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humanity. monday, 6:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> part of al jazeera america's >> special month long evironmental focus fragile planet > saudi led air strikes on yemen continues. aid starts to arrive to help those caught in the middle of the war. iran's foreign minister set to visit pakistan as the parliament considers what role it may play in the saudi-led operation. hello from doha. >> a white u.s. police officer is charged with murder, after the fatal shooting of a black man. and charging a mobile phone
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in seconds, the new power source hailed as the battery of the future. . >> yemen first of all, where aid is starting to trickle as the saudi-led operation is continuing against the houthis. fighting focuses in south-east yemen, 30 houthis killed. on yemen's border with saudi arabia, suspected al qaeda fighters stormed and took control of a remote border post. two soldiers have been killed. we look at the diplomatic grand. jordan is pushing a draft resolution of the u.n. to try to stop the conflict from escalating. the humanitarian situation on the ground in aden is being described as catastrophic. some aid has arrived. >> in the last 24 hours about 12 metric tonnes of medical
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supplies arrived in aden, and distributed to health centers. and hospitals. medical assistance has been delivered. food supplies have been distributed to 300 displaced families the fighting forced foreign workers to leave. pakistan's navy helped to transport 200 people from one of the ports. that ship arrived in karachi with pakistani and foreign nationals on board. >> there's no government or people to guide us. we have been requested to move to the nearest port as evacuation is going on. all the people are moving to the port. i think most of them reach the port. a few are there. >> we were a bit away from the action.
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the threat was with al qaeda, it's time for the guys to get out. it was a possibility of an attack. we travelled by road 100km away. and it was local tribes that got us down there safely. they knew the checkpoints to get us through, we met them on the way down we have pakistan's parliament debating whether to join the campaign against the houthis, the iranian foreign minister zarif is expect there shortly. kamal hyder has more of this from islamabad. >> for a third day run, the pakistani parliament is debating whether to send help. it's expected a decision of parliament would last another day or two. expected in islamabad was iranians heading a 22 member
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delegation. the pakistanis arrived to turks for their help trying to convince iran to come to the negotiating table and use its influence. the pakistan parliamentarians said that pakistan will send help to the saudis in case sovereignty was threatened. but should be cautious getting into the quagmire saying diplomatic methods were needed and the egyptian military chief was in islamabad on tuesday to meet with the pakistani military leadership and pakistan said it expected is crucial message from the turks two car bombs kill 50 in the northern province of aleppo. the first suicide bombing at a rebel base.
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activists blamed i.s.i.l. for attacking fighters from a rebel group, the united sham front, which opposes the government. >> there's a diplomatic push to establish a humanitarian corridor from the yarmouk camp it's on the outskirts and overrun, it's been under a government siege for two years. there's no food water or electricity. some managed to escape aid agencies said 15,000, mostly palestinian refugees are still there palestinian man has been shot by israeli forces after he stabbed and wounded two israeli soldiers. it happened in the occupied west bank. one of the soldiers is in a critical condition in the u.s. city of north charleston a white police officer has been charged with the murder of a black man, evidence including amateur video
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showing the officer shooting walter scott in the back. we have this report 33-year-old north charleston police officer michael slager is behind bars after a graphic video went viral. anamateur video captured the video. the officer pulled scott over for a broken dale light. in a report he wrote that scott attacked him, stole the taser and his life was in danger. >> what happened today doesn't happen all the time. what if there was no video. what if there was no witness or hero, as i call them, to come forward. this wouldn't have happened. >> reporter: civil rights leaders in the u.s. call for
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calm, while activists plan to take to the street to draw attention to a police shooting that puts police shooting and race relations back in the headlines. >> we have 343 police officers in our department. this was a bad decision by one of the 343. i think the lesson that we take out of this, and hopefully the general public takes out of it, is that when an incident occurs, give us the appropriate time to investigate, find out what happened, and we will act accordingly >> reporter: north charleston is home to 100,000 people, nearly half are black. 18% of the police force is black. the fbi and the justice department announced they'll launch their own investigations into scott's shooting. his family is relieved that justice will be served. >> we can't get my brother back, and my family is in deep
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mourning through that. through the process of justice, it has been served. i don't think all police officers are bad cops. there are bad ones out there. i don't want to see anyone shot down the way my brother was shot down >> south carolina senator tim scott says the shooting was senseless, unnecessary and avoidable and promises to watch the case closely well the south carolina shooting is the latest flashpoint between police and african-americans in the united states. the shooting of michael brown in ferguson last august brought racism to light. ferguson just had its first city elections since brown's death and voters shows two black candidates for the council. rob reynolds has more.
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>> reporter: torrential rain >> reporter: torrential rain and pounding hail kept people away from the polls, and turnout was light. many hoped that voting would end months of turmoil. >> we've had our bad, we have seen our bad, it's time to change that for everyone and make it a community we really want. >> it was the first local election since the killing of unarmed black teenager michael brown in august by a white police officer. is set up racially charged unrest and left 21,000 scarred physically and emotionally and ready for change. >> i want to see new people and now faces and see if we can go forward. >> there were three open council seats, two won by fern
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seats, two won by fern african american candidates on tuesday, giving the black community more representation than it has had before. now, half of the council members are black. for decades white officials controlled the town, even two-thirds were black. low african-american voter turn out was partly responsible. voters like eva miller says there's a double standard. >> one set of rules for one race, another set for another. it should be straight down the line. one set of rules for everyone. >> this is the spot where michael brown died on august the 9th. now it's a shrine, covered with flowers and stuffed toys. >> the justice department released in match shows that black residents of ferguson were the targets of systematic bias, disproportionately singled out for arrests, fines and traffic citations by the nearly all white police department. with new leadership the city
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hopes to put an admonition from delores parnell, long-time resident into fruition. >> get along, love one another. as neighbours. >> reporter: all agreed change will not come to ferguson overnight. tuesday's vote may be seen as a turning point plenty more ahead on al jazeera, including this... hitting the right notes - a piano playing super star in china starts a booming trend, plus... >> i'm tim friend in poland, where nervousness over the ukraine conflict prompted a big increase in membership of paramilitary groups. tary groups.
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of our changing world. >> it's the very beginning >> this was a storm of the decade >>...hurricane... >> we can save species... >> our special month long focus, fragile planet . >> top stories for you again. aid supplies are starting to arrive in the yemeni cities. the u.n. expressed concern over the rising civilian death toll since the saudi military campaign started last week, against houthi fighters. in north charleston and south carolina, a white police officer has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a black man. the charges includes an amateur video showing the police officer shooting walter scott in the back as he ran away. >> two black candidates have been elected to council in ferguson.
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it's the first local election since a shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman. the killing brought the issue of race relations into the spotlight. greek minister alexis tsipras is in moscow talk with vladimir putin. he's here at the tomb of the unknown soldiers. russia indicated that it could lift import sanction assist boost trade with greece. live to moscow and rory challands. aren't major the europeans are happy. >> no they are not. this is the scenery that people are scared of. greece defaults on loans and abandons e.u. greece may walk from the
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eurozone into the arms of russia for a fag bailout package there'll be a string attached to that and russia would have a sympathetic country acting in its interests from within of the european union and maybe greece would use veto and make life for russia easy ruin the european unity over sanctions against russia. that's the nightmare scenario that's what peep in the european union is worried about. >> to explain it like that it sounds clausible. we have been down this path so many times before. what are the chances of that happening, and, as you say, greece falling into the arms of russia after that? >> well as you say, it is plausible logically, and it is possible but there are a number of factors which would suggest
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that there are more likely scenarios that are going play out. for one thing greece said that it wants to resolve the economic problems within the european union, it doesn't want to have to go outside the european union to settle the issues it's facing and you have to ask how much money could russia give to greece in a nightmare scenario to the european union. russia has its own problems. the likelihood is this visit is more been theatre, a greece displaying to the union that it does have options outside of the european union and it's about russia displaying to the european union that it has friends within the european union. there are likely to be deals made here as you said in your lead in there. we may get something coming out of this like a selected exemption for the blanket
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embargo that russia impressed on european fresh fruit and veg and other produce. greece may have an exemption. and we may have a gas deal. the big question in the european union is what greece will offer russia in return. >> rory challands live in moscow for us hundreds of young polish men and women are kinding up to join parr military groups. the rise in recruitment is driven by conflict in eastern ukraine with polls considering russia a dlat. tim has the report from warsaw. >> deep in the woods, a weekend hobby has taken on new significance. played with model weapons, but the sound of real gunfire. the weekend hobby taking on a
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new significance. 4 hours drive away is the ukraine border. a country in real conflict. poland's part-time militia say no one can be certain of moscow's intentions. >> we want to be prepared. we would do what we have to do. so the government wouldn't have to train people on the spot. they would have someone trained before. if something happens, god forbid we believe it wouldn't we would do what we have to do. if this means, you know, fighting, we'll probably fight. concerns about ukraine and online recruiting videos online recruiting videos like this prompted an increase in volunteers for the paramilitaries, who date back to the parties ends of the war. it's estimated that there are 120 groups across poland, with a membership of around 10,000. until now, the government kept its distance, now it wants to harness it enthusiasm to help
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boost poland's defenses. boost poland's defenses. at a convention in warsaw, the group promised equipment and cash in exchange for signing up to a more coordinated effort. it's run by this man, a man returned from cooperation talks in kiev. >> we have to understand that may be tomorrow - today is ukraine, maybe we be the next country tomorrow. this is why people, of course, are nervous if they observe what is going on in the east russia says it has no intention of aggression against poland and most military analysts agree it's unlikely. in a survey for the institute of public affairs, a think tank. 76% said russia poses a threat.
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. >> the group wears face marks, because they have been portrayed by some of the russian media as aggressors. they say they want to defend the homeland with their lives, if necessary. o kenya's government is freezing the assets of 86 companies and individuals suspected of having ties with the somali based arms group al-shabab. included on the list hotels money transfer companies and prominent clerics, following the attack on a university in the kenyan city on garissa that killed 147 people. this report from nairobi. from mohammed adow. >> reporter: a sombre mood engulfed nairobi's freedom park. hundreds of grieving kenyans holding candles turned up for a vigil to remember the victims of
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the attack at garissa college by al-shabab gunmen. it occurred last week. it was the final hours of a 3-day period declared by uhuru kenyatta. it was a mourning period. a shrine was set up. photographs of victims displayed. the assault on the university was the deadliest in kenya by al-shabab. >> every attack in kenya was given numbers, you never know who the victims were, someone's brother, sister, aunty, uncle - we want to humanize the numbers. numbers. >> reporter: some of the those in the attack paid their respects. a first year student at the university escaped by gunmen, hiding in a closet for eight hours. managed to escape. >> i feel like crying. i feel like why, what did they
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do wrong. what did they do good that i'm here. i feel like crying. >> she was soon overcome by grief. the vigil comes after a huge campaign on social media, particularly on twitter, with the hope that 147 is not just a number, but where kenyans told the stories of the victims of the garissa massacre. they are calling for urgent action against insecurity. >> ahead of the vigil, hundreds of university student marched through the streets, demanding tighter security at university. and campuses. shouting slogans and waving placards. they denounced the attacks, and asked kenyans to unite against a common enemy. an enemy that transcends ethnic and religious divides. they hope the calls will be heeded. in uganda a man who was once held in guantanamo bay arrested in connection to the murder of a
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local prosecutor. jamal kim ba and three others were tracked by local authorities with the help of officials from the united states. they are suspected of being linked to the killing of a prosecutor handling a case against al-shabab. gunmen in mexico attacked a police convoy in the western states killing 15 police officers. john holman has more from mexico city. >> reporter: the attack took place in a highway. gunmen waited for a convoy of state police to pass through. when they did, they opened fire and killed 15 officers, injuring five more, the biggest killing of police officers in a single incident since the start of the drug war, nearly nine years ago. according to analysts and experts. they left behind charred cars on the road. authorities believe the attack
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was in retaliation for a police killing of a local leader of a car tell called the new generation. they had no problem killing police killing five in march. this is at a point when president pena nieto made a strategy of taking out by arresting big cartel figures in mexico. this may be a sign that that approach is not working in improving security and lowering violence because incidents like this continue to happen one of china it said biggest classical music stars started a trend. millions of children are learning to play the piano. the instrument is so popular china is the top piano producer. harry fawcett reports. [ ♪♪ ] >> reporter: another morning at the keyboard for this 8-year-old. she has been playing since she was six, 2-3 hours a day.
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skill and enthusiasm shines through. she's far from alone. she's far from alone. across china, 40 million children are learning the piano, a craze attributed to the lang-lang effect. >> translation: i've been to one of lang-lang's concerts. when i was young mum said "listen, lang-lang is so good, plays so well", and she said it over and over. >> reporter: one of the greatest classical music stars, lang-lang arrived on the scene as the growing numbers of middle class-one-child families looked at ways to invest in those children's futures. the result music schools where competition for places means children need to have private lessons just to get in these music schools. >> reporter: a few families get together and socialise. many have pianos. many have parents thinking
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look, great. i have a kid who is well behaved, doesn't run around. >> reporter: on the island where the music school is located, it has a long influence of european piano playing. piano ownership is predicted to grow by a third in 2020. >> reporter: all that demand requires supply. it is the biggest market and manufacturer thanks to operations like this one. a mixture of machines and 2,000 sure-fingered staff produce 140,000 pianos every year, a figure doubling in 2007. in an economy whose growth is slowing, here they believe the piano business is a safe bet. more and more people are wealthy. it's a concern about the children's education, and the culture in the family. >> china, which has three pianos per 100 households has a long way to go through
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has a long way to go through to reach european levels of 20-30. with tens of millions devoting themselves to musicianship. it is closing. one for you people whose phones are dying. researchers at stamford university have built a mobile phone battery that can be recharged in under a minute using aluminium to substitute for lithium a new generation of batteries is horizon, researchers at stamford say the battery can be recharged in less than a mftenlt instead of
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lithium it uses graphite. it is flexible enough to be folded. it lasts longer than lithium. >> it has a long cycle life. it has no decay over hundreds of thousands of cycles. >> because it can only carry half the voltage, don't expect to see it on the market soon. an israeli company says the phone battery will be available this year. it can power a phone from 0 to full capacity in 30 seconds. the quest for a better battery follows inventors whose work introduced the electric light bulb filament. battery workers are trying to work out what is the material the anode, the cathode, and the juice in the middle giving the
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best and safest performance. their success could speed a breakthrough in creation of a revolutionary device the quick-charging car battery and if your phone or ipad is charged up. head to all the latest headlines, breaking news and headlines for you 24 hours a day. took responsibility for the attack without hesitation or shame, and promised more. understanding al-shabab,