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needs w.-h. and making healthy a wound. to every. liberal us supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg has died at the age of 87. i'm not about this and this is al jazeera live from doha president and the republican controlled senate are expected to fast track a replacement for ginsburg and a bit to expand the top codes conservative majority. democratic presidential contender joe biden says whoever is elected in november should have the right to pick a nominee. also ahead local restrictions imposed across europe as france recalls
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the highest number of coronavirus deaths in 4 months in the u.k. also warns of curves. and we begin with breaking news from the united states where a supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg has died of complications from pancreatic cancer the 87 year old had been a champion of women's rights and the leader of the court's liberal wing her death gives president trumpet chance to dramatically expand the court's conservative majority at a time when america is deeply divided and the presidential vote is just over 6 weeks away heidi jocasta begins our coverage with a look back at ruth bader ginsburg's life and legacy. physically ruth bader ginsburg was diminutive but she loomed large on the u.s. supreme court ginsburg was a blunt talking liberal who often challenge her conservative colleagues on the bench warrant to jewish immigrants in brooklyn new york in 1933 ginsburg was
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a brilliant student she was one of only 9 women to enroll in harvard university law school in 1956 later transferring to columbia university where she graduated at the top of her class but as ginsburg told one television interviewer no law firms wanted to hire the married mother i had 3 strikes against me what i was jewish to i was a woman but the killer was i was the mother of the 4 you. heard but as the 1960 s. and seventy's launched the women's movement ginsburg found a place in academia then as co-founder of a women's rights project for the american civil liberties union she wrote the 1st supreme court brief on gender discrimination after 12 years as an appeals court judge in washington d.c. president bill clinton appointed ginsburg to the u.s. supreme court in 1993 ginsburg proved to be a consistent liberal voice on the increasingly conservative high court she
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supported abortion rights and gender equality she also advocated using international laws to shape u.s. laws the outspoken ginsburg was known to verbalize spar with her conservative colleagues and courted controversy over comments she made about president donald trump during the early days of his administration but her candor along with the biography notorious r b g helped make the supreme court justice something of a cult figure even spawning parodies of her on late night comedy shows still ginsburg took her role in her legacy on the court seriously i would do this. as long as i feel that i can do it. ginsburg strive to maintain strong liberal voices on the supreme court to balance the conservative ones now her own voice has been silenced castro al-jazeera before her death ginsburg to tainted this statement to her granddaughter which reads my most 5 and wish is that i will not be replaced
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until a new president is installed donald trump has just commented on justice ginsburg's death after holding a rally in minnesota. i didn't know that i just don't remember the 1st. 11 days you know i mean what else can you say she was an amazing moment. she was an amazing woman. i didn't mean you i. actually said to him then. thank you very much for the last democratic presidential nominee joe biden says justice ginsburg shake the basis of law for a generation he also says her replacement should be picked after the presidential election she has been absolutely consistent and reliable royce for. for freedom an opportunity for everyone and. you know and she never failed voters should pick the president and the
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president should pick the justice for the senate to consider. this was the position of the republican senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election that's the position the united states senate must take today so let's go live to alan fischer who's outside the supreme court allan we've seen pictures of the last few hours of people gathering outside the supreme court which is very unusual obviously since the since the passing of a supreme court justice. i think it acknowledges one home port and ruth bader ginsburg's position on the court wars but also a mark of the affection that people here held for her just step away you can see the people that lined up all the way on the steps of the supreme court been here
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since news of her death just a couple of hours ago many of them lighting candles a lot of people bringing flowers and if we move the camera around you can see that the flags here at the supreme court are flying at half staff no this is been very peaceful process people missing in national anthem in america the brave it's been very quiet given the number of people here except for 15 minutes ago when people arrived carrying megaphones supporters of donald trump and they took up a position at the foot of the steps and started talking about trump must immediately appoint someone to the supreme court is in right wing justice they were immediately. immediately turned out by chance of our b.g. and people saying go home go home they have no. silence them but they were just standing over there where you can see the rainbow flags this is going to be a very interesting 46 days before the election you remember back 4 years ago antonin scalia who was a republican leaning justice died as joe biden said almost 10 months before the
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election barack obama was the president then he suggested merrick garland as his replacement and mitch mcconnell said point that they were not going to put the nomination either to committee or on the floor of the senate the reason he says is that the republican senate was elected as a check and balance on the final days of the obama presidency and therefore it would be inappropriate to go ahead with a vote asked in the last couple of hours if mitch mcconnell know intended to bring forward a nominee and if a name was provided by donald trump he said he would and so donald trump who in the last week or so has unveiled a list of people that he would like to see on the supreme court will no bring forward one of those names here's the difficulty there's going to be a process which involves senate hearings over the next $46.00 days and if the senate committee the judiciary committee agrees on the nomination and goes to a full senate for the vote and whether or not they can get that done before the
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election isn't clear there are a number of republican senators who are in tight races who may not want to cast a vote at this point because that could cost them reelection. it's possible though that they may well be able to squeeze it in before january 20th which of course is the date of the inauguration and if joe biden wins that would mean he would not get a pick for the supreme court. there are many people no talking about if joe biden wins and the recent poll suggested that the democrats could possibly seize control of the senate as well then it would be incumbent on the senate to expand the number of people on the supreme court and that could cause a constitutional crisis. here in the united states it's an incredible thing to happen just a short time before the election and it's a situation that many people are going to be watching in the words of donald trump something we'll be watching very closely allan thanks very much that's alan fischer outside the supreme court's i want to talk to john markham he's joining us live on
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skype from washington d.c. he's director of the me center for legal and judicial studies and senior legal fellow at the conservative heritage foundation we appreciate your time so thank you very much indeed i understand that the heritage foundation was one of those organizations that donald trump consulted prior to nominating brett kavanaugh to the supreme court i want to ask you 1st of all about this decision about mitch mcconnell saying that this nomination this nominee will get voted on in the senate at this point now just to reiterate for our viewers back in 2016 mitch mcconnell refused to vote on an obama nominee because he said it was too close to the nomination i if i understand it correctly that was about 9 months before that election were only 6 weeks away from this election and yet mr mcconnell says that vote is going to go ahead how are republicans going to answer the inevitable accusations of apoc recy. well for now i know we don't have
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a divided government at the moment we have a republican majority in the senate and a republican president that was not the case in 2016 this is of course the end of. first term president obama was finishing up his 2nd term so we knew for a fact that president obama was not going to be returning to the oval office but look at democrats are going to say that the republicans are being hypocrites and mitch mcconnell will have to work very very hard if he is going to keep all of his republican colleagues or enough of his republican colleagues in line in order to actually go through with the confirmation process in the you know the wake of the fact that we have an election that's imminent one would imagine the confirmation process is going to be incredibly intense for whichever nominee it is compared to previous ones yes i think that that is correct so when neil gorsuch replaced antonin scalia you could more or less speak in broad terms say this was a conservative replacing
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a conservative when anthony kennedy was replaced by brett kavanaugh you could say we had a conservative leaning justice with a lot of libertarian instincts being replaced by conservatives here we are talking about a liberal icon who did lead a remarkable life and an incredible legacy being replaced by a conservative and we haven't seen that i don't think since thurgood marshall was replaced by clarence thomas and it will certainly be a very contentious confirmation process one of the words of course that keeps coming up when we're dealing with this subject is the balance the perceived balance of the supreme court doesn't republican nominee have an extra responsibility to show that he or she is acting independently and on a case by case basis rather than simply following an ideology or following politics . i don't know why a republican would have a need to do that any more than a democrat my feeling is that all people who are p. considered for a life tenure positions on the federal bench ought to make that promise in fact
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it's part of their judicial oath that they are not going to prejudge cases and that they are going to dispense justice equally equally to all based on the law and based on nothing but the law so i don't think that something that republicans ought to do more than democrats i think in every judicial nominee ought to do that for john mccain we really appreciate you giving us your time and your expertise thank you very much indeed thank you good to be with you well adriano espaillat is a democratic congressman he's joining us on skype from new york let me just get your reaction 1st of all to the death of ruth bader ginsburg a tragic. sure 'd lady but. for america. if we want to have a taurus or particularly m.p. keen interest in her and she was just tremendous
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a staunch. supporter of the 1st. john malcolm was just saying there that it is incumbent on every member of the supreme court to centrally sign a declaration that they will be acting independently and free of political and ideological pressure what concerns do you have if any that any nominee from the trumpet ministration would do anything other than that. well the nation is very divided right now there are strong feelings on both extremes i think we need to take a deep breath and move for expeditiously but carefully and of course. we've seen the horse play a pivotal role 'd in the last 3 and a half years in our democracy the courts have fought they have to step in to decide . up. to the american people of great importance to the american
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people and very often they have shown the president actually like we have even seen some of his appointees take positions that are not that way now perhaps of his liking but an attempt to fast track this nomination 47 days before the election and to stack the deck ideologically you don't want to wait will be up put some damage to your democratic process and in a democratic system ruth bader ginsburg was of course known for her work in terms of promoting women's rights i think between the 1950 s. and the 1970 s. when she was the head of pretty much every major case that was related to women's rights at that time but of course that were wider issues as well far minorities within the u.s. what is your concern if the republican administration nominated candidate gets
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on to the supreme court what is your concern for the rights of women and minorities within the united states. it would be assault to. i think that we're often seeing an ideological war scenario play out in america were. war war swell being played out in america that often manifests itself in the courtroom is so to the point. nominee that will be a far right now many ideologically to the far right look being an attempt to ship the pendulum dramatically in one direction and giving benefits to one sector of society while denying minority groups in particularly women and minority groups the fundamental rights that this country most offer to all of our citizens so i'm
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very concerned that a radical. right way the nominee will ship the pendulum to a direction that will send us back for decades and decades and we'll see the approach of some basic right to have allowed our country to move forward and prosper yes so i am very concerned about that and then as pat we appreciate your joining us and i'll just say to thank you very much indeed sir thank you kindly thank you for having me the composition of the supreme court has now become a bigger election issue but the november vote just 6 weeks away in person voting began in 4 states on friday for genya south dakota wyoming and minnesota and both presidents on band his democratic rival joe biden held campaign rallies in minnesota today john hendren has more from minneapolis. from the shores of the $10000.00 lakes minnesota looks to serene to be
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a battleground but joe biden and donald trump are treating it like one billionaires in america do this pandemic and made another 300000000000 dollars. hear what i just said in the middle of the pandemic that the left to wonder as a consequence ordinary folks who's looking out for me but it is even pledged to terminate our travel ban jihadist regions jihadist regions they've already been doing that opening the floodgates to radical islamic terrorists. long reliably democratic stronghold minnesota hasn't voted for a republican for president in nearly half a century but it came close in 2016 when donald trump did better than expected in rural and suburban areas his campaign says the state remains in play this time around the 1st test of the election came on friday when voters in minnesota and 3
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other states cast the 1st in person ballots of the presidential polling. biden's campaign says he will be making a couple stops a week focusing heavily on the really voting states with the polls open both candidates are campaigning in the northern mining area known as the iron range once a democratic stronghold more recently the site of a pro trump rebellion biden wants to hold on to a traditionally democratic state for trump if he can win here in minnesota he can lose in one of the other swing states he won last time and still have a path to victory. in. the death of george floyd in minneapolis fueled anti-racism demonstrations across the country and trump's call for law and order when the far left riders rampage across minneapolis and they rampage across your state. how about your police department let's just run for your lives at this out there for they were told to do you have a good police to pop and you have good police but they're not allowed to do their
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job the campaign stops on friday showcase the 2 men's views on the pandemic biden's cautious crowd was socially distance masked and sparse while trump supporters were largely masculist close and crowded trump has given up and even pretended to do is john out almost 200000 lives lost in the last 6 months polls show biden ahead here as they showed hillary clinton ahead in 2016 but trump is confidently telling voters to ignore the polls in cast their ballots for him this time in minnesota is well john hendren l.g. 0 minneapolis minnesota the top health agency in the u.s. has reversed a guideline on covert 1000 testing off to widespread criticism since august the centers for disease control and prevention had said people didn't need to get tested if they come in close contact with an infected person but didn't feel sick themselves that prompted objections from scientists who allege the revised rules
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came from trump appointees. well a surge in coronavirus cases has for several governments to reimpose some restrictions infections worldwide have now topped $13000000.00 spain is limiting movement in and around the capitol in the dritte the british prime minister has warned that a 2nd wave is inevitable and even bother reports. early on in the pandemic spain was hit just about as hard as anywhere in europe now in the capital madrid the health systems under renewed pressure with covered 19 cases rising one in 5 hospital beds in the region is now taken up by someone with corona virus. we are set to rated with people who need health care and patients that need care we are doing the best we can but we need more health workers we need more resources. spain's one of many european nations now bringing in localized lockdowns worried about a 2nd wave of covered over winter months for this bus driver bringing his son in
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for a test it's the right approach and i understand that we need to save the economy and move forward the health is the most important thing but our health we don't have money in the czech republic there were more than 3000 new cases on thursday adjusted for population only spain and france within the european union have seen a bigger jump in the last 2 weeks now bars are having their opening hours reduced and in prague people will have to wear a face covering it outdoor events with more than 100 attending in the u.k. covered cases of doubled in a week and health officials are worried about rises in infections and hospital admissions among all ages next week people in more regions will be told not to mix with other households just like nearly 2000000 in the north east of england have i think it's a fast because in one hand she thought people can go on holiday. if the people who can go into james if a paper that was going to restaurants in pope's up to 10 o'clock at night but you can't have your own family tree house i mean i don't understand this. where's the
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sense in western logic of the internet if we aren't going to willingly of people that have been kicked more north. we wouldn't be in this position now would be further down the line the u.k. government's considering warnings from its scientific advisors that restrictions may have to be imposed across england next month to drive down transmission we are now seeing a 2nd wave coming in that we saw in france you see spain across across europe it's being absolutely i'm afraid inevitable you see it in this country in scotland the 1st ministers calling this the most decisive moment since march we may not be on a 10 airlie or a stage or a similar path to that that has been taken in recent weeks by france so our task is to make sure if we can interrupt that and we don't end up we're the hour now here in london the mayor city can is warning that the city's about 2 weeks behind
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those regions of england already under local lockdown he's also hit out at problems experienced by londoners needing a cobbett test citing government incompetence across europe governments are having to act fast winter is approaching and with it predictable pressures on public health facilities but persuading the public to abide by new curbs on their freedom could prove a tough challenge the dean barber al-jazeera london. just like almost is director for the national center for disaster preparedness at columbia university he's joining us and skype from manchester in connecticut good to have you with us again jeff given the fact that we are at the stage where we are now we're seeing this spike in numbers around the world the previous time one gets the impression particular from the danes reports that it was the lock downs that really didn't put things into a halt today at least slowed them down is a lockdown the only way to get control of this again. well it's certainly one of
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the most effective ways especially when you're seeing really significant increases in really sort of out of control spread of the buyer as what you're essentially doing is you're denying of the opportunity to jump from one person to another and so very significantly suppressing that transmission which then gives you options for relaxing restrictions and kind of getting parts of the economy going again it's a very caustic tool it's very traumatic just to society in the short run but when you see the numbers running away like that it can be a very effective tool and ultimately lead to more options in the long run if we do bring in more locked ons around the world is another risk that we're going to be in this situation again playing again those locked up as the 2nd lot does over eventually start to be lifted. so there is sort of 2 sides to that one is that pandemics often come in waves so no matter how effective you are in the 1st wave it has a way of sort of traveling around and coming back again and again so i think no matter what you do have to be ready to to know what your options are for a spot in a subsequent waves but more directly will it bounce back right away or not that has
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a lot to do with what you do after the lockdown are people taking personal responsibility to continue to social distance to continue to wear masks to take in the relaxed restrictions but those restrictions still in place seriously to keep that transmission low so you can start to gradually open up more and more although still a ways off from getting back to normal are we in a different situation now when we're considering more lockdowns and certainly with regard to the virus as we were when the 1st lockdowns were introduced. absolutely i think there are 2 things one working for us one working against us the 1st is that we know a lot more about this fires there's still a lot we don't know but the modes of transmission the rates of transmission even treatment and what signals to look for in terms of how serious it is it's all a little bit better defined now that it's been going on for a while but which means that maybe total lockdown might not be as necessary maybe there are some key points within the community where you before you have to get to
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that point of total lockdown as you can do less severe measures but the other piece that's going to work against us is really just this ongoing fatigue particularly in very individualistic cultures and societies people you know really craving their individual freedom we've been at this for a long time people are getting tired they're exhausted they're feeling a lot of pain from the lack of social interaction some of the economic pressure and i think it's going to make it that much harder for people to adhere to the lockdowns and take yet another hit for for the greater good jeff psychologically is director of the national center of disaster preparedness at columbia university jeff as always we appreciate your time thank you very much indeed thank you always good to talk. a university in the thai capital which has a history of political activism is the venue for the latest anti-government protests planned for saturday the student led movement has for months been calling for new elections and a rewritten constitution when he reports from bangkok. i'm
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politics in thailand's universities can be a colorful affair parades before events like football games are often used to criticize the government or highlight social issues students from thomas out university in bangkok are thailand's most politically active and there again leading protests against the government's. but 44 years ago they were at the center of one of thailand's darkest moments when when i had to run 2 bullets ahead and so bullets ricocheting and hitting buildings around me when i tried to leave the campus in 1986 up the 9 and other students were inside thomas out protesting against the return from exile of a former military ruler. they were surrounded by police and royalists who opened fire killing almost 50 people although other reports put the death toll higher. the tipping point was a student play that featured a mock hanging of. the royalists allege he was chosen at the time because he looked
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like the crown prince who's now thailand's king were long gone. spent 2 years in prison without charge and says any resemblance was a coincidence today student protesters are continuing the call of the a pretty to sis is for structural political change but they're also making unprecedented demands for reform of the monarchy including a call to reduce the political power of the king it's a dangerous move in a country where the royal family is supposed to be untouchable and beyond criticism several pro-government politicians and activists have warned that because the students are targeting the monarchy the violence of $976.00 could happen again. and they believe the young protesters are being used by corrupt politicians fake neo. that fake news is being used to discredit the monarchy for political gain to make thailand weak and to cause conflict between people. they also allege the students
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are being funded by foreign governments trying to destabilize thailand a form of protest is accused of being communists in 1976 say that's a familiar tactic and are proud the new generation is continuing to fight for change i think that it's normal for thomas students to come out and good for them to come out there are problems in our society so i support their movements we need a new driving force to fix these issues. so far the protests have been peaceful and the government says it won't try to stop them but history suggests that as they grow their patience may run out. bangkok. president has defended himself against allegations of corruption as members of congress decide whether to impeach him not on the scotto legislators his conscience is clear and that the country shouldn't be distracted from its real challenges he denies interfering in an investigation into government contracts awarded to a musician who's
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a friend of his. well it took the effort of 15 different environmental groups but now dozens of babies in turtles are leaving their nests and they're on their way to the sea off to mizzi i'm only one out of $100.00 loggerhead sea turtles survive and just one in 1000 manage to lay eggs if it's threats from plastic waste fishing and climate change. this is all it is here are these of the top stories tributes have been pouring in from across the political divide for u.s. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg who's died of complications from pancreatic cancer the 87 year old had been a champion of women's rights and the leader of the court's liberal wing her death gives president trump a chance to dramatically expand the court's conservative majority at a time when america is deeply divided and the presidential vote is just over 6
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weeks away alan fisher has more from washington d.c. hundreds of people have gathered here in the last news of the day that would be the ginsburg has broken the flags here flying at half staff it's incredibly quiet given the number of people that are actually here people sitting in contemplation of what this might actually mean many lovers in the. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says donald trump's nominee to fill the supreme court vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the senate and $3016.00 he refused to allow a vote on barack obama's nominee saying it could be done only after the election his back said shortly before her death it was her most fervent wish she would not be replaced until after the election that's been echoed by democratic presidential nominee joe biden early voting has begun in 4 states minnesota virginia south dakota and wyoming voting by mail is already underway in some of those states both
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joe biden and donald trump have been campaigning in minnesota spain's capital madrid is going back into lockdown after a rise in coronavirus cases in the u.k. the prime minister says a 2nd wave is inevitable and that another lockdown might be necessary. israel has imposed a nationwide lockdown for the 2nd time it's kind of the height of the jewish holiday season in a blow to already struggling business owners guatemala's president has tested positive for covert 1964 year old out of hundreds he is now urging his entire cabinet to get tested the culture minister has also contract the coronavirus say is the 4th latin american leader to have tested positive for the virus that was the headlines coming up next it's a.j. selects the by. one day i might be covering politics for you and the next time i hear of micro tossing from serbia the hungry what's most important is talking to people understanding what they are going through so that i can convey the headlines
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