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a showcase of the best documentary films from across the necklace on al-jazeera. president joe biden says the u.s. is on the move again applauding progress in its battle against the worst pandemic in a century. 100 days ago. america's house was on fire. we had to act. i'm about this and this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up there's little comfort india turns to makeshift medical facilities as it tries to overcome oxygen
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and coronavirus vaccine shortages. a core module for plans chinese space station is launched to all that's. on the rhythm of life returning to new york streets but it isn't so upbeat at the united nations we'll tell you why. a blueprint to build america that's what the u.s. president joe biden has presented to congress on the eve of his 100th day in office biden says is turning peril into possibility after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic but the republican party insists it's empty words and broken promises muslim jordan reports. when the us president speaks to congress
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legislators jostle for position hoping to shake his hand as he makes his way to the podium this year kovac forced everyone to fist bump or use elbows or sit 2 metres apart it's also given joe biden the most important challenge of his presidency and a significant moment in his 1st address 100 days ago america's house was on fire at we had to act after i promised we'd get 100000000 covert 19 vaccines shots into people's arms in 100 days we will have provided over 220000000 covert shots in those 100 days. bitin spent his 1st 99 days in office trying to break a pandemic that has killed nearly 575000 americans while there is more work to do a lee 30 percent of americans are fully vaccinated biden called on congress to help
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him tackle other critical issues spend $2.00 trillion dollars on infrastructure and job creation spend another $1.00 trillion dollars on childcare education and health care and improve the standard of living for hundreds of millions of people not just the very wealthiest who also would pay more taxes to cover these projects these are good paying jobs that can't be outsourced nearly 90 percent of the infrastructure jobs created in american jobs plan do not require a college degree 75 percent don't require an associate's degree. the american jobs plan is a blue collar and blueprint to build america that's what it is the wall street didn't do in this country the middle class built the country and unions built the middle class. by also called on congress to tackle systemic racism
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something highlighted by police officers murder of george floyd in minneapolis last year my fellow americans we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement the people they serve to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system we need to work together to find a consensus but let's get it done next month by the 1st anniversary of george george day in the traditional opposition party response republican senator temp scott called biden's claims of success delusional a president biden promised you a specific kind of leadership you promised united nation to lower the temperature to govern for all americans no matter how we voted this was the pitch you just heard it again but our nation is storage for more than empty platitudes we need policies in progress that brings us closer together but 3 months in the actions of
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the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart biden brought up other major goals overhaul immigration policy reversing global warming but he said his 1st job as president is making sure the pandemic fades into history not just for the us but for the world roslyn jordan al-jazeera same time as is the host of al-jazeera as a weekly show the bottom line he says biden was clearly reaching across the aisle. i think he's going to run into resistance but it was a remarkable speech i almost hesitate to call it a speech because it felt more like a chat from the president talking to a few people in a coffee shop and i give him better chances than i would have before i heard this speech because he's talking to america about what's possible about how tough cold it was about some of the strain and stress in american society and republicans are
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going to have to come up with an answer to that so while you know there are certain moderate democrats who have a problem with the cost of things and there certainly divides between liberals and conservatives you know he's taken a less confronted style and that may just work and that may help you know put him in the you know the the group of great leaders that got big things done by finally getting some seducing really some of his opposition to join him. another day has brought another record number of corona virus cases and deaths and india in the past 24 hours that have been almost 3 180000 in sections and more than 3600 deaths people are rushing to register for a mass vaccination drive starting this weekend elizabeth reports from new delhi. after failing to find help at medical facilities family members of covert 19 patients bring them to attend to outside the sikh temple on the outskirts of delhi
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. volunteers here providing oxygen for free often driving long distances to find stockists really are. all over india all over britain. turn to god. how do you do our job and all over the nearby cities 10100 members of our. family members of patients to have traveled for hours to bring them here because they can take one half hour for me to commute from my place and come here for this oxygen so i can not take baths without an oxygen so i have to give it one no matter how much time it takes away to. india seeing shortages not only of oxygen but of hospital beds diagnostic tests and vaccines that the nation centers in the worst affected state ran out of doses again on wednesday. they're telling us that injections aren't available here as vaccines haven't arrived i
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registered to come here 3 days ago all the way from chamber to bhangra i only found out after coming here there's no proper information they tell us to call the helpline number and come back in the morning the world health organization says the low rate of vaccinations is one of the reasons for india's surge in cases the u.s. is sending raw materials to india can manufacture more of its own vaccines and many countries are sending oxygen and other medical supplies. i'm a tory i'm working day and night to keep up with demand mass cremations have become the norm the creditor i am behind me has been working from 6 in the morning until midnight but because it doesn't have enough pires to cremate the bodies which are being brought every day and had to build 20 in the park next to it and now these 50 in this open space. those who lost family members say they went through the same struggle to cremate their loved ones as they did find the hospital bed when they
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were alive. well let's get an update now from elizabeth as you were tossing in your reports that it was vitally important the aid from the united states just talk us through why that is so important. it is because of the shortages of everything in the country at the moment rob from hospital beds to oxygen supplies diagnostic tests medicines and we have had 8 coming in of the last few days from a number of countries including the u.k. singapore france germany but we have the ball arriving on thursday starting to arrive on thursday the u.s. government sending $100000000.00 worth of all of those things that india is seeing a critical shortage of at the moment and very very importantly sending vital materials needed for india to manufacture vaccines the government announced that the vaccination program would be expanded on the 1st of may to include all the
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adults this was after a lot of pressure from local politicians from medical councils that anyone who wanted to be vaccinated should be able to but yet there aren't enough vaccines to do that the online registration began on wednesday but even if you weren't able to register many people can't shed an appointment because there aren't enough vaccines many states into in the worst affected maharashtra so they don't know how they're going to be able to expand the program they don't have the assurances from vaccine manufacturers that they're going to get more supplies and so we are in a situation with a country that is the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer doesn't have enough vaccines for its own people are shipping more than 16000000 overseas it earlier this year when the numbers of cases were very low and despite all the shortages and despite the crisis the country is finding itself and there are still large numbers of people turning out to vote in the last 2 elections in west bengal despite the rising number of cases there. around
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8000000 people are eligible to vote in the state of west bengal today many turning out this election is going ahead. the ruling party in west bengal of the trinamool congress actually asked the election commission to condense this the elections which have taken place over the last month the election commission decided against it this is going ahead despite west bengal reporting its highest number of cases but because it's one of the tests that can the states that conducts the lowest number of tests the 17000 cases that it recorded on wednesday the real number they aren't an accurate number and we also have elections going on local council elections taking place in the most populous state with their with numbers are also going up along the and people are dying because of a shortage of beds and also jim but the statements to the chief minister who is the state's need it denies that there are any shortages back to west bengal all 4
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candidates have died there from the coronavirus one of the candidate's wives says that she holds the election commission responsible she is not the only one the majority high court in the southern city of chennai earlier this week said the election commission is responsible for allowing a number of elections to take place in the country this year elizabeth mcgovern is that update from new delhi this thanks very much. china has launched a rocket carrying the core module for a planned space station into orbit. the long march 5 b. rockets took off from the one shang space launch center on the southern island of time none what will provide 7 tricity propulsion and come accommodate 3 astronauts are up to 6 months because very few has more from beijing. while this is the 1st call module of china's 1st space station 10 which means heavenly comedy it has some
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really important functions it will have the control center it will provide resources for up to 3 astronauts and of course the living quarters as well it's about 17 metres long and 4 metres in diameter and it's not as big as the international space station that's out there at the moment but this is quite significant for china it's been planning this for some time and it currently has 12 astronauts who are training to live aboard the team and her but there will be 3 at one time living on a 6 month rotation now the 1st astronauts are planning to be sent out around june and initially they will just stay there for the 3 months stint now this school more job will be followed by 2 other modules which are designed specifically to house scientific experiments and this will be really significant for the international scientific community there will be a variety of areas studied including in quantum physics microgravity and biotechnology and overall there is space station will be completed in orbit by 2022
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so we have at least 10 more missions after this to see it completed. michael collins who is one of the 3 crew on the apollo 11 lunar mission has died at age 90 collins over to the moon while his crew mates neil armstrong and buzz aldrin took the historic 1st steps on the surface in 1969 he died after a battle with cancer his family says he always faced life's challenges with grace and humility. still ahead an al-jazeera. trying to turn the tide on tax reform colombia's government faces public rebellion over controversial proposals. killed in a police crackdown family struggled to come to terms with the human cost of child's political crisis.
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hello there were dolly not the temperature across the middle east let me show you exactly where this heat this high heat is starting to build and it's toward turkey cyprus and the levant let me put on the temperatures now honey this will really tell the story 34 degrees for aleppo we're also getting into the thirty's on cyprus we have some unusual showers popping up into yemen unusual and that is so far north and east also starting to spill into the huge as mountains in saudi arabia so that is the picture on friday looking good in doha $36.00 degrees and plenty of sun to go around take you to africa and still bouts of what weather remains unsettled for tanzania this is been really the trend for the last several days also what weather for the democratic republic of the congo central african republic and right through into cameroon that will continue on friday take you to south africa right now and
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we do have the eastern cape quite a push of moisture coming onshore this is cool rain to some snow the 1st of the season for the suit to and show the 3 day forecast for zanzibar that unsettled and wet trend will really continue right through into the weekend saturday 32 degrees. 3 year investigation into the pro-gun lobby i've been in when it was me going to really. reveal secrets you want messaging out there that people are really kind of made a. connection some don't want to expose so maybe in legacy media. should. look nice al-jazeera investigation is still a massacre on al-jazeera.
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we want to go to 0 a reminder of our top stories this hour u.s. president joe biden's told congress he's turning peril into possibility after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic he was speaking on the eve of his 100th day in office. republican senator tim scott gave his party's response accusing biden of empty words and broken promises he says the biden government has divided the country more than ever. people in india are rushing to register for a mass vaccination drive set to begin this weekend as coronavirus infection spiral out of control has just set another world record for the highest number of daily
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infections. antigovernment protesters and police have fought in colombia's capital thousands defied covert 1000 restrictions to rally against tax increases proposed by president even decay and a sound a ramp yet he reports from book. protesters and the police face off in as demonstrations against government proposed tax reforms turned violent rocks were hurled at the police who responded with flashbacks and tear gas. the protests here and in a dozen other cities drew some of the biggest crowd since the start of the pandemic . that's the spite attempts by the government to dissuade the protesters in a court order to postpone the demonstrations due to arise and could be $1000.00 infections but. i think the tribunals decision further and get people to come out we're dealing with the worst government proposals in decades people are hungry and
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desperate for help not more taxes than the reform proposed by president government would raise taxes paid by people and businesses including the tax some basic food items that were so for example it would tax middle class pensions utility bills and even funerary services. the government is hoping to raise the country's gross domestic product by 2 percent it says it would otherwise have to cut public spending and could lose its international debt rating. but the proposal is triggered an angry response with people already facing economic hardships due to dip and then make. sure in the middle of a pandemic good majority of colombians unable to stay home because they live hand to mouth eggs with rice and now they want to tax the eggs this tax reform is miserable. anger at the social and economic policies of president has been simmering to then week there were major protests in 2000 against increasing
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killings of community leaders and the delay in the implementation of the 2016. when state things also turned violent in 3rd city where some protesters burned buses stores members of an indigenous tribe tore down the statue of a spanish colonial to. show just how. people after more than a year into a pandemic that have affected the economy here the turnout was way higher than any of the organizers had expected and many people are now wondering if this will be the beginning of a new season of social upheaval in the country. rights activists and she called for an investigation after 5 people were killed in antigovernment protests demonstrations have been demanding a return to civilian rule the military took power after the death of president in
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just a week ago reports from the capital and. emotional scenes of the gandhi family. the 17 year old singer is one of 5 people killed during an to government protest in charge on tuesday his family says he was only a spectator watching a confrontation between demonstrators and security forces in the capital in germany . shots rang out a bullet broke his arm and then it went through his stomach as he fell gas canisters were also fired into the crowds he was rushed to hospital and that's where he died they killed my brother and they may as well have just killed me 2 dozens were arrested during the protests many from say they were just bystanders. pulled the newbie i was waiting for a motorbike suddenly 2 soldiers appeared in arrested me they searched me and took
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my phone and a bottle of water they said the bottle of water was a sign it was a protest of the beat me up and dumping and then i was beaten up again after questioning i was handed to another group where i had even more severe beatings. but the crackdown on demonstrators this prompted international condemnation and calls for investigations of all the protest organizers say they will keep up the demonstrations just as crackdown by the military has forced protests of the street the city appears to be calm for now with most shops and markets open but the excessive use of force us growing criticism from allies including france. chad is now facing an uncertain future its long term president idriss deby was killed last week during fighting with rebels in the north according to the manager the same rebels who are threatened to march on the capital. immediately after his death his son general mohammad was announced as his successor the constitution was suspended and the military council is set up
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a move strongly rejected by the opposition. but the violence that followed the elections in early april and the protests that came after the military take over a father divided the country charts new military leader has promised to start a national dialogue to unite child and. but it's not clear if you promise is enough to end the latest cycle of violence in a country with a history of rebellion tribal conflicts and military interventions. al-jazeera german. the libyan coast guard says has rescued $100.00 an aids migrants off a coast west of tripoli there are concerns more migrants and refugees will attempt the dangerous crossing when weather and sea conditions improve the international organization for migration says at least $300.00 people have drowned all gone missing in the central mediterranean this year. and in spain the bodies of at least 17 migrants have been taken to a court in 10 every 5 so they were found in the atlantic ocean
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a spanish military aircraft found a dinghy carrying the bodies and 3 survivors off the canary islands the survivors were transferred to a hospital to receive medical treatment. countries in south america are facing a worse covered 19 sars than last year that's according to the pan american health organization it says brazil and chile are reporting the highest number of infections in the region latin america at its embassy in yemen reports from santiago. neither nationwide confinements and nighttime crew shoes nor an impressive vaccination campaign has been able to significantly rein in the pandemic in chile and a new variant of cold 19 may be due reason the way it's been labeled c $37.00 1st seen at the end of december in lima peru where it now accounts for 40 percent of cases there the death rate has been rising sharply professor. says that
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such a rapid spread could indicate it is stronger than other variants seem so far. appear in sustained way over time and some exceptional cases in some parts of the world variants with new properties me appear and it seems that this is what we're observing in this case the only thing that we know is that spreads rapidly in peru and then today suggests that it's more contagious scientists are rushing to determine if the c $37.00 variant is not only more contagious but also more powerful than previous ones after israel chile is the country with the highest percentage of its population that has been inoculated against colvin 19 i've already had my 2 jobs for example like millions of others in this country but the real question now is how effective will they be against this new variant it will take weeks if not longer before we have any idea i mean that's not. only bad news a recent survey indicates that in brazil and chile 13 percent more people are
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seeking relief from the stress of the pandemic at their local liquor shop. in june last year chiles into human history carried out its own poll 2 minutes into the survey was a big fat 5th more than 34000 people took part versus 10000 in europe and the results are quite content of the 3 showed that while 21 percent of chileans who drinking more 41 percent reported they were drinking less because it was socializing much less but 11 months later the result of a new ministry survey may be very different because i think this if you look out for the fact that people are forced to stay at home means they are drinking a bit more for various reasons anxiety stress boredom. after more than a year of very long confinement and prohibitions the frustration level is running high and the possibility of a new variant set in the clock back yet again is adding yet another ingredient to
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the complex cocktail you see in human al-jazeera said. u.s. federal investigators have raided the manhattan apartment of and office of donald trump's former lawyer rudy giuliani seizing electronic devices prosecutors have been looking into giuliani's dealings in ukraine which included an investigation into the then democratic presidential contender joe biden and his son hunter and his son says the probe is politically motivated. anybody any american whether you read it or blue should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today by the continued politicization of the justice department this is disgusting this is absolutely absurd and it's the continued hold a zation of the justice department that we have seen and it has to stop if this can happen to the former president's lawyer this can happen to any american new york as one of the u.s. cities benefiting from increased covert 1000 vaccinations and declining infections
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but there are still problems that the home to the united nations headquarters as christensen amid reports diplomacy in person has been slow to return. new signs of life on new york streets. as wax anation rates increase covert infections drop and workers begin heading back to the office in 2 weeks allowed building capacity will increase from 50 to 75 percent here united nations headquarters though it is far from diplomacy as usual fewer than $600.00 staff members are coming to work each day that's less than a 10th of those who did prior to the pandemic and all public tours remain cancer. u.n. officials say building capacity will increase as more staff get vaccinated we expect as that happens more people will be able to come to the building there's no official change of phase 2 announced that's what the general assembly has resumed
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in person meetings in a spacious and iconic hall but the security council which sets its own agenda and rules hasn't convened in its regular chamber for months save for a handful of meetings under the russian presidency last october as the council held another virtual meeting on wednesday russia's ambassador said it's time for diplomats to get back in the room was wasted on the blogs. this covered 1000 situation in new york today is a lot better than it was then being overly cautious on the part of our colleagues can cast an unfavorable light on the security council but other countries accuse russia of being inflexible and resisting a compromise solution of holding in person meetings in a larger room still with technical problems a fairly regular occurrence at online meetings as us you know last summer. recommend moving to the next baker no one is publicly defending virtual diplomacy
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ambassadors need to get together inside reams have conversations and they're not really able to do. and so there is definitely a sense but a lot of difficult issues in the council are being made just a bit more difficult by it being online for the moment it looks like much work will continue remotely with diplomats literally remaining buildings if not worlds apart kristen salumi al jazeera the united nations. this is al jazeera these are the top stories u.s. president joe biden has told congress he is turning peril into possibility after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic it was speaking on the eve of his 100th day in office saying america is back on the rise he laid out plans to fix challenges including trillion.


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