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tv   NEWSHOUR  Al Jazeera  March 15, 2018 1:00pm-2:00pm +03

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together. in a war torn city in iraq a medic documents the stories of the survivors recording their hopes and dreams for a peaceful future after american troops withdrawal. but the conflict is far from over. he turns the camera on himself when i so take control and his family are forced to flee and no way to hide a witness documentary at this time on al-jazeera. this is al-jazeera. well come on peter double you're watching the news our live from our headquarters here in doha coming up in the next sixty minutes turkey's president says he won't
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give back a friend of the asset government when turkish military operations to take the syrian city are over. the kremlin describes as insane british governments accusations that russia organized a nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in the u.k. . no longer in play the leading u.s. toyah retailer toys r us is filing for bankruptcy losing the battle to online retailers. and the british dutch giant unilever is to close its london head office operation and form a merged h.q. in the netherlands will ask if brics it's to blame. our top story turkey has no intention of handing the city of a free and back to the syrian government once its military operation is completed the turkish government says. it expects to clear
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a friend of kurdish fighters quote very soon thousands of civilians are leaving the city after turkish troops and free syrian army fighters encircled it turkey launched the military assault in january to clear syrian kurdish forces that control the region join us live from up on the turkey syria border is our correspondent alan fischer and in just a moment we'll talk to is in a holder is in the kazakh capital stana allan let's talk to you first how much of this region do the turkish forces now control or that almost all the way to afrin city itself they're certainly surrounded it they've done that in the last twenty four hours this statement came from the presidential spokesman speaking in ankara he said that there is the possibility that they will not hand back our friend to the syrians after this operation is completed exactly how that what isn't entirely clear certainly the syrians have got more pressing issues on their mind at the moment with their continued onslaught on the young
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cleaving supported by the russian forces there so this is not something that they're turning their immediate attention to or of course if the turks were to call this sort of ring territory which they've acknowledged is syrian that would cause them problems both through international law and at the united nations so perhaps what we're seeing here from the tax is perhaps flagging the idea that when this situation is close to being resolved they would like to see some sort of deal with the syrians because the idea of holding all of our friend province an african city itself with turkish troops on an ongoing basis for years to come seems a bit farfetched but clearly the turks settling down a marker in the negotiating process and on so is this posturing or something much more significant. it could be both this is the government seeing that this is what they want to do this is their intention whether or not they have the resources the facilities the commitment to
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continue this for years to come is a big question for the moment they're focused on moving the y. p.g. the kurdish militia to east of the unit free to use to do that the said that they will also discuss it with the united states because as we know the united states has been backing the y. p.g. in the fight against iceland other parts of syria and there was to be some sort of agreement between the turks and the americans to create a safe zone to move these fighters to east of the euphrates with both the turks and the united states monitoring it there were due to be discussions on march nineteenth between the foreign ministers of both countries of course as we know secretary of state rex tillerson was fired and so he will be at the meeting which is no been postponed when that will happen the talks think perhaps it's been delayed for one or two weeks but they also have a difficulty with white pompey or the man who's earmarked to take over as secretary of state because he has said some critical things about the government in ankara in
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the past two years. for the moment thank you all the syrian red crescent says a convoy carrying aid for thousands of syrians is entering the pussies rebel held part of eastern kentucky twenty five truck convoy is heading for the town of dorm the u.n. says fighting has subsided after a deal with the main rebel group which allowed around one hundred fifty people who need medical treatment to go to the capital damascus previously deliveries last week were disrupted due to a bombardment by government and russian forces at least thirteen people have died in the latest attacks on the east and syrian forces are making advances in nearly a month after stepping up their assault they've been cutting off sections of rebel held territory. it is exactly seven years since the syrian civil war began with peaceful protests against the president bashar al assad whose family had ruled there for more than forty years by that point at the start of the uprising a group of children squalled and graffiti on the wall in the southern city of daraa
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some e.s.c.'s name was one of the boys involved this is his story. my name is summer and i'm twenty one years old i was fourteen when the revolutions in the arab world started we used to follow the news on t.v. one day some friends and i wrote on a wall it's your turn doctor us security agencies threaten my father with the arrest of all members of our family if i wasn't handed over to the police within twenty four hours they also told him if he did hand me in nothing would happen except to sign a pledge not to write words like that again instead myself and twenty of my friends spent three months in prison and we suffered all forms of torture and had nightmares our families did everything for us to be released when we were eventually returned to our families other people welcomed our release near the
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alimony mosque by protesting and chanting against the regime after that i joined the free syrian army i fought in battles and i've been injured i got married and have two daughters i live a normal life but this will always be my way either to be a martyr or to achieve victory but we will never retreat more diplomacy kicking off tomorrow in the classic capital of stan a correspondence is there for us here on the news our diplomacy outside the country obviously has stumbled so many times over the past seven years but why is that. well there are many parties involved in this conflict the syrians themselves cannot decide the outcome many players turkey russia the united states iran so it has become a proxy war this syrian battle ground a proxy war each side trying to further their own interests like you mentioned earlier the war now in its seventh year entering excuse me its eighth year what
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started as a peaceful protest movement asked enough for example it's not about finding a political solution the peace process and aston it is about reducing the violence it is about improving the humanitarian situation for the civilians but that has not happened despite the agreements that were reached in aston a last year to create the escalation zones now for a while the violence was reduced but if you ask anyone in the opposition those the escalation agreements only gave the government the opportunity to regain control in the east of the country while freezing the conflict in the west and you mentioned a short while ago one of the fiercest if not the fiercest bombing campaigns since this war has begun the pro-government alliance making it very very clear they're not interested in any compromise they're not interested in any political transition they are in a very comfortable position and they believe that they can win this war militarily and that is why one of the reasons why the political process really has not achieved anything it's because the pro-government alliance believes it doesn't have to make any political concessions and all those years i guess has been punctuated
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by levels of violence or spikes in the levels of violence and also the way the violence has moved around different regions in the country and one gets the sense that perhaps the diplomats and the people that go to those talks be the star in the new york will be the geneva they're kind of playing catch up with the reality of what's happening on the ground. peter on the ground negotiations have been taking place every battle is about improving and they go shooting position on behalf of a certain player and the united nations now warning that it's not going to end eastern huta the united nations saying that there could be what they're calling tremendous battles ahead battles in the rebel controlled northwestern province of the southern province of there are now like you mentioned earlier the foreign ministers of russia iran and turkey they're going to be in the capital tomorrow and they're going to be holding talks now these three countries have been cooperated at
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least this is the picture you get the cooperation but each side has mentioned that they face disagreements in a free and for example they face disagreements and we also understand for example that the iranians are not happy with an increased turkish role inside syria and then you have the americans trying to pull turkey away from this alliance so these countries are working for their own interests and the syrian people really caught in the middle of this devastating conflict. over the coming twenty four hours or so in the meantime thanks very much see is a senior fellow at the carnegie middle east and joins us live from beirut you see it's a close just kick off by talking about those stana talks tomorrow when they sit down again what can we realistically achieve. well actually this is very much about maintaining and managing the relationship between three co-sponsors turkey iran and russia and as we just heard from your correspondent the iranians aren't happy about
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the turkish role in the northwest at the same time i don't think they're confronting it too actively and so a stance is really here for where these three countries. are notes you know ongoing. activities in the fields and. disagreements of certain things i don't think anyone expects to reach more fundamental agreement on syria the outcome of the conflict that's sad. there are going to be at least one or two parallel tracks of discussion going on about different battle fronts in syria right now of course the book is on our screen and the kurdish enclave in the requests that turkey has pushed into no i think is going to be a discussion going on there and probably has been going on throughout that involves the damascus regime on the one side and the syrian kurds on the other with russian
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mediation turkey's going to sit there inside the country until it is satisfied that the final outcome of the conflict does not lead to significant kurdish autonomy inside syria and the syrian regime knows this and will uses blackmail against the kurds so that's an example of. one of the discussions that will take place i guess that once i start it will be some sort of discussion about how far will the turks go in our screen will they take over the city or are clean the capital of the included so we're not going to move east towards members which is not protected by the american films these are the sort of pressing issues right now that they're going to be talking about whether or not i'm interested just western trucks in there for a second i'm interested why use the phrase final outcome there in that answer we're talking about a country here inside which more than half of the pre-war population has officially been displaced four hundred sixty five thousand people have lost their lives we're
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now into eight of this war a vicious nasty war and the sands of that war change sometimes week to week month to month allegiances shift month to month year to year when you talk about the final outcome is the end in sight. yes or no. the clear trend is that the assad regime has survived and will continue to survive and if there is a shift in the focus of events on the ground in syria from saying may needing military battles to being more battles for economic reconstruction then the regime will start to adapt and develop a strategy for economic survival in much the same shambolic and sort of ragtag way that what the military or the do you destructed your approach for the military war finally has worked out in the sense that thanks to the help of its allies and the poorer response that this has been met with by people on the other side the regime
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has survived and i think that is the main long term trend what that means here is that fighting may not start for several years to come but most of the fighting now is almost entirely about negotiating the political terms so the turks are in there to make sure that as and when the regime comes to some sort of agreement or understanding with serious kurds that up allows the regime to regain full control of the north and the east of the country which is now held by kurdish forces turkey wants to be sure that when that discussion happens turkish interests are met which are to limit kurdish autonomy and that of course suits the assad regime as well. so you know there's going to be a lot of this maneuvering but much of the military component we see now is you know as a form of negotiation the one exception to this is the fighting going on next to damascus the regime offensive against the eastern router enclave which has been besieged for
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the last seven years i'm just finally you know falling bit by bit into government hands that isn't about negotiation that is really where he is using exploiting the opportunity it has that the other fronts are more of us it's double eyes you know there's no fighting really and he's going on now they're not going to take on the american protected kurds for now ok so their focus their effort around damascus ok we must leave it there the clock has beaten us yes it's see it there in beirut thanks very much. the european union is giving another three point seven billion dollars for syrian refugees in turkey but it plans to punish countries that refused to take back people who don't receive asylum in the e.u. now the measures include restricting visas for diplomats and raising their travel costs the e.u. hopes this will reduce the number of refugees coming from the middle east and africa russia's foreign ministry has called the u.k. prime minister to resign may's allegations that moscow was behind a nerve agent attack in england quotes completely insane a spokeswoman said moscow
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was working on retaliate saree measures for britain's expulsion of twenty three russian diplomats as announced yesterday the u.n. security council discussed the incident at an emergency meeting last night britain's allies pledged their support but russia is demanding material proof kristen salumi has more now from the un in new york. the united kingdom laid out its case for blaming the russians and got full throated support from its strongest allies in the council including the united states france and sweden other council members were reluctant to point the fingers at russia but expressed their concern over the gravity of the situation on the united states for its part made a very clear plan stand by its ally while russia continued to deny the charges the united states stands in absolute solidarity with great britain. the united states believes that russia is responsible for the attack on two people and the united
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kingdom using a military grade nerve agent the last of it a good bit of the news stories are interested in finding the truth lost they guarded by something else they using propaganda war to influence the public which is very easy to influence and not well educated the u.k. has asked the o.p.c. w. the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to validate the findings of their investigation the russians say they're happy to cooperate but they won't respond to ultimatums the u.k. says they'll continue to keep the international community apprised of progress in the investigation. well the russian foreign ministry spokeswoman maria shot occur at this to say in response. we see an attempt to use the mechanisms of the security council to once again fuel the anti russia hysteria we call once again on the u.k. to provide all materials at their disposal regarding this incident as they call it . joining us live here on the news from our bureau in moscow what do you think the
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response will be there john. well we're getting a little more peter as the morning progresses here. sergey lavrov the foreign minister who does most of the talking on these matters appearing at a an unrelated forum in moscow he was asked by a member of the media there are you ready to start expelling british diplomats he said absolutely and soon i promise you that he called the allegations absolutely boorish the allegations against russia that was his word boorish and russophobia so it does appear that the foreign ministry is preparing a set of tit for tat diplomatic expulsions as is the protocol in these sorts of matters whether they'll go further than that we'll have to wait and see dmitri peskov the the presidential spokesman saying you won't have to wait long for our answer calling britain's position absolutely irresponsible and saying that moscow simply doesn't understand the british position and more and more it looks as though
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moscow is falling back on this position that there is a protocol that there is a procedure to be followed in these sorts of matters with the o.p.c. w.'s cousin was talking about there in terms of which britain needs to supply an example of this nerve agent a sample of it to the o.p.c. w. all the parties then to the convention will have a look at it and have a think about it and russia will have ten days to respond that is russia's position it will it will help the investigation but it's not going to be dictated to now boris johnson says that he has indeed now sent a sample to the o.p.c. w indeed france one of britain's closest allies has said that whilst it is outraged by the use of a military grade nerve agent on british soil it's not prepared to take concrete action against russia until it sees concrete evidence so it begins to look as if potentially at least as moscow is pushing it britain may have acted too fast too far gone too far too quickly that at least is moscow's position so the settled
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russian stances look mrs mates resume a yesterday in the house of commons almost twenty four hours ago she rushed to. judgment which she hasn't backed up with evidence and if she wants to move to a a multilateral reaction to what she thinks or who she thinks did this when it comes to the french she might be whistling here because the french might not be totally on board when it comes to a united front against the russians well you know this is that this is the problem that the u.k. faces a united front is all very well when it's delivered in the language of diplomacy at the u.n. or or expressions of outrage but concerted action actual action against the russian government in terms of further sanctions and so on by the e.u. or the u.s. is an entirely different matter is there this concrete evidence can it be concretely tracked back to russia there are already theories being bandied about about the insecurity of russia's chemical west's weapons stockpiles at one point
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the biggest arsenal in the world in the chaos of the one nine hundred ninety s. when these depos spread across this vast country were perhaps not as secure as they might have been when scientists salaries were not being paid where people were prepared to do just about anything for money can this now be proven conclusively to be the work of the russian government i would say that isn't necessarily the case and therefore the reason may may have trouble marshaling concrete action among her are understood journal correspond live in moscow many thanks. close morgan still to cover for you here on the news hour including why toys r us isn't the leading u.s. retailer is filing for bankruptcy we'll tell you why. and the sports news that's he takes center stage again as barcelona stay on target for a sixth champion's league. north
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korea's foreign minister is heading to sweden for a two day meeting he'll be playing an important role in arranging the planned talks between donald trump and kim jong il now they are due to discuss the north's nuclear bomb and missile program so you can see embassy in pyongyang represents the u.s. canada and australia which don't have any diplomatic presence inside north korea scott hardly has more now from beijing. north korean foreign minister lee ho is going to have two days of meetings with his counterparts in sweden he passed through here beijing on his way out there now from the swedish foreign ministry office they also made the announcement and they said that in these two days of discussions they're going to discuss the tension on the korean peninsula and easing that tension but also they said that they're going to discuss sweden's representation of u.s. diplomatic interests in north korea no more than that obviously this leads many to believe that discussions about that the summit meeting that's been called between president trump and kim jong might be discussed there but again it never was really
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specifically said that in the swedish foreign ministry press release announcing this visit but also what's interesting is the foreign minister of north korea passed through here beijing the announcement from his side came from the foreign ministry here in china again it didn't make any mention of the talks but that is a clear move by china to stay relevant to stay involved in these talks and they don't want to be sidelined they feel as though they did a lot of the work when it came to easing tension on the korean peninsula so they want credit for that and they want to be involved in the process now over the next two days obviously china won't have any kind of representation there but you can expect to be more moves like this as we get closer to when these talks are supposed to happen by may they say that china wants a revelent and involved so that his prime minister is offering to step two and protests over the murder of the journalists robert chico has been under pressure to resign since he and his fiance were killed last month could be investigating alleged links between government figures and the italian mafia the interior
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minister earlier this week. one of the largest companies in the u.k. is closing down the london arm of its head office and moving its corporate h.q. entirely to the netherlands unilever says the decision is not because of brics it but it is expected to be a blow to british business sentiment as its government negotiates to leave the e.u. the anglo dutch company already has headquarters in rotterdam the makes a huge range of popular supermarket items like soap shampoo soup ice cream and even mayonnaise so nigger has more now from london. after months of reviews unilever has said that it is finally leaving london it is a jewel headed company both with cues legally. corporate headquarters both in the u.k. and in the netherlands the corporate headquarters in the u.k. will allow no longer be present as the company goes forward but it still will maintain a manufacturing and research presence in the u.k.
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it employs some seven thousand three hundred people in the u.k. most of those said to be safe for now but with this the c.e.o. of the company has said that it is really about streamlining the company to also be making it more focused and to have about one legal headquarters in the netherlands as well as a lot of also insight into that saying that if the company was unhappy when it faced off a hostile takeover from the u.s. food giant kraft heinz and the worries that the u.k. legal system would not have prevented another. opportunity for other companies to try that as well the netherlands has tougher laws regarding hostile takeovers in that sense but also of course the offer issue on the table is bracks at that complex juggernaut course are still so many unanswered questions about what that means for corporations certainly for now with unilever certainly want they have
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batted off any issues that it might have anything to do with bracks it is it really comes at a time when the u.k. is not looking in a particularly strong position with this so and certainly for any corporations who are having to deal with the unknown complexities of brics it the safer option looks like to be to be based within the e.u. . the toy shop toys r us will sell or close all of its u.s. stores putting thirty thousand jobs at risk it's also shutting down its remaining seventy five let's across the u.k. the company filed for bankruptcy after racking up five billion dollars in debt it dominated the toy business in the one nine hundred eighty s. and the one nine hundred ninety is. as a retail supply chain specialist and a professor of the cast business school in london my man when did it really become obvious that toys r us was not viable well i think we should go back to at least a year ago when they first declared bankruptcy so this is we were simply
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a question of how not how but when their company would fail so. it's been obvious for a while the business model hasn't changed whereas has really taken over and in countries like the u.k. the tax system is definitely very much in favor of companies like amazon. toys r us had to fight battles both on the supply chain and on the business model and again on taxes could not possibly survive we see this story coming around again and again specifically not about toys r us but about these big out of town retailers somebody someplace high up doesn't realise there's that thing out there called the internet and with pay pal and one click shopping it's very easy why can they not just redress the balance at some point and avoid pushing tens of thousands of people out of a job it's a lot of investment and it's
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a lot of investment that would come too late and the zone has built a very sizable lead for other companies to step in would mean a lot of investment so i think they're just living from day to day deciding when to go bankrupt rather than whether to go bankrupt or not what do you think a company should do to avoid this kind of thing. they have to figure out how to change the business model if you want a local business it needs to be custom so that means i walk into a store and they make shoes to my size or they make clothes to my size but otherwise i'll just go on the internet and shop around either get a cheap. good deal or get good service but the supply chain is such that economies of scale make a huge difference. and convenience also is a matter so local businesses can survive only if they can provide some kind of
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customized goods or customized service so it's not the company didn't change that was a big problem it was that the consumers have changed so the u.s.p. from day one could never have survived until the last day of trading. consumers will buy wherever they can buy so conveniently so consumers in a way haven't changed kids out still kids and they will buy toys and people will buy clothes or jewelry or whatever and they will buy at a good price and they're good service and if resign can do that better then then the store chains that then the store chains cannot survive ok we will leave it there moments earlier when i was leaving ok thank you thank you. south africa's criticize an australian government minister for saying white south african farmers should be a special visas because of what he called a reflects circumstances at home president settled on a post to speed up redistribution land from wealthy whites to poor blacks but he
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says this will be done legally almost seventy five percent of farmland is still owned by white people more than twenty four years after the end of apartheid. i can say now on that we will not allow land grabs we were not allowed land invasions and those who are tempted to resort to such activities must be warned in advance that we will not allow it because it is seal ego but apart from being illegal it begins to violate that eyes of other south african citizens in rantoul is the spokesman for the refugee action coalition and press but he says the offer of the home affairs minister peter dutton highlights the australian government's racist attitudes towards refugees. i think i think the racism of the coalition government a strike here is very very clearly on the sly that's exactly what it is it's astounding you parker say and and it is clearly you know races that we've often
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joke that if they're well you know white zimbabwean has a white south african farmers arriving but it's a mistrial there would not be mandatory detention. ethiopians going to sudanese when they're somalis when they're from iraq or afghanistan the attitude is very very different that bites are turned around they're expelled to euro and and medicine it is astounding that. governments rices them i think has been recognised internationally and how it's treated refugees and nap pitted up has taken up another step to get this by the prices money internationals this is a this is a government that is in very difficult electoral circumstances in astrology and i would i would lose an election and there will be an election in the next next few months i will lose it dramatically end up in a dot and comments are buried under zinedine for domestic political the domestic political audience he died i have been pitching to rice's fight in australia will some time now that i've been you know criminalizing you know sort of sudanese
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refugees or being now references about you know african gangs allow there's been you know no substance so that comes of the experience in the striving community that it's a think a very very deliberate ploy to appeal to or isis but in the context of a government which is declining in the polls in a desperate late feeling that rice is not to try and maintain some popularity. now in a few moments we'll have the world weather with richard but also still ahead here on al-jazeera pointing brands of bottled water being found to be contaminated with tiny particles of plastic. spores means the place where you know the japanese roof struggles to find a species in the united states originally. from the clear blue sky of the doha moony. to the fresh autumn breeze in the city
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of the. west in a period of quite nasty late spring weather across southeastern parts of europe these shots come from southern question the border with bosnia herzegovina and you can see landslides there following melting snow more storms a very disturbed pattern across this region we're actually seeing improvement and weather conditions here now you see there clear weather conditions but we've got a frontal system pushing in across western parts of europe that's going to make its play over the next twenty four to forty eight hours before then we start to get the build of cold air taking place from the east so in the shorter term warm air pushes in across western parts of europe temperatures well into double digits some heavy snow across the alps you'll notice central parts here looking fine in those eastern areas remaining pretty chilly so as to move the forecast on the snow avails continues yet more snow really don't need any at all. would probably argue
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differently but there we go a little bit more rain into parts of the balkans and there we are then on friday with some rain across central areas and that cold air across the east so is a move the forecast then into these northern areas you see the temperature myths minus five burly in for copenhagen minus two and then see how the drop in the space of twenty four hours in the cold air penetrates towards the u k. the weather sponsored by cats own and weighs. a global economic superpower that's underperformed in the world of football when he explores how china is now spending billions in his quest to conquer the beautiful game. at this time on al-jazeera it's impossible to underestimate the size and scale of the economic crisis it's not just about the billion trillion dollars of debt it's not just about the banks it's not just about the government's it's about real people. it's very
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difficult as a chef or restaurant or to buy shrimp with the confidence that what you're serving is going to be good seafood by nature is a high risk commodity sometimes trampas raised losing production drugs. that are not approved for use in the u.s. the f.d.a. simply isn't casting and not on be imported market to really find all of these violent a friend to take note at this time on al jazeera. welcome back you're watching the al-jazeera news a lot from my headquarters here in doha the top stories the turkish government says it expects to clear frayne of kurdish fighters very soon and may not have the city
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back to the syrian government thousands of civilians are leaving off being surrounded by turkish troops and free syrian army fighters. russia's foreign ministry says british allegations of a nerve agent attack on a former double agent are completely insane the kremlin is considering retaliating for the expulsion of twenty three russian diplomats from the u.k. . and north korea's foreign minister is traveling to sweeten today as. most of the preparations for planned talks between donald trump and kim jong un in may top of the agenda will be the north's nuclear bomb and missile making program. the u.s. house of representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation aimed at preventing gun attacks in schools now the bill which now goes to the senate provides at least fifty million dollars a year to from training and coordination between schools and the police but doesn't affect gun ownership laws president trump backed the legislation was full short of
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broader measures he suggested following the florida school shooting last month in which seventeen people died there is still much more work to be done but the best way to keep our students and teachers safe is the give them the tools and the training to recognize those warning signs to prevent violence from ever entering our school grounds this bill aims to do just that this was bigger the problem of gun violence in america is a uniquely american problem it's an epidemic it's a complex problem there are many facets but we know what we need to do and i am committed to taking any step to getting any new policy across the finish line that will make our kids safer this bill the stop school violence act is a good bill it will not solve our gun problem but it will help troubled students that need help get help and it will help teachers and law enforcement identify potential threats before it's too late also in jordan has more now from washington
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. the bill would set aside fifty million dollars for a training program in order to teach students faculty and staff how to spot someone who might pose a security threat to the campus and that would include setting up a tip line civil libertarians however worried that this tip line could be used either as retaliation between youth squabbles or perhaps to racially profile some students the bill also passed on wednesday would also set of side twenty five million dollars for things such as improve locks panic buttons and metal detectors basically to prevent people from bringing firearms onto campus without prior authorization the big holdup is in the u.s. senate there's no comparable bill being considered right now by the one hundred senators there are a couple of other bills that take a look at perhaps trying to restrict the types of firearms that are made available
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as well as improving federal background checks and congressional democrats would like to see a universal background check and extensive gun control something which congressional republicans are not going to sign on finally this is senate majority leader mitch mcconnell doesn't know when any legislation could be brought up for consideration in order to make good job what the u.s. house of representatives wants which is a much saver public school environment for u.s. students so this could be resolved quickly in the face of growing political pressure or it could simply be put aside while senators decide to work on other more pressing matters. tiny particles of plastic have been found in some of the best selling brands of bottled water research as in new york tested two hundred fifty bottles imported from nine different countries they found an average of ten particles of plastic per liter each particle is about the width of
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a human here they tested samples including nestle and aquafina molly bingham is the chief executive of all the media u.s. based nonprofit media collective that conducted the research she joins us live now from london we're talking about nine countries how many brands in all molly so or media producers journalism on issues that affect millions of people so for this project we decided to test eleven bottled water brands from one thousand locations in nine countries on five continents and as you mentioned what we found that in those two hundred fifty nine samples ninety three percent of them were contaminated with microscopic plastics what does that do to the human body. that's a great question so basically the science on how consuming micro plastics impacts our bodies is really nascent and the answer to that is still very unclear however i
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think what is clear is that we as people around the world are consuming plastics and micro plastics in the water and probably in the food that we are and that it's important given the ubiquity of micro plastics in the environment and in our consumption that large institutions that research human health step up and start to figure out what that means and i'm happy to see this morning that the show is done exactly that and announced that they will be doing a full review of the impact of human health on micro plastics in water how does this plastic get into the water is it plastic that's broken away from the plastic bottle or is it plastic that is now so commonplace it's actually in the water table so when the companies say extract water from the grow and in the european city of it's already in the water before it goes into the plastic bottle so this study was specifically designed to answer one question which is it in the bottled water that you consume that the consumer purchases i think exactly that question is where is
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it entering the product is it in the water table from all of these sources is it in the production process is it in the opening of the bottle that is something that i think it would be wonderful to do further research on it would be great for the brands themselves to release their research and numbers on this as well we'd love to see that if you had a bottle of mineral water in front of you. or a bottle or a bottle of you know where i'm going with this and a bottle of filtered c. ter idea of. which would you drink the bottled water that comes out of the ground allegedly pure or the filtered water that's been through a mechanical process. right so everyone in the world relies on water to survive and some of us in cities or locations where the tap water is potable drink bottled water as
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a luxury i think presuming that it is better for us or it is cleaner than the tap water however two point one billion people don't have access to potable water and they rely on bottled water for their consumption and obviously there are other contaminants in water whether it be tap water or other water that people drink that might be more problematic for our health or more immediately problematic for health personally you asked me a question i'm sitting in london i would take a glass of tap water ok one last point we all have to eat and drink to survive of course but it does feel doesn't it as if we getting to the stage where one wants to see what can i drink what can i eat we're told not to consume salmon from certain locations in the world because of mercury in the water no we're being warned about plastic drinking water wherever the drinking water comes from it's all rather depressing yes well i think what this points to is the profound interdependence of our commons the air the soil and the water and when we are
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contaminating the air or the soil or the water in one place it tends to impact our empire entire human society so i think we as a as a human. community need to really think about how we treat our environment and recognise that it impacts us money i would like to see good to talk to it's not been good to talk to you but we have got a lot of talking to listen we appreciate you coming on we'll talk again i'm sure thanks peter. it's far from plain sailing for major shipping company in dubai to develop a container port in the horn of africa d.p. world had its long term contract in djibouti council last month now m.p.'s in somalia have voted to ban the iraqis from a major investment in the breakaway state of somaliland muhammad ali reports now from august. the. heated debate in somalia's upper house of parliament senators debate a motion on the recent signing of
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a deal between the united arab emirates if you appear on the brick enclave of somaliland to operate the portal. well the bill that aims to ban the dubai ports world from somalia quickly sailed through the law house it's proving to be contentious in the senate whose fifty four members represent the interests of somalia six federal states which include somalia. government fair ethiopia why are we not talking about ethiopian interference in our affairs while we are only talking about the u.a.e. and dubai ports world when ethiopia took a nineteen percent stake in berbera port in the deal signed in dubai recently the port operator took a fifty one percent stake in the port of but better so money land retained thirty percent while the remaining nineteen percent goes to european. somalia and the u.a.e. has frosty relations even before the ports deal was signed somali government leaders say it's because of somalia's refusal to side with countries including the u.a.e.
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which are blockading qatar saudi arabia the united arab emirates and other countries cut the ties with qatar last year they insist that others in the horn of africa follow their lead and that pitted the somali federal government which offered him a new trial in the crisis against most of its one of. the somali government blames the u.a.e. for courting the leaders of the six federal states and encouraging them to side with the blockade in countries causing a serious challenge to somalia's already struggling state building process you know . it's true we are passing through tough times it is true our economy is not doing well but we shall never allow foreigners to take advantage of what we can assess and interfere with ourselves. barely two months something he was appointed somalia's foreign minister is. given the responsibility of dealing with the fallout from the port deal they have no problem with investment in sunlight and impact in
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southern somalia yet however will it. negotiate a compromise on the seventeen that in an interview with somebody somebody learns relatively small portal better but x. box live stopped in the middle east and imports food and other items including from landlocked if europe or god said to change has d.p. world says it's prepared to invest up to four hundred forty three million dollars to develop the port for somaliland the dubai ports deal is not only our financial windfall but also a vote of confidence and that is a major problem for somalia which view somaliland as its sovereign territory mohamed atta well just. as somebody. in afghanistan more crimes of violence against women were reported last year than ever before however new laws often fail to punish the guilty some blame the difficulty in changing conservative attitudes but a record number of young women are defying convention and death threats by joining
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the police force tony berkeley reports now on that story from kabul. this the latest batch of young hopefuls sitting the afghan police entrance exam seventy young women were included in the four thousand applicants the highest number to date it's a korea about honor and survival and person i want to join the place to help defend my country and fight for the rights of my people and the rights of women the war in afghanistan has touched many but few as hard as samir and her family her two sisters nor all hire a menorah were police officers in fiza bad in badakhshan province as they drove to work with their mother the taliban stop their car drag the young women out and strangled them their bodies were dumped in the river they were targeted because they were police. i couldn't do anything my daughters were screaming help me mother help me it was terrible the family had to flee the province after receiving death
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threats samir a still clutches the cord used to kill her sisters despite what happened she's determined to join up. i am scared of the taliban we even they see us they will kill us perhaps they might riddle me with bullets or strangle me i can't go home anymore so i am determined to join the police for the memory of my sisters and to serve my country. females in the security services are often treated more harshly by the taliban which has consistently opposed women's rights those rights of steadily improve for some women in afghanistan mainly in the cities but not as fast as many would have liked the drawing up of the new penal code left out a section about penalising violence against women and a draft law aimed at making the harrison into women an offense has been left untouched for a year younger than i am they deliver speeches and play politics with their words and the women of afghanistan are tired of the empty promises and lies changing
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lives is one thing but changing very conservative mindset in much of the country it's quite another there's definitely more freedom and support for some women in the country today but even so the number of cases of physical and sexual abuse the great swimming is not fairly there raising. last year saw an increase of eleven percent in those cases and two thousand three hundred women and girls committed suicide because of abuse but in reality those figures are said to be much higher because many women are too scared to report violence to a male dominated police force samir a sisters were victims not only of war but also of deep rooted discrimination it seems clear that long after the last bullet has been fired the women of afghanistan will still be fighting a battle tony berkeley al-jazeera kabul. now when we come back we'll have a sports news for you including this one roger federer is perfect stops the tennis seems to me and joins us with that one i'm going to be international speech.
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for spears yes i thank you so much peter a little messy with center stage once again as barcelona moved into the quarterfinals of a european champions league he scored twice in a three mail when i've a chelsea the last sixteen tie was poised at one one after the first like in london but messi how does team ahead within three minutes in spain and then set up a small down belly and i'm but the argentinian completed a four one aggregate win in the second half still on course for a trophy trouble a season but gone on
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a personal identity and he played like his personality responsibility to the team people he knows he must step up during key moments and that is his responsibility we know he brings something extra to the team and we enjoyed watching him play like everybody does you're fortunate to be seeing one of the all time greats. now when you have a deal put it to. to make a great compliment. you may see i think that it's right it's right to do the communities are. a super super super top players because we're talking about a player that in every season is able to score sixty goals. and a three one victory and he stumbled gave up on munich an eight one aggregate when i would bet she tash last won this title in twenty thirteen that quarterfinal draw coming up on friday. eight games in the europa league later on this thursday at let's go madrid are the favorites to win the competition they take
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a three nil lead into the second leg of their last sixteen tired lokomotiv moscow english asked or what they're hoping to salvage something from their season their two up after the first leg against ac milan the winners of this trophy do qualify for next season's champions league. you pay me. to have a chance to qualify for the court to finally know me. and go. on your menu of your gold the french teams some good french team should have many good teams in the competition maybe she's not of a higher level but never. have a grand of move one step closer to the last sixteen of the asian champions league that after the two know when against south korea station united at the result sees the chinese champions moving three points clear of group g. they can guarantee their place in the knockout stages if they win that next match. series are soccer came from behind twice and scored a late goal to salvage
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a points against bury him united of thailand the equaliser secure the two two draw for the japanese side three on the way in second in the group level on points with us. if you believe the stats roger federer is playing his best tennis in more than a decade the world number one moved into the last eight at indian wells with his fifteenth straight win of the year his best of us was season since two thousand and six this straight sets victory and one of the biggest tournament south side of the four majors came against france's jeremy shockey the thirty six year old can equal his best ever starts with campaign with a win in the quarterfinals i wonder is also aiming for a record sixth indian wells title in next faces south korea's junkyard. and argentinian succeed when martin del potro beat his compatriot leonardo may in three sets potro is the highest save left in his half of the draw next up to him it's germany's political fried i that's once year old the japanese play an army of
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soccer continued her impressive run in the women's draw a soccer baiting czech number five seed carolina prisca in straight sets to move into the seventies the world number forty four has already beaten maria sharapova and i can ask or rather than skip. i sacrifice world number one sign a how up in the last fall the pair of met three times before with power when he won each occasion taken to three sets bike races. came three six three in the decider. now defending formula one world champion lewis hamilton says he's super relaxed about his future in the sports the thirty three year old is entering the final year of his contract with miss eighty's but is yet to agree to a new deal a full time title winning along with. us getting ready for the new season which starts in melbourne next week. i don't stop early i don't stop premature that's for sure and so i really don't know what my time is i could probably states i'm forty
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if i wanted to but i don't think i'm going to do that i could stay i want to two more years but into your two more years time with i still have the excitement that i have now going into another season i really can't tell you. now what exists just be much more time for me to really focus on the things that matter because you know what we're going to start with a new team you have all the new people to get to know how the team works how the new car works you know there's so months things around them now it's being more straightforward and feel very confident or very healthy and good to go. the baseball player known as the japanese by birth is not having an easy time of it a c adjust to life as a major league star with the los angeles angels show hi tony was signed by the angels in december and is highly prized because in japan he excelled at both a pitch and hits a but here he is taking a painful ball during his latest warm up game for his nude scene and he was hit in
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france so far it's only has enjoyed seven strikeouts and three walks in online games. ok most sports throughout the day but that is it for now peter and the many thanks for show is in the seat in a couple of minutes. we'll see you very soon about.
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the harvester. jeannette morales was just ten years old when a devastating earthquake struck mexico city in one thousand nine hundred five the quake damaged her family's apartment and the government moved them to distant shack around seventy families who lost their homes in that earthquake still live in this camp say i'm going to get up at a gallop the government raised our hopes and then abandon us politicians have promised that they won't allow a repeat of what happened after the earthquake in one thousand eight hundred five but the cost and complexity of housing hundreds of people living in camps is a major task and one that many people here think the government will fail.
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to benefit those people. being polled in all these. documentaries that open your eyes. at this time on al-jazeera. turkish president says he won't give back a frame to the assad government when turkish military operations to take the syrian city are over.


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