tv Al Jazeera English News Bulletin LINKTV October 22, 2020 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
anchor: france extends its nighttime curfew as coronavirus cases continued to surge there and around europe. and disturbing images from the basement of a siberian hospital, where the bodies of covid victims are mounting up. ♪ this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. >> because you aren't president, screwing things up. anchor: donald trump and joe biden prepared to go head-to-head for their second and final debate. but will it be a repeat of their
first encounter? plus. >> it's been hard, loud. anchor: another day of unrest in lagos. nigeria's president calls for an end to the protest but doesn't address tuesday's shooting. 11 hours -- lebanon's prime minister after a push for power. ♪ france is extending its curfew on nine major cities to a fur ther 38 areas. they will have to stay indoors at night for six weeks. it's no recorded an -- now recorded an all-time high of infections. germany, croatia, and russia are three of the other countries who posted their biggest one-day
rise. belgium's prime minister, caretaker prime minister until recently, is now in intensive care with the virus. the country had nearly thousand two -- 10,000 new cases each day. it's second only to the czech republic in terms of infections per capita. first day stall -- saw new limits as hospitals fill up there. and in slovakia, all schools will be closed for a month monday and there will be two rounds of population testing. reporter: these pictures filmed anonymously and leaked onto social media harold a ghastly return to the worst of the covid-19 pandemic in europe. bodies wrapped in black plastic, apparently found a week ago in the basement of a siberian hospital. they are set to be awaiting autopsy. >> [speaking foreign language]
reporter: the voice behind the camera says all of them had the virus. russia's health services are under severe strain in places, with the toll of daily deaths and infections rising to record highs. it's a familiar story across europe, now firmly in the grip of pandemic once again, both spain and france have exceeded a million cases of covid-19, with more french cities and two thirds of the population placed under nighttime curfew. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the coming weeks will be tough. our hospital services will be put to the test and the number of deaths will continue to rise. reporter: and italy, the country were dramatic pictures of the glimpse and dying were aikins of the future, posting its own record daily infection numbers in the autumn. >> around mid-may, the situation was quiet and remained so for a couple of months. now, we are completely saturated.
we're not able to receive anyone. we only have four beds left in intensive care units. reporter: in germany, the infection is set to be back with full force. health authorities one of an uncontrolled escalation. >> i'm very sad and thoughtful about this. i suspect we'll have to face even more restrictions, but i think it's justified. we have to live with this pandemic in some way. reporter: a field hospital in the check republic, the country in a locked down after the government brought back measures. and belgium says it's facing a tsunami of infections, political figures not immune. the deputy prime minister is in a brussels hospital undergoing emergency treatment. the condition is described as stable.
the same cannot be said for the pandemic across europe. jonah hull, al jazeera. anchor: the spanish government has survived a parliament vote over handling of the pandemic. the motion was brought by the far right box party but failed to meet other support and was rejected. the minority coalition government of petro sanchez has faced criticism over policies that is being seen as the main conservative opportunity -- conservative party, distancing itself from the far right. in the united states, the daily death toll surpassed 1200 for the first time since august. covid-19 deaths have been around 700 a day for most of october, but this spike was expected after the number of new cases started rising five weeks ago. the u.s. is the worst hit country, with almost 223,000 deaths since the outbreak started. the antiviral drug, remdesivir, has been approved to treat
covid-19 patients in the u.s. the fda has said the drug will be used by those requiring hospitalization. it was one of the drugs used to treat donald trump. it's a standard of care to treat patients with severe covid-19 cases. but just last week, a world health organization sponsored study found remdesivir did not help patients survive or recover faster. ♪ now, president trump's supreme court nominee, amy coney barrett, has moved a step closer to being confirmed. >> the votes are 12 yays, 10 no votes. >> the nomination will be moved with a unanimous vote. anchor: the senate judiciary committee approved even though
the democrats boycotted the vote. the republicans hold a majority, making her confirmation look certain. in just under three hours, donald trump and joe biden will go head-to-head in their second and final presidential debate. kimberly halkett joins us live. give us a sense of the mood, the buildup ahead of this very important debate. kimberly: yeah, there's a lot of anticipation here on the campus of belmont university in the nashville -- in nashville. this is the final time they will see the two presidential candidates on the same stage before the election. the debate is expected to last 90 minutes. it is going to discuss a range of policies in terms of domestic and foreign policy. there was controversy about this, uninterrupted two minutes for each candidates before it
goes into a free-flowing open mic type of debate. in the midst of this, there is a lot of question about what the attack lines will be. we know joe biden is expected to hammer donald trump on his handling of coronavirus. and for his part, donald trump hoping to hit back against some of the fogginess about the supreme court and whether or not biden presidency would see that expanded. but many americans are really wondering what the tone and tenor of this debate will be, given the first one was quite contentious, quite rambunctious, mostly watching to see if donald trump is aggressive as he was last time. >> will you shut up, man? kimberly: the first presidential debate between donald trump and joe biden, according to many political analysts, was a low point in the 2020 u.s. election. >> becse you weren't president, screwing things up. kimberly: the u.s. president repeatedly interrupted his democratic rival, and also the
moderator. >> sir -- kimberly: and just three days later, trump was in the hospital after testing positive for covid-19, raising questions about whether or not he knew he was infected with the virus when he took to the debate stage. trump's refusal to do a virtual debate led to the cancellation of the second residential matchup. instead, both nominees participated in their own separate town halls at the same time, and on the same night. but now with the final debate set to take place in nashville, there are questions about trump's tactics and whether or not he will take an aggressive stance as he did in the first debate. >> americans saw that and didn't like it. it looked out of control. it looked bullying. it looked disrespectful of the entire electoral process. so, i don't think it would be the best thing for him to try to do that again. kimberly: one notable change
this time, the campaigns agreed to an uninterrupted rule, which means the microphone of the candidate who doesn't have the floor will be muted. trump isn't happy about the change and has repeatedly attacked the debate commission, and the next moderator, as biased against him. ♪ earlier this week, the trump campaign sent out a letter to the debate commission, complaining it changed the focus of the debate from foreign policy, adding more domestic issues, like covid-19, and racial injustice. meanwhile, biden has spent the week at home, without any public events. analysts believe he has the most to lose by a poor showing in the final presidential debate. >> he will be entering the debate with a sizable and consistently. and the date -- consistent lead. and the danger, is what if you
do or say the wrong thing in response to the wrong question in a way that fundamentally upends? kimberly: it's the undecided voter that candidates often try to win over in a presidential debate, but there are fewer undecided voters this year than 2016, with early voting surging, most have already made up their mind of who they want to win on election day. anchor: slightly different format this round, the all-important mute button. is there likely to be a new strategy for president trump going into this one? kimberly: yeah, what we know about the president's strategy, where he interrupted repeatedly, joe biden, this time there's going to be more of a chance for joe biden to expand on his answers. they feel this is where he sometimes get into trouble. that's what the trump campaign
is hoping for. thing that is going to be one of the attack plans will be questions around hunter biden, joe biden's son e. they're going to make this personal. what the strategy is, is to ask about the business dealings of hunter biden and whether joe biden favored policies that allowed his son to enrich his pockets, whether it be policies in ukraine or even china. so, this is something we expect them to really hammer on. we expect joe biden is prepared for this. he did have this question and he stumbled in the first debate, but we expect donald trump to come even stronger this time around. for joe biden,'s strategy is to run at the clock. he does have the lead in the national polls. this is what we're going to see. we're going to see donald trump close the gap and make up some ground, and joe biden to
maintain status quo until november 3. anchor: can billy help get in nashville kimberly halkett in nashville -- kimberly halkett in nashville, tennessee. you can watch the debate in full here on al jazeera on friday. still to come this half-hour, the tragic aftermath of guinea's presidential families, morning deaths of children at security forces. sri lanka's parliament decides it's presidential future, a landmark ruling on its heads of state. ♪ ♪ meteorologist: hello. we've got some rather wet weather over australia the next few days. but quite an active area of low
pressure swirling away, just moving through south australia, bands of cloud and rain. they are going to make their way further eastward. south and east australia seeing wet weather, heavier spells of rain. the wetter weather is going to be in victoria, northern parts of victoria, southern areas of new south wales. but even up in queensland, some wet weather pushing up to northern territory. that will make its way to the east, some heavier bursts of rain, flooding. dry whether does pushback in behind 15, 16 celsius in melbourne. dry and south australia. 29 celsius in perth. that's the place to be if you don't like it too wet. a little on the cloudy side for new zealand. further cloudy weather across japan at the moment, but bands
of cloud and rain making their way further eastward. writer skies. -- brighter skies. ♪ >> a korean doomsday cult lured followers to a tropical paradise. we investigate the secretive set accused of abuse and violence in fiji. on al jazeera. ♪ >> if you want to help save the world -- sneeze into your elbow. ♪ ♪
anchor: a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera, france is extending its curfew on nine major cities to a further 38 areas. this means around 46 million people will now have to stay indoors at night. there comes as the country reported a record 41.5 thousand new cases. in the united states, the daily death stole has passed -- death toll has passed 1200 for the first time since august. it had been lying around 700 a day for most of october. and a confirmation vote for u.s. supreme court nominee amy coney barrett is set to go ahead on monday after the senate judiciary committee approved her nomination, this as presidential candidates donald trump and joe biden are in nashville preparing for their final presidential debate in less than three hours. nigeria's president addressed the nation after more than two weeks of protests against police
brutality. he called for an end to the demonstrations after a day where other places were set on fire, but he didn't mention the shooting of protesters on tuesday. reporter: four days, the president's -- for days, the president has been under pressure to speak. after meeting with top security officials on thursday, he asked security forces to act within the confines of law to halt the rising violence across the country. >> we shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. but remember, this government also has an obligation to protect the lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely, and protected from acts of violence. reporter: for more than two
weeks, demonstrators took to the streets, demanding an end to police brutality, compensation for victims, and the reform of nigeria's police force. they also want officers guilty of extra editions, torture, and disappearances to be punished. in a shocking move captured on mobile phones, security personnel used live rounds on demonstrators tuesday after a curfew was announced. he has been part of the protest since it started. a brother missing for 12 years was last seen in the now disbanded center of the protests. she watched the president's address on television and is personally not impressed. >> the president does not have respect for us. he doesn't think our lives are worth it.
but we have to make him understand that we know what we are asking for and we're going to get will be ask for. reporter: she said the protesters will meet and decide their next action. all day thursday, secured a personnel were kept busy as mobs attacked police stations, looting and burning properties across the city. here, one of nigeria's main presence is on fire -- prisons is on fire. it's the fifth to be attacked in three days. more than 1700 prisoners are still at large. the past two weeks have been the most difficult for this nation of over 200 million people since its return to tanaka see -- two democracy -- to democracy in 1999. al jazeera. anchor: official results from 37
out of 38 of guinea's voting districts show the president winning a third term with a landslide victory. since sunday's election, 10 people have been killed and dozens of the others injured when security forces fired at supporters of the opposition presidential candidate. he says he has evidence of fraud and will contents -- contest the results. reporter: for a brief moment, the gunfire stops, interrupted by families who are in morning. 14 years old, 13 years old, and 10-year-old, these young victims were shot by security forces, some in the face, while they were celebrating the preliminary victory announcement in sunday's presidential vote. >> military fire on children,
small boys 10-20 years old. they would never pick on real men. i hope their death will not go in vain and the violence. . reporter: after the election commission announced the per lemon every results, all in favor the -- of the incumbent, protesters took to the streets. >> we have our own figures, and our own figures are nothing to do with the senate, nothing to do with the senate. and it is important to look at what's happened during the electoral process. the military took the ballot boxes. in some places, it was not possible for us to make our voice heard. reporter: mobilephone footage circulated on social media, like this when showing election officials saying the president's deepening mistrust in the electoral process. the 82 euro president amended the constitution earlier, which
allowed him to run for a third term in office. the decision sparked concern and protest. the president says he will win the final vote, expected this weekend. the government is accusing him of announcing his victory before the election results. >> [speaking foreign language] >> he's a democrat. he will accept the outcome no matter the result. reporter: initial footage showed hello -- look at these comments. they're shooting our people. over 10 people have died and scores injured, shot by security forces using force to silence dissent against a population it is meant to protect, not kill. nicholas hart, al jazeera. anchor: sri lanka's president has expanded powers after the parliament overwhelmingly
approved an amendment to the constitution. they will not be able to dissolve parliament before the term finishes and has full immunity from prosecution. he will also have t power to appoint key officials, including some judges. the opposition encourage the government -- miguel fernandez has reaction. >> there are parts of bandwagon which was contesting the presidency. he went to the people, asking to make the necessary changes to the constitution to allow him to do what is necessary for this country to repose that confidence. people voted en masse for him. we're seeing that instigation of that coming to fruition -- that indication of that coming to fruition. this obviously brings that huge,
sweeping range of powers back under the umbrella under the current executive president of sri lanka. he has the power to appoint, to dismiss the prime minister, any minister. he has the prime -- power to take on any ministerial portfolio, to make sweeping apartments to a wide range of institutions, very sensitive institutions, the judiciary, the police commission, also the whole system of appointments for which the previous government in the 19th amendment had set up a constitutional counsel, has been done away with now. there's a parliamentary counsel, but most of those decisions, and the power, rests with the one man, the executive president. anchor: he's been named lebanon's prime minister, with the country in the grip of an economic crisis.
he resigned from the job last year following antigovernment protests. reporter: saturday has returned to the power. the prime minister returned to government after enough votes. the unpopular uprising called for other things and new leadership. that movement failed to bring change. he is promising to stop the collapse of the economy and provide a new way forward. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i think my fellow mps and those who honored me by naming me by a noumenon parts and government of experts with economic and administrative reforms contained in the roadmap. we have a chance, possibly the last chance. reporter: lebanon is facing
multiple crises. the economy is collapsing. the local currency crashed. there is rising poverty and unemployment. the state is in desperate need of financial assistance. the international community is conditioning aid to a reform minded government, as part of an initiative by french president emmanuel macron. >> he does not care to listen about what the lebanese people have been calling for since they rose up on october 17 onwards. this is part of the culmination of this counterrevolutionary effort that started from the moment people took to the streets. reporter: lebanon has been left with a caretaker administration since he resigned over the beirut explosion in august that killed nearly 200 people and devastated many neighborhoods in the lebanese capital. the previous prime minister was forced to step aside after failing to convince traditional parties to give up representation in cabinet.
it's a process in a divided political landscape, where factions are aligned with foreign powers. >> he is a favorite of the western leaders. he's a regular in washington and paris. and so, he is the most pro-western leader in lebanon. this is a victory for the pro-western front. reporter: he may have friends in the international community, but it's the other camp, led by hezbollah, that holds political power. his return could be a step towards a deal. but for now, it doesn't signal an end to lebanon's political crisis. anchor: international donors have pledged nearly $600 million to support refugees. britain, the u.s., and european union held a virtual conference with the refugee agency thursday. they were aiming to meet a funding target of $1 billion this year. close to one million near to -- live near bangladesh camps.
the u.n. says since the pandemic has made it severely underfunded task even more difficult. poland's top court ruled a law allowing abortions due to fecal defects is unconstitutional. it means it is almost totally banned. it will only be allowed in the case of rate,, -- rape, interest, or -- incest, or mother's health. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the constitutional tribunal says the law is unconstitutional, so a public debate should develop so the protesters were gathered here under stand -- understand this is not about threatening a woman's life or safety, but protecting the lives of children born sick, or down syndrome, or physical defects, so we can save these children. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i cannot get my head around
the situation in which an forced to give birth to a child who is going to die. this is traumatic for everyone. for nine months, you'll be carrying a child with serious genetic defects, which you know is not going to live very long. this is traumatic for a woman, for her whole family and everyone else around her. i hope in 20 or 30 years, the next generations will have easy access to abortion. anchor: investment bank goldman sachs will pay almost rebilling dollars in penalties -- $3 billion in penalties for a corruption scandal. it comes after the malaysian subsidiary pleaded guilty to violating bribery laws and paying more than $1 billion to foreign officials to win business. a five year investigation involved authorities