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ronnie's deep into the rain forest to follow a scientist i'm tired teams are fighting to save the flora and fauna so precious in the region women make science ecuador's hidden treasure on al-jazeera. 0. hello i'm maryam namazie you're watching the news hour live from london coming up in the next 60 minutes jordanian authorities say they've arrested several high ranking officials accused of plotting to destabilize the kingdom. egypt puts on a show $22.00 of its royal mommies including its most powerful ancient queen and moved across cairo to
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a new place of rest. with infection rates rising in europe and fears of a 3rd wave of coronavirus lockdowns are again coming into force as governments try to speed up vaccinations and more violence against peaceful protesters in me and ma at least 5 people were killed and now concerns about regional instability after more armed ethnic groups declare their support for the anti coup movement m devon ash with the sport of by munich take a step closer to a 9th consecutive league title and football fans clash with police on the streets of bilbao ahead of the copper del rey final between athletic bilbao and rousted out . we begin this hour in jordan where officials have denied reports that the former crown prince hamza has been placed under house arrest in his palace but the king's
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our brother was asked to stop actions targeting georgian security and stability the state news agency says that a former minister a member of the royal family and were detained as positive a comprehensive investigation by security agencies saudi arabia lebanon and egypt have all expressed solidarity with jordan's king abdullah. oh roxanne farm on family on is a lecturer in politics and international studies at university of cambridge she joins me now by skype from london so 1st of all how rare or unprecedented is it to have news like this of top officials or members of the royal family being detained in this way in jordan very rare and i think what we're seeing is actually quite a few moving parts in the stories that we're not quite sure how they all fit together but there are several. different things happening simultaneously so the
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crown prince saying the son. was supposed to visit the al aqsa mosque in jerusalem last wednesday and was barred from doing so due to security reasons and so that also was highly unusual and likewise there have been indicators that there's a possibility that those arrested and warned to in amman have been acting june 2 relations that may be shifting quite rapidly between jordan and israel and it is true that saudi arabia has for some time hoped to replace. jordan as the. one that administers the was the. mosque complex so that may have something to
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do with that in any case the trip that netanyahu had planned to take to the u.a.e. as a a 1st trip under the abraham courts was delayed he was supposed to go yesterday and that was delayed and he will now be going on thursday because he was concerned over fly over security over the jordanian airspace. what do we know about who was arrested and why the former crown prince holmes as featured heavily in these reports was that it did meet with very details about there being an open or perhaps a a private rivalry between him and king abdullah well actually there were a couple of very close confidant of the king. was a long time call so don't of the cheating and was at one time a minister of finance and he has been arrested along with several others that
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were very close to the heart of the court it is not clear exactly what the role that prince. played in this but clearly there has been any decision inside the court that has led the security forces to consider this a danger to the stability of jordan's government. right and so obviously this iteration is it's very fluid and it's opaque shall we say because we're getting few details and that we might not get much more information than we have now but nonetheless. how is this likely to play out could it be could it be the start of sort of further instability in the kingdom because obviously the country has been
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a sort of bastion of civility over the years we don't see that there are. alleged plots or coups or anything of that nature to feature heavily in in jordan's history . no and i think also that what we are saying is that this is a more complex story regionally and that there may be quite a few other players and certainly the relationship between jordan and israel has deteriorated quite a bit over the last several weeks and months the prime minister of israel and the. jordan have become an increasingly a strange and there are pressures on the king that as i say to change its position the status of jerusalem shifts with the new relationship that it has with both the united states and the other states in the
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gulf so i would say this is a layered story it is not just something that's happening inside jordan and inside the court itself indeed thank you very much appreciate it professor roxanne fadam on family on from cambridge university my pleasure thank you. now royal ancient mummies have been transported through cairo to their new home the national museum of egyptian civilization crowds gathered to witness the multi-million dollar spectacle of the 18 kings and 4 queens making the journey stand a resting place egypt hopes the event will help resurrected struggling tourism industry and ron khan has more. with all the fanfare the befits egypt's ancient kings and queens the highly anticipated and meticulously planned pharaohs golden parade was the biggest cultural event cairo has seen in recent years travelling in individual vehicles bedecked an ancient egyptian style the mommy fire
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drills 22 of them in all were moved from caro's a gyptian museum in tahrir square they moved through the capital streets to a new location a state of the art facility called the national museum of ancient civilization. where they were greeted by a concert from the cairo philharmonic featuring famous singers and then received by the egyptian president. the pharaohs of the stuff of legend and include ho-tep the 1st ramsay's the 2nd ramsay's the 3rd and queen nefertari. without the well. prepared objects to travel around the world but then you got a spectacle. so the logistics behind it was very complex and you can imagine they're being watched it's very. spectacle but we also felt that everything goes to
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. the security operation was a mammoth undertaking streets were closed in cairo brought to a standstill the event which lost it around 2 hours was attended by various dignitaries including the director general of unesco the un's world heritage organization. once the mommies arrived at their new resting place and they are to be put into restoration in a lab for 15 days and readied for display but there are a minority who mata darkly about an ancient curse legend has it that cursed will be the ones that move the mummies they say this. so is canal blockage disturbing global markets 2 trains colliding with each other a garment factory blaze and a residential building collapse all came after the announcement of the pharaoh's golden bright was the but the ancient curse hasn't stopped the pharaohs once again appearing on the streets of egypt was. observed.
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while mohamed el masry is a professor of media and cultural studies at doha in-situ if a graduate studies and says that the parade is aimed at improving egypt's image i think part of this is really. a move to try to help egypt's image both inside the country and internationally they're going to a lot of disasters from them certainly from the government's 1st part of it also from the perspective of the egyptian citizens there was a terrible train accident last week just the latest in a long line of of those accidents it was a building collapse a terrible fire and obviously we have the suez canal crisis a nerve in recent damning human rights violations so this is an opportunity for the egyptian government to sort of present a different face to show that things are ok life is going on and even you know
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you're hearing gauging in something that that could revive the economy. now watching the news hour live from london much more still to bring you on the program major league baseball gets political stripping atlanta of its all-star game over a new voting lore in the state of georgia families grieve for the victims of friday's train crash in taiwan as prosecutors seek an arrest warrant for the owner of the truck that rolled onto the tracks. and ace in the line for further behind in the italian title race that's coming out in sport with. now soaring infection rates here in europe are forcing governments in france and italy to reimpose lockdowns restrictions of also been extended in germany's chancellor angela merkel abandon plans for a nationwide lockdown after facing a public backlash as millions of people in the region get ready to mount isa sunday
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there are concerns that the slow vaccine rollout and new contagious variant of the virus will make a 3rd wave of the pandemic difficult to contain in much of europe people are being told not to travel to see family and some countries including france are still seeing warring numbers of new covered cases while all of italy is now considered a high risk red zone and he has more a weekend in rome and people out and about enjoying these to break but reminders of the coverage 19 restrictions are never far away. but i think it will be more than a year now seems the 1st restrictive measures were imposed in italy we will probably among the 1st countries to completely submerging city and people are tired of the way the protectee health is essential in these times. all regions are now classified as red zones people can leave home to exercise or to visit relatives once a day but police are checking nobody's travelling between regions i'm glad they are
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doing checks it means something is working in this whole mess. over in leone in southeastern france this man was one of thousands getting a coronavirus job inside the city football stadium on saturday with intensive care units as full as they were last april the country speeding up its vaccination program over easter for newman point it doesn't get in the rest falling tay isn't for the people who come here these are quite stressful times by doing this hopefully we can get through it all quickly from saturday there's a nationwide curfew between 7 pm and 6 am president emanuel says authorities will take a relaxed view this weekend if people travel beyond the permitted 10 kilometers but from monday night they'll be checking such journeys are essential. in spain traditional easter possessions a cancelled but in barcelona some have been making the most of the weather spain still in the state of emergency in new cases have been rising a new national law says people have to wear
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a mosque outdoors and gatherings of more than 6 people are banned in this region but here at least they're taking a measured approach. in britain police forces have asked people not to travel long distances over the holiday while the prime minister's issued his own reminder you can reach up. to hospital 6 people outside was outside mostly the. british bars the speed of the u.k.'s vaccination program means the government's on track with what it calls its cautious irreversible road map to freedom but it still urging the public to be careful on monday boris johnson set to outline the next steps out of lockdown in the al-jazeera london. well covered 9000 continues to rip through latin america as well the region is facing a surge in infections that's now pos 25000000 brazil is the epicenter of the pandemic with the world's 2nd highest number of cases behind the united states and
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it accounts for one quarter of the world's daily deaths in a briefing the w.h.o. said a number of states and brazil are in a critical condition and hospitals a struggling to cope with the pandemic many intensive care units are now more than 90 percent full and the country's largest city sao paolo is struggling to deal with burials a widespread spike in infections is likely fueled by a much more transmissible variant 1st detected in brazil and it's now prompted both chile and bolivia to close the borders ecuador and peru have also imposed new measures over the easter holidays to limit travel and public gatherings. let's go to the in bogota and really latin america has been one of the worst hit regions in the world in terms infection rates and deaths but much of the focus has been on brazil how much of a public health disaster or humanitarian crisis is there in brazil right now. well merriam hospitals across brazil are just being crippled by this latest surge
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of infections just to give you an idea the month of march that just and it was the deadliest since the beginning of the pandemic in brazil more than 66000 people have died in just one month that's double the previous record and that just gives you an idea of the situation right now there are 15 of brazil's 26 states are now saying that the i.c.u. units in their hospitals are at 90 percent or higher occupation so very complicated situation more than 600 cities across brazil's are saying that they fear that their hospitals might run out of oxygen next week in all of this situation the vaccination campaign has been very slow in brazil just a fraction of brazilians have so far been vaccinated just 8 percent while the
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president to here both matter this fight this situation that's by the political crisis is that he's dealing with yet to reshuffle part of his cabinet he continues to rage against the new lockdowns the new distancing measures that are being put in place in cities like cell paolo where grave diggers have had to grieve out of old graves to make space for the new bodies and of course the fear is that this is going to mean brazil is is the epicenter really of the pandemic not just in the region but in the world there must be if neighboring countries must have feeling is about it fueling contagion with this with much more infectious variants of the virus and slow vaccine rollouts as well. yeah that's happening pretty much across the region most countries are going
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through their 2nd or 3rd wave right now they're struggling to cope with the new rise that's why in many countries of this either to shut down their borders believe you have to close the border with brazil for at least a week. or will close its borders for a month the entire month of april they haven't been able to contain a rise in infections that's been growing steadily since the mid february this despite the more than 35 percent of its population has already been inoculated one of the most successful rollout vaccination campaigns and only in latin america but across the world but still that's not enough to contain these new variants that in chile for example are now hitting harder younger people middle aged people so new lock downs are also in place there argentina has also decided to suspend all flights arriving from countries with the big prizes such as brazil chile in mexico
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also in argentina the president there was diagnosed with kovi this by having already received the vaccine us vaccinated with me the vaccine. fortunately has mild symptoms and he's expected to recover quickly because fortunately he has already been vaccinated but yet been confirmed with koby 19 all right thank you from bogota last 100 bring us the latest on what's happening in latin america well well. could soon be tightened in some of india's biggest cities as the number of new cases that continues to escalate daily infections are to 6 month high with more than 89000 new infections and 714 deaths reported on saturday in. is richest rushed accounted for more than half of those new cases officials that want to knock down might soon be enforced well yeah by am is
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a pandemic expert and even the complex systems institute joins me now by skype from boston and of course we were saying some improvement in the situation at india with cases being suppressed of a couple of months and then we saw this other than sudden spike in february i mean is the country now in the in the grips of another wave of the pandemic so we should really shouldn't think about it as a wave that's external to what we're doing anymore we've seen over and over again that as we relax restrictions that cases go up which makes sense so india was successful across india including in high density urban areas as well as in rural areas in suppressing the outbreak going from almost 100002 about 10000 cases and then as in many other places in the world they relaxed restrictions
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in the cases went up and as the cases went up the question is what is the next action and people decide to wait then the cases keep going up and that's what's been happening in india it shouldn't be a question of whether it's a long one should be doing it fast one should be getting the cases down and the strategy shouldn't be the strategy that we see in much of the world that's been discussed over 'd europe and the americas but rather should be the strategy of asian countries in oceania and countries including new zealand and australia where they're acting very much normally in normal existence of a family and social events and the comic activity that is reflective of the fact that there it should elimination that doesn't mean that there isn't a case. to that arises from time to time due to important cases but the rapidly
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respond and stop them just like we will respond in case there was a fire but i guess i guess in india as is it is interesting isn't it because you mention it you know europe has such a different context and then even other countries in asia i mean we're talking about if you think about the financial significance of cities like mumbai and then a state like maharashtra it's so densely populated that once restrictions eased it's very difficult to enforce any kind of social distancing a mosque going because of the sheer size of the population there and that has to be balanced against the i guess the economic concerns of allowing people to go about their daily lives and be able to to work in order to live. well it's been really shown there's a new paper that just came out in france that really makes clear that there is no reason to think about the balance between the disease and the health and that cannot make activity because what we've seen is that the places that have achieved
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elimination the normal activities restore the real challenge is not to impose the restrictions but to impose the restrictions until they get to 0 right 0 is a situation where you no longer have the pandemic and if you protect the areas that have achieved elimination by imposing its non-essential travel restrictions then we've seen over and over again that we can control the outbreak and restore normal social and economic activity and the benefits like a nice mosque not filling out the old but i'm just wondering it's interesting you mention that that i put it you're reading but how difficult is elimination going to be when there is no sort of social economic safety net for people in a country the size of a near face get to go about a normal activities people that get to eat and then and then also that the time line for elimination of the virus seems to be getting longer and longer with these
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new contagious variants that a popping up. it's actually not the case india had a safety net they even in the worst slum in asia. they provided support for people and people were able to control the outbreak it would not have been possible for them to go from nearly 800000 down 210000 cases without providing that kind of support for people so it is possible it has been done and of course it has been done in many other places in the world where cases went down last summer much of europe was near 0 the real problem was not getting there the problem was realising that that was the goal. in many places elimination was achieved but they just allowed the disease back in and other places they stopped the lockdowns a week or 2 before they had achieved elimination and so it's really a problem of concept not
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a problem of capability and the same thing is true in india where it's been demonstrated that they can control the outbreak including in these high density areas and including providing support to people so that they can a survive during these difficult times when it's needed to take action that is so strong that under normal circumstances you would expect that people would suffer and not be able to survive but the government and the communities at all levels were able to do so thank you very much anywhere joining us there from austin thank you we go to me in my now security forces have again opened fire on anti could demonstrations and protests in the saying that at least 5 people have been killed overall more than 550 people have died since the military sees pouty months ago and there are now concerns the conflict might spiral into civil war with 10 armed groups abandoning a longstanding ceasefire to throw their weight behind
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a protest as tony chang has our point. oh a wounded man with a serious head injury is carried away from the barricades in money about 136 kilometers northwest of mandalay this was just one of the towns where protesters are reported to have been shot at by the security services in mandalay they took to the streets on motorbikes easier to flee when the crackdown comes and it follows another night of violence this video from sun chong in central young gun shows police standing over the body of an injured man you can hear the fear in the voices of those filming as they dragged the body away. that shared around the world on social media is drawing growing criticism even from myanmar's powerful neighbors we condemn any use of violence we believe that the
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rule of law should be privileged we stand for the distribution of democracy in myanmar realised the ease of political prisoners and supported any attempts at dissolving the current situation including through the efforts of the. pro and regional concerns are increasing as 10 ethnic armed groups on myanmar's borders threw their support behind the anti coup movement on saturday that sparked fears of wider conflict and the possibility of a full blown civil war in thailand memo's representative at a global beauty pageant broke down on stage when she proclaimed her support for the protesters they are working on the street for the duma grace now she's unable to return home but determined in her support my seat is. the situation because that they told me that they were if i on the street and i'm also fighting my way on the other states now i think that if they will not give that we will win. and the
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funerals continue to this woman was shot in the head as she travelled home from her job in a south korean. bus stops around the country have been turned into improvised memorials for those who have died with messages of resistance now that wireless internet services have been cut off but even these simple shrines are being torn down as the security services try to eradicate all signs of resistance. which is a. joining us now via skype is chore when human rights activist executive director of the the human rights network so overall over $550.00 people killed since the military coup itself and that includes over 40 children what can you tell us about those that have about the casualties so far
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thank you so much 1000000. so far you see the nearly 600 people has been killed and on the street most of them are young people in the pages and there are more than 20 young children aged 5713 years old yesterday or today you know there are many children has been killed and these there the one thing is very sure that that is nor place is safe in burma anymore everyone is now living under the gun point but one thing is very encouraging that the young generation their existing they are not giving up they are not backing down and the fear is not become futile. see that in coming days the that we resisting and bonding will be getting you know different and change so that means burma is now the military officials military is now breaking burma into
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a full blown civil war. obviously the tactics being used by the military hasn't done anything to deter people from taking to the streets or to suppress the protests in any way are you surprised at the persistence of people you obviously many young people turning out to express their opposition to the military but. you surprise that these protests have continued in the face of such brutality . indeed you know the when last few days. seem that whole people has been you know curry just coming out to the street and i've spoken with some people and they said that you know we know that we're going to the street we may not come back we will come back in body back or maybe 000-0008 body there but we will be burned down by the military nobody knows what's going to happen but this is an obvious enough we cannot take anymore so i think there are the burma is now right now is going to head into what is very dangerous situation and unfortunately
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the neighboring countries are also not supporting properly to the people you know like thailand is not blocking blocking the border from entering those who are sheltering. those who are fleeing from you know from that because of the burmese military has been bombarding using fighter jets on the civilian villages there several times they have been bombarding in these days and there isn't any condemnation from international community for using you know that their kind of for weapons again again during in on the civilian in the country. i mean it's very difficult see how to get visibility on how this is going to unfold into military missing charge how people would respond to their seizure of power and if indeed there are those within the military that see it as a gross strategic miscalculation are they all are they going to be able to hold
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together let's say. well this military is one thing is very sure that they are from bottom to they are fully equipped and their men power and mortality is just not that great. and we can see that you know they have a shortage of manpower as well and they have you know one thing when you see that they are in the north there is. an ethnic army and they're in the south that is occurring. in the west there's a kind i think on in the east. so i burn my surroundings by ethnic armies and m one n one the one time continuum in their same same time they are taking from all the sides and they are not able to control and and if you have seen from their past 10 years their strategy you know they have to sign cease fire one group you know to attack another group and when they are finished with that group they try to ceasefire with this in a move to another group so they have been they have not kept ability to attack all
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side to defend all sides and then also now you see that the young people who are defending their cities they are couple of cities fully controlled by the public they have been defending you know the from the military so that means they have they don't have enough capability to win this fight this uprising and young people say very determined and their commitment and you can see that they are going to go any any any further any any for any any distance to defend to their to bear for their rights all right thank you very much cho when joining us from the human rights network appreciate it. it with the news out life from london still ahead in the program we're going to turn our attention tunisia the country makes history with a peaceful transition of power the president is facing significant challenges why the early bloom of cherry blossoms in northeast asia has climate scientists worried
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. and then in support as a dramatic start of a new electric off right series taking place in the white. house we've got spring start with the forecast across many parts of europe over the next couple of days we've got a cold or wind coming into central and even down towards southeastern parts that will be some snow rolling in across the balkans some west of weather little further north west but fun and trying to central and western parts at the moment some as sunshine if a little on the cool side but the really cool weather that's further north you got this arctic blast developing that role when driving rice across the present shells through parts counter navia down through the low countries they'll be some wintry weather coming in here tucking in in across the good parts of germany and down to the outs because the some snow too into parts of the british isles well so whether
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by this stage as we go down towards the southeast some rain there coming into grace and into turkey we are going to see some of that western weather lapping only more than shills of egypt for a time but clear weather as we go on through the remainder of sunday northern parts of algeria could see some wet weather along with the far north of morocco at least for a time as we go on through monday that lame will transfer its way over towards june asea much of north africa by this stage draw a warming up a car you notice temperatures for monday off there getting up to 31 degrees. the former police officer charged with murdering george floyd is now on trial over as the world watches this historic case unfold in minneapolis we'll have live coverage from inside the courtroom as it happens and the latest reaction to derek
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children trial on al-jazeera. the story of one of the most successful p.r. campaigns in the u.s. . study after study has demonstrated that israeli perspectives dominate american media coverage what part of this case you get through your thick head is hamas a terrorist organization the only thing that you're going to say is what we want and if you don't say it when i go let you speak it would be very hard for ordinary americans to know that they're being deceived the occupation of the american mind on al-jazeera. if the political debates show that it's challenging the way you think i want to know where you're to stand on cancer culture decreasing the range of ideas that can be heard what a world leaders or governments missing we need targets but now up front with me marc lamont hill on al-jazeera.
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back to back our main stories now the former crown prince of jordan is saying he is under house arrest as part of a crackdown on critics prince hamza the harsh brother of king abdullah accuses the country's leaders of corruption and incompetence earlier the state news agency denied reports the former crown prince have been arrested but said he was asked to stop actions targeting jordan's security and stability. millions of people in europe are marking easter on the run of. restrictions france has entered its 3rd national lockdown on saturday and 80 is returning to st you met strict measures as well after a surge in covert infections that and then in me in mari's 5 people have been killed as protests continue against the military coup and there are also concerns about further instability in the country after 10 ethnic armed often on groups abandon the longstanding ceasefire to throw their support behind the movement.
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now people have been demonstrating in several cities here in the u.k. against a bill that would give police more powers to break up protests there was some scuffles between demonstrators and police at the protest in central london but the gathering was largely peaceful opponents say the bill which would allow police to impose time limits on protests and set the routes for demonstrations is an attack on freedom of speech paul brennan was at one of those demonstrations in the capital and has more now on why the bill is so controversial. it's laws inspired by 29 scenes extinction rebellion a protest which power lies in central london for many many weeks and the police felt powerless to actually move people on and get the thought refers of london the roads open and running again the criticism of all of this particular proposed legislation is that it goes too far the other way that it wouldn't allow the police on a much lower threshold not from the risk of serious disorder but just from public nuisance
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grounds to. finish times and impose more of the strictures on protesters the government doesn't appear minded to back down on this they have a majority in parliament theoretically they could push it through if they wanted to there will be amendments no doubt submitted by opposition parties who are very angry about it and the biggest criticism really is that it's a mammoth bill which lumps lots of different things in together for example proposes longer sentences for serious crimes not on prison sentences for less serious crimes they're kind of things that many people here in the u.k. would agree with on the protest side of things but that's where it really gets sticky the idea of clamping down on what people regard as a human right to dissent is not a popular measure when other stories are following the governor of the us state of georgia has criticised major league baseball withdrawing its all star game which was due to be played in atlanta in july brian camp says the decision is an example
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of council culture in response to criticism of georgia's new voting laws the new voice restrictions include a more stringent id requirements for absentee ballots and they also make it illegal to offer food and water to people waiting in long voting lines critics say it targets minority and poor. we can let the. you know out flank us out politicize this. you know. or we can get in a fight with them and that's what we're doing i mean this is a call to everyone not only in georgia but all across the country to wake up in to get in the fight and to help us and not 5 because they are coming for you know. i mean would have been what sport are they going after now what event are they going to go after what convention. leaders of the countries neighboring mozambique are going to be holding talks next week about the ongoing violence on groups stormed
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the northern town of hama a week ago killing hundreds of people the u.n. says the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating i'd say tens of thousands of people have fled the area on friday the french energy giant to tell shut down its operations and withdrew stuff from the region well now history has been made in asia with the swearing in of the new president mohammed it's the country's 1st peaceful transfer of power from one elected head to another but he has a tough job one is hands on address reports on this now and the capital niamey. after decade in the shadows of his progress as a while but bhoomi emerged as the just 50 democratically elected president. the day was also a historic one for the country it marked with the 1st peaceful transition of power from one civilian government to another. the ceremony was overshadowed by a recent field coup and rising attacks by i'm groups along its borders practice
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many here who he will use his experience as former head of both the 40 t.v. ministries result. or less security the most important is security people of new desperate for security that is good governance and finally equity and justice but above all that they politicalization of governance which is very important we hope the president will appoint the right people in iraq positions devoid of partisanship. but some believe that major politics and politicians will limit disability to deliver real change mohamed the hard work begins now it will need tonight a deeply divided nation whose stability is once again threatened by wednesday's failed cool but the president can count on global support judging from reactions on the field cool however the biggest challenge to his presidency is not only having
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to deal with ambitious military officers but also the threat posed by book or aman armed groups based in neighboring mali a reality not lost on mr buzz him assumes to give his 1st address as president and then run. their criminal something for a long time the criminals of the islamic state in the greatest hard work related to dosh almost exclusively attack the defense and security forces but for some time they've begun to attack a village chiefs and then progressively civilians in an indiscriminate manner since last january they've been carrying out massacres innocent civilians on a large scale thereby committing war crimes terrorism is a misfortune for our country. i was produced as a mohammad isa for it was a moment to fulfilment offering democratical. for much of the country though the joy of this day will only be shed if mohamed does will be able to bring stability and development to the share of the trees al-jazeera. elbel guerin's
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adding to the polls for a general election on sunday incumbent prime minister boyko bora self is hoping to win a 4th time in office with a center right. party but no major parties likely to win an outright majority spanish smith reports from the capital sofia ourself still looks set to cling on to power. well gary's prime minister hasn't given any interviews in this election campaign just photo opportunities where the only camera allowed is from his own team or go bars or governs an e.u. country where according to the u.s. state department there's little judicial independence there are arbitrary arrests and journalists are threatened with violence in sunday's election he could well retain his grip on this former satellite of the soviet union. takes long for democratic i.q. to mature but on the other hand there are concrete my experiences of the bogey areas over the past 3 decades in the fact that they have none being been able to
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reap the benefits that a democratic system in theory should provide so they have become disenchanted the more of the polled there is that state 45 percent would prefer a mano of strongman leadership last summer several months of anti corruption protests with the biggest challenge to power so they started after an opposition leader tried to set foot on a public beach that had been sealed off for use by want to bulgaria as most powerful man. christo ivan off says the e.u. ignores the corruption here because boris office party these are lined with the largest center right coalition in the european parliament is not an ideal he doesn't. sort of make any political pronouncement hear the siren practitioner of openness not only them of corruption to be open people's party the good lived in brussels and in berlin frankly we will need to understand they cannot afford it along with the. blind eye to what is happening in the office any protests now
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a tiny in comparison that's part fears of covert part resignation. and a former prime minister says the e.u. ignores at its peril what is happening here that transparency feelers have defined has to be put on a new on the rules it came so they. banned and so financing from european union became a source prototype apps and not for the development of the plan the european commission says corruption is a major obstacle to development in bulgaria the latest polls give the prime minister's party around the 28 percent of the vote the opposition socialists a trailing around 8 percent behind political experts here say that could be a government of national unity if that's the case then boko porus off as head of the largest party will keep his job as prime minister. but it's many al-jazeera
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saffir. in many countries cherry blossoms blooming are a sign that spring has sprung but blame is taken japan by surprise it's the earliest start to the season on record and scientists think it's down to climate change reports from cell. it's an annual event in northeast asia that heralds the coming of spring and that's been getting earlier each year in tokyo the traditional viewing of the cherry blossom coincides with the lifting of pandemic state of emergency restrictions allowing people to take full advantage of the spectacle. last year i couldn't come here due to the state of emergency so here i am it's the earliest the blossom has bloomed here since official records began 70 years ago and historians delving into archives from the ancient capital of kyoto believe it's the earliest the bloom has appeared for at least 1200 years.
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when i was a high school student cherry blossoms were still blooming around the start of the academic year in april i think the timing is getting earlier. the colder korean peninsula witness says it's blossoming just after japan but not by much a rolling wave of color moving south to north as temperatures climb it's the earliest that sol has seen cherry blossom since records began 1009 years ago and it's 3 days sooner than the previous record that was set only last year it coincides with higher than average temperatures and more hours of sunshine the same apparent result of a changing climate is being felt across south korea only the most southerly island of jeju was warm enough to support the growing of subtropical fruit but not any more species like passionfruit are now grown in greenhouses much further north they
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were nona and the areas in which subtropical fruits can be grown are expanding towards the southern central and northern parts of the country in japan in recent years the warming climate has meant more devastating summer rains and floods while the korean peninsula has suffered from more destructive typhoons the early blossom may portend a changing climate that will bring more extreme weather come the summer months. but for now and appearing all the more beautiful given the fragility and transience of its existence the blossom is here to be cherished robert broad al-jazeera so. 5 days after the suez canal reopened the backlog of ships has now been cleared more than 420 vessels were delayed when the 400 metre long of a given got stuck for almost a week it blocked one of the world's most vital waterways halting billions of dollars in trade each day the ship was freed on monday with the help of tugboats
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tides and days of dredging still ahead on the program football fans it crashed with police in the spanish city of bilbao ahead of the confidential ray final that's coming out with gemma in school very shortly. from the al-jazeera london broke. to people in thoughtful conversation i got much worse races than when i was at the university of oxford it was really scared me because i was like these people are going to be in positions of power with no post and no limitations empire is the reason that we live in a multicultural society part 2 of pfizer's shaheen and adam rather fit studio unscripted on al-jazeera. ready for another perspective listen to the take al-jazeera is flagship news podcast with malaysia bailout or discover hindsight and
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police set makeshift barricades on fire as they gathered near the stadium with members of the fire service having to put out the flames they fans were allowed in the ground for that church was technically in last year's final after it was for sprained because of the pandemic and it was saucy it out who won the cup after a one nil victory but bilbao have another chance to get their hands on the trophy in just 2 weeks as they will also play in the final of this year's competition against barcelona on april 17th. while in madrid a rare have moved to within 3 points of leaders and city rivals athletico that's off to a 2 no when i have a bar marco asensio and caravans mo with the goals on sit ins and 250th game in charge of rail outlets do you have a game in hand over the night which is on sunday against surveyor. by munich a closing in on a 9th consecutive league title in germany after beating their neighbors rivals abi leipsic by an away without top score but it didn't matter as leon direct because of
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1st off goal was enough to give them a one they'll win that now 7 points clear of 2nd place leipsic with 7 games of the season remaining manchester city beat lest it to know it took a 17 points clear at the top of the premier league but chelsea's unbeaten run under thomas to go has come to an end in dramatic style they were thrashed $52.00 at home by west brom who a 2nd from bottom in the table chelsea have 2 yaga silva sent off and there were 2 goals each for the forever and callum robinson it was 2 goals of 1st defeat in his 15th game in charge. we were rusty. we were sloppy in the build up in our own half we did many many unforced errors we did not adopt well to to to. to adapt our positions under pressure because. in the end we gave away easy ball losses that lead in the end to a red card. that cost us the game today in somalia and beat the long $1.00 they'll
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for that 9th league win in a row which extends their lead at the top of sciri at nearest rivals ac milan and out 8 points behind them after they were how to have one of the drop by some doria it's a pretty bad defending gifted the lead to the visiting team. doria had a man sent off a man were able to get in late equaliser against better how go with that goal and the man came very close to winning it in the 93rd minute from cassius a shot deflected on to the pipes. neymar was sent off for paris sasha man as they lost 10 to title rivals will have on top of the french league early on had no way back so that meant their stadium could be put to a different nice is where the queues at the ground where people waiting to get their cave at 19 vaccine doses will be given that over the next 5 days france has the most coronavirus cases in europe and has now entered a 3rd national lockdown to try and cope with the surge in numbers as you've been hearing a major league baseball has stripped atlanta of the prestigious all star game in
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protest against a new voting law in the state of georgia all this move has also put pressure on arguably georgia's most famous sporting event as the masters golf tournament as well guster which starts on thursday one civil rights group wants golf's governing body to cancel the event and is calling on players to boycott it until the voting law is repealed earlier we spoke to us sports forecaster michael carlson. i think the p.g.a. would do something at least symbolic and you could you could see you could see them trying to put pressure on a ghost the national golf club to at least issue a statement a condemnation of the georgia or good your 2 legislation i think which would go a long way considering how conservative the augusta go or quote years and i think it's highly likely that one or more players might decide to boycott on their own depending on what the p.g.a. can make happen i think a gesture from augusta would be a very meaningful or. again given given its history next is
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a beijing winter olympics is another event facing boycott calls over china's human rights record but they're plowing ahead with a 10 day of figure skating test event which started on saturday is that the capital in the stadium which was actually the voluble venue for the 2008 summer olympics it'll say state competitions of short track speed skating as well women's tennis world number one ashley vasya's won the miami open for the 2nd year in a right the australian a faced card as a bank and rescue in the final and rescue won the 2019 u.s. open but here she was no match for bhatti the top seed taking the title after and rescue retired with an ankle injury at the time her boss of misleading $63.00 and $4.00 last in the 2nd set spanish jorge martina will start from pole position for the day they say g.p. the prodigy cathy right up put in a brilliant final lap to snatch top spot on the grid from teammate. last week's race winner margaret banal as will start from 30 valentino rossi will line up 21st
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after his worst ever result in qualifying and you electric motors for series is making its debut in saudi arabia and there was a very dramatic moment in qualifying to be close to play for the. bases german drive a cloudy herc and losing control of a car in the desert. it's somehow the 49 year old wasn't seriously injured apart from biting her tongue lucky escape there indeed the extremely off road series aims to promote sustainability by racing in remote parts of the world affected by climate change it'll say make stops in senegal greenland brazil and argentina as well very lucky woman that to walk away from that pretty much on skates pretty much on nothing more than a bio the car nothing even a lot worse that it could have been a lot worse yeah she is very fortunate indeed thank you gemma that wraps up the news hour but i'll be back in a couple of minutes with
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a full round of the top stories a full bulletin coming right up going to bed like now. it's a very bleak picture for a lot of americans out there white supremacy impacts all of our cases your plenty more money into the hands of some workers taking money out of the hands of other workers federal goes to their camp and becomes a us versus them this is the deal about constraining a nuclear program the bottom line that they questions on out is the. after
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days of rare freezing temperatures blanket in this 2nd largest state in the u.s. power stations are all back on line that after unusually high demand led to rolling blackouts texas hasn't seen a storm system like this in 35 years and it's clear its system simply weren't up to the task transmission lines taken down by ice still have left nearly 200000 without power but now texans face a new crisis 7000000 people of a quarter of the state or being asked to boil their water if they have it all because of the cold weather has left broken cuyp and taken water treatment plants offline grocery store shelves are largely bare leaving residents lined up in their cars for food and water. president joe biden says he's declaring the entire state the disaster zone. there is hope sustained temperatures above freezing beginning saturday. when freedom of the press is under threat demonstrators and
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journalists are dealing with internet outages police intimidation and charges of said dish to shift the focus covering the way the news this comfort the listening posts on a. a former crown prince of jordan says he's under house arrest the military says it's also him to stop trying to undermine the country's stability. hello i'm around the miocene london you're watching al-jazeera coming up on the program.


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