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give you my opinion. [overlapping speakers] >> reporter: -- spoken a lot about the riots, and he said i have been telling the protesters [ inaudible ] are you worried about the appearance of any conflict? >> i don't see an appearance of a conflict of interest. i uphold the law. my husband makes the law, and i will prosecute any case within my jurisdiction. [ overlapping speakers ] >> i can'ts than question. >> reporter: can you tell us about the investigation [ inaudible ]? >> i thought it was very important to have an independent analysis as to what took place and transpired from the very beginning. we are independent agencies from the police department. >> reporter: what do you think [ inaudible ]? >> accountability. >> how are you going to get there? >> you are getting there today.
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>> reporter: how can you make sure it's systemic? >> ask her a question one more time, please. >> reporter: can you talk about the resources your office [ inaudible ]. >> i can tell you as i stated we had a number of investigators. you can see it has been an all-hands on approach from the very beginning. so i sent my investigators out to the scene. we have a number of them right here. we are working with the baltimore sheriff's department who has police powers and again independent from the baltimore city police department. so yes, we have leveraged the police investigation. but at no point did we compromise our own independent investigation into the case. >> we're taking a few more questions, and that's it. >> reporter: do you think it's important to change the rights the police have where they have the ten days to not talk to anybody [ inaudible ]? >> i can't give you my opinion on that. last question.
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[ overlapping speakers ] >> you would have to ask the commissioner. i have spoken with the commissioner, the mayor, and the governor. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]? >> i spoke with the governor and the commissioner. you would have to spoke with them. >> can you tell us anymore about the officers' backgrounds? have there been anymore complains? >> i can't do that. we have to be mindful this is still an ongoing investigation. thank you all very much. >> thank you! >> the following breaking news in an impassioned statement, marilyn mosbey just announced she is bringing criminal charges against the officers involved in the arrest of 25 year old freddy grey the charges include second degree murder for one officer and for several of the officers manslaughter these charges come in light of the medical examiner's report which she received this morning.
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>> the findings of our investigation coupled with the medical examiner's determination that mr. gray's death was a homicide. -- [ no audio ]
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[ technical issue). [ technical difficulties ] >> taking feddy gray to the central booking station and getting him the medical treatment he had been seeking out there this incident. the charges range quite widely. they range from second degree murder to assault and second degree assault, involuntary
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manslaughter manslaughter. and the state's attorney was asked how she was able to come up with these findings so swiftly, and there was a clue actually yesterday if you think about it stephanie, when she said when she received the interim police department at 10 'til 9:00 the first thing she said was nothing was new to us. and she meant she has been carrying on an independent investigation along with the police investigation, cooperating every fact they have come up with. and they were able to come to this decision swiftly, and a warren has been issued for the arrest of the six police officers. she praised the protesters for their peaceful demonstration throughout baltimore, since this
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event began on april 24th. and she said peace is sincerely needed now, while i work for justice. >> it is with some irony, i think, john that you point out that quote, when behind you, i see national guardsman arming themselves putting on helmets and taking out rifles. why is it necessary for that to be happening behind you right now? >> reporter: well i think -- there is a sense of uncertainty about what will happen now. there are at least five very large rallies expected to happen here today. they are all due to start and finish somewhere else. saturday there is slated to be here another very large rally, like there was last saturday. and i think they are probably just anticipating to see whether things get out of hand.
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i simply can't call it. i couldn't have expected her to announce these charges so quickly. >> yeah a lot of it does appear to have been based on this medical examiners report. the public has been calling for transparency, and we got a lot of that. i want to bring the viewer up to date on this story. freddie gray on april 12th was arrested. none of us understood why. a week later he died. he had been in a come mow all week and now we have a lot of details, john because miss mosbey talks about the fact that the police never established probable cause for freddie gray's arrest. he should not have been arrest interested in the first place, and then he was put in a van, shackled but not restrained multiple times asked for medical attention and was not given that medical attention. so these are a lot of facts we
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did not have 20 minutes ago. >> yes, and this is the kind of transparency that the people of baltimore have been protesting about for the last couple of weeks, so i think it's possible that this may go a long way towards assuaging some of the anger that is felt in this city. now we are seeing a swift prosecution of police officers something that people here suspect they did wrong, but in the past could never prove it. and one of the things that is different about this case is the cell phone video. remember when police first arrested freddie gray they said they arrested him without incident and it was only after cell phone video came to light showing the arrest and showing as we know from yesterday, the extra stop of the police having a gone on the way to central booking, that we have been able to say with some certainty that things weren't quite as the way police said they are. and this is very important, because a lot of people in this
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community have been trying to make the case through the courts and other avenues that the police don't behave as well as generally the public would like to think they begave. and jurors are reluctant to believe that police officers are capable of doing anything wrong. well now we're seeing it with our own eyes through cell phone videos and so many cctv cameras dotted around this city. and that's the thing that makes the freddy gray case i think stand out. >> and i think this goes without saying the police officers are innocent until proven guilty. >> oh absolutely. >> politics is entering this as well, as ms. mosgbey was asked whether she felt pressure to bring charges. >> to the people of baltimore and the demonstrators across america, i heard your call for no justice, no peace.
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your peace is sincerely needed as i work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man. to those that are angry, hurt or have their own experiences of injustice at the hands of police officers i urge you to channel the energy peacefully. >> the maryland state's attorney bringing charges against the police officers involved in the death of freddie gray.
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>> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". the death toll in nepal now cops more than 6,000. survivors are living in camps with little clean water and a shortage of toilets. faiz jamil has more from kathmandu. >> reporter: medicines are being given out here and it is being run by a local business association. i'm here with the vice president of the local business association. you have given some medicines to the government but you are handling most of the distribution yourself why is that? >> because we a proper channel. we have more than a thousand working people medical representatives, and even [ inaudible ] they have a member there, so it is faster than the
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government channel. that is why we are distributing through them. >> reporter: the associate has sought help from business groups from other countries, but have turned down offers of money. >> we don't need money. we need the goods. we can't buy blankets or tents here so better to give goods. >> reporter: most of the medicines are for cholera, jaundice typhoid. the plan is to follow in government and international organizations and deliver supplies directly. the government says it will hand out the equivalent of $1,000 u.s. for victims of families killed in the earthquake. and facebook users have tased $10 million for recovery efforts in nepal. they have been able to donate
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using a button on the frontage. 100% of the donations is going to the international medical corps. facebook it's a is donating $2 million. workers around the world are protesting for better worker's rights including in istanbul. demonstrators there clashed with police. security forces had to push the crowds back with water cannons and tear gas. protesters were trying to defy a government ban on gathering in istanbul. in south korea, police had to use pepper spray to stop a standoff at one rally. harry fawcett has more from seoul. >> reporter: the union organization behind today's events are protesting against what they say is an attempt by the government to further
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deregulate the labor market here. they say it makes it easier to dismiss workers, and changes to the public sector pension system. and they want a near doubling of the minimum wage to nearly $10 an hour by the end of the year. this is part of the first big protest we have seen in recent weeks. they are a series of protests linked to the ferry disaster. and there is a big police presence on the streets today. 15,000 officers, we're told. and in athens thousands of workers walked the streets after unions called for a 24-hour strike. may day rallies in south africa as well. charles stratford is there. >> reporter: i'm here at the stadium just outside of
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johannesberg and members of trade unions across the country are gathering to celebrate labor day. the trade unions in this country have played a pivotal role in the struggle against apartheid. and wield a lot of power here. the congress of south african trade unions are making some very real demands on the government. it wants wage increases for public sector workers. >> workers of south africa demand 10%. we believe the imagine yourty of workers are staying away from their communities to go into work and therefore the cost of living is too high in south calf. >> reporter: the government is saying if it were to meet the demands, that it would cost them $1.7 billion next year. and they say frankly they just haven't got that money at hand at this stage. the government of course is under huge pressure in this
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country. around 40% unemployed. over 50%lying in this poverty. and a huge disparity in welfare. and [ inaudible ] its is suffering at the moment and there's questions whether that split could compromise worker's rights. and there are may day rallies planned in many u.s. cities of course including new york seattle, san francisco, and boston. airbus says it will sue the german government over allegations that it spied on several european firms for the nsa. this is the latest in a series of allegations that the chancellor's government has been involved in nsa surveillance. two years a.g. edwards ed disclosed that the u.s. was spying on allies including german. >> the german newspaper talked
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about the possibility that the bnd had been eavesdropping upon european companies, on the european commission, and other organizations inside europe to -- for the purposes of gaining more information and that sort of thing, and there has been a parliamentary committee looking into this situation, but there's no official investigation so far. the company, airbus has deplored this incident and is talking about legal action to try to -- to find out what may have happened. they talk about pursuing action against an unknown source. the article says it's the bnd. the question is if there such monitoring going on at what point does the accountability kick in? who was responsible for the decision to allow this to happen? and the media has talked about it may go up as high as the intour your minister but for the moment the interior minister says that is not the
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case and has said there has been no impropriety. but there is certainly a lot of interest in this story. we'll be right back with more news including the breaking development that baltimore's prosecutor has deemed the death of freddy gray a homicide.
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we following breaking news marilyn mosby says six officers in the police custody death of freddy gray have been charged. just a few minutes ago, the state's attorney announced she has filed charges against the officers involved. >> the findings of our comprehensive comprehensive, thorough investigation, coupled with the medical examiner's report has lead us to believe we have probable cause to file criminal charges. >> she also took the time to
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address the people of baltimore who have been calling for justice for the death of freddy gray. >> to the people of baltimore, and demonstrators across america, i heard your call for no justice, no peace, your peace is sincerely needed as i work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man. to those that are angry, hurt or have their own experiences of unjustice, i urge you to channel the energy peacefully as we prosecute this case. >> she said the officers failed to get gray medical help even though he requested it repeatedly after he was arrested on april 12th. the charges range from man slauther to second degree assault. grey was 25 years old, and died one week after being in the custody of the police. joining us now is jamie floyd.
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thanks for being with us. what are your impressions? >> well clearly she feels that there is probable cause for charges here. i mean first she finds that there is homicide and she does that based on the report that we all covered yesterday, but also independent investigation by her office and that means that she has done a thorough and independent investigation of the fact, and also there's the medical examiner's report on gray's death, and that means that she is looking at charges ranging from second degree murder assault, manslaughter. she clearly thinks there are facts to support that and what is surprising here stephanie is the timing. this is awfully swift. we were talking yesterday about weeks possibly months before we
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would see this kind of action. so this is a surprise indeed. i think all of the analysts who have been following this, that i'm hearing from are -- are most surprised today. >> we are hearing from the police union, now, jamie, and they are responding saying the police officers were diligent in their handling of freddie gray. how unusual is it for police officers to be charged in this type of incident? >> it's highly unusual, and stephanie you and i have talked about this in the many other cases we have seen in recent weeks and months. it is unusual for officers to be charged and -- and more unusual still for them to be convicted. i'm surprised that the union is talking about diligence in this case where the officers have already acknowledged failure to buckle mr. gray in as was standard procedure. they have acknowledged that
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there were mistakes made in this case. and so there is possibly negligence if not criminal malfeasance. so certainly it is the job of the officer's union to defend officers. that's what they do but the facts as already presented before today, suggested at least some degree of culpability on the part of these officers. >> let's talks a little bit more about the timing, and how surprised this took everyone at the press conference by because the questions to the state's attorney following her statement, jamie were really whether she felt pressure given the violence and anger we have seen on the streets of baltimore. i imagine unless she felt like she had a solid case, she would not bring these charges. >> i think that's right. and she mentioned her own ties to the police department including her mother and father. she is a very new state's
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attorney. she is the young estate's attorney in the country. she is only 35 years old. so she may be feeling some degree of pressure but she ran on a tough on crime platform and she noted throughout her run for office that she has those close ties to law enforcement, so i think there was a lot of balance in her perspective, and, you know it's hard to conceive that she is not fully aware of the political pressures in this case, but i think the timing -- you know we're talking about somehow swift it is in all of the other cases, the lack of swift response has lead to incredible difficulties in the various communities like ferguson even here in new york after the eric garner -- failure to indict eric garner so perhaps she is doing the right thing. that doesn't mean we'll see a conviction, but to act swift i
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will if you think you have the facts is the right thing to do. >> and with great transparency i think relative to those other cases you mentioned. jamie a lot of people had wondered why freddy gray had been arrested in the first place. and she said the officers never had probable cause to arrest gray in the first place; that at some point after he was already handcuffed they found a legal dawn knife on his person and that was it. >> yes, they say they found a switchblade. >> yeah. >> the real problem we see again, and we have talked about this so many times before is with the grand jury process, right? because now she is going to have to go before a grand jury with her charges that she's asking for. these are the charges she's asking for. but she will have to seek an indictment for these various potential charges ranging from
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second degree murder manslaughter assault, or even just misconduct. we're talking about a number of officers involved here. and we don't necessarily have access to all of the facts to which you allude stephanie. >> yeah. >> so that is the problem with that process when officers are charged. >> she did she had access to officers' statements in the course of her investigation. >> she does but we do not. >> jamie thank you. a former top ally of new jersey governor christ christy is in court expected to plead guilty for his role in the shut down of lanes on the bridge. he is expected to admit his role two years ago. he is a former top executive at the organization that runs the bridge and later today prosecutors are expected to
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indict two other top christie aids. christie himself says he played no part in the shutdown. officer justin grizzle described the sites and sounds he witnessed in the theaters right after the attack by james holmes. >> of course the one that i will always remember was the little girl i had to step over here because i knew she was on and continue on. which is absolutely the hardest thing i had to do but going back on my training i had to save the ones i knew i could try to save. >> prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for holmes. >> thanks for joining us. i'm stephanie sy live from new york. more news coming up live from doha, next. ♪
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>> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". welcome back. all six officers involved in the arrest of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody in baltimore will face charges. the state's attorney said the death of freddy gray will be treated as a homicide. the baltimore police union said the six officers are not responsible for the death. doctors in nepal are worried about disease following saturday's earthquake. the number of confirmed dead is now more than 6,200. new saudi-lead air strikes have killed at least 21 people in yemen. raids targeted sana'a's airport
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and a military base of houthis. let's get more now on our breaking news story. maryland's state attorney says the death of freddy gray will be treated as a homicide. there is probable cause to file charges against the officers. what more has she been saying? >> reporter: well in a very detailed announcement she first of all laid out the charges against the six officers the most serious being a second degree murder charge against an officer named caesar good month who transported freddie gray from the police of arrest to a police station. and he is charged with first of all illegally arresting him in the first place, because he was supposedly arrested for having a knife which was not illegal, and
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then failing to give him medical attention. the fatality was caused by injuries he sustained from being tossed around inside the van and having his head hit against something in the van. but after he complained that he was feeling badly, they refused to respond to his -- to his needs. and it was only after he went into cardiac arrest that he was actually -- that doctors were summoned. the other officers were also accused of from -- aside of false arrest misconduct and assault charges. and that one officer who if convicted could face a 30-year prison sentence. >> and tom, how is this decision by the state attorney to -- to file criminal charges, how is that likely to play out on the
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streets of baltimore that have seen days of violent protests? >> reporter: well in her statement, the state attorney, marilyn mosby, who is by the way daughter and granddaughter of police officers herself, said she was heeding the demands of the people in the street who say no justice, no peace, but at the same time she is asking them to observe order, and not to indulge in the kind of behavior that set off and required the state of emergency and the curfew that we're seeing right now for the past week in baltimore. we -- so we assume that these charges -- laying out these charges and -- quite quickly. it was only a day after the police turned over their evidence from their own internal investigation, but also she conducted her own independent probe that this will satisfy people at least to this stage,
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but of course not until there are convictions if these people are indeed convicted of the charges against them. >> tom thank you. now an afghan delegation is headed to qatar for what is called open discussions with representtives of the taliban. the two-day talks are expected to begin on sunday. joining me is al jazeera ease political analyst and commentary commentarior. how significant are these talks? >> these talks are preliminary talks. again, we have had these preliminary talks before. and we're going to have another number of sessions on preliminary talks. but at the moment at the be be -- regional and international level, the scene is for peace. qatar said they are not going to allow afghanistan become a
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launching pad for foreign fighters or anybody against [ inaudible ]. that means effectively the taliban have distances themselves from al-qaeda and global jihad. also if you look at the recent development in the region. the afghan government has moved closer to saudi arabia. it backed saudi arabia's campaign in yemen. also afghan government has blushed a much better relationship with pakistan. so at the international level the scene is ready for peace, but the most important thing is how the afghans will react. >> let's talk about the current strengths on both sides. the afghan national unity government is under considerable internal pressure so is that likely, do you think to weaken its position in these talks with the taliban? >> yes, the government always makes a mistake by beginning peace talks in the spring.
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spring the taliban are very active and can back their negotiations with military might. they have started their spring campaign in the north. they beheaded a number of soldiers in the north, and launched major attacks in another province which resulted in government sending some 2,000 forces they have killed some 150 taliban fighters there. so that means that the government is negotiating with taliban under the battle of gun. >> what do you think will be the main political hurdle that will need to be overcome if they are going to get any kind of road map forward. because as you say this is a preliminary round of talks. >> part of the hurdles is internal in the government. the government still is in a precarious situation. it is a government of so-called
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national unity, two political camps that had dispute in the elections, come together and agreed they will have a 50% government. up until now they do not have a defense minister. a lot of political dispute within the government and then there are different factions within the government. the former northern alliance they are the party that they somehow must find ways to reconcile with the taliban. will they be represented in this degradation or not? we have to wait and see. >> thank you very much indeed. thank you. >> you're welcome. a may day rally has been helded in malaysia. our correspondent joined marches who have traveled from around the country to the capitol. >> reporter: calling for the prime minister to step down the demonstrators march towards independence square in the capitol, expressing their frustration of the goods and
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services tax implemented last month. >> translator: we came from east malaysia to support this because we oppose the gst. we should not be burdened with this tax. it's too much. >> translator: the most important thing is if the government doesn't hear us the whole will hear us we have to express our feelings even if makes no difference. >> reporter: as the crowd swells it became apparent that other groups were voicing their various gripes against the government. a quick look at the crowd shows the protesters are angry about many issues ranging from tax to corruption to racial and rely gown inharmony. they say the only way to get their message across was by taking to the streets. security was ramped up. as protesters set off smoke bombs, police watched, waiting to see whether protesters would
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try to break into the square. their reluctance to act a reflection of the government's stance on protests. >> it helps to give an understanding of what the majority wants. >> reporter: but the crowds prove to be of little threat unable to agree on the direction of the protests different groups broke off to hold rallies elsewhere. bringing a peaceful end to the rally. thai police have found 32 graves believed to have of migrants from myanmar and bangladesh. many are likely to be muslims forced to flee myanmar, escaping religious and ethnic persecution at the hands of buddhists. the emergency isn't over for
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people living near volcano in southern chile. they have been ordered to leave their homes again after another eruption. >> reporter: the fury erupting for the third time in eight days. the volcano in chile belched out bursts of ash and hot rock. the thick clouds visible from miles away. >> translator: it was impressive. i have never seen anything like it. poor people. >> reporter: the latest eruption has prompted the evacuation of a 20-kilometer radius around the volcano. people in surrounding areas had just begun to turn to their homes, following the two blasts of last week. those blanketed the region with ash and disrupted air travel. >> translator: we're here because of the volcano's eruption. we are a bit scared. but i believe i'll be able to return to my house. >> reporter: it had been dormant
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for nearly 50 years, before rumbling back to life last wednesday. >> translator: the seismic intensity is much lower than the others. the ash cloud reached no more than 4 kilometers in the light. the first reached 17 kilometers. the ash will affect areas south of the volcano. >> reporter: although thursday's eruption was not as powerful. meteorologists are warning of rain which could lead to vulcan nick mud flows capable of wiping out anything in their path. tu nia has become the second largest producer of olive oil in the world for the first time after a record season. most of the produce is going to european markets. but as our correspondent reports, farmers say the boom hasn't translated into more profits. >> reporter: just a few years ago this farmer could never have
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imagined doing so well. all of the farms like his have prospered from lots of rain and healthy trees. tunisia produced 400% more olive oil this year than last. this year it was the second biggest producer in the world. >> translator: it is extremely important. it shows our work is valued on the international market. >> reporter: around two thirds of tunisia's olive oil is exported to the european union. this year farmers could have sold even more if it wasn't for e.u. quotas. and some say they are not profitting as much as they should from what they do sell. that's because many european companies buy the oil in bulk and mix it with their own supplies. >> translator: i believe that we have to put more commercial and marketing effort into promoting
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our own olive oil, to stop selling in bulk. we have to bottle our own oil. >> reporter: good quality olive oil can help them stay ahead of the competition. this tree nursery sold 5 million plants last year but there are challenges. tunisia doesn't have a big enough variety of species or advanced irrigation technology. olive oil production is vital to tunisia's economy. the city employs hundreds of thousands of people a year but it is unpredictable. there's always a threat that drought, bacteria or insects could wipe out an entire olive plantation. that's what happened in italy last year when 800,000 trees were contaminated by bacteria usually found in south america. for now, tunisia has avoided these kinds of problems. in a country where people are
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struggling to find work and tourism has been battered by the lack of security the century's old industry offers a ray of hope. time for another short break. when we come back -- >> i'm andy gallagher in vegas, as the countdown begins to what is being billed as the fight of the century. we'll look at the economic impact on the entertainment capitol.
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immigration has been one of the most depated policies to the lead up to the election. >> reporter: it's still quiet here but soon enough the bars and restaurants will be full of european sun seekers. but half of the population here is british. and in callahan's bar we found some of them pulling the world to rights and there's plenty wrong with the u.k. >> the people are [ inaudible ] hundreds of camps, would they apply and move to australia? no. can they move anywhere in europe? yes. where do they want to go? >> reporter: britain? >> yeah. they want to go to britain, and to be fair probably so would i. wouldn't you?
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>> reporter: over the road dean shows us his contribution to spain. he started a charity which british people can contribute to. the money goes to the spanish poor. this help define the difference between the right and the wrong sort of migrants. an immigrant is someone who goes somewhere and gives a little bit back. is that what you mean. >> that tends to be the perception of most people i no yes. >> reporter: they don't consider themselves as racist. rather it's a sort of billious rage that comes from reading too many newspapers. the u.k. independence party could do quite well too, and that's ironic because if they
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had their way, and britain left the european union, then all of these folks would probably have to go back home to the country gave up. [ inaudible ] is no stranger to outsiders, the ancient romans arabs, moors have all colonized these shores. now the russians are busy buying up the coast. >> translator: for me right now it's fantastic, because the majority of my customers are from all over the place. mostly english. britain is in a good place economically, so they bring a lot to this area. >> reporter: many immigrants feel the old country has gone to the dogs but the new home can lack the glamor and optimism it had a half century ago.
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lawrence lee, al jazeera. pilots flying portugals main airline have started a ten-day strike. the cockpit crew are demanding privatization pay. the government and other trades unions say the stoppage could ruin the airline and lose millions in tourism income. tesla motors has set its sights on the electricity market. the developer wants to power homes with the use of battery. but the battery comes in at 3,500 u.s. dollars. time for the sport, andy is here. >> it's a fight that has been six years in the making but floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao are finally set to face each other. two of the generation's defining boxer will weigh in las vegas.
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it will be the sport's most lucrative-ever concept. the coaches have been having their say, with mayweather, sr. saying pacquiao has never recovered from being knocked out two years ago. >> i don't think it is going to be much of a fight. >> [ inaudible ]. >> pretty much. >> thank you. >> so why has it taken such a long time to make this fight happen? both men have accused the other of running scared. and mayweather has also served time in prison. >> reporter: the journey to this fight has been a long and torturous one, but on saturday we'll finally get to see them face each other in the ring. between them they have won 20 world titles and earned a combined total of $757 million.
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but how have we got here in for a while it seemed that floyd mayweather wanted to fight everyone aside from manny pacquiao. pacquiao then beat ten-time world champion oscar dee la jolla. and in may 2009 the filipino demolished ricky, arguably his greatest battle. and then mayweather came out of retirement. then in december 2009 negotiations broke down after pacquiao was accused by mayweather's camp of using drugs. and then a racist rant by mayweather directed at pacquiao. over the next four years the
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american racked up the victories, including two over marcus his record remains unblemished, but outside he served three months in jail for domestic battery. but in january the pair finally met in person in miami, and it seemed that meeting lead to new negotiations and saturday's big fight. >> thousands of fight fans are already arriving in las vegas. but what about the economic impacts on a city hit hard by the financial crisis in andy gal gallagher reports. >> reporter: it's a place where just about anything goes but even here the buzz surrounding the fight has las vegas excited. pound for pound mayweather and pacquiao are considered the greatest boxers of their generation, and this has been a fight years in the making. it is also bringing in thousands
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of fans who between them will spend millions of dollars. >> i need a cab. >> reporter: at the lucky transportation company, business is booming. the firm has more than 200 vehicles, not enough to cope with the influx of people. >> i have been booked solid for the weekend for the fight. >> reporter: the company's owner says the fight is one of the biggest events the city has seen. >> this is a huge economic impact. it has also a huge moral impact that las vegas is back and it's going to be economically great for our community. >> reporter: betting shops across las vegas, it's a similar story. it's estimated that $100 million will be waged on the outcome. and there's more than just money at stake. >> i'm rooting for one great thing to happen. a great fight. a great fight spurs interest for maybe another great fight.
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if it's a dull fight, i think boxing is in trouble. >> reporter: during the financial crisis las vegas was one of the hardest hit cities in the u.s. but this city is built for larger than life events and this could be a billion dollars weekend. certainly fans from all over the world are getting excited as what is being billed as the fight of the century. >> look at them go at it. they are both raring to go. we're in to watch it. no matter place to -- venue, mgm, there watching the fight life. >> here we are. >> i didn't believe it. even being in front of the atmosphere is amazing. >> reporter: boxing may not draw the crowds it once did, but this is expected to be the biggest money fight of all time. the chicago bulls are through to the second round of the nba playoffs after a huge win over milwaukee. the bulls taking the series 4-2.
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the bulls were out of sight by halftime with a 32-point lead. derrick rose netting 15 on the night. chicago going on to win 120-66. that is four points off the biggest victory marge in playoff history. the bulls will face cleveland in round two any clippers beat reigning champion san antonio, levelling that series 3-3. the deciding game 7 coming up on saturday. the biggest events of the nfl off season that is the draft, saw jam miswinston heading to the back nears as the overall first pick. the quarterback choosing to watch from his alabama home. he is already a controversial figure. he has a civil lawsuit pending alleging sexual assault. he has already been punished for
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shoplifting and shouting obscenities. >> the challenge is being an nfl player period. i'm just worried about living this new lifestyle and it just -- developing into a great man, you know, for the tampa bay community and my teammates. golf world number one roar mcelroy has been another match. next up for him, it is world number 2 master's champion also unbeaten. he sees a win here. plenty more pacquiao mayweather buildup coming up. that is it for us now, though. >> all right. andy thank you very much.
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