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officials to its sanctions list and reactions to activities -- reductions to be activities of ngos in the country. it is in response to u.s. sanctions targeting individuals in the country accused of cyber attacks to interfere in last year's presidential election, which russia has denied. a report now from moscow. reporter: the russian government says it's response to u.s. sanctions is tit-for-tat. 10 u.s. diplomats will have to leave and eight senior current and former administration officials are banned from entering russia. that includes former national security advisor susan rice. foreign minister sergey lavrov says it could go further still. >> if all exchanges and niceties continue, we will ask americans to bring their number of diplomats in accordance with the the number of our employees working in the embassy in two general consulates in the u.s..
reporter: the kremlin is reacting to a u.s. government decision to blacklist russian companies, expel u.s. diplomats and ban u.s. banks. all this because it says pressure is involved in malign acts, including the persecution of opposition politician alexei navalny, engaging in cyber hacking, as well as occupying crimea. they are the toughest sanctions since 2018. >> the government is frightened by the river events are developing but. it will continue to be confrontational. the question is how far will the kremlin push it? they will try to make it look as though nothing has changed, but in reality, they will be much more careful in waging the consequences of their actions. reporter: the kremlin says president putin has yet to decide whether he will take part in the u.s.-led climate summit next week. a line has been drawn, after the
response to the u.s. sanctions. the foreign minister says he wants to avoid any further escalation, and sergey lavrov says he takes positively joe biden's offer of a meeting with president putin. >> meanwhile, the ukrainian president has pressed for four-way negotiations to ease tensions following the buildup of russian troops on their shared border. during a visit to paris, and zelenskiy held talks with angela merkel and french president emmanuel macron. a report from kiev. reporter: emergency talks in paris, and efforts to de-escalate a military situation with russia but many ukrainians fear could spiral into war. germany's chancellor angela merkel joined her french and ukrainian counterparts online. russia's recent potomac of 100,000 troops along with heavy weaponry to its orders with ukraine has caused alarm across europe and along
nato allies. >> we ask for strong relations between the ukraine in france and germany, but i said we are directly, honestly that we need now to move -- i understand that it is our problem, but i think it is not only our problem, not only the safety of europe. >> russia, the fourth member of the so-called normandy format of the past, has been trying to negotiate a solution to the conflict in the ukraine. it was not in paris. moscow says its troop deployment is a military exerci and poses no threat, but has warned it will want to want it describes as ukrainian provocation. 14,000 people have been killed. a million forced to leave their homes to the conflict began in 2014. both sides accuse each other of regularly violating a cease-fire that has barely held since it was 97 years ago.
germany and france have been accused on wavering of how to confront -- accused of wavering on how to confront russia. ukraine foreign minister last week called russia's troop deployment of open threat of war. more ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of this year than throughout 2020. in kiev, ukraine to deputy foreign minister told of jezero that russia is using the threat of violence to test nato and the new u.s. administration. >> is russia ready to settle the conflict? that is the basic question. it is not about us or occupied territories, it is about russia. russia is not interested in having a result. they are only pushing for the process itself to control the situation. reporter: people in the ukrainian capital are nervous. >> anything could happen. it can expect anything from put -- from president putin.
if there is a war, all of us will be defending our country. >> i am not a fortune teller. but of course i don't want war. anything is possible from russia. it is the aggressor. they are capable of anything. nothing good will come of it. reporter: ukraine's president says he is ready to hold talks with friends, russia, and germany in order to calm the situation on the border. in a statement released after the paris meeting, france and germany yet again urged russia to withdraw its forces. but despite the diplomatic pressure, there is no sign that russian president vladimir putin is ready to do that yet. anchor: former cuban president raul castro is stepping down as head of the ruling communist party. to call it the end of an era would be an understatement, after role and his brother fidel, ruled the island for 60 years.
here is more on their legacy. reporter: asos navarro and his wife haven't missed an episode of the series "conquering a dream." a special production about the cuban communist party. it is part of the lead up to the castro era, when raul castro announces he renounces his powerful position, secretary-general of the only party that has ruled cuba for last 60 decades. that means his entire life, a customer has been in charge. >> it will be hard to see him leave. but will have to accept it. reporter: unlike his older brother fidel, raul castro has been a family man, born gregarious. he and his wife joined fidel castro to overthrow cuba's former dictatorship. he always took a backseat to his brother. but for half a century, he controlled the military.
he was vice president and number two in the communist party. > one fidel castro fell ill in 2006, it was finally raul castro's turntable the country. he lifted prohibitions documents to purchase property, or a car, or stay in hotels and resorts for foreigners. he introduced economic reforms to allow ordinary citizens to run small businesses. he oversaw the renewal of diplomatic ties with the u.s. and at historic visit by president barack obama in 2016. but what he did not change was his commitment to the communist party's total control. >> they did not elect to meet presidents to restore capitalism in cuba or to surrender the revolution. i was elected to defend, maintain and continue perfecting socialism, not to destroy it. reporter: for more than half a century, the so-called historic
generation who fought with raul castro and fidel castro in the insurrection has held the most important positions in the party. but five years ago at the age of 85, raul castro announced that he and the rest would step down in april and -- in the next communist party congress. >> this seventh congress will be the last one held by this historic generation. reporter: but he is handing over the baton during an acute economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, and more severe u.s. sanctions. while these billboards appeal to humans to resist, there is now more open descent never. he has hinted he will retire to where he was born and where fidel castro is buried, to spend the rest of his days in the countryside. but many don't believe it. >> he's going to be like a
guide, a spiritual guide, but in the end, he is going to be from backstage controlling everything like always. reporter: almost five years after fidel castro died, the last remaining castro brother is stepping down whether he remains in the communist party in a lesser capacity or as an elder statesman, it is likely to mean the end of 85-year-old raul castro's influence in the media future. anchor: in his farewell address, raul castro round he would always be prepared to defend his country and the communist party. >> nothing compels me to make this decision. i ardently believe in the strength and value of example and the understanding of my compatriots. let no one doubt that as long as i live, i will be ready to defend the country, the revolution, and socialism with more force than ever.
let's shout, long live the free cuba. long-lived for dell. homeland or death! >> we are joined from now from washington. is there a sense of anxiety inside cuba about what the future holds for the country? >> i think there is. it is different for the ordinary cuban leadership. the leadership is worried that ordinary cubans will not believe in the legitimacy of the leadership, with the revolutionary heroes now departing. machado will also be stepping down -- he is 90 years old. so there will be new leaders and in some ways their legitimacy is untested. there is concern about the
future of the economy. more cubans leave the country now. the economy is in a bad state and they don't have confidence that the government has a good plan to get them out of this dilemma right, there has been already, economic obstacles in the country. you had sanctions, restrictions imposed by former president donald trump about a fetch economy and on top of that came the coronavirus pandemic. what have the last few years and like in the country? mr. brenner: in 2017, there was a sense of enormous possibilities. the country had grown significantly in terms of its economic standing. there was a lot of money flowing in the country because of tourism. and people were feeling very good. there were 1.5 million u.s. tourists didn't give a in 2017.
but since then with the decline in u.s. tourism, the decline of venezuelan oil, supports that have declined because of the pandemic, there is a great sense of low morale. street demonstrations, unlike previously, hunger strikes, artists are acting in ways that they never did before to criticize the government. there is a general discontent that one can feel in the country. anchor: given the economic crisis and the popular discontent you describe, what then can we expect from the likely successor, miguel diaz-canel? he is the person we are expecting will essentially take over now. can he use this to his advantage in terms of pushing for reform in the country? >> he could, if that were his
inclination. remember, this is the party congress. miguel diaz-canel is the president and has been president since 2018. the party sets the broad guidelines for what can be done, by the government is who implemented them. raul castro is very clear that he wanted the separation between the party and the government. so with miguel diaz-canel as the new first secretary, it is unlikely there will be major change. in fact the word for this, party congress is continuity. we will continue -- that is the phrase they are using. so i don't expect major changes to occur. they have had some economic changes this year. anchor: right. i am curious what you said earlier on about the government being concerned at not having legitimacy. the fact that you have this new generation of leaders which
can't necessarily rely on the identity of forging itself through rebellion against the u.s. means that in some ways perhaps, they are more accountable to the people, and does that make change more likely if not immediately, perhaps in the near-term future? mr. brenner: it could come up except there are strong forces within the party that opposed change. there are people in the bureaucracy that opal's change who have done very well under the old system. so things are going to be very difficult. government owned enterprises are likely to suffer significant losses in the next year. several will go bankrupt. what happens to the people working in those institutions -- that will be a big problem for
the government and it doesn't have a plan yet on what to do about that. anchor: you told me more people are leaving cuba now than ever. suddenly the numbers are rising. tell me about young cubans. how do they see the country and how much frustration are they feeling right now? mr. brenner: that is a very important question. the future of cuba depends on how young people see it, and the sense of lost opportunity. cuba has spent a lot of money and effort on educating young people. as a result, it is a very educated population, but there aren't jobs for these people to use their education they work as waiters and cabdrivers. when they have an opportunity to go abroad, and now they can travel abroad much more easily,
they take that opportunity. in fact the government is allowing people to stay longer than two years. the previous requirement was that if any person left more than two years, they would lose their benefit is a ship. now the government is allowing people to stay longer with the hope they will get jobs and send remittances. the government needs that money coming in. young people are almost being encouraged to leave the country, not illegally, but if they can get visas and jobs elsewhere, to leave. there is a brain drain going on. anchor: thank you so much. really interesting to pick your brain about this, professor philip brenner joining us, from american university in washington. and augustine is in havana and he joins us now. we were just hearing about the frustration that the younger generation are feeling, the economic crisis in the country, the political discontent.
what is the timing of raul castro and this historic party congress mean for the people there? ed: i think for many people in cuba, the retirement means that for the first time in those peoples life, the revolution will not be led by somebody who's name is castro, and love them or hate them, fidel and raul castro did ensure that this country is sovereign. and people here recognize that. in 1959, cuba was effectively a neo-colony of the united states. the u.s. ambassador himself said he was more powerful than the president. but changed radically in 1959 when cuba became sovereign and focused on social justice, and after attempts by the u.s. governments to overthrow the new regime there, it subsequently
aligned with the soviet union. this week marks 60 years, the 60th anniversary of the bay of pigs invasion, which is the only time in latin american history up until now that the u.s. organized innovation of a latin american country has been defeated. the u.s. government has succeeded in eliminating every single government in america in the 20th century and 21st century. that island in which i am speaking to you now is the only one that defies u.s. control. many people here, especially the older generation, are clear on that. raul castro's policy, in terms of president, he socially liberalized somewhat-there were thousands of political prisoners before, under raul castro, far fewer. he is trying to make the economy less reliant on the state and move it more towards a
vietnamese model of rket socialism. the process has been in training for 10 years now and is far from complete -- the cuban economy remains very weak. the main challenge going forward for the new younger, miguel diaz-canel, younger leadership, is how to connect with young people, for example, my age and younger, who for the last 30 years have been living in preparation and extreme scarcity. cuba right now is going through the deepest economic crisis it has been through since the fall of the soviet union. in the last 30 years, the country has been in deep economic and social crisis. while it remains stable despite the economic tensions and if rising opposition movement, politically stable, the leadership does have to speak to the younger generations, which it is failing to connect with. maryam: thank you for bringing us the latest from have the. you are with the newshour live from london. i had to the program, there are
fears of asia's fourth wave growing with a surge of coronavirus infections in thailand. thousands of children are without a sick necessities as they await a future in the united states. and in the sport, a disastrous day for red bull in the formula one race. that story later in the program. ♪ as president joe biden has described the gun violence as a stain on the country. this comes in the wake of the latest mass shooting in which eight fedex workers died. the gunman was later identified as a 19-year-old former employee. [siren wailing] reporter: another corner of america the scene of yet another mass shooting, this time at a
fedex facility in indianapolis. a gunman, opening fire late thursday night, killing workers outside the car park, before going inside to kill others, and that himself by friday morning. , police were. still trying to piece together the motives of the gunman details remain scarce. >> he got out of his car and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside of the facility. there was a confrontation with anyone that was there, no disturbance, no argument, he just appeared to randomly start shooting and that begun in the parking not. and then he did go into the facility for a brief period of time. reporter: overnight, workers' families gathered and waited too. united with relatives on shift. compounding the anguish, a fedex policy banning cell phones at the workplace, which made it harder for survivors to reassure loved ones. indiana's governor eric holcomb
tweeted condolences, but was immediately criticized for his anti-gun-control agenda. he has received an a grade from the national rifle association, preserved for politicians who portray particular enthusiasm for lax gun laws. the mayor of indianapolis summing up the feelings of the majority of the country. >> what we're left with this morning is grief. grief for the families of those killed, grief for the employees who have lost their coworkers, and grief for the many americano occur. reporter: this latest tragedy coming just weeks after mass shootings in atlanta, colorado, and south carolina, drawing further attention to what has been described as a deep-seated epidemic of gun violence.
following a furious protest over shootings in the city of minneapolis, release in chicago are calling for calms well after their own deadly incident. the victim this time, an unarmed 13-year-old latino boy. id. toledo's death happened last month but bodycam footage of the incident has not been released. reporter: the video you are about to see is incredibly disturbing. it is 230 a.m. and an officer wearing a body camera arrives at a black and latino neighborhood in chicago. a police surveillance system had detected gunshots nearby and the investigating officer runs after a person down an alleyway. [shouting] >> come here! [gunfire] reporter: that person was 13-year-old adam toledo. chicago police had at first called this an armed confrontation with the police,
claiming the boy had been holding a gun. the video released 17 days later, appears to tell a different story as, toledo blaze crumbled, his empty hands stu still raised, followed by his body. >> stay awake! i will start cpr! i am not feeling a heartbeat. reporter: them doing his last second of life did not have a gun in his hand. the officer screamed at him -- show me your hands. adam complied. turn around. his hands were empty when he was shot in the chest at the hands of the officer. reporter: it had taken in tens public pressure to release chicago police to release the video. toledo's mother had spoken of her son in april. >> he had a lot of options, but not to kill him! he couldn't shoot his leg of my his arm? up in the air?
i don't know. but not kill my baby! reporter: the civilian office of police accountability is investigating, and the officer, identified as eric stillman, and obviously shaken after the shooting, is now in administrative duties. the chicago police department was cited by the u.s. justice department for civil rights violations aimed at minorities, and a white officer who shot a black man asked the times in 2014 was convicted of murder. >> we live in a city that is traumatized by a long history of police violence and misconduct. so while we don't have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable by so many -- why so many residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain chicago's mayor and. reporter: the toledo family have joined in the call for calm in the city, acknowledging the painful footage will elicit an
emotional response from all who view it. the last moments of a 13-year-old who, according to his mother, had dreamed of becoming a police officer himself, now dead at the hands of one. maryam: the japanese prime minister has become the first leader to visit the white house. yoshihide suga is expected discuss taiwan as a key issue, with china angry at american relations over what it considers its breakaway province. the prime minister earlier met a vice president and placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. thousands of children making the para last journey to the u.s. are staying in mexican shelters, lacking basic necessities. a number of them are traveling on their own. u.s. government figures show
more than 34,000 unaccompanied children identified at the border between mexico and the united states between january and march. john hohmann is in mexico city with more on why people are making this journey. reporter: let's talk about the push factors, going out from central america. there are all these countries -- guatemala, el salvador, when duress, in a bad way, honduras especially. it is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. late last year, two back to back storms pulverized, especially honduras and guatemala. in terms of the surge of unaccompanied minors, children turning up on the u.s. border, it has been suggested that at least in part, this is due to a policy change under president biden's administration that says that basically unaccompanied minors will not immediately be expelled from the country. they will be left in the country to pursue their asylum case in
the united states. that has been cited as one of the reasons that people are sending their children or bringing their children if their parents are in the united states, to try and crossover. as his children pass through mexico, they are passing a country that we as a team have gone through these stages with migrant many times and it is a country riddled with organized crime. that is demanding extortion money from migrants and controlling swathes of that trek. where the shelters are close to overflowing. it is a really para less trip especially for -- really para perilous trip especially for children. maryam: as campaign parties come to an end, kit severity prepares for an historic parliamentary vote. more problems for the vancouver
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maryam: welcome back. russia has hit back a day after a wave of sanctions against the united states. 10 american diplomats have been expelled from the country with other officials banned from entering. cuban president raul castro is stepping down as the head of the cuban communist party, which ends 60 years of leadership for him and his late brother, fidel. calls for calm in chicago, after police released footage of other officer shooting 13-year-old adam toledo dead. more political and ethnic groups are banding together against the military in myanmar. they are calling themselves in national unity government and they want to be recognized as the legitimate rulers of a country that has been under military rule. last two months an organization
that has opposed the takeover by myanmar's military has announced the formation of a national unity government. a body that will work to remove military control and restore democracy, it will operate inside and out of the country. the leaders have been named, including elected members of parliament ousted by the coup, anti-coup protest leaders, and members of ethnic minorities. they feel they have a better chance of being recognized as the real leaders of the country and not those heading the phone junta. >> of course there will be some challenge, but we will win the challenge. reporter: the announcement will not change much for protesters, nor is it expected to change the foster of the violent crackdown by myanmar's security forces. but it is aimed at building
legitimacy for those opposing the junta. >> it is entirely possible that this will play an important role as someone to talk to for the international community, as someone that can speak to international forums and can represent the protesters and the people of myanmar as they continue their tug-of-war against a military that seems determined to shoot people down in the streets. reporter: he went on to say that the new government could serve as a connection to the leadership held by the junta, including deposed civilian leader, aung san suu kyi. and what is new in this government, and broad ethnic representation of the many different groups within myanmar. some have ethnic minority forces that control their semi-autonomous areas, in the leaders of the new body say they intend to team up to former federal army. maryam: coronavirus cases are multiplying across parts of asia, driving fears of a possible fourth wave. inra thailand, nightclubs have
been blamed for a surge in infections around the holiday period that led to new case records. here is more. reporter: after managing to keep case numbers when the two below compared to other countries, thailand is now seeing an increase. this week alone, it is reported five record townies. the outbreak has been traced to a number of bars and nightclubs in the capital. in the philippines, hospitals are struggling to cope. the country has one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in asia. >> as a doctor, we are over one by the surge in cases. it is very difficult to transfer patients to other hospitals in's many are full. we also lack health workers. reporter: the president, rodrigo duterte, has suggested a limb and the government to facilities where covid patients can be isolated. in malaysia, too, cases have been rising, prompting concerns of a fourth wave. the basic reproduction number of
covid infections in the country is 1.17, the average number of people uninfected person will pass the virus to. a number less than one means the virus is not spreading. they are struggling with inadequate supplies of vaccines as well as a low take-up rate. public health researchers caution that the vaccine is not a silver bullet. >> the general consensus among the epidemiologists, many believe that we are in a year that the manufacturers of the vaccine has two probably redesign and update to better handle the new varnts. reporter: in japan, coronavirus cases have been increasing after a state of emergency was lifted last month. it is also facing a more contagious variant. that has led to doubts that the summer olympics can be held safely. on friday, tokyo's olympics chief insisted japan is committed to holding a safe
games in july, even as calls to postpone or cancel the games grow louder. maryam: a multinational team of scientists have created the world's first embryos that are part human and part monkey, and kept them alive in a laboratory for up to 20 days. the controversial embryos are called chimeric, which contain cells from multiple species. it is hoped it will help scientists devise new treatments for disease, and understand early human development. they also allow scientists to undertake experiments where human embryos cannot be used because of the ethical concerns. on average, only 3% to 4% of the cells in each embryo were human, out of 132 monkey embryos injected with human cells. only three survived to day 19 of the experiment.
now the director of the research support at the johns hopkins institute of bioethics in. maryland he joins us now via skype. tell us why they did this. >> the ultimate goals here, and thanks for having me, the ultimate goals are to move toward finding a way to develop a source for human cells and tissues and organs. ultimately they want to have something like being able to have a human-celled heart grow in a pig, for example, so you can use it for transplantation, different kinds of regenerative medicine applications and research. maryam: did the experiment work? what did they learn from it? >> well, they had done previous experiments where they were trying to look at the same sort of thing using more evolutionarily-distant animals,
using pigs and sheep. that did not work well. this worked much better. part of what they were trying to accomplish is to learn about the nature of the hurdles they had faced with these earlier experiments, so in that way these experiments worked very well and i think they will be able to dig into and learn more about those hurdles. maryam: to be clear, researchers have been conducting experiments involving chimeras, meaning mixing different issues, for years now. why is this from controversial? alan: this one has drawn attention because here you have human cells mixed with nonhuman primate cells. so an animal that is very close to us in terms of evolution. see also have the cells mixed at
an early stage of development. you are putting human cells into an embryo. so there has been a lot of research that -- maryam: so it is ok if you do it with a pig, but the issue is that mixing it with a monkey, because monkeys are closer in evolutionary terms? alan: i think that concerns about things like humanization, having effects on a creature -- if you let this result in a live birth, that having human cells will have an impact on the creature that emerges, it comes larger if it is a more closely related animal. but i don't think it falls a lot of the ethicalcells into. maryam: why is that? because ultimately, i guess they
were destroyed after 19 days, most of them? alan: so the early research, they avoid a lot of the significant ethical challenges just by looking at early embryonic development, just looking at cells in the dish. in this particular case, they showed that they understood the ethical challenges. they brought in outside consultants and they had the appropriate oversight. but if they will achieve their ultimate goal of having, for example, a pig with the human heart that can be used for transplantation, here you are talking the live birth of an animal that has human cells in it, a human-nonhuman chimera. before we do that, we would want to know, what is the status of the animal and to know that we
would need to know the conception of a moral status -- we don't have a broadly accepted conception of a moral status right now. people have thousands of-year-old philosophical arguments about about. maryam: we do, and we don't have time to go into that, but as you say, very important moral implications from this experiment. thank you very much, alan regenberg. some of the biggest names in hong kong's pro-democracy movement were among nine people sent to prison for their role in antigovernment protests. they include the media tycoon jimmy lai. adrian brown reports. reporter: what do you think for the future of hong kong martin lee helped found hong kong's pro-democracy movement and cowrote the city's constitution which is why he is often called the father of hong kong's democracy.
now 82, the lawyer arrived in urt saying "whatever happens, i can take it." in his case, an 11 month sentence. another one receives ready for jail, referencing the words of a familiar anthems for troubled times. >> we will work together! even in darkness, we will walk. reporter: he was jailed for 12 months. the founder of hong kong's most popular newspaper was jailed for 14 months and did his legal journey has barely begun. jimmy lai is a ready in jail, having been denied bail after being charged under the new security law police. based charges against him including another under that law. if convicted, he faces the prospect of the rest of his life
in jail the nine activists were convicted for taking part in large, unauthorized but peaceful protest in august of 2019 that took place in torrential rain. they are veterans of a campaign for political reform that begun almost 40 years ago when hong kong was still a british colony and democracy was limited. china's recent overhaul of the political system means that campaign seems to be back where it began. amemily lau is a rarity in hong kong, on opposition figure who hasn't been arrested yet. >> maybe i am next, who knows. people have to stand up and speak up for what they believe in, and as the judge said, take the consequences. but the game is not over. the fight will go on, in a peaceful and nonviolent way. reporter: the sentences come in the midst of a stepped up propaganda campaign to.
promote patriotic education lessons on safeguarding national security are now part of the curriculum. another sign of how china is remaking the city in its image. adrian brown, al jazeera, hong kong. maryam: a colorful election campaign is coming to a close in their day -- in cape verde ♪ the adamant nation has seen days of street parties as voters appear to choose a new prime minister. the incumbent says re-election would be good for our oil and our diamonds. he is up against a woman who is vying to be the country's first female prime minister. we have a correspondent following the story and he joins us now from the capital. the economy has dominated campaigning, particularly in light of the pandemic. ♪ reporter: that's right, specifically in cape verde , so
reliance on tourism. half $1 billion in losses. we are at the political rally, the final campaign rally of the prime minister, silva, who is running for reelection. during his mandate, he subsidized the salaries of people working in the tourism industry that had lost their jobs. but a lot of hotels had been shot, restaurants are barely breaking even. and despite this show they are trying to put on, a lot of people are suffering from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. that has been a key element of this campaign. we are expecting the prime minister now to come up to the stage and make his final statement. he is up against almeida, the historic party that brought independence to this country. the young woman of 41 has been
critical of the prime minister, accusing him of selling public assets to make up for the public debt incurred during the pandemic. during his mandate, the prime minister sold parts of the national airline to icelandic air. the maritime routes that link the nine islands that make up this nation or given to a portuguese company. that has really upset a lot of cape verdians. so if the prime minister doe not win, it would be an historic loss. never has a prime minister not fulfilled two mandates. but almeida has really got a strong campaign, she has gone house to house asking people to vote for her. if she wins, it will be historic because she will be the first woman, at the age of 40, the head of a government of this
nation, cape verde. we will see on sunday if there will be a high turnout. the mood is difficult here. on the one hand, you have political parties putting street parties like this one. on the other hand, the government is saying, you need to stay indoors. there is a surge of covid cases in the country. the government and the prime minister is having to walk a tightrope between trying to protect its population and trying to maintain this economy that has suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic. maryam: certainly a lively crowd there behind you. thank you very much, nicolas ha que. australia's court has found that google misled consumers about personal data is collected. the case was set on settings in android phones. google was found to have misrepresented the options
necessary for people's data not to be collected. >> take companies, particularly those providing services for free, are in the business -- their business is to collect as much a data from you as possible. there's always that incentive to not perhaps be upfront with you in terms of what data they are collecting in case you get to it, and they therefore have less data and they therefore make less money. maryam: we want to bring you the latest sports news now with sanaa in doha. sanaa: another huge upset at the monte carlo masters as nadal's bid for a record 14 titles has been ended. the world number three was overpowered in three sets by his russian opponent. this is only his sixth ever loss at this tournament. >> in shock.
the way he's playing under this pressure. that is why he is a legend. it is easy to play when you have nothing to expect, but in his position, when you have to win, on this course, especially, and he is doing this every time, it is amazing. sanaa: the world number eight rublev will now face the norwegian defending champion. he knocked out the defending champion in straight sets fireplace in the final. earlier, britain's dan evans followed up his shock win over novak djokovic with another victory. the unseeded player has now won his quarterfinal. he will face stiff in the sisyphus in the semi final. the formula one grand prix in italy. >> something broke. i don't know.
sanaa: red bull had a disastrous day. their racer, who looks set to become lewis hamilton's main challenger this season had problems with his car in the second practice. his teammate, sergio perez failed to finish practice after an incident with another driver damaged his car. mercedes clocked the best time ahead of hamilton. >> i like italy. the food is good. i enjoy being here. the driving so far hasn't been the luckiest, but i had driveshaft issues. so i stopped the car. >> we definitely did not see the best out of all of her -- of oliver today. we still think we have the fastest car. sanaa: the champion made his return to the track for the first time in nine months. the spaniard, who fractured his
arm during last season's opening race finished sixth in practice ahead of the portuguese grand prix. the vancouver canucks hockey team have been hit with more pandemic problems. their return to play has been delayed again after more than 20 players tested positive with coronavirus. here is the report. >> here is the chance. through it around the -- oh, it is tipped in! >> this is the last time the vancouver canucks played a game. >> shoots. rebound! >> a 5-1 loss against the jets on march 24. since then, the team has been hit by a widespread outbreak of covid-19. at least 21 players and four members of the coaching staff tested positive for the virus. >> this is the biggest outbreak not only in the nhl this season but in all of american professional sports since the
pandemic began. the additional thing that has made this outbreak implicated is that it is widely presumed to be the b1 variant which is running rampant in terms of its community spread in the vancouver community. we are talking about a majority of the players on the ice for sessions on tuesday, march 30 and wednesday, march 31. majority of players and coaches who were competing on the ice in unmasked athletic activity contracted the virus. >> the had been due to return to action against the edmonton oilers on friday, but the national hockey league decided to call the game off. that decision came after comments made by one of the few cocanucks players not to have to sit positive. >> i am very competitive. but at the same time, this has been -- i am beating a dead horse to say this all the time
but the health and safety of our players and their families and children. >> family comes first. so the guys are doing with that. it is scary. i know a guy over there and him and his family went through it. it is something you can't take lightly. reporter: the vancouver say they need time to get their players back on the road and the ice. but time is what this team doesn't have if they are to play the 19 games left in their season. sanaa: barcelona coach has shrugged off questions about his future with the club, ahead of the copper del ray final. the spanish cup represents a chance to end a trophy-less run. barcelona finished last season with of silverware. their hopes of glory were ended by paris st. germain.
>> of course, we had a run of 19 games without using. we are losing one match. i need to talk about my future? maybe a need to accept this? i don't agree. but i think you have to do your job. you have to talk to the people in the club. and i have one more year of contract. sanaa: take a look at this shot by south korean golfer amy yang. pulling off a hole in one at the championship in hawaii. it helped move her to -7 under par the halfway stage of the tournament. but she is still five flop shot's -- five shots away from the leader. that is it from me. back to maryam. maryam: thank you. that wraps up the newshour. i will see you shortly.
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