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[crowd chanting] >> anger in the u.s. as an early document reveals justices on the supreme court could strike down a landmark abortion rule. >> it is hard not to feel angry, troubled, and deeply disturbed. ♪ >> also coming up in the program, first evacuees from the mariupol steel plant arrived
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safely. but russia renews its attack on the park where hundreds of people are -- on the plant where hundreds of people are still sheltering inside. we begin in the united states, where elite draft opinion from the supreme court indicates justices will vote to scrap the federal protection of the right to access abortion. the chief justice has confirmed the draft is authentic and has ordered an investigation into how it became public. president biden has called potential overturning of roe v. wade a radical decision and fundamental shift. the 1973 ruling recognized the u.s. constitution protects the right to personal privacy and a
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woman's absolute right to an abortion. currently, there is at least one abortion clinic in every state, and most people live within an hour's drive of one, but 13 states have already passed rules that would automatically ban abortion as soon as roe is overturned. the organization planned parenthood says -- places like vermont have moved to guarantee reproductive rights. >> a late-night leak and an impromptu protest. the majority of supreme court justice is apparently poised to decide if the ability to have an abortion in the united states is not a constitutional right, meaning tens of millions of
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american women could soon find themselves unable to get the procedure. president biden warned the impact could go far wider. >> it basically says all the decisions we made in your private life -- who you marry, if you decide to conceive a child or not, if you have an abortion, a range of other decisions -- how you raise your child, does this mean that in florida, they can pass a law saying that same-sex marriage is not permissible? >> at the supreme court tuesday, politicians and protesters came out early. >> an extremist united states supreme court thinks they can impose their extremist views on all of the women of this country, and they are wrong. >> this is the first time i have ever attended a protest and actually made a sign for it. >> anger at a decision they say
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will impact only the most vulnerable. >> it is going to heat -- hurt the people who need health care most. it is going to hurt the poor. it is going to hurt women of color, black and brown women. it always has. well -- wealthy women have always had privilege. wealthy women have always had access to abortion. >> planned parenthood says assuming the draft decision is final, the repercussions will be huge. >> if roe v. wade is overturned, that means that already, about 26 states across the country, 35 million women plus, would lose access to abortion completely. >> with those on the other side of the break are rejoicing at the news. >> roberts said that was an authentic draft, so we are very happy to hear that, and we're hopeful they stay with that draft and that will be the decision to overturn roe v. wade. >> court worker say this vote is only possible because former
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president trump was able to nominate three conservative justices. two of those justified -- two of those justices testified that roe v. wade was set in law. now some senators say they feel lied to. the chief justice of the supreme court, john roberts, says this is just a draft. we will find out in late june, early july, if this decision is final. >> your correspondent is in washington outside the supreme court where we have seen the fallout from this leaked document. what is the atmosphere like where you are? >> we got here about two hours ago. there are hundreds of people all protesting the possibility this
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could be the judgment from the supreme court on abortion. we have several thousand who have most all of them still protested the possibility that alito's luminary draft would become the final draft. we might -- we keep hearing might be some sort of counter protest and seen police put up barricades and that sort of thing, but so far, no sign of that. this is a demonstration of thousands of people who were shocked by the possibility that this might become law. we are joined by a professor. what did you think when you heard just how severe justice alito's draft ruling was? >> honestly, i was not very surprised, but i was very disappointed and very fearful about this means for our world. >> we have heard a great deal about the possible health consequences of this. the u.s. already has the worst maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world, but some of you and your friends were
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talking about the socioeconomic questions with this decision. >> absolutely. i think you cannot really ban abortions, but you can ban safe abortions. cisgender white wealthy women will continue to find ways to get abortions. i think this will severely affect women affected by severe types of oppression. unaffordable health care and unaffordable childcare is just going to further solidify the inequality that already exists. >> what hope do you have of seeing a federal law protect women's health rights? >> all i can say is we are here to try to apply pressure, to say that this affects tons of people
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and all of us care about the issue. >> we are very worried about the younger demographic who may have been disappointed by joe biden not really fulfilling old promises on the environment for the economy or student debt. do you think this might have an effect on younger voters? >> i think it does have an effect, but to begin with, we knew what kind of president joe biden was. more than influence any sort of voter or opinion, we are realistic about what we need to do. we know we need to work with politicians like joe biden, so this is us voicing our opinion. >> thank you very much. democrats have been split on this issue for decades. joe biden when he first joined congress was antiabortion. in the 1980's, he vacillated a bit. later on he became pro-choice. nancy pelosi took up abortion from the affordable care act lead.
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she actually chided progressive's saying that they were scaring off moderates. barack obama said he would codify roe v. wade as a first order of business. he talked about plan parenting. there's always the sense that some of these national, federal democrats have always sort of liked this issue because it does mean they have a wedge issue to bring out voters when it comes time for midterm elections. certainly, the noises we are getting is very much that this will become a state-by-state issue. they are not going to try a federal movement to end the filibuster specifically on this issue.
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it will just be, ok, get out the vote in the midterms and make sure we do better next time. that is the sense we are getting . >> thank you very much. all the latest from washington. meanwhile, several democratic states are moving to try new laws to protect the rights of abortion. one such state is vermont. a current democratic senator says the reversal of roe v. wade would not only be an attack on women's health but also on many fundamental freedoms. >> many of us are trying to understand the breadth of impact this decision could have and also if the nature of the leak now means that so much of this language is cemented in an incredibly extreme place. what we are learning is that this legal opinion would not just roll back the talk on access to abortion but access to contraception and the right to privacy for gay men and lgbt
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communities. we are looking at such a drastic decision when you talk about people's privacy as it relates to roe v. wade and other settle law for what we thought was settled law, so, yes, we are looking at not only everyone's loss of data privacy and access to health care, but particularly in the case of abortion and contraception, draconian laws that will not take into account whatsoever rape, and zest, the health of the mother, even the health of the baby. >> more than 100 people evacuated from the besieged city of mariupol to reach the safer city controlled by ukrainian forces including women, children, and the elderly.
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concerns are growing for the hundreds of others who have been left behind. >> they have been through weeks of untold horrors in the bunkers and tunnels of a steel plant in mariupol. this is the first group of evacuees to make the perilous journey from russian control territory to a ukrainian controlled city in a red cross and united nations convoy. >> you don't understand how terrible it was. you sit in a bomb shelter in a wet basement, and everything is shaking like that. when we could go up to the surface, we saw a huge crater 15 meters wide and who knows how deep? >> you can imagine what they had. we were told that nobody needed
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us. we felt abandoned like we were nothing. >> supplies of food and water have been severely rationed. parents going hungry for days to keep their children fed. this is a moment of huge relief. russia said some evacuees have been taken to a village controlled by russian-backed separatists who would be allowed to ukrainian controlled territory if they wanted, but fears for those left behind in the confines of the steel works. soon after the departure of the first evacuees, russian-backed forces resumed their assault, firing rockets towards the plant. the mayor of mariupol says 200 civilians still remain trapped inside, including several dozen small children. it is the last remaining area of the city not under russian control. in the last refuge for hundreds of ukrainian troops who refuse to surrender. the rest of mariupol is in ruins. but around 100,000 people remain
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living amongst the rubble. >> [speaking foreign language] >> tatiana no longer flinches at the sound of exploding shells. >> you wake up in the morning and you cry. you cry in the evening. i don't know where to go. i am not alone here. imagine -- everything is destroyed. where should they go now? here they are sitting with small kids. >> in the western ukraine, russian forces renewed attacks on odessa. missiles struck a logistics center used to deliver foreign weaponry. russia has so far failed to land troops in the city by sea, but seizing odessa would give
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pressure control of the whole of ukraine's black seacoast. >> meanwhile, fighting has been continuing further east where russia's assault is slowly moving forward. >> we have been around a city that is suffering an incredible bombardment of shelling this afternoon. indeed, our drive up towards it, we could see various points where smoke was rising, and indication villages and towns across the region suffered russian shelling. we know there was close contact fighting in a number of these towns. we have been speaking to volunteer evacuation drivers in and around that area. they stopped are evacuation efforts. that follows what we understand is the killing of one driver and
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the kidnapping of another. we are also getting reports from a town close to donetsk. pro-russian separatists control donetsk. there are reports of at least 10 people killed and 15 others injured after shells landed on a coke plant close to that city. this plant is considered to be the largest in europe. it employs thousands of people. we were in the area yesterday and were told the plant was not operating to 100% capacity. it is stopped because of the war, not because of shelling, but we know there are hundreds of people working there still today. authorities are saying those casualty figures are expected to rise. we are also hearing reports from the military administration of luhansk province that there are many towns and villages across
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the region where there is no electricity, no gas, and limited running water, which, of course, is a huge problem for the thousands of people either trapped inside these towns and villages or who are still refusing to leave. >> still had on the program, there has been a warning from the u.s. secretary-general about fighting in the sahel region. on press freedom day, we look at how technology is being used to curtail freedom of speech around the world. >> hello there. let's look to australia. we have high pressure keeping things largely find and try for many areas of in the north and the west.
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you are still seeing a few showers here and there. by the time we get into thursday, however, it is really the southeast corner that sees more rain thanks to a wintry cold front that is blowing its way over the southeast, knocking temperatures down in places like new south wales and victoria and tasmania, and it is going to bring rain and possibly snow into very southern areas. we have a look at the three-day for sydney. we are looking at the temperature coming down rather dramatically by riding. it is mostly sunny for much of new zealand at the moment. we've got high pressure in charge here. lots of finance right weather to be enjoyed over the next few days. temperatures in christchurch and auckland slightly above the average. in southeast asia, this is where we are seeing the wetter story. we still have heavy rain in southern areas and with that, the flood risk. we will see the rain fall heavier as well for parts of vietnam and cambodia with very heavy falls for the malay in
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days to come. that's your weather update. ♪ >> african stories from african perspectives. short documentaries from african filmmakers, from ivory coast -- >> [speaking foreign language] >> and south africa. "africa direct" on al jazeera.
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>> welcome back. a recap of the main stories we are following this hour. pro-and anti-abortion rights demonstrators have converged outside the u.s. supreme court after the -- after a leaked document suggests the court could reverse a landmark abortion rule. president biden called on congress to act. a group trapped inside a steel plant in mariupol for two months as the city was devastated by bombing have finally escaped to a ukrainian controlled city. dozens more are still trapped inside.
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>> south of the sahara region by the malian border is a remote refugee camp where people live in fear. they are mostly women and children from neighboring molly -- neighboring mali fleeing what they say is unstoppable violence. armed groups linked to al qaeda and vice it -- al qaeda and isil have come to kill them here, too. >> i remember the day the bandits came and killed one of us and left with another. after that, they ordered us to leave the village. everyone -- children, old people, and us women -- all came here. >> 14,000 united nations peacekeepers have been deployed in mali for almost a decade, but this $1 billion united nations peacekeeping operation has failed to bring peace. the united nations
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secretary-general makes an impromptu visit to the camp. >> you can count on me to demand from the international community strong support from the army of niger so it has the capacity to protect you better. >> most people here do not know who he is. they watched quizzically as he plants a tree in the sand. with armed groups trying to control water points, climate change, too, is feeling the conflict. >> the situation is complex. it is for these reasons that we ask you, mr. secretary-general, to continue to make our situation one of your priorities. >> earlier, he traveled to senegal, meeting with the african chair. prices of food and fuel are on the rise in south africa.
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the united nations estimates a quarter of a million people could plunge into poverty by the end of the year as a result of the ukraine-russia conflict. while he did not travel to mali, the situation in that country is high on the agenda. a human rights group accused malian soldiers and recently deployed russian soldiers, of torture and perpetrating massacres on civilians. it has become increasingly difficult for the united nations to fulfill its mandate of protecting the malian people, many of whom are now fleeing their country. >> internet access has been caught. the violence began during religious festivals and continued into tuesday. >> very heavy police presence now in and around an area off
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the city of jodhpur following more clashes, more fighting between hindus and muslims on tuesday. local media are saying that at least 10 people have been injured and one person has been taken to hospital. these altercations began on monday night when hindus and muslims started arguing over hosting religious clans. muslims are celebrating the end of ramadan in india on tuesday and hindus were celebrating a different festival. both groups wanted to hoist their flags in the area. that led to violence between the groups, police trying to disperse the crowd using batons and tear gas. the crowd then attacking the police force and injuring 4 officers, but things had calmed down by tuesday. they were very much under control. prayers in the area took place peacefully, but following them,
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there were more clashes in five different areas, so what authorities have done now is imposed a curfew in 10 areas. the internet remains suspended. the internet is often suspended in india in times of tension. the state leader sent his home secretary as -- and senior officials to the area to make sure that the violence here does not escalate. >> a fire in delhi's largest landfill is causing respiratory problems for nearby residents. experts say an ongoing heatwave is to blame. last month, india recorded its hottest march since 1946, and forecasters predict temperatures to get worse in the coming days. new mexico's governor has requested emergency funding from the federal government.
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thousands of people living in northern new mexico. tuesday is world press freedom day. journalist in countries like myanmar, mexico, and uganda, say it is becoming more difficult than ever to do their jobs. in uruguay, unesco is meeting on these latest challenges faced by journalists. >> technology like never before, is being used to curtail freedom of speech around the world. spyware, artificial intelligence, and social media have become the chosen tools by governments to suppress dissent. this victim aspire where which
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was developed by an israeli company, was detained for over a year in her country, azerbaijan. >> i saw the list of numbers, like, 99 numbers from my phonebook were in that list. 99 people who i know were on that list. they have an effective, too, and those are not only journalists and lawyers. those were also activists, political activists whose numbers i had. >> hundreds of people have gathered in the uruguayan coastal city in an effort to help find ways to protect freedom of speech. this conference is hosted by unesco, and the theme of this conference is journalism at risk in war zones or conflict areas but also subjects of online harassment and surveillance, and
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that is why hundreds of journalists, members of international organizations, and many others have gathered here to try to prevent technology from being used to persecute free media. >> the war in ukraine and the unprecedented number of journalists who have been killed in mexico this year serve as a stark reminder on world press freedom day that journalists around the world are facing an extraordinary level of threats. he has been in exile for a year, forced to flee when the government of alexander lukashenko cracked down on the media. >> there are lots of people who are in prison who are not allowed to have visitors while lawyers cannot even pass them and let her. at the same time, there is a group that are not in prison but are always afraid that the next morning they could be arrested and imprisoned. >> finding solutions is essentially part of the event.
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