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with bureaus spanning six continents across the globe. al-jazeera has correspondents live in bringing the stories they tell. us about a. year of fluent in world news. a vote on a cease fire in syria at the u.n. security council to spurned until saturday as members wrangle over wording. meanwhile the people of eastern plead for help after yet another day of airstrikes and casualties.
blogs when you're watching are just there like my headquarters here in doha also coming up at the u.s. confirms the embassy will move from tel aviv to jerusalem by may earlier than expected also a former election aide to donald trump agrees to help the inquiry into alleged russian meddling in u.s. politics while another faces yet more charges plus. russia marks one hundred years of the red army find out how the military has been rebuilt to become one of the strongest in the world. welcome to the program the syrian military bombardment of eastern looks set to continue after a u.n. vote on a humanitarian ceasefire was postponed until saturday more than four hundred forty civilians have died in six days of attacks on the rebel held enclave in
a few moments we'll hear from our diplomatic editor james bays at the u.n. but first a somber binge of its report on the situation in east and. there's a lot to do to fix yet they call out for those left on another floor but in the dense dust and debris it's hard to see who's left. the upper floor is on fire. the doctor tells ali to open his eyes so he can wash at the medical workers in eastern huta are calling for urgent assistance because of the continuous heavy bombardment. incendiary bombs are now appearing in the night skies weapons intended to start large fires when they hit the ground. people in bodies are pulled out from crevices between buildings the nearly four hundred thousand people in the besieged enclave are dying in their hundreds how to be a bad what's taking place in eastern is a genocide and a crime against humanity in violation of international and humanitarian law and the
perpetrators should be held liable accountable and cannot escape punishment under any circumstances russia is to blame for directly being involved in the military campaign and even apartment graphic videos we've chosen not to show you contain body parts scattered in the aftermath of the latest onslaught by the assad government and its allies. the opposition holds russia and iran responsible. when the dust settles the destruction is clear people have been forced to live in underground shelters but. one of the message to the security council is for a cease fire or truce for days as strikes and bombardments of forced families and children into underground shelters we can't do anything we can't even go outside to get food but when the outside looks like this there aren't many places people can go to the ferocity of the bombardment and the arrival of troops on the outskirts of with are battling with fighters it's reminiscent of what happened to other rebel
held parts in places like homs and aleppo entire populations were evacuated to new places in syria and people inside besieged with the have been cheering order flits evacuation zones convinced that this is what is going to happen to them as as well. old a frantic negotiations here at the united nations to try and get a security council resolution passed a great deal of the pressure on the russian ambassador vasoline who has problems with some of the language in the draft resolution drawn up by kuwait and sweden at one point the kuwaiti ambassador the president of the security council appeared with the other nonpermanent members of the so-called elected ten and he sounded upbeat we're still working on. the language on some of the but i could ask but we are almost there and we would like you know as have been holding as
a president of the city council to thank actually the eaton for their support to a lot of votes and hopefully you are so close to adopt this is illusion today throughout the day votes were scheduled then perspire own meetings were delayed towards the end of the day the u.s. ambassador nikki haley tweeted unbelievable that russia is stalling a vote on a ceasefire allowing humanitarian access in syria how many more people will die before the security council agrees to take up this vote let's do this tonight the syrian people can't wait but in the end the security council decided to postpone its vote until saturday this was the comment from the swedish ambassador i'm trying to facilitate a meaningful outcome of this security council so i can only protect what we're trying to do and that is to have a resolution adopted yesterday and now we have not achieved i find that extremely
frustrating given what we are faced with on the ground at the end of the day the russian ambassador was chatting with his syrian colleague basher i'll jaffery it's still unclear whether any vote will actually take place and whether a vote will pass what is certain is that the syrian government bombardment for now will continue. now the united states has confirmed it will open its new embassy in jerusalem this may much earlier than expected palestinians have condemned the announcement also in jordan has more. news the u.s. embassy would move from television to jerusalem on may fourteenth ok not in a communique but in a tweet from israel's intelligence minister i would like to congratulate donald trump on his decision to transfer the u.s. embassy on israel's seventieth independence day no greater gift than that a short time later the u.s. president donald trump confirmed the news in
a speech i was hit by more countries and more pressure and more people calling begging me don't do it don't do it don't do it. i said we have to do it it's the right thing to do it wasn't december trump announced he was moving the embassy to jerusalem. and he angered at those who said the u.s. was basically giving jerusalem to israel outside of final status talks with the palestinians the palestinian president mahmoud abbas was among those who condemned trump but at the u.n. security council this week it was clear abbas had moved on he told him about the era of the u.s. as an honest broker is over and that it's time to try something new and money out of grammar i would call for the convening of an international peace conference by mid two thousand and nineteen based on international law and relevant un resolutions with broad international participation including the two concerned parties and regional and international stakeholders one house standing in
a politician says the embassy is an affront to his community. and this presents a very serious provocation to the palestinian side besides the fact that moving to the embassy to jerusalem is by its participation in violation of national a u.s. based analyst called the move in date very bad foreign policy rather than just giving jerusalem away to the israelis what he could have done is sad we will acknowledge jerusalem as the capital of israel if you dismantle all the illegal settlements and so what he stand now isn't given away very big valuable check and essentially gotten nothing in return the ambassador david friedman and a few aides will join current consular staff at their office in jerusalem a new building won't be built for several years there's no denying the embassy move will affect any and all peace talks going forward rosalyn jordan al-jazeera washington. now special counsel robert miller whose investigation the alleged
russian interference in the u.s. election has unsealed the latest charges against extra aide paul manifold it accuser's mother thought of secretly paying former senior european politicians to lobby on behalf of the cranium government in the in twenty twelve and twenty thirteen which then supported russia court papers say he wired more than two million euros to unnamed politicians. comes from campaign aide has changed his plea to guilty cases admission of conspiracy and lying to the inquiries investigate just means he'll be willing to cooperate and testify against other reports. thank you it's happened again another member of donald trump's twenty sixteen campaign walks into the courthouse and pleads guilty to a serious felony conspiring against the united states and line to investigators
gates isn't a household name but it's believed he played an important role in the campaign and inauguration often seen right next to his boss like here preparing for his party's acceptance speech gates was the former deputy campaign manager for trump and a longtime business partner of campaign chairman paul man of fort gates was indicted with manna for last october for money laundering later face charges of bank fraud and tax evasion both men originally pled not guilty gates joined the term campaign in june of two thousand and sixteen and stayed on after man a fort was fired this will put more pressure on man afford to follow suit and flip giving evidence on people higher up in the campaign he was in that critical meeting between donald trump jr jarrett cushion or and a russian lawyer linked to the kremlin this is now the third trump campaign official to come to this courthouse and plead guilty with that there's been a lot more talking conservative circles that president donald trump should simply pardon everyone involved under the constitution he can do that you can pardon
pretty much anybody except himself it would be politically risky but there's another problem the special counsel's been working with states' attorneys and when it comes to stay crimes well there's literally nothing the president can do to interfere so far nineteen people have been indicted in connection with the muller investigation into possible russian collusion for have flipped make it likely that more rests are coming and making it harder to say there's nothing here it discredits more and more the claim that this is just faking. if there's nothing there of there's nothing there why are people pleading guilty they usually do that in order for prosecutors to get people more powerful in this case closer to the president where it's not known just how high this will go if it's possible it could lead to the president himself patty klein al-jazeera washington to europe now where the e.u. council president donald tusk says the u.k. is approach to the next stage of brakes in negotiations is based on pure illusion
speaking at an e.u. summit in brussels he said britain was still trying to cherry pick its future relationship with the union it follows reports that british prime minister to resign means divided cabinet has finally reached an agreed position after a session of talks at a country residence checkers reports a senior ministers are backing a plan called managed divergence this would mean the u.k. accepting some e.u. regulation after leaving the union donald tusk however has rubbished the plan. the u.k. government seems to be moving towards a more detailed but vision. however if the media reports are correct. i'm afraid that position today is based on the pew illusion. it looks like that cake philosophy is still there life. from the very start it has been a key principle of ten to seven that there can be no cherry picking and
slow single market a la carte this is and will continue to to to be a key principle i have no doubt well still ahead on al-jazeera find out how the white house hopes the largest set of sanctions against north korea could end its nuclear missile program. and how a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline in afghanistan could mean more than just economic benefits. we've got more heavy rain just lingering around the central plains of the u.s. pushing up towards the great lakes long line of cloud here this has been in place for the past few days we have seen flooding in north of the border this is a sudden parts of ontario we have got flood again she's in place as well states of
emergency issued across central areas and pushing across the u.s. into southern areas of canada seem to stay wet as we go on through the next day or two. texas seeing some really big rain more heavy downpours there to reflect on poles coming in across arkansas right the way up into the ohio valley further west where we have got some snow spilling out of the rockies and into the northwest pacific northwest can see more snow coming in here across the cascades it won't be quite as widespread as we go through sunday central parts of kind of the we'll see if it does sting of snow having said that for the northern plains edging towards the midwest and also into new england for the south with that very heavy right is pennsylvania and also into new york and still coming down into the deep south where the caribbean is find its rise and lovely weather coming through here for about a cloud just bubbling up from time to time but for most it will be pleasantly warm some good spells of sunshine temperatures in kingston of twenty nine.
welcome back to al-jazeera i'm still raman these are all top news stories the syrian military is bombardment of eastern future looks set to continue with the u.n. vote on a humanitarian ceasefire spode until saturday more than four hundred forty civilians have died in six days of heavy attacks on the rebel held place. also the u.s. has confirmed it'll open its new embassy in jerusalem in may much earlier than expected palestinians have condemned the announcement as provocative the decision in december to move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem sparked protests in palestine and around the world. also the former aide to donald trump's presidential campaign has changed his plea to guilty brigades is facing charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators and the inquiry into alleged russian meddling in u.s. politics his admission into cate's he's willing to cooperate and testify against others. u.s. president donald trump says that the government is imposing its largest ever set of
sanctions on north korea that they aim to isolate and put pressure on young to give up its nuclear missile program the measures specifically target the country's maritime activity sixteen north korean shipping companies have been sanctioned along with several based in hong kong china and taiwan twenty eight ships are on the list again mostly from north korea but two are from panama one from the called morse and another from tanzania plus one individual the taiwanese passport holder has also been sanctioned the tash again it has the latest from ganging in south korea. an official with the south korean foreign ministry says this is a reaffirmation of the united states' desire to move towards a peaceful diplomatic resolution of the korean issue and that these additional sanctions are in keeping with the policy of trying to exert maximum pressure through sanctions to get north korea to denuclearize the official also says that he
hopes that this latest round of sanctions will inspire the international community to continue imposing that is clearly an illusion to russia and china who not only been accused of not doing their part to impose current saying sions but perhaps helping north korea evade them during the latest round of sanctions announced chinese shipping companies and vessels are on the blacklist this is what south koreans are saying that they looked as if it had gotten even if we pursue sanctions we need to have the room for dialogue over the severe sanctions concern me as a south korean because something worse can happen. people to the. north korean sanctions should continue unless they keep up their nuclear weapons i think more than thirty percent of the south korean population agrees with me on social media some are saying that the united states is not acting in a considerate manner that it's putting its allies south korea in an awkward
position one person saying that perhaps the united states just wants to solve the korean problem on its own another person wondering if the continued isolation of north korea will inspire a quote preemptive strike scenario the big question is how will north korea react the united nations estimates more than two hundred twenty million people are facing hunger across the african continent the u.n. food and agriculture organization has been meeting in sudo to discuss the crisis and the reports of. ministers government officials and other cultural experts from nearly all african countries gathered to address one of the continent's biggest challenges food insecurity all theme to have one goal in mind sustainable agriculture and food development and i am very pleased to see. there we are indeed the school friends with singe in our decision.
build consensus to take some time but also after the children consensually to help us grow move forward faster in the implementation phase about what you have agreed . to put in security has long been a challenge in africa the host country sudan once regarded as a bread basket has three point five million people facing hunger farah sudan is the length of resources and opportunities has so very ugly cultural resources not sure resources which if it is utilized efficiently it could significantly to african and to execute. this needs collaboration which africa continues to say tonight should also say eighty two of aids are resources which we can help in utilizing these huge resources. but collaboration amongst countries is the first
step on a long journey nearly every african country as represented in this regional conference but battling the problem of food shortages in the continent will not come easy despite the conclusions from the meetings the united nations says conflict is one of the main reasons and for several african countries where has been part of everyday life for years two hundred twenty four million are deemed to be facing hunger in africa two countries on the continent have faced famine in the past seven years were in other african countries has forced millions to leave their homes and farmland exacerbating an already dire situation and this climate change threatens countries already in varying levels of food insecurity some fear that while the intention to fight hunger is there more needs to be done it will take determination it will take action. because africa has the potential to feed itself but potential doesn't feed people so we have to translate that potential into action. conferences are good in themselves but they did not serve any purpose if we end up
with victory shows that never get action and actions that will impact the lives of millions across africa who desperately wait for a change in their situation he morgan al-jazeera. at least eighteen people have been killed and twenty injured in twin car bombings in the somali capital mogadishu the first blast was at a checkpoint near the presidential palace and the second was in front of a popular hotel group al-shabaab has claimed responsibility. level and has signed some of its first offshore oil and gas agreements but one of the exploration areas is being disputed by neighboring israel has more from beirut gas and oil reserves are believed to be underneath these waters lebanon hopes to start exploratory drilling but a maritime border dispute with israel is causing a problem israel is laying claim to one of the energy blocks. the only these are
you the enemy is trying to violate our sovereign rights in our modern time borders but exploration activities will begin. and international consortium which was awarded drilling rights to two of the five blocks up for tender says the dispute between israel and lebanon will not affect the work they say only a small section of block nine is disputed drilling will target the northern part which is around twenty five kilometers from the disputed zone it's in no one's interests go into some sort of conflict over a small area of the sea i just think there's a kind of heated war of words going on between. lebanon and israel now that it's not just about the sea it's about a border war it's about it's about iran. here hezbollah has produced a video clip threatening israeli gas platforms if according to the group lebanon's oil and gas rights are violated hezbollah is stronger than lebanon's military and has fought wars with israel in the past. the israeli threats have
united lebanon's divided political class which ordered the army to confront any assault both on land and in the sea at the same time the government sent a letter to the un but resolving the issue legally may be hard the problem is that israel has not signed any related conventions so far including and this is the most important the convention of the law of the sea israel is out of the international community's alls. the u.s. has tried to mediate but lebanon has rejected its proposal to split the disputed area that would involve giving up over three hundred square kilometers. lebanon says it will not allow anyone to prevent it from taking advantage of its wealth the government hopes developing the oil and gas industry will create jobs and the economy but it will take years before lebanon can benefit drilling is not expected to start until two thousand and nineteen. israel has already discovered major
offshore oil and gas reserves lebanon wants to do the same the two countries are officially in a state of war they talk tough but they also say they want to avoid an escalation after all commercial interests are at stake so. beirut. construction has begun on the earth conception of the eight billion dollar gas pipeline linking turkmenistan pakistan and india it has the support of the afghan government the u.s. and pakistan and even the taliban twenty thirty reports now from kabul. in afghanistan these days there is not much to cheer about on friday there was an exception construction began on a pipeline project to carry natural gas from turkmenistan through the country to india and pakistan workers welded the first link of pipe crossing the border between turkmenistan and afghanistan's goes are a district near herat. ten billion dollar project will bring jobs and income.
but this project brings electricity gas work and life it brings like to the dark homes in afghanistan pakistan and india and also brings energy to each of our investors had with. the ceremony was watched by took many stands president the prime minister of pakistan and india as minister for external affairs who joined by video link the project known as tappy the initials of the four countries is being described as a new page in regional cooperation and hopes for a better future. now you have and then after a long time afghanistan is taking part in a regional project which will provide jobs for our people i'm hoping that this regional cooperation will result in closer relations between the countries and that it will help afghanistan become more stable but one that russia the turkey project brings a message of peace so it will help bring peace in our country and also in the wider
region the tension between the countries in the region will reduce the pipeline will run one thousand eight hundred fourteen kilometers and carry thirty three billion cubic meters of natural gas each year it is expected to be completed by january twenty twenty security in harat was tight for the ceremony but the taliban has given its support for the pipeline reversing an earlier stand observer say this is probably because of its close ties with pakistan which will take forty percent of the gas and make a profit of twenty five percent on the sale. with the security fears softened the main focus now is attracting the investors to raise the capital to complete the project but for now everyone seems to be happy this project takes many boxes money jobs prestige and importantly regional cooperation and that's the kind of good news event that doesn't happen all too often in this part of the world tony berkeley al-jazeera kabul the rusher is marking its annual holiday honoring its military and
veterans with the year with this year the centenary of the red army now the military declined after the collapse of the soviet union but has been transformed in recent years after huge investment journal reports now from moscow. it's a hundred years since the first volunteers signed up to serve in the brand new red army almost immediately their task was to defend the october revolution in a civil war against anti communist forces. the red army would later succeed in fighting back hitler's invading nazis at a cost to the soviet union of millions of lost lives. these days the founding of the red army is much more broadly as a tribute to old military veterans in president vladimir putin's russia the achievements of the revolution to play down the occasion is an excuse for displays of communist nostalgia on
a shelley small scale those not not for the none of the red flag is all flag it's the flag of victory in the great patriotic war children of the victors. so the red army then they began to warm. extend this into great especially in the beginning of the nine then there were several waves of different kind of reform and now actually they're more or less back where they began and increasingly resembling a kind of new projection of the red army which is that understandable because right now the russian army has more or less the same enemies as the red army did during the cold war and i mean enemies the united states and its allies where in the cold war number two russia's modern military has been rebuilt at vast expense both to counter the expansion of western alliances like nato and the european union and
also to advance russia's own geo political ambitions since then there. are wars georgia. and crimea now syria right now yes. there are many is good and maybe the. best in the world but some with long memories place less stock in military hardware alone. our soldiers have always been stronger and had the best command is there are no americans who can come here and threaten us. the world has once again come to respect russia's military might for many that is a welcome new chapter in the country's history channel al-jazeera moscow. your challenges their arms the whole drama these are all top news stories the
syrian military has been bartman to eastern cooter looks set to continue with a u.n. vote on a humanitarian ceasefire for spode until saturday more than four hundred forty civilians have died in six days of heavy attacks on the rebel held on clave the u.s. has confirmed it will open its new embassy in jerusalem in may much earlier than expected palestinians have condemned the announcement as a provocation. also at least twenty seven people are being killed in twin car bombings in the somali capital mogadishu the first blast was near the presidential palace and the second in front of a popular hotel the armed group al-shabaab says it was responsible president trump has repeated his calls to teachers in schools and forward as governor is proposing raising the age limit to buy firearms from eighteen to twenty one it comes after seventeen people were shot dead in a florida high school last week also the broward county school superintendent says he would rather more money spent on trained law enforcement professionals. ask our
teachers to carry guns to me that's an easy way out you don't spend any money you are spending the resources to do a better job investing in education sure our schools are as safe as possible so if they're really serious about it they have trained law enforcement professionals on campus and allow us to have more of them put their hands teachers. job as it is that i don't think is the right direction that we need to go. well the investigation into russian interference in the u.s. election has unsealed the latest charges against the former aide. he's accused of secretly paying european politicians to lobby on behalf of the. government in ukraine in twenty and twenty. change his plea to guilty on charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators and those stories in the
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