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whole of the of this campaign meaningful action in fact he expounded on that in a letter to to his stuff on wednesday many people are frustrated and feel betrayed by the trumpet ministrations apparent effort to sweep jamal's killing under the rug and its failure to stand up for america's values they can be assured that the washington post will not rest until justice is served on those who ordered jamal's killing those who carried it out and those who continue to try and cover it up so much talk of rehabilitation in the last few minutes but the washington post in no mood for any rehabilitation yet shared let's talk about the other political developments success in the house and senate as far as that resolution went but then the next steps the house and the president. could all end up being quite symbolic in the end right well certainly that war powers the invocation of the war powers resolution is going to be symbolic this year the house leadership the republican house leadership has already used procedural measures to ensure that that doesn't now face a vote in the house however the condemnation of muhammad bin solomon that was
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passed unanimously by voice vote in the senate that may still go to the house of representatives the house returns next wednesday the leadership has not ruled out certainly in the house that they will vote on that and that was you know a very much of a republican sponsored effort in order in some ways to try and take away from the war powers resolution that which they're going to would jittery about because of the constitutional amendment which we shouldn't it's difficult to overstate how important it was powers resolution invocation was not just for the relationship between the u.s. and saudi arabia but also the relationship between capitol hill congress and the executives ability to wage war around the world we want to say in this so it's an incredibly important resolution the war powers resolution but it's unlikely to go any further this year however condemnation of mohamed bin salma may yet end up at the house of representatives next week and then may end up on the desk of president trump shepherd tansey in washington thank you. still ahead if you want to.
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call suppose parliament approves a plan to raise an army giving rise to fears of tension with the former enemy of the. day we've got yet more rain piling its way into parts of ticky for the challenge for us on saturday we can see some cloud there just nestling its way into the northwestern parts of techie and then pushing further rain as we had three sunday giving some of us some heavy rain particularly i think along the southern coastline plenty of cloud ahead of it as well and a few showers further towards the south too for the east largely fine and dry for many of us here and the temperatures holding up and around twelve degrees force in kabul now here in doha might be a little bit breezy at times on saturday but twenty six will be our maximum
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temperature it could be a few showers out towards the west a mist over parts of saudi arabia but it looks like they will begin to break up as we head through the day on sunday for the south looks fine settled for since a lot but the maximum temperature of around twenty nine but the southern parts of africa day here it's been far more unsettled recently was showers stretching all the way across through parts of madagascar in madagascar i think the rains are going to ease a little bit as we had three set today so still some showers here but not quite as many as they have been and there will also be plenty of showers in the northern parts of alma as well but for the south it looks largely fine enjoy horse for us. with the top temperature of around thirty three degrees for cape town to around twenty two rising there for something.
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on counting the cost we'll assess the state of the u.k. economy is it continues to broker its way out of the e.u. well look at a major milestone for the internet. underwater economy in kenya counting the cost. of the u.n. envoy to grateful. in the peace talks that's despite the country being responsible for much of the suffering but also calls for the urgent deployment of u.n. monitors to observe the implementation of
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a cease fire in the strategic port of the data. the u.s. senate is taking aim at saudi arabia all military support for the coalition fighting in yemen also blamed prints for the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. now britain's prime minister theresa may is bound to keep trying to convince the e.u. leaders to help save her brags that deal they say to you had said may's agreement was not open to renegotiations the bloc now plans to step up preparations in case the u.k. leaves without an agreement by march may has been told her proposals are not clear enough and the e.u. will present contingency measures next week. the e.u. is clear as i am that if we are going to be for the deal this is it but my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion following the council's conclusions is in fact possible. there is work still to do and we will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain the
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further assurances that the u.k. parliament needs in order to be able to approve the deal here lawrence lee live in london for us lawrence what is the e.u. think here of a basically saying to theresa may you have to go and get concessions from your side you're not going to get them from us yeah i mean i think you know frankly kemal they're really fed up you know it isn't so brics is the only thing they have to think about the social situation is with france is very difficult for them the italian budgets a big problem the rule of law in hungary is a big problem there are european elections next may all of these are really important deals for the european union you know here we have the u.k. we call it a week a month after month going back to brussels and saying look we want to leave you will leave you will like you anymore want to leave but you don't do all these things for us to make it easier for still even if they keep well you know you you want to leave just get on with it and do it can you and that's why you use this
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word nebulous of foggy this one thinking in the parliament because if you want to leave just tell us what you want to do because in the european side one of the biggest issues to do is is to do with the protection of the republic of ireland as the member states and this is where it runs into this problem that tourism a house with the but stop how long the u.k. stays in a trading relationship with the european union obviously they want to leave as quick as they can the europeans said well hang on you can't because if you just pull out unilaterally hardboard might go up that will imperil the peace across the island of ireland and they won't let that happen because they want to defend our interests so here's what the r.'s to shop prime minister leverett cats had to say at the end of the summit. what is going on with is is two very strong assurances and they're there in the conclusions that were agreed by twenty seven member states last night first of all we're committing to begin negotiations a.s.a.p. on the future nations of treaty that's the trade deal the security partnership
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willing to begin them as soon as possible after which all agreement is ratified and secondly given that assurance again that we will work to make sure that treaty is done and ratified so that we never need to get to the point of considering an extension to the transition period our activation backstop so where does prime minister may go to from here other than run around in circles if i say i don't know it's only because because nobody else knows either there's a bit of a hiatus now parliament been sitting so it's quiet here at the moment and she's got the weekend to think about what she's going to say to parliament when she comes back on monday and explains to parliament what she thinks she's achieved of the course of the last five or six days and frankly i think the short answer is the square root of nothing you know the bit that they're talking about is having a vote on her deal in mid january now but given that the european union is not going to make any further concessions that mean and if ing and parliament votes
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a deal down but parliament also doesn't want to fall out without a deal which is absolutely the case the moment also seems not to want to second referendum and suspending the entire process because that would be a betrayal of the brics it votes then where do they go they go up so you know when frank and open the european union much wants a second referendum on that because it's taken up so much on getting to where they are the moments at some point the u.k. parliament has got to decide what is the least worst of all it's options but at the moments they are absolutely stuck at least worst option going to. good to talk to that's. outside the house of parliament and westminster. when i was ready security forces have shot dead a palestinian man during protests in the occupied west bank israeli army has been conducting raids in the area arresting forty eight palestinians it says thirty seven of them are members of hamas including three senior leaders the army is searching for a palestinian gunman who killed two israeli soldiers at
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a bus stop near ramallah today and president obama trumpets discuss the situation in northern syria with turkey's president on friday reject tiber one had warned an operation would take place in the coming days if the u.s. doesn't remove kurdish rebels in the area syrian kodesh find his say turkish threats to attack northern syria are a declaration of war a large part of northeast syria is under the control of the kurdish why p.g. ankara has labeled them a terrorist organization saying they have connections to groups in turkey that are pushing for independence to sri lanka where the disputed prime minister is to step down and the rajapaksa is to submit a letter of resignation that addressed the nation on saturday as well it is hoped that decision would end a political crisis that began back in october when rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister after the president sacked running from the singer and dissolve the parliament smell fernandez following the story has more with her from colombia.
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prime minister in the rajapakse and mounting his decision to step down as prime minister to a gathering where party representatives who met the president earlier on on friday had gathered he told them that he hopes to address the nation and then basically step down from the post of prime minister bear in mind that this last forty days or so since my him the rajapaksa this country's former president was appointed prime minister has been controversial to say the least some people describing it as a political call particularly after prison mighty palace seriously in the appointed dropped approx the prime minister having sacked unceremoniously run in a vehicle missing how the man who worked with a broad coalition to actually bring see the center to power as president to defeat mahinda rajapaksa who is trying for the third presidential term i spoke to my rajapaksa son normal rajapaksa who confirmed his father's decision he said this had been taken to ensure the stability of the nation but to be honest in the rajapaksa
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not having many options he had gone to court because basically the vicar missing a faction of one hundred twenty two m.p.'s had gone to the court of appeal to file a writ petition asking on what authority in the rajapaksa and his fourteen ministers were holding office as a result as an interim measure there was a restraining order preventing one hundred bucks and these ministers from functioning in those roles obviously today he petitioned the supreme court with a view to overturning that restraining order but the supreme court turned down that request and actually listed the case for hearing in the new year. kosovo's parliament has voted to turn its four thousand strong defense force into a regular army the country says it has the right to raise an army for self-defense serbia says it violates international agreements though which ended the war in the late one nine hundred ninety s.
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serbia never recognized kosovo's independence and warns the army would pose a threat to costs of those serbian dominated north nato has criticized the vote as unhelpful in efforts to ease tensions between the two countries a seven year old guatemalan girl has died in u.s. border police custody immigration officers say she died from dehydration and shock eight hours after being detained it's not clear if she was given food and water when she arrived the border police say they took every step to save her life however the american civil liberties union is blaming what it calls a culture of cruelty donald trump of course has spoken about building a border wall to stop undocumented immigration to the u.s. ever since his election campaign but previous administrations have already fortified parts of the frontier and smugglers admit this has made moving people and drugs into the u.s. already more difficult made as that. stopping asylum seekers from crossing into the united states is one of the main campaign pledges of president
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trying. to tear into one this is a radio war that was first started in india ministration place. it stretches from the pacific ocean. and into the valleys it's. this is the old wall the new part is higher the razor wire was put up about fifteen days ago so now with the arrival of the caravan they harden the border. they hire one was added during the obama administration but asylum seekers are resilient and always find new ways like through these water drainage pipes metal bars have been added on the american side but police say some just dug a hole and went in. seven hundred kilometers to the east and we are in nogales it lays on both sides of the border with arizona i hear the war is part of the daily life along with the sad stories of tragic crossings this part was built on the
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george w. bush just an hour's drive away from the city and this is how the border looks like we haven't seen any patrol on our way here but anyone can just crawl underneath and on the other side you're in arizona the real challenge is to reach this area that. it was once the territory of the apache now it's under control of its choppers seen a low a cartel. is through here that javier takes asylum seekers on a long trek through the mountains into us he's been doing this job for more than twenty years. it's the same people on the other side they give us the green light to move but it has changed a lot before the journey took three to four hours and ten years later it was fifteen to twenty now we can take four or five days it's a big deter it used to be a straight line. these rugged mountains are used to smuggle drugs and people both
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are done in close coordination but not a decision time. could take leaves people trafficking is a business that involves many on both sides. of the way. you have bad guys on both sides are no border guards who kept migrants in their homes or put them in the cars and let them go i saw this happen so build one wall or two walls people will continue to cross and we will continue providing our service. a fortified border added personnel a new technology has slowed the movement of asylum seekers over the past two decades it will take the border in a war to stop it all together. along to mexican us border. a judge in brazil has issued an arrest warrant for the far left activists. who's wanted initially in relation to four murders in the one nine hundred seventy s. the sixty three year old italian who's also a novelist has been living in brazil since two thousand and four and reports now
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from. the president elect. doesn't take office for another two weeks but he's long stated his opposition to what he calls criminal elements within the left wing groups both in brazil and abroad a supreme court judge has now why should an international arrest warrant for interpol for the italian fugitive says. he's been on the run since he broke out of an italian carolynn nine hundred eighty one where he was serving time for membership of an extreme left wing group. for communism since disbanded he's accused of his part of the playing a part in the murder of four people two policemen a butcher and a jeweler a murder that he says he denies any part in he first went on the run to france then to mexico and later on superville where he's enjoyed a career as a writer quite often of crime novels he also enjoys the protection of the former president of brazil luis naseer lula da silva himself now serving time in prison on
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corruption charges he often says mr butt tiste that he would be tortured if he was sent back to italy and wants to stay in brazil brazil has long been a haven for those on the run from justice from their own countries. will says it will no longer be a safe haven for those fugitives especially if they are of the left. now virgin galactic says it could start commercial spaceflight as early as next year it's rocketplane reach space for the first time under test flight they call it spaceship two launched here from the mojave desert in the western united states got up to eighty three kilometers above the earth's surface you might remember the original rocket crashed during a test four years ago. the aim is for virgin galactic to offer ninety minute space flights just for two hundred fifty thousand dollars.
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this is al jazeera these are the headlines the special envoy to yemen has been briefing the u.n. security council on recent talks in sweden among the people to thank for the progress made was the saudi crown prince who as defense minister was also behind the kingdom's decision to launch a military campaign in yemen nearly four years ago it remains reach we've not been possible without the extraordinary level of support from world leaders and i certainly feel very privileged to have been able to rely on them i'm thankful to the saudi crown prince other than some of them who shared his personal support for this process vital times and for the agreements we were negotiating in sweden i'm grateful to president hardly. who followed very closely are negotiations really returned to riyadh during this process and whose involvement was here at all filed
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the u.s. senate is also possible solutions taking aim at saudi arabia one ends all military support for the saudi u.a.e. coalition fighting in yemen and they also blamed the saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. in other news britain's prime minister to resign may is valid to keep trying to convince leaders to help save or brags that deal on thursday the e.u. said maes agreement was not open to renegotiations and so the bloc now plans to step up its preparations in case the u.k. leaves without an agreement by march to resume has been told her proposals are not clear enough and the e.u. will present contingency measures next week israeli security forces have shot dead a palestinian man during protests in the occupied west bank israeli army has been conducting raids in the area arresting forty palestinians it says thirty seven of them are members of hamas including three senior leaders the army is searching for a palestinian gunman who killed two israeli soldiers at a bus stop near ramallah thursday sri lanka's disputed prime minister is to step
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down mahinda rajapaksa will be submitting a letter of resignation and will address the nation on saturday and it is hoped that decision will end the political crisis that began in october that was when rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister after the president sacked the then prime minister running what kind of thing and dissolved parliament we are back with the news hour and twenty five minutes next though on al-jazeera inside story. the u.s. senate votes to end all support for the saudi u.a.e. coalition fighting in yemen and blames the saudi crown prince for the murder a journalist jamal khashoggi but will president donald trump veto the measure this
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isn't. hello and welcome to the program on iran come on the u.s. senate has voted to end old military support to the saudi u.a.e. coalition that's been fighting in yemen since two thousand and fifteen a second resolution blamed saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salon for the murder of journalist. if these measures passed the house of representatives they're likely to be vetoed by the president will bring in our guests in a moment but first roslyn jordan reports from capitol hill. the results are fifty six days and forty one nays the resolution is agreed to as amended a rebuke of u.s. president donald trump's policy to stand by saudi arabia no matter what the u.s.
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senate has passed a resolution symbolically ending all u.s. military support for saudi and emirates the forces fighting in the yemeni civil war the war in yemen is on authorize there has never been a vote in congress who allow our men and women to participate in that war and therefore that war is unconstitutional i have also been deeply concerned that the president continues to ignore human rights violations the suppression of this set and the deaths of thousands of civilians in yemen in order to maintain good relations with the saudis. legislators have been worried for some time about the civilian suffering in yemen but the saudi government's murder of journalist jamal khashoggi in october set off a wave of anger bipartisan anger not seen on capitol hill in some time legislators have demanded and received closed door briefings from the cia director and the
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secretaries of state and defense i can't mention some of the things that they have told us yesterday and today but i do think that this horrific killing of this journalist is not something that we can just simply look the other way and say hey what are you going to do. you know this is war and these things happen these things shouldn't happen and. we have to be very pointed about it around prince mohammed ben saul and they've also passed a second resolution that says quote the senate believes crown prince mohammed bin solomon is responsible for the murder of jamal khashoggi it calls on saudi arabia both to quote ensure accountability for his murder and to. release political prisoners and for good measure it also condemns a ron's giving of advanced lethal weapons to the rebels senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says this resolution strikes the right balance between
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accountability and maintaining a lie and says unlike other pending measures their resolution is neither sufficiently prudent nor sufficiently personifies for the job at hand yeah if the senate wants saudi arabia to act responsibly we want to see a more stable yemen for the sake of the yemeni people we also want to preserve this seventy your partnership even though this session of congress is almost over the legislators interest in saudi arabia's behavior is not legislators from both parties and in both the senate and the house say that come january they will be convening hearings and they will be conducting investigations into how the u.s. and saudi arabia's foreign policy goals intersect they also want to make certain that washington isn't underselling itself either morally or legally rosalyn jordan al-jazeera capitol hill.
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over to our panel in washington d.c. fatima a sort of a senior analyst at the arabia foundation joining us on skype from stockholm. must mari a political and military mediator who took part in the recent yemen talks in sweden and in essex in the u.k. natasha lin stat a professor of government at the university of essex and i specialist in a forest area and government and u.s. politics welcome to you all like to begin with you professor natasha lynn in a six this seems to be a very strong message from the senate both on the war in yemen and blaming the saudi crown prince mohammed bin solomon squarely for the killing of the journalist jamal khashoggi no as we've heard it's likely that the president of the us will use his veto powers but has the message been heard by
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well i think it's sending a very clear message it's a strong rebuke president trump that the senate strongly disagrees with the way the saudis have been waging this war in yemen. and they've decided that they want to stop aid of this conflict and they're also indicating that there's going to be more to come in january that not only are they upset with the way that the saudis have engaged in this war they're also putting the direct blame on the crown prince in his involvement of the murder of the journalist and they're indicating that in january there could be more there could be a suspension of weapons sales and they could be banned on refueling and so this is going to be a strong assertion. the war powers act which is where the legislative branch is basically saying that they have a right to dictate. whether or not a war will continue. let me bring in fact some. talking of what the
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u.s. is actually doing the u.s. senate is actually doing do you think this is helpful to trying to bring about an end to the war in human. so far the calls to end the war in yemen hasn't really considered what the implications are on the ground i think we need to call for peace in yemen that's fundamental but we can't call for an abrupt ending to what is happening in yemen without really having a resolution on the ground otherwise the entire for past four years would be completely folly so we need to think justly about the people we need to think justly about all parties to the conflict there has been sacrifices from you know many independent yemeni citizens and there has been a huge military in crisis a lot of suffering and we ought to find a way to you know find a real resolution restore governance restore you know government
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institutions and not just abruptly would draw without necessarily finding any alternative ways what the what the senate war powers act is just that it's a war powers act it just puts the decision back in congress hands it doesn't want the administration to act so if i think about what is what are the implications for yemen it's really not about yemen and i think yemen has just been used as you know an example to say you know this this could happen when the president acts with all authority and this is why you need to put things back in the hands of congress because we could better scrutinize you know such such engagement but that's not sufficient to solve what's going on in yemen unfortunately a lot of congressman senators have been somewhat using the humanitarian crisis to point to the suffering of people as something that only the saudi led coalition
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is responsible to completely ignoring what the violations on the ground we you know i think. for for young men this this doesn't really send a comforting method but you know other all it will not have a huge impact i would say how came of us mari it's not going to have a huge impact says our guest in washington d.c. what are your thoughts guy agree on and also it's a bit too late four years later the u.s. government suddenly clicks in and say this word is. vinatieri us law even if this does. take months in best case scenario and i'm very doubtful that it will pass. it's very sad that you know what's happening in yemen is being made by so many international countries being involved in this war and our
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free years have seen the suffering of millions of yemenis and we have a becomes the worst military crisis in a century then everyone starts clicking instantly yemen is in need of help for getting that war was the reason that this country quantity became a catastrophe so i'm not happy that anything in senate will are that directly impact yemen it will put more pressure to reveal yes but it will not help the r. and b. at the suffering of yemenis or our. humanitarian situation that the country is. presently now you are in talks the recent talks in sweden where this ceasefire deal was agreed over the port of her data now things like that are is that what's more crucially needed rather nice like you're always saying is an empty gesture by the the u.s. senate and do we need more of that kind of thing. what happened in sweden. was
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no political deal whatsoever it was more linked to humanitarian reasons even if the data. yes there will not be clashes or be a cause for it end of clashes in the lead a province but again for humanitarian reasons and not for. any political gains so are no side is losing when it comes to are they being sold each one is just easing the humanitarian crisis in yemen other issues later humanitarian. problems are still standing out the closure of the iraq war it's been closed for two and a half years right now so all the things that happened in sweden all the updates all the progress has been linked to the material success and or using the pressure on the internationally of the answer how the collision specific how to use
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this crisis while not solving anything politically. or finding a final solution. i see you nodding your head in agreement but surely there has to be a stop point to these talks that has to be something. there has to be something you know but i think what hachim is is talking about is it's something but it's not the overall picture it's a it's somewhat of a fragile agreement as well. so there is you know more than one reason to be skeptical about how this is going to affect on the long term is this actually going to bring peace right now everybody is sighing a sigh of relief because they think that you know with the with the cease fire you really sparing the lives of the troops i know people who are fighting on the
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government side and they're extremely extatic that they you know that there could be some type of agreement on the data but they're also skeptical that this agreement could last or that it could be implemented right now i think because of the signing because of the. high level attendance and the international attention that this event has. has achieved there is just a lot of feelings of positivity but i think that's really truly over exaggerated the devil is in the details the implementation of these agreements is not going to be easy something even as simple as prisoners exchange has a lot of sticking points that need to be solved according in there already chatter out that says that. the majority of or for the majority of the of the of the prisoners that the who these asked for where. basically killed in
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battle because there were and some of them are prisoners of war so how would the who are these really react to that does the government have all the details of those who were killed in battle can it send their remains at the same time you know in terms of the prisoners that the government of yemen has. as for the majority of which over a thousand prisoners are prisoners of conscious their political activists their academics their journalists their women their children and these prisoners there is if they are released they're probably would want to stay home with their families and houthi territory there are no guarantees that they cannot be imprisoned again and then there are the realities on the ground are somewhat disconnected because just two days ago or while the people were talking about the agreements there were more reports of abductions illegal abductions that the militia have to inducted on
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various civilians and these were deemed unjust so. working out these details implementing a cease you know a truce ceasefire making sure that violations are not you know happening on the ground making sure that there is you know effective deployment of. neutral or independent troops on the ground to enforce the peace this is all i don't think it can actually materialize in the few weeks that have been proposed so i think the agreement is likely fragile professor. let me bring you in here it seems that the white house is certainly throwing its lot in with saudi arabia and is backing certainly the crown prince mohammed bin salon but the senate this is real lot of anger there wards that move by the white house what can the senate do to try and strengthen the agreements things like that sort of the cease fire agreements with
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in stockholm in places like that what can the senate actually do could do anything . well i mean i think i tend to agree with the panelist that the u.s. involvement in the conflict is really only exacerbated the conflict by supporting the saudis in such a very visible way with providing them with with weapons and fueling and training and intelligence and this is help to just prolong the conflict and make it more deadly you've seen though in the past months the senate has become and the house has become more and more critical of the way the saudis are waging the war and even trying to delay the sale of precision guided munitions because they were worried that the civilian death toll was just way too high and that the saudis were largely responsible for this but in terms of what the senate can actually do it's what already has been said they have made it clear that in january they can try to ban
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the sale of or at least suspend the sale of weapons to saudi arabia and saudi arabia is one of the biggest imported it is the biggest importer of weapons in the world and the u.s. is one of the biggest exporters to saudi arabia and then it can also try to ban refuelling it will only affect the way that the saudis can wage the conflict to some extent will it be able to impact the outcome of the war in yemen and more effectively deal with the humanitarian crisis and deal with trying to come up with some sort of peace agreement probably not but you have to we can't underestimate the importance of the steps that we're taking it's important because the saudi u.s. relationship has been one where the u.s. has never rebuked saudi arabia there's been almost no criticism of saudi arabia and so this actually is more significant than it may appear to be simply because they're trying to send a clear message that they do not agree with the way the saudis are conducting the
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war though we can be pessimistic or cynical about well that really isn't. the fact the outcome came of us mari if the us then can't do it and the united nations are trying their hardest but there's a long way to go is there any other partner any other honest peace broker that may be able to significantly change the outcome of the war in yemen or and bring about an end to. the us can't help stop the war and the idea is not to have our congress and senate vote for it in the u.s. to step aside and forgetting that it's one of the reasons why this war is happening in the first place or are a reason that it was prolonged so the idea of nothing the us have a boat and i'm done with my right it's to put pressure on saudi arabia which your us can do put pressure on saudi arabia to eason. it's
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a tax i meant to come to a peace deal and be on the sea diameter and the war even possible but that's what's needed from the us now there are. just a vote that will get the us are in the picture and keep the result in yemen as it is because saudi can either spined our other partners so where the mass that the us was involved in has to be cleaned up whether today or tomorrow so the us you us can do it but it's there will not do they have the will to do it or does their interests financial gains are the greater than the lives of the innocent civilians then i'd be killed i would be more valuable than the millions who are suffering. in poverty and hunger this is where the value of us. would be clear. fatima we have seen now that the u.s.
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is very definitely supporting certainly the white house is very different supporting saudi arabia the senate and the white house seem to be putting sanctions on iran iran clearly a key player in the yemeni conflict why is iran in all of this is there any other way of pressuring them. iran has been trying to maintain some plausible deniability in terms of its relationship with the who these so this bite all evidence that points to its support to the militia they try to say listen we don't have any control over the militia they can do whatever they want but this is not you know we know from past agreements that were not signed that were not committed to by the militia i think they have completely helped iran stand its foothold in sanaa i think they're giving iran a lot of assurances and this should be a sign of concern whether the u.s.
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can pressure iran or the who sees i think the u.s. has no leverage over both. the relationship is not at its best and unfortunately i think during the obama administration yemen was perhaps an appeasement for for iran so and also it's sort of like an appeasement for both iran and saudi arabia so there are many i think i think there are many problems here with in terms of holding iran accountable i don't think that's going to happen easily but what is really needed is sustained international pressure to stop iran from funding the host the militia for you know. perhaps you know influence the the who sees to give up some of their very destructive rhetoric i mean i think it was a real win for the huth even the senator when when senators. do not necessarily
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understand that the who thiis main chant is death to america and here they are passing resolutions that could somehow benefit and empower iran back to these so it's it's there is sort of like there there is some layers of forgiveness. about the local context about what's going on in terms of iran's support to yemen that the these are really taking advantage off and that iran is taking advantage of and because saudi arabia is is using conventional powers and because it's buying weapons from the united states that gets attention and not and not the other issue so in here there is somewhat an imbalance what would be reassuring is for the senate to pay attention to all aspects of what's going on in yemen you know again the humanitarian crisis and also the human rights and the other violations that are happening i mean we are running out of time i would just like to bring in professor
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lynch that hey the other resolution that was passed unanimously by the u.s. senate was blaming the crown prince mohammed bin summoned for the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi does that have any teeth does any bites what does that actually mean. no i don't think it does have any teeth or bite it is significant in that you have as i said the senate sending a clear message to the saudi regime that they are unhappy with it but i actually also don't think that the us has that much power over saudi arabia i do think that the way that this recent resolution will affect the way that the saudis can wage war in yemen and that may hamper its abilities to wage the war in the way that they want to but i don't see saudi arabia as totally dependent on the u.s. i think it's a very autonomous actor that has links to all kinds of countries and has trade deals with all kinds of countries and it does what it wants to do when it wants to
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do it the message will that they're trying to send is that and but there are other countries also sending this message as well that they were very unhappy with the way the crown prince conducted himself and within the fact they'd been implicated in a murder they had to him and they think that there was really no other way out with that than to just sit there and do nothing but i don't see it affecting the crown prince and the ruling family at this particular moment well we are out of time now i would like to thank all our guests some a lot hakeem must mari and the tussling star and thank you too for watching you can see the program again any time by visiting a website i'll just there dot com and then further discussion go to a facebook page that's facebook dot com forward slash a.j. inside story and you can also join the conversation on twitter handle is at a.j. inside story for me in mungo and the entire team here and don't like and.
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i'm come all santa maria and this is the news hour from al-jazeera. not just the murder of one journalist it is the starvation of eighty five thousand children the u.s. senate takes aim at saudi arabia over the killing of jamal khashoggi an american support for the war in yemen. also the u.k. prime minister tourism a soldiers on this is a parliamentary vote on briggs it will happen before january twenty first but the still very little movement from the european sides. mahinda rajapakse are stepping down as sri lanka's prime minister after he became the center of a political crisis. and. a plan to raise an army but it's already causing tension with its former enemies. and i'm fina i'm washed with all your day's sport as james harden rockets into n.b.a. history used and dominate the brawn and the lakers that more later this new south.
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so plenty of developments to do with the war in yemen we'll be talking about that vote in the u.s. senate a little bit later but just in the past few hours the united nations security council was briefed by the special envoy to yemen in the wake of a landmark agreement between the country's warring sides this is martin griffiths of course we're talking about he said the government delegation and the rebels had made a significant step forward during their talks in sweden the sides of a great several things there's a ceasefire in the crucial port city of the data deescalating the fighting in ties as well and a prisoner swap deal what's in front of us is a daunting task and as ever. in the context of such negotiations one realizes at the end of the gauche ations that the hard work is only about to begin all of us
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started out with different views on this my own is this is not about whether we can trust one or other on this or that commitment this is about helping them both to make it happen and reporting almost success noshing with those areas where they fall short of that griffiths like several other speakers thank various representatives for their work supporting the talks and that included the saudi crown prince who was behind the kingdom's decision to enter the war also the u.s. secretary of state might pompei i had said that yemen may be at the beginning of a new chapter so let's tieless together james bays our diplomatic editor who is live at u.n. headquarters in new york i guess james as far as saudi arabia is concerned it is a player in this war that has been obviously and it is part of what happens going forward in the diplomats at the united nations have had to acknowledge that. one of the two protagonists in many ways because of course it was the who theories
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that seize territory and the capital sanaa but it was the saudis that led a coalition to go into yemen intervening and certainly creating the scale of conflict that we've seen now for some considerable time the worst humanitarian situation on earth everyone is being very nice to saudi arabia and there's a reason for that at the security council and that's because the next phase is to put what has been agreed in stockholm in some formal. with some formal endorsement from the security council in terms of a resolution that is something that's always complicated on yemen to negotiate because all those saudi arabia doesn't have sit on the security council it puts pressure certainly on the arab member of the security council currently kuwait but also on other security council members so they will have to try and find
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a resolution that they can negotiate with all the security council and also try and stop saudi arabia finding ways to stop or slow down the resolution and that i think is the main reason that they're not in their hat at saudi arabia when they're doing all the lists of thank you's about what happened at the talks in stockholm i think it is fair to say that saudi arabia has allowed the government of yemen to take the steps that it has it wouldn't have done so without saudi blessing for example the detainee deal that has been agreed i'm told had to be finally approved from the saudi side not the yemeni government side by the saudi crown prince mohammed bin sama. james what else did you glean from the security council briefing that we saw as far as actually doing something goes clearly there's lots of optimism there is a commitment from all the players but what will they actually do. well
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they've got to go a lot further this deals with the current flashpoints and of course it's very fragile that you have a cease fire in place in her day rather urgently in a way the u.n. doesn't normally work they're trying to find a monitoring team of international experts probably unarmed who would go to her data both to the port and the city to monitor the seas far i think that scene is very important there is credible monitoring on the ground to make sure everyone is respecting the deal that's been done but others say that's just the very first stage of dealing with the flashpoints and particularly the data which is the main ports are the main lifeline and the main reason that we're having so many humanitarian problems in yemen the harder bit and the longer bit is trying to get a long lasting peace deal for yemen how will the who thiis be integrated into the
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political. system because of course currently they control the capital what sort of form of governance are you going to have in yemen in the future there are very differing views on that no clear solution so the next phase gets even more difficult thank you james bay that diplomatic editor in new york meanwhile in washington the u.s. senate has delivered a strong message to saudi arabia by passing two resolutions one is aimed at cutting all american military support for the coalition fighting in yemen in fact fifty six senators from both sides were in favor and forty one were against sits being seen as criticism of the trumpet ministrations links to saudi arabia however it is unlikely to get the approval in the house of representatives and even if it did it would then face an almost certain these are from the president there was also a separate resolution which condemned the saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman for the murder of jamal khashoggi we've got robert robert hunter with us now who is a former u.s. ambassador to nato and
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a top official at the national. security council on the middle east i know you were supposed to join us earlier on al-jazeera so thank you for sticking around thank you for your patience what do you make of what the senate has actually achieved it seems to me it might end up being rather well it says a lot but it's symbolic in the end given it probably won't progress anything. well if anybody in the last year has not died in vain it was that poor man mr khashoggi because that has revealed to people in the world and clothing here in the united states the kind of barbarous behavior that on occasion the saudis are prepared to engage in and also linking it to the crown prince who has been certainly throwing his weight around ahmed been psalm on it is true that the senate . votes are mostly symbolic the one against the crown prince which was passed
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unanimously incidentally not a single dissenting voice on that sends a strong message the other as you say is not going to be passed into law but this is the first time the united states either under the obama administration or under the trumpet ministration is finally said we cannot stomach this kind of brutality coming from a country within within which we have such close ties so what's happening now i think what happened in stockholm is a direct response to what the united states is doing because the country that did most of his seat conceding in. in stock all of course resort area but as long as saudi arabia has a friend in the white house and a very vocal friend in the white house and donald trump how much can really change or maybe next year when the democrats take over the house maybe things can change but we threw it. oh i don't think that the what the congress has is going to matter
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very much and in fact you have not shasta a friend in the white house for mama devon solomon in saudi arabia you have a very strong friend in israel and that plays back obviously very directly to american politics in fact one of the striking things is that so many people in the senate who tend to respond so a lot of members to whatever mr netanyahu and israel tells them to do the fact that they've taken a different position also sends a message so i think what we're going to say is that moving forward in terms of the climate in the united states at least the united states the government is going to have to take take a step back from what what the saudis have been doing and they might get the message not that the larger relationship would go under but that it would be more difficult for them to get to washington to do what it wants to do unless it lowers its ambitions in in yemen and also quite frankly trains opposite in terms of your
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router and memos and the the embargo on gotter a country in which the united states actually surprisingly or not has its largest military base an entire middle east do you think any of this these concessions these changes these changes in voices coming out from the senate would any of this happened without jamal khashoggi. absolutely not pulled over iraq and people were then able to say exactly what was being done after all the kind of things that the saudis have been doing even more backed by iran has been obvious for a long time now it was obvious under the obama administration and fact a bunch of former obama administration officials recently wrote a letter saying well yes we're. terms of. aircraft and targeting and bombs but we thought that would lead the saudis to negotiate and to behave in
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a humanitarian way of course didn't do what we expected it to well come on. this was a bipartisan policy now the moral question has come and overwhelm the policy and frankly i don't think. samana rather well ever be really welcome again here in washington pleasure talking to you thank you so much for your time there's plenty more ahead for you. will find out why easing violence in iraq is making it harder for people to build a. strong breeze. and homes to find in the run up to forty eight. canelo is facing a toll order as he looks to add to his collection of titles we will hear from him ahead of the big fight in the big apple.
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