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outcry spread to other towns and cities nationwide police have repeatedly fired bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds hospitals and doctors have been attacked by security forces for treating protesters. demands to end thirty year rule can be heard in every protest march. it's been one month since people started protesting to demand change people have been expressing their frustration at the way president armorel bashir has been running the country for the past thirty years despite the use of live ammunition and tear gas the protest seems to be gathering strength and for weeks on the president remains defiant. president bashir describes protested streeter's influenced by foreign agents as a criticism by the e.u. when the u.s. attacks on unarmed protesters sudan's government lawyer is promising to investigate . we will be looking into the deaths that occurred during the protests and urged people who have information to come forward and presented to us so we can conclude what happened and how people have been killed we'll also look into those injured
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and those who had their property destroyed in the demonstrations but she remains wanted by the international criminal court for work rhymes and crimes against humanity in the western region of darfur some analysts say the biggest challenge he's yet faced at home has the potential to end his rule. this movement will be successful in changing the regime is true that the government doesn't see that but it can happen that can happen through a new political party taking over the ruling party assad stepping bashir and bringing someone else in his place but one thing we can be sure of is that saddam before the nineteenth of december is not the same saddam posed december when the protests started. but she has promised economic reforms but as protests continue into a second month some sudanese say they're ready to sacrifice their lives to see change changes which president bashir doesn't appear ready to make. now obviously as
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a president bashir promise improve economic reform people say that they've heard this from says over and over again they say that the only change they want to see is for him to step down and hand over power to an interim independent counsel now his promise of economic reforms is not working this and that's because sudan's economy has been in a downward spiral since a south sudan says he didn't. and people have been protesting in twenty twelve twenty thirteen and the beginning of twenty eighteen also because of the economic conditions but now the demands have grown people are saying that the only thing they want to see is for the president to hand over power he says he's not going to do that he's going to wait for elections next year to hand over power but there are concerns by the people who are protesting that he will also run again and that he might win they're saying that the electoral commissions will not be independent and they will direct the vote so people are saying that the only way for him to step down is by going out to protest in the streets people are concerned that more lives would be lost that obviously with the use of tear gas i live in remission people are saying that this is not going to end well but then they're very determined just like the president is determined to cling on to power now in its second month it's not clear how this would end for sudan but what is clear is that these people both
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sides are very defiant and both sides want to achieve their gains and right morgan thank you still ahead on al-jazeera. i'm andrew thomas in the pacific island country of van a while to where trials on the way to deliver lifesaving vaccines. run. from the clear blue sky of the doha morning. to the fresh autumn breeze in the city a few. of the main snows has gone now there's still more snow to come firstly are this old system and because it's still a draw from the north but actually the actions could be further west now so we leave the relatively cold east to show the changing weather over both portugal spain and probably france that's an active system full of atlantic as
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a full of rain a bit of snow at how it's coming across the whole of the iberian peninsula natalie where all the action is now so a fair amount of rain to come a little bit of snow to the east look at the temperatures are still above freezing so there's a certain amount of storage least at lower levels which has been just over this thing coming south and south mediterranean you haven't got much to affect libya or egypt or indeed own syria or tunisia but you have got that rain coming out of there are buried in system which were produced rain and probably some snow up in the atlas mountains there nothing significant over the next two days which will make robots analogy is not particularly nice places to be where the sun is out in tripoli not so you know so this polar cloud running out for the east in there once again but for the time being it doesn't affect van't most of north africa is fine and this time it's been a breeze and certainly has a potential for showers as you'll notice in the cloud somewhere as far west as god . the weather sponsored by cats are in place. by maintaining every
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weekly news cycle going to see any simple breaking stories and then of course there's donald trump told through the eyes of the outstanding ace that's right out of a hamas group that calls for the annihilation of israel is not what that phrase means at all he joined the listening post as we turned the cameras on the media focus on how they were told on a story set matter the most in battle is a free palestine are they listening on al-jazeera.
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the white house. at least twenty people have been killed and dozens injured in a pipeline fire in central mexico the government has now sent police and the army to guard petrol pipelines the state oil company says people were illegally topping a pipeline and filling containers with fuel when that explosion happened john
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heilemann has the story from mexico. it looked like a village celebration dozens gathered under a fountain of gasoline it had erupted from what mexico's state oil company said was an illegally tapped pipeline. they took their fill the soldiers sent to guard the pipeline looks on seemingly powerless then this happened. dozens of people were taken to hospital with burns many less food were burnt to death the tragedy comes just as the government is trying to crack down on oil. gangs and corrupt officials have been siphoning off petrol from the country's pipelines few years in two thousand and eighteen the army found more than six thousand illegal taps vulnerable pipelines have been shut down while the secured it's left many communities with shortages. the government's trying to make up those short pools by delivering petrol in heavily guarded tankers in the capital the
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system is beginning to work but elsewhere emits crew second city guadalajara and several states there are still queues and. we want to normalize the situation so we've decided to buy five hundred tankers to raise the capacity and not depend on the pipelines we're going to use tankers for twenty five percent of distribution the operations costing serious money not just the tankers but the four thousand troops deployed to guard them pipelines and fuel that pose experts say it can't go on indefinitely the president's essentially made this a game of chicken let's see who gets tired first she said those stealing the country's oil for his government with its mounting cost of pipeline security and distribution. the polls have shown the majority of mit's can support the president stand. by that but if it's to fire people who are stealing the fuel it's good we
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just have to put up with it for a bit. if it's to make the country better that's fine friday ended with another pipeline explosion in create through this time with no casualties but the clocks running for the president to come up with a long term solution to fuel thirst and all that comes with it john home and zero city colombia's president has ask you both to hand over a ten members of a leftist armed group accused of a car bomb attack in bogota. has renewed arrest orders against leaders involved in previous peace talks with the government twenty one people were killed after a car packed with explosives detonated at a police academy on thursday the group has not claimed responsibility for the attack and leaders enter peace talks with the former president juan manuel santos and twenty seventeen but they were put on hold by his successor. to explains what this means for peace talks between colombia's government and the rebels. president
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evo address the nation late on friday centrally doing what everybody was expecting ending the possibility of a reactivation peace negotiations with. the active rebel group in a call on the death that happened after the government and now that. was behind the car bomb backpack that killed twenty young cadet tears today here in the capital. said that no ideology no political fight can justify the horror that colombians had to endure he announced that he will reactivate the international arrest warrant of the leadership who is in cuba and they were expecting a restart of the peace negotiations for many here do they have the i'm no other option after this attack on thursday and this means that colombia will not have
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the possibility at least for now to reach a complete peace something that most colombians hope could happen after the largest rebel group in the country the fark had signed an agreement with the colombian government back in two thousand and sixteen u.s. president donald trump has denied reports that he directed his former personal lawyer michael cohen to lie to congress about plans to build a trump tower in moscow the office of special counsel robert muller who's investigating the trunk campaigns allegedly to moscow has cast doubt on the report by buzz feed the publication says it standing by the story mike hanna reports. the claims made against president trump are explosive and if true could lead directly to impeachment for suborning perjury that's the precise phrase that was used in the impeachment of president clinton the report by two u.s. journalists says trump allegedly the. i wrecked it his longtime attorney michael
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cohen to lie in testimony before congress according to the report trump wanted cohen to tell congress that negotiations over a trump tower project to moscow during the twenty sixteen presidential campaign happened months earlier than they actually did look that's absolutely ridiculous i think that the president's outside counsel addressed this best and said in a statement earlier today this categorically false the report also says trump directed cohen to set up a meeting with russian president vladimir putin to discuss the project a claim he's repeatedly denied there is absolutely no collusion no collusion no collusion no solution with the right cohen was sentenced in december for various crimes which included false statements to the f.b.i. something trump tweeted about in response to the latest allegations pointing out cohen is a proven liar but the latest claims published in the online publication buzz feed
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site to a named law enforcement officials and state that cohen's testimony is backed by texts and e-mails already in possession of special counsel robert mueller who's looking into trump campaign ties to the kremlin the special counsel's office has disputed s. picks off the bus b. you'd ought to call in a carefully worded response that says buzz feed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office and characterization of documents and testimony up tain by this office regarding michael cohen's congressional testimony on not accurate it short of a direct repudiation of the article but it's extremely rare if not unprecedented well the special counsel's office to comment on news reports. earlier this week trump's nominee for attorney general. admitted directing someone to lie would amount to obstruction of justice you wrote on page one that a president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction is that right that. yes
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in a statement the new house intelligence committee chair adam schiff said the allegations of a cover up are the most serious to date and vowed to do what's necessary to find out if it's true. or washington antony's as president says the muslim cleric who was the alleged mastermind of the two thousand and two bali bombings will be granted early release from prison on humanitarian grounds eighty one year old of a bucket of ice sheet was convicted in two thousand and ten under anti-terrorism laws for links to military training camps in a province and sentenced to fifteen years in prison more than two hundred people were killed in the two thousand and two bombings of clubs israeli forces have fired bullets and tear gas at palestinian protesters and ambulances on the gaza border at least thirty palestinians including three medics were injured on friday it was the
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forty third consecutive friday protest that's part of the great march of return movement for testers demanding the right of return for refugees worldwide and the end of israel and egypt the decade long walk on gaza. now lifesaving vaccines could soon be delivered by drone tests are underway on a remote pacific island which could revolutionize health care for some of the world's poorest nations andrew thomas reports van watts who's a reminder while. delivering vaccines to people on air or mango audience used to take hours or even days but now a drone can reach them in minutes soaring over the sea or rugged landscapes which don't have roads or parts until recently this a long rough boat ride was the only way anything got to the village of south river to get things to other places to go about and the trek of many hours for vaccines
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which need to be kept cool that's expensive and impractical boats need lots of fuel backpacks don't have for generation and in remote villages there isn't reliable power needed for fridges to store vaccines long term growth is mean vaccines can be delivered on demand i've been with the minister of health under five years and this is the most innovative and ambitious and exciting project that i've been involved in two companies commissioned by that i want to use government and backed by australia unicef and the global fund are investigating the viability of new services across fun to watch these awful ago it takes twenty minutes for a drone to reach south river from every mangoes main settlement at dillon's bay but the battery on board can fly it for well over an hour the drone reaches one hundred ten kilometers an hour and can carry two point five kilograms on board this child is one of the lucky ones being vaccinated during the trial period otherwise it would take him
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a lot longer we've had many conversations with with unicef at the global level and that definitely looking at what's happening in one or two other countries are interested to learn from what's haven't happening in vanuatu and to able to replicate but i want to use drones just minutes on the ground. for making the return trip one of being tested here about the practical technicality is that delivering vaccines by drugs and economics is it financially viable to deliver primary health care by driving the company behind this says yes largely using parts made by three d. printers their manufacturing cost is less than ten thousand dollars per drone and pulling the drones fly set routes all tonelessly so there's no need for expertise locally the only marginal operating cost is electricity about four dollars a blighted by water but even that cost is removed when solar energy is used it is made to be robust and cost effective in a solution that we can we can talk to
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a country that can't afford one hundred thousand all of a coal but we can bring the same level of technical competence with all of us sitting behind me this trial is a world first if successful it has a big implications the potential to fly out to primary health care on demand to remote spots worldwide andrew thomas al-jazeera. island vanuatu. well a rare type of frog in bolivia who's been without a mate for ten years has finally found his match thanks in part to the internet romeo as he's called was described as the world's only water frog and online campaign raised enough money to find a mate for romeo the national history museum where he lives is confident he will hit it off with his julia valentine's day you can find much more on that story and the day's other top stories on our website al-jazeera dot com.
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hello again the headlines on al-jazeera u.s. leading republican senator lindsey graham says america's relationship with saudi arabia can't move forward until the issue of the murder of. dealt with he went on to say he hopes president trump will slow the withdrawal of american troops from syria until i saw was the straw this is in contrast to donald trump who cited the defeats of the armed group as a reason to pull america's troops out the u.s. president of north korea's leader have agreed to meet for a second time next month for more talks the white house announcement came after the north lead nuclear negotiator met donald trump in washington more protests are being held in sudan the latest in a month of growing demands for the president to go villagers in the northern region of my house chanted for an end president obama. activists say at least fifty people have been killed and hundreds injured or arrested since the civil unrest began over the rising price of bread the government the number of dead is much lower. at least
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twenty people have been killed and dozens injured in a pipeline fire in central mexico it happened in his state north of the capital in mexico city on friday and the state oil company says people were illegally tapping a pipeline and filling containers with fuel when the explosion happened mexican officials say the number of dead could rise. colombia's president has ask you about to hand over ten members of a leftist armed group accused of a car bomb attack in bogota if alan duke has renewed arrest orders against leaders involved in previous peace talks with the government twenty one people were killed after a car packed with explosives detonated at a police academy on thursday the group has not claimed responsibility for that attack and leaders entered peace talks with the former president juan manuel santos and twenty seventeen but they were put on hold by his successor. indonesia's president says the muslim cleric who was the alleged mastermind of the two thousand
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and two bali bombings will be granted early release from prison on humanitarian grounds eighty one year old. was convicted in two thousand and ten more than two hundred people were killed in the two thousand and two bombings of bali nightclubs those are the headlines the listening post is coming up next on al-jazeera. when and for you. what i mean. while i'm. not critical for us i don't. want to know and i know that. everything i've read and pressured. this year to. get at.
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a lower richard gaisford and you're at the listening post here are some of the stories we're covering this week venezuela president maduro begins his second term and the media landscape looks far different than when he began his first the sudanese government faces street protests and turns to an online clampdown that straight out of the strong man's playbook the wall street journal a hoax and the perils of single source journalism plus had geography and american presidents nothing so becomes their legacy as their passing earlier this month nicolas maduro was sworn in for a second term as venezuela's president the election that got him there was widely condemned as rigged and opposition voices were mostly absent from the airwaves the case against him adored oh and his treatment of the media is compelling his critics say that since he first took office in two thousand and thirteen almost one hundred radio and television stations have been censored or shut down as well as thirty
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three newspapers another fifty journalists have been prosecuted. we've been following the media story in venezuela for more than a decade now when the duros predecessor and mentor the late hugo chavez came to power he pledged to confront the right wing media outlets that dominated political discourse at the time to democratize the media and give voice to the country's poor however venezuelans now suffer under chronic shortages and not just of food and medicine information the pendulum has swung the other way and there are signs aplenty that venezuela's bolivarian revolution has lost its way our starting point this week is the capital. these are going to. be how do you eat their lives don't think in the moment go evolving from places that is healthy thinking and feeling good. about moving
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forward in the way you go this isn't an equal number who don't. say that. but. they. must it's more propaganda than information. it's evidence that they're adhering to the guidelines given by the ministry of communications despite the doubts and the controversies that have arisen. the official line tries to justify the existence of the power of reality to the one that venezuelans a living on a daily basis the content to sweeten the order to avoid contradicting official reports that's the reality of journalism and that's why the government exercises extreme control especially in broadcast media. for voices on the state of the news media in
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a country that's as polarized as any on the planet the government. official from the human rights commission the academic a specialist on political discourse in venezuela and two journalists plying their trade online partly due to a shortage of paper the election held last may was considered a sham by the un the e.u. and the organization of american states and recognized as legitimate by among others china russia and cuba the two main opposition figures were both disqualified from running voter turnout was the lowest ever the millions fleeing the country are now part of the biggest refugee surge in latin american history chased by chronic shortages and inflation the details of which they cannot count on their government and the media it mostly controls to provide when to put it by the primary source of information is the venezuelan government but it doesn't actually inform the no
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details about inflation or what the g.d.p. is little better get on the democrat make more on the whole sanyal thing i must say me and the lot of our seal intake i meant that. if they see a good economy. carissa we've ignored those essential statistics for years in the states stops informing and instead produces propaganda and uncertainty rules and rumors becomes clear at almost every minute. the minnesota has been subjected to unilateral sanctions illegal measures which is not shown by the media they only show the consequences of those sanctions the crisis that's come as a result is a biased account it's demonize the country's image which in turn justifies any subsequent action in the scene see many. venezuelans government does have powerful adversaries starting with
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a superpower to the north the takes a disproportionate interest in oil rich countries two days after the inauguration the trumpet ministration said it was looking at all the options on how we influence the outcome in venezuela is going to he's sure to drive the nation by opposing the you know the reality washington has imposed three sets of economic sanctions on kind of us and they've had an effect they also provide them a doodle government with a convenient they're out to get us america to fall back on someone said but if i don't. want to be on in battle i mean we're going to see i mean as long as. the economic crisis and the resulting shortages don't just affect consumers they affect the news industry last month and next year now a newspaper founded in one thousand forty three published its final edition one of the reasons given was a shortage of newsprint. and that's what i remember you go well national is one of
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the most important newspapers in venezuela when it was launched it represented a very innovative moment in journalism it opposed to hugo chavez's government and then nicolas maduro and as a consequence it's suffered retaliation to a consequence you better than those who have. been losing its. original essence for a while it was once one of the most influential newspapers in venezuela with a print run of two hundred thousand copies and by the end it had to crease dramatically to five to six thousand made up of very few pages. in the. us has a serious problem when it comes to getting certain supplies like paper which is not made here and which we cannot afford to import so of course the media is going to suffer media still in circulation but they moved online that's just the global reality again so it's unfair to suggest that media outlets are being closed down to still there but they're on the internet but. this
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journalism isn't widespread venezuela has the worst internet in latin america and it's very difficult for people to use their phones in public like in the us and europe there is too much crime and also websites suffer constant attacks we suspect that it's people from the government. there's a context a history to the story of the venezuelan me when hugo chavez was elected in one thousand nine hundred nine the first leftist president in forty years the vast majority of news outlets tilted to the right they were openly hostile to charges is full of aryan revolution in two thousand and two charters was briefly deposed in a coup one that the media didn't just cover they were participants recognized for their efforts by coup leaders. who said they could not have overthrown the democratically elected charges without the help of right wing media outlets like
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veni vidi on our c.t.v. and global vision the changes to the media landscape that then began under charges have accelerated under nicolas maduro global vision is just one example having backed the coup in two thousand and two under one set of owners it is now. in the hands of. a promo doro businessman countless other media outlets including major newspapers like el universal and quilty must. have gone the same way what began as a government enforced market correction a defensible response to a media sector that was out of control has since grown into a crackdown. on that which i thought they meant that they were not not when chavez was in office he enjoyed popular support most of the times so repression wasn't so necessary by the time a door it came to power sympathy for the government fell significantly due to the economic situation the social situation and so repression against the media
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increases that it was going to remain a woman book. perhaps that's the difference with the past chavez was much more patient despite the fact that the media tried to destroy him and his family and the mother would all have been times when those who run the media should be held to account why because freedom of expression doesn't mean impunity is not just me who says it isn't tried in international treaties as well as our own constitution. and i leave those among us not as well as you or we are the ones telling the truth that's what the government says but for the system to work we need media outlets that have no relationship to the government so they can tell us what's really happening and good government needs to be able to take criticism from its citizens their problem is that the reality is very obvious and there is no way to hide it any longer everyone is.
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we're looking at other media stories that are on our radar this week with one of our producers tarek enough tarik security services in sudan have been trying to limit coverage of protests that began there last month this past week close to thirty journalists were rounded up all from the same newspaper why would they target the journalists who are working for an outlet called a jedi which is refused to comply with government censorship the newspaper and others have received almost nightly visits from the security services who harass and dictate what they're allowed to publish geneva has refused to toe the line and it's clearly paying the price the sunday issue of the paper was banned from publication for the third time in a row and more than ten of its editions have been seized since protests began in mid december when the journalists held a sits in outside the headquarters of the national intelligence and security twenty
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eight of them including the editor of a chef i deliver these were arrested ok so that's the government trying to control the output of one newspaper what about the online side where censorship can be so much more difficult to enforce so the internet has been thankful to the organization of these protests are brick hashtags like sudan cities revolt have been used to mobilize people then documents and broadcast demonstrations to the world president bush it knows that and he's ordered the internet provider of to block access to prop phones like facebook twitter and what that is very egypt two thousand and eleven the restrictions haven't really worked the protesters have use virtual private networks the p.m.'s to get around them and videos like this one security forces trying to mow down protesters have been shed extensively on mine. oh. moving on so last week the wall street journal reports that an american
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conservative activist has been banned from twitter after complaints by some muslim advocacy group but the story turns out to be some kind of hoax yes and a lab or one of the activist laura linney a far right online personality who was suspended from twitter for a slime a phobic comments a pair of internet prank that came up with a plan to see how easy it would be to convince her that shadowy muslim groups were responsible for getting how bad and so they posed to the disgruntled twitter employee and convince women that twitter thi jack dorsey had met with the council on american islamic relations with kat and they had lobbied for her account to be taken down it was a lie but limit lots it up and partly the hoax is wanted to see if she would take the story to an outlet like in for was so they could expose how the right wing media food chain was instead lehman went to the wall street journal which published
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her account seemingly without any cooperating evidence or proper fact checking bottom line a prank designed to expose the far right media bubble in an.

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