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>> israel's coalition leaders agreed to devolve -- dissolve parliament, forcing new elections this year. this is al jazeera live from london. coming up, and landmark election in colombia where the first left-wing president and first black female vice president are ushered to power. forced to boil flood water to survive. bangladesh experiences the worst flooding in a century.
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in zimbabwe striking nurses reject the offer of a 100% pay raise because it doesn't keep pace with soaring inflation. israel's coalition government will be disbanded and parliament dissolved, putting the country on course for new elections. prime minister naftali bennett fit will be replaced by yair lapid until a vote is held in october or november. they have been struggling to keep the alliance together and have been without a majority in parliament for two months. the coalition is made up of divorce forces -- diverse forces and included a palestinian-is really party. this comes after the coalition failed to renew a law on the status of illegal settlers in the west bank.
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>> on friday i held a series of talks with legal and security officials and realized in 10 days, with the expiration of west bank regulations, israel will face legal chaos. i couldn't allow that. >> we spared no efforts to galvanize whatever was needed to pass regulations, but unfortunately efforts or no fruit. -- borno fruit. my friend and i acted together to set an agreed-upon date for elections. >> even if we go to elections in a few months, these challenges won't wait. we need to tackle the cost-of-living and stand against forces threatening to turn israel into a nondemocratic country. >> one man hoping to return to power is benjamin netanyahu, now
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the opposition leader. >> israel heads to its fifth election in three and a half years. it is a surprise to many that the coalition has lasted as long as it has. it was pulled together just over a year ago. it was a strange combination of parties from the right and left and palestinian-israelis were included for the first time. the sole purpose was to get rid of netanyahu as prime minister. he has been prime minister for a total of 15 years. netanyahu wants the job back and he engineered the collapse of the government. his opposition partners and he voted against the extension of a subtler bill. this is normally passed automatically, allowing the extension of israeli law into the settlements. by failing to extend this law, netanyahu's coalition has precipitated the collapse of the
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government. the law expires at the end of this month but because there will be new elections will be automatically extended for another six months. the new elections won't be held probably before mid october and until then, yair lapid will be interim prime minister. >> the president of the u.s.-middle east project and a former israeli negotiator, lapi saidd it would always be a challenge for the coalition to stay together. >> it held together for a year. members from the right peeled off, one or two. it was a government with the tiniest majority and that is what happened, one peeled off at the beginning, another left, a third has said he would leave. all paradoxically from the party of the prime minister, naftali bennett. the only won seven seats.
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they all peeled off of her issues that the government wasn't doing quite enough for the hard right, all because the constituency wasn't really with them. it is not a great surprise that this is happening. perhaps the exact timing the government has initiated them into new elections, rather than waiting to lose a vote, that was a little bit of a surprise but no, the fact that this happened is not a great surprise. ♪ >> the eu says it is rush's fault that grain supplies to many african nations have been disrupted by the war in ukraine. ukraine is one of the world's largest producers of grain. diplomats have met in luxembourg to discuss the effect on food security. >> we can't imagine millions of tons of wheat remain blocked in
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ukraine from the rest of the world. people are suffering hunger. this is a real war crime. i have to warn again about the risk of a great famine in the world, especially in africa. >> menik kane has more. >> there is no suggestion the eu is sensitive to the suggestion that sanctions against russia are counterproductive in one sense, mainly that certain countries in africa and elsewhere that rely on the food produced in ukraine are having difficulty accessing them. suggestions were put to a representative of the eu about that. his answer was, that is not the case. the impact of sanctions the eu has imposed is not affecting the ability of african countries to get hold of fertilizer and
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foodstuffs for their economy and people's. there is the suggestion that by de-swift think certain russian banks, sanction russian banks and not letting them use the swift transaction system, that has impacted countries in the developing world in how they get a hold of the sorts of things they need for their people. his contention is that is not the case in his view. the problems that many problems are now facing are the consequence of russia's actions, not eu sanctions. >> tens of thousands of georgians rallied in the capital in support of joining the eu after the eu's executive arm held back from endorsing the candidacy. ukraine, moldova and georgia applied after russia invaded ukraine. the eu commission agreed to support ukraine and moldova as bids but said it would decide on georgia later in the year when
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the government implemented reforms. the government has been accused of corruption and weakening democracy. gunmen have killed eight people and kidnapped 38 in two attacks on churches in northern nigeria. this targeted morning services in churches on sunday. the attackers ransacked villages and looted shops, weeks after gunmen killed 40 in a church in the southwest. east african leaders agreed to deploy a regional force to eastern democratic republic of congo as the country is pushed to the brink of war with rwanda. leaders made the announcement after a summit in nairobi but they didn't say when troops would be sent. groups have wreaked havoc in eastern drc where the government so -- accuses rwanda of supporting rebels. rwanda's is a congolese soldier
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fired at civilians before being shot dead. armed men killed at least 130 people in central mali. the government blamed and al qaeda affiliated group for carrying out the attack. a local official said it appeared to be a reprisal attack after the group clash with soldiers two weeks ago. still to come, extreme drought fuels a water shortage in mexico. sending protesters to the streets. looking for reconciliation after a violent colonial past. belgium returns the remains of a congolese independence hero to his family. ♪ >> let's have a look at
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australia. a winter front brought unsettled conditions to the southeast. wind warnings out for victoria, tasmania, and some layers of new south wales. the system is bringing some showers and snow to mountainous areas but temperatures are recovering for adelaide and melbourne. it is a largely dry picture for much of the country but showers in coastal regions of northern queensland. wind warnings out here and wind warnings for southern areas of western australia. it is driver tuesday in perth that it will turn wet as we go into the midweek. as we take a look at the three day, the temperature sitting at 20 but sunshine coming in from friday. a bit of a cool down and as we talk about cool weather, we have to head to new zealand. cool and cloudy for both islands , a chilly wind blowing across the north island. more settled and quiet in the
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south with spells of sunshine. in southeast asia, heavy rain with more intense showers continues to plague the malay pollen shall a -- peninsula with showers in kuala lumpur over the weekend. >> witness the oceans, the flames. witness differences. witness change. witness happiness. witness blood. witness sunlight, witness the flood. witness loss, witness charity. witness confusion, witness clarity. witness family and witness friends. witness the beginning, witness the end. witness life. witness. on al jazeera.
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♪ >> a reminder of the top stories, israel's form -- foreign minister yair lapid will be interim prime minister after naphtali benefit -- naftali bennett announced he will dissolve parliament. elections will be held in october or november. the eu says it is russia's fault grain supplies to vulnerable areas of africa have been disrupted by the war. it is one of the biggest producers, and famine worriers -- worries are driven in sudan. gunmen killed eight and kidnapped over 30 in churches in northern nigeria. the assaults targeted churches on sunday.
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after years of conservative rule, colombia will have its first left-wing president. gustavo petro defeated a right-wing populist sunday. his running mate francia marquez will be colombia's first black female vice president. >> the rain didn't stop thousands from gathering outside gestapo petro's headquarters. -- gustavo petro's headquarters. it is a new era, the first time at left wing candidate has won the presidency. >> this is the first time we will have a popular government from the left, from the people. those who have suffered the armed conflict. he represents us, the people on the streets. >> these people have been demanding change in this country where liberals and conservatives
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have been sharing power for years. >> petro has promised to carry out reforms in colombia. rethinking the war on drugs, war and gas exportation, and fighting inequality. that is why these people are celebrating his victory, because they believe this is the beginning of change. this was petro's third presidential bid. he is a seasoned politician whose victory adds colombia to the list of countries that have elected centerleft presidents in recent years. on sunday evening he was presented to his supporters by his running mate, francia marquez, colombia's first afro colombian vice president. >> what is coming is change, real change. we are not going to disenchant our voters. from now on, colombia changes.
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>> petro defeated a populist who was referred by many as the king of tiktok. petro will face many challenges. 47% of the country didn't vote for him. analysts say he will have to negotiate his reforms in congress. >> this is not only the first time a left wing candidate has been elected but also the first time we have a left wing congress. in the social movement behind petro, they were able to elect a good number if -- of congress members. so we will have a congress that is in favor of him, not a complete majority but he has a good number of congress members. that is also something that, signs that he could have success in his term. >> petro will take august --
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take office in august. for many, he will empower people who have been ignored by authorities for years. >> it has been called the worst flood to hit bangladesh in over a century. dozens are dead and millions are stranded after torrential rains hit bangladesh and india. authorities are struggling to deliver food and clean water. >> i am 20 kilometers from the city. you can see behind me, a lot of this village is inundated with floodwater. i have spoken to some of the villagers. they said they don't have any fresh water. they have been using the floodwater, boiling and drinking it and using that water to cook food in whatever dry space they have. some of the people on their own took shelter in a school nearby.
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there is rice from government agencies but nothing else. the government applied military, navy, coast guard, air force rescuers making reconnaissance flights to rescue people from remote areas. so far, at least 100 thousand people have been evacuated or rescued by the military in this region. bangladesh has about eight divisions, one has four districts so it is a big area. 60% of the division is inundated with floodwater, one of the worst in over 100 years according to the government. the main issue here is getting freshwater, food, and emergency medicine. some of the hospitals are inundated. it is a challenging environment. the flood forecasts centers say the next two days is possibly going to be more rain, torrential rain which is bad news.
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if that happens, the flood could get worse. and northern bangladesh, most of the rivers are flowing danger levels. northern bangladesh is in danger of flooding. at least 14 districts are already flooded, particularly two of them that are heavily flooded. >> in india, weeks of heavy rain and flooding showing no signs of ending. hundreds of thousands of people are stranded with at least 71 people killed since april. >> these people are out to get their daily supplies. this road connects 40 villages and is a lifeline for this town. it has been underwater for nearly a week. >> it has been more than 6-7 days since flooding started. the water came into our house the day before yesterday. my house was submerged by night.
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>> heavy flooding affected more than 4 million people. thousands of villages are flooded and many people have been forced to flee their homes. heavy rains usually fall at this time of year in some areas but this area hasn't seen this kind of flooding in many years. many were unprepared and are concerned the main source of water is being polluted and could bring disease. at least 150,000 people have been moved to camps. the government set up centers to distribute food and supplies. health workers are conducting malaria tests. >> this relief camp is in a district where we are conducting health checkups for those living in the camp. we are providing people with medicine. we are mostly getting fever cases. we haven't found symptoms of other diseases yet. >> evacuations are underway. the military has rescued people, but they are hampered by constant rain and rising water
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levels. >> people from this area were sending milk and vegetables. nine people were traveling in a boat that sank in the river. four of them have been rescued. >> monsoon season began this month and rainfall has broken records. this makes people anxious about what they will face before it ends. >> extreme drought conditions in mexico are fueling a historic water shortage. the state government says people are experiencing a climate crisis. people gathered in monterey. >> there is a water crisis playing out in monterrey, mexico. taps have been running dry since the weekend. desperate, maria, a local resident, has filled up buckets from a nearby municipal water tank. she says it is the only water
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available for drinking. she also plans to use it for cooking and cleaning her home. >> many people ask us why we take that water but what else are we supposed to do? >> city officials in monterey have been limiting water access to six hours per day. the water shortage led to growing public anger. many say the response by public officials to meet the needs of residents has not been enough. >> every day they cut off our water at 9:00 in the morning and it doesn't come back until 1:00 the next morning. we stay awake waiting for the water, filling containers. this is the way it has been since the water cuts were announced. >> more than half of mexico is facing moderate to severe drought. according to mexico's national water commission. in other parts of mexico, and lack of access to potable water sparked demonstrations where
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thousands marched on the streets of the city. experts say climate changes behind the excessive heat fueling the crisis. the city of monterrey is regarded as mexico's industrial capital. mexico's president placed part of the blame for the water shortage on excessive extraction of water by bottling companies. >> the case of nuevo leon, it has to be said, too many companies have been installed that require water where there is not enough water. there must be better planning moving forward. the situation will be resolved. we are all helping. the private sector is helping to, but we will have to think about how we move forward. >> water and sewage authorities worn, the two main dams that supply water to the monterrey
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metropolitan, home to 5.3 million residents, could be completely dry by next tuesday. with a hot summer just underway, many hope the seasonal rains that come with it will arrive soon and put an end to the worsening water crisis. >> health workers in zimbabwe are striking in protest over low salaries and poor working conditions. it is the second walkout by nurses and health professionals since the start of the pandemic. the situation is so bad, even at 100% wage increase fell short of what they said they needed. >> protest second -- against zimbabwe's government are rare. nurses and doctors know they are taking a risk. some workers have been victimized or fired for speaking out about conditions and salaries. but these people are growing increasingly desperate and say wages are being eroded by rising
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inflation. >> this is an act of last resort. we ask the public to hold the government accountable for how they are treating health workers , and more importantly how they are treating the general civil service. it is common knowledge that the currency is in peril but they haven't taken action. most of the people you see here don't own houses. >> it is the second walkout by health walker -- workers during the pandemic. the unions rejected the government offer to double salaries. that may sound like a lot but inflation reached over 130% in may. that means it will do little to help people face rising costs of living. public-sector employees want wages paid in u.s. dollars. union leaders say the lowest paid government worker takes home less than 20,000 zimbabwe dollars per month, less than
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$100 u.s. dollars. they want that to be $540 u.s. dollars. that may not be feasible. >> they would have to do monetize the financial sector and convert money to u.s. dollars and that requires a huge amount of money, which parliament may not have. >> work stoppages are common in the public health sector. zimbabweans who can't afford treatment at private hospitals supper. >> people are dead because of the strikes. if you are in a bad situation or emergency, they won't attend to you. people are dying because of that . it affects us. >> tracking health workers insist they want report for duty until they -- the demand for money is met. others worry about pay getting docked if they miss a shift and said they will be in the wards,
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-- say they will be in the wards. >> emmanuel macron's government is scrambling to form new alliances and avoid political paralysis after the coalition failed to win a majority in france's most powerful house of parliament. his coalition is the largest group with 245 seats in the national assembly. that is short of the 289 needed for an overall majority. it is a serious blow to his plans to push through reforms months after he was reelected. candidates from the working class have emerged as surprise winners in the election. one is a hotel worker who successfully led strikes for better pay. he beat macron's former sports minister in the southeastern constituency. he led one of the longest hotel strikes in french history against unpaid overtime and poor working conditions for cleaning staff.
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the belgian government returned a gold tooth that belonged to congolese independence leader patrice lumumba to his family. he was killed in 1960 one. the truth is the only known remnant from his body. it was sent to a delegation in brussels. >> it was 61 years ago that patrice lumumba was executed by firing squad in the democratic republic of congo with help from belgian mercenaries. the belgian police officer cut his body into pieces and dissolved it in a barrel of acid , but kept his gold 2000 trophy and took it back to belgium. the government returned the tooth to delegates from congo and members of lumumba's family. >> i would like, in the presence of his family, to reiterate the belgian governments apologies for the decision to put an end
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to the days of the first prime minister of the congo. >> belgium and the royal family earned vast wealth from colonizing congo and exploiting its people and natural resources. millions were killed. patrice lumumba became popular as he campaigned from -- for independence from belgium, but belgium and the u.s. didn't like his democratic and socialist ideas and supported those who killed him shortly after independence. lumumba's relatives have been requesting return of the tooth for years. it is the only known piece of his body, which they want to lay to rest. >> i can't say it is joyous but it is positive that we can finally bury one of ours. >> two weeks ago, the belgian king visited congo and expressed regret for belgium's colonial past. he stopped short of apologizing.
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belgium has been trying to improve the public image of its colonial past. black lives matter prompted activists to deface statues of king leopold in belgium who
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