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so their brand of politics to americans before the vote followed the u.s. elections on a. china's politicians approve a national security law for hong kong which pro-democracy campaigners say will crush political freedoms. hello i'm so romany watching al-jazeera life my headquarters here in doha also coming up. the pandemic is actually speeding up. but i warning by the world health organization chief is coronavirus cases rise in many parts of the world with easing lockdowns also the white house says it will brief democratic politicians on reports of russians funded taliban strikes on u.s.
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soldiers in afghanistan. and egypt says its dispute with ethiopia over its megaton project on the nile could lead to a conflict if the u.n. fails to intervene. into the program it's the development hong kong's pro-democracy movement feared the most china's top legislative body has unanimously approved a national security law for the territory that may crush political freedoms acts of secession subversion terrorism or collusion with foreign forces could face a maximum sentence of life in jail now critics say it'll be used to stamp out all forms of dissent it comes after months of mass unrest sparked by fear of china's tightening grip on the whole cold legislation aims to cement beijing's control over the 77 autonomous territory and reshape the future of. one of the world's major
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financial sentence adrian brown is standing by for us with reaction out of hong kong but 1st let's cross over to beijing where katrina you is there forcing between or just talk us through the process in terms of what we know is going on in beijing with regards to this legislation or where it stands in terms of the committee process. well we know that china's standing committee its top legislative body met today local time at 9 am to vote on this law and it was unanimously passed shortly after that there are 162 members of that committee but only one of those members is actually from hong kong but we do know that they've been discussing this law since sunday and during the discussions the standing committee was split into 6 different teams to discuss different parts of the law and each team were assigned to observe the members from hong kong now we know it is a hefty law recording to state media there are 6 different chapters and $66.00 articles included in that war and it remarks on 3 broad crimes subversion secession
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and colluding with foreign forces now have a list i'm most worried about what many legal experts are worried about is that state media have flagged to the fact that beijing will have jurisdiction over a few of those crimes meaning that extradition to mainland china will be possible if some people are found guilty of those very few crimes and we still don't know exactly what crimes those are we're still waiting on details but that is a matter of concern for many legal experts in hong kong we also know that the heaviest penalty of her being found guilty of crimes under the national security law will also be life imprisonment now going forward there will be the set up a national security office in hong kong most likely that will be headed by somebody from china's ministry of public security somebody who's familiar with intelligence so there will be a political aspect to that and analysts that we've spoken to earlier say that there
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could be an aspect of political policing involved in this law now there's still a few steps to go through before it gets implemented in hong kong but essentially it will be. ultimately inserted into hong kong's mini constitution it's basically completely bypassing hong kong or in legislative process now this whole thing has been tremendously fast tracked it's been. about 40 days only since this law was 1st announced during china's national people's congress the opening speech made by leakage and normally these laws take years at least one year for these things to be passed and that really does short of beijing's determination to pass this law and stamp out some of these pro-democracy protests that we've seen occurring since last year analysts say that these pro-democracy protests are simply too much of a threat to beijing's power in hong kong while china's leaders say that these protests themselves are a threat to hong kong stability and prosperity and that this law is designed to protect to that going forward that beijing really has been ultimately
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frustrated with these protests it's been embarrassing it's been frustrating for china's leaders and it's very symbolic that this law has been passed just the day before the anniversary of hong kong's handover from britain back to mainland china which is july the 1st and that itself seems to be symbolic it seems to be beijing telling the people that at the end of the day it is china that is in charge in hong kong and china's leaders will do what is at whatever they deem necessary to to move things forward and to protect hong kong and they will do that with the necessary speed on so what's the view from beijing katrina thank you let's get reaction from hong kong our correspondent adrian brown is standing by for that really expect some sort of reaction from hong kong considering this lore is in all intents and purposes been passed but it really does come as no surprise perhaps to the city and that will be the real reaction. yes no
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surprise so hell but still let's remember the most dramatic development to happen here since the handover 23 years ago tomorrow we heard on choose day morning from joshua long a young pro-democracy activist well known of course around the world and he announced he was resigning from the political party he helped as stablish he said to continue my practices my beliefs in private so joshua long has decided in a sense to fall on his sword another leading member of that party nathan law has also said he's resigning the chief executive of hong kong keri-anne who is katrina pointed out has been completely bypassed in this process held her regular media conference on tuesday morning but she dodged questions about the new law saying she wouldn't comment on it until it had been confirmed but it's not just carolina who of course has been exposed as being impotent in this process suit so too has the
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hong kong legislature and of course remember the hong kong people have had absolutely no say in all of this they haven't seen even a draft of the legislation which is being rushed through in record time as to what happens now well various protest groups have been applying to stage a march on july the 1st symbolically there are always protests here on july the 1st that has been denied by the police but i guess we'll have to wait and see so help whether these groups are still prepared to test that ban on july the 1st certainly the police are leaving nothing to chance 4000 officers are going to be deployed on july the 1st but for the moment everything in the city is reasonably peaceful even brown there in hong kong for us thank you. let's reach our other top story now and the worst is yet to come that's the warning from the world health organization on
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the corona virus pandemic the w.h.o. says it is far from being under control as the number of cases continue to search globally it's sending a team to china next week to investigate the origins of the disease which is still unknown we are on one this to be over we all want to get on with our lives but the hard reality is this is not even close to being over although many countries have made some progress globally the pandemic is actually speeding up. a surge in new coronavirus cases in the u.s. is causing at least a dozen states and cities to rethink their opening strategies the country's top expert on infectious diseases says the increases largely because people are
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ignoring health guidelines dr anthony found she has called it a recipe for disaster kristen salumi has more. with long lines for tests and new coronavirus cases surging texas and other u.s. states that were some of the quickest to reopen for business are now worried that their hospitals are approaching capacity and rethinking their strategy and florida's broward county the famous fort lauderdale beach will be closed for independent state july 4th i'm hearing from our hospitals that there have been a large number of patient influx and if we don't control the spread we might have a situation where we have to ration health care for someone who is ill and that is definitely not a place that we want to be same for california beaches many people. were not necessarily being as responsible as they otherwise as we would like them to be as a relates to practicing physical distance and social distancing people that weren't
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wearing their face masks and in california and arizona as well as texas they're closing bars and nightclubs after seeing infections rising people under 40 and masks will now be required in public and all of kansas and in jacksonville florida the city where the republican party plans to hold some of its national convention new york governor andrew cuomo blamed president trump for pushing states to reopen too quickly and called on him to issue an executive order requiring maston public nationwide states that were recalcitrant governors who said we don't need to do this. masks don't work all the political nonsense we heard now they're doing a 180 and you have the same states now wearing masks. he unveiled a model to simulate the mountain of coronavirus cases that new york has overcome
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with new infections and fatality rates now at their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic and continuing to trend downward one leading global health. the expert says the states must act quickly and aggressively if we think about the things that are really risky most of the states are open when their underlying level of cases was really so high they weren't coming down so i think it is meet the white house's own guidelines experts say even with these new measures in place it may now take weeks to start to see infection rates in these areas decline kristen salumi al-jazeera has been revealed that senior white house officials were made aware last year of intelligence information that russia was offering to pay taliban fighters to target american troops in afghanistan now this contradicts statements from the u.s. president that he hadn't been briefed on the reports alan fischer. from the white house podium a denial the president was ever briefed on the so-called bowing to kills the now
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say this that the u.s. receives thousands of reports a day on intelligence and they are subject to strict scrutiny while the white house does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations the cia director n.s.a. national security adviser in the chief of staff can all confirm and either the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged russian russian bounty intelligence. afghanistan is america's longest war american troops have been there for 19 years and despite talks of a peace deal there's no indication to leave anytime soon america helped contribute weapons to push russia out of the country in the 1980 s. and killed russian mercenaries in syria 2 years ago now according to the new york times it's payback time newspaper says the russians offered cash for kills coalition soldiers and general american soldiers in particular but from the kremlin another denial. 1st of all those statements are laws
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secondly if in the united states special services are still answerable to the u.s. president then i suggest focusing on president trump statement he really gave an appraisal of those reports he did in a tweet intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible and therefore did not report to me or v.p. possibly another fabricated russia hoax that says the white house explains why there has been no response from the american side the story didn't stand up on capitol hill lawmakers have demanded an intelligence be focused on who knew what and when and if the president was in fact briefed intelligence sources tell media outlets not only is the information solid it was given to the highest level of the white house but there's still a lot of unanswered questions and while there remain unanswered there lies a potential risk to a president who's had a difficult relationship with russia from even before he took office alan fischer
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al-jazeera. well still ahead here on al-jazeera why all coronavirus restrictions coming back into one of england's most diverse cities even as the rest of the country is about to relax about that story after the break. hello the course is very hot across much of the middle east and the arabian peninsula the winds have been strong of the last few days little bit lighter as we move forward over the next couple of days not much at all in the way of cloud you see want to 2 showers very lightly scattered throughout areas of turkey they'll continue eastwards as we go through choose a temperatures fairly high most areas of the again we've got some showers up into northern afghanistan so 28 is the high in kabul elsewhere those how much is all on the high side 46 in it q 8 and again the winds are strong coming through the interior and then through wednesday the time which is again it's in the sort of
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levels generally in the low forty's doha 4144 calls in to dubai a bit warmer back into riyadh and then through the eastern end of the matter again these temperatures maintaining that nice level the high twenty's maybe 30 celsius in a jerusalem then down into southern africa and have some pretty strong storms of course into where the western cape in the last day or so those winds have certainly eased but the showers astelin the 4 calls just running up the east coast and also beginning to push up into more coastal areas i'm a zombie and also to the north of there but he wants the child and thunderstorms across today or conga and still pushing out across the west little bit lighter on the gulf of guinea for the next couple of days that very heavy off the west coast of africa and is warming up as a sunny skies returning to port elizabeth with a high of 24. joining our global community they called it crisis is just slapped isn't the phrase that blessing upon. human equals glow. keeping you up to date is
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why self or situation where we have a human rights presence that persist beyond the health crisis answering your questions is a dialogue just nothing we are now approaching a crossroads this is an opportunity that we must not miss the stream on al-jazeera . the world. book about what you all deserve me so romney a reminder of our top news stories hong kong media are reporting that china's top legislative body has approved a national security law for the territory criminalizing acts of dissent to deposing
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heavy penalties for offenders beijing has circumvented hong kong's own legislature to impose the law. the world health organization is warning that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come the us is the hardest hit country its top infectious disease expert says the recent surge is because people are ignoring the guidelines and it's been revealed that senior white house officials were made aware of last year's intelligence information that russia was offering to pay taliban fighters to target american troops in afghanistan and this contradicts statements from the u.s. president. to popular online social platforms of suspended content related to u.s. president donald trump in an attempt to restrict the spread of hate speech video streaming platform twitch has temporarily blocked trump's channel and social media site reddit has set down a forum page popular with his supporters the tech industry is facing mounting pressure to address racial inequality. the u.s.
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supreme court has struck down a law the places restrictions on doctors who perform abortions in the state of louisiana the surprise decision comes despite fierce opposition from conservative justices the vote was 5 to 4 with conservative chief justice john roberts voting with the 4 liberal members of the court is the 1st big abortion case since trump appointed 2 new justices shifting the court's political balance to the right egypt has told the united nations it faces an existential threat from a hydroelectric dam that ethiopia's building on the blue nile river ethiopia is expected to start filling the ground renee's on stand with water next month but at a virtual meeting of the security council egypt warned of conflict if the un doesn't intervene our diplomatic editor james bays reports now from new york this massive dam project has been a long running source of regional tension but as the date for if you start filling
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the now completed dam nears its becoming a major crisis with international dimensions it was the us that called for the 1st security council meeting on the issue after being urged to do so by egypt which relies on the oil for 90 percent of its water the matter of which i am addressing you. is the group of consequence people and require like our efforts to combat global pandemic it commitment to uphold the theory of cooperation and to recognise that no nation is an island. but the ethiopian ambassador countered that the un was not the place to discuss this the spirit let me be clear that he doesn't believe the issues being discussed really illegitimately is the security. it is bound to set up but
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christened and opened a pandora's box this council should not be a forum for exerting diplomatic pressure if you're in a dispute with the choice of mediators you probably choose the one that you think is going to give you the best result diplomats believe egypt gambled on internationalizing this conflict hoping that the presence of the u.s. a permanent member of the security council with a veto would help its case for now that hasn't worked this weekend the african union convened fresh talks and many council members believe it's those efforts that should take priority for now although the dispute is becoming angrier one analyst says he believes it's unlikely any of the countries involved will resort to force ultimately especially in the long run the only way through egypt to secure those supplies is by cooperation with its upstream neighbors very much
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including you know if this escalated into any form of conflict it's going to make it much much more difficult for the parties to overcome the remaining obstacles to reaching an agreement on that and it really could set back relations in the long term at the end of the meeting both egypt and ethiopia asked for the floor again disputing the other's position when the diplomats believe the only way to resolve things is for all 3 countries egypt ethiopia and sudan to return to the negotiating table and make concessions in this dispute no one's going to get exactly what they want james al-jazeera at the united nations. tribal leaders in libya are pledging to end the blockade on oil output exporting terminals in the central coastal region have been under blockade by forces loyal to ward cleaver have to since january but it's thought to have cost the country nearly $6000000000.00 talks are being held to decide how and when the national oil corporation can restart
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production and exports the united nations estimates more than $9000000.00 people in syria are experiencing food insecurity the highest level ever recorded these a curator council was briefed on the humanitarian situation as a growing number of syrians are unable to provide for themselves and their families humanitarian chief mark local kurz appealed for urgent intervention so i want to be clear that the current levels of assistance limit across the border are far. and our press continues to start a major humanitarian crisis the cross border operation needs to be scaled up for. a failure to extend because we were authorized nation with 70 u.n. operation. it would end the un reason support nutrition centers it would cause such suffering and that. but as well and president nicolas maduro has ordered the european union's envoy to leave the country within 72 hours the expulsion is in
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response to sanctions imposed on venezuelan officials by the e.u. for acting against the opposition run cold press. i've decided to give the european union ambassador in caracas 72 hours to leave the country so as to demand respect from the european union enough of european colonialism against been a swale or enough of the persecution against guinness weyler 72 hours for the un besler to leave the country enough of colonialist intervention of a supreme assist attitude of racism enough is enough. lot of america is losing the battle against crow virus but while countries with major outbreaks are imposing tougher lockdowns others are beginning to lift them. reports now from desire across the continent all facing heavy economic losses from the pandemic. with the number of people infected by the covered 1000 virus continuing to rise several districts
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especially densely populated cities are imposing or reimposing tough new lockdown measures. here in one of cyrus the hardest hit parts of argentina your thirties are putting tight travel restrictions back in place the ban on outdoor exercise lifted 3 weeks ago returns on wednesday when the shutters will also come down on all non-essential businesses. neighboring bolivia approaching 1900 deaths and with some regional health systems a breaking point has announced it will extend its quarantine until the end of july . however in mexico city restrictions are being eased with many businesses being allowed to reopen with not all that convinced the coronavirus is retreating. from our own people are not very well informed unfortunately we're not at the peak of this virus and i don't think we're prepared i think there will be a 2nd wave of infections. in peru one of the worst affected countries in latin
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america the government says the end is in sight and his 100 day lockdown will end on tuesday the borders will remain closed and some still struggling regions will keep their quarantines in place. meanwhile the stock economic impact of the pandemic is becoming clearer the authorities in cuba have asked all of those who can to grow their own food or. ice so all the little bits of land i have flowers are pretty because they provide beauty but flowers don't provide food i removed a few flowers my wife had there and i started to sew food and i urge everyone to make the most of a bit of land a small parcel of home. and in brazil with nearly 58000 deaths and more than one in a quarter 1000000 people infected the government has announced a record 11 percent budget deficit the may a more than a 1000000 jobs lost so far this year as the country enters into recession trading
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restrictions in some cities are being lifted. president job as the economy is more important the more he calls a little flu. of a larger a more frequent protests indicate that increasing numbers of was illions don't agree with him. when osiris. medics in scrubs and face masks have staged a protest in the spanish capital of madrid demanding better working conditions. somehow sign saying i'm exhausted and we use our skin as shields as they call for greater job security increased pay spain's health system has been overwhelmed by the credit iris and the country as of one of the worst death tolls in the world. much of the english hospitality sector is due to reopen on saturday but pubs and restaurants in one city will remain closed for an extended period of government
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officials have recommended the current lockdown measures remain in force in leicester for extra 2 weeks due to a surge in covert 900 cases jonah hall is in leicester and sent this report. leicester in the english midlands the 1st major test of the government's ability to deal with post lockdown outbreaks of corona virus enhanced testing here has revealed worrying numbers almost 900 new cases in just 2 weeks with clusters detected it recently reopened schools a supermarket and a sandwich factory. there are concerns the disease is spreading through multigenerational households in the city's large asian community i've been hearing of entire families being affected by 19 and clearly this requires us to take extra caution back to where we are with regards to proper lockdown see how we can. prevent the spread of this virus and i hope that the government will take note of
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such a kind of scenario and give us guidelines with large parts of the economy said to reopen on july the 4th the lockdown in leicester is instead being extended and strengthened with schools and non-essential shops having to close again but local officials have complained that there isn't sufficient data upon which to base an appropriate response the government themselves in this report that acknowledged readily when you do more testing you get more positives the levels of testing are a few 100 per day and in a city that has a population in the whole urban area of the best part of $600000.00 only a very small proportion of the people in the city are actually being tested and as a result of that it's very difficult to draw conclusions about the presence of the virus within the community that may point to an essential flaw in prime minister
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boris johnson's plan to reopen the economy safely. contact racing doesn't seem to be happening as well as it should be. again various reasons although we do need those super tight just trace solutions well only then can we continue such look at. the government's test trace and isolate program is supposed to be the ultimate safeguard against localized outbreaks like this one in leicester spreading out of control but while testing numbers have greatly improved there are still big gaps in contact tracing and an app designed specifically to help has now been delayed until the autumn that's why accurate data is lacking about exactly where the lister outbreak may have originated or where it's heading next and why scientists have warned that the lockdown in england has been eased too fast too soon jonah hill al jazeera leicester though one of the biggest circus acts in the
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world is fighting for its survival cirque du soleil will file for bankruptcy protection the correct superior court on tuesday has been forced to cancel all of it shows around the world because of the pandemic so to sell a says it'll cut around 3 and a half 1000 jobs with 95 percent of its staff going. with me as a whole rama reminder of our top stories hong kong media reporting that china's top legislative body has approved a national security law for the territory criminalizing acts of dissent and imposing heavy penalties for offenders beijing has circumvented hole calls only legislature to impose the law through to you has more beijing. this is an extraordinarily fast person as this bill was only announced about 40 days ago during the opening of china's national people's congress and the main political
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assembly that happened one thing here was announced during the opening speech recently catan gave and now we are we are here 40 days later with this bill passed still no details we expect to hear more of that later today but usually this person takes you know at least a year in chinese have any kind of law passed or they really tried to fast track this whole process the world health organization has warned that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come the u.s. is the hardest hit country and its top infectious disease expert says the recent surge is because people are ignoring the guidelines it's been revealed that senior want to answer visuals were made aware last year of intelligence information that russia was offering to pay taliban fighters to target american troops in afghanistan this contradicts statements from the u.s. president. and the u.s. supreme court has struck down a law that places restrictions on doctors who perform abortions in the state of
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louisiana is the 1st big abortion case since trumbull pointed to new justices shifting the course political balance to the right. and egypt has told the u.n. it faces the next essential threat from a hydroelectric dam you're ethiopia's building on the blue nile if europe is expected to start filling it with water next month but at a virtual meeting of the security council egypt's foreign affairs minister warned of conflict if the un doesn't intervene tribal leaders in libya are pledging to end the blockade on oil output exporting terminals in the central coastal region have been under a blockade by forces loyal to war please i have to since january is sort of cost the country nearly $6000000000.00 those are the headlines and back with more news in half an hour here on al-jazeera next it's the stream to stay with us. as countries begin easing coronavirus restrictions scientists warn of a 2nd wave of infections in the last few days. in the neighborhood and
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