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check check international aid is finally making it to the philippines. getting it to people is a major challenge. >> in afghanistan - a suicide bomb goes off just as leaders decide how much longer american troops should stay in the country. in chile two women compete for the highest office in the land. . hello, welcome to al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm morgan radford. the relief effort in the philippines is picking up.
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nine days after typhoon haiyan left parts of the country in ruins. tens of thousands of victims are starting to get medical care as food and water is being dropped to isolated areas. >> let's bring in craig leeson who is in tacloban. >> is international aid finally getting to the hard to reach places. >> it is starting to trickle through. we are seeing a lot of aid come in here at the air force base in cebu. it's piling in and being distributed to areas in need - particularly tacloban in leyte, the epicentre of this disaster. but the challenge has been getting it from tacloban out into the - the regions from there that are hard to reach. many of them are still cut off. there is only power to four of the 30 provinces hit by the typhoon. there are difficulties that aid
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workers are still seeing that were there from day one. we travelled up to bantayan yesterday with a cargo shift, one of the first aid relief and witnessed the hunger of people as they crowded around the trucks of rice, trying to get food for the first time in many days. just about every home was destroyed on that island. 95% totalled. they didn't get the tidal surge, but they got the wind. there isn't the medical need up there, there weren't the deaths and casualties, but they have problems with shelter and disease and things like that. yes, the relief is arriving. in the remote areas it's trickling in. that is causing problems for the philippines government, which copped flak over the pace with which it's getting relief into the areas. >> you mentioned disease - why is that becoming an issue right
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now? >> well, the problem you have is that there are bodies laying on the side of the road. they've been there since the disaster happened. seven, eight days ago. that's causing major problems because they are becoming fettered. the stench is almost unbearable. also groundwater is a problem. people don't have water in many of these areas, and they are relying on rain fall to keep them watered. that's not enough. so the children are drinking from places where they shouldn't be. that groundwater is contaminated, it's causing disease, diarrhoea. problems like pneumonia are starting to raise themselves now because even though it's hot and humid here during the day, that's raining of a night-time. people get wet and cold. that causes problems with things like pneumonia. >> power outages, pneumonia. craig leeson reporting from cebu
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in the philippines, keeping us posted. thank you for being with us. >> the future of u.s. troops in afghanistan may have motivated a taliban-led attack in kabul. six from killed when a suicide bomb ripped through the city. the blast comes ahead of a meeting with tribal elders, who are discussing the presence of american soldiers. we go to jane ferguson. >> it was an attack on the place where future talks about u.s. forcers remaining will occur. a car slammed into a military vehicle, as the afternoon rush hour was beginning. civilians was among those killed and injured. >> translation: i have a kebab stall. there was a big bang. everything went dark. i didn't understand what was happening. they took me to the hospital. when i came back to my shop a lot of people were injured.
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there was a lot of mista smoke dust. >> the plast destroyed cars and had the -- blast destroyed many cars. >> translation: there was huge flames and spoke. i know the shopkeepers. there are butchers, vegetable sellers. they were all hurt. >> police say it was a suicide car bombing here, targetting the afghan military president, which was here, trying to protect where the loya jirga hall is, beyond the row of trees you can see. the loya jirga hall is meant to host 2,500 representatives from around afghanistan later next week, who will come to discuss the future of u.s. troops in the country. >> there has been a heavy security presence here for weeks. thousands of security forces have been deployed on to kabul's
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streets, trying to stop this happening next week. >> loya jirga hall gathers community leaders. it's an afghan way of making a decision. in this case about whether u.s. forces should stay after their deadline for withdrawal next year. those responsible for this bombing prefer to use their voice in a more direct, violent way. >> a bilateral security agreement was hammered out in cappual during a visit by -- kabul during a visit by secretary of state john kerry, but a final agreement is in the hands of the elders. >> the u.s. is in talks with libya to train 7,000 security force, according to the head of u.s. special operations demand, admiral william mc-craven. it could help armed groups fighting for control. violence continued on saturday when libyan soldiers stormed a
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militia base killing four. a day after armed groups opened fire on protesters demonstrators demanded militia leave the country. fighting broke out. civilians were caught in the crossfire. 30 were killed. >> chile is hours away from its presidential election. former president michelle bachelet is poised to win. she is within striking difference of the 50% margin needed to avoid a run-off. she was a popular center left leader who left because chile's constitution banned subsequent re-election. >> she is promising an education overhaul after protests calling for preform. her challenger is conservative evelyn matthei. opinion polls put her behind with a 14% margin.
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evelyn matthei is an economist, a former senator and labor minister. she's backed by the outgoing president. >> speaking of immigration reform, it hit a low on capitol hill, but there are changes in the making. they may be able to stop deporting u.s. military personnel. >> spouse, children and parents - all current members and veterans are eligible. >> a 28-year-old hacker will spend a decade behind bars for cyber attack. jeremy hammond is with the group "anonymous" and pleaded guilty to hacking into 800,000 accounts. his lawyer said it was a form of disobedience, wikileaks founder julian assange gave support. >> the government is hitting
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whistleblowers. they are pet by whistleblowers, they are upset by a struggle between secrecy and open innocence. >> jeremy hammond said his goal was to create financial mayhem writing: >> the judge said those conversations proved jeremy hammond did, in fact, mean to cause harm. >> and as online security experts try to out smart cyber attackers one is getting special attention. john hendren introduces us to those protecting it. >> for power companies this is the new frontier - cyber warfare. >> cyber security experts say power stations are a target. north american power stations face 10,000 attempted attacks each month. >> they are more sophisticated now. 10 years or so earlier you didn't have attention on the power infrastructure.
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now there's a lot more attention. >> the power grid is a target because it touches so much of our lives. >> without the power grid we don't have emergency communications, routine communications, hospitals, heating and cooling. we don't have lighting. it's such a desperately large impact. last year the world's most valuable company, the $10 trillion saudi arabia oil company was attacked by a virus shamoon. >> it did not attack the operation, but we lost 3,000 pcs and servers. >> power companies are hiring specialists like those at purdue university, and they are carrying out practice exercises. 800 officials, regulators and homeland security experts gathered in secret to practice fending off a hybrid attack. >> you have a small power
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company, transformer station. cut powerlines, knock a couple of tours down. at the same time you'd attack the technology, the command and control systems, to blind the companies as to what is going on. >> psycho -- cyber attacks can be crippling and expensive. an attack by north korea on see re cost $$8 million. >> cyber security experts say one attack could darken north america and knock this out of commission. that happened in 2003 when a small power outage spread across a canadian province and eight u.s. states, affecting 55 million people. a repeat could bring a series of cascading power failures and cyber security experts say
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widespread panic. >> the department of homeland security found more than 100 cyber attacks against critical infrastructure during 2013. >> the mother of a firefighter killed is suing the stake, seeking $36 million, for the death of her 21-year-old second grant. marcia mckee says the firefighting agencies failed to follow proper firefighting procedures. a lot of snow for the north-west mountains. two feet of snow fell. here is a picture of the roadways, slushy and wet as the snow felt low. it was below the 3,000 foot level. going over to parts of eastern washington, beautiful snow. it's on top of prior snowfall.
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now, as we look at what is happening on the overnight hours. there's the risk of showers and thunder storms coming up for parts of the midwest. plenty of action around wisconsin and chicago. parts of illinois and indian adeveloping the potential for thunder storms. we have combined cold air pushing in. that air is bringing in strong winds, and we are getting whipped advisories popping up. the potential for power out iges with the winds and as storms develop because of temperatures cool to the north and warm and moist to the south-south east. they are coming together. that is the set up for sunday. showers expected to continue for parts of the north-west. a large band of storms overnight
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for places like indiana, ohio, missouri. it goes into the south-east. very concerned about the storms. they can be strong and there is a possibility of an isolated tornado. we'll monitor that. november - still a chance of a tornado because our air masses are balancing from the cold air to the north to the warm air to the south. at 1 o'clock you see a band stretching across kentucky. it shows tennessee included. it continues through sunday afternoon, pushing off the east coast. temperatures cool to the north and very, very warm, well above normal for the south. >> speaking of the weather this weekend the sky is putting on a light show. it's a meteor shower expected to be at its brightest. it's called the leonid meteor,
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happening every november, getting its name from the leer constellation in the east, where it appears. it's comet dust that lights up the sky as it flies buy at 158 miles per hour. you'll have the best chance of seeing it from the south-west or the north-east. a full moon could steal the show. >> a controversial mascot at a california high school has a community in uproar. we'll tell you why. >> and it's a christmas tradition. is it racist? people in the netherlands protesting a holiday character called black pete.
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a southern california school has buckled under pressure to change its controversial mascot. sports teams at coachella valley high school call themselves the arabs.
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the mascot is a bearded man in a head scarf bringing criticism. after a special meeting this weekend the district decided to rethink the mascot's look. the superintendents said changing the nickname which the school used since the 1930s is off the table. >> speaking of controversy, in the netherlands a holiday tradition is sparks claims of racism. a tradition in which revellers dress in black space. phil lavelle has the story from amsterdam. >> they go through the festive period in a big way - santa, angels, christmas trees, but racism? that is what this is. meet black pete the face of sinterklas. every year children across the country paint their faces black. they have done since the 1820,
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and race campaigners say that is where he firmly belongs. >> at the heart of this is a simply question, is black pete honest fun, something for the children. dutch tradition that should be left alone or is he a symbol of racism, slavery, something that should not be around in the year 2013. what started as a discussion evolved into a debate, and a fierce one. the man leading the campaign says as an as a result he's received death threats. >> you have kids running home after school scrubbing the black off their bodies, called dirty black thesieves, and elder by afraid to leave their house. >> is that happening? >> it is. >> black pete may live in the fairy books but his face is fought out in the digital world.
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this is a tale of two facebook campaigns, 13 million wanting it to change, and 2 million saying pete and politics should be kept separate. can you understand why some think it's racist? >> no, i don't understand. >> it's a free country. so many people from outside in the council, 30, 40, years. there are more problems. i think people that live here, and you are black - it's not a problem. >> on sunday thousands take to the streets of amsterdam for the sinterklas parade. there'll be a costume change, but it may not be enough. black pete is black. he's survived nearly 200 years. the question is how many more does he have left? >> and ahead of sunday's parade
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in the dutch capital hundreds came out to protest against the tradition, condemning the white holiday figure and his black helpers. >> maintenance workers in spain reached a deal to end an 11 day strike. thousands of workers were protesting against lay offs and pay cuts. talks continue. >> america's largest aquarium is fighting to have 18 russian ball uga wales imported to the u.s. the aquarium is suing to get a ruling by federal authorities overturned. >> there are 31 beluga wales in human care in north america. the georgia aquarium has four. >> they are a remarkable species, a mark key animal for us. >> the aquarium wants to import some captured in russia. some would be kept at the
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georgia aquarium, the other to five other parks and aquariums in the u.s. the georgia aquarium says receiving the whales is critical for public education. >> we need the animals in our care, moving forward, we can learn everything we need to know. we can take the body of knowledge and apply it to their habitance -- habituates. >> this application has been denied. they are not listed as endangered. with 150,000 of them world wild, a few pods are protected. a statement from noah reads: the federal agencies says it determined five of the whales may have been nursing when captured. >> we have no evidence to support the claim.
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>> the george said it's acting on behalf of the entire zoo logical community by suing noah over a decision to import the whales. increasing the ma'amals captive population through breeding is a key reason for the request. >> there's a possibility if we don't take action, we could lose the population. >> that doesn't justify pulling more out of the wild and putting them in conditions in which they don't thrive. >> martha brock is a member of georgia animal rights and protection, a vocal opponent of the georgia aquarium request. >> we don't need them in captivity to learn about them. gees, we are all denied access to dipo saurs, but we learn -- dinosaurs, but we learn about them. we appreciate geology and ashingiology. >> miller is reviewing the
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complaint. if the aquarium's challenge is successful it will be the first to import recently coward wild ma'am malls in 30 years. >> beluga whales are threatened buy climate change, hunting and urban pollution. >> a landlord in san francisco takes the stand against gentification.
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the heart of san francisco's lateeno district is struggling with a changing identity. family-owned businesses are bought out by tech boom millionaires. as lisa bernhard reports there's a landlord going against the tide. >> marta sanchez talks about the business her family started in san francisco's mission district in 1970. casa sanchez, a restaurant and a well-known salsa produced right here. >> we have a box of jalopenos
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here, where i take the stems off. my sister would take the skin off the onions, my brother cutting the onions. >> after marta's mother died, the family decided to take a break from running the restaurant and looked for a business to rent the space. the sanch ez family realise the neighbourhood was changing. officers came in from a 5-star chef. one investor offered $200,000 up front. but the family did not like the arrogant attitude that came with the offer. they accepted, instead, half of that from grade school friend emelia estrada. who hoped her own restaurant using the sanchez name. >> thank you for giving us a chance to be here. hopefully we'll make it in the 4-year lease we have. emelia estrada says it's a struggle and she sees
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investments poured in from people who made a lot of money. they are changing the face of the mission. >> they are buying up latin restaurants, they are becoming into, i guess, american style, coffee - a lot of coffee shots. >> erick arguello, head of a merchant association says it's a challenge to keep the culture and art in the district. >> we are concerned that people who have been here for a long time can survive in the new market. >> there's no commercial rent control law in san francisco. landlords can ask up to $10,000 a month. in many cases with the tech boom cash, they'll get it. >> some things are positive changes. one example - the streets are in better shape. >> it's due to the fact that the
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city is investing in the neighbourhood. due in part from money coming into the neighbourhood. >> the new money is tempting to older businesses that lose customers to higher end businesses, says emelia estrada. we need people to come to the business. if someone waves that much money at you and you don't have it and you need it, you'll take it. that's the problem. >> the sanchez family is holding out. committing to emelia estrada, in hopes of holding on to the history here. >> in the 1980, torr tea companies fought a turf war on some treats called the tortilla wars. to stay up to date on our stories, head to i'm morgan radford. see you in an hour and a half.
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