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a: the prime minister of the ivory coast collapses in a cabinet meeting and is pronounced dead. ♪ barbara: hello. i am barbara serra. you are watching al jazeera, live from london. coronavirus numbers, looking for leadership. u.s. remains the the world leader in the pandemic. barbara: the united nations warning on the libyan confnflict of foreign interference has reached unprprecedented levels,
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and building relations while loading a war. the u.s. president hails what he calls a tremendous relationship betweenn his country and mexico. ♪ thank you for joining us. the prime minister of ivory of died at the age the president says the nation is in mourning. he was taken to the hospital after he fainted during a cabinet meeting. he had returned to ivory coast last week after a prolonged stay in france for a hard exam. more now from senegal. reporter: this is a big blow for the president, because with this death comes a political crisis, a political void. the question now is who will now replace the prime minister, who was the chosen successor,
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expected to run in the next upcoming presidential election in october, and whoever will come next will have to defeat which is ates, former president of ivory coast, a heavy weight of the opposition, and a young newcomer that was once a close ally, deal him -- guillaume. problematic, and not only for him but for the stability of ivory coast. we know in the past, presidential elections have led to conflict, not just conflict, but civil war. between the election the president and his opponent culminated into a civil war that left 3000 people dead, and what the people in ivory coast want repeat from the past. they want to see someone who can
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unite all ivorians. that man was to be the men who died today during the cabinet meeting. barbara: a record of 60,000 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the united states in a single day, according to data from john hopkins university. the state of texas, more than 10,000 daily infections reported tuesday. that has pushed the total number of confirmed cases to more than 3 million. the u.s. has the highest death toll of any nation. or then 130,000 people have now died from covid-19. than 130,000 people have died from covid-19. sec. mike pompeo says people are looking to the united states as a leader in the pandemic. pompeo: of course, people look to the u.s. as a leader. it goes without saying. certainly, the presidential task
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force talks about it, and whether it is the technical solutions, both how to stop the stretch, whether that is therapeutics or vaccines, the world turns its eyes to the best researchers and practitioners of the sciences that will ultimately bring resolution. it is the united states that the world looks to. president of serbia has reversed his decision to reimpose coronavirus restrictions after thousands gathered in belgrade to protest against the government. he says a weekend curfew cannot be implemented without a state of emergency being enforced. thousands turned out for the second day of protests in belgrade despite the u-turn. he tried to reinforce measures that the serbian highest day death total of covid-19 -- protesters say he is actually partly responsible for the spike, accusing him of lifting the measures in june for the
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election, which he then won. police are said to have managed to have cleared most of the protesters from the street. they were last night, yesterday, so they had better tactics tonight. they sort of attack the demonstrators and tried to , 2000 of them gathered in front of the national assembly, and they pulled them away to the surrounding streets, so they made a focus of demonstrators around the national assembly, to remove them. most of the demonstrators went the, and there is nobody on street, but there is also still someup of demonstrators, 500 meters away from the national assembly, and a huge amount of police, who say they
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are now in some kind of a standoff. the police, a strong unit of police, a unit of the police of serbia, the regular police, calvary. they are all at that site. having at some point, demonstrators would go towards the police, and then the police would respond to situationhes, and the at this point, most of the demonstrators are now off the streets. ♪ barbara: the united nations secretary-general says the conflict in libya has entered a new phase. in a virtual session of the security council, he condemned foreign interference in the fighting, saying it had reached
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unprecedented levels. our reporter has more from the headquarters of the u.n. in new york. 2020 was the year the international community said they would bring peace to libya. instead, violence has intensified, with repeated war crimes, mass graves, and civilian casualties. there are new risks as well as opportunities for peace, now that the general's forces have been pushed all of the way to sirte. our side inot on libya. the conflict has entered a new phase, reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting. reporter: germany has been leading international efforts. pulled together keep players at a conference in berlin. germany now has the presidency
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of the eu and the u.n. council. they blunt some of the countries who signed up to a berliner communiqué six months ago and have been undermining it ever since. >> the main driver of the conflict in libya, it must be brought to an end. that means no more planes. no more tanks. no more trucks or cargo ships for love weapons, and no more lies. directly so will those involved in libya now back down? representatives of pressure, egypt, and the united arab emirates say they support the u.n. position, even though they are widely believed to that general have to -- general hafta militarily. strongly critical of fellow nato member, turkey, and a supporter
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of the national accord. the problem is this. the general supporters know he is now in a much weakened position, and they may want to bolster his standing before any negotiations. on the others, supporters of the government of national accord now battle with hafta, and after that, there would be an open road to a part of libya where much of the country's oil instruct -- oil infrastructure is based. at the united nations. barbara: libya's internationally backed government said it found a prison that was used to torture opponents of the general, and government leaders in tripoli are calling on the united nations to investigate mass graves found near the prison. it is told the torture victims were buried there by the general's forces. human rights watch says the bodies of at least 180 men have
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, thefound in burkina faso government investigating claims they carried out the killings. government troops have been battling a surge of attacks by armed groups in the region. the violence has forced more than 700,000 million -- more than 700,000 people to flee their homes since 2017. the u.s. president has hailed what he described as a tremendous relationship between his country and mexico. donald trump has been holding trade talks with his counterpart of mexico at the white house. it is sized for traveling to washington to meet trump, who was largely elected on promising to build a border wall between the two nations. some say trump is using it to drum up support among hispanic voters. we are joined now by a guest from washington, d.c.
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what do we know about their meeting? amicable,t was very indeed. the two leaders signed the trade agreement which replaces nafta. it came into effect on the first of this month. however, now, it has been formally signed by the two leaders. that was the main reason for this meeting, to get this deal formally signed, but certainly, the differences that have been there in the past between the u.s. and mexico were, at least for the moment, forgotten, and it was a tone of respect and a eachof general liking for other, it would appear, and this is what each of the leaders had to say. president trump: the relationship between the united states and mexico has never been closer than it is right now, and as the president said a little while ago, people were betting against that. they were actually betting against that, bubut it has never been stronger, never closer.
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we are doing a tremendous job together. we are cherished friends and partners, with our relationship founded on mutual respect and trust between the two countries. iti decided to come because was very important for us to launch this agreement, but i also want to thank the people of the u.s., the government, and you, president trump, of being increasingly respectful of our fellow mexicans and for your personal support in acquiring medical equipment to treat coronavirus patients. that is why i am here, to express to the american people that their president has treated us with kindness and respect. long live the friendship of our two nations. , considering mike the criticism president is facing due to his coronavirus handling in the u.s., does he need this for his election? the pragmatic side, but some sort of coup when it comes to
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international relations and with foreign leaders? well, certainly, there is an element of that. president trump made much of his previous international visit. there has only been two since the advent of the pandemic. this is part of that, showing he can still do diplomacy in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, one which he continues to attempt to play down. this is part of that process. but also, there is an element to it, as well, the trade deal between the u.s. and mexico, absolutely critical for mexico, in particular, and the threats that president trump made in terms of suspending that deal just one year ago, one of the reasons why president ober door -- the mexican president came, and why it is absolutely essential, but on that note, i must point out that the trade agreement itself or the level of trade between the two countries
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has dropped significantly over the past year. down by may to may, some 54 percent. there has been a 92% drop in terms of mexican vehicle parts exported to the united states, so certainly despite the fanfare around this trade deal, the meeting that took place and will continue into the evening with a state dinner, the trade situation is of grave concern to both countries at this particular point in time. the latestke, with from washington, d.c., thank you. still ahead in this half-hour ,eat out to help out. half-price meals to kickstart the economy. rising floodwaters. heavy rain causing problems in china and japan. ♪
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♪ hello. the beginning of next week looks rather nasty for the coast of new south wales, but for the time being, it is quiet. they are absorbing the windy weather. in melbourne, bright weather. slightly warmer, and the south coast of west australia is still rather cloudy and wet. this onshore breeze will produce a little rain or new south wales or queensland. brisbane, a couple of days thursday or friday, temperatures hovering around the low 20's, ready ok, really. now, the picture friday suggests more widespread showers in new south wales, and this is gathering off the coast with and more todney, come. jumping north, the real problem is the amount of rain in japan.
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that rain is gathering once more, all part of a system that goes back into china, and you get the orange lumps that travel up in this general direction. on area is likely to get hit thursday, and on friday, some significant issues with the korean peninsula, especially south korea, leaving slightly dry conditions in japan. ♪ ♪ barbara: welcome back. here is the reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. the prime minister of ivory coast has died at the age of 61. he was taken to hospital after fainting during a cabinet meeting. he had just returned from a prolonged stay in france for a heart exam.
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the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the united states has now passed 3 million. more than 130,000 people around the country have died, the highest death toll of any nation, and the president of serbia has reversed his decision to reimpose coronavirus restrictions after thousands gathered in belgrade in protests against the government. he tried to reinforce measures after their highest single-day death toll from covid-19. the u.k. government has announced a $37 billion budget, including half-price restaurant meals, in a bid to save jobs and pump into a coronavirus-battered economy, launching what it is calling the kickstarter scheme, offering to pay six months of wages for any employer who creates a high standard job for people age 16 to 24, with attacks on buying property being raised to encourage people back into the housing market.
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-- the chancellor can now said it would end in october. this scheme has paid up to 80% of employees salaries if employers promised to retain their jobs. general reports now, west sussex, about how this new budget could affect the people there. ♪ this seaside town, a faded, 19th-century resort seem like it is part of the past. counting the cost of coronavirus more keenly than most. >> from basking in this, during the summer, a bit of a cushion, but this year, we are not going to have anything like that, are we? it is very hand to mouth. reporter: the lockdown may have ended in time for the summer holidays, but growth and opportunity see them a long way off. know thatneed to
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although hardship lies ahead, no one will be left without hope. with a plan for jobs. our plan has a clear goal to protect, support, and create jobs. reporter: it is the latest a series of interventions for the economy. the government and treasury hoping to but thousands of under 25's into work by paying their wage for the first six months of employment, intended to head off the looming crisis of unemployment the economy expected to suffer a 14% fall in gdp this year. of anre just one part economy feeling the heat. measures announced by the chancellor to stimulate consumer spending include a sales tax cut in the troubled hospitality sector, welcome news for restaurants, but it will take more than that to allay concerns about what lies ahead. helpingerstand they are
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people, but it will not help anyone, because we have to pay this back one day. i cannot see how they can give away billions of pounds over .hese months there will be a tax to pay it all back. it is such a mass amount of money that has disappeared. reporter: and it is not just the jobs of the young at stake. there are fears across the country with consumer spending down and many furloughed, facing possible redundancy when the governmental retention scheme ends. >> i cannot afford to pay it. i want to incentivize to keep good staff, but i cannot afford to take on staff and service staff that you need in this sort of industry, because the money is not there. people are not spending it. celebrating 100 years of continuous operation in
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january, only to come down in march and since, coming attractions uncertain at the cinema. al jazeera. barbara: domestic flights in nigeria have resumed after months of coronavirus restrictions. some have reopened with the remaining airports do to resume flights over the next week. to resume flights over the next week. forrter: it was cautious air travelers. as passengers checked in, they were confronted by new things that were not there before the covid-19 pandemic. nevertheless, he was eager to fly again. >> i do not have concerns so far. trust in my country and trust in the efforts put in place so far. i believe in trusting the system, and i know that it is
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safe to fly as in any other country. reporter: but the traffic was light with a limited schedule. government leaders say they have used the past few months when the airlines are grounded to address issues to assure passenger safety. wherehave marked areas, passengers keep physically distanced. in,ave flights that come and we have limited the entry and exits of our airports. we are doing everything possible to assure that people are safe. the covid-19pite infections, the government is going ahead for reopening domestic flights. airports -- two airports have been chosen to resume and will take off soon. they will decide when to allow
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international flights after seeing how things work out at these airports over the next two weeks. the aviation sector has lost 95% of its revenue in the past three months. the feeling here is the more the airplanes remain grounded, the more the economy will be harmed. country with $450 billion gdp with 20% of african consumption. so shuttering the economy means a total loss for the economy. therefore, we will open it up but with style and caution to assure that everyone stays safe. reporter: officials are happy. the first days of the flights since the lockdown went well. what is uncertain is how will airports cope when both domestic and international flights are allowed? al jazeera. lebanese's nest man
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accused of financing hezbollah has returned home after three years in a u.s. jail. lebanese man accused of financing hezbollah has returned home. states. secretary of called on all countries to classify has bull as a terrorist organization. our report. reporter: he is back home, the lebanese businessman charged for financing hezbollah released from prison on compassionate grounds. he landed in beirut after completing three years of his five-year sentence. the u.s. administration denied his freedom was part of a back room deal and insists he remains a designated global terrorist, but his release raises speculation of a swap after a naturalized american was released from a lebanese jail. context of prisoner swaps
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we have seen between the trump administration on one hand and the iranian regime. with the it coincided arrival of a member of command. the armed group along with its allies control lebanon's government and parliament. hezbollah, i believe that the united states is going to increase the pressure. now, sanctions against hezbollah are not very efficient, but what is much more efficient would be or could be the sanctions against hezbollah allies. reporter: lebanon is caught in a power struggle between the u.s., its arab allies, and israel against iran. the officials have said move does not diminish the
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severity of the crimes and that they are still determined to go after the group's finances. just last month, u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo says hezbollah poses a threat to the u.s., its international partners, and lebanon. hezbollah and their allies say international power's are imposing on lebanon. americans are exploiting items to incite the lebanese against hezbollah. hezbollah will not surrender. said aid the u.s. has is not flowing in because they have refused to fight corruption and carry out reforms that would weaken their hold over state resources. lebanon yet again is in an arena where rivalries play out, but the stakes are even higher this time, with the country close to
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economic collapse. al jazeera, beirut. heavy rain have swollen rivers and triggered mudslides across china and japan. dozens of people have been killed, with millions told to leave their homes, and as we report, the extreme weather is showing no sign of easing. reporter: some of the heaviest rate in decades has battered who a province in china -- battered wai province in china. rescue teams have evacuated people trapped by rising floodwaters in cities, towns, and villages. >> the water is so deep. we were transferring residents by rubber boats. and riverbanks are being reinforced. there is flooding and landslides. it has uprooted trees and downed electricity pylons, making some
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roads impassable. water levels in some areas remain high. stoppedthough it has raining, there are many things to be worried about, whether there can be a mudslide happening here, as well. i was wondering how long this will continue. reporter: the southwest island has seen the highest level of casualties, more than one million people on japan's third-largest island advised to seek to improve shelter and stayed with friends and relatives if possible to avoid overcrowding at emergency centers. health workers say they sent measures to prevent coronavirus spreading in the coronavirus -- in the crowded shelters seem to be working. >> the fact that there are no infections prove we are doing the best we can. reporter:
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