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>> a growing international response to india's coronavirus emergency. the w.h.o. calls the situation there heartbreaking. i am lauren taylor. this is al jazeera live from london. the white house confirms abel's share 60 million doses of the astrazeneca vaccine with countries in need. the u.s. decision to recognize the mass killings of armenians as genocide, turkey's president says the decision is groundless and unfair. and outrage in the u.k. after an iranian court sentence is an aid
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worker to one more year in prison. hello. the world health organization chief says the staggering number of coronavirus infections and deaths in india is beyond heartbreaking. he says the w.h.o. will send extra staff and supplies to help fight the pandemic there. u.s. president joe biden spoke to the indian prime minister modi after the u.s. announced it will share millions of doses of the astrazeneca vaccine worldwide. germany is sending oxygen. and medical aid, while the european union and the u.k. are also promising assistance including equipment. well, the 2800 people die from the virus monday and tenfold increase on the figure just four weeks ago.
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elizabeth reports. >> india may be experiencing the world's worst outbreak of covid-19, but millions of people still turned out to elect regional leaders in west bengal monday. it is one of five states that has held elections in recent weeks, despite the drastically rising number of infections. hospitals across the country are facing a critical shortage of beds and oxygen. the u.s. and u.k. have responded by sending medical supplies to india. >> we want to provide them all the support, because they are close friends, increasingly important partners, but also we need this international collaboration if we will get through the pandemic. we will not be safe until we are all safe. >> once the aid arrives, armed police escorts the precious cargo. as regional states accuse each other of stealing oxygen. soldiers guard a newly opened
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covid-19 care center in new delhi. 500 beds so far, not enough for the many family members who could not get their loved ones admitted to hospitals. even fear people are being turned away being told they can only be admitted if they have preregister to the center says it cannot accept those who are critically ill, leaving many with nowhere else to go. as many people died because of the lack of help, the prime minister has been criticized for allowing the large political and religious events to go ahead. that led to the government asking twitter to take down dozen supposed -- of posts critical of its handling of the pandemic. >> this stems privately from the fact this government does not take very kindly to criticism. it is very sensitive to criticism and also from the desire to try to control the narrative. as days have gone by, these
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comments have come in recently from citizens. and also i may say from the courts. >> on monday them madras high court in a southern city said india's election commission has single -- is single-handedly responsible for the second wave of the coronavirus. >> our white house correspondent has more. kimberly: under pressure from global governments to do more to the united states is sending much needed medical supplies to india. >> there are number of areas that are of great interest and are of great need to india at this point in time. oxygen is one of them. at india's request, we're provided oxygen and related supplies. we have identified u.s. commercial suppliers that are immediately available to help relieve the suffering of
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covid-19 patients in india. we have identified rapid diagnostic testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and additional ventilators. >> on monday, you president biden called india's prime minister modi to discuss how the two countries can work together to protect their populations. india is experiencing one of the worst covid-19 outbreaks the world has ever seen. and oxygen supplies are short. the u.s. and other developed nations have been under criticism for stockpiling vaccine doses while poor country's struggle. after weeks of hesitation, the u.s. now says it will assist india and boosting its vaccine supply. 53% of the u.s. population has received at least one vaccine dose of the moderna, pfizer, or johnson & johnson vaccine, and appointments are easy to obtain. but vaccines for america's
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astrazeneca stockpile have not yet been approved in the u.s. still the biden administration will now make up to 60 million doses available for export to countries like india, following a government review. >> before any astrazeneca doses are shipped from the united states, the fda will confirm any such doses meet its expectations for product quality. >> the u.s. is also sending a team of experts from the centers for disease control to help india manage its crisis. the u.s. actions are reciprocal. india sent to the united states assistance in the early days of the pandemic when the u.s. was hard-hit. now the biden administration wants to return the favor. medical professionals say the u.s. move is a good start but more must be done. >> what is needed in the long-term is quite clear -- a waiver of all interactional property -- intellectual property patents that hinder
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distribution of the vaccines and other covid related technologies. >> as india battles its crisis, some countries and airlines have banned flights to and from india. but the white house says it has no plans to ban travelers from india to the united states. ♪ >> turkey's president has officially responded to the u.s. decision to recognize the mass of armenians as genocide. erdogan says the u.s. has grounded that we exploited past tragedies, which is upset turkey and damaged relations. the massacres occurred in 1915, during the final year of the ottoman empire. >> it is true these incidents were unfortunate. the muslims have also witnessed unfortunate events on these lands. these tragic events cannot be
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manipulated by the west. we as a people, as a government cannot manipulate any of these tragic events. >> an iranian court has sentenced a british aid worker -- to another year in prison. it has been met with outrage, coming amonth since she finished a five year sentence in separate charges. >> photos of a smiling and relieved ratcliffe last month after a five-year-old deal seemed nearly over. having spent four years in jail she spent the final months of her prison sentence under house arrest. her parents home in tehran.hoped she might soon return tob the u.k. were dashed buy a new charge at a guilty verdict that her husband emphatically rejects. >> last time we got dragged into
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the court. this time we got a sentence. so, you know, we have watched this for five years. we have been held in collateral as something else. we are still, possibly are still. >> a project manager with a charity was arrested at an airport in april 2016 after visiting her parents. she was later convicted on a national security chart, an allegation she has denied. the new propaganda allegation dates back even further. this new conviction relates to artan event here at the iran ian embassy. in 2009, 12 years ago, and antigovernment protest attended by ratcliffe at which she gave a n interview to the bbc. her friends and supporters are astounded and appalled that it should be resurrected now for the purposes of this new criminal case in tehran. and they fear there are bigger forces at work here.
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she is one of a number of dual nationals in detention and many observers to a link to a a $500 million debt owed by britain to iran for a tax, ordered before iran's revolution which the u.k. never delivered. it's also the issue of broader sanctions, and iran's nuclear ambitions. >> i don't think it is right is all -- at all that she woshod be sentenced to more time in jail. i think it is wrong that she is there in the first place. and we will be working very hard to secure her release from iran, her ability to return to her family in the u.k. just as we work for all of our dual national cases in iran. >> her legal team have 20 days to appeal against her new conviction. they've already said they will. paul brennan, al jazeera london.
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>> somali opposition fighters have taken a position in parts of mogadishu, a day after clashes with government troops over the president bid to extend his mandate. witnesses have seen armed men and vehicles with machine guns on monday. key roads were blocked. somalia is facing its wrorst political crisis after a failure to hold elections in fabric. on sunday heavy gunfire was turned into the night after fighting broke out between government forces and the opposition leaders. we are following developments from nairobi. >> we're being told now the opposing forces have held their positions but we have not had any active engagement this money. there appears to be shuttle diplomacy going on. nobody wants an outright war. so diplomats are trying to get opposing sides to the talking table, saying they must
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negotiate, they must de-escalate the tensions. we have seen statements from international partners like the u.k., the e.u., the u.n. calling for clalm, saying, whoever tries to keep somalia over the edge will be held responsible. we have also had a televised statement from the security minister yesterday who sai th-- said what government forces are fighting our militia brought to mogadishu by some opposition, some opposition leaders to cause chaos. he says the government is containing the situation. but people i nthe city are very worried, especially now that they are seeing that the security forces are involved and appear to be taking side. >> still to come, families and engineers should pay tribute to the 53 sailors found dead in a sunken submarine.
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six years after the zika virus, how are families affected coping? ♪ >> lots of pleasant sunshine across much of australia. largely fair now. not warm in the southeast and not too bad. high pressure in charge. that is why it is settled and fine. a few showers continue around the cape. pushing across into the top end, lingering here after what has been a very very wet and hopefully will not be quite as wet for the surrounding area for the next couple days. there you go. lots of sunshine. 17 celsius in melbourne. up to around 18 through
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wednesday. by wednesday, you might catch one or two showers hugging the gold coast, and the sunshine coast. but hopefully not quite as wet as it has been recently. by and large, fair weather clouds and largely dry. largely dry for a time into japan. we have wetter weather making its way across the yellow and the east china sea, towards the southwest. all making its way further east. it will cloud over into hokkaido. rain pushing across towards tokyo. ♪ >> capturing a moment in time. snapshots of other lives. other stories. providing a clemson to someone else's world. >> we work hard. we sweat, we struggle, we
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officially responded to the u.s. decision to recognize the mass killing of armenians as genocide. erdogan says the u.s. is exploiting past tragedies and has upset turkey and damaged relations. is really security forces have clashed once again with palestinians at the damascus gate in occupied east jerusalem. they have been stopping palestinian muslims from gathering on the steps after prayers. confrontations have been taking place there for the past two weeks since the start of ramadan. about 100 moroccan migrants have tried to swing to spain's border, as the national civil guards as they set off from beaches in morocco on sunday. a few kilometers south. one of nine populated spanish territories in africa. the spanish police say some managed to reach the beach on their own, while most were rescued. they set off in groups of 20 to
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30 including several children. they receive medical checks by the red cross and three people were taken to hospital with hypothermia. a political network link to the kremlin -- opposition alexei navalny has been suspended while a court considers whether it should be outlawed. prosecutors are seeking to have the anticorruption foundation which navalny founded declared an extremist group. he was jailed for a parole violation. in recently ended a hunger strike in prison. he says the charges are politically motivated. bennett smith has more from moscow. >> what will happen is that later this week prosecutors will as the court to declare navalny 's organization come his anticorruption organization and his affiliated groups as extremist, putting it on the level with al qaeda. in the interim prosecutors of s the court to make a run to essentially stop the activities of those groups while the court decides on the final ruling. we're expecting that now
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tomorrow on tuesday. navalny's group say that they have stopped their social media postings and close the taliban channel down and closed other social media groups, but they will reemerge under different names. they say they will keep spreading navalny's message and they will emerge under different names but the problem is particular for his political groups around the country, what they were doing is they were advising people where and how, and who to cast their vote for in elections in a way that would dislodge local representatives of the united russian part, vladimir putin's party. this was the only way of reducing the representation of united russia in parliament. now, this was a very successful tactic in 2019. moscow city council elections, because it was so successful, the government didn't want to see that tactic employed in
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national elections here in september. that is believed to be why prosecutors are asking the court to make that ruling. >> ukraine's president zelensky says he expects to meet russia's vladimir putin. the tension between the leaders has been rising in recent weeks. russia closed access through the straits on saturday. their reports that zelensky is seeking help to achieve peace in their eastern regions. you keynes president zelensky says it is likely he will meet with resident -- the ukrainian president zelensky says it is likely he will meet with the russian president putin to discuss the conflict in eastern ukraine p both sides read the finishing line of an agreement for cease fire. this comes after last week president putin saying that zelensky was welcome any in moscow to discuss bi-lateral relations. putin says he was not prepared to discuss the situation in eastern ukraine.
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instead, the russians are insisting that ukrainian leadership speak directly to the separatist leaders in eastern ukraine. and that is something that ukraine has so farsh always staunchly refused to do. in all the developers, the ukrainian partisan told the financial times he was looking for western support in order to potentially change the minsk 2 agreement signed in 2015, a series of proposals that have failed to establish a lasting cease fire, and of course, a permanent solution to the conflict in eastern ukraine. reacting to this interview, vladimir putin's spokesman said that it was another alarming signal from ukraine. he said it would be impossible to modify minsk ii without putting an end to it. perhaps another sign these recent tensions between russia and ukraine are not over yet. >> ukrainians have been paying
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tribute to victims of the chernobyl nuclear disaster 35 years ago. morris took place -- memorials began at the same moment the nuclear meltdown happened in 1986. the town was built to house tens of thousands of people. dozens were killed in the disaster. and thousands more died in the years following. due to radiation related illnesses. th internation navy is trying to find ae way of retrieving the bodies of the 53 sailors who died in last week's submarine disasters. this guessing plans with specialists and international allies. the vessel was found at a depth of 850 meters. experts say retrieval will be difficult. family members i have been paying tribute to their loved ones. jessica washington has more from the indonesian capital jakarta. jessica: in java this father endures what no parent should have to as he grieves for his
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son. he was one of the 53 men completing submarine training exercises and waters near bali when the vessel named -- 402 lost contact and sank. his younger brother last saw him two weeks ago. >> for me, he was perfect. everything about him was good. >> whe used to work on another submarine but was recently reassigned. in shock and sadness, this community is coming together to honor his life. indonesia's president has said the government will raise the rents of the sailors and pay for the education of their children. >> they are the best patriots guiding the sovereignty of the country. >> her husband was one of the
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men on board. she gave birth three weeks ago. she must raise her son without him. "i am proud of my husband he did his duty with open heart. he only had to leave me and our small baby. he did his duty well. he was a hero to this country." in bali, the family of captain -- hopes they will be able to hold a funeral service for him. >> we pray to god the body of her nephew can be retrieved from the sea so we can perform the rituals. >> it is not clear if they will get that chance. the submarine was found broken into three parts almost 850 meters below the ocean surface. internation authorities are seeking guidance from international experts to retrieve it. a few months ago, the sailors film this video set to a song about saying goodbye in seeing
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someone again. thousands of shared the video online is a tribute to them. ♪ outside -- the home of a commander people offer condolences to his family. >> i have to be strong. i have to calm my h eart. many people are helping to make me stronger. >> in an instant her family was changed forever when it disappeared into the depths of the ocean. a pain they share with all the loved ones of the 53 sailors on board. >> in 2015, the zika virus swept through the americas, causing a severe birth defects. the w.h.o. declared it a public health emergency and impacts are still being felt. the mosquito borne infection is named after the place it was first identified in monkeys in the zika forest in 1947.
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it was detected in humans five years later. the md infection circulated sporadically in africa, asia, and the pacific for decades. but it was the 2015 outbreak in brazil that raised major health concerns. and by 2016, more than 270,000 had contracted the virus. evidence showed zika could be transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy or birth and cause microcephaly, defect or babies are born with abnormally small heads. there is still no vaccine for the prevention or treatment of zika virus. the w.j.o. says it remains an active area of research. zika virus made it as far east of the cape verde islands off of africa before suddenly disappearing. nicholas hack reports from the cape faverde capitol on the aftermath of the outbreak. >> alice was not the child her mother expected. she was three months pregnant when doctors told her she was infected with zika virus and
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that her daughter were suffer from lifelong disabilities. realizing that alice whenever have a childhood like other kids hurts her, but for years on, she says the disability turned out to be a blessing. -- four years on. >> she is loved by her neighbors, her family, and most of all by children who seem to be able to communicate with her better than i can. she wants to play with them but sometimes her disability gets in the wake or she has convulsions, her muscles are weak, she cannot sit probably. >> alice is born with microcephaly. her brain is failing to develop. as a consequence of her mother being infected with the zika virus through a mosquito bite during a spring is. there is no cure for the virus. in 2016 the world health organization declared zika a public health emergency. the outbreak started in brazil spreading to cape verde. more than 3700 babies were born
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with birth defects. at the time, countries issues travel warnings, including askin citizensg to delay pregnancies. there was this fear that zika would spread from the islands of cape verde to the rest of africa and the rest of the world. but that did not happen. the virus suddenly disappeared. just like it appeared. this doctor from the country's health ministry believes zika ran its course, infected a large portion of the population, and herd immunity developed, halting the spread. he fears vzika is lurking in the drainage system, a breeding ground for mosquitoes. >> the immunity can be lost as the years pass. people can be also, can be again unprotected and infected again. >> surveillance of infected zik children has installed due to
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the covid pandemic. >> children with cerebral palsy need continuous physical therapy and good nutrition, support from parents means a lot of different. >> because of the pandemic, she has been avoiding hospitals. when alice is in pain or has convulsions. ♪ she plays a song that she would listen to when she was pregnant to soothe her daughters pain. >> the film "nomadland" has been the big winner at this year's oscar ceremony. its chinese born director chloe zhao became the second woman ever to take home the academy award for stretcher. frances mcdormand won for best actress and the first south korean won best supporting actress. her oscar wins have been
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ignored in her home country of china. >> chloe zhao has been congratulated for making history. but not here in her home country. early on monday there were some reports of her winning best dictor and best movie. but these were taken shortly after. comments on social media have been censored. and an oscar viewing party in shanghai organized by her alma mater was disrupted after they had trouble with the internet connection. chloe zhao was born here in beijing to an elite family. her father was the member of the company and her father was a famous actress. that was short-lived after an interview resurfaced where she criticized china saying that here there were lies everywhere. shortly after that, all of the
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