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the skies, the capsule then parachuted back to earth before slashing down. it was to prove that they would fire its passengers out of harm's way should there be any problems during launch. there is more on our website, the address is the saudi lead coalition launches a barrage off air strikes into yemen. after houthis fired into saudi arabia. four afghan men sentenced to death for in a camp kabul. some of the 850,000 people displayed by war in afghanistan, and the continued fighting means that number will continue to grow.
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm randall pinkston. the u.s. is asking saudi arabia to stop its air strikes in yemen. overnight, more than 30 air strikes hit two northern provinces right near the border with saudi arabia. the saudi coalition says the strikes are in response to houthis firing mortars and rockets at a saudi town. in washington there was a pledge of $68 million for humanitarian support for aid agencies in the region. >> reporter: the saudis are not against the idea of some kind of lull in the fighting in some areas, but when we look at the situation now and the latest developments, as the houthis have been able to strike inside
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saudi arabia and inflict damage in civilian areas for the first time it is unlikely that the saudis will accept to stop the air strikes across yemen. they may accept to do that in some parts. they have been talking recently about safe zones inside yemen where the humanitarian relief can be shipped there, but it is a problem because they have to put troops on the ground to protect those distribution points. they haven't yet clarified how they have going to do that in the light of the heavy fighting there, and the houthis still there. yes, they are going to discuss this tonight with john kerry who is arriving here. the americans of course are going to push for a kind of truce, or a kind of -- stopping the air strikes that would allow the humanitarian aid to be brought there. the saudis are going to insist probably that they are going to maintain their air strikes, or continue them at least, near the
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border as we have seen in the last 24 hours, they are striking at the houthis in many cities there. as he says secretary of state john kerry is going to visit saudi arabia today and he is set to talk about the war in yemen. kerry began the day in jabudishgdz. there is a key u.s. military base in jabudi reportedly used for drone operations. the u.s. held suspects at so-called black sites in jabudi where people were kidnapped and tortured as part of anti-terror investigations. now to israel where prime minister benjamin netenyahu only has hours left to put together a coalition government. he has been busy meeting with the jewish home party in an effort to secure a majority in parliament. his party won elections in
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march, but talks since then have stalled and the former foreign minister withdrew his support this week leaving him short of sufficient seats to form a government. >> right now he is eight members short of the 61. he's trying to convince bennett from the jewish home the radical right party to minimize his appetite. >> what we are going to see with this next coalition no matter if it's 61 or 67 or whatever many end up joining the coalition, is you are going to see a shift to the extreme right. the vast majority of israelis have voted for these people. they voted for parties that don't believe that palestinians should have any right to freedom. >> if he cannot form a
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parliament by the end of the way, the president will ask someone else to form a union. in afghanistan a court has sentenced four men to death for their roles in the mob killing of a woman last month who was wrongly accused of burning a quran. >> reporter: the murder trial has been closely watched in afghanistan. 49 people, including 19 policemen were on trial. the case was televised. four people have been given the harshest punishment. >> reporter: we have sentenced each of you to capital punishment, death. our decision on these four people is not definite. they have the right to appeal. >> reporter: this 27 year old was wrongly accused of burning a quran. she was brutally tacked by a mob in central kabul in march. they beat and kicked her, then
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set her body on fire. hundreds of people watched. some people even recorded it on their phones. that evidence was used in the case. a sign has been put up in central kabul where the attack happened. and a shrine has been built on the river bank where she was burned. afghan women carried her coffin at the funeral. thousands of people demonstrated across the world calling for justice. many were angry not only at the crime, but that it happened in public while the police were present. 19 policemen are all thes on trial. some say they called for backup but none came. their verdicts and possible sentencing are due on sunday. nigerian troops have rescued 25 more women and children from boko haram. but it is unclear if any of them are the schoolgirls kidnapped one year ago. army officials say many militants were killed in fire fight in the forest wednesday morning. one soldier was killed five
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others wounded, about 700 women and children have now been rescued from boko haram in the past week. italian rescuers have picked up hundreds more migrants in the mediterranean sea. some reported being at sea for 12 days. hundreds of other migrants rived in italy today. the united nations security council is considering a resolution that would authorize the european union to seize boats from smugglers. some e.u. leaders have proposed a u.n.-supported program to destroy smuggler's boats before they can be used. the number of migrants risking their lives to reach europe's shores continues to rise. women often face the most hardship. hoda abdel hamid met with some of them. >> reporter: they didn't know each other before, and now they are living together. this is the only space available for women at the detention center. outside hundreds of men are
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roaming the corridor. the days are long. there is nothing much for them to do other than think about their lives. this 17 year old set out from mogadishu with her younger sister. >> it is difficult. i'm a young woman. i need education. i need everything. and they killed my father. i don't know where my mother is. i had to leave to look for better life. >> reporter: to get this far the women have crossed several borders often without travel documents or money. the last leg was through the say harrah desert. most of them hidden in the back of a truck like this one. often hidden under bails of hay. some were robbed. some raped. this woman just arrived here but won't talk to us. it's the 16 year old who explains what they have been
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through. >> we don't eat anything for two weeks. only water. not food. and they beat us sometimes. they think we are animals. we're not people. >> reporter: the women here have different reasons for their ordeals. for this woman it is about getting an education and feeling safe. >> translator: i want to study and be a doctor but it won't come true. i'm 15 and i don't know the alphabet. there's no place for me in this world. wherever i go there's war. i always think time is going by and i still haven't gone to school. now i'm in prison. >> reporter: these women don't know exactly where they are in libya, but perhaps the most difficult is not knowing for how long they will be held in this room. many complain they haven't been able to speak to their families for days sometimes weeks. they worry no one knows where they are. >> maybe like me. we need to go. every people here has problem.
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every people have child. every people have problem. we need just to go. >> reporter: the migrant women face enormous problems. but they are resilient. they will be continue to wander looking for safety wherever it may be. new allegations today about the co-pilot investigators say deliberately crashed a plane in the french alps. he earlier in the day has practiced reducing altitude on another flight and he similarly waited until the pilot left the cockpit to try the maneuver. larry hogan announced a short time ago that he is lifting the state of emergency in baltimore. and this morning the city's mayor called for the department of justice to investigate the city's police practices. >> i'm asking the department of
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justice to investigate if our police department has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops, searches or arrests that vie it will the fourth amendment. i'm asking that they investigate what systemic challenges exist within our police department that can contribute to excessive force and discriminatory policing. at the end of this process, i will hold those accountable if change is not made. we cannot be timid in addressing this problem, and i'm a mayor that does not shy away from our city's big challenges. at no other time in our city's recent history has any administration brought this level of resources to the table to change our police department. >> the justice department says it is reviewing the mayor's request. yesterday loretta lynch went to
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baltimore, where she pledged to improve the baltimore police department. coming up on always. wiped off of the map. now nothing more than rubble with only a few survivors. ♪
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a new report says a record number of people have been displaced within their own country due to violence. according to the report 11 million people were displaced in 2014 alone. jennifer glasse has the story of some of them in afghanistan. >> reporter: this person came to kabul six years ago. brutal fighting forced him out of his village. >> translator: at least we are safer here. there is no fighting. it is calm here. no one will come us but life is very hard here. >> reporter: he says there isn't enough work to earn enough to feed his family a common
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problem in this sprawling camp on the edge of the capitol. most thought this would be a temporary stop. like this man who has been here five years. >> translator: i didn't think we would be here for long. i thought i would be here for month or two. we hoped our village would be peaceful so we could go back. now we don't even think about going home. >> reporter: there's no school. most of the children are illiterate. and for many this is the only home they have ever neen. the united nations says 850,000 afghans are displaced because of war. about two weeks ago, this woman, her four daughters and two sons fled fighting with only what they were wearing. she said the fighting made it too dangerous to stay. at about the same time in northern afghanistan, hundreds of taliban fighters launched an offensive. they are fighting thousands of afghan soldiers and police.
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the civilians are caught in the middle. >> translator: our entire village is falling into the hands of the taliban. our houses have been burned and destroyed. >> reporter: 10,500 families have left their homes in the area in a matter of weeks. there are no displaced camps in the city so some have moved in with family and friends. no aid has arrived yet. the united nations anticipated as many as 150,000 more afghans will be displaced this year. where there is conflict one official said there is displacement. the official death toll from lath week's devastating earthquake in nepal is rising. at least 7500 people have been killed. the once bustling mountainsidevillage is now covered in rubble as andrew simmons reports rescuers fear the town may have no survivors.
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>> reporter: it was once one of the most popular places in nepal. what you see used to be a large bustling village. trekkers from all over the world traveled here. now there's nothing left. one earthquake followed by an avalanche destroyed everything. the massive glacier came crashing down the mountainside within seconds of the earthquake completing annihilating this village. no one here survived. it's a grim area atmosphere and for the recovery workers, working day after day in this hard to imagine what they are going through. a spanish search team has now arrived to help. so far they have only found body parts. nepal's social forces have been leading the operation here. >> there were about 180 locals here, and more than 100, 150 foreign tourists. we found about 42 local bodies,
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ten from outside, and ten foreign tourist bodies. >> reporter: lined up in the gloom only seven bodies are waiting for identification. nepalese and foreigners amongst them. foreign embassies are anxiously trying to trace missing people. but an enormous task lies ahead. a large number of people living here had sent their children to boarding school leaving many orphans. >> now the problem for them is they lost their family their property everything so it's really a shock for them. it's difficult to survive. >> reporter: the only positive here is this building ahead of the village still standing. two elderly people and three children survived. they have now left leaving only the bodies and searchers behind.
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there are reports of an oil train derailment in north dakota. officials say the tiny town of hienville has been evacuated. but the train had 109 cars. five are said to be burning. no reports of injuries in the derailment. the faa is moving forward with its review of commercial drone flights. among the function being reviewed news gathering, crop surveys, and inspection of rail lines. right now drones are allowed for recreational purposes only. here in new york city construction is almost complete on a very tall very skinny sky scraper. that is the latest building trend. but as jacob ward tells us pulling it off requires tremendous advances in engineering. >> reporter: right now i am
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nearly 1400 feet in the air in the cutting edge of high-end residential living. in the future we are going to belying at this incredible altitude if we make enough money. if building manages to stay at this height because of a central core that offers a certain amount of stability and rigidity but the exterior of the building the outer limits here also act as a sort of outer tube and they are connected at five different points out there this 96-story, monstrous building. the thing about it is that your great enemy building a building of this size is not the basic logistics. it is hard enough to get water up to this height you need elevators which move up and down that can go fast enough that you are not going to be spending all day to get down to get your dinner or breakfast, but the
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thing that they really worry about is wind. when you are spending millions of dollars to live in a place like this you cannot be sitting there with your cup of coffee and have the whole thing moving back and forth. all you can do is slow the movement down. that's really the trick here. so they use a combination of systems, that interior and exterior rigidity the thickness of the floor and the way it connects and plus they have a dampening system on the roof where two, 650-ton weights are basically hung from a flexible sort of material. and when the building is pushed by wind those two weights sort of counter act that motion. all of that serves to make this not only the kind of place where you can sort of, you know, hang out and look across the entire state of new jersey the way we can, but it also means your coffee is not going to move in your cup, you are not going to
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feel seasick, and all of that makes this the future of high-end residential living. coming up next on al jazeera, tracking the health of the nation's hispanics. it yields some surprising results.
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there are some surprising conclusions in the first national survey on the health of hispanics. as bisi onile-ere tells us the cdc found a real disconnect between those two need care and those who receive it. >> hola. >> hola.orter: maria immigrated to the u.s. from south america nearly 30 years ago. the 54 year old says she has a number of health issues. >> translator: i have arthritis, stomach acid reflux diabetes cholesterol, high blood pressure. i have them all. >> reporter: on top of that she has no job and has had no health insurance. >> translator: it would be great if everyone could get obamacare,
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i didn't qualify because my husband made $23,000. he needed to make less. >> reporter: her story is shared by many hispanics. in the first-ever national report according to the cdc, heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death for hispanics in the u.s. but despite a high rate of poverty and limited access to healthcare they are living on average two years longer than whites. one reason fewer hispanics smoke. edgar nunez is a doctor in south florida. he treats hundreds of undocumented immigrants each year. he says one of the biggest hurdles for his patients is the cost of health care and knowing what services are available to them. >> one of the biggest barriers that we have is because of these
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patient -- they don't have access. they don't have insurance, and they can't pay, so they usually try to avoid to go to the doctor because of the expense leading to -- to have. >> reporter: hispanics are nearly three times as likely to be uninsured than whites but thanks to prom -- programs like this, it ah lous them to get access to a doctor and medication. maria says she now feels much better. >> translator: coming here is good because i get the medication much cheaper than other clinics. >> reporter: the cdc report says early intervention at health centers is key to helping latinos protect their health. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, new york. greece has made another major payment to international creditors. they paid some $224 million.
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but that's just a small piece of the money they owe. they have not repayment of $850 million due next tuesday. it is the last day of campaigning in one of the most unpredictable general elections the united kingdom has seen in years. voters will held to the polls tomorrow and no party is likely to secure an outright majority. >> reporter: the labor leader comes from around here and his marty is trying to hang on to this constituency. but in this new era, some labor supporters don't like the idea of their party doing deals with those who would chop down the united kingdom. would you vote labor if they didn't have to get the support of the scottish nationalists? >> definitely. >> reporter: this election uniquely in the u.k. is forcing together parties which are like
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apples and oranges, and that make things potentially messy. there is almost no electoral mathematics that would give the ruling party the majority in parliament. yet the labor party could, but only with the support of the scottish nationalists and they want independence from the united kingdom, and that's leading people to question the moral la moral legitimacy of that arrangement. >> mr. craig have you had any sleep? >> reporter: opponents of labor and the scottish national party are taking to the airwaves arguing that the public would prefer a government that keeps the u.k. together even if it can't get a majority. so that is what gives cameron
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what he claims is a moral high ground. but he still has to have a healthy number of mp's. but senior civil servants have been hard at work reminding politicians that rules are rules. >> and the idea that you can exclude the snp, [ inaudible ] democracy. if scotland voted for them they voted for them. >> reporter: the book makers aren't sure and that implies that this isn't simple at all. a spectacular and successful launch today for spacex. >> and we have ignition. >> the trunk has detached. brag gone is tumbling as planned. >> the test is meant to simulate how astronauts would aboard the
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spacecraft if it were to explo during launch. ♪ >> the last day of campaigning before the u.k.'s election.