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>> i'm greatly concerned about the security situation in south sudan. >> u.n. secretary-general weighs in on the south sudan crisis. >> a russian tycoon and critic of vladimir putin freed this week is now speaking out. and eight days after being shot by a classmate a 17-year-old girl has died from her wounds. her family and community are reeling.
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. >> hello everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm david shuster live in new york. we'll begin with the crisis in south sudan. over the past week factional fighting has claimed the lives of hundreds of people. the targets civilians, u.n. peace keep exercise an american aircraft. there are thousands of aid workers, including americans, and many are trying to evacuate. four u.s. personnel were injured when their aircraft came under fire. chuck hagel is reviewing options to support the evacuation. meanwhile world leaders are stepping up the condemnation of the violence in the war-torn nation. president obama is urging south sudan factions to resolve the conflict through negotiations and ban ki-moon added his voice to the chorus of leaders calling to an end to hostilities, he
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spoke in the philippines capital of manila. >> i call on them to do everything in their power to ensure their followers hear the message loud and clear, that continued violence, ethnic and otherwise is completely unacceptable and is a dangerous threat to the future of their young country. >> nicole johnston has more on the south sudan conflict. >> the crisis in south sudan is becoming more dangerous. the government is sending troops and tanks to jonglei state to take on the rebels. re rehn gayed soldiers are taking control. gun fire hit american aircraft was they were about to land and
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evacuate u.s. citizens. four were injured. in the middle - people looking for safety. >> bor is a strategic location within south sudan, and within the crisis both factions and the government forces are using it as a point that they want to dominate. >> however, even the united nations has been a target. on saturday it held a memorial service for two indian peacekeepers killed at a base at akobo. it had been attacked by 2,000 armed youth. >> the attack happened like a frontal attack on the base itself. the two peacekeepers were killed in action in protecting and trying to prevent the entry into the camp. >> the fighting began with a
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power struggle between rival factions and the army. it got worse when the president salva kiir accused his former deputy riek machar of attempting a coup. >> they are suspected also to be involved in the attempted military coup. african foreign ministers met to discuss the conflict. it has not solved anything yet. now the worry is that the violence is turning into a civil war between different tribes. >> the danger of it moving into a sectarian struggle is high. all leaders in the sudan have extreme responsibility to make sure it does not develop into tribal or sectarian conflict. if it does, nobody yet master on how to resolve such conflict. >> until they do, the fighting will go on and the world's
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newest countries will be one of the most unstable. >> the barack obama white house says the four u.s. service members injured when their osprey aircraft aim under fire are in position. we turn to haru mutasa who is on the ground in juba. >> things are not good on the ground. there are dead bodies on the street. people are concerned about which way things will go. the fact that the army is sending in reinforcements are worried. once they get to the town, it could be a bloody battle. the u.n. admitted that and are concerned on thou protect the south west civilians. there are thousands of people cramming into the u.s. bases. it's not just safety and security, but how to look after them. i think the u.n. is under is a lot of pressure to look after people running away from danger.
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the key thing is can they protect the civilians. a lot of people worried about what would happen if there's another attack on the u.n. base, and who can protect the civilians and the staff. >> the president of the central african republic urged muslim fighters supporting him and christian militias to lay down their arms. fighting this month between seleka rebels who brought them to power and other groups led to the deaths of nearly 1,000 people. we have more from bangui. >> riek machar offered condolences for the dead, called for national reconciliation and made an appeal.
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and he assured. car there would be justice for both sides, including former rebels he fought with >> translation: whether it's those we fought with or against justice will be for all. all of us, without exception, disarm. not only that, we need to disarmour hearts. this assurance from justice is undoubtedly a response for world leaders, to spell clearly that both ides will be treated equally in the courts. >> whether it's too late and whether it will be delivered is an open question. not only that, there's so many divisions in the government, so much instability. he did assure car that he will deliver free and fair elections. andrew simmons reporting from
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bangui in the central african republic. >> anti-government protesters in ukraine are vowing to stay on the streets as long as it takes, allow viktor yanukovych change his mind. he has rejected their demands and is backing a deal signed with russia. >> russian former oil tycoon mikhail khordorkovsky has reunited with his family. a critic of vladimir putin was pardoned in a surprising move. we have more from berlin. >> is this is the moment days ago that they must have thought was impossible. a family reunited. a day after mikhail khordorkovsky was released from
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a russian gaol, he was back in the arms of his parents. in an interview he gave more details about conditions in prison. >> because for a year and two months i was in one prison and then in another. during the years i had long meetings with relatives and other times i was on a prisoner regime and had no long visits. >> mikhail khordorkovsky spent the last decade in detention. he'd been russia's richest men, a group of oligarchs who had their wings clipped. president vladimir putin's decision to pardon mikhail khordorkovsky on friday surprised many. but it comes weeks before the start of the socchi olympics. >> it's an enormous event, especially in the run-up to the olympics. it's a big step to soften a negati negative attitude towards
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putin's russia. i think that was the main motive >> during his time in prison mikhail khordorkovsky's image was transformed from that of a ruthless businessman to political activist. even behind bars he was an outspoken critic of the kremlin. it's unclear how loud the voice will be, now he's on the other side and out of russia. >> he was 10 years in different areas. he has to learn what it means to live in a modern society. it's difficult. he needs time. >> the kremlin will watch every move that mikhail khordorkovsky makes. on sunday we expect him to come here and give more details about his future and how it involves russia. >> mikhail khordorkovsky's release was part of a string of pardons by vladimir putin, the russian president giving amnesty to two gaoled members of pusey
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ri jot -- pussy riot and the greenpeace ship. >> the indian diplomat has been moved to a job about the u.n., which would project the diplomat. she is a charged with submitting false visa documents and underpaying her maid. the incident sparked a diplomatic dispute between the united states and india. the state department has to approve the diplomats transfer. >> claire davis, the girl shot three days ago by a classmate in colorado died today. sheeds -- she had been in a
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coma. karl pierson entered the school looking for a debate coach. he shot at staff and students and shot himself as officers arrived >> the davis family issued a statement saying: >> a tornado hit in places around arkansas, louisiana and we are getting tornado warnings along the large tornado watch. there's a swath of not just heavy rain, but snow and ice working into the u.s., into the midwest, shifting to the south south-east, and we are seeing the risk of thunder storms
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moving into central tennessee and kentucky. we'll expect power of wind gusts, bringing in damage from the wint. we'll watch for that in this particular area that has a moderate risk of storms. with the dusty winds we'll get heavy rain fall. to the north, that is where we are getting the ice. it was stretching up overnight to parts of illinois and will continue with accumulation into the north-east. the rainful totals is impressive, confirm from three to five inches of rain. we had flash flood warnings and watches out and the big concern is we'll get these with flood warnings indicated by streams and rivers raising rapidly from intense rain fall. it's a frontal system that
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stalled out. while that happened hot air pumped up through the south-east and we have been getting record of high temperatures. if move to the northern side, that's where you see the cold air and problems with ice and snow. normal moisture levels for december is half an inch to three-quarters of an inch. 1-2 inches of moisture. the low temperatures this morning will be very mild to the north-east. high temperatures on your sunday will be warm for the east. it will be cool near the canadian border. >> protests erupted in thailand over alleged government corruption. plus the latest power play behind building boeing's aircraft plain, the 777x.
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>> cuban president raul castro warns business owners that reform will only happen in that country with a sense of order. the communist government has been relaxing laws banning private enterprise and the entrepreneurs have been pushing for an overhaul to the community. >> 22 states have submitted bids for a chance to build boeing's latest plane the 777x. it's because of a contract dispute in washington, a contract dispute that was at a stand still. now on unexpected power play may change that. we have the latest from seattle. >> boeing workers were set to rally at the union office until they received the news that the international office is overriding the local union and calling for a contract vote.
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this is the latest move in a batting between boeing and the union. they have been exploring ending the production out of the north-west. the local union voted one boeing offer down and another labour offer was rejected. now union officials are ordering another looking at the second office. replaces pensions with a retirement plan, and requiring workers to pay for more health care. some union workers made it clear they want another chance to strike a deal. >> i believe it will be different. i believe people know that jobs are at risk. families are at risk and community is at risk. a union rep tells us they'll vote no on the contract and are working out details on when the vote will happen. >> no matter where the 777x is
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built it will bring in many millions. >> a final deal between san francisco's transit system and the two largest unions is in site. the tentative agreement ends eight months of negotiations including two crippling transit strikes for bart. the contract gives workers more paid medical leave, which was the final obstacle in the way of a deal. bart's board and union members have to boat. >> thousands of protesters are gathering in thailand to voice anger in relation to widespread government corruption. the protesters will march in two different directions to lock down the city and they want yingluck shinawatra to resign
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and want electoral reforms. the main party plans to boycott the vote. >> even those that get tap water cannot drink it. it's an agonising position, which to trust, water from taps, rivers or neither. we have nor, on why the country's water is undrinkable. >> something many take for granted. it's not a matter of turning on the tap here. this mother of five struggles every day to find drinking water. after buying six gallons, she barely has enough for daily consumption. >> translation: we pay around 30, $0.40 for three gallons, we pay around a quarter of our income to water, and that is only when water supply is good,
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otherwise it is more expensive. we have to queue the whole day and are not sure we'll get it. >> it's an essential part of daily life. for many indonesians water is a luxury item. it's a huge part of daily income to buy it. even then, it's too dirty to drink straight away. this is the source of the water, and millions of others in jakarta. after being processed it reaches 40% of households and is undrinkable. the government and water companies admitted that ageing equipment and facilities, polluted rivers and mismanagement are reasons why indonesians have no access to drinking water. >> if you talk about mismanagement i don't want to comment. i do want to say we have lived up to our targets, we have doubled our customers in 15 years, but the government has
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not given us enough useable water sources. >> yon -- indonesians who have access say it's not good quality. the government admits something as crucial as water was never a priority. >> translation: if you ask me why it has not been fixed the water system should have been fixed 30 years ago. the problem is classic, coming down to a matter of budget allocation. >> the government aims to supply clean drinking water to indonesians by 2020. it doesn't mean it can be consumed straight from the tap. but people are hopeful they won't have to depend on sources
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like dirty water. >> more news from around the world and here in the united states on the other side of the break, here on al jazeera.
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>> welcome back. you're watching al jazeera america. i'm david shuster live in new york. the crisis in south sudan is becoming more dangerous with fears the country is close to civil war. president obama urges factions o net. united nations secretary-general is also joining the growing chorus of leaders calling for an end to the hostilities. four u.s. servicemen whose osprey aircraft came under attack are in stable condition. there was a situation on the ground worsening, thousands are fleeing to u.n. camps, fearing for their lives. >> former russian oil tycoon mikhail khordorkovsky has
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reunited with his parents in berlin germany, released from a decade-long gaol turn after a pardon by vladimir putin. he's one of the kremlin's biggest critics. the former billionaire gaoled on fraud and tax evasion charges. >> india said it transferred one of its diplomats to a job with united nations delegation, protecting the diplomat from u.s. prosecution for allegedly underpaying her maid and submitting false visa documents. it sparked a diplomatic dispute between united states and india. >> we have been telling you about protests in thailand and a number of protesters. there's another day of protests today. it's been going on for several weeks. it's become violent at times,
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we'll check in with our correspondent. >> what is happening behind you today? >> well, it's a day of protest in bangkok. the democrat party, the official opposition party is hoping to gather 2-3 million people to march arrangement the city, a 10 mile walk with two different group. they'll have a couple of stops and try to drum up support to off the the current government. >> political opposition party, the democrats, are closely linked to the u.s. republican party. the public in power is like the democrats in the united states. so to put it in context it's an economic sway here between the opposition and the ruling party. the military and the police are
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getting ready. is there much potential for clashes today? well, two weeks ago a clash of a similar size. five people were killed. to put it in real numbers, over the last six years 5,000 people have been killed or injured in political protests. in the last 60 years there has been 19 coups, nine of which have been successful. over the last couple of weeks the military and police took a hands-off approach. there has been less of a presence of any uniforms around the protest, and i think the opposition party will run out of steam before violent clashes happen again, that's what they are hoping for. there is a history of violence, so anything is possible. >> is there a particular election reform that would cause
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the demonstrate source to say okay. some of our demands have been met? well, i think there's two that they want. the first, which is the most important is they want the ruling family of thailand, the shinawatras to be removed and not run again. the second thing they want is a people's congress, which is an unelected group, similar to britain's house of lords. neither will be given by the ruling party before the election. >> jonathan grave reporting from bangkok. we'll keep everyone posted on what happens. if they get 2-3 million activists and there's a clash with police, you can imagine what will happen. >> also, in the central african republic. i'm david shuster, see you again
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at 4am eastern. thanks for watching. recovery and the pivot towards asia are the "inside story." >> welcome to "inside story." i'm ray suarez. for more than a months the specific island nation of the philippines have struggled to recover from the worst national disaster that it's ever known. typhoon haiyan. there are still people missing


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