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deliver vaccines to africa in the grip of a third wave of covid cases. ♪ >> this is al jazeera live from london. bangladesh locked down for a week while thailand opens the island to foreign tourists despite surging infections. the trump organization's longtime finance chief surrenders to new york prosecutors and pleats not guilty to tax crime charges. ♪ >> angry protests across turkey
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as president and one pulls the country out of a treaty taking women from violence. -- president erdogan ♪ >> the world's dramatic vaccine divide has left africa struggling to cope with a third wave of coronavirus infections. while richard vaccinated nations reopen their economies, african hospitals are overwhelmed pure oxygen supplies are low. the virus is spreading to rural areas. 1% of africans have been vaccinated. the man in charge of securing doses for the dog -- continent has blasted europe, saying it has failed to deliver a single vaccine. >> not a single days. not one vial. not one vial has left a european factory for africa. ok? when we have gone to talk to
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them and their manufacturers, they tell us they are completely maxed out. meeting the needs of europe. we are referred to india. ok? where a number of manufacturers exist that are manufacturing vaccines like the astrazeneca vaccine under license. ok? you cannot say you support us. they have vaccinated so many of their and people that they can now watch football without masks. >> the third -- third surge is gripping africa has been described as extremely aggressive. 5.5 million infections have been confirmed among the 1.3 billion people in the continent. the head of the cdc warned there has been a 23% increase think of a number of covid related deaths in the past week in africa. he says 1.6 billion vaccine
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doses are needed to vaccinate 60% of the continent. covax promised 700 million doses to africa by december but the african union so far just 65 million have arrived. in the nigerian capital, more on the big you -- au's reaction. >> he was angry that when they travel to europe to seek these vaccines from the pockets of our governments to address the crisis, european factories referred them to india. some have been questioning the efficacy of the vaccines. the same astrazeneca vaccines being produced in europe that are now being produced in india that are used in africa. he said that is a big worry and that he was saying that if by december the african company --
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continent was told there would be no vaccines arriving, the government's of both countries in the continent would make previous arguments to supply vaccines for the population. this said was wrong on the part of covid -- covax because that lured many african governments into a false sense of security, thinking vaccines or doses of anti-covid vaccines would come by december. note joseph was able to reach the continent in the last six months. africa is in the third wave of covid-19. death rate shave spiked 23% in the past week. there is concern thanks for get worse before the african continent gets a grip on the situation currently. >> a senior policy advisor for the peoples vaccine alliance.
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she says love your governments are putting profits before people. >> rich countries like the g-7 are putting the profit of pharmaceutical companies about public health by not pushing companies to share their technologies so that others the in developing countries can produce vaccines. we are under the mercy of pharmaceutical companies. >> hunting for a man who posed as a doctor to sell and administer fake vaccines to hundreds of people for the coronavirus. two nurses have been arrested for working with him. a man persuaded several companies to pay for their employees to be vaccinated, purging 28 $256 per shot. doctors suspect he was infected -- injecting people with water. uganda reported more than 100,000 deaths. travel through europe has become
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easier for people vaccinated against covid-19. the european union introduced its digital covid past with hopes it will help revive the country's economy. it coincides with the rise in the delta. after 10 weeks -of declining infections. >> carolyn step -- european citizens must show a certificate to travel on paper or digital form. it shows at the person is vaccinated or has a negative pcr tests. number states can adjust entry rules according to the health situation in the country of the covid certificate will be standardized. >> it is more paperwork but we have a pcr tests and we have been vaccinated. >> covid isn't over yet and we must avoid the risk of people getting sick. >> bu wants to make it easier for people to cross its borders after more than a year of covid restrictions.
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>> terrace is usually one of the rows most visited cities --paris is one of the most visited cities but there are fewer taurus. the eu -- touritsts. france has lifted many restrictions. confuse have ended and people no longer need to wear masks outdoors by the french government says there is growing concern over this bride of the delta variant. >> the delta variant is progressing. it is progressing quickly. it represented 10% of contaminations last week but doubled in less than a week. >> medical experts say the variant could account for 90% of cases in europe by august. portuguesa officials imposed a weekend lockdown in lisbon after a spike in cases. officials say countries might act if the health situation
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deteriorates. >> it has been made clear by the emergence of new viruses. this is why we are proposing an emergency brake which allows member states to reintroduce measures. >> it is a balance for the eu as it works to minimize health risks while reinvigorating, -- economies. after a year, the key is european officials say people remain vigilant. >> a security force is patrolling the streets as the country lockdown for one week to try to stop a surge of covid 19 cases. the transport is closed and central services and some factories continue to operate. the rise in infections is driven by the delta variant, fully transmissible. hospitals are struggling in areas along the border with
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india where the variant was first detected. some rural towns have reported infection rates of 70%. more than 14,500 deaths so far. more from the capital. >> a record spike in the delta variant has prompted the government to call for a shutdown. over the weekend, tens of thousands of migrant workers have left the capital city. they could easily spread the vilest -- virus and expose themselves to health hazards. the streets are empty. >> it's the poor people who suffer the most during the lockdown. we cannot move around or earn enough to feed the family. it has been enough to have these lockdowns. >> export oriented businesses, kitchen, markets, grocery stores, and other essentials are open. those working in the formal
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sector and daily wage earners are the ones hit during these lockdowns. >> there are not many sales today. very few customers are coming in. does this is not good during lockdown. >> despite the coronavirus outbreak, the economy has been resilient. 5% gdp growth rate is predicted but experts warn of the economy being injected the -- in j eopardy. >> the first international travelers for more than a year have touchdown or the thai holiday island of pooh cut as part of efforts to reboot the tourism industry. vaccinated tourist can holiday there without quarantining. thailand is battling its third wave of the pandemic. 70% of the residents have had
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one dose of vaccine. the prime minister turned out to welcome the first arrivals. ♪ >> the chief financial officer of former president donald trump's company has pleaded not guilty to tax crime charges. allen weisselberg is charged with fraud and grand larceny after a two-year investigation. he has been released without bail. there are 15 counts against him and the trump organization. they are suspected of avoiding taxes on company perks. trump himself has not been charged. defense lawyers say it is a witchhunt. >> given the nature and the unprecedented nature of these charges, that certainly is the reason they were brought. if the name of a company with something else, i don't think these charges would have been
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brought. in fact, i am certain they would not have been brought if the name was a different name. >> following the story. how serious are these charges and what does it mean for donald trump? >[siren wailing[ ] >> prosecutors described a sweeping and audacious legal payment scheme committed by senior executives of the trump organization. they pushed back against that characterization you heard it from defense attorneys that somehow this was a politically motivated investigation. or that what the defendants are accused of doing is somehow standard business practices. on the contrary, they say they are serious charges and that allen weisselberg himself is accused of avoiding taxes on $1.7 million. most serious charges against him
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include scheming to defraud and grand larceny. the fact that records showing his involvement in the scheme were deleted at his request, they say, suggest the company was anything but cooperative. it showed anything but that this was not practice standard business procedures for a company. the lack of cooperation they say extended to requests for tax returns from the former president and the corporation. they say the president and the corporation fought for more than a year and a half not to release those tax returns and even when a court ordered them, they stalled. very serious charges and the allegations coming from the prosecution. president trump himself has not been charged. this will hang over the head of
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him and his company as it attempts to do business, make deals, get loans. the cfo, allen weisselberg, is saying he will fight the charges in court. prosecutors say the investigation will continue. [horn honks] >> thank you. it still to come, president joe biden meets rescuers in florida and spent three hours with the families of those still missing after the collapse of an apartment block. the canadian village had a devastating heatwave and was burned to the ground by a wildfire. ♪
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>> there are a couple of fine days. cold days but fine days taking you through the weekend. the seasonal rain in east asia is pretty static, waving a little bit through japan. that means more rain to come in tokyo. if you follow back to the chinese and, that is persistent and heavy rain. through the yangtze valley, there will be flooding. there is heavy rain stretching toward beijing as well.
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tokyo's forecast is not a big surprise. it is either raining or back for the next three days. ♪ >> al jazeera. wherever you are. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> the top stories on al jazeera. the man in charge of securing coronavirus vaccines for africa has blasted your for failing to deliver a promise does. less than 1% of the continent has been vaccinated and a third surge of infections is overwhelming hospitals. bangladesh has entered a lockdown to stop a surge in covid 19 cases. thailand's prime minister has reopened the island to vaccinated tourists to boost the tourism industry. the chief financial officer of former president donald trump's company has pleaded not guilty to tax crime charges. allen weisselberg has been released after being charged with fraud in grand larceny. u.s. president joe biden is in florida to visit last week's
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building collapse site. rescue workers and officials leading were crop -- recovery efforts and relatives have been met. operations on the beach have been on hold for the past few hours because of fears about the structure stability. one for fraud people remain unaccounted for. 18 people are confirmed dead. president biden spoke to the media after meeting the families. what did he say? >> that's right. before he spoke to the families, he spoke to the first responders. he thanked them for their work. there are 901st responders including the people going through the rubble behind me. he went on to speak to the families. we weren't in the room. there was no press allowed. some of the people inside posted video of what he said and he talked about the difficulties he had gone through when he
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launched his wife -- lost his first wife and daughter and how first responders and helped rescue his two sons from the car accident. it killed them. he went on to say to those families that the entire nation is behind them and he and jill biden are behind them. then he said they talked a little about their concerns and one of them involves global warming. here is what he had to say. >> in the last years they have been here, how there was one condominium complex built across the street in the road was purchased while they were living there. there was a building moving and shaking they felt. there were all kinds of discussions about whether or not they thought that water level rising would impact. it was interesting to me.
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i didn't raise it. but how many of the survivors and families talked about the impact of global warming. >> we have been searching the survivors for a week. do you think they will find anybody? alive? >> it is day eight and the president was askethat by a reporter and what he said was talking to the families, they were very realistic about the prospects of anyone else being rescued. it is day eight. no one has been rescued from that site since day one. that is last thursday. we have had 18 bodies come out of there. other portions of human remains. but no one living coming out of that site. there are 12 sries ofancake semantic building crumbled to the bill on -- ground a twisted steel. there areery few places
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somebody could hide and rain is pouring in there. the chances of somebody coming out at this stage are very slim. the president did not go that far as to say no one would come out but he made it clear he and the families understood there was not likely to be anyone surviving here. it was frustrating because when he came this morning, he learned in a briefing the rescue work had stopped because the rich shifting of the building and creaking and concern that building would come down. the remainder of the building that had not gone down appear to that work has now resumed. rescue workers are moving those cranes behind me. there is an effort considered a search-and-rescue mission. the chances of someone coming out grow increasingly slim. >> thank you very much. >> thousands of women have been protesting in turkey after the government pulled out of an international treaty on preventing violence against
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women. president erdogan says the convention signed in is simple encourages divorce. activists have warmed gender-based violence is on the rise. one monitoring group says one woman is killed every day. erdogan has denied pulling out will put them in danger. the women protesting said it will create impunity for anyone who attached them -- sattacls tjem. >> women are experiencing violence and abuse. the state will protect them and there will be a deterrent but i cannot say that's. there is nobody to protect me. this is awful. >> is guaranteed the salient will go unpunished because turkey has withdrawn and i never believed the state will protect me. >> 10 people have been killed in the latest attack in eastern
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democratic republic of congo. police and the military have blamed the democratic forces, an armed group. angry protesters demanded the security forces do more to protect people. last weekend, there were three bomb attacks. the roman catholic church and the drc says the atf is responsible for 6000 deaths since 2013. >> a major supply route used to deliver much needed food to ethiopia and it has been destroyed. it is not clear who damaged the bridge. relief workers say it is a major setback. 2 million people have been displaced since government forces began operations last november. the u.s. has around -- says half of them face famine conditions. the government which declared a unilateral cease-fire on monday is calling on forces to lay down their arms.
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the people's liberation front which controls the capital because the cease-fire a joke. many ethiopian refugees who fled to sudan say they would like to return if the armies left. some of them in galleries. >> this is where if you open refugees -- ethiopian refugees heard the news. he fled when it started in november between the government and the liberation front. he says he had to leave his family behind. >> i am glad most of tigre has been degraded and mostly says -- most places are under their control. maybe i can search for my family and children and look for those who died and bury them. >> other cities were welcomed by
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refugees here who had been following the news on television and social media. >> there are more european soldiers that are gone. there will be no more atrocities. i can go home to my bodies. i have not heard from my family since the conflict started because i was working in a farm and they were not home. >> the eight months of fighting has displaced 2 million people. rights groups have reported abuses by both sides. peopople have recorded killing y troops alongside the federal government. the united nations has said sexual violence and starvation have been used as weapons of war. 70,000 people have left since the start of the conflict. the united nations has described the situation as fluid and unpredictable. hundreds of thousands are desperate for supplies and
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fighting is ongoing in the region. for many, the fact that the tpl of has regained control is enough for them to hope for return in the near future. some say they want to go and search for those left behind. others what to return to their farms and see what remains of their homes and belongings. still others want to return to start where they left off. >> i was in high school in planning to go to university. now that things have changed, there is peace. i may be able to go back and study to get a job and build an independent country. >> federal troops control but refugees say they are waiting for work from across the border to return to their homes and lives they have left behind. al jazeera. >> covid-19 pandemic has left hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded. some have been stuck on board
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their vessels for more than a year as they wait for borders to reopen. >> more than 90% of global trade has moved by c. filipino is one of the 1.6 million seafarers who transport goods are merchant ships around the world. >> when the pandemic hit, hundreds of thousands of seafarers were left stranded on their ships. some were abandoned altogether. left months without pay or provisions. that's what happened to the 19 crewmembers of a carrier that has been docked in a port in kuwait for a year and a half. >> the news of covid-19 came and everything stopped. if it wasn't for the pandemic that would not have happened. >> the ships owner in 2019 it had no funds to support the
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vessel. some of them have been able -- the crew have been unable to leave the ship for more than two years. [speaking foreign language] >> this is our sink we are watching. utensils. >> with no wages, most are being forced to borrow money to support their families back home. >> i promised the moneylender. >> international transport workers federation has more than 150 inspectors boarding ships worldwide. matthew purcell is from ---says shipping is one of the world's worst regulated industries. >> we still have an incredible skulduggery going on.
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>> though seafarers still stranded have no choice but to wait for the day when they can once
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