tv Al Jazeera English News Bulletin LINKTV September 14, 2021 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
lauren: haiti's chief prosecutor asks the prime minister to be charged over the killing of the president. i'm lauren taylor. this is al jazeera live from london. upon taking office, president biden immediately face the choice between ending the war or escalating. the u.s. secretary of state defends the heavily criticized withdrawal from afghanistan during a second day of grilling by congress. you and investigators paint a bleak picture of the situation in syria, saying the violence there is worsening.
californians vote whether to recall democratic governor gavin newsom who has 46 people running to replace him. haiti's chief prosecutor has asked a judge to charge the prime minister as a suspect in the murder of the president. he's ordered migration services not to let him leave haiti. we have two news agencies reporting henry has sacked the prosecutor. the president was assassinated in july and court documents say the prime minister was called twice in the hours after the death i one of the main suspects. the calls were around 4 a.m. local time and lasted seven minutes. the prime minister has not commented. reporter: when you look at the overall panorama in haiti, this news could not have come at a worse time. an earthquake rocked the southwest of the country about a
month ago and the situation is still dire in many of those communities that it affected. we are hearing reports of at least one community in which people are still struggling to get enough to eat. there are others struggling to shelter that are waiting for the rebuilding process to really kick in and you want the figurehead of the country to deal with that. now it seems that is in doubt. there's obviously problems in terms of the public prosecutor and the alleged phone calls between the prime minister and one of the principle suspect in the killing of the country's president. there is also, it seems, a lot of political upheaval and different factions fighting for control in the country. there's also a further problem in haiti and that is that gangs which are really powerful, even when i was there personally covering the aftermath, there were questions about whether you could get aid through the only road going through the disaster
zone because there were two gangs fighting over it. that's just an example of the problems there and the control those groups exert. having a divided government, having chins over who is the leader of the country is not going to help those overall problems the country is going through right now. lauren: the u.s. secretary of state has faced a second day of tough questioning over the withdrawal of american troops from afghanistan. washington has been heavily criticized for its hasty evacuations after the taliban took control of the capital. antony blinken said the rapid fall of kabul took u.s. intelligence by surprise and they will be looking into why they failed to predict it. >> we, collectively, over 20 years invested extraordinary amounts in security forces and that government. hundreds of billions of dollars, equipment, training, advice, support. based on that, as well as based
on what we were looking at real time, again, we did not see this collapse in a matter of 11 days. lauren: that taliban has promised to distribute more than a billion dollars of a directly to afghans who needed. the money was pledged on hyundai at the first u.n. donors conference on afghanistan since the group seized power. they are heavily reliant on external assistance and the takeover has compounded fears of economic collapse. >> we assure the international community that we are pleased to hear about the pledged commitment to afghanistan. at the same time, we promise come on our part for all the relief aid reach those that deserve it. it is our responsibility to hand out the relief aid to all afghans across the country. lauren: the world health organization has delivered its first batch of 20 tons of medical aid to afghanistan. reporter: this is some of the first medical aid arriving from
the organization. about 43 metric tons of essential supplies, including insulin, consumables, surgical equipment, and much-needed help for afghanistan's hospitals. the world health organization says it is trying to build a bridge with which it can bring in much-needed aid for the millions of people in afghanistan who needed desperately. these two shipments with essential supplies will provide medical help for 1.40 5 million people in afghanistan and a number of hospitals across the country that the world health organization said it's not going to be enough. it's the first tranche of the much-needed help the people of afghanistan need. unless that help is provided on a regular basis and unless, as we heard from the united nations, this becomes a regular feature, it's not going to be enough for the people of afghanistan. we have heard from other nations they don't need to just provide
a but make sure afghanistan's economy does not collapse and the people do not fall below the poverty line. the projections are by the time next year, if the situation does not improve more than 90% of the population is going to go below the poverty line. lauren: an afghan man who lost several members of his extended family in a drone strike is calling on the u.s. to accept it made an era -- made an error and investigate. he said his family was wrongly targeted by american forces. 10 people, including seven children were killed in a strike on august 29. he says his family was not linked to the group but were employees of american organizations who had hopes to be evacuated. u.s. claims the strike destroyed a vehicle packed with explosives and prevented an attack on kabul's airport.
vladimir putin has hosted his ally, the syrian president, bashar al-assad in that for the first time in six years. they discussed how syrian forces backed by russia will gain control of the last rebel held areas. putin intervened in 2015 and criticized foreign powers who continue to back the opposition. >> the main problem, in my view, is foreign military forces, without the permission of the u.n. and without sanctioning present on some territories of the country which contradicts international law. that does not give you an opportunity to use maximum efforts for the consolidation of the country and move on the path of its restoration as fast as you could've the whole territory of the country was controlled by the legal government. reporter: taking into account the fact that international terrorism recognizes no borders and spreads like an infection
around the world, i can say our armies made a huge contribution to protect the world from this evil. lauren: syria is essentially unfit for humans. 10 years after the war began, the situation is getting worse according to a new report. the u.n. commission inquiry on syria has said they continue to perpetrate war crimes and crimes against humanity. they found instances of torture, sexual violence and disappearances and arbitrary deaths. they blame all sides. facilities and food markets are still routine targets. unchecked environmental issues have forces in the country to fend for themselves. for more than 6 million syrians who have left, the conclusion is it would be unsafe for them to go home.
>> for different parts of the country, we see levels of violence are going up rather than down. then we look at the whole country and we see the economy plummeting, we see food shortages, and as we said earlier, fuel shortages, we see the pandemic numbers rising, and that is what makes us say at this point that syria is not a country that could be taking people in. lauren: voters in the state of california are deciding whether to oust the democrat in california -- newsom has been criticized for his handling of the covid-19 outbreak along with liberal policies on immigration and crime. if more than 50% vote for him to
be recalled, he would be replaced by which our candidate receives the highest vote in the second question on the ballot. his main challenger is republican radio host and trump supporter larry elder who leads a crowded field of 46 replacement candidates. he has already appealed to his supporters to report alleged voter fraud even though the results have not been reported yet. how likely is it gavin newsom will be recalled? guest: if you posed that question in july, you would have gotten very different answer from the one today. then, this race was very tight, neck and neck. there was a strong amount of enthusiasm on the republican side for people who wanted to recall gavin newsom. whereas democrats who outnumber republicans almost two to one in the state were seen as being
apathetic. they didn't think they could engage or seem to want to go out and vote. gavin newsom responded to that by unleashing a $70 million campaign war chest, blanketing the air with ads that portray larry elder, his main opponent, as a clone of donald trump, who is very unpopular here, and emphasizing larry elder would rescind all coronavirus mask and vaccine mandates. that began to take some effect among voters who, in the state, are tired of repeated lockdown. they want to know whether or not their children can go to school safely and whether they can go in person. this has turned the tide and now all the peoples, and there have been many over the past couple of weeks that show the no votes
strongly had. no means no, we don't want gavin newsom to be replaced. some of those polls show newsom ahead by double digits. this is a very important issue not only in california but nationwide as well. president biden was in long beach, california, not far from here on monday evening, stumping and campaigning for gavin newsom. this is seen as a barometer of how democrats are doing nationwide after a rough summer with the delta variant spreading like wildfire and the somewhat bungled retreat and departure from afghanistan by u.s. troops. if gavin newsom were to fall and be ousted as governor, that would be bad news for democrats nationwide. but again, having emphasized larry elder's common points and friendship and support from
president trump, and having emphasized elder would be softer on vaccine mandates and mask mandates, gavin newsom is considered very likely to remain governor of the nation's largest state and the fifth largest economy on the planet. lauren: thank you very much. still to come, winter is coming in the u.k. and the coronavirus numbers don't look good. but the prime minister says this is what living with covid looks like. norway's left-leaning parties win a landslide election. >> here is an update -- it's
just sauntering around the east china sea. these are the stains we are starting to see out that shanghai cap part of the problem is the ground is so saturated it can't hang onto any more water. it's gotten nowhere to go and you see it go over the streets. here's the situation on wednesday -- not much change. still hanging out toward the east china sea but throwing heavy rain for southern areas of japan. we're also going to get some fairly fierce and thin shanghai on wednesday and could see guests at 80 or 90 kilometers an hour. leftovers of what was tropical storm -- moving toward the west impacting thailand and myanmar with heavy rounds of rain. next stop, austria and the next system is coming into western australia. conditions in perth deteriorate and we've got clouds floating through the southeast, sydney at 18 degrees.
give it a few days and we will ramp the temperature to 26 on saturday. well above average. new zealand, it's going to remain unsettled. a height of 13 degrees. -- a high of 13 degrees. >> too often, afghanistan is portrayed through the prism of war. but there were many afghanistan's. thanks to the brave individuals who breaks -- who risk their lives to project -- to protect it from destruction, an amazing film archive reveals a forgotten troops of the country's modern history. the forbidden real, part one, the birth of afghanistan on al jazeera.
lauren: a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera -- the prime minister of haiti has sacked the country's chief prosecutor after he asked a judge to charge henry in the murder of the president. the prosecutor ordered officials not to let the prime minister leave the country. the u.s. secretary of state has faced a second day of tough questioning over the withdrawal of american troops from afghanistan. patel up and has thanked to the international community for more than a billion dollars in aid and promised to distribute it to afghans who need it. vladimir putin has hosted his ally, syrian president bashar -- bashar al-assad for the first time in six years. the two discussed how the syrian
forces will gain control of the last rebel held areas. three former u.s. operatives have been charged with conspiring to violate hacking laws. they are believed to have been part of a unit called project raven. court documents allege they used criminal means to access protected computer systems in the u.s. and elsewhere. prosecutors say they will drop the charges if the men cooperate with authorities and pay a penalty. tell us more about this case. guest: the justice department has revealed papers filed in court saying the three men had been charged with a number of offenses related to computer hacking. investigators allege they were mercenary hackers hired by the uae, working for a company with the intention to hack computers
in the united states and around the world from the base in the uae itself. interestingly, prosecutors say they will drop the charges if the three individuals agreed to a number of conditions. one is that they continue to cooperate in the investigation. second, they pay back $1.5 million which would appear to account for the salaries they received and that they agree not to receive a security clearance. the charges may be dropped, clearly the justice department is concerned about the gray area involved in bringing hacking prosecutions within the united states and also the nature of the u.s. relationship with the uae, which is seen as a valued ally. lauren: how is this discovered? guest: this is where it gets worse.
this is not a spur of the moment thing, something that has been happening in recent months or even recent years. the initial reporting on this matter was done by the reuters news agency in january of 2019 in which it revealed extensive details of project raven and the computer mercenaries working for the firm-based in the uae. in that report, they quoted a whistle blower that joined the ferment when he 14. she says she went to the news agency after what she saw as a redline being crossed and that was starting to hack the computers of individuals within the united states. it's interesting in that this has been going on for an extensive time, since at least 2014, and it would appear the investigators only latched on once the report was produced in january, 2019. but the issue is this is not a
spur of the moment type thing or something that has come up recently, as the project would appear to have been in place for nearly a decade. lauren: the highest ranking american military officer was so concerned that president trump could start a war with china is last few days in office that he put secret safeguards in place. he called his chinese counterpart twice in the final months of trump's term. this is according to a book by veteran watergate reporter, bob woodward. he assured his counterpart there would not be any sort of attack. china's ambassador to the u.k. has been barred from parliament after politicians expressed outrage at his scheduled visit.
they were told by the house of commons that he could not take part. the chinese embassy hit back, calling it despicable. u.k.'s prime minister says a third jab will be rebecca mended -- will be recommended to all over 50. it will be asked -- vaccinations will be extended to 12 to 15-year-olds while a mandatory passport to prove you have had a jab has been put on hold. reporter: more vaccinations, no lockdowns is the message from the u.k. prime minister along with the admission that this time last year, the rate of infections was much lower. it -- >> in one way, our position is much more challenging. we have higher levels of daily cases. but in many other crucial respects, the british people, all of us collectively and individually are incomparably
better placed to fight the disease. reporter: over 50's will get booster vaccinations. the government believes this will be enough to bolster an already successful vaccine program that has greatly reduced the number of people impacted by covid. the number of people dead is now expected to be 134,000. across the river thames, the government is projecting a new phrase -- living with covid. it's the new normal. that comes with lifting many restrictive laws and dropping plans for passports for major events and nightclubs. >> it's a huge mistake. it's typical >>.
>>freedom is what we fight for and that's what we should have. reporter: scotland is imposing one and despite resistance, countries such as france, germany and belgium are using the passports to good effect. >> what we have seen throughout the pandemic is that britain, england in particular, is an outlier and other countries to the right thing. only in the end to relent and do the same thing ourselves. it could be vaccine passports and eventually they are introduced to england as well. reporter: he says a lockdown would be a last resort but a plan b would mean covid passports and other measures. there is some unease about not using face masks and other risks inside buildings. >> some are more risky that others. we should still be requiring distancing and investing in better ventilation systems.
reporter: the fact that more cautious countries in europe have lower infection rates does not convince some death rates won't start climbing again. lauren: she lay has begun vaccinating people as young as six. it's the latest step in the countries rapid campaign with more than eight in 10 people fully protected. reporter: we are in a vaccination center and here is one of the first children over the age of six being vaccinated against covid-19. that government is using the chinese vaccine because they say it is a classic vaccine, very similar to the influenza vaccine. we spoke to the health minister who said it is essential for
children to be vaccinated, even very young ones because they have become the reservoir for covid-19. >> it has been demonstrated that when a country like she lay manages to vaccinate 80% of the pop elation, those who are not vaccinated, especially children -- most children do not become seriously ill. reporter: it is one of the few countries vaccinating children as young as six. the chinese vaccine has not been used widely on children as young as six in china. another country taking the step is cuba. they are vaccinating children as young as to what the vaccine made in cuba. it has not been approved by the world health organization yet, but authorities insist it is highly effective.
here in chilly, they are carrying out a third set of trials to see if newborns can receive vaccines. lauren: coronavirus infections have more than doubled in part of southeast china as authorities struggle to control the delta variant. more than 100 cases have been reported in three cities since it was first detected on friday. this comes ahead of weeklong national holiday when billions of people are expected to travel across the country. the military rulers of guinea have begun talks with political and religious leaders to form a transitional government after seizing power earlier this month. the dialogue began with meetings of the heads of the put parties. he urged them to ignore what
they called the errors of the past. they promised a timeline for a new unity government expected to oversee elections. >> we listens to his point of view on the reasons they entered into this new phase, but he's talked about their willingness to come successfully. there's been a collective failure of guinea's ruling elite . with combined forces for the foundation of a new guinea. lauren: south korea has find google $177 million for using its dominance to stifle the phone market. the tech giant was investigated for using other operating systems and set of google. google says it intends to appeal. south korea became the first
country to pass a law forcing google to open their app store to outside payment systems. norway's left-leaning opposition party has begun talks to form a coalition government after winning a landslide victory. the election was dominated by the climate crisis and the nation's oil and gas industry. they are now under left-leaning governments for the first time in 62 years. reporter: with the return of centerleft government after eight years of conservative rule, one question looms large -- what does it mean for the energy sector that made this country fabulously rich? >> now we shall celebrate, sleep a bit, and get ready for action. we will change norway and the world. reporter: it was an election dominated by the climate crisis and the globe -- that growing
(sophie fouron) there's something about the rice fields that is calming. the rice farming culture actually represents the balinese society. it's probably one of the most organized and structured societies in the world. the organization of the home, the village, the community; they're very welcoming. they smile all the time. and even if they welcome millions of tourists every year, they've maintained their strong cultural and spiritual identities throughout the years. they keep doing offerings all day and you see them everywhere: on the cars,