tv Al Jazeera English News Bulletin LINKTV July 8, 2021 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> fear and uncertainty in haiti after the assassination of president jovenel moise. the operation to find his killers is continuing. ♪ hello, i'm in london. you are watching al jazeera. coming up, un security council has been meeting to hear regional conces over ethiopia's grand renaiance dam amid a dispute over its impact on the country's neighbors. a northwestern province that is the scene of intense fighting
between afghan or says and the taliban. japan's coronavirus emergency means the olympics will go ahead in tokyo without a key participant, the fans. welcome to the program. police in haiti say they have killed seven suspects and arrested six others believed to be involved in the assassination of president jovenel moise. authorities are hunting the perpetrators who orchestrated the operation. several of the arrests took place following the gunfight in the capital port-au-prince. crowds gathered earlier outside the police station where the suspects were being held. moise was shot dead during a raid on his home wednesday. the interim prime minister urges citizens to hand over suspects to the police without the use of
any violence. >> those guys killed the president. we will make them suffer. we need them to burn today. >> the u.n. special envoy for haiti say the nation reached out to the international community for help. >> i just came out of the meeting with the security council, where the permanent representative mentioned a request for assistance with the investigation from the international authorities, and so it is important that these requests be taken seriously. we are prepared with the expertise we have on board to assist this investigation and to call for further expertise as necessary. >> our editor at a haitian
publisher joins us from port-au-prince. we saw images of a mounting sense of resentment and anger building up. people are calling for accountability. there is confusion, although a state of emergency is in place in the country. what can you tell me about what it feels like to be there in port-au-prince? our apologies, we will try to get you audio going. >> hello? >> we have you now. >> i was saying for now, the streets are calm in port-au-prince and other parts of the country. but people decided mostly to stay home, to remain indoors because there was a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear about
what could happen next after the assassination of the president. we are in a country, especially port-au-prince, where gangs are ruling, so there are kidnappings and assassinations every. people are afraid now that the president is dead, that the situation could become much worse in the days to come. >> you say there was already in security with the prevalence of criminal gangs and kidnappings. has that deteriorated even more? have you sensed a shift? does it feel more dangerous now on the streets? >> after the assassination, that is what the population, we have that fear. we have that fear that things
can become much worse. for now, for example today, the streets are very calm today. >> how do people -- is it clear who is in charge of the country? obviously we spoke about the interim prime minister, seen by many as the legitimate leader, but there are others that say another leader should be in the position because he was appointed by president moise just before he was killed. >> right now, we are in the middle of confusion. and in the middle of a constitutional crisis as well. as you mentioned, we have two prime ministers, the acting prime minister and the other one that president moise had chosen before. he did a couple things before he died. what happened is, president
moise, before he died, he wanted to concentrate the power in his hands. although his term has ended on february 2021 according to the constitution and civil society. the government was already not legitimate. no you have two prime ministers and you don't really know who is supposed to lead. so yes, there was confusion and we don't really know what will happen in the days to come. >> do you sense that the majority of the people, do they support the state of emergency because perhaps it will prevent a complete breakdown of law and order and perhaps keep people safe to some extent? or are there concerns about the implications of the interim
prime minister having those special powers? >> yes, but at the same time, a lot of people don't understand what that means. maybe that is the reason why they don't really know how to act. they don't really understand what it fully means for the country and for acting prime minister claude joseph. >> can you explain the situation in haiti before the assassination? president jovenel moise faced, for a long time, a great deal of opposition but aside from that, you have terrible poverty and very little rebuilding and a humanitarian plight that seems to have become worse and worse since the earthquake in 2010. is the country in a complete
mess now? as you said, before the assassination, things were not really ok, but the greatest fear we had was with the gangs, because gangs are really ruling the streets, especially in port-au-prince. they are ruling the streets. that is may the greatest issue we had. of course, yes, we have 4 million people who have food insecurity and possibly, that number will increase after the situation we are living in right now. so yes, we were already in chaos. right now, maybe even more. >> thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us.
joining us from port-au-prince, the editor at an online media publication. ♪ >> the un security council has been discussing the controversial mega dam that ethiopia is building on the nile river. he ethiopia -- egypt and sudan feel -- fear they will lose control to freshwater. other countries demand an international resolution. egypt's foreign minister had a blunt assessment of the situation. >> a nation of over 100 million souls is facing an existential threat. a grand structure of mammoth proportion has been constructed across the artery that bequeaths life to the people of egypt.
a colossal wall of iron and steel has arisen along the banks of the ancient river and has cast a dark shadow over the future and fate of the people of egypt. with every brick and every layer of mortar, the gerd grows higher and its reservoir grows larger and it continues to constrict the lifeblood of innocent millions living downstream of this giant dam. >> egypt and sudan sent their foreign ministers to the meeting in new york but ethiopia sent its water minister. he told other diplomats his country is determined to build the dam for the people. >> it is also unique because the construction of this dam is financed by the blood, tears and sweat of ordinary ethiopians. the gerd is built in the right place or the betterment of people in the broader region.
our unfortunate inability is deeply embedded in the psychology of the people. >> are diplomatic editor was following those events. >> it is really increasing the tension in the situation and the tension behind the scenes of the council meeting. you heard the ethiopian water minister using the word existential about the dam. you had the egyptian saying the word existential as the threat to egypt from the dam. this word is being invoked by two countries with populations of over 100 million people. sudan is involved. it is not a small country, population over 40 million. that shows you what is at stake. there is a disagreement on whether this should be a security council issue. ethiopia, making it clear the
water minister, he was very clear, they had the water minister here, not the foreign minister. they don't believe this is a matter for the security council. they believe it should be backed by the african union. you heard the position from egypt and sudan. they have gone nowhere and you have heard the strong comments of the addiction foreign minister -- the egyptian foreign minister that there was bad faith and irresponsibility from ethiopia. it is clear who the audience was. arabic is the official language of the security council. he could have spoken in arabic. he didn't. he did the whole speech in english. i think he was aiming at an international audience, making it clear that egypt cannot and will not tolerate the current situation. >> you are watching al jazeera live from london. much more still ahead. there have been a quarter of a
million cases in seven days. africa experiences its worst week of the pandemic. also -- >> festival organizers in cannes. ♪ >> we have some rain in the forecast for eastern australia over the next couple days. more clouds cropping up, high pressure not too far away but on shore breezes pulling more moist air in. we will see showers around the eastern side on friday. looking rather gray for most of the eastern side into brisbane. generally dry to the west, what weather to come for southern parts of wa. rain not as heavy or extensive
through saturday, brightening up i the end of the day. brightening up on the eastern side by the end of the day. wet weather pushes towards new zealand but new zealand largely dry, a little cool, temperatures struggling to get into double figures. warmer for japan, wet weather coming into japan at the moment, pulsing out of eastern china. heavy rain coming in across the southern half of japan so honshu seeing heavy wars. it is still there through saturday, linking all the way back into central china. southern parts of china, generally dry. hong kong with a top temperature of 34 degrees. ♪ >> the covid-19 pandemic is threatening one of singapore's most famous traditions. >> the pressure is on.
>> we investigate if they can innovate to survive. >> challenging how mainstream media covers the news. >> stories like these should be easy pickings for political reporters to hold power to account. >> others are breaking the mold. ♪ >> the main stories now, police in haiti say they have killed seven suspects and arrested six others believed to be involved in the assassination of president jovenel moise. authorities are hunting the perpetrators beyond the operation -- behind the
operation. the un security council has been discussing the mega dam being built by ethiopia on the nile. it is the source of a major dispute between ethiopia and egypt and sudan. u.s. president joe biden is offending his decision to pull all american troops out of afghanistan, saying the military will and its presence there on august 31. that is slightly ahead of schedule. he assists the u.s. achieved its objectives after nearly 20 years of war, but the withdrawal comes at a time when the taliban is continuing to seize territory. our white house correspondent reports. >> one week after u.s. forces withdrew quietly from bagram air force base, the taliban is making gains from the security vacuum left behind. president joe biden is adamant, u.s. forces will leave
afghanistan by the end of august. >> nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms , that just one more year fighting in afghanistan is not a solution, but a recipe for being there indefinitely. >> as the taliban gains power, biden is on the defensive. he says afghanistan's future is tied to a political solution, not a military one. peace must be negotiated between the afghan government and the taliban. when he was asked if he had any faith in the group, the president had this to say. >> no, i don't trust the taliban. >> the u.s. will keep a small security and diplomatic presence in the country to support afghan forces, keep the kabul airport open and protect the u.s. embassy. >> we have a strategy that is less than coherent and the administration will have to scramble to realize what their
priorities in the region are. >> the taliban's rapid advance across afghanistan has put key cds at risk of being overtaken. still, biden insists the u.s. won't be at fault if that happens. >> no, no, no. it is up to the people of afghanistan to decide what government they want. not us to impose the government on them. >> as part of the humanitarian efforts, the white house announced thursday, it will also ship one point 4 million doses of the johnson & johnson covid vaccine to afghanistan. critics argue, afghanistan needs much more, especially afghan interpreters that served and supported u.s. troops and are now in danger. the white house insists it is evacuating thousands of afghan nationals and their families to a third party country while their visas are being processed. once complete, those who
supported the u.s. mission in afghanistan could be offered asylum in the united states. >> there will be no spectators at olympic events in tokyo in two weeks. organizers made the decision after japan declared a state of emergency in the capital because of rising numbers of coronavirus cases. >> hours after japan announced a fresh state of emergency in tokyo, the effect on the olympics was confirmed. to combat the surge, there will be no fans at all allowed to attend venues in tokyo. >> without the pandemic, the olympic games will be an amazing opportunity to unite people, but the pandemic doesn't allow us to hold events with spectators. we are very sorry for the locals living near the venues. >> the decision to ban foreign fans was made months ago, but organizers hoped to allow 50%
capacity to domestic crowds. a small number of people may be allowed to attend venues outside tokyo, but there is no doubt there's days decision has inflicted a decision -- a significant blow. >> this was supposed to be a huge moment for tokyo, for japan . so much effort has gone into preparing the capital to host these games, and now it will be a lot of empty stadiums. >> the head of the international olympic committee arrived in tokyo as the rules were announced. he will now spend three days isolating in his hotel. >> we will support any measure which is necessary to have a safe and secure olympic games. >> the games have effectively been reduced to a made-for-tv event. the ioc will collect $4 billion from broadcasters but the loss of ticket revenue will be felt
by japan's taxpayers. they have been hit hard by the most expensive games in history. some reports put the overall cost close to $30 billion. around 11,000 athletes from all over the world are making their way to tokyo, ready to compete in olympics like no other. >> this is an opportunity that comes every four years, where they can actually compete in arenas that are comparable to other mainstream sports. the reality is, when they get to tokyo and they get to those arenas and see how unusually quiet it is, i think it could affect some performances. >> there will be no fans in tokyo but the delayed games are going ahead. the opening ceremony is two weeks away. >> elsewhere, africa is experiencing its worst week of the pandemic, surpassing the second wave peak with a quarter
of a million new cases in the past seven days. it is reporting infections are up 22% compared to a week ago. the delta variant, combined with the shortage of vaccines, has made the situation worse. but global vaccination schemes are delivering millions of vaccines to africa this year. four months ago, they aimed to provide 720 million doses. the managing director said 25 million doses have been delivered to 44 african countries, but she admitted she wasn't happy with the progress, saying indian export restrictions caused delays. a reporter -- our reporter has more. >> a public awareness campaign in the car. this nurse knows it will take a lot to convince people to get vaccinated. senegal is running short on vaccines. >> in the next 72 hours, we will
be making a lot of noise. we will be doing public campaigns, knocking on doors, going into factories and offices and warning everyone to be prepared. >> senegal is among 23 african countries experiencing a third wave of infections with 250,000 new cases in the last week. the world health organization warns that the continent is ill-prepared to deal with the increase. >> the worst is yet to calm as the -- yet to come as the third wave gains speed and new ground in these countries. >> lockdowns are being imposed in sierra leone, zimbabwe and south africa. the delta variant has spread from india to 16 african countries. it is in rural areas, away from cities, where there are fewer people vaccinated, that the surge of new cases he is taking place. 2% of africans have been vaccinated. most don't have access to health
centers. some fear unfounded side effects while others view it as pointless. the eu failing to recognize the validity of vaccines for travel to europe. senegal is banning public gatherings in an attempt to slow the third wave, but in order to limit transmission it needs rich countries to deliver on their promise in providing vaccines, as supplies are running out. given the rate of transmission, scientists fear the delta variant could mutate into a more deadly and contagious virus. >> we have left countries behind on the vaccination and the public health response. that gives more chance for the virus and people -- to evolve. >> with or without the vaccine, for senegal and other african countries, it is a race against time to prepare the population
ahead of what appears to be a new and more dangerous wave of infection. >> news from sri lanka, a family has tightened its grip on power by appointing one of its members as finance minister. a dual u.s.-sri lankan citizen is said to be the brains behind the domination in politics. >> the return to power is very much a family affair. he was sworn in as finance minister by his older brother, the president. his predecessor and another brother, the former president and current prime minister, looked on. >> because of covid-19, the economy of all countries, including sri lanka, has changed. we have to face it.
i think the president is very keen to open the country back and get the country moving economically and in every way. >> analysts say that will not be easy. sri lanka's foreign reserves are dangerously low. massive debt repayments are due and income levels have fallen during the pandemic. the government has dismissed criticism regarding the printing of aliens of rupees -- billions of rupees to meet its commitment. the family tally in parliament is six. the strengthening of dynastic politics with the latest appointment is a concern to many. >> there is no getting away from the fact that this is about family rule. this is about the regime tightening its stranglehold on power. in that respect, for democracy, i don't see it as anything that
is going to strengthen democracy. on the contrary, it will attract from democratic institutions. >> he was not worried about the economic challenges, saying he has dealt with much worse. what the country needs, he says, is the support of many sectors of this is an society to deal with the situation. he has been mr. fix-it and a strategist between the family's rise to power in sri lanka. with the government's popularity falling, his family hopes they can turn things around. >> netflix is sitting out the cannes film festival because of a feud with organizers. only films distributed in french theaters are eligible, which movies -- which means movies on netflix are excluded.
>> this is what you won't see in cannes. films by netflix. the u.s. streaming giant has produced award-winning movies, but because netflix refuses to show its films in french cinemas, it is barred from the festival competitions. >> all platforms are invited to cannes. amazon coproduced the opening film and accepted that it must have a french release. films must be shown in french cinemas and the day netflix accepts this, we will be delighted to have them. >> the row between the film festival in netflix again in 2018 when cannes changed the rules. this is what organizers want to protect. french cinema and the experience of watching a film on the big screen. but this cinema manager says he doesn't regard streaming platforms as a threat. >> it is the public that decides. these days, everyone has a
netflix or amazon subscription but people still love coming to the cinema. >> a view shared by u.s. director spike lee, the head of this year's jury. >> cinema and screening platforms can -- streaming platforms can coexist at one time. there was the thinking that tv was going to kill cinema. so this stuff is not new. >> a french-lebanese actress has worked on netflix productions. for her, it is important that cannes takes a stand. >> france puts artists and intellectuals in the country and sometimes, there are films that really deserve to be watched on the big screen. >> organizers say they talked to netflix executives, but there have been no breakthroughs. for another year, the feud has been in the spotlight. but cannes wouldn't be cannes