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consider this. the news of the day plus so much more. answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what. >> chris died because of crank, irresponsible politicians and the n.r.a. they talk about gun rights. what about chris's right to live? >> heartbreak from the father of one of the victims in that california killing spree, the focus turning to the briar encounters with police. >> a billionaire businessman wins the landmark election in ukraine, some questioning results because millions in the
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east didn't vote. >> the time has come to put an end to this situation which has become increasingly unacceptable. >> pope francis winding down his trip to the holy land. some believe he's trying to break downs wall between palestinians and israelis. >> paying tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in washington, d.c. >> welcome to aljazeera america. new daylights are emerging about that deadly killing tree in santa barbara, california. in a video posted on line, 22-year-old elliot rogers said he was frustrated because girls weren't tornadic activitied to him and the massacre would serve as his revenge. there are questions about prior police encounter with roger, who is the son of a hollywood
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filmmaker. >> he killed a sophomore and there was a video, but we also know there was a 140 page meandering manifesto explaining his intention to kill. the question right now is whether any of this could have been avoided. >> tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day i will have my revenge against humidity. >> his parents raced in separate cars from los angeles to santa barbara. inside the email, details of the plan. >> shots fired, shots fired. >> when his parents arrived, it was too late. pleas say he killed six, wounded eight and then shot himself. the 140 page document mapped out
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the planned killing spree, first at his apartment where he stabbed his two roommates and another man to death, then on to the sow report house where he shot and killed two women for what he called the ultimate showdown, where he killed one more person, 20-year-old christopher martinez. >> he was the most warm, loving -- kind hearted person you could ask for. >> as the vigils become more freak went so is the questions, whether anyone missed an opportunity to stop the carnage. >> you denied me a happy life and in turn, i will deny all of you life. >> he was really, really upset about why is the world so unfair to him. >> it was rogers own family that had become concerned over posted videos, prompts calls to health experts and police to check on his welfare.
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>> his relative and this other person had taken things the wrong way. >> the last few pages of rogers document revealed fear that his plan would be stopped when police knocked on his door april 30. >> he did not meet the criteria for an involuntary mental health hold. >> with no immediate threat to himself or others, deputies left, not knowing inside rogers house were the weapons he would use. he wrote of his police visit that "for a few horrible seconds, i thought it was all over. thankfully all suspicion of me was dropped." that was a month ago. people here wonder whether this could have been avoided. >> the sad thing is you'd be hard-pressed to find an average american who has kept track of the kind of shootings like this at school and college campuses, elementary schools, as well. we're really losing track.
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the question is not a question of if something like this is going to happen again, but when. >> melissa, word's well spoken, thank you very much. aljazeera has continuing coverage of the california killing spree. in 15 minutes, we're going to look at police protocol when something like this happens and the difficulties police face dealing with the mentally ill. >> also a series of shootings in myrtle beach over the weekend leaving three dead, five injured. the popular tourist destination packed with visitors in town for the annual bike fest, the fatal shooting happened in front of crowds. police have not released details. >> security is tightened at synagogs in belgium after an attack left four people dead there. a nationwide manhunt is underway for the lone gunman.
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>> the jewish museum in brussels is sealed off as a crime scene. no one knows why a gunman opened fire, but anti-semitism is suspected. >> this is one promise, this promise is never again. today, you have people in the streets want to do one more time. >> the gunman remains on the run. investigators say they have been given crucial clues. >> the camera images showed us that we have to do with one order, that he was alone, probably, that he was prepared, and that he was armed. >> the victims include a french woman and an israeli couple. israeli's prime minister lashed out at european leaders for failing to condemn the killings. >> there are enemies in europe that condemn construction of the houses in jerusalem, but don't con democrat the murder of jews
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here or in europe itself. >> security is being increased at jewish institutions across belgium and in neighboring france. leaders fear more attacks could follow. this would be the worst attack against belgian jews in 30 years. tips from the public will be crucial to track down the gunman. >> the majority of belgians are roman catholic. >> president obama headed back to the u.s. after an unannounced trip to afghanistan. later, he visits arlington national cemetery to lay a wreath at the too many of the unknown soldier. he met with troops in bag ram, thanking them for their service, telling them for many of you, this will be your last tour in afghanistan, an indication their 13 year mission is finally wrapping up. mike viqueira is live in washington, d.c. it's been two years since the president last went to
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afghanistan. >> we heard the whoosh of marine one landing on the south lawn. it's the fourth time the president has made a trip like this, undercover of secrecy, even the press traveling with him is told not to tell anyone of these overnight trips. the president landing just before dawn met with american commanders there. the american ambassador. it's memorial day but more importantly, the year the president has promised to remove american troops from their combat role that has left in 13 years. we'll have more of what the president told the troop. >> afghans will take full responsibility for their security and our combat mission will be over. america's war in afghanistan will come to a responsible end. >> the president has a major foreign policy speech, that's
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how it's build at the white house. coming up wednesday at west point. >> so far, afghan president karzai has refused to sign that deal that would allow the u.s. to keep a small force in the country. what does the future look like and when will the troops be coming home. >> the future actually looks bright. the end of last year, around holidays here in the united states, the white house was insisting that that agreement had to be seen or else it was going to be too late. ma'am mid karzai, the long time and out going president refused to sign, want to go leave it to his predecessor. it was a long line of a thumb in the eye to president obama. he inpure rated american officials time and time again. there is a run off schedule in afghanistan, both for the perspective new president, and
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both have indicated they will sign. billions of dollars of aid for the afghan government and people would be part of that agreement. >> the president not talking about foreign policy with the troops in afghanistan, safe to say he's going to save that for his speech wednesday at the military academy. what can we expect then? >> that's shaping up as a major speech. when the president has been traveling, he's always asked about what some people term the obama doctrine, some consider a doctrine of weakness, talking with syria and iran, looking at nine in a and you a crane, the president has pushed back hard, very sensitive, growing angry at times, talking about his opponents always wanting to leap to the answer of military reaction. he says that is not the answer in almost all of these instances. so he will be rebutting his critics in that speech at west point come wednesday, del.
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>> mike viqueira, thank you very much. >> ukraine has a new president after a crucial vote, their exit poles showing poroshenko is paced to replace yanukovych. we are live right now in kiev, and dana, a new chapter in you a cranes history, pro european, what else can you tell us about him? >> if you recall take a look at the top five sort of promises on his list as mr. poroshenko's been making promises to everyone to get elected as politicians are bound to do sometimes, first out starch out corruption, a major issue here, because president yanukovych as it's known lined his pockets and took a lot of money when he left the country. politicians here are felt to be
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corrupt and once in power take as much and stuff it in their socks and run from the country with as much money as he can. he's made that a major campaign issue. he talks about immigration of ukraine in europe instead of moving ukraine under the influence of russia. he wants to move them back towards europe and get the economy up and running here and get it up off its knees, build security, a stronger army, deal with the separatists in the east and also begin dialogue with russia and especially over the crimea. >> millions in the east didn't vote in the elections. has he talked about how he plans to handle that? >> well, easy talked in general terms with broad brush astros and i don't think he's got a magic solution. there are more reports in the
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donetsk area of fighting over donetsk airport. separatists went out this morning in truck, threatening the airport with weapons. airport officials shut down flights and we're told they are still shut down. we hear that in fact the ukrainian army is on the move, helicopters in the air, the ukrainian army is moving in and shots exchanged probably as we speak. that was the latest report from some of the ukrainian media forces. today, they were compared to somali pirates. >> this is not surprise for me. the terrorists also don't have any interests to speak with ukrainian authorities. they don't have any interest to speak with nobody. the same way like somalian pirates. they don't need anybody. they just want to conserve the illegal situation there when they have so-called bandit state which keep on the machine gun
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forces. >> mr. poroshenko called them murderers, and terrorists and said they will not negotiate. >> coming up at 745 eastern time, the effect that the voting problems in eastern ukraine could have on the presidential election and ukraine's future. >> this is the final day of the pope's visit to the holy land. he will meet with the israeli president perez. earlier, he visited jerusalem's old city, stopping at the western wall, dome of the rock and mosque among others. nick schiffron is in jerusalem. tell us about the significance of the stops today on the pontiff's schedule. >> these are the most important stops for israeli officials. the highlight for them is his visit to the too many of the
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forefather of israel, the forefather of zionism, that pope john paul 2'" refused to visit. prime minister benjamin netanyahu invited the pope to the victim of terrorism memorial. there's a powerful photo at that site. he wanted the pope to come there so that netanyahu could explain the separation wall. israeli officials were furious at images of operating at the wall. in response, they have brought the pope to this victim and he has prayed -- rather brought him to the victims' memorial and he has prayed at the memorial. the holocaust memorial, very important to israeli officials, the pope going farther than both
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predecessors. he used the word holocaust in hebrew. >> the pontiff visiting some of the holiest sites for jews and muslims, the wailing wall and mosque. is this unprecedented territory for a pope? >> not necessarily unprecedented, but definitely part of his unity of message between christians, muslims and jews. at mosque, he deviated from his text and used the word brothers, where his prepared text used the word friends. at the western wall, a really powerful image that really kind of coincides with his entire message, here he hug add rabbi and sheik. the three of them hugged at the site of the western wall,
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clearly trying to deliver the message of interfaith unity as one of the holiest sites. >> the meeting at the vatican, did it come as a surprise to the parties involved? >> i think it's unprecedented. i think that the pope promised that this trip would not be political and clearly he or his aides have changed his mind. this is the pope wading right into the middle of middle east politics and trying to make a difference just after the last round of mideast peace talks collapse the. will it actually make a difference. this will be the last official event probably that he will have. he's stepping down by the end of next month, so can it actually make a difference. that's not clear, clearly the pope is trying to make a statement by saying he can help
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with mideast peace talks, bringing the two sides together and hopefully in noise words he can bring them closer together since they are now. since the collapse, those two sides have been very far apart. >> nick, thank you very much. >> switching gears to weather, the threat of severe weather in some spots and holiday heat for some of you, as well, our meteorologist ebony dionne joins us with your memorial day forecast. sounds good to say that after our miserable winter. >> much of the country will be feeling the heat. clouds and wet weather holding our temperatures down getting into parts of the pacific northwest. elsewhere, look yellow and red shading. we are going to see triple digit numbers. chicago, around the lower great lakes and into the northeast around new york city closing in on 90 degrees. we have a lot of moisture to deal with, still here across our
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nation's midsection. with that warm, moist air in place, more showers and storms, yes, we need it. watching out for that slight risk here across texas, including san antonio as well as abilene, lubbock. keep an eye out. we're dealing with a few storms that have sparked a few warnings here right just to the south and east of san antonio. we are keeping a close eye on those storms. severe thunderstorm warnings remain in effect here until the top of the hour. further west, we are saturated. it has been a lot of rain through the weekend. in san angelo, we picked up five-inches of rainfall over the weekend, so flash flooding is a good bet. we are going to see an additional one to two inches of rain in the same area. unfortunately, now also in the pacific northwest, we're dealing with a frontal boundary moving in. lots of pacific moisture, looks like it's going to be a rainy one in seattle.
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>> we'll have more on the man who went on a deadly shooting rampage in california. how he had a history of run-ins with police. also, what officers face dealing with the mentally ill and their protocol. >> we take you inside the tunnels beneath a syrian city at war. rebels are now taking their feet below the earth. >> i want to honor although men and women who died for our freedom. >> today's big number is in connection with memorial day.
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>> this is arlington national cemetery. 150 years ago the first burial. the navy band will perform later this morning before the wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknown. >> a very sobering big number,
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that is the number of american men and women in uniform who have lost their lives in wars across the world. memorial say first celebrated in 1868, known as decoration days, because the graves of the fallen would be decorated. memorial day became an official holiday in 1971. as a tradition before every memorial day, the old guard places flags around arlington national cemetery. this year, the 30 u.s. infantry planted 267,300 flags. the stars and stripes fill the cemetery. they will stay there until tomorrow. >> a memorial service is set to honor victims of the california killing spree. the focus is on the attacker, encounters with police and whether it all could have been prevented. elliot rogers had been in contact with authorities at
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least three times. last year, he claimed he was assaulted. he may have been the aggressor, but nothing came of that incident. in january, he accused his roommate of stealing $22 worth of candles and made a citizen arrest. that roommate pleaded guilty to petty theft. he was one victim found stabbed to death friday. last month, he was interviewed about his you tube videos, talking about violence and suicide. the police tipped off by family members who expressed concern. rogers was polite and that is where the investigation ended. the former sheriff in new jersey, this young man was on the police radar, on his family's radar and yet legally able to purchase a cache of weapons. >> you're not leo. >> i'm an expert on ukraine. >> we have made a mistake. i apologize, we are going to
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take a break and go to weather. as soon as we get ebony deon in place. obviously some things don't go the way we think they should go. therefore, we're going to take a break and when we come back, we're going to be talking about the elections in ukraine. our apologies.
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>> good morning. i'm del walters. these are our top stories. the young man police say was responsible for the deadly shooting attack in santa barbara, making his intentions known prior to the massacre in a you tube video. in that video, 22-year-old elliot rogers said he was frustrated because girls aren't attracted to him, saying he was serve his revenge on humidity.
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>> an exit poll in ukraine showed a billionaire poised to become the next government, taking over the government that is unpopular in parts of his country. >> pope francis visiting the holy land, today the pontiff visiting the western wall, the mosque ahead of a meeting with the prime minister perez. he visited the holocaust museum. >> thailand's army chief is now getting the royal seal of approval after taking over the country. what the endorsement for the general means. >> thailand's monarchy has seen 12 military coups. the king isn't here, at 86 too old to attend. the general is now officially running the country. he said he didn't have a time frame for elections, but they
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would be held as soon as possible. >> we will maintain firm control and deal with those who vital the law or use weapons, as well as any protest or anything that will create a restive situation. >> his warning came after one of the most repressive crack downs in his country. with media sensorship and a ban on gatherings of more than five people. >> i'm incredibly concerned. in addition to the formal crackdown on the media and cutting of satellite and radio broadcasts, in the last two days, there's been a very concerted tarting of free speech advocates. >> the leader of mass protests against the former government toppled by the coo is free on bail. there is alarm over what happens next. the red shift movement established in 2006 in a coup has largely gone to ground. some think that's ominous.
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the king is revere road by the country, but his successor isn't perceived to be as popular. the schools may have opened again, but there's nothing normal about the situation there. >> aljazeera. >> the u.s. canceled military exercises with thailand, pulling more than $3 million in military aid. >> there has been a massive wildfire south of anchorage alaska. it has burned 243 square miles in the national wildlife ref final there. fires of this size are not uncommon in lask da, but the state doesn't usually see them this early in the season. >> a 25% containment now reported on arizonas slide fire, that covered 23 square miles between sedona and flagstaff, closing slide rock park, one of
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the most visited tourist spots in arizona. the air is determined to be unhealthy because of smoke drivessing from the south. >> we want to go to the killing rampage in california, the attacker's history now raising a lot of questions. leo mcguire is the former sure i have. as we were pointing out, he was on the police radar, the family's radar and yet manages to acquire weapons. how does that happen? >> he had no criminal history. he passed the background checks and was afforded weapons in california, according to their law. >> but the n.r.a., after sandy hook came out and said we don't have a gun problem, we have a mental health problem in the united states. given the fact that obviously this person had a mental health problem with he also had a gun problem. >> he did. indication that is came to law enforcement in this particular case, only several weeks ago had
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an interaction with elliot, didn't pick up on the cues he had. he hid them very, very well yet had a cache of weapons. point in time. if law enforcement can work more with the mental health community to learn to interview and look for certain cues, we might have been more successful in this case. >> how do you do that? in a very real sense, both communities are at odds, the police trying to get information, the health field protecting privacy. >> i have worked hand-in-hand with the mental health community for decades to get people the help that they need before something heinous like this might happen. >> what do you do? what do do you going forward? i mean every time there is a prescription for an anti depressant should that go on record saying this person has a gun, shouldn't have a gun, what? >> we do make those decisions
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all the time and we have evolved especially in the new york metropolitan area about looking at folks and their histories and whether or not they should legally possess a firearm. that doesn't stop them from using a knife like rogers did in this particular case, killed comfortable with a knife before he went on his weapons rampage. >> i want to play a statement from one of the victim's fathers. >> when will enough people say stop this madness, we don't to have live like this? too many have died! we should say to ourselves, not one more! >> i have probably asked this question as many times as you have answered it. we asked this question after columbine, after virginia tech. after sandy hook, what will it take before we stop talking about this and doing something about it. >> i think things are being
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done, however every single case thus far is slightly different. there's no one specific indicator to say that the sandy hook shooter or the aurora, colorado shooter or the navy yard shooter had all the same things in common that we could look at. it's going to take some time for us to develop a profile potentially. >> how much time? and can society wait for us realistically as a society to get our act together while this continues? >> we have hundreds of millions of people in the united states, billions in the world, every one is unique, every situation is unique. law enforcement deals with hundreds of individuals, thousands across the nation every single day, trying to conclude how much they need to do to intervene in that person's life. today, memorial day is a day that we celebrate our freedom and mourn the loss of those who
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sacrifice. however does the united states want law enforcement and the authorities to intrude into their lives. >> thanks for being with us again this morning, as always. >> libya's new foreign minister has received a vote of confidence from his parliament in defiance of a former army emwho's challenged the parliament that put him in place. he was elettinged following a chaotic parliament session some lawmakers rejected as illegal an envoy said it is the worst cries in libya since the war that ousted muammar gaddafi from power. >>al sisi stepping down as egyptian's military chief, running against the leftwing candidate for president. millions of voters are casting ballots today and tomorrow. this is the second time they are
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choosing their leader in two years. mohamed morsi was deposed last year. >> the e.u. is shaking up politics, a surge in support for parties that could threaten the coalition of countries. how the rising populace power want to give power back to the individual nations. >> across europe, populace parties opposed to the european did well, most right wing, exploiting a growing frustration caused by the economic crisis. in france, the national front came first, aggressively anti immigration and anti e.u., they campaigned on a platform of returning power to france's parliament. >> our people demand a policy.
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>> in the u.k., the independence party which wants to pull the u.k. out of the union topped the poll. in austria, it was the freedom party, in denmark, the freedom party, the same message. in greece, the far left group won. >> this is an election of discontent. europe has been harassing people, ruining the livessen thousands and thousands of people, so people react. here we have well organized, extreme right wing, slightly less organized leftwing. they vote for it. >> results show this parliament have more members than ever who want to take back power and in this cases, take their countries out altogether. their influence could be significant. >> all the time when the parliament is getting more influence on law and who gets
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the top jobs in the commission which makes the big decisions, the on going economic crisis has taken its toll, the terrible cost of saving the euro persuaded many the e.u. is too powerful and unaccountable. the response to the anger while keeping the european project moving forward will be the challenge. they won't be able to do that without growth and jobs. >> coming up, we will talk about the future of the e.u. >> 35 million people voted and this morning it appears ukraine has a new president. the official results won't be announced until later today. exit polls suggest the veteran politician and chocolate tycoon won by a landslide. the problem is the entire regions were prevented from coating. >> the screen at poroshenko's campaign headquarters send as clear message. exit polls give him well over the crucial figure of 50%.
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these are not official figures, but suggest strongly the billionaire may be poised to win this election outright. >> you see that all exist polls were held by the most credible polling organizations in the country and world. they show with very small discrepancies that the election was over after the first round and the country has a new president. >> rarely ever ukrainians gone to the polls with so much enthusiasm. in the capital, cues formed as people waited to cast their votes. for many, this was the motor important election since ukraine left the soviet union. >> i think it will be big step to stabilize the country. >> i expect life to be better. i expect peace and unity in the country. poroshenko has promised to reform the economy and fight corruption. his role in the protests against
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the former regime give him credibility. he presents himself as a unifying candidate to reconcile the east and west which the country. pro-russian separatists say they won't respect the result. only about one quarter of polling stations were able to open here and separatists intimidated voters and election officials. >> he is not our president. we didn't vote for him. those in the west may have voted, but we didn't hold the election here. >> the problem with the east probably won't be solved. they have likely realized that their territory has already shrunk. >> it's final results confirm these exit polls. ukraine will have a new president after a single round of voting, that will be a relief for many who said waiting three weeks for a run off would add to the insecurity and instability. >> right now, poroshenko looks like a president in waiting.
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he says his first official trip would be to the east of the country to draw a line after six months of division. >> an add vasor to the human rights institute at columbia university joins us. is there any chance that he will not be perceived at least by the rest of the world as the legitimate president of ukraine? >> he will be perceived by the rest of the world as the legitimate president of ukraine with the possible exception of russia which is a little like saying other than that, mrs. lincoln, how was the rest of the show. the ukrainian people have clearly spoken. it wasn't particularly close. the number two candidate is probably more pro west than him. the extremely low turnout in a couple of eastern areas were due to fear or people were told not
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to vote or threatened or maybe they didn't vote because they don't really believe in this process. it was a clear consensus from western and central ukraine. the russian government has to decide do we recognize this leader and work with him and poroshenko is viewed as the kind of man with whom they can work. he's not considered a radical. do we continue this policy of seeking to destabilize eastern ukraine and break the country apart. >> how do you get around this perception of i guess chaos would be the easiest way to describe it. you have elections taking place in the rest of ukraine that russia doesn't recognize. >> well, the way you do this. >> there are polling stations that aren't open, so not everybody votes in either election. >> this is the responsibility now falling to president poroshenko or president election
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poroshenko. he has a craft a new consensus around you a crane, around a ukraine that reassures people in the east that we are not going to shove down your throat policies that you don't like. >> how do you lead a group of people where if you leave one section of the country, you may be shot and killed. >> you don't take the train to donetsk if you're president poroshenko. you craft a message that is different. in the past, whoever wins the election kind of pounds their 50 on the table and said my side that ha won. if it was the orange faction, it was we're moving the country toward the west or slowing down and not moving the country toward the west instead of saying i've got to build a consensus. poroshenko wants to move the country towards europe. he's got to create support through speeches, communication and the like. i also would just add that the data here as we're seeing coming in from exit polls suggest that
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there is a consensus in ukraine that this should be one country. the separatists, we've seen their bark may be big are than their bite on this. one of the reasons you tell people not to vote, you know you're not going to win. if you knew you had a big anti poroshenko vote, you say come show your voice. they may be running a little scared. >> thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me. >> elections set to take place in syria in 10 days. the president bashar al assad widely expected to win his third seven year term in office as violence continues in parts of that country. >> activists releasing this video of rebels attacking a pro government check point over the weekend. opposition groups and western leaders criticizing june 3 elections that are call them a far as. meanwhile, syria's deputy
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foreign minister is vowing to wipe out terrorists, the assad regime stepping up secured and installing barricades. that has forced the opposition to go underground. >> beneath the city, syrian rebel fighters crawl on their hands and knees. here guns aren't needed, replace the with picks and shovels. they dig through the day and night and while the snipers can't see them here, the lack of oxygen and threat of earth collapse is a deadly risk. >> we're facing certain difficulties, using simple tools like axes and shovels and the terrain is stoney and tough. >> the rebels in digging an underground network of tunnels to reach key posts held by syrian government forces. >> already, they say the tunnels have helped them destroy key strategic areas.
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>> we resorted to digging tunnels. it was assad's forces that fortified the barricades, turning them into strong barracks. we need the tunnels to destroy them. >> this city was the birth place of the uprising against president bashar al assad. that was at the start of syria's civil war in 2011. thousands of people have lost their lives since then and with both sides refuse to go lay down their weapons of choice, the digging and the killing is likely to continue. >> an estimated 150,000 people dying over the last three years in that on going conflict in air i can't. >> there has been a mud lied in western colorado, rescue workers looking for three missing. we know that area got a lot of rain last week. >> exactly, del and that's the reason authorities are saying
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the land likely gave way in the form of a mud slide the local sheriff described as unbelievably big, four miles long, two miles wide and 250 feet deep. it happened in the grand mesa national forest in denver. you can see emergency crews gathered near the slide zone, there was not a lot of activity overnight. the area is too unstable to search in the dark. it is believed no homes, buildings or major roads were affected. much of the state recently suffered severe storms involving a lot of rain and hail for nearly a week straight. authorities believe record breaking rains from september of last year likely destabilized hill sides. to put this into perspective. this mud slide is three times larger than the one in oso washington that killed more than 40 people.
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>> this is another one happening near a community, as well, any word on the community impact? >> we are getting information trickling in, this just happened last night. the community has a population of 700 people. we do know three unaccounted for. major damage, that is something we haven't heard. daylight comes, we'll get more information. >> a cancer secret uncovered. what researchers found about the way cells spread. it is our discovery of the day. >> coming together for one cause, to praise. >> a memorial day tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. looking at the museum on the city's west side on this memorial day. later this morning, the mayor will join navy commanders and lay a wreath, including the unveiling of a flag and rifle salute, 21 gun salute.
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download it now >> it is time for our discovery of the day. scientists say they figured out how cancer cells spread, offering insight when the primary tumor spreads to other parts of the body. the cells form something like a foot that helps them travel to the blood system. most of the cancer deaths across the u.s. each year caused by complications from the spread of cancer. the vital tissues and organs, not the primary tumor itself. researchers hope it leads to a drug that blocks the cancer from spreading. >> let's check the weather across the country with our meteorologist.
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>> a lot of folks are going to have the grills going, but we have wet weather. across texas, we do need the rainfall. we've seen record amounts through the weekend. unfortunately, it's really going to put a kibosh on the outdoor plans as heavy rain is expected, one to two inches of rainfall. we're dealing with severe weather, a severe thunderstorm warning in effect until the top of the hour with flash flooding an issue. moisture through the middle of the country, st. louis, minneapolis and chicago all in line for storms. >> thank you very much. >> well, happiness is the goal for a group of filmmakers in yemen, called support yemen, trying to bring about change without violence. aljazeera has their happy story. >> i think yemenese people needed to smile. >> this man co directed the video. >> i like most of the parts, but
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my favorite is the candle scene. >> the directors make fun of the capitols constant power cuts with this scene. he was able to skype with us, but like the rest saturday night, he was still in the dark. >> i'm using my phone's flash so you can see me. >> he wanted to show a different side of yemen, saying the world usually only hernande hears bad. >> lately, it's cries after cries, fuel crisis, no electricity, you know, and all the news that going around is just we have to be somehow, we have to maintain the spirit. we have to, you know, to survive. >> the old city is also a key location. >> we shared ideas and one of the ideas is he has the strength
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and says let's have a yemenese look alike and that's how comes the idea. >> the support in yemen helped produce the organized locations and find the characters. they focused on women, like the popular radio talk show host tea with milk. >> she's a well known female rapper in the underground scene in yemen, and she i mean basically when she feels comfortable, she walks around the streets and feels comfortable and safe enough not to wear the head covering. we see women intra additional clothing. before the 1970's, women didn't wear the covering. they wore beautiful scarves.
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>> she showed up for her scene in her own red high tops after her mom heard about the casting call. despite the joy of the situation, the situation is still very unstable. >> it's been tense lately. especially because of the military presence in the south, not only in the south now. >> even with hardships and trouble, she wanted to show there were a group of yemenis hopeful who even managed to be happy. >> the song inspired hundreds of tributes since reds last year. it hit the sound track of the movie "despicable me two." >> bikers taking part in the annual rolling thunder ride for freedom. aljazeera talked to participants about what the ride means.
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>> i ride to this event to honor all the men and women who have died for this country and our freedom. there is no better way to spend my time this weekend than riding with all my brothers with this american flag on my bike. >> the thunder to me is power and unity, and coming together for one cause, to praise our services. >> i had 20 years and two days in the united states air force, served in vietnam through 1969 and 1970. it's a pleasure to come up here. i enjoy it. there's a bunch of patriots here. it makes you have a good feeling when people stand on the side of the road and wave at you and absolute you when you go on by. >> i just hope people take time out to realize how much sacrifice veterans have made for the country and not to just forget them when the war's over.
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>> my grandfather was a vietnam veteran. he was my inspiration for joining the military in the first place, so i ride for him. no what ther has what you ride, it's about getting out there and feeling free. >> 4,000 bikers participate in the ride stretching from the pentagon to the national mall. a memorial service set for tomorrow honor the victims of that california killing spree. the young man suspected of carrying out the takes made his intentions known in a you tube video. >> ahead in our next hour, south korea's president and one of the countries top broadcasters facing accusations they down
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>> on this memorial day, honoring america's war heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, the president back in the u.s. after surprising the troops in afghanistan. >> he was the most warm, loving, kind-hearted that you could ask for. >> the emotional father of one of the victims in that killing spree as a clear picture emerges. >> egyptians casting their
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ballots os the two day presidential election gets underway. a former army chief looks to be the favorite to win. >> i've been shot at, bullets fly over your head and covering the top of your head and around your side, fellows got hit. >> america's oldest living veteran, looking back at his time serving the country as we pay respect to the men and women who have done the same. >> i'm del walters in new york. this memorial day, the nation pauses to honor the men and woman who died serving the country. the president will play a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, flags are planted next to the braves of the fallen. in new york, a ceremony at the
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museum, holding ceremonies all week in honor of fleet week. >> the president going to afghanistan, thanking the troops for serving the nation and giving a speech at bag ram air force base. >> the soldiers were entertained bay popular u.s. country music singer while they waited for the president. >> anybody home sick? ♪ ♪ >> when he emerged from his meeting, president obama thanked his troops for their service in a conflict that has lasted more than a decade, with afghan security forces now in the lead, he announced he would soon
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decide just how many u.s. sell injuries would remain in a supporting role. >> for many of you, this will be your last tour in afghanistan. by the end of that year, the transition will be complete and afghans will take full responsibility for their security and our combat mission will be over. america's war in afghanistan will come to a responsible end. >> the pentagon indicated it would like to see roughly 10,000 soldiers stay, but any it is contingent upon a security agreement. the afghan president has refused to sign such an agreement, but both candidates to succeed him in a run off election indicated an agreement can be worked out, allowing u.s. force to say stay. >> america's commitment to the
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people of afghanistan endure. >> there are ruffle 230,000 soldiers left in afghanistan. it's the president's goal to have a smaller number stay to conduct counter terrorism missions. the exact number of forces is not clear. it's a decision the white house promises to make soon. we are joined live from washington, d.c. what was the significance of the president's trip? >> first of all, it is the memorial day weekend. it has been two years, too long by both the troops and president obama, they settled on memorial day, a critical time near the transition in afghanistan. afghanistan on the george of having a peaceful transfer of power with a june 14 runoff, the stakes of the united states
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couldn't be bigger with the bilateral security agreement. both candidates have pledged to sign it, something hamid karzai had refused to do. the white house has been very anxious about that. >> this trip coming as the president faces criticism over the scandals involving veterans' affairs hospital. did he address that during the trip? >> the president's opponents are going to say he's trying to change the subject bog to afghanistan. i guess the problem with that is is has been in the works for quite some time. he's been there four times already, five if you include iraq on the secret trip. incidentally, talking about the security situation, del, it tells you all you need to know, this was done under secrecy. president obama flying in the middle of the night, the press traveling with him, sworn to secrecy. you don't know if he's going to be there until he wheels down in baghram. it tells you all you need to know about the security
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situation in afghanistan. getting back to the v.a., he did address that in his weekly internet and radio address and vowed to get to the bottom of what was happening with the veteran's administration. del. >> mike viqueira, live in washington, d.c., as always, thank you very much. >> new details emerging about the killing spree in california. in a video posted on line shortly before the attacks, 22-year-old elliot rogers said he was frustrated because girls weren't attracted to him and the mass ask her would serve as his revenge. that left dead and wounded. >> he was really, really upset about why is the world so unfair to him. >> melissa chan joins us live from california. we are hearing about a new you tube video and also that lengthy manifesto emailed right before the killing spree.
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what did elliot roger say? >> this was 140 pages long. it just covered everything under the sun, really. i mean he talked about his childhood, about the serious impact his parents' divers had on him and the kind of revenge that you ever against women, a war on women, he said. he talked about his very well laid plans, about the fact that he was going to kill his roommates, which in fact he did, primarily because he wanted to do so in order for them not to prevent him from continuing on with his plan. he had very elaborate, violent images that he talked about in terms of torturing people. all of this in hindsight, you wonder whether any of this could have been prevented. >> this young man no stranger to local law enforcement. what are they saying about the number of times they interacted with him. >> he had a few brushes with the law already, the earliest in the
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summer of 2013, last year when he excused some people of assaulting him. police investigated, only to find out that he could have been the one who actually provoked the incident. in january, 2014, he actually conducted a citizen's arrest against a roommate, another indication that he had some level of paranoia going on and as recently as a month ago, his own family members called, concerned about, you know, the direction and the kind of thing he was posting on you tube and in fact police officers actually visited his apartment, spoke to him and determined that he was fine and went away. >> finally, before we let you go, we are now hearing about what his family was doing at the time of the attacks. what can you tell bus that? >> according to one family friend, from what we understand, the mother and the father both realized that he had posted a you tube posting shortly before the actual incident indicating that he was going to carry out
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his plan and the parents had started driving to santa barbara at this point. was en route that the killings actually began, so a little bit too late for the parents to do anything, but very, very tragic in terms of timing. >> melissa, thank you very much. >> a series of shootings in meritle beach over the weekend leaving three dead, five injured. the tourist destination packed with visitors in town for the annual bike fest. the fatal shooting happening in front of the crowds outside a hotel. police not releasing any information about the suspect or the motive. >> a nationwide manhunt in belgium for a gunman who opened fire at a jewish museum. four people were injured there, one in critical condition. that attack a came on the eve of national and parliament
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elections. the shootings are blamed on european incitement against israel. >> libya's new prime minister received a vote of confidence from parliament. it comes in defiance of a former army general challenging that vote that put him in office. he has the backing of the muslim brother hood and was elected following a chaotic parliament session some rejected at illegal. the crisis is the worst in libya since the war to ousted muammar gaddafi from power. >> getting the royal seal of approval, the popular king of thailand throwing support behind the general who overtook the country. he didn't attend the ceremony. the general has not given a time frame for elections being held. >> arizona and alaska now dealing with massive wildfires. the slide fire between flagstaff and sedona, the funny river fire
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burning south of anchorage, alaska. we have the latest on the efforts to get both of these fires under control. >> under control certainly does not describe these fires this morning. neither are even halfway towards being put out. both have burned since at least last tuesday. >> the crews have been doing an amazing job. >> firefighters in arizona have been working around the clock to get the slide fire under control. it's a huge undertaking with the fire covering 21 square miles in and around oak creek canyon, a popular destination between sedona and flagstaff. latest estimates had the fire at 25% contained. no homes have been destroyed to date, but people have had to evacuate. this morning, a reprieve for some, as fire officials expect to lift a preevacuation warning at noon monday for the 3200 residents from two communities near oak creek canyon.
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firefighters will remain vigilant for conditions that would necessitate more evacuations. >> basically any kind of big flare up, we tell the people to get out of there. >> officials declared the air very unhealthy and urged children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems stay indoors. in alaska, the fire in the national wildlife ref final and 243 square miles and growing has become nearly twice the size of the city of seattle. several helicopters worked with over 400 firefighters on the ground to put out the blaze. reports are the fire is only 20% contained, as of this morning. no injuries or building damage has been reported, however, officials over the weekend did order the evacuation of around 1,000 structures. >> authorities in arizona and alaska believe both of these fires were man made.
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so often that seems to be the case in these situations. >> thank you very much. >> there is a new chapter unfolding in ukraine, exit polls showing a businessman poised to become the next president, poroshenko taking over the interim government there that is unpopular in the country, dealing with continuing pressure from russia. we are live in kiev. we understand there is breaking news out of donetsk this morning. >> that's right, del. we want to bring you up to date on a developing story. terrorists tried to or what the ukrainian authorities called terrorists tried to take over the donetsk airports, flights stopped there. the ukrainian military is true i go to take back that airport. people in the area, including somebody from aljazeera heard small arms fire, the sound of explosions, helicopters, gunfire. the separatists got into the
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airport and the military may have called in an air strike on one of thor passions, an air strike and the gunfire is continuing as we speak. this morning, certainly the new president to be of ukraine compared the separatists to somali pirates and said he is goes going to negotiate with them unless they put down their weapons. that is the foreign minister of russia saying that russia will acknowledge and sit down with mr. poroshenko and the new president of ukraine, but not with conditions. he doesn't want to talk to the americans or european union. mr. poroshenko said in fact the americans and the europeans should be at the table and he hopes for some sort of organized meeting with the russians in mid june. that was the date he gave this morning. >> aljazeera's dana lewis in kiev and ukraine. the breaking news, shots fired at the airport in donetsk. we will follow that will story
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and bring you more news as it warrants. >> the the heat will be on for some of you in parts of the country this memorial day weekend, but not everyone gets to enjoy the sunshine, some of you looking at stormy weather. for more, we turn to he knee deon. >> we're starting with the hot side of things. across the southwest, we could use the moisture, but that's not what we're going to see here. we have high pressure dominating, keeping us on the dry side. we are on the backside of that upper level load we have been tracking throughout the weekend. very slow moving storm system does understand bring wet weather our way. we expect triple digits through wednesday. by wednesday, throws to 110 and then we'll see numbers drop to more seasonal level it is, to mid and upper 90's, but not much in the way of rain. we'll get a little bit of moisture, maybe an overnight shower thursday into friday. that will be thanks to the moisture we're seeing from the
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south, all compliments of hurricane amanda, so far the strongest hurricane this time of year, still a category four. it will continue to weaken as it lifts to the north and northwest. as it does, we'll get much-needed moisture, moving into the southwest. that will bring us that small chance of rain at least into arizona and nevada. for now, know rain there. it's the middle of the country that remains active as far as the wet and stormy conditions on this memorial day. looks like it's definitely going to be a washout here. we have watched this area, monitoring storms blowing up, opposing the threat for fear weather just off to the southeast and east of tan tone. dell. >> barbecue and bumper shoots in texas, thank you very much. >> this is the final day of the pope's visit to the holy land. the pontiff is in jerusalem, meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and president perez.
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he visited key sites in jerusalem's old city, the western wall and dome of the rock and the mosque, among others. nick schiffron joins us live from jerusalem. telling us about the significance of the stops today. >> these are the two most important visits, according to israeli officials. it's a visit that neither of his predecessor's were willing to make. this is the tomb of the forefather of israeli and zionism and someone rejected by the catholic church 100 years ago. israeli officials believe this visit is a kind of endorsement of their right to this land. part of that visit was politics by benjamin netanyahu, inviting the pope into the memorial of the victims of terrorism right next to the too many. this is in direct response to the pope's visit of the
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separation wall between bethlehem and jerusalem and netanyahu explained his reasons for why israel built the separation wall and from the pope's perspective. this was all about reaching out to communities, demonstrate they go identifies with the suffering of his communities. his spokesman describes that the pope against that victim's memorial to terrorism is a real identification to the people not in peace and struggling for peace. that second visit, as well, delivering that same message, reaching out to israeli's, using the term in hebrew for holocaust. >> the pontiff visiting some of the holiest sites, the western wall and the mosque. is this unprecedented territory for a pope? >> it's not unprecedented, but
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clear that the pope's message is contained in these visits. he's reaching out not only to jews and chriss while he's here in israel, but trying to make the argument that all three religions should reach out to peace. in his visit, he change the one of the words in his prepared speech, calling muslims friends. he changed that word to call them brothers, urging them against violence. in the western wall, a very powerful image, he brought with him two friends from argentina, one rabbi, one sheik. he hugged them in front of the western wall, one of the most million sites for all of jews and in all of islam, clearly the pope trying to deliver the message of interfaith harmony and peace for the entire region. >> nick, thank you very much as always. >> casting ballots in egypt, the former general poised to become the next leader that have country. will he end those years of
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instability and violence there? >> a massive mud slide in colorado, the latest on the search for survivors. >> a major threat to the world's food supply, the warnings issued about the death of billions of bees and high tech steps to figure out why all those bees are dying.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. straight ahead, we're going to talk about the search for the missing again, following another massive mud slide, this one in western colorado. first, it is grilling day, let's check temperatures across the nation. good morning, ebony. >> it is mild from the great lakes to the gulf coast this morning, and these are the areas that are really going to heat up through the day, temperatures above average, even into the northeast is going to feel more summer like than anything, temperatures climbing into the mid and upper 80's, 5-15 degrees above average will put us 86 in philadelphia, 87 in d.c., low 80's around pittsburgh.
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boston, a warm one as you celebrate today. 84 degrees, but notice the cooldown, tuesday down to 70, just about where we should be, then we drop into the 50's by wednesday, all thanks to a back door cold front cooling things off across new england. enjoy the warmth while you can. you will need the a.c.'s on as we climb to near 90 in memphis, 85 in houston, triple digitses expected around phoenix will last until the middle of the week. >> the balkans pounded with three months word of rain in just a matter of days. 25 people were killed in massive flooding this afternoon week. that death toll is expected to rise. as we report, survivors face a lot of difficult challenges ahead. >> when the cliffs behind the village fell away, there was little warning. those below of told the worst is yet to come. after last week's record
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rainfall, it will at some point come sliding down. that could dam the river, which is the border between bosnia and serbia, potentially flooding the villages on both sides. >> there is a risk it will all fall down. the mountains can fall. there is danger for me and the people passing through here. >> it could happen, the ground up the hill could slide into the river and river could put there the city. it would be a catastrophe. >> leaders in serbia and bosnia are working on evacuation plans. this road, which cuts through a quarry and deep into the hills is one of them. >> behavioral, our county will be cut into two parts, so in one part, we have bakeries, gas stations and shops and on the other side, industrial buildings. basic necessities would be able to get in.
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>> there have been thousands of landslides across serbia, bosnia and croatia as a result of recent flooding. three months of rain fell in three days, bursting river banks and sending port powerful torrents of water. >> this gives you an idea of the sheer force of the water. over a week ago, this was a road, now a sea of bolders churned up and forced down from the hills above. >> no one was killed, but locals believe that was just luck. more rainfall is predicted for the coming days. residents are making sure they have a plan to remove luck from the equation when this hill comes crashing down. >> those floods that hit bosnia, serbia and croatia are the worst the region has seen in more than a century. >> a mud slide in western colorado, crews now searching for three missing people.
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they got a lot of rain last week. >> absolutely. that's what out that's right believe triggered a mud slide the local sheriff described as unbelievably big, four miles wide, two miles wide and 250 feet deep. it happened 6:00 sunday night in a mount be community near the grand mesa national forest, west of aspen and about a four hour drive from denver. >> emergency crews gathered near the slide zone late sunday night in the colorado mountain community. they said there was not much they could do overnight. the area is too unstable for search and rescue misses in the dark. it is believed no homes, buildings or major roads were affected. much of the state recently suffered severe storms involving rain and hail for nearly a week straight. even tornadoes in shtowns. >> it sounded like a train. it just boom boom boom boom
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boom. >> despite the recent severe weather, authorities believe record breaking rains from september of this afternoon year destabilized hill sides, making them more susceptible to the recent heavy rains. >> to give you an idea of how big this mud slide is, experts say it is at least three times larger than the one in oso, washington that killed 40 people last month. this area has a population of 700. we know of three unaccounted for, but the damage to the town does not seem as devastating, though date will bring more information. >> it is called a political earthquake, one roling the european union, the big changes with election results being coupled. >> accusations that they down played a disaster, families of those south korean ferry disaster victims demanding answers from a top broadcaster.
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>> every morning, i get a few in my driveway. that's my exercise. >> he is 108 years old and still smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, the story of america's oldest vet. >> marking memorial day across the country, paying trick to the men and women who died serving in this countries armed forces.
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>> fleet week began on this weekend. good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. ahead in this next half hour, voting now underway in egypt,
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kicking off a two day presidential election. why some of the country say the vote is a sham. >> the man in charge of south korea's public t.v. station claims the president pressured his station to down play last month's ferry disaster. >> votes are in in the european parliament elections. the center right and left parties are preparing to join a grand coalition. both parties received 70% of the vote. there was original i surge in pe vote. this year's different than years past. under the lisbon treaty, heads of state and the parliament will have a say. do you expect a power struggle? >> >> yes. i think there is one brewing, del. the system is new. it's pretty much opaque to most europeans, but the commission is if you like the executive of the
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european union institution itself, the tough, big decisions about policies and new laws and regulations tend to be generated by the commission. those are the plum jobs and historically people who are appointed by the heads of government of all the 28 members of the european union states. now, the rule changes suggest that the parliament, the results of which are very controversial results of which we are just getting in today, will have more power over that. they have two leading candidates from the centrist blocks. whether or not they will succeed, one of them in getting a job, whether or not the heads of government coming to plus sells to have a meeting about it will try and impose their own candidate is the big question, but storm yea waters ahead for sure. >> it is poor polarized in the european union, is that going to
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make it hard tore come to agreements? >> the headlines across europe this morning speak of a political earthquake. for sure, these people from the extreme right and left are not going to make up a majority in the parliament building, but for sure, the whole complexion and political map is changed and the big challenge for the majority, the centrist parties that are generally pro european, all for taking more powers away from governments and driving the project forward need to listen to these new voices of protest and that will be a tougher challenge and one they won't meet without fixing the european economy and providing jobs and growth. that underlies this protest vote. they need to approach it or the results will be even worse. >> simon, thank you very much. >> a man who once said he wasn't interested in being president of
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egypt now appears to be the top candidate for the job. assisi stepping down as the military chief today is running against the leftwing candidate. millions are expected to vote in the next two days. >> this is the man expected to be egypt's next president,al sisi is the former defense minister and army chief. he's essentially led egypt for the last 10 months since the coo that deposed president mohamed morsi. >> the egyptians are coming down to write their history and plan for their future. all the world is watching. >> the voting will take place over two days and turnout will be a good indicator of how much support there is. people of suffered instability since mass protest ended the 30 year rule of mubarak. >> we want security for the country, not protest.
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all the young people calling for protest can wait until the country gets on its feet and the security and poor people are able to make a living. >> security is a concern. there have been attacks in the last few months against institutions, including cairo university. 400,000 security personnel are involved in protecting the public on polling days. with a goal of encouraging people to come out and vote. >> people feel reassured in terms of security and police and army of protecting the area very well. >> the only other candidate for president came third in the 2012 election. recent polls suggest more than 50% of egyptians favor assisi. >> a visiting scholar joins us this morning. good morning. this is egypt's second democratic election, but when
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one party is banned and president is overthrown in a military coup, what does that say about democracy in egypt? >> i would dispute the idea that this is a democratic election. i think from a purely political science perspective, you can't let me nate the competition and then say you're holding a democratic election. if you look at what's happened in egypt over the past 10 months, the group that won five consecutive elections in egypt has been effectively eliminated, banned and declared a terrorist organization. we have 40,000 political prisoners, according to the latest data. the media environment is entirely one-sided and historical. the anti military coup perspective is not represented at all. all of the opposition networks have been shut down, so under these circumstances, it's not possible to hold a democratic election, so in many ways, i
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think this election will formally cement a type of authoritarian order in egypt. >> is this a lose-lose scenario for the united states. they do not like the issue of the military coup, but were not fans of the muslim brotherhood. we may be looking at assisi, but you point out you believe the election is a sham. >> i believe the united states has made a strategic error in basically tacitly supporting this coup. they desire stability for the region. over the past 11 months, we've seen really unprecedented instability in egypt, military coups and orders, particularly in this day and age are inherently unstable. assisi has presided over the country and over this period of
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instability, and i don't think that's likely to change, unfortunately. i think we're likely headed for more pollarrization and instability in egypt and that's not what the united states foreign policy desires. >> so, what about the supporters of the muslim brotherhood? after all, they cast the majority of ballots in the last election. this time, they're boycotting the elections, but what about the people who once backed the muslim brotherhood, are they going to boycott, as well? >> all indications are that first of all, egypt is a split society. if you look at the polling data, the post military coup polling data, about half of the people support the military order and half seem to be against the military coup and be relatively sympathetic to the former president, mohamed morsi. those people are unlikely to vote. i think you can expect, assuming
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the numbers aren't manipulated in any way, i think you can expect a fair low, fairly modest turnout figure of somewhere between 30% and 40% of voters. >> will the people of egypt wind up being the ultimate losers? unemployment is rampant, 12 million people do not work or have a way of feeding their families, so what happens to them next? >> unfortunately, i think that this is kind of a lose-lose situation and the egyptian people the becausest losers. the biggest problem in egypt for decades has been auto contractic rule. auto contractic rules create inefficiency from the government. there's really no incentive for the government to perform in an auto contractic environment, and so we're headed for more of that. i think the hope after 2011 was that a democratic order, regardless of who was in office, would bring about economic growth, and stability by
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creating a series of checks and balances. that's what we had in egypt up until the military coupe that has all been reversed now. >> thank you very much. >> elections set to take place in syria, that countries president bashar al assad widely expected to win his third term in office, seven year materials. campaigning is taking place as violence continues across syria. [ gunfire ] >> activists releasing videos showing rebel attacks on pro government check points over the weekend. western leaders criticizing elections set for june 3, calling them a far as. 150,000 people have been killed in syria's three year civil war. >> rebels releasing video of a suicide truck bomb blast outside a city in northern syria. you can see the large truck drive right into the government
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check point. massive explosion follows seconds later. government forces now claim that the opposition claims they have taken control of the check point. >> colombia is facing the tightest election it has seen in decades. >> they tried to put on a brave face at the campaign headquarters of the colombian president. >> i call on those who did not vote for me in the next three weeks, join me in this crusade for peace. >> these elections will determine the continuation of peace talks with farq rebels. despite scandals, right wing candidate came in first place on
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an anti peace deal campaign. >> a president should not and cannot be manipulated by the farq, who are the world's large evident drug cartel. >> he is widely seen as a stand in for the still popular former president, a fierce opponent of a negotiated peace. >> we need him so this country won't be see quest erred by farq terrorists. vote for a free country, not the castro-chavez tyranny supported by the current government. >> another former president insists it's peace or war that's at stake, saying all former presidents attempted to end the 50 year war that has cost 250,000 lives and displacing
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6 million colombians. >> peace for the first time is a real possibility. >> despite the hey stakes, voter turnout was extremely low. many colombians believe no one is serious about dealing with corruption, crime and better distribution of wealth. >> the run i don't have is less than thee weeks away. if the president is to be given another vote of confidence, he will have a convince a majority of colombian, not only that he can deliver an acceptable peace accord, but solutions to the problem that impact the ordinary people the most. aljazeera, bogota. >> peace talks between the colombian government and rebels attempting to end the longest running conflict. >> tracking down on terrorist groups, more than 200 suspect it is under arrest in china.
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an attack was blamed on a terrorist group. >> firefighters in south korea blaming a welding torch for a fire at a bus terminal, killing seven. the blaze happened northwest of the capitol. bodies were found in the basement of the terminal where that fire broke out. >> the head of south korea's main t.v. station saying he down played coverage of the ferry disaster. >> this is how the head of south korea's state funded broadcaster has been starting his workday, confronting the fury. monday, there was no sign of his car, but the union members were still there, still demanding his resignation. >> the major reason behind the
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problems in our programs is due to an order from the president's office that he received. we have precise evidence that he has been engaged in control over news coverage. >> it was an allegation first made by the outgoing head of news operations earlier this month, saying gil instructed him to tone down criticism of the coast guard and more generally the government's response to the sinking of the ferry in april with the loss of more than 300 lives. he claimed gil was acting on the orders of the president's office. next came on line apologies from journalists. we only wish that we didn't feel ashamed to carry our cameras. the criticisms were not reflected in coverage, says another. already, hundreds of reporters and producers walked out the usually hour long news is down to 20 minutes and one presenter. a strike is likely to start
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wednesday. with live sections of his staff in open evolt he now has to account for his actions. the board of governors called him in with a motion for his dismissal on the table. the network took out ads in major newspapers, insisting claims that the presidential office meddled in his news coverage were untrue. it's a case not helped by the prime minister's admission that the government south cooperation from the state broadcaster to report in a way that arrested workers. the so-called tragedy has triggered soul searching, raising questions inside the empty newsroom and beyond about media freedom. aljazeera, seoul. >> that ferry sank last month. most of the 300 onboard were high school students on a class trip. >> a hacker turned informant
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could walk out of court a free man, authorities recommending leniency. the man's attorneys say he has been extremely valuable, and should be spared to long prison term. he pleaded guilty to hacking, credit card theft in 2011. his group was behind a series of attacks targeting the c.i.a., senate and f.b.i. >> a number of companies fighting electronic cigarettes to protect their copyrighted brands. general mills, the girl scouts, tootsie rolls and others don't want the e-cigarettes naming flavors after popular items, demanding it stop. fruit and candymakers are barred from regular cigarettes for help to go prevent to stop those companies from targeting children. >> at 108 years of age, he spends his days tend to go household chores, enjoying a
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good cigar every bunt in a while. america's oldest vet talks about serving his country and the changes the military has undergone in his lifetime.
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al jazeera' america presents, the system with joe burlinger >> you're looking live right now on this memorial day at the tomb of the unknown, dedicated to the service members who died serving our country without their remains being identified. welcome back. coming up, we'll introduce you to america's oldest living veteran. he is quite a treat. first, let's look at your holiday forecast. will it be a treat or a trick? >> it's going to be a little of both, it just depends where you are. the middle of the country has been the focus for showers and storms through the weekend. that remains the same even today. keep an eye out, minneapolis
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into chicago and st. louis and into texas, where we continue to expect another round of heavy downpours. into the northeast, we are dealing with a frontal boundary that is hung up across this area. scattered showers, scattered activities, not a washout, will be a threat. once you get around new york city and points southward, beautiful weather, lots of sunshine, it is going to be a hot one out there as temperatures climb into the 80's. in texas, we've watched the rain and storms push offer to the east, but a few storms prompted severe thunderstorm warnings. we'll deal with that through the day, watching this area very, very closely watching for the threat of strong storms. the upper level low we've been tracking is a slow mover. as it moves eastward, we see moisture into the midwest. also watching out for rain into the pacific northwest. >> scientists say bees dying by
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the billions, no small martyr. it poses a major threat to the world's food supply. researchers are tracking the insects, trying to find out what's wrong. we have more. >> until one stings you, bees are easily ignored but are crucial. almost everything people eat is dependent on what they do. >> every piece of food on this planet starts off with some sort of pollination. everything starts from a plant and the animals eat the plant and then it makes the meat. >> bees are in cries, colony collapse disorder wiping out a quarter of the world's honey bees. >> einstein once said if bees disappeared, we have about four years dew live. whether or not he's right, i don't know, but i don't want to put him to the test. >> scientists on the australian island are testing bees movements, tiny mike co chips attached to bees with super
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glue. >> this is about the third of the weight that a becan carry. it's not much. it's just like someone walking with a backpack. >> as each mike co chipped bee leaves and comes back to the hive, its identity is recorded to see how long it's been away. >> over 18 months, about 10,000 bees will be chipped and tracked to get the broadest possible data on how bees move under different environmental conditions. >> bees are tracked first in pristine conditions to establish a base line pattern of behavior. >> what they will expect to have from the technology is with a deep understanding on how the bee behaves, so we know for example how many times each one of those bees leaving the hive and for how long they have been out. >> soon, low levels of pesticides will be put into the sugar water, then separately, components of pollution to see if either change bee behavior.
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>> they navigate and cone back the information. >> once it's clear what changes bee behavior and may be damaging them, that can be addressed. meanwhile, movement patterns guide the positions of who i was relative to crops, so a world with fewer bees uses them more efficiently. bees after all, like being busy. >> in the u.s., the bees pollinate about $15 billion worth of crops. >> she has more candles on her cake than just about anyone, just celebrating her 115t 115th birthday that michigan. they held a party in her church in her honor in detroit. she credits her long life to clean living and her good, christian faith. she is the second oldest person
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in the world, right behind a japanese man who is 116. >> memorial day usually about those honoring servicemen. we honor the country's oldest living vet, more on a remarkable man. >> if you're looking for richard, this is where you'll likely find him, on his porch with a cigar in hand. >> i don't inhale them. i just smoke burned air. >> every morning, i get to sweep my driveway. that's my exercise. got to keep them muscles going. >> he is the oldest living word war two veteran. last week web turned 108 years young. >> i've been shot at, bullets fly over your head, cutting the air on top your head and all around your side. i never got hit.
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>> he doesn't spend a lot of time talking about his time in service. >> the more you tell, the more it come to you. >> as for what he believes kept him alive. >> that's god's business. it wasn't mine, god wasn't shooting at you. >> president obama honored overton in remarks at the arlington national cemetery last veterans' day. >> mr. overton was there at pearl harbor when the battle ships were smoldering. he was at okinawa, at iwo jima. >> he got to meet the nation's commander-in-chief. >> there's a lot i want to talk to him about, but he's in a hurry. >> he talked about change in his lifetime, including times he said white people were hesitant to interact with blacks. >> there's more white people want to be my friends than
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black. they're there, saying make yourself at home. >> what he credits to longevity, staying off medications. >> when those pills get in your system, and it weaken your body. >> overton never had children. he's been married twice, but his wife passed 20 years ago. although he comes from a big family. >> six sisters and four brothers and they're all dead. >> he spends most days enjoying his own company. he says he's not opposed to getting married again, but she must be age appropriate. >> if i could find a woman that's old enough and wants to be married. >> that age web says must be around 90, but finding someone at that age who's able to keep one him. >> she'll do some of the work. i've doing the same i did at 40 years old. >> that might be a challenge. >> not much has changed, he
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still lives in the same house. he said that house cost him $4,000. >> thanks for joining us this morning on aljazeera america. updates on the elections in egypt and ukraine in a few moments. enjoy your memorial day. >> we're following the stories of people who have died in the desert >> the borderland memorial day marathon >> no ones prepared for this journey >> experience al jazeera america's critically acclaimed original series from the beginning >> experiencing it has changed me completely >> follow the journey as six americans face the immigration debate up close and personal. >> it's heartbreaking... >> i'm the enemy... >> i'm really pissed off... >> all of these people shouldn't be dead... >> it's insane... >> the borderland memorial day marathon only at al jazeera america
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>> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to experts about people, and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first
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choice for the news. >> from al jazeera's headquarters here in doha. you're watching the news hour. narendra modi's new employment. and pro russian separatists take over the