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city of atlanta the legitimate government spent a long time recovering some of the central bank's functions and activating them an ad in the legitimate government has not been able to restore the state institutions especially the revenues institutions and therefore could not maintain the revenues in the liberated areas. the internationally recognized government relies on saudi arabia for cash injections which helps pay some public sector wages which goes some way to halting a complete economic collapse and stop the country running out of food it's estimated almost eighteen million people in yemen like access to good regular nutritious meals but eight point four million are on the verge of famine they simply don't know where their next meal is coming from. abdul karim ali in this family eat today tomorrow. that's another battle. alan fischer. here's what's coming up for you on this news hour supplies for the stranded floodwaters start to recede but new dangers look for those cut off in the set of
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carola. and sport a rare setback for team china at the asian games and into nature the details about him coming up a little later. so yes those floods in carroll are aid agencies in india say it could be days before the full extent of flood damage is knowing there many people don't have drinking water they don't have electricity and the indian government is turning down offers of foreign aid saying it can cope with the disaster and thomas and kara. and team has moved away from where the worst of the flooding is in kerala so i'm not suggesting by any stretch that all the water level has dropped to this sort of level nevertheless it has been sunny across the state on wednesday and that means that we will see levels are dropping that's good news of course but it does mean that pull out of water like this are being left behind this is getting pretty stagnant smelly it's the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and that's
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a big concern because mosquitoes of course carry diseases now the relief efforts continue the not yet into a reconstruction phase they're all about getting food and water and other things like that is essential to people the reconstruction efforts will take months if not years in the u.s. government has told the times of india informally that they are going to turn down more than a hundred million u.s. dollars worth of assistance that has been offered by countries predominantly in the middle east their essential saying thanks but no thanks we've got this we're going to cope on our own india hasn't taken overseas aid since the two thousand and four tsunami and they're saying at the moment they can cope with this disaster on their own. saudi arabia has reportedly called off its plans to sell shares in its state oil company aramco a public stock offering was being billed as the biggest in history was also forecast to return trillions of dollars to the kingdom enabling it to restructure its economy and maybe reduce its dependence on oil revenue pole chatterjee and as
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our reports the kingdom of saudi arabia announced this plans to sell shares of its state oil company around quote two years ago the stunning plan was billed as a way to generate a huge windfall the kingdom would bring in trillions of dollars by selling a mere five percent of a ram go on national and international stock exchanges in fact the different stuff changes had been competing with each other to abstract the shares the i.p.o. . in london for example the proposals to change and modify some of the regulations which were very strict to allow them more flexibility so it has ironical which is of course private company but verity and national oil company basically government comes. to be privatized as such crown prince mohammed bin solomon announced the privatization as part of his ambitious vision twenty thirty scheme to modernize the kingdom's economy and society has been summoned is hoping
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to reduce the kingdom's dependency on oil revenue but the kingdom's finances may be too tied up into its oil economy to untangle being a government state owned company its books have to be completely open and yet it is very much into twined soured at amoco as it has its oil operations have been its finances intertwined with the saudi government for is that he does provide welfare to schools and hospitals been summons attempt to take the state oil company public would have also put saudi arabia under closer scrutiny not only financially but it would have to be more accountable for its human rights record an inability to ensure citizens the freedoms of expression and assembly of publicly traded company would have to be transparent and accountable it's not really the saudi way i've only been here is that would be a good thing to do so to be full disclosure it's not a situation they're probably used to or comfortable with at this point but it would
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be very good for them to come around to that type of reporting to sources close to the public offering say financial advisors working on the proposal have been let go they believe the kingdom is now considering investing in a local petrochemical maker and increasing revenues for saudi arabia from different markets paltrow dirge on al-jazeera. there has been more criticism from canada toward saudi arabia over a jailed activists activist i should say it is the rights groups say the kingdom is seeking the death penalty for a female human rights activist and five others. was arrested two years ago and she would be the first female activists put to death because of her work i can two thousand and seven she took part in the protests against the discrimination of a shia minority human rights watch says the charges against them don't resemble any crime canada's minister for foreign affairs chrystia freeland released the statement canadair is extremely concerned by the arrests of women's rights
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activists these concerns have been raised with the saudi government canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights including women's rights and freedom of expression around the world we're going to talk to stephen chase about this national correspondent the globe and mail newspaper he is with us from also in canada nice to have you with us. what's canada trying to do here obviously condemning human rights or something which a lot of governments do but we also know the history which these two countries have and that the saudis tend to retaliate for this sort of thing. carol is trying to sell a message that it's not you know we go. i know it's the government's case they researched it they took twenty hours to get back to me it was a response they were directly addressing this to change activists i mean they're trying to show the world that they're not. and they're not going to be challenged by. why canada why now. well there's
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a couple of reasons why i think that this government has over the last three years the true government is only recently new office and is only elected in late two thousand and fifteen it's really a chance insult as a feminist government to government it was going to remake canada's image in the world stage and they've had a few stumbles doing that and one of the conspiracists indeed has been women empowerment of women and so on and so these cases that the queen government has been a lot the horns but with the saudis over all and all of all the least in each case the will and so it meant that there is sort of back themselves in a corner and there are going to back down and they're trying to show demonstrators the saudis that they will be cowed by the retaliation that was visited on them earlier this month by riyadh do you think there's a chance it could backfire i wonder how important is the saudi relationship to
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canada that canada deciding to go so vehemently after this i think that we also have to remember that there's an election in canada fourteen months and the government had taken a lot of heat over its decision to continue with an arms deal with saudi arabia that has been put in place by the previous government one of the things this government has to do is to capture the the left the center vote and i'm sure this this out i i can't make a direct connection but it certainly doesn't hurt the polls ok how strongly does this resonate with the people of canada leaving the politics and the politicians i should say out of it for a moment how strongly does a foreign affairs issue like this resonate with the people of canada. i don't can it is not used people eating them or getting ate them other countries are usually the sort of the local all you know harmless country so there is
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a real kneejerk reaction against saudi arabia there's a leak and there's a lot of latent just like the practices of the government of saudi arabia not of saudi arabians that the government study group but the regime there and this is really drawn out a lot of. the anger well i'm going out with the average person you can see it on twitter you can see it but you are going to be able all right stephen thank you for talking to us today bringing us up to date with that story we're all going to venezuela with a worsening economic crisis has caused a huge rise in the numbers of pregnant women crossing into neighboring brazil to give birth this year five hundred seventy one venezuelan babies have been born in the hospital at brazil's border town of both vista that is compared to none in twenty fifteen the result is becoming increasingly stretched the state governor has asked for the border to be closed but the federal government brasilia has ruled it out on humanitarian grounds to raise a boat is at a camp in above a stand in prisons border with venezuela. this is the city of the i mean this is
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about three hours away from the border between brazil and venezuela and this is a shelter that was set up to attend venezuelan refugees there's about nine shelters like this one in the city and in each one of them there's between six hundred and seven hundred people living here it was set up by the federal government with the help of the united nations refugee agency n.p.r. people are provided with food shelter and they helped later on get an idea so that they can go to other parts of brazil or to other countries the government is trying to move people away from this border areas and send them to other parts of brazil mostly especially after the violence that took place in this state between brazil brazilians and venice well and refugees over the weekend a camp was attacked by brazilians and people where violence from one side of the
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border from the brazilian side of the border towards venezuela people here would like to go somewhere else to find work but the process has not been fast enough the united nations refugee agency is saying that they need at least forty six million dollars to cope with the refugee crisis by venezuelans all around latin america but so far they have only received around seven percent latin american countries out to maintain an attempt to find a way to collectively deal with this venezuelan miten crisis ecuador and peru have announced people fleeing venezuela will now need passports to enter thing as many of them only have i.d. cards and that has many stranded in colombia because they can't get into those two countries joining us now. which is on the ecuador colombia border take us through the decision. to allow only venezuelans in the passport into it in the fallout of that. miles that came as
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a surprise things the village but am i going to really move around most american countries where with their id their decision came out of the blue after whether saw an increase in their daily arrivals of venezuelan migrants where we are now they there would be around forty five hundred an average of forty five hundred been well and crossing on a daily basis which at first had the tech weather. for emergency and the border provinces and then the decision to require passports which require new would have somehow stopped the employers with a sense of many minutes when it is don't have passports it's very difficult for them to get passports back and it's very expensive and they have the chance to do
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so. at first creates create a build up of people here where we are until a couple of days ago now they're mostly gone we're down to five hundred an average of five hundred units that are crossing on a daily basis the question is where are the other people where have they gone now talking to the red cross and other going to hear what they think is happening is that they are simply not crossing through the legal bridge and other crossings in colombia neckwear there is that taking their rough roads into quite the work to try and reach through which is to find the nations for many of these people by saturday when also federal will start requesting to see their passports on asunder i am reading about a challenge to this passport only ruling which could happen in the constitutional court can you briefly tell us about the. yes they're hearing starting to do in the capital of ecuador at this challenges brought by the
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countries on those men the peoples the same there have who's saying that on humanitarian basis given that this is a full blown humanitarian crisis beneath well and should be able to cross through and quite there as they were able to do and still five days ago simply with their i.d.'s the judge in this court sided to postpone that decision i'm surprised they so we'll have to wait until dan we spoke to a few people here who were waiting for this decision to come today wednesday and were hoping to cross legally since they don't have a passport sebas now knowing that they'll have to wait until friday they were considering the fact to also cross but illegally and try to make it through the border with before morning when the restriction is getting there and the people are challenging acquirers decision here are saying that the only
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result will be to have the same amount of immigrants vastly in this case completely legal which will only bring more problems out of some programs yes he's on the ecuador colombia border thank you. still ahead for you this news hour new challenges for asylum seekers the people living in greece. and footballers in spain not happy with plans to play games or may not have states that what they're doing about it later in sports. without some other lively shall is extending from the great plains down it's a southern parts of the u.s. and in the process of making their way out of the way still want to chase storms just around the southern plains easing over towards colorado outs of cold in parts
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of texas but brought to skies along the eastern seaboard and that will continue to be the case as we go on through the next to some pleasant warmth that twenty six celsius in new york d.c. and north of the border also into office we're still a few showers in place as we go on through thursday as you can say for all the central pasta for the west is still warm and dry a little colder there for seattle remember getting up to around thirty degrees couple of days back around nineteen or twenty by friday the showers will continue across central parts twenty therefore chicago as well further south we're fine and dry as is the case across eastern parts of north america come down into the cap and lots of tropical sunshine was a chance of want to two showers a cool if might catch your chad around the great around tennis possibly too into the last around today's before many more sunshine and then showers we've got a scattering of showers making their way towards the western side of the caribbean nicaragua costa rica could see some wet weather but looking fine and dry for mexico
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. this don did not have the ability to pick on every network no one is also going to have to fight all of them big enough to sponsor them as well in search of the missing pieces i was really important meetings with for the moment he said i like. the pakistani puzzle when you get the news that bin laden was killed were you surprised or was your reaction oh they found him in the place we continually but we don't want anyone to know mehdi hasan goes head to head with the film a pakistani foreign minister on al-jazeera. every weekly news cycle brings a series of breaking story but it wasn't trucked in when the boy told through the eyes of the world's journalists the images matter a lot of international politics joined the listening post as we turn the cameras on the media and focus on how they report on the stories that matter the most third if
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someone from the country who guides you who needs you to this story of the bottom line tells us who wrote the listening post on alt. with the news all around al-jazeera and these are our top stories the u.s. president on the trump is insisting there was nothing illegal about payments made to two women during his election campaign that it's despite a successful prosecution of his long time personal lawyer for making those payments michael cohen says he will assist them our investigation into russian meddling in the twenty sixteen election in zimbabwe the supreme court has started hearing the opposition party's challenge to last month's presidential election result opposition leader nelson chamisa says the vote rigged in favor of president and the
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someone who won with just over fifty percent of the vote and saudi arabia has called off both the domestic and international stock listings of that state oil giant around coach the plan was central to saudi crown prince mohammed bin solomon's raft of reforms aimed at restructuring the kingdom's economy and reducing dependence on oil. so let's return to donald trump's comments he actually made these on us television a few hours ago regarding the michael cullen time and this is what he told fox news of the payments did they come out of the campaign that didn't come out of the campaign they came for me my first question when i heard about it was did they come out of the campaign because that could be a little dicey but they didn't come out of the campaign and that's big but they weren't that's not it's not even a campaign violation. we're going to talk to sam nunn brag about this who is a former trump campaign adviser now working with steve bannon joining us from new york nice to have you with us the the problem with what donald trump is saying in
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that interview there. goes back to april fifth when he was on air force one and he said no i don't know anything about these payments and you'll have to ask michael cohen my attorney. hasn't the president just revealed that he's an ally here. well when the president was asked about that on air force one it's in particular what he was saying was i didn't know at the time in other words he was saying well i asked michael about when that deal was what he has said today is in complete agreement with it and that he's saying i didn't know that michael made that specific hundred thirty thousand dollars payment a couple weeks before the election michael did that under his own authority and i did not provide him the money what the president then said in the quote that you read which was very important was saying we never he never used campaign funds and he never used to make the payment nor did he use campaign funds to pay michael back so the fact that michael pled guilty and this is the first time i know when i've i
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mean i've worked in a lot of elections that somebody has pled guilty to something along a long the lines of this where the statute is pretty broad and you could argue that this was done under the normal course of business a payment like this that's michael's problem that doesn't implicate necessarily the president so are you saying then the payments themselves are not an issue they shouldn't be investigated or they shouldn't be an issue for the american people for the court so for anyone no i'm not what i'm saying what i'm saying here's what i'm saying i'm saying that in terms of whether or not that this whether or not this was an actual violation remember michael cohn pled guilty to eight charges yesterday six of them involved his personal finances tax fraud bank loan fraud and and so the nother financial impropriety then he pled guilty to two
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separate ones this issue is fine and if it's a crime it's a crime but ultimately it goes to the political argument of whether or not the president should be impeached and i don't think that this is an impeachable offense one way or the other. serious sound as the. president's press or the white house press secretary said today has said as the president said was stated many times he did nothing wrong there are no charges against him does that mean then that the president will just i mean he uses the typical phrases of things being a witch hunt and being unfair and things of that do you think he's just going to want to move on from all of this and we wait for the next storm to come through. well ultimately we're going to find out where this goes on this midterm you know this midterm and steve bannon has said is essentially donald trump's first reelect because if the president if excuse me if the republicans lose their majority in the house and the democrats control the house and you have a speaker pelosi you have the jerry nadler running the house judiciary committee i
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assure you that a law that something along the lines of what michael cohen pled guilty to which is small in the scheme of things it would be considered a peach a bill offense anything and everything in my opinion would be impeachable to these democrats who want to redo the election they're getting an opportunity here like nobody has ever gotten in history they're getting to the opportunity to nullify the election if they're able to vote the republicans out of the majority and if the election were held today it would be very very close but i'm extremely optimistic and in fact i think it's important to explain from the political point of view the more that molar has has something along the lines of going after him of going after donald trump's personal attorney and only getting eight out of eighteen charges in what we were told was a slam dunk easy paper trail case for the government against paul man a fort i think that this hasn't moved the needle in terms of whether or not the public wants donald trump removed from office and ultimately to be honest in my
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opinion that's the goal of muller muller's cole is to remove this president from office he is playing a simple watergate model those parameters those rules don't apply here will this president go and talk to robert mueller and then because there's so much back and forth over that about whether he should and giuliani do one thing trump says another thing why does and if he says you know guilty of anything want to just go there and say that. well the issue on whether or not he should talk to muller is what the smaller exactly want to ask and what is the special counsel's office want to ask him if the special counsel were only going to ask him about the election and about election issues that is one then perhaps he should sit down i've said he should sit down but under the present circumstances somebody like me who's publicly said well i think i think he should sit down with muller to try to close this down i don't think he can now because there was a report released which showed the questions it was in the new york times the questions that muller muller special counsel office wanted to ask the president and
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the vast majority of them involved in obstruction of justice charge and they want to everything they were flip fourteen questions release they could have this little mix up and nine of them essentially involve james komi and michael flynn which ultimately involves james komi and if they're going to use. me as his star witness on an obstruction of justice charge then i don't think the president will end up sitting down and he's just going to play this out and that's why once again going to the midterm this midterm is essentially donald trump's first reelect. donald trump campaign adviser joining us from new york we thank you for your time. now a controversial plan to close polling stations in a predominantly black part of the u.s. state of georgia is being considered by the local elections board they're going to make a decision on that on friday voting rights activists say the proposed closures would suppress the turnout of black voters in november as midterm elections this is
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happening or it's being planned in randolph county where the proportion of black people is twice the statewide average this plan has been widely criticized including by and stacy abrams who is running to be america's first black female senate state governor i should say keira lerner joining us now political reporter for think progress so web site that covers voting and election rights joining us from washington d.c. look i think the big question or the simplest question here is why why try to shut down the senate. yeah like you said there is an extremely high profile competitive election coming up in november in georgia stacy abrams could be the first black female governor in the united states and she is facing brian kemp who is currently the georgia secretary of state who has a history of trying to suppress voters throughout the state and republican election officials and lawmakers in georgia know that their path to victory is by suppressing certain voters namely african-americans the demographic in georgia is
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changing rapidly and they understand that in order to win elections they need to pick and choose their voters so last week in randolph county we heard for the first time this proposal to close seven of nine polling places the majority of them are located in highly predominately african-american portions of the county and we know that the people living in these jurisdictions are low income and do not have the resources to travel further to a different polling location. and under what pretense or to interrupt you under what pretense is it being done because i'm sure no one's going to come out and say oh yeah we're closing these because they're predominantly black areas what excuse of a giving sure they are citing the americans with disabilities act interesting lee enough this is a federal civil civil rights statute that is usually used to protect americans with disabilities and they are claiming that these seven polling locations do not have
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a duty a required features like ramps leading up to the engine he says of the exact a right angle or wide enough doorways are paved parking places and these are these are features that in rural georgia would cost a lot of money to install and we know that these same polling places were used during the may primary and during the july runoff and no one took issue with the fact that they violated the e.g.a. that so if someone is someone or some group been pushing for an alternative if it's too expensive to you know rich or actively fit these polling stations with rahm so why did doors if you can't do that then find another place. yes and there are alternatives disability rights advocates will say that they support things like curbside voting allowing handicapped people to be able to cast a ballot from their car so there are ways to accommodate handicapped voters without completely shutting down the polling place or right carolina from think progress joining us from washington d.c.
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thank you for then. this week muslims around the world are celebrating a the law of the house or the festival of sacrifice but in indian administered kashmir that holiday has been mobbed by violence. the sounds of pellet gun shots yelling and smoke from tear gas canisters filled the air in several towns in the indian administered kashmir this week muslims are celebrating the e.t.l. adhoc or festival of sacrifice leaving many streets quiet. but not here in srinagar after evening prayers on tuesday hundreds of protesters demonstrating against indian rule carried signs hurled stones and even threw tear gas canisters back at police and not only that the year. many of our brothers are in jail many are injured with shotgun pellets and many have been martyred the indian forces are suppressing us with their minds we are facing tyranny every day. here is
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a muslim majority himalayan region it's claimed by both india and pakistan many kashmiris have been opposing indian rule since independence in one thousand nine hundred seven met along what was their cause going to get actual appeal to the international community especially to the organization of islamic cooperation in the united nations to intervene and take notice of the atrocities committed here so that in just oppression is stopped. a boundary known as the line of control divides the region in half with one sided ministered by india and the other by pakistan india would like to formalize the status quo and make it the accepted international boundary but pakistan and kashmiri activists reject this plan because they both want greater control over the region pakistan's new prime minister imran khan has proposed talks with indian premier modi to resolve the longstanding dispute over
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kashmir natasha going to aim to zero. that's helping some important indigenous sports.
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it's estimated around eighteen thousand asylum seekers that are living on the greek islands many of them in overcrowded camps where there are now fears of a disease outbreak up us reports now from the island of samples. lowder commander
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has been living in this tent for a month he says he is sixteen and has applied for asylum in greece and. it's good here in greece i want to go to school and study mechanical engineering would be fine. lotus swapped his guinea in village for a tent village on summers it's outside the island's official camp which is full of those living here plagued by insects there's no running water and the best way to have a bath is to swim in the sea summers is now home to some three thousand eight hundred asylum seekers that's half the island's population over again and four times its camp capacity this syrian man has constructed a retouched over his tent to keep his pregnant wife cool he's done his best to provide the a man.

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