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pro-government media in syria appalled to air bases being attacked with missiles falling into sept. this is al jazeera live from doha so coming up another setback for donald trump's personal lawyer michael cohen forced to reveal the identity of a t.v. host who's accused support of the u.s. president. pulls family members of embassy staff alz of cuba over fears of a mystery illness plus. we traveled deep inside the democratic republic of congo to track the fate of thousands of people displaced by ethnic violence.
pro-government media in syria are reporting missile strikes on two air bases in homs damascus state broadcast television. showed these pictures in the past few hours it says missiles were in descent today overshot auth advice and homes the area was targeted by u.s. forces last year but the pentagon is denying any involvement now shortly afterwards has been laws media unit for paul to the base and to my outside damascus was targeted with missiles into step to state t.v. made no mention of that attack and not that high shimmy is director of the center of middle east studies at the university of denver he suspects israel carried out the attacks is most likely israel you might recall that earlier this month a similar strike was launched against a nearby military base in syria that killed between four to six iranian.
military personnel who were at the base at the time there is been an expansion of iran's influence in syria trying to build up infrastructure of supporter and there was in february this confrontation between iran and israel in syria when an iranian drone was shot down by the israelis so i suspect that's really the background to what's happened tonight. third fourth and strives follow the mobilization of government forces in homs so i'm a holdout has more on bats. this could be the start of a new offensive against rebel territory hopes. the syrian government appears to be turning its attention to the strategic region following its victory in eastern huta much of the central province has been recaptured in recent years but the opposition
has long held an enclave in the northern countryside that area is strategic for damascus if it wants to secure the roads linking government controlled cities in the west of the country the opposition is promising a fight on the little bit of mctear they weren't able to hurt us with the are two there a shining and they did try to advance on the ground they failed we warned them that if they want to fight they will lose a lot of men. every so often the army drops leaflets on these besieged neighborhoods demanding rebels to reconcile with the government surrender and leave or face attack that's the way the government takes areas by imposing sieges and then bombing the rebels and the population into submission. we fear they might displace us just like they did to others in other places people are petrified because they don't want to be left without homes or shelter. hundreds of thousands of syrians have been forced from their homes because of these so-called reconciliation or evacuation deals and they know returning is only
a distant possibility they have. to be displaced i want to stay with my family and friends i don't want to go anywhere else to be humiliated. holmes says not the government's only target there is a rebel enclave forty kilometers northeast of the capital damascus rebels in the western region have been given an ultimatum to accept a state to rule or leave the faction in the town of the mayor has agreed to surrender to stave off a military offensive the opposition has little chance of winning the battles in the northern countryside of homs and in the western and if those areas are under siege they have been for years but it's only recently that the army has been able to apply military pressure throughout the conflict the pro-government alliance suffered from a manpower shortage and has had to prioritize battles. now the army is mobilizing
on the front lines in southern damascus. and the opposition controls a number of districts there it seems the priority will be the battle with before a deal is offered to the rebels that would end all opposition presence in and around the capital where thousands gather to celebrate syria's independence day and this year the government is marking the anniversary from a position of strength has never been this comfortable since the start of the conflict more than seven you. ten of their antecedent the groups. now russia says international inspectors will then to do more on wednesday to investigate this is spanked a chemical attack the world's chemical weapons watchdog the o p c w held emergency talks where envoys traded accusations the u.s. accused russia of tampering with the site almost goes says the delay concern security thank finding team landed in damascus on saturday it will establish if an attack took place for one to sign blame the russian envoy to the o p c w accused
british intelligence of fabricating the attack. we have serious grounds to believe that it was highly likely that this provocation was organized with the help of the british intelligence services the spite that the syrian government allowed journalist to enter duma as part of an organized media tour they were given access to a field hospital where medical staff told reporters no patients suffered from toxic gas symptoms other residents recalled a strong chlorine smell but blamed the attack on rebel fighters the top did not include the building where syrian activists and medics say more than forty people were killed. britain's prime minister has been defending his decision to join the u.s. and france in their strikes against syria the opposition says to resume should have asked for parliament's approval first it's called for a debate on tuesday to make that
a requirement for future attacks jonah how reports. have been faced a barrage of criticism over the weekend to use it made her case to parliament the bombing syria had been both morally and legally justifiable it was not she said about intervening in a civil war with regime change but about humanitarian necessity saving syria's civilians from future chemical weapons attack as a legal basis for military intervention we cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized either within syria on the streets of the u.k. or elsewhere so we have not done this because president trump asked us to do so we have done it because we believed it was the right thing to do and we are not very many m.p.'s including in her own party a furious that parliament was not consulted first as is the convention in britain since the iraq war in two thousand and three the leader of the opposition led the
charge mr speaker this statement serves as a reminder the prime minister is accountable to this parliament not to the whims of the us president i there is no more serious issue than the life and death matters of military action it is right that parliament has the power to support or stop the government from taking land military action i. to resume a sword to justify her sidelining of parliament last week by citing the need to act quickly to prevent further attack and saying that high level intelligence could not have been shared with them ps in advance the rather damning opposition claim instead is that she rushed to support donald trump and fear the. if she'd put it to a vote she'd have lost the prime minister's performance will not satisfy all far from it and certainly not protesters outside. on the basis of.
chemical weapons attack. without a fight in parliament we don't like the bombing i don't like the bombing and i don't see any reason. you know democracy like we have the vote for that she's a maze not you know. put the u.k. government insists there are no plans for further attacks in syria that presumably will change if there's another chemical weapon attack jonah hill l two zero london us president donald trump's personal lawyer has failed in a bid to keep some of his business documents secret the items were seized in a raid on michael cohen's office last week investigators are looking into his dealings with a pornographic film star says she had an affair with trump that's an allegation the u.s. president denies a judge in new york also forced cohen to reveal others of his well known clients kristen salumi reports. attorneys for michael cohen and president trump asked the
judge not to give investigators documents seized by the f.b.i. until they could review them and citing attorney client privilege to protect the identity of other cohen clients but the judge denied the motion and outed one high profile client conservative fox news commentator and trump supporter sean hannity hannity says he discussed real estate issues with cohen who's an old friend. attorney michael cohen is the one under investigation in the proceedings taking place here in the federal courthouse in manhattan but it's a possibility that new information could come to light from those seized documents about president trunk and his alleged affair with a porn star that's attracting so much attention thank you very much. investigators are looking for possible criminal activity surrounding cohen's one hundred thirty thousand dollars payment to stormy daniels who says she was paid to keep quiet about her brief two thousand and six relationship with the president. my
attorney and i are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened and i give my word that we will not rest until that happens. she is suing for defamation of character and her lawyer says the seize documents could be important to their case and dangerous to anyone who's dealt with cohen he is radio active anyone that had any contact with this man in the last twenty years should be very concerned about what secrets of theirs are within these documents the judge is yet to decide who will review the documents which include information about the president's business before they're given to investigators cohen's attorneys have asked for the appointment of a so-called special master to do the job they're typically an independent lawyer who decides what prosecutors can see but prosecutors argue cohen doesn't need these special protections regardless of who represents christian salumi al jazeera new york. when canada is withdrawing the families of diplomats posted in cuba after new
information on the stimulus illnesses which affected staff at its have and that embassy diplomats from canada and the u.s. first reported symptoms of headaches dizziness and nausea last year now medical specialists say they may have brain injuries cuban officials say they don't know what's behind the incidence latin america and its allusive newman is in have an eye with more. the latest episode in the saga involving health issues of diplomats from the united states and canada here in cuba involves the families of canadian diplomat the canadian government as it is now with drawing these families because it cannot guarantee their health this after more than a year of investigations carried out by cuban american and canadian specialists they have never been able to come up with a satisfactory explanation as to what has been ailing or what was ailing these diplomats in two thousand and seventeen the symptoms were knowledge or headaches
dizziness among others and now the canadians are saying that there could even be some brain damage involved last year the company ministration practically shut down its embassy here in cuba withdrawing most of its diplomatic staff saying that their health could not be guaranteed the cuban government has repeatedly denied carrying out any sort of acoustic or any other type of attack against american or canadian diplomats in this country but this latest incident now involving the withdrawal of the families of the canadian diplomats comes at a particularly sensitive time just two days before president raul castro is due to step down signaling the end of a sixty year castro era in communist cuba. the philippine government is demanding justice for a filipino maid who was allegedly forced to drink bleach. is recovering after emergency surgery in the city of. she says her employer made her
drink the household bleach and she didn't make teeth properly the same employer is accused of not feeding months of the for more than a month stopping her from speaking to her family for almost two years. still ahead on al-jazeera. how israel's blockade of gaza and political infighting are depriving many palestinians clean water plus. we are going to meet the voice of the black lives matter those movements now kendrick lamar's won a prestigious prize. it's been a surprisingly wet april in many parts of iran the levant down towards arabian peninsula
still plenty of cloud around you see here tailing childish hours in eastern iraq kuwait dancer trots out as well but the focus really keeps him in iraq and very obviously afghanistan tajikistan and beyond but it's sunshine beyond that at least for the west that is warming up study twenty five in beirut as you can see twenty six if you're lucky on wednesday was settled weather not a particularly strong wind there's a bit of a breeze developing in normandy coming down the gulf so the remains of the clouds could give a few showers again i think out of the focus here on tuesday and possibly on yemen as well i'm going to hit the maybe in the middle of saudi arabia showers possible is dispositive right otherwise temperatures a recovery again the breeze from the north isn't going to be a dusty one the back rain or cutoff southern africa has seen some pretty big showers briefly and they're still in the full cost in choosing the middle of south africa were drawn to the north of the three botswana i'm going to still looking found he went in the movies try to make it as well and guess what you don't expect
very many showers this time of day from wednesday in south africa and there on sunday the line. on counting the cost how to get ahead in digital advertising why the new mad men dislike regulation but like harvesting everything they can about you the french president's big test. and i mean you were in focus this week counting the cost. of this is the opportunity to understand a very different way where there are people who happens and we don't leave.
you watching al-jazeera time to recap our lines pro-government media are reporting missile strikes on two syrian air bases syrian state television says missiles were intercepted over shite and homs and hezbollah media says to my old airfield was attacked the u.s. says its military was not active in the area at the time. russia says international inspectors willing to do more on wednesday to investigate the suspected chemical attack the u.s. is accused russia of tampering with the site of moscow says a delay in excess in the area is because of security concerns. high profile u.s. t.v. presenters now course open the legal battle over the f.b.i. raid on the office of donald trump's post a lawyer michael cohen has admitted he gave secretly legal advice to fox news host
sean. hannity who's been a prominent critic of the f.b.i.'s investigation into u.s. presidents russia ties. the u.n. says ongoing fighting in the democratic republic of congo has forced more than seventy thousand people to flee to neighboring uganda al jazeera as malcolm webb is retracing the journey of the refugees from uganda's capital kampala to the. refugee camp. and towards the sub i go to a landing that's where many of the refugees arrive by boat he sends us this report near the town of bunia where he accompanied the governor on a visits the areas affected by a snake violence. homes made of plastic sheets don't help much in the rain it's all people have in this camp for displaced people in the town of poignant in the democratic republic of congo they were attacked by militia who cut and killed people with machetes and burned houses the government says the situation is
now under control. we joined the provincial governor on a visit to the conflict area. it's remote and with barely roads. he found small towns full of people who fled the countryside came to hear what the governor had to say. the governor saying there must be peace encouraging people to go home and saying the government will do all it can to provide security for the people here a skeptical about his method. in each town we visit more displaced people who say it's not safe to go home the attackers are all from the lendu ethnic group the victims are ethnic hemas and some lenders to two groups have been rivals in the past but most people here say there is no ethnic conflict right now majority priscus a hammer with many lendu friends. there telling us the government is responsible
for what's going on that this is a war of the government they're saying this to us every day. many people here have told us they share the same suspicion of the government's role. u.n. doesn't have the world's second largest peacekeeping force here we met the mission's chief visiting one of the camp people insisting that it's a. conflict that nobody no. i did not heard at all that the government is behind i did not that. the government in kinshasa denies involvement as did the provincial governor. i want to assure everyone that the government has done nothing even the provincial government has done nothing we don't have any interest in destabilizing our own territories or killing our own population whoever is behind the violence convincing the population to return won't be easy and most homes remain deserted behind them fresh graves of those killed
some hacked to death others burned in their homes it will take a lot to convince people it's safe here malcolm webb al jazeera it three province in the democratic republic of congo. clean drinking water is a luxury underground reservoirs are poisoned waste treatment plants can't work at full capacity because of electricity and fuel shortages which means so we just pump directly into the mediterranean sea israel's ten year blockade on gaza has been blamed for the crisis reports from gaza now the latest in our series on water shortages around the world. delivers filtered water to thousands of families and garza with around fifty percent unemployment here he is lucky to have with george. the water from gaza's taxes on safe to drink because it contains dangerous levels of chlorine sulphate. but israel's ten year law of
land sea and air blockade has made people so poor. many can't even afford to pay for his company's better quality water although now covers you know what our business is down up to sixty percent people can't find jobs and many of them tell us they can't afford water they say one day when they get money they will pay me back. the lack of money has forced gaza's municipality to call for the services it offers many people use water supplies at mosques where the filtering is more efficient. mohammed alawi and his family live in a shelter refugee camp he says also only comes on for two hours every three days they get it but i did have to delay 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 all this 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 and the palestinian political crisis 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 world also need to help the body seems to fix the leak politik political situation from israeli palestinian it doesn't help to fix such important challenge which all sectors hold cation water 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. food al-jazeera gaza. vacuous interior minister has resigned after less than a month in the job he's the latest politician to step down following protests against the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiance hock stahl affords . these weekly protests in bratislava have claimed another political scout
tens of thousands of slovaks rally through their capital on sunday demanding the head of the police force step down their anger over what they say is his failure to investigate the murder of a journalist yan could see ak political corruption instead of the police chief quitting it was the interior minister who resigned on monday. if i think that the farting of the police chief is not right it would create polarization of the public instead of soothing the situation in our country i think that under these circumstances i have no for the right to be the interior minister that's why i have decided to put my resignation in the hands of the president. thomas drucker is the second interior minister to quit fairly three weeks after he took over from robert can't even act that was part of a cabinet reshuffle when the former prime minister. stepped down and in his six years in the row. did so smarr party is the biggest block in the three
party coalition government it's been crisis since the journalist in february young could see ike and his fiance were killed an execution style murders at their home at the time the twenty seven year old was proving state corruption and alleged links between the government and the mafia and the theft of european aid fun one of the companies he was investigating is owned by relatives of the current police chief the same person who's been put in charge of the investigation in the killings and. despite offering the one point two million dollar reward for information on those responsible and the arrest of seven people no one has been prosecuted for the murders despite the latest resignation on monday the current prime minister has backed a controversial police chief and praised his professionalism it's likely to mean protests like this will continue. as their. opposition m.p.'s in armenia have called for more protests after people were injured when
police fired stun grenades and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators traffic was blocked in the capital by protests against the former president's plan to return to power. and serve as president from two thousand and eight until he was forced to step down earlier this year because of term limits set to be approved as prime minister on tuesday for the opposition. views it is a move for him to remain in power and definitely. several people were detained following a small protest outside russia's security service building in moscow over the blocking of messenger service telegram the protesters threw paper planes the logo of the encrypted service of the f.s.b. building for some of them were moved by police the country state telecommunications regulator blocked the amp after a court ruling telegram as more than two hundred million users around the world. yes i think definitely this is a violation of the constitution it seems to me it is written there the freedom of
conscience to freedom of speech no one should read our correspondence and this is really outrageous that everything is under control in our country all calls all correspondence all messages is total control i think this is not fair but you learn about it when you realize it you get really scared and feel hurt for the country so . kendrick lamar's won the prestigious pulitzer prize for music the announcement for his album means is the first non-classical jazz work to deal ward why did joe castro ford's. called the voice of a generation thirty year old kendrick lamar's mixes hip hop with poetry and political protest his common subjects of race police brutality and perseverance made his songs the anthem of the black lives matter movement in the united states. his politically charged performances like this one on top of
a vandalized police car have also triggered conservative backlash they're not helpful at all this is why i say that hip hop is that more damage to young african-americans than racism in recent years but it was with a quiet delight that the administrator of the pulitzer prize announced on monday that lamar's latest album was to be honored with this year's award a virtual stick song collection unified by its for nakheel or authenticity and rhythmic diane dimond tism. that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern african american life lamar is the most commercially successful musician to have won the pulitzer prize with his albums selling out at record stores he is also the first non classical or jazz artist to win the honor legitimizing rap music as critically acclaimed art lamar says his music. is a reflection of his background the son of a former gang member now
a cultural icon who is recognized for his contribution to american arts and music castro al-jazeera washington. this is out of syria and these are the top stories now pro-government media are reporting missile strikes on two syrian air bases syrian state television says missiles were intercepted overshot in homs and hezbollah media say to my airfield was attacked to the u.s. says its military was not active in the area at the time russia says international inspectors will aim to do more on wednesday to investigate a suspected chemical attack the u.s. accused russia of tampering with the site but moscow says the delay in accessing it is because of security concerns the russian envoy to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has accused british intelligence of fabricating the
attack and. we have serious grounds to believe that it was highly likely that this provocation was organized with the help of the british intelligence services a t.v. presenter is now caught up in the legal battle over the f.b.i. raid on the office of donald trump's personal lawyer michael cohen has admitted he gave secret legal advice to fox news host sean hannity he's been a prominent critic of the f.b.i.'s investigation into the u.s. president's russia ties canada is withdrawing the families of diplomats posted in cuba after new information on mysterious illnesses which affected staff and it's have embassy diplomats from canada and the u.s. first reported symptoms of headaches dizziness and nausea last year now medical specialists say they may have brain injuries. the philippine government is demanding justice for a filipino maid who was allegedly forced to drink bleach by her saudi boss agnes is
recovering after emergency surgery and the saudi port city of g.'s than she says her employer made her drink the household bleach when she didn't make properly so vacuous interior minister says he'll resign after weeks of protests over the murder of a journalist thomas drucker is the second interior minister to stand down after investigative reporter. in this fiance was shot dead in. its counting the cost now. for nearly half a century. a controversial political figure in the cold in the middle east and one who was never far from crisis at home or abroad. in a two part series. tells the story of the sea of joy and. episode one.