tv Al Jazeera English News Bulletin LINKTV July 6, 2021 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
on the cannes film festival. lebanon is pleading for international help, morning the country is days away from a social explosion. global help is urgently needed to prevent economic ruin. the currency has fallen through the floor. it has lost about 90% of what it was worth. blackouts are common because of dilapidated power grids. some areas are getting two hours of electricity a day, while fuel shortages mean even private generators are failing.
hospitals have dropped elective procedures and our rationing medical supplies, and lack of fuel has led to fights. they warned that the lebanese people are running out of patience. >> might plea today and call on the united nations and all international agencies to help save the lebanese people. lebanon is a short distance from a social explosion. reporter: the country is in crisis, it has been in crisis for more than a year. the state is nearly bankrupt. it is a daily struggle. we are outside one of the gas stations, you see the long lines. people wait for hours just to fill up one third of their fuel
tank. there is a fuel crisis, just as there is a lack of medicine. after people fill up their cars, they go to pharmacy to look for medicines. then there is hyperinflation, the price of food has more than tripled in recent months. yet, the minimum wage remains the same. the majority of the knees people earn the local currency, which is now worth less than $50. >> we are dying. they are destroying us. we cannot buy anything. it is health. reporter: there are those people who earn a salary but unemployment is on the rise. it is 35%, and it is going to increase to 40%.
this is a country which is starving for dollars. this entry banks mandatory reserves is drying up. they were giving importers dollars to buy fuel, medicine. like i mentioned, it's running out. fuel prices have increased by 50%. so has the price of bread. people are struggling. you heard that man, those who have money can't because they cannot find it in a country which imports almost everything. anchor: the afghan government says areas will be retaken. it's national security advisor says hundreds of security personnel will be brought back
to rejoin the fight. this as the pentagon says that withdrawal of u.s. forces is 90% complete. the taliban have taken control of another 36 districts in just the past six days. it doubled the number of districts the controls since may the first when the u.s. withdrew. in the last 24 hours, the afghan air force as a killed 261 taliban fighters and injured hundred mars. reporter: on the ground, fighters have been taking one district after another. they now control afghanistan's northern border. the afghan government says a counteroffensive is on the way which includes soldiers that fled. >> the afghan people expected after the withdrawal there would be no excuse for the taliban to continue the war.
unfortunately we see that instead they started a war. reporter: the afghan air force is hitting back, carrying out airstrikes. it may not have the latest equipment, but the air force is capable. if we compare there is a difference. the commander knows they may not have as much firepower, but says they are ready for what comes. >> everyone knows we live in a country -- in this case, sometimes we go forward sometimes we sit back. in combat, everything is possible. nothing is stable. reporter: for the internationally backed government to retake the areas, it must hold on to the base.
there is a prison holding 5000 taliban fighters. a private in the army believes an attack is coming. >> we have not come here to sleep. everybody is prepared. morale is high. reporter: morale may not be high for long with the taliban intensifying. >> if the taliban having leverage, the upper hand. i think there is a snowballing effect. once you start seeing various provinces, it's hard to reverse. let's not forget, without military backing and support. it is in the interest of the united states, countries in the region the pentagon says it is 90% complete, a lot can happen
on the battlefield. anchor: betsy with the state department is saying about all this. reporter: the state department is saying a success in this change led by the u.s. and a western based coalition to afghans being in control of their government really does come to how the taliban behaves. this is the state department spokesperson. >> it is not just the government in afghanistan. not just the united states. not just the international community that recognizes that there is no military solution to this conflict. the fact that the taliban continues to engage in delhi, engage in dialogue is itself most likely a reflection of the fact that the taliban
understands that only through diplomacy can they garner any sort of legitimacy. anchor: are you getting any sense that this is not going according to plan? reporter: we are not getting that sense. in fact, the pentagon spokesperson was pressed on this point during his briefing. he said the afghans knew when we were going to be leaving, new we return control of the airbase, they knew this was coming. we gave them multiple tours to show them how to run the base once u.s. forces leave. there is a bit of defensiveness, but there is also a resolve that the u.s. military is leaving afghanistan in large part because trying to prosecute a
war after nearly 20 years is not making a difference, and it is time for the afghan government and afghan people to chart their own course. anchor: thank you very much. a drone has attacked an airport in iraq with explosives. kurdish security sources said it was targeting a u.s. base. the casualties have been reported. -- no casualties have been reported. humanitarian agencies are reporting rising kidnappings in nigeria. around 1000 students have been abducted since december. the latest attack took place at a boarding school. nearly 150 students are missing. >> reporter: distraught parents gather at the school compound, as they wait to hear news.
empty beds are all that remain after attackers rated the school. just this morning, they entered. police say assailants overpowered security guards and took victims into a forest. more than two dozen students having rescued. a bit earlier in a separate attack on a health center, about a dozen people were ducted, including children as young as three. this is the 10th school kidnapping since december. four of those abductions happened here. it has prompted the state
government to order the closure of schools enroll areas that are vulnerable to attacks. many in poverty and don't have jobs. the region has seen a rise in kidnapping for ransom in recent years, which is having a devastating impact. in 2014, the world watched as boko haram fighters kidnapped 276 schoolchildren. the president has faced mounting criticism about his government's struggle to tackle the crisis, with families calling on the international community for help. >> we stand in one voice. we condemn whatever happened. we will continue to protest until our children are broke back. reporter: for this community, here has spread that no school
seem safe. anchor: criminal investigation a plane crash into a russian mountain. six secondary school students are among nine people arrested in hong kong for allegedly plotting to set off homemade bombs. >> largely dry for much of australia, temperatures on tuesday morning with high-pressure. light wind in here supplies -- clear skies. we have got some white or whether pushing into western
parts, southern parts of western australia, to the east of that, it is generally going to stay dry. could see a few showers cropping up. still a chance that one or two showers into new zealand, but the worst of the weather is pulling out. temperatures in double figures but it be largely dry. not to drive across japan at present, have a large area as seasonal downpours push their way out of central china, isa 29. >> the story of zimbabwe.
warning the country is days away from social explosion. the currency has lost about 90%. the afghan government says districts captured by the districts have been taken in a counteroffensive. this as the pentagon says the withdrawal of forces is 90% complete. humanitarian agencies are warning of a rise in school kidnappings in nigeria, disrupting the educations of hundreds of thousands of children. nearly 150 students are missing after the latest attack on a boarding school on monday. indonesia is bracing for another search in coronavirus cases. as hospitals are struggling with the weight of infections, oxygen is flown in from singapore to treat patients.
jakarta's health care system is at 90% capacity. indonesian airlines are suspending all flights for one month to support efforts to contain the spread of the virus. after months of criticism that covid vaccines were not rich in developing nations, inoculation drives around the world are picking up. the role outcome as expiratory about the impact of the delta variance. reporter: vaccine drives are gathering pace around the world. this is 1.5 million doses of the moderna vaccine flown into el salvador. el salvador has administered just under 3 million doses, enough to fully inoculate 22% of its population. >> we have a special commitment to the entire region and we are not going to stop until all countries have the vaccines they require to protect all of their citizens. reporter: on ivory coast, health
workers are visiting markets to get as many people visited -- vaccinated as possible. they will visit the capital in the next two weeks. in africa, case numbers are doubling every three weeks. >> i've just received my covid vaccine. i am relieved because i have been waiting for a long time. i came to the market, saw the people so i took advantage of it. reporter: in russia, the government has opened its largest vaccination center in moscow, russia reported 737 death on tuesday. >> the last week showed a slight decrease in the incidence of covid in moscow, but nevertheless, the level of hospitalization is at a high level. reporter: data pfizer vaccine is
just 64% against infections by the delta variant. it had been 94% against previous trains. although they reported it is still more than 90% effective in keeping people out of the hospital. the delta variant is accelerating outbreaks in places it previously escaped. fiji went an entire year until the new strain arrived in april. on tuesday, it reported a record 636 cases and six deaths. >> that hits you him someone -- it hits you in some way and lets you know we are far from over. reporter: 10% of fijians are fully vaccinated, officials are hoping to increase that number to stop the spread.
anchor: biden administration is watching a targeted approach to encourage communities with low vaccine uptake to get the jab. the u.s. failed to reach its goal of giving at least one dose of the vaccine to 70% of its adult population by the july 4 holiday. it is set to reach that deadline by the end of the week. president joe biden is urging millions of unvaccinated americans to stop putting those around them at risk. >> right now, as i speak to you, communities are at risk. people they care about are at risk. this is an even bigger concern because of the delta variant. it should cause reconsideration, especially young people that may have thought they did not need to be vaccinated.
anchor: canada has named its first indigenous governor general. justin trudeau appointed mary simons the post, and inuit from northern quebec, she said the assignment's progress towards an inclusive society. it coincides with a spotlight on historical abuses against indigenous people encounter, after a discovery of more than 1000 unmarked graves of children who were forced into residential schools. >> i can confidently say that my appointment is a historic and inspirational moment for canada. an important step forward on the long path towards reconciliation. anchor: 28 people are feared dead after a plane crash in russia. none of the 22 passengers and six crew are believed to have
survived. the twin engine aircraft disappeared from radar after it was to land. reporter: wreckage is being recovered far and wide as aviation officials try to piece together what happened. some debris from the crash was found on a mountainside. more pieces were fished out of the sea. other parts were found about five kilometers from the runway. >> today, a plane crash. presumably it was making a second approach. reporter: air traffic control lost contact as the plane near his destination. heavy fog right have caused the plane to go of course. criminal investigation is underway. the plane's owner said everything was sound. local officials have partially
back this up. >> the aircraft was made in 1982. it has a valid certificate of airworthiness. the crew passed a preflight inspection. currently, search and rescue activities are underway. reporter: fall 28 people on board our belief that, but so far no bodies have been covered. a local leader and two children were among the passengers. the rugged terrain is making the search a slow and arduous process. the area is difficult access, especially as night falls. anchor: a former presidential hopeful in belarus has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. he was convicted of money laundering, bribery and tax evasion. he was arrested last june he tried to register his candidacy against the president. he went on to claim a landslide victory in the august election.
opposition and western governments say the election was raped -- riogged. >> the defendant is deprived of the possibility to appeal. sentence to be appealed as soon as possible. we raise a question of the violations of the rights to the committee of human rights of the united nations. anchor: pentatonic watchdog says iran has began a process of enriching metal, a move they could help it develop a nuclear weapon. they say they are aimed at developing fuel. the move has drawn criticism from the u.k., france and germany as well as the united states, saying the decision is an important step backwards. officials say it threatens the talks around the deal.
police in hong kong have arrested nine people suspected of involvement in a bomb plot. they are accused of making explosives to plant at multiple sites across the city. six secondary students are among the suspects. it's just the latest incident in a turbulent year. reporter: hong kong police presented evidence to the media. helmets, shields, air guns, walkie-talkies and chemicals. >> courtrooms, lay the bomb in a rubbish bin to maximize damage. reporter: six arrested are secondary students. it is a tense time, it is almost a week since a man died after
stabbing a police officer than himself. security officers classified it as a lone wolf terror attack. messages offer condolences to the assailant's family. the events demonstrate that the antigovernment protest movement may not have been entirely extinguished. that, say analysts, may lead to a new and water campaign. it is a year since a sweeping law was imposed. now, the government is proposing legislation to amend for privacy laws. a response to the protesting 2019, when pliva details of police, judges and journalists were disclosed online. a practice known as doc singh. tech companies like google, twitter and facebook are worried changes could the two local employees being fined or jailed. if they refused to hand over data to the hong kong government. as a consequence, they warned
they might with the territory. one of the world's leading financial centers. hong kong's chief executive says only illegal behaviors being targeted. >> as we all know, many people in hong kong has been traumatized by doc singh on the internet. this time, the amendment solves the problem. reporter: experts say the proposed changes add to the mood of uncertainty among foreign investors. >> this could have a very negative impact on hong kong's business climate, reputation. reporter: some, the reputation for safety is also being question. anchor: the cannes film festival is back after taking an enforced break last year for the pandemic. stars and lovers are once again in the south of france.
reporter: the mediterranean sea, red carpet. the festival is back. spike lee is the head of the jury this year. the excitement was palpable. it is one of 24 films in competition for the prestigious prize. the musical comedy stars adam driver. >> this is my favorite festival. i look at it as a marker of great films. reporter: the director says it is because for celebration. >> we had no idea of the
festival would be possible. last year we had to cancel it. it is hugely satisfying to be back. reporter: it's not only the movie industry delighted by the return, the festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors. after a difficult year for to towards him sector, there are many in the city and a very happy to be back in business. a lack of torus force this luxury hotel to close for six month last year, the manager says the festival will help the local economy. >> it will represent 15% of our yearly revenue. we do that in less than two weeks. it is big, and also it brings a lot of positive energy for the city. reporter:2 anchor: travel restrictions mean some film stars have stayed away. for those attending, special measures are in place.
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