tv Al Jazeera English News Bulletin LINKTV August 26, 2019 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
♪ >> the g-7 summit has wrapped up in france after three days of talks between the leaders of seven of the world's richest and most influential nation's. is a breakthrough destinations. there is most influential nations. there is a breakthrough between the united states and iran. we have more from the g-7 summit. reporter: the prospect was an unlikely outcome of the g-7. as the summit came to an end, the president suggested talks between donald trump and hassan rouhani or possible. -- were possible. >> at some point, there has to be a meeting between the iranian
president and the u.s. president. i hope that in the next few weeks, this meeting will take place. france takes a role as well as the other partners. pulledr: trump out of the iran nuclear deal and imposes sanctions. >> we're looking for no nuclear weapons, no ballistic missiles. very simple. we can have it done in a short period of time. i really believe iran can be a great nation. reporter: the development came one day after the unexpected arrival of the iranian foreign minister in gerrit's -- in barrett's -- in the region. trump's conciliatory tone also expanded to trade. saying washington could begin talks to solve tariff disputes. emmanuel macron said he wanted to use the progress on the
escalating tensions over iran and help tackle the amazon rain forest fires. the french president has succeeded on several fronts. there were unresolved issues. the u.k.'s prime minister, boris johnson, received a big promise of a trade accord with the u.s. and was no nearer with a deal with the eu. >> i think it is what the people want and what our friends and partners on the other side want. they want this thing done, they want it over. reporter: last year, trump refused to sign the final g-7 statement. writing,ommitments in the challenge will be to compel the verbal promises they have made. al jazeera.
anchor: stock markets across asia closed sharply down earlier on fears about the china u.s. trade war and partly by trump's statements in the g7. the nikkei index plunged more than 2% and china's currency dropped to an 11 year low. donald trump said he wished he had impose higher tariffs on china on friday, then set trade talks would resume shortly. sharesn and u.s. declined. tensions between the french and brazilian leaders over the amazon wildfires cap personal. after emmanuel macron accused is brazilian -- has brazilian counterpart of not helping with the fires, bolsonaro hit back with a post attacking macron's wife. -- macron's wife.
>> it is set for him and for the -- sad for him and the brazilian people. think the brazilians are great people and i am ashamed to see this behavior. bolsonaro says the idea to create an international help the fires at the amazon rain forest would be like treating brazil like a colony. brazil's environment minister has welcomed the g7 offer of $20 million to help fight the fires. we have more from northwest brazil. reporter: several hundred visit when -- brazilian military personnel have been the floor to the state capital. we have seen the c-130 planes flying in, which have been used to spray water on the affected areas. this was a move by president bolsonaro to appease the foreign
criticism. he is a military man who sees the military as a solution to many of the country's problems. have so far not accepted help from many other countries. israel, at this stage, is sending expertise to help with the fires. it has begun raining. at the first downpour of the rainy season, which many feel is putting an end to the crisis as far as this year goes. go somewill certainly way to putting up the last of the fires in this particular region. we flew over this area early this morning in a small plane to see what damage had been done. most of the fires were out. but the evidence of the devastation the fires have caused was evident. vegetationrnt
throughout this particular area and also evidence of much devastation done in previous years. now, cattle farms, soy plantations are cutting a huge swathe through this part of the amazon. anchor: brazil's talks with the wo -- critics say burn practices have contributed to fires across the amazon. , weof the hardest hit areas have reports. reporter: this may look like a golf course, but it was once an amazonian jungle. it is located in the center of brazil. decades of deforestation have this a profitable area for agribusiness, and that is why the recent fires affecting the amazon are not surprising to people like bruno. >> every year, there are fires, but the situation is worse now
because of the president and climate change. he tells people to cut down trees and nothing will happen to them. the data we have shows the heat and it can be bear fight -- be verified whether it is a fire. reporter: he compares the maps of 2018 with what is occurring this year. the maps show where the fires are. we travel for four hours and arrive at one of the places it highlighted. in parts of the amazon, the burned areas have increased by 83% in just the past year. fires are natural let this time of year because of the dry weather, the heat, and the wind, but environmentalists say the sharp increase this year is due onfarmers setting the forest fire to clear the land for pastors. in many cases, those fires get out of control. brazilian law says that landowners can only cut down 20% of the trees in their property, but that is really enforced.
carlos is a small farmer in the area. he is afraid to show his face. hasident also narrow repeatedly said he wants to open up the amazon for business. hasresident bolsonaro repeatedly said he wants to open up the amazon for business, encouraging people to burn more trees. >> he says he wants development and this is what development may bring. there is no limit to one bashan and every -- ambition and everyone wants more. reporter: deeper in the forest, it is not hard to find on cut trees in the woods hiding from the satellites, the first step to conquer new territories and extend the agricultural frontier for catalan crop. the government insist -- cattle and crops. the government insists this is the's worst in recent they accuse the
government of failing to protect the environment. enato has lived here his whole life and have -- has struggled to find middle ground. >> to the president attacking in , families from here, they say that because in ge -- ngo are attacking the truth. reporter: government control is the only way to prevent the destruction of what is left of amazonian. what worries many here is they claim the central government is purposely looking away. anchor: the tension is on the app -- the attention is on the amazon now, but there are other fires burning in central africa. 70% of the active fires in the
world are in africa. satellite data shows fires raging through angola and the republic of -- democratic republic of congo. the large numbers are believed to be burn practices by farmers, compounded by shorter rainy seasons. we have a data scientist and draft specialist who focuses on agricultural trends who says the lack of the region is having a huge -- of rain in the region is having a huge impact. >> the impact of these brushfires is getting worse. if you look a lot of sunny aired parts of the west african sahara, that used to be a dry season, and when the rains would come around, the grasslands would grow again. unfortunately, we are seeing a very significant increase in variability of rainfall making the rain season very volatile
and less predictable. anchor: pharmaceutical giant johnson & johnson has been found liable in a massive lawsuit accused of feeling that opioid epidemic. -- fueling the opioid epidemic. they flooded the market with them. it will pay damages of $572 million. it is the first case to go to trial after many lawsuits against opioid medication or is and distributors. shares of the company rose 5% following the decision. opioid overdoses have become a nationwide epidemic, claiming the lives of tens of thousands americans every year. nationwide, 130 people die everyday from opioid overdoses according to the u.s. department
of health and human services. involve0% of the cases drugs prescribed by a doctor. life just outside -- live just outside oklahoma city. why is this scene as a landmark seen as a landmark ruling? reporter: this ruling does not give oklahoma the money they want. they want $17.2 billion. the message here is what it says to the pharmaceutical company. the judge was fairly unequivocal and blaming johnson & johnson for their role in fueling the kobe owed crisis. it has claimed more than -- the opioid crisis. of pendinghousands cases. those who work on the front lines are treating people. one of the lawyers for oklahoma
son to two edition -- locked up his son due to its action sent a strongnd message to other pending cases. anchor: what happens next? reporter: johnson & johnson will appeal the decision. they say they broke no laws and were given the go-ahead by the u.s. government to but these pills on the market. that really doesn't matter at the moment, because all these pending cases set a precedent. the judge was fairly unequivocal. .e gave a short statement --pushed i met a chief of police who told me he lost four of his officers -- four of his officers lost
children to his epidemic -- this epidemic. precedent, and those pharmaceutical companies now may very well be worried. you may say something like was signed the late 90's one big tobacco settled with something like 47 state. johnson & johnson -- 47 states. johnson & johnson will appeal. anchor: thank you very much. more to come, including tensions rising once again in myanmar, with the unofficial army taking on the government. as the amazon continues to burn, brazil's neighbors are also suffering from massive wildfires. ♪
meteorologist: cool weather across the southeast of australia. clouds and coastal areas. it will bring one or two showers. tuesday, a cloudy day with a chance of showers pushing through. some clouds sitting off the coast. 22 degrees celsius the high on tuesday. wednesday, up to 20 degrees. quite a few degrees -- 28 degrees. quite a few degrees above average. cloudy skies and showers into melbourne. brisbane.24 in we have mostly clear skies for the next couple of days. we have sunshine with clouds. it should not be wet. showers on tuesday, but it is a clearing picture into wednesday. plenty of rain pushing through much of central and western japan.
it is the season already for this time of year. they are quite heavy and becoming widespread. some locations into western areas could see as much as 200 millimeters of rain. cloudy skies in seoul. osaka, 28 degrees. ♪ anchor: top stories here on al jazeera -- donald trump says he is willing to consider meeting his iranian counterpart, making the statement as the g-7 summit wrapped up in france. a judge in the u.s. state of oklahoma found johnson & johnson liable for the opioid epidemic in the state, which has killed thousands. g7 offers accepted the
of $20 million to help tackle ongoing fires in the amazon. ansident bolsonaro said alliance to save the rainforest would be a form of cologne -- colonization. bolivia is also under threat of fires with millions of hectares burned. the president is now welcoming international aid. critics say the government is being far too slow to act. we have more. reporter: wildfires are burning beyond brazil's amazon. in neighboring bolivia, forests and entire villages in the region have also been destroyed. as the fires grow, the country is now welcoming internationally -- international aid. the president was reluctant at first saying that country had the resources to handle the emergency, but he has since changed his mind. >> i welcome the support of the
president's of paraguay -- presidents of paraguay, chile, and spain. the development and government america says it will donate about half $1 million. in this region, families and mothers carrying their children evacuate their village hoping the flames will spare their homes. aipac few backs -- they pack the you bags bags, knowingew everything may burned to the ground. the wildfires have led to protest. critics say bolivia's government was slow to respond and have contributed to the problem. illegal deforestation is on the set and fires are commonly by farmers to clear land for
cattle and crops. >> what has been done has been done too late. so much land has been destroyed. that allowsslation farmers to burn land that needs to be repealed. they need to be punished. reporter: bolivia's military has been called in with an additional 200,000 firefighters. will suspendales his campaign for a week as he handles the fires. many feared to much environmental damage has already been done. new visa rules borrowing -- barring venezuelans from entering ecuador freely are now in effect. in the hours before the restriction started, at least 4 million venezuelans fled in recent years escaping
the political and economic crisis. we have more from near ecuador's porter of columbia. reporter: this is the first day the venezuelans are being required to have visas to get into this country. up until midnight, was off ,- we saw thousands of families women, pregnant women, elderly people trying to get across the border before the regulation went into effect. now, the border is practically empty and we see hundreds of people behind me on the colombian sign being told they cannot get through. they say they are not going to let that stop them and they will use the illegal crossing if necessary. for need to pay $20 venezuelans, the average salary in venezuela now is less than
two u.s. dollars. they say their own citizens do not have enough work, they are saturated. anchor: police in india say protesters in kashmir have killed the driver of what they thought was a military truck. we have reports from the district. this should be a happy time. the crop is looking good this season and will be ready for harvesting in september, but the region's locked on made it hard to get supplies, and laborers from outside are being told to stay out. >> the laborers from outside kashmir, the government told them to go home. we can get pesticides because
the markets are shut. vegetables, we can't even get for for ourselves -- meat ourselves because everything is shut. reporter: that is affecting people with small businesses, especially in farming, who worry with restrictions in communication and movement, their hard work could be thrown away. most businesses are staying shut. carpet sellers have already stocked up for tourists and wedding season this month, but few have had sales. they belong to poor families, we help pay them. reporter: houseboat hotels sit empty. with only local people writing a aw of the gondolas -- riding few of the gondolas, many are just fishing to pass the time or get a meal. driven out ofbeen
the area. it is not the first time kashm iris have suffered from businesses being shut down. >> [indiscernible] everything is at stake. reporter: he doesn't know if you will be allowed to transport his current to market or find enough trucks to do so. he will continue tending his fields. for many here, culture and pride are more important than business and money. anchor: the crisis in myanmar has captured the attention of the world. the ethnic people have been fighting for recognition and
rights. in 2009, they found it an armed group. there has been a spike in violence in the past few months. reporter: at the end of 2018, fighting between the ethnic army and the myanmar army escalated. it continued this year. the latest outbreak, earlier this year when it was reported more than 20 people were killed from both sides. the ethnic people are fighting for greater autonomy from the central government. the region was called arakan before it's renaming. -- its renaming. it prompted a mass exodus across the border into bangladesh. ar -- army is in nearby
states. >> this is an outstanding point in policy from our organization. we want to be able to have our own arakan state future. reporter: thousands have fled the violence, living in camps. over the last three years, more females have started to join the arakan army ranks after losing family and land. >> have never been in a situation like this before. i feel very sad. iwant help as much as can for the displaced people. people,: he feels the -- want the world to see what happened to arakan people.