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♪ >> ethiopia's prime minister says he will lead the military from the front lines as rebel advances threaten his hold on the capital. hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. also coming up, get vaccinated or risk dying from covid. germany's warning as cases surge in europe. in austria, it is locked once
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again. a year us -- u.s. jury is asked to wait murder of self to you -- defense, the closing arguments in the trial of the killing of a black man by three white men in georgia. ethiopia's prime minister says he will travel to the front line tuesday to lead the military against rebel forces. he said it was time to lead by personal example in a statement posted to social media. advances from the northern region are pushing further south toward the capital. thousands have been killed and more than 2 million displaced since the conflict started. abiy ahmed called on all ethiopians who want to be remembered in history to join
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him in the fight. he said whatever absence is created by his departure, he would assure officials in addis ababa would continue to do their job. a spokesperson for the tigray -- they say that his vow to join forces in the battlefield was another sick joke. william lawrence is a former u.s. diplomat and puts -- professor of political science and international affairs at the american university and explains what is behind the prime minister's statement. >> i think his primary audience is those who would be willing to fight to defend the capital, and i think a secondary audience is those who might be on the fence, waiting to see if one side or the other prevails. i think there are multiple aspects that are important. one is that i think he is
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portraying that the conflict is similar in tigray rather than in the capital, where these situation at the capital is much more dire and he's using kind of messianic language, being a martyr, a savior of the country, this sort of thing. that bodes badly for the small window of opportunity that the americans who are there for a cease-fire and negotiation. it is clear he's ready to fight and go to the front lines and fight the battle. he does have a military background. if you look at his nobel prize speech a few years ago, he used a lot of war imagery to talk about the lessons of war. here we are almost full circle, nobel peace prize winner using the most bellicose language to ramp up the stakes ahead of the defense not only of ethiopia, but life and death, basically willing that he's willing to die
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for the cause. that is something we have not even seen from him until now. >> anger against the french military intervention in west africa has been growing, a three day standoff in burkina faso when troops shot and injured several protesters. the government has shut down the internet to stop protests from spreading. nicholas harper has more. reporter: the french foreign minister has called on burkina faso's president to intervene to allow this french convoy in his country to make its way to niger . the internet is still down following days of protests. this is a convoy of 60 vehicles, 100 french military soldiers coming from ivory coast, going to niger to help forces their fight armed groups associated with al qaeda and isil. they were met in burkina faso
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with protesters chanting anti-french slogans, accusing the french military to working hand in "terrorists or armed groups" in the north of the country. there is so much anger on the streets of burkina faso particularly in the capital, because the security situation has gone from bad to worse, deteriorating significantly in the last month. a few weeks ago, the burkina faso security camp came under attack when over 50 people were killed, and then came the information that they had not received their food rations for two weeks and the soldiers had to hunt for their food. that really angered the population, feeling the security forces are not able to contain the growing attacks that are taking place in the country. the opposition with members of civil society have called for
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nationwide protests at the end of the week, calling for the resignation of the president of burkina faso. >> austria has become the first eu country to reenter a full nationwide lockdown as infections are surging. the average daily deaths have tripled in recent weeks. under the restrictions, people can only leave their homes to buy groceries for doctor visits or to exercise. andrew simmons has more from the capital, vienna. reporter: the lockdown is back in austria as europe shivers at the onset of a fourth wave of covid-19. this is salzburg, one of the worst hit places where intensive care units are filling up. last month, the national daily infection rates were around 3000 cases per day. they are now hovering between 14 and 16,000. in the capital vienna, christmas lights may be on, but like everywhere else, shopping has stops for -- stop for all but
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essential items. people are allowed out for an occasional stroll. there's plenty to see but not to buy. the manager of this restaurant has closed down and is giving his fresh produce a to locals. he's pessimistic. >> i think everybody has enough of it and the question is, why again? wasn't there enough time to prepare? if we have a lockdown now, because obviously it is needed. reporter: not far away, the christmas market, usually bright and busy at this time of year, is a sullen place. the lockdown is scheduled to last up to 20 days with a review after 10, although people fear it could last longer. with restrictions, and even bigger emphasis on the vaccination program. only 66% of the population have been vaccinated, leading one of
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the biggest proportions of unvaccinated people in europe. the government will introduce compulsory vaccinations in february that has led to resistance and protests. this woman just had her third vaccination or booster, yet she says people should not be forced to have vaccinations. >> this is only marketing for his career. but he didn't explain or make a good preparation to ensure that everyone will be vaccinated. reporter: capitals across europe are watching austria closely as they consider their own restrictions. here, the daily number of deaths caused by the coronavirus has tripled in recent weeks. this lockdown is a last resort. andrew simmons, al jazeera, vienna. >> hospitals in germany are running out of intensive care unit beds. chancellor merkel says the
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restrictions don't go far enough. the health minister is urging more citizens to get vaccinated. >> probably by the end of this winter, pretty much everyone in germany, somewhat cynically, will have been vaccinated, recovered, or have died, but it's true. with a highly contagious delta variant, this is likely. >> the french overseas department of guadalupe has created an explosive situation. the government has spent sent special forces to the caribbean to end the unrest with nightly protests there are nearly a week as well as a strike against compulsory covid-19 passes. in the u.s., the government has 90% of federal employees have had at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine. president biden announced the vaccine mandate in september. nearly all of the 3.5 million
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employees have met monday's deadline. employees who remain unvaccinated could face a two week suspension. many public health workers in the u.s. are quitting their jobs after facing harassment for their role in promoting coronavirus restrictions. more than half of all states are creating laws that will curb public health powers. more from the state of maryland. reporter: travis kelce was serving as the top health official of montgomery county, maryland when the covid 19 pandemic arrived. his mission was simple in regard to the county is one million residents. >> keep them from dying. reporter: as hospitals across the u.s. filled with patients suffering from covid-19, he recommended businesses and schools closed and for everyone to wear masks. the policies were restrictive but worked to keep cases low, and the community in this liberal suburb of washington, d.c. was supportive, but then came signs of inpatients.
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>> things became more political. the discussion moved from good morning, here's where the cases are, here's what the test positively rate is, those kinds of things, to, well, things are different, why can't we do this activity? why is this thing closed? why is this jurisdiction open? reporter: he says he also received threats. in emails shared with al jazeera, he was called a power-hungry loser and an enemy of the people and "will be dealt with accordingly." >> when i would leave the office, i would try to park in different places and take different routes home because frankly oh was about someone following me. reporter: public health officials all over country have reported similar experiences or worse. exhausted from long hours of work, than targeted by members of their own communities for recommending unpopular but lifesaving and dates -- mandates. a year and a half into the
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pandemic, hundreds have called it quits. >> we just can't have people in public service being threatened for doing their jobs. reporter: maryland state senator ron young has proposed making threatening a public health worker a crime, but the trend in most of the country has been the opposite, with lawmakers in 32 states introducing 100 new laws to restrict public health actions, citing freedom of choice and making it harder to enforce mask and vaccine mandates. >> it is happening to a great extent because of politics. if we can't trust and believe the people who are experts in the field, we are in bad shape. reporter: it is feared the backlash against pandemic restrictions has left the u.s. less prepared for the next pandemic. gayles, for one, is one -- among the public health officers who have resigned. he leads among the counties who has among the highest vaccination rates in the country but that still has not named his
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replacement. heidi joe castro, al jazeera, silver spring, maryland. 1 >> still had, u.s. president joe biden asks for continuity in his pick to head the federal reserve. cjhile's presidential election heads to a runoff. who is up for the top job. ♪ >> look forward to brighter skies. the weather, sponsored by qatar airways. >> it has got cold in china and korean peninsula and japan. the wind that follows it means snow showers for the western slopes of honshu and hokkaido. average temperatures about seven in beijing, 10 in shanghai, minus seven in harbin.
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pretty dry throughout most of china. it rises a little bit by the time we get to wednesday. the winter sun, but still there. the northeast monsoon will bring yet more rain to vietnam and cambodia and quite a long way north in southern thailand and myanmar. sumatra in the north looks potentially still flooded. the south it is drier. there's more traditional looking rain for the northeast monsoon through sri lanka. the northern plane of india, the cities in particular, poor air quality, stagnant air through nepal and pakistan. that circulation is headed toward the horn of africa. that's a tropical depression that was off the west coast of india. that makes sumatra wet. >> the weather sponsored by qatar airways, rooted world's best -- voted world's best
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against rebel forces. fighters from the northern tigray region are pushing further south toward the capital addis ababa. austria has become the first country in western europe to reimpose a national coronavirus lockdown. infections are surging there and they bring countries. germany's south minister predicts people will either be vaccinated, recover, or die by the end of winter. france's president emmanuel macron says riots in the french overseas territory of guadalupe have created an explosive situation. the government has sent special forces to the caribbean to end the unrest sparked by covid-19 restrictions. our closing arguments have been made in the u.s. state of georgia in the ahmaud arbery murder trial. three white men are accused of killing him, and unarmed black man, last year. he was shot dead while jogging after being chased by the men in pickup trucks. one of them, travis mcmichael,
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testified he saw arbery as a threat and that he acted in self-defense. more from washington. reporter:reporter: the thing about georgia, it does have a very specific emphasis on what's called accomplice liability, so you are part of a trying -- crime, even if you're seem to be can tripping, you are held liable. the prosecution is also saying, first of all, arbery was unarmed, he was running away, you can't claim self-defense. if you are the one who instigated the altercation and never mentioned anything about a citizens arrest to the police, so on it goes. the prosecution relying on the law, the admissibility of the law, not on race, which may be wise considering it's a jury of 11 white people and one black person. if they are acquitted, clearly we will see two types of justice in america, those people
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certainly who are looking for a successful prosecution already believe. the argument is always with rittenhouse, these men, just reverse the races. imagine if rittenhouse was black. imagine if these men were black. we should remember, even in this case, the only reason this is a trial -- the police did not even follow up until footage appeared on facebook two months later. then they were pushed into an investigation because three white men being involved in the killing of a black man, they said he was a robber, there you go, it must be the case. clearly, this will just be confirmation that justice isn't fair, but the prosecution has seemed to make a good legal case against these men. hazem: u.s. president joe biden has nominated jerome powell as chair of the federal reserve for a second term. biden spoke positively of his actions during the global pandemic, but some disagree with his views on monetary policy. i were white house correspondent
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reports. reporter: ending months of speculation, u.s. president joe biden announced his pick for federal reserve chair. >> i am nominating jerome powell for second term of chair of the federal reserve. reporter: powell served a first-term during one of the worst economic downturns in recent u.s. history. that's why biden believes he's the right choice, again. >> when our country was hemorrhaging jobs last year and there was panic in the financial markets, j's steady and decisive leadership helped to stabilize markets and put the economy on track to a robust recovery. reporter: powell faces a storm of challenges, rapid u.s. inflation with price spikes for everyday goods like gasoline and food, and supply chain shortages that have left retailers struggling to keep shelves stocked. the central bank must decide how to keep prices stable. >> we use our tools both to support the economy, a strong
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labor market and prevent higher inflation from becoming entrenched. reporter:reporter: analysts say raising interest rates is one possibility. >> but it's not clear he should do that, because if the supply lines open up soon, and there is some evidence they are starting to, then you don't want to slam on the brakes just when the road is straightening up. reporter: financial markets responded favorably to the nomination, but the reaction wasn't always favorable from within the democratic party. senator elizabeth warren has repeatedly criticized powell for not doing more to protect americans from financial institutions' misdeeds. she says she will vote against his renomination. >> over and over, you have acted to make our banking system less safe, and that makes you a dangerous man. reporter: despite that disapproval, by some members of
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the president's own democratic party, jerome powell is expected to be confirmed by democrats and republicans in the u.s. senate. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, the white house. hazem: venezuela's ruling socialist party has claimed victory in regional elections. president nicolas maduro's party won 20 of 23 state governorships. turned out was just over 40%, one of the lowest in their history. opposition figures say the result is a blue to the campaign after a four year we caught. . more from caracas. reporter: it is major, interesting to note the opposition has boycotted elections in the past, but in a way, they decided to participant because they are frustrated by the failure of u.s. sanctions to remove nicolas maduro from office. they were also -- they were
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expecting control on the ground would help them achieve their objective. however, things did not go as planned. the biggest problem the opposition face is around 60% of the population did not vote. there were also 5 million that could have voted that left the country. also, the big divisions that exist within the opposition. among them, the opposition leader juan guiado was reluctant. we saw in many local parts of the country, there were candidates of the opposition that ended up hurting their chances of winning those municipalities, those states among others. when you see the national results, you see the opposition in total had at least nine points ahead of the ruling socialist party and that those divisions are what complicated chances of winning in many parts across venezuela.
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hazem: chile is headed for a presidential election runoff in december, the first round of voting has left them facing a choice between two polar opposites. former congressman jose antonio kast will face off against leftist april borage -- gabriel boric, a former student protest leader. reporter: the results of sunday's first-round presidential elections, chileans to prude -- choose between radically different visions for the future. one that promises a new economic political and social model. another that vows a return to stability, family values, and law and order. both candidates are practically tied. conservative jose antonio kast was the first one out of the gate on monday, confirming he's willing to modify what many see as an extreme right wing program
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to seduce moderate conservatives. >> we have a lot more in common than differences. we've always said our program is not written in stone. we can modify and improve many things. reporter:reporter: a key factor in his success has been the growing six -- sensation that chile is out of control fed by an explosive rise in violence, drug trafficking and an uprising by indigenous groups. that's why this person voted for kast. >> there's no more respect for authority anymore, for the police. it is not acceptable to walk on the story -- street anymore. reporter: gabriel boric, a former student leader, also needs to modify his message to assure chileans he can supply order as well as equality. >> we must go to every corner, to the regions we have not been able to deliver our proposals
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with a calm and moderation that is needed. >> this is the most uncertain and polarized election in chile since 1970. we don't know who the next president will be and that alone is a novelty here. in chile, the one who got the most votes in the first round always won the second, but we can't say that this time. reporter: the centralist president, -- candidate, who did not make it to the runoff, says the millions who marched for social justice two years ago have not signed up for the violence that has often accompanied protests. >> from then on, it became a debate between distribution of income and order. so far, it seems order is winning because a large part of the country understands that order is more important for social justice than social justice is for order. reporter: has his usual big case, the markets reacted positively to the strong showing of the conservative candidate. the currency has rebounded and
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the stock exchange is up 8%. . given the total uncertainty about the final results of this elections, that enthusiasm may not last long. with 22% of chileans still uncommitted to either candidate, uncertainty will be the only given until they return to the polls. lucio newman, al jazeera, sent iago. hazem: afghanistan's banking system is at risk of collapse if urgent and decisive action is not taken. that is the warning from the united nations. development agencies say the situation is at a near standstill. deposits to keep banks operating are shrinking due to a cash liquidity crunch and a spike in unpaid loans. the government wants its assets abroad to be unfrozen. the economy plunged into deeper crisis after the taliban took over in august. a security forces in uganda have increased patrols after recent
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suicide attacks that killed four people in the capital. at least 100 people have been arrested since tuesday and six have been killed. police say the allied democratic forces in neighboring democratic republic of congo carried out the attacks. reporter: police and soldiers income polymer -- in kampala prepared to go out for night patrols. the patrols are now frequent and thorough following attacks by three men who detonated explosive devices, killing themselves and others near a police station in parliament last tuesday. george, who had a shop on parliament avenue, was one of four civilians who were killed. he was the breadwinner of a big family. his son says he was tough but loving. >> something like schools, we
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were going to schools, but with no money. reporter: the attack comes off the back of to others in october, one at a restaurant in the city and another on a bus traveling to western uganda. the government blames allied democratic forces with roots in uganda but based in the eastern democratic of northern -- of congo's north province. >> this was the military. in intelligence led campaign. we just need to find out who and where. reporter: adf fighters have carried out a series of attacks and killings in recent years including an assassination attempt in june on the roads minister. his daughter and driver died in that attack. isil has claimed the most recent incidents in the name of its central african administrative
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branch. adf is said to have links to it. about 100 people have been arrested and 12 others killed by security forces in the last five months. police say they are all linked
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