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exactly which molecules do the job, and bioscience may be able to replicate them artificially. so sufferers of pain these spidermen could be superheroes. get more real news and analysis from al jazeera, at ♪ an historic visit for john kerry has he makes the first trip to somalia by a secretary of state. mike huckabee is expected to announce his candidacy for presidency in about a half hour. and a teacher's strike in brazil means tens of thousands of students are not in school. it may cost the country more than lost class time. ♪
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this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. secretary of state john kerry is in somalia on an unannounced trip. this is the first time that the top u.s. diplomat has ever visited somalia, this comes as the u.s. tries to help the country rebuild after two decades of war. they are trying to stop groups that could threaten north america. rosiland jordan is live for us in nairobi, rosiland were security concerns the reason this trip was not announced? and who has secretary kerry been meeting with? >> reporter: above everything else stephanie, security concerns are the reason why the trip of john kerry to somalia earlier on tuesday was not announced publicly until he was actually on the ground and it's
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no surprise somalia is still a very volatile environment. the government which has only been in place for three years is still struggling to get control of al-shabab which just in the past month or so launched a deadly tack on the university college northeast of nairobi here in kenya, so there is a lot of concern about the safety and well-being of the u.s. secretary of state but of many others as well. it is not a safe place to visit right now for just ordinary citizens and certainly not for high-profile individuals. that said the secretary of state was willing to take the security risk in order to show the obama administration's support for mogadishu for its efforts to try to improve on what they call a fledgling democracy, and to try to decentralize a lot of the political power to the regional government and then on to the
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local levels. >> and of course president obama is scheduled to visit kenya this summer as you know rozland. remind us what role the u.s. has been playing in targeting al-shabab. >> reporter: well obviously you talked earlier about those drone strikes which are pretty much well-known around the world that the u.s. has been using them to go after particular al-shabab targets including the leader of the group. it's also known the u.s. has been providing military training and funding to the five countries that make up the regional coalition of troops that are helping somalia go after al-shabab. it's not the typical u.n.-sponsored blue helmet operation, this is about trying to get rid of al-shabab.
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>> rosiland jordan thank you. isil is reportedly claiming it was behind sunday's shooting at a controversial art show near dallas. there's no evidence yet to confirm isil's involvement. two people were killed after opening fire on security guards. one of the men had been on the fbi's radar for years. turning now to presidential politics. another prominent republican is set to declare that he is running for the white house. mike huckabee is expected to throw his hat in the ring at an event in his hometown in arkansas. even if huckabee does not win, he stands to gain from the attempt. the last time he ran, it turned him into a household name with a tv show and a book deal. >> dr. benjamin carson. >> reporter: there's a good
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chance you have never heard of ben carson. he's a retired neurosurgeon now making a bid for the oval office. >> i'm ben carson and i'm a candidate for president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: but new doors will open for him even if he doesn't end up in the white house. ditto for this woman. along with adding the title presidential candidate to her resume she has timed the release of her new book on leadership with a kickoff of her candidacy. both are joining a crowded field of hopefuls. on the democratic side while hillary clinton is far ahead in early polls, it hasn't stopped bernie sanders from throwing his hat into the ring and at least two other potential challengers are also sizing up their
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options. whiler lesser-known candidates have a low chance of winning, but just being in the race brings a potentially lucrative career. >> if you look at recent examples of what candidates have been able to parlay that experience into in terms of revenue, it would be potentially in the millions of dollars. >> life before politics was that of a pastor and then i got into politics. so you know what that means? you are going to be here a while. >> reporter: mike huckabee has seen his fortunes rise after his previous bid. it's not clear how much he is worth now, but his beach house is reported to be worth $3 million. bill allison is with sunlight foundation. >> he is governor of arkansas
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it's not as if he didn't have a prominent position but by running for president he got introduced to an awful lot of the country, and that kind of gave him a brand >> reporter: that brand translated into a talk show host on fox news. al sharpton also landed his own show his on msnbc. >> on the right. newt gingrich. >> reporter: and newt gingrich signed a deal with cnn after his unsuccessful white house run in 2012. >> and then we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: howard dean's scream may have helped end his bid to go to the white house in 2004 but he went on to become the head of the democratic national committee. his speaking fees top $20,000. even when it is clear to the outside world that a candidate doesn't have a chance of
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becoming president, there is still benefits. >> you are the center of attention, and you have ideas, and you are telling people how you want to make their lives better. >> reporter: long-shot presidential contenders can keep their campaigns going on someone else's dime. >> they have ideas, poll situation positions, and voters are supporting those positions and want to fight for those causes. so it's not always just about winning, sometimes it's about keeping an issue in the national spotlight. >> reporter: and with the issues come the candidates who stand to gain financially or politically. president obama today is set to nominate marine general to head the joint chiefs of staff. he is an experienced commander with a history of respect. >> he is a 38-year marine corps veteran who serves as the
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highest-ranking officer. he was the top international commander in afghanistan. he has risen quickly, and is well liked on both sides of the aisle. senate armed services committee chair john mccain calls him a warrior, and says he is excited about his nomination. jack reid says he values his counsel and incite. it is that support that has seen him make the meteoric leap from one star to four-star general in just a three-year span and what makes his confirmation nearly certain. general martin dempsey is expected to step down in december. dunford, quote: the boston area native graduated
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from st. michaels a small catholic college in vermont, and later earned master's degrees from georgetown and tufts. he has earned the nickname fighting joe, but he is perhaps best known for commanding international forces in afghanistan. experts give him high marks for managing america's difficult relationship with then president karzai. he served on the joint chiefs of staff, now he is poised to take the lead role for at least one, two-year term though the chairman is typically reappointed for a second two-year term. if confirmed he will be only the second marine to hold the chairman's post. the president also plans to appoint the vice chair of the
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joint chiefs of staff. the chair and the vice chair cannot both come from the same branch of service. now to nepal where rescuers continue to dig through tons of rubble trying to uncover an entire village buried by a mud slide. >> more! >> that was the scene last week when the earthquake triggered the mud slide. villagers say as many as 200 people could still be buried. one american is trying to help. >> i feel like so many have helped my group get out of this situation that we were in that i feel like i need to do something about it and i started a go-fund-me project to help aid into remote areas. >> meanwhile climbers hoping to make it to the top of everest
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this season are packing up and leaving. sherpa guides refuse to rebuild a camp. teachers in one brazilian state are protesting against government plans to alter their pennings. they will be matching after demonstrations turned violent last week. >> reporter: teachers from across the area are planning carefully for the march, saying they were surprised last week by the hostile reception from the authorities. >> here in this state, they confronted us with guns and bombs, and the other things that never we -- we expected. >> we were waiting for some reception, different reception, but not like that with so much violence. >> reporter: more than 200 people mostly demonstrators were injured in scenes that shocked the residents of this
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normally peaceful city. there are wounds that have still not healed. >> we cannot understand -- >> translator: we live in a democracy, but those who govern us behave as though we live in a dictatorship. >> reporter: the government says with the economy struggling they must respond to austerity measures. meanwhile schools across the state have been closed for six weeks. it's the teachers here and in four other states who are protesting but there's wide-spread discontent right across brazil. not just with the government but with politics and politicians in general. and the divide is growing ever wider. leonardo is 16 and working hard for entrance into university where he stants to study law, but while the strike conditions he has to do it at home with
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friends or using the internet. despite difficulties he fully supports the teachers. >> translator: we are united with the teachers. we students are mobilized we are ready to fight to be part of this historical moment that we face. >> reporter: this 11 year old doesn't have school either so he works with his dad guarding cars collecting the debris from last week's clashes. it's not the education these teachers intended for him, but brazil is suffering uncertain times. there are tens of thousands of people out here today, marching os tensably to support the teachers. but because of the austerity measures being imposed across brazil, other people from other unions from other states around brazil have come here to show their solidarity with the
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teachers of the southern state. so it's become a much much bigger issue. because mostly the government -- the government is stating that their economic problems it's talking about austerity measures across the country. here the issue has become the teachers. but that's simply a way of people focusing their attention, there are many other issues. >> daniel there are 950,000 students out of school in that state alone. how is that playing out in other parts of the country? >> reporter: as well as those 950,000 here stephanie, another four states around brazil the teachers have been on strike. here they have been out now for six weeks.
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a very important time for many many students here studying for their exams to get into university so one way or another, they are trying to find ways of studying together using the internet but it is hitting the education very very hard. what we are seeing here is great support among the students for their teachers. the big slogan we have been seeing all over today is we are all professors education is important to people here and even if they agree there should be austerity measures they don't believe education is something that should be cut, which is why i think so many people are out here today. >> indeed. daniel, thank you. yemen was the big topic today at the summit of the gulf cooperation council in saudi arabia. the french president is in riyadh for the meeting. he is the first western head of state to be invited to the
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gathering. meanwhile the saudi-lead coalition hit aden with more than 150 air strikes over the last 24 hours. the bombardment coincides with the report that the kingdom send ground troops into the city. saudi arabia denies that. yemen's information minister says getting aid to those who need it has been a dangerous undertaking. >> several hospitals are being under attack. the medical personnel are being attacked. they are being evacuated. we have a shortage in staff, and electricity. that also doesn't facilitate carrying out operations or even just general health care. some of the medicines are being spoiled now, because they needed cool temperatures and now we're getting into summer. >> she said there are warehouses that are full of food ready to
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be distributed, but security concerns are keeping it from getting to the people who need it. bringing the syrian opposition together in hopes of ending the war. the u.n. has kept two key players out of the conversation. ♪
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welcome back to al jazeera america. it is 10:50 eastern. loretta lynch is visiting baltimore today. she is set to meet local officials over the freddie gray case. new images today of the area around the airport in donetsk. this recently recorded drone footage shows the damage in that rebel-held city. and turkey's prime minister promises to continue peace talks
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with kurds, regardless of the outcome of next month's parliamently election. the talks have become a key issue ahead of the vote in early june. talks are underway in geneva with the u.n. envoy is trying to anying -- negotiate an end to the war in syria. but isil and the al-qaeda-linked nusra front will not be here. >> reporter: in the context of this process, he has come with no preconceived ideas, his strategy appears to be that of listening to all sides, and it is going to take some time. this is not a big round table with all of the parties in one room. over the next four or five weeks, what he is going to do is meet each relevant body individually.
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and that's a lot of different organizations. he is going to be speaking to at least 40 other groups and organization along with the government and another 20 regional and international stake holders as well we're talking about countries such as iran jordan and turkey. so you can see that he is giving himself the best possible chance of success, but his only aim really as he said this morning was to stop the killing and the bombs falling. >> paul brennan reporting. some israeli war veterans say their forces caused massive and unprecedented harm to civilians during last year's gau sa war. they said there was indiscriminate fire and lax rules of engagement. israel responded to the report in a statement to al jazeera saying:
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more than 1500 palestinian civilians were killed during the gaza war. up next decades after being told their newborns died at birth, mothers are reunited with their children put up for adoption by the state. and a food blogger is stirring up controversy.
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>> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... ♪ decades ago in st. louis, dozens of black women were told their newborns had died after childbirth, but it turns out their babies may have been stolen and given up for adoption. >> that's your mom. >> reporter: this is the moment 50-year-old melanie gilmore was reunited with her birth mother via skype. price a mother of five until a
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few months ago didn't even know her daughter was alive. she would told the premature baby died hours after death. >> back then doctors and nurses were held in such high esteem if they said something, you believed it. >> reporter: monday a st. louis attorney filed this petition to open gilmore's adoption records. watkins says gilmore was stolen. >> there is a simple law out there that says you can't steal a baby from a mama. and you don't have to go to law school for that. you can't take a baby from a mom. >> reporter: in this conference room mothers, significant -- siblings who think they may have been victims too fill out application records.
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>> i never did get a chance to see her. my parents never got a chance to see her. i never got a chance to touch her. >> reporter: this woman says the story of her adoption has always been sketchy. >> she tells me a story, and then she takes it back and says she didn't say it. >> reporter: while the hospital has been closed for 36 years, birth and death records still exist, and if there was trafficking, the city could be accountable. price says no amount of money will compensate her or her daughter for the lost years. >> i got to make up these 49 years. and i know the other kids are going to be jealous, but she's priority now. >> diane eastabrook al jazeera, st. louis. this just in dramatic new footage from the mediterranean sea. this video shows migrants climbing up the side of a cargo ship. the crew of the ship as you can
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see throws life preservers to help the migrants. the italian coast guard says nearly 7,000 people were rescued over three days last weekend. she calls herself the food babe, an activist using her blog to try to change the way we eat. erika pitzi meets the woman. >> reporter: tonight we're talking with the food babe. she has become a force to be reckoned with in the food world. she promotes eating healthy food. she takes credit for taking subway remove a chemical from its bread that is banned in other countries, and from making kraft foods remove artificial dyes from his mac and cheese. however, she also has a growing number of critics. >> under their criticisms that
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would mean that no journalist working in this world without a scientific degree would be able to -- to report on science. that is unacceptable. >> reporter: except that we're not hearing from your experts on your blogs. we're just hearing from you. >> we are hearing from me backed by data. and my blog is a consumer-based blog. i'm talking about what i want to put in my body and why. >> reporter: what do scientists have to say about her? we'll have that and more tonight. well if you needed more proof that the internet is taking over comcast just announced that the number of internet subscribers has surpassed cable subscribers. it is the largest provider of cable and broadband services it has more than 22 million internet subscribers. thanks so much for watching. i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live
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from doha. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera from our headquarters in doha i'm adrian finighan coming up in the next 60 minutes, saudi arabia closes schools and cancels flights in a region bordering yemen because of the fightering there. new allocations of war crimes against civilians in syria, as talks get underway to try to stop the killing. protests continue in burundi, as the constitutional court there allows the president