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we've. got this conviction that everyone has a deep reservoir of time i'm going to have to give them the opportunity to wonderful things start to look at the actual distance there's at least twenty thousand for him to refugees who live here we badly need at this moment leadership and so there's an interesting about that as was i guess it's going to be the next president retaliation will have a guy. actually firing canisters of gas i seem to believe it best to prevent the media getting it was good because. he achieved something that never happened before. al-jazeera. you're watching the news hour live from the headquarters and.
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coming up in the next sixty minutes violence escalates in yemen after the ousted president ali abdullah saleh has killed by the rebels. so what now for the yemeni people caught in the middle of the battle for control of the u.n. calls for a pause in the fighting. the u.s. supreme court backs donald trump's travel ban on six mostly muslim nations. smiles and handshakes but no deal yet british and e.u. leaders fail to reach an agreement on that. hello the killing of yemen's ousted president ali abdullah saleh by houthi rebels has plunged the war torn country further into chaos the two sides had been allies until just a few days ago but this time switching sides led to the end of
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a man who had been president for thirty three years and navigated shifting alliances for decades well a few hours after sought after death who is the leader there years i've been manic and who with the maiden live television address describing sought after the my eyes as a victory against treason now yemen's internationally recognized president i would set up a month he also spoke out he called on the people of yemen to unite against the whole thing will have more on all of that soon but first. this report. for one of the most powerful rebels say they killed president. during an attack on his convoy. his remains were packed on the back of a pickup truck in a televised statement the leader of the who the said salo was involved in a conspiracy with the saudi led coalition to take over well. what are the reasons behind this transfer to the other side suddenly you talk to the aggressors against
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your own people salah had been and an alliance with the iranian backed for more than two years together they controlled the capital sanaa and fought against the saudi led coalition which supports the internationally recognized government led by months or hadi but this partnership with the who feels collapse last week sparking major confrontations between salis forces. and the rebels after days of running street battles salah announced he was ready for dialogue with the saudi led coalition if it ended its blockade of yemen sports and airports and allowed for more humanitarian aid yemen is already a failed state it's a state where there is no central government and the institutions of most of the structures of failed the economy has failed the war has further destructive it destroyed the entire country so i think in the in the short run we. saw and the who pushed out how these government in january two thousand and fifteen and set up
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their own administration prompting the saudi led campaign against them since then the country has been split between the who the rebels in the north ministration in the south and forces loyal to solid inviting began among the former allies it's part fears of a new front in the war a war which has already killed nearly ten thousand people pushed yemen to the brink of mass starvation and triggered what the united nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis and there has been multiple investigations about the atrocities being committed in yemen all parties are guilty whether it's the whole thing whether it's the saudi led coalition and you know the u.k. and the u.s. are largely complicit in this war as well through the billions. billions of dollars worth of arms sales to the saudis. as yemen's president saleh ruled for more than three decades until he was forced to resign during the arab spring uprising but he was able to remain in the country and continue to wield enormous power behind the scenes it's not yet clear what his death will mean for the fighting on the ground
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or yemen's future. al-jazeera well over more than three decades in power has cultivated close ties with a network of local leaders tribesmen and army units that includes the elite republican guard but now they've been pushed out of large parts of the capital sanaa by the whole thing and it's not clear whether salles loose alliance will now be fragmented parts of the army are loyal to the internationally recognized government led by president had and they're backed by the saudi led coalition but the shia off the rebels control most of sun and northern yemen they're supported by iran adding to the complexity are secessionists in the south they form the so-called southern transitional council the u.a.e. is accused of giving them political and financial backing and there is al-qaeda it has a strong presence in parts of the south so as we mentioned yemen's president asked
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his people to rise up against the forces here is what he said. and i call upon all of you with an open heart and a strong will to turn the new page and to get rid of such a nightmare let's put our hands together to end the control of these criminal gangs and to build a new united yemen. let's speak to jillian schwedler she's a professor of political science at the city university of new york's hunger college and the graduate censor joining us from new york it's good to have you with us let's first start with what the president had to say and he's urging yemenis to unite against the whole of the rebels describing them as iranian militias up until this point the war in yemen has not taken a a religious tone could this be a turning point where it will turn more sectarian. i don't think so
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i don't think this is going to make it turn more secretary and for example one of the few things that yemenis disagree or agree on is that how do you is not very popular so his words are not going to do anything to unite the people in my city and so what does it mean for yemen then over the next few days specifically now that saw that has been killed. well it bears mentioning for us that the the media infrastructure in the capital and in the entire country is quite fractured and so the information we're getting out is sometimes very contradictory and it's hard to know exactly what's going on we do know one would expect to see the who these moving to consolidate their power and the who couldn't have been taken completely by surprise by saw this move it's not the first clash between them and it was always a marriage of convenience and so we have to assume that they had been outreaching to other groups to sort of have a sense of who their allies would be in the events that. flipped on them which is completely you know in his character to have done so so i think they're going to
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see increased violence unfortunately in the capital city and very fearful that because of this betrayal what's perceived by the who these is a very extreme betrayal by solid that you'll see a lot of revenge killings going on i think the call for a pause to evacuate civilians is absolutely essential but i'm not sure that we're going to see that and i think we'll see an escalation of violence at least in the short term and i don't see this being a positive thing for yemen in the medium term either what is likely to happen to saw their supporters and his forces who who they rally behind now and also what does this mean for his party the general people's congress what are its options. well this is again one of the big questions we have in some ways it's the million dollar question which is is there someone now in the north not someone outside not not his son who might be brought in but is there anyone in the north now that could
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actually bring sollars forces together and provide some kind of leadership we don't have reason to believe that he had extensive militias supporting him he certainly did have some but who they seem to have much more militia strength and so the who these aren't going to be weakened in this regard but then the sollie factions without solid as a leader and the very large number of bureaucrats that really wanted to move in and take control of the government we don't know who they're going to rally behind if there's someone in the north or if they're looking for someone else to come in perhaps. eldest son off meds perhaps not but we really don't know who that person would be that could put those people together for the g.p.c. it is has been a divided party since the war broke out with a portion following saleh in sanaa and another fraction that is under hardy's control but primarily those leadership that leadership is based in riyadh so one
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possibility would be see a reunification of the g.p.c. with the sollie forces moving back to. side to back against the who these because there never was you know affection right the sollie forces towards the who these. but another possibility is that you know the sollie forces who feel very betrayed by ali mohsen generally wilson who betrayed sali in the midst of the uprising they may not have any stomach for moving back into that camp speaking of riyadh the leader of the who's the rebels who spoke earlier he said that today is. the day that saddam was killed he described it as the fall of the conspiracy of betrayal and treason he also said it's a dark day for the forces off the coalition so what does this mean for the saudi led coalition's war on yemen is it going to intensify. it's hard to see it intensifying more i don't think it's going to let up but it's been pretty intensive it is in
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a state of absolute see the country is very fragmented you report at the outset made a really important point and that this is never been simply a two sided war you have these multiple factions southern succession ists who themselves are not united and do not support heidi. tiny bits of islamic state in the north even the northern tribes are not consistently united and we have no expectation that they should be and within the coalition we've seen in recent months tensions and disagreements between. qatar from the gulf cooperation council council leaves that bodies strength and role in question and the u.a.e. have their own troops on the ground boots on the ground in the south not necessarily completely in sync with the saudi objectives so i think we have i don't think we're going to see strengthening campaign but i don't think we'll see a less than a campaign right to julian schwedler we thank you for talking to us from new york
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well the gulf cooperation council is meeting in kuwait and the developments from neighboring yemen have taken the spotlight from other regional issues including the blockade on qatar mohammed has more from kuwait city. will news out of yemen further complicate an already complicated scenario at this year's g.c.c. summit in kuwait now there was a meeting several hours ago attended by the foreign ministers of the g.c.c. countries in fact not all foreign ministers of the g.c.c. countries where the foreign minister of the u.a.e. and the foreign minister of beheading were not in attendance lower level ministers from both those countries were there in their stead no if ishall statement was issued after that meeting especially in regard to yemen but clearly the issue of yemen after the killing of abdullah saleh that must certainly be on the minds of all those in attendance here because it brings more volatility into a region that is already extremely volatile and especially in light of the g.c.c. crisis that embargo against but that has lasted now six months that was supposed to
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be the thing that was really at the forefront of these talks in fact there had been some hopes that perhaps the fact that this summit was actually taking place might foretell that perhaps there was going to be a breakthrough during this summit perhaps an end to that crisis still a lot of questions as to that many analysts actually believed that this summit would not be taking place as originally planned that perhaps it would be delayed perhaps it would be rescheduled or canceled altogether the fact of the matter is now we are told that is happening although it is still unclear who all will actually be in attendance when the summit starts on december fifth and ins on december sixth all of the leaders we're not sure which of the leaders exactly will be there other than of course the leader of kuwait the emir of kuwait shifts a lot in the emir of qatar shift to me but the other leaders we're still unclear as to who will be here now all of this really just going to show just how complicated a situation it is this year how much the g.c.c. will have to deal with the fact that this news emerging out of yemen will only complicate things shows that this just brings more instability into
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a region where things are already very unstable. more on the war in yemen and its devastating impact on the people there later in the program we'll tell you what the u.n. has to say. for now the u.s. supreme court will allow the trumpet ministration to fully enforce its controversial travel ban until an appeal against that is heard the ruling extends the balance of people from six muslim majority countries plus venezuela and north korea who already have family members living in the u.s. critics argue the measure violates the constitution shihab rattansi joining us from washington to tell us more about what this specific ruling means. this is a pretty significant victory for the trump administration all arguments in the lower court appeals processes that are underway after this third incarnation of the travel ban are due to begin this week now while the third incarnation of the travel
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ban was working its way through the courts and injunction had been placed on parts of the travel ban that is that no one with what's called a bona fide relationship with the u.s. that is close family members educational business ties would be affected by this third travel ban while it was working its way through the courts and potentially ending up in the supreme court now the wording of that injunction has been based on the u.s. supreme court's decision about the second travel ban that the trumpet ministration had tried it was a supremes court who said while that second travel ban while the legal arguments against it were being heard in the lower courts there should be a partial injunction on its use against those with a bona fide relationship so what we have today now is the supreme court saying there's no need for that injunction while the third incarnation is working its way through the courts and so this is where the the speculation begins that would appear to suggest that when this third version of the travel ban makes its way to
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the supreme court a majority of justices are more favorable to this ban than they were for the other bands only two supreme court justices dissented with tonight's decision so that's very bad news for those who are against the travel ban and are hoping to overturn it in the supreme court right now it would appear well the omens are good for the trumpet ministration when it does finally end up in the supreme court in the coming weeks so so then how exactly is this third one different than the previous two. so as you suggested it's still several muslim majority countries but they dropped in the second incarnation of the travel ban they dropped iraq and saddam from it now and the third one so then they added chad and they added venezuela at least some officials from venezuela and north korea were just pop ups largely a symbolic move because it's not as if there's a great deal of travel between north korea and the us now that the addition of those two extra countries non muslim majority countries will likely be in part so
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that the trouble ministration can say look we thought muslim countries this is simply about vetting procedures we've done a very in-depth review of vetting procedures around the world and these countries simply don't live up to our standards the funny thing is that actually i think the opposition to the travel ban in the courts they were quite they were quite optimistic because part of the case against the ban is it's simply racist it's simply a manifestation of donald trump's racism against muslims as we can see often in his tweets and the last week we saw dollar truck read tweeting various things from a far right wing anti muslim openly racist group in the u.k. so i think those fighting the trouble in the courts are quite happy that ok this is going to look basically really good for us in the court because once again he's trying to get this is what he thinks about muslims this latest this one by the supreme court they will suggest that perhaps they shouldn't be quite as optimistic because when it does get to the supreme court perhaps a majority justice do feel this is no longer simply about discrimination it is
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about vetting procedures all right says she have thank you. more ahead on the al-jazeera news hour including the family of a man killed by the philippine military denies he was part of an armed communist group. on the ground with the migrants playing a daily cat and mouse game with police one of greece's biggest sports and england fight back against australia and the second ashes test in adelaide peter will be here to tell you if they have done enough votes coming up in sport. first israel has fired missiles into syrian territory near the capital damascus syrian state television says the military intercepted three missiles which was targeting a military facility northwest of the capital. staying in syria there are still no relief in sight for hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in eastern old saw
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the rubble has been under siege by government forces since twenty thirteen and they've struck the area over the last three weeks leaving. earlier this year in tatters the reports. designated as a zone in reality is a battleground. they're supposed to be no military activity under a deal guaranteed by russia turkey and iran. says there's only escalation of the besieged rebel enclave on the outskirts of the syrian capital. this is supposed to be a safe area but it's not safe planes hit all day and all night where should we go. deescalation brought several months of relative calm but that we simply changed on sunday at least thirty people were killed and dozens injured in airstrikes that targeted several towns the syrian observatory for human rights said it was the
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biggest death toll in a single day since pro-government forces stepped up attacks three weeks ago since then up to two hundred civilians have been killed. the regime didn't respect the deescalation agreement the russians said they would provide guarantees they didn't. is on the doorsteps of damascus it's one of the last remaining areas under the control of the rebels and their last stronghold close to the capital it's a strategic target for the government aid agencies are worried the intensity of the bombardment is worsening what they call a humanitarian disaster there's a shortage of food and medicines babies have died of starvation many suffer from malnutrition and up to five hundred people among them children are in desperate need of medical evacuation. has been under a government. in two thousand and thirteen in april the government launched
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a major military offensive in the area that closed many routes used to smuggle in goods since then the people have had to rely on irregular aid deliveries in the past two months supplies that reach twenty percent of the four hundred thousand people trapped in these. rebel fighters have so far managed to defend their territory it's not clear if the government is planning a large ground campaign or if it is trying to force a surrender with a siege backed up by nonstop air attacks and shelling it wouldn't be the first time it's used to surrender or starve strategy giving people the choice to leave to rebel held areas in the north or die. the regime is trying to force the residents of to accept being relocated to the north of syria the people here will not accept this they won't be forcibly displaced. that sentiment could change pro-government forces step up attacks and if the situation becomes even more desperate in this corner of syria the war has not ended and many fear the worst is yet to come.
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the un's political affairs chief will travel to north korea on tuesday jeffrey feltman is due to meet the foreign minister and other officials are meeting with the leader kim jong un is not on the so far feltman is the first senior u.n. official to visit pyongyang in six years tensions in the region escalated last week after north korea said its latest ballistic missile test placed the u.s. mainland within reach. the philippine military says it's killed at least fifteen communist fighters in the new people's army violence broke out after the government backed out of peace negotiations with the armed group but relatives of the dead accuse state forces of launching an ambush dogon reports from the province. in northern philippines. abigail delicious radio says she couldn't bear look at her husband's body henry was with the bullets when he was approached to the morgue
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along with at least fourteen others who were killed last week the philippine military says there was an armed encounter between its forces and the communists a rebel group called the new people's army it says the group led a small cell in but on this province a few hours away from the capital manila. all of them except or about my needs. and very critical in this area because we money. hold but there were i think about seven or eight but his family denies henry took up arms against the government they say he was a farmer and the community volunteer who was born poor but had big hopes for his children. i almost fainted when i saw his body others out there innards coming out while the woman had big holes in their chest all of them were naked suppose they
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were rebels the data service such punishment. the communist rebellion in the philippines is one of the longest in the world the new people's army wants to set up a revolutionary government which it says will address injustice in the country but shortly after he was sworn into office president rodrigo detector declared a one sided cease fire in the hopes of finally bringing an end to the decades long communist rebellion but after months of failed negotiations detour to says his government has had enough of the rebels' repeated attacks against government forces well as things stand now much to hope for because. they've been wrong. express but if i may. doesn't mean that everything is lost this by decades of negotiations members of the communist movement say the government continues to be
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fixated on ceasefire mechanisms and combat operations instead of addressing the root causes of rebellion and this is poverty inequality and the lack of social justice. the lack of decent jobs in social services in far flung communities have forced many to join the rebellion and even the government admits this to be true that for as long as people feel oppressed many will see that the only solution can be found at the end of a gun battle loving dog and al-jazeera in the products of what that guy's northern philippines. britain and the european union is saying they are confident about reaching agreement on the terms of their divorce soon despite no deal being announced on monday the main sticking point in talks is what the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland will look like barnaby phillips reports. the day began full of hope when to resume a joint quote your guy went digital the brussels rumor mill had it that
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a breck's it deal was about to be. but when they emerged after several hours there was no deal just two leaders putting a brave face on a disappointing day. i'm still confident that we can reach sufficient progress sufficient progress before the european cultural to fifteen of this is for the failure. of the very strong i'm very confident of the region we recorded history on a couple of issues some differences do remain which require further negotiation and consultation. continue but we will reconvene before the end of the week and i am also confident that we will conclude this positively. it's the border between the republic of ireland and northern ireland part of the u.k.
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which is emerged as the problem in recent weeks the republic wants guarantees it will remain open with no return to a so-called hard border but if the british really are intent on leaving the customs union and the single market as well as the e.u. itself that how will they meet irish demands tourism a has been negotiating on two fronts on the one hand he's been hammering out a deal with the twenty seven countries in brussels but he's also had to talk to politicians here in westminster he needs to be sure that a majority of m.p.'s will support any deal that he brings back. the prime minister called to ignore a small party from northern ireland who give her that majority in parliament these unionists are opposed to concessions on the irish border which they fear could undermine northern ireland's future in the united kingdom. we have been very clear northern ireland must leave the european union on the same terms as the
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rest of the united kingdom and we will not accept any form of regulatory divergence which separates northern ireland economically or politically from the rest of the u.k. we're not leaving. you can i know they still believe it can be stopped that seems unlikely but the faltering negotiations on the government's weak position mean that almost eighteen months off to the u.k. voted to leave you don't much about the future is clear i took the phillips al-jazeera westminster still ahead on the al-jazeera news hour ago and under the hammer one of the world's largest diamonds on earth in sierra leone just six and a six point five million dollars at auction. coming up in sport runners enjoy spectacular series as the world's most extreme foot marathon years it's a peer we'll have all the latest
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a little later. we got some very cold weather pushing into north america over the next couple days particularly out of the canadian prairies and down across the northern plains of the u.s. . of cloud rolling its way. to write this it pushes. down the appalachians then all the way down into the deep south we're going to see the wet weather. very lively stores a lot of the temperatures minus twelve the top temperature in the heat of the day for winnipeg there's that snow that just around central park so into one terrio pushing over towards quebec it will move further east was eleven cargo come wednesday a top temperature of zero celsius is struggling to get as high as freezing at least
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it's going to be crisp sunshine i suspect they will be clear blue skies there for many weather weather the wintry weather up towards the northeastern corner further west they look fine and dry temperatures in seattle getting up to around ten degrees celsius present sunshine present sunshine to across much of the caribbean but we still got those larvae showers just around panama nick regular costa rica so we're going to see the whitest of the weather with the easterly winds driving those showers in across much of the region some showers a possibility of hispaniola as we go through wednesday. in syria citizens are collecting evidence. bill has charges of crimes committed against civilians we've moved out of syria now about six hundred thousand pages of material so that one day they can bring the assad regime to justice it puts a human face on the charges it's a dead human face but it's
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a human face syria witnesses for the prosecution at this time on al-jazeera. and put it well on. u.s. and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa but what to do with these untapped natural resources is already a source of heated debate nothing much has changed they still spend most of their days looking forward to from dry river beds like this one five years on the syrians still feel battered or even those who managed to escape their country have been truly unable to escape the lure.
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top stories on the al-jazeera news hour yemen's ousted president has been killed by his former allies the whole with the rebels and abdullah saleh ruled yemen for more than three decades and played a pivotal role in the war the developments from yemen have taken the spotlight from other regional issues of the gulf cooperation council meeting in kuwait it's the first the g.c.c. summit since a saudi led group cut ties with qatar in june. and their head in the hammy it looks back at his volatile life. he once said that ruling yemen is like dancing on a snake's head and no one knew that dance better than ali abdullah saleh mastering every step throughout his three decades in power. believed only he could hold the country together but his legacy is one of corruption war and a deeply divided poor nation. born in one thousand nine hundred eighty two as
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a young man he joined the army and rose to the rank of qana before taking part in a coup that later saw him become president of what was then north yemen at the age of thirty six for the next decade he oversaw fighting with the communist south the decline of the soviet union weakened his enemies and in one nine hundred ninety north and south yemen became one country with the last as its first president that same year iraq's leader saddam hussein a longtime close ally ordered the invasion of kuwait at the un security council yemen voted against the use of force prompting the us to cut off millions in aid and i thank president for his strong support a decade later he was welcome back by the west in october two thousand and attack on the american warship u.s.s. cole off the shores of yemen killed seventeen sailors and injured thirty nine
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others washington understood that salah a secular leader and yemen we important in the so-called global war against terror he'd won friends and cash but did little to fix yemen's internal problems. rebellion in the north and a separatist movement in the south critics say that more than a dancer was a dark horse of yemen's to mulches politics playing off military and tribes to keep himself in power. the toughest challenge came in two thousand and eleven the arab spring was sweeping across the middle east. inspired by tunisia and egypt yemenis filled the streets protesting against poverty unemployment and demanding for regime change but this sent was something some never tolerated. yemenis stood for even when the protests turned violent
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a few months later injured in a rocket attack on his compound saleh was flown to saudi arabia for treatment his face burned and hands bandaged he appeared on t.v. defiant as ever but this was a week a president abandoned by his political allies at home and under intense international pressure to hand over power with yemen on the brink of civil war gulf countries brokered a deal that so power transferred to his deputy i did the rebel months who had in return for solace immunity from prosecution after ten months of protest many yemenis were celebrating his ousting even though the country was in tatters but ali abdullah saleh had merely gone into the shadows we heard sing the next step in his snake dance and nearly three years later saleh was again at the forefront with a strong of support of the army he allied himself with the iranian backed whose his rebels they shared
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a common enemy his successor heading in two thousand and fifteen a saudi led coalition started a military campaign to restore headed to power and imposed a blockade over the country but the snake charmer was losing direction just a few days before his death turned his back against ruthie's signaling a possible return to the arab fold it was meant to be another great survival act but it turned out to be his last for the. while the u.n. is saying that fighting in the saudi led air strikes have ramped up and with tanks blocking many streets humanitarian operations including flights to and from the capital have been suspended and the u.n. is calling for a pause in the fighting on tuesday to help civilians caught up in the violence. it is paramount that civilians are protected that the wounded or for to say factious to medical care and that all sides facilitate lifesaving humanitarian access we
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remind all parties. we remind all parties to the conflict that deliberate attacks against civilians and against civilian and medical infrastructure or clear violations of international humanitarian law may constitute war crimes while the international committee of the red cross says at least one hundred twenty five people have been killed in sanaa that's just over the past week and some two hundred forty people have been injured. the clashes were ongoing the entire night until the morning if someone stepped out into the street or fled they would have a bullet hit the mean the head chest or body and. he was injured this morning at eight a.m. when he went out through his show a random bullet hit the wall and then struck his hand. saudi arabia is weighing in on president donald trump's possible recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital
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the saudi ambassador to the u.s. . says this any announcement on the status of jerusalem prior to a final settlement would have a detrimental impact on the peace process and would heighten tensions in the region the kingdom's policy has been and remains in support of the palestinian people and this has been communicated to the u.s. administration the arab league and the oh i see are expected to meet on the issues soon president trump is expected to make a decision as early as this week palestinians and arab states a move in the embassy from tel aviv would jeopardize the peace process palestinians is jerusalem to be the capital off their future state kerry falso has more from outside the u.s. consulate in west jerusalem and also has reaction from the city's occupied east. changing the status of this consulate here in jerusalem to an embassy was one of the key campaign pledges as far as donald trump's foreign policy went during his
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presidential campaign it has though butted up against the realities of the political situation here as he also tries to implement tries to come up with a peace plan that would be suitable to both sides his key man on this jared cushion his son in law said on sunday that the americans understood the palestinian red lines that president trump was examining all the facts before he made a decision on whether to move the embassy from tel aviv to here but now we have this other potential major obstacle as far as the palestinians are concerned an announcement on wednesday which could see the united states whatever the status of this consulate in the short term recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel the palestinian president mahmoud abbas has said that that would threaten the entire peace process but not as an issue. i don't think that this will happen the arab and muslim world should stand against it. but when trump says something like this he
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should take responsibility for the consequences this is not just the palestinians this will spill over to other countries that's very much the reaction coming from the palestinian leadership as well that this would not just threaten the peace process also it would threaten stability in the wider middle east privately palestinian officials are also talking about this potentially being an opportunity a way to break with the united states before any trump plan is announced and reset the nature of the relationship between the u.s. and the palestinians but if that is the case it doesn't seem to be an opportunity that they're really welcoming given how hard mahmoud abbas and his team are working to try and head off this decision before it happens there have been all sorts of bilateral contacts with other powers in the region of these i mean conference the arab league there is a huge effort to stop donald trump from making this announcement on wednesday now all eyes are on washington to see what happens and what the consequences of it might be. the number of refugees trying to run to europe via the greek city of
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patterns has increased several times since last january jonah has this exclusive report on the desperate reality for many who attempt to pursue a better life. the game begins when the trucks arrive on the outer perimeter police patrols inside the fence the harbor guard. the goal for hundreds of young men playing cat and mouse like this every day is to find a secure hiding place aboard a truck in the hope of being driven on to one of the ferries bound for italy. some imagined better life lies beyond across borders now closed where once refugees were welcomed in their hundreds of thousands. it must be a life better than this surviving between bouts on the harbor for caught in old warehouses on the sea front. little is left of what normal life
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once was this is a picture of everyday life for the dozens of men perhaps hundreds more in deserted warehouses close to report wake up eat pray and then run for the trucks and then repeat and repeat again and again. mostly single men from pakistan and afghanistan they fight nightly battles with moroccans and algerians in another warehouse nearby all have the same relentless ambition aftershock from lahore has tried twenty times to board the trucks sixteen year old amir saw hail also from lahore twenty four times and counting in a few hours they will try again. outside a medical charity that tends to the sick and injured the majority of the injuries these guys get. when they're on the fences or they're trying to run away from the police or cutting their hands on the gentleman this morning he's talking about
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a military individual that smashes and pretty well they were going to send the hospital. spotters on the roofs and with the trucks arriving for the next ferry sailing and so the game begins again. like a human time they search and then recede jona home at the port of greece on sunday this year's nobel peace prize will be handed to the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons or icann in the days leading up to the ceremony and we're looking at the nuclear status of a number of countries the us is the only country to have used a nuclear bomb in war america dropped nuclear weapons on hiroshima and nagasaki in japan killing millions of people in one thousand nine hundred five but history is first victims of a nuclear bomb were u.s. citizens caught in the radiation field. in new mexico. reports.
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my father had oral cancer he had prostate cancer my brother gilberte her thyroid cancer the list of names and cancers goes on and on my aunt had breast cancer another aunt had lymphoma and lung cancer twenty three people from one family alone my daughter eugenia had thyroid cancer and a tumor in her ovary. a repeated history of sickness in the new mexican desert where on july sixteenth one thousand nine hundred forty five the us government tested the world's first nuclear bomb a blinding light turned the still dark dawn into day the blast converted the desert sands into greener radioactive glass which you can still find here at ground zero today at the time ranchers reported that white ash falling from the sky covering
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their wells their gardens their livestock for days unknowing children believing it was snow caught the poison on their bodies and inside their mouths daryl gilmore was seventeen years old and driving past the site on the day of the test. my arms and face and. all or look like i had a bad sort of member years later he developed skin cancer on much of his upper body he continues to battle the cancer among the last living survivors of what was officially known as the trinity test they're just waiting for the rest of us to run out of people who are ready to die for from the reserves to the. there's not many left though the incidence of cancer in the four counties surrounding the test site is greater than the national average but a formal government study on the health impact to nearby residents is still pending
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seventy two years after the blast sickened survivors say they were never warned and later forgotten they counted on us to be unsophisticated and an educated and ignorant unknowing of what they were doing right now or backyards most people here are of native american and hispanic descent they were among the country's poorest citizens at the time of the nuclear test and remains so today they received no government apology or compensation left to bury their dead in poverty. and justice has been that they ignore is the medical records of children born after the blast are the most devastating oval unexplained birth defects in feared genetic mutations i have a son and two grandsons i know that i have passed on the genetics. for years congress has promised to look into the matter but has yet to take action
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people here though say the evidence is clear that in the u.s. as march toward nuclear dominance they were sacrificed. albuquerque new mexico. way up on the newshour russian olympic bosses prepared to learn whether or not they may send athletes to the winter games in trying. to get.
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one of the largest diamonds ever discovered has been sold at auction in new york for a six and
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a half million dollars the seven hundred nine carat peace diamond was found in sierra leone. reports from new york. it sits in a secured room glistening and ready for sale to the highest bidder and possibly help the people of the village far away where it was found this is a seven hundred nine carat diamond thought to be the fourteenth largest diamond ever discovered it was auctioned for six point five million dollars in new york but it was about more than the selling price i think the true value of this diamond is the symbolism and the meaning behind it but to fully appreciate this gem and realize why it's called the peace diamond you have to look at where it came from here in the village of core yard you know in sierra leone a place so poor and has no electricity water schools or hospitals it was a pastor who found the diamond in the village and he was in new york for the
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auction and still at a loss for words and what it was like to find the diamond it's amazing i can look he would say explicitly that because you know i was expecting this kind of. stone he decided to hand it over to the government. decision in a country where diamonds are abundant but often smuggled out of the country. sirrah leone has a long and bloody relationship with diamonds as depicted in hollywood and eleven year civil war fought partially over the riches from diamonds killed more than forty thousand people trying to now use diamonds for good the government decided to tour the diamond around the world to drum up support for its sale at an auction nearly all the money from the sale price will go back to the government to a fund to help villages ravaged by war that. is improving the lives of the people i think that is the hope under the resilience of
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the nation state is very important for us as a mission not. what ever proceeds we're going to. from this its way into compliment the government's efforts in providing social services for c o u s one diamond maybe instead of causing conflict bringing a little peace and prosperity to the place it was found gabriel's sandow al-jazeera new york times for sports news here is peter thank you very much england's cricketers will have their work cut out if they are to save the second there's just test against australia in adelaide england suffered a brutal day three they were all out for two hundred twenty seven that's one hundred eighty five short of australia's first innings total mitchell starc took three and nathan lyon finished with a full week of flourish but australia did not enforce the follow on and they may be regretting that now they slumped to fifty three for four by the close of play james
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anderson and chris woakes took two wickets each they'll need to keep that momentum going into day four if they are to save this test you know i mean actually i think we if we fought back well you know we've pushed to show you back tonight which is obviously good to say you can take some positive stuff from that. actually we're behind in the game. but signs aren't really good the fact that we fought back and show isn't a good character to get you know back in the game we bowled really well tonight as a unit and put some pressure back on the show tiger woods says he's looking forward to the twenty eighteen golf season after returning to the game for the first time in ten months the fourteen time major champion wasn't quite back to his best in the tournament in the bahamas but he put in a solid performance to please golf fans and he's fellow professionals as helen gleason reports. it's a sight that golf fans have missed tiger woods wearing red and making buddies on the final day of the tournament. but that's what they were treated to at the albany
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golf club on sunday as the american made it through the front nine in thirty one shots and if the last few days are anything to go by it could become the norm again woods briefly led this tournament on saturday and was just five shots off the lead heading into day three before a disappointing round of seventy five left him out of contention not bad though for a man who's had four lots of back surgery in three years and he many thought might never get back to the highest level this is the way i was i have been playing at home and when i came down here and played i was playing versa versus not quite us as far as i don't have a drawing on but overall i'm very pleased so no victorious come back for tiger but it was an exciting end to the contest in the bahamas nonetheless charlie hoffman had left the tournament going into the final day t. shirts ahead of jordan speak and just didn't rise. but the challenge came from further back in the shape of ricky fowler. the twenty eight year old american
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hitting a stunning course record eleven under par round of sixty one on the final day to steal victory. what's been his ten shots back in a type and ninth spot and the attention is now turning to what can be expected of the forty one year old going into the new season one think there was a setback in trying to figure that out and. as i said i don't know what my schedule is going to be but my expectations are as i will be playing next year how many where i don't know yet but we'll figure all that out so while this year was one to forget for tiger on and off the golf course it looks like there could be a lot more for him to smile about in twenty eighteen helen gleason al-jazeera earlier i spoke to african news agency sports reporter michael sherman who says it was good to see woods back in action and there's no reason to believe that more
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success could be achieved by the fourteen time major winner. well i was very impressed. the main thing was that you got through help. that was the first objective to complete and it did that with flying colors and any discomfort and. he shot well he had three pretty good rounds that one and overall it was a good week scoring one. but the emphasis on staying healthy you look great having gone so long well basically gulping peaking is basically your mid thirty's it's difficult to say but the first thing he needs to do is when a regular p.g.a. to a vain think you have to do that if you're one step in the hope of winning at the masters but if you can regular p.g.a. tour been set the first step and once he does there can be another major how many that will be obviously sitting on four team dearly love to at least match jack's
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record of eighteen majors and hopefully go past but i think with the amount of that first major and if he does that the possibilities are endless but also be nearly forty two he's got to do that soon twenty eight hundred will be extremely important for tiger rafael nadal knows exactly what it's like to come back from a long injury layoff tennyson's world number one was watching in the bahamas on sunday and also believes woods will get back to the top of his game. have to like to see him play well hundreds of times on on daily. but i don't realize the second time. to come back like this after an injury and playing that that way in five hundred for the first or the first line holes and i will one mistake in the ten but now again amazing amazing shot. probably thinks to be enough health to practice out
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of practice well and good to feel that you can do the things that you need to do to be to be back to your top night if he if he's healthy i believe that he has everything to be back where he deserves to be russia's government says it will not to boycott next year's winter olympics even if it's forced to compete as neutral young chairing the international olympic committee is due to make a decision on tuesday on whether to bar russia for doping violations so far the team has been stripped of eleven of the thirty three medals from the saatchi games that hosted four years ago it's not the first time the country has faced and limbic ban its track and field athletes were not allowed to compete at the summer games in rio in twenty sixteen because of a state sponsored doping program runners of the world's most extreme foot to marathon the marathon in peru were awarded an easier day if there is such a thing of competition on day five of the stage four was seventy kilometers challenge competitors enjoyed a mix of small climbs and these things beautiful scenery along the coastline of the
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pacific as they continued their trick this time for forty two point two kilometers but rockers a russian. and france's natalie moore clare both increase their advantages as their respective male and female leaders around a time of three hours twelve minutes and fifty one seconds while more claire clocked a time of three hours and fifty nine minutes. and that's what was filed for me another update coming up again later. that's it for the news hour we thank you for joining us i'm back in just a moment with much more of the day's news all the top stories coming your way see you in a minute. december
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on al-jazeera we look back at twenty seventeen through the eyes of five families who have been affected by some of the big stories of the year in an increasingly polarized world people in power sheds light on the darkest abuses of authority ten days of comprehensive coverage about nuclear arsenals around the globe and the
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impact they have on the diplomatic stage a special program dedicated to this year's nobel peace prize laureates i can and their pursuit of a nuclear weapon free world and we look ahead to the big stories that could dominate the headlines in twenty eighteen. december on al-jazeera. violence escalates in yemen after i was the president ali abdullah saleh was killed by forty rebels.


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