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>> ukraine's interior minister killed in a helicopter crash. the highest ranking official to die since the war began. >> this kindergarten is right in the center of a residential area. people here have been coming out to see what has happened and most are in shock. ♪ >> this is al jazeera. also, peru's capital on edge. thousands of antigovernment protesters convert -- massive
demonstrations calling for the presidents resignation. in afghanistan, poverty and hunger have compounded the crisis. israel's prime court denies benjamin netanyahu's -- from serving as minister. ukraine's secret service has launched a criminal investigation into a helicopter crash that killed the interior minister and other senior officials near kyiv. 14 people died when the aircraft came down next to a kindergarten on the outskirts of the capital. a child's among the dead. dozens were injured. natosha butler reports from brovary. >> the kindergarten in the town of brovary, near kyiv, still smoldering as emergency teams clearing wreckage.
some scattered across the playground. a helicopter carrying nine people had crashed near the building, killing all on board including ukraine's interior minister denys monastyrsky. kyiv's mayor called his death a huge loss. >> a young guy. [indiscernible] >> dozens of children were in the kindergarten at the time of the crash. at least one was killed. others were injured. a regular school day turned into a tragedy. ukraine's president said he was in unspeakable pain. this kindergarten is right in the center of a residential area. people who live here have been coming out to see what has happened and most are in shock. alexander was nearby when he heard the crash. we filmed what happened next on his phone. >> i -- the kindergarten and saw
everything on fire. i checked the building where i had friends, but when i got sir, that car exploded. i saw two dead bodies on the grass and i was scared to go closer. >> i thought it was a drone attack. we saw a large piece of metal on the ground, then found the helicopter ring. it is a nightmare. i'm speechless. >> police have opened an investigation into the crash. no word yet on why it happened, but it is clearly death of the interior minister and other senior government figures is a huge loss for ukraine at a time when it is fighting russian forces. the death of so many others including children is another tragedy for a country already suffering. >> frank luck with -- is a military strategy for the university of portsmouth. he says it could take some time before we know the cause of the
crash. >> it is probably worth pointing out that it is now january in ukraine. this is northern ukraine. the weather was foggy this morning. it is likely, and i would think wise, for helicopters to fly low. flying low in the fog, trying to take advantage of what pilots call ground clutter -- risk of antiaircraft missiles. those are all factors which may well have played into this. we will find out in a few weeks whether that is the case. that it was not the most favorable of flying circumstances. i would think that before any flight, there would have been a risk assessment and decisions made as to whether the risks justified the return. there is always danger in flying key staff in one airframe.
for example, the british royal family never travels together on aircraft. mr. monastyrsky is a very well-known and popular politician. he was of great support for and a bastion for, an old friend, an old political friend of president zelenskyy. it is a personal blow to the government, but also to many of the people. he had his power base in the east and was a significant figure. it is a big blow today. it is wartime. these things happen. >> russia's president says moscow's -- inevitable. speaking to a factory making air defense systems, he says the country is ramping up arms production, one of the main is forces will prevail in ukraine. >> in total, our defense
industry produces about the same amount of air defense missiles for various purposes as all of the combined military industrial enterprises of the whole world heard our production is comparable to global production. therefore, we have something to rely on. all of this could not help but inspire confidence that victory will be ours. >> russia's foreign minister says the crib one has yet to see serious offers from the west to end the conflict. >> we heard the mantra in western capitals that you can't talk about ukraine without ukraine. this is nonsense. it is the west that decides for ukraine, they for bait zelenskyy from concluding an agreement with moscow, even though such agreement was already in place. the west decides for ukraine.
>> sergei lavrov's press conference today was an attempt to put the whole war into the context of the russian-western confrontation. he even used the term "final solution" when describing the u.s. led coalition. as he described, trying to find a solution for the restaurant -- the russian question. he also compared the u.s. and western attack on russia he says, to napoleon and hitler's. it was more into historical context. and then he went into details with respect to negotiations with you rain, saying russia is open to negotiations. however, it needs some solid points to stand on. also, he mentioned the meeting
between heads of intelligence in russia and the u.s. and said this happened upon president biden's request. also, address the issue of sanctions, saying his country is working on creating and enhancing new supply chains in order to avoid the western interruptions. >> afghanistan's government says freezing temperatures have killed 70 people and tens of thousands of cattle. long queues to buy coal in kabul where the mercury has dropped as low as 29 degrees celsius. poverty and unemployment are increasing the risk of casualties. forecasters say the cold snap will continue for at least of the week. the most senior woman at the united nations has held talks with the taliban on their crackdown on women's rights. the foreign minister defended
the record and blamed other countries for the broader problems afghanistan is facing. >> as the minister of foreign affairs, i will have to satisfy both you and my government. you tell me, what has the international community done to satisfy our nation? sanctions have been imposed on afghanistan. there are restrictions on the banking system. people can't even transfer money to buy food. >> u.n. secretary general antonio guterres says models -- muslim nations need convince the taliban to change its course on women's rights. >> the human secretary general is among the dignitaries here in the swiss alps for the world economic forum. while he is here, his deputy is in afghanistan. the deputy erie -- the highest level international official to go to afghanistan since the taliban took over. the secretary-general explained to me her mission.
>> there is something that really i feel deeply, which is what is happening to women and girls in afghanistan. what i said in the general assembly, the risk to move into a gender apartheid society. my belief that only the muslim world can convince the taliban that this needs to change. [indiscernible] -- that issued the statement. it is very important. it clearly says that what is happening in afghanistan is against the koran. she visited before, going to afghanistan, a number of islamic countries. with the objective to mobilize support in the islamic world to make clear for the taliban that they need to reverse their present trend. i think this was an important initiative. i hope this initiative will
produce positive results. and in any case, we will be ready to adopt the measures considered necessary if the initiative does not produce the results we are expecting. >> could you accept that there is not much leverage the international community have? the taliban don't seem to care much about international record. >> to come to the taliban with a western perspective would be totally useless. that is the reason why, and ahmed is a muslim woman, a recognized muslim woman. to be able to mobilize the islamic world to tell clearly to the taliban that what they are doing has nothing to do with islam, nothing to do with the holy koran, it has something to do with traditional values, but there are reasons to the benefit of the afghan people to make
sure that women can work, girls can go to school at the secondary and university levels, and they can be active agents for the developer to the country. >> the taliban bad all-female aid workers from international aid agencies from operating inside afghanistan. for now, female u.n. workers can continue to operate but the secretary-general would not be drawn on what would happened if they too were banned soon. >> antigovernment protesters across peru are converging on the capital for mass demonstrations. they want their president to resign and her predecessor released from jail. more than 40 people have died in the unrest that began in december. the president is set to meet with a representative of the human human rights office which has called for an investigation into the deaths of protesters. mariana sanchez is live in lima.
people have been arriving from across the country. what is happening where you are? what are you hearing from protesters? >> we are in the center of the capital, in a plaza called plaza san martin. a place where usually all protesters meet. we have been seeing for the last few hours groups of different people coming from the highlands. people have been arriving in cars, arriving in the last few hours. we are seeing people marching here in the capital. you can see that the people here are -- some of them with flags. some of them with the flags of the inca civilization. they have not been allowed to pass the other side.
if you could see on this side, we can show you there's is police there already with riot gear. they have put it on in the last half-hour. on the others of the plaza, the way to congress has been blocked by police. we have seen police marching with riot gear on the others -- on the others. things are tense, but protesters have been peaceful. they want the resignation of the president. they have been saying they want garcia to be released from jail, that they wanted congress to be shut down, but more than anything, people want the resignation. people are saying they are very happy -- very angry at the deaths of 50 people who have already died related to protests in that country.
in davos, the foreign minister has said peru will remain committed to the international human rights system. but as we know, justice comes late. sometimes 20 or 30 years late. there's lots of concern of what the situation will be for the people that have died in this protest. and the situation of what will happen. we have seen deadly protests in the past few weeks in other parts of the country. >> clearly, there is rising in danger -- rising anger directed at president boluarte. one of their key demands is that she resign. how likely is it that that would actually happen? >> she has said that she will
not resign. the prime minister has said that she will not resign. that a resignation of president boluarte would mean anarchy. come in the last opinion poll we saw, 71% of peruvians disapprove of her government. many critics, observers and historians are saying the only way to calm people will be with her resignation. that is what people are demanding more than anything, the resignation of dina boluarte . people here have told me that they will stay in lima no matter how long, until she resigns. >> mario sanchez live in lima. still ahead.
[tenting] >> nurses in england strike for the second time in as many months. -- prepares to host its most important football mansion 40 years. ♪ >> here is your weather report for the 19th of january. showers sliding across pakistan. that energy is pouring into the northwest of india. that has helped freshen up the atmosphere in terms of smog. cold weather alerts dropped across the north because we've got more cloud cover acting like a blanket to keep the worms we see during the day and at night. fairweather clouds -- anywhere along that east coast, clouds could produce showers.
what weather hanging around the south china sea closing in on the coast of vietnam. ho chi minh city likely to see showers over the weekend. extreme flood advisories up and down the philippines have been dropped. in china, temperatures have come up. a bit more cloud cover. north of the yellow river valley, we will see the return of the cold. here's what is going on thursday. john yang at six series. watch friday morning. because we have got this cold air, the wind at just the right direction, some more snow for western and northern japan. ♪ >> a state imposed musical ban that met firm social resistance.
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afghanistan's government says freezing temperatures have killed 70 people and tens of thousands of cattle. forecasters say the cold snap will continue for another week. antigovernment protesters from across peru are converging on the capital for mass demonstrations. they want president dina boluarte to resign and their predecessor to be released from jail. israel's supreme court has ordered benjamin netanyahu to remove a senior member of his government. he cannot serve because he was convicted of tax fraud. friend of the -- sparking fears of a political crisis in the new coalition government. more than 90 countries have called on israel to reverse measures taken against the palestinian authority after it pushed world legal opinion from the u.n. top court. those steps including withholding revenue on goods collected at the border.
>> palestinian authority's already struggling with the financial crisis, but new israeli sanctions could make conditions worse. israel collects taxes because it controls the borders. on average, that amounts to about $180 million a month more than half of the palestinian authority's budget. under an agreement from the 1990's, israel takes a 3% commission and is required to transfer the rest. but, that is not always the case. the israeli government has been deducting amounts unilaterally for various expenses. palestinians say the reductions amounts to billions of dollars and are not audited or transparent. >> they continue to increase. it seems to be a trend where the more reform and more revenues we have, the more deductions they will have. this means the intent to keep us constantly breathing underwater. >> the finance ministry has told
al jazeera the money will go to families of the of attacks carried out by palestinians. israeli courts hold the palestinian -- accountable for a number of attacks. -- is facing eight years in prison and a $56,000 fine and compensation for a settler he is accused of trying to kill. >> settlers steal our lands. it is only normal to resist the occupying power. why would they asked me to compensate them? asking me to compensate a thief. >> to compound matters, international aid has shrunk 90% since 2013. >> the clearest revenue to be suspended for an extended period of time, we would see the palestinian authority unable to meet financial requirements towards palestinian banking sector, which is heavily indebted. >> the palestinian authority is the main employer in the
occupied territory and it has not been able to pay staff. for more than a year. palestinians say they won't stop lobbying the united nations more so now with the right wing government in power in israel. many say they have been in difficult situations before where israel has kept the palestinian economy on the verge of collapse for decades. always barely surviving. >> the united nations says it has discovered mass graves in the eastern democratic republic of congo. bodies of civilians including women and children were found in the province. the area has seen attacks from armed groups in recent months. >> we have some disturbing news from our peacekeeping mission in the congo. our colleagues there report that mass graves containing the bodies of 42 civilians including
women and children have been discovered. another graves of seven men was discovered in the village of -- both locations are about 30 kilometers east of -- peacekeepers launched a patrol to the area immediately after receiving reports by other -- reports of attacks by malicious. this is when they made the discoveries. -- is supporting the congolese judicial system to investigate the attacks and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. >> nurses in england pressing on with their second strike, demanding higher pay as the cost-of-living sewers. patients have been warned to expect disruptions from the health care service. [cheering] >> if the gestures of passing motorists are the only thing to go by, public support for striking nurses is strong. but the chanting describes a depression. they state is not just about a,
it is about the desperate state of the nhs. sebastian says he fears for the future. >> experienced nurses are leaving for private health care companies. so, nhs is losing billions in recruiting, training and retaining. some apply colleagues -- some of my colleagues left ashamed that they had to make that choice, but that is what they have to to -- to do to heat their homes. [chanting] >> they are calling out to keep the nhs alive, but it is on its knees. many in the protect -- profession believe the deeper the crisis, the stronger the likelihood it is that privatization will be hoist upon them. some health care professionals believe it is no coincidence that a long run of underfunding in the nhs runs alongside the
growth of the private sector. >> currently, private hospitals don't train staff, don't support, don't educate. they totally rely on nhs staff to be doing extra sessions. the sending of nhs patients to the private sector undermines the stabilization in the building back of the nhs. >> as the nhs comes under increasing pressure, the private sector is flourishing. but, the nhs is massive by comparison. 150,000 beds, only 9000 and the private sector. routine private surgery is cost-effective, and that helps the nhs when it pays for private providers to carry out operations. what is more lucrative for the private sector is to take on patients who pay their own way. estimates show a 33% increase in this business over two years that adds to big profits from
health insurance treatment. >> that is actually more worrying from my perspective. it has several repercussions, but is certainly the first step toward a two tier system. we see a separating of high access health health care for people who can afford it at a subpar service for everyone else. >> striking nurses have taken their grievances to the government in hopes of a compromise. their patients need to worry about a different compromise. the dangers of a two tier system by default. >> iraq has been hosting national it is drawing tens of thousands of visitors from neighboring trees. >> wherever you go, walls are covered in murals. flags are displayed proudly. billboards welcome visitors to the area.
tens of thousands of football fans arrive, giving local economy a welcome boost. >> we have benefited a lot from the tournament. business is thriving. security has improved. infrastructure has been repaired. >> stadiums have been filled to capacity. iraqis are excited. the national team have made it to the final and they are going head-to-head with oman. iraq football association says the vast majority of tickets were sold ahead of kickoff. that means many football fans have not been able to see their heroes in action at the stadium. >> screens are set up an outdoor fan zones. but it is not just about football. -- events celebrate basrah's cultural heritage. at night, the city's bustling.