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♪ >> top u.s. general turned top diplomat colin powell eyes of covid-19 complications at the age of 84. ♪ >> you're watching al jazeera live from london. also am of the streets of port-au-prince as workers strike over haiti's lack of security after missionaries are
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kidnapped. heavy rain washes away houses and forces officials to open near overflowing dams. as the hunger crisis causes -- reports of government airstrikes on the capital. >>: military figures has died at the age of 84. his family confirmed that powell, who was suffering from a form of blood cancer, died from covid-19 complications. he was the first black american to serve as secretary of state and the country's top general. our white house corresponded looks back on colin powell's life and career. >> the news colin powell had died of covert complications came as a shock to many.
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powell had been battling cancer, but was fully vaccinated. a sad reminder that the vaccine does not always offer full immunity against the disease. the tributes to the retired general port in. >> i believe secretary powell's years as a soldier are what made him an exceptional diplomat. he knew that military action should always be a last resort. >> in a statement, president biden, who powell endorsed in the election, called him a good man and a confidant. adding, i will miss being able to call on his wisdom in the future. as secretary of state under president george w. bush, powell will be remembered as the person who made the case to the world in 2003 that iraqi leader saddam hussein had weapons of mass distraction. a key justification for the
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american invasion of iraq. it was a claim he later regretted. >> to his credit, he was a counterpoint. he admitted his mistakes later. that is not something we have heard across the bush national security team. >> monday, bush issued a statement pointing out that powell was so respected he earns the presidential medal of freedom twice. powell, a vietnam veteran, served most of his life in the military before he entered politics. as the first african-american secretary of state, he set an example for those that came after him. the first black president barack obama said powell never denied the role that race played in his own life and in our society.
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he always made time for me. i could always go to him with tough issues. >> colin powell serve multiple republican presidents but later in life endorsed democratic candidates for president. he puts duty to country above allegiance to any political party. yet another reason that a divided united states, americans from the right and left are honoring the example set by colin powell. >> a former assistant secretary of defense colin powell told us about the man he knew and how he was a role model to many americans. >> he had a wonderful sense of humor. he was always smiling and laughing. he would see the humorous side even of some very serious types of things. he was very smart and he could take complex issues to put them in line -- that normal people
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could understand. he was also a role model. basically he was an african-american that was serving in the military in the southern part of the united states before segregation had ended. it was very difficult for him to be there. he handled that so well. and then of course, vietnam. which was an unwinnable war, he was able to do that. and get his soldiers through it. a lot of people don't know that, he came on board as secretary of state and since the whole iraq war was such a mess, he got tarnished by it. >> he did get tarnished by the iraq war. he did apologize for his endorsement of the invasion, but many iraqis have not forgotten powell's role in that
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devastating war. >> the man died, but we will not forget what he did to iraq and his wrong policy. he was difficult to handle and did not want the stability of iraq. >> his failed policy led to the destruction and all that fell iraq. he took us backwards. ♪ >> the streets of port-au-prince are uncharacteristically quiet after unions and organizations called a strike against haiti's dire security situation. if you taxi drivers drove through looking for customers. many say she is nash the spiraling economic crisis. the situation for many haitians has become harder since the assassination of the president in july followed by an earthquake that killed more than
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2000 people in august. >> in all countries around the world, security is the first public good. that means that when you are in a country which has no social security, a gang forces you to move around. they kidnap you and rape your children. when we can't eat, it is an insecurity. i support the strike 100%. >> we stopped in relation to the economic situation in the country. in this country, nothing works. the population lives in a situation which can no longer live. we all have a problem that the children cannot go to school, gas problems, these problems take place too often. now all of us have stopped. >> the action follows the kidnapping of 17 christian missionaries. they were taken by a gang on saturday after visiting an orphanage. the u.s. has sent a team to help locate and release the 12 adults
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and five children. haiti has been struggling with the rising kidnappings. a journalist at radio kiss kai in haiti says the strike is a desperate plea from haitians seeking a solution to the crisis. >> it is affecting everything including communications, power. the daily life of haitians has increasingly grown difficult over the past two or three years. as such, the kidnapping is the last straw, leading to this general strike called by the public transport today that was widely followed and is a desperate plea from the population to ask for solutions for all of these challenges. this crisis that the country is going through has been years in the making. it is symptomatic of institutional collapse, there is no legitimate government running this country right now. there is no parliament, no
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justice system. it is not clear what is going to happen. there are many stakeholders and the civil society is trying to bring an accord that would allow for the country to revise the whole system and try and address the systemic problems. >> flooding and landslides have killed 35 people in the southern indian state of kerala. horrific pictures. entire buildings have been swept away by strong river currents. thousands are staying in shelters as cleanup operations continue, but more heavy rainfall is expected this week. our correspondent reports now from one of the worst affected district. >> she goes through the debris of what was her home.
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in her hand are the only position she has left with. an umbrella, a small purse and a pair of sandals. she lost everything in the flood which swept through the district in the southern state of kerala sunday. >> in the morning, i heard on tv there was a red alert. the water level started to rise so suddenly. first it was as high as my hip, and soon my neck. somehow i managed to move to higher ground but everything is gone. nothing is left. >> across the road from the river which swept away the house, this family looks through their belongings to see what they can salvage. the home is still standing, but anything left in the house is covered in mud. >> this is the first time in our life we are experiencing this kind of situation. our grandfather told us there was a similar flood in 1957. the last time there was a flood we had water up to our doorstep,
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not this bad. >> saturday's rain led to landslides which killed dozens of people, and flooding which has displaced thousands. >> housing around 200 people who have nowhere else to go. it is one of more than a hundred houses in the state housing thousands in the same situation. there is a concern because kerala continues to record the highest number of covid-19 deaths in the country. >> health care workers told al jazeera it is hard to follow covid-19 protocols during such disasters. >> we have been telling people to take care and follow the protocols as much as possible. we are providing them with masks and medication but they are not able to follow the rules because they are in a panic mode after losing everything. >> flooding from monsoon rains is an annual occurrence in kerala but tomorrow medalists
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say it is leading to more landslides. >> certain areas increasingly have become more fragile because of the human interventions that are creating problems. hills are being leveled. we see a lot of deforestation and mining happening. >> with more heavy rain predicted later in the week, emergency response teams try to clear as much debris as possible from rivers to any further destruction. >> hospital officials say ethiopian forces have launched airstrikes on the capital of the northern region, killing three people. ethiopia's military has denied carrying out any assault, but a tv station controlled by the rebels and an aid worker also reported the strikes. fighting between government and
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-- forces has intensified. the violence has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes in the regions. a shortage of food and medical supplies is putting many at risk. as ethiopia's government restricts deliveries. >> she was three years old when she died. a month later, her mother, with her surviving infant, is trying to understand what happened. >> the doctors told me they have no treatment for the children but i pleaded with them saying, please save my child's life. they tried putting the treatment in her leg, hand, nose and head. they did not succeed. they told me she was severely affected by malnutrition and could not help. they gave me some tablets. she passed away a week away on sunday. >> thousands of families in ethiopia's stash region,
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fighting further north. tens of thousands of people have fled their homes. scrambling for food or shelter in this bustling city. fighting between rebels and ethiopian military that started last november has spilled into neighboring regions. at this hospital ward, young men and boys too frail to breathe bear the scars of the conflict. >> those who died are already dead. even those of us who survived are dead because we do not know who is dead. there is misery from hunger, nothing to eat. people will die of hunger. there is nothing. everything is closed. no markets. nothing. >> well -- government is accused of blocking supplies to areas under rubble control, fighters have been accused of amid -- committing atrocities. she says she was attacked and
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raped in august by a young man speaking the language. >> the attacker said to me to mow we left our houses both to kill and die. i am from the jungle, so i have the right to do whatever i want. i can even kill you. he raised his gun and threatened to kill. i said ok to his demands. he also asked for money and i said ok. then he told me he was interested in me. i said do anything you want. then he raped me. >> a spokesperson for the rebels has denied accusations of using rape as a weapon of war. but as the conflict grinds on for nearly a year, ethiopians who already had so little feel as though they are now losing everything. >> still to come in this half-hour, the u.k. parliament pays tribute to a murdered mp as the country weighs up how to keep politicians safe while
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meeting the public. plus. we are in greenland where the ice sheet is melting at a record rate, raising sea levels around the world. ♪ >> your weather update begins in asia. we are seeing heavy rain across northern areas of vietnam starch to peter out, but we are keeping it in for the south. rain is filling in across central china, moving east. in the days to come come shanghai temperatures are going to go down. the weather maker will sweep into areas of japan by the time we had towards wednesday. already, weather alerts in play. a heavy rainfall advisory for hokkaido and honshu.
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borneo continues to see the heaviest concentration of rain. jakarta getting up to 30 degrees. down under right now on either side of australia we've got active and severe weather. queensland then new south wales, the bulk pushes toward c. look at purse, wind gusts tuesday up to 85 kilometers per hour. toured new zealand, we have a run of rain for the south island, but look at this. the north island along the eastern cape. temperatures here well above average. we've got gives been in for a hive 23 degrees. often 19. wellington looking nice the high of 60. see you soon. ♪ >> stories that need to be told. opening a window into another life. >> these are my babies.
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wherever i see them, it is just like we are in second grade. >> from personal to epic struggles, colossal sacrifices in individual journeys. witness showcases inspiring documentaries that change the world. on al jazeera. >> here is a reminder of colin powell, one of the top u.s. military and political figures for almost two decades has died at the age of 84. powell, who had blood cancer,
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died from covid-19 complications. the streets of port-au-prince are quiet after unions strike to protest the dire security situation. the action follows the kidnapping of 17 christian missionaries. cleanup operations are continuing in india after devastating floods. thousands of people are staying in shelters and more heavy rainfall is expected. russia is closing nato's permanent mission in moscow and is also closing all other nato related missions. the move is in response to eight members of -- russian -- nato accused them of being members of undeclared russian spies. russian foreign minister announced the retaliatory move and blamed nato for the worsening relations. >> we do not have proper
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conditions for basic diplomatic activities. in response to nato's actions, we suspend the work of our permanent mission to nato including the work that the chief representative started november 1. let -- >> last week's violence in beirut marks a dangerous new phase. seven people were shot dead in the worst sectarian violence in over a decade. snipers attacked protesters who were rallying against the handling of last year's port explosion. here's more from beirut. >> secretary-general are -- had some very strong words to say it his statement since those deadly -- in the capitol of beirut which led to several people being killed. several of the members of his party. in his almost hour and a half long address, the hezbollah leader put the blame directly on
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the lebanese forces party. the christian -- party edits leader, saying they were responsible for trying to stir up sectarian division and in fact he went as far as to say he was trying to ignite a civil war within lebanon. regards to the reason for those protests thursday which led to the deadly clashes and the current political standoff in lebanon, that is the investigation into the deadly blast at the port over a year ago, the judge responsible had been politicized and said he called upon the higher judiciary to meet and to find a way out. on tuesday, there will be a meeting of the lebanese parliament and the ross a be a meeting for judges in the lebanese high court. they will be discussing the current crisis. currently, the situation is extremely intense and people will be waiting to see after the strong words what will come out
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of those meetings that are expected later tuesday. >> the u.s. envoy to afghanistan is leaving his post of two months after the chaotic luke perry withdrawal. he left the trump administration talks the taliban which ended in an agreement to withdraw folks from afghanistan. he was accused of being motivated by political gain rather than achieving peace. according to politico, the state department is launching a series of investigations into the chaotic end of u.s. diplomatic operations in afghanistan including the evacuation of u.s. citizens and afghan nationals after the taliban seized power. >> former u.s. president donald trump is suing the u.s. house of representatives committee investigating the january 6 attack on the capitol. trump alleges the committee made an illegal, unfounded and overbroad request from his white house -- for his white house records. the lawsuit seeks an injunction
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against the request for materials. canada's prime minister justin trudeau has visited the site of a former residential school where the remains of hundreds of indigenous children were discovered in may. school was run by the catholic church and aimed to forcibly assimilate indigenous children. canadian bishops have apologized for the church pots role in abuses from the 19th century to as recently as the 1980's. trudeau has faced criticism for failing to participate in canada's first national day of truth and reconciliation, going on holiday instead. >> i have many regrets about september 30 and my decision to travel. first was not being able to attend the commemorations here. denver so important for the entire country and awakening people to the reality of residential schools, but also to
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grief with the community that since may has been hurting. and reliving past trauma in a way that i should have been here. >> the u.k. parliament has held a special session to pay tribute to the conservative mp who was killed friday. he was stabbed to death while meeting members of the public in a church hall it his constituency in essex in the east of england. >> in a custom to rowdy debate, a moment of silence for one of their own. david a miss was a member of this house for almost 40 years. tributes were led by the prime minister. >> this house has lost a steadfast servant. julia and her husband have let -- nothing i or anyone else can
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say will lessen the pain, the grief, the anger they must feel at this darkest of times. >> the killing of david amess friday at amid 8 -- had a meeting with constituents has left politicians in westminster to consider once again the risks they face in a polarized political climate. this five years ago, the labour mp joe cox died in similar circumstances, stabbed and shot by a far right supporter. secretary patel says she is considering mp's police protection in their fortnightly wiki -- meetings with their constituency. many agree more needs to be done, some worry about undermining what is a key feature and tradition of british democracy. an atmosphere of often populist rhetoric stoking division, mp's say they face threats all the time. one veteran mp margaret hodge revealed she received 90,000
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abusive social media mentions in just a two month period. there are calls both to tighten the rules on social media companies and also to better protect mp's physically as they go about their business, even among the very communities that elected them. at the church where amess was killed, his family remembers the man who was described as courageous and inspiring. police are continuing to question a 25-year-old reddish national of somali dissent arrested at the scene friday. it remains unclear whether he was targeted specifically or simply because he was a british member of parliament. >> this year, events in greenland never seen before made headlines around the world. the ice melted at a record rate. the water it created in 24 hours was enough to cover an area the size of florida in five centimeters of water.
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chunks of the ice sheet collapsed and drifted off to the open ocean. it has been so warm, there has been rain, not snow on the summit for the first time on record. nick clark traveled to a glacier to see firsthand the effects of climate change and speak to scientists studying the changes. >> the arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest the planet which means the sea does not freeze as much as it used to. less sea ice means more sunlight is absorbed into the ocean. warmer oceans warm the glaciers from below while warmer air heats them from below. the ice sheet diminishes and there is ongoing sea level rise around the world. this is how it sounds and how it looks when the ice cap meets the sea. you see the blue of the ice
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there, that is caused by the great pressure of the glacier above it. the ice cap weighting down on the ice. these continual cracks as the ice falls into the water. seabed's feeding off rich nutrients that are turned up by this continual flow of melt water coming off the glacier invest quantities. look at that. the greenland ice sheet and the effect of it melting are so important to us all that huge amount of scientific research is going on. this oceanographer uses a probe to gather from the water. >> in terms of climate change, with this we measure how much freshwater is actually coming from the ice sheets. we have seen in recent years the
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amount of freshwater increase strongly because the melt has increased strongly. also we measure the temperature of the ocean because is it -- it is in direct contact with the ice sheet. if the ocean warmsç
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