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merkel held a special session and moscow chinese president ping and other heads of state have been arriving for saturday's victory parade there and most west enleaders are not attending the event and protesting russia's role in the fighting in the eastt of ukraine. >> british foreign ministeter david cameron defies expectations and leads his party to a victory. >> pakistan's military scrambles to the side of a deadly helicopter crash where two foreign ambassadors were killed. >> the justice department set to open an investigation into baltimore's police department.
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>> good morning to you. that is aljazeera america. live from new york city, i'm morgan radford. >> a stunning day in the u.k., david cameron celebrating a victory. many polls before the vote suggested the election would be too close to call, but the conservativesconservatives routed the opposition. he is heading to ask the queen to form a government. >> in short i want my party and i hope a government i would like to lead to reclaim a mantel that we should never have lost, the man tell of one nation, one united kingdom. that is how i will govern if i'm fortunate enough to form a government in the coming days. >> all right, now on the other side of the aisle the labour party performed so badly that its leader will resign. this after talk he could have been the prime minister.
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we have a wrap up of the results. >> on thursday, we were saying this is going to be one of the most complicated protracted, drawn-out elections in modern british history with weeks of negotiations on a new coalition government. you can forget all that, because the polling organizations have got it all 100% wrong and everyone's trying to work out why the polls were so wrong day after day and week after week, because frankly the whole thing has been done and dusted by 10:00 in the morning on the day after. not in their wildest dreams could the conservative party imagined things going this well for them. they gained votes, they have a majority in parliament and all their opposition has been neutralized, the labour party the main opposition now the right, the u.k. independence party, which has been trying to tug the conservatives to the
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right on an antiimmigration ticket, he lost his seat, too. on every level inside england they've all lost. the conservatives now have an absolute mandate to carry on with their economic plan the way it is. the problem for them is scotland the scab issue national party that was the one part of the polls that was right, 56 out of 59 seats. they come to tournament with no power to change things, more money for the poor, they're going to have to fight for that among opposition. >> that was outside of the parliament in london. >> the conservative sun reads swinging the blues for cameron's win. the liberal daily mirror asks the question fiefs more damned years? >> ouch. check this out. one lawmaker who won still
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hasn't graduated from college. from the pro independence scottish national party, he is 20 years old. not only is she now the u.k.'s youngest lawmaker since 1667, she just defeated one of its most senior politicians. >> people of scott land are speaking and said their voice to be heard at westminster. that is exactly what i plan to do. thank you very much. >> she defeed a political veteran from the labour party and got more votes than all major parties combined. still, despite her historic win she has one exam to finish and will return to school at the end of this month. >> a helicopter crash in partly cloudy stan killed two foreign diplomats. the ambassadors from the philippines and nor wear. it went down 185 miles from
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islamabad. pakistan's military said six people died in total including the pilots and wives the malaysian and andreas indonesia ambassadors. do we know why this helicopter went down? >> the military has just sent an investigation team to the site, however, the military is stressing that this was a technical fault as the helicopter came down to land at naltar 300 kilometers north of islamabad. the investigation team will be on the spot within the next half hour to an hour and they will of course start looking into this, but the military is ruling out shots being fired from the ground, saying that this was totally a technical issue. >> we understand the where, the why now but what about the who? the pakistani taliban issued a statement saying that they had shot down the helicopter. that this been verified?
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>> well, the pakistani taliban spokesman was very quick to send a note to all the media outlets saying that a samuel seven shoulder fired missile was fired on the kill hospitaller. the intended target was the prime minister, but the military on the other hand is denying that, saying that there was no ground fire and that this was totally technical so it is interesting to see how quickly the taliban came out with that statement, and of course it will be important to see what is the credibility of that news from pal ban and pakistan. >> something also baffling me, why were there so many diplomats on one helicopter? where exactly were they going? >> there was a whole group of diplomats, to be precise. we arer told up to 37 countries
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diplomats from 37 countries were being taken to the northern areas, which was arranged by the ministry of foreign affairs to familiarize them with this area. the prime minister was also going to arrive to inaugurate a few projects. the diplomats of course were on a four day trip. however, that ended in tragedy. that explains why so many diplomats were involved. there were diplomats in other helicopters, as well, but this was the one that of course was the tragic news today. >> always a pleasure to have you with us, thanks so much. >> israel's navy is trying to determine whether some doors were locked on a boat that sank off the coast of libya last month killing up to 900 people. hundreds of bodies were on the ship but they will not release the images out of respect for the dead.
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only 24 bodies have been recovered since the april 14 disaster and this is the most deadly tragedy in recent memory. >> here the u.s., a bill to allow congressional input on nuclear agreement with iran is heading to the house. this follows overwhelming passage after months of political wrangling. the white house says it will sign legislation that has bipartisan support. five other countries and iran will resume talks next week in vienna. let's bring in kelsey davenport in washington, d.c. thanks so much for joining us. help us understand what does this bill mean for a future nuclear deal with iran? does it help or really hurt its chances? >> well, morgan, i think iran will certainly be concerned about what passage of this bill means. it sends a signal that the united states may not follow through on its commitments to lift sanctions under a deal.
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however, it really is important to look at the long term. many members of congress who vote in favor of this bill may also approve of a nuclear deal once iran, the united states and negotiates partners finalize the details by june 30. >> you mentioned the follow through, but you also mention looking ahead to the future, but what about tehran in all this? how will this bill be viewed over there? >> i think tehran will be concerned that the united states, that congress may not vote to lift sanctions when it's appropriate under a final deal, but i think iran will receive assurances from the united states, certainly from secretary of state john kerry that the president will veto any resolution disapproving a deal and congress does not have the vote to override the president's veto, if it comes to that after a deal is reached. >> as you mentioned this possibility of a presidential veto, as you mentioned before, the reality of all this, even though this bill would give
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congress a voice, the president does have the last word. as you mentioned congress likely doesn't have the votes to override the veto. what does this bill then or really the long way to the vote today really tell us about the mood in congress right now? >> i think it says that congress wants to weigh in on the final iranian nuclear deal. they see this as an important national security priority, and they want a voice, but this is a situation like walking into a chain in a shop. you break it, you buy it. congress now has a say but if they derail the talks if they cause a good deal to fall apart congress will bear part of the responsibility for any escalation that ensues. >> all right. we break it, you buy it. kelsey davenport from washington d.c., thank you for being with us. >> attorney general loretta lynch will launch a federal probe into policing in baltimore and could make the announcement today. the probe was requested by the mayor and set to investigate
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whether baltimore police routinely used excessive force against minorities. loretta lynch mentioned the possibility on thursday. >> i assure you senators that i am listening to all voices. we are currently in the process of considering the request from city officials and community and police leaders for an investigation into whether the baltimore city police department engaged in a pattern or practice of civil rights violations. >> lunch did visit baltimore earlier this week to meet with both police officers and city leaders. she also met with the family of freddie gray, who died after a spinal injury suffered while in police custody. six police officers faced charges in that incident, raging from murder to manslaughter to false imprisonment. >> in today's digit albeit, drug maker johnson and johnson launched a pilot program to help some patients get drugs that have not yet been approved by the f.d.a.
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the compassionate youth panel will evaluate requests for experimental medication. johnson and johnson and f.d.a. will get the final say. he hopes the panel will move treatment forward and save lives. for more, go to our website and click on the tab "health." >> several women in st. louis have been reunited with their children stolen at birth. missouri wants to hear from other mothers who suspect their babies were taken, too. >> it is a fish versus birds battle on the colombia river with human beings calling the shots. just ahead we'll tell you why this island could soon become a killing field.
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>> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america this friday morning. take a look at today's top stories. today is the 70th anniversary of the ends of world war ii in europe and leaders met in poland where the first shots were fired to mark victory in europe day. the victory parade is tomorrow. >> the u.s. military has begun training moderate syrian fighters to take on isil, beginning in jordan for the first group of 90 rebels.
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the second group will be trained as a broader effort to create a force capable of fighting isil. >> the white house is studying the court ruling on the n.s.a. surveillance programs. it said thursday the bulk collection of phone records was illegal because it was never authorized by congress. it did not stop the program. >> taking aim in the pacific northwest, federal sharp shooters could kill birds along the columbia river starting today, all in an effort to save an endangered species of salmon. opponents want to stop the program before it starts. we ever today's environmental impact report. >> these black birds are double crested that and this is their nurse require the biggest nesting colony in the west. >> we're about 50 yards offshore from east sand island, right at the mouth of the colombia river. we're not loud to shoot video onshore, this is federal land owned by the army corps of
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engineers. they don't want the colony disturbed, even as they begin a culling operation killing 11,000 birds over four years. the bird problem is really a fish problem. they eat an estimated 11 million young salmon and steel head every year. >> do we really need to kill 11,000 of these birds? yeah, the short answer is yes. >> pretty barbaric, they're going to be shooting them over water with shotguns, shooting them at night from elevated platforms. >> we have two passengers on this bolt ride to east sand, one says shoot, one says stop. >> bob's organization has sued in federal court to prevent the culling. >> i don't think we should be killing native wildlife to -- when there are man made factors that are for more important.
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>> tom works for a tribal commission protects fish on the river, where 13 species of salmon and steel head of listed as threatened or endangered and where they mean so much to the areas indigenous people. >> the crater gave them salmon and they were asked to protect and honor, as well as eat the salmon. >> it all comes back to dams, the largely federally run hydroelectric system which can be deadly for small salmon heading downstream and mature salmon heading up stream. >> the kill is just one small part of an effort to comply with the he dangered species act to boost salmon survival and to address federal court rulings that agencies do more to protect fish and to show they're doing the right things. >> this is an action that's a part of a larger picture that's being done on a scale that perhaps people aren't used to,
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and is perhaps more visible because of the nature of what it is. >> salinger blames human beings and the hydroelectric system and says the birds are just scapegoats. >> don't we need some kind of management of wildlife? >> i think the primary focus needs to be the.coms. >> they say they spent $1.7 billion retrofitting dams. >> then i would say that the court says they haven't done enough. >> it's a painful step, but it is the next step. >> unless the birds get a stay of execution from the federal court, that killing could start within weeks. al jazeera near east sand island oregon. >> investigators are at a scene right now of a freight train derailment in texas. look at these live photos from cook county, new images of 17 train cars that went off the tracks this morning 60 miles north of dallas. that train was carrying materials that thankfully were not hazardous but four rail employees were injured.
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it appears that high winds and flooding were the cause of that derailment. >> the state of missouri has now set up a call center to hear from women who suspect that a hospital in st. louis actually stole their newborn children. this is a story that we've been telling you about this week. as diane esterbrook reports what happened to those children is more difficult to prove since the hospital shut down more than 30 years ago. >> homer g. phillips closed at a hospital 36 years ago but decades before that was a hospital that served mostly poor blacks here in st. louis. brenda stewart was an unwe had teen to came to the hospital to deliver a baby girl in june of 1964 but shortly after that baby was born, she was told it died. >> she came out i seen her move. she cried. they held her up at the end of the bed so i mean, were, you know, at the end of me, so i could see her. i seen her and then they took
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her over to the table and they started suctioning her out. they wrapped her in a blanket and once they wrapped her in the blanket, they went out the door. >> stewart is searching for records that will prove that her daughter is still alive and she is convinced that she is. al jazeera, st. louis. >> we'll have more of the interview with brenda tonight at 8:00 p.m. easter. >> finding survivors in nepal looking for heart beat, the new technology helping rescue workers find residents trapped under the rubble. stay tuned.
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>> on to the tech beat this morning. in disasters like the earthquake in nepal locating survivors is as time sensitive as it is challenging. new technology is making it easier by finding their heartbeat. we have this report. >> nepal is still reeling from a
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7.8 magnitude earthquake. it has claimed the lives of over 7,000 people. rescue workers continue to search for survivors with a new device developed by homeland security and nasa called finder, finding individuals is being used on the ground. it can detect a heartbeat under mounds of rubble and is credited with saving the lives of four survivors trapped under 10 feet of debris. the technology was developed to help scientists find live on other planets. earlier this year, there was a firsthand experience in virginia. >> disasters are a gruesome fact of life. it's those responders first on the scene who make a life-saving difference. >> when we finally hit the ground, we're gathering intelligence to figure out how
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bad bad is. a lot of people we find are seriously injured. it's a time factor. >> as part of the homeland security, we have fema, which oversees the urban search and rescue team. they wanted ability to go to any location disaster and look at a given rubble pile or collapsed building and determine whether there was somebody alive in there. >> a team travels dom industry and internationally to disaster sites. they put finder to the test at their virginia test site. >> all right. i think i got it from here. i'm going to climb into the rubble pile and hopefully they'll be able to detect my heartbeat from there. >> the first responders go in teams of two usually, one holds the laptop, sets it down on the ground about 10 or 20 feet in front of the rubble.
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[ beeping ] >> it's working. >> that's a real good hit. >> i'm pretty enthusiastic about this one with that the goal of finder that i'm hoping is that it will speed the process up. i'm calling the rescue squad here and have them start the process. >> it's another tool in the tool box and i think will revolutionize how search and rescue is done. >> the device is proving to be a useful tool in nepal. i'm in los angeles for al jazeera. >> you can watch tech know today. >> an update on a story we've covered here, that's facing a new backlash over k comes concerned about the environmental impact have caused their stock to plunge.
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erica pitzi has more. >> these single serve cups are everywhere, available in practically every flavor of your favorite coffee. you can brew dunkin' donuts. >> and for a while, you could even brew your own special blend, using the reusable my k. cup. that ended with a new model in 2014 and anyone using the reusable cups was cut off. >> i was a little disappointed and i guess bitter with keurig for doing this. >> it was the only official solution for consumers worried about the waste the machines generate. 10 billion k. cups are sold around the world every year, they could circle the globe more than 12 times. virtually all of those end up in landfills. this year, an on line video went viral depicting a k-cup monster destroying the earth because the current cups are not recyclable. on line petitions garnered
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100,000 signatures demanding the company to create a recyclable k. cup. when we met up with one of the men who in vented this phenomenon, he told us he wishes he never created it. >> if i could turn back the clock and look at what happened, this will be a problem 20 years from now, i would have done it a different way. >> it's not just about the environment without the reusable option. k comes come at another cost. a pound of ground coffee costs $12 versus k-cup that comes out to nearly $50. whether blow back for the waste or because the new model does not work with the old products, the impact is being felt. the company's stock fell by almost 10% after announcing a drop of more than 20% in first quarter sales. c.e.o. brian deli responded wednesday saying we heard loud and clear from consumers who really wanted the my k-cup back.
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we underestimated the passion the consumer had for this. we student have taken it away, we're bringing it back. >> deflection about deflate gate. tom brady is declining to talk about a recent investigation that said he likely new about the underinflated footballs used in the a.f.c. championship. while speaking last night, he said he will address the issue soon and that the report absolutely does not taint their recent superbowl victory. patriots owner robert kraft said the report lacks hard evidence. >> speaking of sports, it atime to make room in the history books for alex rodriguez, the yankees slugger passed willie mays on the all time home run list. last night he hit a shot marking his 661st home run. the yankees will not pay rodriguez a $6 million bonus because they say it's not exactly marketable with
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>> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. prime minister david cameron has won a stunning new term in power. many polls before the vote suggested the election was too close to call, but the conservatives have emerged with a slim majority in parliament. let's look closer at the results. david cameron's conservatives have at least 326 seats enough to give them control of parliament. the labour party so far has 230 seats, is projected to have far below expectations. the leader will step down. the liberal democrats have won only eight seats so far. they're projected to finish the count with 10. david cameron talked about his
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party's big win. >> in short i want my party and i hope a government i would like to lead to reclaim a mantel that we should never have lost, the man tell of one nation, one united kingdom. that is how i will govern if i'm fortunate enough to form a government in the coming days. >> prime minister cameron last hour left 10 downing street for buckingham palace. he is asking the queen permission to form a government as per tradition. the british tap laid chiming in on the election results. the cone serve active sun says swinging the blues. the daily mirror asks the question, five more damned years? >> lawrence is in london. lawrence, was anyone expecting these results? >> well certainly not the daily mirror. i don't think in their wildest
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dreams the conservatives could have possibly imagined that by lunch time the day after david cameron could have gone and met the queen. he's done that and gone back to downing street now. no opinion poll in the last five weeks suggested anything like this at all. we were told there would be a messy coalition and this new era in politics. the labor vote collapsed the u.k. independence party which wants britain to withdraw from the european union got votes but only one seat in parliament. labour party the liberal democrats and ukip leaders all resigned within an hour of each other this morning. in england the conservative party has an open road ahead and mandate to carry on with its economic program. here's what ed millibrand had to say this morning.
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>> now it's time for someone else to take over the leadership of this party. i'm tendering my resignation. i want to do so straight away, because the party needs on open and honest debate about the right way forward without constraint. >> this is now the fascinating thing about this split inside u.k. politics. it's not between left and right anymore, labor and conservatives. it's between an england that voted right wing or for ukip and scotland which entirely voted for the scottish national party on a campaign of more powers for the poor, less austerity and a program left of the labour party. the dividing line in the u.k. is a right wing england and leftwing scotland. in westminster that's difficult, they're locked out of
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power. they if they don't get anything they want, might start to say it's time for another independence referendum from the u.k. >> thank you lawrence. >> a helicopter crash in pakistan killed ambassadors from the philippines and norway and the wives from norway and indonesia. it went down 185 miles from islamabad. six people died, including the pilots. let's go live in islamabad. the pakistani taliban has issued a statement claiming they shot down this helicopter. is there any evidence or confirmation of this claim? >> well, the military has rejected that, even though the tag ban pakistan statement was very quick to send a note to the
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media outlet saying that the shoulder-fired missile was fired to bring down the helicopter that the intended target was the prime minister. however, the military is now saying that there was no such incident, and that this was totally because of technical reasons. >> the prime minister who you refer to there was in a different aircraft, but they were all traveling to the same place. where were all these diplomats going and what has cherif's reaction been? >> well, there were other projects that he was supposed to inaugurate. the diplomats were supposed to be there to see the prime minister and because the pakistani foreign minister had taken them on a four day tour of the north the diplomats were supposed to join the prime minister at a resort.
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now apparently, after the prime minister heard the news of the helicopter crash he decided to fly back to islamabad. he has now declared a day of mourning for tomorrow, which is saturday and of course, has asked the air force to bring back the bodies of those diplomats killed on that helicopter, as well as the wounded that have been treated in a hospital in the capitol of the province. >> thank you. >> italy's navy is trying to figure out why doors were locked on a boat that sank off the coast of libya killing up to 800 people. the wreckage was just found in the mediterranean. officials say hundreds of bodies seemed to be on the ship. stephanie decker is live this morning in italy. what efforts are happening to try to recover those bodies, if any? >> well, actually the message from the prosecutor, he gave that press conference that
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they're hoping not to have to raise the boat out of the water. they want to try and terminate this investigation to establish whether those doors were locked had to do with the two men they have in custody, one the captain of the ship and the other helping him. they ideally would not want to raises the boat, leaving the bodies to rest as they were. he was clear about that. he warned journalists, he said please don't chase these images, because they have images of hundreds of bodies on the boat. he said to respect the dignity of those who died. >> how long could this investigation into this locked cargo hold take? >> >> we asked him that question and he said he hopes to conclude it soon. he did say days to weeks so it's a situation on going. they have the images, the boat sent down a robot 370 meters below the surface will be coming into a different port this week,
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later today giving more technical information. they'll be processing all this material, they have of course also been speaking to survivors. they'll be then looking at the bigger picture to try and see exactly what happened. there are also, they've seen the boat has two dentist on it on the front which it and also to the left side where it crashed into a massive marching ship trying to undertake the wreckage. all of these details before we can establish what happened and who is at fault. >> considered one of the worst maritime disasters in recent history in that region. stephanie decker live from italy, thank you. >> back in this country a court ruling is fueling criticism of the n.s.a.'s surveillance program. a federal appeals court ruled thirds to the bad luck collection of american phone records is illegal because it exceeds what congress authorized. the court did not stop the program. >> this is pretty enormous ruling today for the court to hold that a program that the
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u.s. government was implementing for over a decade was unlawful under the law that congress passed. >> the court says congress should get the chance to decide what surveillance activities are permissible. as part of the debate about reauthorizing the patriot act. the co director of the liberty and national security program at new york university's brennan center joins us this morning to talk a little bit more about that. thanks for coming in. this ruling stops short of saying this practice is unconstitutional. it did not stop the program. what impact does it really have? >> well, it has a huge impact, even so, so the court decided on the narrow grounds that it doesn't actually comply with the law that's supposed to caught rise it, which is normal for courts. they will take the narrowest way to their preferred resolution -- >> but the aclu sued for unconstitution at. >> and the grounds that it
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violated the statute. completely normal for the court to have decided it on the statutory grounds. i think most legal commentators have said it is a correct ruling. what does it mean for the congressional efforts is of course the more interesting issue. you have right now basically three options on the table the first is to authorize the law just as it is. that becomes very difficult in light of the court ruling, saying this program's been illegal from the beginning. the second is the option of simply letting the authority that's in the patriot act expire, which it will do at the end of this month unless congress takes an affirmative step. the third option is a reform effort, which has been led by, you know, it's a bipartisan effort, and you have -- it has strong support in the house of representatives, a bill has come out of committee and is expected
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company come to the court for a vote. >> would it in form it in a way to make these activities legal or make clear that it is i will liam? >> what it would do is con stain these activities. the basic argument is that the way it's been interpreted by the government is all phone records of americans are relevant to investigation. >> whether they are suspected of criminal activity or not and that's the key. >> that's exactly right. >> senator marco rubio who is a presidential contender said yesterday were there another attack on the country congress would regret not authorizing practices like this. what do privacy advocates have to say about that? >> it's not just a question of privacy advocates it's a question of two independent review panels who looked at this program, one appointed by the president himself and one the privacy and civil liberties oversight board charged by congress with looking at these
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programs. both of these boards have found that the program has been ineffective in preventing any terrorist attacks and all it does is creates this vast repository of data about innocent americans that have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. i think that's a little grand standing there. >> however does this ruling go exonerating edward snowden? >> obviously it doesn't have direct implication on edward snowden's position. >> symbolically? >> i it shows the results of what he put in motion, but he has revealed a lot of information that doesn't relate to this program, as well. >> thank you so much for coming in this morning. great to see you. >> a defense democratic audit has reportedly found pentagon employees used government credit cards to gamble and pay for
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adult entertainment. according to milt co civilian and military employees charged more than $1 million in las vegas and atlantic city. a pentagon official says they have taken disciplinary action and employees must pay for their personal charges june the u.s. military has started training syrian rebels to take on isil. about 90 members of opposition groups the u.s. consider moderates are part which the first group being trained right now in jordan. a second group will also be trained soon. >> as syrian rebels battle forces loyal to bashar al assad the pentagon said the first foreign trained forces will soon be ready toified saying the more than 37 who volunteered the first 90 to make it through the vetting process are now being trained. not to overthrow assad but retake syrian territory held by isil.
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>> many are motivated by the fact that isil has taken over and mistreated the places from which they came, and so their commitment is something that we have a very good idea of as part of the vetting process. >> pentagon sources say the initial 90 recruits are being trained in neighboring jordan and another group of anti isil fighters will soon begin training in turkey. the pentagon says training and equipping a force is a long term project and months if not years away. >> we still have the fundamental challenge of finding moderate syrian opposition, men, to train to be a stabilizing influence over time and other diplomats there's the issue of finding moderate syrian opposition to establish a political structure to which the military force that
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we're building cab responsive. >> while the pentagon said it's training anti ice i will forces, the u.s. could supply airstrikes to soldiers fighting government troops. >> their mission is to fight isil so that's the combat we expect them to get involved in. we do expect to support them in that regard. if they are attacked by regime forces, we would help them. >> the pentagon said the syrian president looks increasingly desperate as his forces loose momentum. >> i believe the situation is trending less favorably for the regime. if i were him i'd find the opportunity to look to the negotiating table. >> the syrian government has face add string of losses,
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particularly in northwestern idlib province. though assad has acknowledged the recent battlefield setbacks, speaking to supporters at a school in damascus, he insisted the ups and downs were normal and that the war was not lost. al jazeera want pentagon. >> the war in yemen and iran's growing influence in the middle east are on the agenda today as secretary of state john kerry meets with arab leaders in paris. earlier, he commented the end of fighting in word war two. he will told talks prepping for a white house summit with gulf leaders next week. >> a bill to law congressional input on any nuclear agreement with iran is heading to the house after it passed 98-1 in the senate thursday. the white house says president obama will sign the legislation which has bipartisan support. talks between the u.s., five other countries and iran resume next week in vienna.
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>> a topical called commander has been killed by a u.s. drone strike in yemen. the u.s. monitoring group said he died last month. he has appeared in several al-qaeda videos, including one in which he he said the group was behind the january attack on charlie hebdo magazine in paris. military officials in yemen have not yet confirmed his death. >> one of the youngest detainees to be held at guantanamo is free. a judge released him despite canada's government trying to stop that from happening. he will have a curfew, wear a tracking bracelet and have supervised access to the internet. thursday was hills first day of freedom since he was 15. >> there's nothing i can do about the past, but i hope the future, i can do something about the future. freedom is way better than i thought, and the canadian public so far has been way better than i end. >> at a u.s. military commission
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in 2010, he pled guilty to killing an american officer in afghanistan. now every says he made the admission to get out of guantanamo. >> on the agenda today president obama begins his day talking trade at the nike headquarters in oregon. then he'll visit south dakota, the only state he has not been to since taking office approximate deliver the commencement address at a community college. there is a preliminary hearing today for the florida man who caused a security scare after landing a helicopter on the white house lawn. he said he was delivering letters protesting congress. >> germany will hold a crisis meeting to always refugees coming into the country. authorities are complaining about a lack of funding to house them. >> desperate hungry and risking it all the next part of the journey facing migrants once they make it to europe. we'll talk to the host of the new show "compass." >> thousands was san francisco
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residents are being pushed out of their homes, we'll have what the city is trying to do about it.
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on the job after being shot last weekend. moore and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. >> an investigation is underway in tax at the site of a train derailment. 17 cars went off the tracks north of dallas, carrying materials that were not hazardous. four rail employees were injured. it appears high winds and flooding were to blame. >> a construction crew will begin installing steel spikes on the white house fence opinion they will be snapped into place at the top of the existing fence. they'll stick outward to prevent people from trying to jump over. recent fence jumpers prompted calls for added security. >> 50,000 people have reached europe by sea this year, risking their lives to escape wars in their home countries. nearly 30,000 arrived via italy. sheila traveled for her new show to investigate what that is to
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them once they land. the hardships don't end once they get to italy. what did you find? >> the conditions are very harsh. their journey doesn't end in italy. the migrants especially from syria, making up the single largest national group and the reason we focused on syrians they know benefits in italy are not as good in countries further to the north. the game in europe, because of european law is that if you are identified, your picture taken and finger prohibits are taken in the country where you first arrive in europe, that's where you have to make your asylum claim. the objective is to get out of italy without having been identified by italian authorities. the italian authorities can't handle that sheer number of people. everyone wants to push north and go to germany or sweden, where they know that there is more generous provisions and where they may have family already living.
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>> i remember the first time i got it. >> in sicily and across the sea migrants know her as the voice of the mediterranean. her phone number in their pockets as they begin the perilous crossing, they're a lifeline to the italian coast guard. >> last august, there were 17 boats at sea and eight were calling my mobile. eight boats and each of them was calling 20 or 30 times until they were all rescued. >> born in morocco she dead indicates her life to helping the thousands of syrians who now cross the mediterranean each year. >> it's not easy. many times, i don't sleep for days but my life compared to the lives of thousands of people is simply nothing. it is something that i have to keep doing. i cannot stop. >> she's there to greet them when they arrive in the local
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train station intercepting refugees before they are preyed upon again by human traffickers. >> each one of these refugees has paid thousands of dollars just to make it this far. the going rate is about $2,000 ahead, regardless of age. there are smugglers lurking here now, looking for more refugee money. >> the syrians including so many small children she has gathered were rescued the same day as a deadliest ship wreck to date on the mediterranean. hundreds of migrants drowned.
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what they are trying to do is to give what the public institutions are not providing. >> what she is doing is pushing the boundary of the law she has been accused of aiding and abetting illegal immigration charges later dismissed. >> they understood that i'm a human rights activist, not a human trafficker. >> for would be asylum seekers the med crossing is just one stage of their journey. >> for those that make the journey, there is no question that crossing the mediterranean is the most perilous part of their trip. by no means is that the end of the voyage. for many especially the syrians
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they want to get out of italy and get to northern europe where they have family and friends. in order to do that, they have to leave italy undocumented, without having their fingerprints taken. that sets off a game of cast and mouse. >> sheila, they are really between a rock and a hard place. your investigation is part of compass, a brand new show beginning this week. tell us more about it. >> compass is a single subject half hour, dedicated to the larger ideas of foreign policy, a very big word, but we're going to try very hard not to be very wonky. we're going to look at the stories through people. this story examines the big question of asylum and what to do about syria and the war in syria, we focus on the people who have had to leave their homes. there are now more than 3 million, some say 4 million living outside the borders of that country as refugees.
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that's the direct result of four years of war. we go on to ask the question, what could and should the united do. >> really looking forward to the program, thanks for joining us this morning. you can watch the series premier with sheila macvicar this sunday at 9:30 eastern right here on aljazeera america. >> death in venice beach police in california kill an unarmed homeless man prompting more questions about the use of lethal force. >> it's back to earth for a russian spacecraft that's been hurdling back to earth since its launch.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. pam stan is looking at what caused a helicopter crash willingkilling ambassadors.
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pakistan's military said six died, including the pilots. >> italy's navy is trying to figure out why doors were locked on a boat that sank last month killing up to 900 people off the coast of libya last month. the wreckage was just found in the mediterranean. hundreds of bodies seem to be on the ship. >> british prime minister david cameron has met with queen elizabeth and gotten approval to form a government. his conservative party won a surprising victory. many polls suggested the election was too close to call. >> i've just been to see her majesty, the queen and i will now form a majority conservative government. i've been proud to lead the first coalition government in 70 years, and i want to thank all those who work so hard to make it a success. >> scottish journalist mark has contributed to the sunday london
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times, the guardian and lon to know times joins us this morning. >> good morning. >> to talk a very exciting election night. >> it was indeed. >> i know you were up all night. every poll said it was going to be a tight election, they were going to have to govern as a coalition and here the conservatives are in power. what went right for them? >> what went right is that david cameron has a track record clearly at prime minister. whether you agree with his policies, it's been an effective government. heette milliband didn't connect with the people. clearly, this is a huge victory for david cameron under the system, and, you know, he has a small majority, and whether he can make that work effectively enough will be interesting to see, but there's no denying this is a massive victory for cameron
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and his party. challenges lie ahead with europe, with scotland. >> the european union cameron had said during his campaign were he to win, he would hold a referendum on whether the u.k. should remain part of the e.u. >> sort of, kind of, maybe. >> he kind of said that. >> i remain skeptical about whether the u.k. would ever leave the e.u. the financial markets have warned them that it would be financial be suicide for the city of london, for the u.k.'s financial industry, for, you know so i'm skeptical but he did promise it. he will kind of have to deliver it. he says he will renegotiate britain's -- the terms in which britain is in europe. >> right. >> and then hold a referendum. >> he may hedge a little approximately we'll take a vote on this later. part of the reason for labor's lost was the number of votes for
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the scottish party a landslide within scotland. did this point to a potential breakup from the united kingdom. this is the party that encouraged the he referendum vote on whether scotland should be independent last year. >> what is more likely in the short to medium term is a quasi federal u.k. cameron has gone vague about it, governing for the whole of the u.k., but boris johnson seen as a possible future conservative leader. >> the former mayor of london. >> yes just back into the house of commons. also the foreign secretary bolt used the federal word in the last two hours, talking about a federal solution to keep the scots happy. i think the u.k. is moving more and more towards a federal quasi federal system. they'll come up with a new name for it, because they have ideological issues with a federal system, a federal name, but that is why you have 56
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scottish federal m.p.s arguing for more you a to know knee in scotland. it possibly leads to another referendum, i don't know, but i can see touch times forrical ran negotiating with 56 scottish nationals in the next few years. i think that can get quite frosty. >> ukip, the nationalist party only one won seat bethey got 13% of the overall volt. can you explain how that happens? >> it's a first pass before system under proceduressal representational system like a more european system, they would have more seats but i don't see that changing, because the party pushing p.r. has always been the liberal democrats and they were the biggest losers last night they were by far the biggest losers. they really went off a cliff. that's who lost most of the votes, but big night for cameron, for scottish national party. i think europe and scotland gets
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very interesting for cameron in the next few years. >> mark, thank you soth. >> pleasure. >> nice to meet you. >> new questions over the police shooting of a home lass man in los angeles. he was black and unarmed. the police say there was a struggle, but the chief of the lapd says he has serious doubts enough that the shooting was justified. >> a makeshift memorial in venice beach california, candles flowers and a photograph remembering the life of a young homeless man shot and killed by los angeles police tuesday night. >> to shoot a young black kid who's so troubled and who just wants his mom so i brought my mother's day flowers. >> the examiner's office identified the man as brendan glenn. friends described him as a kind man struggling with addiction. hours before the shooting, staff at the teen project say he visited the shelter. >> he was at group and he was
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crying and upset and, you know, in a pretty low place. >> two officers confronted glenn after they saw him struggling with a person on the sidewalk. when the officers approached and tried to detain glenn, one of the officers opened fire. >> i heard two clacks. they weren't really quick. i was like what was that, and all i see is this dude fall to the ground. >> the officers were not wearing body cameras but there is video from nearby surveillance cameras. l.a. police chief charlie beck told reporters he reviewed the foot only and is very concerned about the circumstances surrounding the shooting. >> anytime an armed person is shot by los angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that. i have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point. >> beck's comments have been criticized by the president of the los angeles police protective league, the union
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representing l.a.'s rank and file police officers. a statement released to al jazeera said: >> i think it's important that the chief does take a position of concern. >> earl hutchinson is a community activist and president of the los angeles urban policy round table. >> i would expect now anytime you have a questionable shooting and this was certainly questionable that the police chief would make that kind of statement. now, having said that, the next question logical question is now that the chief that expressed concern how is it going to translately out into action. >> so many recent deadly police encounters involving young black men have led to nationwide protests and reignited a national debate over race
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relations and the use of force. lapd chief said while the investigation is still in the early stages, at this point he doesn't believe it was motivated by race. hutchinson disagrees. >> police officials never think race is a factor and that's always what police chiefs and officials always say but there's one thing we can't get around. you look at the pattern of shootings, misconduct, deadly force, use of deadly force over excessive force almost always, the victims are young african-american males almost always unarmed. >> six rights activists are call on the lapd to let them review the surveillance foot only to see for themselves what happened in the last moments of brendan glenn's life. al jazeera venice, california. >> attorney general loretta lynch is going along with a request from the mayor of baltimore launching a new investigation into the city's
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police department in the wake of freddie gray's death. john henry smith is here. what would we expect a formal announcement on this? >> according to reports, loretta lynch says that she could make a formal announcement today. as she explained to congress this week, she tells compelled to get involved. >> a week after being sworn in as attorney general, loretta lynch made it clear that baltimore was on the justice democratic's radar. >> when there are allegation of wrongdoing made against individual officers and police departments, the department of justice has a responsibility to examine the evidence and if necessary, to help them implement change. >> baltimore has invited lynch to launch an investigation into the patterns and practiceles of the cities police department. that type of investigation differs from the civil rights investigations that follow police shootings in ferguson, missouri and cleveland. >> at the end of this process, i will hold those accountable if
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change is not made. >> while i was in baltimore on tuesday, i met with the mayor law enforcement officials and community faith and youth leaders. i spoke with an officer who had been injured amidst the violence and in heard a number of ideas. >> freddie gray's injury in a police van and subsequent death has already resulted in violent unrest and the indictment of six officers involved in his arrest. the city of baltimore had already been voluntarily participating in adjusts democratic review. >> although the city has made significant strides in their clap are a active reform efforts with the community oriented police be services office, i have not ruled out the possibility that more may need to be done. >> the justice democratic investigation could take several months. >> when the investigation is complete, history suggests that it will yield a report detailing the justice democratic's findings, and recommendations for change. stephanie. >> busy first couple of weeks on
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the job for loretta lynch. thank you. >> new details this morning into a listeria outbreak involving blue bell ice cream. an investigation finds the company learned about the bacteria problem two years ago alleging blue bell did an inadequate job cleaning its oklahoma factory after the problem was revealed. the government found holt violation little at two other manufacturing plants. blue bell recalled all of its products last month. >> on the healthbeat, a warning about an alarming jump in the number of hepatitis c. cases. the c.d.c. said rates are up across the u especially in rural areas of kentucky, tennessee virginia and west virginia. cases in that he is areas tripled between 2006 and 2012. health officials say it's because of the rise in drug abuse, often spreading through contaminated needles. >> there is a potential of
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increasing invitro vert liesization using stem cells. the first baby using the procedure was born in canada a few weeks ago. time magazine reported exclusively on the birth of the baby, who you see here. the treatment is not available in the u.s. yet. >> san francisco has some of the highest repeats in the country due to an influx of wealthy workers. it's caused ejections to go up, too, which means thousands of long time residents are fighting to keep their homes. lisa bernard reports. >> san francisco residents take to the streets of the city they consider home, but fear they will have to leave. >> we will fight oh to stay, don't take our rights to live away. >> rents are skyrocketing here, a result of the latest tech boom. one landlord asked a tenant for a rental increase of 400 percent. headlines every day about the
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complicated housing policies that are leading to confrontations vices lawsuits, headaches and heartaches. claudia is caught in the crosshairs. she has lived in a san francisco neighborhood rich with la taken know culture for nine years. soon after a new owner bought the building, she received an eviction notice. >> i had an instant panic and i started looking at wow, i have 120 days to move. i need to find a place right away. >> she's not the only one. the san francisco rental board said the number of eviction notices filed with the board has gone up 55% in the past five years. her new landlord works for google. he did not responsibility to our attempts for comment. it's a common story here where the tech economy is bringing in new residents and big sums of money. >> under the ellis act can't he
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buy a building and decide he's going to move into it and evict the tenants? >> with the ellis act the ellis act, yes, he can say that i'm a tired landlord and may no longer want to rent. >> managing 2400 rental units he said the city benefits from the new money pouring into the tax base, restaurants and businesses. >> if google gets to a point they can't house their employees, they're going to loose. san francisco and the state of california can't have has that happen. >> san francisco mayor welcomes the new residents but says he is trying to keep current residents here too. >> now we're attempt to go make sure that the property owner, as well as the 10ants get some arbitration about their on going disputes. >> are there policies that you could implement before it gets to arbitration? >> well, of course. i think for example, we are he is spousing very strongly that
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we need neighborhood stabilization, we want property owners that recognize there's a value in long term tenant and landlord relationships. >> this is one of the solutions new housing construction, but most of these units will be for sale or rental at market rate. that won't alleviate the housing problem for people like claudia and others who are evicted and can't afford these or much else in the city. >> that's because she's used to paying $1,600 a month for her two bedroom rental controlled amount market rate for the same unit is now $3,000 to $4,000 a month. >> how can the person who owns the burrito shop continue to afford to live in that neighborhood? >> i don't know how to answer that, because we've got 30 years of bad housing policies. >> claudia agrees on that point. she is fighting her eviction in court. >> i feel this eviction is more
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than just, you know, me leaving my home, it's leaving my way of life. >> she knows her neighborhood is attractive to the people moving into san francisco precisely because of its dynamic culture that she said she helped build with the in tent that her little boy would grow up right here. lisa bernard, al jazeera, san francisco. >> on the money beat this morning, new numbers just showing a rebound for jobs in april. let's go straight to practice trisha with details. >> fortunately the economy did manage to clear the bar adding 223,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate ticked down slightly to 5.4%, the lowest level since may 2008. it ticked down for the right reasons, because the number of people participating in the labor force ticked up slightly, so all good there. we added 45,000 construction
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jobs. that's very good news, construction jobs, solid middle class, well paying jobs is the kind of jobs we want the economy to create. mining jobs declined by 15,000. that's really the impact that you're seeing of lower oil prices and even though oil prices have stabilized somewhat, we're seeing the effects of that, because oil extraction is part of that mining number. now, the big thing that we always want to look at, though is average hourly wages. average hourly wages picked up to $24.87. that increase is really not quite enough. we want to see them pick up two two and a half to 3%. then the economy will really start accelerating the way we want to see it. >> ok. thank you. >> lumber liquidators is suspending the sales of all chinese made laminate flooring.
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the move comes after 60 minutes report alleged the imported flooring had high levels of formaldehyde. it is being investigated. lumber liquidators said all the flooring it sells is safe but is reviewing the issue. >> the fitness tracking company is trying to raise $100 million in its initial public offering, selling more than 10 million of its wearable fitness bands in the last year. the competition is strong from other makers of these sorts of devices. >> we're looking at a story making news on drug maker johnson and johnson launched a pilot program to help patients get drugs not yet approved by the f.d.a. the panel will evaluate requests for experimental medication. johnson and johnson and the f.d.a. will get the final say. they hope the panel will save
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lives. go to to read more on the story. >> leaning toward local music. ♪ some in the philippines are being pushed to play more native artists on the radio.
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>> weeknights on al jazeera america. >> join me as we bring you an in-depth look at the most important issues of the day. breaking it down. getting you the facts. it's the only place you'll find... the inside story. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". weeknights, 11:30 eastern. on al jazeera america. >> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:52 eastern, taking a
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local today's top stories we're getting new pictures of the devastation in the wake of three tornadoes in texas. two touched down in one county and less than an hour later another hit new fair view. there are reports of flooding and hail. forecasters expect more storms through the weekend. >> today is the 70th 70th anniversary of the end of world war ii in europe. leaders met to mark victory in europe day. russia is holding a victory parade tomorrow. many countries are boycotting it over the fighting in ukraine. >> an american doctor cured of ebola found the virus in his eye weeks later. he was treated and declared virus free but doctors discovered it was still lurking in his eye after he complained of pain and vision problems. doctors are calling for regulations to ensure eye checkups for ebola survivors. >> the first named storm of the 2015 hurricane season is
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drifting toward south carolina this morning. sub tropical storm anna is 160 miles off the coast approaching with 45-mile per hour winds. it is expected to bring heavy rains and winds to the carolinas and verge over the weekend. >> on the science beat, a russian spacecraft that had been spinning out of control plunged into the pacific ocean today. it was headed to the international space station with food and supplies. most of the ship burned up in the atmosphere. the rest fell to earthly. nasa is investigating why the craft loft control. >> the end may be in sight for the decade to finish the last film by or son wells. the other side of the wind has been considered a masterpiece on par with citizen contain. he died before it could be edited. a crowd funding campaign has been launched to rate $2 million to resume work on the film by this summer.
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>> on the culture beat this morning, musicians in the philippines are protecting their culture, putting their weight behind a new law they hope will make it easier to compete with western music. we have more from manila. >> last couple of minutes of the show here we go. something from owl city. >> these d.j.'s host one of the most famous shows in the philippines. if they don't play four local songs each hour, they would be disobeying to government order. >> our job is to play what people want to hear. it is the right image for our station? right now it's pretty hard to say. >> as musically declined at philippines are, there is music that is sold to the general public. >> many put it down to a notion that if it's foreign it must be better. western music is played so much here that only a quarter of
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music royalties go to local composes. the majority goes to foreign artist the. local musicians feel a lack of support from music supporters. some want to see stronger government measures to protect homegrown music and are pushing for a law to give radio stations tax incentives to play locally produced songs. >> we have to meet somewhere else, somewhere in between that is beneficial to them and we will also benefit. >> legislation can't guarantee local artists an audience. >> not something you can dictate to listeners. you can try to influence them, but in the end, we can try but the decision is with the public. >> these artists are singing about putting country first and they hope that eventually, law or not the country will learn to favor them ahead of others.
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al jazeera manila. >> coming up in just two minutes from doha, more on the election results from the u.k. where david cameron and his conservative party have won the right to rule for another five years. thanks for watching, have a great morning.
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>> welcome to another news hour from al jazeera. coming up, saudi-led airstrikes target houthi commanders after houthi forces shelled a border town in the kingdom. >> britain's david cameron declares victory in the general election causing three rifles to step down as leaders. inside south africa's gang culture, we speak to gang members who say there is