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anchchor: the u.s. consulate in toas, u.s. orders china close it over spying accusations. ♪ hello, i am bararbara seserra. this is al jazeera, live from london. also coming up -- president trump: we will surge federal law w enforcement toto e city of chicagago. says he president trump is deploying federal agegents to chicago. plus -- too late if we can
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act now. famine inew fears of yemen, where there are alarming levels of food insecurity. ♪ protesters keep up the pressure ministerraeli prime over corruption and his handling of the coronavirus. ♪ hello, welcome to the program. there has been a dramatic escalation in tension between the united states and china. the u.s. government has ordered beijing to close its consulate ishouston, texas, saying it to protect american intellectual property. a spokesman for the foreign ministry has denied media reports that they have been burning documents inside the building at accused the u.s. of violating international law. the are looking at closing
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consulate in wuhan as a response, also telling students to be on the guard for what they call "arbitrary interrogation. " they unilaterally initiated this from the u.s. side, and we demand the u.s. withdraw this position, or we will respond. barbara: a spokesperson for the chinese ministry says bomb threats have been made against them. they blame the u.s. government, tweeting the threats are a result of what they call fears and hatred. onhave more now from wuhan the chinese response to the closure order. reporter: certainly, beijing is furious about this. ministry calln the act outrageous, unjustified, saying it was unprecedented escalation, even listing a number of actions they say the
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u.s. government has taken against chinese people in the u.s. in recent months. it is said that chinese diplomats have been subjected to intimidation and harassment, in some cases detention, and they said that in some cases, chinese students have been interrogated and that personal devices have been confiscated and searched. chinese diplomatic staff had extra restrictions put on them, and their diplomatic pouches were searched without permission and that chinese items were confiscated, all of this violation of the vienna conventions on diplomatic relations. the chinese embassy in the u.s. had received a number of bomb threats and death threats, and the trump administration was accused of fanning the flames of hatred against china not only in the u.s. but overseas, as well. and, certainly, this is just the dip mattedtion, a
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freefall in relations between -- a deeper china freefall in relations between the u.s. and china. china says it will take what it is calling legitimate and necessary countermeasures. statea: u.s. secretary of mike pompeo says they will keep taking action over china to protect the american people. notetary pompeo: we will allow this continue -- allow this to continue to continue, that the director gave in that attorney general barr gave. we are setting up expectations of how the chinese government should behave, and if they do not, we will protect our national security and also protect our economy and jobs. barbara: our reporter has been following this and said the consulate closure will only worsen relations. >> the decision to close this
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consulate, which happens to be the first consulate china opened in the u.s. after it renewed diplomatic ties in the united states back in 1979, the u.s. also imposing sanctions on chinese government officials, on students, on business people it is trying to bring to the united states for trial, the number two fighting extradition from canada to the united states as we speak, and the chinese government, in turn, has kicked out reporters, has strongly surveilled people working inside that country, have closed off parts of the country to westerners and, in particular, to americans. so you can only expect this act in fourth or tit-for-tat is going to continue, and you can expect, barbara, to expect to see the relationship between the two countries simply to grow worse. barbara: the relationship between the you can and china
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has been worsening, as well, and now the british government says they will open a special pathway to citizenship for 3 million hong kong residents. this applies to those with british national overseas passports and their immediate families. the new rules are in response to a national security law that china is imposing on hong kong, which critics say curbs freedom. u.s. president donald trump has announced hundreds of federal agents will be deployed in chicago after a surge in violence in recent weeks. officers are also being deployed to albuquerque new mexico as far part of trump's "law and order" campaign and will also two other cities request help. president trump: this bloodshed must end and will. today, i am announcing a surge of enforcement to communities
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plagued by violent crime. we will work every single day to restore public safety, protect and bring's children violent perpetrators to justice. barbara: chicago's mayor is asking for witnesses to come forward after a shooting at a funeral left those injured. side, andn the south several targets of the shooting returned fire. the attackers fled after crashing their car. there have been 160 murders in chicago between mid june and mid july. violence is at: symptom, a symptom of communities that are crying out, young men who do not feel they have a future other than being a part of one of these gangs or s, thats or clique they believe their future lies on a corner and not in college were in a career. protests entering at
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56th day in portland despite the president deploying troops. thousands protesting racism and police brutality. trump says the officers are protecting federal property but are accused of seizing protesters from the streets in unmarked vehicles and detaining them without justification. several lawsuits have been filed against the trump administration, questioning broad use of police powers. we are joint now live from washington, d.c., and, mike -- we are joined now live from washington, d.c., and, my, this is heading into the election campaign. mike: very much so. president trump has tweeted repeatedly in recent months in order," soaw and this is very much part of his mantra, his agenda, and there is the wider little issue, that
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president trump has singled out cities that are led by democratic mayors. he has turned this into a political issue as much as a civil policing one, and, certainly, there has been a response of major cities. six of the cities got together and sent a letter to the attorney general, protesting president trump's decision to deploy federal troops in their city without any form of collaboration or collaboration with local police forces. it is not unusual for federal forces to link up with city forces in terms of policing activity. what is unusual and virtually unprecedented is for them to be sent in without consultation of law and order groups within the cities, within these areas, themselves, so this is why there is such unrest and such concern among many of the mayors of the various cities about president trump's decision. barbara: mike with the latest
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from washington. thank you. u.s., the centers for disease control has reported more than 1000 deaths across the country in just 24 hours, with california now overtaking new york as the worst-hit stage. on tuesday, president trump admitted the pandemic will probably get worse before it gets better. more governors are making masks mandatory and introducing new restrictions. overwhelmed laboratories at hospitals are now raising the alarm. there was a contract signed with pfizer for 100 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine, the second vaccine that washington has secured on the basis of promising clinical trials. let's go to brazil now. the country has reported more than 67 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a record
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one-day high. over 1200 people have died. president, jair bolsonaro, has tested positive for the virus for a third time. he first tested positive on july 7. bolsonaro says he has been anti-drug hydroxychloroquine. most studies have found ineffective and potentially dangerous. says fears of famine in yemen are resurfacing, just as the world food program has had to scale back relief efforts because of funding shortages. nutrition services for 2.5 million children would stop by the end of august. coronavirus restrictions reduce remittances, with floods and significant underfunding of this year's aid response, compounding the hunger crisis after five years of war. despite you and peace efforts, there has been a resurgence of efforts,-- despite un
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there has been a resurgence of violence in recent weeks. >> the situation in yemen, we ofe reached alarming levels food insecurity. there are approximately 20 million people in yemen food insecure and who struggle to find their next meal. barbara: still to come in this zimbabwe, claims the government is infringing on human rights by locking up a journalist and imposing a dawn to dusk curfew. plus, the shock of his life. we will hear from a footballer who was struck by lightning. ♪
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>> hello, there. not bad conditions in australia. you can see where the cloud and the thunderstorms are, working their way along the coast. heavy rain. actually, flash flood warning's in place, working their way down, just 18 degrees celsius, but away from there, some sunshine into sydney. both islands of new zealand with a scattering of showers, the wind coming in from the west, and they are doing their best to head through, beginning to break down. a high of 20 degrees. brisbane, andn this goes into sydney. it should be dry throughout new zealand. reports continuing through much of the northeast of asia, plenty of clouds. evacuations are taking place in here, and more than 10,000 residents were rescued from
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there, as you can see that was undertaken, but the rain will be very heavy across the korean peninsula, picking up moisture. not bad into japan, but this is pushing across to the west. ♪ ♪ barbara: welcome back. here is a rereminder of the top stories. china is being a accused of earning documents inside their consulate in houston, texas, after the u.s. accuse them of spine -- is accused of burning documents. a recent surge in violence in chicago, president trump deploying federal troops as well
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as in albuquerque, new mexico, as part of his law in order campaign. yemen areof famine in resurfacing just as the world food program has had to scale back relief efforts because of a funding shortage. the parliament in israel has voted to give the government orderng powers to anti-coronavirus restrictions. politicians will only be able to review things after 24 hours. protests have been growing louder against prime minister benjamin netanyahu over his handling of the pandemic and his corruption trial. grand corona law farce and dictatorial. reporter has more. hasrter: benjamin netanyahu suffered protests before. there has been a years long campaign against his so-called antidemocratic rule, but the protests have grown as they are buckling under a second wave of
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coronavirus and anger against the government. netanyahu has admitted to reopening the country too quickly, allowing gatherings of too many people, and they have failed to expand the system of tasting and tracing as the first wave -- the system of testing and tracing as the first wave ebbed. it is said he went against advice. >> you need to know as soon as possible if that person is ill or not. you have to test that person immediately after he is identified as suspicious, and if of do not, then the chain infection goes on and on, and you are not able to stop it. reporter: the government itself said it needed a 40-hour turnaround, and even now, it is taking six to eight days. it is hard to catch up with the sheer scale of the second wave.
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missed opportunity of testing and tracing is now being seen as part of a wider problem of tackling the pandemic. under pressure, the prime minister has been announcing measures only to unannounce them, from payout that were first means tested in the knot, -- firstd closures of tons tested and then not weekend closures of beaches. >> if we straighten the curve and reach the goals, we see a determined number of cases per day that we can work with over time with the coronavirus routine. spinning but the head policy shifts also have the in threeister on trial separate cases. the public trust in him earlier this month was just 29%.
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>> there is really this back and forth. is not creating trust, and trust is crucial in order to move ahead, because it is a lockdown situation. both for trust in the public and trust of experts. reporter: just weeks ago, neutralized benny gantz inside an emergency coalition. now, he is fighting a researching violence and his diminishing political capital. al jazeera, tel aviv. barbara: scientists in the u.k. are conducting the world's largest drug trial to see which drugs could treat covid-19. they have seen that a cheap, off-the-shelf steroid can work in many cases, saving the lives of one third of critically ill patients. researchers say had the drug been used in the u.k. from the start of the pandemic, up to 5000 lives could have been
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saved. in the second of our series inside scottish clinics, the lead of a medical staff at a hospital who has been on the front line of the british trials. >> this is the intensive care unit. 10-bed unit of the intensive care unit where all of the covid patients were at the height of the pandemic. it would have been filled with medical staff. >> the covid-19 pandemic in the u.k. may have subsided for now, but it is accelerating in many parts of the world, so the search for treatments alongside a vaccine remains as urgent as ever. a landmark drug trial has revealed a steroid to be effective in reducing deaths by up to one third, dexamethasone. >> they have a heightened immune response, so the immune system goes into overdrive, and it is a
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hyper immune response that causes the illness, the damage, of the lungs, so dexamethasone helps to dampen it all down. thate person believes eczema the zone saved his life. dexamethasone saved his life. >> it kept me alive, in my opinion, when nothing else was working. let's try it. down, andted to stay for the first time, there started to be talk of having him off the ventilator. dexamethasonen here at the hospital in scotland , one of a large number taking part in a u.k.-wide randomized drug trial led by scientists at oxford university. a number oftest widely available off-the-shelf drugs that might ease some of
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the worst symptoms of covid-19. he returned from the brink of dexamethasone approved for some of the worst cases of covid-19. >> dexamethasone has been a great result. patients, when they come in on a ventilator or oxygen, they would not have been able to leave before. trial has also been helpful in ruling out the hydroxychloroquine , which was found to be useless in treating covid-19. as the world waits for a safe and effective vaccine that may be a long way off, recovery continues to look for treatments that will help us live with a virus, possibly for years to come. al jazeera, scotland. barbara: a nighttime curfew aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus is in effect
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in zimbabwe. opposition leaders say it is linked to antigovernment protests planned for next week. ofy accuse the government using health restrictions to infringe on people's lives. on wednesday, a journalist and opposition leader were charged. we have more from harare. journalistreelance and the opposition leader arrived at the magistrate court. they were arrested on monday and accused of inciting people to protest over the economy and corruption in zimbabwe. case was adjourned. they are spending another night in jail. isthere is no doubt this persecution, because there is no cannott says we demonstrate, you cannot protest. the section 59 is very clear. citizens have the right to
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demonstrate and petition the to meet their expectations. haru: police have raided the homes of the two men, looking for evidence, and they have tried to stop antigovernment protests planned for next week. >> what is important is they have inferred -- imposed a curfew, 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 , so we have a dangerous regime, and no one is safe. imposed agovernment curfew, saying it is only trying to curtail coronavirus infections. causing violence, spreadingfe, and also and helping to spread the virus
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and pandemic. that will not happen. we will not allow it. please, send that message loud and clear to the opposition. we will not allow it. will activists worry there be more arrests. people have to stay home and can only come out to buy certain things. those that do have jobs are now trying to get home before the 6:00 p.m. curfew, but there is not enough public transport. for now, only transport operators approved by the state are allowed to work. many here fear they may not make it home in time. al jazeera, harare. qatar airways is seeking compensation over blocking them from airspace, arguing that the air blockade breaches aviation conventions.
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we have this report. wants $5 billion in compensation from egypt, saudi arabia, bahrain, and the united arab emirates. and imposed a land, air, rea blockade, banning qata planes from the airspace, and they accuse them of maintaining close ties with iran and supporting terrorism. and efforts this, to solve the issue have failed. before the blockade, this is the route their flights were taking, if this is how they had to change to avoid the airspace of the blockading nations, adding an average of 25 minutes to each flight and adding to fuel costs. qatar airways says
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this is a breach of clear aviation conventions as well as treaties. they are making the case that the blockade violates international law. >> right now, there are basically four arbitrations that are going before the authorities that they are going to decide the fate of this, and the simple the body who is going to decide these arbitrations has to determine if there is a clear breach of civil aviation conventions, and right now, it is just too hard to tell how the court will decide. reporter: earlier this month, qatar won a legal round when the hague said they have jurisdiction in this case and can oversee negotiations. inmarks a victory for qatar this long, drawnout battle with the a few are arab nations, and
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now, they are looking for financial compensation at a time when the global aviation industry has been devastated because of the covid-19 pandemic. al jazeera. barbara: the middleman in the murder of a maltese journalist is in critical condition after being found with knife injuries the evening before he was due in court. police say they believe that melvin try to kill himself. he was found at his home in a pool of blood with serious injuries to his vocal cords and abdomen. presidentiald a pardon and immunity in exchange for his evidence, and his home was under 24-our guard. the incident has renewed calls for thehem to
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