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host: fears all dissent wilbe crushed as china imposes a new security law on hong kong. ♪ this is alal jazeera live from london. also coming up -- >> i would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day. host: the bleak warning from the top u.s. coronavirus experts that the situation is only going to get worse. the ethiopian prime minister calls for, after the shooting of a singer leads to protetests. the king of belgium expxpresses
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regret for his country's colonial rule in afrfrica, but stops short of an apology. ♪ there has been swift international condemnation of china's introduction of a new security law in hong kong. the u.s., u.k., eu and nato expressed grave concern and anger over the legislation. it gives beijing sweeping powers over the territory. critics say it will curb political freedoms and civil liberties. under the law, anything beijing defines as acts of succession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign powers is punishable by up to life in prison. those suspected of endangering national security in hong kong will be put under surveillance and be wiretapped by authorities. the law says the management of news agencies, schools and social groups will be
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strengthened, and anyone guilty of violating the legislation will be barred from standing and any hong kong election. -- in any hong kong election. an activist already announced it is disbanding. it only takes a year for chinas parliament to pass legislation. this time it happened in record time, just 40 days. the new security law completed its passage after a vote by the country's most powerful political body, the national people's congress. in hong kong, china's supporters were also celebrating before the news had even been confirmed. the contentious measure that divided the city was once more defended by its chief executive. opposes legaltion principles such as rights of the suspect. it will have no retrospective
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effect. correspondent: critics say the new law threatens to stifle even small displays of dissent, like this one and a local shopping mall -- in a local shopping mall on tuesday. >> china is passing the law without even asking hong kongers and not going through the proper procedures. correspondent: the law's passing had an immediate political impact. a democracy activist announced he was resigning from the political party he helped found before the party itself was dissolved. also disbanding, two other smaller political groups that advocated independence. for hong kong, this is the most dramatic development since its return from british to chinese rule. since then, china had thousands of troops garrisoned in the city. agents will be able to operate here legally as well. a body to gather intelligence will also be set up.
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the timing of this new law is no coincidence. wednesday marks the 23rd anniversary of hong kong's handover from written to china. police sealed off the area around a convention center where locals and dignitaries commemorate the event. china promised hong kong's freedoms, including an independent legal system, would continue for 50 more years. to many people here, it seems that promise has been broken. july 1 is traditionally a symbolic day, but police have denied an application for another march this year, citing coronavirus and potential for violence. several groups are bowing to test -- vowing to test the ban. host: u.s. democrats say despite a briefing from the white house, they still haven't received the information they need on russia's alleged bounties on american soldiers in
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afghanistan. they are calling for a full briefing from the intelligence community. >> the president called this a hoax publicly. nothing in the briefing we have just received led me to believe it is a hoax. there may be different judgments as to the level of credibility, but there was no assertion that the information we had was a hoax. we are in washington d.c. following this story. there was a briefing by the white house. they don't feel they have enough information. do we know the timeline on what is going to happen next? we seem to be having problems ke's connection in washington dc. we are going to persevere. no, i think we are not actually, unfortunately. we will follow this story in the
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coming hours and hope to get the latest then. expert on top infectious diseases warns coronavirus cases around the country is likely to get much worse if people don't follow health recommendations. dr. fauci says there is no guarantee the u.s. will have an effective vaccine. california, texas, and many other states reimposed summer stretches after reporting -- restrictions after reporting new infections. millions lost their jobs as businesses and schools shut to contain the virus's spread. dr. fauci: it will be very disturbing, i guarantee you that . when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though other parts of the country are doing well, they are vulnerable. we are now having 40,000 plus new cases a day. i would not be surprised if we
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go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. host: the european union is lifting its external border restrictions for more than a dozen countries from wednesday. there have been some notable exclusions. amsterdam international airport has been basically empty for the last few months. 14respondent: these countries are very diverse. we have going, serbia -- urugua y, serbia, canada. but absent from the list is the united states, russia and brazil, big countries. millions of americans travel to the european union every year. there will be -- they will be dearly missed here. they look at criteria at the number of infections per 100,000
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citizens in the country. around 16 infections per 100,000 people in the country, not the united states, which has a new outbreak of covid-19. russia also does not have it under control. there will be a huge influx of tourists. it is a huge economic factor to have tourism back on track. the summer season is starting now. many businesses are relying on it. with this policy, the eu is showing some kind of unity, because they have not shown any unity during the whole covid-19 pandemic from the start. every country has done its own thing, had its own policy with internal borders be enclosed. they are now being gradually lifted. it is important to have a common called,olicy, as it is
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because the internal borders are all open and people can travel freely. there is a huge risk if one country does a different thing than the other, then the pandemic in europe could start again. host: at least eight people have been killed and 80 others injured in an ethiopian town following the killing of a popular singer. thousands of fans followed their casket with protests over his shooting taking place in several cities. police are investigating what happened to the musician, who s ung political songs. ethiopia's largest ethnic group, but often complained about discrimination. a professor of loss is the killing comes at a time when the government is under increased pressure. >> i think the country has been facing significant challenges since it started this
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transition, the transition process. somewhere in the middle, the government's priorities have changed. attempts to reconcile the society the fascination of this important figure who meant so much for so many people came at a very difficult time. it is difficult to see how the government will be able to get the different viewpoints, the different ideological persuasions that exist in the country -- we think that is an area where the ethiopian government was not expected to. host: one person has been killed and several others wounded during largely peaceful protests in sudan. tuesday's demonstrations drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets in cities and towns
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across the country. the protesters want justice for those killed during and after the rule of the former president. despite thet: pandemic and coronavirus state of health emergency, hundreds of thousands poured onto sudan's streets. to those stuckl in displacement camps, all demanding the government complete the goals of its revolution. >> we want to transitional government to deliver on justice for the lives lost. these are not protests against the government. we are supporting the government, but we want the government to show us that the revolution was not in vain. >> i think it is about time for the central government to collapse. i think it is about time we actually make moves toward making peace toward our brothers darfur. for, -- in
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we are ready for freedom, peace and justice. correspondent: in some places, police fired tear gas to prevent reachings from official buildings. weeks after the killing of dozens at a pro-democracy march in sudan, hopes were shattered. many peace conditions are not yet implement it. nearly all governors are military governors, contrary to the power-sharing agreement. these protests have not been backed by all the members of the ruling coalition. some voiced support, while others deemed it unnecessary, especially because of the coronavirus pandemic. the protests happened the day after members of the former ruling party were arrested. they are accused of planning to
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sabotage the anniversary protests. hours before the protests, sudan's prime minister, who is yet to complete a year in office, addressed the nation. >> in the coming days you will hear decisive decisions, some of which will have a deep political impact. some signs will try to take advantage to create instability. i urge you to take caution. we will get through this period. we will prevail through our unity and our hold on the goals of the revolution. correspondent: for large numbers of sudanese, the traditional government is falling short of delivering the demands of the revolution which toppled the longtime president. many say they will continue to back the government as it faces many challenges. host: still to come on al jazeera, back into lockdown. a coronavirus surge forces in english city to be isolated from the rest of the country.
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u.n. zoom showdown at the fails to ease tensions between the u.s. and iran. ♪ ♪ wind damage came out of the last frontal system and went through the southwest of australia. half of the low is still there. on wednesday, it is likely to be impacting adelaide and brushing through victoria. as it keeps going, there will be rain and wind. winds throughng the strait. temperatures afterwards middle teens. about 18 degrees. this will eventually head across to new zealand, where the last
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two days were particularly nasty on the north island. a day off thursday and friday. rain and wind the story in this part of asia, east asia from the korean peninsula to china. the seasonal rain has been particularly active in the last week to 10 days, resulting in flooding. there is more flooding i suspect, a wet day for tokyo. developing, the orange tops are big showers or prolonged rain. there will be more landslides, more flooding. it is a seasonal rain. ♪ ♪ host: welcome back. here are the top stories on al jazeera. the international community
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condemned china for introducing a national security law in hong kong that critics say undermines the territory's civil liberties and political freedom. u.s. democrats say that despite a briefing from the white house, they still haven't received enough information about allegations that russia paid the taliban to target u.s. soldiers in afghanistan. they are calling for a full briefing from the intelligence community. the u.s.'s top experts on infectious diseases warns the number of coronavirus cases across the country is likely to get much worse if people don't follow health recommendations. u.k., prime minister boris johnson announced $6 billion worth of infrastructure projects, saying britain cannot continue to be prisoners of the coronavirus. johnson pledged to improve education, protect hospitals, and improve roads and rail. he also promised to cut red tape
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around planning to speed up private housebuilding. the u.k. has seen its sharpest fall in the economy in 40 years because of covid-19. the chancellor will announce further details next week. >> we must work fast. because we have already seen the vertiginous drop in gdp, and we know that people are worried now about their jobs and their waiting,s and we are as if between the flash of lightning and thunder clap. mouths, hearts in our for the full economic reverberations to appear. host: meanwhile, business owners in leister say they are depressed after the u.k. city became the first to implement a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases. more than 4000 businesses have been affected.
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the measures will be reviewed in two weeks, but that is no respite for those hoping to reopen on saturday. >> leicester's lockdown is a blow to an already battered local economy. met lots of other business owners who have come in for a coffee today that are said it is not going to open -- sad it is not going to open. correspondent: restaurants and pubs that thought they would be reopening on saturday now can't. 10% of all new infections nationally are happening here in a city of 350,000 people, now a test case for the localized containments of outbreaks. it appears there is a lot to learn. >> if we knew about their ethnicity and knew in great detail about where they lived, we might have been able to make some inferences about whether
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they were associated with those places. we haven't had it, and therefore we don't know it. correspondent: there is a sense some things are being made up a little on the hoof by authorities and central government and not helped by big holes in data being driven said by the central government -- being drip fed by the central government. making it hard to contain an outbreak that seems to be prevalent in leicester's large asian communities. >> i think it has been highly irresponsible of our central government not to give the information to the local authority here. i think the city council should have been given that information wasoon at was -- as it available to plan for the growing number infected. correspondent: enforcement is also an issue.
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just ask people in villages outside the lockdown zone. >> how do you police whether people leave that area? do you have them on every street corner? do bar owners have to do some check when people walk through the door? how on earth is a localized lockdown enforceable? and if it is not enforceable, is it worth having in the first place? correspondent: i put it to the owner of the red lion, who will be reopening his pub on saturday. >> all we do when they get here is register their name, their address. we cannot go, well you come from leicester, i will not serve you. it causes absolute chaos and havoc. correspondent: it may not be long before local lockdowns are required elsewhere. the lessons of leicester have to be learned fast. host: at least 19 have been
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killed in a gas explosion in the capital of iran. firefighters put out a blaze in north tehran. online video appears to show more than one explosion and thick black smoke rising from the flames. the blasts appear to be from oxygen tanks. u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo addressed the un security council, urging them to expand an embargo on iran which expires in october. iran's foreign minister in response said efforts to replace international law with u.s. law have effectively jeopardized international peace. our diplomatic editor has more. correspondent: a showdown at the un security council, with both the u.s. and iran represented by their top diplomats. secretary of state mike pompeo urged members of the council to extend the ban on iran buying conventional weaponry, which is due to expire in october.
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>> this chamber has a choice, stand for international peace and security, as the u.n. founders intended, or let the arms embargo on iran expire, betraying the u.n.'s mission and ideals we have pledged to uphold. ran will be to act, i free to purchase russian-made fire jets which can strike up to radius.ilometer correspondent: iran's foreign minister spoke at the end of the session. >> this status quo is neither acceptable nor sustainable. the international community in general and the united nations security council in particular are facing an important decision. do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to
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the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully? correspondent: in just two weeks, the iran nuclear deal, agreed in 2015, will be five years old. many predicted it wouldn't survive when two years ago president trump said he was pulling out of the accord. the deal is under strain with iran reaching its restrictions on -- breaching its restrictions on uranium equipment. it seems unlikely that the arms embargo on iran will be extended as the u.s. is demanding. both russia and china, both permanent members of the security council, are firmly opposed. the u.s. is then threatening to invoke what might be called the nuclear clause of the nuclear deal, which would trigger again all the international sanctions on iran.
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but most others on the security council says the u.s. pulled out of the deal no longer has the right to trigger anything. it could create fresh divisions, pitting the u.s. against its main allies. g5t: leaders from the countries and french president macron have met in mauritania's capitol discuss how to reduce attacks in the region. in recent months, armed rebels linked to al qaeda and isil have strengthened their positions across the region. our correspondent says the victories of these countries have been overshadowed by a u.n. report which accuses niger, mali, and burkina faso of killing their own civilians in the fight against rebel groups. correspondent: what the
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militaries in the region want is more support from the european partners, more funding for their military. at the start of this summit, macron said there were some victories made by the french military that were present in mali. they changed their strategy in the last six months. they deployed in northern mali, now they deployed in the border areas with burkina faso and niger. they are using more lighter weight presents -- presence. those victories mentioned by macron have been overshadowed by a u.n. report that points the fingers at their supporting niger andtroops from burkina faso, accused of killing those they were meant to protect. over 200 cases according to mst international -- to amnesty
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international of cases where soldiers are accused of killing civilians instead of protecting them. there has been allegation of corruption. up to $100 million missing in state coffers meant for the defense forces in niger. host: the king of belgium has, for the first time in the country's history, expressed what he calls the deepest regrets for colonial rule. he acknowledged acts of violence were committed and the wounds are still being felt in what is now the democratic republic of congo. belgium's covid-19, king would be in the democratic republic of congo. he apologized he can't be in the capitol. he has become the first reigning belgian monarch to express regret for the country's coloninial past. in a letter to the preresident f the drc, king philippe expresses
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his deepest regrets for the cruelty and suffering and humiliation inflicted on congo. there was no apology for him and the belgian's prime minister, seen here in brussels commemorating the drc's 60th anniversary. ♪ >> belgium shares a common history with congo. in 2020, we must be able to look with lucidity and discernment at the shared past, a past marked by inequality and violence toward the congolese. correspondent: king leopold the second ruled over parts of congo from 1885 to 1908. with a private army, he secured vast persosonal wlth, enslalavig the population and exploiting their resources. experts believe he was was possible for the deaths of 10 million congolese people. his reign was judged so cruel by fellow european leaders that he handed over the territory to the
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best belgian state, who ruled -- vast belgian state, who ruled it as a colony. these women were kidnapped between 1945 and 1950 and placed in catholic institutions. they have filed a lawsuit for crimes against humanity, targeting the belgian state. >> there is no consideration. there is nothing. we were dumped like that. after they had broken our entire lives. we had no childhood. what do we have to give to our children? correspondent: another campaign is for belgium to fully confront its past atrocities. statues of figures including leopold the second were toppled or splashed with red paint. this one is just a few that have been removed officially. campaigners say a long-overdue reckoning is underway. [applause] >> for the african the aspirate, all those with,
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congolese origins found a way to challenge colonization and challenge the racism that they experienced in belgium. correspondent: king philippe
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[mikael colville-andersen] i first came to bangkok in the early 1990's as an impressionable young backpacker. the city fulfilled absolutely every expectation i had about a noisy, crazy, non-stop asian city should be like. absolutely every urban challenge faced by cities around the world is amplified here in bangkok. this country is run by a military dictatorship who's also trying to influence urban development and urban planning. there are very few examples from history where that story has a happy ending. this series is about finding the life-sized pockets of goodness in cities around the world. there's still a refreshing insane madneness to this place. outside of the comfort zone of this amazing market lies the urban jungle.

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