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this is christine ford she had wanted this to happen on thursday she got back but she also one of the questions to be asked by the senators themselves and she wanted to speak after brett kavanaugh the u.s. supreme court nominee the committee on wednesday they conceded that point they one of the questions to be asked by a staff counsel that is a woman because all of the republicans on that committee are men and they want to cavanaugh to go second those may be among the details to be hashed out on sunday but meanwhile there was something of an embarrassment for the republicans on that committee and that is that a young man who had been a spokesman for the republicans on the committee has resigned and that was after it was discovered that he had been fired from a previous job because of a sexual assault sexual harassment allegation of his own so as we go forward mitch mcconnell the senate leader on the republican side has said that will be confirmed mike pence said he also believes the vice president of the united states that kavanagh will be confirmed so this will all go forward on thursday and presumably
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if the committee has its choice after that they will simply move forward as soon as possible to a vote in the committee and then eventually in the full senate. the sistine chapel will be open to the public. who painted the mural. on the trail of ryan. in south africa. hello again welcome back to in a national weather forecast for here across europe we are expecting some big changes in terms of temperature over the next few days that's all due to a frontal boundary that's beginning to push down here towards the south now behind the front we're seeing temperatures like berlin of fourteen warsaw sixteen vienna
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at nineteen but i would here towards the u.k. london it is going to be a cold rainy and windy day for you here on sunday but we do have some improvements to talk about as we go towards monday the tempter starts to come up in the sun comes out as well so that is some good news there but out here towards the east it is still going to be quite windy and that is going to be moving into the western portions of russia as well where here across northern africa we are seeing some clouds and some rain across parts of algeria over the next few days really the central areas that we're going to be seeing the rain there so potentially it is going to cause some some localized flooding if the drainage is not good in that particular area but up towards the coast algiers at thirty degrees there over towards tunis on monday it is warming up fuel into respect it's about thirty one and tripoli at about twenty nine and then very quickly across central parts of africa we're seeing quite a bit of heavy rain down here along the coastal regions as this time of year comes down the rain also starts to move down towards the south and lagos a cloudy day for you at twenty seven.
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margaret. hello again you're watching al-jazeera reminder of our top stories this hour voting
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is underway in the maldives in a presidential election seen as a test for democracy on the island nation president abdullah i mean is seeking another five year term but you mean has been repeatedly accused of silencing dissent. iran's president is accusing the u.s. of trying to create instability after saturday's attack on a military parade that killed at least twenty five people as an rouhani made the allegation before leaving for the united nations general assembly in new york. the u.n. humanitarian chief says yemen is approaching a tipping point with famine a major threat three quarters of the population that's twenty two million yemenis need some kind of humanitarian assistance because of the war. let's get more now on the presidential election in the mold. mahamed is a journalist for the mole deaves independents an online news website he joins us via skype now from the capital of mali thanks very much for being with us so we
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just mentioned there the concern being expressed about. the state of things there and these elections and how they're being conducted in your view are those concerns justified under these concerns near term. to really have seen from the early part of for example. three months ago a few months before action that they were told. that was written to riches commerce . who was osama loyalist of that. are in prison and he was actually a leap. up presidential election in prince william it was for him it would be their consumption and short really because. it's so a lot of the coins don't sit around and especially. drain on day.
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i was assured so a lot of these have lead to an increase in some outs. of this election all right apologies jeanette mohammed we're going to we're going to have to cut this short unfortunately because the quality of our connection to you is is. is not not the best at the moment so unfortunate was difficult to hear but we thank you for for talking to us tonight mohamed joining us there in mali. on the philippines has temporarily suspended or quarrying operations across the country after two mining sites were hit by separate landslides within a week rescuers in the city of nag continue to search for possible survivors after dozens of homes were buried by a collapsed mountain on thursday more than forty villages remain missing but hopes of finding them alive are fading jamila onondaga has more from. we are at the
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mass we held for some of those who died in the landslide this is right behind the mayor's office in the city of not in civil province. this is the body of the lord a couple a she died at five am when the landslides. thursday morning. her husband is still fighting for his life while some of their grandchildren i mean missing to this day. these are some of the members of the libyan no family. are selling the piano. fifty year old female a boy. we've spoken to survivors to say they have been encouraging and asking the government to stop worrying operations they were aware of the danger but they had very little choice they did not want to leave the area because they've had that land for generations and now they feel they simply do not have any choice.
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president through the good that they're to was here the other the and this calls for quarrying operations across the country to be stopped for fifteen days. but many here feel what they want really is a full stoppage of operations in the area. so this is the. this is the company a family. father mother and children all died in the landslide there caskets our coverage because we were told that some of their bodyguards have already been dismembered many of the residents who live in the area also work for the company now they feel they see that the price they had to feed was to. a more than one hundred fifty thousand homes in canada's capital remain without power off to two tornadoes on friday the mayor of baltimore says it could be days before electricity is fully restored after the city was left looking like
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a war scene in his words meteorologists are reporting winds of up to one hundred ninety kilometers an hour before the tornado moved on tonight the neighboring province of quebec. officials in north and south carolina in the u.s. are warning the worst flooding from the aftermath of hurricane florence is yet to come towns and cities along waterways are mobilizing rescue crews and putting out thousands of sandbags more than a week after florence made landfall south carolina has issued more evacuation orders as rivers continue to rise florence has killed at least forty people so far across the carolinas and virginia are the u.k.'s main opposition party is warning it will call for a general election it's the government's breaks it deal falls short labor's leader jeremy corbyn says he will challenge prime minister to rescind may on any deal she makes with the european union on friday may said talks with the e.u.
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had reached an impasse and called for the block to come up with a viable counter proposal but it is due to leave the e.u. in march we will challenge this governments on whatever deal it brings back on our six tests on jobs on the rigs standards on environmental protection and protection of those jobs and the ability of the incoming labor government to infest and intervene in an economy that's a pretty decent wages jobs and full employment. and if this government can't deliver then i simply say that's a reason. the best way to settle this is by having a general election. of the vatican and the chinese government have signed a provisional deal to end the decades old dispute over the appointment of bishops in china as part of the agreement pope francis recognize the legitimacy of seven
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bishops appointed by the chinese government it has long insisted the bishops appointed by the state while the vatican sees it as a papal decision two sides broke ties over the issue in one nine hundred fifty one . this is not the end of a process it's really the beginning it's also important to remember that while it's come to fruition under pope francis if pope benedict had a letter to chinese catholics in two thousand and seven he was working for the same goal. john paul the second had made legitimate a number of illegitimately ordained bishops so this this is really the work of thirty years and three pontificates the objective of the accord is not political but it's pastoral what that means is the faithful in china that they have bishops who are in communion with the pope but at the same time recognized by the chinese authorities. has more on that from the chinese city. in what's
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being described by both sides as a provisional agreement the vatican will now recognize seven bishops here in china that were originally appointed by the chinese government now that is a big move because previously the vatican said that the pope himself had to appoint but they are now recognizing the seven essentially the catholic community here in china has worked on two different levels there's been a church that has been authorized by the chinese government that's what these bishops were approved through that authorization process then there was an underground movement working with bishops who were appointed directly by the pope how are those going to integrate that's going to be the big step the big challenge moving forward the pope obviously making this decision because he wants better access as he says to spread the word of the catholic church in china they are very relatively small community about ten million here in china the vatican wants to expand that china's role is now looking like they want to integrate these communities but what still needs to be done is really details of how it's going to move forward right now both sides even though it's
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a provisional agreement both sides saying the details are still yet to come and both sides responding to questions about details both very very vague. our five species of rhino are critically endangered and attention has been focused on how many are being killed every day including in south africa as for me the miller reports now d.n.a. technology and teams of rangers are succeeding in reducing some poaching there the remains of a female white rhino and her calf scattered across a remote part of the kruger national park a team of forensic scientists say they were shot and killed by poachers and their horns were hacked off close to eleven hundred rhino were killed last year in south africa alone to meet the high demand in asia for rhino horn the crime scene is six days old which has made it difficult for the forensics team to find evidence the caucus has deteriorated because of the hot weather and most of it's been taken
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apart by scavengers but they're looking for any evidence linking the crime scene to a suspect. bullets and empty casings were found but it may be too late to trace any footprints scientists investigate a killing a day on average while that statistic will shock many the totals down from close to three a day two years ago the department of environmental affairs says d.n.a. forensic scientists are making a big difference in fighting wildlife crime and they're able to link individual poachers from one seemed to another even years later between twenty fifteen and twenty seventeen rhino experts estimate the number of rhinos poached dropped by about twenty four percent ranges monitor the park day and night using frequent patrols to check for incursions looking for tracks or any other signs of poachers often heavily armed poachers move into the park at night. resist closer to the
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communities that's where they get off to off the notion of an enough when you come across the tracks you go. where that is porches are on them they're carrying guns or is just one person is going to go right no one can change hands multiple times before reaching their final destination such as shops in china despite a twenty five year ban on sales their security forces here take a few chances even a fruit truck using the park as a shortcut to neighboring wasn't baek is searched for weapons last year four hundred and forty six poachers were arrested in or around the park and more than two hundred weapons seized a major concern is the involvement of park workers and police officers accused of poaching but upson do. if you take in consideration what the buy meant to get up to free shuls is enormous and for that reason we've got a specific department in my unit was focusing on that to address the issue in
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the book. rhino horn fetches more than eight thousand dollars a kilo on the black market but investigators are hopeful that this week's arrest of a major poaching syndicate in southern africa will mean more rhino will survive for me al-jazeera at the kruger national park in employment. now it's taken a teen years rather to complete the mexico city will be opening its own replica of the sistine chapel by michelangelo to the public this week a retired graphic designer devoted time painting the ceiling of his local church he relied on donations from friends and parishioners to finance the murals here's his story. you know made me as i said and i say yes my name is miguel francisco my c.s. i am the person that painted the replica of the sistine chapel here in mexico it took me eighteen years to finish it and today we are very happy celebrating just
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a little bit sick if you stick around to me like that was what i thought if it took me four years it's going to take me about six or seven but i didn't have any money left look a lot longer than i did it so that many people who may never go to rome could have a little piece of european art a little of the renaissance of michelangelo the duke and admired one of the greatest and most beautiful works in the world for the most. precious and. well people did not know what it was so they said how is this possible how come there are paintings of naked people in the church i showed them the pictures and people started to understand because they didn't know what the sistine chapel was. coming from with and as you can see the canvas is a very large they're full of detail i had to divide it into fourteen canvases three metres by fifty metres. opiate it with the fish with if you look at clubbing is
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very difficult i mean very difficult because they have to walk in michelangelo's shoes do the same brush strokes absolutely must be to love this they said it's crazy are you crazy because really without help without being paid without nothing what are you going to do. i'm very grateful to all the people who helped i would have done half of it on my own. when. you look at this that's the help i received from god i did not send engines with wings but young people who supported me and feel the same way i did. i'm not moved by money i needed but i don't do things to get money it's something inside of something bigger than my work because this is a moral commitment i didn't sign any papers like i've said before this is not my work it is the work of god nothing else i'm just his instrument nothing more.
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this is al jazeera let's get a round up now of our top stories voting is underway in mold the presidential election seen as a test for democracy on the muslim island nation president i mean is seeking a second term what you mean has been repeatedly accused of silencing dissent and the opposition says the poll will not be fair iran's president says the u.s. is trying to create instability in his country his comments come a day after an attack on a military parade killed twenty five people rouhani accuse the u.s. backed gulf arab states of providing financial and military support for anti government ethnic arab groups earlier his government summoned envoys from the u.k. netherlands and denmark accusing those countries of harboring opposition groups. the u.n. humanitarian chief says yemen is approaching a tipping point with famine a major threat three quarters of the population of about twenty two million yemenis
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need some kind of humanitarian assistance because of the war. in the u.s. the stage is set for a showdown between the supremes court nominee and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault both are expected to testify before the senate judiciary committee on thursday christine has a ford says brett kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in one thousand nine hundred two when they were high school students cavanagh denies the allegations. the u.k.'s main opposition party is warning it will call for a general election if the governments break that deal fall short labor's leader jeremy kaufman says he will challenge prime minister to resign may on any deal she makes with the european union britain is due to leave the e.u. at the end of march pope francis and the chinese government have signed a provisional deal ended ending a seventy year old dispute the roman catholic leader is recognizing the legitimacy of seven bishops who are appointed by the state of china and not by him as he has always done the vatican says the agreement will in their words contribute
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positively to the life of the church in china those are the headlines we're back with more now after inside story getting to the heart of the matter the three big challenges facing human primed in the twenty first century and they are nuclear war climate change and technological disruption facing realities whatever is there to fear is not in me it is in the people of ukraine and hear their story on and talk to how does iraq. get prices down now donald trump steps up the pressure on major oil producers will opec f.p.s. the us president and what about iranian oil exports being blocked by u.s. sanctions this is inside story.
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hello and welcome to the program i'm good of that hamid opec leaders and their allies are due to meet on sunday nigeria to discuss something which affects us all the price of oil the price of brant crude oil is close to a four year high trading at just under eighty dollars a barrel that's been well short of the two thousand and eight peak of one hundred forty seven dollars or prices have risen by around forty percent in the past year and president donald trump is demanding prices fall before mid-term elections in november which will also be a critical test of his popularity he also wants all producers to make up for the fall in the iranian exports because of the reimposition of u.s. sanctions trump treated we protect the countries of the middle east they would not be safe for very long without us and yet they continue to push for higher and
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higher oil prices we will remember the opec one openly must get prices down now. terms called pauses and a lemon for saudi arabia if it does his line some opec members may perceive riyadh as doing washington's bidding at their expense on the other hand the kingdom can hardly displease its strongest ally to discuss this and the opec meeting in jury a we are joined from london keane an independent oil and energy consultant and former opec official in moscow true to him an oil and gas analyst and part energy consulting agency and also to is sami hamdi a middle east analyst and editor of the magazine international interest gentlemen welcome to the program so me let me start with you thus trump have a point when he says that middle eastern countries are pushing the prices higher
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and higher. i think we have to remember what caused a lot of the chaos in recent years in the middle east in terms of economic diversification some of the grand moves that saudi arabia the u.a.e. and other arab countries have taken it was the lawyer prices until all prices saudi arabia saw no need to engage in economic diversification or indeed to pursue vision twenty thirty or the new york cities or the like was even more ironic is that the lower prices was caused by the u.s. shale industry which seemed to put more and more oil in the market driving the prices down and saudi arabia actually started fighting the u.s. trying to outdo the u.s. by flooding the market with oil to bring the price so low that shale couldn't could would not be feasible so i think with regards to the donald trump about whether they want to bring the prices up this is very true that opec countries all of them they benefit from a high price let's remember why venezuela is a failed state today it's a failed state because the low all prices said the economy crushing high oil prices
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gives reprieve for a lot of these countries opec countries who are suffering from the economic difficulties as a result of years of relying on oil so in other words when oil prices start going back up these opec countries find that they have more revenue they have more money in order to enact infrastructure projects or the like within their particular countries so if in short what's particularly ironic is that the u.s. which forced a lot of these countries to bend over backwards as a result of the law oil prices as a result of the shale oil industry is now demanding that the opec countries bring the oil prices back down once more and to suffer further as a result of donald trump being scared of what might happen in the midterm elections so manno share now pick countries and non opec countries are meeting tomorrow in algeria what do you think is going to happen here what will be the focus of the conversation. well let me say that tomorrow is the joint
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a ministerial monitoring committee meeting is not to hold old the ministers of opec countries and then all think we have joined together in the last two years i think is russia and other non opec countries and then saudi arabia. and kuwait and so on letting them there no emergency ones out there really is there. yes there are there job as i'm saying that they are not supposed to decide on what to do they are a technical group not as the same are and market monitoring committee to look at the information that the technical analysts and technical group within opec and on off it have given them and look at it examine it consult with each others look at the supply demand balance in the world oil market their daily business people and then also for see what the in the next five six months would be the performance of
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the global economy is going to be a boom bust recession which of course would affect the demand for oil and then to supply of oil from the united states and others that technical people have tried to estimate for the next few months and out of that they will see how much is the demand for opec as a whole and for opening not all big groups that are part of this joint operation which have limited their supply that is their job of course having done all this and discussed with each other consulted their ex in the seas with each other then of course they have to look at the political aspects there one that you have made an introduction already so i want to said they don't make a decision they try to summarize and brief the full ministerial conference of opec which is to meet on the third of december but of course their ideas and comet comments would influence what the other ministers would do and so we cannot discuss what these people might inside or might prefer there might be comment but let's see
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it is not they would not decide on an actual policy that opec would follow it and misread what's russia's role in all of this i mean over the past few years relationship between moscow and riyadh have gone grown closer days talk at maybe these two countries struck together trying to fill at the gap that will be left because of the iran sanctions. well russell's rule is very specific basically when the wrestler agreed to decrease production it was a guest of the benchmark of tolbert when to sixteen when the russian oil production peaked for some domestic reason and after that it fell down to their regular level . again and i saluted that surely the russian minister of weather just said it was carrying out the promise it gave to opec basically russian
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oil companies are producing at the maximum of their capacity and they're not prepared to increase production to accommodate to the wishes of saudi arabia or president romp or anyone else in essentially the next year or maybe a year from no rational production is going to start to decline and it has already peaked the decline will be caused by the deterioration over oil reserves which of the majority of oil rich remains are still in russia the seventy percent of that is hard to recover and it is difficult to produce of this oil at the current the level of prices a so please do not expect that russia is going to increase oil production on the contrary it is going to decrease it so i have
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a sammy right to in view of that it seems that the onus would fall again on the gulf countries saudi arabia the u.a.e. now what would be them mood considering this treat of donald trump who basically said you guys are safe because we keep you safe i'm sure they're not very happy about that. we have to remember that saudi arabia and the u.a.e. don't actually want to increase production saudi arabia has been giving lip service to donald trump until now this is not the first time that donald trump has are saudi arabia to increase production there was a tweet a few months ago where he said that saudi arabia had promised and then that tweet was removed later on or he went back on that particular tweet saudi arabia does not want the prices to go down why because the investment that they expected invision twenty thirty the aramco valuation that they had was not what they expected the amount of money that they expected to come into saudi arabia from these various economic projects has not matched their expectations so in other words the higher the oil price comes the more of a buffer the more of
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a cushion that they have in order to come up with a new plan in order to assess this situation how to come up with a better solution the problem is that trump is applying very heavy pressure on saudi arabia or the other so there's this view that saudi arabia and trump are very very close allies we need to remember that trump flipflops based on how much money comes into the u.s. so for example initially he supported the qatar blockade and then in april this year he invited the emir of qatar to washington and then sent his advisors today of to put pressure on them to stop the blockade so in other words trump is flip flopping on the saudis know that when truck threatens them a threat threatens to lift the support that he's been giving them they know that he's particularly serious saudi arabia will go to the opec countries but the opec countries know that saudi arabia deep down does not want the oil prices to go down either so they'd be very interesting because now it's a matter of sovereignty is saudi arabia really a puppet state to the extent that they would have the nerve to go to the other opec
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countries out of the guys look we need trump so you guys need to increase production and bring the lawyer prices down it would be absolutely incredible by all standards for side really to sit and look at opec countries in the face and tell them that trump told me to bring the prices down so we have to bring the prices down even though it is saudi arabia that will be taking the hit so i. it's quite profound the way in which trump has caused discovery in the opec countries all because he is suffering or potentially suffering from the midterm elections where by his base are the ones who are becoming very much affected by increase all prices that they were meant to share you know opaque from the inside very well now we have a situation where at the heart of all of this is obviously the illumining. sanctions on iran and they will kick in just two days before demit term elections now so when everybody's in the room or even. at the moment you can hear statements coming out from all sides. saudi arabia according to jews sami is in
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a difficult position doesn't want to be seen as a puppet of the trump administration iran on the other side has a lot of veto power within opec and is saying is actually putting saudi arabia under spot isn't it well i wouldn't put it that way you see there is so much being said as to political differences recent months between iran and saudi arabia that have been greater political differences between these could if different countries with you know pick iran and iraq were at war with each other in one nine hundred eighty s. but i want to emphasize that these a miniseries one day yet to get there looking at the oil markets they are really more concentrating as a business leaders and trying to understand their market and see for what is good for all of them to do of course there are priorities short term long term what do those are all i would say technical decision making and this is what would happen
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here as well but it's sorry for interrupting going but when the iranian minister of oil ministers says i would block any opec decision that poses the slightest threat to iran how are we supposed to see this this understand. well this is these are a statement which are made by ministers before they actually meet you know pick full of actual conference which would be under fairly of december. whenever there are levels of prices being high to low the different ministers make a statement they usually less obviously but on occasions in the past they have made the same and so that is not surely the wish of iranian minister and the iranian government is that when you know on is put in a corner and the united states and president trump and the u.s. department of treasury are blatantly and in and bullying way day till
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all the iranian oil customers those who buy oil from iran they threaten them that they should stop buying oil from here on otherwise they would put this and that if they're operating in america they wouldn't do this or banking limitations etc this is a bullying tactic so obviously you know anya and people around and government are offsets that have big power as satch is trying to act in this way very open minded using force and so their reactions are that look we expect are there members of opec that we are in disjoint club we have been together for since one nine hundred sixty and so on to not to give in and try to also have accommodate iran and this is an obvious the amount but i'm sure even the iranian ministers and others day do agree as the had done in deposits that opec as
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a whole doesn't want the prices to go too high and of obviously too low they don't have the underpriced it without because they want to have good revenue as mr hamdi you just mentioned they don't want to lose revenue but i want to say that it is not only one break in to pass in the history of opec that had been occasions that all because a group increased production to aggravate and increased. adduction to get the prices down under might they have no need to pass but on this occasion infortunate teaches mixed with these are retorting called statements and political pressure from the united states and so on and so forth if you're going to bring in me from moscow you know you said earlier that russia cannot increase by its production by very much so day it is supposedly going to be a gap of two million barrels how do you think it's going to be filled. well basically i do not think it will be a rest of the that is going to feel in this gap russia for russia cooperation with
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opec is very important. to say well for several reasons first. because of the russian virtual a contribution to the joint effort not material contribution in the form of. holden production dahlan or increase in production but is in the form of oral interventions decoded various declaw ration of solidarity and the sometimes russia reports that it is changing the level of production to accommodate to production to the wishes of a pick but the basically it is not doing anything no the kind because of the it is the companies of that determine how much oil they are per usin but it is very important. even orally because of the level of corporation is a factor to push the prices up and higher prices are very.
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unnecessary for the russian government because basically the oil companies in russia get very very little from high oil prices. we have a sliding scale of taxes and if they will price goes up it is the government of the takes this profit this incremental profit but not the companies they get just a very small proportion of the incremental value ok and sat me what i did a country could step up as production is iraq able to do that for example. i think iraq is mired in its own issues a bus full of protests and that's the main oil city in iraq i think trump the reason he puts pressure on saudi arabia is because he wants the saudis to do it it was the saudis to be the ones to flood the market and from his perspective he says look i took iran out of the game i want you go you guys now can take the market share the saudis are not seeing it that way with regards to donald trump i think
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the oil is there that there is the capacity to fill those two million barrels if opec genuinely do decided to do so however the problem is opec are not necessarily happy with the treatment of iran they're not of the which they do the american treatment of iran they're not necessarily happy with the situation they've been made in whereby the usual diplomatic channels have not been respected so for example when donald trump takes to twitter and tells an opec i'm telling you before you meet you have to bring the prices down this is made it a bit a sort of a humiliation for opec if it decides to go with what donald trump has said donald trump could have done what u.s. has done in the past send some diplomatic back channels to the various different governments let roula spread here know that maybe u.s. is applying pressure but the way the brazen way which trump has done it has evoked a lot of sympathy one for iran and its loss of its share of the market in terms of loss of its particular exports and also has made opec quite jittery it's not a united bloc anymore and there's a lot of antagonism between the various different countries particularly as they
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wrestle with one of the leading opec nations saudi arabia having to sit in front of them and tell them guys donald trump tell me to bring the oil prices down we have to do so i think with regards to fitting to two million barrels to summarize i think they'll find a way to do so if they have to but i don't think opec countries are at a stage yet whereby they want to follow the orders of donald trump so is basically you're saying it's payback time for him to sound the. government there now much money to share is it. if we look at opec you have you ok we have big iran that is not going produce to. years or in any more at least is not going to be traded internationally. you have saudi arabia that's under pressure and but then you have also a lot of problems of its well as not able to produce as much anymore libya i can produce one day yes one day no depending on what's happening the same is situation
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with nigeria so it's also does a lot of problems within opec at seventy one i don't know but from the outside you get a feeling that this there is a lot of fragility within opec at the moment because of geopolitics political situations. the lie again said that there is in spite of all the politics that you are mentioning and the media portray with you know pick countries the member countries they sit together and discuss things as in a business way out of these political issues i come back to the question you asked me before i want to if you allow me two things one is that the agreement in opec as a group are now together with non orpik is voluntary so they're all i agreed to do this because it is good for all of them it is no enforcement this is this is one thing and then coming back to the question of what countries can produce assuming that opec as a group decide to increase and agree with each other to increase supply the nominal
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figure which is in the press is two million barrels per day spare for the action capacity of saudi arabia. that is the smaller extent of a smaller quantity apparently advaita ballistic up a city in the united arab emirates and kuwait but one doesn't know that much as in those phone much it is a small their main can keep their in that scenario would be saudi arabia which nominally has about two million everyone is talking about i want to mention this point that this if it comes to the crunch that's on that area would like to decide to increase it is not get anted that technically this is a very kept message he can be brought on a stream quickly and honestly in iran without any problems to go up to me knowing that a spare day of soft law from next week or next month into the world market without problem there is a great possibility that it may not be actually to me don't bear
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a spirit is spare capacity available to put the the key on to what it on and off and i'd said you if you allow me one experience between one nine hundred eighty in one thousand seven hundred eighty saw that it be a did produce almost ten million barrels per day in those years and for the following ten years the nominal figured everyone accepted in the press was that saudi arabia's oil production capacity was ten million barrel spending. and in one thousand nine hundred august when saddam hussein forces entered the cold wait there war put an embargo and decided not to buy oil from kuwait and. iraq so five million better spent a day of oil was lost from the war market and saw that even decided in a crash very interesting program and put all the experts engineers to try to increase production within the next six months or so and they did the best they could the best technology the best engineering planning and so on and yet six
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months dated in eighty nine hundred ninety one eight point five million barrels per day so then nami no cap acidy which was ten at the time they were producing but five five and a half they thought zero or there would be five mean about respect to coming off of site that maybe ought to compensate for the loss of oil from the kuwait on iraq and yet it was eight point five and not ten million by a spare day so i have my view is that the extra spare capacity of nominated two may not actually be available maybe a one point five or a sack and it will take some time to bring them the mothballed them and get all these wells which have been closed starting in producing all of the surface that said he has to get to get it and working it is not a bucket of sewage to put on and off this is on a technical issue that you have become just assume it will come but on the policy issue as we have discussed already the among the three of us here there is
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a question and seems to be that the saudis would not be observant and obeying what the americans are saying and most probably they would go along with the rest of the whole picture and not push for a higher production but again i said the decision would be on the third of december window or me it's not enough let me have briefly because they're reaching the end of the show a ten second answer what do you think is going to happen with iran's oil i mean it has all of this surplus right on the. russia said on several occasions that the iranian oil and to resell it on the global market but i do not believe it can be practical ok well this is certainly as my new sheriff said tomorrow's meeting is one step but the big decisions will be take taken in vienna at the end of the year so i just want to thank my guests for this show and we'll talk again very soon. kean and sami hamdi thank you very
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as i'm thinking this is al jazeera live from davos a coming up. iran's president accuses the u.s. of trying to destabilize his country after an attack on a military parade that killed revolutionary guards. struggling to survive with no let up in the war yemenis are forced to take extreme measures just to stay alive. the woman accusing a u.s. supreme court nominee of sexual assault agrees to testify before the senate. voting is underway in a presidential election many see as a test of democracy in the maldives president mean is running for a second term but since taking office she's been accused of silencing dissent and consolidating power on saturday the opposition's campaign headquarters was raided by police who said they were investigating electoral fraud alex the topless reports
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it's famous as a holiday island's destination popular with newlyweds on their honeymoon but in the run up to the presidential election in the maldives on sunday there are allegations by the opposition or voter intimidation and security crackdowns we keep saying they are going to be. but we take part in them believing that all the support. that we will be able to overcome that. despite the alleged intimidation opposition challenger ibrahim mohammad saleem has been campaigning for votes. president delay i mean is aiming for a second term he declared a fifteen day state of emergency earlier this year provoking concerns the country is sliding towards authoritarianism i would like to call it an undemocratic dictatorship now the current regime president whatever you are doing of course
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it is like kind of authoritarian thing. but then what are you doing doing to you know. like he is changing their constitution amending the constitution. as well his . given has boosted the economy using cheap chinese loans for large infrastructure projects such as the chinese maltese friendship bridge opened last month after four years of construction. the apparent reliance on large chinese loans has raised concerns about china's increasing influence as the chinese vie with india for a say in the strategically situated indian ocean archipelago. well al jazeera journalist topless joins us now on the set for more on this so so alex you just returned from from the maldives but you were you were there just as a tourist but i want to ask you what was your general impression of the place where you. it is obviously geared towards tourism. as
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a tourist you'd never even notice there was a lot of an election going on. security at the airports very low key. island nation transport is quite tightly controlled too you travel everywhere by boat either that or sea plane so visiting the capital takes an extra step you have to make the effort to try and get there as well because everyone based on the resorts and you mentioned there in your report all of the infrastructure projects did you see a lot of that going on what was your there was your room pressured absolutely i mean the the moldings obviously very aware of the implications of climate change they know what's what's coming in there's a lot of loaned reclamation projects going on as well they built a new capital city that is linked by a chinese bridge that was built in four years' time and when you travel underneath it it's festooned with say chinese flags as well so chinese influence and
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investment projects are definitely very very evident all the monitoring all of that see what does come out of these elections alex the top was actually much now iran's president says the u.s. is trying to create instability in his country his comments come a day after an attack on a military parade left twenty five people dead ronni accuse the u.s. backed gulf arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government ethnic arab groups earlier his government summoned envoys from the u.k. netherlands and denmark using those countries of harboring opposition groups now trita parsi is a professor at georgetown university in washington he says there may be some truth to iran's accusations that the u.s. saudi arabia and the u.a.e. were involved in saturday's attack. the fact that they some of the europeans is also not particular surprise is ing since some of the separates pissed organizations are essentially headquartered in europe many of them being in london
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particularly this. separatist organization has been ducting activities and making them for quite sometime so that in itself was not surprising nor is it surprising that the iranians would be blaming or hinting at blame at the united states saudi arabia and the u.a.e. what is perhaps a little bit different this time around is that there are circumstantial evidence that makes it much more difficult to dismiss the iraq mean accusations out of hand but i mean you have a scenario in which the secretary of the national security advisor of the trumpet mr john bolton wrote a memo that was released back in august two thousand and seventeen in which he specifically argued that the united states should be providing assistance to this specific movement and has a standby as a practice arabs you also have a scenario in which. from saudi arabia the crown prince that would say last year that he's going to take the fight into iran but you had an adviser to the u.a.e.
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crown prince saying that this was not a terrorist attack this is stated policy and that we will see more of that when statements of this kind are made it's much more difficult to say that the iran is are just automatically by reflex pointing their finger at the united states and some of its allies is in the region there seems to be some indications that their disability and some of these accusations. now the united nations humanitarian chief says yemen is approaching a tipping point with famine as a major threat three quarters of yemenis that's about twenty two million people are in need of some kind of assistance or protection eighteen million including many children don't know where their next meal will come from eight million are termed severely food in secure that means that they depend on food assistance to survive and the u.n. is expecting another three and a half million yemenis will soon fall into that category andrew symonds is in the
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refugee camp in neighboring djibouti where thousands of yemenis have taken refuge. they're hungry like millions of fellow yemenis they've left behind these men have just arrived in old book huddled together in some shade having being smuggled out of yemen for two hundred dollars each. it was a life and it's a war we don't want to be part of says this man explaining that he and the others fear they be conscripted to join who three rebel forces. this is where they'll end up with families who may have refuge but little else this man has fresh drinking water but can't afford to buy food so his family has to get by soley on emergency aid learn and get lots all are less but there was a lot we don't receive anything but enough to survive from the u.n. we don't have the instruction needed for our children the elderly even us it's
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a grim existence here in the sweltering heat of such a dry arid and infertile place the natural focus though of aid agencies is across the water in yemen where by the day the situation for the people is getting more and more critical. in a remote yemeni village they continue to take leaves from trees is their only means of survival these two brothers know that cooking and eating the leaves will lead to sickness but it provides one neighbor day for their extended family and it's a choice between malnutrition or eating leaves. you alone are not enough of the children are suffering from constant diarrhea translates and fever we don't know how and where we can treat them we get no help no one there is no relief organization in our area when we go asking for help we get nothing. some of the children and babies from the village of as lyman had to
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province have ended up here in this medical clinic. you can see what aid agencies warn is a crisis for the young weak and hungry it's growing bigger. well. the war in the famine has caused a spike in the number of those who eat the vine leaves which is leading to an increase of malnutrition cases the vine leaves a highly acidic substance that reduces absorption in the intestines and the stomach this is a very dangerous condition. less than a week ago when i was there are reported on the clinics work this little girl is a fish shoaib ahmed was waiting for treatment she has since died the medical staff are fighting against one of the consequences of. the losses are higher now than ever before andrew symonds al-jazeera opal in june and. in the us the stage is set for a dramatic showdown between a supremes court nominee and the woman who's accused him of sexual assault both are
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expected to testify before the senate judiciary committee on thursday christina blache the forward says brett kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in one thousand nine hundred eighty two when they were high school students he denies the allegations but trump administration is continuing to offer strong support for the cabinet but just but honestly the way some democrats have conducted themselves during this process is a disgrace the president are confident that senate republicans will manage this confirmation properly with the ut most respect for all concerned and i believe the george brett kavanaugh will soon be just as brett kavanaugh and take his seat in the supreme power of the united states. john hendren has more from washington. it was a nail biter of an end to a congressional game of chicken on thursday the woman who initially came out
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anonymously to accuse brett kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her thirty six years ago will speak under the full glare of a congressional committee the senate judiciary committee there was an agreement on saturday that the two sides will come together on sunday they are meeting again to hash out some details but it appears that it will happen on thursday now she had wanted this is christine blazin forward she had wanted this to happen on thursday she got back but she also one of the questions to be asked by the senators themselves and she wanted to speak after brett kavanaugh the u.s. supreme court nominee the committee wanted this to happen on wednesday they conceded that point the one of the questions to be asked by a staff counsel that is a woman because all of the republicans on that committee are men and they want to cavanaugh to go second those may be among the details to be hashed out on sunday but meanwhile there was something of an embarrassment for the republicans on that committee and that is that a young man who had been a spokesman for the republicans on the committee has resigned and that was after it
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was discovered that he had been fired from a previous job because of a sexual assault sexual harassment allegation of his own so as we go.

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