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central kabul was on lockdown people could not come and go cordons are still in place a lot of these people here are very frustrated that they haven't been able to get inside central kabul and congestion. is very high was very difficult to move around kabul as the heart was under lockdown during this entire intelligence to drift around shoes so that they may be on the serena hotel and neighboring government buildings still the serena hotel is right next door to where this attack happened and that intelligence is there been may be some type of explosives used by anti-government elements on the screen or neighboring buildings and the people should stay clear they didn't at the time but they said that there were. whether or not those threats were related to what we're seeing today. but it looks like something like this could happen now security has been very high government buildings because the spring offensive last friday so there was hard security and we are in the ring of steel where there are
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a lot of checkpoints if you go into government buildings you get searched the bags this is the last waltz is a lot of security in place there will be questions now as to how this could happen how could most politicus get inside a string and stage an attack of this nature. top story and you're of the police in paris to fire tear gas at yellow bus processed as you've been demonstrating for weeks over the state of the economy one hundred twenty six people have been arrested and the police say they've conducted more than eleven thousand spot checks earlier the french interior minister warned that violence could flare up on the twenty third and he could feel the best protest before she's banned trees around the not futile since that fire broke out last monday. still to come here on al jazeera new developments in the hunt to keep and doctors kidnapped from kenya in an area. is known to be active in. rebuilding iraq after months of heavy rain victims of the floods say they're exhausted. they have no food or shelter.
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hello there we've seen some pretty violent showers ever parts of china recently the satellite picture is showing this bright white area of cloud hid it sinking its way south was over the guangdong region and also a force in hong kong and macau seen some very heavy downpours out of this we're also seeing some pretty good steve winds as well and there's the risk of seeing more severe weather as we head through the next couple of days certainly this region looks very unsettled with the showers looking particularly active and it does look fairly wet again as we head through the day on monday meanwhile out towards the west and things that generally are lots chama and a lot of dry air force here we are seeing some showers over sri lanka on the extreme southern parts of india we're also seeing one or two violent thunderstorms in the northeastern parts of india and three bangladesh there's a chance of seeing
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a few more here as we head through the next couple of days and also a few more showers in the south but away from those two areas it's generally looking dry and generally looking pretty hot now now poor up at forty you delhi about thirty nine for the arabian peninsula we're expecting a good deal of cloud to be sticking around over the next day i'll say for us here in doha was that we in bahrain as well so it's just sinking a little bit further south was perhaps as we head into monday breaking up a little bit but ready for many of us a fair amount of cloud and still quite humid at thirty three. people having to leave your record on this travel in fact a few years ago there was place only for one state on the land of israel all you do not believe in a two state solution the official story is that there are no i'm sure we all know you i don't care about the official story you were to go visit today you would say what has the media been telling you now the world isn't black and white there's
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lots of grains in here join me near the hot sun on the front of my guests from around the world take the hot seat and we debate the week's top stories are the big issues here when i was just there. welcome if you're just joining us this is al jazeera live from our headquarters here in doha your top stories gyptian is approaching in the referendum that could keep the president. in office until twenty thirty they're also deciding whether to allow the president to appoint top judges and to expand the role of the military. in libya the warlord after scam paint capture the capital showing no signs of letting up there has been heavy fighting between his forces and the libyan
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government close to tripoli's international airport and one town close by. four civilians and three soldiers have been killed in a gun fight in the afghan capital kabul has detonated an explosive device before storming the communications ministry. the police in northern ireland have arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of a journalist a vigil has been held for lyra mckee she was killed on thursday just days before the anniversary of the easter uprising of irish republicans against british rule in one nine hundred sixteen politicians from all sides in the region which is part of the u.k. condemned the killing of smith has more from londonderry. it was quiet overnight friday into saturday here in derry there remains shock disbelief and revulsion over the murder of lyra mackay there have been growing support for these dissident republican groups in this area these are groups that are opposed to the now twenty
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one year old good friday agreement that brought peace to northern ireland gave it self rule but kept it part of the united kingdom these distant republican groups know british connection here and they want a united ireland but those groups have been particularly seen support growing amongst younger people. twenty one year olds who have no memory of the troubles in northern ireland and those are the groups of those of people who say they've seen no benefit from the last twenty one years of peace here they remain economically deprived and they say there is little opportunity. of violence a. police raid in this area properties where they were looking for power for petrol bombs are sort of thing that might have been used in a march on monday police raid prompted. rioting on thursday night that led to lara mckee's death. the revulsion but has come as a consequence of that serves as a reminder to young people here particularly of the violence what northern ireland
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was like before the good friday agreement. many older people here been reminded of the troubles of there were in northern ireland some twenty one years ago. tensions between northern ireland which is part of the u.k. and the republic of ireland have lingered for decades it was the period of the troubles that began in the late one nine hundred sixty s. after unrest between the two sides british forces were deployed to northern ireland violence followed the irish republican army wanted to take northern ireland out of the u.k. and reunite it with the republic of ireland over a period of nearly thirty years three and a half thousand people were killed in fighting between irish nationalists catholics and proved british protestants the conflict ended in one thousand nine hundred eight with the signing of the good friday agreement which does still stand a macand as a journalist and political activist in london very he says the political vacuum there's been in existence since the suspension of the storm and assembly could be
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triggering more violence. despite the peace agreement there is a political vacuum here and where there's a political vacuum that encourages all sorts of people including paramilitary organizations to make a bed for pyar there being there are no recognized political authority to stand in their way many young people are and here are acutely aware of the past although they weren't alive at the time they are sixteen year olds who were lecture you about the history of ireland and the history of northern ireland and the history of the troubles and to have a sense that it that they have been betrayed and that you know a war was fought you know far equality as they see it it was a war fought for equality and to vindicate nationalism and to lead on a united ireland and as far as they can see all that has stopped and at the same time the economic crisis over recent years has plunged this whole generation of young working class people and even deeper despair about the future and about what
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future they have started and northern ireland amun mccown they're the first democrats to declare for the twenty twenty presidential election is calling on congress to impeach the us president donald trump senator elizabeth warren says the house of representatives should begin proceedings position is different to that of several other leading party figures who say the process would be counterproductive particularly during an election campaign she made the comments just after the release of the mulla report investigating the possibility of collusion between the trumpet ministration and russia in the run up to the us elections mike hanna is live for us in washington mike so this this to and fro across the weekend seems to be taking on a certain pointed elements and people are really not pulling their punches much now . yes indeed you point out correctly division among the democrats in terms of whether to go ahead and attempt impeachment proceedings some arguing that this has
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to happen such as presidential candidates elizabeth wire and others saying that no let's wait there's a republican majority in the senate remembering it's the senate that would have the final say in any impeachment process let's wait until the twenty twenty election that debate's going to be ongoing nancy pelosi the speaker of the house will be holding a conference with the members of the democratic party in the course of the next week to decide what to do next but one must remember there's a step before and that is for congress to get hold of an uncensored version of the miller report now here it is interesting is that that is a bipartisan attempt to let us have gotten to the department of justice signed by republicans and democrats in both the house and senate demanding that congress receive a full uncensored report that would be the first step if they are going to be impeachment proceedings and also taking a look at what the republican position is for the first time there's clear signs of
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division within republican ranks about what to do next and that's come from a fall from the senate make romney who had this to say i am sickened at the extent and persuade her face of most of dishonesty and mystery action by individuals in the highest office of the land including the president now this is very significant coming from a senior republican others republican some remain staunch in their defense of president trump but if there's going to be any impeachment process it would mean in the end having circumscribed all the court appeals that are likely to happen it would rely on a senate that is dominated by republicans and impeachment would require republicans in that senate to change tack and to offer opposition to. and tran something that has been lacking throughout the two years of the trump administration the democrats are supposed to get together on the mike early next week to decide what
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to do off the back of a four hundred odd page redacted report but for those people who say we should try to impeach trump the reality is i mean you and i remember bill clinton the business of government froze politics in america froze for a long time you cannot impeach a president and run a presidential campaign for anyone anyplace that's a very valid point and remembering those previous impeachment processes in that each of those cases the congress said painted and was given the details of the special counsel's investigations that's an important point so there is a precedent but one must remember one other important point that is quite correct that nobody wants to distract from the coming electoral process but in his report robert muller states very clearly it is not up to him to make a decision on whether to carry out criminal proceedings against an indicted president that is up to congress he is bound by department of justice regulations
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which interpret the constitution as saying a sitting president can't be indicted for criminal behavior congress has no such limitation robert miller himself has in all that express word recommended to congress to take up any form of criminal process that may result in the weeks months or simply years to come do we know what congress feels it its options might be once they've heard those conversations in the coming week or two. well the difficulty is is that it is has it always has been a divided congress you've got a democratic majority in the house so certainly there would be agreement in the house possibly about taking further criminal action about investigating the possibility of impeachment however as i keep on saying within the senate there's a republican majority that would be very difficult then for that body to be able to
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confirm what the house does so you do have this division going on but congress itself and this is an important point has acknowledged and indeed in that letter to the department of justice from all parties in congress asking for an uncensored version it has acknowledged that it has the constitutional capacity to adjudicate and judge the actions of the executive now that is a republican and democrat position to argue against that is to give up the powers of congress itself and even rabid supporters of president trump within congress would not like to be seen particularly during an. electoral process giving up the central fundamental power of congress which is part of the checks and balance against an executive that is out of control ok mike thanks for such a great breakdown of the clarity on that story good to talk to us about mike hanna our correspondent live for us in washington. the venezuelan opposition leaders one going to is calling for may day protests. he said his
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supporters need to continue showing president nicolas maduro that people will not accept water and electricity shortages anymore rejects claims from mr to be the interim president and he's denied there's a humanitarian crisis there. police investigating the abduction of two cuban doctors in kenya have arrested the driver he is now in custody and police are looking into whether he had links with people in somalia. it was on this street in the town of monroe where two cuban doctors were abducted last week the sergeant and his ition had been heading to a government hospital where they'd been working for close to a year treating patients from kenya somalia and ethiopia. who were kidnapped right outside. the security guard was shot that. i heard. gunshots after i opened the shop. in shock.
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and landis' rodriguez are part of an exchange program between kenya and cuba that started last year. that doctors are being held in somalia and government forces from that country and kenya are watching with us from both sides of the border to try and secure their release security has been beefed up. for example wasn't there before that. documentation just trying to make sure the bills were getting into town i'm not carrying anything that a lot of people think they want the government to. and make sure that the doctors think. it's in everybody's interest especially that of people here like. he's done. two days before the incident she died on friday something her family
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says might not have happened if the doctors had still been there. when the doctors were taken she was not a did it again until it was badly infected we are still waiting for answers from the hospital. the local health minister has told al jazeera the same. proper medical care but died from a blood clot in an autopsy no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings but the driver of the government vehicle carrying the doctors is in cassidy police are investigating with a he communicated with people in somalia the armed group in that country has often been blamed for carrying out attacks in kenya this is because of the proximity to the border if you know if we. are under a town hasn't been attacked in the last few yards but several other border areas
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farther north hov some of these people are heading there and they're being escorted by police a sign of how dangerous many believe life is becoming and pots of this region catherine saudi al jazeera northeastern kenya. mali is facing political uncertainty after the resignation of the prime minister and his entire government on friday it follows weeks of mass protests over ethnic violence one hundred sixty people in a full army village were killed last month by suspected gunman from the rival dogan ethnic group demonstrators angry at the government for failing to stop such killings they also want something done about the poor economy and the presence of foreign forces. this is al jazeera these are your top stories egyptians are voting in a referendum that could open the door to president abdel fattah el-sisi staying in office until twenty thirty voters are also deciding whether to allow the president
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to appoint top judges and to expand the role of the military but human rights groups are concerned the referendum won't be free or fair. in libya the wall orderly for half the campaign to capture the capital tripoli is showing no signs of letting up there is heavy fighting between his forces and the libyan government south of tripoli in the town of brega shia the shelling has also been reported close to tripoli's in active international airport. as more. we're getting reports now from the front line from. government military sources saying that the are advancing against have to his forces in different axes actually forces the government forces are joining each other from different axes to try to complete the what they call the defense. on the southern outskirts of the libyan capital they say they are determined the government forces are determined to take control of the
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active international airport for civilians and three soldiers have been killed in a gun fight in the afghan capital kabul the attackers appear to detonate an explosive device before storming the communications ministry has been relative calm in kabul in recent weeks coinciding with talks between the united states and taliban officials the police in northern ireland have arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of a journalist's vigils been held for lyra mckee she was killed on thursday just days before the anniversary of the easter uprising of irish republicans against british rule in one nine hundred sixteen sting in europe the police in paris of. protesters who've been demonstrating for weeks over the economy one hundred twenty six people have been arrested and the police say the conducted more than eleven thousand spot checks earlier the french interior minister warned the violence could flare up on the twenty third week of the protests up next it's front after the
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tenchi tomorrow. on counting the cost it's been called the trojan horse while russian banks moved to hungary is kicking up a storm are populist governments threatening the independence of central banks and isn't the end of the runway for jet airways counting the cost on al-jazeera. on up front today we'll speak with the award winning bangladeshi photo journalist and activist shot at all of on his recent imprisonment and the political climate under prime minister sina but first it's the biggest crisis of our time climate change but how do we tackle it or is it too late. climate change is ravaging our planet last year thousands of deaths were linked to
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heat waves and wildfires while millions of people were impacted by floods and typhoons scientists say time is running out to save civilization as we know it so what will it take for politicians and the public to tackle what is perhaps the greatest crisis of our time and thus confronting climate change require confronting our economic system taking on capitalism or is it all too little too late joining me to discuss all this and more a panel of experts from new york james hansen the world renowned climate scientist and former director of the masses got institute for space studies from l.a. russia climate activist and co-founder of the sunrise movement that's grabbed headlines but ok upon us congressional offices and here in the studio amanda washee c.e.o. of the global n.-g. o. christian aid thank you all for joining me on up front james let me start with you you've been dealing with the science behind all of this stuff that decades how long do we have to tackle climate change before it becomes too late we hear
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a lot these days about there being just twelve years to turn things around well there's no such arbitrary number we've reached the time line we should be phasing down the missions now and if we do that we can still we will get a little bit warmer than we are now and then temperature can begin to decline but that requires that we phase our fossil fuel. on the timescale of the next several decades and we're not taking the actions to do that you and your generation of millenniums say that you see the challenge of climate change as your world war two do you actually believe that result just a way of trying to get people to take it will seriously if you do believe that how do you win this new world war i mean people are dying right now and that's what we have to grapple with that the climate crisis is already upon us there are three thousand americans that have perished in the last year because of hurricane maria we have seen wildfires absolutely raise entire cities to the ground in
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a matter of minutes parts of our coastline are losing more than a football field of land a minute so the climate crisis is upon us and that is just with one degree of warming that we have seen so far and scientists are telling us that if we don't stop it at one point five or two degrees we are going to reach a tipping point a point of no return so right now we're we're saying to ourselves as young people like what is the world that we're going to have to live in in a few decades if we don't do something right now amanda you're the c.e.o. of a global development and a lot of this conversation happening here in the west is about the west what impact is climate change having already on the ground across the rest of the world especially the developing world in places like sub-saharan africa what does climate change look like to the poor who having to live through that well let me paint a picture for you and i think you're right to see that the conversations are
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happening here in the west but actually the impact of climate change is already being felt by communities in sub-saharan africa and other parts of asia i was in ethiopia recently i was in south or more which is on the border with south sudan in a place called one of the women there say to me amanda it's getting hotter and hotter and do what i get into. and closer to each other our crops i think our lifestyle is dying and we need to find other ways of survival in terms of income sources that's the real lived experience and impact of climate change and you know where the tragedy is the tragedy is that these communities are the ones that have contributed their lists to climate change as we know it they haven't benefited at all from. the use and abuse and exploitation of. the fuels ok james hansen you were there in front of congress in one nine hundred eighty eight you know sounding the alarm bell calling faction pointing out what the
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science was saying did you think that you know all these decades later would still be having these conversations and do you recognize that the reason we're having these conversations is a lot to do with the economic impact that fighting climate change will require the economic change that it will require the resistance to that change well you know the problem is caused by carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels so what we have to do is raise the price of these fossil fuels but we have to do it in a way that the public is able to deal with the increasing price of fossil fuels and make the changes needed to move to other sources of energy and then the economy can work for us but so far the fossil fuel industry has been able to lobby the government and keep us that's what has to change rationally in terms of what has to
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be done your a prominent advocate of what's been called the green new deal this ultra ambitious ten year mobilization plan to get the us to zero emissions zero greenhouse gas emissions and also create millions of new green jobs in the process a lot of people say that's just not realistic you're not going to get the american public on board for that. i don't think that that's true and i think what the green new deal is. it is actually exactly all the things that you mentioned getting off of fossil fuels of stopping the climate crisis but tying that to the creation of tens of millions of good paying jobs actually boosting and vitalizing our economy in this process of supplement changes that raul and. james let me bring them under then jovo to get a mandarin james response green new deal your loan remember i think we definitely need some kind of marshall plan. for fighting climate climate crisis it is an
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emergency and what where i like this conversation is that science is giving us new information about the fact that the economic model that we're on is the wrong model because it is fossil fuel driven and so for me i don't think that is just a question of tinkering with the current economic model we actually have to look at alternatives and i don't believe that we don't have the know how and the knowledge that you say we can't tackle climate change as we tackle capitalism and that's what i'm saying the whole process of economic development and how the west developed was an economic some dacian that is actually hardwired to serve fuel at the explanation and expense of the planet and people and unfortunately the technology and some of the knowledge is sitting in the west and it's about power and it's about wealth and unless we see such a time when the west itself is being one heavily impacted on by climate change i
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think that we're still going to see is slow movement this shift to green. defined that is nonsense we need a real deal which understands how economics works and what we need to do in order to move fossil fuels and that requires in addition to this rising. arbonne fee with the distribution to the public we also have to have the technologies we have to help the developing countries the western world burned the carbon budget for the whole world now we've got a problem and we're going to have to help those countries that want to raise their standards of living to match ours and so there it's a big problem but it's a solvable problem you and james holmes on both agree on the scale of the challenge but he things you'll solution is no sense. dab well i would say that i
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don't think that simply putting a price on carbon is going to be enough in this moment i think if it were thirty years ago that might have been enough and even after the most recent i.p.c.c. report the un climate report that came out last fall said that we need to make unprecedented changes to every part of our economy and our society to stop this crisis so i don't think that that's going to be enough i think we need to also however we need now and adding to consider james at about that. you know it's not enough but it's the underline policy that's required to make the price of fossil fuels honest otherwise people will keep burning them the same way that we did in the west because people in that energy are going to raise your standard of living they need energy and we need to make the price of fossil fuels include their cost to society that's the underline requirement but there is you acknowledge a development i just quickly touch because james talked about matching that you
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know the developing world wants to much the development of the west there just under a billion people without electricity without access to electricity in the world. and this is not something that you know is going to happen overnight just by being bit by bit. vesting from fossil fuels i think we have to do more than just a day of rest a little bit i think we have to stop we actually have to stop because the emergency is people are dying on a daily basis i can't over emphasize that enough let me ask you this question in your travels especially in a place like africa do you see an alliance of government or leaders that can work to tackle this problem even if the white house is currently filled with a person who doesn't want to take this seriously pulling the u.s. out of paris who thinks that for the chinese hoax even without road block that is the u.s. president are there enough governments with the will power of political will to
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actually take this seriously and get action done even if they have to do it go around the united states well you know leaders common goal climate change is not going to come and go unless we do something about it i think that if you look for example at the african development bank what they have done is they've got a strategy and they've raised their ambition in terms of targets or voice of looking at clean energy sustainable clean energy and looking at greed you know. many greens to reach the community in africa so in terms of an alliance i think there are enough people there's enough momentum that we're having but can i just say that we need a bigger groundswell. of community says yes of the private sector so james you've been campaigning on this issue for a long time people now take it will seriously when you look at the current president of the united states how much damage is he doing to your cause to your
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argument to spreading the the scientific facts and figures what role is he playing in undermining all of this. well you know it's now he's made it easier for us to file our lawsuits we have lawsuits against trump and beginning to have them against the fossil fuel industry and he's just made it much clearer so i think the case in court is now ironclad so i expect to see some wins in the very near future and let me end with the last word you're twenty five years old i believe this is only going to get more serious over the course of your lifetime how does your generation in particular avoid paralysis on this avoid the prospect that it's all doom and gloom where we're finished there's nothing we can do we want of the just give up. well i would say the only antidote to grief and despair is action and bringing young people into the political process to make our voices heard and to ensure that
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this political class. stablish meant right now does not leave our generation to bear the brunt of impending disaster throughout our history the greatest transformational societal change that has occurred has been because tons of young people stood up and said enough is enough. james among the we'll have to leave it there thank you all for joining me on outfront. the u.s. military says it's doing it from job to violent groups across africa but over ten years off the u.s. africa command first began operations is that really the case produce a cure and already has this week's reality check we hear a lot about the u.s. in the middle east but you know where it has an imperial scale military presence fighting on forever war fronts and anti terror operations most of us know nothing about. africa i didn't know there was a thousand troops in the u.s. africa command for africa on has received billions of dollars over the past decade
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to train foreign militaries and counter terrorism tactics and put in a joint operations it's popped up around fifteen mostly unofficial bases from morocco to mozambique and has been fighting in at least thirteen countries including what some call africa's afghanistan somalia headed out for calm insists special operators are doing a fantastic job across the coming but are they really as u.s. military presence has dramatically increased in africa so have terror related attacks going from forty one to nearly twenty five hundred twenty seventeen with reports saying the u.s. strategy has only strengthened the hands of radical groups and the violence extends even beyond terrorists in the fight against boko haram u.s. trained and backed nigerian forces have stormed suffocated tortured or at. prejudicially executed eight thousand people in fact over a dozen u.s. trained militaries have been accused of human rights abuses from operating secret torture prisons to shooting at women and children and the us once i admitted they
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failed to train in values and ethics is it any wonder the majority of african countries resisted afrikaans creation partly why its headquarters were put in europe even recently thousands have gone eons protested the u.s. military saying it's become a curse everywhere they are mauritania ended a u.s. military program because they were never comfortable with what they signed up for and tribal leaders in u.s. bases are not good for the terrorists even an afrikaans sponsored study said the u.s. has largely failed to achieve its goals in response the pentagon said they would scale back some operations just now ones like the largest air force construction project of all time as a former ally for comment fishel put it once you start these things it's hard to turn up. for more than three decades award winning photographer sure he'd been documenting government abuse and humanitarian crises around the world last year he was arrested while covering
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protests in his home country of bangladesh and now faces up to fourteen years in prison on charges of spreading propaganda and false information against the government his arrest provoked a worldwide demand for his release and earned him a place among time magazine's people of the year should be the law in this case is a test for democracy in a country many say is sliding towards authoritarianism he joins me now. thanks for joining me on the front of the last august you were covering the student protests in dhaka which started over a lack of road safety i believe and then you gave an interview to this channel al jazeera english what happened next. sitting up but uploading pictures the doorbell rang. when the door i was alone in the house. people came around the back they'd up he's been lurking on the side and grabbed me . you know i know what happens in black with a sleaze offices or they were in plain clothes so they didn't introduce themselves
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but i could work out what was going on and really about point my interest was in making sure that someone knew that this was happening to me so i resisted i screamed eventually i got taken in to found waiting downstairs handcuffed blindfolded. and taken away. i was in i didn't know where i was taken to but one month i got there i was interrogated tortured and the thing altogether they tortured you yes. they beat you they i was hit i was bleeding i was blindfolded so i couldn't see what was actually being done and blood was dripping down from my face from my nose and mouth on to my clothes. and i was also you know they they threatened me with waterboarding they told me but
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had a lot worse they talked about pins they threatened that they would. put together a lot worse and that my partner would all together earlier this year and head to head i interviewed gala rizvi a close advisor to the prime minister of bangladesh as seen and he not only claimed to be completely unaware of any harm that you suffered in detention he also said you were jailed for quote spreading disinformation which was inciting violence he accused of spreading false stories of rape which led to writes what do you say to him i was documenting things as they were happening and now i don't own a time machine so. incitement is something that happens after an event i was recording the event and for there's clear documentation of the thing having gone on for quite some time before i was recording it. there is nothing absolutely that i said or did which had anything to do with making statements myself i reported what
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is going on that is what a journalist does any journal of the the fabricated charge implications against you and governor is to be the prime minister the visors defended your arrest in detention he says he's your friend izzy well i do know the guy and we have met in situations. i sort of have a different definition of friends but. also they say a neighboring country india is a friend and i can see what that relationship is between our countries so i'd be wary of those friends and what's your relationship like with the prime minister of bangladesh you have seen a who has called you quote mentally sick what is it about you that bothers us so much why are you such a threat or do you think i don't know i mean i i speak out i protest i'm very upfront about what i say that shouldn't be a threat to any government but obviously this is a government that feels threatened by it. i think also. i'm not the only
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one. professor yunus has been vilified before. chief justice was moved away i think i am i was another thorn on the path and there was an election coming up i was saying things which were the truth and therefore on politics the timing was bad for you i guess today you're free on bail but facing up to fourteen years in prison over violations of what human rights groups of called a repressive digital security law which gives the bangladeshi police the power to monitor people's online activities and arrest critics without warrants i believe it's been used more than twelve hundred times in recent years you're currently challenging the legality of the floor i believe in in the high court explain to our viewers what you think is at stake not only for yourself but also for other bangladeshi citizen journalists if you lose your case. it's about freedom of expression and certainly about is the mainstay if and any democracy where the
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democracy exists in bangladesh or not itself is a question but i think if we lose this case then it will be a very very poor signal for journalists and people at large do you believe bangladesh is still a democracy functioning democracy not in the way it operates officially you describe it's an autocracy by any means it has been for some time i mean while it is true that things are particularly bad now but all the way through i mean i left bangladesh when i was in one hundred seventy two a free country i came back to find a military dictator there was an election we tried to bring down the general but elections didn't lead to a democratic process and none of the political parties we've had have practiced democracy since then has seen a i would say she won a landslide victory in december's elections in bangladesh now she's been accused of vote rigging she's been accused of violations of electoral law but at the same time it's undeniable that she's hugely popular and mother this you surely would concede
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that point and she probably would have still well even if she didn't allegedly cheat it's not a problem for people like yourself that you're a critic of hers but you're in a minority in your own country i don't believe i'm a minority at all. in fact it is true that she has a following but since this is a restaurant i get stopped in the streets people hug me they have tears in their eyes tell me you've said what needed to be said but no one was speaking out. i this it's a turbulent place out there and i think there's a lid on it which keeps it the way it is is that lead related to the economy because a lot of us supporters constantly point out the during her ten consecutive years as prime minister per capita income in bangladesh is triple the economy's grown life expectancy in bangladesh is now higher than in india and pakistan would you at least concede that on the economic front if not on the political front she has delivered for people a. bangladesh is somewhere that's on the undeniably true i think it's done well despite the government on not because of interest but more importantly i think the
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real people who make bangladesh prosper are our migrant workers our garment workers our farmers in the field on the other hand you have bangladesh having the largest growth of rich people in the world today and over the last eleven years over eighty three billion dollars have been sent out of the country this wealth benefits a few people it's generated by some people it's used and abused by others your perhaps most acclaimed photo journalist your work has been published all over the world you've trained hundreds of young photographers as well in the long run what role do you think your work pie is in safeguarding democracy promoting civil society in a country like bangladesh which you say there's no talk or see other say it's very best sliding towards autocracy what role did your own work place i think there are two aspects one is and sharing accountability and transparency which is required in
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any system one of my concerns is that the institutions that should hold any state in in place have been gradually eroded and destroyed therefore we work on three areas media education and culture to exert pressure upon the polish political space of politicians get out get away with what they've done so far to be fair it's not just this treaty i think pretty much all the regions we've had in the past to play the same role it's just it's at a level today which we've never had before. and you're traveling abroad right now you're on bail but you don't have to leave the country even in the u.s. visiting mexico what is your message when you're out of bangladesh not just to supporters but to foreign governments international groups who look at other issues as a successful economy look at she has seen as an ally in various walks of life what's your message to them i think i need to point out to foreign governments that the role they're playing in being poly with blind dictators it's hugely
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problematic they talk about freedom and democracy i don't believe they go anywhere beyond working for self interest and it's very problematic that they will put up with a plan and dictator when their needs are. delivering on their own they're delivering on the war on terror which is problematic itself. but the fact that you don't place much faith in international efforts to try and check what's happening at home in your country i don't believe there's such a thing as morality in international politics last time you came on this channel and did an interview you were arrested and then beat some kind of surprised to see you back on this channel you're a brave man are you worried what's going to happen to you when you return to bangladesh after this interview i'm wary as one needs to be but i'm the citizen of an independent state and my constitution gives me rights i'm going to exercise
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to change the constitution and possibly allow the president to remain in office until the twenty thirty police in northern ireland arrest two men in connection with the murder of a journalist. with your sports manchester city get revenge for their champions league loss against tottenham and moved back to the top of the premier league. we are starting in libya where there is heavy fighting near the capital as the warlord khalifa haftar forces continue to attack tripoli they are battling the un recognized the libyan government south of the city in the time of. year of fighting is happening near the international airport which is under control government forces are preparing to launch an operation in the coming days to retake the area the late is now with mahmud up the one hundred who is in tripoli how serious is
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this getting out how close is that getting to tripoli and a full battle between the sides. well the fighting intensifies now our island of the tripoli international airport deaths there in act of international airport that was taken control of by have to us forces days ago now military commanders with the government say that they have the joined several axes to complete their defense could've gone south of tripoli and to push have to his forces back beyond the outskirts the southern outskirts of tripoli back to the highway on the highway to the city of thirty m. now military sources on the ground also say that government warplanes targeted the health of us forces locations several times today including get around the city of the neon and all saw a military base a with military order
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a debate is that they have the forces control now around two hundred fifty kilometers to the west of tripoli as you know command that have the planes have been taken off from that database and targeting government forces locations south of tripoli also military sources where the government say that they have lost eight fighters and twenty others were wanted in today's clashes by the way this number could increase at any time as they're fighting now intensifies as a military commanders with the government tell us that they are determined to recapture the disused international airport as soon as possible also we're getting news from the other side of tripoli another front line namely an enzyme that the government forces are advancing there taken control over locations that were controlled by have these forces days ago we have been hearing heavy
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fighting really like be it sounds of big bombardments of tripoli and. say that one electricity plant was hit tripoli and they're expecting that there is a danger areas like. on the southern outskirts of tripoli might experience or live in blacked out for days because of the. electricity plant that was hit by random rockets that update from. tripoli thank you now this is following up now warren new information we learned yesterday there's been a reaction of anger after the white house said u.s. president donald trump spoke with her by phone earlier in the week pledging his support for him has the latest on that. decked in yellow vests as a symbol of resistance thousands of people have been protesting in libya's capital denouncing the recent military offensive to seize tripoli led by the lord. marching
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in central martyr square on friday they blamed foreign interference for the violence in their country. the powers that support terrorism in libya our friends from egypt saudi arabia and the u.a.e. we condemn the criminal acts against the libyan people and the support of this rebel have we also condemned the united nation mission because of their inability to handle the libyan situation room we say no to the military rule and no to an individual rule but yes to a civil state the protests come after the white house said president donald trump spoke on the phone with earlier this week offering his support and praising the world's fight against what he called terrorism and securing libya's oil many are angry about that development. will of course trump support because who initially brought him to the limelight after it was put on hold so they
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can have someone to replace gadhafi and now they have brought him back to take over but the libyan people are against trial. and against after we want civilian rule and freedom. really for have to us forces in the east have been fighting to take control of tripoli from the internationally recognized government for the past few weeks since then violence has escalated and more than two hundred people have been killed and there are efforts to find a political solution. in the center stage. and there are some how. the military. being behind the indorsement after its offensive after. two weeks ago. and doesn't really care he wants to go. this is much more about and also. the u.s. egypt do have a military presence on the ground. in libya has had two rival governments since twenty fourteen and violence has followed among their rival militias many libyans
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now fear the next few months could bring even more instability. al jazeera. branches of the news now an egyptian voting in a referendum that could open the door to president they're all sisi staying in office till the twenty thirty voters also are deciding whether to allow the president to appoint a top judges and to expand the role of the military fifty five million egyptians are eligible to take pass but rights groups are concerned the referendum want to be free or fair or the proposed changes to the constitution why they described as a step towards more autocracy under president sisi has more on that. president of the c.c. was sworn in last year after winning his second term in office the vote was marred by claims of irregularities a crackdown on activists and potential challengers
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a few months earlier sisi had said he would not seek a third term by the egyptian leader seem. to have changed his mind beginning on saturday voters will take part in a referendum that could extend cc's term in office by two years and allow him to stand for another six year mandate effectively keeping him in office until twenty thirty the movie's a departure from the two thousand and eleven constitutional declaration that limits presidents to two four year terms egypt has completely eliminated opposition it's an environment of repression and fear people are terrified to to to vote to express dissent just in this in the lead up to this vote more than one hundred twenty people have been arrested for campaigning for the for the no vote sisi rossa prominence after the two thousand and eleven uprising in two thousand and twelve he
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was appointed minister of defense by egypt's first democratically elected president mohamed morsi a year later sisi deposed morsi in a military coup and eventually became president while consider dating his grip on power his government has a rusted thousands of activists and opponents many facing death penalties the trials were widely condemned by human rights groups as a travesty. over the last few years a predominantly loyal parliament has introduced a series of reforms expanding the militarist influence the referendum is also asking people to vote for a provision that declares the military the guardian and protector of the state the opposition is calling for boycott our dream at all to have a president elected once every two terms i can't and but since his will is not without challenges he faces arms groups in the sinai peninsula who have launched
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attacks against security forces and international calls for political reforms but the general turned politician seems defiant he's launching mega projects across the country and hoping to be able to fix an economy in tatters and win the trust of the people. here are. some thoughts now from me who is a professor of political science research in egypt at long island university she tells the proposed changes would eliminate the few remaining checks and balances on c.c. and the military. if you really think about what sisi is consolidating his power around when he has veto power over the supreme court when he can appoint judges when he can appoint chief prosecutors the one vested so we thought about in terms of independence in egypt was the judiciary now he will be on top of the judiciary if we look at the behavior of the parliament which has become
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a rubber stamp to his authority which is stacked not just with the supporters of former military and police personnel the judiciary and the legislative branch are no longer independent and this goes against most conventions un recognized conventions on the role of constitution the constitution is supposed to be a contract between the state and society as a way to protect the citizens rights well this constitution aims to do is essentially protect the rights of this regime now more critically it puts the military above the government the military is the guarantee of the constitution the military becomes a guarantee or a government essentially the military can dissolve parliament if it wants to and so what this constitution does is it crystallizes and formalize this military authoritarian rule in egypt that is unprecedented in egypt's history they're getting rid of bodies that used to revise or view contracts for bidding on
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government projects and by the elimination of this oversight body and regulation essentially the military can continue to entrenched its grip on the economy and on building infrastructure in egypt. here's what we've got coming up for you on this news we're looking at what is causing a rise in suicide among police offices in france also new developments in the search for two cuban doctors kidnapped in kenya. and in support christiane of rinaldo and eventis try to win their consecutive italian league title and to put the european exit behind them. but to northern ireland now where police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the killing of a journalist a vigil has been held for she was shot on thursday just days before the anniversary of the east uprising.


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