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>> accused of crimes against humanity and his handle of the coronavirus pandemic, a report says brazil's president is to blame for the deaths of thousands of people. this is "al jazeera." also, coming up, and escalation of violence in syria. a bus is targeted in a marketplace shelled. the u.n. says civilians must be protected. taliban officials push for recognition and talks with regional powers in moscow. but human rights concerns continue to stand in the way. the arctic is heating twice as
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fast as the rest of the world. our report from greenland, where innuit people are struggling to adapt to the changing climate. ♪ hello. we begin in brazil where report into the countries coronavirus response has pointed the finger a blank at president bolsonaro. and recommended he faced criminal charges, including crimes against humanity. the draft report followed a six-month investigation. and still needs to be voted on by the senate committee and could be vetoed and altered. momitted is an early recommendation to charge bolsonaro with murder. they say the decision to accuse him of crimes against humanity is not political but technical aimed at preventing a judge from throwing out the report. a genocide charge would've
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related to brazil's indigenous population, including the devastating shortage of oxygen in the amazona state in may 2020 and in january 2021. from the start of the pandemic. bolsnaro railed against lockdowns are refuse to wear a mask and recommended -- remedies prone to be ineffective he turned down opportunities to acquire vaccines, costing 95,000 lives. the senators want to charge three of his sons, alleging they spread misinformation, which encourage people to ignore measures like social distancing. 600,000 covid deaths have been recorded in brazil. the second-highest toll inthe pandemic. we have more from wetness ours -- from beuenos aires. >> we are far from talking about the end of bolsonaro's political career. he is up free reelection in october next year. this inquiry has taken a toll on
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his popularity. more than half of resilience reject his government now. but he still has the support of 25% of the population. what this inquiry did was, it did force the government to start the mass vaccination campaign, which it had been delaying it did make people more aware of what was going on because we had come as you mentioned before the president, giving different information from the doctors and scientists, not encouraging masks. encouraging mass gatherings. so, this inquiry was entered the house of brazilians every night. they were watching it live on tv. in that sense it was very important and a response from an institution to what the president was doing or ont doing in this -- not doing in this case, his omissions regarding the pandemic. but bolsonaro breath to go ahead
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for his -- still has breath to go ahead to his election. >> europe saw cases rising 7% last week and the u.k., russia, and turkey making up the bulk of that. russia is given workers a week off with pay to curb an alarming rise in cases. only 32% of the population is immunized despite the availability of the sputnik vaccine. >> the situation related to the coronavirus pandemic is difficult in our country. the base of the spread of the epidemic in many regions has increased recently. you dear colleagues have just told me the statistics. in the meantime the vaccination rate of citizens remains low. >> low levels of vaccination are also concerning in romania where one person is dying of covid every five minutes and only 36%
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of adults have been. knocked laid -- in the u.k. cass have risen to 44,000. and they are tracking a new variant. the who has warned against relying on vaccines alone. >> that is where we really need to come back to the forgotten child of the pandemic response which is the public health measures, the contact tracing, the testing, the isolation. i think we tend to get so focused on the vaccine uptake that we do forget this. regardless of the reasons for low vaccine uptake we need to put a lot of attention on the other components of the response. >> they will spend an attack on the u.s. outpost in southern syria with no reports of casualties. it struck a base, in one of the
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country's last rebel held territories. u.s. visuals i told reuters it's too soon to determine who is behind the attack but they believe it was from a drone. it is a first time this military base has been targeted. the pentagon has confirmed no u.s. forces have been injured. earlier, at least 14 people were killed after two bombs exploded on a bus in damascus. the worst attack in years. and shortly after the government forces shelled a marketplace in idlib. the u.n. has condemned the violence calling on all sides to ensure the protection of civilians. >> a rare attack in the heart of the syrian capital. a military bus was the target. many were killed and injured when, according to state media, two explosive devices went off. the bus was at a transport point onto the east bridge in damascus. these kinds of attacks have not happened in years, particular
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since 2018 when government forces cleared the opposition strongholds around the city. there has been no claim of responsibility, but the syrian regime is facing threats on multiple fronts. >> all through the and of the self-declared caliphate in early 2019 -- sdf did not mean the end of the jihadist organization would still poses a threat and a security challenge especially after the change of strategy of the islamic state which is focused on suicide attack's. >> not long after the explosion, syrian government troops heavily shelled a town in the northern province of idlib. civilians were killed or injured, many of them children on their way to school. the area is regulated targeted by government troops despite last year cease-fire agreement. but wednesday shelling is being seen as retaliation for the domestics -- the d
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amascus attack. >> he will use this as another -- that he is facing terrorism actions and he is trying to blame the opposition, in idlib for that attack. in an attempt to frame the opposition. >> much of northern syria is under rubble control. the country remains divided along lines and millions remain displaced. all some host countries are tardy -- starting to promote the return, human rights groups are warning it is not safe in the absence of certain conditions. in a report, human rights watch said it interviews 65 returnee or family members. it documented 21 cases of arrest and arbitrary detention. 13 cases of torture. three kidnappings. five extra judicial killings. 17 disappearances. and one case of reported sexual
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violence. >> this includes people that had clearances, supposedly, before they returned. assurances they would not be persecuted. a reconciliation agreement. and were given documents that said they would not be hunted down by, in fact, that is exactly what happened. >> president assad's forces now control much of syria after military help from russia and iran helped to the. was a -- wednesdays explosion is showing that syria still in crisis. >> the taliban says it needs international recognition to ease afghanistan to manage hearing crisis. representatives from the group or speaking in moscow after an international conference with the regional powers including china, india, and pakistan. it comes after pressure said the
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group would have to uphold a basic standard of human rights -- comes after russia said the group would have to uphold a basic standard of human rights. a promise to address ongoing security concerns. >> we had very good meeting. all the participating countries, they supported un freezing the assets of afghanistan's central bank, which is actually the assets of the afghan people. it should not be connected with political issues. also, on the participating countries, they supported close engagement with new islamic government in afghanistan and overall, the islamic-- emirate appreciates the positions mostly expressed by different countries at today's meeting. >> we have the latest from kabul. >> primarily, they wanted u.s. who wasn't there today, they want the u.s. to release $9 billion which is being held by
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america, which is afghan resurveyed -- afghan reserve bank funds. they said they want to use of her reconstruction but they did talk about aid. they said all of these countries in the talks in moscow today were on the same page when it came to aid. they said they supported the taliban and the taliban said they were appreciative of that. but the main take away is there was a cacll to action-- a call to action where the country said that we will contribute humanitarian aid. but we also want to u.n. to convene a donor conference -- of a are pushing for the u.n. to take the lead on this and to push as much humanitarian aid into afghanistan as possible because it is a dire situation in winter is on the horizon. the taliban also under quite a lot of pressure today when it came to suppressing " terrorism." russians were saying we were very worried about groups
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staging attacks inside afghanistan, against neighbors, against russia itself. so, they were really looking for reassurances from the taliban they can keep a lid on groups like isil. isil has been effective by having three large attacks since the taliban took over at various parts of afghanistan. so, the taliban had to reassure some of the neighbors and countries like russia that they can keep control of groups like isil. >> the u.n. is reducing its presence by more than half as the ethiopian governments blockade continues to harm humanitarian aid efforts. the reduction comes as airstrikes hit the capital of tigray on wednesday. the government said it was targeting facilities to make and repair weapons. closure spokesman denied. three people were killed and strikes on the -- on monday. the conflict has been going on for years now with thousands of people killed.
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we have a journalist in ethiopia and says it is difficult to confirm details independent because of the commune acacian blackout in the region. >> fromt the images we are able to watch but cannot verifying, it seems to be a heavy target. there will be many, many victims from this latest strike. the ethiopian government denied it. then they confirmed it. but the target they said is communication equipment to try to perhaps slow down the success we have been watching from -- in terms of capturing towns outside of tigray. from the get-go, the ethiopian government has been clear in terms of pointing their fingers against the tpfl. they say that it is a tpfl government stealing resources and using it for, to perhaps provide support to their soldiers. that's the perspective of ethiopian. if you look to the tpfl, they
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will say the opposite. so this is a conflict that we are very in a challenging position to verify what is being said, because we have no access of the state of tigray. >> still to come, nicholas cruz please guilty to murdering 17 people during a rampage at a former high school in parkland, florida. dozens are killed in flights and -- in india. and high alert for more heavy rain. ♪ ♪ >> thanks for joining in. we will pick up the asia-pacific right now. rain diving down into northern and central parts of vietnam. we do not need this. we have had landslides in this region's destroying 1300 homes. next stop as we head tour
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central eastern parts of china, still dealing with a batch of rain, heavier pulses a time along the pearl river valley. here's the situation for japan, the pesky rate still hanging around. we do have alerts in play. a flood advisor in the risk of seeing landslides for southern portions. next stop, southeast asia and still a constant -- a concentration of rain over borneo. jakarta is getting up to a high of 33 degrees. down under, we had hail on tuesday, repeat on wednesday. we set a record of 16 seminaries --1 16 centimeter. in new south wales -- to the west, double schuurs coming down in the interior. a lot of rain in fiji. its origin dive down into new zealand's north island already starting to see a pull into auckland. gloomy weather pattern heavy
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rain on sunday with temperatures where they should be. ♪ >> multiple people told ashley, including my father, that he was going to kill her. >> u.s. laws prohibit some people from owning firearms. faultlines investigates the gaps in the system that allow the law to go unenforced in the deadly because crisis. >> we should not have laws in the books that are just for show. >> on "al jazeera." ♪ >> on top stories on "al
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jazeera."preserves president has been accused of crimes against humanity by senators investigating his handling of the pandemic. have to many people have died under bolsonaro's leadership -- half a million people have died. there has been an attack on an outpost in southern syria with no reports of american counties. it circle base -- it struck a base and one of the country last rebel held territories. the taliban says it needs international recognition to ease afghanistan two-minute hearing crisis. representatives were speaking in moscow after an international conference with regional powers. the man accused of one of the worst mass school shootings in u.s. history has pled guilty to killing 17 people. nicholas cruz also admitted the attempted murder of 17 others and will now face either the death penalty or life behind bars. >> on the afternoon of february 14, 2018 tehen 19 summit
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nicholas -- 19 year old nicholas cruz walked into marjory stoneman douglas high school with an assault driver and fired going 14 students and three staff members. in one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history. it took khhim just six minutes o devastate an entire committee. three years later he appears in court, his victims families watched waving his right to a trial. >> how do you wish to plea? >> guilty. >> he pled guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 of attempted murder. he will now face either life behind bars or the definitely. offered this apology to those who loft low once. -- who lost loved ones. >> i'm sorry. i'm try my best to maintain my composure and i want you to know i am really sorry. i hope you give me a chance to try to.help others >> for those that lost children
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in the shooting, watching the proceedings was heartbreaking. >> was probably the most uncomfortable thing, second most uncomfortable thing we have ever had to do. first one would be hugging our daughter's lifeless body. >> in the aftermath, student led movement calling for gun control found whites approach across the world. a new generation of advocates push for tougher restrictions i'm guns, including raising the minimum age to buy an assault rifle in florida. that effort succeeded but this of -- but the measures do not go far enough. >> no one can comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go. for those who still cannot comprehend because they refuse to, i'll tell you where it went. right into the ground. six feet deep. >> cruz's guilty pleas will do little to heal the community. with the trial and sentencing
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pending, it may help. jury selection will begin in january. the best case scenario for nicholas cruz is dying in jail. those left behind says they will only be satisfied when children no longer have to live with the threat of nonviolence. >> 46 people have been killed after floods washed through areas of northern india. it is thought that that number could rise with thousands cut off after landslides -- blocked roads. the south of the country is on high alert for more rainfall. after a week of devastating floods. >> an aerial survey of the northern state shows large areas of farmland submerged. heavy rain the past three days has led to flooding and landslides which destroyed homes and bridges and killed dozens of people in northern and southern india. more than 300 people have been rescued and thousands relocated. >> all our rescue forces have
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been deployed to several flood afflicted areas. the national disaster response force has also deployed several teams. we are working on clearing several roads that have been closed due to flood damage. >> thousands remain cut off in the districts. after landslides blocked roads. the once -- region -- recorded its heaviest daily rainfall since records began 124 years ago. kumal is on the border -- we around 50 people have been killed and 30 are missing after flooding and landslides there. meanwhile in southern india, cleanup operations continue where dozens have been killed during the past week's torrential rain. the authorities have been releasing water from dams which were nearly full. three days since the worst of the flooding. thousands of people are staying relief camps like this one. the government has doubled the
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amount of shelters since saund as an -- since sunday as it instructs people living in low-lying areas to move. flooding as an annual occurrence here. the people living in one of the worst affected districts told al jazeera they have never experienced anything like it. she's one of many people living in relief camps after their were destroyedhomes. >> in my life i never thought something like this would happen to us because our house was on higher ground. earlier when there was a small flood and the water level rose, the neighbor susu come -- used to come to our house. that is how safe our house was. i had no idea how this happened. >> they are opposite ends of india, but both states are experiencing more extreme rainfall events because of climate change. they are also ecologically fragile region. near the, lay-ins and the
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western parts of the mountain range. environmental say m construction projects and deforestation in mountains pronto landslides are leading to more disasters. >> 77 people have died and 25 are missing in flash floods in nepal. heavy rains are hampering efforts to reach villages trapped by floodwaters. 30's are warning of more rainfall in the coming days -- authorities are warning. negotiations to free 17 kidnapped members of a u.s.-based missionary group in haiti are in their fourth day, with the gang demanding $1 million for each person. the group are in haiti with christian aid ministries. we report from berlin where the church is based in the u.s. state of ohio. the community is clinging to his faith and praying for the captives'freedom >> this is where the missionaries were sent from. it's amish country, deeply
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conservative, strongly religious, steeped in centuries-old traditions and profoundly forgiving. even to the kidnappers. >> we forgive them. there's so much love in our hearts toward them. and it is our prayer on their behalf that they would turn from their evil ways, and they would come to the god we worship, the one god. and that they would receive forgiveness for the evil things they have done and be changed. >> missionary work is an integral part of that tradition. >> everything is about the work of the missionary because they are god sent. they are god sent. and they accept this shows, this mission work-- this challenge, this mission work, they will go anywhere. they will go anywhere to do that kind no-- of work.
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>> this bishop is a missionary. he returned to haiti 13 times with his wife who fears for the 70 people being held captive. >> it has to be devastating, especially for the children. i'm sure they are afraid. >> it's palpable on the streets outside christian aid ministry. amish country is one part 19th-century farm state, with people traveling on a horse and buggy. but downtown it is more of a theme park with tourists coming to buy amish furniture and sample their food. but everyone we talked to hear from both communities say they are praying for those missionaries. >> we're just praying that they. will come back safely god has his hand in it. it will be what he wants it to be. >> whatever happens, the bishop says he hopes the kidnapping won't stop christian religious
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groups from sending missionaries to haiti. >> they used to say that haiti was a darkness and the shadow of death -- 12 million had been bound by ignorance and depression but that is changing because of missionaries. >> their tradition is deeply ingrained in amish country where change comes slowly. >> for the first time a medical history, the kidney of a pig has been successfully been transplanted to human. it usually could of a pink -- pig whose genes had been altered not to trigger rejection. it could eventually help get around the shortage of human organs for transplant. the female patient's mean system did not reject the transplant which function for three days. the kidney was transplanted to a patient who was already brain-dead. qoçoçoçoçoçoçoçoçoçoç
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