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the bike weighed 90 kilos, went 97 kilometers an hour and they were surprisingly pleased, as i bet he was. okay. go to for more on that and all of the headlines. calm after the chaos. baltimore tries to go back to normal after the first night of a mandatory curfew but will it hold? trapped for 82 hours. a man is pulled from the rubble after an earthquake in nepal, the day the death toll continues to rise. and the prime minister of japan addresses congress talking about trade and his countries friendship with the united states. ♪
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this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm randall pinkston. well baltimore is trying to get back to normal today. an overnight curfew was largely successful with a few arrests. schools reopened and parents found themselves face-to-face with police in riot gear. john the department of justice says it has met with the family of freddie gray what can you tell us about that? >> that's correct. they met on tuesday yesterday, with the family of freddy grey. but but they go on to say that the use of force by the baltimore police is likely to be published in the next couple of weeks, and an investigation is also being undertaken and the
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doj says they have sent a team to work on issues of conflict between the community and police. the report comes out on friday that's the interim report by the baltimore police into the death of freddie gray we're not expecting to hear much information. that report will go straight to state prosecutors who will decide what they want to do with it. i think there's a feeling that we will find out a lot of information of what happened to freddy grey and unless the police choose to tell us we won't. >> john apart from the schools what has and has not gotten back to normal? and i hear a loud speaker going on behind you. what is going on there?
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>> reporter: yes, just behind me is a man breaching the bible and praying for baltimore. i think that's an indication of how much life has come back to normal here at this intersection which is one of the epicenters of the violence on monday night. the police have gone. we have no police here at all. they left at about 10:30 this morning, in large wagons. the riot police who were here this morning, and in these intersections have now gone. school is back. police have gone at least for the time being, we have another curfew kicking in at 10:00. and the other thing that is not going to happen is the orioles are playing at camden yards, playing the white sox, but there will be no fans there, and the reason is they have been trying to get these games going, and have not been able to because of the riots. this could be a pr stunt by
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major league baseball we don't know. but it has never been done before. it's a history-making moment here in baltimore, randall? >> thank you. hillary clinton speaking out about the violence in baltimore, today. she is calling for body cameras on police and reforms in law enforcement. >> we have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance. in these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again. we have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in america. >> clinton said the system should be changed to allow alternative punishments for low-level offenders. moments ago japan's prime minister wrapped up his address to joint meeting of congress.
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he asked lawmakers to stand behind a proposed pacific trade pakt, the ptd he says would benefit a dozen countries in the region. >> we must all contribute in every respect to the continent of asia. we must spare no effort in working for the peace and prosperity of the region. >> he also apologized for the bombing of pearl harbor and offered condolences for americans who lost their lives during that war. in nepal the death toll now stands above 5,000 from the earthquake. relief aid continues to arrive in kathmandu. it is estimated that a quarter of the population was affected.
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faiz jamil has more. >> reporter: people here have every right to be frustrated. there have been several days since the quake hit, and most of these people have not received enough relief. they have received a few tents. but that's all they received. there's little food little water, and water, shelter and medicines are in short supply. the undersaid yesterday 1.4 million people don't have enough food to eat. so they can't even move outside of the capitol to try to find loved ones and while they are here they don't have enough to eat. today we start three days of official mourning here in kathmandu, and the government has admitted that they did drop the ball after the earthquake first happened and now they are appealing to help not just for those buried but for these survivors. they are saying they need specialists from overseas
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anyone with trauma experience to come and help those people who have survived. that's faiz jamil in kathmandu. the global effort to help nepal is expanding today. two russian planes arrive at kathmandu's airport. russia delivering supplies and providing equipment to assist. the disaster team will also evacuate russian nationals who want to leave. aide agencies say they need 50,000 tents for the displayed. our correspondent has been spending time in those fewing -- few tent communities that have popped up. >> reporter: opened and exposed. ten generations of this family have lived in this area for decades. 24 of them have been living here since saturday's quake. with only the clothes they were wearing, and a few personal
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possessions, this is now their life. >> translator: i had to built this myself and borrow money doing it. we are surviving. no one has come to help us. no fresh water. no heat. no toilets. this makes me angry. >> reporter: his wife is more direct. >> translator: no one from the government has come to see how we are coping in this pathetic condition. just across the road people have diarrhea. we are all helpless. >> reporter: like many of those preparing the daily meal is a delicate task. fuel and cooking oil is scarce. water is scarce. not all areas of the capitol and the outlying districts are reconnected. saturday's quake damaged major utility infrastructure which also included gas supplies electricity, and the mobile and land line telephone network, and it was only on tuesday when come of that was partially reconnected. those that have survived are
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cueing for tent sheeting. police are distributing it to those registered as local victims of the quake. each gets a few meters. it's not enough, but every family will find a way to use it. >> the first thing is the tent. at least they must get -- they should get shelter. because of that the government is arranging, but it is getting delayed. it's already late. people are suffering, children are here old men are here and people are getting sick. because of that are [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: while the public are grateful for anything the government can provide, there is growing disquiet that more needs to be done and done soon. >> we are responsible to provide them the required help required to them. so these are our responsibility. and we are doing our best but in some places we could not done on time. that's why the people are
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becoming some kind of angriness. >> reporter: while temporary areas like this remain the government will be under huge fre sure from the public to make sure they distribute fairly what the international community has delivered. the next round of nuclear talks with iran announced later to begin tomorrow. speaking at an event in new york a short time ago, iran's foreign minister said negotiations will resume on thursday. world leaders have until june to reach a long-term agreement. nigerian authorities are trying to identify nearly 300 women and girls rescued from boko haram. the rescues took place in the forest in the northeastern part of the country. now that syria is a known hideout for boko haram. army officials gave details about the 200 girls and 93 women who were found, but we know they are not the schoolgirls taken from chibok one year ago.
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saudi arabia's king announced a mayor government shake up. the king ousted his younger half brother and named his nephew as crown prince. as our correspondent reports, the country has hundreds of princes potentially in line for the thrown. >> reporter: this is saudi arabia's new crown prince prince mohamed bin nayef replaces his uncle in a major reshuffle, bin nayef is also chairman of the count tril of political and security affairs. the new crown prince has built strong ties with the u.s. when he was in charge of the fight against al-qaeda. but this is the man who is likely to play a crucial role in the future of the oil-rich kingdom. the king's son has been
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appointed as new crown prince. shakeups in saudi arabia are closely monitored by the world. the country is the world's biggest oil producer. >> previously there was questions about the succession about the issue of the first generation becoming very old, all of them being in their 70s and the 80s. now we have a second generation mostly fairly young, in their 50s, very well experienced. >> reporter: saudi's new leaders face mounting challenges like the growing instability in neighboring yemen. the saudi government has recently launched air strikes against houthi rebels. it accuses iran of using the houthis to destabilize the region. and this is the man to seek international support for saudi
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foreign policy. saudi bahs to the united states of america, has been appointed minister of affairs which was lead for four decades by a previous prince. >> today we lost our patience. things are happening too fast for our taste, and we believe that a strong government should take action timely and strongly and send the right messages to people that saudi arabia is going to deal with every threat. >> reporter: saudi arabia is an important player in the middle east. it provides significant support for the syrian opposition sunnies in iraq and lebanon. and saudi political sway spreads across the arab world. in 2001 they were behind an arab league initiative offering peace
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with israel in exchange for a pullout for the areas controlled in 1967. hashem ahelbarra al jazeera. the supreme court issued a major ruling over campaign finance, upholding restrictions on judicial candidates soliciting campaign donations. chief justice john roberts says elected judges are not like politicians. he said the only way to make sure judges are fair is to make sure they do not receive cash. and they heard evidence about drugs alleged to be behind botched executions. the high court ruled once before that the drug combination does not constitution cruel and usual punishment. coming up the latest gdp numbers are out.
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and tax time for the nfl. why the nation's most profitable sports league is giving up its tax-exempt status. ♪
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the latest economic numbers are out. and they are not good. the economy barely grew the first quarter of this year. patricia sabga is here with betails. what is with the numbers? >> several factors weighing on the economy. very few thought this would be a good number but this was even more disappointing. the economy basically stalled in the first three months of this year consumer spending which is the engine of u.s. economic growth was less than half of what it was at the end of last year and you can credit that in part to bad weather, but it also reflects an up tick in gas prices and consumers feeling less confident due to a slowing
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job market. a big drag was exports which fell a whopping 7.2%. disruptions at u.s. ports and a strong dollar making u.s. goods more expensive to buy abrought are mostly to blame. we asked a chief economist if the strong dollar will continue to be a problem. >> the higher dollar is going to impede export growth the higher dollar is already bringing down import prices in the u.s. and putting pressure on u.s. firms that have to compete with these importing goods here. we're going to start to see that more intently in the second quarter. >> many economists are expecting growth to rebound in the second quarter, but given the data pattern, the most optimistic forecast may be rain -- reigned in a bit. but the readings in the first quarter tend to be volatile. >> what does this mean for interest rates?
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>> well many were looking for the fed not to raise interest rates in june and that will probably solidify that view. >> the world's biggest retailer is getting bigger. wal-mart will open 115 new stores in china in the next two years. wal-mart says it plans to close some of its china operations that are not performing well and put a new focus on online grocery services. venezuela is cutting hours for some workers to save electricity. government offices will be open just six hours a day closing at 1:00 p.m. it's not clear how long the emergency measure will last. venezuela is a major oil producer, and depends heavily on hydroelectric power. the big business of the nfl draft is just one day away but ahead of that a big change for the national football league. it is dropping its tax exempt
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status. >> reporter: in a memo to all 32 teams, nfl commissioner announced a big change to the $10 billion business of football. quote: he is referring to the finance committee. he also said paying taxes will be make difference to the business. the league itself has been classified as a non-profit tax free a rising chorus of voices. politicians have tlented to remove the league's tax-exempt status to protest the league's
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domestic violence scandal, and the redskins name controversy. now the nfl has nullified that threat. according to nfl tax returns, the nfl as an entity has registered multi-million dollars net losses in two of the last three tax years. it is estimated the status saved the nfl only $10 million per year, but ending the non-profit status saves the league from publicly having to disclose his tax returns, such disclosures lead to criticism of the league for paying the commissioner a salary north of $30 million. well coming up on al jazeera america, moving into some of baltimores most dangerous neighborhoods, why dozens of families started doing that long before this weekend's riots. ♪
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♪ australia is withdrawing its ambassador from indonesia in
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response to the executions of two australians who were among eight convicted drug smugglers killed by firing squad. a philippine woman was granted a last-minute stay of execution. in boston, tsarnaev's former landlord testified and juries were shown pictures as a child. and mit is dedicating a memorial to the campus police officer who the tsarnaev brothers shot and killed after the bombings. the university is holding a ceremony later today to introduce the honor. before the unrest in baltimore, dozens of middle and upper class families have been moving into sand town one of
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the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. it's the same neighborhood where fred grey was arrested. those families are members of a church who believe the best way to change a community is to become part of it. morgan rat ford has theater story. this family physician moves here more than five years ago. but why? sand town is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. this is sand town. look at all of these houses that are completely boarded up. is that common? >> yeah there are a lot of vacant houses around here. >> reporter: he is part of a growing group known as relocate fors. they believe the only way to help poor communities is to move into them and become neighbors. >> it helps you to live on a
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more equal playing field. and see people who are like i'm here and coming in to help you, and more like we're neighbors. we're figuring this out together. ♪ >> reporter: he is a member of new song a church founded on the idea that everyone should have a personal stake in giving strength to the suffering. ♪ >> so we actually take up residents. i have decided to take up residence in sand town. >> reporter: that is the pastor of new song. >> i have been through so much suffering in my life. >> yeah! >> reporter: he says about 25 mostly white middle and upper class families at his church have relocated to inner city baltimore. you say this church was founded on the principal of incarnational ministry. what does that mean. >> when you think of incarnation or christ in heaven he didn't
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holler down to heaven god save them. he comes down and takes on human form and invests in the struggles of human kind and that's what we try to do. we try to invest ourselves into the struggles of people here in sand town. >> reporter: you are basically saying god was ant commuter god, so i'm not going to be a commuter. >> that's right. >> reporter: let's keep it real baltimore is one of the top ten most dangerous cities in america. were you scared? in >> a little bit. you know like there's -- there's scary stuff that happens anywhere in baltimore, really. there's definitely a lot of ways that stick out. >> reporter: after all sand town is 96% black. a lot of these relocations are white. was there scepticism? were people thinking this is just another form of white gent
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gentrygent riff indication? >> oh naturally. the drug dealers thought the white folks were cops. >> reporter: that is a lifelong resident of sand town. >> i shot a man here. i almost took his life in this very intersection. >> reporter: he spent three and a half years in prison for that shooting, and when he got out, bennett said it was that same new song church community that helped turn his life around. >> they really helped me to realize that i am part of this community. >> reporter: new song was also the only place where he could get a job. he has been working there for 20 years now, along people like this who have helped the community warm to the idea of relocaters. >> it was after they stayed for a long time and bought homes
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here that folks started to become more at ease. >> reporter: some critics might say this is a white savior complex. you come into a black community and try to help the community. what do you want people to understand about what you are doing here? >> i would want people to understand that i have come in to -- to be a partner, and primarily to serve and empower, and be lead by the people here in this community. >> reporter: and while the new song community admits there is still a lot left to fix on these sand town streets -- >> hope is not extinct. ♪ >> reporter: morgan radford, sal jazz baltimore. in germany the city of munich is about to open a mu
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mumu mu -- mu -- mu -- museum -- grz mu -- museum -- grz >> nepal earthquake victims talk about being left out in the open with no water no food, or lavatories. >> the here with us on al jazeera i'm david foster, good to have you. also coming up in this program saudi arabia's king names suck assessors. and profit plunge, we take a look at what has taken the heat out of russia's biggest gas company.