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>> metal lines are drawn between democrats and republicans. set for an impeachment vote against the u.s. president. the message, nobody is above the law. ♪ >> this is al jazeera, live from doha. you and urges the international community to help in the fighting in libya as troops advance on the capital. but living in exile
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pakistan's former president is sentenced to death for treason. the army has denounced the decision. and the president of south sudan roaches a deal but differences between the political rivals remain. elizabeth: donald trump has issued a warning to his political rivals as they finalize a deal for the impeachment vote against him. the house is deciding on how much time to allow for debate before the vote that is set to happen on wednesday. the democratic-controlled house is inspected to vote in favor of impeachment that would then lead to a trial in the republican dominated senate early next year. president trump says the democrats go ahead with the easement, it will be declaring war on american democracy and has condemned the hearings as a sham. president trump: the whole impeachment thing is a hoax.
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we look forward to getting on to the senate. we are not entitled to lawyers, we are not entitled to witnesses or anything in the house. it's a total sham. when you have a guy like shifty f make up a statement that i said, he says this is what i said, but i never said it. he totally made it up. elizabeth: the president wrote a strongly worded letter to nancy pelosi saying it is an unconstitutional abuse of power. let's bring in our correspondent joining us live from washington, d.c. strongly worded is putting it mildly. talk us through the letter and the reaction to it. reporter: the letter was six pages long and it basically recounted every objection which donald trump has raised to the impeachment inquiry, now what appears to be on the eve of the vote to formally impeach him on
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two charges. the president essentially told congress that what it is about to do is patently illegal. however, the house speaker, nancy pelosi, who herself was long resistant to even allowing an impeachment inquiry to take place until the information about the president's pressure on ukrainian president lenski came out -- president zelensky came out a few months ago, she is now sending a letter to her democratic colleagues telling them that this is a very grave and solemn moment, that's what they're doing is one of the most important and serious things allowed to members of congress under the terms of the u.s. constitution, and that they should keep that in mind as they convene on wednesday morning to take up the two articles of impeachment and to decide whether to pass them, setting the stage for, as you said, that
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file in the senate in early january. earlier on tuesday, members of the house rules committee started their debate on how to actually shape the debate that will take place on wednesday. first we will hear from a democratic member who was essentially chairing the process and then we will hear from his republican colleagues. president's aggressive and unprecedented resistance to congressional subpoenas for witnesses and documents is blatantly and dangerously unconstitutional. normalized now, it will undermine, perhaps for all time, the congressional impeachment power itself, which is the people's last instrument of constitutional self-defense against a sitting president who behaves like a king and tramples the rule of law. court in in a kangaroo this place because all of this is backwards. what is up is down and what is down is up.
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we are more allison wonderland then a house of representatives. do you think they're not needs to be a modicum of process and rights? while the rules committee is continuing its discussions, they haven't actually formally decided what the shape of the debate started on wednesday morning will look like, the house republican leadership just wrapped up a press conference where they repeated the president's contention that this is not a fair process, that the president has not been given an opportunity to defend himself, a point which house speaker nancy pelosi in the past hour has roundly denied, she has said that the process carried out by the house judiciary and intelligence committee was fair, was transparent, and basically made the case to the american public that impeachment should go forward. so the political debate continues, even as this legal process continues in the house
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of representatives. muchbeth: thank you very for that, roslyn jordan with the latest live in washington, d.c. protests are taking place across the u.s.. the rally is called nobody is above the law. comes on the eve of that expected vote in the house of representatives. expect 500 demonstrations across the country. our correspondent is at one of the rallies in new york city. tell us what is happening there and what people are telling you. gabriel: there's a couple thousand people here at least at this protest, now walking through the streets of central new york city. the protest has been going on for a little over an hour now. a pretty good turnout, i would say. people here have a couple of messages. number one, they want donald barring anyh, unforeseen circumstances it looks like that will happen on wednesday in house of representatives. wantare also saying they
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him removed from office, and that looks increasingly unlikely, but -- based on what we're hearing from the senate. of course thing is still possible. trump's hometown, per se, new york city, but it's also a city and state that is very progressive and liberal and very anti-trump. the turnout is very good, people are just saying they want their voices heard on this historic untilust about 24 hours the house of representatives takes that big impeachment vote. so that is happening in new york. what is the view from those key states where donald trumpwon? or people there still supporting him? gabriel: there are 50 states and no two states are the same, of course. america is very divided. what we have been seeing from some of the polling, in michigan, pennsylvania, and
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wisconsin, those are three critical states that trump won by the narrowest of margins three years ago. in those states, those three critical states, we have been seeing that actually the impeachment has helped trump a little bit and he is actually doing pretty well in those three states with narrow leads in the polling over all of the democratic potential nominees that are running. so this is very complicated, it's going to be very complex election year, but it will come down to a key group of states and those pretty much look like they are up in the air. elizabeth: gabriel, thank you for that, the latest live in new york. one of trump's former campaign advisers is going to jail. he was sentenced to 45 days in prison for conspiracy against the united states and lying to the fbi. forill also be on probation three years. gates called for the mueller
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investigation into interference in the 2016 presidential election. he was charged with hiding lucrative consulting work done for the former ukrainian president. rivalign minister has met levers in libya to try to prevent -- has met rival leaders in libya. 140,000 have been displaced since his campaign to take the capital eight months ago. andrew chapelle has more. andrew: reinforcements are heading to the front line for what could be the final battle for tripoli. militia moved heavy weapons and fighters south to the outskirts of the capital. support forces are on our way to the capital tripoli. we are on our way, and god willing, we will be victorious. andrew: each side has foreign help. turkey has offered to send troop
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in support of the tripoli government while the others have soldiers for hire. >> there are thousand new russian mercenaries deployed to tripoli, according to u.s. officials and one source quoting bloomberg news, all assembling on the front lines for what they are calling the final push. so i think it is likely that turkey will deploy something to help defend tripoli if needed other gma. minister metreign with both sides on tuesday, holding talks in tripoli and then in the eastern city, inviting him to rome for further talks. the you and is calling for the rival governments and international backers to agree to a political solution. >> we continue to call for active support by all libyans and international actors engage in libya to find a peaceful and
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political solution to end the conflict, and by addressing its underlying causes, i think it's important that the international community as a whole rally around the efforts of the libyan people, of course, and also the efforts of the secretary-general's representative, trying to find a political solution. >> the conflict, analysts say, is becoming less and less about libya. international actors pulling the strings and flooding the battlefield. andrew chapelle, al jazeera. ahead, popetill francis changes the way the roman catholic church deals with issues of child sexual abuse. and why mexico's president is still proud of his efforts to tackle crime, despite a record rise in homicides. ♪ a calm picture across much of china, but this is
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bringing some rain with it and also some snow. one celsius in shanghai wednesday. a moist onshore f flow heading toward vietnam but not much there in the way of showers. maybe a few more likely on thursday. the rain pushes further south through china and across into shanghai. temperatures they're dipping a little bit lower and quite cloudy in hong kong, 23 for the daytime high. rain across much of borneo, fairly widespread, heavy at times and some heavier rain in southern areas of malaysia and staying that way as we had through thursday. scattered showers and thunderstorms in kuala lumpur. we had over toward india, much cooler in the north for the last few days. what we have got is some foggy
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conditions up into pakistan. fog in the forecast for the next couple of d days. feeling cool in new delhi at 19. elizabeth: hello again from delhi. these are the top stories is our. u.s. president donald trump says the houses declaring war on democracy if they continue with impeachment proceedings against him. a congressional committee is finalizing the rules for the vote against trump, which is to take place on wednesday. protests supporting impeachment efforts are taking place across the u.s.. the rally is called, nobody is above the law. it comes on the eve of the expected vote. and coinciding with the surgeon fighting between government forces and those loyal to the
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leader. pakistan president -- former president part asthma sharp has been sentenced to death in a rraf hascase -- musha been sentenced to death. he suspended the constitution in 2007. he has been living in xl for years, fighting to clear his name. the court hags -- the court case that handed him a death sentence involved a decision he made back of2007 he imposed a state emergency and suspended the constitution, saying he need to find what he called rising extremism. he also far the chief justice of the supreme court, which led to nationwide protests, prompting his resignation a year later. since and, he has been living in dubai. he has maintained that he wasn't given a fair hearing in islamabad. his lawyer said his decision to
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suspend the constitution was in the interest of the country. >> all cases related to this case are also wrong. this should been filed by the interior secretary with the approval of the cabinet. it was done with the advice of the prime minister and with the consultation of everybody. seapower -- seized power by leading a military coup read the case against him has been pending for six years. his political rival was in power. saying due legal process was ignored, they set the death penalty. aalyst warned it could set precedent >> >>. he is one of the most popular guys among the rank-and-file of the armed forces.
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they have been trying to get a piece of him for a long time. probably they got at this time. a this is the first time former president or army chief has been handed the death penalty. >> it is certainly a good step and in accordance with justice. my question is, who is going to bring him to pakistan to carry out the sentence? who is going to carry out the death sentence? >> it is a significant moment, but it's unclear what impact it will have on pakistan's political is to do to shins -- political institutions or its leadership. elizabeth: south sudan's president and main opposition have agreed to form a transitional unity government following talks. they want to try to resolve outstanding disputes that prevented them from forming a new government by last month's deadline set by the united nations. whenonflict began in 2013
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he accused him of an attempted coup, triggering violence that led to hundreds of thousands dead. a political analyst says there is some hope the new agreement will work. >> it goes back even to the day of the revolution. [indiscernible] divisionsed up their but that did not last very long. resolved ifan be the negotiation is genuine. and equitable power-sharing that would make threatened, feel on
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it could work. this truce has nothing to do with an agreement, because even as we speak, they're trying to resolve some issues. think they are more tired, there's more fatigue than recognition from both sides. i believe the cost has been too high. 400,000 have died since 2013. that is slightly less than 1/5 of the people who died during the entire liberation period. the economy has collapsed. they are starting a new country -- starting a new country on good footing has been lost. it to somey're doing
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extent against their will. elizabeth: the u.n. is hosting its first global refugee form in geneva, looking at ways to improve the lives of millions around the world. the three-day event comes as a number of refugees continued to rise. the turkish president criticized other countries for failing to provide financial help to syrian refugees in turkey. >> in order to find a sustainable and permanent solution to this issue, we have to take global steps forward in cooperation, but we haven't reached the desired level of local ownership of the refugee crisis. it will be instrumental in terms of implementing our previous commitments and the only solution to the outstanding isblem coming out of syria far from being defined, but it is a political solution. the burden we have been bearing for the last nine years, we need to find a formula that allows the refugees to remain in their
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motherland and the ones that have already come to turkey to be peacefully returned and resettled in their motherland. elizabeth: thousands of afghan workers and refugees are leaving i ran every week because of the dire economic situation there caused by you and sanctions. nowdesperation for work outweighs the dangers they once ran form -- ran from. integration remains difficult. >> afghan refugees have been arriving here in a since 1979 when the soviet union invaded their country. there are now around 3 million afghan refuse and -- in a ran. and sometimeswork tiny little workshop scattered around the area. many have been here for decades but still feel there are some barriers to integration. >> we have problems. we don't get certain things
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because we are afghan. studying at university is an issue. they make excuses for us not to attend. or a caron property, or even a sim card. to stay,gal documents but we have to extended every year, and there is the. a fee.e is sanctions are making life increasingly difficult for those pledged to this country. elizabeth: hundreds of sudanese refugees who were deported from libya to niger have been protesting outside the headquarters demanding better living conditions or a return to libya where they had been living before they were deported. many migrants and refugees travel to libya so they can attempt to cross into europe. but a recent escalation of violence in libya has pushed many back to niger. a surgeon violence in west
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africa is -- one region is endangering lives as well as the economy in niger. one region is coming under repeated cross-border attacks including offshoots of isil. military rehearsal. for the soldiers taking part, it is a particularly difficult time. allied withighters isil cross the border from mali and killed 71 of their colleagues. >> security conditions are deteriorating on the border with mali. terrorists are attacking common people, kidnapping and executing them. terrorist target army personnel with explosives. >> the border stretches for hundreds of kilometers.
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it is a situation exploited repeatedly by armed groups with devastating results on one of the poorest countries in the world. >> insecurity always has a heavy mental toll. this is what perpetrators aim at. they know that a scared person cannot be productive. that's why education is a prime target. >> the economy is taking a hit. these days viewers -- fewer come to the market. people are to impoverish to a port -- to afford supplies. >> lack of security has greatly affected businesses. many of the shops have closed down as commercial areas are always targeted. how can businesses function in a situation where security is deteriorating day by day? >> apart from the soldiers killed last week, more attacks were recorded in burkina faso
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i.d mal armed groups have been active in the region. >> regional armies are struggling to prevent these attacks because of lack of manpower to cover vast territories. mali are 15,000 troops in alone. andcountries like mali niger continue to suffer from these attacks. much of the concern aimed at french troops, blaming them for not doing enough to protect civilians. elizabeth: shares in boeing have fallen after it suspended production of its 737 max jet from next month. the plane has been grounded since march after crashes killed 346 people. it has cost boeing more than $9 billion so far.
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records of up to 15 million people in canada have been compromised after a data breach. information belonging to patients of a major left has provider were stolen. they have taken steps to secure the private records and say the breach was limited to patients from ontario and british columbia. pope francis has announced the secrecy policy no longer apply to cases involving the sexual abuse of minors. in the past, the catholic church kept sex abuse cases confidential, saying it was to protect the victims and the reputation of the accused. -- there was a vatican summit in >> >> february. it's a step forward in terms of transparency for the victims and their families. traditionalency for legal systems around the world, which can now request the documentation from the ongoing
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trials and bring it into their legal systems in order to facilitate their work. elizabeth: thousands of people are calling for the czech prime minister to quit. millions marched for a second week after graft cased around -- against him was reopen. he is accused of
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