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go undercover to hear allegations of corruption by those in power and if you're in a hurry to get your news in 2 minutes from al-jazeera news updates on. al-jazeera. this is the news hour live from coming up in the next 60 minutes do you feel that your decision not to testify is a voluntary one on your behalf to this. former police officer keys of murdering george floyd says he will not testify in court. russia's hit with a raft of new sanctions for his role in the u.s.
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election interference and want to spread hacking at government agencies. there is no military solution. to the conflict that remains here. the u.s. actually a state pays a surprise visit to afghanistan after president biden and now this is the final drawdown of troops. our. least one person has been killed in a huge blast in the baghdad suburb sobber city. it's day 14 of the derrick shaven trial in the u.s. city of minneapolis the former police officer says he has chosen not to testify in his own defense he is of course accused of murdering george floyd last year by kneeling on his neck for more than 9 minutes i have advised you.
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on back and forth on the matter and understand that. but after the meeting. last night we had some further discussion. and have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your 5th amendment privilege. i will invoke my 5th amendment privilege today. correspondent john hendren is live for us and many after john there was a lot of to ing and fro ing about whether ivan would actually testify today we had that he's invoking the 5th amendment and will not be testifying it was significant . well that shows the defense is playing it safe generally defense lawyers don't want the defendant to
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testify if there are other things that might come up that they can't control and in this case we have an officer who has 17 prior accusations of excessive force he could be asked why he didn't do what all of the doctors here have suggested he should have done which is to give some medical assistance to george floyd at the point at which he was no longer responsive and in fact even after another officer took his polls and found that there was none so the defense is decided they're not going to put chauvin on the stand because probably because they don't want the unpredictability of anything that might come up in the cross-examination. and also it is their job only to introduce a little bit of doubt reasonable doubt that's all they need to get this guy off all 12 jurors have to agree to that and the defense seems to feel that it has made a case for reasonable doubt the judge has suggested they are about to rest their
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case sometime later today that also suggests that they've done all they can but of course we have a prosecution witness who is going to be called back to rebut some of what the defense medical expert said yesterday so we don't know exactly how long this is going to last but we do know that the judge has talked to the jury about possibly having friday off that is tomorrow giving them a 3 day weekend and then sequestering or i see. leading the jury during their deliberations after closing arguments which the judge has said could start as soon as monday he's been keeping this trial on a roll there was some discussion there about what could be discussed with this rebuttal witness any limited that rather severely but it does sound like we're going to hear from the prosecution's probably most effective witness so far and that is dr martin tobin he spoke earlier essentially saying that derrick chauvin
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directly caused the death of george floyd by cutting off his hair there's been some talk about whether carbon monoxide from the vehicle might have been involved we'll probably hear a little more on that but the judge said that he's going to limit what can be said about that because in his view both sides knew that this was going to be an issue so they shouldn't be introducing new information at this point in the trial and tell them some of what we've had from the defense this week because they have made their case in about 2 days after the prosecution took about 2 weeks. better the prosecution for 2 weeks essentially said 2 things they brought out the police experts including the chief with police who fired derrick chauvin the day after all of this happened and they said this was not an approved procedure you don't put someone prone down on the ground without being able to lift them back particularly if you're putting weight on their body and especially if you're
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putting weight on their neck because that could cause them to be unable to breathe and the police said that show from violated policies on giving aid so basically police experts to say what show and did was not according to policy and then medical experts who said that what children did with his knee on george floyd's neck directly called off his oxygen and it was that as fixation that led to his death the defense has spent the last few days rolling that back when. experts who say that police expert who said chauvelin was appropriately holding down george floyd according to the training that he had received and that the medical experts said the cause is really undetermined but it was listed in the medical examiner's report as a homicide meaning death at the hands of another person well we heard this doctor fowler yesterday say it was actually a combination of things could be
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a heart attack could be the drugs in george floyd system and then he threw in carbon monoxide from the vehicle now keep in mind we don't even know if that vehicle was running at the time that came up in earlier testimony so bottom line is 2 arguments here to show of an appropriately hold down george floyd and did he cause the death of george floyd those are the 2 issues being argued here and we're coming down to the end of it we're going to hear a lot about that medical evidence right now many thanks for that john hendren there for us outside the courthouse in minneapolis. well while all this is happening a u.s. policewoman who faces a young black man in minnesota is expected to appear in court later today day 20 year old don't say rights was shot on sunday off to being stopped by police for a traffic foundation officer kim has been charged with manslaughter and released on bail a day off so she turned in her badge the death has set off several nights of rest
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and they say pasta shot a right accidentally having mistakenly drawn instead of her taser. ok celta case of apparent police misconduct has put a spotlight on how office's a trained in the u.s. some criminology experts say the militarization of nor enforcement is one of the causes of police funds and it's time for some major reforms rob runnels reports. this video shows los angeles police manhandling and tone austin who they assumed was a criminal suspect when they saw him taking out the trash outside his home it's like . austin who is black has sued the police alleging racial profiling the suspect the police were actually looking for was white get out the car out virginia policeman joe gutierrez was fired for pepper spraying and threatening an unarmed black
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motorist army officer carol mazhar e.o. in this incident late last year this ario is also suing his attorney says he feared he would be killed. a right was killed when minnesota officer kim potter shot him during a traffic stop police say she meant to fire her taser but mistakenly used her handgun instead pata resigned on tuesday in the us police training is a patchwork with 700000 officers in 18500 separate police departments there are no national training standards police training is often based on military training models soldiers have one job they have and of but police do not have that are nice they have communities and so we have we tend to have one or militarized police and the police trying to kind of look like military training congressional
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house democrats have passed the george floyd justice in policing act which would allow federal authorities to investigate police depart. as for a pattern of discrimination require police training about racial profiling and limit police immunity from civil lawsuits in cases of alleged brutality or abuse the act has not yet passed the senate recently the state of maryland's legislature passed a sweeping police reform bill with more stringent standards on the use of force and criminal penalties for police who break them the following large nationwide protests after the death of george floyd last year at least 20 major cities have cut police budgets and transferred funds to other community services but experts say without a fundamental shift in training unnecessary deaths and trauma at the hands of police will continue we're teaching officers that the community are their enemies
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and. is long as they are frightened and as long as they as long as they are thinking that the world is trying to kill them this is the way they're going to act calls for a major shift in police training and the warrior mindset rob reynolds al-jazeera los angeles. let's go to mary frances berry here is a professor of american thought and history at the university of pennsylvania as well as a former chair of the u.s. commission on civil rights she joins us now from new warnings many thanks for speaking to us now to sara what do you make of the decision of derek 7 not to testify how do you think it's going to go down with the people of minnesota. well i think that the defense believes they are going to win the case and they didn't want to take the risk of having him put on and while it may seem to observers with all
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the evidence that they have seen all those videos and all the testimony that should be convicted the 2 witnesses yesterday have testified in police case after police abuse case and usually 'd their side has won because yasser and his get now off so they have every reason to believe that they have now. subverted the prosecution testimony and that they can find one whit one juror who will in fact disagree no matter what anybody says and that this guy will get off to i wanted to say though that training as you're less video showed is important but the most the key thing in all of this police reform effort is qualified immunity as long as police officers themselves have no risk when they kill people in the civil cases
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and they don't get convicted in the criminal cases nothing will happen and the militarization started after the riots in the 1960 s. after martin luther king was killed that's when it started and police still believe that they are the controllers and enemies of certain kinds of people in communities and these cases are important and the shaaban case is important because we will find out whether or not this deal that they have still prevails. as you say defense has got the defense has got history on its side we've never seen a police officer convicted for the killing of an afghan african-american in this particular state do you believe that this this particular case could be the telling point. well it should be because the evidence is overwhelming all that business about carbon monoxide out of you know tailpipe which you know we don't know the current running all the other things that they threw up but the defense
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has done this and other colleagues cases supported by the police union which is invested a $1000000.12 lawyers in this case to back up nelson and they won so they have every reason to believe that with the polls that show that people support police even will happen with them right there in minnesota that they have a shot at winning and if they just don't say anything else that would create a problem and if he doesn't say anything that they might win but they should lose. how closely do you think this case is being watched not just in minneapolis but the country as a whole. it's. the case of the trial is being attended to and noticed all of the country there are a lot of people who are looking at it because the video. disgusting and they've
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seen what happened with the knee on the neck and all that and they're disgusted with the defense trying to blame george florida for his own death. they may not be looking at every moment but is it people of 6 and seeing whether yet again even despite the things that have happened to many of us in the black community we're told that if we just get rid of trial all the racism will be reduced and all the slayings we just. lost to the script continues and the brutality continues so people are paying attention they want to see if this is a change and if we're going in a new direction they're really good to get your thoughts mary frances berry professor of american thought and history at the university of pennsylvania speaking to us there thank you thank you. the united states has announced new sanctions against russia the white house says their response to
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election interference and cyber attacks directed by the kremlin the measures include why the restrictions on u.s. banks trading in russian debts and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in brussels nato announced it supports any u.s. actions to respond to russia's destabilizing activities russia's foreign ministry says a response to the sanctions is inevitable and it's summoned the u.s. ambassador in moscow. kate and white house correspondent kelly hellcats who is live for us in washington d.c. talk us through the sanctions committee what exactly are they and who do they target. well in addition to the 2 you mentioned about the sort of it's a spiral sion as well as the financial systems there is an additional 2 more sanctions that have been announced targeting 30 russian entities and individuals and also targeting the tax firms that support russian intelligence now the timing of all of
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this is significant because you'll recall it's only been a matter of days since joe biden held a phone call with vladimir putin where the to discuss the ongoing challenges to the united states russia relationship and both pledging that they wanted to move forward and work through some of those differences so it is surprising to see these sanctions so quickly after that call but the reason the united states says that it's doing this is in retaliation for the attack on the source solar wins how acas it's called it's a penetration by the russians allegedly on a number of u.s. government agencies and their computer systems also for the ongoing occupation of crimea by russia and as well for the alleged bounties that were paid on u.s. soldiers heads for their fighting in afghanistan now again russia denies all of these charges being leveled by the united states one more i should point out that
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is election meddling and add that to the list but again the reason for all of this is that the united states says that it will always defend its interests but at the same time it says that it wants to try and work through these differences so when joe biden the u.s. president and vladimir putin the russian president were talking earlier this week they pledged to meet at some point in the coming months at a 3rd party location in other words not the united states and not russia to try and work on all of this the national security adviser jake sullivan saying that they believe that this will not ask the situation by putting in these sanctions but instead could put in place a better outcome for the u.s. russia relationship but many people scratching their heads wondering how that will be possible when although the u.s. denies that it's escalating the situation it appears that house. and we've heard from russia saying that in response to the sanctions. some sort of action
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is inevitable some in the u.s. ambassador in moscow how worried do you think the u.s. is about that. i don't expect that the u.s. is worried about that you know the reality is is that in many cases russia doesn't need to be worried about these sanctions either i mean both of these countries have the ability to exist they can co-exist they can they can do things unilaterally they have other avenues in terms of their financial systems they certainly have other people that they can interact with so in many ways these threats become empty but of course the back of everyone's mind is history and the cold war and some of the escalations and challenges that were presented there and so no one wants to go back to the past they want to move forward to the future not have any of those threats of the past looming over future generations and so i believe there is on
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the part of both of these leaders a desire to work together but at the same time they're each defending their interests and be very forceful in doing so many thanks for that our white house correspondent kelly holcomb speaking to us from washington d.c. america's top diplomat is in the stone to reassure the government of washington's continued support despite a full withdrawal of u.s. and nato troops starting next month section of state antony blinken made an. visit to kabul today he met president ashraf ghani and chief executive of. lincoln says there's going to be a new push for diplomacy but it's time for u.s. troops to return home will maintain the american tradition of providing humanitarian assistance for those most in need including women girls and refugees. i shared that message in all my meetings today with president danny with chairman i
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believe with representatives from civil society who are working for change every single day in their communities throughout the country the united states will remain afghanistan steadfast partner we want the afghan people countries in the region and the international community to know that fact it's also a very important message for the taliban to hear let's go straight to our state department correspondent reza ling joe jordan this was of course a surprise visit by blinken what should we read into it. well certainly this is the sort of visit you would expect after the u.s. makes a major policy decision about a foreign in military engagement but it does come in the middle of the us as efforts to try to help the afghan central government and the taliban broker a peace accord it's also raising
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a lot of political concerns both there and kabul as well as here in washington because of the very simple question if there are internal security threats will the u.s. actually be in a position to help kabul to help the government of president ghani actually fend off those internal security problems whether they come from rogue elements of the talabani or whether they come from other. extra terror state groups such as islamic state and so the purpose of tony blinken visit to kabul was to underscore to government leaders that the u.s. does have a military plan in place and it's also being reported that there are u.s. intelligence plans in place to help the afghan government resist any sort of attacks on his sovereignty or attacks on its people now whether or not gunny or the
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political c.e.o. of beloved allah believe tony blinken in the u.s. government remains to be seen but the big question is whether or not they can keep the peace process on track there is going to be an international conference in istanbul in about 10 days time certainly the u.s. will be there trying to push both sides to put aside their differences and find a way to actually govern in peace and security but it's going to be a very very fraught peace process going forward because many are arguing that the lack of a visible u.s. and nato military presence inside afghanistan is going to make it possible for the whole thing to fall apart. the only path forward to a durable lasting and just end of the conflict is through negotiation is through a political agreement and ultimately is through through compromise.
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and i. hope that. the taliban understands that as well if. if as our forces are. withdrawing. the taliban were to attack them. it would be met with a very forceful response now it is worth remembering that tell us forces are going to start their drawdown by the beginning of may the plan according to the white house is to have all u.s. forces out of afghanistan by september 11th. many thanks for that roslyn jordan left for us in washington let's go back now to the usa of minneapolis where the trial of derrick shaven has resumed after a short break today we heard from 7 who's of course accused of murdering george floyd he said that he would not be testifying in his own defense let's have
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a listen. ok so the reason we're not hearing anything at the moment is because the judge is talking to the law is in private let's take an opportunity to recap what has been happening this is of course day 14 off the trial of derek show than the police officer charged with the med a george floored who died after he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground by direction for 9 minutes we heard in the last hour or so. that the defense had rested their case and that they would not be putting derek shaven on stand wrapping are essentially 2 days of testimony to the prosecution's 2 weeks.
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even being asked questions by the judge and informing the court that he would not testify saying that he was going to invoke his 5th amendment right not to take the stand a significant move. there from the defense we can speak to our correspondent. i believe we can hear order now let's have a listen in into the are 3 at the wrist and you take out the blood and then on the blood gas measurements you measure a number of different items on that light the pressure of oxygen in the blood the pressure of carbon dioxide the amount of acid in the blood called the ph and you get all these different measurements and you also get the oxygen saturation and that is the how much of the hemoglobin the protein
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in the blood that carries the oxygen how much of that he middle open is saturated with oxygen and we know mr floyd that it was 98 percent saturated. 98 percent saturated with oxygen with oxygen when they measured it in him income so i was 916. the time frame. so if we know that there's an oxygen saturation of 98 percent does that tell us anything whatsoever you have solved and i'm sorry i apologize does that tell us anything whatsoever about what the carbon monoxide content could have been and a maximum yes it does it says that if if the hemoglobin is saturated at 98 percent it tells you all there was for everything else is 2 percent and so the maximum amount of carbon. carbon monoxide it would be
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2 percent it tells you the maximum amount of car boxee hemoglobin that was what was measured mentioned yesterday the maximum amount is 2 percent doesn't even tell you that it is 2 percent it could be something else but 2 percent of cup boxee hemoglobin is within the normal range you and i have levels of car box hemoglobin of somewhere between 0 and $3.00. and so in other words as to the statement that his car box hemoglobin could have increased by 10 to 18 percent in your view that's not possible it's simply wrong and it was at most 2 percent at most 2 percent normal very i mean which is normal. new subject to discuss with. you might recall if you're listening to the testimony. my discussing with dr follower of the hyper facts is i remember and you
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might recall i spent some time asking him about what research he had done on the potential for pressure on the back to narrow the hyper fares yeah i recall now do you recall him saying he had cameras the literature and he could not find anything i'm sorry do you recall him saying he had reviewed the research that he could not find anything yes i recall it was in that. are you able to enlighten or give any information to the jury on the nature of the research on the hype of ferrets and how it narrows with. compression in the prone position so mean that the research on this which is extensive is really in the scientific literature it's in the physiological literature and then that is applied over to medicine so that the type of studies that are done are not really done in terms of art. it's
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much more a physiological much more scientific of how the body works and there's about probably at least a dozen maybe 20 studies that show the relationship between how that if you lord the size of the lungs you must get a decrease in the size of the hyper pharynx all of the studies show that. and then other studies then to look at whether the pressure on the neck. no i mean because when we do research we try and do research on studies that might be puzzling that you would be a kind of expecting a bit of a surprise if you think about sticking your fingers into your neck. you know you're going to narrow down hyper ferentz that's not the kind of research that somebody is going to want to do it so common sense that you would know that that's going to happen i mean you can do it on yourself if you want and as soon as you put pressure
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here you can immediately sense that your operator way is narrowing. the october and that is all we want to clarify this for. a student's 1st place. ok if you're just joining us we've been watching the trial of derek sovan it's day 14 of the trial the police officer charged with the murder of george floyd who died of course after use handcuffed and pinned to the ground by derek shaven we heard today that 7 himself is not going to testify that he's invokes his 5th amendment right not to take the stand and that the defense has rested their case
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without putting him on trial what has been going on in the last 10 minutes is the prosecution rebuttal has begun. recalled the pulmonologist stuck to tobin who was one of the key witnesses. over the course of last week when the prosecution was stating the case let's go to our correspondent john hendren who is there outside the court so talk us through what we've been hearing in the last few minutes john this discussion about the level of carbon monoxide in. in florida blood why is that significant. well it's significant because it helps to determine whether karma monoxide contributed to george floyd's death because that's part of the defense theory the
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defense is saying that he didn't die. on his neck cutting off his oxygen and therefore leading to death that's what the prosecution says happened but the defense medical expert yesterday said that floyd in fact died of cardiac arrest a combination caused by a number of factors including narrowing arteries from heart disease and drug use he did have methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system so they're suggesting that he essentially would have. anyway whether or not he had this police officer on his neck so it's very important for that and for the prosecution to be able to establish that that is not what happened and that's what doctor that's what doctor told and was just testifying to 1st of all he said. the maximum amount of carbon monoxide within george floyd system was 2 percent that's the maximum he said it could have been well under that we know that from the medical examiner's reports
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and therefore he's saying this was within the normal range so you can take carbon monoxide out of the equation also the medical expert. one day before for the defense was saying that he could not find any medical literature that talked about the narrowing of the air passage and here you have an expert pulmonologist called back and what he says is you can tell because the lungs were depressed that that narrow air passage in his neck and therefore that is what contributed to the choking that in the prosecution's view led to the death of george floyd in other words it's a direct connection from derek chauvinism name to george floyd's neck getting cut off and his air passage rather and that stopped his heart everyone agrees that it's some point the heart stops they're just trying to get at what caused that heart stoppage and the prosecution felt like this was a strong enough issue and that the carbon monoxide was
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a new enough thing that they had to combat those 2 things now it looks like we're going to see i'm not clear on whether going to have more testimony or not from dr toben you still on the stand. but the defense has rested its case so we suspect that by the end of the day that will be good in terms of testimony and that on monday we will be seeing closing arguments from both sides and then deliberations and remember that this judge has said he's not going to. requester or isolate the jury during the testimony but he did say he would do it as soon as they start their deliberations one of the reasons for that well they don't want the jury to hear about this john jay wright case nearby about 16 kilometers away were another police officer a white police officer is accused of shooting and killing a black man. who would be in the view of the defense because of the jurors to be concerned about the welfare of the area in which they live and therefore be more
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inclined to convict in this case but also they just want to stop the jury from hearing publicity about what's going on in the trial that's why they've been instructed to be end of every day not to listen to the media so it looks like we're winding down to a close and you've got dr tobin there. arguing again the proof prosecution case that derek jovan was killed by a shield george floyd with his knee on his neck and it wasn't a combination of other factors bad is the story the defense is trying to get the jury to believe and all they need to instill is reasonable doubt if they if the jurors feel that there's a reasonable other explanation for why george floyd died that could be enough for them to let derek chauvin walk john hendren outside that course in minneapolis we will return to john and the trial as soon as it had gone to break now
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let's move on at least one person has been killed by a car bomb in baghdad the explosive went off in a market in the southern city district which is in the east of the capital 17 people have been wounded let's go to a correspondence simona faulting in who is more from baghdad someone to talk us through. let's have a listen to some n.f.l. team. this is the market. where the explosion took place we understand that there was a car parked by the roadside which was rigged in a bomb and when it exploded it resulted in several casualties now this is the 2nd time there is a deadly bombing in the capital this year the last one happened in january claiming dozens of lives * and that attack was claimed by ice and now since the group's territorial defeat in 27 there has been a few small number of attacks here in the capital that has enjoyed relative stability but there is a concern here that such attacks may increase as iraq approaches elections in
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october and there is also a warning from security forces last week ahead of the fasting month of ramadan which became began to speak because this is a time when we usually see an increase in suicide bombings targeting densely populated shia areas like the smart objective to claim as many lives as possible. talks aimed at reviving the iran nuclear deal have wrapped up for the day in vienna u.s. president joe biden says he wants to rejoin the agreements but iran must reverse its violations so iran wants u.s. sanctions lifted discussions have progressed but have been over shadowed by an attack on iran's main nuclear facility on sunday to iran says it will begin in rich a new rainy and even higher levels as a bag has moved from tehran. what iran hopes to be achieved is all those sanctions to be lifted for the united states to return to that deal and then iran says that
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they will come back into compliance with that 2015 nuclear deal in fact this morning president has been rouhani has been speaking and he said that iran has the capability to enrich to 90 percent now that's weapons grade but he did add that iran's nuclear program is peaceful and that iran doesn't want a nuclear weapon he pointed to the united states without mentioning them he said is you who have nuclear weapons and store them and iran return to that 3.67 percent enrichment level stipulated by the 2015 nuclear deal if those sanctions are lifted now one of the head negotiators for iran has been speaking and what he has said that took place in that meeting in vienna is that he started off by condemning that attack the act of sabotage as he called it nuclear terrorism that took place at natanz on sunday and he criticized the europeans for not condemning it said it was a weak response and he continued to say that iran is not after wasting time talks will continue and that's something that's been echoed by the supreme leader here at
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the last how many he said that he is not opposed to talk see understands the need for them but he told negotiators that they shouldn't be any time wasting so far that the united states offers pretty great thing and that negotiators should go forward. and with their eyes open something that's been reiterated by president hassan rouhani and foreign minister devolves raef warning the europeans and united states that time is running out because we have those presidential elections in june and this administration's time in office and in august health officials in ethiopia's to gray region have accused if european troops and their allies are forcing women into sexual slavery ethiopian president or did an offensive in the region last year a warning that some of us may find this woman's story insane bester office report distressing. her 2 children were waiting for her to come home with food when she was pulled off a bus in ethiopia region to be gang raped and beaten by $23.00 soldiers over the
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course of 11 days the incident happened in february in the city of. she recalls what one of the men 1st said. he said to me listen to me you go where we tell you to go otherwise we will blast your belly out with this knife we don't want to waste any of the bullets we will cut your throat with this knife then i screamed out villagers found her unconscious and bleeding she had a broken leg and severe internal injuries at the hospital doctors removed blood soaked items including nails that soldiers forced into her body after she was raped evidence of the kind of crime that is becoming more common in this conflict. did this. going to get facility. is being efficient and so they're courageous enough to come to this facility and these are people who are living close to the cities majority of. people are living in the area
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and so i would assume that the number of cities that people say to graze top public health official said women are being used as sexual slaves the 27 year old is one of hundreds who've accused ethiopian and allied eritrean soldiers of horrific acts of sexual violence but i think it is you that is gathered in the home i have spent a month in this hospital i'm receiving treatment my legs do not to me they are broken my back is broken let alone moving i can't even get up i cannot control my hearing there is a mix if you are in and blood coming out if me the enemy has destroyed my life. if the o.p.'s prime minister ahmed has acknowledged incidents of rape and said perpetrators will be brought to justice but if european and eritrean leaders have also accused activists from the tigre
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a people's liberation front who they've been fighting since november of faking rape cases as a propaganda tool this despite their own health officials confirming hundreds of cases survivors describing similar incidents and showing injuries consistent with rape still recovering in hospital she spoke of another kind of pain the soldiers had taken her phone and she had no way of speaking to her 4 year old son and 6 year old daughter when she left them with their grandmother to search for food they only had enough bread to last less than a week zain bus ravi of his era. india has counted more than 200000 new corona virus infections over 24 hours its highest daily tally yet it's now the 2nd worst affected country in the world are total cases and the west by daily infections. per capita it is still far behind all the
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nations at the outbreak has been getting worse by the day for weeks now several states say the health systems of the overwhelmed elizabeth put on them as a new delhi where restrictions on curfews are being reimposed. will once again that here in the kinds of reports and seeing the kinds of scenes that we did last year during the height all the 1st wave during the peak of the 1st wave and because of that we've had the stage of the capital done the chief minister arvind kejriwal announce the closing down of more walls bars restaurants bars and gyms restaurants will only be allowed to do deliveries he's also a bounced a weekend locked out on. the 20000000 people where they will only be allowed to go out for work or to get essential supplies he said that there is no shortage of hospital beds and leave it at the same time he has asked hospitals to requisition
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hotels and banquet halls to add more beds for quote the mine team patients there are 7 of restrictions already in place and the worst affected states maharashtra from wednesday night its 125000000 people to go out on this it's for work or to get essential supplies and we have states imposing such restrictions because there are many reports of a shortage of hospital beds or has a critical shortage of oxygen supply we're seeing reports pictures of long lines of ambulances with carrying patients waiting for hours outside hospitals that in. the . of the shortage of unfortunately of bodies piling up outside hospitals in the state off the sco that has a disproportionately high death rate with long lines at crematorium and at burial grounds. thailand is considering new restrictions off reporting a record 1500 infections in one day the outbreak has been linked to nightclubs and
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bars in bangkok and the department of disease control says it appears to have spread beyond it could delay the government's plans to reopen to tourists sky high level ports from bangkok. the government is getting a lot of criticism you know before they were being heralded for their ability to contain the virus but what the criticism is focusing on right now is is the vaccine program less than one half of one percent of the 69000000 people here in thailand have been vaccinated so a lot of the critics are saying a lot of the criticism is coming from the opposition parties in the government is saying that they should have really not waited to rollout the vaccine program there the opposition is saying that mainly they were doing that they the government the leaders of the government were doing that because they were kind of resting on their laurels because they were able to contain the virus like they have over the last several months now moving forward obviously they're trying to do everything
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they can we're going to hear from the cove a task force that's led by the prime minister pay a penalty on friday to see if there are going to be further restrictions put into place right now each province has the ability to restrict people coming in or to have them tested or to have them go into quarantine done kind of different in different parts of the country but right now we're seeing the spike that started really here at night clubs in bangkok spread really quickly across the country part of the reason for that were just coming to the end of the some kron new year holiday here so a lot of people traveled again the government getting criticism because the spike really kind of started before people started traveling but they didn't put any restrictions on then all eyes on tomorrow if they're going to be more restrictions more specifically what's going to happen next week when everybody comes back from their holiday. the united states and china are the world's 2 biggest polluters now us climate and boy john kerry isn't shy in calling to meet chinese leaders he's
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aiming to make the environment an area of close a collaboration and as a trip to china by a high ranking biden administration official china wants to become carbon neutral by 2060 the u.s. is also expected to announce a new target for reducing emissions catrina you from shanghai. this is significant because it's the highest level visit we've had here to china by a us official sr biden became president and john kerry is here at the invitation of dating and he's going to meet with his chinese counterpart. and it's crucial that these 2 countries work together to combat climate change because together they account for about half the world's carbon emissions china on its own accounts for about one 3rd now both countries have said that this is a priority but they want slightly different things from this meeting in shanghai john kerry says he's going to ask beijing to impose more stringent climate reduction targets and china wants to encourage the u.s. to do more to help developing countries invest in renewables and china is also
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looking at the optics of this meeting it wants to be seen as an equal to the u.s. and seen also as a climate change now this is very significant in terms of it being seen as a positive interaction between the 2 countries because the context of this is that this is happening i'm it's very hostile the deteriorating bilateral relations. on u.s. and chinese officials and it was in alaska at the end of march and they had a very frosty exchange and there was no breakthrough achieved it really underscored the unfriendliness of the relationship between the 2 countries but don't carry through his pa has said he's going to try to isolate climate change as an issue and deal with it separately apart from the other issues over which the 2 countries disagree such as hong kong and taiwan. north. as marking the most important day in its calendar the birth date of its founding father kim il sung the day of the sun as it's known has been darkened by leader kim jong un and mrs lee his country faces
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major problems as rob mcbride reports. this is the upbeat image north korea wants to project to the world extensive coverage on state run media of leader kim jong un presiding over projects that improve people's lives like this housing development in pyongyang or of happy citizens taking part in a drawing and calligraphy festival to coincide with the day of the sun and good news features such as this one about a flourishing culture thanks to the beneficence of north korea's leader in terms of them to give a respected general secretary took measures to build a factory so that people could have tea at any time and place. but domestically kim jong un has had to deliver a far more somber assessment of the multiple problems his country is facing and that his people are all too aware of more than
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a year of self-imposed isolation because of the pandemic has compounded the impact of international sanctions and food shortages from last year's storms that ruined crops. only then will i ask party members if only evils to wage another more difficult arduous march in order to relieve the people's hardships as they follow their party as their mother the arduous march is the euphemism for the famine in north korea suffered during the 1990 s. following the collapse of its ally the soviet union and failed harvests kim jong un's comparison with those grim days seems to be the clearest admission yet of the extent of his country's problems more proof of the northside salacious came with the announcement it won't be taking part in the upcoming tokyo olympics dashing the south korean hopes of trying to revive diplomacy around contacts at the games but state run media has focused attention instead on athletes training for games to
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mark the day of the sun as further evidence that on this most important day in north korea's calendar everything is just fine macbride al-jazeera so. the un envoy for yemen has warned of dangerous signs of escalation in the ongoing conflict martin griffiths was speaking during a virtual meeting of the u.n. security council yemen's warring parties to accept a proposed peace plan. the urgency of progress towards a peaceful settlement begs the continued violence on the ground as i know we will hear from are all the more concerning marrable as we have and leslie discussed in this council remains the major center of gravity in this project it is as true today as it was last year through those many months the fighting in america
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and goodness knows we've seen this spike in the fall and spring and fall and now this very dangerous times of escalatory once again. that's return to the child tax haven the former police officer accused of murdering george floyd last year we had today show been saying that he will not be testifying in his own defense the courts has just come back from the break let's have a listen to what is going on. thank you dr who mr allen marks thank you very much. ok that was the whole monologist start to tobin he was the prosecution's rebuttal witness. just finished.
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let's 10 to john hendren correspondent who is now outside the court case in minneapolis. to. retire for deliberations that will occur on monday let's have a listen and the attorneys and i will still be working we have a few administrative matters and legal matters take care of most importantly going over the law that i will give you in my instructions and that takes quite a while and so we are not going to change our schedule we're not going to close tomorrow we're going to close on monday and so at that remember you will be sequestered we have some of your questions or work going to try and answer as many of those as we can i think the one thing that you need to know today as you leave is how much do i pack if i were you i would plan for long and hope for short. basically it's up to the jury how long you deliberate how long you need to come to unanimous decision on any town and so because that's entirely up to you whether
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it's an hour a week it's entirely within your province so that's how i would do it if i were you walsall give you some information. probably monday as you retire as to other questions that don't require your immediate attention. and we'll also be probably giving you some hints as far as technology we will be operating under the rules that are currently in place regarding audie you in video video evidence and that is specifically that you will be provided with a laptop computer that has all the audio and video in fact pretty much all the exhibits in this case the computer and with a mind a large monitor to play them you will not have to come back into the courtroom each time. you want to look at the audio or video which is the old rules. ok that was judge peter cahill talking to jurors that let's go straight to john hendren. concludes the defense's case what happens next.
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well the judge is giving orders to the jury as to how they will go about deliberating they don't have to start deliberating until monday and that's a good thing for them because they would be locked up for the next 3 days as the judge has already told them they're going to be isolated or sequestered while they make their determinations that's supposed to keep them away from media exposure and news about what's going on in town because as you know there have been significant protests here and in the area and what the judge wants is for those people not to worry about what's going on in town around them and and allow that to influence their opinions he wants to put them together give them the n. amount of time they need he's telling them right now they can come back and revisit information that they've seen before they could have that in the jury room but essentially they've got to sit in that room the 12 jurors and they've got to come
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up with a unanimous decision at this point as to whether. chauvin is guilty of either 2nd degree 3rd degree murder or manslaughter those are just various levels of culpability the bottom line though is that whether he is is guilty of the death of george floyd and whether that is justified or not. that could take an hour or it could take a week and if there is one juror holding out it could be a hung jury and we could do this all over again so it looks like we've come to the end of testimony and on monday we'll likely hear closing arguments. john hendren many thanks for all that that's it for me. for this news hour lot small on the trial and lots of other stories of the top of the how if you want any more on any of all stories do tend to all websites al-jazeera dot com stay with us here.
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a security company the doman of egypt on al-jazeera. biz lights made to look like a city from the sky but they're fishing vessels just outside of argentina's exclusive economic zone the united states launched operation southern cross to combat illegal and regulated fishing in the southern atlantic argentina's coast guard say their main task is to control their movements so they do not cross into arjun time terry toy. from this small margin tiny forwards can money for what's happening in its economic you feel safe zones but what authorities here are saying is that what's important is talk regulate what's happening in international waters . when i enter the ring i feel on top of the world i don't want that feeling to go away when the short and the fine i'm on call. retirement and i follow my laugh line watch me to form
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a circus performers grease from supporting each other on the stage keep going lest you got a broken bone every minute of it was the order to witness presents off to suit on i'm just that's. do you feel that your decision not to testify is a voluntary one in your behalf since. the former u.s. police officer accused of murdering george floyd declares that he won't take the stand. inside the defense has also rested its case meaning closing arguments are likely to take place on monday.

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