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on al jazeera. al-jazeera. hello 1 i'm maryam namazie this is the news hour live from london coming up warring parties in libya's conflict agree on a drug deal for an unconditional ceasefire. france agrees to send more troops to fight armed groups threatening the sawhill region after a summit with west african leaders. this is a very difficult journey for those who are trying to leave. and where in the philippines where tens of thousands are on the run from a volcanic eruption. in doha with all your support
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we used to baseball team follow the manager of the severe punishment for cheating scandal in the corruption trial of former world if they fix chief is delayed after the opening day in. a very warm welcome to the program our top story talks on a permanent ceasefire in libya ended on monday without a breakthrough but russia's foreign minister says quote good progress is being made warlord khalifa haftar has asked to have until tuesday morning now to consider signing a formal deal he's in moscow for those negotiations along with the head of libya's un recognized government following a fragile truce brokered by russia and turkey over the weekend step vasa now reports. the aim of monday's meeting in moscow was to formalized a cease fire that started in libya on sunday 24 hours earlier russia and turkey
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invited fired outside atch prime minister of the un backed government and warlord for hafta to sign a more permanent truth that's aimed at paving the way towards formal negotiations to end the vs 9 year long civil war but after 7 hours of talks one signature remains missing to an emotion that was reached today we can report that a certain progress has been achieved and the chairman of the government and national archives of libya mr starch and the chairman of have consul of state mr mehta has just signed it marshall shaft out of the comment of libyan national army and the president of libya and house of representatives and tobruk mr again see this document positively and have asked for some extra time till to morrow morning to decide on what they were to sign it i hope their decision will be positive the ceasefire was brokered by the presidents of turkey and russia in islam all last week following a meeting with italy's prime minister is epic kaante red chip tayyip erdogan
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announced he will be in berlin on january did 19th for an international conference aimed at ending the libyan conflict. your political even if it is only in one day i believe a strong result from these dogs dogs which take place in moscow today lay the foundation for the berlin process. turkish troops were recently sent to libya to help slow half last 9 months advance on the capital tripoli in the complicated proxy war russian mercenaries together with the united arab emirates and egypt are aiding have to both russia and turkey say they are hopeful that after will signed a truth agreement on tuesday morning the long and complicated negotiations here in moscow show how complicated the conflict in libya is with the international conference due in berlin it's crucial that the truth agreement will be signed and sealed here in moscow for us to step fasten al-jazeera moscow or balin summit on
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the libyan crisis is expected to be led by the united nations our diplomatic editor james bays has more now from u.n. headquarters in new york. diplomats have remarked to me what this shows about power and influence among external actors in the middle east and they say that there are parallels with the situation in syria clearly they are different conflicts but in syria you had a un led process and yet most of the developments of come as a result of the russians and the turks along with the iranians the so-called a starner process in syria now what one diplomat described as the astonished occasion of libya again you have russia and turkey which are on different sides of the argument which support different groups coming together to try and come up with an outcome that suits their interests and pushing out of the way the united nations the e.u. and the united states i got this comment on this from the u.n.
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secretary general spokesman the u.n. cannot operate in a vacuum right what is always important whether it's in syria or libya and those are different cases right i mean the whether it's in syria or libya. a political process cannot move forward without the will of the people. being represented but also we need to be realistic without involvement of not only of the parties who are fighting on the ground but of the parties outside of the country who have an influence what is important is that what is happening in moscow feeds into berlin and if general have to signs the cease fire agreement that remains a big if that is the next stage a summit in birth then at leader level but that summit now will effectively be a rubber stamp of the diplomacy crafted by russia and turkey. well in
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terms of the background to all of this libya has been torn apart by conflicts since long time ago duffy was overthrown in 2011 it's divided between militia groups which mostly back to rival governments you have the u.n. recognized ministration that by prime minister fayyad a cirrhotic based in tripoli it's supported by turkey and most western nations including italy which is why the fighting in tripoli will force more people to cross the mediterranean and then in the east of the country you have the to brook based government a center of power for. he is backed by egypt saudi arabia russia and the united arab emirates france is also accused of providing military support to his forces well in lawrence is a professor of international affairs at american university joins me live now from washington tell us more about why appears to be dragging his feet over this deal well that's. really puzzling to a lot of people including the russians i just saw some private communications
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coming from senior libyan officials in moscow that the russians are quite unhappy that have tarted and signed today having pre-agreed to some of this let me add that james b. is your correspondent in new york was correct that the syrian libya conflict negotiations are tracking with each other. and that this grew out of a meeting in istanbul but what he didn't mention is that the negotiations over the 2 conflicts are now connected and there concessions and agreements that turkey and russia are making huge other in this in the syria conflict and the cease fire that are directly connected to. each other libya or libya could i just ask how that's going to affect libya then because you obviously have turkey russia. backing opposing sides in both of these conflicts how are the 2 how are the how is libya going to factor into syria discussions then. so 1st of all the most we're
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going to say is europe has taken a big step backwards as has the u.n. and now turkey and russia are the main players here now obviously turkey has very specific interests in syria regarding the kurds and is clearly giving up some ground you know these if you the russian positions and and aims in northwestern syria in terms of the libya conflict there seems to be concessions that the russians are making to the turks in exchange for concessions in syria which is putting more pressure on have to which is one of the reasons why i have to reason signing yet because the deal wasn't exactly what he wanted it's important also to note that the 2015 libya political agreement the former deal was not signed primarily because i have to ours role as a leader of the military under civilian control he rejected right to remain clean syria in libya any discussion making this situation more complicated is the russian in turkish influence in libya strong enough to ensure that
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a cease fire will hold. no but it's increasingly clear that without them there will be no agreement because they're the main players now why because the russians sent in over a 1000 new mercenaries fresh from the front lines in ukraine and syria in the last 3 months to eastern libya $500.00 of which are on the front lines now and turkey sending in troops as well and so the very fact that they're sending in troops which everyone says is disruptive it's the peace process actually makes them the leaders in the peace process now and creates the very parity which makes the truce possible and the u.n. meeting in berlin possible so that's the irony that more troops have actually got us closer to a deal right can i just regardless of what happens with the ceasefire agreement might not have succeeded in taking tripoli but he holds a great deal of territory in the country he's quite close to the outskirts of tripoli but also forces are in control of much of the eastern part of the country so he has the upper hand of the pfizer i surely. he has the upper
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hand but not for that reason as much as some other reasons he has a superiority in the air he has over 4000 strong mercenaries fighting for him including 3000 of the former gender weeden in sudan and other advantages logistically and otherwise the russians are running his logistics now. and these are very important facts on the ground but in terms of the territory the libya experts referred to his sort of rock through the south as rent to south and certain concessions of militias on the front lines to him as basically being bought off temporarily assuming he takes tripoli and as one libya expert said an event i was just here in washington if have to or is not moving forward there's no reason for have to are and so we're at this very critical moment that we're have to his failure. militarily while the chance he might succeed is beefed up because of the outside factors makes it that have to are may not take this deal because he's
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starting to lose support from a lot of libyans if the inevitability of success isn't there and if his international backers particularly the russians want to take a step back the possibility of a have to victory is actually limited now professor william lawrence thank you. front is sending an extra $220.00 soldiers to west africa in a response to any increase in attacks by armed groups in the sahil region french president hosted the leaders of 5 west african allies in the french city of po where they've agreed on a joint new command structure the deployment is in addition to the 4 and a half 1000 french troops already active in the region well the sawhill south of the sahara desert stretches from coast to coast across africa it's difficult to police and several on groups are known to operate including some affiliated to i still and al qaeda soldiers from bikini chad mali mauritania and make up the sawhill chief 5 joint force helped by those french troops or is following events
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force in poland so france has agreed to beef up its presence in the region what else did the leaders agree on. well at the end of this poem the southwest and frogs the g 5. leaders and the french president agreed to cooperate more closely militarily and politically to fight what they called a growing terrorism in the region the president of bikini said that $29000.00 had been a very difficult year with an increasing number of fatal attacks against the military and against civilians he talks about it being a humanitarian crisis that was unprecedented in the region now what the leaders said they needed to do was basically bolster the region the border region between bikini faso and mali a particularly volatile region where many of these attacks have taken place france
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also sending $220.00 extra troops and they also called on the international community to do more to support this region to support the g 5 force in terms of the just sticks and money because they said what happens in that region of course affects the world because many of the armed groups that are working in that region that are operating that region i should say have links to al qaida i saw boko haram as a macro wanted the chief i sallied us to show that french forces were still welcome in the region did he get the answer he was looking for. yes emmanuel macro really summoned this summit initially he some of these g 5 leaders because he said that he felt that there was growing anti french sentiment in the region he felt that the problem was that the leaders in the region weren't doing enough to condemn that french sentiment so he wanted to know from those leaders whether or not they wanted french troops in the region working alongside
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their own forces now in the end of course he did get the answer he wanted because those presidents turned up for this summit and a lot of this was to do with president marker also trying to appeal to the french public in a piece of french public that's becoming increasingly concerned about its french troops in the region an increasingly violent area and of course at the end of last year 13 french soldiers were killed in mali in a helicopter crash that really shook public confidence in the whole reason of why france has a role in that region so french president tomorrow mark really wanted to try and justify france's involvement also the french public thank you very much. are you more on this news hour in london we're going to bring you many more stories look at increasingly hostile conditions refugees and asylum seekers a facing and a desperate journey from greece into central europe after 3 am past northern ireland's assembly gets back to work while schools wait on urgent funding. and the
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world's top badminton player kanto mamata is injured in a road accident that killed his driver. the philippines government is on full alert as a volcano nears the capital and it gushed out red hot lava in a sudden eruption of ash and stain tom ok now is about 70 kilometers south of manila and it's forced the evacuation of 16000 people living near the crater scientists say it could erupt at any time potentially triggering a tsunami from a tangos province jamila island and reports. there is fear and anxiety here thousands of people are fleeing their homes and looking for a safe place to go everything happened in an instant i'll volcano in the northern philippines spewed ashes steam and lava on sunday
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a violent activity not seen for decades and raising the threat not just to those living in the provinces of but on the us and to the day but even in the capital manila where many people also woke up to a city covered in ash driving too but than this was a difficult journey we came across people desperate to flee gathering their families together and not bringing anything else except the clothes on their backs really make us think of it being asked to leave and we're google. place and there are still people behind. it isn't easy the roads are bad and we are constantly reminded that we are in a danger zone while speaking to some of the residents we felt another earthquake ok we're feeling. there is an earthquake mild we were told this is
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because of the volcanoes constant activity basically what she's trying to say is that they're trying to make their way out of here so they can go to the next possible town hoping to be able to commute and get to the nearest relative in the next province the philippine government says it is doing the best it can but admits resources are already stretched thousands of people have already been moved to different evacuation sites unsure when they will be able to return home. you know the situation here is difficult there's no electricity and water the roads are muddy making it difficult to people here even our trucks are struggling powerless one of the world's smallest active volcanoes it sits in the middle of a lake just a few hours from manila a popular tourist destination known for its unique landscape for people who have
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lived around the lake all the lives there are always a volcano they were raised to love not one they thought they would be here one day jim duggan al-jazeera. northern philippines. haiti's president rule by decree after being left with no government to no parliament because elections to choose new representatives were never held 2 thirds of parliamentarians had terms ended when elections were postponed indefinitely in october haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere has been rocked by violent protests in recent months opposition leaders and their supporters are calling for human and noise to resign over corruption allegations and poor living conditions so let's speak to trey's about his imports of prince where the president has just been holding a press conference and you were at the presidential palace what did he say.
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well that sort of this is not the 1st time that something like this happens in haiti political instability has been part of its history but the government has failed to colds. and legislative elections last year and that's why and this has created a constitutional vacuum to see your is that this could lead to abuse of power that's what many of the people on the streets are saying the president didn't exactly give a press conference he made some statements he did not want to answer many of the questions that we're asking basically blames congress itself members of his party but also those of the opposition saying that he sent to the law for those elections to take place and that the congress didn't vote for it he also said that now with the time to push for structural reform for things that need to help pay to move forward he also blamed congressmen and said that with their salaries money he's going to use that money to build at least 10 schools that haiti desperately needs but he did not give any type of explanations of when elections could take place which is something that
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a warrior many here in this country after what's happening on this day here in haiti this is leaves a much more. after the protests we have seen in the past month where thousands and thousands of people took to the streets accused him of corruption of his role in the best council which is very. simply. mismanagement from a fund that was created with venezuela for subsidize oil so this leaves him in a much weaker situation we do know however that international actors are trying to negotiate. generate some type of dialogue between the opposition and the government there is basically in the past the international community here has prioritized stability over real change but it's not clear yet what impact this is going to have in the population and we have seen some small protests on the streets today but not those massive ones that we saw a few months ago however nobody said nobody really knows whether this could happen in the next few weeks enormous challenges them in the country and yet they're stuck
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in a limbo what happens now. well that's what nobody really knows the government and the president himself have been talking a lot about for example reforming the constitution he says that the presidency is a hostage of parliament and that the constitution is to blame the constitution was created in the wake of the dictatorship of the year that had a hold of this country for many many decades and that's why he says that it's necessary to reform the constitution and carry out some other types of reforms but the more pressure to think right now you know way affecting haiti's the economic situation in the past year we have seen the devaluation of the carriage see poverty rates increase people struggling to get food. is also on the rise so this over issues that need real solutions and without a legitimate government that certainly complicates the situation for the president because it's much more difficult to get aid money but also to get loans from the
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world bank the international monetary fund among others thank you very much from port au prince haiti to raise a. the trumpet ministration has announced that $21.00 saudi students taking part in military training in the u.s. will be expelled as follows an investigation by the u.s. attorney general and f.b.i. in 2 decembers deadly shooting by a saudi officer at a naval base in pensacola florida while there is no evidence of assistance or pre knowledge of the attack by other members of the saudi military or any other foreign nationals who were training in the united states we did learn of derogatory material possessed by 21 members of the saudi military who were training in the united states 17 had social media containing some jihadi or n.t. american content 15 individuals including some of the 17 i just mentioned so there
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is overlap had some kind of contact with child pornography. following all of this particular department of justice and washington how significant passed. well it's always significant when you see members of the armed forces of another country being kicked out of the united states especially an ally that's been really under the microscope mostly by members of congress not so much for the white house but it is significant because again it's just more negative news that washington is hearing heaped on saudi arabia but at the same time just for a little bit of context there are about $900.00 members of the saudia armed forces doing some sort of training here in the united states now that's been suspended put on hold since the shooting just remind everyone this was a saudi lieutenant who is training in the fighter pilots training to be a fighter pilot he went into this pensacola florida classroom and killed 3 american
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service members and injured 8 other people so the big question was did he act alone but we heard from the early days yes they believe that. did in fact act alone a little bit more information about what they found in their investigation for example they say on 911 of last year. he tweeted out the begins and that went unnoticed to travel to the 911 memorial in manhattan just a few weeks before the shooting and so the big question now on capitol hill. forces that the u.s. is training obviously this was on social media this was on twitter possibly why didn't it raise any red flags so the program will likely continue to be done under a lot more scrutiny with the department of defense acknowledging that this slipped through the cracks and they need to take a hard look at this program thank you very much from washington patty. well in all
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the stories we're following today the leader of the georgian breakaway region of a has resigned following days of anti-government protests. says he is stepping down in the name of peace and stability for his country on thursday dozens of demonstrators broke into the presidential headquarters calling for a new leadership they say that will widespread regularities in september's election which another 5 year term. the u.k. prime minister has been to deliver upon a multi-billion dollar funding windfall to help prop up the government in northern ireland the main unionist and republican parties were persuaded to come together and get the devolved government running again off to a 3 year impasse as paul ryan reports years of political paralysis has created a funding crisis across much of the public sector. restoring the northern ireland assembly has been a political imperative for prime minister boris johnson not least because his brics it plans need a functioning government here at stormont so the pm came to belfast keen to talk up
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the opportunities presented by the new power sharing deal we. in the u.k. government work with this week by government. to ensure that we deliver on that potential. but away from storm on to 3 years of political paralysis have left northern ireland's public sector in crisis there is considerable public cynicism about political promises we have holes in the race. we have lakes everywhere the floors are part malone integrated college is a remarkable school a beacon of integration between catholic and protestant communities but its buildings are falling to pieces and the symptoms of underfunding are all around it will take more than just political will to reverse the years of neglect here everything is just falling apart falling apart. this time and it's very very dangerous for these kids and this just in we have. to meet demand over the last
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number of years but nobody should have to work. like this it's not fair on these kids i deserve that in july of last year a parliamentary committee back in london conceded that northern ireland education system was facing an manageable pressures that stagnant funding was having a devastating impact and that the problems had mounted to the point where they had become a crisis and that is the situation now demanding urgent resolution from storm. in december northern ireland's nurses began strike action in protest of the health system a breaking point nurses here are paid $800.00 less than their counterparts in the u.k. mainland nearly $3000.00 vacancies remain unfilled hospital and. cancer treatment waiting lists are the worst in the u.k. a power sharing deal office renewed hope but nursing the unions want to see that color of the money at of nurses do not have a formal commitment mayor to them by the health minister this wake at made slid on
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the swick we will be back right on the packet lines again on monday weapon stance thursday of next week because nurses offended in many many promise us those promises ny date the converted interaction it's estimated that not of an island needs 2600000000 dollars to address the various crises and there is serious concern that the government's won't say whether they'll fund that amount this power sharing deal in itself may not mean a quick and to the public sector storm paul brennan al-jazeera bell 1st he with the news ally from london more still ahead a network of tunnels through iraq's noun tense we reveal the hidden face i still see a sells. to our lives could a papal plane crash prevent roman catholic priests from enjoying marriages made in heaven. and then in sport a bit later it's been a day of highs and lows it back on in the details late.
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hello there still some fairly calm quiet conditions across much of central europe meanwhile through the eastern end of the training we've seen some rain but also some snow not just to greece but also to cyprus in fact a pretty good amount of air into the mountains everybody enjoying that it is carrying well out of the picture century europe is fine and dry through choose say but look at this mass on its way yet again into the u.k. monday is the day for this a windstorm brenden and then hot on its heels is this mass some very strong winds again gale force winds heavy amounts of rain we could be seeing 50 millimeters picking up and of also close to plymouth up into wales northern england the snow this again from northern england up into scotland anywhere really from about 4 centimeters to $34.00 centimeters almost all that is going on as a fairly quiet to cross into europe this is wednesday so it is about
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a picture generally across much of the u.k. and ireland those rain showers will work their way study across into northern mainland europe but again nothing particularly heavy on time which is for the most part actually fairly mild the northern sections of africa we've got a few shows more than a few really to these coastal areas of libya and they tend to work their way quite a ways south was then as we head off into wednesday if you were. pushing east was an ash want to showers on their way towards cairo but woman $24.00. the form of the burning inspired you to pin dreams of peace and democracy but how many came to pass they transformed from communist the social democrats but it was a fake democracy people in power travels through the former eastern bloc to ask why post cold war optimism to succumb to darker more thorough tarion realities the police called a cop or who brought
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welcome back here with the news hour live from london a look at the headlines now talks on a permanent ceasefire in libya ended on monday without a break but there were signs of progress all italy for after is asked to have now until tuesday morning to consider whether to sign a formal dail a fragile truce brokered by russia and turkey did come into force on sunday. france is sending an extra 220 soldiers to west africa in response to an increase in attacks by armed groups in the style region french president and leaders of 5 west african allies have been meeting in a french city. and a volcanic eruption in the philippines is forcing the emergency evacuation of tens of thousands of people tell volcano in target a about 70 kilometers south of the capital manila started spewing ash and lava on sunday. now refugees and migrants trying to make their way into europe are facing increasingly hostile conditions forcing them to take huge risks to their safety closed borders police brutality and
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a suspicious public are combining to make already desperate journeys often impossible so in the 1st of a series of reports on the main overland route from greece to croatia largely found refugees becoming increasingly reliant on organized people smuggling. midwinter in the furthest reaches of northeastern greece gale force winds and bitter cold in this vast barely inhabited wilderness there are plenty of places to haul 8 but break cover when you risk everything. or the hospital mortuary is evidence of the risk sisters from somalia who froze to death in each other's arms 2 among dozens who recently perished many more though have been killed in car accidents as the police have tried to chase down the smugglers. the people who want guard we're here got our couldn't. hold them and
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then who will how do they hide it's 17 people in the car i don't know. the more hostile europe becomes the better business gets for the smugglers on the every river the border between turkey and greece they're using the same big rubber boats that take people over the sea on land fleets severe cols seized by the police tell a story of the increasing industrialization of illegal migration into the european union they have on our posts here goes. the training migrants to be guides they leave cars on the hills for them and tell one of the migrants to be the driver some of them are children and don't even know how to drive properly refugees are guided to deserted buildings sleeping in the rat droppings with the windows open to escape if the army arrives local still need them as they pass in small groups but barely
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a word is spoken. europe has become a hostile environments for asylum seekers and these are the consequences if they made it this far less alive if it means their boards the greek police the military and follow the smugglers instructions stayed off the roads stayed on the tracks but it's at least another 100 kilometers from here to any form of civilization several 100 more until they get to the border with north macedonia nazia who come all the way from afghanistan made it through the wilderness did anybody help you know nobody can help us when we have fall down when we have our injuries and our body not and nobody can help us we just help ourselves thats it. thousands still coming across the success of the smugglers and difficulty for the police in covering vaal story is means far more people get through. they're out there
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somewhere lourdes the oldest 0 ne in greece. the cat landed a car has pushed him on to the rye 1st 1st session as a member of the european parliament despite facing an arrest warrant in space in which the month's parliamentary position gives him immunity from prosecution he used his 1st appearance to demand the release of former catalan vice president audio honk at us who was also elected to the european parliament but is being held in the trade spain supreme court is sentenced various other catalan leaders to jail terms for their role in an illegal 2017 bid for secession. now the u.s. led coalition against i sell is opened up its military air base in iraq to the media after being attacked by iran last week large craters were left in the ground after to iran fight a barge of missiles at the base on wednesday the attack was in retaliation for the u.s. drone strike that killed iran's top military commander iran's attack on u.s. interests in iraq raised fears of
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a war in the middle east but both sides have since indicated they don't want conflict meanwhile for iraqi soldiers have been injured when a rocket attack struck balad air base just north of baghdad a facility also hosts american forces the iraqi parliament is calling for all foreign troops to be expelled from the country but in the kurdish region of northern iraq arraf is any withdrawal could lead to a resurgence in i still fight as hard to abdul hamid reports. these rugged and bare in mountain have become a hub for i still sleeper cells about 250 fighters are estimated to be hiding here including some foreign fighters who crossed back from syria their struggle you know after. what happened here in venice true here too many foreigners from france think i'm bad for that. because. we aren't the. ones under control of myself and natural protective boundary that overlooks the
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vast territory claimed by both iraq and its listeners the last position of the kurdish peshmerga defense. 5 kilometers away from. fighters. the mountain ridge is a territory for sleeper cells to lay low kurdish officials say the fighters have dug a network of tunnels to connect some of them and are taking advantage of a security vacuum. i saw as a terrorist organization is not finished but it's changing its way of operating at last territory and now it's organized in small cells on the move in 2018 there were 456 attacks and 1242 killed 2900 there were 238 attacks and 1058 casualties and it continues. they happen mainly induced so-called disputed territories a vulnerable belt along the borders of the kurdish region the kurds are against
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a withdrawal of foreign troops they have boycotted the non-binding vote held by iraq's parliament currently. we think this decision was one of emotion rather than logic it was hastily taken there are realities on the ground there are financial and security issues that have to be taken into account i don't think pressure from susan political parties in iraq or the killing of qassam soleimani and. hundreds were strong enough reason for the vote to take place joint operations are key to prevent from regrouping here one carried out into have remount is near kirkuk days before the assassination of kusum soliman the forces under his command have also played a key role in the fight against. sincerely manny's death the fight against eisel continues but at a slower pace kurds and those living in places like chalk and behold fear that i
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still could take advantage to strengthen its foothold on the area once again. in northern iraq. 3 teachers have been killed and one kidnapped in an attack by al-shabaab fighters in eastern kenya the raid happened at primary school and go ressa county which borders somalia it track is the latest in a string of assault after cross border raids in kidnappings led to kenya sending troops to somalia in 2011 last week for schoolchildren were killed in a gunfight between fighters and police and caressa the group wants to impose its own version of islamic law in somalia. a pakistani i call it has overturned the death sentence handed to the country's former president declaring the legal process unconstitutional pervez musharraf was sentenced to death in absentia by a special court last month on treason charges the indictments were his decision to impose a state of emergency in 2007 spot the bid to extend his tenure as president shara
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could challenge the formation of a special court solely for trying him for treason but the long haul high court ruling in his favor one of the 4 suspects on trial for the murder of a slave i can investigate if john has admitted in court to killing him former soldier was charged with killing young could see ak and his fiance outside their home near the capital practice lover in 2018 the shooting caused mass protests that led to the resignation of prime minister robert feature prosecutors accuse prominent businessman at my own cocina of ordering them to after he was the subject of quote checks reporting into fraud and political corruption that maintains he is innocent. now a disagreement in the roman catholic church over whether priest should be allowed to marry has led to a surprise intervention from the form hundreds of years priests have had to remain celibate but pope francis is considering easing some of those restrictions to help with a shortage of priests but the previous pope benedict has now entered the debate between
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the chechens reform is and the traditionalist eve barker reports from london. it is a central question in the roman catholic church should priests maintain the centuries old stance on celibacy. now 2 popes past and present could find themselves on different sides of the debate. pope benedict the 16th who pledged to remain hidden from the world when he retired in 2013 has broken his silence to passionately defend celibacy in a new book benedict who became the 1st pope in more than 600 years to resign because of ill health so the traditional hours priests to focus on my judy's. comments come at a time when pope francis is considering easing a battle married men serving as priests south american bishops of call for a change to help end the shortage of priests particularly in indigenous communities in the amazon. pope francis the 1st latin american pope is said to have an
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instinctive understanding of the region's challenges. it is pope francis who will make any final decision for the surprise intervention from pope benedict under schools fundamental divisions of the 1300000000 member church many catholics who ever deny francis and benedict have different views on married priests what benedict beliefs about priestly celibacy is exactly the same as what pope francis believes they centered on the amazon asked him look at there are communities who don't get a priest even once a year could we consider ordaining some deacons. you are married with families and this is something the pope is considering and as an exception and i'm sure that if he says yes benedict will be happy with it and if he says no the same some anglican priests who converted to catholicism are allowed to carry on in their ministries
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but some traditionalists within the roman catholic church fear that pope francis is leading them in a direction they don't want to follow. because his becoming pope francis has emerged as a reformer tackling sexual abuse and corruption within the church he also seems willing to consider loosening a grip on conservative values so important to his predecessors he park out london. well joining us now in the studio is michael walsh vatican historian and author of the oxford dictionary of popes thank you for coming in to speak to us so why is pope benedict getting involved now. well last the end of last year there was a senate gathering of bishops in rome about the amazons. and the problems of pastoral problems in the absence. and the majority of bishops attending that senate by a long way but the large majority wanted the ordination of married deacons who were already married. and the. his predecessor did seem deserved
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but francis was going to go along with this idea but his predecessor pope from appropriate benedict has written a book with a longer cardinal sarah. african cardinal in charge of the vatican's department on liturgy. have written a book together saying this is a very bad idea and contrary to all the tradition of the church and should not have . said how serious an intervention is this then couldn't really scott pope francis plans that he and i don't get out just scope of the plans but the problem really with there being 2 popes as it were there's not 2 popes only one pope but a lot of people really rather conservatives are rallying around rallying around bennett and this is exactly the sort of topic celibacy around which they like it's a rally that is very bad for the churches dividing the church particularly the united states less so in europe than the united states. the majority of bishops
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seem to be backing benedict of the changes francis so you say there's this difference in the reaction between europe and the us how would how much opposition is there in general to the policies of pope francis well my reading of it is there's not much opposition in europe not much opposition in. asia there's a fair bit of opposition in africa which is the the. the people the bishops are rather conservative as exemplified exemplified by it came from french guineas this conference is an african and the. and a lot of opposition in. the united states but so much of not bother thought as far as i can see in canada and certainly very little indeed in south america if not now then in years to come might we see these changes to the celibacy policy applying will it have to change at some point in order to retain or stem the shortage of
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priests. well i don't know i don't mean the tradition of celibacy is a long one in the church and people say it comes from the 12th century but in fact it really is as actually they say in this book the benedict lives and government services book it's actually roots are much much older goes back almost the beginning of christianity. it's one of those you know the pope the present pope the one and only pope pope francis doesn't make changes in my view doesn't make changes lessig people with him and i think in this instance is going to find it difficult to carry the church with him thank you very much michael walsh appreciate you coming into jail for us on this thank you. so i have for you on the program we take a look at the devastating toll the australian bushfires have had on the country's wildlife. the cowboys and big box on the bull riding circuit in chicago you have
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to look forward to a couple minutes of. the
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real. welcome back australia's government has pledged $35000000.00 to safeguard several species threatened by the ongoing bushfire crisis situation has been described as an ecological disaster some estimates suggest up to a 1000000000 animals have died causing widespread and irreparable damage in the process jessica washington reports from in the west his state of new south wales. fleeing from the flames this possum is just one of many animals around australia
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seeing its habitat go up in smoke. a surely as native fauna and flora are accustomed to bushfires but this season has been unprecedented landscapes usually left on scathed have been decimated. on the new south wales south coast this native bird has been brought in for treatment at the local wildlife park it's called a car along and its wings are singed and broken people persian birds are going to be ok because they just sort of fly off where would they fly to and what is going to be area just about everything that sort of is a ground well or some description would really struggle because it you don't have a look around there is no wonder story to the to the bush and the surrounding area so i don't think there was a space is there was exempt field teams are going into the bush looking for injured animals and assessing the areas affected by the fire is a certainly is famed plants and animals are strong part of the country's identity
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many of its species of found nowhere else in the world and the extent of the damage isn't clear yet this bush tries season has been through millions of hecht as of land destroying the habitats of many native animals some of these forests will take decades to regenerate and others may never recover. some plants like eucalyptus trees have adapted to survive fires but the combination of drought and extreme temperatures raises concerns about even those species. before they saw us we were already in severe drought so populations of many different species would have been in decline and already it at low levels prior to the fires these baby kangaroos or joeys are orphans then now in care but for many animals who do make it out of the fires they soon face other problems. and should have some class eluded to eat. cats and dogs and
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and the car crash for those who do survive it's a long and painful road to recovery jessica washington al-jazeera go astray. time now for sports with peter marion thank you very much they used an astros baseball team have fired manager a.j. hinge and general manager jeff lerner it follows the team's severe punishment from the m l b over a cheating scandal. were both suspended for one year and the team was fined the league's maximum amount of $5000000.00 the astros also had future 1st and 2nd round draft picks taken away they broke m.l. the rules by using a camera to steal pitching science from opponents in the 27000 season when they went on to win the world series in a statement major league baseball commissioner rob manfred said the club took no
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action to ensure that its players and staff complied with our policies this is called fans and others to raise questions about the integrity of games involving the astros and the perception of some that impacted the results cause a significant harm to the game. when i found out i was i was very upset. you know we want to be known as playing by the rules we broke the rules we accept the punishment and we're going to move forward it's very unfortunate and as i said earlier if you read the report. neither one of those guys implemented this or or pushed it through the system it really came from the bottom up it's pretty clear in the report how that happened but neither one of them did anything about it and that some fortunate and the consequences are severe the former head of world the main diac finally appeared in court in paris on monday only for his trial on corruption money laundering charges to be delayed the 86 year old senegalese has seldom been
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seen since being placed under house arrest in the city in 2015 a sizeable amounts of new testament documents were submitted to the court with the judge opting to postpone the trial while they all reviewed the act was also denied a request to travel to senegal to visit his family he faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty and has vowed to clear his name. in time to be about to. go home unfortunately we all do it and we. need no. one in 48 in order. to do you. know. he's the only bird who is always cool for a shoot with the court who has given every explanation necessary has come today to order for the trial to begin and he has brought prove his innocence so we regret
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that once again the course has proved themselves to be slow. the deck already continued in saudi arabia on monday but without the riders in the motorbikes and quads categories those competitors agreed to stand down from racing on stage 8 out of respect for power logan solvers who was killed in a crash on sunday the other 3 categories did resume racing around the town of wadi old our c n spain's carlos signs so he's the lead in the car rankings cut to 6 minutes 40 seconds the drivers admitted navigation was harder without having the usual bike tracks to follow for the tributes were also paid to consultants we didn't start the motor motorcycle category today but. it's a hard one to take and fortunately we know the dangers in this board and. it's. just a hard day when they die i arrived and. we were there for the world's top
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badminton player japan's consumer motor is in a stable condition of the being involved in a fateful road accident just hours after winning the malaysian masters he was travelling to koala lumpur international airport when the van he was in collided with a 30 ton truck the driver was killed in the crash but the motor and the 3 others on board suffered no major injuries but hosts of this year's olympic games are enjoying more success at the winter youth of them big singles than japan's retort to could gold in the men's 1500 meter speedskating on day 4 of the games in switzerland it completed a double victory for japan in the sport after yamamoto took the title in the $500.00 metres sprint discipline. and on the slopes 117 year old has been impressing the crowds on monday austria's for hoffman one gold in the men's
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giant slalom beating his rivals more than 2 and a half seconds. there's no prize money on offer in olympic sports but the rewards can be great when it comes to bull riding and time in the saddle more specifically the sport is big in the united states and staying on the back of these beasts for a few seconds 10 minute ride is some serious money the winner of this event in chicago 20 year old damon swearingen to come $37000.00 he was schooled for grace and poise as well not just the clinging on even so it's a pay rate of $4.00 and a half $1000.00 a 2nd. and that's all the sport mary i'm not sure if grace and poise come to mind but definitely looks very exciting that's it for the news hour but i will be back in a couple minutes a shot. across
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