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inside this in a lower college town part one of a 2 part investigation people in power on al-jazeera. a controversial coronavirus deny at times nias president has done. its death was announced by his likely successor who would become the country's 1st female president. hello there i missed and this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up a push to restore alliances with an eye on north korea we have the details from a top level meeting in south korea. and another record number of corona virus infections for brazil as it battle its deadliest phase of this pandemic yes.
now a big political reshuffle is on the cards in tanzania after the death of president john mcafee he was 61 and the government says he had heart disease but there's been much speculation that he had the coronavirus vice president some yesterday who has son is the most likely successor until the next election and 2025 reports. thank you for the good job the last time jump a mega food he was seen in public he was carrying out official duties and not wearing a mask not long into his 2nd term in office he suddenly vanished from public sight after 3 weeks of speculation came the announcement from vice president's son on state television. we lost our leader president of the republic of tanzania the owner. who parted this life from heart complications
in hospital in dar es salaam rumors had been swirling that magnificently had sought treatment for covert 19 largely fed by opposition leader to lease to and kenyan media the government denied the reports and arrested at least 4 people who speculated about his health on social media government but even when you told his government no one wears a mask including me it proves that there is no corona virus and god loves this nation president maggot foully was more than a coronavirus skeptic his government stop sharing data with the world health organization last year and declared tanzania covert free divine intervention the official tally still stands at $500.00 in 9 cases and $21.00 deaths all these months later he displayed a disregard for health advice focusing on prayer and local remedies while also claiming the vaccines were dangerous this true condemnation from the w.h.o. and the roman catholic church. did dial had turned into policy for a nation of 60000000 what we have that the ministry has no plans to receive
vaccines for 19 which are already in use in other countries the w.h.o. has repeatedly asked the government to adopt preventative measures such as wearing face masks to start reporting cases and to share data foreign embassies began warning of a significant increase in the number of kobe 1000 cases that could overwhelm tanzania's limited hospital capacity in late february maggie farley finally began to change his tone warming to the idea of wearing locally made face masks that was just days before a shocking press conference from his finance minister philip pungo which was called to address rumors that he had died of corona virus. tanzania has refused to join the codex program which has delivered millions of doses to $22.00 african countries it will be up to some e.s.l. who haasan to decide whether it remains an outlier when it comes to protecting its population and that of neighboring countries. al-jazeera well let's tell you a little more about margaret really is likely a successor who under the constitution must serve the rest of the 5 year 10 vice
president somebody has to do who has done will make history as the 1st female president of tanzania she was born on the island of zanzibar where her ascent within the ruling c.c.m. party began between 202010 she held ministerial posts in the zanzibar a government she then became a member of parliament in tanzania as national assembly representing is on the bar a constituency in 2010 then when president really won his 1st time back in 2015 he selected hasan to become his vice president she is expected to take a less or thora tarion approach than have created. a robin saunders is the former u.s. ambassador to nigeria and the republic of congo and also former africa director at the white house national security council she says when the vice president takes over it will be a historic moment. certainly the madam during international women's month taking the reins is the 4th african woman sitting african woman that the president
of an athlete nation she is unique and not only she will be president but she will also be head of government as well as head of state which is different than the other 3 african women presidents that we have mentioned earlier from the bone togo and ethiopia so her her role and her vision for the country tanzania it's going to be critical not only from the health perspective rather she's going to say that she's a be this and that the late president has and she has brings her own views into the table on how to not only reengage back on the challenges that the country has been gaze fact with 0 in terms of providing stats to 0 and coded 10 in the on the other country in the world besides north korea that has not done that and hasn't done it since april 28th and rather she's going to be able 'd to get vaccines in to even begin the infrastructure and start to set up to have a cold we back seat program i think that's 1st and foremost what people are going
to look for her to do particularly the international community but i think it's in the it's large a bus carrying afghan government employees has been targeted in a bombing in the capital kabul at least 3 people have been killed and another 11 were indicted so far no group has claimed responsibility. now u.s. secretary of state and a bank and says all options are on the table in future relations with north korea he and the u.s. defense secretary of the nation the korean counterparts in seoul but again reaffirmed his commitment to pressing north korea and a new qantas element china has also been on the agenda. we also discussed china we are clear eyed about beijing's consistent failure to uphold its commitments and we spoke about how beijing's aggressive and authoritarian behavior are challenging the stability security and prosperity of the in a pacific region beijing's actions make forging a common approach among our allies all the more important at
a time when we're seeing a rollback of democracy and human rights around the world including in burma where the military is attempting to overturn the results of a democratic election by brutally or pressing peaceful protesters it is more important than ever that we we stand together for the values for the interests that unite us well the 2 countries signed a joint statement saying that alliance has never been more important public pride has the details from saul. as expected it reconfirms the commitments to this alliance between south korea and the united states and alliance which is the statement said it was forged in blood on the battlefield 70 years ago during the years of the korean war there was also emphasis on north korea as we expected both the united states and south korea committing themselves to the denuclearization of north korea but without going into too much details differences do remain between south korea and the u.s.
on how exactly that could or should ever be achieved their words emphasis on also on restoring the relations with these 2 traditional allies in northeast asia both south korea and japan all of this mission has been about resetting the very important relationships also doing some repair work on the relationship between south korea and japan itself which has become quite frayed in recent times when it comes to china there was no actual reference to china by name in the statement that causes problems here in south korea because we are from seoul has a much closer relationship with beijing but there were references about the need to respect international law about the need to keep an open and free indo-pacific this is a veiled reference of course to their claims that china is making aggressive territorial demands in the south china and east china seas but certainly in the press conference that followed blinken secretary state blinken did not hold back once
more in condemnation of what the u.s. sees as coercive and aggressive behavior from china itself. now brazil is facing the west health care crisis and its history with credit iris cases forcing the system to brink of collapse on wednesday it reported more than $1000.00 new infections for the fast time president media say on average more than 2000 people are now dying every day want to hear any kaffir ports the after day brazil keeps beating its own tragic record health experts say that today in brazil there's a kook of death about every 2 minutes like this family of 3 or this 43 year old health care worker the hamas their lives who are waiting in line for a vacancy in an intensive care unit brazil's couvade 19 observatory says the country is facing the worst health care system collapse in all of its history
coronavirus units in almost all of brazil's $27.00 states are at or above 80 percent capacity and the situation could get much worse as winter approaches in the southern hemisphere and we may have been in this more of a march alone 60000 that. this would be equivalent to the largest loss of human life prior to the pandemic in the only major award 'd to brazil got involved in the mating century of his paraguayan which brazil was 60000 people during 6 years we would be taking a chance right now of losing the equivalent number in a single month already days scientists and doctors have been calling for a national walk down as the only way to stop the virus and its new variants from spreading out of control brazil's richest state some power is under curfew
a presidential aide will so narrow has repeatedly criticised safety measures that have any negative impact on the economy and has accused governors of acting like dictators. facing pressure from allies in congress votes on other fired his 3rd health minister general it was too close william and his need cardiologist. to take his place. on wednesday both men were brazil's leading health institution few coolies showing a united front in announcing the 1st batch of 500000 locally made astra zeneca vaccines the promise to deliver 6000000 doses every week but with will so narrow still in overall charge scientists are skeptical thing changed you know you've got a incompetent general coming out and you've got 'd a cardiologist a has no experience in handling a pandemic the whole has already said that he's just going to have being to obey orders from the president who has no clue of what to do he's completely lost rather
he's playing on the side of the virus in brazil by making suggestions of drugs that don't work by being against them use a mask against lockdowns soul the new minister is just those spokesman for the president or nothing changes substantially the growing number of covert 19 related deaths is having an impact on president trainable from out of popularity a recent poll shows that 56 percent of brazilians fate has mishandled the pandemic meineke an arc of al-jazeera real different era well still ahead here on al-jazeera surviving a scandal benevolence votes for stability in europe's fast major election since the start of this pandemic. bullied and traumatized by teachers accusations of dress code intolerance and indonesian.
it's the title of 2 halls across the middle east in terms of the weather over the next couple of days most of us across the right of the nation is fine and dry add warming up nice to be going up to 38 celsius in doha on stay warm even for hey that's 100 in found high but look a little further north got some snow in the fall cos there across the turkish mountain sliding across a good part of turkey some rain showers running in on a brisk wind into the levant syria lebanon jordan could see some splashes of right as we go through the next day or 2 it all makes its way a little further east with tending to peter out as it does so i'm pleased to say it's in the charts of want to see wintry showers there in afghanistan stays on the warm side here doha 36 celsius the friday afternoon that the sunshine stretches down across the u.a.e.
your mom and into yemen lucky dried sue across somalia although with charts of one of 2 showers just coming in here running across central parts so the areas of ethiopia and then the showers continue across the rift valley and big talus starting to pack pop just around the gulf of guinea and notice southern parts of nigeria could see some very heavy rain over the next day or so heavy showers right into the heart of africa then because of what the weather into the eastern cape that's making its way further east for the weekend. for $100.00 media going to be embedded in such a small place where everyone knowledge everyone it's great easy to corrupt the system. really good about. britain still. it's a film that helped bring down a corrupt government and led to the jailing of the former president. al
jazeera investigates stealing paradise. the in the the in. kind of are you watching al-jazeera let's remind you of our top stories this hour tanzania has president john maga freely has died aged 61 africa's most prominent coronavirus skeptic hadn't been seen as public since february and there was speculation about his health the government says he died from heart failure. secretary of state anthony blinken says the united states will complete its north korea policy review in the coming weeks and that both pressure and diplomatic options are on the table he made those comments after meeting with his south korean
counterpart in seoul. brazil has recorded its highest number of new private 1000 infection since this pandemic began 900000 cases were registered on wednesday brazilian media say on average more than 2000 people are now dying every day. prime minister mark russia has claimed victory in dutch parliamentary elections it's europe's a fast major vote since the start of this pandemic talks about 2 reports now from amsterdam years to actually still have a plan for the 1st results confirmed what most people in the netherlands expected moakler to has done it again the dutch prime minister's ladies into right party to victory for a 4th time in a general election. to promised photo stability in a campaign that was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic with a country under annoyed time curfew there were no victory party holds in them and have given me the my party a different party and overwhelmingly young voters confidence and it is humbling.
it's also a forcing us to. we're do everything we can to make a success out of it voting was spread over 3 days and special polling stations was set up to allow for social distancing more than $16000.00 people have died of covert in the netherlands since the start of the pandemic far right leader good fielders conceded that the health crisis it overshadowed all other issues including immigration but shared it concerns about health care that was a lot of promise about health care in the netherlands as well the also concerned about the normal routine life you know not only the economy but also indeed. immigration hilda's party lost seats and slipped a 3rd place behind the centrist d $66.00 party led by foreign trade minister a secret colleague this analyst says it was one of the election nights unexpected turns which is a huge surprise and also
a day it is way more than they had in all the polls during the past months and it's probably because their leadership it has been doing very well in all the debates has been a big surprise this campaign so i think this has drawn a lot of photos to the 6060 special days mark reiter has proved that he is a political survivor he's been elected despite some criticism of his handling of the corona virus pandemic and 2 months ago he and his whole government resigned over a child benefit scandal but in the end doctors voters chose continuity i gave him another chance. al jazeera i'm still. myanmar's most powerful buddhist monks association has called on the military to end its violent crackdown the government appointed organization has accused an armed minority of torturing and killing innocent civilians the u.n. says $149.00 people have been killed while the assistants association for this will present says the toll is much higher than $200.00 several more people were also
killed in protests on wednesday. and now the u.s. has sanctioned an additional $24.00 chinese and hong kong officials of a beijing's ongoing crackdown on political freedoms in the semi autonomous territory it made the announcement ahead of the 1st face to face talks between senior administration officials and china the u.s. secretary of state will meet his counterparts in alaska. our diplomatic editor james bays reports from anchorage in alaska where those talks should be held. this is clearly going to be a very important meeting between the 2 most powerful countries on earth the 1st high level meeting of their top foreign affairs officials taking place here in alaska where the u.s. secretary of state will be returning from asia the u.s. saying that this is a meeting on their territory and their terms both sides want to try and improve the
relationship because there have been some that have been talking about the idea of a new cold war the u.n. secretary general warning of a great fracture between these 2 countries u.s. secretary of state and the blinken says that their relations with china will now be on a case by case basis they know that they going to be adversaries on some issues they know that they're going to continue to object to human rights abuses by china with regard to the we go about the situation in hong kong with regard to taiwan and the south china sea on other issues they're going to be competitors these are the 2 most powerful economic nations on earth but they're hoping there will be issues where they can work together for example climate change is the most important one but there are other international and regional issues for example afghanistan for example the current crisis after the coup in myanmar. now a man accused of attacking 3 mass in the u.s. city of atlanta has been charged with 8 counts of madda 6 of the victims and
killings were women of asian descent or castro reports. still little is known about the 8 victims killed in the atlanta asian spa shootings only that 6 were asian women police would not say wednesday whether they had worked at the spas but did say that the suspect 21 year old robert aaron long had targeted the businesses he does claim that it was not racially motivated he apparently has an issue what he considers a sex addiction and sees these locations as something that allows him to to. to go to these places and into temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate police a long has confessed to the shootings and is scheduled to appear in court on thursday atlanta's mayor says there is no evidence the spas were cover for sex work we certainly will not begin to blame victims and as far as we know in atlanta these
are illegally operating businesses experts say the stereotype of asian spas doubling as brothels is another facet of the anti asian racism growing in the united states the group stop a.p.i. hate formed in response to the rise in xena phobia since coded has collected nearly $3800.00 reports of hate incidents toward asian americans in the past year i think there's a lot of fear and trepidation right now and you know you've seen it over the past few months too for us seeing our elder being attacked certainly folks are scared some communities have formed citizen patrols in response to the uptick in random violence against asians and they've expressed anger at law enforcement refusal in some cases to call the attacks hate crime. police in atlanta say they've yet to decide whether to use the label for this week's killings we've received
a number of calls about is this a hate crime we're still early in this investigation whatever the motivation here and there will be marry her. very. very concerned because you know i can't speak. to john what are you going to be near. the right number one thank you. very very strong. president biden says the f.b.i. and the department of justice are involved in the investigation. castro al-jazeera washington and rogue police officers in haiti have stormed several police stations in the capital port au prince. the most men broke out fellow officers who were arrested over an alleged crew attempts last month they say they were unjustly detained lazer the group said one of the police stations on fire along with several businesses there's been going on rest in haiti which is
embroiled in an economic and political crisis. iraq's parliament is expected to hold discussions soon on a formal budget after years of deadlock but hopes of passing a budget even with a gaping deficit and iraq is a struggling. reports. most of us took to provide for his 8 member family. his work ferrying passengers inside baghdad's impoverished other city begins at 4 am being the eldest son he left school with his father couldn't find a job as iraq's government debates the annual budget must if i can barely provide 2 meals a day he says life is becoming more difficult due to the pandemic and dire state of the economy i should have been myanmar them and i don't have hope the islamic parties share our scored so news all of them are corrupt they destroyed the country the whole region stands against iraq whether it saudi arabia or iran in a few years things will be worse will be jobless dying of hunger. after $46.00
meetings in 6 sessions over several years iraq's parliament has yet to agree on a budget sources say funds for public projects and government expenditure have been severely reduced for the 1st time since the us led invasion of iraq in 2003 the government has devalued the by 23 percent to reduce pressure on public finances the economy relies on oil and in addition to a weakened government there are major differences between baghdad and the northern kurdish region over oil revenue sharing the economy spiral downwards is being worsened by political wrangling and perceived foreign influence in decision making . economists warn of catastrophic failure unless drastic measures are taken. to. the budget is not different from past budgets no real programs no drastic changes in social affairs nothing concrete to solve iraq's chronic crises like joblessness poverty and lack of services those taking part in budget negotiations blame the slow progress on divisions and corruption. for real reforms we need strong
government with control on resources and the capability to implement laws we have corruption and many s.p.x. in the spot that we're trying to pass a law to control and fight corruption. businessmen such as i have heard it all before he used to be able to sell one car a day now he sells one of week if he's lucky a devalued currency has made it more expensive to own a car and no sales means he's unable to pay his employees. i don't have words for the government because they have no strategy for the economic crisis the government lacks expertise to deal with the crises the problems are reflected on citizens it's become worse nothing has improved at all. back inside the city most of us barely made $5.00 since he started this morning as politicians argue over the budget he's worried how will he feed his family.
back that. activists in indonesia say rising religious intolerance is having an effect on schools according to human rights watch female students are under growing pressure to adhere to religious stress codes in many cases it's led to young girls being bullied and traumatized by teaches just washington has more now from the capital jakarta. in wissam ultra in the city of padang this public school is at the center of a debate about religious freedom in indonesia after administrators trying to force a christian student to wear a headscarf. her story went viral when her father posted it on social media. teaches at the school deny forcing students but say they simply encourage them to where it's goodnight differently than releasing this is how we protect our female students because we don't know what could happen on the streets. the controversy has prompted the indonesian government to ban public schools from forcing religious
dress codes on students regardless of their religion. human rights observers say is not an isolated incident is a breach of religious freedom freedom of expression privacy depressin fresh arbiter out a report by human rights watch says young women of all faiths here face harassment and threats from teaches they try to force them to wear what's called a job which covers the head neck and chest. indonesia's religious affairs minister says there is no reason to infringe upon the freedom of another person in the name of religion indonesia's national motto is unity in diversity but human rights observers say they're concerned about rising religious intolerance and its presence in schools the report says the impact on female students who experienced trauma and sight he had depression as a result of this intolerance must be taken seriously. in the region of chamas in
west java we win says her teachers threatened to fail her if she didn't oblige and wear a headscarf her family is part of a religious minority called soon though we would. people of all religions should be able to go to school without being forced to wear it it's a poster right. human rights watch says it's not only religious minorities experiencing the scrutiny but muslim girls too. just a c.e.o. says teachers and some students pressured her every day was upset but the more that the more they said you have to think if your parents they have paid for your schooling your life then you feel sorry that they will suffer later in the afterlife. she ended up moving to a private school. religious leaders say the government should not then schools from
enforcing religious dress codes that we see. as steers m.b.a. students in elementary and middle school they are not yet able to choose they have to get used to something but human rights groups say the ban on enforcing religious and higher in schools is just the beginning and more must be done to protect in didn't just diversity just to washington al-jazeera to counter. claire this is al jazeera and these are the headlines tanzania's president john magaw fairly has died aged 61 africa's most prominent coronavirus skeptic hadn't been seen in public since last month and there was speculation about his health the government says he died from heart failure tanzania's constitution says the vice president of the.
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