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>> this isis "al jazeera." ♪ hello, i am miriam tomasi. this is the newshour live from london. >> it is and will always remain a matter of deeper grit to me that i have not been able to deliver break serve. anchor: theresa may says she is stepping down as britain's prime minister. who will replace her and can they do any better? u.s. ist trump says the sending another 1500 troops to the middle east amidst
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heightened tensions with iran. protesters call for a general strike to pressure the military into handing power over to civilians. and kenya's high court upholds a law that criminalizes gay sex and makes a punisishable by 14 years in present -- in prison. paris names gear up in for the championship. the second grand slam, the french open. ♪ she has clung on for months despite losing three parliamentary votes on her brexit plan and suffering constant attacks from her own party. emotional speech, she has announced she will resign on friday, the seventh of
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june after president donald .rump's state visit to the u.k. a leadership contest will begin the following week with theresa may staying on an till her replacement is chosen in late july. the leader of the official brexit campaign, boris johnson is a favorite to win. replaces theresa may will have until october 31 to deliver brexit, the deadline for britain to leave the european union. we are outside parliament where we have been following the days events. she joins us now. there is another deadline coming butn a few months time whoever replaces theresa may will be faced with all of the same problems. reporter: indeed. that theyo question will face the same challenges where they will have to try to square the brexit circle. invariably, those challenges are
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still the numbers in parliament. they do not have any majority of any kind to be able to pass a no deal scenario. willorderly brexit if you nor is there any majority for a second brexit referendum, a so-called people's votes. parliament is entrenched this far. besides on either side of the argument are sticking to their guns and it is very difficult to see how the next leader is going to be able to traverse this and try to find some sort of consensus given that if it does turn out that there will be a leaderrd brexiteer in the coming months, it will cause a lot of problems. my colleague, paul berman has all of the events leading up to today's resignation. >> it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime
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minister to lead that effort. reporter: theresa may's resignation speech began reluctantly. with her staff and husband standing by for support, the prime minister conceded defeat. alwaysill and will remain a matter of deep regret to me that i have not been able to deliver brexit. reporter: she will officially stepped down as party leader on june 7 but remain prime minister until her successor is chosen. in the end, the emotional strain of recent months overcame her. >> i will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold. the second female prime minister but certainly not the last. i do so with no ill will that with a norm us and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country that i love. minister'she prime resignation became inevitable after a hostile reaction to her
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final compromise offer. she has quit, many of her critics have now praised her dignity and determination. >> i find it moving actually. her heart and soul into doing the best for our country. reporter: many of those currently paying tribute are keen to succeed her in the top job. more than a dozen conservative mps could contest the leadership. parliament then takes a six-week recess. some observers see the whole process as self-indulgent. >> we are wasting the time that has been allotted to us. we are wasting goodwill. the next prime minister will have no different arithmetic then theresa may. the opposition labor party is demanding a general election. >> a new conservative leader will not solve the problem.
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there has to be another opportunities of the people of this country can decide who they want to lead their government and how they want their government to be run. and what will be the long-term strategy of that government. reporter: in brussels, reaction to the resignation has been diplomatic. followedent juncker the resignation of theresa may without personal joy. the president very much enjoyed working with prime minister made. she is a woman of courage. reporter: choosing the successor for theresa may is a two-stage process with conservative mps whittling down the candidates to a final two. borisrly front-runner is johnson who has massive support grassroots25,000 conservative members. he enjoys less support among colleagues. the internal divisions of the
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party well once again generate international repercussions. it was brexit that marked the beginning and end of theresa may's premiership. paul brennan, "al jazeera." miriam: it is also important to remember the view in brussels because there has already been a building sense of frustration that there has not been much clarity on the u.k. position and the vision for future relations with the eu. how might they view today's developments? beenter: they have diplomatic and their reactions as well but it has not been without an element of caution as well. certainly, they have been urging -- there certainly has been no rejoicing over the fact that theresa may stepped down because this throws the whole process into uncertainty. and uncertainty was the one thing they had hoped would be
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done by now even the extension. when the extension was given, the head of the european union , to use thehe u.k. time wisely. with all of this, this will not be regarded as a wise decision certainly on the part of brussels as well. if you go along to other countries such as ireland, the uk's neighbor, the pm even said that ireland was in a potentially dangerous situation given the uncertainty over the withdrawal agreement and its implications for the uk's neighbor and trying to resolve the so-called backstop issue which could maintain the crossing of goods between northern ireland and the irish border. all of that uncertainty really has left many european politicians quite frustrated to say the least.
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but also, do not make any mistake that they will be willing to bend in any of this aftermath here. they are sticking to their guns and several voices have come out today saying that withdrawal agreement that trace him a negotiated with brussels is not of for negotiation. that is the message coming from brussels loud and clear. miriam: thank you. theresa may's decision could further complement -- complicate the brexit agreement. it has so far stalled in parliament and eu leaders are urging the u.k. to clarify their position. what will happen now? natasha butler has more from paris. reporter: the big question for european union leaders is what will happen after theresa may's resignation. we have heard from the french president calling for rapid clarification. saying it looks to him like a
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hard brexit is the most likely outcome. ireland is concerned. saying they are entering a very dangerous period indeed. at a summit in april, eu leaders and theresa may agreed to a new deadline of october 31. the leaders do not know who they will be dealing with now. will it be a hard-line exit tie\ -- brexiteer? they say there will be no a renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement but there is no doubt that the sense of frustration eut has been there within circles for many months and years is only getting worse. hasam: angela merkel expressed her respect for theresa may saying that berlin will continue to work closely with the u.k. to secure an
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orderly exit. a goodve always had working relationship with prime minister theresa may. the departure of the u.k. from the european union is a major transition and regardless what politics, berlin will do everything to continue good cooperation. miriam: theresa may will be remembered for presiding over one of the most chaotic periods in the country. we look back at her almost three years as prime minister of the u.k. and it is safe to say that it has not been an easy ride. it began so well, the new prime minister emerged from the political chaos that followed the brexit referendum. check out her agenda which suggested a bold change of direction for the governing conservative party. >> we will make britain a country that works not for the privileged few but for everyone of us. that will be the mission of the
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government i lead and together, we will build a better britain. been the homehad secretary in charge of the police, immigration, and security for several years. with a reputation for hard work, competence, respected but not loved by colleagues. as prime minister, less than a year in the job, it was her decision to call an unnecessary election which was the beginning of the end. the campaign was uninspiring. her message was repeated so often. to have ayou trust strong and stable leadership? strong and stable government. reporter: the results, her face said it that night. she and the conservatives clung to power but her majority was gone as was her authority. >> she is not a personality politician the same way that jeremy corbyn or even david cameron was. age becomes harder in the
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of social media and ultimately, the country never fell in love with theresa may. it tolerated her. and the challenge now is to find someone that can lead the country but also bring dynamism that has been lacking in recent years. reporter: colleagues sensed an opportunity. boris johnson, a man of palpable ambition undermined her codededly with less than criticism with what he saw as weak leadership. interrupting pranksters. a shaming. none of it her fault but it created a fatal impression that not only was theresa may in competent she was also unlucky. the scandal, the violations of the rights of people from the west indies that had come to at risk ofades ago, deportation because of policies established by theresa may when she was home secretary did her
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no good either. so much for a country that works for everyone. not campingment is down.- tamping i want to apologize to you today because we are definitely sorry. reporter: brexit proved impossible for her to manage. unable to make a decision about whether she wanted a u.k. a little in or completely out of the european union. and in the end, she was undone by indecision. >> 391. reporter: politics at the top are always lonely. she was unable to hold a party together that was at war with itself. miriam: irish voters have been
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casting their ballot for the european elections. there are 59 irish candidates vying for 13 seats. two of them will face an uncertain weights because of the delay of brexit. ireland is set to receive two of the 27 seats reserved for the u.k.. another story we have been following. eight people have been injured in a suspected parcel bombing. the device exploded near a bakery in the center of the city. those hurt in the blast were hospitalized with leg injuries described as light. the incident is being investigated. calling for increased security at public sites across the country. an image of the suspect has been released. the french president was giving an interview when the attack took place and he says his thoughts were with those
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that were injured. >> many are rightly concerned about the attack in lyon. it appears there were no deaths for the time being. it does appear that there were injuries. miriam: you're watching the news hour live from london. modi pledges to take his country to new heights after leading his party to a landslide victory. and wide nicaragua's cities have turned into ghost towns. and a chilly day in the saddle for the riders on the gira it alia. ♪ miriam: the u.s. president says he will send an additional 1500 troops to the middle east amidst heightened tensions with iran. donald trump says that the claimant will strengthen american defenses in the region. embley brings us more. reporter: it is not the 120,000
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troops that some had initially speculated the u.s. would send to the persian gulf but on friday, donald trump confirmed he was sending 1500. >> we want to have protection in the middle east. reporter: the pentagon said the a patriot consists of missile battalion to defend against missile threats. additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and fighter aircraft for deterrence. the pentagon says the move is defensive and not meant to provoke war but it adds to employmenthed the earlier this month of the uss abraham lincoln, bombers, and fighter jets. >> we will continue to call for caution and restraint both in terms of actions and rhetoric. reporter: the announcement also follows the u.s. secretary of
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defense downplaying the threat to u.s. forces. verythink our steps were prudent to. we have put on hold the potential for attacks on americans. reporter: democratic members of congress and some republicans have questioned the intelligence being used by the white house to make the case that iran is a threat. this week, the u.s. secretary of state, the acting defense secretary, and chair of the joint chiefs encouraged lawmakers to make the case of the president. know they as you stage terror all over the world. they are a much different country than when i first got here. there were 14 different locations fighting when i first got here. right now, i do not think they want to fight. and i think they do not want to fight with us. reporter: donald trump maintains he want to strike a new deal with iran to limit its nuclear program after withdrawing last year from the 2015 u.s. backed jcpoa.own as the
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since then, the united states has been increasing the pressure on iran including financial to try to force a new deal. donald trump says he is willing to sit down to resolve the differences with the iranian leader but in light of the recent move, such discussions seem unlikely. u.s. navysenior figure has accused iran's revolutionary guard of the attacks. rear admiral michael, the director of the joint chief of staff says the a late wing of put out mindsmy to damage the tankers. the president has cleared millions of dollars of weapons sales to saudi arabia and the uae citing tensions with iran. that that would
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lead to more civilian deaths in yemen. alan fisher is live for us now in washington. does it come as any surprise that donald trump is taking this step and bypassing congress to push this arms sale through? there is a gap between the republicans on capitol hill and donald trump and it is over the policy of saudi arabia. we know there was a bipartisan motion that went through the houseatically controlled to limit the support for the saudi arabia and led war against yemen. there were not enough votes in both houses to overturn the veto. donald trump realized that if he followed the usual procedure which was to inform congress that he was going to make these
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arms deals, it is likely that congress would block the sale. the only thing he could do was to declare it a national emergency and push it through on a legal loophole. this is not the first time this has happened. ronald reagan did it in 1980 when he sold weapons to saudi arabia. did this.dent bushs are certainly republican senators who are concerned about this and lindsey graham, a big supporter of donald trump has been one of those to express concern about selling weapons to saudi arabia when the crown prince has such a predominant role there. marco rubio also expressed his concern. theyemocratic senators say will look to take possible action to block this though it seems unlikely they will be able to do that. all donald trump needs to do
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though is provide written justification. he says as mike pompeo has confirmed in a statement in the last our word that it is because of the perceived threat of iran and they are doing this to bolster their allies. miriam: thank you very much. alan fisher in washington. has vowedry council to back saudi arabia against all threats from iran. this after the deputy head of the council met with the saudi crown prince. meanwhile come in sudan, continued have protesting in the capital. they are calling for a strike on tuesday and wednesday. we have more from the capital. thister: in early april, began and this has become a focal point, almost a rallying cry.
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the imam has backed calls for a general strike not just in the capital but across sudan. [indiscernible] the organization for sudanese professionals is also backing the strike. what we are hearing is the position is that when it comes to negotiation, they want no role in public life from the army. miriam: in out syria, police have arrested dozens of protesters rallying in the capital, algiers. hundreds gathered in the city for the 14th friday in a row
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calling for the interim president to leave office immediately. he became president after the ailing longtime leader stood down last month. against himc anger for running for a fifth term. died in 15 people have a major fire at a shopping center in an indian city in the west part of the country. several people jumped from the building to try to escape the blaze. it is believed most of the dead and injured were students who were attending classes inside the complex. ♪ india's prime minister, modi, pledged to take his country to new heights after leading his party to a landslide reelection victory. the official vote shows his party, bmp am a sweeping to victory. , indian national
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congress party led by gandhi trailed behind. remaining 187 seeds were divided among dozens of other parties. a record number of women artists that to enter india's parliament. it is still well below the fourl average of one in representatives. we report more from this story from the capital, new delhi. reporter: india woke up on friday to the news that modi had secured an absolute majority in the six-week long general election. celebrations began on thursday when early indications suggested another win was imminent. the election commission has been counting more than 600 million votes cast. everyone is waiting for the initial announcement. to be formally elected by his own party element
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arians. he is expected to meet them in a special session on saturday. bjp is celebrating. the mood is different from the opposition groups whose numbers in parliament are now severely reduced. >> we showed them that we mean business. we did not let them have their own way. we will stand up as far as people's issues are concerned. jobrter: analysts suggest creation in rural and urban areas is a topic that the government has to focus on. >> appealing significantly to the young and first-time voters much as he did in 2014. in the last couple of years, unemployment has been very high and that is something that modi will have to address. for the young voter as well the future of the country. reporter: one senior leaders says modi's policies are working. sectors must move.
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because if the impetus is already there, the economy has to produce results. reporter: the public also has concerns. he should try to remove unemployment for the young of the people. the problems for the villages. lack of electricity and the problems with water should be addressed. these are the issues for modi. minister as a prime gets ready to begin his second term, then he will be looking to see if he will address these issues. he has received an overwhelming mandate to deliver on his pledges. not just domestic issues will be a factor in his second term. global, financial uncertainty is something that may affect economy andth and
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regional stability with pakistan is something that modi has developed while appeasing his nationalist voter base. in indonesia, a presidential candidate has filed a legal challenge to last months election results there. jakarta has experienced days of violent protests. protesters are angry that the president has -- that the president was declared the winner. they say there was widespread cheating. there is more still ahead. [cheering] tiereds of same-sex couples the knot in taiwan a week after became the first asian country to legalize gay marriage. the orthodox jewish community in the u.s. where cases of measles have gone through the roof despite intervention. and it is the world cup countdown. england looks ahead at its chances.
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♪ hello again and welcome back to your international weather forecast. besty of rain in the next in the last few days. the next f few will be much the same. clouds to the southeast. not so much the southern coast of turkey or greece. look at the map for saturday, rain across parts of moscow as well. putting that into motion from saturday into sunday, the rain continues to move east. rain coming out of the mediterranean. as to in chile and of the weekend, things are looking g good with a tetemperae of 27. temperatures across the southern parts of turkey, high 30's for many locations. across the northern part of
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africa, a lot of rain for the next several days. from algiers over to tunisia, the rain will be all along the coastal area. algiers, you will see rain over the next two days, tunis as well. sunday, things are getting better to the west but still lingering clouds and rain will be a big problem. tripoli, you will be in the rain as well with clouds but temperatures in cairo, coming down to normal. 35 degrees for you. ♪ ♪ miriam: welcome back. a look at your top stories. the british prime minister theresa may has announced her resignation as leader of the ruling conservative party after failing to deliver brexit. she will stay on as caretaker prime minister until her
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replacement is chosen. the u.s. is to send an additional 1500 troops to the middle east amidst heightened tensions with iran. donald trump describing this as a protective measure. has been called across the country on tuesday and wednesday. they are hoping it will increase pressure on the military power to turn to civilian leadership. people are already on strike in nicaragua demanding the release of political prisoners. human rights activists say 800 people have been arrested since last year. we are in mexico city. are emptythe streets across much of the nicaraguan capital. many businesses have closed their doors or the day in an act of civil disobedience. the fifth national strike to take place since a political crisis has gripped the country more than a year ago. the strike was organized in part
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as a response to the killing of a u.s. citizen held by the nicaraguan government as a political prisoner. his shooting by a prison guard was the subject of a recent meeting at the organization of american states. it is imperative that violations of human rights be brought to an end and nicaraguan citizens regain all of their civil rights and privileges. also that all political prisoners are released. it is the maximum priority that an investigation be launched into the death of the american citizen. and the nicaraguan capital, small protests have taken place in recent days calling on the government to release political prisoners. illegal toains demonstrate publicly against the government of daniel ortega. instead, those in political opposition are calling for alternative forms of dissent. this national strike is a legitimate form of peaceful and
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civic protest. a way for us to show our solidarity with those that suffer. reporter: a heavy presence of antiriot police have been -- has been dispatched to managua. the finance minister also issued a warning that any banks participating in the strikes would face sanctions by the government. to venezuela now where to play three prisoners have been killed and 14 police prison during riots at a in the west of caracas. the clashes were sparked by inmates taking visitors hostage. the venezuelan president has accused the u.s. of trying to destroy a state food program he says feeds some 6 million families. washington is preparing sanctions against those suspected of using the money.
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nicolas maduro says the program will continue despite what he calls perverse imperialism. the opposition of one quite a has occurred -- has accused the president of being disconnected from reality. to set upting huawei a 4g network. >> president maduro says the government was approving applications. thing that seems laughable today in venezuela is sadly the end of a long disconnect from reality. eritrea, they celebrated their first independence day since a peace deal was reached with neighboring ethiopia last year. following decades of deadlock in the nations over a border disagreement. eritrea's strategic
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location in north east africa, vast national resources -- eritreans continue to flee in droves. 4000 leave every month it is estimated. rights groups speak of widespread abuses in eritrea including forced conscription traps. many and military service for most of their lives. and many described prison they face. is also strictly controlled by the government. there are no private media companies. the internet cannot be accessed by mobile phones. we can speak to jordan anderson, an analyst. when you look at some of the security measures that are already in place, there are clearly tight restrictions on social media and access to the internet which impinges on people's abilities to
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communicate with one another. how would you describe the general situation in eritrea as they celebrate this independence day? reporter: the shutting off of social media is clearly the government showing it as an eye on what is taking place in eritrea itself but also in neighboring sudan. we have seenths, the eritrean government closing off the border post it had opened up with ethiopia. the government is worried about the internal situation and trying to keep a lid and tried to prevent civil unrest. havem: clearly, they now independence day and what makes this commemoration even more significant this year is the peace deal with ethiopia which obviously the government is proud of but the eritrean people had hoped it would result in some sort of change in their everyday lives. that has not been forthcoming. raisedr: the peace deal
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a huge number of expectations that they would see changes particularly to the national service. and the conflict had come to an end. see this kind we of announcement come the president would make a speech. earlier inmake one the year, and we have not seen any major policy announcement today on independence day. there does not seem to be anything forthcoming. it seems more likely the government is hoping that economic integration with the region will bring rater investment into eritrea and more jobs and prosperity. they could use that to temper the expectations of domestic reform. idea is to implement reforms. you mentioned the government is of a a of -- wary
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situation in sudan being replicated in eritrea. what is the likelihood that people will lose patience as they wait for the implementation of reforms? will they just try to leave the country? reporter: it is hard to say what the situation is like in error and tray. we see people leaving the country which acts as a certain amount of pressure valve on the stage. the government thinks it can bring greater prosperity and more contentment by bringing in greater investment. the european union pledged 23 million euros for road investment projects. that is one of the ways the government is hoping to try to placate the population. thank you very much for your insight on this, jordan anderson. thank you. now, to kenya, the high court there has upheld a colonial era
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law that prohibits gay sex. gay rights activists have campaigned for three years to get the legislation overturned. law, anyone in a same-sex relationship risks 14 years in prison. >> absolutely disappointed that the courts have chosen to interpret the constitution as not protecting everyone. shame to see how the courts have decided. however, we continue to believe in the role of law. reporter: the brazilian supreme court is scheduled to make homophobia a crime on the same level as racism. many have welcomed the move. that thes as concerns president could roll back lgbt writes.
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taiwan, more than 360 same-sex couples have tied the knot thereafter the island became the first place in asia to legalize gay marriage. the parliament approved same-sex marriage last week. this followed years of debate. >> i think it is a very difficult thing in ethnic chinese culture especially for men. we have been very lucky to have the support of our families. now, to nepal where four people have died while attempting to scale mount everest over the past few days. the number includes three indian climbers and one nepali guide taking the total number of people killed or missing this climbing season two seven. nepal has issued permits to 379 climbers this year.
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thailand's king has opened the first session of an elected parliament since the military in 2014.coup a government has yet to be formed. one of the main opposition leaders has been suspended from taking part accused of chargers that supporters say are politically motivated. scott explains from bangkok. reporter: the king of adjusting the new members as he opens thailand's parliament following contentious elections in march, the first since a coup five years ago this week led by the current prime minister. >> it is important for everyone to be truthful and work together. isorter: this party positioned to take control of the government. allowing him to keep his job. to a recently rewritten constitution allowing the military government to appoint a 250 member upper house.
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it will still have to form a coalition for control over both houses and there are strong indications that they have the numbers. or is a physical transition with this new parliament as well. the old parliamentary building has been closed and is set to be torn down. the new building remains unfinished. eve of the opening session, the constitutional court decided to move forward with a case against the new member.orward party the party is in the democratic alliance coalition with the opposition party. it has garnered the most votes. there are amber -- number of legal cases against him. he says they are trumped up and politically motivated. earlier, he told al jazeera that he is worried people will lose trust in the system. to be attempt to continue
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in power by the military government is there. they are willing to take thailand to the bottom if need be for them to stay in power. some feel the new government will be short lived mainly because of how he has run the country in the last five years. >> he has not been challenged. in order to answer to the parliament coming he has to be more polite. that is not his way at all. and also, in terms of the legislative process, he will face a lot of challenge. he cannot run the country by an iron fist. reporter: the parliament will also face those challenges as they try to govern. many feel it will be a short term government, a year or two and the political tension could possibly lead to public unrest.
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jailed catalano -- they facee been a trial. catalan separatists denied the aallenges and say it acts as political repression. in new york, some jewish community leaders have launched a campaign urging parents to vaccinate their children against measles. as the u.s. battles its worst measles outbreak in years. the vaccination is required for butdren to attend schools most states allow exemptions for religious or philosophical reasons. the latest measles outbreak in the united states is concentrated in orthodox jewish neighborhoods here in new york.
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there is nothing about the vaccine which has been proven safe and effective in eliminating the disease that is contrary to the jewish faith. fact, religious leaders have been at the forefront of urging members to vaccinate. still, this local elected official believes people should have the option of opting out on religious grounds. >> it is a dangerous president. we will be opening pandora's box. senator is state sponsoring legislation to eliminate the religious exemption in new york just like california did after a 2015 outbreak. >> of course, you have a first amendment right to practice your religious belief in this country and that is sacrosanct. to you do not have the right endanger your children or worse, someone else's child. reporter: all but three states allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children on religious grounds.
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even though none of the major religions in this country are against vaccinations. as easy as, it is filling out a form and taking it to your local school for approval. several now though like new york are considered -- are reconsidering. alexander took part in new york's pro-vaccine at campaign and runs a local social services agency. he thinks of eliminating the religious exemption will fuel the conspiracy theory that led to a distrust of the vaccine. anti-vaccination ors ae anti-vaccinat platform. of you being seen as a friend, you are being alienated. concerned that the measles outbreak will continue to grow. reporter: eliminating the
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religious exemptions has raised vaccination rates in california. hoping toponsors are bring it to a vote before the legislative session ends in june. still ahead for you on the program, monte carlo -- testing for drivers. we will bring you that story and more sports coming up shortly. space launchous that could make the web truly worldwide. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ miriam: the cannes film festival is where a director found fame in 1988, the first indian born filmmaker to win best film featured. herbert continues to make an impact. we sat down with her. reporter: welcome. we are here with the director talking about how the festival
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shaped her career and shaped her future projects. thank you for sitting with us. take us back to the day when your film won the prize. extraordinarily received. it was aturned home, fairytale. certainly, it launched to me into the industry. -- it made life much easier as i negotiated what to do next. reporter: your stories take us to india, pakistan and uganda. are oftenries that seen through a narrow lens. >> every film is a political act and you can choose to have a point of view becomes mainstream or you can choose to make your point of view the mainstream.
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as i have tried to do. i just believe that where we come from matters and our language, our poetry come our everyday struggles, our humor -- it is not just particular to us but actually, if you get to the truth of it it is universal. reporter: tell us about your current project. "crownkingly call it the in brown." it has that magnificent sweep. it is about our country. after britain's rule. and a young woman finding her voice. if we dobelieve that not tell our stories, no one else will tell them. or if they will tell them, they will tell them their way and not our way. miriam: time now for sport.
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reporter: thank you very much. for theup in paris french open. has pulled out just two days before the start of the second grand slam. organizers have not said why he has withdrawn. he was fined for his behavior last week during the italian open. he posted a video saying "the sucks compared to wimbledon." the man known as the king of clay will be chasing after his 12th french open. >> i am playing well. my goal is to keep playing at that level.
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these -- there are things that i can prove. in general terms, it is about being healthy i think. then, just competing well and be fresh mentally and physically. not be fair to pick anybody else but him. as the main favorites. because, he has won this tournament so many times losing only twice in his career. sian clay.i three-time champion serena williams was hitching their practice courts hard on friday. her last campaign at roland garros ended in an injury. she missed last week's italian open with an injury.
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less than a week to go until the start of the cricket world cup. a team from afghanistan has beaten a pakistani team in bristol on friday. also were beaten by england in a one-day series earlier this month. reparations continue for the women's football world cup which starts in france on june 7. beat the u.s. in the final. the players are preparing for the world cup. tournament is the about much more. going from is strength to strength. there is a real popularity growing. i think it is fantastic. when you see games sold out. england's games are sold out.
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that has never been done before. this is not just a one off. i think it is a real boom. i think this will be the start. everyone will start watching women's football. in a period of women's football that could be golden. onorter: germany and spain saturday. bayern munich going for a feat for a record 12th time. the last time they were there was in 2016. barcelona has one bearing a record 30 spanish titles. friday's 13th stage will be a chilly one for the riders. delivered totrek
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plenty of snow laden roads. team emirates retained the lead. the formula one drivers have had friday off in monaco as is raise tradition. but there has been plenty of drama. the racing driver was headed to turnbehind on a terror pen which brought out yellow warning flags and red flags were being waived. .- were also being waved we will leave it there for now. story to bringer you, spacex says it has successfully launched 60 communications satellites into
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space which could revolutionize the internet. musk's part of elon ambitious plan. bringing internet access to every corner of the world. that concludes the newshour but i will be back in just a couple of minutes for more of the days news for you. bye for now. ♪ ♪
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