flora and fauna so precious in the region women make science ecuador's hidden treasure on al-jazeera. be the hero the world needs right. washer. or. jordan's former crown prince says he's under house arrest after what he calls a crackdown on critics of king abdullah. about mcleod this is out 0 a live from doha also coming up. don't lose hope the pope's easter message is millions of europeans face a tougher coronavirus for. desperate for something to eat covert 900 so the
problems for millions of brazil's poorest people. and polls open in bulgaria's parliamentary elections in the middle of a surge in coronavirus cases and months of antigovernment protests. the former crown prince of jordan says he's under house arrest in amman the military denies that but says a former minister a member of the royal family and others have been detained as part of an ongoing investigation lebanon egypt and gulf countries have expressed solidarity with jordan's king abdullah or about manly as this report and. in a video passed to the media by his lawyer jordan's prince hamza says this may be the last time he can contact anyone he says he's been ordered by the army's chief to stay at home and that his phone and internet are being cut off. he criticized
jordan's leaders for corruption and tonight being part of any conspiracy. agenda there is no outside agenda there is nothing on my part to affect the country or outside plotting from behind the scenes we listen to these accusations over and over again this is only in order to make a smokescreen over the retreat and retraction that we witness in the country every day in our beloved country. when. the video is released came shortly after due to any in state t.v. an ounce multiple arrests of former senior officials on fascists a night jordan's army chief denied the prince how it was among them but it didn't mention the arrest of the former head of the royal court but some our dollar. was a long time. of the cheating and was at one time a minister of finance and has been arrested along with several others that
were very close to the heart of court it is not clear exactly what the role that prince. played and there but clearly there has been any division inside the court that has led the security forces to consider this a danger to the stability of jordan's government. prince hamza is the half brother of king abdullah when their father king hussein passed away in 1909 king abdullah was crowned and prince hamza became the crown prince of jordan however king abdullah stripped him of this title 5 years later following saturday's arrests regional leaders including the g.c.c. were quick to express solidarity with king abdullah security personnel have been deployed in the capital amman and other parts of the country there are still more questions than answers about the highly unusual arrests and what flaunting says it
a stable country in the middle east or about a man the al-jazeera. but dalia fahmy is associate professor of political science at long island university and she says the situation has been building over the last few years. this is really reflective of a domestic internal rift and the wording of the former crown prince about corruption really is reflective of what's been happening economically in jordan you know this king king abdullah has been running or talking about economic reforms not really political reform since he took office and you have a country that's hurting economically it becomes a point where opposition forces are opposition within the government can rise and say we haven't had political reform especially since the arab spring the economic reforms are failing today for example jordan's foreign debt has reached $35000000000.00 it's 90 percent 95 percent of the country's g.d.p.
and so what that does is it lends itself to several challenges this is probably not going to lead anywhere but what the king has to do is probably raise some of the austerity measures here it's going to be very difficult because these are the conditions the i.m.f. has placed time to reduce the debt to g.d.p. ratio in order for the i.m.f. loans to continue so domestically it's going to be a tough time for the king in terms of international relations and where he stands in the region there probably won't be any changes he still held favorably in the united states in the u.k. he's a long term ally jordan shares a very long border with israel and so there might not be any change in status quo internationally this is really a domestic rift. police in somalia's capital say capital mogadishu say a suicide attack on a busy cafe is killed at least 6 people including the bomber no group has claimed responsibility for those separate attacks early on saturday on 2 military bases outside mogadishu the military says it successfully pushed back house about killing
76 faces. the head of the roman catholic church is his followers not to lose hope during the pandemic pope francis deliver the message during a scaled back east a vigil service and some pieces basilica about 200 people were allowed to attend and or had to wear masks the vatican dropped its traditional baptism ceremonies to the spread of covert 90 thank is a tremendously robineau see that even from the ruinous fragments of our humanity god prepares a new story he always goes before us in the cross of the suffering in the desolation of death as well as in the glory of the life that resurrects a story that changes the hope that comes back to life and in these dark months of the pandemic let us listen to the risen lord as he invites us to begin a new and never lose hope. what is millions of people in new york get ready to mark easter sunday there are concerns the slovaks seen rollouts and more contagious
variants of covert 19 will make a 3rd wave difficult to contain i mean baba reports now from london a weekend in rome and people out and about enjoying the east to break but reminders of the covered 1000 restrictions are never far away. but i think i would be more than a year now since the 1st restrictive measures were imposed in italy we were probably among the 1st countries to confront the same urgency and people are tired but they have a way that protecting 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 for the content i'm glad they are 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 press volunteers in for the people that come here these are quite stressful times by doing this hopefully we can get through it and quickly from saturday there's a nationwide curfew between 7 pm and 6 am president emanuel says all 4 of these 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. wanted 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 a new cases have been rising a new national law says people have to wear 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 return. to hospital 6 people outside was
outside mostly. it's going to break the speed of the u.k.'s vaccination program means the government is 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 lock down the al-jazeera london. the number of corona virus infections in latin america has passed 25000000 brazil is the hardest hit country in the region with the world's 2nd highest number of cases behind the united states a widespread spike in infections has prompted both chile and bolivia to close their borders ecuador and peru have also imposed new measures over the easter holidays to limit travel and public gatherings that's under m.p.'s he is monitoring developments from colombia's capital all the time. hospitals across brazil literally been crippled by the current surge in infections just to give you an idea
of how bad the situation is in the month of march just and did more than $66000.00 people have died of cope with 19 and brasil deaths the deadliest month since the beginning of the depend there mick and more than double the number of the previous record chile has been an outlier they've been extremely successful more than 35 percent of chileans have received the least one dose the server code with 19 vaccine yet they haven't been able to tame a big surge in infections that is essentially has been going on since mid february . is there believe it has to do with this variant was originally found in brazil and that is hitting harder younger people middle aged people that have now been vaccinated yet this also proving deadly or in chile very complicated situation
that's why chile is under a full lockdown they also closed their borders which will remain closed throughout the month of april and the rest of the region the situation is much worse when it comes to the vaccine roll out only a fraction of people have been vaccinated for the coming months especially as most countries are going to a 2nd and 3rd wave again social distancing the use of masks and probably new lockdowns will be the way forward. the pandemic has left many of brazil's poorest citizens reliant on food handouts to survive so they found more than 80 percent of people living in slums depend on donations to feed their families monica yaquis have joined workers from one campaign in bridge that's trying to stem a rising tide of hunger. the lines are growing in the center of rio de janeiro and not just in front of the soup kitchens many come here for
a bath and here comes. the fun but the number of people living in the streets has doubled since the beginning of the pandemic many here have lost their jobs at home . 10000000 brazilians were already going hungry when the pandemic began now the situation is much worse in january the government suspended emergency aid benefiting half of brazil's population just as infections began to spiral out of control forcing new lockdowns. to pay the crisis affected private businesses which were contributions to charity last year and can no longer afford to do so with no help from the public sector and no jobs for people in the slums and core neighborhoods are literally starving to death. is part of the g 10 a group of brazil's 10 biggest slums they have started the campaign empty pots in brazil together they were able to obtain the 1st donation this year. 1000
basic food baskets to share among way too many 180000 people live in the hasi alone. we received 10000 basic food baskets to distribute but this year it was only 100 donations dropped by 95 percent and the number of people dying from covered 19 is growing by just last 10 friends and one week william has been walking the streets of to pick those who have nothing in their pockets oh you very much like my family who lives with her 86 year old mother and stopped working after she got sick. 7 out of 10 people living in brazilian slums have no money to buy food they're receiving donations but much less than last year a bag like this $1.00 for example has rice and beans and oil it cost the equivalent
of $10.00 but it only lasts one week and a family of 4 hoovered $1000.00 has affected donations in another way dwane vasconcellos tells us the number of people working in soup kitchens has decreased some volunteers were infected with the coronavirus while others are too afraid to go out on the streets monica and i give al-jazeera rio de janeiro. still ahead here now there are fighting for freedom of expression protests in the u.k. against a controversial policing bill. and a spectacle fit for kings and queens egypt's moves its role in mummies to a new restaurant but.
it's time for the perfect gentlemen. sponsored point qatar airways we've got some subtle changes taking place in the weather across the middle east over the next couple of days we have still got some clouds some rain a little bit of a wintry weather there across northern parts of the region the bylaws here those temperatures are starting to notch up at long last so we're getting into the low twenty's there in damascus $22.00 celsius by rate 80 degrees to reflect a similar temperature here as well so when she weather moving across tech mega-star northern parts of afghanistan further south it is largely dry but temperatures starting to fall away here in doha 29 celsius earlier on in the week we're into the high thirty's so that is something of a change the winds have gone round to move in north westerly direction the wind setting in the a little cane as we go on and soon monday system lifted dust and sand to watch out for an eastern side of saudi arabia maybe also hitting concept further south it's dry and sunny in that sunshine stretching across the whole of africa you might see
want to see showers just creeping their way into southern parts of somalia as we go through sunday southern areas of ethiopia as well and the showers of course stretching right up into the gulf of guinea they do run right across into northern parts of mozambique northern areas of madagascar south of that is fine and dry so looking lossie settle for south africa. sponsor qatar airways. it's the political debate show that'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 from international politics to the global pandemic and everything in between tech companies are the ones with all the power what do we do with the solution we get organized what are world leaders or governments missing thread talking about targets like 2040 we're trying to talk to right now up front with me marc lamont hill on al-jazeera.
well again you're watching al-jazeera remind of our top stories this hour and the former crown prince of jordan says he's under house arrest in amman the military denies that prince hamza has been detained official news agency says 2 former senior officials and other suspects have been arrested for security reasons. a lockdown 3 in place across parts of europe to combat surging coronavirus numbers france will shut schools and non-essential shops for 4 weeks while italy is locking down for the easter holiday. the number of corona virus infections in latin america has passed 25000000 brazil remains the region's hardest hit country of bolivia bolivia and chile closing their borders because of
a spike in infections. voting is underway in bulgaria as general election prime minister boyko boyko a board itself is seeking a 4th term with the sense right party these are live pictures from a polling station in the capital sofia fighting corruption and managing the coronavirus pandemic being key issues in the campaign well kerry has seen a recent surge in cavan $1000.00 infections and turnout which will be one of the most keenly watched aspects of the vote early days their moment but a smith reports now from sofia. well gary's prime minister hasn't given any interviews in this election campaign just photo opportunities where the only camera loud is from his own team. 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 form a satellite of the soviet union he takes long for democratic i.q.
to mature but on the other hand there are concrete i experiences of the ball guerin's over the past 3 decades in the fact that they have none being been able to reap the benefits that a democratic system in theory should provide so they have become disenchanted the more of the poles bug areas that stay 45 percent would prefer a motto 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 huge spy want to bulgaria is most powerful man bristow ivan off says the e.u. ignores the corruption here because boris office party these are aligned with the largest center right coalition in the european parliament with of is not an ideal he doesn't. sort of make any political pronouncement he is
a tyrant practitioner of a paternalism of corruption we have been people's party the elite in brussels and in berlin frankly we will need to understand that they cannot afford any longer to go the blind eye to eye opening in the office any protests now a tiny in comparison that's part 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 your will it came to. bandon so financing from european union became a source of that option not for the development of 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 boris off as head of the largest party will keep his job as prime minister. al-jazeera sophia. leaders of countries in neighboring mozambique will hold talks next week about ongoing violence the u.n. says the humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly group storm the town of palmer a week ago killing dozens of people in displacing thousands. gives cook is the emergency coordinator for doctors without borders he says thousands of people have yet to reach safety in kabul told god. nvidia's more on proportional what theoretically should be the quantity of people that it was around a right to safe places like more than one guy there i want to. show we're we are assuming that they are probably dozens of thousands of people in the shining there
in the forest hiding or trying to reach safe bases. and there probably they are the ones that they are or either more or. more terrified of probably the ones that they are more vulnerable or more sick and they cannot reach the bases where they can be assisted early to be possible because we are not we have not received been as much people that we were just acting but for example a misspeaking with my colleague x. who are most of them displaced themselves from the last year of the space many more see what a prayer or even a you know their places think of their god oh and they they are just hounded by by their by the time that they were spent they spent. hiding like for 56 days they were hiding in the in the in the forest and then he took another 4 or 5 days to reach safe places and now what people are saying to us is that they are trying to avoid the few roads that they are there because they're afraid and they're literally people coming to their places of people has left their houses with no
with nothing on their hands so. a lot of people use birth food a lot of people essentially no injuries in their food and in their defeat in the in their in their arms honor of course they didn't have food or water for a few days prosecutors in taiwan a seeking an arrest warrant for a construction site manager who struck a course to train crash 51 people died but that number could rise as crews continue to search the wreckage families held vigils and the president visited dozens of the injured in hospital it's believed the truck rolled on to the track because it's brake was not properly in caged. there's been demonstrations in several u.k. cities against a bill that will give police more power to break up protests the bill was drafted after the so-called extinction rebellion rallies in 2019 it would let police set time in noise limits on rallies activists say it's an attack on freedom of speech existing laws are under renewed scrutiny of the police arrested several people at a vigil for a murdered woman put brennan was at one of the demonstrations in the capital and
reports on why the policing bill is so controversial. it's largely inspired by 2960 action rebellion protests which paralyzed central london for many many weeks and the police felt powerless to actually move people on and get the thought affairs 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 grounds to. finish times and impose more destructions 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 in 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 there that's where it really gets sticky and the idea of clamping down on people regard as a human right to dissent is not a popular measure. is president joe biden says he supports major league baseball's decision to strip atlanta of the prestigious all star game is because of new laws in the state of georgia critics say the measure was signed off by georgia's republican governor limited access to the ballot box in target minority and poorer regions or maybe the baseball has put pressure on georgia's most famous a sporting event that is the masters golf tournament at all just and that starts on thursday one civil rights group one scolds governing body to cancel the tournament and is calling on players to boycott it until the 50 law is repealed for let. you know outflank is out. you know. or we
can get in a fight with him 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 him to get in the fight in to help us in that fight because they are coming for you next i mean would have been what. are they going after now what event are they going to go after what convention protocol in is in washington d.c. and she reports this goes beyond just the state of georgia this is a nationwide issue and now this all goes back to what is been dubbed the big lie the claim that there was widespread voter fraud which is why donald trump is no longer president i think it's important point out it's not just the media that says there is no evidence of widespread widespread voter fraud more than 50 courts took up cases and found in each and every one that there was no credible evidence still
we're seeing republican leadership in $47.00 states put forward about $361.00 bills that would restrict restrict voting rights in their states and so now what you're seeing is companies react we've saw dozens and dozens of companies heads said in letters to georgia including the 2 major employers in georgia coca-cola and delta airlines saying this they disagree with this law they're trying to send the message to these big companies we're talking about twitter and estee lauder and dozens and dozens of others sending the message to places where their headquarters where they're located saying look we don't want you to take these steps don't approve these voting restrictions but in georgia the governor is fine firing back. royal and ancient mummies have been transported through egypt competition to their new homes crowds witness the multi-million dollar spectacle of the 18 kings and 4 queens making the journey through cairo egypt the event will help resurrect it
struggling tourism industry rank as more. with all the fanfare the befits egypt's ancient kings and queens the highly anticipated meticulously planned ferries 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 drills 22 of them in all were moved from caro's a gyptian museum in takrit 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 film monic featuring famous singers and then received by the egyptian president. the pharaohs of the stuff of legend and include amenhotep the 1st ramsay's the 2nd ramsay's the 3rd and queen never tire. you got to. sing.
without the well. prepared objects to travel around the well but then you got a spectacle. so the logistics behind it was very complex and you can imagine that it's very. spectacle but we also felt that everything goes to. 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 very stigma trees including the director general of unesco the un's world heritage organization . once the money's arrived. their new resting place they are to be put into restoration in a lab for 15 days and ready 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 the sioux 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 gold parade. but the ancient curse hasn't stopped the pharaohs once again appearing on the streets of egypt. the wrong car which is or. so this is al jazeera these are the top stories in the former crown prince of jordan says he's under house arrest in amman the military denies prince hamza has been detained the official news agency says 2 former senior officials and other suspects have been arrested for security reasons the. agenda there is no outside agenda there is nothing on my part to affect the country or outside looking from behind the scenes.