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ah, al jazeera, when ever you ah, your claims full of present petro para, shank, pacing court on treason charges after returning home from abroad. ah. civil rahman, you were watching all they were like my headquarters here in the also coming up australia, new zealand, and reconnaissance slides to the pacific island of tonga, which has been cut off from undersea volcanic eruption reports of another u. k. government party during the cobra. 1900 lockdown as pressure grows on prime
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minister boris johnson to resign on china's birthright dipped to a record low raising concerns as rapidly aging workforce could affect its economic growth. ah, good happy with this. we start in ukraine where the former president petro shanker, has appeared in court to deny treason charges. prosecutors accused him of financing pro russian separatists and eastern ukraine, the hearing in the capital care, which is still on the way, come shortly after poorer. shanker returned home from poland. he says he's innocent of what he calls politically motivated accusations get more or less das jabari or correspondent in moscow who's monitoring events in kiev. so the former president of the arrived, he's sitting in court listening to those charges, which are incredibly serious certainly
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then the court is now on a 20 minute break as we speak, a 2nd break that they've taken since starting the proceedings the earlier this afternoon. but the charges facing the former president are that of high treason, and they carry a penalty of 15 years jail term. and the prosecution is now making the case that this former president should not be allowed to go home this evening because he should be detained until his trial begins. but of course, his own lawyers are saying that he's a very well known figure, and there is no risk of him. certainly leaving the country at the moment. but since his assets have also been frozen, the court is ongoing and they are expected to make a decision as to whether or not he can spend this evening in his own home. now, earlier when he arrived in the ukrainian capital, he spoke outside the airport to a crowd of supporters. he said that he has come back to you crane because quote,
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to help the country face that growing threat of a russian invasion. he also accused his successor president vladimir zalinski, of betraying the country. and he said that we are here to write to unite and defend ukraine. the former president and portion call also said that he is innocence, and that the charges against them are an attempt by the current president to deflect from the problems that he's government is having mainly that of an economic situation that's ongoing. seeing the country's economic situation deteriorating over the past few years and was as well as the fight against the pandemic that he says that the country is not certainly not winning for the bank. so dosage of all that for us in moscow. now the german foreign minister says she'll do everything in her power to guarantee ukraine security. and alina babel cur, made comments during her visit to care, to meet ukrainian officials. now they both pushing to revive for
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a peace talks with russia and france to end the conflict in the eastern dumbass region. russia has been gathering troops sap, the ukrainian border raising phase of an invasion. dominic cane has wolfe berlin, the thing that really stood out from this meeting, at least the news conference it emerged after the meeting of the 2 foreign ministers was a reiteration of germany's perspective, germany's support for ukraine and elaine, a bell book saying effectively to the russians that any further, and each further aggression would be met with some diplomatic response from her country and others saying in her opinion, that diplomacy is the only way to solve this crisis. also referring to the normandy format, saying that the 4 way meeting of ministers between paris here, moscow, berlin, that that's a format that they want to reinvigorate where possible. but it is worth making the point that in questions both to mrs. burbock and to her counterparts meter clear.
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but when the question was about whether the german government would seek to provide some form of material support in the form of weapons, perhaps. and alina beveled, did not touch on much choosing not to answer the question directly. which of course, is interesting in itself because there are those who say that if germany wants materially to support ukraine and perhaps weapons would be a way of doing it. but as a say that was not touched upon, at least not by the german foreign minister. at least 3 people have been killed in the tank targeting oil facilities in the united arab emirates, police suspect suspect drone aircraft start stopped at 3 fives and the capitol of adobe given to the rebels came responsibility for the attack, but did not specify what it was the u. a and stay partial withdrawal from yemen in 2019, but maintains a military presence there moment a little more from you happens capital center. we have heard from the healthy
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strokes person here. sorry. he said that he will give more details in the upcoming hours. we know also the, according to some media, means that the hoses have also carried out some attacks to the southern areas of the, the saudi arabia kingdom. also these attack, according to the hokies administer of formation. he says that the, this and inside the united emory is, is to teach the united amorous. a listen according to to what he said, that an order to stop its involvement and also it's participation and the saudi. it's quality and war in yemen, according to his statement. what do you mean? ours are correspond hush marlborough, who's covered the story in yemen for several years. and before we talk about those attacks in abu dhabi news also dropping now that the saudis apparently have also
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destroyed 8 drones, lot towards saudi arabia. so it seems the anti is being increased. indeed, this is a clear indication of the escalation in the region because of what's been happening over the last few days in yemen. the her, this saudi side is announcing that they have intercepted, those are a drones trying to launch attacks inside sites, either ravia, along with the drawers that we've seen earlier, or which targeted or the airport in a lobby. this comes against the backdrop of a massive military operation, which is underway now in yemen. the saudi lead coalition said yesterday that they have intensify their attacks in different areas around married and also i'll be there. these are major health is strong holes or, and they are trying to push them away from these areas to further consider day their gains. and by the way, for the internationally recognized government to expand its influence india. man. this could be an indication that the health is frustrated over whether describe as
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in growing saudi amity influenced in yemen, have lost those as it acts as a sign of it retaliation. we know the u. a has a military presence in yemen, yet it seems of a bold move to sort of send drones over the gulf towards the u. s. e, and to hit the capital of the u e. the. i think that doing this for 2 reasons. first of all, a show of defiance to the saudis, enter their motives because is the thought of the campaign in 2015. the state, the goal was to undermine and defeat the health is far above the obama so hardihood, the internationally recognized president of the a man to come back and through of the country. the houses are saying that despite all those 7 years of massive campaigns against us, we are more powerful than before. not only that, we have managed to further upgrade our military klett k. well, it is to the point where we can launch derring attacks inside saudi arabia. and also, united arab emirates are spoke a while ago with one of the senior healthy officials were hammered up,
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the said am and he said, we will continue our attacks in both countries and till the saw dealers coalition put an end to the campaign in yemen. an end of the campaign needs negotiated settlement hash. hm. and i think that the international community often says that everybody has to sit down and talk but who sits down and talk? we know the saudis, the yemenis, the u e, but the iranians are the ones that everybody wants at the table, but will they ever come to the table? i saw him and they, to 1000 or 14. we were tor to fly over to sad that because the you and was hoping that as a crucial meeting with her, i've been medical health. it was going to sort of boils down to a major comprehensive political settlement. there would put an end to the escalation in yemen, and by the way, for reconciliation, it disintegrated her within few hours, the houses took over the capital santa ever since the un has been grappling with how to move forward and how to convince all the key parties to make concessions,
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i think with a reach a level where it's no longer just about the un. now it's about time to consider their influence of the key regional players now in the m, and we're talking about saudi arabia, united arab emirates, on one hand. and iran, which backs of the hope is all the other hand, if there's no agreement between this to keep layers about how to move forward. the likelihood of a settlement will continue to be removed. the you and of this particular moment does not seem to have really very much of an influence to convince all the parties to come in negotiate a permanent settlement to, to me, i was very vital, really direct for the moment. thanks hush, hush barbara. our correspondent, the thank you. new zealand and australia have center full plains to toner, to serve a damage caused by saturday's volcanic eruption unseen. army towering ash cloud had prevented earlier flights. while report suggests that have been no mass casualties . agencies are concerned alex here. brian has the latest 2 days after this massive
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undersea eruption and la synonymy, which followed toner remains counsel from the world fiber optic cable. one of the main lines of communication to the pacific island nation. now broken, we spoke to someone for families and relatives and also to ministry of furniture. so just before the communication was founded, i tell you, it was a, i'm believable, and they were not able to explain to us the noise in the song. and what happened at the time is england has seen to surveillance aircraft to assess the damage, australia's also sending a military plane to help. both countries had waited for 20000 metre, high mushroom cloud of ash to lift before take off clearance was given. this is a very challenging time. communications are deeply, deeply affected by the events of the volcanic eruption. it has been felt in other
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parts of the region. the ash is toxic and has been fooling a coast hung as islands. everyone's being told to stay in doors. if they can use an immediate need for hold also for water, because there is to be a cash flow that has been b auto. and as a result of you know, what i have been contaminated in most of the islands that widespread damage is reported after the erosion triggered astronomy and waves searched through tongue as a 170 islands. police reported seeing homes thrown around along the coast, the owner of one beach resort said it was completely wiped out. a remarkable thing about this or option was your head, the rapid rise in the expansion of the gas and steam bloom. and the parallel to that you had the soon army radiating outwards and also the shockwave radiating outwards, went around the entire world. miscommunication disrupted the full impact from
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saturday's eruption, which could be seen from space, remains unclear. as does the scale of aid needed to have the tone in pico alexia brian al jazeera well still had hail, and i'll reserve north korea as long as it's full thrown of missiles, ashika, wolds further action will follow on homeless in california. but why a so many over 50 years old, and to go on the streets? ah, here's your weather report for asia right here right now. hello everyone. good to see you. northwestern india, we still have this cool pool of air. so it is foggy, and smoggy cooler sink to the surface. so all that pollution in the atmosphere just being shoved right down to the ground in salmon interior. when has temperatures
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along the western gods in the thirty's. but that's where we would expect them to be for this that the year, the ne monsoon carrying some showers into tamela do. and she longer that the major, but changeable, whether to be sure off to southeast asia and indonesia as to the ways the island scooping up by about half a month's worth of rain in the span of 24 hours in still heavy falls in the forecast on tuesday pursue the ways he read across java and same goes for sumatra. that ne monsoon also brushing some showers along the coast of vietnam. we've got a slug of rain along denying with a hive $22.00 degrees and though showers that were falling across a pearl river valley mostly petered out. a cloudy day in hong kong at 18 degrees. that northwind off the sea of japan is flicked on this sea effect snow engines of the snow will pile up your cross western areas of honju into whole, cato supposed got a high of one degree on tuesday. that's it for me. thanks for your company, susan. i lose
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while the army, as we listen, design is, are making serious effort and destroy the time we need use making stories on how to i al jazeera as a use ah, ah, ah,
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look about kill watching on there with me. so he'll run the reminder of all top stories ukraine's for the president petro shanker, has appeared in court in the capital kit to deny trees and charges prosecutor the keys him a financing pro russian secretary, eastern ukraine. at least 3 people have been killed in the tank taunting oil facilities in the united arab emirates, police suspect drone aircraft started 3, finds the capital at the davi. the zealand and australia have some flights to to go to assess the damage caused by saturday volcanic eruption. and su nami, communication remains limited, and agencies are increasingly concerned. now, frances, fall right presidential candidate, eric moore has been fined 10000 years for hate speech. the more made comments about unaccompanied migrant children in 2020. he's been previously convicted of inciting racial hatred against black and our people and has been charged with religious
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hatred for making anti islamic comments. more revelations also emerging about the u . k. government holding parties during the corona virus locked down. the daily mirror newspaper says, prime minister boris johnson attended a farewell gathering for a staff member in the run up to christmas. 2020. more than the dozen events are being investigated by senior civil 7 sou grey. she's reported to have questioned the prime minister. the barker has more from london. the options almost certainly running out for the prime minister who's made it's a and a bitch will achievements, i think, to skirt around some of the most difficult controversies space so far in his leadership. it's only 5 days since he was forced to apologize to the houses of parliament in front of m. p. 's and an apology to the british public for attending a drinks event. in the garden of his residence. number 10, downing street an event. he said at the time he believed was a work event, and he believed of such it fell within the there would be the cobra rules that of
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course the government set themselves. but that's an excuse. that seems so full and flat with members of his own policy, with the opposition and the growing number of people in the general public. and as well, a deep sense of frustration that this isn't just about whether boys, johnson walsall, was not at any given parties, but is about a culture in which force. johnson presided over a culture where rule breaking was habitual by downing street staff and other officials in and other government departments. so in the past few days, we've learned about a wine fridge that was installed in downing street with linds about there being a regular event tabled in the downing street shad diary for a wine time fridays as well. what happens next is it's pretty unclear at the moment, but we are waiting for the key results of this inquiry into rule breaking by boys johnson and others during the covered pandemic. if that is particularly damning for boys johnson,
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he could well mean the pressure amounts on him to go. it could while mean more, more conservative. m p 's table letters of no confidence. embarrassed johnson whether or not he was on before that though is anyone's guess. the assumption is that he may well try me whether they suspect he can 9 england, the self isolation period after testing positive cove, it has been cut from 10 to 5 days. the government announced the relaxation to help ease staffing shortages calls by the surgeon on the quad infections. everyone will be required to show negative rapid tests on days $5.00 and $6.00 of the quarantine . well have to be blocked from playing out. the australian open tennis number will never junk of it's not face as being banned from the french open as well. the country sports minister concerned that unbox, unaided athletes will no longer be able to compete in france. talk of it was an able to play in melbourne after being deported on sunday, following an 11 day legal battle over his vaccination status, jock of which is the defending champion, roland girls. ticket sales in china to attend the beijing winter olympics have been
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suspended. only invited groups will be allowed to go to the venues as long as they stick to covert prevention rules. the 1st local case of con, was reported in the chinese capital a few days ago. now chinese economic growth slowed at the end of last year. after a strong start. the pandemic real estate troubles and the low birth rate in decades are being blamed for the slump. brit clement reports not from hong kong. as trying to tackles its on the chrome spread, a temperature check on the health of its economy shows mixed results. 4th quarter g d p rose by 4 percent from a year ago. according to china's national bureau statistics that's stronger than the government's own target. but nearly a full percentage points slower than the previous quarter. the chinese economy grew by 8 point one percent in 2021 with the help of steady industrial output as the world continue to buy china's goods for years. and actually father industrial
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production, experienced sustained development and high tech manufacturing and equipment manufacturing experienced fast growth. but momentum is waning and its economy last steam in the 2nd half of the year, triggered by a slow down in the real estate sector and regulatory clamp downs authorities restricting the amount of money property developers could borrow. after the fall out from the debt hid ever ground crisis, authorities will also need to address the effects of an aging population and the lowest birth rates since 949, just 7.5 births to every 1000 people. that's despite relaxing family planning measures like the one child policy. young chinese couples are increasingly choosing not to have babies because of higher living costs. other challenges on the horizon for china include supply chain problems and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. the on the chrome very to spread to a number of its cities, prompting locked down and wrapped up restrictions. at least one case has been
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detected in beijing, which is gearing up to host the winter olympics in less than 3 weeks. restrictions are being stepped up to contain the spread ahead of the learn a new year holiday by so honestly on board that the winter olympics will bring in more cases. when people come from other countries, we do not know how the situation will go. i'm not worried, i think the government has been doing well. chinese officials of warning people in high risk areas including beijing, to avoid traveling during the festive period bridge clinic, al jazeera hong kong, to long as the founder and partner of the independent research consultancy planning . now he says domestic factors of had a significant impact on the chinese market. the, the slow down was mainly because of a much weaker property market. ready domestically as well as a pretty mediocre consumption market. so he puts a domestic demand is a major issue for the chinese call me at the moment while extra money seems to be
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very well that these 5 know the supply chain. usually people talk about chinese export ers have proved that they are the most reliable or supplier for google. and that's why, thanks for ups 30 percent last year. i thought the, the thing is a lot of people trying to get in government did. ready a 30 percent increase that needs to high to be sustainable. therefore, you know, to support girl for 2020 to the domestic side of the boat. also consumption and investment probably have to pick up a little bit. the chinese leadership have. 3 different priorities for the, you know, for, for instance, 2021. they made the decision at the end of 2020. that was the year that didn't have to worry about girls targets. that was the 1st year in many years. do have the worry about girls. so they did a lot of things, they think a structural know to the model and including me in many industries. but this year i
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mean 2020 tool. i think the policy product yes, shifted again. that they mentioned the words the plantation many times last month in a very high and i will conference. so i will say, you know, the d d policy trajectory is going to be quite different as they. ready they will become a little bit more concerned about girls again, just like previous years. and then i think the practice of the industries will be a lot of southcourt military says north korea has 5 to projectiles. believe to be ballistic missiles. they will own shrub, an area close to the capital appeal young. now it's the countries 4th miss our launch since the start of this year, south griz national security council call the action regrettable. and that's called for talks. robert kelly is a professor of political science diplomacy at the tucson national university in south korea. he says north cruz renewed missile launches partly a test of the biden administration's tolerance. why hasn't been aggressive nor
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through donald trump wasn't 2017, but it's pretty far down his list. and so the north koreans are figuring, you know, whatever came along when trump was president, that's all over the, by the people haven't really done much for us. or they're not talking to us or whatever. and till we can go back to the, the testing right them. and they are developing pre, clearly a missile for. so if somebody wants to test it and there's really no reason not to anymore because there's really not much going on negotiation. the regime in north korea is always what regime security sort of its own protection against outsiders and its own people ahead of the interest and welfare of its own population. i mean, the great tragedies of north korea as a country the country delete is willing to basically let its own people suffer terribly in order to stay in power. and they kind of expect from the outside to sort of do more for their own people than they do themselves. it's one of the great ironies of dealing with north korea right from north korean elite said for many years, i mean going back decades, right? that they were sort of interested in getting the economy off the ground and operating more functionally and being less brought and things like that. and that stuff is just never really come through north re, it's been an on,
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has been dependent on food a now for at least since the 1990 is really going back further than that. and you know, i mean can, could change that, but it really would require, like a major redirection of state resources away from the military. so i'm kind of ever to get the sanctions rollback to royce or boost north korea collective sort of internal self sufficiency. and the regime hasn't done that, i mean, really be a significant change in the way it spends money. and that that would be a big deal. a powerful winter storm along the east coast of the united states has knocked on pos applies to thousands of homes forecast to say freezing conditions could worsen. as the storm had, ne states emergencies have been declared and georgia, virginia, and both north and south carolina. north carolina is now feeling the effects of a winter storm that will continue to move through the state to day. as much as 812 inches, the snow is fallen in some counties and significant icing is causing trouble in the
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central part of the state conditions very across north carolina and our dangerous will stay in the united states and in california there's increasing alarm over the number of over 15, who find themselves living on the streets, they make up most of more than half a 1000000 people who are homeless. many have been full stop because they're unable to pay large increases in rent. reynolds has more from los angeles. i feel there is no way to say it, but when you're out there you feel like everybody's laughing at you. we met rita rose and a women's homeless shelter in hollywood until recently she'd been living on the streets after being forced out of her apartment. now was literally laying on benches and b, i just, i was like, scared to death. i didn't know what to do. it's just been hell. i mean, i'll be 66 years old and june. i mean, i have no business on the street. people over age 50 like rita,
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are becoming homeless in alarming numbers. they make up half of all on house people in california 2020 which were our latest numbers. the estimates where for l county, you know, you had a roughly, a 13, a 15 percent increase in homelessness, but a 20 percent increase in older adult homelessness. homelessness takes a heavy toll on older people. the average life expectancy of a person experiencing homelessness is about 47 years old. as compared to a person who's in permanent housing of about 77, few homeless persons survive past age. 65 for on house people. years of living on the street actually celebrate the aging process. people in their fifties often show signs of illnesses or conditions, more common people in their 70. we do see this phenomenon of accelerated aging. you
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see things you know, such as urinary incontinence dementia, you know, just being able to complete activities of daily living becomes more challenging for this population. and then you talk about somebody who just in their fifties, correct? yeah. experts say the housing shortage and steeply rising, rents are the main reasons for the surgeon, homeless elders, older people on income's like the federal old age pension program are being pushed out of housing. they rented for years for others, a one time medical crisis or a major expense can end up in homelessness. california governor gavin knew some plans to spend an unprecedented 750000000 dollars this year on housing for the most vulnerable reader. rose who receives disability payments is waiting for a subsidized department to open up thrilling, and i got a chance for housing. you know, of course, i'd pay my bills, hoping for a basic need to be met and
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a measure of dignity in life's waning years. rob reynolds al jazeera los angeles, ah, watching over there with me. so he'll run the reminder of our top stories ukraine's full of president petro power shanker. hesitating cause in the capital, kin to deny treason charges. prosecutors accused him of financing pro russian separatists in easton ukraine dosage of ari is monitoring developments from moscow . during that rally outside the airport, he said that she had returned to help you crazy. faced the growing threat of russian invasion, and that he accused his successor, president zalinski, of retraining the country. now of course, patricia uncle, i'd said been out of ukraine for only a few weeks. he was on business outside the country. so he wasn't like he was he had fled in any way. he is still.

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