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anchor: a supreme court judge in brazil on those the criminal convictions against the former president, clearing the way for him to run in next year's presidential elections. ♪ hello, this is al jazeera, live from doha. unrest in senegal as a leader calls for large scare -- scale protest after his release on bail. people defy me and mark's -- myanmar's curfew to protest. and after a year of pandemic
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hardships, women mark their international day th protests and celebrations. ♪ we begin with brazil and former president luiz inacio lula da silva set for what has been described as a sensational political comeback. his corruption -- decision on corruption charges has been annulled by a judge. this restores his rights to take part in the next presidential election. if he decides to run, he will face against far-right populist jr bolsonaro. reporter the decision was taken not because they considered him to be innocent or guilty, that they said he was tried in the wrong place, the wrong court. he was tried as part of the carwash scandal and they say the reason why he should be tried had nothing to do with the
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carwash scandal. instead of being a court in the southern city, it should be in the capital. that would mean he is retried in this case, but as of now, he is clear to run for elections next year and yes, he is the extreme opposite of right wing president jair bolsonaro. this polarizes the election once more. in 2018, lula had not been able to run because of the conviction. now he is back on track on the political scenario once more. you can see the divisions in brazil on social media, many celebrated the decision, saying this proves lula was innocent all along and it was political persecution, and there are those criticizing the decision, saying it shows that corruption is still at large and president
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bolsonaro should stay in power to fight it, because he ran with this slogan in his campaign, that he was fighting corruption. anchor: the u.s. is granting temporary protective status to venezuelan migrants living there. it could help around 320,000 people and follows up on election promises made by president joe biden. his administration says it is working to coordinate international pressure against venezuelan president nicolas maduro to hold free and fair elections. senegal's opposition leader is calling for peaceful protest, he was charged with rape and released on bail. it had triggered the worst unrest in years, and he said the allegation is politically motivated to keep him from charging the president. >> this mobilization must be maintained and must be much larger, but it must above all be peaceful.
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today the people have regained the right that sall confiscated nine years ago at the demonstration. the people have taken it back by force, we must not lose this right. anchor: thousands gathered outside of the court, saying they are not just protesting the detention. >> youth will not tolerate a dictatorship anymore. we will go all the way the end. >> for peace to return to our country, we must take a strong measures. courageous measures. the authorities can pursue you through the courts without provocation and without provocation they try to humiliate you and prison are free militants of our country. anchor: the crisis has put increasing pressure on the president, he has been asked to address the nation to call for calm. >> we have to show our differences in a way other than destructive violence, because whatever our political choices, we are a single-family and none
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of us can have a separate destiny from that of the senegalese nation. our individual and collective work orders us to work together, consolidating the fundamentals and not destroying them. nothing is more important than the preservation of keeping the soul of the senegalese nation. anchor: we have more from outside the opposition headquarters in dakar. reporter: i think he wants to reassure the population that he understands and empathizes with those that have dropped into poverty last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. he also addressed the criticize him -- criticism by the opposition, who argues he is arrogant and makes decisions on his own. he says he works toward consensus addressing and engaging in dialogue with the
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opposition, i which he comes up with measures. what is interesting here is the stark difference between the formal address of president macky sall in his palace, and what happened here at the ousmane sonko headquarters. a difference in language. sall address the nation in french and ousmane sonko addressed his supporters in a local language taught by most senegalese. a difference and tone. ousmane sonko first started his press conference by naming those killed during the protests. also engaging with the security forces, saying the security forces are the pride of the nation. he also condemned the looting. he also insisted the importance here is the reestablishment of the rule of law. still criticizing sall, saying
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he is illegitimate, arrogant, and attacking the president personally, and yet saying that all editions need to move away from personal attacks. anchor: amnesty international says the recent protests are outcry for help from young people in senegal. >> this is indeed a turning point with regards to the recent unrest in senegal. specifically relationships, and the looming question hovering, up for debate, the will of president sall to be a candidate in the 2024 elections. what we have seen in the last days during the protests was not only support for ousmane sonko, but a cry for help by the youth of senegal over the social and
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economic impact by the measures taken by the government to contain the pandemic, including the nighttime curfew that has impacted populations. beyond that, there are still questions about the degradation of political liberties and civic freedoms, such as press freedom and excessive use of force, freedom of expression. this is a turning point. many analysts were expecting it to happen much later, during the last part of the current term of the president but it has happened almost three years before the scheduled end of his term. anchor: equatorial guinea's vice president says the number of people killed in a series of explosions and an army base has risen to 98, this as rescuers continue to search the rubble. it happened in a city not far from the western coast.
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reporter: the force of the explosions appears to have flattened most of the buildings and bata, a city of a quarter of a million people in equatorial guinea's mainland coast. we don't know what happened, everything was destroyed, these people say. the negligent handling of dynamite at a military barracks was the cause of the blast. according to a statement from president teodoro obiang nguema. his son and vice president visited the scene with armed bodyguards. the defense ministry says high caliber ammunition exploded after a fire in the barracks. many people are feared to have been trapped under the rubble. hospitals have been overwhelmed with the wounded and the health ministry made an appeal for blood donors and volunteer health workers.
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>> i am asking from your excellencies assistance from brotherly countries and international associations to help the lamentable situation we have. reporter: equatorial guinea is an oil-rich country that has been run by president teodoro obiang nguema more than 40 years, and critics say that he and his family enjoy lavish wealth while most of the population is in poverty. they are suffering a double shock from the pandemic and the fall in the price of crude oil that provides three quarters of state revenue. bernard smith, al jazeera. anchor: the e un and u.s. are urging myanmar's police to leave safely and without reprisals thousands have taken to the streets to express anger. the number killed since last
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month is more than 60. [chanting] reporter: back on the streets, defying a curfew in myanmar. this protest against the military began like others, with people marching in the streets. but moments later -- [gunfire] at least three people were shot dead by security forces. witnesses say several people were hit by gunfire from nearby buildings. it is part of an ongoing crackdown on those who oppose the military's recent coup. kneeling before security forces, this catholic nun pleads with them to stop the violence. the government has revoked the license of at least five independent media outlets over covering the protest large-scale demonstrations have taken place
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every day across many cities and towns in myanmar. but these demonstrations come at a risk. >> i want to speak out and i want us to stop afraid. i want dementia join and save them -- i want women to join and save the movement by also protesting the movement. reporter: dozens of protesters have been killed and the united nations fears more death will follow. in a statement, it said we are deeply concerned about the fate of some 200 peaceful protesters, including women, who have been cordoned by security forces and may be at risk of arrest or ill-treatment. signs of resistance have followed despite arrests and violence. hanging women's close across the streets may be one of the most creative lines of defense. walking beneath the female clothes is traditionally considered bad luck for men, and
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many soldiers are avoiding crossing the line. >> as a woman from myanmar, this is motivating me. these garments are sacred so we are using superstition to fight the military. reporter: the military denies responsibility for protesters's loss-of-life, and it claims the leader deserved to be pushed out last month. she was elected, it says, amid widespread electoral fraud. but thousands of protesters disagree and say the public outcry will continue. anchor: time for a short break. when we come back, the u.s. issues long-awaited guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. plus. >> concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born. anchor: meghan markle describes the racism shakespeare's from the royal family. more on that must a with us.
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♪ anchor: welcome back. a quick reminder of our top stories. former brazilian president lula set for a comeback, a supreme court judge annulled his conviction for corruption. this restores his right to contest next year's presidential election. the senegalese opposition leader is calling for large-scale peaceful protests. this after being charged with rape and released on bail. tharrester triggered the worst unrest in years, leaving at least eight dead. and the un is asking protesters
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in myanmar to leave safely without reprisals. three people world -- were killed in monday's rallies. fully vaccinated americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to new guidance from health officials. the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention is also advising fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if coming into contact with someone who is positive. they can also visit on vaccinated people at low risk for coronavirus. what more can you tell us about the new cdc guidelines? reporter: they are long-awaited guidelines, let's take a snapshot of what is going on at the moment. 9%-10% of people have been vaccinated, falling far short of the 40% needed for herd
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immunity, but 2 million vaccines are going and arms every day. these guidelines are specifically for the people that are fully vaccinated, they've had both injections and waited for them to take effect. in essence we are talking about grandparents, people who perhaps have not seen their children or grandchildren for the past year. they will now be able to travel locally, and that is a key point to make, to see their families, which will bring a great deal of welcome relief i think mentally and physically for people who have been locked up the past year. the cdc are saying if these people go into public, they needed to continue to wear masks and continue to social distance, because some of the science behind the vaccinations is not yet known. it's not known if someone vaccinated could still carry and spread the virus. this is a three steps forward, one step back type of scenario. but i think for the people who have been in long-term care facilities or a wafer -- away
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from their families the past 12 month, it will be a relief. some people are criticizing the move and saying it doesn't go far enough and if you are vaccinated you should do what you want, the cdc is being very cautious because it is still not known how effective these vaccines are against the variants we are seeing running rampant through the nation. all in all, welcome news, especially for those people that haven't been able to see families for close to a year. anchor: andy gallagher in miami. thank you. and demonstrations across latin america are being driven by a growing outcry of inequality and gender-based violence. the argentine capital, activists are in the streets, calling for an end to violence against women. groups there says the government does not do enough to combat femicide. the country legalized abortion last december. we have more from buenos aires.
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reporter: thousands of people have gathered to denounce violence against women in argentina. women's rights groups are saying a woman is killed every 29 hours in argentina, and so far this year, over 50 have been killed. that's why they are pushing for the government to pass what they say is a gender violence emergency. women are carrying this handkerchief tnkt reads not one less, referring to the amount of women killed in this country. last year, argentina legalized abtion and women's rights groups are saying already around 500,000 regular abortions have happened in argentina, and -- 500,000 regular abortions have happened in argentina and women end up hospitalized.
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this was a huge victory for women's rights groups. but these people here are saying a lot more needs to happen in order to save women's lives. thousands -- anchor: thousands of women's rights activist have been rallying in chile. reporter: out on the streets, especially or despite the fact that chile is facing a new and strong second wave of the coronavirus, still thousands and thousands of women, children, even toddlers and babies with their mothers, were out en masse here in the plaza behind me. there are several thousand women still here although people are starting to leave the march. it has been going on all day long. at one point, riot police moved in and started spraying a water cannon at the crowds. we were never able to really
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understand why, what had happened. in any case, it sent thousands of people with children and for safety. they came back and they have been out here demanding the same thing as in argentina and other parts of latin america -- less violence against women and more rights and freedom for women. equality for women, that's what we are hearing over and over again. anchor: around 1000 women have protested in the center of istanbul against in action over to mystic violence. demonstrators want to see -- over domestic violence. semester's want to see more action. the president has announced a parliamentary commission to look specifically at violence against women. across russia, volunteers have been handing out flowers to women to celebrate international women's day. even the army getting in on the action, marking the day in its own way with the parachute jump. the government -- some say the
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government has failed russian women. >> in practice, women face violence and they are not protected from violence. the law against domestic violence has not passed and women face discrimination when getting a job. this is blatant discrimination associated with the productive pressure and result in discrimination in admission to work. anchor: the u.s. state department has condemned the attack against saudi arabia and urged the armed group to look toward a cease-fire. >> the houthis in our view, have to demonstrate a willingness to engage in a political process. they need to quite simply stop attacking and start negotiating. anchor: the escalation between houthi rebels and saudi arabia has rattled the energy markets, pushing the price of oil above $70 per barrel for the first time in 14 months.
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we have more on the fighting inside yemen and the spillover into saudi arabia. reporter: soldiers loyal to yemen recognize they are facing their biggest challenge in years, preventing houthi fighters from taking control. the province is rich in oil and natural gas and has had its last chance to gain control of human. the houthis have been scenting -- sending reinforcements and a battle could decide the future of the country. further south, fighting has intensified. government forces have launched an offensive to take military bases controlled by army units oil to the houthis. the iran backed rebels hold ties to keep advances in the north.
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violence is spiraling out of control. the houthis have launch an attack on facilities in saudi arabia. >> the artillery and drone divisions had a wide offensive in the deaths of saudi arabia with 14 drones and eight listed missiles. we targeted aramco, a port, and military facilities. more military sites targeted and the strike was precise. reporter: but saudi arabia says its air defenses intercepted the drone and missile attacks. retaliation was swift. the saudi coalition launched on the capital. the escalation comes as the u.s. envoy to yemen is visiting the region to rally support for an end to the conflict. they are hoping to bring all of the parties and give diplomacy a
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chance, the last breakthrough in yemen was short-lived. in 2019, the u.n. convinced the warring faction of a cease-fire and political talks. weeks later, the deal collapsed and fighting has not stopped since. the president of ivory coast has -- anchor: the president of ivory coast has appointed an interim prime minister. the party is claiming victory despite incomplete figures are slowly coming out. some are alleging widespread fraud, which the government rejects. the british royal family under mounting scrutiny following an interview with prince harry, meghan markle and oprah winfrey. meghan said concerns have been raised about the color of their child within the family, and they described allegations of
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racism and bullying force them to step back from the monarchy. >> i just did not want to be alive anymore. reporter: the pressure cooker of palace life pushed meghan markle to the brink of contemplating suicide. an interview with oprah winfrey, she also accused the royals of spreading lies about her. >> i don't know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us. reporter: when she was pregnant, she said there were questions about her son's color. her mother's black and father white. >> we had the conversation of he will not be given security or a title. and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born. >> i feel really let down.
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reporter: also in the spotlight, prince harry's relationship with his father, prince charles >> i was seeing history repeating itself, and more dangerous because you at race and social media in. reporter: there were echoes of the 1995 tv tello with -- tell all with princess diana when she revealed details about controls's marital of cells -- prince charles's marital affairs. >> the sad fact is royalty is diminished by coming down into the gutter and having a public fight. it benefits from keeping a distance from common argument. unfortunately, neither side is going to come out of this particularly well, and i think indeed we can assume safely there are faults on both sides. reporter: head of the interview, the palace lunch a formal
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investigation into allegations meghan markle bullied former aides, something she strongly denies. the family few has led to a frenzy of claims and counterclaims in tabloid media, and there are tw■vx■?al camps in
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