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buildings universities and monasteries were just some of the many structures that were destroyed in manila during world war 2. but rebuilding a life and a city from scratch has proven difficult and some experts seem manila has never truly recovered. was the. sword floyd's last moments alive are shown in court as the man accused of causing is this goes on trial for the 3rd day. alone barbara starr and this is al jazeera live from london also coming up. as people keep protesting against me and more as military warnings that ethnic
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minority groups may soon join the fight brazil's death toll surges again the president will say that all says hunger is killing more people than the coronavirus and president announces a nationwide lockdown for friends to stop that infections getting out of control. the killing of george floyd sparked anger across the world bringing hundreds of thousands to the streets with demands for racial justice and now a court in minneapolis has been showing the last moments of the unarmed black man's life from the perspective of the police officers who arrested him in often the stressing recordings from their body cameras the jury witnessed floyd encounter the officers including their children who is on trial for his murder. of those who was the only. one r.c.t.
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. where. i don't know. the knockout. and then another scene had before chauvin to on his neck floyd pleaded with officers. another. person how do you argue that. we are not i don't want the we i want not we. i don't want the program. or the film of floyd being pinned on the show vince nina's final moments was too much for one witness no no no. but it was. the real. charles mcmillan was
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a passing motorist who stopped and tried to persuade floyd to give himself up to police he broke down in court when asked to relive the day's events saying that he had felt helpless. and the court also heard from christopher martin who was working in a food store and sold george for the packet of cigarettes he was paid with what he thought was a counterfeit note the incident which kicked off the chain of events leading to officers apprehending floyd. you saw you standing there with your hands on your head for a while correct. was going through your mind during that time period just leave. and go. why do you know. if i will. not in the bill. we also saw another individual get pushed by an officer correct correct and what did you do after that happened. on the times that.
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well gabriel is on those life was in minneapolis and has of course been following the trial and the jury has adjourned gabe how would you sum up they 3 of the struggle. dramatic in a word. for magic this is a city that's lived on the front lines if you will of this incident and you really get a sense 10 months later how it really affected those people that were there on that day outside that convenience store and you are really getting a sense now in day 3 of this trial how so many people that were there and witnessed this are still traumatically affected by what they saw and what they heard that was very clear in the testimony all day on wednesday as you mentioned the beginning of the day began with the surveillance video from inside that convenience store video
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we've never seen before of george floyd in there for many many minutes at some points laughing or smiling and at some points a little fidgety but. the jury was shown that video by the prosecution because the prosecution is trying to on this day wednesday add context add context to what happened in the moments before george floyd was. belly down on the cement with the neck with the knee of derrick chauvelin in his neck that's what the prosecution was trying to do today and with all of the video that they showed particularly the body cam footage from the other officers on scene there were just moments there or were you could really sense what the people were feeling there now on the defense's standpoint early in the day they
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they were focusing on and what the defense is focusing this entire trial on quite frankly is they are continuing to going to argue once they are able to call witnesses that it was drug. found in george floyd's body that caused him to die so that will be coming up in the coming days and weeks of this trial but right now the prosecution he's really trying to bring the jury to that day may 20 may 25th 10 months ago and really have them feel what the eyewitnesses felt and in some way feel what george floyd might have felt and i think with all of this video they just simply it was a traumatic day in the courtroom for so many people that experienced and known also for the jury i should mention because. the trial was paused briefly want to jerk motion to the judge said she needed a break in the judge later said that she was suffering from a little bit of
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a traumatic experience there so you can really get a sense of what that day was like outside that convenience store and i think the jury is starting to feel that now as well and the killing of george floyd coles the protests not just in the u.s. but in around 70 countries more around the world now that the trial is underway how much attention is it getting national. a lot it's on the national news here in the united states. it is getting a lot of attention many of the major domestic broadcasters here in the united states are just like us airing their trial uninterrupted. because this trial is more than about more than george floyd it's about more than derek show of and it's about more than the city of minneapolis it's about more than the police department in minneapolis in many ways it's about. racial justice in america and i
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think that's why so many people are glued to this but in that courtroom it is about what happened specifically. on that day that caused george floyd to die so you have 2 things happening here what's happening in the courtroom in the courthouse behind me and then you have the bigger picture of racial justice and in the united states and how police treat. black men in the united states that's a discussion happening nationally and in some ways internationally but the defense it's important to point out again despite what we're seeing of this dramatic footage inside the defense is continuing to say that this trial is not about racial justice the defense is saying this is specifically going to be about what caused george floyd to die and again they are going to argue the defense that it was drugs in his system that caused him to die and they're going to they're already have been
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arguing today in setting up the argument that the reason that derrick chauvin had his knee on george floyd's neck for so long is because there was an unruly crowd that was around the scene well that's alternately for the jury to decide but that still doesn't answer the question of if george floyd if the defense is arguing that george floyd was resisting arrest if that's what they're arguing that seems to be what they're insinuating and to a degree at least what some of the video shows a little bit of that still doesn't answer the question of why more than 9 minutes is his knee on george floyd's neck these are the central questions playing out in the courtroom there will ultimately be decided by the jury outside the courtroom of course it's a bigger issue of racial justice in america gabrielle is on the following that trial for us in minneapolis kate thank you for the behind as
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a legal analyst and former prosecutor from the city of baltimore she says the new footage released by the police doesn't really change anything. you're saying what happens before i let happens but what with the police officers trying to get mr wade into the vehicle he's saying he has some anxiety yes and issues are responsible because they're taking him out of the vehicle and there is some slight resistance there and so well after services are allowed to do they are allowed to use reasonable force when there is any type of resistance but arrest but once that resistance has stopped then they cannot longer use force and so that's really the focus of the case is that 9 minutes and 29 seconds and that's just the way it was all underground my dear showbiz countdown why do other officers glad crowd is yelling that he can't breathe that is really the case.
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is going to me and more now which is slipping further into crisis with fears of a looming armed struggle is the military stokes the country's regional and ethnic conflicts in the southeast of the country thousands of men women and children have fled across the border to thailand the military jet that has been launching air and ground attacks against ethnic rebels from the qur'an the national liberation army and there are warnings that other armed groups may soon be joining forces for what they call a revolution if security forces don't stop killing unarmed protesters. or meanwhile in myanmar as cities peaceful demonstrations continue against last month's coup in young go on protesters continue to demand a return to democracy despite a brutal crackdown by security forces they've been calling on the international community to act against and against the jointer and do more than just condemned the violence a local rights group says that at least 521 people have been killed and more than
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2600 are detained scott hardware is following developments from bangkok in neighboring thailand. so when you look at armed conflict it has been ongoing in the country but what makes it very delicate now obviously is because of the post-coup activity because of the the violent crackdown on the streets across myanmar so you have these ethnic armies that have had their individual battles if you will with the tatmadaw some of them had been under ceasefire some of them had been in peace talks but now because of what's been happening since the coup on february 1st they're saying that they want to directly go against the tatmadaw the government forces because of what they've been doing not their individual fight their individual flight fights have been going on for quite some time but one thing that has happened just over the weekend that was something that we had not seen in quite some time and that was in this. area which is just across the border from here thailand into myanmar there are airstrikes and that's why we saw that the flow of
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people coming over about 3000 coming over to thailand fleeing that seeking refuge and medical attention and the thais said that they're there so there are still about 550 here in thailand at thailand's territory but the rest about 2200 were sent back tire officials said it's because the situation was safe haven rights groups say no they were actually pushed back when they didn't want to go but what we look at overall the situation yes you have these ethnic armies that have been using their oh their their forces for individual battles with the government forces in myanmar now say they're willing to kind of work together if you will as they see this escalation on the streets across me and more and they believe that something needs to be done to stop that from continuing well the united nations security council has been holding a closed door meeting on the situation in myanmar a diplomatic editor james bays says members were warned of a potential bloodbath in the country. certainly you have some members of the
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security council russia china vietnam potentially who are not keen on any punitive action against the generals and if the security council doesn't take some further action if it just comes up with another statement it's not clear where that takes us because remember the security council has issued 2 statements urging a return to democracy in myanmar urging the release of all the politicians who are being detained and condemning the violence and despite that the bloodshed has gone on individual countries obviously can pursue their own policies and many have done that certainly western countries have stopped doing business with beyond man to put sanctions on the military and businesses that are linked with the military certainly the u.n. secretary general would like tougher action from the security council that is clear from his special envoy christine shriner bergen who's been speaking to the security
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council the meeting is behind closed doors but i have obtained a copy of the remarks he's just delivered and she says i remain open to dialogue and continue to signal this but if we only wait for when they're ready to talk the ground situation will only worsen a bloodbath is imminent and the u.n. special envoy who speaks for the 2nd general goes on this council must consider potentially significant action that can reverse the course of events in myanmar clearly that's also what those representing the democratically elected politicians the leading ones of course are behind bars want they have also come up in the last couple hours with this new charter for a constitution in me and. they say it's a way forward they say they'd like to have a new unity government they'd like to get everyone involved with the military under civilian control. still to come in this half hour pfizer violent take says it's curve a vaccine is
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a 100 percent effective in 12 1 to 15 year olds plus. we've definitely built a beacon for the world. so why is that government backed report praising him over the edge great britain. hello the weather is largely financial right across much of australia in places 7 of the last big area of high pressure in charge of x. is a little in the atmosphere and it's lousy clear skies as a result of that there's a high finance right for victoria for new south wales the good parts of queensland want to show is it just around the cape york peninsula top end also seeing some showers little clutch of storms here just off the northwest coast of australia just around the pilbara amat could well develop into a tropical low that could bring some very heavy rain in here as we head towards the
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weekend but for the time being it is absolutely fabulous some lovely pleasant autumnal sunshine coming through as we go on into friday will see temperatures around 33 celsius for adelaide 28 in melbourne not too bad 26 that the sydney much just catch one of 2 showers just drifting through that eastern coast of queensland the sunshine coast brisbane could catch a shower or 2 chance of a shero surge essential parts of new zealand but biological too bad here and not too bad too into japan still on the warm side for the most part high pressure in charge here as well as the laws to clear skies 20 celsius in tokyo 12 in sapporo because what's a weather spilling out of central possible having its way further east eventually pushing it will suffer in japan. a mineral central to the quest for clean energy a key ingredient for the production of electric car battery cobalt extracting it is
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dangerous but profitable with global demand set to skyrocket people in power investigates claims that industrial mines obstructing the precious material needed for cleaner energy are in fact poisoning the environment with dire health consequences for those living in their shadow the cost of cobalt people in power and i just. put it to the. minder now of the top stories on al-jazeera a court in minneapolis has been shown harrowing footage of the moment that officer is arrested george floyd on the 3 your former policeman better children's trial
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floyd it could be heard that begging them not to shoot him in the officers body count for teach protesters in myanmar have appealed to s. take on the groups that help their movement against them in the tree and some rebels are getting increasingly involved fighters from the catching community have attacked the police outpost in the north just days after karen rebels seized an army base in the aids. brazil has just recorded another day with more corona virus threats than any so far in the pandemic nearly 3900 people have died in the last 24 hours the spread that mounting told the president is again insisting that there is no need to lock down but us that is a bore reports parts of the country can no longer cope with the number of bodies that need to be buried. burials in the middle of the night
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this is how the city of is trying to cope with the rising death toll from couvade 1000 in brazil's economic capital. so far over 300000 people have lost their lives in brazil more than 3700 of them in the past 24 hours. experts in the country say brazil's need to adapt urgently to turn the tide. that brazil needs to rapidly increase the speed of vaccination primarily among the most vulnerable population to stamp out speech in favor of medicines that science do not say are effective against covert 19 and lastly improved vigilance and tracing of the variants the could have more aggressive biological behavior from the mutant strains of covert 19 virus. the death toll rises comes as brazil's bill done 10 biomedical institute detected a new strain of the virus similar to the one registered in south africa. they will
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and this president jade also nat'l struggles to cope with sliding popularity and growing pressure over his handling of the been there make. on tuesday top commanders of the armed forces step down coming just one day after the now to replaced 6 government ministers in a sudden reshuffle that appear designed to secure loyalty. and the beginning of the been demick brazil's president disregarded the rest of ovid 19 and resisted taking extreme measures to reduce the spread of the virus. was that there was boys in india we have 2 enemies the virus element by element it is reality we are not going to solve this problem by staying at home. in spite of the rising death toll also no continues to challenge medical record monday sions feel good for as acute this policy of isolation restrictions and curfew is
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a sort of rational right to come and go goes far beyond even a state of siege i appeal to all alternatives in brazil to review this policy and allow the people to go to work. the slow pace in the vaccination campaign have people frustrated and angry only 2 point one percent of brazilians have received 2 vaccine shots and only one 3rd of the 77000000 brazilians who qualify for shot i've been vaccinated covered 90 some major challenge for latin america concerns are mounting in the region because the pen demick cannot be contained if the crisis in brazil lingers argentina already suspended flights coming from brazil and other countries like believe have stepped up efforts at the border to prevent the spread of the virus or i just see that one of cyrus meanwhile france will widen lockdown measures that have been in place for paris and some of the regions to the entire country from saturday president the man will mccrone told the nation live
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address that the new restrictions would last for a month to 7 this is due to the remarks of the palmer we decided on the 18th of march to take further measures alongside the curfew in almost 20 regions 2 weeks after taking those measures the numbers a clear yes the strategy had its 1st effects but clearly these efforts a very limited as the epidemic surges in some ways with facing the 6 other ration juge of the new variant we will lose control if we do not move now in the upcoming months we need to set a new framework president mccrone there all of their is in paris as is the president wants to avoid this being seen as another lock down. well the french president isn't calling this a national lockdown but it certainly resembles one even if it isn't as strict as the one that was imposed in march and april nevertheless the restrictions are
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nationwide on saturday across the country people across from will have to stay within a 10 kilometer perimeter from their home all known essential shops will have to close they'll be no travel allowed between different regions but one of the main measures announced by the french president was the fact the schools will have to shot across france with between 3 and 4 weeks depending on the child say the french government have made much of the fact that they have managed to keep schools open since may last year when the 1st down was lifted the french education minister said over and again as well as the president that was a real priority for for but really this shows you how badly the health situation here in france has deteriorated there's been a lot of pressure on him in the recent weeks to tighten restrictions because the covert infection rate has been soaring 9 out of 10 i.c.u. beds in the country is full and i know mike ross says the main way out now is
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really to vaccinate as many people as possible he's calling it's a race against time he said the priority will be to vaccinate people like teachers and police officers as well as the elderly before getting on to the rest of the adult population but that really is for him the focus of the next few weeks april he said will be a very difficult month for the french people but he said there is light at the end of the tunnel. there's been another breakthrough in the race to inoculate the world against covert 19 pfizer and by own take say their vaccine is safe and the fact they have for children between the ages of 12 and 15 they say that those was 100 percent effective at preventing disease with only minor side effects among more than 2000 adolescents in the trial the company's hope to get emergency approval to start vaccinating children in the u.s. and europe before the next school year the pfizer biopic vaccine is already authorized for use in people aged 16 and over well one young trial participant said he was proud to help out. definitely
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a very special opportunity to be able to do something like this because usually i'm just going on doing online school and there's not much if you really do to fight back against the virus. which is being in this trial and potentially helping other kids to feel safe and want to get the vaccine in the future now becomes for huguely available or was really some when i could actually how about in the u.s. 2 young children have been rescued from the new mexico desert after being dropped from a border wall more than 4 meters high smugglers dropped the girls reportedly aged just 3 and 5 in the middle of the night the pair were left far from the nearest homes before being found by customs and border protection officers and taken into care. on black lives matter protests began in britain
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last summer let the people to question racial divides in the country now a government commission formed after that says the u.k. is a multiethnic beacon for the world it says family structure and social class have a bigger impact than race on how people's lives turn out but as john howell reports from bristol this doesn't match the day to day experiences of communities across the country. the picture of britain having largely moved on from racial and ethnic inequality isn't one recognized in cities like bristol ranked among the country's most unequal societies. 'd some of the statue of a prominent 17th century slave owner was toppled a bit nationwide black lives matter protests that prompted the government's review the disparities in education employment health and criminal justice it's
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disgraceful i mean everything else leading up to this point has said completely different things even government commission reports we definitely not a beacon for the world if we look at incarceration figures the worst in america capital. if we look at deaths in custody if we look at stop and search and drug stops and searches they are. disproportionate to the crimes being committed and they are focused on black men especially in the front doors beyond. looking to the big family. tom brown believes deprived communities must help themselves with no schooling beyond the age of 12 he founded a successful cleaning business became a mentor to troubled youngsters and is now building a community skills academy for those also excluded from education. have something to do with. everybody can come here from parents children and they can become
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something you don't have the field or oh i can achieve anything life based on my color. and the value of a little stop me who comes from this thing the pride but. little education and i'm still winning that means they can do exactly the same thing this is where the statue of edward colston once stood when protesters brought it down last year it sparked intensive scrutiny of this country's racial past of injustices that led to inequalities that persists today but the government's report seems to be a direct rebuke of all of that the well intentioned idealism it says of those young people who claim the country is still institutionally racist is not borne out by the evidence. these young people and they'll tell you the evidence is plain to see in this area in the city sometimes you can see the social equality that when you grow up you don't have any place to go to learn how to play football or basketball
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not. show yourself all meet new friends and build friendships. but there is a picture of barely recognized by the government's report jonah al-jazeera bristol . and you can find out more on that and all the other stories that we've been covering on our website our just 0 dot com. my the air. and now a reminder of the top stories on al-jazeera a court in minneapolis has been showing the last moments of george ford's life from the perspective of the police officers who arrested him in often distressing recordings from their body cameras the jury witnessed him encounter the officers including derek chauvin who was on trial for his murder floyd's death last year sparked months of rachel racial justice protests across the world. who was the only
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