the city. are doing for me is a big deal of people in france don't give anything to immigrants or people who are in need one of his family didn't know me and i didn't know them but he trusted me let me sleep in his home. on z. mooses long journey from ivory coast to europe he says he lost a close friend and saw many people die on the mediterranean sea crossing. one public found out about hosting refugees on social media and felt compelled to act.
i don't do it to get something about it if i had to flee my home and end up in the streets in winter i hope that people would help it's a human shield in france whether it's the government or citizens we just don't care enough about this french charity say there are thousands of refugees sleeping in the street the power city council provides some shelters but there aren't enough places the french government wants to see an end to camps like this it's proposing a new immigration law which would aim to crack down on so-called economic migrants but speed up the process for asylum seekers but some experts say that's simply the wrong approach the key berbers of the bill is to try to deter migrants and silence the girls from going to france the bill doesn't do anything to. the living conditions better for those when you're already. last year one hundred thousand people applied for asylum in france one third were successful for those granted the right to stay integrating into society is an additional challenge today carlos are
bellairs studies at one of france's top universities but seven years ago he fled colombia after four months in paris sleeping outside he was taken in by french family it changed his life. no officer of europe has to realize that the way it has welcomed refugees hasn't worked for me having lived with a family and learnt the language and gained a network it shows that integration is really about contact and learning the skills to get by on your own french m.p.'s are debating the new law and will vote on it at the end of the month unless the bill as amended to provide more support for asylum seekers it seems many refugees in france will be forced to rely on the kindness of strangers natasha butler al-jazeera paris venezuelan president nicolas maduro has launched a scathing attack on this year's summit of the americas calling some of his regional counterparts wimps of u.s. imperialism but do know was barred from attending the event over next month's
presidential election which many regional governments including the u.s. have called a sham from as well as main opposition is also boycotting bout both the c.e.o. of starbucks has apologized after two black men were arrested as they waited for a friend in a philadelphia franchise of a coffee company protesters have taken to the streets of the city's mayor says he's heartbroken over the arrests of the police commissioner is defending his officers star has more. these the mobile phone pitches that have stocks on the defensive two men were scooted out of the cafe on thursday accused of trespassing they go on the to meet a friend and also use the restroom and they refused to leave called the police the friend turned up as they were being removed from home it was. after that video went viral starbucks went into damage control we're always working to create the very best environment in our stores in in our communities tireless
efforts to bridge the opportunity divide for young men and women of color and i've never been more proud of this company and what they do and this incident does not reflect the spirit of our brand it was an unfortunate incident and will be sure to make it right. starbucks c.e.o. kevin johnson also apologized on twitter this was little comfort for protesters who rallied outside and inside the chain's coffee shop in philadelphia on sunday. the police commissioner defended the officers involved when the call was initially made in starbucks employees they told the males that they were we said they said. we are here so police get there no complain about the same type of attitude in repeating your soul and they're not we in fact here's some let's rhetoric about you don't know what you're doing your. dollar your ploy or something to that it isn't for me
to say in short these officers did absolutely nothing wrong with the commission's statement may have done more harm than good. the police commissioner said that the officers didn't do anything. i believe a lot of times when there's someone who is racist and shows attitude of bigotry they tend to use the system to then show opposition to a person that did nothing wrong i'm not sure this is just an isolated it's issue but i think that whenever you have. a racial profiling situation it should be assessed not just by managers because that manager clearly needs to be fired but the police themselves the district attorney said the two men were released after their rescue to lack of evidence and starbucks decision not to go further with the case regardless though the arrests have sparked fresh debate about the treatment of black americans on a hoax that algis their. five faces a battling
a wildfire threatening parts of australia's largest city two and a half thousand hectares of bushland around sydney have been a blaze since saturday about five hundred firefighters working to save thousands of homes in the city solve western suburbs under thomas has more from sydney. this fire truck is one of many that firefighters have positions on the age of what's called the fire ground and at the other end of the holidays as far as the putting out spot fires in case the wind picks up again and takes that fire back towards people's homes now the main part of this fire though big was in an unpopulated area down there this is a giant bowl of forrestal bush as it's called they know many people live inside that but along the edge of the replacing but there are plenty of people who have had many fires here before i was talking to one man who's there to thirty years and he's known for life big fires he was almost relaxed about this one it does get scary and stressful but in
a few days it's i ever get back to normal you know forest fires bushfires as unknown here on unusual in australia but what is unusual is how late in the season this one has taken hold april the middle of all some should be cool by now here it's not mid thirty's when that wind picks up that's when the danger reignites jordan is driving into the future with a german company investing in charging stations for electric cars nationwide and as a country that doesn't produce oil there's good reason to move away from fuel burning cars and social name before it's. the engine hardly makes a sound and that can mean hashim hussain often forgets to turn off the ignition he admits he's parked and walked off with the car still running but that quiet and not having to fill up are two of the reasons the college student loves driving his electric car the benefits is just as money like as it.
was and fixing the good work that we do. and it's good for them but i mean there are now about ten dealers including renault selling electric cars in jordan last month a german company and outs plans to build ten thousand charging stations across the country and there's an all electric public transportation service called tell see that the government offers incentives to consumers no customs fees or taxes the main reason for anyone to buy a car if you are not buying. the really listen expensive the doesn't mean or diesel vehicles. there's a good economic reason to for the government to steer away from gas burning vehicles jordan imports more than ninety percent of the oil it needs in order to
reduce the economic burden the country is not only encouraging jordanians to drive electric cars but it's investing in wind solar and solid waste energy right now there are two billion dollars worth of renewable energy projects under way. this month the government unveiled the second phase of a national energy efficiency action plan in place for more than a decade. only two people that we've worked in order to reduce our consumption patterns on one hand and to increase the potential contribution the potential. over. his the goal is to continue to drive down energy use by twenty percent and increase renewable energies imprint to ten percent by twenty twenty experts say jordan has already become such a leader in the middle east its neighbors have expressed interest in replicating these initiatives natasha guinea al-jazeera.
and this is al jazeera ties take you through the headlines former f.b.i. director james comey says there's some evidence the u.s. president's obstructed justice he says it happened during a private meeting he had with donald trump in february last year comey was speaking in an exclusive interview with a.b.c.'s george stephanopoulos. is donald trump unfit to be president. yes but not in the way i often hear people talk about it i don't buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent to early stages of dementia strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on i don't think he's medically unfit to be president i think is morally unfit to be president. the u.s. has announced it's planning new sanctions against russia for its support of syria's
government washington's envoy at the u.n. nikki haley says they'll target companies involved in syria's suspected chemical weapons program this follows saturday's as strikes on syrian military installations the allegedly stalled chemical weapons it was syria's deputy foreign minister met chemical weapons inspectors in the capital damascus the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons is on a fact finding mission to see if toxic gas was used in doom earlier this month it won't attribute blame though in its final report hundreds of thousands of pro independence protesters have marched in barcelona calling for the release of nine jailed cattle and separatist leaders spanish authorities want to try the political leaders and charges of rebellion the march comes just days after the supreme court blocked yet another candidate from becoming the region's leader on the lagos ruling
party has declared leader milos york of which as the winner of sunday's presidential election preliminary results have him winning fifty four percent of the vote which is enough to avoid a runoff his main opponent allow them but you have each got thirty three percent firefighters are battling wildfires threatening parts of a strangely is largest city two and a half thousand hectares of bushland around sydney of being a blaze since saturday about five hundred firefighters are working to save thousands of homes in the city's southwestern suburbs. on counting the cost how to get ahead in digital advertising why the new mad men dislike regulations but like harvesting everything they can about you french president's big test plus why oil ruin and a minyan were in focus this week counting the cost on a. bot.