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>> t this is al jazeerara. ♪ anchor: hello. this is the newshour live from london. coming up -- attaople are shot dead in cks on two mosques in new zealand and with the prime and if there is calling a terrorist attack. >> today as the country grieves -- anchor: she has been addressing the nation in the wake of the mosque shootings. three people in custody, one man charged with murder.
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also, our other top story. thousands continue to protest in nigeria to protest the prime minister government open to all. >> i have all of your sports. tons to expand the 2020 world cup. that and more later in the program. ♪ it has been described as one of new zealand's darkest days. 49 people killed in an attack on muslim worshipers. a gunman opened fire in central christchurch, killing 41 people, before driving five kilometers to a second mosque in the area. here, he began shooting, eventually killing seven more people. one more person died later in hospital. police have charged a man in his
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late 20's with murder. he will appear in court shortly. two other armed suspects are being held in custody. new zealand's prime minister described this as a terrorist attack, an unprecedented act of violence where many of the victims could be migrants or refugees. live with andrew thomas in a moment, but first here is his report. andrew: this was the scene shortly after a gunman opened fire at a might -- mosque in christchurch. worshipers, some injured themselves, surrounded by the bodies of family members and friends. as for the wounded who were rushed to the hospital, police were arresting one of the suspects in a busy suburban area in another part of the city. they say the disabled is one of the -- they disabled one of the two bombs found in the car he was driving.
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later, another mosque was targeted by a white men wearing military style uniform and a camera mounted on his helmet. >> hey, what are you doing? he looked and started shooting. me, i'm running. after that, he goes one by one, everybody killed. andrew: the gunman live streamed his attack on facebook as the indiscriminately opened fire on more than 200 worshipers. shootinghearing the after shooting after shooting. about six minutes or more. i could hear screaming and crying. dead.some people dropped andrew: shortly after, there was a similar attack on worshipers
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at linwood mosque, two minutes away. police have arrested a number of suspects, including an australian born man. new zealand's prime minister says they were not on security watch lists. a target of what she describes a terrorist attack, because it is a diverse nation that welcomes migrants. were notew zealand, we a safe harbor for those who hate. we are not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism. because we are in enclave for extremism. because we are none of these things. andrew: australia's prime minister is also shocked. >> we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist that has taken the lives, stolen the lives in a vicious attack
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that has claimed so many new zealanders. police have doubled out the possibility of more suspects being at large and are warning muslims to stay away from mosques nationwide. >> we have staff around the country ensuring that everyone is kept safe. that includes armed defenders and special tactics groups across the country being very vigilant and having a presence around all of our mosques to ensure nothing further occurs. andrew: the national threat level has been risen from low to high as police, politicians and the public come to terms with the most an worse than most shocking attack they have experienced. maryam: the prime minister said those involved had no previous terror links. >> want to be very clear that
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our intelligence community and police are focused on extremism of every kind. given global indicators around far right extremism, our intelligence community has been stepping up their investigations in this area. the individual charged with murder has not come to the attention of the intelligence community, nor the police for extremism. i have asked our agency this morning to work swiftly on assisting with any activity on social media or otherwise that should have triggered a response. that work is already underway. maryam: earlier, christchurch mayor commended the people of the city of christchurch for their solidarity after the attack. >> have all been affected, everyone has been touched in some way shape or form.
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the messages that i had overnight has been a desire to come together as a community and to reach out and offer solidarity to our community. the muslim community is part of our community. maryam: andrew thomas joins us live from christchurch. we were hearing from the prime minister. what else did we learn from her? the prime minister gave us the broad overview we have had since friday. the good news -- any good news in this situation -- the number of people killed remain steady at 49. 48 of the people killed inside the mosques that were attacked. one died in the hospital. two people remain critically
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injured in hospital. one five-year-old child has been flown from christchurch to auckland for surgery. as things stand, it is still 49 people killed in these two attacks. one at the mosque 400 meters down this road behind me on the right-hand side that the gunman went into first. that is where most of the victims died. and then at the linwood mosque, about 10 minutes from here. the prime minister also talked about the gunman and the fact he used five weapons in this attack. two of those semiautomatic guns. she said new zealand will very swiftly look at gun laws. she is not equivocal about this. she said those gun laws will change. there has been an attempt to change and make more strict laws in the past. they have not worked. she said this time it will work. she talked about the gunman. she said it was a man who has been in and out of new zealand,
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went around the world. he was living about four and a half hours south from here. she also talked about the other people arrested. three others arrested at the scene. one of them was carrying a gun himself. he has been released because police established he came down to try to help the police. two others remained being questioned by police. they know that they knew the gunman, but did not know if he or she was directly associated with this. that was the broad overview we have had so far on saturday for what is new zealand's most shocking, horrific attack potentially ever. new zealand's prime minister talked about it being the country's only terrorist attack in its history. what a shocking want to have had. 49 dead. maryam: a great deal for people in the community to be coping with. it is morning now. describe to us the atmosphere,
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what it feels like there at the moment. it is extremely somber, in a word. it is 10:00 in the morning on saturday. i got in early morning overnight and came about 3:00 in the morning. they moved it further away. between where i am standing now and where i was, you might be able to see in the distance behind me, about 150 meters stretch of road. a couple of cars we saw on the right-hand side late friday into sunday morning that had the windscreen shammashed out. as the gunman left the mosque behind me, he continued shooting at people who were fleeing from the mosque. he was firing randomly from his car. there was smashed glass all over the road. i imagine they moved the court back because it is part
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of the same overall crime scene. very quiet streets. virtually no cars on the road. a few people have come, a number of television cameras. there is probably 30 or 40 batches of flowers people have brought. every five minutes or so, somebody else comes up and lays a bunch of other flowers and stands there quietly for a moment. this is something that never happens in a country like new zealand. that is a cliche, of course, when it could happen anywhere. new zealand, the country, prides itself in being a quiet refuge in a quiet part of the world. two f had something as shocking -- to have had something shocking like this, it will shake the country to its core. the fact this is such a malicious attack on a very small community in new zealand. slightly more than 1% of new zealand's 5 million population is muslim. here at christchurch, 84,000
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people. the number of people of the muslim faith will be extremely small. when there were 300, 400 people inside the mosque, a low number, but a significant in the linwood mosque. those people represent an important, big swath of the muslim community in christchurch. i don't think it is too much speculation to say almost all of them will know somebody personally who was either killed or injured in these attacks. it is really going to hit, particularly new zealand's migrant communities extremely hard. maryam: thank you very much with all the latest from the city of christchurch, andrew thomas. worshipers at the christchurch mosques with several muslim majority countries in the attack has drawn widespread criticism. in turkey, thousands took to the streets to protest the killing. the turkish president length of the attacks to what he calls the
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rise of islamophobia worldwide. he urged countries to take immediate action. president donald trump has told the new zealand prime minister in a phone call that the united states is prepared to offer any assistance following this attack. earlier, the council of american islamic relations told al jazeera the president needs to condemn the shooting as a white supremacist attack. tragedy iner of this new zealand incited or referenced trump. mr. trump should reflect on this. very few people around the world admire him. now the ones who are admiring him are the ones who see fear of the other. he has a role to play in fixing this problem. he is not the only one responsible for this, but being the president of the united states, he has a lot of
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responsibility to reflect on. maryam: it's emerged that the men accused of murder had -- made many trips to other countries of of the course of the last few years. even before the attack, he turned to social media to outline his beliefs. he posted a hate filled manifesto online before the attack. the document has a far right conspiracy theory that white europeans are being deliberately replaced by nonwhite immigrants. he describes himself as being of european descent, who wanted to avenge attacks in europe perpetrated by muslims. he wrote about being inspired by other violent right-wing figures like anders brevik. he acted alone and said he was not linked to any organizations. he says he chose the location three months before friday's events took place. joining me now from cambridge is dr. h.a., senior fellow at the
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atlantic council and the author of revolution undone. thank you for speaking with us. as you are hearing, clearly this attack in christchurch has really cast a spotlight on right wing extremist views and the way in which they are expressed online. what are your general impressions and reflections now that we have had time to john just -- to digest a bit more? guest: i think we will have to see how this all unfolds in terms of the connections this man had with others around the world. the fact that he says he acted alone, i don't think we should take at face value. leaving all of that aside, the reality of the situation is that the discourse of this man was published in this manifesto that he had released online. it reflects a lot of rhetoric that goes far beyond him, far beyond anders brevik, and far
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beyond the small, tiny minority of extremists, white nationalists and white supremacists. it is rhetoric you can see example five in statements that are far more mainstream. people who say things like i think islam hates us, as the president of the united states. i think that the amount of anti-muslim bigotry and islamophobia that is now mainstream within so many different parts of the western political club, but also within the media more generally is quite concerning. the fact that we are still unwilling to admit the existence of this very vile problem and the fact that we don't want to admit that it also has violent repercussions is something that is untenable. today, yesterday for new zealanders, it is a horrible reminder of that. it is a reminder that we should have paid attention to anders in norway in 2011.
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everyone hopes that sufficient numbers of people today will now realize that words of hatred really have consequences. they have meaning that go beyond typing on twitter screens. they actually have violent repercussions and the are not alone. they have ties in rhetoric and discourse of people that go far beyond the. maryam: may i ask you -- you speak about the ties to general discourse. you sometimes hear about the need to confront bigotry towards muslims or islamophobia, but do you think there is really enough of a recognition of far right views permeating mainstream political ideas? guest: 15 years ago, the idea that europe in particular, but
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the west in general was being overrun from within and this idea of what we call euro-a rabia. there is this fifth column within western organization that is seeking to overrun it. this was a marginal idea. it was an idea that few people took seriously. because they failed to take it seriously, it has seeped in. you have statements coming out of places like hungary, where the president is saying things were only a decade ago would have been utterly unthinkable. the rhetoric and discourse we see over to many parts of the mainstream when it comes to muslims looks very similar to what we used to see in the years in europe when it came to jews. i don't say this lightly. i think we have to take very seriously how deeply rooted this type of rhetoric is. it is not to say it is not a problem we could solve or cannot confront, i firmly believe that we can and we should but we need to take it seriously in order to be able to face it, confront it
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and put it on the back foot. maryam: is it possible to confront it? donald trump said just on friday he does not see a rise in white nationalism, it might be in issue in new zealand. how do you describe the impact of her mark like that in the impact? guest: this is for cicely what i am talking about. i'll hold donald trump -- i don't hold donald trump responsible for the actions of a terrorist in new zealand. what i hold his rhetoric responsible for is it allows space for the discourse of people like backed terrorist to be able to permeate a lot easier and become more normalized and legitimized. that is simply a fact. ideas do not exist in a vacuum. they feed off of other types of ideas. while his rhetoric -- it is not just donald trump. there are many others in the u.s. come in europe and elsewhere. it is the very important reality that i think within the west we need to realize.
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every time we hear of muslims beingviewed as alien or guests within our society, guests that are somehow try to overrun and overtake our societies -- every time we hear that discourse, we need to remember those ideas feed into a wider discourse, a discourse that can be taken up by this kind of rhetoric and put to very extremely violent means. maryam: thank you very much for joining us today. there is more still ahead for you on this newshour from london. eight years on, we will look at where syria's war now stands and what the future might hold for those still suffering. toxic chemicals dumped into a river in southern malaysia, forcing thousands of villages to seek treatment. in sports -- more on the killings of the christchurch
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attack. ♪ hundreds of thousands of algerians back on the streets of the capital and other cities demanding the president's resignation. weeks of mass protests has forced the president for his fifth term. protesters are seeing the promise of a new democratic government is not enough for demonstrators. rob reports. rob: this is not what the algerian government or the president are hoping for. the streets of the capital and other algerian cities once again crammed with protesters demanding that the president steps down immediately as well as other critics who want a complete change of government. the president has been in power for 20 years. he has been credited with three
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of finalizing algeria's economy and ending fighting with armed groups in the 1990's which killed tens of thousands. he is now 82 and his health has been poor, especially since suffering a stroke six years ago. his critics say he has become little more than a front man for business and military figures who is opponents say really run the country. falling oil prices badly hit algeria. jobs for young people are scarce. after four terms of the presidency, some y young algerin are taking the protests online. >> we need to be different and we will be. >> i have no in my life one president. i want change. immediate change. >> if today you don't stand for something -- rob: to try to calm demonstrations, the president says he will not seek a fifth
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term. next month's president election has been canceled, but no date has been set. the former interior minister has been appointed as the new prime minister and plans to head a government. >> we have seen all parts of algerian society and i assure you once again, we are ready, determined and our desire is strong and doors open to discuss a change division. rob: the government says it will he the protesters' demands for demonstrators say he is a presidential ally and the system has been manipulated to keep them in power. >> one step forward would be to one of the persons that has been removed. --he still running the show are the security people still running the show? or is the new prime minister really a person who has authority?
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rob: the protesters fear the government is saying it will listen but nothing will change in algeria. rob mathieson, al jazeera. maryam: u.s. president donald trump has begun a measure by congress that would have ended his declaration of a national emergency to fund his wall along the southern border. mike is live in washington. it was an expected move so what happens now? mike: it was definitely expected. president trump said from the beginning that any disapproval vote, an attempt to circumvent congress, will be placed to a veto. he has vetoed it. it will go back to congress, it may again be debated in the house but the problems facing congressional leaders is that they would not have the two thirds majority in either house or senate which is required to overcome the president's veto. for all intents and purposes,
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the state of emergency declared by president trump to get funding for his wall will remain in place. there is a political fallout. 12 republicans crossed the senate floor to vote with democrats in the senate vote. that was the vote of disapproval and certainly, that is something of a problem for president trump seeing a split in republicans in congress. but the state of emergency as it is remains in place. very unlikely that there will be a two thirds majority in either house or senate to overtone president trump's veto. maryam: thank you very much for the latest on washington. in other stories, protest along the gaza israel fence has been postponed after. airstrikes. some 100 hamas targets were struck on friday in response to a rare rocket attack. the rocket was the first to target tel aviv since 2014.
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the exchange of fire is raising fears of escalation intentions -- in tensions. >> what happened is a new israeli aggression against gaza, refusing to its crimes, including the continuation of the siege of the gaza strip. people will struggle to break the siege. the resistance is ready to defend its people. maryam: war in syria may be winding down, but it is certainly not over. eight years since the conflict and millions of people feel they have no place in the country run by bashar al-assad. reporter: eight years of human suffering. syrians continue to bury their children. 16-year-old mohammed and his 14-year-old sister were killed in government artillery strikes. >> we buried them in a mass grave.
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i did not see them because it would be unbearable. they were burnt. no flesh, no bones. reporter: there is an active frontline between the government and opposition in the southern countryside where a cease-fire should be in place. instead, almost 200 civilians have been killed since the beginning of the year. thousands have been forced to flee in recent weeks, adding to the millions already displaced. many of them displaced multiple times. >> the bombardment forced us to leave our home in the northern countryside. we escaped to aleppo and out idlib where we had to move. there is nowhere safe. pieceer: there is little
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even in government controlled territories where rights groups reports arbitrary arrests and a return to repressive rules. so-called reconciliation agreement and former opposition held areas are not being respected. >> the most recent cases we documented -- six civil defense volunteers were detained for no reason. many other cases that people are a private -- afraid to provide information because they fear the intelligence services. reporter: the absence of the rule of law where some of the reasons why's. 's rebelled in 2011. the regime refused reform back then and chose to crack down, forcing the opposition to pick up arms. >> the syrian president is still refusing change. the international community wants bashar al-assad to engage in a credible political process that would lead to a new constitution and free elections.
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but political reform would mean giving up our, and the syrian leadership is unlikely to hand over what it did not lose in the battlefield. reporter: for assad, the war has been won. some countries have started to normalize with the government, but much of the international community welcome except it until -- won't accept it until political reforms are in place. the remains the problem in the north of the country, much of which is not controlled by the government and being fought over by the many interested. the million to live there can't and won't return to assad's syria. for them, the war is far from over. maryam: still ahead, schoolchildren and students around the world walk out of school demanding action on climate change. first formulathe one grand prix. we will have the details. ♪
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maryam: welcome back. a recap of the top story. new zealand's private is the revealed the suspect in the christchurch attack had a gun license from 2014. 49 people were killed in what is the worst mass attack in the nation's history. for the fourth consecutive friday, thousands of protesters gathered in algeria to amending regime change and the immediate departure of the president. u.s. president donald trump has vetoed a measure from congress that would revoke his declaration of a national emergency at the u.s.-mexico border. the attacks on two mosques in new zealand has focused attention on the impact social media can have in these types of
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attacks, after the shooter film what took place in a facebook live video post. facebook has since deleted the post and has set of new detection technology to help people respond when abuse occurs. a senior fellow at the overland university center for cyber homeland security joins us from washington. thank you for taking the time to speak to us. the footage of the attacker opening fire on worshipers was live streamed online. what does this revealed about the potential power of social media in spreading messages raised on fear and hatred? every advance of technology comes a downside. the idea of social media was to give a voice to the everyday person, but in contrast, it can be used to spread everything from hate speech to terrorism content, as we have seen in this particular case. unfortunately, this is a thing we will see more and more with
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the rise of live streaming. the idea that they cannot be censored. maryam: when it comes to the issue of censorship, there has been criticism of how that infringes on freedom of speech and things like that in the past. on the flipside, good social media also be a useful tool in helping to identify and expose those with extremist opinions and possibly those that may perpetrate such an attack? guest: this is a case where i think the soul to media companies have really failed. get twitter. the reports he posted the manifesto yesterday. there is a reason that should not have been flagged and sent to authorities. take facebook. with the video itself, the ai technology we have today for scanning video is incredibly good at detecting weapon,
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gunfire, detecting violence. this is not something in a research lab 10 years out. these are tools we have today. the fact facebook is not -- obviously not doing it well enough or have not -- they haven't really gotten to a point where they are deploying them in good enough fashion. we have the technology today. but my you say that guess a little bit earlier -- guest earlier was saying the rise of right-wing violence is nothing new. he was citing the killing of 77 people in norway. in this country, the murder of a british mp. the killing of jewish worshipers in pittsburgh. is it the responsibility of social media companies or do counterterrorism agencies need to invest more resources and it? guest: certainly, it is not just social media. obviously, a lot of things have
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to happen here. one of the purposes when people do these things, they are not just taking action. to them, they are taking action to get their voice out there, to publicize it. you look at manifestoes on news outlets around the world. his footage is being broadcast. his imagery. i think there are a lot of things that need to happen but social media, i think we can largely agreed that they need to censor violent content. you might argue that oppressive governments opening fire on protesters, they might say that should be broadcast. for me, the ideal solution is using ai to flag a live video the instant there is a gun showing up and somebody marching towards a building with a gun. the video should pause and that should go to a human reviewer who could then decide, yes, this is something that should be broadcast or this is something that we really need to stop.
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most important, notify law enforcement. maryam: thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. appreciate it. guest: thank you so much. maryam: new zealand police have identified the main suspect in the attack as 28-year-old brenton harrison. he will appear on charges of murder. earlier, the son of one of the victims made this appeal. >> we are here to help people. this is new zealand, multicultural. there is not many words i can put to what happened here, but because we are so commonly linked, this is why. we are not like them. maryam: in other stories, toxic chemicals dumped into a river in southern malaysia. thousands of villages seek hospital treatment.
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arrest 78 as police investigate. in the southern state, more than 100 schools have had to shut indefinitely. reporter: he's worried about his younger sister. she was admitted to eight hospital intensive care unit when she complained of difficulty breathing. >> i'm disappointed seeing my sister in the hospital. with the authorities. they came here and took some samples and left. they did not seem interested in helping us. reporter: it has been a week it was discovered between 20 and 40 tons of chemical waste having dumped into the river near their home. we are standing next to the river where the toxic chemicals were dumped. people tell us the smell usually gets worse at night. it is a burning smell that smells like tires or plastic being burned. just ending here for a few minutes, we get whiffs of that.
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this stadium has been turned into a 20 per hour first response medical center. at least 3500 people have seeked medical attention. many of the patients complain of suffering from nausea, shivering and some say they cannot read. the government initially considered declaring a state of emergency in the area, but now say the situation is under control. >> we keep monitoring the air pollution. there is no need for evacuation now, but we are still monitoring. if there is any need for evacuation, we will inform all of the residents. reporter: cleanup operations of the river has begun. the government appointing contractors to help. had stability of some pollutants. where removing this material. things have reduced. now we are fine-tuning to the spot, which is really having
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some substance of pollutants. reporter: a 1.5 kilometer stretch of the river is thought to be affected. toxic substances found in singles taken from the river are linked to chemicals used to recycle tires. three people have been arrested in connection with the toxic dump. korea isorth considering suspending talks with the united states, starting a nuclear bomb test. the minister says the north has no intention of yielding to u.s. denuclearization demands. blaming the secretary of state for the breakdown of the summit. mike pompeo and john bolton are accused of creating an atmosphere of mistrust. pompeo has denied this, saying the u.s. hopes to continue talks with north korea. >> with respect to what was said last night about chairman kim
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potentially considering ending the moratorium, i can say only this -- in hanoi on multiple occasions, he spoke directly to the president and make a commitment he would not resume nuclear testing, nor missile testing. that is chairman kim's word. we have every expectation he will live up to that commitment. maryam: china's economic slowdown in the trade war of the u.s. has topped the agenda and a gathering of chinese legislators. they endorse the foreign investment law aimed at appeasing concerns of investors. adrian brown reports from the chinese capital. adrian: as e ver whenever parliament meets, everything was perfectly organized. inside the great hall of the people, the mood was celebratory as the almost 300 -- 3000 delegates gathered for the final day of the national people's congress. they knew what was expected of them. their job, after all, is not to
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block legislation or place checks on leaders of the communist party. so, the outcome of the vote to amend the foreign investment law was never in doubt, as was its true aim -- to help end the trade were with the united states which is why the legislation was approved in record time. the measure will affect some of the biggest corporations doing business in china. in. , it will mean that foreign firms will no longer need a chinese partner to operate or be forced to hand over their technology. >> the new foreign investment law is a concession to the united states which is a compromise china's making. it is very likely in the future, there will be policies that favor foreign investors, but we probably won't see any significant changes in that regard this year. maryam: at the annual news conference, where journalists'
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questions are submitted and vetted in advance, he sought to reinsurer foreign investors. >> china will continue to cut taxes and fees, streamlined administration. foster new drivers of growth. market access. and level the playing field for all market players. adrian: the premiers warned that economic growth could drop to 6% this year, the lowest it has been in almost 30 years. china's economic growth would be the envy of many other countries, but it is still slowing. complicated by a number of other factors. the trade war with the u.s. among them. china's leaders cannot blame previous governments for the problems because for almost 70 years, there has been only one party that has ruled this country. adrian brown, al jazeera. maryam: boeing says a software upgrade will be rolled out within weeks and the timeline has not changed, despite
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multiple nations grounding boeing max planes worldwide. a tail part found in the wreckage of the crashed ethiopian airlines plane last week indicated similarities with the crash five months ago in in asia -- in indonesia.the ethiopian airlines flight was carrying 157 passengers and crew. tropical cyclone has made landfall in mozambique, bringing wind speeds of 250 kilometers per hour. ovover 500,000 residents in the coastal city are without power after cables were down. at least 126 people have been killed in mozambique and south africa as heavy rains in the region over the past week. floods have claimed 30 lives and left over 230,000 people without shelter in southern malawi, which borders mozambique. tens of thousands of schoolchildren and students have walked out of school and college in more than 100 countries. this to protest against climate
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change and they are calling on government to step up and do more to tackle the problem. in the u.k., organizers say 50,000 took part. emma hayward reports. emma: from sydney to hong kong, new delhi to nairobi, to berlin and the long -- beyond, a united voice calling for action on climate change. may somethingty lacking inside the british parliament, but outside, a collective cry for action from schoolchildren and students skipping school or college to make their point. >> we are taking to the streets because we have not had an input into this issue and it is an input that affects us. >> the teachers encouraged us to miss class. emma: the you went has word there will be reversible damage to the climate a less serious measures are taken before 2030.
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>> we will stop climate change. emma: there is a real sense among the people that unless they tackle climate change, it will be too late. [chanting] emma: in france, students blocked the entrance to the headquarters of one of its biggest banks to protest against alleged investment in fossil fuels. elsewhere in paris, thousands more were peacefully protesting. this boy told us we think it is shameful that we are polluting and polluting and polluting. while in spain, thousands marched through the streets. this global movement involving students walking out of class in more than 100 countries was inspired by this girl. 16-year-old who staged a solo protest outside sweden's parliament last year. >> we are standing in front of
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an existential crisis. the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced and still people who know about it have ignored it for decades. people who know about it have ignored it. you know who you are. this is your responsibility and it is now our responsibility. emma: some political leaders, along with teaching unions, have said students would be better off back in the classrooms. until more is done, they say they will carry on striking. anna hayward, al jazeera. maryam: sports is coming up shortly. the sky is the limit for a 10-year-old skateboarder looking to become one of the youngest olympians in 2020. coming up with details. ♪ ♪ maryam: time now for sports. peter: thank you very much. a meeting of the football
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world's governing body has stopped short for approving a plan for qatar to share the 2020 world cup with its neighbors. the fifa president has been lobbying for the tournament to be extended but waits to see if his dream will be realized. andy gallagher reports. andy: international football's most powerful figure. the fifa president spoke at a press governments in miami. the attention moved to the expansion of the 2022 world cup. he wants to up the number of teams from 22 to 48. bringing forward a plan already in place for the 2026 finals. some of qatar's host the exergames is the proposal. >> we are looking into the matter and seeing whether it is possible, feasible to anticipate this in 2022. if it is possible, great. if it is not possible, great.
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bid toatar's won the host the world cup over eight years ago. stadiums have been built or renovated. but fifa's proposal could mean qatar giving up exclusivity in 2022. the decision is controversial. they don't yet have the facilities and reports that saudi arabia and the uae might host the games is complicated. all three nations have cut diplomatic relations and have a blockade against qatar. but fifa says officials are open to the move. >> i was very pleased by the reaction of the qataris the first time the idea was shared because they were open to it. the reaction was well. fifa, if it is positive or football, of course, we are happy to look into that. andy: if expansion plans go ahead, some fans believe it will dilute the world cup.
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others say it will make it more exciting. for qatar, the prospect of being not being the exclusive host would be seen as a blow, but any decision would involve them. the feasibility report is controversial but the organiz ation says the organizing would raise money. any changes would be made in conjunction with qatar. a final decision will be made in june when fifa in paris. peter: the qatar 2022 supreme committee says they have been talking to fifa about expanding to 48 teams since last year's world cup. part of the statement says we will work with fifa to determine whether or not a viable model does exist, and whether it is in the best interest for football and for the tournament and for qatar. until he reached that conclusion, we will work towards hosting a 32 team world cup in
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2022, hosted in qatar. the fifa council did improve a plan for a 2021 club world cup. some european teams say they would boycott. it comes as the draw for the european champions league quarterfinal was made on friday. ajax and juventus will meet. another repeat of a final takes place when barcelona and manchester united do battle. they faced each other in 2009 and 2011. tottenham takes on manchester city. liverpool reached last year's final but has yet to win a trophy. he says he won't be letting criticism of his record get to them. >> my job is to do everything i team to be ase successful as possible. i'm not searching for being remembered in 50 years or whatever.
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>> [indiscernible] >> i'm not interested. the only thing i'm interested in. other people say about me, i could be less interested. peter: arsenal will play in the quarterfinals. a stunning comeback and some eye-catching celebrations against the french team in the last. they won 3-0 on thursday night. pierre scored two and celebrated by wearing a mask from the black panther moving. -- movie. bangladesh's cricket team narrowly escaped the christchurch mosque shootings in new zealand. the team just arrived at the mosque for friday prayers when they heard gunshots. the team stayed on the bus and later made their way through the part of the cricket ground. it had been scheduled to start on saturday and it has now been canceled. i'm thankful.
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we are very lucky egos we were not inside that place. we saw it from outside, like watching a video in the movies. we saw many people coming out bloodied. we were in the bus for about eight to 10 minutes. we had our heads down, just in case there was firing. peter: the president of the bangladesh cricket board has criticized the security surrounding the country's team. orit is not only bangladesh india or pakistan -- they can happen anywhere in the world. this is what we have been saying. today's incident proves that. that is why we feel the security that bangladesh gives two other teams when they play in bangladesh. we should also get the similar type of security as well as support from the host country. peter: on the other side of the prixthe opening grand
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weekend by posting the highest times in practice. a tough day for many competitors who struggled with the track in melbourne, including shawn mcleric. he ended up posting the second fastest time, just behind his teammate and five-time world champion lewis hamilton. rugby's six nations jimmy jim will decide on saturday with three teams still capable of winning the title in the final round of matches. in cardiff, wales will host ireland. wales won all of their matchups so far and on a hot streak of 13 straight win. a win for island could see them win the title, that is of england goes to beat scotland. skateboarding will make its debut at the 2020 olympics in tokyo and the competition could feature the youngest athlete ever to compete at a games. brown made the
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short list of five skateboarders to receive special funding as she qualifies for the x. she will be 12 years when the olympics begin. a 13-year-old swimmer in the 1928 games in amsterdam. brown has be ranked in the top 20 in the world to qualify, but she has plenty of confidence to get her there. >> going to get a gold medal. even if i don't, i'm glad i got to be in the olympics. to, because it doesn't matter how old you are, you can do anything. peter: that is all the sports for no. morgan later. back to london. maryam: thank you. looking forward to it. that wraps up the newshour. there is more on our website where you can watch us live. i've we back in a couple of minutes with another bulletin of news. do stay with us.
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