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kenya alone of. this is part of our long-standing commitment to provide hay machine refugees. what this money will mean is better schools. it means hack assess access to health clinics better water to drink, and another of kenya's neighbors, south sudan s also a coppic of our discussions today. we all know about that country's great promise. i had the privilege of working on the peace agreement application, of traveling there and meeting? their president and being there during the election and being there for the referendum and celebrating the independence
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that came. we all know the dedication and courage and resilience of its people. let me be clear. that promise is a grave risk of being squandered because of civil violence. because of more than 2 million people have been displaced from their homes with each day. none of this had to happen, but it did happen because the countries' leaders failed to act on the best interest of their people and their nation. this is not this is happening. for more than a year regional
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leaders, the united states and others have been urging south sudan's leaders live up to their commitments to silence the guns and commit to the transition government on a math forwards peace and prosperity. unfortunately, south sudan's leaders, both those officially in office, and those contesting those who are in office have chosen the compromises needed for peace. it's that absence of compromise and leadership that is leading to this extraordinary challenge to the region. it is increasingly clear that accountability are essential to peace and compliment our existing funding the united states is committing an additional $5 billion to is support south sudanese to create
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a credible, justice mechanism such as a hybrid court in order to hold perpetrators to account. it will also support efforts to build the capacity of civil society to document human rights violations. and i call on other international donors to join us in committing funds to these critical justice and reconciliation efforts. the choices that south sudan's leaders will make ultimately will determine if the country continues on a path of conflict or the hope that it's citizens richly deserve. we hope the choice will be made for peace. in closing i want to once again
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say that i know president obama is looking forward to coming in a short time. i want to offer if i may my personal congratulations to kenya's caroline for extraordinary victory in last month's boston marathon. as you know the boston marathon has taken on a very special meaning over the past two years and it has always been after an act of violence shattered its peacefulness. it has always been one of the great marathons of the world as it is today. i know how proud kenya is to have such a world class long distance runner, and we're delighted to honor her. with that let me say thank you to all of you and i'm delighted to take a few questions. >> speaking live in nairobi.
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we want to turn to new details of a deadly shooting outside of an art show in texas. the space was hosting an exhibit including cartoons depicting a cartoonthe prophet muhammad. >> we'll be conducting investigation as soon as we have a little more di late and we'll be here as long as it takes. >> the event was sponsored by the american freedom defense initiative. thetexas governor greg abbott called the attack senseless and in a statement he said:
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>> i spokes with the tea spokesman of the tea party fund. >> we were just winding down. all the speakers had spoken and we began to exit the building. you could hear in the hallway people yelling shots fired. everyone just stopped and looked at each other and immediately the police department came to the doors. they sealed off all the exits and let us know we need to stay in the room to stay safe. there is an active shooter on the scene. they proceeded to tell us that a suspect was shot and they wanted us to move to a more security location in the building because they thought they had seen explosives on one of the suspects. when they moved us to the auditorium, a woman had an american flag in her purse.
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she held it up and we began to sing. >> given the controversial nature of the group holding the event was there added security, and was there a sense of nervousness at the event? >> i don't think anybody was really nervous. i know in the back of our minds we knew with this type of event because we know how tolerant islam is that we thought maybe something could happen, but there was added security. this event was in response to a previous event at the same location on january 17th. we were a little on edge knowing that something might happen, but there was additional security there. the garland security department, they were there ready efficient, and they saved everybody in that building. >> the keynote speaker in his remarks said that islam is a religion of hate. and that judeo-christian culture
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is far superior to islam. was this a free speech event or an anti-muslim event. >> it was absolutely a free speech event and it is protected by the first amendment. >> the initiative is considered a hate group is allowed to hold events like these. so was it the availability to hold the event sort of the epitome of free speech events to be held. >> this was in response to a previous event in january where they brought in their keynote speakers who had been co-conspirators speakers who had been all over the country preaching anti-american propaganda. i think it was the appropriate response to have the opposition in the same. >> okay. were you comfortable?
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you were at the event. were you comfortable with everything that was being said against islam at this event? >> i don't know if it was a matter of comfort. it was a matter of standing up for free speech. i live in that area and i protect free speech on both sides. >> the people that was referred was implicated in the 1993 world trade center bombing. they were never indicted and there is no connection made between them and the september 11th attack. they were called law abiding and respected members of the community. now the organizer of the event pamela yeller is defending her event saying the goal was to promote free speech and not go after islam. she has been in the news before. in 2010 she launched a major campaign against park 51 the proposed islamic community center. gellar organized protests against it around the country.
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when thousands of muslims protested about prophet mohammed cartoons she posted those cartoons on her blog. and in 2008 she wrote of her believe that president obama is a secret muslim and the love child of malcolm x. this is carson's first time running for political office and another republican joined the race today. >> i just announced that i'm running for president. >> the former hewlett-packard ceo carly fiorina has announceed her intention to run for office on twitter. now to baltimore where tensions seemed to have eased one weeks after riots broke out
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on the street. the mayor has lifted a curfew that has been in place since tuesday. we're live in baltimore. john a big contrast between this weekend and what we saw last gleek yes a week. >> yes, a huge contrast. last weekend we had the violence violence. this weekend all that has dissipated and the curfew has been lifted and all is back to norm. but this is back back to norm in the short terms. the problems that led to the up rising on monday night that will take a very long time to sort them out. over the weekend big rallies including a political one on saturday. one of the main things on that rally is to call for the ending of that curfew. so now behind us on the green here at city hall in downtown baltimore there is a small protest demonstration event call
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it what you will taking place. three universities have gotten together to highlight the issues of the freddie gray affair. >> the curfew has been lifted but the state of emergency is still in effect. when might that change. >> i was told by the governor, if you bring in 3,000 national guard members and loads of police you can't deploy them instantly. it takes a good 4 hours. we saw the national guard standing around with their guns down rather than up. i think according to the governor it will take a couple of days and then he'll lift the state of emergency. >> what about local businesses. are they springing back? >> well, no, i don't think they are. 200--just think about that for a moment. 200 local businesses are out of business now as a result of what
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happened here on monday night. that's an awful lot of mom and bop businesses. there were some corporations like cvs but most of those mom and pop businesses, they're gone. that is going to have an affect on the communities east and west baltimore because in a lot of those shops that's the only place that people can get a line of credit. the medium income is low for north america and they would get lines of credit in those stores that were burned out. >> nearly 5800 migrants rescued from boats in the mediterranean have arrived in italy. rescuers also found the bodies of ten people who were traveling from africa. stephanie sy is there.
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>> reporter: they approached the port in silence. silhouettes in the dark sky. boat has just docked and it's quite a powerful moment as the migrants stand silently as the boat has just some to shore. many with difficult stories to tell. they've risked a lot to get here. many won't know where they go when they get here, but this will be one of the first times they've felt safe in a very long time. almost 900 people were on board after being rescued on saturday. they dock in sicily in the morning hours of monday morning. >> they never stopped. we talked about the emergency because there is not really a sudden emergency but we know there is a continue peaking again and again. >> it took hours for the migrants to disembark. the emergency case is first but it's thorough one by one medical
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screening process of so many meant that it was slow going. they're exhausted looking faces a hint of what they had been through they were not allowed to talk to any of them. they will decide where they'll go next. but not all will want to stay and travel to other countries. their future remains uncertain but for now they face a new day. it's a journey that they will attempt. not all will make it alive. >> conflicting accounts from yemen this morning where witnesses from the port city of aden say they have seen saudi forces on the ground. so far the u.s.-backed coalition insists the ongoing air campaign is enough to take down houthi rebels. a new report said that the saudi coalition has probably been using cluster bombs against the houthi rebels. those bombs are banned by most
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countries. the saudi government call those claims untrue. no. nigeria there are new efforts to push boko haram out of the northeast. the pictures show boko haram fighters fleeing the sambisa forest. a military spokesman said that the hostages were immediately taken to safety zones. aid is arriving in nepal but getting supplies to areas is still a problem why there is an anger over logistics.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. we are taking a look at today's top stories. a set back for benjamin netanyahu. lieberman is citing disputes over legislation for his
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decision. the prime minister has until wednesday to put together a ruling coalition. netanyahu is expected to hold a meeting meeting meeting with ethiopian leaders. dozens of people were injured in clash over night. the syrian army said that a suicide-bomber blew himself up in damascus. the human rights organization said that people people were killed and three wounded but a syrian army source denies that report. in nepal rid simple is growing how the government is handing international aid. the death toll now tops 7300 and it appears red tape has prevented aid from getting to people quickly who need it. we have more from kathmandu. >> the international aid effort is in full swing at kathmandu airport. it's working at full capacity.
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much needed tents and medical supplies are on their way to victims of the quake. >> nepal's government is under pressure accused of taxing aid coming in lack of coordination and continuing low response to get help from the victims. >> back at the airport nepali soldiers are unloading more aid. many planes are ready to fly to provincial areas. these tents have arrived from china. >> as soon as that cargo lands it's over loaded and it's
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reloaded on to aircraft like this. >> while aid to nepal by air is easier, the problem is not every victory lives near an airport. >> we've had a commitment now from the government that the challenges that we experience in the early days of the crisis that resulted in limited access to the commodities coming out of the airport, and getting out to the communities that those problems we're resolving. >> but the by sasster zone is huge. the majority of victims live in small, isolated areas. many unreachable by road. this is why where ngos play a crucial role. >> we have lentils oil and we
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have sanitary products. and blankets and clothes for a lady and clothing for children. there are 6,000 ngos across nepal. they're coordinating their efforts to make sure that the aid that needs to get to people gets to them on time. the people of nepal are helping each other. uppermost in many minds are the coming monsoon. heavy rain is expected in six weeks' time. to get aid to those who need it most. al jazeera kathmandu. >> we're learning more about the oldest survivor of nepal's earthquake. a 101-year-old man was buried under the rubble of his own house. >> at 101, he is the oldest survivor of the earthquake. he was at home when the ground
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began to shake and the walls of his house began to come down. >> the walls around me collapsed. the ceiling tame down too. some of it fell on my chest. i was trapped inside. i received injuries to my foot and my arm. >> he was alive for the last earthquake of 1934 but said this one was much worse. >> everyone in my family is alive. there were just two of us there but seven other people died in myville. >> he is bothered by all the attention his story is receiving, but it is a story that sparked hope that people may still be alive. >> in afghanistan a verdict is expected soon in the mob killing of a woman. 49 men 19 of them police officers were on trial this past weekend. they were accused in the brutal woman of an afghan woman in march. she was beaten to death because of false information that she
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had born a qur'an. new details are out of a seattle man's case of being beaten by police. he was walking with a golf club. he said he was accused of walking while black.
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>> we're expecting to hear some of the first comments this afternoon on an alleged case of race. a man was stopped because he was carrying a golf club. >> at a protest march held recently in his honor william we know gate walks with a cane instead of the golf club that he usually uses because of this confrontation last summer. a seattle police officer stopped him claiming he threatened her with the butter. >> will you put that down, please? >> what? >> aren't you holding a golf club. >> what about my golf club?
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>> can you please butt it down. >> in the video wyngate appears startled and tells us he didn't know what was goingen. >> i thought she was looking for a shotgun. i had no idea. >> 22 sometimes officer asked wyngate to drop the golf club. >> put it down. >> this is my golf club. >> put it down. it's a weapon. >> i've had this for 20 years. >> five times she accuses him of threatening you. >> you're being audio and videotaped. >> i haven't done nothing to glob you just swung that club at me. >> i did not. >> it's on audio videotape. put it down. you're not free to leave. >> sir put your golf club down. put it down. put it down. >> after another officer arrives on the scene wingat session handcuffed and taken to jail.
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[ gunfire ] >> jailed overnight the air force veteran and retired metro bus driver said he has never had a problem with police before. and expected lawsuit has formerly been filed. against the city, the police department and officer cynthia whitlasrh who arrested him. he has charged racial discrimination and distress. >> it was the most miserable ride i had ever had. i didn't know. you're helpless. you have your hands behind your back. >> officer whitl ash is on desk duty. since his arrest he has been treated for post traumatic distress and depression and is
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upset when approached by other police officers. >> she did a lot of damage. she did. >> puerto rico is the latest u.s. territory to legalize medical marijuana. the island's governor has signed an order that gives the island's health secretary three months to determine how the plan will be implemented. it is now legal in 23 states. jamaica decriminalized small amounts of pot. we have learned the name of britain's new princess. a gun is a salute the bit of charlotte elizabeth diana. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy in new york. news continues next live from doha.
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>> hello once again from doha. this is the news hour on al jazeera. the israeli prime minister has quit to forge a new governing coalition. three protesters are killed in burundie amidsts the president's bid to stay in office for a second