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another threat to our and puts pressure on u.s. president joe biden to stay away from rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal. ♪ you are watching al jazeera, live from doha. another grim milestone in the global pandemic. one year on, and 100 million people have been infected by coronavirus. delays in the supply of covid-19 vaccines fire pressure on vaccine companies -- on pharmaceutical companies to up
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distribution. protests in india against the government's new agricultural laws. ♪ host: thank you for joining us. israel's most senior military commander revealed the development of new offensive plans against iran, in part pressure on the new u.s. administration, warning against closer ties with tehran. the lieutenant general says he ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible military action in the coming year. he is also urging president joe biden to step back to any return to the 2015 nuclear deal. >> i have instructed the army to prepare a number of operational plans. we are taking care of these plans and developing them in the coming year. these plans have to be on the
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table, ready and practiced. host: tension between israel and iran has only been getting worse. last january, israel defended the u.s. after it killed because some soleimani -- killed custom soleimani. in november, iran's top nuclear scientist was killed in tehran. iran blamed israel for the attack, but never issued a comment. last week israel launched an air attack after iranian linked targets in syria. israel was intensifying its air campaign there before president trump left office. correspondent: i don't think it should be read as a threat of an imminent attack on iran, but it is a setting out of israel's position that it should be maintained in terms of a hard line against iran's potential
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for getting a nuclear weapon, not just from here, but from the united states. this is a sign of the chief foreign policy concern of israel at the moment. the sharp difference between a trump administration which aligned itself so closely to israel's interests, and its submission -- its suspicion of the incoming biden administration. there is a debate in israel how to best influence the united states on the iran nuclear deal, whether that should be a public confrontation or more behind the scenes lobbying effort. the behind the scenes effort will happen in the next few weeks. we have this public effort as well being carried out by the head of israel's military,
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saying there are new operational plans at the moment if necessary to attack iran, also saying any resuscitation of the deal, even an improvement on the existing deal would be a strategic mistake as far as israel is concerned. host: iran's permanent rep presented of to the united nations called on the security council to fulfill its responsibilities. >> we are going to be hearing from president hassan rouhani during his scheduled weekly cabinet meeting later on wednesday morning. he is likely to respond with the same rhetoric we have heard from iranian officials, that any kin d of hostilities toward iran would be responded with similar measures. iranian military officials said over the past few weeks that iran is willing and able to
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defend itself against all enemies. we heard from the iranian foreign minister who was in moscow on tuesday. he tweeted, saying there is no reason for iran to show goodwill to return to the nuclear deal of 2015, to return to full compliance. he said it is the united states that has to take the next step and iran will respond. iran sees israel as using this opportunity to pressure this new administration to getting what they want. they said there si no -- is no room for negotiating or amending this nuclear deal, it stands as-is. host: what is the view from washington? let's find out live at the white house. the biden administration indicated it could sign up to the nuclear agreement again. any reaction from the white
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house by this morning from israel's top military commander? >> it is clear the biden demonstration has no intentions of being dragged into a fight with one of its closest allies in the coming days of the administration. they will consult with allies and partners in the region when it comes to deciding how to go forward with iran. joe biden throughout the campaign said he would like to negotiate the iran nuclear deal. he believed a better deal could be reached and cover issues such as listed missile testing. he doesn't have a great deal of support from other partners in negotiating the deal. we heard from figures in the national security team, the director of national intelligence said during a come from hearing -- a confirmation hearing that there is nothing imminent when it comes to the iran nuclear deal. the secretary of state on
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wednesday saying in the last few hours there is nothing imminent. heh said -- he said he would like to see iran be in compliance. the iranians said it is up to the united states because they pulled out of the deal. the biden administration doesn't really have foreign policy close to the top of its agenda. we heard from joe biden the last few days. his focus is on the covid crisis, making sure they can get vaccinations to the country, taking precautions to stop people getting worse, and the big economic package he would like to push through congress, $1.9 trillion. he does not want a rout with israel, but he said they will consider going back to the nuclear deal when and if it is right for the united states. host: thank you.
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♪ the coronavirus pandemic now, and hospitals are at a breaking point. the global economy is struggling. pressure continues to build to boost vaccine distribution. global infections have now topped 100 million. there seems to be no signs the spread -- spread is slowing. the prime minister of the u.k. faced criticism for his government's response to the handling of the virus. >> on this day i should repeat i am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost. as prime minister, i take full responsibility for everything the government has done. what i can tell you is we truly we did -- we truly did
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everything we could and continue to do everything we can to minimize loss of life and suffering in a very difficult stage in a difficult crisis for our country. host: more than one million infections have been confirmed in indonesia, where hospitals are forced to turn away critically ill patients. vaccination efforts are stalling in some areas, with the eu urging drug companies to honor their commitment to prices. correspondent: one year ago, the central chinese city of wuhan went into what was an unprecedented lockdown. 1 million were isolated from the rest of china and the world in an attempt to prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus. that attempt failed. cases were quickly entered to fight in thailand -- quickly identified in thailand and south korea. in wuhan, authorities built makeshift hospitals.
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the world's second-largest economy was at a standstill as authorities fought to contain the outbreak. in february, the virus was officially named covid-19. europe faced its first major outbreak. a surge of cases in italy spurred a lockdown, while it also arrived in iran. 11th of march, the world health organization declared a pandemic. >> we ever have before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. this is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled the same time. correspondent: the number of infections around the world now exceeds 100 million. more than 2 million people have died. the u.s., brazil and india recorded the highest number of deaths. more than 50 countries are racing to inoculate their
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populations. poorer countries are struggling to secure doses. a fast spreading virus mutation is raising concerns over vaccine efficacy. dr. fauci: there is a thing called the cushion effect. if you have something like the moderna or pfizer vaccine that can suppress the virus at a dilution of 1 to 1000 and the mutant brings it down to maybe 1 to 800 or something, you are still well above the line of not being affected. correspondent: in china, months of tough measures have seen the outbreak largely controlled. but in the north, authorities are battling resurgent cases. in beijing, mass testing and tracing efforts have been imposed. there -- they are not alone.
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2021 may be a new year, but the who warned the global fight to contain covid-19 is far from over. host: u.s. president joe biden promised to allow millions more americans to get vaccinated sooner than anticipated while admitting the vaccine program he inherited is in worse shape than expected. he now announced the purchase of an additional 200 million doses of the pfizer and moderna shots. pres. biden: after the review of the current vaccine supply, i will announce we will increase overall weekly vaccine distributions from 8.6 million doses to a minimum of 10 million doses. starting next week, that is an increase of 1.4 million doses per week. you all know that the vaccines
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are disturbing did two states based on -- are distributed to states based on population. this can allow millions of more americans to get vaccinated sooner than previously anticipated. host: dutch police are on high alert after efforts to curb the spread of covid-19. some protesters threw fireworks, looted supermarkets. more than 180 people were arrested on monday. the review is the first since world war ii and was put in place to deal with a wave of infections caused by a virus variant first identified in the u.k. still ahead, we take a look at the biden administration's plans to solve the conflict between israel and palestine. >> the law provides for the people of uganda to stand for
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their rights. host: the ugandan opposition leader rallies support to bring down the president. ♪ ♪ >> it's time for the perfect journey. the weather, sponsored by qatar airways. >> unsettled weather across the middle east the next couple days. rain, sleet and snow running across turkey. snow pushes across the mountains. we make our way into the levant. winds will gradually drag some blustery showers in across syria, lebanon, jordan. showers pushing across northern parts of the region through turkey, over toward northern areas of iraq and northern parts of iran. south of that, it is fine and
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quiet. quiet enough for early morning mist and fog. temperatures in doha at around 22 degrees. pleasant by day across the horn of africa. plenty of showers into central parts. showers extend into the gulf of guinea. further south, looking at heavy rain from the remnants of tropical cyclone eloise. wet weather will gradually make its way to the eastern cape. ♪ >> the weather, sponsored by qatar airways. ♪ >> global criminal drug dealing shifted to places beyond the reach of law and order. guerrilla wars in colombia. ♪
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and mexico, where the cartels have been responsible for a merciless spiral of violence. the final episode of drug trafficking, politics and power ,the lost territories, on al jazeera. ♪ ♪ host: a recap of our top stories. israel's most senior military commander revealed new offensive plans against iran. the lieutenant general says his order to his forces to step up operations for possible military action in the coming years. he is also urging president joe biden to step back from any return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
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global coronavirus infections now topped 100 million. scientists believe the number of cases is likely to be higher because of low levels of testing in early 2020. 100,000 people in the u.k. died of covid-19. britain recorded about 3.6 million infections. while the u.k. now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in europe, and for the families left behind, the emotional cost is staggering. we traveled to the north of england, where densely populated poor areas are among the worst hit. correspondent: all over the u.k., the enormity of what happened is sometimes hard to absorb. the health service is overloaded to near breaking point. many hospitals have no more room left for the dead. vast temporary mortuaries have been set up. now there is a landmark figure, 100,000 dead. >> no one ins o -- one in our
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worst nightmares would have anticipated we would have such a high loss of life. correspondent: this is bradford. there are high levels of deprivation, ethnic minorities living close together. covid has struck these communities hard. thi muslims -- this muslim cemetery is running out of space. covid has frozen painful moments of this in the hearts of too many people. brothers, mothers, sons, daughters taken by the virus. the numbers increase remorselessly. >> 100,000 lives lost. how many more to come? the scale of this ongoing disaster can be measured in so many tragic ways. the crowded graveyards and the
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challenge of trying to visualize how many lives have been lost. >> as the counting of those who died continues, a look at the u.k.'s biggest football stadium can help convert those statistics into some scale. imagine every seat here as one lost life. even with the stadium full, it would fall 10,000 short of the total. just as hard to visualize is the number of those in mourning. charities that arrange counseling estimate the number of bereaved at more than half one million. >> we worry that is a silent crisis. correspondent: an end of life charity says lockdowns mean many of the bereaved are not getting help. >> those people are isolated. they are dealing with complex bereavement and might not be getting the support they need. correspondent: shirley's
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father died alone. she could not go to the funeral. instead she was given protective clothing and allowed a few minutes beside her father's body. >> the rituals we have around funerals, wakes are all taken from us with nothing put in place. i think the compassion around the 100,000 needs to be there. correspondent: in bradford, darkness does not stop the burials. the global spread of covid carries with it a second pandemic, mass grief. al jazeera, bradford. host: indonesia is now the worst affected country in southeast asia. hospitals in some areas are completely overwhelmed. we have more from jakarta. correspondent: on indonesia's most populous island, java, hospitals are stretched to their limits. these patients were able to get treatment, but many others are
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missing out. >> we have rejected so many people in our hospital. we reject patients every day because there is nothing else we can do. correspondent: the doctors having to reject critically ill patients is a heavy burden. >> it makes me so sad to turn down patients. i read the files of patients. they can hardly breathe, but we cannot help them. correspondent: the indonesian hospitals association says hospitals on the island of java and bali are close to collapse. doctors are forced to turn away patients because of a lack of intensive care unit beds and a shortage of health care workers. indonesia's covid-19 task force says in some cities all hospital beds are full. and health specialists saying on average more than a quarter of people are testing positive for the disease. >> across indonesia, the positivity rate is 27%. the w.h.o. standard is 5% to
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ensure the pandemic can be controlled. correspondent: many have loved ones.o give care for their >> the urgency unit was full -- the emergency unit was full. my parents were sent home with medication. correspondent: out of desperation, ,some families have turned to a local covid-19 data agency to get their relative into a hospital. often it is too late. >> from our cases, one died in the health center, another died in the taxi after being rejected by many hospitals. another died in the hospital because the icu was full. correspondent: despite the rise in cases and deaths, indonesia's president says the situation is under control. >> we are grateful that indonesia is one of the countries that can control this crisis well. correspondent: many health
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workers criticized the government for failing to properly implement restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, and allowing a crisis to unfold in their hospitals. host: the united states senate sworn in 100 senators to act as jurors in the second impeachment trial of donald trump, which starts next month. >> you will do impartial justice so help you god. host: trump is accused of inciting an insurrection to his supporters before they stormed the capitol building. the new u.s. administration revealed for the first time details on the israeli- palestinian conflict. >> diplomats say there is now a
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small window of opportunity for movement in one of the world's longest-running conflicts. the end of president trump's administration, israel signed normalization deals with four arab nations, but there was no progress on the biggest underlying problem, peace between israelis and palestinians. at a virtual meeting of the u.n. security council, many countries were represented by their foreign ministers. because the new u.s. secretary of state had not been confirmed yet, the u.s. was represented by its deputy ambassador. >> i thought it useful to share some of the condors of -- contours of the u.s. approach to the israeli-palestinian conflict. correspondent: for the first time in four years, the u.s. is: four direct talks leading to -- is calling for direct talks leading to a two-state solution.
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russia's sergey lavrov called on a meeting this summer. norway had a historic role breaking the oslo accords. >> there has to be will by both parties. they have to assume responsibility for bringing the talks forward. we can assist to lay the foundation for talks, but the parties themselves have to step up. correspondent: it is worth noting the israeli ambassador said in the meeting the idea of an international conference was pointless and a distraction, and further, the getting things, both israelis and -- further complicating things, both israelis and palestinians will have elections in the coming months. al jazeera, at the united nations. host: world leaders have called
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for more funding to protect vulnerable communities on the final day of the climate adaptation summit. attendees stressed the importance of climate change. they also want to ensure young people are included in the climate conversation. italy's prime minister resigned in a bid to form a new government. he lost his majority in the upper house when the coalition partner pulled its support over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. conte submitted his resignation. the resignation is seen as a gamble in an attempt to form a new alliance. in uganda, the opposition leader says the police siege on his home was a form of torture. he had been under house arrest since the election he claims was fraudulent. security forces lifted the blockade after a court order. he promises to bring down prime
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minister. >> the law provides for the people of uganda to stand for their rights. we encourage them to stand against the fraudulent results. he should not be president of uganda. we encourage the people to use all legal and all nonviolent means and ideas that they have to free themselves from the dictatorship. host: to india, where tens of thousands of farmers traveled to the nation's capitol new delhi in their biggest show of strength is the government. they breached a force hours after a large military and cultural parade was held. farmers have been demonstrating against new agricultural laws they say will destroy their livelihoods and favor large businesses. [shouting] correspondent: frustrated and
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angry, thousands of farmers occupy india's most prominent landmark, blocking highways and roads. they say new agricultural laws introduced by the government will devastate their livelihoods and favor large companies. what began as protests months ago has turned into a movement, with farmers marching into the center of india's capitol. police fired tear gas and a group of farmers breached security barricades with their trackers. >> we had designated routes for protesters. others held stones at police and tried to run us over. correspondent: the demonstrations coincide with india's republic day as farmers rallied nearby. this is what another side of the capital looked like.
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a festive display of the country's cultural diversity and military strength. >> the entire country watches delhi on republic day. when the farmers rolled their tractors in, the message goes out their fight has just started. correspondent: three agricultural laws passed in november is challenging the authority of prime minister narendra modi. the rules will -- the government says the changes will boost incomes and private investments, but farmers insist they are in invitation foor conglomerates -- for conglomerates to take over agriculture in india. >> the government has passed these laws without any discussion without any thought, they just imposed them. correspondent: about half of india's 1.3 billion people work in agriculture.
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the government offered to delay the laws for 18 mont hs and has been rejected by farmers. they say they will continue protesting until the laws are fully repealed. fully repealed. this is my origin and my destination. our apartment here in frederiksberg in the heart of copenhagen. but in my work, travelling around the world, i look differently at my own city now. i see the challenges and i see the hurdles. this city has been a global benchmark for urbanism for many years, and i want to show you some of the great things that make this city so unique and make it work so well. leadership is not "resting on your laurels". it is a constant search for innovation, for improvement, for urban development. i want to find out what the state of the urban nation is right here, in my own city: copenhagen. but first... it's time for school. you guys ready? yeah. - all right. let's do it.


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