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beautiful witness presents off to suit on i'm just that speechless show patience to show must go on. a showcase of the best documentary films from across the necklace on al-jazeera. the global covert 900 death toll tops 3000000 and is rising foster's countries deal with spiraling cases and vaccinations that backs. money inside aids this is al jazeera live from coming up. they include thailand where a sad way traced to a night light district is risking clowns to welcome back to us.
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i go on the streets of minneapolis hundreds of people protest against the latest police shooting of a 20 year old black man. the 1st time in decades the castree family will not be in charge of cuba roll castro is stepping down. we begin with the corona virus pandemic which has now cost at least $3000000.00 lives around the world that figure compiled by john hopkins university is still rising quickly with deepening crisis in countries like india brazil and france the true number is almost certainly significantly high and while vaccination campaigns are rule rolling out quickly in some countries most are suffering from repeated setbacks thailand is facing a record rise in new cases of cave 19 with more than 1500 new infections reported
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on saturday the thai government appears reluctant to order a lockdown as tony chang reports from bangkok. mass covert testing at a basketball stadium in bangkok thailand on saturday recorded the highest rise in new cases for the 4th day in a row despite being the 1st country outside china to record infections thailand has kept the deaths within double figures but there are now real concerns the kingdom could be in the grip of a 3rd wave of the virus he might not say you know what i think this outbreak in thailand would be long because do you care very in spreads. new restrictions have been placed on entertainment venues and restaurants banning the sale of alcohol 24 hour markets and gyms have had their opening hours limited but thailand's government appears to be doing everything in its power not to go into complete
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lockdown by young made up now there is no lock down ok i sympathise with you but we would need to reduce the operating hours i don't want to close everything down closing is easy but who are those who are suffering. stopping the spread of covert 19 has come at a huge economic price closing thailand's borders to shut down the lucrative tourist trade and those businesses that have survived the pandemic so far would probably be finished if a 3rd wave extends the shutdown for much longer here in bangkok things are now noticeably quieter but business is being kept alive by the urban middle class outside the capital however many communities have seen incomes drop by more than 50 percent and that's not going to improve until the borders are reopened. the slow rate of vaccinations however means this won't happen for some time thailand has vaccinated fewer than one percent of the population despite attempts to focus
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on tourist destinations like who cares the local producer of the astra zeneca jab said this week they won't be in full production till june and for many time businesses that will be far too late tony al-jazeera bangkok. iran says it's identified the suspect behind the attack on one of its nuclear facilities state t.v. is reporting the man fled the country before the attack on the town's plant happened on sunday blamed israel for the operation calling it an act of nuclear terrorism let's go live to assad bag who is live for us and to iran said who is this man that iran says was behind the attack. well into television's mr released his image was aired on state t.v. they say it's 43 year old reza creamy who's allegedly behind this act of sabotage iran has called it but they said that he managed to escape the country before the incident took place now we understand that iran is trying to get ahold of him find
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out where he is and want interpol to issuing a warrant a warrant for his arrest now that's all we know but during this footage that was on state t.v. it showed the natanz plan to show the centrifuges but it didn't show any of the damage that's been done and this is just iran putting out the message that despite this act of sabotage this attack iran's main nuclear facility is still up and running so what's the wider significance here because iran has blamed israel for the attack inflaming tensions between the 2 nations is that still the case. yes very early on iran blamed israel for this attack now as a reaction to that they began enriching to 60 percent now the head of the iranian atomic organization said that 60 percent doing about 9 grams per hour about the same time some of tennessee they enriching 20 percent which is way above
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what that 2015 nuclear deal which is 3.67 percent of all this is taking place while those negotiations are taking place in vienna now iran is very adamant and very determined to state that any breaches of the 2015 nuclear as a result of actions by the parties so for example former president donald trump pulled out of that deal iran after one year of the sanctions being imposed starting enriching to 4 percent after the assassination of iran's need nuclear scientist iran 20 percent now after this incident iran has enriched 60 percent ovoid iran says it can enrich to 90 percent which is great so this will increase from the arena perspective its leverage in those negotiations but also it will be very troubling for the europeans and the united states a setback there for us in tehran many thanks for that update. hundreds of people have rallied in chicago in support of
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a teenage boy who was shot dead by police as outraged about the shooting of a young black man by police name minneapolis during a traffic stop have been several incidents during the past month which if heightened tensions across the u.s. about issues of policing and racial injustice she has this report. hundreds gathered in chicago a day after police released video from the march 29th killing of 13 year old adam toledo by a police officer. in the off tomorrow if the police had said that the boy had died in all md confrontation the video shows 2 later complying with an instruction to put his hands up he's done shot dead an investigation is under way for her health the video about him to later his death was released as the trial of a police officer. in minneapolis i was protests continue here in brooklyn following the killing of a rights. by the protesters here have long argued that the disproportionate
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killing of people of color by the police is a systemic issue not the result of a few bad apples in the mother of dante writes again despaired of a system that may finally be putting police officers on trial but that remains fundamentally the group justice yes justice is definitely what we want but i'm never going to get. justice would be bringing my son home to me justice would have been my son jiving to the carwash coming home after that i'm not going to get fat with 2nd degree manslaughter is not ok i'm not ok with that that's not right she murdered my son my son is never going to come home. so you get the fit on a police pension right now why my son is going to be buried in a few days and that's not good for the protests in brooklyn santa oh i'm just about
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police killings now they're also about the police response to protests about police killing on friday many of the protesters will both roups in solidarity with samir hassan she lives opposite the police station where night after night tear gas and smoke grenades have been fired with abandon. on wednesday she left her apartment in her bathroom to look for her brother she was tackled to the ground. she was then jailed for presidents of an unlawful assembly all week the irony has not been lost on those here but the response to these demonstrations against unnecessary violence and the over policing of black communities. is a beam unnecessary violence and over policing shihab rattansi brooklyn something. a gunman who shot and killed 8 people at a fed ex facility in the u.s. on friday had previously been interviewed by the f.b.i. that was off to his mother called police raising concerns about his mental health
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officials also revealed 19 year old brandon hall was a former employee at the indianapolis center president joe biden has issued a statement describing gun violence as a stain on the country kristen salumi reports. another corner of america the scene of yet another mass shooting this time at a fed ex facility in indianapolis a gunman opening fire late on thursday night killing workers outside in the car park before going inside to kill others and then himself by friday morning police were still trying to piece together the motives of the gunmen details remain scarce he got out of this car and pretty quick. he started some random shooting outside the facility there was no confrontation with anyone that was there there was no disturbance there was no argument he just appeared to randomly start shooting and
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that began in the parking lot and then he did go into the building into the facility for a brief period of time the f.b.i. later revealed that the gunman a 19 year old former employee was interviewed in april last year after his mother became worried about his mental health however he was later released overnight workers families gathered at a nearby hotel and waited to be reunited with relatives on shifts compound in the anguish a fed ex policy banning cell phones at the workplace which made it harder for survivors to reassure loved ones indiana's governor eric holcomb tweeted condolences but was immediately criticized for his anti gun control agenda he's received an a grade from the national rifle association reserved for politicians who demonstrate particular enthusiasm for blacks gun laws the mayor of indianapolis summing up the feelings of the majority in the country what we are left with this morning is grief
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grief for the families of those killed grief for the employees who have lost their coworkers and grief for the many americans struggling to understand how tragedies like this continue to occur later president joe biden issued a statement saying too many americans are dying every single day from gun violence it stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation we can and must do more to act and to save lives. this latest tragedy coming just weeks after mass shootings in atlanta colorado and south carolina drawing further attention to what's been described as a deep seated epidemic of gun violence kristen salumi al-jazeera and after that shooting biden once again members of congress to approve gun control legislation
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every single day every single day there's a match to this young in the united states if you count all those who are killed out in the streets of our cities and our rural areas it's a national embarrassment and must come to an end i strongly support the universal background checks which i continue to push the congress has to step up and act the senate has to act and i strongly support and continue and never stop supporting the ban on assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 1010 bullets. still ahead on al-jazeera preparations are underway in the united kingdom for the funeral of prince philip. the abduction of priests provokes outrage in hietzing and many blamed government faileth.
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towards hong kong $22.00 degrees by this date somewhat weather to into the far south of in the shoreline to see some showers along disposed right joins up with that west of weather through the intimacy pushing across towards northern parts of thailand through me on my possibly a mock could see some clouds and rain as is the case too just around the foothills of the himalayas little bit of snow there over the high ground that wetter weather continuing but warm enough in lahore 30 celsius plentiful for india. qatar airways the climate is changing every year for millions of years decades of talk good little action it's all about distraction create confusion to create smoke and mirrors the shocking truth about how the climate debate has been systematically subverted the oil industry was a main bankroller or opposition quater the campaign against the climate do you think that's a bad thing more choo-choo that was true if you could see absolutely. 0.
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i let you watching al-jazeera mind of our top stories this hour 3000000 people have now died of covert 19 around the world it's a milestone few could have imagined when the outbreak began the united states remains the country with the highest number of deaths followed by brazil. silent as closing schools bars and gyms for at least 2 weeks are said battles a 3rd wave of covert 19 infections it had hoped to be able to reopen to tourism reported 1500 cases in the last day i'm too dense. huge numbers of
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people have rallied in chicago in support of a teenage latino boy who was shot dead by police have been several incidents during the past month which have heightened tensions in the us. russia's f.s.b. security service says it's detained a ukrainian diplomat in st petersburg it accuses of xander knew of trying to obtain classified information from russian law enforcement databases tensions of course already high with russian troops reportedly amassing along the ukrainian border let's go to correspondent charles strafford who is live for us in kiev charles what more do we know about the reason for this ukrainian diplomats arrest and what reaction if any has there been from ukraine. well certainly according to russian state news agencies we know very little more than you just described this consul apparently detained by federal security
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services russian federal security service in st petersburg full as you say allegedly trying to get hold of information through databases through russian databases we understand that he was detained for a short period of time and now according to the ukrainian side he is back in the consul the diplomatic mission in peaches but. the ukrainians have said that they will decide on a form of response it's not known yet whether he will be detained there are certain people critics as you can imagine and analysts predicting that he will be. he will be expelled from russia but of course this comes at a time of heightened tension. 100000 estimated 100000 russian troops that have been gathering around the ukrainian borders despite diplomatic pressure on
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russia for those troops to withdrawal no sign that russia has been paid to do that yet russia saying that this troop deployment is just a military exercise and poses no straights to anybody. and this detention of this council comes on the back of a meeting yesterday that motion seen meets again paris between the ukrainian president president will admit alinsky and his french and german counterparts again calling for a withdrawal of those troops selinski saying that the europeans and his western leaders leading allies need to act in his woods quick him equating the kind of traits that ukraine so he says he's facing by russia is potentially a threat to europe so in the context of these kind of tensions this detention sorry these tensions this arrest of these these detention of this consul can only make matters worse but as i say we are yet to hear
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a formal response from the ukrainians on how they will react. when he thinks that charles trafford after slide in here. or even 23000 prisoners have been pardoned released by me on mars military leader it's unclear though whether any of them were pro-democracy activists who were arrested during protests against the recent coup the pardons are customary to mark the new year holiday in myanmar but this is the 2nd time the gent as done so since it seized power in february and thailand's foreign ministry is confirming to leader min online will be attending the upcoming xeon summit the association of southeast asian nations brings together 10 members annually to discuss regional issues this year it's being held in tunisia as ian has already called for ousted leader aung sun suu cheez release from prison the united nations security council has
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approved the deployment of 60 ceasefire monitors to libya is calling on the new unity government to prepare for free fair and inclusive elections in december our diplomatic editor james bays has more from the u.n. in new york. the unanimous vote of the security council means the united nations can now deploy peace monitors to libya they'll be about 60 of them initially they'll be unarmed and they won't be wearing military uniforms i'm told the 1st of them will go to the capital tripoli to set up their headquarters but the majority will be deployed around certain about was the front line of the conflict until the ceasefire which came into force almost 6 months ago this is a big achievement of the united nations building on top of the national unity government they now have in place one of the big problems though still is the withdrawal of foreign forces and foreign mercenaries something that's been demanded by the u.n. security council but i'm told the u.n.
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monitors won't be involved in this the big goal is at the end of the year when the united nations hopes that libya will have general elections there slated for the 24th of december. kiba will be without a castro at the helm for the 1st time in 60 years 89 year old raul is stepping down as the head of the communist party he and his brother fidel began after the revolution in 1959 last america at a set listen human as well now about not even the pandemic could prevent cuba's 8 communist party congress from proceeding exactly as planned but raul castro's confirmation that he was stepping down was nonetheless his story. my task as the 1st secretary of the central committee of the communist party of cuba concludes with the satisfaction of having done my duty and confidence in the future of the fatherland. nevertheless peculation that the master of the castro brothers
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to rule cuba might retire from politics entirely was quickly to rest. maybe doubt that i have reached the meditated conviction not to accept offers of any other top party position but i will remain. in the party as one of the revolutionary combatant making my humble contribution to the end of my days. i will castro used most of his opening speech to repeat accusations that the united states is tightening an economic news around cuba to sabotage its companies and monetary reforms impose chaos and to provoke a social uprising. this was a thinly veiled reference to an increase in demonstrations and expressions of political dissent in cuba. coincides with an acute economic crisis and scarcity of primary goods. while i live i will be ready to continue fighting for the country
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and socialism with the most strength than ever let's shout together long live a free cuba view after their. own castro ended perhaps for the last time with the slogan point about his brother fidel. fatherland or death as cuba's communist party prepares to face an uncertain future without a castro at the helm and seeing human al-jazeera. religious institutions in haiti are denouncing the kidnapping of at least 10 people by gang members the catholic church there has condemned the government's failure to take action and stop the rising violence to rise above has more. a mass to demand the release of 10 hostages taken by gangs in choir they were just outside port au prince. among those have ducted or 7 clerics 2 of them are french
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people here say they're increasingly concerned over the rising kidnappings in the past year. when you know there are many people who have been kidnapped they got right and tortured many of them have never. return to normal we ask ourselves when will this internet country. during the service protesters took over the church denouncing what they call a lack of democracy in the country and blaming the government over rising violence . the police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators but. as a teacher my life condition is very bad i can't live like this that's why i'm in the street to protest against a president who has not been doing anything for us. in recent months kidnappings for ransom have sharply increased the clerics were kidnapped by a group known as 400 mile or so gang locals say began seems to be in charge in some
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parts of the country. mandela was kidnapped and taken for a week she had to pay for her release women and children are now a target for kidnappers she did not want to show her face during the interview was given much by a loved one of a car stopped in front of me and 4 guys got out of the car they drew their guns to force me into it put the hood on my head imprest my neck i cried a lot. i was protests have been ongoing important princess against the government. and his apparent inability to solve the problems people face every day. the president failed to hold legislative elections in 2019 and has been ruling by decreasing then. moyes has said he plans to hold a constitutional referendum in june which critics call part of a larger effort to consolidate power. human rights groups say the only concern
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people have right now is the growing insecurity used talking about conservation is talking about referring them were cured of conservation in this situation we're here to have a referendum in this climate of insecurity. the opposition says the international community continues to support leaders who fail to improve people's lives and that's why they say when elmore's remains in power while moyes says he's fighting a call. while the confrontation between the opposition and the government continues the lives of millions are caught in the middle threatened by kidnappings and violence that seem to be getting out of control. and deceit. the funeral of the u.k.'s prince philip is beginning soon windsor castle west london these are live pictures of final preparations the husband of queen elizabeth
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died at the age of 99 last week only 30 close family members will be at able to attend the private ceremony windsor castle because of corona virus restrictions he is in winter he says the service will include a minute of silence across the nation. that will be the moment when prince philip's body will be brought to st george's chapel from the private chapel where his body is currently being held his body will be brought on the back of a specially modified landrover a military colors walking behind that vehicle will be his 4 children prince charles prince prince andrew and edward princess anne as well also prince william and prince harry will join that group also prince harry has flown over from the united states and has been quarantining ever since the queen will not walk behind the coffin we believe that she will stand on observe the coffin from
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a special platform before getting in a car driven down to st george's chapel when the funeral starts itself don't expect any eulogies or grand speeches this will be a day of pared back pageantry largely because of the coronavirus restrictions and we gather the queen elizabeth herself make something of a lonely figure in the pews of the chapel having to stand 2 meters away from other family members wearing a mask throughout when the body of a husband who she's been married to for the past 73 years is lowered into the family vault. glee this will be a moment for queen elizabeth to not only consider a life of juji and devotion to her the country but also possibly her own mortality as well that is where she will eventually be laid to rest when she passes away but this is a day of course to remember prince philip and also possibly consider the future for queen elizabeth as well. 3 astronauts who have been on
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a joint russian american mission have safely returned yesterday and came to an end when the spacecraft landed in kazakhstan yeah snorts had been on the international space station for about 6 months. space x. has been awarded a $2900000000.00 contract to develop a commercial lunar lander a nasa will also plan to take 2 astronauts to the main as part of nasa is optimised program which wants people back by 2024. this is al jazeera these are your top stories 3000000 people have now died of cave in 19 around the world it's a milestone few could have imagined when the outbreak began united states remains the country with the highest number of deaths followed by brazil thailand is closing schools.

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