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tv   Al Jazeera English News Bulletin  LINKTV  June 1, 2022 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT

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>> the kremlin accuses the united states of purposefully adding fuel to the fire by supplying advanced rocket systems to ukraine, capable of striking targets in russia. ♪ i am lauren taylor this is al jazeera live from london. shanghai springs back to life as the city eases covid-19 restrictions ending at two-month lockdown that can bind millions into their homes. the world's largest sugar producer limited exports, india says it is to keep local prices
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and check. plus. >> i'm dominic in berlin, with the new ticket to ride for just nine euros, i can travel anywhere in germany. lauren: russia's accusing the u.s. of adding fuel to the fire by giving rocket systems ukraine. the biden administration is sending its most significant weapons a package since the russian invasion began. the rockets, helicopters and the tactical vehicles are part of $700 million of usaid. the kremlin spokesman says they do not trust u.s. assurances that the ukraine will not use admissions to target russian territory. more on this from washington dc. why did president biden change his position regarding sending these kinds of weapons to ukraine? >> lauren, we know for weeks the
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ukrainians have been asking the u.s. to send long-range artillery weaponry and the u.s. has been concerned that those weapons could be used to target targets within russia, provoking russia. what we are seeing is a compromise. these high advanced rockets, they are capable when putting the right rockets on them, they are capable of shooting 300 kilometers but that is not the type of rockets that will be part of this package. the u.s. is sending medium-range rockets that are capable of a shooting 80 kilometers and which was a deliberate choice and there are only four of these systems going to ukraine in the coming weeks. president biden, went to explaining this package yesterday in an op-ed published in the newark -- new york times, he said these u.s. weapons will
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not be used to -- outside of ukraine's borders. he also had a message that appeared to be towards russia's president saying the u.s. is not interested in overthrowing the russian government, rather seeing an independent and democratic ukraine. lauren: despite those assurances is the u.s. concern that these weapons could be used to hit russian territory? >> obviously, that risk remains. we heard from the u.s. secretary of state, antony blinken, after he met with nato, the secretary-general today discussing security for ukraine. blinken said the u.s. received assurances from ukraine that these weapons as will not shoot into russia. his words were that there was a strong trust on between ukraine and the united states. those words of assurance, not enough to appease the russian
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government, hearing from russia's foreign minister that russia still sees this as a direct provocation. lauren: thank you very much. russian forces have fought their way into the center of the eastern ukrainian city of severodonetsk after weeks of fierce fighting with ukrainian troops. it is the last major ukrainian stronghold in the enhanced region and it is under 70% russian control. an estimated 15,000 civilians remain in the city. some, sheltering from russian airstrikes in the chemical plant. ukraine is bolstering its forces in the country's east where it is fighting pressure on multiple fronts. moscow has focused its defense on the eastern donbass region after failing to advance on kyiv and other western regions. the sound of artillery has been ringing out. the evacuation of civilians has been halted in the regions
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governor says it is no longer possible to deliver humanitarian aid into the city. the executive director director of madison policy forum, and the former u.s. army colonel, and defense advisor to ukraine says the weapon sent to ukraine are important to the troops on the front line. >> they will assist the ukrainians, to range russian artillery when the priestly cannot, they could only get some with the air -- we want the ukrainians to win. it is a much smaller military. much -- against a much larger military, more forces. it is a much better trained force against the poorly trained larger force. as their weapon systems and ammunition get the tribute it, the ukrainians need that replaced. lauren: it has been 100 days since russia invaded ukraine. while there has been no let up in the findings in -- fighting
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in the east of the country, the capitals held a world cup game against ukraine and scotland. reporter: keeps --kyiv's olympic stadium would have hosted club games, events open to everyone. but the tension show -- potential target for missiles have been close for invasion. the wortley ukraine has many faces, it is true, there is no let -- the war in ukraine has many faces. across ukraine the threat of missiles and airstrikes hangs over every city. but even though it can feel jarring, ukrainians described life in places such as kyiv is returning to almost normal. businesses are reopening, people are back on the streets, no more roadblocks and check went. if it was not for the near daily air raid warning sirens, you could be forgiven for forgetting about the war. ukraine's world cup qualifier
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with scotland being played in glasgow, for many here in kyiv, a chance to do just that. >> and makes the country positive. it takes their mind what is happening. you need positivity during the war. i have been helping ukraine for the last two months, the innocent civilians, when in rome, do what the romans do. i am in ukraine, support ukraine. reporter: game night for ukraine, for months have been cheering on their heroes on the battlefield, this is a chance to hear for heroes on the football field. >> right now, there are not so many people because of the war. a lot of people are absent and normally we would had a lot of people because this is a big event. >> it's important to feel, at least some pieces of real life, that life is here, not just war. reporter: a reprieve from fighting, a reminder of what peacetime is like.
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the were still on. this country is still under martial law. that means there is a nighttime curfew. it is almost 11:00 a.m. and because of the curfew, bars and restaurants will be closing now and the tv's will be turned off around halftime. ukraine supporters must go home. they can't stay here. lauren: ukraine won that game against scotland in scotland, 3-0. denmark looks to join the european union's, defense policy, exit polls suggest more than two thirds of voters want denmark to start opting out -- stop opting out of the scheme. for the first time, danish officials could get involved in the eu's defense officials and sent troops to eu military operations. following russia's invasion of ukraine, which has a lead sweden to and their tradition of neutrality and i for nato
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membership. -- apply for nato membership. russia has cut off natural gas supplies to denmark because it refuses to pay. vladimir putin has signed a decree that foreign buyers needed to pay for gas in rubles from april because of western sanctions. denmark's biggest energy company refused to saying it proves the eu needs to stop depending on russian energy. danish officials say cutting off supplies will not have much of an impact. russia has already turned the tax to finland, poland, bulgaria and the neverland. -- netherlands. the war is fueling a global food crisis. india has announced it is restricting sugar exports. many countries were alarmed, after india banned wheat exports a week ago. we report from india, on how local farmers are feeling the impact. reporter: after being packed, this sugar is headed to the port. india sported a record 7.5
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million tons the season. the government has caps to make sure there's enough left for domestic consumption. the company has been refining sugar for 90 years. he says the new rules could affect farmers. >> the sugar season starts late november. -- in november. the government would like a minimum stock of about two months consumption or two and half months which is somewhere around 6 million tons. reporter: it has been a bountiful harvest for the sugar top producers. international demand is high sparking demand for the festive season. global prices and a strong dollar have opened the business opportunities for farmers and traders, soaring inflation and concerns about food security back home have prompted the government to implement protective measures including restricting wheat exports. we to farmers hope -- wheat
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farmers hope to cash in on an international market. prices rose after russians -- russia's invasion. i threatened output in india and the government banned most exports due to domestic prices, that has affected farmers profit. >> the government price was higher last year so we sell the more. this time the rates are low. wheat production is much lower. it kept raining and there was water logging too which impacted the harvest. reporter: economists say these restrictions do little to reduce inflation. >> as an exporter of primary commodities, it is going to be a series -- seriously damaged. i don't see this as a good signal. reporter: al jazeera asked for a government comment but we did not get a reply. many countries have urged india to lift its ban, government leaders will not relax the ban
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but will consider requests from ruble countries. lauren: israeli forces have killed a palestinian man in the occupied west bank. he was shot in the town, where the israeli army says it was conducting an operation to demolish a home. the palestinian health ministry says the man was hit multiple times by live bullets and died in hospital -- in the hospital in janine -- jenin. it demands a rapid investigation into the killing of its journalists in the occupied west bank. shireen was shot in the head by israeli forces while she was on an assignment in jenin. on the day of her funeral, israeli forces stormed the procession in beaded mourners, causing pallbearers to almost drop her casket. members of the international community have condemned her killing and call for an investigation. she was with al jazeera for 25 years covering the story of the israeli occupation.
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she was known at the -- is the voice of palestine. still had, -- ahead, rescue accurate -- efforts continue in southern mexico after hurricane agatha. the democrat of congo is the most neglected for the first time in five years -- their time in five years. ♪ >> winter proper, it snowed and snowed fairly heavily. 20 to 40 centimeters in many places which caused it to be colder and produce artificial snow to be on top of that. the real cold has gone eastward. the air is coming up from the south. you have nighttime lows, freezing, in melbourne.
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it will not be cold in the mountains itself. on friday there may be one or two snow showers, but the next band of rain, which might give more snow is coming in only slowly further west. the bigger picture, this is saturday, it gets cloudy in south wales and queens. the rain has gone, this is all the action here. we are hanging onto 18. we have come down a couple of degrees. in new zealand after a lot of rain it is a little better, but still at quiz -- stiff southerly. otherwise rain. the heaviest rain is in southeast asia, concentrating in cambodia, and maybe southern vietnam. the rains are to the west of that. it has officially reached goa, that is where the concentrated rain will be. ♪ >> for over a century of
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guided rocket systems ukraine. part of these 700 million dollars weapons package includes helicopter there's -- helicopters and tactical vehicles. russian forces have fought their way into the eastern part of severodonetsk. it is the last major ukrainian stronghold. israeli forces have killed a palestinian man in the occupied west bank. he was shot, where the israeli army says it was conducting an operation to demolish a home. in mexico, 11 people have been killed and another 33 are missing in the wake of hurricane agatha. agatha made history as the strongest hurricane ever recorded it mexico's specific -- pacific coast and they may. -- in may. reporter: floodwaters have begun to receipt on the coast of the hawker in -- in southern mexico. residents are reeling from hurricane agatha. >> i have nothing left.
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nothing to eat, now i'm going to see what i can find but nobody has anything left. reporter: agatha was a powerful category two hurricane, when it made landfall late monday evening. authorities say the death toll is likely to rise, while the search for those missing continues. >> based on the reports we have received, we have made the decision to provide services to the most affected areas, most importantly the coast. reporter: the challenges faced by those emergency teams are daunting heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding and mudslides, state and federal authorities say efforts remain underway to clear roads and provide desperately needed aid to thousands of people affected. >> the water is dirty and we don't have anything to drink, we need water food anything they
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can give us because we have lost everything here. everything was lost. reporter: though hurricane agatha has mostly dissipated over the mountains of southern mexico, weather forecasters one the remaining thunderstorms could regroup into a tropical depression or even a tropical storm. if so, agatha's name changed agatha -- alex, becoming the first named a storm of the 2022 atlantic hurricane season, potentially bringing heavy rain and wind the u.s. state of florida by the end of the week. lauren: a two month covid-19 lockdown in china's biggest city is finally ended. most of shanghai's 25 million residents are free to leave home. businesses will gradually resume operations. we report from the capital of beijing, where restrictions imposed under china's zero covid strategy of also been eased. reporter: millions of people in
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shanghai have counted down to midnight on wednesday celebrating the end of a strict two month pandemic lockdown. there was scenes of joy and excitement, as people socialized outdoors and join each other for the first time in weeks. street barricades have been removed, supermarkets, restaurants and parks are reopening. public transport has resumed. china's biggest city and commercial center slowly coming back to life after being shut down at the end of march. more than 600,000 coronavirus infections were recorded in what was the country's late -- worst outbreak since the pandemic began. he was visiting the city and became stuck at his hotel. an initial five date lockdown stretch to more than 60 days. he is relieved it is over, but remains distressed -- distrustful over the government. >> they cap people only five days so i think it was five, but
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the government always lies to people. more and more, and longer, and ending, no people, when it is finished. reporter: there was widespread anger along with confusion over food shortages and a lack of access to emergency medical care. the lockdown also crippled supply chains and slow the economy, property and car sales, the service sector and retail consumption all plummeted in april. analysts say recovery will not be quick or easy. >> after the initial phase, there might be more disappointment because the reality is the consumer confidence is dampening. the property market is weak. all of the weakness and the other part of the economy is still there. on top of that, income growth has slowed significantly. so, after the lift of order restriction -- all of the restrictions there is a lot of work to be done. reporter: shanghai authorities
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say the city has achieved a milestone in his battle against the virus. in a letter, they think the president for -- residents for their patients and apologize for the inconvenience. people in shanghai may be celebrating for now but the memory of this lockdown will not easily be forgotten. china's leaders refused to live with the coronavirus and any new outbreak can result in the lives of millions to be upended without notice. lauren: commercial flights have resumed between the yemen capital and the egyptian capital, for the first time since 2016. the u.n. broke a truce between the yemen government, and is hours away from expiring. talks to renew it have had trouble. we have more from the united nations. reporter: the truce has provided some rare moments of relative calm for yemen, after seven years of war, a war that has
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unleashed with the u.n. describes as the world worst humanitarian crisis. the presumption of flights offer some normalcy for the country. the special envoy has been working intensely to extend the cease-fire. while they say preliminary indications for the parties are positive, many yemenis are suffering. >> despite the good news today on the cairo flights and the improved to manage terry's -- military and situation we must be clear -- humanitarian situation, we must bring -- remain clear that it is high. more than 160,000 who will face famine like conditions more than 4 million people have been displaced since the war started, severe needs persist across all sectors. reporter: food is not the only issue, many other needs persist. the un's humanitarian relief a program is only a quarter funded.
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lauren: the norwegian refugee council says the world is paying too little attention to mass displacements of people across africa. for the first time 10 of the most neglected crises are on the continent. the democratic republic of congo tops the list for the third time in five years. we have more. reporter: close to 6 million people from congo forced from their homes, third of the population going hungry and all after decades of conflict. the democratic republic of congo is top of the most neglected crises worldwide, according to the norwegian refugee council. the organization lists 10 countries, all of them in africa, which have displacement crises that do not get enough media attention. the countries include those in africa. south sudan is number four on the list. the world's youngest country facees -- faces conflicts. a third of its 12 million people
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were forced from their homes, fighting ended when a peace deal was signed in 2018. since then of floods have displaced more. >> it was established two years ago when we came from the north, but here we have humanitarian issues. there is no issues or access, and no education. reporter: sudan is also on the list, more than 2 million have been displaced in the western region in darfur since fighting started in 2003. hundreds remain in camps despite a peace deal signed two years ago. fighting in westar for, for -- in west darfur forced families from their homes. >> we were forced to leave our homes. now we have nothing to eat and we are staying out in the open under the sun. reporter: the norwegian refugee council says the lack of media attention has contributed to less humanitarian and political
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response. >> when the drc is getting so little attention in the global media it leads to less aid, money going there, compared to ukraine and other crises that are in the limelight. but also, to reduce political diplomatic attention and initiatives to solve the deep crisis in the congo. we are in a desperate situation as humanitarians on the ground. we are not getting the attention, neither the funding or help to solve a crisis. reporter: as the world's attention remains elsewhere, most of the funding appeals to respond to the crises in the countries on the less remain low. eight organization say that needs to change to improve the lives of millions. lauren: one of india's most popular singers, whose songs about love and friendship struck a chord with leanne's and south asians has died at the age --
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struck a cord with the south asians has died. she died hours after falling years in a concert. a minister says he may have had out -- heart attack. the prime minister has joined others to honor the singer. during his role -- johnny depp in a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife amber heard. both accuse the other of abuse. the trial is televised for weeks, capturing the attention of viewers and social media users around the world. depp sued his ex-wife over an opinion piece she wrote in 2018 where she called herself a public figure representing domestic abuse. heard countersued after the lawyer said she made up the claims. she testified she was physically and sexually assaulted which depp denied, saying she was the one who abused -- abused him. he was awarded $50 million in
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damages, but the jury ruled partly in favor of heard, saying she should receive two dollars. germany has launched a transport scheme, four of the high cost of fuel, people of had unlimited access for just $10 a month. as a report from berlin, some say the policy does not go far enough. reporter: whether by tram, train or bus. over the next three months, germany -- journeys with these are much cheaper. for $10 or nine euros a month, passengers can get regional travel around the country. >> we have prepared, as good as possible with additional trains, 250 trains every day in our networks in germany and we have additional person and staff on the trains on the railway stations. we try the best to be prepared. reporter: at a time when
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inflation is higher than it has been for a long time, ministers hope this policy will ease some of the financial pain caused by rising prices. this is what the passenger gets with their nine euros, a ticket to ride anywhere in this country which can be bought in the paper version or on a smartphone, arms with one of these, i can take most of the trains, trams or buses that stop at the station. most people that use this are likely to be commuters. so what do they make of it? >> i just bought it. it's great because i used to pay 86 and now it is nine. i have to go to work every day. it was a good expense. >> i use public transport a lot in different cities. so it is very convenient. reporter: by making public transport much more affordable, if only for three months, this is green policy. so the theory goes.
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but some people say it does not go far enough. >> we need to invest a lot more, especially in our rail systems. that is not something you can do overnight. it's not something you can do in three months. we need it more trains, longer trains, we need to build more train tracks. we÷÷ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■ñ■
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