of day is over. as al-jazeera correspondent steps will be strong to do. hong kong pro-democracy activists await sentencing for their role during last year's protests. hello i'm adrian for the good in this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up u.s. attorney general bill barr weighs in on president trump's claims of election fraud saying that there's no evidence of any wrongdoing. a firsthand account from one of the thousands of refugees who fled fighting in ethiopia stuck in a refugee camp with little news of relatives back home. and 34 months after
beirut's catastrophic port explosion little faith remains the top officials will be held accountable. 3 prominent pro-democracy activists to be sentenced in hong kong after pleading guilty to unlawful assembly during last year's protests joshua wall agnes chow and ivan lamb were taken into custody last month they could face up to 3 years in jail last year's protests were triggered by the introduction of a controversial extradition bill which has since been shelved let's go live now to the courthouse in hong kong of zeros adrian brown is there adrian when can we expect sentencing. well i guess some time within the next hour. magistrate's court where so many activists have gone on. while during the past few months but today we have hong
kong's 3 most prominent young activists appearing in court to be sentenced acne char joshua wong and ivan lamb joshua one of course is no stranger to jail he's been imprisoned 3 times before and arrested no less than 10 times but of the 3 of them i think adrian it is agnes child who is perhaps in the most serious situation right now because in all ghost she was arrested under the new draconian national security law on suspicion of colluding with foreign powers now if she were convicted on that she would face the possibility of life in jail today they're going to face sentences of perhaps up to 3 years and of course the international community in particular the united states and great britain are watching what is happening here closely for the incoming biden administration of course it's made
clear that china is very much going to be a foreign policy priority and of course hong kong is very much at the at the center of all of that almost weekly now adrian there are prosecutions of activists connected to last year's unrest according to the police's own figures more than 10000 people have been arrested since last june a 1000 of them under 18 and so far 2300 prosecutions it is clogging up the legal system here and of course these prosecutions are going to go on you know the next year to 18 months possibly you know even longer i was there as adrian brown reporting live from hong kong adrian many thanks. u.s. attorney general william bar says the justice department has not found voter fraud on a scale that could change the outcome of last month's presidential election his comments to the associated press contradict president donald trump's claims that the vote
was rigged all official reports william barr got the job as america's top law enforcement officer because he was loyal 'd to donald trump no the president might be questioning that loyalty just hours before a routine meeting at the white house the u.s. attorney general told the associated press he couldn't back up the president's claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020 saying we've not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election william barr became attorney general after jeff sessions was sacked donald trump didn't think he was loyal enough during the days of the investigation into alleged russian interference in the $26000.00 election since he took over bar has often been accused of acting more as trump's top lawyer rather than america's has the partment of justice got involved in cases involving trump allies it dropped charges against former national security adviser michael flynn even though he had method lying to f.b.i.
agents and it intervened in the sentencing of course trump ally roger stewart. attorney general barr also announced the findings of the miller prove into russia interference but was accused of misrepresenting the final results to make his boss lose better investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in its election interference activities i am sure that all americans share my concern about the efforts of the russian government to interfere in our presidential election. a concern here by robert miller himself but there was a growing rift between the white house and the department of justice donald trump wanted a pre-election investigation into barack obama and joe biden on the rules in the russia probe an f.b.i. announcement into hillary clinton's e-mails weeks before the 26th you know election gave him a boost he was hoping it would be the same again but had nothing to work with and
couldn't deliver just weeks ago the man in charge of election cyber security said the 2028 presidential was the most secure in america's history that angered the president who claims without evidence that the election was stolen from him so he fired his official when news of bars comments hit capitol hill other suspected what might be coming in response to attorney general bill barr i guess he's the next one to be fired since he now too says there is no fraud. trump's legal team says there's been no substantial department of justice investigation into any allegations of voter fraud the vine covered b.c. they have substantial evidence of wrongdoing in 6 states evidence they've yet to make public or present in court alan fischer al-jazeera at the white house and an election official in the u.s. state of georgia has lashed out at president trump after election staff there
received threats georgia is carrying out a 2nd recount of the trunk campaign's request it has to stop mr president. you have not condemned these actions or this language senators you have not condemned this language or these actions. this has to stop we need you to step up and if you take a position of leadership show some. just weeks before the 1st covered 9 teen vaccines are potentially distributed in the u.s. health experts are recommending who should get them 1st the advisory committee on immuno immunization practices says that health care workers and the elderly need to be a priority as andy gallagher reports. in hospitals across the us medical staff are making preparations to receive the 1st but use of the coronavirus vaccine currently to drug makers pfizer and medina
a seeking emergency approval for their drugs as the u.s. averages 150000 new cases a day the death toll according to johns hopkins university stands at close 227-0000 the advice from health experts to the c.d.c. is that the elderly and frontline medical staff should receive the vaccine as a priority it's estimated that close to 900 health care professionals have died after contract in the virus. 50 concerns of prompted health care workers to strike in illinois we pass or workers die from coal that we have health keeping laundry dietary workers' activity a everyone all of the partners have died from this disease and so we might have a paper or workers the elderly and those who care for them have also been hit hard by the pandemic the doctors say they'll be prepared when the time comes company has not yet told us all the details but we do know there's maybe a little 'd bit ahead a. after the vaccine but that's good because that means you're mounting
a response and certainly i mean aside of that are they getting kind of it. the food and drug administration will meet with drug manufacturers later this month to discuss emergency authorization if vaccines are approved they'll be ready to ship within 24 hours ultimately it's up to individual states who gets vaccinated 1st but logistical challenges remain some vaccines require refrigeration at great expense others need more than one dose in all for a 21000000 health care workers across this country and 3000000 people living in long term care facilities despite the challenges many states have been preparing for months for people who are in michigan at an example we're going to make sure that they don't get left out. the feat is doing a lot about figuring out. how many people where. they're going to distribute it health experts say the general population may not get the vaccine until spring next
year warning that people will still need to wear masks and practice social distancing the next few months are expected to be brutal as winter takes hold and gallacher al-jazeera miami florida. breaking news on the corona virus vaccine being produced by the u.s. drug firm pfizer and its german partner bio and tech the u.k. government says that it's accepted a recommendation to approve the 19 vaccine for use from next week it'll be made available for use from next week a joint committee says that it will shortly publish its final advice for priority groups receive the vaccine phase and bio enteric have also lost the european union's medicines agency for emergency approval which could come by to some but 1009. brazil has unveiled its plan for vaccinating nearly 110000000 people that's more than half of its population indigenous people health care workers those age 75 and above will be at the top of the list those aged between 60
and 74 people with prior health conditions will be vaccinated next the final phase will include teachers 1st responders prison staff and inmates israel's ultimate prime minister and defense minister benny gantz says that his party will back an opposition bill in favor of dissolving parliament john says that he's lost patience with benjamin netanyahu and is ready to break their alliance if a long overdue budget isn't passed immediately the move could force israel's 4th election in less than 2 years. lor you will yes because surely you know i had no illusions in regard to netanyahu i knew his record as a serial promise violator but i thought that the citizens of israel are more important than any leader and that netanyahu will rise to the occasion it didn't happen netanyahu promised unity he promised netanyahu said there will be no tricks
he promised responsible management of the corona crisis and the public is paying the price he didn't lie to me he lied to you the un says that almost a quarter of a 1000000 people have died in yemen's wall aid groups are warning the humanitarian crisis is getting worse with tens of thousands of children at risk of dying due to acute malnutrition years of fighting has brought the country's economy to a halt. we're going to weather update next here on out of syria then as a by chance military moves in after armenia hands over its final swathe of agreed territory but all that's left are empty streets and buildings. and frozen ringtone covered 19 why imports from several countries are no longer making the cars in china.
high well 1st of december moxy stoss of the meterological winds and we've got some wintry weather coming in to central parts of here a big area cloud diving down across into the other the continent there across germany continues to sink its way further south which with some significant snow coming in across the alps in particular southern passage money is in across switzerland's northern areas of italy somebody nasty weather to go on through the next couple of days to the south of that was a little warmer of course into central areas lively downpours coming in here could see some localized flooding into central parts of italy heavy rain there across the adriatic out of it was that western side of grace cold enough across eastern parts minus 2 celsius in the heat of the day with even further west well that is the single biggest sevens and ice there for london and for paris i must say that's a cool weather coming back down across northwestern process we had 2 of the latter part of the week as we will see some snow coming into the higher ground of the u.k.
as we go on through the coming days so much of weather there into western parts of france into the sky more wet weather there into central parts of europe because see some showers just lapping up to the shores of northern libya elsewhere history fine and sunny. frank assessments you've got. colleagues on the ground in the canaries what is the situation there is only one doctor and one nurse or $2200.00 people informed opinions how big does foreign policy they get in the early stages of a bi ministration he comes into office with a huge amount of foreign policy experience in-depth analysis of the day's global headlines how will a place like good little get the back seat when there's no money at all the rest of rich countries are fighting for an inside story on al-jazeera.
and again this is al-jazeera that's roger of the made news this hour the u.k. government is approved pfizer's covert buying team vaccine for use it will be made available from next week specific hospitals will be set up to carry out a vaccination program a joint committee says that it will shortly publish its final advice for priority groups receive the vaccine. 3 prominent pro-democracy activists tell you to be sentenced in hong kong after pleading guilty to on lawful assembly during last year's protests joshua was agnes chao live in lam were taken into custody last month. and u.s. attorney general william barr says the justice department has not found widespread voter fraud in last month's presidential election his comments contradict president
donald trump's claims that the vote was rigged. tens of thousands of people have fled a few appears to greater region to live in camps in neighboring sudan has been heavy fighting in the area in the last couple of weeks and it's affected the lives of many people al-jazeera spoke to one university student who had no other option but to leave home. my full name is costing q do i guy. 25 cities or i came from to grab a 1000 or more a. i was happy when i was there with my family and i was helping my family i was playing with my friends i was playing with my brother even my mother you know when you are far away from your family you know. you maybe you become unhappy it becomes time i pray to god to see my family when i go to
church i pray to god to serve my family and. i feel sad when i think of the future of this all people as well because. there are so many people there was there out of the family like father like my that is like the star bradley i mean there are some. people as there was on good life like civil servants they are highly payments they can make their lives good but this wire it becomes bring to the bad life think of this one special the sake of this one so many people as they go to the refrigerator. their become hopeless i have stayed 10 days but when i look over now that i have observed this oil company there is not good food. still now some of them they sleep on the ground some of them this little. plastic you. know. this is not would still 2000 to any
particular people this is a bad year and all the i don't remember for. in my live. body or for the future out of the thing that it's become pool. died on the drugs why because there is not any sort of. by doing the condition or the season was harvesting season if you know that's not a go if you live in the system. not harvest. you know is there you know people 8 percent daily on the agriculture. by harvesting like. a gun like they like to see him you know. in the car not part of it how they can leave or idea i don't to go back there right because. if there is not freedom if there is not peace. i cannot go if there is freedom. wherever that's my country.
to set as a researcher at amnesty international specializing in the horn of africa he joins us now live from nairobi good to have you with us if you appears prime minister says that not a single civilian was harmed in the assault on the kelly what's amnesty's view. yes the prime minister has said that there wasn't any civilian casualties because of their. defense process of trying to save. and when a jets of truth that will come but that he's to be there because. now we are not able to check and verify that that legal that claim by their prime minister we don't have access to the area there is no. internet and mobile communication so we know that that was took place in different parts of a figure i included in meghalaya and i. i take it out anyway said
a part of that i thought we need to have access to those places to verify that. there is no c.b.i. casually by by day to pair defense forces we know that sounds to people in forced into refugee camps in sudan because we're there we we can we can witness is amnesty since the conflict in to great has already claimed hundreds of civilian lives and left many more injured given that as you said you can't verify anything how do you know that. yes i mean if there's a doubt in my canvas on hundreds where the kid and we point that that's the responsibility might be in the hands of people forces loyal to their people live lead out of that that the people of the ice but we get the geishas that there have been. t.v.'s in articularly in america and there
have been to be i think that in dallas shia we have some information that annabelle about the months. have claimed their lives so severely i didn't make any but these are the subject of the photograph a verification so. no living we can to speak about this for sure is that my kind of a massacre bad that our league ations of civilian casualties you know as a part of so. we need to go and we need to verify that so what is amnesty international calling on all parties to the conflict to do. yeah there are so many concerned if you could have been. a constant for t.v.'s. bishan do that we are both parties to facilitate access
including communication not only fought him out i thought again i didn't know for here my new pattern. in the security and figured out is to a $100000.00 ad if it every few days and feel the fact of the conflict most of that if you give the hobbit is no humanitarian probably just then you know that that in a very difficult target. the government and also their. forces need to fight to be paid for humanitarian access for years later and resorting. to communication is also a key because people are still trapped of that's probably various people not able to communicate with their family members in other parts of the capital outside of the country and get funding and learn better shot of really worried about. it still she said many thanks indeed for being with us specifically that in nairobi nearly 4
months of the beirut port blast investigators have almost completed the task but the families of victims survivors and human rights groups say the high ranking officials will escape blame so in a hole the reports. on the frontline of the explosion from 4 months ago nobody can help us on august for a powerful explosion believed to be caused by nitrate that can't fire rips through port its impact was felt kilometers away 200 people were killed thousands were wounded and tens of thousands made homeless. piers males extended family used to live in this 8 story building who are still displaced how can we come back in the state i didn't believe thousands of lebanese have been struggling to rebuild their homes the cash strapped government has largely been absent and geos can only do so much piers family didn't just lose their homes they lost
a brother jacob what's happening grief is now compounded with anger towards a political class that acknowledged knowing about potentially explosive material and safely stored for years they destroy not only this city not only in my houses and my brother houses and our building we lost everything we lost any hope survivors and victims' families and human rights groups believe high ranking officials including the president should be held to account so far the investigation has focused on port and customs employees like other explosions and assassinations were not locally tried and therefore we called for an international investigation there is little faith in lebanon's judiciary long accused the big politicized there's also little faith in the political class accused of decades of corruption and that legends now some accuse officials of
wanting to bury the past by demolishing structures at the port that have come to symbolize what happened to beirut and its people the state says the grain silos risk collapse an assessment dismissed by some experts who say the structures should be kept as a memorial there is a similar situation that happened in hiroshima. when the hiroshima bomb explodes japan organized a sort of memory park to record that the memory of the tragedy in lebanon we are used to it raises or the way the memory of to richard the grain silos are credited for absorbing the brunt of the explosion limiting the damage to the western half of the city there are also evidence of a crime many fear may go unpunished in a country with a legacy of impunity senator there. breaking news from hong
kong we told you earlier that 3 prominent pro-democracy activists were due to be sentenced after pleading guilty as one lawful assembly during last year's protesting protests that sentencing has now happened let's go live to hong kong now to zeros adrian brown is that for us adrian. yes adrian according to the reuters news agency that presumably has a reporter inside the court in the last few minutes it's been reported by that agency that just the one who's been sentenced to 9 months in jail agnes chow to 7 and a half months in jail we're still waiting for word on the 3rd defendant ivan now they haven't received the the maximum sentence they could have got which is 3 years now they are appearing in court after pleading guilty to unlawful assembly 18 months ago at the start of the protest they had gathered along with others outside the
police headquarters which they in a much larger group were trying to deceive her during the building with their feet and damaging the building as well now these offenses though of course happened well before the draconian national security law that was passed by china in august big critic say that that new law has made it much easier for the police to go on. dissenters here in hong kong of course watching developments today will be a number of governments around the world including the incoming biden administration in the united states which is made clear. china is going to be a foreign policy priority with hong kong very much part of the idea of 0 as adrian brown reporting live from hong kong just again to repeat hong kong democracy activist joshua bourne has been sentenced to jail for 9 months for his role in unlawful anti-government protests in 2019 fellow activists agnes chao has been sentenced to 7 and
a half months in prison china is cracking down on imported frozen meat off the packaging was found to be contaminated by covert 19 in more than 10 cities authorities say the traces of the virus have been discovered on imports from brazil india germany and several other states many of them have dismissed the claims saying that beijing's restrictions amount to trade barriers katrina year reports. lacey hall used to run a thriving imported meat and food business but the pandemic has changed that the chinese government says an increasing amount of furs and food being sent to china carries traces of coronavirus and its placed heavy restrictions on many of the products you cells. are imported the meter undersea food now must pass our staff and customers a worry about the 50 dart of a chinese authorities say traces of the virus have been found i'm frozen chicken beef and seafood from nearly 2 dozen countries nearly 3000000 people were tested in
the port city of tianjin after 2 warehouse workers reportedly contracted carbon 19 after handling german pork last month the findings have resulted in new screening measures and some imports being banned the government crackdown has affected vendors and wholesalers nationwide this used to be a busy hub and may just also this is important for us and sees it now this area has been completely shut down and closed experts say it's possible for current virus to be transmitted via cold chain products that are unlikely. to read. in english. and most important. thing and actually.
the foreign ministry says frozen fruit transmission suggest the corona virus may not have originated in china do you want to work oh that china was the 1st to report cases it doesn't necessarily mean that the virus originated in china tracing the origin of the virus is a complicated scientific issue. the world. organization says it's highly speculative to argue the disease did not come from china the agency is conducting an investigation in han the original epicenter of the outbreak but will be given limited independent access to official records germany and you zealand are among several governments who have criticized china's crackdown on imported fours and fruit saying new restrictions amount to unfair trade barriers.