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but the u.s. accuses russia of tampering with the site of the suspected chemical attack in two months. i'm richelle carey this is al-jazeera life in doha also coming up accused of sedition and rebellion killing and leaders and activists who backed a controversial referendum to split from spain appear before the highest court. i don't think he's medically unfit to be president because morally unfit to be president i heard f.b.i. director james comey says donald trump may have obstructed justice as a war of words between the two escalates. the war and disease the growing fear in yemen as more patients are becoming resistant to antibiotics. the u.s. has accused russia of tampering with the side of a suspected chemical weapons attack and. representatives of
a global chemical watchdog are holding an emergency meeting in the hague o.p.c. inspectors are on the ground in syria but they haven't been allowed access russia says the visit has been delayed because of saturday's airstrikes by u.s. u.k. and france where a challenge is live in moscow so we what do we know about this this o.p.c. w. meeting at the hague what do we know about it and what has russia been saying so far. well according to the british delegation to the o.p.c. w. arrived in damascus by saturday still waiting to be allowed to visit the scene of last week's chemical weapons incidents in duma now the brits say that they're not being allowed to go by the russians and the syrians and the u.s. delegation to the o.p.c. w. has already said things that perhaps russia has been tampering with the scene in
duma so we're having pushback to both of those accusations from the russians the russian delegations the o.p.c. w says that this accusation from the u.s. side is basically just you know the u.s. trying to undermine the integrity of the fact finding mission before it's even got to the site and made any assessments and against the u.k. allegation well the foreign ministry here is said that actually the reason why the delegation is being delayed is not because of anything the russians are doing but because of the airstrikes that were launched by the united states france and the u.k. over the weekend so this fact finding mission o.p.c. w. which of course was bitterly contentious from the start is continuing in out of acrimony it's also worth noting i think what do you know that this area doomer that
was supposedly we were told anyway by the russians and the syrians completely under syrian and russian control in recent days that all the terrorists as they put it being cleared out and russian military police were patrolling the streets maintaining law and order well there are reports on russian news wires today that fighting has broken out in the area and that given russia has pledged that it would guarantee the security of o.p.c. w. inspectors. two duma we see yes but it could well be used as justification from the russian side for delaying the visit even longer so having said that roy in the end do syria and russia really hold the cards for inspectors to ultimately get access to the site it seems as if they really have control of whether that ever happens yet they have absolute control of the area also they've been saying. you know
reports of recent vising broke out the o.p.c. w. has basically been applying to the syrian government to make all the necessary arrangements for taking them there the russians are saying that they'll be handling transport station it's not very far from the center of damascus to duma just a few kilometers up the road basically so this is an area that of course was. a hotbed of rebel activity until very recently but it is very close to the center of power in syria very close to the government in damascus and so this is always be the fear i think of western capitals the u.k. and america and so on that's basically what the o.p.c. w.c.s. when it gets there if it ever gets there will be totally controlled by the russians
and by the syrians and therefore the o.p.c. w. will get a russian and syrian perspective all right chalons live for us in moscow roy thank you let's get more now from cena hodor who is tracking this developments from the lebanese capital beirut. chemical weapons inspectors in the syrian capital damascus they still have not visited the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack reports suggesting that they will be heading to duma later today in the meantime the organization is holding a closed door meeting at the hague and they are discussing this april seven incident the united states accusing russia of tampering with the evidence because when this alleged attack happened the rebels were in control of duma a few days later russian military police entered the town and they investigate the site and said that they didn't find any traces of chemical weapons for its part russia is accusing the united states of trying to undermine the credibility of the c.w. because it carried out air strikes targeting damascus has chemical weapons facilities
without waiting for the findings of the opi. w. but the u.s. and its allies said they have proof a chemical attack actually happened of course without providing any evidence so the war of words continue between russia and the united states but clearly. we're not expecting any more airstrikes at least not until the syrian government is accused of carrying out yet another chemical weapons attack we heard the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. say the u.s. is locked and loaded and ready for a strike the u.s. is planning to impose new sanctions on russia for continuing to support the syrian government's use of chemical weapons awesome tense and vaster to the u.n. nikki haley says they'll target companies involved in syria's alleged chemical weapons program so you will see that russian sanctions will be coming down secretary will be announcing those on monday if 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. the former police chief of spain's catalonia region has appeared before a judge concerning his role in last year secession referendum he and other pro independence leaders are facing charges of sedition and rebellion on sunday thousands of people protested in barcelona calling for the release of they call political prisoners the central government and madrid says they broke the law by organizing what it describes as an illegal referendum to undergo has the latest from material. there is also a lot of concern that with the states is that there is catalonia remember of course that madrid has in effect taken over the region there is a sense that because there is still very much a limbo there is no not no leader of nominated suit be able to carry out some kind of resolution politically on this subject that it really affects the three men who
are facing the hearing on monday those counts of rebellion and in fact it will be it will come down hardest on them. that really sort of summarizes already the stress that these three are under with that because as far as they're concerned the spanish justice system here in madrid is not going to give way now and certainly at this point now they don't think with all the support that they received on sunday from the demonstration they're not going to push their positions now former f.b.i. director james comey is accused trump of being morally and fit to be u.s. president he says there may be some evidence that obstructed justice comey made the comments in an interview to air on that aired rather on an american network earlier launched a twitter tirade against me saying the man should be jailed from washington d.c. reports. in a remarkable rebuke former f.b.i. director james comey is saying u.s.
president donald trump is not fit to be commander in chief 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 exclusive interview with a.b.c. news george stephanopoulos was part of the rollout of coleman's new book titled a higher loyalty truth lies and leadership. chip in the interview komi says trump lies as obstructed justice and like it see him to an insecure mob boss and he also says russia might have compromising information on the president do you think the russians have something on donald trump i think it's possible i don't know i mean these are more words i never thought i'd utter about a president but it's possible and he accused the president of wrongdoing of
a possible crime yeah well obstruction of justice hours before the komi interview aired the president unloaded on twitter calling komi a slimeball slippery and not smart in one tweet trump insists komi committed numerous crimes themselves and needs to go to jail tweeting in part how come he gave up classified information jail why did he lie to congress jail in another message trump tweets komi will go down as the worst f.b.i. director in history by for trump adding with an exclamation mark for good measure you know more for him is the me komi was fired by trump in may saying it was for his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation but trump later said in an interview it was because of the russian vest a geisha and the firing prompted a series of events that led to the justice department to appoint robert mueller as special counsel overseeing the russian investigation that has expanded to look into
whether trump obstructed justice by firing komi komi says trump privately asked him for a loyalty pledge trump denies this this isn't the first book to rattle the white house in january by year end theories sold more than a million copies in four days written by journalist michael wolff the book revealed salacious details that painted a picture of a white house in chaos khomeini's book however poses even more of a threat to the white house given it was written by the former director of the highest law enforcement agency in america and based partly off. notes that he took after private meetings with the president the book is scheduled to be released on tuesday and certain to set off a firestorm in washington and beyond and particularly with an administration that seems to go from one crisis to another gabriel's ondo. washington american pastor is going on trial in turkey in
a case that has heightened tensions between two nato allies. accused of espionage and having links to muslim clerics and the outlawed kurdish group the p.k. k. accused of staging a failed coup in turkey in two thousand and sixteen faces thirty five years in prison if found guilty has denied all allegations still ahead on al-jazeera firefighters in australia europe battling to control a bushfire burning near sydney. the residents of gaza struggle to cope with the crippling water crisis. the weather looks pretty decent across much of north fazer at the moment we have got some areas of cloud just moving away into the open waters of the northwest pacific little patch of cloud just spilling out to the east china sea but high
pressure in charge so for the short term at least it should be a little bit of cloud around fifteen celsius there for tokyo that cloud will thicken up from the south as we go on through choose day into wednesday says and what the weather possibility into tokyo but bright skies come back in behind twenty celsius or soka similar values there across the korean peninsula but unlike a hot one in beijing temperatures could touch thirty one degrees meanwhile we have had a little bit of a wet weather into the southwest of china some snow over the high ground too but tony fine and dry once again there for hong kong right in the process of pulling out of the way moving in the cross the gulf of dunking some wet weather there in thailand as we go into the middle part of the week the usual showers continue across southeast asia some lively ones in places as usual some heavy downpours there into northern sections of borneo wanted to share was to into the south of the philippines some rather heavy rain for
a time making its way into thailand but that will clear through the course of wednesday. water an essential resource for all humankind across europe pressure to recognise water as a human right and put its management back into public hands is increasing i think that the european commission would be very very. would probably on anybody see any fields. those people who see everything as something to invest the profit of the one dollar. to the last drop on al-jazeera.
the mind of the top stories right now on al-jazeera the u.s. is accused russia of tampering with the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and duma representatives of a global temple watchdog are holding an emergency meeting in the hague o.p.c. debby's inspectors are on the ground in syria but they haven't been allowed access russia says the visit has been delayed because of saturday's western air strikes the former police chief of spain's catalonia region has appeared before a judge concerning his role in last year secession referendum and pro independence leaders are facing charges of sedition and rebellion. and uproar has forced china's biggest and most popular social media network to reverse its decision to ban online content sent away china's equivalent of twitter received a huge backlash when it walked videos and comics related to homosexuality the company said it was trying to comply with cybersecurity laws adrian brown has more
from beijing. well reversals like this are very rare in china now things all came to a head on friday when sino weibo which is china's equivalent of twitter announced it was going to delete all gay themed content now this provoked a predictable outcry there were letters angry posts hashtags one hash tag in fact called i am gay received more than three hundred million views three hundred million before it was deleted on saturday so clearly online there was a lot of anger but as quickly as those posts appeared they were deleted now the company defended its actions by saying it wanted to create quote a clear and harmonious environment online and was simply complying with president xi jinping has new cyber security laws the internet has become a real battleground for the l.g. bt community and president xi jinping appears to have that community in his
crosshairs he wants to clean up the internet he doesn't like what he's seen and so i think this this battle is by no means over it's going to continue and continue for weeks months and years to come now the l g b t community here in china says they are still persecuted and discriminated against even though it's no longer illegal to be gay in this country to be a practicing homosexual now china has one gay parade game archie year that happens in shanghai the next one is in june now in other parts of the world world leaders take part in those parades it happened with justin trudeau in canada but i think it's fair to assume the for now you're not going to be seeing president xi jinping doing that. they are all second and third largest economies china and japan have held their first high level economic talks in nearly eight years the talks in tokyo are a sign of improving science in the country sometimes frosty relationship that also comes against a backdrop of an escalating trade dispute between china and the u.s.
japan and china have a create a trade war would harm the global economy an heiress to south korea's largest airline has apologized for pushing an employee during a business meeting place around vesta gating show him in she's accused of yelling and throwing water at a manager of green areas advertising agency last month her sister was jailed in two thousand and fourteen for ordering a flight to return to the gate because she was upset about how she was served a bowl of nuts. police are investigating whether a bushfire threatening parts of australia's largest city was deliberately set two and a half thousand hectares of bush plan around sydney had been destroyed just since saturday police say it's a miracle that nobody's been injured and no homes destroyed i mean usually hot weather has made it hard for firefighters to control that fire andrew thomas has more from sydney. this fire truck is one of many that fought for edges of positions
on the age of what's called the fire ground and at the other end of the hogs is it is a putting out spot fires in case the wind picks up again and takes that fire back towards people's homes now the mine paul it's a big big was in an unpopulated area down there this is a giant bowl of forest all bush as it's called they know many people live inside that but along the edge of the reply but there are plenty of people who have had many fires here before i was talking to one man who's lived here thirty use and he's known for life because he was almost relaxed about this one and it does get scary and stressful but in a few days it's i have a new back to normal you know forest wise bush is the known here and 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 the wind picks up that's when the danger reignites first growing concern among aid agencies operating in yemen about their ability to contain the spread of infection
as more people are becoming resistant to lifesaving antibiotics middle east force countries already fragile health system has been destroyed by gears of war a saudi led bombing campaign has resulted in thousands of casualties previously manageable diseases have now reached epidemic levels last year one million cases of cholera reported the worst outbreak in modern history all diphtheria easily treatable infection has killed at least forty eight people in different parts of the country to have concerns about the overuse of antibiotics elsewhere in the middle east and coupled with thousands of injuries poor hygiene and lack of access to clean water they're concerned diseases and antibiotic resistance may spread beyond yemen and in areas the medical corner for doctors without borders in yemen he says it's an issue that some urging a war torn countries across the middle east. what we're seeing here in our hospital or in yemen is that around sixty to seventy percent of the patients samples are
either infected or colonized by with the resistant organisms these are the same organisms one would find in major western hospitals but what's surprising is the prevalence and the widespread situation we are seeing here in yemen we do believe that the big reason it has come out now is because the agencies are focusing of course on an emergency response so there are few humanitarian actors that are working in this type of issue so you have a system that has been able to offer proper secondary and primary care so this patients they have different types of needs they often have prolonged state so in our hospital instead of saying five days which used to be the average they say up to six weeks four weeks sometimes even more isn't that to complete their antibiotic treatments also they require high risk for love or a source for this expection to be detected and trained laboratory stuff which is
another they'll avoid the countries and more importantly these antibiotics are quite expensive and the absolute majority of hospitals cannot provide them we have reason to believe that this is a widespread issue throughout the middle east but especially in areas of prolonged conflicts so our hospitals in jordan lebanon syria and iraq have similar reports. politicians in france all debate in the immigration bill that are on monday the proposed law is to reduce undocumented arrivals and speed up the process for asylum seekers but critics say their plans on help refugees as they try to enter great into society that are about law 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. what they are doing for me is a big deal and it just 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 so it's. long journey from ivory coast to europe he says he lost a close friend and so 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 because 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 where we just don't care enough about this french charity say there are thousands of refugees sleeping in the street the paris city council provides some shelters but there aren't enough places for 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 to keep purpose of the bill is to try to deter migrants and silence the girls from going to france the bill doesn't do anything to try and make the living conditions better for those who are here already. last year one hundred thousand people applied for asylum in france one third was success. all 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 of the four months in paris sleeping outside he was taken in by a french family it changed his life with no office around europe has to realize that the way it has welcomed refugees hasn't worked for me having lived with the family and learned 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 is 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 al-jazeera. venezuela's president nicolas maduro has attacked south american leaders calling them of us imperialism but are always barred from attending the summit of the americas and peru that ended on saturday is almost certain to win next month's presidential election which many regional leaders have called a sham the main opposition is boycotting the vote their commission or some kenya's election board have resigned because they say the organization is dysfunctional the vice chairman says they've lost confidence and the group the commission was accused of failing to prevent voting irregularities during last year's presidential election president who can ya don't want to early ninety eight percent of the vote in october for an awful which the opposition boycott it. russia is now blocking
access to telegraph a popular messenger service that's after the company failed to give security services access to user secret messages russian media says moscow's communications watchdog has written to google and apple demanding they close access on their app stores telegram has strong encryption settings and she's by more than two hundred million people. clean drinking water as a luxury and gossip waste treatment plants cannot work at full capacity because of electricity and fuel shortages which means sewage just punt directly into the mediterranean sea israel's ten year blockade on gaza has been blamed for the crisis and the latest in our water series trial strapper of reports from gaza. no had a little delivers filtered water to thousands of families in gaza with around fifty percent unemployment here he is lucky to have a job. the water from gaza's taps is on safe to drink because it contains dangerous levels of chlorine and sulphate but now he says israel's ten year long land sea and
air blockade has made people so poor many can't even afford to pay for his company's better quality water well there are no covers you all know what our business is up to sixty percent people can't find jobs and many of them tell us they can't afford war they say one day when they get money they will pay me back. the lack of money has forced gaza's municipality to halt the services it offers many people use water supplies at mosques where the filtering is more efficient. mohammed alawi and his family live in the shops a refugee camp he says also only comes on for two hours every three days get it but i fear we have to do a washing dishes clothes and even ourselves until water comes desire life. ground water sources in gaza a heavily polluted limited electricity and fuel supplies mean sewage treatment
plants barely work. untreated sewage is pumps directly into the sea. and the un says natural underground resources are at breaking point more than two million people live in gaza the israeli government says some vital parts needed to build new desalination plants like this one may pose a threat to israel's security so they are banned international aid organizations say around ninety percent of this will is not safe to drink now this is one of three desalination plants in gaza but because of the lack of electricity that's available it's only able to operate for around six hours a day. tens of millions of dollars worth of water infrastructure was destroyed during israel's war on gaza four years ago waste water seeped into the ground and experts say it's too early to estimate the haul that's being done in the
palestinian political crises is making the situation even worse from uscis ruled gaza since two thousand and seven and in recent months the fatah dominated palestinian authority has restricted electricity in gaza to force hamas into a reconciliation deal the will also need to help the body seems to fix the problem but i think political situation from israeli. it doesn't help to fix such important challenge which all six. are suffering from. meanwhile many gazans have little choice but to rely on the kindness of water sellers like law had who hopes one day they can pay him for the war he brings. gaza. and we shall carry kept the top stories for you now on al-jazeera the u.s.
russia of tampering with the side of a suspected chemical weapons attack in touma representatives of a global chemical watched all holding an emergency meeting in the hague. on the ground in syria but they haven't been allowed access the visit has been delayed because of saturday's western air strikes former f.b.i. director james comey is accused donald trump of being morally unfit to be u.s. president and he says there may be evidence that obstructed justice in an exclusive interview with george stephanopoulos the first fired on last year. 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 or 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 former police chief of spain's catalonia region
has appeared before a judge concerning his role in last year's secession referendum independence leaders are facing charges of sedition and rebellion china's most popular social media site is reversing a decision to ban gay content on that site sino weibo has received backlash when its blog watched videos and comics related to homosexuality the company said it was trying to comply with cyber security laws and russia is now blocking access to telegram a popular messenger service that's after the company failed to give security services access to users secret messages russian media says moscow's medications watchdog has written to google and to apple demanding they close access on their app stores they commissioned or some kenya selection board have resigned because they say the board is dysfunctional the vice chairman says they've lost confidence in the chairman of the commission was accused of failing to provide voting irregularities during last year's presidential election. placer investigating
whether a bushfire threatening parts of australia's largest city was deliberately set two and a half thousand hectares of bushland around sydney has been destroyed that's just since saturday police say it's a miracle that nobody has been injured and no homes have been destroyed we'll keep you posted as are the headlines keep it here on al-jazeera the news continues throughout the day and inside story is next. when arabs solve their problems their leaders meet for yet another son.