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under ash. destroyed all the homes on one island. hello, this is al jazeera live. >> we are now at a space -- stage borussia latch at a point at - an attack at any point. >> t major tecom companies are delaying their rollout after
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warnings it would cause catastrophic disruption to flights. she was kidnapped and held hostage for six years. she's fighting again. new images have revealed the scale of destruction following the volcanic eruption answer mommy. -- and tsunami. several smaller islands were nearly all destroyed. >> satellite images show a thick air of ash on tongass main airport. on the left is how before the eruption, the ashes delaying delivery of international aid
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flights. >> the ashes proving right quite problematic. water collected from the roof of households. in terms of access from the aid of australia and new zealand, a to clear the runway. >> communicating with tonga is extreme and difficult. there is no internet and limited phone calls. the tsunami severed the fiber cable connecting them to the rest of the world. it will be weeks before the connection is restored. the prime minister released his first official statement confirming what many feared. the eruption has cost an unprecedented disaster. he read cost estimates that up to 80,000 tongan's may be affected by the dust. islanders are advised to drink bottled water and wear masks.
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>> what that volcanic ash carries is the gas that is stuck to it now. when that volcanic ash goes into water resources, for example it starts to rain and that water mixes with the water in the atmosphere, it can then make acid rain. >> this is how tongass port looked at the end of december. the latest satellite pictured the area's angry ash. dozens of homes on the main island have been severely damaged or destroyed. what tonga desperately needs now is help from other countries. the volcano has stopped spewing asked for now. giving a team of 200 volunteers a chance to sweep the runway. most now cleared. it is hoped that first aid flights can land as soon as thursday. >> let's bring in a volcanologist. she joins us live now from
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hamilton and new zealand. thank you for being on the program. we are five days on from his eruption. tell us why it is been so challenging understanding is talking of. >> normally when we have us whas happening below the surface. volcano is the most surface most part of this huge magma system below it. what a volcanic eruption is is is magma coming out of the volcano. we can detect signs, but right now we are essentially blind. we cannot even see the event. it is below the urgent surface. what impact is that going to have going forward. >> people he might be impacted by ash need get inside. if there is any further tsunami activity, that warning is
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incredibly important, too. plus people are coming into the area with age. normally we could say there is increasing signs of activity, please be aware of this. we cannot give any such warnings like that at this time. >> i the volcanologist community rallying together? >> we are very much into disciplinary field. who standing that system takes its own special experts. naturally, we are working that way. to get information out not just to the tongan people, but to all of the families members out there that are desperate for information. then you have the challenge of the ash. >> it is also a problem in terms of people's health. tell us a little bit about that. >> the biggest health hazard is
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the lack of clean water. if people have breathing conditions like asthma, the finer ash is pulverized volcanic rock and can exasperate problems. it is not good for car engines or things like that. water is also necessary for every aspect of our lives from cleaning wounds, we do not know what injuries have been infected by the tsunami, as well as very simple things like rehydration and cleanliness. >> given all of the information that is being pulled, limited as it is, will it erect again and at such an extent? >> we do not know. it has been erecting since the 20th of december. we do not know how long this activity will continue forward. >> fingers crossed for everyone
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in that region. thank you for your information. the white house has warned that russia could attack ukraine at any moment. it has also voiced concern over that appointment of russian forces to belarus. u.s. secretary of state's do to hold talks with russia's prime minister. our white house correspondent has more on what the secretary of state is expected to say at those talks. >> he is trying to send a message. that he will be sending to be russian foreign minister is one that has been repeatedly underscored by the west. whether it be through telephone calls between the various levels of government, between the united states and russia, whether it be consultations
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between european car partners, but the message been consistent. the only way to resolve security differences with respect and concern is through diplomacy. should russia choose an alternate path, there will be severe financial consequences. the reason the united states is so gravely concerned is because there is there is u.s. intelligence that has been in place for months. russia is preparing for some kind of imminent attack. there are troops russia has amassed near the border of ukraine. also because there has been an uptick of activity on social media that seems to indicate that an attack may be imminent. >> our view is that this is an is extremely dangerous situation.
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what the secretary is going to go do is highlight very quickly -- clearly there's a diplomatic place -- path forward. >> prior to the meeting in geneva, there will be other meetings and consultations that will take place. we know that secretary of state will also be traveling to berlin with efforts to de-escalate. he will also be meeting and advance with the president of ukraine. as well, we expect to hear more on all of this from u.s. president joe biden when he holds his press conference at the white house on wednesday. >> emphasized the need to defuse tension. she was welcomed. when he four hours after her walk talks with -- there is no
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intention of invading ukraine, but russian troops amassed near the border. more than 100 thousand russian soldiersrecent weeks for no understandable reason. it is hard not to see this as a threat. the 2015 agreement meant to end needs to be implement it. >> on ukraine, we have a common understanding. we indicated to our partners that it is unacceptable to present russia as a part of the conflict. we have seen such attempt lately and it is unacceptable to shift the responsibility for absence of progress and implement to be agreement to russia. we hope the german colleagues will weigh in on the ukrainian partners to make them finally fulfill their obligations. >> u.s. telecom giant at&t and
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verizon have delayed their 5g networks in some networks -- airports. they could cause catastrophic disruptions to flights. this is only temporarily resolved. reporting from chicago o'hare airport. >> for the second time in two weeks, the crisis is postponed. estella come communication giants prepared to turn on their 5g systems, they won that 5 -- faster phones with 5g would set off catastrophic flight cancellations and slow the economy to a halt. they say the 5g system would ground thousands of planes. >> the faa is uncomfortable with the safety risk and as a consequence the impact our operations to mitigate that would be a significant setback.
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>> in a letter to the faa, the heads of the major airlines say the u.s. avoids a completely avoidable economic calamity. airlines want a two mile buffer around affected airports. they say those 5g frequencies that telecommunications company spent tens of billions of dollars to buy up might interfere with a key piece of cockpit equipment, the altimeter. radio altimeters help planes and helicopters to land and poor weather. the activation of 5g potentially leading the faa to order planes grounded in low visibility. on tuesday, the telecom relented temporarily. in a statement, at&t said at our sole discretion we have voluntarily agreed to
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temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers at certain airport runways as we continue to work with the aviation industry. the company added, we are frustrated by the's inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done which is safely deploy 5g technology without disrupting aviation services. we urge them to do so in a timely manner. with verizon following suit, that postpones the confrontation between telecom and airline giants once again. it does not resolve it. white house policy makers say they are working on a permanent solution. >> we have the safest airspace in the world. we are committed to reaching the solution around five the deployment -- 5g to blame it. >> the point of 5g could affect 15,000 flights stranding more than a million customers. >> still ahead, the activist who
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popularized a pro-democracy hall in hong kong becomes the first release from jail. and two of the biggest names in software and gaming strike the biggest deal in the industry's history. >> they have gone now. excepting the winter snow that is not particularly heavy. it continues with persistent winds. the korean peninsula is about zero. rises when the sons of the
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dominant and snow showers reach further south in japan. these are not extremely low temperatures and not far from average for shanghai, but a noticeable breeze all the same. as yet, it has really enhanced the reins. the seasonal rains which do not rely on the cold injection at all, they are seasonal and are heavy through java. there'll be some flooding. a bit of a backing off in sri lanka. most of india is fine. not true for the north. getting to high ground in north india and pakistan. once more, a cold shower is setting up for the gulf. >> but weather sponsored by
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kedar airways. >> you're watching al jazeera. the tongan government says people on several islands had to be evacuated after all homes
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were destroyed in saturday's eruption and tsunami. the satellite images have shown the extent of the damage. the white house has warned russia can attack ukraine at any moment. emily: more than one hundred thousand russian troops are amassed on ukraine's border. and u.s. telecom giants at&t and verizon have agreed to partially delay activating their 5g networks in some airports. it comes after major airlines are worried the airline -- rollout will cause catastrophic problems for flights. to hong kong now. an activist known for calling for independence. the first pro-democracy figure to be released from jail since beijing's crackdown back in 2020. he said to have popularized the rallying call liberate hong kong.
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in a statement, he said he will not be staying away from the spotlight and treasuring his time with his family. hello there, he was released the early hours of wednesday. what is eason said? >> that is right. to give you some context here, we've like other media outlets here, had planned to go to prison around 9 a.m. when most prisoners are normally released. there would have been a huge crowd of journalists, and a police presence. they got him out at 3 a.m. and avoided the media spectacle that would have ensued. as you say, he did release a statement saying he wants to treasure time with his family. he released that statement before scrubbing his social media accounts. he also said according to the law he has been ordered to
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follow supervision of his release. he will stay away from the spotlight and stop using social media. he also will not accept any interview invitation. much has changed since he went into prison for years ago. the crackdown and hong kong has intensified since then. a very different political atmosphere to the one that he remembers from when he went in. he also came up with that statement as you say, the revolution statement which is now banned and hong kong. all of this considered, you have to see why he has taken this approach and kept a low profile. it is also important to know that one of the stipulations of the national security law is against collusion with foreign forces. in that statement, that is implied he will not be talking to ford media. -- foreign media.
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what does this mean for the broader democracy movement and hong kong? >> i think that is a really good question and a lot of people are thinking about that. you have to consider that since the national security law came out been to, it has been clamped down. hong kong's parliament goes ahead without an effective opposition. many politicians are in jail or in exile. it is a very different political picture here. we have seen them clamped down a lot of sectors. of media outlets have been shut down. many people afraid to talk to us as academics. it is quite tough to get an interview to talk about the political situation. it is a very difficult political
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situation here. beijing said the security law was necessary to bring stability to the city. to bring suit -- peace to the city. activist say since it was introduced, it has stifled many of the freedoms that hong kong used to enjoy. that was promised when the city was handed back to china from british rule back in 1997. while it may galvanize some in a democracy movement aboard -- abroad, it is very unlikely to galvanize some reception here. we expect reception here to be rather muted. emily: thank you very much for that update. united arab emirates is calling for u.n. security council meeting. three people were killed from counterstrike's.
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it killed at least 14 there. >> the ambassador of the united arab emirates had just begun a two-year term on the council has asked for an urgent meeting to speak of the houthi drone attack on monday. she wants that meeting to take place before the end of the week. she wants the security council to issue a strong statement. >> i think it is very important the security council come out with a unified statement condemning this for the terrorist attack that it was. then building on that, i think that condemnation will deter future terrorist attacks in our country and our region. >> there has already been a military response to the houthi drone attack. they have carried out airstrikes on the human capital.
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>> attorney general expresses his concern. it resulted in numerous civilian casualties. here minds all of the parties there is a law to protect civilians and adhere to the principles of proportionality, and caution. >> they have already called on the united states to redesignate the who fees as a terrorist organization. it would be harder to mediate with the who the and harder to it distribute aid. emily: following the killing of several dementias by security forces. u.s. diplomats are expected in sudan on wednesday to push for talks to end my classes.
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maximization's against have been taking place since october 2. >> lied to parliament about a party in the 2020 lockdown. as far as johnson said, he had not been warned that it could preach coronavirus rules. he is now facing the biggest crisis of his political career with a dozen lockdown gatherings now under visitation. -- investigation. >> nobody told me that what we were doing was against the rules or that we were going to do something that was not a work event. as i said in the house of commons, when i went out into that garden, i thought i was attending work event. i think it is very important
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that we see the inquiry has to say. >> boris's former chief advisor turned arch nemesis released a statement on his blog on monday saying he had actually advised that the prime minister and he has witnesses to prove it, to say that attending this event would be very bad. would not look good. according to cummings, the response was to waive this through and attend the event. johnson said this is not the case and that he has defended his stance that he believed he was going to a work event. it was a pretty bruising interview all around. boris johnson holding his head down throughout the entire question.
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a day in which the nation was in morning, the queen was in isolation from her family. six conservative mps who have gone on record calling for his records -- resignation. waiting for this all important investigation into wrongdoings. that conducted by a civil servant known as the sleaze buster of whitehall. will her conclusions implicate boris johnson and sustained wrongdoing. emily: former colombian presidential candidate was kidnapped has announced she is running for the top job again.
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she confirmed her candidacy in bogota on tuesday. she was held in the jungle after being cap -- captured. more from bogota. >> i think most colombians were surprised by her decision to run for office two months before congressional elections in the primaries in which she will now compete. it comes at a critical time in the country when colombians are extremely angry at the political establishment and the increase in violence. there have been many protests. she presented herself as somebody who could try to reunite this country and reunite colombians around. she says her similar story to
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most colombians. she made a parallel during her candidacy speech essentially saying her captivity was similar to what most colombians have experience and being captives of corruption. emily: donations passed legislation to move it from -- move the capital from jakarta to a new city they built and borneo. it is sinking and constantly flooded.
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(sophie fouron) we're in the land of gods here. it sure looks likes it, anyways. it's the birthplace of greek mythology. apparently, zeus was born here, in crete. and the gods have been very generous to their land. you can find pretty much everything and anything on this island. they are wild herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables everywhere. there are more sheep here than human beings. they can live off their land. they still have a very strong culture, very strong traditions. and here, they say they're cretans before they say they're greeksan


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