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series on al-jazeera. revealing eco friendly solutions to combat threats to our planet on al-jazeera. calls for a swift replacements for tanzania's president john mughal 40 has died at the age of 61. you're watching al-jazeera live from doha with me fully back to bill also ahead the u.s. secretary of state is in south korea as part of his 1st official trip abroad antony blinken says all options are on the table for dealing with north korea. president reports another record cold with 19 deaths more than 2600 in one day with health
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services on the verge of collapse and a state memorial is held for south africa's own looking after his death last week. 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 heart failure but opposition leaders have said he was sick with covert 19 vice president some yes or no who has a son is set to become tanzania's 1st female president reports. thank you for the good job the last time john pomfret maggie 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 samuel
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haasan on state television. almost cuticle mock you were. we lost alida president of the republic of tanzania the owner. who posted this lie from hot complications in hospital in dar es salaam rumors have been swirling that magnify 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 damage good 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 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
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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. there is catherine so he has more reaction now from kenya's capital nairobi this is devastating news not just the. region as well newspaper the media coverage is back to back on match of the legacy i have to meet the. needs of the nation and. the same for harry most of. all good biomechanically talking about his own programs talking about how that had been shrouded we've come to this he's talking about you know kind of the here and you know coronavirus there. happened in tanzania so basically same thing in tanzania people at the still trying to process this news an announcement was made by the president by the vice president and yesterday
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evening to say that she's president of. the cases he thought the. whole idea was that and years now some people internally are shocked. because this man will and they need much and he was doing well art in tanzania despite all the criticism against him in other world news u.s. secretary of state anthony blinking has edged china to use its tremendous influence on north korea to abandon its nuclear program he and the u.s. defense secretary have been meeting their south korean counterparts in seoul while mcbride reports from south korea's capital. this mission to north east asia ended as it had begun with the u.s. directly accusing china of aggressive behavior in the region but the u.s. and south korea also confirmed beijing's importance in the denuclearization of north korea but china has a real interest in helping to deal with this house has an obligation under the you
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want security council resolutions the u.s. and try to open a dialogue with north korea ahead of this trip but without success north korea has officially confirmed it had received those requests but didn't respond it's 1st vice foreign minister and he saying there can be no dialogue until the u.s. stops what she called its hostile behavior making it clear pyongyang is waiting to see what the new policy of the biden administration to wardes it will look like this mission is intended to help formulate that strategy it's also aimed at restoring and repairing relations between the u.s. and its traditional allies in northeast asia i mean i'm going up are going to be as the u.s. has repeatedly said the trilateral security cooperation between cell tokyo and washington is crucial considering the international situation and newly emerging security threats. relations often severely strained during the previous
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administration of donald trump that advantage for the united states has been greatly ruined during the 4 years of trump pardon me astray so it is important for the biden are the ministrations restore of the u.s. treasury as their united states has and china does not one of the last acts on this visit a cost sharing agreement for the basing of u.s. troops in south korea disputed for years by the trumpet ministration its final signing seen here as evidence of an alliance restored rob mcbride al-jazeera sold one. brazil is facing its worth health care crisis in history with covered 1000 cases forcing the system to the brink of collapse on wednesday it reported more than 90000 new infections for the 1st time brazilian media say on average more than 2000
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people are dying every day when you and i carry for some reaction there day after day brazil keeps beating its own tragic record health experts say that today in brazil there's a kook death about every 2 minutes like this family of 3 or this 43 year old health care worker they all lost their lives while 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 it 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 of his paraguayan which brazil was 'd $60000.00 people during 6 years we would be they can't chance right now of losing the equivalent number in a single month 30 days 'd scientists and doctors have been calling for a national walk down as the ne 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 votes on other fired his 3rd health minister general it was to cause william and his need cardiologist. to take
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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 jane you know you got incompetent general coming out and you got 'd a cardiologist a has no experience in handling a pandemic the whole has already said that he's just going to of 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 'd the vireos 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
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death is having an impact on president trainable from out of popularity a recent poll shows that 56 percent of brazilians failing has mishandled the pandemic meineke an arc of al-jazeera readmission arrow still ahead on al-jazeera appeal for help and with myanmar's military charging the deposed ambassador to the u.n. with high treason. with what we hope you'll find out here we are. in a battle over voting rights in the u.s. . how i once again we've got the usual showers across the southeast asia out across
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the philippines sunshine and shadow same on the west sunshine than shallow as what's the weather to into malaysia and into indonesia below is the fog and dry across india china for friday things do change somewhat as we go on into sas day while the more showers starting to appear drifting in across central and southern parts of vietnam through southern areas of laos into cambodia so some wet weather on the cots here as we move through the weekend some very wet weather on the cards over the next couple of days into that is the sort of australia we have seen flooding recently into queensland we're going to see further heavy showers coming in across that eastern side of new south wales area of high pressure in the tasman dragging in warm moist air in across that eastern side of new south wales kempsey in the last 6 hours well so a $192.00 millimeters of rainfall and how does that compare to the march average it's well it is sas of $165.00 millimeters of rain with a spate during the entire month of march so we have seen flooding further flooding concerns as we go on through the next couple of days particularly to the northeast
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of new south wales more big downpours here and some parts could see maybe 100 to 300 millimeters of rain. it's one of the world's most powerful and dangerous criminal enterprises central to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people and behind the deaths of many more exceptional access to some of its key players reveals the inner workings of an organization telling the name to many as the blood alliance inside this in a low a cartel part one of a 2 part investigation people in power on al-jazeera.
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welcome back you're watching al-jazeera live from doha a reminder of our top stories tanzania has declared 14 days of mourning after the death of president john mindfully officials say the 61 year old suffered a heart failure but opposition leaders have said he was sick with cold 19 more than 2000 people are dying from coronavirus every day in brazil where the health system is on the brink of collapse a record 900000 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 blink in added china as 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
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made the announcement as a secretary of state for pace to meet senior chinese government officials in alaska later on thursday it will be the 1st such discussion since the biden ministration took office in january a diplomatic editor james phrase has more from anchorage alaska. 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 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
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on a case by case basis they know that they going to be ab the series 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. the u.s. government decided to be preparing a plan to re sets relations with palestine which have suffered under donald trump's presidency that's 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 charms pro israeli stance joe
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biden has promised to restart hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and humanitarian assistance as well as reopening pakistan's diplomatic mission in washington well let's speak to moustapha barghouti about this he's the secretary general of the palestinian national initiative and is joining us from ramallah mr barghouti thank you very much for being with us on al-jazeera so the biden administration is said to be wanting to restore what they're calling credible in gauge met with the palestinians what is your reaction 1st is this welcome news. it's too little and too lips 1st of all. when they are talking about. a small support to the palestinian authority and the amount of his the $1000000.00 who converted them to give to israel around the so some $500000000.00 but that's not the issue the issue here is merely political and the question here is
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will by the administration depart from what. ex-pres of the books and not specifically on the issue of the use of. there is no if they can have normal relations with palestinians as long as they don't become nice to them also as a couple. and as long as they're considered to the limits they like capital has. and the other one very important problem is the. ministration keeps talking about 2 state solution on the basis of 67 borders without identifying these and without taking any specific missiles that is the settlements that are to destroy you the very last book to look to the right by the president biden has said he supported a 2 state solution to this conflict is that still possible under this plan which as you said in visage is to recognize israeli sovereignty over jewish settlements in
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the occupied west bank the jordan valley and jerusalem as you said remaining israel's undivided capital is a 2 state solution still feasible under this plan it can be feasible of the united states uses its ability to pressure is that. the united states has the largest possible believe to interfere and there can force israel to stop sort of activities immediately and also force israel to say of the there were certain things that struck the possibility of a philistine you see if they want if they have the will they can do it but what about the man who can see if that offensive right sorry will the palestinian leadership welcome renewing relations with the u.s. that broke off under trump at the moment the u.s. washington seems to be the only broker in this conflict. when you're not only a broker i don't take it without the issue here those that don't act it states
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being the only broker has learned to not profit because the united states cannot be an honest broker and of the same time be taught only if i asked one state which is . now to condemn the new in the militias the palestinians are not against it in elections but it's the united states that has to answer many questions for instance if they want to support the palestinian side they have to lead with force law which practically perfect if they want to deal with palestinians they have to have to be open to hear all of this but when this administration the move the fire. official was clearly that he was still a literalist but in addition i mean the most strange thing here is the good humans were signed in the white house by israel and the feel but the united states continued to consider the feeling that this sort of all of these things have to be don't in other words little things like 50000000 of them of support for the flag
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call that men feel is not going to choose the political scene what will change the political will is of a different american position specifically blocking settlements course into israel to stop certain that if any does them that there will be sent to the continue to but otherwise it's just listing time a lot of ascending issues in the thank you very much mr barghouti for talking to us moustapha vacuity from the palestinian national initiative joining us f.m.r.i. thank you for your time. myanmar's military has charged the deposed government's u.n. envoy with high treason john moton was fired a day after speaking at the un general assembly last month where he called for help to remove the army from power the u.n. says 149 people have been killed since the coup while the assistant association for political prisoners says the toll is much higher. lebanon's worst economic crisis in decades is pushing people deeper into poverty the minimum wage has now reached
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less than $50.00 and as they're now hard every for some beirut there's no solution in sight with the country's politicians failing to form a new government. levanon is crumbling much of the middle class is now poor forced to rely on food handouts from charities the economy's collapse began in late 2019 the local currency lost 90 percent of its value since then 20 percent in recent weeks conditions worsen as politicians refuse to work together to form a new government that will implement reforms to stop the financial meltdown our i can't support my family any longer i own a minimum wage $450.00 but due to the economic crisis they slash my celery and hearth look what they did to us going to help us survive what is to come the prices of essential goods like bread and fuel have been rising in a country that imports almost everything officials warn of further scaling back on
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subsidies on some food items as the central bank runs low on foreign currency reserves. even before they lift subsidies everything was a ready too expensive the worst is yet to come the situation is getting worse by the day i am an informal work and earn $20.00 a day how can i afford to live 6. people have returned to the streets as salaries lose purchasing power the minimum wage is now less than $50.00 a month. at home or not as a 3 don't please we are begging you look at us and our situation where starving we are dying even those who have money can't access their savings because of banking controls more than half of a population of 6000000 people are poor. the crisis has affected stability commanders say there is low morale among soldiers and security personnel the salaries are now nearly worthless crime is on the rise electricity cuts last 12
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hours a day and if money is not found to enforce still living on could be plunged into total darkness by the end of the months for more than a year people have been demanding the removal of what they call a corrupt leadership that has governed for decades but politicians won't relinquish power and their ties to iran and saudi arabia in tangles lebannon in a geopolitical struggle. saudi arabia want to assist lebanon financially if hezbollah is represented in the government all while the iranian us struggle continues as well as discussion over syria street and has influence in lebanon it appears hizbollah has an interest in the total collapse of the state since it wants to impose a new power sharing agreement. it's a battle for power that could take hard to resolve time lebanon and its people don't have their own beirut. as a memorial service is being held for south africa's zanu king goodwin's when a tini was buried in
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a private ceremony early on thursday 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 has the natives from goma in northern gaza where them oil is being held. well 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's 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 yet have the name of that successor but it really is about the ongoing of the sort of lifelong power of the king and that it is transferred and that he's not varied but also the reason that he was a very private ceremony is one to allow the family to mourn in private and also to
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prevent any issues such as witchcraft people here believe that if people know where 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 years 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 tradition there's a divine 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 arias i mean also expect to see prominent people from across all the africa at the memorial service today. police officers in
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haiti have storm several police stations in the capital port au prince. the marksmen broke out fellow officers who were arrested for a suspected who attempts last month they say they were on just needy tade later the group set one of the police stations on fire along with several businesses has been growing unrest in haiti which is embroiled in an economic and political crisis. not to the us where civil rights activists a same tidal wave of voter suppression laws are being proposed in more than 40 states after record turnout in november's election at least 250 bells mostly put forward by republicans could restrict voter access after unfounded allegations of election fraud and agalloch every pore some miami. voter turnout during the 2020 presidential election in the state of georgia shattered records millions voted
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early or mailed in ballots now the state is ground 0 for an avalanche of bills that could sharply restrict voter access the bills proposed by state republicans would cattail mail in voting impose stricter identification rules and limit the use of ballot drop boxes similar legislation is being pushed in over 40 states civil rights groups and democrats say it's a deliberate attempt to suppress black and brown voters will be damned if i'll let the fight of march 4th on my end of the book you get there. and i won't. do that yet so we will fight yeah you'll fight out here we will win. we will stop this deal republicans say the new laws aimed to restore faith in the electoral process for months former president trump and his allies made baseless claims the election was stolen to mark the recent 65th anniversary of bloody sunday
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a turning point in the civil rights movement president biden signed an executive order aimed did expanding voting rights the house of representatives also passed similar legislation but the so called for the people act is likely to face a tough battle in the senate the blood of john lewis and so many other brave and righteous souls that was spilled in so much on this sunday in 1965 sanctified a noble struggle. and when the country saw those images that night america was forced to confront the denial of democracy the fierce urgency of justice other republican backed bills in georgia would restrict early voting including on sundays traditional souls to the polls day for african-americans we're still going to vote in record numbers we're going to turn out we're going to organize our people but what we are saying right now is that bees voter suppression bills you know is bad
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for democracy and we shouldn't even have to be here fighting the same battle all over again for both the democrats and the republicans this is now a fight for the soul of democracy many on the right believe the 2020 alexion was stolen despite evidence to the contrary those on the left want to expand and enshrined the right to vote if these measures are passed they will potentially put hurdles in place for tens of millions of voters and the gallacher al-jazeera miami florida. again i'm fully back to bill with the headlines on al-jazeera tanzania has declared 14 days of mourning after the death of president john michael 40 officials say the 61 year old suffered a heart failure that opposition leaders have said he was sick with covered 19 catherine so he has reaction from kenya's capital nairobi.


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