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it's a conversation the country need to have about the goodnight. [ clapping ] >> welcome to al jazeera america. a diplomat resigns his post. u.s. surveillance planes flying over remote parts of nigeria. several soldiers ambushed by soldiers in the east. folks on atvs unhappy with
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the federal government the diplomat that spent nearly two years trying to find a solution to the conflict in syria is leaving his post. bangui moonannounced that lakhdar brahimi will resign at the end of this month. al jazeera's diplomatic editor james -- james bays is at the united states. ban ki-moon called lakhdar brahimi a brilliant diplomat. doesn't that statement indicate how detractable syria diplomacy is at the moment. >> reporter: absolutely. he did the job for two years, and the man before him, kofi annan, they have both resigned, both saying they cannot find peace in syria. we are looking into the abyss. it's a serious moment for the peace process in syria.
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why did dr lakhdar brahimi resign. he's speaking to the security council telling them. he'll brief the press in a short time. we know the main reason - he got both sides around the table in geneva, two rounds of talks. in the end the government side around the table wouldn't agree to the compromised agenda. he said if the syria government went ahead with the elections it would destroy the peace process and bashar al-assad is going ahead with the elections on june 3rd, a few days after dr lakhdar brahimi's term ends, after the resignation takes effect. >> you can't imagine the swags being resolved without intensive diplomatic efforts. i wonder where the resolution leaves the prospects and who might take the place.
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>> they may leave it unopposed to try to get the security council to work together. despite that names are floating around. kevin rudd, the foreign ministers of australia. i asked a diplomat. they said he was on the lists because the diplomat says he thinks he wants to be on the list, is after the job. an arab diplomat, cam article, a former tunisian prime minister. havia, the secretary-general of n.a.t.o. and e.u. foreign policy chief, and another name that emerged in the last few days, sigrid kahn, the lady running the mission to get chemical weapons out of syria, that's something going well. some suggest she should take dr lakhdar brahimi's job. >> interesting. >> diplomatic editor james bayes at his post. president barack obama is
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meeting with the largest opposition group. we'll have more on that at 4:30. the u.s. is actively involved in the search for more than 200 school girls ab ducted last month. the pentagon said u.s. surveillance planes are flying missions over a remote part of nigeria, as part of a growing search effort. this, as nigeria says, it's willing to talk with a radical group boko haram, about securing the girl's release. rosalind jordan has more from washington. >> supposedly the commanding general of africa, the u.s. military component that is concerned with security issues in sub-saharan africa. general david rodriguez is said to be in abuja. if it's true that general rodriguez is on the ground, it is a sign of how seriously the u.s. is taking its efforts to help the nigerian government recover the girls and return them safe to their family. it is, of course, on top of the
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30 or so personnel not just from the u.s. military, but from the state department, from the usa id, fbi and intelligence agencies providing guidance and assistance to the nigerians as they try to figure out where the girls are and how to rescue them without harming civilians who might be in the area. the u.s. has been involved in a number of joint training exercises with the nigerian military before this kud napping happened -- kidnapping happened 30 days ago, because the u.s. is trying to help the military expand and improve its capacity. the nigerian government is a bit wary of giving too much power or authority to the military because of nigeria's past in dealing with military huntas in charge of the country.
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nigeria welcomes the u.s.'s assistance but is clear they'll only ask when they decide they are ready. this was a lot of back and forth about whether the nigerians wanted to even bring in the advisory team to the united states. and they didn't really want to talk about that. but it is clear that goodluck jonathan has to be mindful of how this plays domestically. he's been criticised for reacting slowly to the kidnapping of the school girls. >> the crisis in ukraine took a deadly turn, ukraine's defence ministry said six soldiers were killed when they were ambushed, coming as the foreign ministry kicks off talks aimed at ending the violence. paul brennan is in east donetsk. what more are you learning about the ambush? >> well, this represents the single biggest loss of life for the ukranian army since the
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crisis in the east erupted. it shows the increasing operational effective possess of the pro-russian paramilitaries holding sway in more than a dozen towns across the east. what it was was an effective ambush of two armoured personnel carriers, with the lead vehicle disabled by a grenade launcher and an hour-long fire fight following with six dead. we have heard six, perhaps seven army soldiers killed in this change, with eight or nine injured. what the defence ministry is saying is that the amount of blood they found down by the riverbank where the pro-russian separatists were hiding shows that there were casualties on their side, they can't confirm the numbers. it's not a good day. >> anyone making a statement on how this attack might impact a diplomatic effort to end the
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crisis? it will impact efforts to try to de-escalate the crisis. we had the kiev interim prime minister, arseniy yatsenyuk, who had gone to see the european commission in brussels to talk about ways to solve this crisis. there is a plan on the table from the o.s.c.e. to try to de-escalate by opening up disarmament of the paramilitary groups. it's a plan pushed by russia. kiev is cool on this. it says russia is playing a double game, at the same time as russia is pushing the disarmament plan, it's supporting the pro-russian separatists in the east. >> appreciate it, thank you. tensions continue to rise in eastern ukraine, people in crimea are facing roadblocks as they try to adjust to life under russian rule. we have more from crimea.
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>> reporter: a slightly chaotic seen in sevastopol. like many, this woman had an account with the ukranian banks. ukrainian banks closed suddenly on the order of the kiev government. >> translation: i was receiving social payment for my child. i left the money there to earn interest. now i'd like to get it back, because the bank has left crimea. if i travel to ukraine, i'm not sure i could get it back. >> now, some bank offices are used by a russian fund compensating people for savingsedly up to $20,000. these people have queued for two hours. they are the lucky ones. others like this crowd here still have to get a date and a time when they can go in and some time down the line they'll be told where they can go to access their money. >> the crisis is hitting
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businessmen like this dutchman, a tour operator alongside his crimean wife. with their accounts frozen, they had to lay off staff and close the office. >> you can't buy stuff because - for your living. you can't go to a shop. you can't do anything any more because in one moment the small money under your mattress is finished. >> for people whose accounts were not frozen, getting money out means long queues at bank branches and cash machines, some russian banks have stepped in. demand is huge. >>. >> translation: ukranian banks stopped working. we should open accounts with the russian banks, we are russians now. >> moscow stepped in to help pensioners that relied on the ukranian state for their livelihoods. >> in april russia raised my pension by 25%, in may i get an ca 25%.
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i'm happy. >> even lorisa has to pay bills. many are having to do that at places like a newsagent rather than banks. this woman tells others not to complain - we used to stand in queues for hours during soviet times. for now, many crimeans believe the inconveniences are a price worth paying for being part of russia. the event unfolding in ukraine early similar to what happened in georgia in 2008. russian troops invaded to protect ethnic russians, georgia moved closer to the west, and hopes of joining n.a.t.o. and getting protection from russia's regression. we have that report. >> safely home - courtesy of the united states air force. they might look american, but these are georgians, combat-hardened. >> it's a great pleasure for me. we are safe at home in georgia,
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and the motherland. >> georgia's armed forces received support and training from the u.s. military. >> these soldiers are among more than 1,000 troops part of the international security and assistance force in afghanistan. georgia hopes to continue to be a contributor to a future mission. >> they are a welcome n.a.t.o. ally, and they have taken casualties. 29 soldiers have been killed and 129 wounded. in return georgia wants n.a.t.o. membership. >> the trust between the militaries is so high. i want the politicians to cap up. >> n.a.t.o. could guarantee georgia protection from russia, with whom georgia fought a war and lost in 2008. >> but is there the political will? president obama dampened expectations in march. >> neither ukraine nor georgia
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are currently on a path to n.a.t.o. membership. there has not been an immediate plan for expansion of n.a.t.o. >> it was unfortunate remarks. >> at least send russia a stronger message says georgia's defense minister. >> there should be a smart reasonable but very effective combination of actions with the military deterrent. putting more military assets around and in close vicinity to russian federation. >> last week it was hinted that georgia deserved something. there's talk of them getting a map to n.a.t.o. membership. >> georgia is a valued partner to n.a.t.o. i'm confident that the summit in whales, which we'll be proud to host will want to recognise the programme that georgia is making and the work that we do toot.
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>> georgia put more of its soldiers in harm's way than most countries much the long march it n.a.t.o. membership continues. an olive branch of sorts from saudi arabia to iran today. this is huge. the saudi foreign minister invited his iranian counterpart to visit. relations have been strained since iran reached a temporary nuclear deal with united states and other world powers last year. the two counties support different sides in the syrian civil war. iran's foreign minister has not responded to the invitation. for the first time in history an israeli court sentenced a former prime minister to prison, ehud ol mert has been sentenced for accepting a bride. we have more about his fall from grace. >> it is a dark day in israeli politics, the former prime minister ehud ol mert has been
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sent to six years in prison. already, there's a lot of reaction from both sides of the political spectrum. the finance minister of this government spoke for many when he said the sentence proves that in israel no man is above the law. that is what the judge was talking about when he sentenced omert, saying because he had become a senior politician, and it reached the highest levels, he deserved a sentence that expressed the contempt and uprooted a contagious eapplicationment the judge conditioned tag a public -- saying a public service that accepts bribes is a traitor. that's why he slappeded ol mert with a large fine, and one of the langst sentences that -- longest sentences that the judge was allowed to implement. the background of the story is in the background. the holly land, it is a suburb
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where ol mert was said to have accepted bribes, going to his brother and assistant. ol mert has 45 days to appeal. that appeal to the israeli supreme court, the high court as it's known here is not expected to be successful. on september ist, ol mert is -- 1st, ol mert is expected to go to gaol, the first israeli prime minister to do so. efforts under way to rescue miners in western turkey. 15 miners were killed. they employed more than 500 people. the explosion happened during a shift change, it's unclear how many are strapped. rescuers are battling with fires burning beneath the surface. it's a tough afternoon, flying into and out of chicago.
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the f.a.a. transferred operations to another facility. it's not clear when it will be returned to normal. six months until congressional elections, a lobby group is threatening to make life difficult for a law maker trying to block immigration reform. david shuster joins you for today's power politics. >> the u.s. chamber of the comers is a large group representing business interests. the group is a strong support are. g.o.p. urging the house to pass immigration reform. at an event discussing the infrastructure, tom donohue threatened republicans who don't act on a bipartisan bill that has cleared the senate. >> we are crazy if we don't take advantage of having passed an immigration bill out of the senate, because going back and doing it again may be harder.
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and do something rational in the house, and put it together and get the three or four things we need there. and we have got a lot of heat on that. we are going to put a lot more. the republicans don't do it, they shouldn't bother to run a candidate. >> in 2012 latino voters comprised 20% of the electora : electorate:. >> house speaker john boehner said that republicans are working out a plan for immigration reform, but will not vote on a proposal any time sewn. according to john boehner, it's president obama's fault: when it comes to the president say, john boehner has hi trust in former florida governor, jed bush. he spoke is a business group
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saying: >> jed bush said he'll make a decision by the end of the year. >> a key story line involves the democratic sonates. republicans need a net gain of six senate seat to take control, but the latest polling of three crucial southern races gives democrats a boost. vulnerable incumbent senators, and in kentucky it shows a challenger running even with republican mitch mcconnell the senate minority leader. a legal battle i have john conyours. election officials report that he did not submit enough valid
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sits to qualify for the ballot. he needed it 1,000, he was 400 short because many were not registered voters. oops. he can run as a candidate for his 26th effort. winning that race could be tricky. it's a reminder that in politics you have to get the paperwork right.. >> got to get it right. appreciate it. >> coming up on al jazeera america - a landmark ruling against google. the high court says people should have some control over what pops up when you google their name. details in the fall out. that is next. detroit's automaker stepping in to save the city's art being sold to save the city's
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detroit's big three auto makers may step in to save the precious works of others. general motors, ford and chrysler may give the detroit institute of arts millions in a bankruptcy deal. some of the museum's pieces were
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in jeopardy of being sold. the deal could be announced next week. >> it was a mixed day on wall street: >>. >> have you wanted to erase something about yourself from a google search? yes. that colbert moment. for europeans, that's a reality. the high court ruled that google must delete certain links about users if the users ask. it is a big win for people asking to a so-called right to be forgotten. let's bring in mark, the executive director of the electronic privacy information center. good to see you. thank you for your time. based on this ruling, can anyone in the united kingdom who does not like an old story about them simply demand that it be wiped away. is that where we are with the ruling.
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>> i don't think it's clear at this point how far it will go. it seems to be the case that the european court of justice said to google you need to respect the rite of privacy, and if someone comes to you with a complaint and asks to have the personal information removed, you'll need to remove. >> what sort of precedent does this set. will this have implications for anyone that publishes material online. let's start with the u.k., and then we'll talk about the united states. >> i think it has a big impact on commercial suppliers operating in europe. the decision reaches across europe and the u.k. if you are a commercial provider you need to accept the right of privacy, established in e.u. law. >> google's argument is that it does not control data. it only office links to information freely available on the internet. the u.k. ruling says the rights
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of the individual are paramount when it comes to their control over personal data. can you see that argument coming to america? >> i could, in fact. in in the united states we have expungement, we'll seal records involving juvenile offenders. if you don'tlike a company and you want to leave the company, you can have your data deleted, which something many facebook users do. california is considering legislation to establish a right to delete data. in the u.s. there's a need to update privacy laws. europe is out ahead, but there'll be proposals coming this way. >> what are the implications for not just google, but really any entity that publishes informs about individuals. does this weaken google going forward? it means that google will be accountable for business practices that impact privacy.
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that is reasonable. >> it does seem reasonable. >> there's a lot of personal information available online. google profits. the reason they make it available is to sell advertising. the court understood that, it's not a bad thing. they should be held to act for their business practices. for more traditional publication, online news organi organizatio organizations, they have less to worry about. it's the organizations that probably need to be more care: . >> the director of electronic information and privacy center. thank you tore your time. president obama bestowed the highest hop our on a soldier. specialist kyle white talked about what the award means to him. >> it is representation of the responsibility we accept as warriors and members of a team. it's a testament to the trust we
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have in each other and our leaders. because of these reasons, the medal cannot be an individual reward. >> he received the medal for saving a soldier's life and helping to evacuated a shoulderier in eastern afghanistan. he said when the shoulder came too he used a damaged radio tower to call for help and went to assist others. are peace talks in syria hopeless. a look at the future of negotiations and a texas inmate says he should get it delayed because of oklahoma's recent botched execution. back in a
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(♪) a diplomat in charge of syrian peace talks resigned. united states athoupsed that lakhdar brahimi -- announced that lakhdar brahimi will step down, coming as the head of the syrian national council makes a visit to the white house. mike viqueira joins us. good to see you. who is mr jaaba and who is he meeting with at the white house. >> fully years ago president obama first, after some hesitation, called for the ouster of bashar al-assad, since that time it's been one bad news after the next. bashar al-assad's forces have the upper hand on the battlefield as well. allegations from human rights watch and others that there has been a series of barrel bomb attacks. homs has been turned back to bashar al-assad. the humanitarian crisis, ghastly as it may be continues, and the geneva petitions process appears to have fallen apart. against the backdrop the
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president comes to washington. he's been with a week, met with secretary of state john kerry publicly last week. today more hush, hush. a scheduled meeting with the national security advisor, susan rirks the white house -- susan rice, the white house letting it know that president obama may drop by, all informal, not high profile. and some press officers telling me moments ago that - susan rice's press officers saying they expect a read-out of the meeting later today. >> what does he hope to get from the obama administration at this point? >> that's a great question, and the controversy conditions. the syrian rebel forces say her outgunned if not outmanned on the battlefield. they want more sophisticated weapons. the united states blocked the weapons from saudi arabia, who opposed the asaad regime.
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the man-pad weapon system of the the surface to air missiles. the problem the white house has is once bitten, twice shy. back in the '80s it was shy supplies, and fighting with radical forces taking obvious moderate forces warehouse and facilities with weaponry. the white house concerned about that. that is the number one ask, we understand. >> help me with this, there was a lot of fanfare surrounding the meeting with secretary of state john kerry. why is the president, if he's doing so, just dropping in here. >> yes, it's a great question. there are three words to april that - protocol, politics and policy. he's call president jaava. he's not a head of a nation or recognised as such. not by the united states.
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the politics of it, as we outlined, they are on the losing end. does the president want to be closely associated with him. on the policy aspect he wants the weapons. we don't expect major breakthroughs. >> mike viqueira at the white house. syrian based journalist joins me were beirut. we are lighting her in this way for safety. good to talk to you. >> thank you. >> pleasure to see you. lakhdar brahimi's resignation - what does it mean practically. it's not as though the talks tore effort in syria have been -- or effort in syria have been gaining much real traction. >> with the genuine efforts put into the geneva talks and so on, you know, you have to admit that both sides on the ground never took it seriously. i mean certainly the syrian government never took it seriously. then you have the rebels in
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syria that felt disconnected. no one expected much to come out of it. now that he's resigning, it's hardly noticeable in syria, in light of the ongoing presidential elections and the campaigns and what is going on. >> are talks hopeless at this point. sorry to put it that way, i have to ask it that way. >> i think for months many people on the ground in syria said that. that talks are, indeed, hopeless. the only solution is a military solution, or if it's going to be a diplomatic solution, moscow needs to get on board, and iran. moscow - that's how the chemical weapons - you know, the bashar al-assad government agreed to give up the chemical weapons, because moscow pressured president bashar al-assad. if moscow put pressure on bashar al-assad, something will come of it. until then, you know, talks are
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meaningless. >> i'll talk about whether or not there's a mediator on the planet that can make a difference. i'm looking for something that may be positive. do you see anything potentially positive in a possible ministerial-level meeting between the foreign ministers of iran, and saudi arabia, that we may mention up earlier in the news cast. >> yes. i mean, i think, you know, some sort of alliance between iran and saudi arabia would be helpful to syria. a lot of people view it as a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran. iran has a lot of sway with the bashar al-assad government. sure there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. iran would have to be committed to seeing changes, and i do hear from some people on the ground in iran, that people are becoming fed up with supporting
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the syria war, especially with iran having its own economic issues. so, yes, who knows. >> maybe. is there a person out there, a possible mediator out there that could make a difference here. we heard a name kevin rudd, and other names. kevin rudd is a former prime minister of australia. what do you think? >> possibly someone with a quote, unquote clean background, not affiliated with the parties involved in the syria conflict. yes, he would qualify in that regard. he would have to be a strong negotiators, but not just with syria. not just with the bashar al-assad government, but with moscow. that is the key, and with tehran. >> good to see you, thank you for your time. italy is threatening to allow refugees to cross into neighbouring countries if the
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e.u. doesn't do more. many have crossed and died when overcrowded or flimsy boats sank. italy's navy started to patrol borders near a navy three people are due in court in canada over a quebec derailment. the engineer and two others face life imprisonment. all were employees at the montreal maine and atlantic railway companies. 60 oil tankers came loose as it travelled from north dakota. the tankers destroyed part of a small town in yemen eight suspected fighters were killed in a convoy when a convoy was destroyed. in the last three weeks yemen's army stepped up attacks against al qaeda in the arabian peninsu
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peninsula. fighting disrupted the flow of oil. we have this report from sanaa. >> reporter: this is not a traffic jam during rush hour. it's a line up at a petrol station. people in yemen are facing severe fuel shortages. sometimes they have to wait for days to feel their tanks. arguments turn into scuffles. >> translation: we have been suffering from fuel shortages for months, we pay the price and black-market traders make the profits. >> fuel prices in yemen are high compared to neighbouring countries. a litre can sell for almost $3. in near qatar it sells for $0.25. >> reporter: yemen's crude oil is carried through pipelines in marr ib province, where the main fields are. when the pipeline comes under attack refineries ration
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supplies prompting petrol station like this to shut. >> this is not the only problem people face these days. attacks on power plants by armed groups or angry tribes often throw the capital into darkness. abdo spds solb. >> works for a cement company. he's one of many forced to cope with rolling blackouts that sometimes go or for more than 18 hours a day. >> translation: it's too much pore us to handle. -- for us to handle. on one hand you have fuel short ip, then there's power cuts. if the government doesn't find permanent solution, yemen faces an uncertain future. >> to cope, many rented power generators, despite the noise and air pollution, they are often the only way of keeping
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the light on. a texas inmate is trying to stop his execution. roxana saberi has details and other headlines. >> the execution of robert james campbell is said to go ahead this each. he asked a court to stop the execution and argued that texas refused to say where they got the drugs that will be used to kill him. his attorneys are appealing to the supreme court. his will be the first since an oklahoma botched injection left an inmate writhing and moaning before he died. oklahoma inspected all executions while it vets. >> miners got dropped in west virginia. state officials were identified as eric l eshes gg and gary hencely.
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are from west virginia junior. three other died in coal mining nets snt u.s. 20 -- incidents in the u.s. in maryland, a man has barricaded himself in a tv station. he rammed a dump truck in wartv outside of baltimore. he chanted "i am god" and rammed his truck into the building. all employees made it out okay. a potentially landmark case on gay marriage is in the hands of an appeals court in virginia. hundreds rallied outside the court. a 3-judge panel heard arguments on whether the state had of the rite to ban same-sex marriage. it is the third to reach a court since the supreme court struck down a statute, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. >> new numbers proving this winter was the worst for flyers.
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the department of transportation said u.s. spaced airlines cancelled 5% of flights. snow and ice are largely to blame. airlines are quicker to cancel a day before a storm. they want to avoid fines for keeping passengers on the tarmac for three hours or more. jetblue has the highest rate at 2%. then the memoried american and u.s. airways. south-west and unit are timed. hawaii airlines is the level. >> hawaii. >> yes. >> well, they are not flying into chicago or o'hare. it could have been horrible to them. thank you, back later? >> i am. >> thank you. across the nation childcare in many cases cost more than college. it's a growing problem for parents, nowhere is it more evident than the state of organ. as allen schauffler reports, it has the most expense ist
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childcare in the -- expensive childcare in the country. >> meet mia 8, toby 5, and sara 3. they are bright, energyic, adorable and expensive. about $15 huz a month for child care. bill and raphaela work four days each. >> if we paid full-time, we shouldn't be working. it would cost the same as our mortgage. >> according to a report by the national family support organization, child care aware. oregon is the expensive state followed by new york and minnesota. in orgob, the -- oregon the after cost is $13,000. tuition and fees run under
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$,000. >> it's not an oregon problem. we are more dramatic. it would be a mistake to think it's ar oregon phenomena. >> dr bobby studied family dynamics and said all over the country finding affordable child care is a scramble with families under pressure and kids' futures at stake. >> this is not a land of equal opportunity if by age 5 the trajectory is set. >> some child care advocates say government need to do more. >> our public education system and university system is paid for in part by taxpayers, we have done little to look at how to cover through the tax dollars the high cost of the childcare. it may be painful. it's important to remember the childcare industry is hardly hauling in the profits.
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at this child-care centre the boss doesn't like the college comparison, citing different funding sources, rgulatory sources and cost. >> we go year to year op making the budget. >> bill and raphael don't like the college comparison much for a different reason. >> we are dealing with our costs. >> college savings for the kids. that will have to wait until the day care bills are done. >> the united nations banned the use of torture 30 years ago. a report says more than a third of the world uses it. details next. first came rampinger cliven bundy's battle and people on atvs are protesting over this land in utah, why they say it's their right to use
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amnesty international says america's so-called war on terror has popularized the use of torture. a report says torture is used in more than a third of the world despite the fact the u.n. banned it. electric shocks, beatics and rape are some of the methods of 21,000 surveyed in 21 countries. half are afraid of being tortured by authorities. about 79 countries use torture. the images you are about to see are grasping. >> here is barnaby phillips. these photographs show there's no limit to human cruelty. they are from syria and show people tortured by the bashar al-assad. some starved, some with their eyes gouged out, some are children. amnesty international's new report says torture took place
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in 141 counties in rooept years. -- in recent years. these are british soldiers brutalizing prisoners in iraq. amnesty says democracies and dictatorships ignore the un convention against torture. >> we have a convention and legal system to prohibit torture, which is the most comprehensive. despite that, what we have on the ground is double standards and hypocrisy. one of the reasons the problems is rife and rampant is because people get away with it. the point of impugnify. >> amnesty's global survey found in many countries people thought it was possible they'd be tortured if tape into custody. in some countries many believes it's just bid if it protect the
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public. in most, they believe torture is long. >> the vuk tim has blood... >> i met a human rights activates from nigeria, where they ablaze and army use torture. >> he piers his hand in my left arm. i was kept behind a concrete wall. i had my head smashed on the concrete several times, and i collapsed. >> amnesty says that countries serious about fighting torture should open prisons to ipp dependent monitors, allow interpretations to be filmed and keep medical records for prisoners. small steps. for now, in too many countries those who torture feel they can get away with anything. >> earlier today the international criminal court announced it will take a second look at accuseses that british soldiers mistreated detainees.
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the i.c.c. says documents suggest the u.k. allow the systematic abuses from 2003 to 2008. an inquiry was closed in 2006. a canyon if utah has become a flashpoint for rising tensions between rural americans and the federal government. atv riders near the town of blanding road through the lands to protest what they say is government overreach. the flare-up coming on the high schools of an armed standoff in nevada offer cattle grazing on government territory. paul beban joins us from denver. all the conflicts center around people in the rural american west in conflict with the bureau of land management. it's an agency that has a little role. in the west it's huge. in utah it controls 42% of the state. in nevada, it's closer to 80.
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people are saying that land is ours. >> engines revving, glass flying. the atv riders are sending a message and taking back what is theirs. >> that's what we are here for, to do the hard thing, stand up and do what is right and tell the federal government that we have had enough. >> fuelling the anger is access to a place called recapture canyon, a few miles east. the federal bureau of land management made the area off limits to motor vehicles in 2006 to protect ancient american artefacts. protesters called the move an example of government overreach. >> i was back here in high school back through here in high school. we have been here forever, and for a governmental agency to acquire it, take it over and say it's not yours is frustrating. >> the protest ride comes after
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a showdown in nevada. rancher cliven bundy and his backers, some members of an armed militia scared off over fees for grazing cattle. several of bundy's supporters and his children showed up on saturday of. >> if we are here to make a stand, let's make a stand. >> there were no arrests, tensions are on the ride. the bl. lms-- b.l.m. said it had plain closed officers. riders who broke the law will be held accountable. what remains to be seen is where and when residents of the west will make their next stand against what they see as an oppressive go. . >> the question is where is it going. i spoke to patrick che. the atmosphere in the west has been poipous since the '80s, and
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sooner or later one of these confrontations will end in blood shed. coming up, real life robots that kill. they are being developed ready to be armed and do battle. international talks on how to deal with technology that sounds like sci-fi. and we have been talking about lakhdar brahimi's resignation and how it might set back efforts to end the conflict. ray suarez is taking a closer look at that coming up next on "inside story." >> thank you. as the prospects for a diplomatic solution un-roffeled in new york, syrian opposition leader made the full round from the capital to the pentagon to the white house, pleading his case for help. we'll be joined by a member of
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java's delegation to get the "inside story". and homs is wrecked, virt uly empty, in the hands of the government. we'll be live at the top of the hour. join us for inside .
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cl who could forget movies like "terminator", where robots act like cold killers, or will smith in "i robot", now the role of machines, killer robots, is upped debate -- under debate at the united nations. technology reporter explains why. >> reporter: in the 21st century a weapon will be invented like no other. >> robotic machines have been the thing of movies. evil robots. now that fiction is closer to fact, and is the subject of
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international talks. robots like these being developed in the united states are increasingly able to be armed and put on the battlefield. >> everyone can get closer to the action, look around a corner, make sure there's no civilians, and make it possible for the human to maybe the decision. we are not saying they shouldn't be on the battlefield, but it should be up to a human being to make a decision about whether to fire a weapon. >> there are autonomous weapons in use. this antimissile system fires on incoming threats. south korea accused obotic armed guard posts along the border with the north. a human makes a decision to shoot. and israel used this drone which ones launched can automatically attack radar stations. currently each military decides how and when to use the weapons.
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the untalks are aimed at bringing the use under one international treaty. some say the technology is evolving too fast for this to be effective. >> given the machines have specific tasks - miss ill defense, reactive armour, attacks against the nuclear enrichment system, it's pure software, robot. you can't discuss all of those machines in one treaty. many counties have not discussed their opinions. there'll be differing views. finally an underwater explorer says he may have found the wreck of christopher
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colombus's flagship. a wreck off the north coast of the haiti is the remains. santa maria, which sank during a voyage in 1492. "inside story" is next. the battle for homs is over. one of the most important cities in syria is wrecked, empty and in the hands of the asaad government. with the syrian opposition visiting the white house, the civil war is "inside story".