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>> a u.s. jury orders conspiracy theorist alex jones to pay almost $1 billion to families who suffered from his false claim the sandy hook school shooting was a hoax. ♪ >> this is al jazeera live from london. the u.n. general assembly overwhelmingly votes to condemn russia's move to annex four regions of ukraine. >> we will do as much as it takes for as long as it tak. ukraine's allies promised new air defenses at a nato mting.
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the latest russian airstrike kills seven women in a market. iran's security forces use tear gas to break up the latest protest. the supreme leader has dismissed them as scattered rights by his country's enemies. ♪ a jury in the u.s. has ordered right-wing conspiracy theorist alex jones to pay 965 million dollars in damages after falsely claiming the 2012 sandy hook school massacre was a hoax. the families of eight victims have been seeking at least $550 million in the three-week defamation trial in connecticut. just last month, a jury in texas ordered jones to pay $50 million to other families. the radio host, founder of the website infowars, claimed the
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student -- shooting was staged as a plot to take away america's guns. 20 young children, six members of staff were killed by a gunman at sandy hook elementary school in 2012. >> a jury representing our community and our nation rendered a historic verdict. a verdict against alex jones' lies and their poisonous spread. the verdicts for truth. for over a month in this courthouse, this jury bore witness to alex jones' ten year attack. the families i have been associated with for 10 years during this tragedy are the most beautiful people you will ever encounter. their children, their moms and wives, are the most beautiful people you could ever get to know. all i can really say is i'm proud what we were able to
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accomplish was to simply tell the truth. it should not be this hard, it should not be this scary. >> we are live in washington, d.c. how did they reach the figure come almost $1 billion? >> the families in this case, the eight families and fbi agent who were all targeted by alex jones, have wanted $550 million. the fact that they sued in connecticut, a state that does not place a limit on how much in punitive damages a plaintiff can get in a civil lawsuit, decided they deserved much more. that is how the jury came to a $965 million figure. alex jones has already said he's not going to pay it, that he doesn't have the money to pay it, but it is a very significant figure. the kind of thing that made people stop on wednesday and say
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oh my goodness, i can't believe something like this happened. i can't believe a jury is actually taking these families claims seriously and is trying to address them. >> what kind of precedent does it said? -- set? >> it sets a precedent that anyone who wants to say things about someone else without verifying that the information is true essentially has been put on notice. under the first amendment, you can say anything you want, but you can be held accountable if you say something about someone else and you don't have the evidence to back up what you said. that is the definition of defamation. so the hope by this $965 million damage fee essentially would make people think twice before they say things about other people, particularly those who
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are not in the public eyes and have a reasonable expectation of privacy, that they think twice before they say these sorts of things about others. whether or not it works, we will have to see. but when you talk about nearly $1 billion, that is real money. >> thank you very much. ♪ >> the u.n. general assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn russia's moves to annex parts of ukraine after referendums. 143 countries voted in favor of a resolution that also reaffirmed the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. syria, nicaragua, north korea, and belarus voted with russia. another 35 countries abstained,
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including russia's strategic partner, china. more from the united nations in new york. >> this is the fourth vote in the general assembly since russia invaded ukraine on the situation in ukraine. this one passed with the most support of any of the prior resolutions. it is an attempt by ukraine and its backers to keep russia under pressure, keep the spotlight on the country, and show it is isolated on the international stage. there were some abstention's, 35 of them. similar to previous votes. two very large and influential countries, china and india. china said the resolution reflected a cold war mentality, and in their view, was not conducive to bring parties together for peace talks. the united states and other countries that back ukraine said quite simply, it is a matter of
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preserving international law and the u.n. charter. >> our message is loud and clear. it doesn't matter if you as a nation are big or small, rich or poor, old or new. if you are a u.n. member states, your borders are your own and are protected by international law. they cannot be redrawn by anyone else by force. >> this is certainly a morally significant victory for ukraine. the general assembly doesn't have the same weight of the international law behind it that the security council would in a similar resolution condemning the illegal annexation of these areas in ukraine failed in the security council because of russia's veto. it is worth pointing out back in 2014, when russia annexed crimea, a similar situation evolved at the united nations
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where a resolution failed, but the resolution passed in t the general assembly by 100 votes. it is a moral victory, but doesn't have the weight of international law. >> nadal promised more weapons for ukraine. particularly new air defenses, in response to some of the most intense russian missile attacks since the war began. more than 50 western countries representatives are gathered to discuss ukraine support. -- said russia's strikes were a sign of weakness after recent ukrainian advances on the battlefield. more than 100 russian missiles have hit ukraine in the past three days, killing at least 26 people. electricity and power infrastructure was targeted. busy roads, parks, and tourist sites have been hit. at least seven people were killed in one of the latest attacks in a strike on the market in an eastern town. president putin has called the
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attacks retaliatory strikes. the bridge connecting russia to crimea. >> it was a black day for our city. people are not evacuating, and as a result, the first strike took place on the market. at 7:55, a massive attack took place. five people died instantly. two more died in hospital. all 70 today that were women. >> more from the nato meeting in brussels. >> the u.s. defense secretary was leading a meeting of the ukraine defense contact group. it is a group of 50 countries that come together regularly to talk about ways they can best help and support ukraine. lloyd austin said every time vladimir putin escalated the situation in ukraine most recently with the multiple missile attacks in civilian areas on civilian infrastructure, lloyd austin said every move by the kremlin
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in that way only hardened the resolve of nato members and allies to do more to help ukraine. the main way they can help is more weapons need to continue flowing to ukraine. he also talked about moscow's threats to use nuclear weapons. >> we continue to watch indications and any type of warning he may have made a decision to go in a different direction. we have not seen any indicators at this point that would lead us to believe that. but it is not something we look at once, and we remain focused on it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. >> ukraine's defense minister was at the meeting, as were some of ukraine's top military commanders. kyiv has repeatedly said it urgently needs more weapons to be sent by its allies. that was also something young stoltenberg said. >> i welcome nato allies are providing air defense systems,
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that is extremely important and a welcome recent announcement by germany and the delivery of german air defense systems to ukraine. you have seen why this is so important. the horrific attacks against ukrainian cities. >> they said nato allies were committed to helping ukraine for as long as it takes. >> ukraine's energy minister says russian minerals -- missiles have hit about 30% of the energy infrastructure of the country. about 300 areas were left without power following the russian attacks monday and tuesday. -- parts of the city were temporarily left without electricity as a result of the attacks. >> this is the center of love eve. the cultural capital of ukraine. normally on a weekday, this area would be much more full of
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families. although there are still skateboarders, there are local musicians. it is not nearly as packed as it normally would be. that is because of what happened earlier in the week. monday and tuesday, you had two consecutive days of russian airstrikes on critical infrastructure in lviv region. you had power disruptions, water disruptions, and while there are local officials that say water and electricity are fully back online in the region, the residents we are speaking to are showing that they are concerned. >> in an emergency, i plan to go to my grandmother in the village in the winter, or my sister in poland. i prefer to stay home than go anywhere. >> when the attacks happen, we ran inside and stayed until the alarm went off, five hours
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later. we were terrified for our lives. >> despite the worries of what might actually happen next, people are coming out to restaurants and cafes. some residents have said also that although they feel prepared about what they will do in the event of a further attack, they think the city actually needs to be better prepared going forward. >> it must be -- to involve people from different professions, or to make as soon as possible the most safety with water facilities. >> many say that for months, there had been a sense of complacency that residents had felt far removed from the war that was going on. now the big question for everyone, what exactly comes next? >> still to come.
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calls for police reform in the u.k. after a shooting of an unarmed black man in london. alaska's big live. ahead of winter, the fattest there is announced, but not without allegations of rampant ballot stuffing. ♪ >> welcome to the international forecast. severe weather warnings for some very heavy rain. flooding rains. southeastern parts of australia. also some very strong winds, damaging winds a possibility towards tasmania, victoria, new south wales. this stationary area of low pressure swirling away in the bite. weather fronts slowly but surely making their way further east. picking up tropical moisture making its way towards new south
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wales. really heavy rain a possibility. could see an easy 50, 60 millimeters of rain in six hour periods. could even see heavier downpours across tasmania. whether whether running towards inland parts of new south wales, the great dividing range. we will see more rain coming into sydney. by the end of friday, things are quieting down. the wetter weather makes its way towards new zealand, bright sky coming in behind. find and dry across parts of china, the korean peninsula, japan not faring too badly. >> stories of hope and inspiration. short documentaries from around
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the world that celebrate courage and resilience in times of turmoil. al jazeera select. on al jazeera. ♪ >> the top stories on al jazeera. a jury in the u.s. has ordered right wing conspiracy theorist alex jones to pay 965 million dollars in damages after he falsely claimed the 2012 sandy
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hook elementary school mass shooting was a hoax. 20 children and six staff members were killed by a gunman at the connecticut school. the un's general assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn russia's move to annex parts of ukraine after referendums. 140 three countries voted in favor of the resolution. four joined russia in voting against it. 35 abstained. western allies have vowed to deliver new air defense systems as fast as they can to bolster protection against russian missiles. at least 26 people have been killed in russian airstrikes on 12 cities across ukraine since monday. russia's president says europe is to blame for its own energy crisis. vladimir putin said gas could still be supplied by part of the nord stream 2 pipeline that is intact. it is up to the eu whether or not it wants the gas. germany said it will not accept russian gas via the pipeline. >> russia is ready to start the
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supplies. the ball is in the eu's court, so to say. if they want to, that is it. we are not restricting anyone and anything, including our readiness to supply additional volumes in the autumn winter period. >> we have more on vladimir putin's remarks. >> president vladimir putin was speaking to a large conference about energy. and he said the pipelines and the energy should be kept away from politics. he said the energy has nothing to do with the energy crisis and the pipelines and all of this has nothing to do with the war in ukraine. it is a shared interest between russia and the western partners, and it has to be safeguarded
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against any troubles, because that will affect the economy of russia and the economy of the europeans and the world. and he criticized placing a cap on oil and gas prices saying that is going to be negative for the international economic development. basically he seemed to extend a hand to the western europe in case they want to secure the energy, secure the energy flow, and come to terms on how to fix the damage. >> the eu energy ministers have failed to agree on a package to tackle high gas prices. 15 members of the european union -- the price of wholesale gas to be capped to have fair purchasing amongst wealthy and poor states. some states want alternative options, including a limit on gas consumption and subsidy packages for businesses and consumers. the european union proposals are
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to be unveiled next week. iranians have kept up antigovernment protests, despite increasingly deadly state crackdown almost a month after the death of a woman in police custody. security forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in tehran. the unrest marks the biggest challenge to iran's government in years. the 22-year-old died after being beaten by morality police for not wearing her headscarf properly. the supreme leader has dismissed the nationwide protests as scattered rights planned by iran's enemies. >> some of the protesters are in the elements, if not, they move in the same direction as lme -- the enemy. they have the same goals as the enemy. some are not with the enemy, they are just emotional. these groups cannot be judged the same way. the letter group should be fixed
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with cultural work, with the first group, the judicial and security bodies must to their job. >> north korea has carried out another long-range missile test that hit a target 2000 kilometers away. that is according to state media, which says the cruise missile test was aimed at enhancing the reliability of pyongyang's tactical nuclear weapons. kim jong-un says his country should continue to expand its nuclear capabilities to serve as a deterrant. britain's economy set to go into recession after it shrank by .3% in august. the prime minister has come under fierce criticism from the opposition during her first parliament questions since announcing the controversial fiscal plan that included unfunded tax cuts. so-called mini budget shook financial markets and saw it drop to the lowest against the u.s. dollar. she told parliament she has no intention of cutting public spending to fund a planned tax cut.
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the fatal shooting oven unarmed black man in london lead to large protests and calls for police reform. he was killed by a metropolitan police officer at close range, prompting a homicide investigation. our correspondent reports from london. >> a makeshift shrine at the site of his killing in a case that has gripped the british capital. he died from a single shot to the head by a police marksman through a car window at close range. he was unarmed, and weeks away from becoming a father. police say the car was linked to firearms offenses, but they were not given his name because the car did not belong to him. the killing sparked a desperate search for answers from his family. calls for criminal charges against the officer who pulled the trigger. the officer has been suspended while the independent office for police conduct carries out a homicide investigation. >> how can a young man sit in a
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car unarmed, be shot in the head by police? >> while the investigation into what happened on this london street continues, his killing has reopened questions of police competence and allegations of institutional racism. and for others who have lost their loved ones as a result of police action, his death has reopened old wounds. >> marcio rig's brother, a schizophrenic, died after being restrained in police custody. he was arrested for the theft of a passport that was his own. angie lewis, whose son died when he was held down by 11 police officers while he was a patient at a mental health hospital. and the mother of jack, who drowned after being chased into a river by police. the young men have one common thread, none were linked to crime or were ethnic minorities, all desperately in need of help. >> my generation, the older generation, we are tired and exhausted.
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the problem is they are doing it to our youth. so we are double traumatized. why can't the government see this? where is their humanity? >> she was previously the most senior asian woman in the met police before quitting over racist and sexist abuse. she is the managing urgent report -- she is demanding urgent report. >> sexism, racism, it is displayed internally, certainly does get carried out into the community. stereotyping in policing, particularly stop and search, when it comes to young black males, is alive and kicking and very real. >> the police and national police chief's counsel declined to speak on camera. issuing this statement saying "we continue to fully support the independent office for police conduct investigation as they worked to establish the facts and try to answer the many questions the family and others
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have around his tragic death." it could be nine months before investigators come back with findings. in that time, distrust in the police amongst the city's black communities deepens. while the family, who viewed the body cam footage, continue demanding justice. al jazeera, london. >> palestinians in the refugee camp in occupied east jerusalem have launched a strike and protested a days long siege israeli forces. the israeli army has blocked entrances and exits since saturday after a soldier was shot dead in an attack at one of the checkpoints. those in the camp say they being collectively punished and holding marches and a vigil. other communities and universities are joining the protest in solidarity. the peruvian president is facing a new legal battle after the country's attorney general filed a constitutional complaint against the left-wing leader. the top prosecutor alleges a
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criminal organization has taking root in the government. the president, his family, and close advisers have been battling allegations of corruption for months. while prosecuting in congress would be unprecedented and constitutionally complex, the opponents would need fewer votes to suspend him. he described the complaint as a coup attempt and has vowed to finish his term in 2026. >> a new type of coup d'etat has started. whose playbook uses the attorney general for political interests and makes the country believe i lead a criminal network, which i completely deny. >> what is the secret to living a long and healthy life? residents of a small village in indonesia believe they might have the answer. it is home to dozens over the age of 100, and starting the community to find out more. the village in west java, jessica washington reports. >> in the hills of west java,
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this is the journey to the village. the sky is blue, the temperature is cool, and there is no traffic or pollution. what makes it special is its residence. specifically the seniors. he's 92, exercises every morning, practicing martial arts with his friends. >> i like to exercise and drink four liters of water every day. >> more than 1200 people live in the village. like many elderly indonesians, most don't have earth certificates. 36 are believed to be over 100 years old, according to the local government. the average life expectancy is just over 71 years old. here, it is what makes the people live such a long and happy lives. researchers are studying the village, hoping to learn the secret behind their health. >> they note residents only eat what they grow, and also live
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active lifestyles. >> in the village, we see that when the community preserves its local wisdom and incorporates it into their daily lives, it has positive effect. >> everyone here is involved in ensuring the village has enough to eat, with the older generation passing on their knowledge about cooking and farming. >> i cooked vegetables from the garden, whatever grows. i never travel, i stay here and keep farming. >> they recently agreed to open their village for tourism, but say they will only allow visitors as long as they don't disturb their customs. >> it is a good example for others to learn from, the way they eat, how they take care of their village, and the environment. >> and why they think people here lives such long lives, most say happiness is just as important as diet and exercise. >> i just live simply.
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i've never wanted to be rich or own a car. my heart is free and happy. >> most of the seniors have never left the village, or want to. they say they already have everything they need. jess
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