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how doing scenes from yemen show the aftermath of an alleged saudi coalition air strike on a wedding party which killed at least twenty people. there are concerns of rising anti-semitism in germany with the chancellor highlighting an increase in. ten thousand refugees and. i have changed my mind i have decided to go and vote for director pump a to donald trump's controversial nomination for u.s. secretary of state narrowly avoided historic rejection from the senate foreign relations committee.
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welcome to the news this hour first off for you. humanitarian organizations are demanding answers over an alleged saudi led coalition air strike on a wedding party in yemen the bombing killed at least twenty people and injured dozens more some reports suggest that as many as fifty people may have been killed please let me warn you that the video we're about to show you is distressing to watch and it's you can see seven year old boy clinging to what's believed to be his father's body and the family said to have traveled from another part of the country to attend the celebrations the man's body was reportedly the last to be taken away following the asteroid as the boy refused to let go many of the victims were women and children. i was the bridegroom of our friends gathered in our place. many innocent people were killed.
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this is my nephew who was injured last night by the air strike he's two brothers were killed. we contacted a number of human rights organizations for their responses this is what we got back from human rights watch which said the coalition continues to target civilians and refuses to adequately investigate or compensate victims we also heard back from all who condemned the attack and called for an investigation meanwhile riyadh says it's taking the report very seriously and will fully investigate as it says it has done in the past with similar incidents a saudi led coalition intervened in yemen almost three years ago to fight who think rebels riyadh considers and terrorists who oppose the yemeni government the un's describe the conflict as the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. with me
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now in the studio is the former head of the red cross in yemen the mission that an example of faith welcome back to international good to see you. three strikes on civilians in three days these are supposed to be targeted strikes and your experience of having been in the country just how much risk asked of billions in right now this many years into that conflict well let me start by saying that of course the pictures you have just shown horrific and been removed by the in the two years that i have been in yemen i have seen unfortunately quite a few other cases as like this one and when when you have a military operation on the scale which are taking place now in yemen these things unfortunately happen and it is of utmost importance of course to document these cases and to bring the observations through the parties which is responsible for them so this is what we have been doing it consistently collecting information whenever there is
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a violation right to work or potential violation documenting the case and you have mentioned that there would be an investigation if we can feed into that investigation that is something that we do so i have no doubt that my colleagues now are following the case i'm not in yemen anymore after two years that i spent over there and probably documenting the case of collecting information for for submission of reports that will hopefully help for the future bring in more care and in the way i conduct it we have been doing this for what two years i was there and we are still doing it and it's doesn't feel like an almost impossible task though because you broke almost a year ago quite passionately about your experience in the difficulty of getting into certain places just what kind of uphill struggle is there for aid workers once they get to get well you know unfortunately we had a tragedy three days ago where one of the staff of the yemen delegation was killed
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in ties and and today i cannot help but think about him his family and and wife and this you know explain. is a stark reminder that working in human remains extremely difficult we do it in the extremely difficult circumstances in the case of. extremely. tense hard fighting taking place doing this work documenting the cases is something that takes a toll and sometimes takes a toll on the lives of our colleagues and in terms of getting that assistance in dealing with famine dealing with diseases like cholera when there are. efforts like the saudi blockade of the port how much more difficult does it make getting that much needed aid into those millions of people as you correctly point out it's wider than a family and there is a problem with a structural collapse of the system in yemen you have problems of water you have problems of sanitation we in the international red cross we try to fix those
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problems otherwise there would maybe not be any running water and so on anymore so there is no doubt that what is coming into the country at the moment is not enough and more should be done humanitarian aid is to some to a large extent allowed in but the problem is that more is needed to ensure a decent level of life for the population otherwise the country goes downhill so this is quite quite clearly something one of the message that i have been passing i've been going around many capitals today i mean moscow was in other capitals before to pass that message that more should be done to ensure that there is enough essential goods for the syrian population today in sana'a and elsewhere how do you feel you're getting heard by these capitals. for a long time for a long time yemen used to be not under the spotlight and at least i feel now that.
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the human conflict is getting the attention it deserves one year ago seclusion of united nation rang the alarm bell about the famine as i told you we. i believe this is wider than a film it is actually a structural collapse of essential goods and services so there is there is more awareness i think this can be said and when it comes to phrases like the united nations calling it the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history now those people who sit around at the un all those nations it's easy to condemn in words different when it comes to action are you getting the humanitarian aid coming in and is it just that it's being stopped from getting in or do you desperately need much much more and more is needed i think this is quite clear it's not getting in for a combine combination of reasons we should in the stop but simplistic sort of analysis is. it's there for a combination of reasons including the fact that you know shipping companies think
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twice as well about selling things. because again. it can have some risk about it. but yes the caller make today to you and to you or to your viewers are that today in your many you were very serious crime is there was a food crisis there was also a crisis that has led to one million suspected community cases of cholera last year in a matter of six months it was like bushfire in twenty two years in the i.c.r.c. you had never seen something like that so quite clearly yes you have a situation which is extremely worrying. about some of the reasons given for civilians being caught up in the asterix and yes occasionally more civilian casualties are unavoidable one of the reasons given is that they're being used as human shields from the people that you've spoken to in yemen do you get the impression the people there are being exploited. this is not something that i can see on my own observations of my own experience having said that it is important to remind all the parties to the conflict of their obligations under international
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humanitarian law one is to take precautions in the way they carry the attacks because they use the vastly destructive forces this is on the attacking side i would say now it's also crucially important that all those who are on the other side do not sort of plays their military assets near. you know villages and towns and so on and we have quite often i have to say. intervened to make sure that one particular post is not located any more any longer new york hospital near school or something like that and i have to say that on those occasions where we intervene we were heard and the party did move their military is that who else is pressure do you need to try and help it because of the phenomenal efforts that organizations like the red cross go to in order to try and protect safe look after civilians in a place like yemen which was just seems bleak no matter which way you've made it
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who else are you appealing to to try and put pressure to bring this moment running conflict to an end well i'm just as i said i mean must call today as a part of a wall tour that i did after the end of my mission to raise awareness on the catastrophic situation that the country is going through at the moment from a humanitarian standpoint i've spoken of the cholera but i called if i could also speak of a number of drugs which are missing which and we are giving some some of them which i have never done in my entire i.c.r.c. career like you're giving insulin to because it's not sufficient of what is there like you are supplying dialysis center these are things if you don't get your insulin injection or your dialysis session next week you're not around so you have a direct effect of the hostilities of the of the military operation that you spoke about at the beginning but you also have the in. direct effect which are becoming increasingly important in greece that increasingly worrying and this is this has been my narrative in all the capitals of that i have visited in the past three
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weeks and in terms of national public awareness why do you think it's fallen so far down the list for people my father dozens of news feeds on twitter and what have you and it's full of all sorts of nonsense of what's going on around the world that you would really consider important and yet when you see anything about yemen they're talking biblical numbers about things that shouldn't be happening in a country in twenty eighteen. years this has been also subject of for me because i was there and i would have lined the world to be much more aware i suppose that other crises have brought more of court more attention of the international public and media this is probably one of the reasons but now i'm you know i do think that there is more awareness when i started my mission in two thousand and sixteen. there was hardly any anyone who we spoke about here. and maybe you know my presence today in your studio is shows that there is more awareness and i'm quite happy with this it's not where it should be probably but
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it's more than he used to be in terms of wishful thinking that even if it all ended tomorrow there's still a mountain of work to have to do that to bring yemen even remotely back from the brink yes i think you are perfectly right and this is why i am worried because one of the secretary the secretary general spoke of in you know of a famine if you if you bring food it's ok well you have to deal with malnutrition for a few months and so on but here the problem is wider the problem is is one of a structural decay. yemen is not a country we like you can find another coming you know hells where with village a little infrastructure in yemen you have a lot of infrastructure and this particular infrastructure is falling to pieces and we international organization including the i.c.r.c. we try to do what we can to support these structures but of course we can only do so much so i do agree with you that bringing back the country on the back on its
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feet will be a long long lasting tones and that sounds like it's a technical problem that needs dealing with that aid is somehow just a front line is to do with water and food but it's not it's a there are few doctors the ones who are there are being paid the very structures of what the country needs in order to keep rolling and keep facilitating just avera them and it's not only one of the most serious crisis that i've seen it's also as you point out one of the most complicated i have seen and i am afraid that this is becoming a feature of some of the conflicts you know some of the conflict where i work at the beginning of my career were very poor country there were poor before the war poor during the war unfortunately poor after the war very little infrastructure so in a way very little to reconstruct and to the problem was reality really should i say simple to deal with here. you have something which is extremely complex you have infrastructures which are falling to pieces up to the point of the whole system we have commissioned a study from
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a well known british school that is going to carry out a full study of the health system in the moment to to get to know where we are one day maybe we'll be talking here again about the rebuilding of yemen in better circumstances i fear it might be a long way off but thanks very much for sharing your experiences of the past couple of years of running the red cross in yemen really appreciate and thank you thank you for having me on. to other news now president trump's pick for secretary of state has been given the green light by the senate foreign relations committee and although cia director mike compos candidacy is likely to be approved by the full senate later this week his nomination has led to impassioned debate in washington unfortunately i do not believe director promptly as someone who will always prioritize diplomacy over conflict i can't imagine having someone more qualified to be secretary of state it's critically important that the secretary of state be an independent voice in the white house i am concerned about that he will be speaking
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for the president when he travels and he's the appropriate person for that i think is not the right person for this position what nominee would you vote yes for i don't want to vote for people or entire diplomatic to be the nation's chief diplomat. approval by the committee which had been looking uncertain was secured by an intervention by the president himself senator rand paul who'd been opposed to the spy chief candidacy said donald trump managed to win him around. i have changed my mind i decided to go and vote for director pompei zero because he's assured me that he's learned the lesson. as a poll who's a libertarian has repeatedly criticized pompei as bellicose foreign policy positions but it seems that don't trump and his pick for america's top diplomat in full agreement about what america's role in the world should be if we embrace the regime change in other nations we can hardly say but this is something that only the us gets to do this is a this is a unique exceptional country russia is unique but not exceptional.
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i can't think of a thing that has put america in a better position as a result of this deal. a very real danger. i hardly ever escape a day in the white house without the president asking me about north korea and how it is that the united states is responding to that threat it's very much at the top of his mind they are ever closer to having the capacity to hold america risk with a nuclear weapon at the overall level it is that very bad sign that trump keeps surrounding himself with with right wing inner hawks on foreign policy and now we have. a secretary of state who is not known for being a diplomat is no one to be a hawk on foreign policy and he doesn't come from a diplomatic background he comes you know for a with more militaristic background he his policies and
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statements said that he said advocated have been very hawkish so this is you know this is very ominous actually. there are now concerns in some quarters about the direction mike pompei o will push his country and if he joins the trumpet ministration particularly in light of its recent military actions ten days ago america along with the u.k. and france launch strikes against the syrian government which critics saw as legally questionable u.s. officials justified the operation by citing legislation known as the authorization for use of military force against terrorists but even that looks set for a rework to give washington greater scope for foreign incursions as jacqueline explains. military aggression is seemingly always on the table when it comes to the us but the legality of it is questionable one document that gives the american president expansive war powers is the authorization for the use of military force or. the president is authorized to use all necessary force against those nations
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organizations or persons he determines planned authorized committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on september eleventh two thousand and one in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the us by such nations organizations or persons ever since the past american presidents have used its extremely broad wording for involving the u.s. and conflicts worldwide including donald trump when the u.s. shut down a syrian government bomb or washington said gave it the right to combat i saw in the country but given that islamic state didn't officially declare its caliphate until more than a decade after nine eleven does that really fit the bill when it comes to legal military action but it was really dealing with a situation which no longer applies it was very specific in many respects about identifying the causes of the need for the i.m.f. and the targets to be retaliated against three years senators have been concerned
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about how open ended the military authorization is and some are saying enough is enough for too long congress has given presidents a blank check to wage war we've let the nine eleven in iraq war authorizations get stretched to justify wars against multiple terrorist groups in a very dozen countries for me jack to the philippines a proposal finally repeals those authorizations and makes congress do its job by weighing in on where when and with who we were at war with the document already eighteen years old some going off to fight might not have been born when it was written however the new version appears even more all encompassing than the original right off the bat it authorizes the president to wage war against a list of groups and a number of countries. plus so-called associated forces if the president determines other groups a threat and linked to previously named enemies they can be targeted to all the president has to do is notify congress of the updated list yes theoretically congress can still vote that down but there's a little chance of
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a majority going against the president to be a u.m.s. proposal is insufficiently precise it's very. rude to basically given themselves the authority. to be loosely interpreted to do more or less whatever they like the question is how that would stand up under international law the president has already found ways around. such as i know you have by using constitutional means to retaliate against threats as you did with in syria just recently. parts of europe are facing a rise in anti semitism and a dilemma over how to cut the worrying trend we'll take a look at that for you after the break.
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what politicians to do something to. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president. something i want to. let you go i. was like the full story of the more people. interested always in the water. trades that have been wrong for five years and one of the dollar's going to crash is going to be five hundred very short term and that three the bond market's going to crash all those three trades if it absolutely wrong for five years and they have taken many people out of the stress of.
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the problem of anti semitism is becoming more widespread across europe with leaders expressing grave concerns over a rise in attacks against jewish communities the german chancellor is partially laying the blame on an influx of out of migrants. noire we have a new phenomenon as we have many refuges among whom there are for example people of arab origin who bring in the form of anti-semitism into the country unfortunately and to cement isn't existed before that. chancellor merkel concerns are going to stop germany from opening its doors to another ten thousand more moderates from north africa and the middle east violence assaults against jews becoming more widespread within germany in fact the central council of jews there is even advising people to avoid wearing the traditional jewish had dressed saying that it could be dangerous when it comes after a man wearing
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a kippah was attacked and whipped with a belt and the german capital was captured on film by the victim we spoke to the president of an organization against anti semitism he believes more needs to be done to tackle the problem. saw i hope that the work done get a method to say it will be followed by deeds by actions by legislation and not only you know as a republic too i'll comment on the recent event it's not an issue for jews actually it's an issue for europe jews are the first target but when jews will fall to the other will follow more and more people will think that. they will be able to cure the plague which is islamism with which is the far right they should keep in mind that you dales boss. canadian police have been questioning a man suspected of plowing a van into pedestrians in toronto on monday killing ten people and injuring fifteen
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more. there was a man lying in the road hit by a car his shoes were one hundred feet away up the road. he started going down the sidewalk and knocking people down one by one. have passed multiple dead bodies covering up she was endeavoring. he just destroyed so many people's lives every single thing that got in his way. twenty five year old alec massey it was arrested following a standoff with no reinforcement it's not playable the motive was for the attack and asking him was not previously known to police he is due to appear in court this
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hour here's how other witnesses describe what happened. the man was walking through the intersection and young encounter it was just one of the middle of the intersection and the van just went right into him plowed right into it and then apparently he drove down further and he went on to the sidewalk by the next building and he hit more people there and just kept going i see no reason of i seen a white van with film with red coloring on it and always saw was that he smashed into someone over there he just went on the sidewalk he just started hitting everybody man he hit every single person on the sidewalk anybody in israel you would hit the bus stop everything was shattered there was a lady in there and i saw i just stopped and i looked the night when after it again and i sees this crumbling up one by one and one by one person got dragged on and there blood is all over young empress is really bad haha and i'm so shaky i'm still dying from this i can't believe this is happening this is like unbelievable this is on believable. i just think you know it's not marcus and i saw us not want to just
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go do. something wrong and you know so many people just. stopped the car but he didn't just keep moving and he did some people and straight people like down there and you know and. now you're up today thanks very much for watching i'll have you next altie international news in just over half an hour i'll see you then. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy confrontation let it be an arms race in his own often spearing dramatic development only really i'm going to resist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical time time to sit down and talk. of a war zone you on the idea that dropping bombs brings police to the chicken hawks forcing
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you to fight the. i don't think so the few socks present tell you that some because of the public my file for the most important day. haha i'm telling you i'm not cool enough to buy their product. all the hawks that we along with are on the watch. applied for many clubs over the years so i know the game inside guides. football isn't only about what happens on the pitch for the final school it's about the passion from the fans it's the age of the super money kill you narrowness and spending that you're getting twenty million on one playa. it's an experience like
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no one else want to do because i want to share what i think what i know about the beautiful game played great so what chance with. a nice minute. actually had. a clip of lee state that the abuse relayed it to contracts awarded to k.b.r. represents the most blatant and improper and contract abuse i have witnessed during the course of my professional career it's suspicious on how to go to move big contract because dick cheney before he became vice president was c.e.o. of halliburton he left. with twenty million dollars worth of stock options from nine eleven till two thousand and nine and those stock options quadrupled in price he made about a billion dollars off the war there's
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a great if you change the phone defending the woman he is no longer about being interviewed the american enterprise institute he's seen as you would be a disaster fast these things who are we going to waste and she goes home a number. of units one for the men do his work for her and these hundreds of millions of dollars you see next to these. u.s. military contractor k.b.r. is under legal fire today over real fires in iraq the firm is charged with causing illnesses from massive burn pits used to incinerate garbage there. the veterans who are now suing k.b.r. because of their what they believe service connected health injuries say that k.b.r. short sighted didn't install center raters when they should have had burned all
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this hazardous waste when it was it gets the regulations to do so and as a result they're sick of all the contracts that k.b.r. unhealed. require them to comply with e.p.a. regulations the allegation is that k.b.r. rather than. complying with the contract complying with these environmental regulations disposing only of what should be disposed of using incinerators doing it the right way for reasons often related to profit margins was disposing of dangerous toxins in a way that directly impacted the health of soviet troops. seeing stuff that was nuclear biological and chemical products the said do not bar or truck tires all types of styrofoam and polystyrene and batteries trucks quite a bit of different stuff. that should have been segregated out it was mine.

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