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anti-government demonstrations in the country since two thousand and seventeen in after the younger position leader why don't proclaim themselves illegitimate interim president outside venice well a number of countries including the united states have backed away those claim to legitimacy and in tears the u.s. secretary michael insisted moderate time was up the time for debate to start the regime of former president nicolas maduro just illegitimate. his regime is morally bankrupt. economically incompetent it is profoundly corrupt the president answered ordering all venezuelan diplomats home from the united states in giving us diplomats in venezuela seventy two hours to leave other world powers like russia and china came to my rescue warning the u.s. against external intervention in the country. is the true it is another flagrant interference into internal affairs of
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a sovereign state as you know that has been several attempts to oust from power including attempts on his life just. here on the border city of thousands of venezuelans keep crossing into columbia on a daily basis in search of food medicine and basic health services they can't access back home they say they receive the latest news from venezuela with a mix of hope and wariness i look at we needed this to happen to bring about change and unfortunately it will take more injured country. is not an option. local n.g.o.s say twenty six people have been killed since the latest wave of protests against madrid all began four days ago the president called for dialogue with the opposition but few see any alternatives to more turmoil in coming days listening. in america to listen the human joins me now live from computer on the
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colombia venezuela border and lucy were difficult seventy two hours for president and for the self declared into written president or seems to be the situation on the ground as you see it on friday. yes good morning for her and went there are a lot of moving parts of this moment as this conflict appears to be inching its way really into a very very dangerous confrontation the as you know and as i understand of pointed out the the modern ministration gave us diplomats seventy two hours to leave a country that is on sunday but the u.s. government says it will not pull out its diplomats while at the same time a little has related that he will ensure that they leave the country at the same time in the next two hours we are expecting the attorney general which who backs president mughal to make a statement parallel to that why don't the interim president that was appointed
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by the national assembly the opposition control national assembly is also going to give a press conference but he has already said on instagram just a few minutes ago not to be surprised if there is an arrest warrant issued for him in about two hours time which will certainly crank up the tensions in venezuela about occurs and of course here it's natural reaction on friday as we're hearing which will give all sides food for thought. absolutely well you know first of all the the russian president has given his full support to president my little he has in fact advised him according to mr maher who don't to remain with nerves of steel and calm but do you know the european union including this the spanish foreign minister just a few minutes ago joined germany by saying that unless there are immediate and democratic and fair elections held in this way that the e.u. will also recognize weigel as the interim president of that country so they are
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certainly turning up the heat on president my little minute by minute and he of course is smiling no signs of wanting to relent but russia has said that it is willing now to barter to mediate some kind of an arrangement or a dialogue negotiations between the government and the opposition we also know that mexico endurable i have offered to do that president a little since he is willing but the opposition doesn't seem to be interested anymore in many ways it says that ship has sailed they feel very confident that there is change about to take place in venezuela but right honestly so while they may be counting their chickens before they hatch well the day is close anyway you are lissie will continue to follow events if you through friday thank you. said to europe now where in greece politicians are set to vote on a landmark agreement with neighboring macedonia aimed at ending a decades long dispute over its name protesters against the dealer braving the rain outside the parliament building in athens is a live pictures coming from inside the parliament building let's take
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a closer look at what led to the longstanding dispute and its ancient roots escalated in one nine hundred ninety one when macedonia declared independence after breaking away from yugoslavia which fell apart during the balkan wars greece objected to the new name saying it represented a claim on its territory as it has a northern province that's also called macedonia highlighted here in yellow bus june the two countries signed an agreement to change macedonia's name to north macedonia the deal was ratified by macedonia's parliament while greek legislators delayed the vote until now if passed greece will stop blocking its neighbors attempts to join nato and the e.u. but critics say the deal will give greek cultural heritage a way hopefully we've clarified that for you and of course john psaropoulos will clarify a little bit more for us from athens because some of the public here in the capital are not really happy with proceedings in parliament that are shared children ongoing right now this friday because the debate has begun on
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a vital vote ensues. that's right the vote is actually now underway the parliament speaker as we speak is counting is calling out names and counting the gays in the nays so very very shortly which will have the result the government is expected to carry the day on the basis of the m.p.'s who are outside the government camp who have said they will support the government on this agreement in theory therefore we should have a majority an outright majority in the chamber but those people that you alluded to earlier here behind me they are shouting traitor they're calling the legislators inside traitors for passing this agreement in their view this agreement gives away more than it should do it. defectively means that greece is signing off on its northern neighbor using the name of north macedonia. up until now they call
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themselves republican macedonia but that was without greek approval but more importantly than that signs away the right for the people of the neighboring state to call themselves macedonians even though the past what will officially say citizen of the republic of north macedonia they will still refer to themselves as macedonians that's an identity issue which the treaty isn't really expressly supposed to address but it was a condition that greece's interlocutors placed at the very beginning of negotiations and it was as we understand it non-negotiable but we'll leave it there for now or wait for the vote to come in john's propolis there in the greek capital athens. said to the weather we've been told that sort of the cold north america weather but they're also pretty pictures coming out of that they are and the lack of federal funding does not stop this river flowing niagara falls let's have a look at it at the pretty view summoning there is to it it's partially frozen so
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you're looking at the water falling and snow or ice on the ground now that winter has been in that cold and not so cold the latest frontal system this sin line here is went through now and the cold is falling tell me that in itself because of the contrast temperatures quite vicious it's straight line wind damage this is in florida just outside orlando citrus county to be quite precise as you see that wind damage is further north as well we sorted that resort in maine and sinister time is not tornado damage is just very strong gusts bringing down mature trees she of course also sometimes brings out the power as it did in this case and that front's gone through to have say the cold air was tucking in behind it so there is a cold front of sorts if you like but look at the temperatures within you down to minus fourteen in chicago today max which is currently minus five and snowing in buffalo which is effectively. niagara falls a monastery in toronto this is a cold mass here and it is for these woods we're above freezing in new york at the
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moment or take you forward to actually get slightly warmer here the cold doesn't really want to leave the midwest or in particular the upper midwest so despite what you hear this is tomorrow but i think niagara falls will stay partly frozen so thanks rob well there's optimism in the democratic republic of congo people welcomed the new leader despite the economic hurdles ahead and questions over the election that brought him to power the public is eager to see how feelings such as acadia will deal with high unemployment corruption and fix poor services for me to kinshasa. it was just as former president joseph kabila took office eighteen years ago that abraham was opened this roadside printing shop he says he started the business after he couldn't find a job in a country hit by high unemployment now that new president felix just a kid has been sworn in abraham says things may be different. i think with the new
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elected president things may change especially in the economy so that my business can grow but we will have the same individual sharing the wealth of the country i'll be very disappointed. she said katy controversially won the election in december with the result still disputed by rival martin for you know people here have long accused the government and elite of benefiting from the country's wealth with little trickling down this market is popular with students it's when many take a break between classes most is now which is about to complete a degree in communication he says he wants more opportunities for new graduates our country we are so rich because we're very all of guards a dime loans and so on yes so we did but people are so poor you see and we don't understand what's there is a for white people must stay in poverty the dears he has an estimated twenty four trillion dollars worth of natural resources including iron ore natural gas gold and cobbled according to the u.s.
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geological survey the d r c produces more than a half of the world's cobalt and more than twenty percent of global diamonds yet it remains one of the poorest countries in the world many have come to the capital kinshasa to find work with more than ten percent of the eighty five million population living here the city's overcrowded housing is expensive and hard to come by especially for the poor developments like this one when meant to provide homes for them but instead it was rented out to all force up by the wealthy many people here say the government hasn't followed through on its promises to help the plush. corruption along with insecurity and conflict continues to hamper economic growth ninety percent of the population doesn't have access to basic services so goodly premier the first challenge for the new president is infrastructure electricity and water he must put into action projects which will develop the country this will increase the level of income and through this we will reduce corruption.
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felix's security begins his first week in office not only on a wave of optimism. also realistic expectation while the d.s.c. goes through its first peaceful handover of power the challenges remain great for the new president from al-jazeera kinshasa it's been some breaking news the story we've just covered and it's coming out of athens that the greek parliament has just voted to approve the name change for its neighbor to the north macedonia this means now that greece bank's a un brokered deal which will see the country to the north called north macedonia more on that later is still ahead here on the al-jazeera news hour why it could soon become illegal to import israeli products from the occupied west bank into ireland and russell westbrook calls the shots the oklahoma city thunder got on a roll in the n.b.a. peter will have that story in sport to stay with us here on out is.
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cut you. off about the al-jazeera news hour with means the whole robin a reminder of the top stories this hour the u.s. president's close ally roger stone has been arrested as part of special counsel probable as investigation into possible russian pollution in the twenty sixteen election he's been charged with obstructing official proceedings making false statements and witness tampering. and in greece politicians have just agreed on a landmark agreement with neighboring macedonia the balkan state will now be called
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the republic of north macedonia the settlement hopes to end a twenty eight year old dispute between the two countries. the united nations special rapporteur on me and my yang he is calling on bangladesh to allow the un to make an assessment before the refugees are moved to a remote island about one hundred thousand are to be moved to bus and shot in the bay of bengal. israel says it's. ireland's ambassador to reprimand her now is in response to the irish parliament advancing legislation which aims to criminalize any business that deals with israeli settlements in the occupied west bank prime minister benjamin netanyahu has called the planned law a disgrace declan the brand is the columnist for the irish news under former political correspondent of the irish times joins me now from dublin good to have you with us on the program how likely is it that this will become law.
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it's unlikely it's not completely ruled out but it's unlikely the government is saying that it is illegal for. irish government to take such action that we are restrained by a european law that this is the advice being given by the attorney general eric government now there are other legal opinions to the contrary but looks as if it will it will not be passed into law at least on this occasion of course while israel likes to accuse everyone else of anti semitic behavior when the issue really here is about the rights of the palestinians and how ireland recognizes them to what sort of sort of political and diplomatic fallout do you think there might be between sort of irish israeli relations. well it could be serious i noticed that there one of the right wing israelis parties is already calling for the closure of the irish embassy in in dublin and
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if the if the bill goes through now the government is a minority government there are people supporting the government independent nonparty people who are not happy with the position of the government but they are abstaining at the moment so it looks as if the bill will not be passed on this occasion but it is an issue that won't go away it's certainly one that irish people feel very strongly about yet in the business world it's very important for ireland because of the there are business dealings that israel has with ireland and in directly there are as many u.s. tech companies that like google apple and facebook to name a few now they might have to reconsider their sort of reliance on irish tax breaks have pushed by the sort of pro israel u.s. administration. yes that is
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a concern that has been expressed here on the government's side and it is a serious issue all right because we have become very dependent on these and international high tech companies american based high tech companies in fact only yesterday or the day before their facebook announced that they're going to be hiring a thousand new people here so not only do we get tax from them because we charge a lower rate on attract them on that basis but also they provide a lot of employment so it's a very could be very serious for the irish economy was there what happens and what the fallout is in the coming days the modelling debate and thanks so much for joining us from dublin. let's go back to athens where greek politicians have ratified in agreement changing the name of its neighbor macedonia as name to north macedonia another two countries had been in dispute for most thirty years because greece has a province that's also called macedonia under the un brokered agreement reese will stop blocking its neighbors attempts now to join the e.u.
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and nato let's cross back to our correspondent in athens and of course a major victory for those that support this change but it's not really a very popular decision across greece when you talk to the man on the street. no and the people that you see here behind me are protesting against not only the result but the way in which this was decided by one hundred fifty three lawmakers inside the chamber now one hundred fifty three votes in the three hundred seat chamber is a very good majority in greek politics these days don't forget last week the government only survived a vote of confidence five hundred fifty one that's a majority of a single vote and last year the government went through another vote of no confidence over this issue again so the macedonia issue keeps coming back to parliament it keeps questioning the legitimacy of this government this is now the
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third time that parliament has allowed this government not only to exist but also it has now expressly ratified the agreement that it has existed in order to ratify nobody knows how long mr steeples will remain in power from here on out in theory he could stay until october when the next general election is due but a lot of people out here on the street feel that that is going to be too long a state i think passion for this prime minister the feeling here and we've been speaking to people from northern greece is that this has been a kind of coup this has been a betrayal of the nation from a small number of people for the sake of appeasement of the european union and nato another in other words outside power centers it's also been a marathon debate with two thirds of parliamentarians speaking over a thirty eight hour period it's been a very very long time since this happened well he did that for now john and wait
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for more reaction certainly from athens as the house restaurant was there in athens . more than a hundred people were detained in egypt last year for criticizing the government that's according to a report by amnesty international which says at least one hundred thirteen people were jailed for peacefully expressing their views adding that critics are often sent into solitary confinement or face force if the parent says amnesty warns it's now the most dangerous time in egypt's recent history to speak out against the government there's been no immediate response from the egyptian government they say about me is that mr internationals egypt researcher he says a huge variety of people have been targeted by the egyptian authorities to this comes from people who support were arrested for supporting the bill teams people are arrested for coming out against sexual harassment people who are arrested for doing so journalist according to people who. whose voice an opinion on the elections last year people who were arrested who are simply put posting
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sarcastic tweets or for posting memes on social media and in people who were not who were arrested simply for being in the wrong place at certain times so as a general searches don't usually use pond to criticism from human rights organizations and windy to be mostly deny deny all indications instead of actually engaging with human rights organizations i don't think that at this level i don't think that's a general sort of his denial does carry a lot of weight simply because the reality situation i'm in now for the first time since eight years as there aren't even calls on social media for going out to the streets simply because there is no space for protesting now at all. the u.n. secretary general antonio terra shows warned the world is running out of time to contain climate change he was speaking of the world economic forum in davos social media producer a courier to say with more so a big topic really online is the cessna's have especially amongst the generation
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that and there's one person at the center stage of all of this and that sixteen year old graph soon betty and she is the swedish environmental issues been meeting with scientists in davos as well as the head of the i m f christine lagarde she's the head of i.m.f. and grass is leading a grassroots movement of schoolchildren now they're calling on well the to take concrete action against climate change as she and thousands of others have been skipping school on different continents once a week in protest. i traveled here by train and that i am doing because i have stopped flying because of climate reasons. because i i don't want to. say one thing and then do another thing i want to practise as i preach and. the trip here took about two hours i think from stockholm to. young people need to
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realize what it means that their future is at risk in they need to do something about that and get angry and then transform that anger into action. gretz a story went viral last year when she gave a speech at the climate change conference called twenty four in poland and she started the hashtags there's you can just see it just friday so future as well as school strike for climate and since then she's received a lot of support from both children and their parents to fight kids using social media to spread the word and they're placing their protest pictures just there like this one here this was posted on twitter this is actually happening now outside a primary school in scotland and youngsters have also been sharing their videos online from other protests being held elsewhere in europe this one in fact is from germany and thousands have been gathering in the last few hours should join this march. and on thursday thirty
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five thousand children gathered in brussels as they made their way to the european parliament to skip school and they say they're going to continue to do so every week until their government listens to them and adopts the twenty fifteen paris agreement goals on tackling climate change. we're here to march for the climate as it's the only way for us young people to make our voices heard we don't have the means that the government has and since they're not doing it we're getting on with doing everything we can not only we're here to make things move forward because we know. no p.x. well we know very well what's going to happen so we're here for that. school strikes have also been held in different countries like uganda and uganda rather colombia and australia and a big global march is being planned you can just see that in new york city as well as nation wide and across the globe now we'll keep your cross those latest developments but for more on this and other social media stories you can join me later on news great at fifteen hundred g.m.t. in the meantime you can tweet me directly. but inside i will in the dinies the
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number of people killed by floods and landslides has risen to fifty nine many villages living near an overflowing dam in the south so the way the province had to be evacuated thousands more were forced to leave their homes and tuesday after traditional rain triggered severe flooding across the region earlier this month a landslide in java killed thirty two people soaring temperatures not straightly sponsor more than fifty bushfires across the southern island state of tasmania hundreds of firefighters have been brought in from other parts of the country to help contain them he worries prompted emergency warnings in other cities as well as rob mentioned earlier the weather it's a very different story than the other side of the world where parts of niagara falls are frozen a bitterly cold winter conditions businesses have been coming from around the world to get a look at the border between canada and the u.s. particularly cold weather is expected to last for at least of the two weeks. ever
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since britain voted to leave the e.u. in twenty sixteen breaks it has consumed the workings of its government campaigners say that this has taken the focus off other important issues like poverty and homelessness which they worry will only get worse if an agreement isn't reached lawrence lee has more from the town of northhampton. no more than one hundred kilometers north of the bright lights of london and you're in a different country. many of the homeless people looked after this center in northampton for the working poor or cannot manage a meager government benefits the center itself is threatened with closure they dearly wish politicians in the media would pay more attention to them than they do obsessing about all the bickering over bricks. here they may have two jobs and still be on the street because work does not pay if you're a low skilled to clear term i know from to my rents are really quite high due to our proximity to london. and so we're seeing increasingly
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a change in the in the characteristics of homeless people in that more and more and not the traditional image of a kind of tramp who's on who's on drugs and not like a ring around the corner more volunteers give up their time in the food bank very quick of them fucking up a generous public means there is no shortage but plainly many who come here because even afford the most basic items the counter that gave england its first poet laureate has even had to consider closing every public library to save money as it stands yet more volunteers keep many of them running this local author who wrote the graphic novel v for vendetta is apoplectic at the political class who seem so absorbed with the intricacies of brecht's it's so remote from the decaying country they are elected to help like war everybody is. focusing upon miss absolute farce that is happening in westminster which will possibly devour us all
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nobody is paying attention to the ongoing collapse of services in this country nobody it's over in fact it makes you think. it is serving any function utah it is as a matter of door version the market square tells of a long forgotten past where northampton was a proud thriving market town that's going to tell a good month in advance or there will be i'm good friends good british servants they said look these losses are oh i tell all the traders here told us things have never been worse there's barely a customer in sight northamptonshire county council which is in charge of public services here is effectively bankrupt as it is the projection of a no deal breck's it is that they could shrink the british economy by getting on for ten percent more than after the banking crisis of two thousand and eight that could wipe billions of dollars off for central government is able to give to local
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authorities the fear is that places like this that are close to rock bottom already could find they have far further to fall. on the main shopping streets the homeless live in tents outside an abandoned one psychotic british department store no doubt the status quo has failed northampton out in frustration fifty eight percent of people voted leaving the bricks at referendum but it is genuinely hard to see how grand talk among politicians in london the brics is allowing britain to trade with the rest of the world will do anything to help people in this abandoned england lawrence leigh al-jazeera northampton. the oregon city of basra has faced months of protests against corruption and polls services demonstrators now say they want to get more organized and unite with other groups and their embrace in a movement that began in france matheson reports. yellow is now the color of protest in the southern iraqi city of basra angry crowds mainly of young people
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have adopted the brightly colored vests first seen in demonstrations on the streets of paris a few months ago. our universe movement symbolizes the rise against corruption by the people of basra and iraq we'll wearing these yellow vests to deliver a message to politicians that even simple oppressed protesters can make a change about seventy percent of iraq's oil sits beneath the land around basra. yet people who live here say little of the money comes to them. the city's electricity supply barely works the tap water is on drink up all because it's full of salt. and there's high unemployment. the whole of class said and i tell if you know enough is enough the iraqi people have been suffering we need to wake up these politicians are making a joke out of us they can't even resolve their differences in parliament how can
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they manage a country street protests began in the summer of twenty eight when barely functioning air conditioners couldn't stave off the burning heat the protesters in basra blamed the problems in their city mainly on corruption in corporations but also in parts of the government which is based here in baghdad iraqi prime minister markey went to visit basra just recently to see the problems for themselves and tolbert his predecessor. did the same thing but despite these high profile visits the people of basra say nothing has changed these latest protests are different this time they're organized by yellow vest say they want to join forces with other protest groups and put even more pressure on the government and to add the. they must rise always going to be a boiling pot and the situation will go out of control of things aren't solved. the color of protest in basra may have changed but the problems are still the same
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rob matheson al jazeera baghdad. let's just take you over to gaza now live pictures coming in from the gaza israel border where israeli forces are firing tear gas at palestinians staging there late as friday protests more than two hundred palestinians have been killed during the demonstrations which began last march palestinians are demanding a right to return to their ancestral lands that they were expelled from when israel was created more than seventy years ago. well it's time for sport is peter. i don't mind block up a very minute i accept your apology we still had to be australian open in a match or tennis fans have been waiting for world number one novak djokovic said of a final these old rival rafael nadal cruised through the semifinal against luke up we beating the frenchman in straight sets six love six two and six to talk about she's aiming for the seventh title in melbourne and
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a reunion with no dogs thoughts. you know he's my biggest rival. you know in my career played so many matches against him epic matches and this court of course the one that stands out was the finals of six hours almost then tarzan twelve and. hopefully we don't go that that long this time but. i'm sure we're going to have a good finals. aiming for their first ever appearance in the semifinals of the asian cup but they're facing a formidable quarter final opponent in south korea a far east nation has won the asian cup twice but has been to the final four on tame previous occasions its goals at half time enough to double in the later quarter finals the u.s. play australia. cut as preparations for the world cup on being hindered by the blockade on the country that's according to the head of the organizing committee haas on the eve of the world economic forum in davos where he told al-jazeera that
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the world cup was bringing change to both carter and its national team the transformative power of hosting a tournament like the world cup is not just limited to the national team but no doubt it will integrate the national team and we have a fantastic example in east asia.


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