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the future of the rest joining us with coverage and analysis of the trump impeachment amount to 0. 0. hello again i'm a star and this is the news hour live from doha coming up in the next 60 minutes police fight with protesters for a 2nd straight day in india's pradesh has nationwide protests continue against a contentious citizenship. a former university lecturer is sentenced to death for blasphemy and pakistan over facebook posts. 3 people are killed in an air attack by world cliff i have to its forces in libya while turkey's parliament approved the
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security deal with the tripoli based government. hello i'm maryam namazie in london with the top stories from europe including u.s. president donald trump approve sanctions on companies involved in the north stream to gas pipeline in a move that threatens relations between washington. and the scar of bethlehem the mysterious street artist banksy unveils a dark nativity scene in the occupied west bank. fee for club world cup finals kicked off in doha. turkey on flamingo with both teams trying to win the trophy for the 1st time. now nationwide protests over a new citizenship are emerging as the biggest domestic challenge yet to indian prime minister. opponents say the law discriminates by excluding muslims while
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letting minorities from 3 neighboring countries become citizens at least 23 people have now been killed and more than 1500 arrested since the unrest began last week now some of the most violent scenes have been in the northern state of georgia pradesh where 15 people have died just over the past 2 days protesters set fires and threw rocks while police have been accused of using excessive force and another northern state bihar demonstrators blocked roads by lighting fires while wearing signs opposing that new law but demonstrations have been largely peaceful and states controlled by the opposition where regional leaders say they won't implement the law thousands have taken part in rallies in west bengal our correspondent reports from the capital new delhi. police in the northern state are not taking chances. did vans while firing tear gas at protesters who are defying a government ban to congregate in large crowds. every tactic is being used to
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quash nationwide protests against a new citizenship law the police are being accused of using excessive force. was what started as a student demonstration has grown into a larger movement to denounce what governments often and say is divisive and discriminatory legislation. the law excludes muslims from neighboring countries from receiving indian citizenship which goes against india secular constitution and rest in india has been discussed at a conference of muslim leaders in malaysia prime minister mahathir mohamad said the indian law is unfair to exclude. from becoming citizens even by duplessis i think is unfair so it was.
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disagreement with this kind of treatment india rejected his comment saying the law doesn't impact the status of any indian citizen or deprive any indian of any faith of her or his citizenship the malaysian prime minister's remark is factually inaccurate we call upon to refrain from commenting on internal developments in india without the right and the standing of facts. on saturday protesters back the streets of new delhi despite the government's ban on large crowds. 'd the. lawyers from india supreme court and high courts joined the outcry we are running open the discriminate among those 6 jenny jones and muslims if overcautious on the road was allowed everyone was outside the johnny emily ice time and if that's still where the 1st yes. c it's now close but still still getting me
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joined by people. supplied with the word it's one of the. art students depicted the constitution and the government's attitude to it by painting this street it's amazing that john has united the nation in that sense but . it's also just the idea behind it which is so vicious the idea behind the act it's all visions that every thinking human being everyone in this country will be affected and therefore standing up indians here are vowing to continue their defiance revolt against the law and say they won't allow the government to destroy the very fabric on which their nation is built on. the al-jazeera new delhi india. now court and pakistan has sentenced a university electra to death for blasphemy jeanette have phase was arrested. 2013
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accused of insulting the prophet muhammad on facebook he spent nearly 6 years in solitary confinement waiting for his trial pakistan's controversial blasphemy law carries an automatic death penalty the country has it to carry out a death sentence for the charge but the law has drawn widespread condemnation from rights groups about 40 people convicted of blasphemy are on death row in pakistan b.b. a christian woman spend more than 80 years on death row before her conviction was overturned a year ago she has since sort asylum in canada her case attracted global attention and led to the killing of punjab governor salman to syria he was shot dead by one of his bodyguards in 2011 to see oppose the blasphemy laws and had called for bibi to be pardoned 3 months later pakistan's minorities minister was killed by gunman in islamabad shahbaz bhatti a christian had received death threats after suggesting that best me laws be reformed. is in islamabad with more. he's
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a fulbright scholar and of course had also. prayed for a decade to make however a group of students then object to his facebook page a huge demo of blasphemy and printed 13 able to read stayed and charged with blasphemy under bug a strong law 295 of the penal code i did a bucket on penal court anyone who fires the name of the property. provided for the sentence of death in this particular case has been unveiled. a number of the judges have already been and today they were big boys read out under maximum security inside the prison because back in 2014 his lawyer was gunned down and. he according to reports was kept in solitary confinement
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because of fear for to live but that particular judgment coming out inside the jail and moreton on a soft mat is vice chancellor at reply and international university and he joins us now live from islamabad via skype dr ahmed let me start by asking you for your reaction to today's fighting. well i believe. the freedom of expression is the know the basic principles of islam but that does not mean use of language for any abuse or any poisonous statements and there is of i think this law was enacted under british later on it was revised unembarrassed by 1930 and later on they pakistan by element and senate jointly ruled the law so it becomes an act and under the act. a person who is accused has full liberty to appear and
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plead his case till today i believe there has not been a single execution as such but there have been accusations and judgments have been passed but not just him as have been carried out till today well as you are saying if none of the death penalties have ever been carried out does that make this an empty no and and if so why should it exist. not to do it it simply means that if there is any to see a problem it all is go to the benefit of the accused and there's the fairness of the law is not a matter of. law not being active. means if it's provided for all possible venues for the accused to come forward and defend and even now they are just what appealed for the person i think the law as sets is.
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lawful land and if brother was it had been followed then the judgement should not be condemned when you're saying that it's supposed to be in the benefit of the accused but i know a number of people have been involved in accusation of past me having killed and we've just named some of them and by some counts 75 people have been killed since the 1990 and there are concerns of people using the law for their own past no vendettas are you concerned about that. image there isn't about a single human life but it is not because of law deal that it is because of a lot less ness they were never killed by execution given that jim and the problem is if the law provides protection then is should be respected if he's not respected then people take london one hand and law stuff from that therefore what i'm saying is laws has to be respected but it's procedure has to be very carefully
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followed and i'm sure if there are any flaws in the procedure those must be jetted and we have a judiciary in the country where they develop dreamin and i'm sure they will look into it and if there is any a misstatement or missing decision that attribute taken care of by the legal court on a soft mother advice chance that repeal international university thank you for joining us on al-jazeera thank you very much. well plenty more ahead on this news hour including even more homes lost to huge bushfires in eastern and southern australia intensified by searing heat and strong winds. and lebanon's new prime minister begins shaping the future government's outgoing data saad hariri calls for calm. and an olympic legend helps open the new torture 2020 national stadium piece that has more in sports.
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now regional security concerns dominated a summit of west african leaders in nigeria's capital delegates from the 15 member eco discussed fund raising to support the fight against increased attacks in the sahara region at its last meeting the body pledged a $1000000000.00 to boost military operations in that lawless desert region while our correspondent ahmed address spoke to retired group command acidic a senior research fellow at the nigerian defense college he asked him if the fund can really solve the problem of violent attacks in the sahara. now this site is such an out of this fund we can see it's a very good sign and i think it's a realisation for the leaders in the some region that they have to pull ownership of the security architecture in this region if you realize you know in the current times most of the support is coming from either the colonial former colonial masters or the non regional actors now it's becoming clear with the experience in
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the g 5 so i have that the countries themselves they have to put their money where their mouth is but the problem is the $1.00 top $1000000000.00 fund required or requested will be enough to deal with the problems we've seen child cameroon nigeria mali burkina faso all these countries well to be honest with you looking at the at the gaps that exist in the individual militaries and the fact that right from to this militaries where not organized or structured to find counterterrorism the 1000000000 ira is a substantial amount but it may not be completely enough to have all the problems but like i said it's a very good step the cost we have to see that the militaries have to be revamped they have to be equipped they have to be trained in short that they can meet the challenges that the subject is facing now you've served in the african force in mali in 2013 what are the peculiar problems in mali and how can regional course as well as international forces deal with the problem of time. remember the time when
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the african union went it wolli that is before the arrival of the of the of the united nations we have problems of coordination would still exist if you remember according to the african peace and security architecture that is this principle of subsidiarity that is to say when a problem across the organization or organization that is nearest to the problem should act so it was based on the principle that because 1st intervened the letter of the african union took over however among the 1st people that aren't in mali there was a lot of problem of course the nation and again there was a problem of financing if i can remember correctly a lot of the finances i mean a lot of the contin just could not deploy there was lack of finances there was not a capacity until they were paying union came in with some $50000000.00. talks aimed at resolving disputes over the largest hydroelectric dam in africa taking place in sudan's capital khartoum a $4000000000.00 grand ethiopian a song stand on the river nile is nearing completion the ethiopians say it will
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provide power to 70000000 people and revitalize the economy but neighbors sudan and egypt fear it will reduce water supply for drinking and irrigation while staying in sudan aid has reached a remote rebel held area for the 1st time in nearly 9 years as have a morgan reports from blue nile states the welcome arrival of food and other essentials coincides with talks to end of fighting when she heard that aid would be arriving in the state says she walked for more than 8 hours to queue for it after more than 80 years the area controlled by sudanese rebels known as the sudan's people liberation movement north is finally receiving humanitarian aid and qatar but did not want to miss out as well. there's no food most of the time and because of the constant bombardment in the 1st years of the war a lot of terrible things happened they didn't care where their bombs were being dropped on people farms or livestock some of us fled to ethiopia but i could go
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because i didn't want to leave my home and become a refugee the words between sudan's government and the s.p.l. in north erupted after the government refused to allow the states of south kordofan and blue nile a referendum on whether to be part of sudan or the newly created south sudan as part of a 2005 peace deal the s.p.l. and north also accuse the government of impeding democracy in the united nations says more than 2000000 people have been affected by the conflict with more than have a 1000000 displaced so prove rounds of peace talks between the s.p.l. and north and the previous government of ahmed rashid collapsed when they failed to agree on many issues including humanitarian access. since the was also more than a series ago yeah boss has been cut off from the military and so problems of people but they bring also but many remain behind what missing the horrors of the civil war now with is coming in for the 1st time they're waiting to speak after all of
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these years things are really starting to change. most trouble held areas in the country are nearly impossible to access from the capital hot some so dan's new transitional government which is in talks with armed groups including the s.p.l. and north changed that in december allowing aid workers to head in for the 1st time a major day a great breakthrough in an area that has not received the help that is needed none at all from the united nations in over 9 years and when you compound the war the ton fully with the flooding that just take place these people are in need of been extremely impressed with the openness and the willingness of the leadership of bilking others to do what we need to do without getting in the way and they have given us just unimpeded access talks between sudan's people liberation movement north leader abdul aziz and hello and the sudanese government are going on but many issues need to be resolved before peace the it can be signed calling for an answer
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don oh for. justice. democracy equality of the biz a problem is a show of the sharia sharia islamic law for. the macnow we were on a secular democratic. state and this is where the government is there like as the issues continue to be talked through hundreds of thousands wait and hope that whatever the outcome be aid will continue to arrive he will morgan i'll get there oh yeah denial. syrian government forces and their russian allies have bombed rebel held areas in the province killing 11 people the airstrikes hit a busy market and sorrow and then the city's main road as people trying to flee that attack the city of merit on the man was also targeted well milad fidel is on the ground in syria and he says that tens of thousands of people fleeing are under
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attack just a little portable how real. russian and syrian government military jets continue to target many towns and villages in the countryside. here in the town of sara keep a popular market and residential homes were hit many civilians were either killed or injured by the strikes. at the same time other towns and it leaves eastern and western countryside the targeted area. is on the highway connecting aleppo and damascus tens of thousands fleeing areas under attack such as merrill newman use this road the targeting of the main towns and highways used by the residents now worsen as the humanitarian situation. there have been more closed door meetings in lebanon as the man picked to be its new prime minister tries to gather support from rival political blocs has held talks with the outgoing lead assad hariri is
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promising to form a government within 6 weeks but hariri supporters aren't happy with his replacement on friday troops find tear gas at protesters blocked roads and have rocks i really has called for calm the doctor either she. or i wish all could express themselves in a peaceful way because the army is els and it is for all the liberties and i wish if anyone is angry that he can protest peacefully in god's will the prime minister has conducting his consultations and we hope for good for all. well still ahead on out. on your bike and paris to get around the strike but not everyone is finding the right. hand turn your premier league managers watch on i'm going to talk to have to have.
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some lovely weather across a good parts of the middle east over the next couple days lost the 5 and dry basin places a cloud moving further east would still ward specs because it's down northern parts of afghanistan over towards the other side of the region still events to confide and dry there will be some but some places a cloud just spilling into the eastern side of the medicine go on into monday but i think it's going to stay off shore here so generally seeing more pleasant sunshine and that's the case too as we go on through monday highs of 19 celsius for baghdad and also for kuwait city in the dry weather that's also extending its way across the peninsula because it gets temperatures here in doha touching 23 celsius over the next couple of days and with a light breeze really will be a very pleasant little cloud down towards a far south of the region maybe over towards the horn of africa but again i think it should be dry that's still largely draco's the good parts of southern africa some showers just spilling out of namibia into the eastern side of south africa
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further west it will be settled and sunny $22.00 celsius there in capetown a few showers then with just around the eastern side of the region showers to further north more than parts of mozambique turn again for eastward along with a good part tanzania. in 2008 al-jazeera documenting ground breaking. preparing some of india's poorest children for entry into its toughest universities 'd. we return to see the other students in the scheme helping change the face of india. super 30 on al-jazeera. examining the impact of today's headlines you use the misinformation use the term
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setting the agenda for tomorrow's discussions how unique is this in terms of modern american history when it comes to racism you have the making of the little flashes made international filmmakers a world class journalists bringing programs to inspire you. on al-jazeera. hello again you're watching al-jazeera or a minder of our top stories this hour thousands of people continue to protest across india as the backlash intensifies over a new law on citizenship at least 23 people have now been killed and more than 1500
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arrested since last week. a court in pakistan has sentenced a university electret to death for blasphemy junaid have fees was arrested in $28.00 that teen accused of insulting islam is prophet mohammed on facebook. syrian government forces and their russian allies have bombed rebel held areas an adlib province killing 11 people the airstrike there's a busy market and then the city's main road as people tried to flee that attack. now 3 people have been killed in libya and the latest round of drone strikes by world who for half their his forces attacked the town of and in the northwest of libya the internationally recognized government says the drones are being piloted by the united arab emirates which supports the warlord last week after announced what he's calling the final offensive to take the capital of tripoli but our correspondent mark went up to where he joins us live from tripoli now mark where did this latest round of fighting seems to be
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a confrontation with government forces trying to stage an assault on one of have to as key bases will apparently it sealed the government forces tried to enter the whole city about 65 kilometers to the south east from the capital tripoli to holder is the main stronghold for have to his forces and it has the central command from were from which have to this general along with the russian military experts are running their battles in southern tripoli that's according to the government of national accord so government forces tried to open a new front lines near the city but they were strong they say that they faced strikes by have to draw fighter jets. meanwhile a new city has witnessed clashes in its vicinity near the city of the
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horn the city of m silat which is about 88 kilometers to the south east from the capital tripoli the city of them selectors among the several cities that have recently declared mass mobilization to prevent have to forces from entering the capital tripoli now so that there is facing have to the forces and its southern vicinities after the government forces withdraw from the area and local sources in there say that hundreds of civilians have left their homes because of the fighting and random rockets have been landing inside the city 3 people were killed and a dozen others were wounded according to medical sources sources and the city of. the situation also remains very tense in southern tripoli. as have those forces are still clinging on to the earlier mork military camp which is very strategic in
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southern tripoli now what is their concern that the fighting will escalate even further especially now that we've had this offer of military support from taki and the government of national unity saying that they want to take that up. well as you know as the government has decided to put this agreement military agreement was to emplace to activate a military agreement and military analysts on the ground say that. the government of national accord receives advanced weapons from turkey including a defense advanced systems and also. fighter jets and drones and this can make a change on the ground in favor of the government forces are of course you know that the government says that have to have that has been supported by the united
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arab emirates egypt and russia in fact he has been recruiting messines from russia and he has been supported by advances weapons and ammunition from the united arab emirates and they also say that the government of national accord is intitled to import weapons in terms of fighting terrorism and restoring stability in the country but in all cases many people here in the west of libya pro-government people are hopeful that turkey would deliver on its a promise and support the government with advancing a defense system so that they can at least face have to fighter jets and drones mom and i've never had there for a live on the ground in tripoli thank you matthew as well as you were just saying that takis parliament has now backed that military deal increasing cooperation with libya's tripoli government and trying to defend the capital from warlord cliff
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after but our correspondent in taki muhammad ali says it will be some time before and correct considered actually deploying troops. this. question is just a relative question of the agreement between libya and turkey but what's happening it was going to happen from now on will depend on a formal request that the d.n.a. in tripoli that's the government that's recognized by the united nations. you know has to send a request to uncurse so that unless they get this request to go back to parliament for another agreement a nod from parliament and also for the formulation of the monday to what exactly the troops will be mandated to do in libya once they get there before they can be deployed really hearing from sources that the government here is not expecting a formal request from tripoli until probably february but that could change given
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the. really good general hotter is comprised now coming out against the government installations and positions now japan's prime minister has briefed iran's president on plans to send military forces to protect japanese oil exports from the gulf shinzo of a welcomed hassan rouhani in tokyo on friday iran's looking for japanese support to boost an economy strangled by u.s. sanctions 90 percent of japan's crude oil is shipped from the middle east japan wants to send a navy destroyer and patrol aircraft to safeguard the energy supply is president trump has long voiced his opposition to a major european gas pipeline which would bring natural gas directly from russia to germany and now he signed off on sanctions targeting that project for more maryam namazie and our european forecast center. yeah that's right this is the nord stream to pipeline we're talking about a major 9 and
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a half $1000000000.00 plan which the u.s. is against arguing that it would increase germany's reliance on a russian gas well these sanctions were part of a broader u.s. defense bill set for 2020 and essentially enable the president to penalize companies involved in the construction of this pipeline president trump signed off on the bill on friday's who say the sanctions have already prompted a major contracted to suspend their work but the russian president vladimir putin is vowing to continue with the project and has also threatened to reciprocate well this is a 1200 kilometer pipeline it's going to run from the russian port of but need the baltic sea to greece filed in germany the existing north stream one pipeline it gives russia's state owned company gazprom the ability to explore 110000000000 cubic meters of gas to europe per year and gas from says it will pay ukraine $2900000000.00 to settle
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a legal route over its gas exports that runs through the north stream one pipeline gas transit agreement was mediated by the european union and announced in principle him but on friday well under the 5 year agreement ukraine is expected to withdraw all outstanding legal claims that were previously made against gazprom. so for more on this i'm joined from washington by doug bandow who's a senior fellow at the cato institute a libertarian think tank and he previously worked as a special assistant to president ronald reagan so the russian reaction to this was fairly predictable could be expected germany has condemned the move chancellor angela merkel isn't happy with how could this how could these u.s. sanctions impact the relationship between washington and ballen. well they're going to make their relationship much more difficult you know germany france britain and others are already upset with american policy towards iran the
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sanctions that are being applied that affect european companies you know europeans have tired of the united states imposing through its financial system sanctions on europeans this is going to add to that you know to have the united states announce that germany is making a bad decision and therefore cannot be allowed to make it i'm afraid it's going to affect cooperation on issues of china issues of iran in the middle east and others as europeans you know basically want to resist this administration ever more we have seen president make a series of unilateral moves he is not afraid to do this on issues of international security but in this case u.s. lawmakers in both houses of congress overwhelmingly approve the sanctions in fact it was orchestrated by senators ted cruz and ron johnson no that's right
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in essence you have in the u.s. congress. a lot of people who want to be secretaries of state and the congress in the past as you sanctions on other countries they passed very strong sanctions on russia and made it hard for the president to remove those there's current legislation pending work congress is talking about making tougher sanctions for example on north korea so i think we this is part of a pattern where the u.s. congress is seeking to be more assertive when it comes to international issues and really the only tool the u.s. congress has are sanctions you know they can't deploy the military they can't fight wars but what they can do. not make real is you say that and our we have seen that sanctions are a key part of the foreign policy. that this administration likes to deploy so far is there evidence that this tactic works. and no the irony is that so far
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sanctions have failed in every case they have been forced russia to step back from ukraine in crimea they haven't forced north korea to make a deal they haven't forced iran back to the negotiating table they haven't gotten rid of the venezuelan government so this is a better society as i think a few till of the where the u.s. is essentially making war and its allies in this case germany in particular and is not likely to change the outcome thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us on this from washington doug bandow joining us from the cato institute well in other stories a following from here at the national transport strike in france is making it difficult for travelers to get home for the holidays like most major cities are strained stations faces of passengers in the lead up to christmas but half of a long distance trains have been canceled causing major delays strike of the present and pension reform plan is now into its week. well transport
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round paris hasn't been that easy either of the cities metro lines are running and that's made cycling ever more popular as a fashion partner explains. weaving through traffic in paris on a bike can be sure to have the best of times for more than 2 weeks of public transport strikes against the government's planned pension reforms has made cycling around the city particularly challenging with most metro train and bus services cut many people opting to cycle vinyl tied to old runs a shop in the city center the sells and repairs recycled bikes he says his staff is inundated with work we've seen far more people coming in lots who want an old bike fixed some who want to buy a cheap secondhand bike because the only plan to cycle temporarily lots of people bring in dusty bags that have been in their center which proves they don't normally cycle paris's city council says the number of cyclists on the road has doubled
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since the strike began the mayor has long been encouraging people to bike rather than drive to help fight air pollution there's a vast network of cycle lanes and a widely used bike share scheme i would say use them quite regularly but would strike there often because there's not really enough there is enough to say drivers are definitely more stressed and because i have to cycle further on busy road it's not easy there are loads of benefits to cycling it's often much faster on small to journeys it's more environmentally friendly than driving and also it's good exercise for since the beginning of the still lives the roads have been so busy the city officials say that the number of accidents involving cyclists has. emergency workers say the number of accidents involving bikes has increased by 40 percent this expert says that inexperienced riders are often ill prepared or poorly equipped. to bike you need
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a basic level of fitness if people are fit they may not have balance of they can fall down and risk fractures to their head shoulders and body also too much biking if you're off it can cause a multitude of health problems and pain in the knees and back it's clear that many people will be relieved when the city's transport services return to normal but with trade unions threatening to continue their industrial action throughout the holiday season that's unlikely to happen any time soon until then and despite the risks cycling remains one of the best ways to get around the trash butler i'll just 0 paris. more from london a bit later on this evening now back to the stars here in the. thanks mary well catastrophic conditions after adding massive bushfires across the australian state of new south wales major roads have been closed and authorizes have asked people to delay travel because the fire could shift direction unexpectedly 6 fires in the state are now rated at imagine sea level out of more than $100.00 currently burning
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just a washington reports from sydney's western outskirts. this is usually one of sydney's most popular tourist attractions the normally picturesque blue mountains bordering the outskirts of the city. much of it now decimated by bushfires. they've been burning across large parts of australia for months now with flames as high as 70 metres the fire in this region alone has destroyed an area 7 times the size of singapore. but this isn't just bush land it's home for thousands of australians fire crews are working tirelessly to protect residents robert beecroft is a former volunteer firefighter he's seen many bushfires in his time but this one is different for being here for 67 years i've seen a lot of force through the mountains actually more you have to brace for quite a few for. i haven't seen so many out of control back to the b.
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crops like so many families here face a difficult choice leave everything behind or stay and potentially put themselves in danger it's a little bit stressful but you just got to remain positive or suppose it's hard to think of what you want to keep in everything but just get what seems important at the time to go and i'm sure there'll be other things that you think about later but just be prepared i guess it's just bad timing obviously around the holidays but what can you do really. score it's pretty confronting. volatile for such a strain from the shelves. some of these fires have been burning since july but authorities are warning that these are catastrophic conditions it's the combination of extreme heat strong winds and low humidity that makes the situation on the ground incredibly dangerous firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground and
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from the air the intense heat has even generated its own thunderstorm nearly all the men and women fighting the fires are volunteers some haven't seen their families in days the locals who risk losing almost everything some are just trying to do whatever they can to spend quite difficult when they're older they get much sleep and it's quite anxious sobeys problems as word this is just the beginning of summer and many of fearful of what lies ahead for the rest of the bushfire season just a washington al-jazeera blackheath. more than 50000 guns have been handed over in new zealand since a ban was imposed on assault weapons there the government started buying back the weapons 6 months ago as part of reforms implemented since a mass shooting at 2 mosques back in march when 51 people were killed gun owners were also given the option of modifying their firearms to make them compliant with
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the new tougher laws you know i have heard countless feedback from many of the local by dick event and it is all going good in nearly $32000.00 clearly separate to survive in this so there are sure there are about 15 percent of the gun owning community with the license camino should cite it handed in their weapons and i think that feels about right french forces have killed 33 fighters in the mopti region of mali president among american made the announcement in a speech in ivory coast french army command confirmed that death toll in the operation which it says took place overnight near the mauritanian border. now the growing unrest in india has been discussed in malaysia where prime minister mahathir mohamad has been hosting a conference of muslim leaders nam about how there's more from kuala lumpur after 3 days of discussions the kuala lumpur summit concluded with what its organizers the scribed practical steps as promised 18 cooperation agreements between muslim
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countries have been signed they include investments in technology media food security and a dictation the final day was marked by some strong statements by malaysian prime minister mahathir mohamad to hit out at us sanctions on iran which he described as a criminal act iran in particular this but the years of sanctions have been able to continue to progress and develop. to have been subjected to. and like he has managed above it and prove this impressively. he also said pakistan's prime minister must have his own reasons for pulling out of the summit of the last minutes and although he avoided questions on the persecution of the we go muslims in china is strongly condemned israel for its occupation of palestinian land saying israel should be brought before an international court he also criticized india's new citizenship law which
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discriminates against muslims to exclude limbs from becoming citizens even by duplessis i think is unfair saw we have a voice. disagreement with this kind of treatment organizers say they have achieved their objectives where perhaps of the regional sensitivities the meeting has provoked they have decided to change its name from the kuala lumpur summit to the taliban a form or higher form but they say the name change doesn't necessarily mean any modification of the main objective of the summit which is the empowerment of the muslim world well india has rejected the malaysian prime minister's comments saying in a statement that the citizenship law doesn't impact the status of any indian citizen or deprive any indian of any faith of their citizenship the malaysian prime minister's remark is factually inaccurate we call upon malaysia to refrain from
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commenting on internal developments in india without the right understanding of facts. now it's a familiar story in argentina the government's again deep in debt as inflation and poverty levels rise parliament has now voted to declare an economic emergency and announced new measures and as an aviation a crisis but opinion a split on whether the tax rises and other reforms that will work as time has. a sweeping new economic law has been approved by argentina's congress it's essentially officials declared a public emergency to prioritise the worsening debt crisis gripping the nation's economy. it does necessary to solve the debt problem in order to bear you need the ability to pay and in order to be able to pay the economy has to cover. argentina's debt crisis has put the government on high alert the new economic measures seek to combat worsening poverty and to curb back inflation estimated to reach as high as
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55 percent by the end of 2019. the planned will also implement higher taxes related to farm products tourism and exports. on wednesday thousands protested outside argentina's congress calling for a rejection of the economic plan to go if you're going to let you know the 5 years that the president of the nation said last week that if we don't like something about him we can go out in the street well here we are mr president and we're asking for serious news. for those in favor of the law the measures are a crucial step toward restoring economic stability by our country was left of concrete steps are not taken to curb hunger and poverty things will only get worse . the government says 70 percent of revenues recovered from the new taxes will be directed toward housing infrastructure and social projects but some analysts believe the measures go too far it's more of an imposition by consensus building
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strategy so you know for the for the government it's really important to show that it has all the tools. to negotiate with the i.m.f. to bring in more funds through taxation the challenge is that the powers are so broad that it effectively reduce the quality and effectiveness of democracy and for any investor looking at the country from outside the be wondering how long will this last for will it only be in 2020 or will this administration seek to extend such powers beyond that day. the public debate over argentina's economic policies takes place is the nation's central bank is engaged in talks with private creditors and the international monetary fund over the nation's debt estimated at $50000000000.00. while protesters have returned to the streets of chile as capital angry about delays in negotiating
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a new constitution police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in santiago and just the latest in a 2 month long demonstrations over social inequality on thursday chile's congress approved a referendum on changing the constitution which is one of the protesters keep them out. well a new piece by the mysterious street artist banksy has been unveiled in bethlehem and the occupied west bank they're hearing just a few days before christmas the work highlights palestinians lives under occupation especially during the season now the abraham has more from bethlehem. the score of bethlehem a play on words on the star of bethlehem the store that is believed to have led to jesus grow to over 2000 years ago banksy says it's a modified take on the traditional nativity set and it's been unveiled here today in what is known here is the largest collection of banks's work in the world banks is trying to be
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a voice for those who cannot speak simply like this. he's trying to hold. our situation through art to make palestinian boys reach a word through art we're a few days away from christmas here in bethlehem which is the traditional location many tourists come to to celebrate the occasion this hotel has been here since 2007 and it aims to bring more tourists here and to show them the life of palestinians specifically near the separation wall it's called the walled off hotel and definitely more work by banksy is hoped here by palestinians that it can drive more tourists to come to palestine. well still ahead in the sport well cup of vents in europe are abandoned. ok so we'll have wash or 3. leaks stories generate found since are these protests are saying down with the
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system and down with all of the parts with different angles from different perspectives just because we came to prison doesn't mean right stopped at the gate separate the spin from the facts the western media jumps on stories we don't taking down the misinformation from the journalism it's about telling the stories of those human beings out there with the listening post on al-jazeera for you know testing about how does this increase where their online life face minstrelsy comes directly out of trance like it's playful or if you join us on c.n.n. this is an attack on academic freedom and on our ability to do research and teach freely this is a dialogue myanmar is not making it very welcoming for people to come back everyone has a voice on the changes for all the discussion is for real and i'm here to talk about the solutions on al-jazeera.
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it's now time for sports and peace a really tight map to cliff has and i very much the case the champion clubs of europe and south america by going head to head right now in doha in the free for club but world cup final we're about 20 minutes into the 2nd off at the international stadium right now so it's still no no. earlier monterrey won the food place play off against all he loves the saudis are going in front but the mexican champions then struck twice before an equaliser sent a game to penalty front of a keeper then us was the hero saving 2 spot kicks and scoring the decisive one to give his side the victory. 2 new english premier league managers watched from the
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stands as it was an arsenal played out a goalless draw at goodison park on saturday everton announced the appointment of color and chill lotty before kick off arsenal's new head coach mikel arteta was also in an observer's role for this match and philosophy was sacked by napoli only last week the italian has signed a 4 and a half year deal at everton. barcelona looking good to secure top spot in spain's leg over the christmas period the champions beat elevates 41 at the no camp on saturday and one griezmann messi and luis suarez all scoring 3 points clear of real madrid who play athletic bilbao on sunday or be leipzig are set to top of the german bundesliga table heading into the 4 week winter break they were 31 winners at home to our on saturday pie and munich needed late goals from teenager joshua xerxes and serge gnabry to get past 3 you know by and are chasing
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their 8th title in a row and are 4 points off the pace at the halfway stage of the season. arsenal player mesut ozil support for muslim minorities in china has been having an impact away from social media is instagram post about the treatment of muslim leaders in changing province was praised by demonstrators in turkey on friday they marched in solidarity for those detained by authorities in the province which we call east turkistan is of turkish origin and it was backed by protesters in istanbul for helping keep the spotlight on the situation trying to ban the broadcasts of awesome matches in response to criticism. visit oceans honorable behavior inspired us we thank. god we want everybody to raise their voice like he did we are a handful of muslims hear our voice is not loud enough but on his own message alarmed all of china pakistan's cricketers have given themselves
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a great chance of winning the 1st test series on home soil for a decade they lead sri lanka by 315 runs after the 3rd day's play in karachi a bit early with 174. contributing 135 to hand the home team control their partnership of 278 helping pakistan reach 395 to 2 in their 2nd innings at the close in the deciding match of the series australian sports federations are bracing themselves for disruption over the busy end of year period where the country dealing with hundreds of bushfires saturday's big bash cricket match in canberra between adelaide and sydney was called off by the umpires during play smoke was creating a lack of visibility and poor quality and the game was abandoned. by contrast in europe heavy snow disrupted the sporting should do at the world cup skiing with 2 events canceled on saturday the men's downhill advantage in italy and women's
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downhill in velda say a france able to take place in vose conditions the men's tennis tour is getting ready to break new ground with its new multi-city team tournament in australia the a.t.p. cup was launched in brisbane on saturday perth and sydney will need to stage matches it's the 1st team event on the tour since 2012 and we've got none of the top 10 mile prize or 26 of the top 30 playing across trillian we've never had that cross a strategy before plays really got behind this event and already the field is a fantastic thing in addition to the players love playing teams events and i think to see the passion of certainly the strains all the nations of the countries is something it's going to be really great for their fans right across australia the denver nuggets prepared for their western conference showdown with the l.a. lakers with a victory over the minnesota timberwolves tomorrow mary and nicola jock itch combined for 50 points and combined here to turn defense into attack mary with 28
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points on friday and the goods are 2nd behind the lakers in the west head of sunday's game last season's champions the toronto raptors were tied with washington with 3 minutes to go if smith for leveling about for the wizards kyle lowry then brought it back for the raptors he scored 26 points helping to secure a 4th winner over 122180. but number one n.b.a. draft pick the zion williamson is back at practice for the new orleans pelicans the rookie had knee surgery in october he still some way off making his debut for new orleans though. that the stall man of the last 3 olympic games you saying bolt and japan's rugby world cup team of helped officially open the new national stadium for tokyo 2020 bolt took part in a ceremonial relay race on the new track he ended his career with 8 olympic gold medals and confirmed often he definitely won't be making any shock comebacks in
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japan next year and he's actually looking forward to enjoying the games as a fan. if i'm coming back to running no i won't be competing i'm actually in pain right now from the little run i just did i will be watching and supported and cheering them on because it may be my 1st olympics just to watch so i'm going to really try to see everything and just try to enjoy it and 60000 people were in attendance for the occasion which included a traditional japanese matsuri festival with dancing and chanting around the track the stadium cost $1.00 and a half $1000000000.00 to both and will host its 1st prophecy sporting events the improves cup football final on new year's day. well that's what we'll leave it for now most of all for me coming up again a little bit later thanks so much he said. in
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a star battle 100 slang for morning. a football tournament like no other and one of the at the beginning we used to play football in the streets using a softball al-jazeera weld meets a group of sudanese boys to time and to win against a backdrop of conflict and on sites and t.v. and especially when i walk in the street people saw me oh man it's because of. darfur put both
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a piece on al-jazeera. going to study mine people have been killed to be. staged privatized public. issues you deal with saudi arabia with different saudis and other arabs from britain believe to help us bombs do you believe.
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this meeting saddam is the interest. on al jazeera. and you to protest as defy curfews and increase security measures and go grows a controversial citizenship model. z. and london you're watching out there also coming up on. 3 people killed in a drone strike in northern libya as the wall flee faffed continues his push for the capital tripoli. heat wind and low humidity continues to feel devastating bushfires across all straight.


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