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host: the omicron variant spreads through europe. the w.h.o. warns more than half the population will be infected in the next two months. the u.s. hits a new record for covid-19 hospitalizations as health officials face tough questions at the senate. ♪ this is al jazeera live from doha. the u.s. president urges the
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senate to pass voting rights reforms, speaking in the battleground state of georgia. and growing criticism of ethiopia's government as more civilians are killed in military airstrikes. ♪ the world health organization is warning that half of europe is likely to be infected by the omicron variant by march. europe is reporting the largest number of coronavirus deaths and cases worldwide. the w.h.o.'s regional director says a new west to east tidal wave is sweeping across the region. but one stressed vaccines continue to provide good protection. a city in china has become the third city to go into lockdown as part of the government's zero-tolerance approach. about 20 million are confined to their homes. health facilities in the u.s. feeling the strain with nearly
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146,000 people in the hospital, the highest since the pandemic begin. dominic kane begins her coverage from berlin with more on the situation across europe. >> on the face of it, a very bleak assessment that 50% of the population depending on which numbers you go by, around 700 million around the eu's periphery countries, so we are talking potentially hundreds of millions of people. this individual from the world health organization is saying they might find themselves falling foul of the coronavirus in the couple next months. it is deep winter here right now, so those conditions that militate further cases are tin place. in another part of the statement made by the individual
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concerned, it is masking and other things in the absence of those. it is clear that the world health organization is making difficult and dangerous suggestions. hundreds of millions of people might find themselves falling foul of omicron in the deep winter phase of 2022. that is the fundamental question here now. has omicron managed to dislodge the delta variant, a particularly dangerous variant of covid that had been running like wildfire across the continent? here in germany, the latest estimate suggests somewhere around 50% of all cases are of omicron. in other parts of the continent, omicron has really taken hold and is starting to push delta to one side. host: the u.s. senate committee met to hear the federal government's take on how it is handling the pandemic. president biden says he's
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confident the country is on the right track. representatives from the cdc and top u.s. diseases expert anthony fauci were among those speaking. the u.s. is experiencing a massive surge in covid-19 cases. a record number of hospitalizations reported tuesday. during the hearing, a heated exchange between dr. fauci and senator rand paul. dr. fauci accused pual of lunching -- paul of launching repeated personal attacks. dr. fauci: as some of you may know, three or four weeks ago on december 21, a person was arrested who was on their way from sacramento to washington dc at a speed stop in iowa. the police asked him where he was going. he was going to washington dc to kill dr. fauci. and they found in his car an ar-15 and multiple magazines of
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ammunition because he thinks that maybe i am killing people. so i ask myself, why would someone want to do this? so go to rand paul website and you see "fire dr. fauci" with a little box that says contribute here. you can do five dollars, $20, $100. you are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain. sen. paul: you have politically attacked your colleagues in a reprehensible way. you won't defend it. host: some people are still resisting vaccinations. one south american nation is leaving the world. citizens of chile are lining up this week for the fourth dose of the vaccine. the president told al jazeera a fifth dose could be on the way. our latin america editor reports
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the vaccination program even extends to the animal world. correspondent: this person arrived early for her fourth dose, or second booster shot. she is a recovering cancer patient, so like others here with underlying health conditions, she is more vulnerable to covid-19. >> i've had breast cancer three times, so obviously i have to be more worried about protecting myself, although everyone has to worry about it. correspondent: one year after chile began a massive vaccination campaign against covid-19, it has begun rolling out its fourth dose. even people age three and older are being vaccinated here. in this country, unlike most in the region, there is no shortage of vaccines. the president was that -- the secret was that chile began purchasing them before they existed. inviting a small group of correspondence for coffee, the
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president told us he bet on three laboratories that seemed to cross the finish line first, including pfizer. >> the government begin taking measures at an early stage and to begin vaccinating early, even with the third dose. correspondent: he says arrangements have already been made to guarantee a fifth dose if necessary. although in chile there have been no reported cases of animals being infected, the health ministry is taking no chances. this week one state became the first to be -- this animal became the first to be inoculated at the zoo. >> an orangutan with reproductive potential for the species, which is why we focused on immunizing him first, and immunizing the big cats. correspondent: be they four or two-legged patients, authorities
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say hospitalizations and deaths from covid-19 dropped consistently since the aggressive vaccination campaign begin. there is an awareness that until everyone can be equally immunized on every continent, chileans will likely have to prepare for many more jabs before this pandemic is over. host: in france, senators have been debating whether to approve a covid vaccine pass. the proposed legislation bars anyone who does not have a jab from public places. thousands have been taking to the streets for weeks to oppose the measure. several nations made vaccinations mandatory. they include austria, where people face fines if they are not fully vaccinated by the first of february. italy made mandatory vaccination for those over 50. in grace it is compulsory for those over 60. germany's new chancellor is planning a vote on the policy next month.
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quebec could be the next canadian -- be the first canadian province to tax unvaccinated adults. on tuesday, an official announced plans for those without a medical exams and to pay a health care contribution. covid-19 hospitalizations in canada surged with the spread of the omicron variant. u.s. president biden has called for voting rights reforms to expand access to polls. speaking in the battleground state of georgia. democrats allege republicans states are imposing restrictions to restrict democratic voters. biden wants to abandon the super majority rule. pres. biden: to have that vote counted is democracy's threshold of liberty. without it, nothing is possible. but with it, anything is possible. while the denial of free and
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fair elections is undemocratic, it is not unprecedented. host: a political strata list joins us -- a political strategist joins us live. what do you make of what the president had to say today? guest: i thought today the president and vice president of the u.s. sent a strong message to the american people, to the u.s. senate. that was a clear message, that democracy is before us and we have a choice. are you on the side of martin luther king jr. or on the side of george wallace? it was clear that he outlined a case for voting rights, why it was so important for us to pass federal legislation, the freedom to vote act and the john lewis voting rights act, and that it was imperative that congress needed to do it now. he laid out a pathway that we needed to adjust the filibuster
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for there to be a vote on this issue. he also made it clear that adjusting the filibuster has taken place before with the debt ceiling and there is no reason why it should not happen again to deal with a fundamental right in our country, democracy. host: talking about it is one thing, getting it done is another entirely, isn't it? guest: i think so. what president biden and the vice president illustrated today is they are using the power of the microphone of the president and vice president, going to ground zero in georgia to talk about what was happening in georgia and other places, where we have seen state after state put forth aggressive laws to suppress the right of the boat, largely -- of the vote,
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largely people of color. they have been meeting. the president said today i'm tired of having quiet conversations, i'm getting loud about this. there has been movement at the federal government, a whole of government approach. they are doing everything in their power to address voting rights from the vantage point of the power of the presidency. whether it has been doubling the funding and infrastructure at the department of justice in the civil rights and voting rights division to deal with these attacks on voting rights, but the work they have done with agencies, whether it is through the department of housing and urban development to actually help people get the information they need to vote. what they need -- made clear is the u.s. senate has to pass
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these important pieces of legislation. host: to what extent is the president damned if he does, damned if he doesn't? are there any dangers to ending the filibuster? guest: the filibuster is a tool. it is an archaic tool that has been in the u.s. senate that has been largely to suppress. you look historically at how the filibuster has been used. folks have used the filibuster in the u.s. senate to stand in the way of civil rights. here is now an opportunity to end or just the filibuster on a one-time basis to usher in this important voting rights legislation. the president himself made it clear that this has been done before. senators came together on a
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bipartisan level to deal with filibuster reform just this past year to deal with the debt ceiling. he made clear, why can't we do this for voting rights? activists and people are saying the same thing. what vice president harris said was super important. she said americans have waited long enough and it is time for the u.s. to act. they need to do whatever they need to do to bring this vote to a floor so we can ensure we have access to the ballot box for all americans in this country. host: many thanks for being with us. guest: thank you. host: still to come on al jazeera, switching off sri lanka. why fears are growing of ruling power cuts there. and pumping investment into the heart of tripoli. how civic pride is being restored along with the ancient
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part of libya's capital city. ♪ >> look forward to brighter skies. the weather, sponsored by qatar airways. host: east of the korean peninsula, it is quite warm. while it is cold in seoul, there is enough moisture to produce snow showers in hokkaido. it will be snowy in this part of japan, which will be loved by the skiers, but if you are not a skier you won't like it that much. the weather is quiet. a little bit of snow is still possible. cold air has come across the yellow sea. some rain leaking across the tibetan plateau into the far west of china. and the snow if anything punches
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further south during thursday in that continued cold wind. southwest it is much quieter. particularly for indonesia, southern sumatra and this part of borneo involved in potentially flooding rain. usually for india, the rain and snow that was up in the northern part of pakistan has influenced india to the east. this is unusually wet weather for eastern india, but rather normal for sri lanka. >> the weather, sponsored by qatar airways. >> running is one of the most accessible sports in the world. al jazeera's correspondent takes us on his personal journey of discovery. correspondent: when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and the run is hurting, why shouldn't i just stop? >> exploring the popularity and science, he pushes from kenya to
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the antarctic in search of answers of why we run. ♪ host: this is al jazeera. the world health organization is warning an approaching tidal wave of coronavirus fictions in europe. it says more than half of people there are likely to be infected by the omicron variant within the next two months. more people are in hospital with covid-19 in the u.s. than ever before. nearly 146,000. the strain on the health care system has been compounded by staff shortages as hospital
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workers become infected. u.s. president joe biden called for voting rights reforms, speaking at a battleground state of georgia. democrats allege republican states are trying to suppress black and other aquatic leaning voters -- and other democratic leaning voters. biden wants the senate to abandon the super majority role. kazakhstan's president announced the withdrawal in 10 days of a moscow led military bloc. in a speech to parliament, he took aim at wealthy oligarchs linked to the former president. correspondent: the people who looted this shopping mall knew no one was coming to stop them. not only did they steal new shoes, they had time to leave their old ones behind. this store owner estimates
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damages at over $100,000. >> the guys who did the looting, mostly men, but they still took all the lingerie. everything is gone. correspondent: on tuesday, the president did not say how he would help business recover from an estimated $57 million in losses, but he did promise social, economic, and political reforms. and, strikingly, a crackdown on the country's oligarchs, whist -- which must pay into a national fund. >> thanks to the first president, a group of profitable companies and people that are rich even by international standards appeared in the country. i believe it is time to pay tribute to kazakhstan. correspondent: relatives of the former president nazarbayev have amassed fabulous wealth and taken it abroad. it is estimated his daughter and
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son-in-law own properties in london alone worth over $350 million. >> slightly more than half the national wealth is offshore. you are talking about more than half of all the wealth in the country is outside the government, and therefore if the owners of that wealth decide not to participate in the new national fund, then that wealth will not participate in the fund. there is nothing the government can do. correspondent: the current president says foreign troops will leave with 10 days. he is confident he no longer needs a moscow backed force to hold onto power. loyal deputies are being appointed from the prime minister down. >> to what extent he will be able to repair the economy, to take it out of this corrupt oligarchy type of ruling, and secondly how he will be able to redistribute the wealth to narrow this social gaps and
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social inequality. he will be able to do so, this is the best way of healing. correspondent: there is much healing to do. widespread damage to both private and public sectors. more than 160 have died, thousands injured. this is a traumatized nation hoping the nazarbayev era is drawing to a close, but wary of what comes next. host: sri lanka is imposing rolling power cuts because the electricity board can't afford to pay for fuel. the economic crisis led to the rationing of gas, food supplies and petrol. al jazeera explains how sri lanka got to this point. correspondent: some people are looking at the possibility of power cuts of one hour a day according to what has been announced. the state electricity provider, the headquarters that you see just behind me.
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the government is very conscious that this will be inconveniencing people because the power cut will be coming during peak demand, during the evening hours. we had the minister yesterday saying there will be no power cuts, but a few hours later we had a formal schedule of power cuts being released by the electricity board. the government is conscious that this comes at a time when people are essentially wracked by all sides. the price of items are skyrocketing. there are shortages of milk powder, of gas. this has all been exacerbated b y a huge foreign-exchange crisis that the sri lankan government is facing. it does not have foreign currency for imports. they have to stretch and manage with what they do have. in terms of the 2,700 megawatts
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of power sri lanka uses year on year, the elector city board has a massive debt to the state fuel provider. the state fuel provider said they will stop supplying the electricity board. host: a soldiers and a high-ranking member in burkina faso have been detained on suspicion of conspiring against the government. burkina faso struggled to contain a six-year conflict and it has deepened political instability in the country. the latest airstrike in ethiopia 's tigre region killed dozens and others were wounded. it follows an attack on friday which killed at least 56 people. the government denied targeting civilians in the 14 month conflict. al jazeera is in kenya's capital
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nairobi. this is ethiopia's use of airpower has been controversial. correspondent: the ethiopian federal government's airpower is widely seen as something that turned the tables on this conflict. the conflict began over a year ago. just a few months ago, the tpls and its allies were advancing toward the capital. then last month the government successfully fought them back. a lot of observers attribute that to drones that the ethiopian government has bought, combat drones, which has approved effective militarily, but these deaths of civilians in the airstrikes is at the same time tragic. u.s. president biden spoke yesterday with the ethiopian prime minister. the statement from the state department said biden was critical of the airstrikes, also expressed concerns about the human rights situation in
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ethiopia, including the many who have been detained under the state of emergency for long periods without trial in large numbers. biden did say he was pleased with the recent release of political prisoners. but it is continuing or even escalating conflict in terms of civilians caught in airstrikes. that will leave many thinking these extensive mediation efforts are not necessarily bringing this conflict any closer to close. host: farmers in northern sudan blocked a major road link with egypt. they demonstrated for a third consecutive day against higher electricity prices. the ruling ministry counsel promised to review the changes to tariffs. correspondent: what protesters
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are asking for is for the government to reverse a decision they made at the start of 2022, an increase in the cost of electricity. previously a person was able to purchase electricity for about one dollar or two dollars. what they used to get for that amount, now they have to pay six times more. for farmers in the northern state, they say that affects activity. for the third consecutive day, they have blocked the highway that connects sudan and the northern state to the border crossing in egypt. that will affect trade. they want to show that the government position will impact productivity and their farming season, so they will try to disrupt the government's economy as well. sudan's government has looked into the price hikes -- has formed a committee to look into the price hikes and to try to
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subsidize electricity for farmers so that the farming season is not affected. an association in the northern state says if the government does not review that decision and reverse it or at least set different rates for farmers for electricity,?■■x■x
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(sophie fouron) we hear the fog horn in the background. two minutes ago, it was completely clear. they say that in newfoundland, you can have the four seasons in a day. i think you can have the four seasons in an hour here. it's a big island. it's a huge island. you can't go around newfoundland in a couple of days. we're at the easternmost point in canada. cod has been at the heart of newfoundland's economy and culture for more than 500 years. it hasn't been always easy.

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