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are finally taking place in rotterdam. ♪ katty: welcome to world news america on pbs and around the world. u.s. president joe biden told israel's prime minister that he expects israel to de-escalate its military campaign in gaza. the white house wants a pass to a cease-fire. but the u.s. has stopped short of supporting u.s. security council statements, calling for peace. prime minister benjamin netanyahu does not seem to be on the same page. he has still not ruled out a full-scale invasion of the gaza strip. senator chris coons sits on the foreign relations committee. earlier i asked him what took mr. biden so long to take this step? sen. coons: i think president biden has been measured, responsible, balanced and
actively engaged. many of us who have watched these deeply upsetting images of children and civilians killed, whether by hamas rockets or military action in gaza, have hoped for, and many worked for a cease-fire. but it's important to be clear that moss launching rockets indiscriminately in civilian areas of israel is not equivalent to the idea of taking actions to defend israel. i do think that president biden has been appropriate and actively engaged. although today's public statement may be the first time he is making it clear that he is applying some pressure. i am condent it is not the first time he is engaged with our first -- with our ally israel and has urged a cease-fire. katty: senator coons is a close ally of joe biden. our editor jeremy, whether it's the israelis feel they hit the targets they have wanted to, or whether they are hearing the
public american pressure, something does look like it has changed the equation in the middle east? jeremy: in military briefings, journalists, they say they will have more targets if they need them and they will continue with this. after those comments from the white house where they are clearly ramping up the pressure on the israeli government, it's the phone call that president biden had with mr. netanyahu, and the fact that they have said it, the way they said it suggests that they believe the behind-the-scenes pressure is not working the way they would like it too. i have spoken tonight to senior israeli officials who say they are focusing on another part of the biden readout. which was that there is a progression towards a cease-fire. i think the indications come out of both sides, palestinian and
israeli, sometime in the next 24 hours there probably will be one. we cannot say for definite. katty: there is a story that a senior hamas official said this evening that he expects israel to reach a cease-fire within a day or two. if we are getting towards the end of the virus, wha has been achieved by israel? jeremy: israel will say, tomorrow, if indeed there is a cease-fire, they will say they have reestablished their deterrence, a phrase they like, with hamas, and say to hamas, you do this again, you will suffer even more, hoping that hamas won't do it. hamas will be able to say that they have shown palestinian people that they defend jerusalem. don't forget, the big escalation started with rockets aimed at
jerusalem after a ramping up of tension after some particularly heavy-handed israeli actions. longer-term -- that is quite familiar territory between israel and hamas, and the basic issues have not changed and that. the conflict has not changed. the new thing in all of this is the breakdown in coexistence between the jewish majority in israel and the arab minority -- and the arab minority. they are in occupied territories and that is something many israelis are worried about. is the consequence of what has been happening in the last couple of weeks. katty: our middle east editor, thank you very much. next week marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of geor floyd. his death at the hands of a u.s. police officer has resonated worldwide. here is the special report from france, a country where officers have often been accused of
violence and racism. warning, you may find some of the images in this report distressing. >> spring sunshine bathes a land . beneath the tranquility swirls a tempests on race. all of these people should be wearing masks due to covid, even outdoors. the fine, 100 35 euros. but the police turn illini. yet, not too far away, different tactics. two men who happen to be black are stopped and questioned for not wearing a mask. one bystander reassures and complies. but our presence angers the police. this officer tells us we are not allowed to film, but that's not true. angry, they disappear.
it was hoped winds of change had blown when george floyd died. 12 months ago, so much seemed possible. tens of thousands marched here joining millions and global protests, over a debt that resonated, especially in black and arab communities in france, where other men have died in police custody. yet one year later, more, not fewer laws are being introduced that could introduce violent officers. he chronicles french police roots audi. >> they punched him in his face. >> to police officers? >> yes. >>'s footage of the violence he posts on instagram, but it's a risky business. in this video his friend has
been stopped by police, and an officer sees him filming. >> [speaking french] >> a terrible indictment. there is no video of the last moments of the man who died running from police after failing to show his identity card and 2016. his sister says the evidence is clear, the police and killed him , despite a court ruled that his -- that her brother died of
natural causes. she re-chases -- retraces what she believes were his final steps. >> just in their? >> yes. >> and down the street, the police station where he was pronounced dead. >> [speaking french] >> if anyone can build a prosecution case against the police for brutality, it's this human rights lawyer who represents several people allegedly aacked by officers. should i be worried walking down the parisian streets at night because i'm black? i should be worried? >> [speaking french]
>> the fact that this man, the music producer, is black, say his lawyers were not lost on me officers who beat him in his own recording studio. the security camera captured every punch and kick after he was stopped by police for not wearing a mask outside his front door. president macron tweeted, the images shame us, france must never allow racism to prosper. but great faith was placed on emmanuel macron and his election in 2017, that he had a plan to help tackle racism in france. now, his critics say he is attempting to carry favor with voters on the right before the election next year by introducing security laws, which include the arrest of anyone filming the police in making the images public. so in an attempt to cling on to power.
it's often those who are black and arab in france who have no power, and are 20 times more likely to be stopped by police than anyone who is white. the ministry of interior did not want to comment on the issues raised in our report. but the police told us they are not racist. they point to the crime as proof of the difficult job they do. however, there is an acknowledgment about the deficit of trust between young people and the police. >> the generation is lost. we think we lost the generation, ■nto fight e next generation. >> france simply cannot turn its back on any of its citizens. to do so would do, not just perhaps this generation, but also the next. katty: of course we have seen■in
america what has changed things are cameras and people filming incidents. if you can't do that in france it's very difficult. let's go to africa where health authorities have destroyed more than 90,000 doses of the astrazeneca covid vaccine. wow he is the first african country to publicly destroy expired vaccines. our africa health correspondent joins us now from the capital. thank you foroining us. what's going on here? >> just like you have mentioned, the country today destroyed covid-19 vaccines publicly, and the main reason was to exude public confidence. they noticed that when news spread that they had covid-19 vaccines, people are not going to the hospitals to get the vaccine, so they are hoping that they will destroy the vaccines and people going out to the facilities to get the vaccines because they he about 80,000
doses that they are supposed to use before they are expired. katty: why were they expired in the first place? >> they got about 102 thousand doses from the african union, and they only had two weeks to use these vaccines because the expiration date, according to the manufacturer, was set to be the 13th april. by the time they were able to use up to 80% of the doses, those who were going to the clinics had a lot of skepticism and hesitancy here to going to the clinics to get the vaccines. by the time it got to the 13th of april, when the vaccines were still in the refrigerator, they realized they cannot use them because when something has expired, even though there was data showing that the vaccines can be used past expiration date, they realized that what needs to be done is to destroy the vaccines. katty: you and i have spoken
before. we know so many african countries are desperate to get more supplies a vaccines. it seems such a shame to have to destroy them. i saw originally the world health organization was urging malawi not to get rid of these vaccines. >> yes, the who had asked countries like south sudan and sierra leon that had doses, not to destroy them pasts shelflife. this is because they wanted to look at data from india. the manufacturer had said that these vaccines can be used six or up to nine months past their shelflife. according to the who, they say that these vaccines, because they do not have enough data to prove their effectiveness after the expiration be safely disposed. this is the challenge with covid-19 vaccines. they have only been in widespread use freight less than a year. no one knows the effectiveness
passed longer times, like other vaccines have still been used right now. for instance, ebola vaccine, measles vaccine and the polio vaccine, where the shelflife is up to 36 months. katty: thank you so much for joining us. interesting. that vaccines kept them of them is everywhere and governments have to deal with it. if they kept the vaccines out of date they could have increased the skepticism and maybe they would not have got their vaccine shots in the first place. a quick look at other lose. former president trump has pushed back on news that the new york attorney general's office has launched a criminal investigation into its businesses. esther trump called it corrupt and an investigation in desperate search of a crime. the office of letitia james is being investigated whether the trump office falsely reported values to secure loans and tax benefits. brazil's environment minister, who is in charge of conserving
the amazon forest, is at the center of police investigations into an illegal timber trafficking ring. they have presided over a wave of deforestation in the amazon since taking office. a supreme court judge has authorized access to his bank and tax records as part of this probe. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, rising tensions between the u.s. and russia spill over into the arctic. we will bring you a special report from there. ♪ katty: india's main supplier of vaccines, the serum institute, said it won't be able to resume exports until the end of this year. the news comes as the country battles another wave of the coronavirus. more than 280,000 people are known to have lost their lives. here is our correspondent with more. >> back in march experts were
temporarily suspended. what might be surprising is that they won't be restarting until the end of the year. certainly there are many people here in india who believe that the serum institute and the government over promised when it came to those commitments for a vaccines. about how the indian government said more than 70 countries coronavirus vaccine. many indians cannot get a dose of vaccine themselves. looking at the latest stats, something like 3% of indians has been vaccinated. it's a very small percentage of a country that is in dire need of getting it out to the country as a continues. katty: rising tensions between the u.s. and russia are spilling over into the arctic were a senior russian military commander told the bbc that u.s. forces are acting more aggressively than they have in
decades. that is raising the potential for conflict -- conflict. sarah has just returned where her team was given rare access to russia's northernmost military base. >> this was our flight almost to the edge of the map. a russian military cargo plane carrying us far up into the arctic. we were among the first foreign journalists invited to visit russia's most northern military base. a site that is making some in the west nervous. they can our seaplanes all year. for humans, it's like stepping out onto an ice rink. amidst all the whiteness, the building itself is a statements. the colors of russia's national flag. it is the second modern base the country has opened in the arctic, as it returns troop to a region that was abandoned when the soviet union fell apart. the u.s. calls this comeback a
worrying i's asian of a region where to -- worrying militarization of a region word temp -- tension is known. >> these are the anti-shipments in this is a show of russian might. >> there was a bigger show earlier this year when three nuclear submarines burst through the ice simultaneously. a dramatic display that was a world force -- first. but russia insists it is not the aggressor in the arctic. north we boarded russia's biggest battle cruiser to meet the commander of the northern fleet. he told me the u.s. and nato were the threats. >> we haven't seen so mair forc, decades, not since the second world war. of course we have used activity for foreign states close to our border as evocative. we have assets here that are
very important for our national security. strategic clear forces. >> so this island outpost is protecting those forces as the chill and relations between east and west intensifies. up here on the top of the world there is a vast expanse of ice and emptiness. russia has made deploying its military up here to please extreme conditions a real priority. it has created this space north of the wall. it is a reminder that russia has greater ambitions for the arctic and more interest here that it is determined to secure. the shipping route that squirts this island is one of them. global warming will make the sea more accessible, as well as the oil and gas but needs. the base commander tells me there is no difference between securing russia's economic interest in its border.
so the troops ar settling in for this harsh landscapes russia stakes its claim to a region of untapped potential. katty: always interesting when they decide to let the journalists and. the world's biggest televised singing competion is taking place. it did not stop the european singing contest. two countries have been forced to isolate after a member of their delegations tested positive. >> and iconic eurovision song pumps out of the traffic lights providing fans with a soundtrack for their long anticipated arrival at the arena. >> i heard it and i sought on television and i said, i'm going to rotterdam. whatever happens >>, i'm going. >>i think it's much safer than
sitting on the terraces. >> we thought we would go all in. it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her as well. >> 3500 people are allowed in to watch each of the live shows. there are nine in total. a ticket in a negative covid test are essential. the glitter, optional. >> it's nice to be in front of a crowd again. i have not been in lockdown like everybody for so long. >> how did it go? >>■d everything went crazy and t was really good. we are extremely happy 2 be here, yes. >> lithuania there, just coming off stage and here we have arlen leslie about to go on. this is what the fans are so excited about, finally a chance to see live music again, and
everyone who got a ticket for this year had one for last. it was canceled because of covid. the usual eurovision fever is heightened because all of these people have been waiting so long for this moment. >> people are excited but there are concerns. to delegations have reported positive tests since reaching rotterdam. >> i have not been outside in a week. but, yeah, right? we are still dealing in its a very real threat to everyone's health. ♪ >> the organizers and dutch government are adamant eurovision is being conducted in the safest possible way in the context of a pandemic. >> you test when you leave, you test when you arrive and you test when you get in here and he pretty much stay at the hotel within your delegation. you come in to do your work. >> over the course of this week,
more than 31,0 spectators will have the chance to witness what everyone hopes will provide a model for the global revival of live events. katty: i used to watch the eurovision song contest when i was a child, which gives you some indication of just how long it has been around. before we go, the big five is colonial era term that refers to the most -- by lions. ahotography project is turning that on its head with 50,000 people voting on their five favorite animals to see pictures of. thebalers -- polar bears, and lions. the five are listed as critically endangered or vulnerable. it was founded by this photographer at the environmental group one earth. the goal for people to drop their guns and pick up their cameras.
he hopes photography will raise awareness to the threat of these animals. cute pictures. i'm katty kay, this is "bbc world news america." thank you for watching. ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from ers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
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