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mentalistic now the philippine government is changing their government buildings the universities and monasteries were just some of the many structures that were destroyed in manila during world war 2. but rebuilding a life and a city from scratch has proven difficult and some experts see manila has never truly recovered. the old. house ways sweets replacements or tanzania's president john model fully has died at the age of 61. fully back to boyer watching al-jazeera live from doha also ahead the u.s. secretary of state is in south korea as part of his 1st official trip abroad and to me blinken says all options are on the table for dealing with north korea presell reports another record cold 19 deaths more than 2600 in one day with health
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services on the verge of collapse and the dutch prime minister mark ruta stays in power in europe's 1st major election since the start of the pandemic. thank you for joining us the government of tanzania has declared 14 days of mourning after the death of president john michael 40 officials say the 61 year old suffered a hot but opposition leaders have said he was sick with cold with 19 vice president sam yes or no has son is set to become tanzania's 1st female president andrew chappelle reports. thank you for the good job the last time john pomfret mega fully 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
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state television. we lost alida president of the republic of tanzania the owner john paul jason. who posted this life from heart complications in hospital in dar es salaam rumors had been swirling that magnified 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 if you 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 through divine intervention the official tally still stands at 500 in 9 cases and 21 deaths all these months later he displayed a disregard for health advice focusing on prayer and local remedies while also
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claiming the vaccines were dangerous this true condemnation from the w.h.o. and the roman catholic church. denial had turned into policy for a nation of 60000000 what we have that the ministry has no plans to receive vaccines for did 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 coded 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
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it will be up to some e.s.l. haasan to decide whether it remains an outlier when it comes to protecting its population and that of neighboring countries and al-jazeera that's ringing our correspondent in nairobi kenya catherine sawyer catherine tell us about the reactions in tanzania and rage in the 1st stage on my before his death. quickly let's start here in kenya president working out. has issued a statement here is the chairperson of the regional will the east africa community in which the news of capital yes there. is not a community lads and a kenyan it. is also declared a stand in mourning period and yes this is devastating news not just the across the region as well newspaper the media coverage is back to back on matters of. legacy i had to leave the. music of the nation and. stand there
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saying why harry michael. goodbye talking about his important programs oh talking about how that had been shrouded we've come to visit talking about you know have been here and you know coronavirus there it's. been in tanzania so basically same thing in tanzania people at least still trying to process this news an announcement was made by the president by the vice president and yesterday evening to say that she's president of the topic he started high school i do while for 10 years now so people internally are shocked. because of this man well and they need much and he was doing well in tanzania despite all the criticism against you right criticism especially when it comes to his handling of covered 19 his replacement is expected to be the vice president when can we expect her to be
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sorn in end are we going to see a change in strategy now in how tanzania deals with covered $1000.00 even though the government to saying mother 40 died of heart failure. yes usually placement will be absolute the constitution is very clear on that she's expected to be sworn . in the coming days we expect that to happen right now everything entirely is still sewage people just working out what's going to happen in terms of what you don't want me or the government has to me because. 21 these people are very much in stock and just walking about. vice president of the saloon watch if you leave is expected to shootings end up. president prostitution political. and this is going to be actually politics late now but a lot of people are saying that the vice president we have
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a good head on her shoulder she is she lives and to counsel so yes better she's going to change in how coronavirus. is being handled in that country but again i think it's too soon to know what she's going to do for people right now just only really thank you for katherine sawyer life or a say in nairobi kenya. and other world news u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken has china to use its tremendous influence our north korea to abandon its nuclear program he and the u.s. defense secretary have been meeting south korean leaders in seoul president joe biden is pushing to restore america's alliances in asia in the face of growing challenges from north korea and china and the u.s. and south korea have signed a joint statement saying their alliance has never been more important robert bright has a detail some soul. as expected it reconfirms the commitments to this alliance
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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 is become quite frayed in recent times when it comes to china there was no actual reference to china by name in the statement that
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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. brazil is facing the worst health care crisis in its history with covered 19 cases forcing the system to the brink of collapse on wednesday it reported more than 90000 new infections for the 1st time presented media say on average more than 2000 people are dying every day when i came back here have reports from rio de janeiro
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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 they all lost their lives who were waiting in line for vacancies 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 in this month of march alone $60000.00 that. this would be equivalent to the largest loss of human
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life prior to the pandemic in the only major award 'd to brazil got involved in the mating century against paraguayan which brazil was 60000 people during 6 years we would be they can chance right now of losing the equivalent number in a single month 30 days scientists and doctors have been calling for a national walk down as the new we 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 also not a 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
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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 change you know you've got an incompetent general coming out and you've got 'd a cardiologist a has no experience in handling a pandemic. who has already said that he's just going to have being to obey orders from the president who has no clue what to do he's completely lost rather he's playing on the side of 'd the virus in brazil by making suggestions of drugs that don't work by being against them use a mask against and blocked out so the new minister is just those spokesman for the president so nothing changes substantially the growing number of covert 19 related
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deaths is having an impact on president playable from out of popularity a recent poll shows that 56 percent of resilience faith has mishandled the pandemic meineke and i have a call to sarah real visionary. still ahead on al-jazeera morial is held for south africa's uno king after his death last rate will be 19. busts in the rankings struggling to feed their families while politicians argue about a national budget. for the perfect. sponsored plan qatar airways hello we've got some lovely warm spring sunshine in c. parts of western year up we got a nice big area of high pressure sigh keeping things settled and sunny here's our
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high just off the coast of ireland hit a round area of high pressure draw in the winds in from all the direction the cold direction that cold air taking down into central and eastern parts over the next couple of days and not so great here but i would say was the west does have a look at scotland and ireland beautiful sunshine coming through more sunshine as well 15 celsius the. little cooler in london that is the side of england pushing down through standing in the southeast we'll see want to see showers as we go through the remainder of thursday those showers just drifting across northern parts of france across the low countries and look at the wintry mix that we have into central parts of europe single figures here it is on the coast side that cold air that when she weather or the way down towards rumania this rain showers into central parts of the mediterranean some showers there it's a crease western side of the med looking decidedly unsettled and as we go on into where friday wetter still at this stage we could even see some snow coming in across the pyrenees 11 celsius in madrid glasgow warmer than madrid on friday more
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pleasant sunshine light winds the u.k. doing very nicely but the wintry flurries and cold that continues to the east. and it's time for a different approach one that is going to challenge the way you think and asking the questions now is your new host on the next season of the show that's got no space for sale but only can be so let's leave simplicity to the headlines join me as our take on the last dismantle the misconceptions and debate the contradictions . are marc lamont hill and it's time to get up from right here and i'll give you.
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welcome back the headlines on al-jazeera tanzania has declared 14 days of mourning after the death of president john michael fully officials say the 61 year old suffered a heart failure but opposition leaders have said he will stick with coffee 91 in 2000 people are dying from coronavirus every day in brazil where the health system is on the brink of collapse a record 90000 new infections were reported on wednesday and the u.s. secretary of state says all options are on the table to get north korea to abandon its nuclear weapons speaking in seoul and to me blinken added china has a critical role to play. and the u.s. has sanctioned an additional $24.00 chinese and hong kong officials for what it says is beijing's continuing crackdown on political freedoms in the territory it made the announcement as the secretary of state prepares to meet senior chinese government officials in alaska late on thursday the 1st such discussion since
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a biden administration took office in january our diplomatic editor james space has more from anchorage. 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. this is a meeting of 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 we're going to be at the series on some issues they know that they're going to continue to object to human rights abuses by china
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with regard to the we 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. russia has recalled its u.s. ambassador after president joe biden likened running a protein to a killer by mickeys the russian president of ordering their poisoning of opposition leader alexina vanny he added that moscow would pay a price for election meddling following a u.s. intelligence report showing evidence that russia tried to help former president donald trump secure a 2nd term it also accused iran of seeking to help joe biden win the vote. in afghanistan a bus carrying government employees has been targeted in
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a bombing in the capital kabul at least 3 people have been killed and another 11 wounded so far no group has claimed responsibility and 9 members of afghanistan's security forces have died in a helicopter crash it went down in base sue district in wardak province there are reports the helicopter was shot while landing. in the netherlands the prime minister makata has claimed an overwhelming victory in part of entry elections they were the 1st major vote in europe since the start of the pandemic reports from amsterdam ears to exit poll have a lot of the 1st results confirmed what most people in the netherlands expected mulk return has done it again the dutch prime minister has led a center 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 the country under a nighttime curfew there were no victory parties forced on them and have given me
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my party and the federal party an overwhelming vote of confidence and it is humbling. it's also forcing us to 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 field is conceded that the health crisis it overshadowed all other issues including immigration but shared it concerns about health care it was a lot of problems 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 islam immigration filled his party lost seats and slipped a 3rd place behind the centrist d $66.00 policy led by foreign trade minister a secret colleague this analyst says it was one of the election nights unexpected
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turns which is a huge surprise and also today they it is way more than they had in older polls during the past months and it's probably because their leader seats guy 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 today 66 of these past few days my. of course one 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 child benefit scandal but in the end dr photos chose continuity i gave him another chance. i'll just sarah i'm still. here on mars military as charge of the deposed government u.n. envoy with high treason dromore to and was fined a day after speaking at the un general assembly last month where he called for help to remove the army from power the un says 149 people have been killed since the
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cool while the assistant association for political prisoners say the toll is much higher. the us government is said to be preparing a plan to reset relations with palestine which have suffered under donald trump's presidency as according to a draft document obtained by the reuters news agency it says the white house is in the early stages of a plan aimed at undoing some of the damage caused by trump's full israeli stance joe biden has promised to restart hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and humanitarian assistance as well as reopen palestine's diplomatic mission in washington. iraq expected to meet 10 possibly vote on a formal budget disagreement and delay and as politicians are iraqis enough struggling to put food on the table osama bin. at. the false to provide for his 8 member family. his work ferrying passengers inside baghdad's
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impoverished southern 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 don't have the islamic parties she. news all of them are corrupt they destroy the country the whole region stands against iraq whether it's 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
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kurdish region over oil revenue sharing the economy spiral downwards has been 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 this budget 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
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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. let's head to south africa now where a statement morial service has been held for the king good with well a teeny was buried in a private ceremony early on ferries in which was attended by close family members he died last week at the age of 72 after being in hospital for weeks to treat diabetes and speak to famine aminah who is live for us in a northern cause little not tough amita so the king was buried in
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a private ceremony earlier a lot of secrecy surrounding it on descent. who there was a lot of emphasis around the privacy of that particular ceremony only male members of the royal household did participated and the reason behind that is that it's to do with traditional zulu custom there is a belief that rather than a burial and loosely translated it was the equivalent of what people here are calling a planting in that the king spirit rises and is transferred to his successor we don't have the name of that success of but it really is about the ongoing of the the sort of lifelong power of the king and that it is transferred and that he's not buried but also the reason that it was a very private ceremony is one to allow the family to mourn in private and also to prevent any issues such as witchcraft people here believe that if people know where
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the king's burial site is that would open up the potential of something like witchcraft it was a very private ceremony but we are expecting to see many many people from the surrounding community from across south africa together both at the palace and also here outside just behind us i'm up to 2 or zulu warriors who in fact say they're unhappy that they've been left out of proceedings within the palace they say they hear to cry out to the ancestors to well come and accept the king's spirit and this is part of. there's a divide a diverse group of people you know we have we have a biker group spike associations have come to the king fair well we have maidens from the community we have the zulu warriors i mean also expect to see prominent people from across south africa at the memorial service today and the king was the longest serving monarch in zonal history family to reigning for half
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a century through south africa's years of apartheid and democratic transition when do we expect his successor to be named and it's going to be some big shoes to fill isn't it. it is big shoes to follow the prism of the prime minister excuse me the king's position really was one that was ceremonial to apologize we especially in the 1980 s. in the 100-9000 south africa where the country was transitioning to democracy especially among the zulu nation at least 11000000 people across south africa he successor hasn't yet been named in this is also part of tradition as well as respect for his passing and respect for the mourning period usually the firstborn son of the king would be named successor he though passed away last year so it's uncertain at this point who the successor will be the 6 successor could be named as early as today but also in the coming weeks once the family has had an appropriate
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period to mourn so we wait to hear who that might be we've spoken to analysts we spoke to commentators who say it's not likely to be contested a controversial and this is a process that should proceed smoothly thank you for that family to miller reporting there live from now on goma in south africa's kwazulu-natal. police in haiti have stormed several police stations in the capital port au prince. and masked men broke out fellow officers who were arrested for a suspected coup attempts last month they say they were unjustly detained later the group said a set one of the police stations on fire along with several businesses it's been growing unrest in haiti which is embroiled in an economic and political crisis. a chorus of protests by girls in afghanistan has helped overturn a ban on singing in public on citizen who i don't think a person who goes over well zollo so where does not does it. using the
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hashtag i am my song girls shared videos of themselves singing on social media it comes after the kabul region's department of education said female students over the age of 12 could no longer perform in front of mixed audiences women's rights groups said it was reminiscent of the days of taliban rule. was. there again i'm fully back to go with the headlines on al-jazeera tanzania has declared 14 days of mourning after the death of president john michael fully officials say the 61 year old suffered a heart failure but opposition leaders have said he was sick with covered 19 catherine soy has more from nairobi this is devastating news to me time and the very shook.

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