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relations between russia and the us nosedive as moscow expels 10 american diplomats a day after a similar move by washington. hello and welcome i'm peter w. watching else 0 live from doha also coming up. the end of an era roll castro announces he's stepping down as the leader of cuba's ruling communist party. anger in chicago after graphic video reveals
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a 13 year old was chased down and shot dead by a policeman. and an important scientific advance or the stuff of nightmares research is create the 1st embryo from human and monkey cells. 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 a day after the biden ministration imposed 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 adviser susan rice foreign minister sergei lavrov says he could go further still.
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if for 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 u.s. . 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 continue to 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 confrontational but the question is how far will the kremlin push it they will try
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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 in his response to the u.s. sanctions the 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 the sheehy to sugar was the 1st world leaders of his at. white house under the by the ministration the summit focused on a wide range of issues including technology and the economy but it was geopolitics that dominated the discussions after we committed to working together to take on the challenges from china and on issues like the east china sea the south china sea
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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 you know ok yeah you know he's not going you'll get a we agree 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 holding universal values will stay with us story heidi joe castro has more now from washington. we
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know that behind closed doors over a luncheon 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 the japan 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 an unofficial 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 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
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democracy in the indo-pacific the u.s. president joe biden says iran isn't helping negotiations by enriching high grade uranium to iran's uranium enrichment in close to weapons grade levels days after an attack on its main atomic sites all this coincides with the only going talks in vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 iran nuclear deal which the u.s. is no longer a part of we do not support do not think it's at all helpful that iran is saying it's going to move to enrich to 60 percent it is contrary to agreement we are though nonetheless. please that iran has continued to agree to engage in discussions. in direct discussions with us and with our our our partners on how we move forward and what is needed to allow us to move back into
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the job so that we're part of it again that we should have never gotten out of my view without making concessions that are we're just not willing to make and so this question is are under way i think it's premature to make a judgment as to what the outcome will be but we're still talking. cuba will be without a castro guiding its destiny for the 1st time in 60 is 89 year old leader raul castro has confirmed that he's stepping down as the head of the communist party to pass on the baton to a younger generation role and his brother fidel began their leadership of cuba after angering a communist revolution in 1959 the sea in human has more now than not even the pandemic could prevent cuba's 8 communist party congress from proceeding exactly as planned but raul castro's confirmation that he was stepping down was nonetheless is starring. my tosca as the 1st secretary of the central committee of the communist
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party of cuba concludes with the satisfaction of having done my duty and confidence in the future of the fatherland. nevertheless peculation that the nasty of the castro brothers to rule cuba might retire from politics entirely was quickly to rest or a lie maybe that i have reached the meditated conviction not to accept office of any other top party position but i will remain in the party as one or more evolutionary combatant making my humble contribution till the end of my days. at castro used most of his opening speech to repeat accusations that unite. 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
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political dissent in cuba. coincides with an acute economic crisis and scarcity of primary goods. while our lives 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 the. crown castro ended perhaps for the last time with the slogan pointed by 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 al-jazeera. 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
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safety that were ushered in by the cuban revolution in the 1960 s. but for 30 years this island has been living through a slow drawn out economic and social crisis and there's a younger generation that's demanding more let me know. the 1st thing i'd change is i'd get rid of the blockade so that the spire of this country would change that only 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 health care and we should be grateful for that and i must tell you the limit really is 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 have them in the street all 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 the sun has been lashed not only by the pandemic but also by powerful new sanctions of the
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communist regime put in place improving the economy is the island's main 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 have rallied in chicago in support of a teenage latino boy who was shot dead by the police is one of several incidents over the past months which has heightened tensions across the u.s. over issues of policing and racial injustice she had her attend sea reports. hundreds gathered in chicago a day after police released video from the march 29th killing of 13 year old adam to late 0 by a police officer. in the aftermath the police had said that the boy had died in an armed confrontation yet the video shows to later complying with an instruction to put his hands up he's then shot dead an investigation is underway for help the
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video about him to later his death was released as the trial of a police officer. in minneapolis i was protests continue here in brooklyn following the killing of dante rice. the protesters here have long argued that the disproportionate killing of people of color by the police is a systemic issue and not the result of a few bad apples and the mother of time to write again despaired of a system that may finally be putting police officers on trial but that remains fundamentally broken justice yes justice is definitely what we want but i'm never going to get. justice would be bringing my son home to me just this would have been my son jiving to the car was coming home after that i'm not going to get fat but 2nd degree manslaughter is not ok i'm not ok with that that's not right she murdered my son my son is never going to come. so you get this
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thing on a police pension right now when my son is going to be buried in a few days and that's not ok but the protests in brooklyn center on just about police killings now they're also about the police response to protests about police killing on friday many of the protestors were both groups in solidarity with samir or her son she lives opposite the police station where night after night tear gas and smoke grenades have been fired with abandon. on wednesday she left her apartment in her bathroom to look for her brother she was tackled to the ground. she was then jailed for presidents of an unlawful assembly all week the irony has not been lost on those here but the response to these demonstrations against unnecessary violence and the over policing of black communities. is a beam unnecessary violence and over policing she habitants the al-jazeera brooklyn
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center. still to come here on this program the police in indianapolis identified the gunman who killed 8 people at a fed ex warehouse. and oil and diamonds take center stage as cape verde historic election campaign comes to a close. ally once again it's warming up nicely now across much of the middle east so i was saying some very cool temperatures recently up towards. temperatures are struggling to get a double figures just a week ago $21.00 celsius that's 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 and there are 8 or 9 degrees above the average and if anything it's warmest still as we go on through
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sunday. so the leviathan very much on the warm side getting up into the thirty's so $39.00 they're full packed at committal further south with us misty dust and sand just around the eastern side of saudi arabia maybe towards cots at temperatures here at around $37.00 celsius further south plenty of hazy sunshine mistresses down into a somalia we might catch a shower oh it's a way into central and southern parts of some of that west weather just coming down through the rift valley we'll see some heavy showers too into a tanzania of course the showers they went up across the democratic republic of congo pushing up towards the gulf of guinea mobic down poles coming through here and i shall stand he said well northern parts of mozambique but to the south of that it is generally fine and try more one sunshine for south africa. the 21 degrees. but. when i enter the ring i feel on top of the world i don't want that feeling to be only when the show and the fine on crew are due to retirement and i follow my laugh
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line watch for a laugh line meet the former circus performers gracefully supporting each other on the stage of life keep going as you got a broken bone in every minute of it was fearful witness presence officer comes on and just you know that face to face show impatience is still must go on. welcome back you're watching al-jazeera live from doha i'm peter these are your top stories russia's expelling 10 u.s. diplomats and 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 cyber attacks and election interference. 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 is stepping down as the party's 1st secretary his successor will be voted in at the end of a 4 day party congress. and there will be rallies in chicago in support of a teenage boy who was shot dead by the police on thursday bodycount footage was really showing an officer chasing 13 year old adam toledo and then shooting him even though he had appeared to surround. the gunman who shot and killed 8 people at a fed ex plant in the u.s. had previously been interviewed by the f.b.i. after his mother flagged up his mental health concerns officials also revealed 19 year old brandon hole was a former employee at the indianapolis center having lost work in late 2020 president joe biden issued a statement describing gun violence as a stain on the country his christian salumi. another corner of
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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 confrontation with anyone that was. where 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 'd 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 mare 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. violence in haiti is on the rise catholic institutions are protesting the kidnapping by gangs of at least 10 people 7 of them clerics on monday the catholic church slammed the government's failure to act under knows what they called haiti's descent into hell to reserve bowl reports. and mass to demand the release of 10
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hostages taken by gangs in choir they were just outside port au prince. among those of ducted or 7 clerics 2 of them are french people here say they're increasingly concerned over the rising kidnappings in the past year. 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 it got much out as a teacher my life condition is very bad i can't live like this that's why i'm in the street to protest against a president who has not been doing anything for us. in recent months
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kidnappings for ransom have sharply increased the clerics were kidnapped by a group known as 400 mile or so gang locals say the gang 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 back in 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 lot. protests have been ongoing important prince against the government. and his apparent inability to solve the problems people face every day. the president failed to hold legislative elections in 2019 and has been ruling by decrease in then. moyes has said he plans to hold
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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't 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 shop in illinois 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 violence that seem to be getting out of control. and. now
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brazil is women to delay becoming pregnant until the worst of the pandemic passes its health ministry says expectant mothers appear to be affected more by one covert 19 variant the others officials say previous cases during pregnancy were seen in the final trimester or at birth it's now being noticed in the 2nd trimester and in some cases earlier than that brazil is an epicenter of the pandemic over 350000 people have died the 2nd highest in the world behind the united states. the u.n. security council has approved the deployment of 60 ceasefire monitors to libya is calling on the new unity government to prepare for free fair and inclusive elections in december diplomatic editor james bays has more from the united nations the man who was voted 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. so i'm told the 1st of them will go to
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the capital tripoli to set up their headquarters but the majority will be deployed around sirte now about was the frontline of the conflict until the ceasefire which came into force almost 6 months ago this is a big achievement of 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 so 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. a colorful election campaign is coming to a close in cape verde the tiny group of islands off the west coast of africa the incumbent president says his reelection would be quote good for the nation's oil and diamonds but his opponents are accusing him of mismanaging the economy as
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a sign of severe drought nicholas hart reports now from prior. playing a familiar tune prime minister will aisha's korea e.c.l. vice trying to win votes in his final rally on the island of saudi scenting using the slogan the safe path he tries to reassure the people of the small island nation that have suffered from the economic fallout of the covert pandemic he says he's the one that should be trusted to lead the country for the next 5 years of serbian s.o.v. said the feel of the grass is servicing the vast construction work of the new hotels this is no coincidence it's our work we have created jobs and built an atmosphere of trust attracting investors. all lies according to his main challenger young. from the old african party for the independence of keep herd known as the p.i. cv she has been traveling across the islands meeting voters she didn't just to the people know that beyond what this country needs is someone that has the will to
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walk this is a race to build a better nation for us holes she accuses the prime minister of selling the country's assets including the national airline the national electric and water company a modest says of the government has been mismanaging public funds. with a slogan. meaning a cape verde for everyone in the opposition leader on monday trying to people to vote young 1st time voters in the traditional electorate if she wins she will be making history becoming the 1st female prime minister in this country's history. in this election there are hundreds of candidates for only 72 seats in the national assembly an important portion of the electorate are they kept virgins living abroad in the east coast of the united states portugal in europe they make up the majority of the population the money they send back as well as tourism fuel economy allowing
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the government to invest in green energy education and health care and over the course of a generation bird went from one of the world's least developed nations to a middle income country sustaining this excess is the challenge for the country's next leader. nicholas hawke al-jazeera. ok let's just take you live to the next 30 seconds or so to the town of windsor west of london because britain will build a final farewell to prince philip the late husband of queen elizabeth who died last week at the age of 99 the long walk they're going up to the main part of windsor castle his funeral will take place there inside windsor castle just west of london a little later today. on friday the prince was on the to a memorial service in the british territory of the full clint islands the prince made 2 visits to fulton's in 1957 and 91 only 30 people will attend the events inside the castle officially taking part in the funeral service because of covert
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restrictions scientists have created the world's 1st embryos that are part human part monkey and kept them alive in a lab for up to 20 days is hoped the development will help scientists devise new treatments for disease find ways to grow organs for transplant and understand human development they will also allow scientists to undertake experiments where human embryos can't be used because of ethical concerns alan reckon burke is the director of research supports at johns hopkins the institute of bioethics there he says the experiment was the most successful of its kind so far but going forward there will be ethical questions this early research i think that they avoid 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 showed that they understood the ethical challenges they brought in outside consultants. and they had appropriate oversight
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and approvals but if they're going to achieve their ultimate goal of having a cord sample a pig with a human heart that could be used for transplantation they're talking about a live birth of the animal that has living human cells in it human i'm human animal camera and then you have to address them 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 a better conception of moral status we don't really have a broadly accepted conception of moral status available right now 3 astronauts who've been on a 6 month long russian american joint space mission have safely returned to earth the expedition came to an end when the soyuz spacecraft landed in cassocks on just a short time ago.

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