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the 2 part epic tale of a remarkable family. the father the son and the jihad part one on al-jazeera. 'd al-jazeera. he'd seen with the al-jazeera news are coming to you live from doha coming up in the next 60 minutes. and 90 year old grandmother becomes the 1st cigarette the fires are covered 19 vaccines the u.k. will say it's amazing winds immunization. a desperate journey for a new beginning rise in the number of child refugees trying to cross into europe
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from africa. we have a 100 pages of words now we need them translated to powerful action. new zealand's muslims call for change after an investigation into the christ church mosque massacres exposes failings of the security agencies. and a nationwide strike in india farmers stepped up their protests against new laws on core prices. and sport breakdancing is set to make its debut on the world's biggest stage the i.o.c. has inducted it as an elk fishel olympic sports and will feature at the 2024 paris games. a 90 year old woman has become the 1st patient in the worlds to receive the pfizer
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covert $1000.00 vaccine after its approval in the u.k. . 800000 doses of the fires a biotech vaccine are available around the country 900 old margaret keenan here received the 1st official dose at university hospital in coventry i say go for it rupert because it's free and it's the best in the circle happened. at the moment so do please go for it that's what i say you know. if i can to. so can you. well as positive news for the west but health experts in zimbabwe are warning of dangerous tilly's unwilling at the vaccines they're now struggling to overcome financial and logistical challenges in asia south korea has announced that it's locked in and off doses to cover 84 percent of its population but the program will only begin after other countries will lights have been monitored for
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a few months. well let's say get more on that vaccine roll lights in the u.k. jonah hole is live for us in new castle jono the u.k. governments and said that the those 1st in line will be the most vulnerable in the country usa the care home where some of the most vulnerable the u.k. live when are they expecting their jobs. well remember the care home sector across the country across the entire united kingdom has been unduly hit by the pandemic throughout the course of the past 9 months suffering disproportionate numbers of deaths care home residents some 400000 of them across the country and the care home workers living various degrees of a pretty precarious existence under conditions of extreme emotional stress and uncertainty visits the life blood for many of these elderly people have been
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curtailed in some cases simply banned altogether i mean the garden of rocky towers as you say up in the north of england newcastle newcastle itself one of the hardest hit areas still at the moment under here 3 restrictions the highest level of coronavirus restrictions you can see perhaps in the garden here they installed in this particular care home apologist secure and sanitized place where people can meet across a secure purse bex barrier safely inhofe our visiting slots it's nothing like life used to be but it's something a lot of care homes don't have even this much in israel anticipation. but an end to all of this about a return to normal life the problem they got here and elsewhere i suspect the management here tell us is that they simply don't know when the vaccine will be rolled out to settings like this the government says within 2 weeks the management here say look we've seen these promises made and broken so many times in the pandemic they are all too aware about the difficulty in handling this vaccine it arrives in massive batches of
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a 1000 stored at temperatures of minus 70 degrees celsius it's going to be thawed down they've then got to break those batches down into spoke numbers per care home across the country there are 38 residents here different numbers at different care homes across the country it's got to be transported it's got to be used within 12 hours of arriving on the doorstep and there are questions about the amount of vaccine available 800000 doses in country at the moment the government can't specifically say what the timeline is for the arrival of more doses enough to scale up to mass distribution later and into the course of next year so a lot of uncertainties a lot of unknowns yes there's excitement and anticipation but i think it is here and elsewhere within the care home sector particularly tempered with a big dose of course of well indeed a big dose of course in but the budget of the must also be a big deal so the excitement as well after all you are explaining the pandemic has hit the care home sector particularly hard what sort of reaction have you had from
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staff and the residents about when this vaccine receives or the expecting to get some sort of normality back in their lives eventually. well i'll be honest with you we've just arrived here we're expecting to talk to some residents during the course of the morning so we haven't had any live reaction from residence as it were yet but we've certainly spoke to the care home staff who is a said are very excited about the prospects the prospects of this vaccine will allow care homes like this to open up they talk about staff members residents rather some 40 percent of whom suffer from dementia for whom visits are a real life blood literally keeping people alive day to day visits from family members visits from loved ones so much of that has gone to the wall during the course of the 9 months of the pandemic in this country and across the world of course it has caused deep suffering among families deep suffering for the residents
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and the care home staff themselves have had to be incredibly careful every time they walk into settings like this they could be bringing the virus in seeding it amongst the residents inside so you know it's impossible to overstate the importance of a vaccine in care homes settings like this one we simply don't know as precisely as i said when it will be rolled out to places and homes like this but i hope so on the horizon there thank you very much indeed joe and a whole reporting live from newcastle in the north of england well ask him when i from oksana parodic he global health advisor and senior lecturer at university college london school of pharmacy she joins us by skype from london good to have you with this on the news or it's been a rather exciting day so far very just start with your reactions in the images and seen of the the 1st of these vaccines being rolled out in the. well this is a fantastic and perhaps the most important pharmaceutical innovation in history in
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terms of the humility of benignant this will have the rest of the society and of course very exciting that we are seeing the u.k. being one of the 1st to actually use the be pfizer buy on tech vaccines so this is absolutely an important step in tying the towards the end of the pandemic but we still know that there just aren't enough the quietus to cover everyone who is vulnerable and i think that means that we still have to have the mentality that the pandemic is not going to be swiftly concluded just because we have the 1st wave of people who will receive this vaccine so at the same time as we are truly grateful that this innovation has been able to reach us by the end of 2020 before the end of the year which we weren't sure was going to be possible also have to act as though not much has actually changed
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ok. though many people are quite concerned about the speed with which this vaccine has been developed of course very exciting news the 1st of these vaccines is being rolled but something i hear quite quite a lot is that i'll take it but once i've seen how everybody else does in fact we're hearing their south korean government says is going to vaccinate its population but with a delay of several months which is say to people who are worries about the speeds with which the vaccine has been developed is there anything you could say to reassure them. well certainly the facts he was developed under conditions that we would not call let's say normal so the entire world can screech to almost a halt and as a result there are much many more finances and resorts those that were horror into
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the development that you know in a typical year just one has been possible we would have seen this level of international collaboration with academics partnering as closely with the pharmaceutical industry as over 200 companies working on developing and these vaccines there are more than $200.00 candidates at various stages of development so i think it's wrong to really take what we would do in a regular year and apply that to this circumstance because of the sense of urgency the funding and the levels of cooperation have also enormously shifted and that's what's made this possible the m.h.l. ray has not cut any corners it's not reduced any safety standards it has done all of the protocols and through the roll in review data and it's also examined all of the protocols of the trial so and the mh iran has done its job as an independent body to ensure that this vaccine is safe and we expect also that these other
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vaccines that are not too far behind we look at a return to master sent in the oxford vaccine are also towards the end now and we will be waiting to see what the regulatory bodies across the world will be will make of their data and that's up to each regulator so i think that's a really important point to make in terms of the fact that when you are able to get all of the talent in the world together this is what's possible ok great to get your thoughts on a parodic there from university college london thank you so much for joining us on the news hour thank you. health experts in zimbabwe are warning it could take 6 months before a covert 19 vaccine is available vera because of logistical and economic challenges that's despite the country's capacity to carry out vaccination programs hermit's
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hassel reports now from harare. nurses say more than 100 mothers visit this clinic in harare every day here their babies are inoculated against diseases such as polio and measles. children in zimbabwe have been receiving vaccinations since the early 1980 s. it's part of the government's nationwide immunization program and it's free of charge for children under the age of 5. i want my baby to be healthy so she grows up strong and if she's always seeks she will suffer later on in life public health officials say access to that's the nation's is good and zimbabweans are generally open to receiving them that's why health experts are confident they can manage a master a lot of covert 19 vaccinations when the doses eventually arrive in the country what worries them is misinformation about the vaccines so now we're having to focus
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in which has been tested in several countries. has been shown to be effective so really it's a problem should generally when vaccines are done in this country we are following the proper procedures that is laid out africa aims to have 60 percent of its population vaccinated against closer 1000 within the next 2 to 3 years that's according to the continent's centers for disease control prevention zimbabwe is part of a vaccine sharing scheme known as callbacks more than 100 countries globally have signed up to it but health officials say call that $900.00 vaccinations likely won't start until mid next year because of cost and logistical challenges. the scheme that the w.s.j. . helped to create once to deliver 2000000000 that scene doses around the world by the end of 2021 but is struggling to raise the money it needs then there's how to keep the vaccines cold electricity supplies in many parts of africa are unreliable
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zimbabwe has at times experienced 18 hour power cuts. out aerators. sources of energy be something that has to. be promoted especially those areas which have. the so when the culvert 19 vaccines arrive how and where they are kept joining transportation and storage will be crucial in ensuring their effectiveness. al-jazeera. or south korea says it secured millions of coronavirus vaccines amid a growing surge of infections inspiring vaccines from 4 pharmaceutical companies an additional $10000000.00 doses will be provided by the world health organization then off the total rather is enough to cover 84 percent of the population but the inauguration program will only begin after other countries warts are monitors for a few months but mcbride has more from seoul. it is
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a very comprehensive plan and clearly south korea has not rushed into into this and it hasn't had to rush into this it has been unveiled this tuesday and obviously culminates in an awful lot of behind the scenes negotiations with the world's major pharmaceutical companies all the companies at the forefront of this vaccine rollout the likes of astra zeneca pfizer johnson and johnson and also as you mentioned there some vaccine will come from this w.h.o. supported program but there's going to be enough vaccine to vaccinate $44000000.00 people total that's pretty much the whole of the south korean population but interestingly is this question of the timetable the 1st of this vaccine won't arrive here in south korea until next march when we're going to see obviously the priority groups will come 1st the elderly people in nursing homes frontline care workers and then there will be this gradual rolling out as more vaccine is imported
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and we're going to see more people being vaccinated but this program extends all the way through until the end of 2021 so it is certainly not a rushed program and it seems as though the south korean government as people here had expected do not have to rush into this they are pretty much on top of it yes we are into this 3rd wave there has been a recent surge as we get into colder winter months but certainly not the kind of acute crisis being faced by other parts of the world so the south korean government does have the luxury of waiting to see how these vaccines perform in other parts of the world and also conducting its own tests before the 1st batch ever goes into a south korean arm. but it's more so to come on this news hour including one a virus in the heart of europe why belgium now has the highest death rate in the world's. a human rights group reveals a staggering rise in the number of afghan civilians killed by or strikes and in
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sports the major league soccer team aiming to make history that story coming up later this. more than 2000 children are among the refugees and migrants who've arrived in the canary islands in the last few months save the children says it's extremely concerned about their physical and mental health but it's with reports now from ground can aria. it's not much of a red carpet welcome but for this boy it's at least the 1st time he's touched dry land in 5 days you have spent the time in a fishing boat with around 25 other people crossing rough atlantic seas from west africa. the canary islands is experiencing the largest wave of migrants and refugees arrivals in 15 years and with it what the regional government calls a significant upturn in the number of children. international aid group save the
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children is concerned that the authorities here are struggling to provide for the specific needs of miners even of the kind of understand to make you live a life. that would have seen. me have seen people dying on board and turning to. and on might have experienced violence. on their all these years the biggest fear is that you know. we were at sea for 6 days day a warrior tells me 6 days he and his friend mahdi a 16 years old from mali who. live. in mali there's a war now so we came here my mother and father over there and they are getting old
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and now there's no money so i came here there were more than 8000 migrants and refugees arrivals just in november breaking previous records spain's migration minister suggested transferring migrants to the mainland to relieve the pressure here but that's been rejected by other ministers saying they'll just encourage others so new arrivals are being transferred to these military bases or being kept in hotels unaccompanied children are less likely than adults to be sent back to their home countries. shaken baby who runs an aid group that helps african migrants thinks this is why there are more minors making the trip south asian sit opposite each young person is a community project they're not coming on their own they've got their parents behind them they look for a strategy to make their projects successful and they know that their children have more chance to be able to stay in europe because it's the law of the canary islands government says it's open $21.00 emergency centers for unaccompanied minors it says
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it's repeatedly asked the spanish government and the e.u. for more money $12000000.00 has now been promised by the end of the year not as fast as the migrants and refugees keep arriving. when we have correspondents on both sides of this crisis an amended will go to nicholas hark who's in in senegal it's a major transit area for west african migrants heading to the canary islands for his 1st let's head to see bernard smith who's in gran canaria for bernard the canary islands are quite some distance from the african continent and children were not really seeing as many children were nice seeing more children making this journey just why are people making this journey from the african continent to the canary islands it seems for so much risk.
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parts of its economic may explain later on and some of its practical they get in these boats off the west african coast maybe 25 or so people in each one of them making maybe a 5 or 6 day journey across the water simply because this is now the easiest way to get to european territory it's much harder to cross from libya and morocco across the mediterranean sea org now because of increased funding for patrols maritime patrols for the libyans and the moroccan coast guard money given by the europeans so instead margarets a coming this way because there's less patrols all on the west coast so it's easy for them to make it over most of them coming at the moment from morocco. and. burn it just so the local authorities initially were caught off guard by the sudden increase people arriving on the shore sleeping for weeks in the dark side where you are they able to deal with it no getting
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a better handle on the situation. yeah this is the dockside here the key side just this concrete. surfaces where thousands of margins were sleeping for several weeks before the authorities managed to quickly put up some tent camps on military bases and they were using hotels that are empty of the moment that would otherwise have been full of tourists because there are but there are none of them because of cove it just yesterday on monday they restarted repatriation flights from the canaries to morocco they've been haven't been happening for many months because of cove it 22 migrants were on a flight yesterday the hope to increase that to 80 a day or 80 per flight doesn't sound like many but the authorities say here just to show people are being quickly sent back they believe they hope is enough of a deterrent to stop people making that perilous journey. bernard smith. thank
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you very much indeed let's get the view from senegal nairobi can join nicholas who's in. nic this is clearly a much longer and more dangerous routes the welcome mat since we were hearing has not been so why are so many people making this dangerous journey. which used to be an industrial hardware migrants used to come and work in to the cotton mills it has turned into a transit point for migrants from across the region to come and then make their way to boats and then on to spain into the canary islands as bernard explained now these migrants some of them come from mali fleeing war and the crisis over there others come from guinea fleeing the political crisis in guinea but among those migrants are also certainly a lot of senegalese now we're inside a technical high school let me show you inside one of these classrooms these
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children here well most of their parents are farmers and they tell us that through the years the farming has become increasingly difficult you have parents who heard cattle and they're unable to feed their their animals and if you speak to these young people here most of them don't want to take up their parents job here they're learning how to become electricians except we're in a country where most people don't have access to electricity it's the lack of opportunities here haul up that are pushing these young people to go abroad i spoke to the principal of this high school he told me that every week there's someone going missing someone going off trying to make it to europe it appears so close they can see it through their facebook pages through social media that so many have made it across and they know as miners that they have more opportunities to stay in those countries and that's what's pushing them they're not fleeing war or purpose
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security and they're looking for opportunities that they don't have at home 17 percent unemployment rate here in senegal and despite all these skills that they're living at school there well there's no jobs at the end of it and that's what's pushing these young people to leave there's also this rumor that because of the current virus a lot of young people a lot of all people in europe are dying and there are jobs to be taken by young senegalese or africans and that's what's pushing some people to leave. and to head towards the canary islands hala ok nicholas how can life in senegal thank you. the number of afghan civilians killed in iraq strikes carried out by the us and its allies has risen 330 percent since 27 seen a report by the brighton university called the cost of war project at around $700.00 people died in 2019 alone as the most since american troops invaded
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afghanistan after the $911.00 attacks on the united states in 2001 well the reports actually be it's the rise to the u.s. relaxing its rules of engagement 3 years ago julie norman is a lecturer specializing in the middle east and u.s. policy in the region she says airstrikes from afghan forces have also increased putin lives of many civilians at risk. we know that in 28 that's really when the united states was trying to get the taliban to negotiate to ultimately come to that agreement that they did reach in february this year but when we see a push for negotiations in that way you usually see both sides trying to gain leverage for those talks and indeed we saw an increase in airstrikes from the united states as well as an increase in ground operations and violent attacks from the taliban over this period as well which has resulted in just a sharp increase in civilian casualties for afghanistan civilians across the board
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these are indeed astounding figures and sadly even sense that agreement in february violence really has not decreased in afghanistan already this year we've seen over 6000 casualties and with october on being one of the most costly months since last year so we do not see those numbers really decreasing significantly what has changed is where some of the sources of those civilian casualties have come from the u.s. has in fact decreased its airstrikes sense that 2020 agreement in february but in its place the afghan air force has picked up those attacks so civilian casualties from those attacks are now increasing substantially. a nationwide strike by farmers is underway in india transport workers the teachers unions are also supporting the strike tens of thousands of farmers to be. capital new delhi for almost 2 weeks no
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well they say a new law liberalizing the farming industry will hurt their livelihoods lives. in single just. as there appears to be no signs of that protest movement waning anytime soon what's happened to grow your own homes the government planning to respond. hi hala well we have been coming here to single its the main protest site over the past 10 days and i can tell you that the crowds are only getting bigger and so is the sentiment against the government and these 3 recent agriculture laws there are tens of thousands of farmers here on this key highway between the states of the and delhi and it's a similar picture on 2 other key roads coming into india's capital region and there was a nationwide call to protest and nationwide call for a shutdown by farmers on tuesday and we have seen people around the country holding
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demonstrations farmers in punjab blocked another highway in the capital chandigarh students lawyers transport banking trade unions have all been demonstrating in a number of states in the states of maharashtra west bengal in addition people were protesting on railway tracks and actually stopped trains again because of the pharmacy coal to shut down services by anyone who supported them now police on the borders of delhi say that they are going around making sure that no one is being forced to shut down this services of course all of this is putting a lot of pressure on the government and what we're hearing is that many opposition political leaders have been put under house arrest in light of these protests delhi the national capital region station leader ivan cage evolve he came here to sing go on monday to express support for the farmers and his political party have said that police went to his house after he returned barricaded him and won't let anyone in or out the top members of the state assembly who went to have
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a meeting with him and we're also hearing of other opposition politicians including in the state of aceh where they should india's largest it borders delhi and its ruled by the country's governing body at the edge of the party that the same thing has happened to opposition politicians there ahead of these nationwide protests but also hearing one of the main farmers union saying that they are going. to be meeting with the home minister on tuesday evening that's just been announced and that's ahead of the next round of talks between the government and farmers unions which a shadow to take place to try and find a way out of this crisis on wednesday. ok liz has purana live from singur thank you this is there an inquiry into last year's mass shooting at sea mosques in new zealand has found failings by the police and intelligence service but says nothing could have stopped those attacks there our commission says security agencies were almost exclusively focused on the perceived threats of terrorism by
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muslims is true and gunman is serving life without in prison without parole for killing 51 people when he has this reports. in march last year this place of worship became a scene of terror now it's hoped it can be a symbol of change as muslim leaders and survivors gathered at the elmore mosque to discuss the findings of an independent report into a terrorist attack less in the apology from the prime minister from the police from that service which is something good will start from here and there we undercut for the change. after hundreds of interviews in britain submissions the commission of inquiry findings were made public it found that intelligence and security agencies were too focused on islamic extremists and didn't pay enough attention to others including white supremacists like brenton terence who carried out the attack on 2 mosques in christchurch and it found police failed to meet required standards when
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they issued him a firearms license without proper character references or background checks while the commission made no findings that these issues would have stopped the a take these were failings now and elise and for that on behalf of the government i apologize terence was among those interviewed for the report but his comments have been permanently suppressed to avoid them being used by others as motivation to carry out similar attacks some in the muslim community are welcoming the recommendations others are saying the report doesn't go far enough and there is skepticism about any real change because many say the been raising some of the same concerns outlined in the report for years and no one listened and no one acted until a gunman entered the mosques and killed 51 people the government has accepted in principle all $44.00 recommendations which include strengthening laws on hate crimes of which many muslims say they've been victims the commission's ultimate
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finding was that nothing could have been done to stop the attacks many in the community that was targeted by the gunman disagree saying if they had only been listened to a long time ago the lives of 51 people could have been saved wayne hay al jazeera christ church. at least 8 smore opposition activists have been arrested in hong kong they are accused of taking part in a band's process truly in july several former politicians are among those arrested . european union and u.k. negotiators to fail to make any headway as they attempts to reach a post breaks that trade deal british prime minister boris johnson and e.u. commission president of on july and will my meets in brussels this week they're in a race against time to reach a deal on 3 critical issues including e.u. access to u.k. fishing waters after britain leaves the block on december 31st so it's
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time for a check on the weather yes rob the last storm systems go through is quite active and that's it remains in afghanistan the next one will produce a few showers in lebanon maybe a bit further south increasingly northern iraq and the higher ground of turkey has to be snow so garza bottom and the a lot has 3 fine days but a cloud there's a small chance for shabbat 21 degrees is reasonable enough whether the show is blowing steadily than the gulf and there's an increasing likelihood of snow on the mountains of iran to run to this 1st snow day of the season as well the active season already is showing itself now in zambia and zimbabwe in particular and although it is welcome it isn't always helpful for example this is what happens when you get only 50 minutes or so gathering up in any of the rivers in zimbabwe overflowing quite often so are the victoria falls that is flooding up the windows so level in the south 50 millimeters in a raging torrent through this soft red mud even in the foundations tends to
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undermine them as has been happening in sudden zimbabwe on the whole though this is positive news we've had some pretty poor season rain last couple of years this is good and there's more to come for zimbabwe and mozambique and malawi the focus a blow away or calm therms it sri sundry days great stuff. so come on al-jazeera normalising hooliganism and violence by scripps criticize abu dhabi for buying a stake in a new toy is israeli football. why time is running out for donald trump to challenge the u.s. election results and in spork over 1000 cases the n.b.a. has the press as the league prepares for its new season and have more on that story later in the show. from fossil fuels to modern day renewable as societies develop the energy demands
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base is al jazeera quick reminder of the top stories for you this hour the world's 1st movie troilus coronavirus vaccine is being called ites in the u.k. 800000 doses sold me pfizer biotech back scene and i were available in 70 hospitals across the u.k. elderly people and health workers are being prioritized. and inquiry into the new zealand's most shooting as french failings by the police and intelligence services but says nothing could have stops the attack of all commissions or security agencies were almost exclusively focused on the perceived threat of terrorism by muslims and a nationwide strike by foreigners is under way in india transport workers and
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teachers are among the other unions supporting not strike tens of thousands of foreigners to be camped outside india's capital for 2 weeks they say a new law liberalizing the farming industry will hurt their livelihoods. well it says stay with our top story the u.k.'s war lights over the nationwide's a covert 1000 vaccination program where a challenge joins us now live from right sights and thomas's hospital in london and rory this is being billed as ve day in the u.k. a real opportunity it seems to turn the corner on this pandemic. absolutely i mean this vaccine eased by youth a huge medical achievement and a serious medical challenge it's a huge achievement because most fax scenes take a decade to go from the 1st inklings of inception through till the actual mass
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rollout of the vaccine itself this is being done in under a year and there are other vaccines in the pipeline to russia already has one and use that hasn't officially been approved yet so really science and medicine has been working flat out to get this done and the results have been astounding to say the least it's a challenge because this particular vaccine the the biotech pfizer one is quite fragile it needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees centigrade and that is why for the moment at least the robots in the u.k. is being done in hospitals like the one behind me because i'm the hospitals really that have the facilities and the know how to do this it's very easy to spoil this vaccine and that's why some of the most vulnerable people 'd in british society elderly people living in care homes it's going to be very difficult to get them the
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vaccine in those care homes certainly in the near future perhaps going a bit further forward with more robust vaccines coming online it'll be easier but yes i think you can get a sense in the u.k. of the political relief that this corner has been turned the 1st minister of scotland nicholas sturgeon said that she got a lump in the throat when she was watching the footage of margaret keenan the 90 year old woman who was the 1st administer the vaccine. boris johnson has been in a hospital 2 and e.'s been tweeting about it for the u.k. it's been bad news after bad these after bad news for this whole gear there's been accusations that the government is mismanaged the whole covert crisis this finally is a piece of good news for the country and indeed some lights at the end of
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a very dark tunnel indeed it has to be said were a challenge the live outside sometimes is also in london thank you laurie. well staying with the coronavirus belgium has reported more coronavirus related deaths by head of population than any other nation and a higher rate of infection than all but for other countries well why it's restrictions there may be in place for months let's cross live now it's paul brennan who joins us from brussels paul why is the situation so bad there. well the situation is bad for a lot of the 23 parts to that 1st of all there's a rather fragmented administration system here in belgium with different regions and different counts on sort of not working necessarily in close collaboration with each other and there are also different language areas as well which adds to a degree of fragmentation that said some of the worst of the statistics do appear
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to have passed i mean it's certainly true that per capita belgium was the worst in europe as far as infection rates they were twice as bad as france 7 times worse than germany and this far as death rates they were even 5 times worse than the united states you know it was 17400000 here in belgian deaths compared to 3.5 in the united states but we're only talking about a population of about 11 a half 1000000 so a small outbreak can have a disproportionately large impact on statistics that said the belgians and indeed the rest of the europeans will be eyeing britain's role out of this fire as a vaccine with some envy and with some expectation because the european medicines agency will not approve the biotech pfizer job until december the 29th at the earliest of the current timetable and as another job that's been developed by a company called which will be january the 12th before the european medicines
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agency which has the responsibility for approving such things here across the european union will will consider approving the more done a vaccine so the there are you know issues about the timetabling of vaccines and when places like belgium. germany france italy was evolving badly hits will also get it ok paul brennan that bring us the latest from brussels paul thank you. the nicest thing says experience instead last week of the corona virus pandemic since april 15th thousands of americans have died from coal at 19 in the past 7 days much of the recent surge has been attributed to the facts given celebrations and there are warnings that the only get worse as more people travel for the end of year holiday season and what we have now is a challenge ahead of us of the bleak months of december in january
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where we have a baseline of inspections that literally is breaking records every day with regards to number of infections number of hospitalizations and numbers of deaths the numbers are really stunning we can do something about it but that's something right now is public health measures. well from public health to politics and yet another blow to president donald trump's attempt to overturn the election results the state of georgia has reconfirms president elect joe biden's win this is the 3rd recounts of votes and each time victory has been up held president trump have repeatedly and falsely claims that the election was rigged present tromso refuses to consent last month's election hoops overturn the results before their finalized ballots his time is running out it's december 8th is what's called safe harbor day
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is when states must resolve legal challenges and certify their results just a handful of states have not done so already but it's unlikely to change the outcome or the election as long as the states have certified their results by the 8th of december which was no exes are free to vote for president and vice president with rights interference from congress the choice of electors are set to meet next week on december 14th to cast the actual votes for president sent to resolve any remaining legal disputes though trump can continue challenging the election after that the u.s. constitution mandates that the presidential term ends precisely at noon on january 20th let's get more now from scott lucas is an american politics analyst joins us now live from birmingham by skype gets out the weather's on the program none of us really expected to be getting into the nitty gritty of the american constitution.
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why is it important that we're talking about a safe harbor deadline or what do you think this means in the context of 2020 because xterm observers are looking at this thinking surely this should be over by now. what originally meant going back to the early days of the american republic years is that because it took time to communicate from the states to washington how they had voted is that the say forward line lot in that state for several days before the actual electoral college vote so what does it mean in 2020 today that say harvard law and means that the state certifications are now law legislatures can't overturn the they can't put pressure the governors can't put pressure on anyone to change them so those electors have now been selected and of course joe biden won 306 of those allowed hers to 232 by donald trump now
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unless a lot of those are like hers or what we call dirty or dishonest electors and switch their votes that will be the margin when they vote officially next monday and this seems to me an awful lot of stress is being put on the u.s. electoral process thanks suit to don't trumpet his efforts to so overturn a democratic election has to be said do you think the u.s. electoral process is bull busts or if you think it needs to be reforms because we're now invoking these concepts that were created back in the days where you needed horse and carriage to signal who you wanted to be president of the united states is this system fit for purpose. well i think there's 2 separate questions there that are each of the 1st as i think you're really asking is whether in the 21st century the electoral college which was designed by the founding fathers because they didn't quite trust a fully democratic election in other words they didn't trust the popular vote let's
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let these delegates make a decision maybe we need to rethink that but i think the 2nd question is that the whole process not just a threat to the electoral process he's a threat to the american system remember he has just challenge the election he's actually said that u.s. agencies are trying to overthrow him he said that governors including republican governors are dishonest and are part of the deep state plot indeed he said that just this week about georgia's governor about arizona's governor donald trump of course has said that journalists like yourself are a threat because you're a fake news media in other words this challenge to the american election is only a microcosm of what donald trump has really tried to do since 2017 and the reason why i say that is even once we lock in this electoral decision to prepare for joe biden to be the 46 us president donald trump will not go away and he will continue to try to challenge not just biden but the american system by shouting stolen election indeed but it's not just said donald trump. rejects in the jesse missive
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this election there are any number of republican senators and members of congress and they've been keeping rather quiet so what again is the u.s. electoral system fit for purpose or do you think it is legal in these challenges. laying bare the the fragility of the democratic system that governs the united states. well again i think you put a very good question but we have to go a bit wider you know now we don't have midterm congressional elections until 2022 we don't have another american presidential election till 2024 but here in 2020 and since 2021 we have a truck this party within the republican party and they're very different donald trump is not a republican he's not there to uphold the republican agenda he's there to uphold donald trump's agenda but the question you've asked which is a very good one is how many republicans still see an advantage in being trumpets
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how many of them see their future in the u.s. house the u.s. senate maybe a run for president be well you know a lot of people still like donald trump he has a so-called base rather than trying to work within the us system all work with trump challenge to tear it all down now i won't name individual congressman i will name individual senators who might be trumpets but the person to watch right now is the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell because for almost a year he has not only cured water for donald trump he's blocked a central legislation he's blocked voting rights legislation he's blocked health care legislation he's currently blocking the coronavirus relief package for how long will he taught himself to donald trump as opposed to working for the good of the united states that's a question which goes beyond joe biden what's your sense of presence in january so a lot still to keep an eye on when it comes to the u.s. and its politics but i'm scott lucas the greats get your thoughts thank you for joining us from birmingham now a member of abu dhabi is royal family has bought a 50 percent stake in an israeli football club based our jerusalem shea kumud been
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on is also committed to invest more than $90000000.00 over the next decades despite spacer being the only top club in israel never to have signs an ira player they also have a group of fans known as left familia which has been openly abusive towards palestinian israelis let's get more from harry fawcett he joins us live from west jerusalem this appears to be quite a controversial i question there does now. that's right you know on the day that it was reported that a former israeli space security chief was confirming the existence of aliens this is perhaps the 2nd most sort of cognitively dissonant story in the media the idea that an arab rule family would buy into in such a large way the most overtly arab anti arab group of fans in israeli football and their club base our jerusalem which plays here at teddy's
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stadium in southwestern jerusalem does seem very strange nonetheless the new owner as of 2 years ago at least mushy hug who himself says he is a jewish arab because of his parentage coming from north africa he's been trying to shift the perception and change the nature of this this is a a bit coin or cyber currency tycoon here in israel he's been trying to sort of shift the perception of this crowd that has stayed with it throughout its history sit pretty much since its inception in 1934 and he has signed for example an african muslim midfielder he has tried to really change the way that this club is seen nonetheless there remains this very sizeable hardcore openly racist far right group of supporters and it is very much for many of the supporters
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of the heart and the identity of this cup there have been attempts before to try to change the the image of bates are in 2013 the club signed 2 chechnyan muslim players and they were hounded out of the club really there was a really very real and campaign by the supporters against them and again we saw last week when this deal seemed to be firming up there was a group of nearly 100 supporters who raided the training pitch disrupting training chanting things such as put on a. the fear i the palestinian headdress headscarf. the playing stuff targeting this muslim nigerian player saying things like muhammad is dead so they very much still are a powerful force and while the owner is trying to change the perception obviously the shake from abu dhabi is trying to cement some of the normalization progress as far as they and the israelis are concerned that's been achieved recently there
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remains this group of very powerful friends who doubtless will remain opposed to this. also there live from west jerusalem harry faggy who has some more sports car photos here hala thank you so much breakdancing is set to make its debut on the world's biggest stage it's been confirmed as an official sport for the paris 2024 olympic games new i.o.c. rules allow host cities to hand-pick sports to be in the games based on local popularity in public appeal with paris organizers saying they want to attract a new and younger audience the sport will officially known as breaking other sports have also been included such as skateboarding sport climbing surfing these however will debut at delayed tokyo games in 2021 breaking is not totally new to the olympics it was featured at the 2018 youth games and went as eris has a pretty big following and olympic program commission report last year estimated
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that 1000000 people take part also the 21000 red bull b.c. one world final had more than $50000000.00 views online its inclusion does have its critics though australian squash great michel martin says including it is making a mockery of what the olympics is and we've been speaking to elite breakdancer car i'm saying who plans to represent great britain at the paris games and he expects his or will prove the critics wrong. has been very very much regard to as a dance an art form a sport i'm a different things that are and i believe that debate is still going on is still a little bit controversial however a physical exertion and in a competitive nature does make it a sport as such and i think that people realize that once they do chewing into it and it and it gets it shall not platform is a little bit high and sometimes when you do see some of the negative comments about break in a more break in as i think that's due to having a lack of understanding about what it is that we actually do because a lot of people still think that break in and be boy in
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a break dance is just going on the street with a boom box and a half or doing the robot for many clubs but it's become such a long way from that i guess something like this which is unique and different allows the youth to become intrigued it has a social aspects my allow people to get involved and some of the not this is much much much different to the traditional sports icon in the olympics and some that haven't yet featured and which might get the youth and the participation levels up with myself doing what i do in the nature of it and the nature of what we do as a whole lympics would be a dream come true to be able to represent on that scale also because i'm so competitive and i enjoy what i do i'd love to have a shot at doing the olympics in 2024. major league soccer cup champion seattle sounders will have a chance to defend their title after a shock win over minnesota united on monday trailing united to nail the sounders scored 3 times in the final 15 minutes of regulation stoppage time to stun minnesota 32 in the western conference final seattle will travel to columbus to
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face the crew on saturday seattle is just the 2nd team in m.l.s. history to reach the final 4 times in 5 seasons. at a new n.b.a. season may be getting under way in just over 2 weeks but positive coronavirus cases are having an impact on pre-season training a portland trailblazers have shut down their training facility for deep cleaning after 3 positive cases the trauma raptors who are playing their 1st season out in florida have had 3 staff members contract the virus. get definitely be sure you have to have because he's going to be safe because it is a repair and it is a very. very. you know doesn't see nothing wrong with this you think that this guy you have to you know do the right things and not just for ourselves but the people around him. ok but that is all your sport for now back to you thank you so much indeed to keep it here on al-jazeera to remain obligated will be with you in just
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