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>> this is al jazeera. anchor: coming up in the next 60 minutes, the president's of ukraine and russia call for a cease-fire by the end of the year in eastern ukraine to try to resolve a five-year conflict. making the keys -- making the case for impeachment or against it. trump's persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help sheet
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to win election is a clear and present danger. to impeach a> president over eight lines in a call transcript is baloney. anchor: airstrikes in idlib killing people, and displacing thousands. and, no hope of finding any more survivors on new zealand's white island after a volcano eruption, killing five people. eight are still missing. russia and ukraine have agreed to implement a full and comprehensive cease-fire in the east of the country by the end of the year. russia's president has been meeting the ukrainian leader in paris. 14,000 love died in the conflict in eastern ukraine between russian backed separatists and
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the ukrainian government leaders met for more than seven hours of talks. talk us through what came out of the summit. : not a major breakthrough, but some important steps. first of all, there will be a cease-fire by the end of the year. there will also be more disengagement points in the next couple of months. already at three points along the front line, there have been disengagement of troops, withdrawal. there will be three more. there will be another prisoner release and exchange before the end of the year, and there will be more crossing points between the russian backed separatist area and the rest of ukraine. the most difficult and complicated issues like the special status for part of the east of ukraine, elections, and
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the timeframe to hold these elections, those issues have not been resolved. also said there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that "al jazeera news bulletin -- to achieve that. president putin says he insists that the special status becomes part of the constitution of ukraine. of borderissue control of ukraine has not been sorted. at the moment, they are now planning to hold another meeting like the one today in four months to find solutions to this very difficult political problem. that 14,000now people have been killed across the conflict. what does that mean on the ground in the east of ukraine?
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reporter: so far, what we can say is that at least this summit has happened. it has been postponed many times. again afterw event three years. trust on will be more both sides if a summit like this is successful. that is something that people on the ground in eastern ukraine will feel automatically as well. i was there two weeks ago, there was little trust, cease-fires or broken all the time. nearly every week, people are dying. as long as there is trust between these two sides, ukraine stepsssia, these baby continue to be made, at least people in eastern ukraine will feel that. anchor: thank you.
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now, in the u.s., the house judiciary committee has held another hearing in the impeachment proceedings against donald trump. attorneys of both parties presented arguments for and against impeaching president trump. for donald trump! reporter: fireworks inside the impeachment hearing came not just from protesters, but also republican members committed to showing that they believe the proceedings against trump rare a sham. rep. nadler: the gentleman will suspend. >> you will try to overturn the results of an election with unelected people -- reporter: the witnesses were attorneys for both parties. thatacts were the same,
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trump froze military existence -- military assistance to ukraine and asked them to investigate his political opponent, the interpretation cannot not be more different. >> he used it to put his political interest above those of the nation. president who 63 million people voted for over eight lines in a call transcript is baloney. members of the house judiciary committee made up their minds long ago along party lines. democrats hold the majority and will draft articles of impeachment likely next week. >> if he holds himself above the country, he breaks his old to the american people -- his oath to the american people. , our promise to the american people requires us to come to the defense of the
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nation. attorneystrumps signaling they will vigorously defend the president before a trial in the senate, likely in january. republicans hold the senate majority. >> which means that obviously conviction in the senate will fall well short of the two thirds needed to remove him of office. reporter: outside the ivory domes of the u.s. capitol, polls show the u.s. congress strongly divided. democratsidentify as strongly support the impeachment. republicans are strongly opposed. that about splits the population evenly and half with opinions unchanged since the beginning of the inquiry. fatelicans say trump's should be decided by the people.
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say that because trump is accused of soliciting foreign interference in those very elections, he must be held accountable now. anchor: we will bring in daniel freeman, a fellow at american university. he joins us live from washington, d.c.. democratic and republican lawyers representing their cases for and against impeachment. how significant was today's process, and what have we learned from it? >> i don't know if we learned anything from it. everything said today came as no surprise to anyone who has been following this. i think that this was just another step they had to check off before they's -- before they decide whether or not and, if so, how to proceed. theor: these of course of formal charges against the president.
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what are they likely to be? daniel: that is a big question. members of the house judiciary committee, democratic caucus, will meet. to decide what they want to include in the articles of impeachment. there is impeachment and then there is impeachment light. some people feel they ought to limit the allegations the ukrainian question. there are others in the democratic caucus who believe they ought to expand them and include allegations relating to mother investigation. once that decision is made as to whether -- as to what they -- as to whether or not they are going to do narrow or broad, then they will be drafted i the staff and the judiciary committee will is when markup, which you read the bill for amendment. that is not a pretty process and
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not a simple process. in the clinton impeachment, the markup took three days. you have to remember, under the house rules, anybody can offer an amendment. then they get five minutes to debate. if you have 41 lawyers in the room times how many articles of impeachment, 1, 2, 3, or four, this could go on for a long time. anchor: in terms of the process, how could today's hearing alter the shape meant of those? the debate about how expansive the charges of high crimes and misdemeanors should be? . daniel: i guess i am cynical, but i don't think today's hearing accomplished a lot. it made the people who are in favor of impeaching the president more in favor of it,
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and vice versa. i don't think the substance affected anybody's position at all. on just those narrow issues related to the ukraine. forward to the final impeachment vote. what is the process in terms of how that vote works and what would be needed to remove the president or not? daniel: we have a bicameral legislature so we would first have to go through the house judiciary committee, marking up articles of impeachment the weather wide or narrow. then the judiciary committee has to file its report, the minority has the option to write dissenting views and they would be included in the report. then it would go to the house floor. the chairman of the committee would be recognized as a matter of the highest privilege, to
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call up the articles. then there would be debate on the house floor. how long that would go on would be flexible. it depends how many people want to talk. normally, we spent two days doing the clinton impeachment articles. assuming that at least one then thes adopted, president technically is impeached. the next thing that happens is that the chairman of the judiciary committee will call up ,nother privilege resolution which names who the managers are going to be. managers are the members of the house who are the prosecutors in the senate. and it would allow the house to notify the senate that we are going to come over and deliver these articles. and it allows for housekeeping and staff. once that is adopted, it is up to the house and senate leadership to decide when that
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exhibition would take place. in the last impeachment, it took several days. anchor: we have to leave it there. thank you very much indeed for your time. the fbi investigation into contacts with donald trump's presidential campaign and russia in 2016 was legitimate. that is the finding of the department, saying there was no political bias. they did find some issues with how they handled the inquiry. the doj says they found no evidence of political bias by the fbi. what is the background of the report and what more do we know? reporter: the report was drawn by the department specter general, who is respected by many as a straight shooter. he has been on this investigation since march of 2017.
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ifwas asked to investigate --re had been any attempt this report rules out any form of political bias within the fbi. it says the fbi had sufficient evidence to investigate the campaign, it had sufficient evidence for injunctions. where it hadcases been incorrect in terms of the way it operated. most importantly, he has rejected what has been president trump's mantra for a long period of time that the fbi has a bias against the trump presidency and even some of claimed that it has some kind of tape -- some kind of deep state attempt to
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dismantle the trump presidency. ruled out by a highly respected inspector general. anchor: the reaction to the report, what has he been saying? reporter: it seems to be an alternative reality. president trump sees the report is a complete success. he is supported in this by the attorney general, william barr, who has basically rejected the report by the department's own inspector general. this is a remarkable situation where you have the attorney general projecting and essentially contradicting a report by the attorney general. says itt trump completely justifies what he had to say about interference in his campaign by the fbi. pres. trump: it is a disgrace what has happened with respect to the things that were done to our country.
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it should never again happen to another president. it is incredible. far worse than i would have ever thought civil -- ever thought possible. it is an embarrassment, dishonest, everything a lot of people thought it would be except far worse. reporter: now, what role is william barr playing in all this? he had appointed this year a special prosecutor to investigate the fbi involvement, or alleged fbi involved -- involvement, and to investigate the fbi investigation. the question asked by many democrats, is william barr trying to find a way in which he can support the president's contentions with no evidence whatsoever. we are awaiting concerns that
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the attorney general is essentially operating as a personal attorney for the president. a formerarry litman is u.s. deputy attorney general and he says both sides are trying to control the narrative. >> a lot of pageantry, sound and fury. both sides are entrenched, have ther minds made up republicans mission was to somehow change the subject or perhaps make observations that there was something sinister in the core of things. i did not see anything they said that when to actually rebut the findings. i think both sides are entrenched. we might have thought a few weeks ago that that could change based on the strength of the evidence. it seems that won't be the case now and things are hurtling
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toward a somewhat preordained conclusion in the house. loadsobviously fears and the prospect of -- fears and loathes the prospect of impeachment. not just inflammatory but deeply concerning, probably unprecedented. there is some indication that, thathe nature of his base, and youehow redouble can find political pundits on either side of the equation saying this will help or hurt him. if it does go according to schedule, everything will play in, including an acquittal, january, something of a lifetime away of the 10 months between then and the actual election. -- whatexactly act an
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exact impact an impeachment will have is tough to predict. so, no more than when the inquiry started. anchor: much more to come. mosul, life is far from normal in the northern iraqi city. a large amount of saddam's gold stolen by a paramilitary group. the world anti-doping agency hands russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events. ♪ activists say more than 18,000 people have been displaced in the rebel held idlib province in the last 24
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hours. syrian and russian government airstrikes have intensified despite a cease-fire announced in august. >> there was a market here in the southern idlib village when the airstrikes began. they were russian gents, according to the syrian observatory for human rights. doing what they have done thousands of times during the civil war, trying to save the lives of civilians. to displace more rubble. somehow, this man is still alive. gentsensive airstrikes by targeted the main market they killed more than eight civilians and left dozens injured. we took out the bodies and helped the injured. reporter: one of five villages
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it by syrian government forces in the idlib in the last 24 hours. one of the last holdouts of groups opposed to president bashar al-asassad. insia and turkey had agreed august that this would be a de-escalation zone, but attacks will continue until then. more than 18,000 people have been displaced since sunday. most head north toward the turkish border, worsening an already desperate refugee situation. anchor: new zealand's prime minister has expressed grief at people caught up in a volcanic eruption on monday. tourists in a boat just off of white island caught the eruption on camera. five have been killed and eight others are still missing. 31 people who were on or near the island are now at the
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hospital, some of which have serious burns. reporter: thick smoke -- rises thousands of meters into the air. also known by its indigenous maori name, the volcano erupts. the cloud can be seen only mainland -- seen from the mainland. people get off of the island, some in boats, some on helicopters. went on to the island yesterday. we can now confirm that five are deceased. 31 are currently in hospital. there are eight still missing. three have been discharged from hospital overnight. zealand's prime minister hans talked of the rescue missions. braveant to allege the
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first responders and those pilots who made an incredibly brave decision under extraordinarily dangerous circumstances in an attempt to get people out. as a result, a number of people were rescued from the island. white island has been active for at least 150,000 years. most andnd's productive volcano. the alert level was raised last month, a warning that the volcano may experience a period of activity more than normal. of almost like a throat clearing kind of eruption. material probably will not have made it to mainland new zealand.
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forhe scheme of things, volcanic eruption's, it is not large. if you are close to that, it is not good. ask emergency services have not come from --reporter: emergency services have not confirmed if any of the eight are still alive but reconnaissance flights have not seen anyone. deported1 people were on monday, bringing the total number of foreign nationals sent home by turkey since mid-november to more than 70. most have come from france or germany. than 1200holding more isil members in prisons. beara announced it will ramping up efforts to deport more isil fighters.
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in november, when the turkish government announced it would be deporting some of these suspected isil fighters committee interior minister confirmed at the time that france would receive them. betweenment in 2014 france and turkey. it was a different government. president macron's government has been adamant they do not want to receive isil suspects. they are open to receiving children. what happens when suspects arrive in france is they are arrested as soon as they arrive and they then face the french justice system. the french government does not want to receive them, believing they should be tried in the area where they committed their crimes. between francep and turkey will only be further strained.
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we have seen recently how that has become increasingly tense. last week, emmanuel macron suggesting that turkey was taking unilateral decisions outside of nato rules. of course, the turkish president has recently accused the french president of ha
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