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he slips patience is still must go on. relations between russia and the us hits a new low as moscow expels 10 american diplomats a day after a similar move by washington. hello and welcome in peter dhabi your watching al-jazeera live from our headquarters here in doha also coming up repeating. the end of an era roll castro and i'm seize he's stepping down as the leader of cuba's ruling communist party. anger in chicago a day after graphic video reveals
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a 13 year old was chased and shot dead by a policeman. and an important scientific advance or is it the stuff of nightmares research's create the 1st embryo from human and monkey so it's. ok let's get going relations between the u.s. and russia have hit a new low in a tit for tat response to washington sanctions moscow has expelled 10 diplomats and banned former and current officials it came one day after the bite didn't ministration impose similar measures accusing russia of election interference and cyber attacks bernard smith has more from moscow. the russian government says its response to u.s. sanctions is tit for tat 10 u.s. diplomats will have to leave and 8 senior current and former administration officials are banned from entering russia that includes former national security
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adviser susan rice foreign minister sergei lavrov says he could go further still. if all exchanges of niceties continue we will ask the americans to bring the number of their diplomats who deal with bilateral relations with russia in accordance with the number of our employees working in the embassy and to general consulates in the us. the kremlin is reacting to u.s. government decision to blacklist russian companies expel russian diplomats and bar u.s. banks from buying sovereign bonds from the central bank in moscow russia continues interfere with our democracy all this because washington says russia is involved in malign acts including the persecution of opposition politicians alexina valmy interfering in elections engaging in cyber hacking as well as occupying crimea that the toughest sanctions since 2018. if the government is frightened by the way the events are developing but they will change course and will continue to be
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confrontational but the question is how far will the kremlin push it they will try to make it look as though nothing has changed but in reality they will be much more careful in the way the consequences of their actions the kremlin says president putin has yet to decide if you'll take part in a u.s. led climate summit next week russia's government seems to be open but a line has now been drawn up a response to the u.s. sanctions foreign ministry here says he wants to avoid any further escalation and sergey lavrov says he takes positively joe biden's offer of a meeting with vladimir putin. but it's an al-jazeera moscow. the u.s. president and the japanese prime minister say they'll continue to work together to meet challenges posed by china yoshida sugar was the 1st world leaders who visit the white house under the biden ministration their summit focused on a wide range of issues including technology and the economy but it was geopolitics that dominated the discussions of afternoon. we committed to working together to
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take on the challenges from china and on issues like the east china sea the south china sea as well as north korea to ensure a future of a free and open and oh pacific japan and united states are 2 strong democracies in the region and we're committed we're committed to defending advancing our shared values including human rights and the rule of law we're going to work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st century can deliver for our people and the face of a rapidly changing world you know if you not tell you you know he's not going you'll get it we agreed to oppose any attempts to change the status quo by force in the east and south china seas and intimidation of others in the region at the same time we agreed on the necessity of each other to engage in frank dialogue with china and in doing so to pursue stability of international relations while up
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holding universal values will stay with us story high to joe castro has more now from washington. we know that behind closed doors over lunch and over tea throughout this day long bilateral china was certainly the major focus in particular how these 2 countries china and the u.s. and that shapin what counter a rising china and this meeting happened during a few weeks of escalating tensions with china particularly concerning taiwan with china sending warplanes into taiwanese airspace and president biden responding by sending a delegation and an official delegation to interact with taiwanese counterparts and certainly of course the fact that it was the japanese prime minister who was the 1st foreign leader to be invited in person to visit the biden white house that speaks loudly here and is a picture is worth
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a 1000 words and seeing these 2 world leaders stand side by side certainly was meant to communicate a message to china that japan and the united states are united in promoting democracy in the indo-pacific. cuba will be without a castro guiding its destiny for the 1st time in 60 years 89 year old leader raul castro confirming that he is stepping down as the head of the communist party to pass on the battle to a younger generation role and his brother fidel began their leadership of cuba after anchoring the communist revolution in 1959 the sea in human picks up the story now that not even the pandemic could prevent cuba's aide communist party congress from proceeding exactly as planned but raul castro's confirmation that he was stepping down was none the less this story. my task as the 1st secretary of the central committee of the communist party of cuba concludes with the satisfaction of having done my duty and confidence in the future of the fatherland
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. nevertheless peculation that the last of the castro brothers to rule cuba might retire from politics entirely was quickly to rest. i have reached the meditated conviction not to accept offers of any other top party position but i will remain in the party as one more revolutionary combatant making my humble contribution to the end of my days. castro used most of his opening speech to repeat accusations that the united states is tightening an economic news around cuba to sabotage its companies and monetary reforms impose chaos and to provoke a social uprising. this was a thinly veiled reference to an increase in demonstrations and expressions of political dissent in cuba. coincides with an acute economic crisis and scarcity of
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primary goods. while i live i will be ready to continue fighting for the country and socialism with the most strength than ever let's shout together long live a free cuba. even after the. crown ended perhaps for the last time with the slogan point to his brother fidel. fatherland or death as cuba's communist party prepares to face an uncertain future without a castro at the helm. of seeing human out as iraq. is in havana now with more reaction. what does raul castro's retirement mean for ordinary cubans all the sectors of the population are broadly supported by the government particularly those that lived through the huge improvements in health care education public safety that were ushered in by the cuban revolution in the 1960 s. but for 30 years this island has been living through
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a slow drawn out economic and social crisis and there's a younger generation that's demanding more that we need only the 1st thing i'd change is i'd get rid of the blockade so that the spiralis country would change that although when the revolution triumphed did a lot for society schools hospitals and there were other things that went backwards housing trade. for me the customers legacy is that there is free education and healthcare and we should be grateful for that and i must tell you that we have serious problems with freedom of expression most cubans are scared to express themselves because they are scared of reprisals all that the police harm them in the streets or that they take them away in a police car because they won't know the real problems we have humans are living through the most serious economic crisis since the fall of the soviet union this one has been lashed not only by the pandemic but also by powerful new sanctions of the communist regime put in place improving the economy is the island's main
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political challenge but the mood here in havana is that more than anything any cuban leader can do improve the economic future hopes and dreams run through improved relations with the united states. hundreds of people a rallying in chicago in support of a teenage boy who was shot dead by the police the incidents which happened last month has heightened tensions across the u.s. over issues of policing and racial injustice on thursday body cam video was released showing an officer chasing adam toledo the 13 year old latino boy appeared to comply with a police order to drop a weapon and raise his hands before the officer opened fire. there's outrage too over the shooting of a young black american man by the police during a. traffic stop don't see writes mother as a suit an emotional plea for justice his friends and relatives gathered in minneapolis a day off to the officer who shot him appeared in court kimberly paul is charged with 2nd degree manslaughter she says she mistakenly drew a gun instead of a taser rights mother told
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a news conference the challenges are not strong enough justice is definitely what we want but i'm never going to get. justice would be bringing my son home to me justice would have been my son driving to the car washing coming home after that i'm not going to get that but 2nd degree manslaughter is not ok and i'm not ok with that that's not right she murdered my son my son is never going to come home well the mother of another black american man fatally shot during a police traffic stop and 2016 was also at the news conference valerie castillo the mother of philander steele says the case of don't say right did strike a chord with her too he was martyred in his rehab call her vehicle with why and he did nothing wrong he did nothing wrong they've police officers as you can see off here only half of.
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how do you kate have been martyr at the murder where you know. who read oh mark oh. hey oh all game she has seen with more now from brooklyn sense of minnesota it's close to the location where dawn to write was killed it's become a focal point for protesters. looks like we have some new features christmas for example many of the protesters are wearing dressing gown to ceiling bathrooms because a few nights ago a woman lived in one of the residential blocks although. she came down to look for her brother she was wearing a belt and she was apparently. put you know pushed to the floor by several security officers and arrested and taken off to jail. people wearing bathrobes in solidarity with that of that's one feature and a lot of
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a lot of the speeches right there actually about how i should say look for the last week basically in protest against move of policing and escalation what we've seen is policing and has collation it doesn't really seem that the message is necessarily getting through we have another feature to that which is the secondary fence that disappears and this is become a big focus of the activists too because they're putting up half russian is now on the fence as you may have heard the the mother of dante writes that he was a rich initially stopped because he had african is dialing through his rearview mirror and in this state that's illegal but it's one of those driving by while black crimes something that isn't in force against white people. but but it's often used as a pretext stop black drivers as they're going about their business and it was and the mother of dante rice says that was the pretext that was used to used to stop. still to come here on al-jazeera human rights groups worry about the welfare of
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hundreds of children trying to reach the u.s. from mexico. also ahead nothing is sacred for the gangs of haiti is the abduction of priests and preachers the nation . it's time for the perfect gentlemen. sponsored point qatar airways how i want to get it's warming up nicely now across much of the middle east so i was saying some very cool temperatures recently up towards the top says the struggling to get double figures just a week ago ankara 21 celsius sent us a little bit more like it still a few showers just around the southern end of the black sea let's push a little further south look at that 33 celsius in damascus in about 8 or 9 degrees above the average and if anything this woman still as we go on through sunday so
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the leviathans very much on the warm side getting up into the thirty's here so $39.00 there for baghdad from a little further south with us misty that's the sand just around the eastern side of saudi arabia maybe towards cots at temperatures here at around $37.00 celsius for the south plenty of hazy sunshine mistresses down into a somalia we might catch a shower wrote so into central and southern parts of some of that west weather just coming down through the rift valley will see some heavy showers to into a tanzania of course the showers they went up across the democratic republic of congo pushing up towards the gulf of guinea more big downpours coming through here and those showers extended well northern parts of mozambique but to the south of that it is generally fine in try more one sunshine for south africa. the 21 degrees . at ways to want to i'll just see what. can you tell me with the government you represent is now illegitimate and we
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listen we do not sound fence material to any country to the euro conflict and yet we meet with global news makers until about the stories that. we understand the differences and similarities of cultures across the sentiments when you cool hand luke with the news and current affairs that matter to you. welcome back you're watching al-jazeera a reminder of your top stories this half hour russia expelling 10 u.s. diplomats from burning former and current officials from entering the country it's in response to a similar move by the u.s.
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over alleged russian cyberattacks and election interference. for the 1st time in decades cuba's communist party will not be led by a castro role castro the brother of the late fidel castro stepping down as the party's 1st secretary his successor will be voted in at the end of a 4 day party congress. there will be rallies in chicago in support of a teenage boy who was shot dead by the police on thursday a body count footage was released showing an officer chasing the 13 year old adam toledo and then shooting him even though he appeared to surrender. the gunman who shot and killed 8 people at a fed ex facility in the u.s. had previously been interviewed by the f.b.i. after his mother called the police flagging mental health concerns with regards to . officials also revealed 19 year old brandon hole was a former employee at the indianapolis center having lost work there in late 2020 the u.s. president joe biden issued a statement describing gun violence as
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a stain on the country his christian salumi. another corner of america the scene of yet another mass shooting this time at a fed ex facility in indianapolis a gunman opening fire late on thursday night killing workers outside in the car park before going inside to kill others and then himself by friday morning police were still trying to piece together the motives of the gunmen details remain scarce he got out of his car and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility there was no call. from cation with anyone that was there there was no disturbance there was no argument he just appeared to randomly start shooting and that began in the parking lot and then he did go into the building into the facility for a brief period of time the f.b.i. later revealed that the gunman a 19 year old former employee was interviewed in april last year after his mother
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became worried about his mental health however he was later released overnight workers families gathered at a nearby hotel and waited to be reunited with relatives on shifts compound in the anguish a fed ex policy banning cell phones at the workplace which made it harder for survivors to reassure loved ones indiana's governor eric holcomb tweeted condolences but was immediately criticized for his anti gun control agenda he's received an a grade from the national rifle association reserved for politicians who demonstrate particular enthusiasm for blacks gun laws the mayor of indianapolis summing up the feelings of the majority in the country where we are left with this morning is grief grief for the families of those killed grief for the employees who have lost their coworkers and grief for the many americans
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struggling to understand how tragedies like this continue to occur later president joe biden issued a statement saying too many americans are dying every single day from gun violence it stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation we can and must do more to act and to save lives. this latest tragedy coming just weeks after mass shootings in atlanta colorado and south carolina drawing further attention to what's been described as a deep seated epidemic of gun violence christian salumi al-jazeera. thousands of children making the perilous journey to the united states are being held in mexican shelters some without basic necessities the charity save the children says a number of them are traveling on their own in some shelters about 15 percent of people are showing symptoms of cope at 19 u.s.
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government figures show more than 34000 unaccompanied children were identified at the border with mexico between january and march of this year john holeman is in mexico city with more now on why people feel the need to make the journey. let's talk about the push factors going out from central america there are already these countries guatemala el salvador honduras in a bad way home due to some especially is the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere but late last year 2 back to back storms really poll over ice especially honduras and guatemala now in terms of especially the surge of unaccompanied minors children that are turning up on the u.s. border it's been suggested that at least in part this is g. 2 a policy change and the president biden's of ministration says that basically unaccompanied minors will immediately be expelled out of the country as soon as they get back in they would be sent back to mexico they'll be left there in the country to be able
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to pursue their their asylum case in the united states now that's been cited as one of the reasons that people are sending their children or bringing their children if their parents were ready in the united states to try and cross over and of course as these children passed through mexico they're passing a country that we as a team have gone through these stages with migrants many times and it's a country that's riddled with the organizers crime demanding kidnapping or demanding extortion money from migrants and controlling swathes of trek through where at times as corrupt officials where the shelters are close to overflowing so this is a really really perilous trip specially for children and they specially on their own. violence in haiti is on the rise catholic institutions are protesting over the kidnapping by gangs of at least 10 people several of them clerics on monday the catholic church slammed the government's failure to act under knows what they
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called haiti's quote descent into hell history's a book. a mass to demand the release of 10 hostages taken by gangs in choir they were just outside port au prince. among those have ducted or 7 clerics 2 of them are french people here say they're increasingly concerned over the rising kidnappings in the past year. you know there are many people who have been kidnapped they got right and tortured many of them have never returned to normal we ask ourselves when will this internet country. during the service protesters took over the church denouncing what they call a lack of democracy in the country and blaming the government over rising violence . the police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators but. as a teacher my life condition is very bad i can't live like this that's why i'm in the
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street to protest against a president who has not been doing anything for us. in recent months kidnappings for ransom have sharply increased the clerics were kidnapped by a group known as 400 mile or so gang locals say began seems to be in charge in some parts of the country. mandela was kidnapped and taken for a week she had to pay for her release women and children are now a target for kidnappers she did not want to show her face during the interview. given my by a loved one with a car stopped in front of me and 4 guys got out of the car they drew their guns to force me into it put the hood on my head imprest my neck i cried a loss. i was protests have been ongoing import of prince against the government. and his apparent inability to solve the problems people face every day. the
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president failed to hold legislative elections in 2019 and has been ruling by decreasing them. moyes has said he plans to hold a constitutional referendum in june which critics call part of a larger effort to consolidate power. human rights groups say the only concern people have right now is the growing insecurity he's talking about conservation is talking about referendum we can have conservation in this situation we can't have a referendum in this climate of insecurity. the opposition says the international community continues to support leaders who fail to improve people's lives and that's why they say when elmore is remains in power while moyes says he's fighting a call. while the confrontation between the opposition and the government continues the lives of millions are caught in the middle threatened by kidnappings and
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violence that seem to be getting out of control. and. chilean sciences say the chinese coronavirus is preventing deaths by 80 percent a study of more than 10000000 chileans who received found it effective in preventing symptoms 67 percent of the time chile has registered over a 1000000 infections with a new strand of the virus nearly 25000 deaths. the u.n. security council has approved the deployment of 60 cease fire monitors to libya and is calling on the new unity government to prepare for free fair and inclusive elections in december. james bays at the united nations the unanimous vote of the security council means the united nations can now deploy peace monitors to libya they'll be about 60 of them initially they'll be unarmed and they won't be wearing military uniforms i'm told the 1st of them will go to the capital tripoli to set up their headquarters but the majority will be deployed around certain about
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was the front line of the conflict until the ceasefire which came into force almost 6 months ago this is a big achievement to the united nations building on top of the national unity government they now have in place one of the big problems though still is the withdrawal of foreign forces and foreign mercenaries such as something that's been demanded by the u.n. security council but i'm told the u.n. monitors won't be involved in this the big goal is at the end of the year when the united nations hopes that libya will have general elections there slated for the 24th of december. there have been protests against somalia's president after he extended his own term in office demonstrators in mogadishu described the move by mohamed up to like it as a power grab the u.s. and its allies have condemned the act saying it could up end up 1st to establish a functioning state. britain will bid
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a final farewell to prince philip the duke of edinburgh the late husband of queen elizabeth who died last week at the age of 99 is funeral will take place at windsor castle just west of london later today. on friday the prince was on a memorial service in the british territory of the full condolence the prince made 2 visits to the falklands in 19571991 only 30 people will attend saturday's funeral because of covert funeral restriction. scientists have created the world's 1st embryos that are part human part monkey and kept them alive in the lab for up to 20 days it's hoped the development will help scientists devise new treatments for disease find ways to grow organs for transplant and understand early human development it also allows scientists to undertake experiments where human embryos can't be used because of ethical concerns alan ragen burke is the director
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of research supports at the johns hopkins institute of bioethics he says the experiment was the most successful of its kind so far but going forward there will be big ethical questions. this early research i think that they avoided a lot of the significant ethical challenges by just looking at early embryonic development by just looking at cells in a dish. in this particular case they should that they understood the ethical challenges they brought in outside consultants. and they had appropriate oversight and approvals but if they're going to achieve their ultimate goal of having for example a pig with a human heart that could be used for transplantation they're talking about a live birth of the now animal that has living human cells in it human and i'm human animal kyra and then you have to address some really big challenges like 'd before we do that we want to know more about what's the moral status of this animal . and to know that we really need
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a better conception of moral status we don't really have a broadly accepted conception of moral status available the way. the astronauts have been on a 6 month mission in space they're on their way back to the joint russian american mission came to an end when the soyuz spacecraft left the international space station on friday is due to land in a remote part of cassocks dog in the coming few hours. here in doha with a quick recap of your top stories russia is expelling 10 u.s. diplomats medalling former and current officials from entering the country that's in response to a similar move by the u.s. alleged russian cyber attacks and election interference.

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