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>> the art of the trillion dollar deal. president joe biden thinks he has a plan for social and climate spending, but it is have the package it once was. -- half the package it once was. hello. i marianne demise he in london. you're watching al jazeera. france holds a british vote and threatens its neighbor with sanctions in row of a fish. the protest against the coup are continuing incident. . the united nations makes its strongest move yet, but stops short of condemning the military. and goodbye facebook, hello metta.
well a corporate name change tackle the social network's problems? ♪ anchor: hello and welcome to the program. our top story, u.s. president joe biden says he believes he has secured enough support for his signature one point seven $5 trillion spending package. he took the step of meeting with senators on their own turf at the capital to urge them to back the economic climate focus to build. ann fisher reports on this from the white house. reporter: it has taken months of negotiation, but joe biden now believes he has a framework for his signature piece of legislation. he went to capitol hill to sway any last-minute doubters, wanting his party to take the wind. the bill does not deliver all of that he wanted. it has been trimmed down from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion.
he has lost free community college, paid family leave, a drive on prescription drug prices. the president is convinced this will help the u.s. recover from the economic sharp from covid and help ordinary americans. pres. biden: spend hours and hours and hours over months and months working on this. no one got everything they wanted, including me. that is what compromise is. that is consensus. and that is what i ran on. reporter: some of these things but it provides is free preschool, and huge tax credits to move americans away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. the 10 year cost of those charges will be paid for with higher taxes for those earning more than $10 million a year, and companies with more than $1 billion a year profits. republicans don't like it. >> trillions of dollars in
spending, major expansions of government agencies and more inflation that will lead to higher costs for all americans. those are all on the table. reporter: there are plenty of democrats who wanted much more in the bill, but there was not the votes across the board to push them through. joe biden wanted the win. it is not the deal he promised, not the deal he campaigned on, but it does deliver on a few key issues. he hopes it will help with important elections next week, and with the midterms now exactly one year away. he can go to the g7 in italy and tell other world leaders that the u.s. is doing something significant about climate change and they have to follow. all he has to deliver is a united party and a successful vote. alan fisher, al jazeera, at the white house. anchor: let's cross to phil lavelle who is in washington. you have the social spending plan but alan was talking about but separately, you have this infrastructure built, and there
is a fair bit of uncertainty over that. phil: yeah, absolutely. in the last few minutes, we have heard from mo caucus representing progressives in congress but have said they will not be voting for this bill without the build back better plan. earlier, nancy pelosi was not happy. she said her patience was wearing thin. she said her fuel is running -- her fuse is running low. it is probably blowing now that she has her this development. they are separate bills but they are also linked. i will explain why. you have the bill alan was referring to, the bill back better plan. then you have this infrastructure bill worth $1.2 trillion. this bill speaks to all of those points. a year echo, joe biden campaigning to be president saying i will reach out across the aisle, i will work with republicans, and that is what he is doing. he has the buy-in from republicans. now you has the problem some within his own party are hinting that they will not vote for this bill without the build back better plan, like we heard in
that statement. the reason for that is because there are elements on the build back better plan who are perhaps not going to vote for that. they don't want to be in the position, where they get doublecrossed where they vote in the plan and those who hold in do not follow through. the only way they can really enforce the fact and force this through is to make sure they hold both votes together. that is not what nancy pelosi wants. she has been trying to. get the votes all day she has been trying to call their bluff and say, do not embarrass the president. do not embarrass him. push this bill through. she has had little luck. it appears the vote almost certainly is not going to happen , at least not tonight. president hurtling through the skies. the real turbulence on the ground in capitol hill. anchor: seems to be. thank you very much, phil lavelle. in other develop its, the former new york governor new york -- new york governor andrew cuomo has been --
he is accused of inappropriately touching a former aide last year, he has been summoned to appear in court on november 17. 63-year-old resigned as governor in august after 10 and a half years in office following an investigation which found he sexually harassed 11 women. he has long denied any wrongdoing, but apologized for any actions that made people feel uncomfortable. ♪ anchor: the u.k. has summoned the french ambassador after the seizure of a fishing boat in threat of sanctions in a row over the right to catch fish in u.k. waters. the dispute is over a zone on the english channel six to 12 nautical miles from the british shore. france subs several vessels have been denied access because they could not prove they had fished there before brexit. it's not the first time fishing has been a problem. navy boats were sent to jersey, and threatened to block the main entry port.
it is far from the last brexit row or the concerning food. the status of northern ireland and within the u.k., causing contention as well. andrew simmons has more now on the fish fight. reporter: a british troll or by french maritime police who say the crew was fishing for scallops without a permit. that is denied by its owners. it may sound like a small incident, but it is symptomatic of something much bigger. a potential escalation in a post brexit for sync -- fishing rights dispute is causing more than a ripple in u.k.-french relations. it cites jersey, the british cap -- ground dependency, only accepting a third of the pitch -- the fishing permit applications from france. >> it's time we respect -- we are respected. it is totally insufficient, unacceptable. now we must talk the language of force, and unfortunately, i fear that is the only thing this british government understands. reporter: the threats go beyond
banning british strollers from offloading their catches at french ports because this amounts to a small proportion of exports. without a settlement before next tuesday, they -- there will be custom checks on incoming cargo. and they will not be restricted to seafood. britain is not offering any concessions. >> measures being threatened do not appear to be compatible with the trade and cooperation agreement, or wider international law. and if carried through, will be met with an appropriate and calibrated response. reporter: this is not the first time the fishing rights issue has flared up. inmate, french strollers blockaded the main port in jersey. british and french deployed a naval presence during the protests. this time, francis seems unwilling to back down on demands. >> it is not war. it's a fight. the french fishermen have some rights. an agreement has been signed.
we must have disagreement implemented. we have fishing rights, we must defend them. reporter: france is working on a second round of sanctions if they are needed, and that could mean a reduction of electricity supplies to the u.k. jersey is 95% dependent on french power. andrew simmons, al jazeera. anchor: although un security council is calling on saddam's military leader restore the government, the council issued its first statement on the crisis expressing concern about the takeover that stopped short of condemnation. coup leader is -- has dismissed six ambassadors after they spoke out against the takeover. our reporter has more on the reaction from the u.n.. reporter: it is a fairly short statement, i have a copyright here, one page long. it expresses serious concern about the military takeover and the suspension of some transitional government institutions.
it also expresses concern about the detention of prime minister abdullah home dock and other government officials. the release also does call for the release of those who have been detained, noting the prime minister has been returned to his home. it calls for respect for human rights, in particular, the rights of protesters to be out on the street. it is important to note the united nations integrated transition mission in sudan has been working to support the transition to elections and democratic institutions. in the statement also reaffirms those efforts. the council is basically saying it is concerned about the situation there. and calling for respect for these transitional institutions. anchor: thousands of people have been protesting in recent days to reject the return of military rule. some state officials are vying
disobedience. our reporter has more. reporter: people are still calling for civil disobedience in general strikes to stay away from work both at state and federal levels. but there have been political moves to mediate between the two sides. that is to say between the civilian component of the transitional government, and the military that took over on monday. we have heard statements from the eu as well as from norway that they went to the residents of prime -- of the prime minister and met with him and made sure he was in good health. the united nations mission in sudan, as the secretary-general put out a statement, saying the sides should return to the constitutional declaration. that was an agreement signed between the forces of freedom and change coalition and the military on august 2019. there are efforts to bring back the two sides. the military and the force of
freedom and change coalition to return to that constitutional declaration. let's not forget when general -- when the general made the announcement, he said he was committed to that power-sharing agreement with the exception of a few articles. those are crucial articles. articles that state the formation of the sovereignty council, which is shared between the military and the civilians, the executive cabinet which was headed by the prime minister, and the roles and authorities of those councils as well as bringing back the transition military counsel. there are political efforts that try to bring those two sides to the negotiating table. but the united nations also called for the release of the other political prisoners, including the members of the sovereignty council and executive cabinet arrested on monday. anchor: facebook has changed its name. while the app on your phone will keep the name, the company is officially called meta-. chief executive mark zuckerberg made the announcement at a virtual conference.
he says it reflects a mento verse, a futuristic world with far more online interaction, but it comes amid scrutiny over facebook's market power and the policing of abuse on its platforms. earlier, i spoke to a professor of information studies at the university of california los angeles. he says the rebrand is part of a wider effort to dominate the online market. >> we all are highly aware of the incredible crisis that facebook is facing right now. it's effects on threatening democracies in different parts of the world. and even it's very harmful effects on the to gray and people, as we speak, in ethiopia. i know al jazeera is one of the few networks that covers the sorts of important stories. at the same time, i think we need to look very carefully at what facebook is doing. in naming itself meta, in reference to metaverse.
facebook is not only shifting the story we will be covering but is in a sense for those of us analyzing it, basically saying that we are the internet. our entire goal is to be the internet. what facebook is essentially attempting to do is centralize the decentralized internet many of us experience every day. what does that basically an? it means all of the different kinds of applications that facebook has will be integrated, and it basically means that facebook is looking at itself and its goals are to be our bedfellow no matter what we do or where we go when we use our phones or when we are online. anchor: you're watching al jazeera live from london. still had, -- still ahead, digging for gold instead of studying. children miss 18 months of school because of the pandemic. and -- >> the amazon rain forests is the lungs of the world, than the
forest of the carpathian mountains are the lungs of your. anchor: that vital organ is under threat as ego logging comes under the spotlight ahead of crucial climate talks. ♪ >> good to see you. here is your weather report for asia. we will get to australia and new zealand in a second. remanence of a tropical depression plaguing western parts of thailand on friday. bursts of rain northern and southern sections of vietnam. toward central areas of vietnam, more than 7000 people have been displaced from flooding. rain is organizing across central southern areas of china. a high of 21 degrees. plenty of sun for japan. a typhoon is moving across toward the east. you will not notice it. sunshine for tokyo, the only
thing you will notice is those winds gusting to about 50 kilometers per hour. southeast asia, plentiful rain and storms, top bottom end of sumatra, and northern side. now i will take you down under to australia. we had severe storms, south australia, now march toward the east over victoria and tasmania. it is not just the rain. they will see wind gusts up to 78 kilometers an hour. look at sidney, 35 degrees. southerly buster is going to knock your temperature going to knock your temperature down from 35 to 20. we will take you to our new zealand. heavy falls, auckland, around the bay of plenty. outdoor the south pacific. allington has a high of 18. ♪ >> facing longer hours and shorter deadlines, south korean delivery drivers are literally being worked to death. 101 east explores the dark side
of consumer convenience in south korea. on al jazeera. >> leaders from the world's biggest economies are arriving here in rome to discuss the deteriorating economic situation in afghanistan. but all eyes will be on the g20's response to the climate emergency. can they find a way to prioritize the planet's health over gdp? special coverage on al jazeera. ♪ ♪ anchor: welcome back. our main stories now. the u.s. president says he believes he has secured enough support for a sweeping economic and climate change package. it was initially supposed to be worth $3.5 trillion. that was cut in half after divisive negotiations.
the u.k. has summoned the french ambassador amid a row of a post brexit fishing right. it comes hours after french authorities seized a british troll are in territorial waters. the united nations security council is calling on sudan's military leaders to return the government. the council issued its first statement on the crisis expressing serious concern about the takeover, but not condemnation. rebels in ethiopia's northern region are saying at least six civilians have been killed and another government airstrike. the ethiopian army says it targeted a site used by forces to make and repair weapons. a spokesperson for the people's liberation front claims a civilian residence was actually hit. three children are reported to be among those killed. the fighting between the tp lf and federal forces has been going on for a year. airstrikes have stepped up in the past week. in the united nations, their -- they have spoken out saying an
escalation of hostilities is putting more civilians at risk. >> two airstrikes were reportedly carried out on a residential area. according to initial reports, six people were killed and 22 injured. a number of houses are understood to have been destroyed or severely damaged. we are also alarmed by the ongoing hostilities in another region, causing large displacement, livelihood disruptions and food insecurity, and preventing the delivery of assistance to hundreds of thousands of people. the escalation of hostilities are worsening the already dire humanitarian situation, where millions of people need urgent humanitarian assistance. >> schools in uganda have been closed for more than a year and a half because of the pandemic, longer than anywhere else in the world according to the united nations. in the absence of education, some children say their only option is to dig for gold. victoria gate b has the story. reporter: at the morrow mine in
eastern uganda, 17-year-old mattea is digging for gold. he says if he does not find anything, he does not get paid. >> if you come back again, you have another chance. if you are not good again, you go back home. sometimes you get a little money. reporter: 10,000 ugandan shillings is the equivalent of around $2.80. schools in uganda have been closed since march 2020, shortly after the first case of covid-19 was confirmed on the african continent. some classes reopened in february this year, but shut down again four months later as the country faced a surge in infections. >> when covid came in, schools were closed. other activities got closed. to come in and follow this activity, to get some money for survival. because they had nothing to do.
reporter: u.n. says uganda is the only country in africa where schools remain closed. 16-year-old annette worries she will never catch up on the schoolwork she has missed. >> staying at home sometimes, to read books, and sometimes just to forget what they taught us up school. reporter: the government says they will reopen schools when more than 5 million of the country's 44 million people are fully vaccinated. so far, only 700,000 have been. this lockdown is expected to last until early next year, which means more children in uganda will miss out on one of the most important parts of their lives, education. victoria gayton b, al jazeera. anchor: a plan for more food production to go 100% organic has caused anger among farmers.
they are protesting against a lack of fertilizer as the cultivation season gets underway. government has banned imports of chemical fertilizers. and as our correspondent reports, farmers say the government has failed to provide an are cannick alternative -- organic alternative. reporter: anger on the streets in lanka, the heartland of the governing -- governing family. farmers say the government's move to make farming 100% organic threatens their likelihood. >> the government wants us to listen to ministers, not agricultural experts. extra say this will not work. reporter: the government banned the fertilizers and other chemicals earlier this year after a foreign-currency shortage. it wants farmers to use organic alternatives. across the country, one of the biggest rice producing areas, he is impatient.
normally he says the soil would be tilled and ready by now. >> when you stop supplies all of a sudden, whether it is vegetables, beans, or chilis, they have worms. potatoes don't grow properly. these products are essential. this is why farmers are angry. reporter: the president says the changes needed to reduce the health risks posed by agricultural chemicals. >> rather than seeking political mileage, everyone should get together and do this for our country, for our future generations. we can do this in a short time. it will not take 10 or 15 years. reporter: many scientists, agricultural experts, and successful organic farmers disagree. he says it has taken him 12 years to turn around this green patch. >> destroying something can be done quickly, but reviving it has to be done systematically and in a very organized way.
that is why i say the government could get farmers more involved, give them incentives, seek their views, and consult others in green agriculture. that would have been more successful. reporter: attempts to seek organic for -- fertilizer have run into problems. the sri lankan government says farmers protest like this are instigated by the opposition and multinational chemical and fertilizer companies. tens of thousands of farmers facing crop failures and lower yields say they are facing a battle for survival. for now, the farmers say their biggest concern is how they will feed their families in the coming months. al jazeera, north central sri lanka. anchor: thousands of members of a banned religious group are marching, i day after deadly clashes. police have set up roadblocks on the main highway between the two cities. the government has called and
paramilitary forces. members of the party are demanding the release of their leader who has been detained since earlier this year. they won the french ambassador expelled over the 2017 cartoon controversy. our correspondent has more from islamabad. reporter: so far, they are continuing to press on. they have moved out of the city, overcoming all of the barricades that were set up by the police forces, and have been making progress. there -- they are still a few hours away. along the way, elaborate plans have been made, and a key bridge on the river has been closed and that is the redline. the authorities have been told that these protesters should not be allowed to cross that bridge at any cost. while this is all happening, the government has said that it will be ready to release the leaders.
it will also be in a position to lift all of the cases. as far as the expulsion of the french ambassador, or to bring that issue in parliament out of the question, and already, 30,000 police forces have been called in from the adjoining provinces to make sure that some of the others are kept safe. right now, we are in the red zone. you can see the security forces also. the prime minister called a meeting of his cabinet yesterday and decided to deal with this with an iron fist. they say such groups cannot be allowed to take matters into their own hands, or to dictate policies. anchor: the mountains are known as the lungs of europe. that vital organ is now at risk. pristine forests suck out much of the cot -- the continent's co2 emissions but it faces a growing threat from illegal logging. nick clark reports from romania. reporter: autumn carpets the
hillsides. the multihued canopy marking the seasonal change of millennia. ancient original forests sweeping across the carpathian mountains in eastern europe. if the amazon rain forest is the lungs of the world, then the force of the carpathian mouth -- mountains are the lungs of europe. they suck the co2 out of the atmosphere and put oxygen back into it. they regulate the water system. there is a vast, vast array of life here. the forests of the world are the most of biodiversity systems on the planet. the once pristine environment, life has been squeezed out by the so-called timber mafia. trees are being extracted illegally on an unprecedented scale by criminal gangs. and the locals who fight against it paid the price. meetings are frequent. the people are murdered too. six forest rangers have been killed in the last few years, leading to recent protests in the capital.
the forest mimics the call of a red stag. he tells me there used to be 50 or 60 in this area alone. now it seems that there are none. and this is why. this area was illegally logged 10 years ago and it ripped apart the ecosystem. >> you can see this kind of devastation from the moon. on the maps, you can see everything. it is impossible to believe that they did not know. they know and they encourage and they took a lot of money. reporter: he says it is clear who is to blame. >> politicians. reporter: we spoke to the government and they told us -- >> combating illegal logging is one of the priorities of romania. it is a continuous action and we have already seen results. reporter: the people who live in the mountains, it's terrible. >> for hundreds of years, we