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announces it is delaying its first election in 15 years a president in unprecedented times. taking stock of president biden's first 100 days in office. and twin court challenges for alexei navalny and his anticorruption organization, but his supporters say they will fight on. ♪ barbara: coronavirus cases and deaths across and you have reached a new high, as the devastating second wave. more than 3600 deaths and nearly 280,000 cases were reported on thursday. but millions turned out to vote for regional elections in west bengal, sparking fears that the state may turn into the new epicenter. a report from new delhi. reporter: she is inconsolable after hearing of her mother's
death while waiting in line get oxygen for her. i want to go to my mother, she cries repeatedly. earlier, she described just how difficult it is to get help in delhi. >> we have been out of our house since 2:00 in the morning. , there is no oxygen available and after a lot of running around, we finally got here by around 4:00. initially there was a queue on the other side. than we were told we had to come to the front and queue here. my mother is ill and for the past two days we have been able trying to get a bed in a hospital in delhi. reporter: her mother is one of 6445 people who died in india on wednesday. that he remains one of the worst affected states. its leaders say, despite trying their best, every hospital in the capital is overburdened and treating people beyond their capacity. that is why this place in central new delhi, where
political rallies and religious festivals are usually held, is being converted into a makeshift hospital. this is rather government is constructing a 500-bed intensive care unit facility with hopes to have an extra 1200 icu beds in the capital within two weeks. but that is still nowhere near enough to meet the numbers needed right now. delhi's cases are going up by more than 20,000 each day, and experts say that 50% of the people with the virus need to be in hospital. the state department tweeted saying that access to medical care is severely limited, and u.s. citizens who wish to depart should use the available commercial flights now. despite the country going through its worst crisis in its modern history, the last phase of regional elections went ahead in the state of west bengal on thursday, where 4 candidates have already died from the virus. >> in the context of the region
pandemic, it is unconscionable that people should go to vote, particularly in the city of calcutta, where the positivity rate of pcr tests is currently 50%. elizabeth health experts say the devastating means will be repeated in west bengal as a result of the large political gatherings. elizabeth puranam, al jazeera, new delhi. barbara: meanwhile, brazil has passed 400,000 coronavirus deaths. its health ministry confirmed on thursday that another 3001 deaths had occurred, taking the total beyond the 400,000 mark. brazil is only the second country after the u.s. to reach that bleak figure. the country has a reported 14.5 million cases. ♪
palestine's first election in 15 years has been delayed. president mahmoud abbas blamed israel for uncertainty over whether he would allow elections to proceed in occupied east jerusalem, as well as in the occupied west bank and gaza. in a televised announcement, he said elections would be delayed until the participation of the palestinian people in jerusalem could be guaranteed. the parliamentary elections were scheduled for may 22, while a presidential vote was due in july. let's cross now to al jazeera scores on and in ramallah. what did mohammed abbas say after the meeting that ended just now? reporter: he said that it is official now that the palestinian elections will be postponed because israel did not give a clear answer where it is -- whether it will be allowing palestinians to hold them in
east jerusalem. he says the response he was aimed by the americans is that israel cannot give an answer to the palestinians in that regard because israel does not have a valid government, after they held their elections. he says while the same government, the transitional government that is interim, but is making decisions to approve a new legal israeli settlement in the occupied west bank, why can't this government approved the palestinians' right to have elections in east jerusalem? he says it is unimportant, not a technical issue, when it comes to having palestinians vote in east jerusalem. he also blamed the europeans. he said the europeans have pressured him to issue a presidential decree in january to hold these elections. we know that this came after they agreed to hold these elections, but then he said the europeans could not make good on their promise and convince the
israelis to allow the palestinians to have these elections in east jerusalem. he says no matter the time israel decides to allow the palestinians to hold the elections, they will be taking place. some critics believe this is an excuse. to have seen protesters here in ramallah, the past few hours, saying there are concerns, that the reason abbas has postponed the elections is that he is hesitant or feels that his rule is threatened. some of these lists of candidates had people from senior fatah officials. many here in the street feel thatabbas is not interested in elections and that is why he is saying that jerusalem is the reason for postponing them. barbara: with the latest on that, nida ibrahim, thank you.
♪ joe biden is marking 100 days in office as president of the united states. biden celebrated by taking a flower for his wife, jill, as they crossed the white house lawn to catch his official helicopter. they were heading to georgia, where he is about to address a drive-in rally of supporters. earlier, they met the oldest former living president, jimmy carter. on wednesday, biden addressed congress with what he called his "blueprint to build america," promising $1.8 trillion investment in jobs, infrastructure, and education. last year on the campaign trail, joe biden made many promises about what he would deliver in his early days in the white house. there are others which are compromised or even abandoned. alan fisher reports now on bidens broken promises.
alan: they are the things people remember of campaigns -- >> i pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but unify. alan: the promises, the pledges, that thinks that make a difference. 100 days in, joe biden has failed to deliver in the few key areas. >> people forget there's not a lot of legislating that can happen from the presidential seat. alan: covid relief was always a priority. he promised $2000 check to eligible americans. that became $1400, at into the 600 delivered by trump. the death of jamal khashoggi provoked anger in then-candidate biden. he promised to hold saudi arabia responsible. fast forward, saudi arabia was once again a valuable ally. >> all presidents in these days talk about doing a whole list of
priorities on day one. but the idea that a president can accomplish the types of promises that they put forth on the trail on day one is rather naive, and i would argue, in some ways, just part of the marketing of campaigns. alan: the promise to immediately rejoin the iran nuclear deal is gathering dust. iinstead, talks continue in vienna about the best way forward. realpolitik, instead of --. joe biden promise to pull the country together after what he felt were the divisive trump years. despite his earlier successes, washington is as divided as ever. >> trump is still here. trumpism is very much the politics of the day on the republican side, and on the democratic side, there is no way that they can see compromise with those kinds of elements there.
so i think it is going to be a very difficult road if he is going to pursue bipartisanship in every step. alan: good news for joe biden, presidencies are not judged solely on the first 100 days. he gets the full four years. but the next selection is never far away. for biden, it is the midterms next year. they will be a referendum on the job he has done till then, what he has said he will deliver next, and the promises he has kept. alan fisher, al jazeera, washington. barbara: 170,000 migrants were taken into u.s. custody at the nation's southern border in march, the highest number in nearly two decades. as president biden marks his 100th day in office, managing the border is among his greatest challenges. our correspondent has more from the border wall near mcallen, texas. reporter: managing the u.s. southern border has become among the biggest challenges president biden has faced in his first 100
days, and critics are quick to claim that he has failed. last month, u.s. agents took more than 170,000 people into custody after they crossed the border, the highest number in nearly 20 years. why is this happening? biden campaigned on a more welcoming tone toward migrants. on his first day of office, he signed a slew of executive actions on doing policies set by his predecessor, donald trump. waves of migrants followed, many traveling with families, or children traveling alone. shelters run out of space. children were made to sleep on floors. republicans raged at the numbers. the latest figures show early signs of plateauing, but the coming summer is when people tend to cross the most. meanwhile,nly 29% of americans approve of the way biden has handled the border, easily his poorest pulling issue.
barbara: still to come on al jazeera, -- >> [gunfire] [shouting] barbara: fighting over water. three people are killed as rival countries claim it disputed reservoir. and south africa's president -- can he stop corruption in his governing party? ♪ >> hello there. a noticeable difference in temperatures in western australia. let me show you friday. 20 degrees in power. a few days ago we were in the 30's. ahead of this frontal system, we still have warm air. as it makes its way into australia, we will need those temperatures come down in time. we are dealing with some
outbreaks of showers for our coastal queensland and also coastal sections of new south wales. this is forecast on saturday. sydney, 24 degrees. we have seen drenching rains across areas of japan. the bulk of that system has now moved to the pacific, but there is still some lingering heavy showers were subpar of. six degrees. a chilly rain. heavy rain for shanghai. let's track this one together. it moves across the east china's he into japan. once again, a surge of moisture. tokyo is 25 degrees. we will see increasing the unsettled conditions and also toward the korean peninsula because of that system that we saw in shanghai that moved across the east tennessee that is plaguing both japan and the korean peninsula. ♪
>> the capital of up one you give me is ranked -- the capital of papua new guinea his rank of the most dangerous in the world. we iestigate the gangs in stealing fear in the streets, on al jazeera. >> the news media have been left to sort through the mixed messages on the quite complex story. >> from mainstream 10th street journalism, we cover the way the news is covered, on al jazeera. ♪ albarbara: the reminder of the p stories. more than 3600 coronavirus deaths and nearly 380,000 cases
were reported in india on thursday. 40 countries have pledged to supply india with much-needed oxygen. despite this, elections are going ahead in two big states. meanwhile, brazil has passed for hundred thousand coronavirus deaths. its health ministry confirmed another 3100 deaths on thursday. brazil is only the second country after the u.s. to reach that figure. joe biden is marking 100 days in office as president of the united states. you can see the live pictures of his wife, jill, addressing a drive-in rally of supporters. earlier, the bidens met with the oldest living former president, jimmy carter. in the wake of yet another series of mass shootings in the u.s., pressure on president joe biden to fulfill his campaign promise of stricter gun control
is mountingp the president, who calls them violence and international embarrassment, has issued executive orders, but critics say they don't go far enough. here is the report. reporter: the gun violence archive, an independent organization that tracks gun crime, defines a mass shooting as4 or more shot and killed. by that metric, 2021 is already a deadly year, with a hundred 41 mass shootings across the nation. in march alone, eight people were killed in atlanta. less than a week later, 10 died in a supermarket in colorado. yet the issue of gun control remains as ever, deeply divisive. [shouting] in the run-up to the election, joe biden promised tough action including buying back weapons, banning imported guns, and so-called, since to curtail a uniquely american problem. pres. biden: who in god's name
needs a weapon that can hold 100 rounds or 40 rounds or 20 rounds? it is just wrong, and i am not going to give up until it is done. reporter: as a memorial to the victims of gun violence was installed on the national mall, the president announced six executive orders, including tackling the growing problem of homemade, untraceable firearms, known as ghost guns. an order that gun advocates say will do little. >> there is nothing you can do about it. this is the reality of the world. 3-d printers are real. i can just press a button and i will print one of these. >> today i speak to a nation in grief. >> i know there's not a parent in america who does not feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. reporter: time and again, presidents are forced to comfort a nation that loses about 40,000 people to guns every year. and pressed by the powerful gun
lobby, members of congress have been unwilling to change gun laws, something organizations for gun control hope will change. >> there is evidence to back up that these proposals will save lives. we just need to get it passed through the senate and the american people will support and reward those at the ballot boxes who work to make their life safer and to reduce the amount of gun deaths we see every year. reporter: when a mass shooting killed 14 students and three teachers here in parkland, calls for gun reform group, but little changed. tackling this nation's right to bear arms is not something the president can do without legislative support, and that, for now, seems unlikely. many across the u.s.'s thoughts and prayers are simply not enough. change will be long and hard-fought for. for the first time since 2010, the supreme court will hear a major gun case based on the
right to carry weapons in public. most of the justices are conservative. the decision could have major implications for gun control across the u.s. and will be watched closely. andy gallagher, al jazeera, miami, florida. barbara: alexei navalny has appeared in court for the first time since ending a three-week hunger strike. he attended the hearing by video link to appeal against his conviction in february for defaming a world war ii --. bernadette smith reports from moscow. >> on a video link from a prison hospital, alexei navalny looked thinner. he has lost 20 kilos since he returned from germany in january, telling his wife and the rest of the court, he is eating a few spoonfuls of forage after ending a three-week counterstrike. this hearing was an appeal against his conviction for defamation. but vladimir putin's was
prominent critic had other things to talk about too. >> 20 years of incompetent government have led to the following result. there is a crown slipping from his ears. we have spent trillions of dollars and our country continues to slide into poverty. reporter: simultaneously in another moscow court, prosecutors opened a case to declare navalny's anticorruption group, and his regional offices as extremists, making them equivalent to al qaeda. >> navalny's regional campaign offices do not exist anymore, but there are dozens of regional politicians, thousands of their allies. they are powerful, independent political organizations that will be doing investigations, funding campaigns and rallies. reporter: the case was adjourned but the court has a ready imposed on interim order stopping navalny's group from operating. >> a rather powerful opponent is
standing against us. it is the whole state machine of a nuclear super powered state. it can behave brutally, as we could see ourselves during the event related to the current case. we are defending the truth. we believe our clients, fbk, is not working in the love. reporter: you rarely hear navalny's name mentioned on television. this mural in st. petersburg was printed over, hours after appearing overnight. alexei navalny's supporters say they will carry on with their anti-kremlin activities. but without the volney's charismatic personality, they might have it much harder to have an impact. from al jazeera, moscow. barbara: airstrikes against ethnic armed groups have continued in myanmar two days after a military outpost was captured near the border with thailand. monitoring groups say that the junta has launched six air attacks since tuesday.
scott heisler is monitoring the allotments from bangkok. scott: subgroups inside that korean-held territory in myanmar have been reporting at least six, as possible as nine airstrikes carried out the attack on the outpost. once they overran that territory around the outpost pushing the myanmar army out, the knu soldiers occupd the area. today there was footage of them patrolling along the banks there . what this means is that this is kind of a continuation of what we have seen in the last month. march 27, there were some air strikes and people in the korean held territory who can across the river here into thailand because they are worried about more airstrikes and increased fighting. this has been going on since then. but what we saw on tuesday that launched us into a new round of airstrikes, there is concern what that might prompt going
down the line. we know that the knu has a lot of soldiers in that area. they might try to move onto another outpost for the myanmar army. we know for certain that one area that they focused on on tuesday, they control the whole stretch of long but river but serves as the border between myanmar in thailand. when you see these ethnic armed organizations as we saw, up north, they are stepping up. it is a concern that what is going to happen there, you know, you are seeing the uprising, if you will, on the streets of myanmar, but also now in these territories along the border areas on the east and in the north. barbara: the second day of the south african president's testimony in a corruption inquiry involving his predecessor has concluded. answered questions about his role in the so-called state capture scandal. he was jacob zuma's deputy
during the peak of the corruption, and admitted more could have been done to prevent graft. a report from johannesburg. reporter: president cyril ramaphosa is the highest-ranking official to testify at an ongoing inquiry into corruption in south africa. many blame his party, the african national congress, for much of the draft, which according to reports, runs into biions of dollars over several years. much of the looting is alleged to have taken place when ramaphosa's predecessor, jacob zuma, was president. he designed in 2018. >> there has been recognition of malaise, of corruption in the anc, who are probed with the poweal of the state, and the ability to manage resources, dispense patronage and all of that. and we have accepted and admitted in the past that,hat
has resulted in a number of deviant-type behaviors. reporter: his refusal to return to testify at the inquiry. he says he has been vilified. it is alleged his relationships to a family influence the appointment of officials to serve their business interests. that corruption filtered through the ranks of the anc. >> we have seen the price that is being paid by the people as a whole as they are deprived of good service delivery because their resources are being diverted and plundered. reporter: the anc has lost support in m recent years, and many hoped that ramaphosa, who was deputy president at the time, would explain that he tried to stop corruption. some argue he was not questioned hard enough, and instead responded strategically.
>> the anc is going to have some games from this exercise dust some gain -- the anc is going to have some gains from this exercise. there are no father losses that jacob zuma can suffer. i think that if the commission does its work well, it will shine a spotlight on the structural issues in the anc that will show that a leopard cannot change its spots. reporter: ramaphosa has rummaged to fight corruption, but his success is hinged on the party that he leads, rooting out corruption within its own ranks. al jazeera, johannesburg. barbara: the main body of china's first ever space station is on its way into orbit. the launch of the core module is the first step in an 18-month construction program. our reporter from beijing. reporter: the launch of the new
era in chinese space exploration. the core module of china's first space station "heavenly harmony ," launched on thursday morning. 10 minutes after liftoff, it successfully separated from its rocket, the first of 11 missions needed to complete the space station next year. the 17 meter long module contains the power supply and living quarters for three astronauts. water on board will be recycled. it will be followed by two other modules designed to house a range of scientific experiments including in quantum physics and gravity. 12 astronauts are training to live onboarded in six-month rotations. the first are affected to arrive in june. china began plans to build the station in the 1990's, but were almost sidelined by the coronavirus outbreak. >> the construction of our space