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daniel with al jazeera, santiago chile. as always you can keep up to date with all the news on our website, al get the latest on all the stories we are following. al >> one person killed and more than two dozen injured as dangerous storms swept through texas. coming up next with the the risk for severe weather that is still around the corner. >> i wish every day lord take him. >> a community mourns the death of two mississippi police officers shot and killed in the line of duty. four people now charged in connection with their deaths. >> and heavy bombing in yemen just a day before saudi arabia's proposed ceasefire is supposed to take effect.
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>> good morning to you you're washing aljazeera america. thanks so much for joining us, coming to you live, i'm morgan radford. damage and destruction on the ground this morning after powerful and violent storms their up and down the planes. dozens of residents were injured as one of those tornadoes southwest through. officials say one third of that entire town is destroyed. at least one person was killed in cisco texas. >> these are the first images out of van texas this morning after a tornado hit the area. about two dozen of injured. >> there goes the school! there goes the school! >> in lake city, iowa, a tornado
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ripped through a school rooftop shredding it into pieces as severe weather pushed through much of the midwest over the weekend. >> that is a tornado! >> from south dakota to cisco texas west of dallas. >> i lived in cisco for more than 10 years now and i haven't seen anything like this in a long time. >> homes ripped in half, telephone poles flat on the ground. the tiny farming town in south dakota was evacuated. >> we huddled in the basement in the bathroom, we said the lord's prayer and we felt the pressure and you could hear the bricks falling and we knew that it wasn't good. >> across some regions golf ball sized hail rained down on windshields. the national guard plucked people out of areas by helicopter including these stranded motorists hoisted to safety after rescuers couldn't get to them along the fence. >> as you watch this unfold. >> pretty nerve racking.
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>> al jazeera. >> we are still not out of the woods yet. there are more tornadoes and even flash floods are possibly on the way. let's bring in nicole mitchell. where are these things headed next. >> you had the flooding you talked about in texas. some of that tornado risk winds down a little. i'm not saying that there won't be some, but the area spread. all the way from illinois into texas and along that very same line, we have the thunderstorms causing severe weather, as well. you see all the pings on the map, those are different types of damage including flood concerns, as mentioned earlier just 26 different tornado reports out of just over 100 reports in general of all types. that's a high percentage of the
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storm reports being tornadic. still this morning all the areas you see in green those are flooding, the reds, the flash flooding, that means you're under it right now and you can see in central poression of texas we're still dealing with the severe weather risks even this morning. that extends through the course of the day. it's a slight risk versus some more elevated risks we see but look at how widespread that is. anywhere from the great lakes to texas as this front moves along. this is a widespread area. os the front continues the rain eventually moves to the northeast, better chances for that tomorrow. in texas, this is over the next couple days, the front lingers here, less of a chance for the severe weather but more of a chance for the flood concerns as all of that rain adds up. now this is good news-bad news. last year at this time, texas oklahoma widespread drought. that has really been eroded in this area, but too much at once definitely doesn't help.
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>> a lot happening at the same time. all right, nicole mitchell, thanks so much. >> former president jimmy carter is back in atlanta this morning after health problems forced him to return early from south america. the 90-year-old was in guyana to monitor today's national election. the carter center said he wasn't feeling well and decided to return home. staffers from the center stayed in guyana to observe that election. >> four people are due in a mississippi court today following saturday's killing of two police officers. 25-year-old la cory tate and benjamin dean were killed after a routine traffic stop, the first time a police officer was killed in the line of duty in hatisburg mississippi. >> if i could say to the people who did this to my son, i would let them know you took something very valuable away from me but i
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will still forgive you. >> he's been in our family and it sickened me to know something like this tragic has happened. >> a memorial is planned in hattiesburg this afternoon. two of the people charged have a criminal history. >> reports of heavy bombing in yemen this morning one day before a ceasefire is expected to take effect. exchanging fire onment border, there were no reports of casualties. over the weekend saudi-led airstrikes targeted the home of yemen's former president. let's bring in muhammed val live for us in riyadh. what happened to the ceasefire now, is it still on track to take effect? >> well, what we see are only signs of escalation. we see more fighting and we see the houthis once again shelling the saudi cities and for the saudis this is of huge concern and always is followed by
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intensification of airstrikes. the houthis have shelled near the border over the night and they have injured four people there and killed one expatriot according to the local authorities here in saudi arabia. also they renewed their shelling this morning in nisran. we have airstrikes in many parts of yemen including aden. all of these are signs of escalation. maybe the message the two sides want to send during the last 24 hours before the truce is if ever we accept the truce and respect it, it's not out of weakness or any feeling that we are defeated, but they want to say that on the contrary, this is a truce of choice, not necessity for them. >> it's interesting, you talk about the message they want to send and these signs of escalation as you called them,
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but there are also reports that saudi arabia sent tanks to the border between yemen and saudi arabia. what can you tell us about that? >> the official media here in saudi arabia talked about what they called a force being sent to the border, a huge reinforcement. we know saudi arabia has been marching its troops, they sent the elite force into the country just a couple of weeks ago. they have the air force is there, they have the land forces already there. myself, i was there on the border and i have seen how much, human troops and tanks they have there. now, they are sending this massive force as they have called it and that's another sign of escalation.
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>> you were on the border there as you mentioned and given what you've seen, should the u.s. be worried? there are reports that saudi arabia's king will not attend a meeting with president obama to really discuss the crisis that's happening in yemen so should the u.s. be concerned? >> well, i don't think so. saudi arabia's ties with the u.s. are strong. the secretary of state john kerry hall been here just a few days ago and the entire agenda of the talks has been agreed on between the two sides. they are sending the consulate the minister of the interior and deputy crown prince, minister of defense. the king in a statement by the -- in a statement that we have read today on the saudi press agency explains his absence by the fact that he wants to focus on the truce that
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is upcoming and humanitarian relief. he is going to inaugurate a center for humanitarian relief in yemen and that's the explanation they gave. we understand that it's not going to affect the talks between the saudis and the americans during the summit. >> all right joining us live from the saudi capitol of riyadh thanks for being with us this morninging. >> malaysia detained migrants who landed on their shore this week from the rohingya minority. many were in urgent need of medical care when they arrived. we have this report from kuala lampur. >> police confirmed that about 1,000 row ming something and bangladeshi migrants came ashore in the resort town last night. many of them were women and children and they were extremely hungry thirsty and in need of medical attention. the home minister here has not confirmed details yet but news
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agency is reporting that the boat these migrants were traveling on appears to be abandoned by the people smugglers, perhaps because of the crackdown on their activities by thai authorities. they have of course been cracking down on these so-called slave camps discovered on the thai side of the thai-malaysia border where mass graves were also discovered. this is not just a problem for malaysia. across the waters in indonesia authorities rescued 400 people, migrants that were trying to make their way off the coast of oche province. they expect an increasing number in the next coming days. the malaysia government has not reacted to this latest news of migrant arrivals, however have said that there are no slave
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camps in malaysia and no evidence of mass graves here, but they also believe that these migrants are not victims. they say that they have been cooperating with people smugglers to flee myanmar and do not consider the migrants to be victims of people smugglers. >> that's a report from kuala lampur. >> greece's financial future, the big topic at a meeting today at euro zone of finance ministers. they will talk about the financial aid for athens, just a day before the government is scheduled to pay $840 million to the international monetary fund. we have more from athens. >> the government in athens is sounding optimistic that it will reach a partial agreement 24 month with its main creditors the europein and international monetary fund. the consensus among financial experts is greece is now going
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through its last cash reserves. serious disagreements remain between greece and creditors on pensions, labor law and economic reform. if the talks in brussels do not go well, creditors will not give the greek government $8 billion in financial aid but it will still face bills worth $3.7 billion between now and the end of the month. in order to pay salaries, pensions and installments on its debt. scrape be that money together has proven difficult because greece hasn't received any financial aid from its creditors for the last nine months. state suppliers are no longer being paid and local government, pension funds and public trusts have been ordered to lend the government their bank deposits in order to prevent a default. >> south korea is expressing concern over a north korean missile test, a newly fired missile was fired from a submarine this weekend. kim jong-un said the nation has the capability of wiping out
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hostile forces in any waters. >> the technology is about striking in visibly from under the water but north korea wanted the world to see this launch presided over by kim jong-un. state media called it having a time bomb strapped to the enemy's back, the ability to fire a missile undetected from the seas. in seoul there was a flurry of high level meetings, the defense ministry calling the development a very concerning matter. >> we urge north korea to immediately stop developing this technology, which behinders the stability of this peninsula and northeast asia. >> in the past, north korea's fleet of small submarines has been used for in filtration attacks into south korean territory. there was an attack on a warship in 2010, killing 43 south korean sailors. the defense ministry would this
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test only appears to have lobbed the missile a short distance above the surface of the water. it is required for a rethink of south korea strategy to defend itself from a strike. >> a so called kill chain preemptively striking and incident every septemberors. >> they cannot detect that threat, have to find the sub and kill the sub before it launches any ballistic missiles. >> submarine movements are tracked in concert with its u.s. allies. there are still plenty of unknowns, whether north korea has sufficient subs of size and range to be a credible threat, whether it that managed to miniaturize a nuclear warhead
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for use on a missile these are concerns to its neighbors. >> mothers in missouri are asking questions that no mother should have to ask was their child sold to the highest bidder. the latest in our investigation into stolen children in st. louis. stay tuned.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it's monday morning and here's a look at today's top stories. in the philippines, two people have been killed after typhoon noel hit the coast. thousands have been moved to shelters. it is moving toward southern japan. there could finally be peace after years of war. this move could lead to charges for those involved in war crimes. >> about 2,000 people joined protests in burundi today despite a political ban an marches. it's the latest expression of anger about the president's bid for a third term in power. >> more women are coming forward in st. louis saying that someone at a local hospital stole and sold their newborn babies.
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we've been bringing you the latest on these allegations for the last week and here's what happened when diane esterbrook spoke with yet another potential victim. >> this 67-year-old grandmother and great grandmother wants only one thing this mother's day. >> i want my child. i want to be reunited with my baby that i should have been with almost 51 years. >> on june 24, 1964 just before this picture was taken 16-year-old stewart poor and unwed 20 to the former hospital in st. louis and gave birth to a baby girl. >> i seen her move. she cried. they held her um at the end of the bed, so, i mean where, you know at the end of me, so i could see her. >> but minutes later she says, hospital staff delivered devastating news. >> they say your baby's dead.
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my baby's not dead, you know and i just felt in my heart that she was not dead, and then when someone, i think it was a nurse she said you were too young to have a baby anyway, you know, and your parents just another mouth for them to have to feed. >> her story is similar to that of another woman who recently reunite with her daughter via skype 50 years after she thought her baby died at homer g. phillips. a d.n.a. test convinced jackson her daughter was alive. >> it came back 99.997, glory! i said that's my baby! >> the story has stunned and rivetted st. louis. >> we've got st. louis we received a call yesterday from france this one's from stock to know california, st. charles missouri. >> her attorney has received more than 70 calls this week from women as far away as france
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with stories strikingly similar to price's. he wants accountability. >> it remains my strong opinion that what happened to stiller jackson price an her baby 50 years ago could not have happened without criminality having occurred. period. >> the city's health department has stepped in, setting up a hot line so people can request records from the hospital that closed in 1979. acting director melba moore said her department hasn't started an investigation into the former hospital yet despite evidence price's child might have been taken illegally. >> shouldn't that prompt and investigation, just that one person? >> that warrants some additional investigation, yes to look for what -- the missing pieces, what happened. what are the records saying. >> brenda stewart combs through family pictures. >> this is my son larry he's the one i had him after denean.
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>> she never got a chance to take a picture of her child. she is now hopeful she will. >> do you think she's out there? >> oh, yeah, yeah. i think she's out there and i think, i know and i feel in my heart that god's going to grant me my wish. >> diane esterbrook, al jazeera st. louis. >> in today's science beat, mercury may be more like earth than anyone imagined. that's what new images suggest. they show the tiny plan knelt has a magnetic field as old as 4 billion years and suggests that mercuries magnetic pole may once have been as strong as earth's. >> learning from nature, scientists are using less sons from the environment to find new solutions to earth's problems, plus cuba's president said he may return to the catholic church. we'll tell you what provoked his
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spiritual shift, next.
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>> the cleanup is still going on outside a nuclear plant not for outside new york city. an oil spill happened at indian point. >> this plant is the nuclear plant that is closest to the most densely populated area on the globe. if something goes wrong here, it goes very wrong for a lot of people. >> that's new york governor andrew cuomo saying thousands of gallons of chemicals apparently overfloat the moat that surrounds that facility. the plant sits next to the hudson river just 40 miles from new york. >> the weekend fire did not release any radiation or pose a threat to workers or the public. >> cuban president raul castro met with pope francis this week and now says he may return to the catholic church. he visited the pope at the vatican on the way home from
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victory day celebrations in moscow. castro thanked the pope for his role in bringing washington and havana closer together. >> i said that if the pope continues to talk as he does, sooner or later, i will start operating again and return to the catholic church and i'm not kidding. the cuban communist party did not allow it, but it is allowed now. it is a step forward. >> he said the teachings have persuaded him to ache a softer line on religion and promised to attend a malls when the pope visits cuba in september. >> scientists are focusing on technologies that don't hurricane the earth for a sustainable future. >> in 1903 when orville and wilbur wright invented the plane, they looked to birds in particular pigeons for inspiration.
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likewise velcro was modeled after the tiny hooks found at the end of burs. mother nature has been engineering solutions to life's problems for billions of years and now a number which new companies realize that it's time to follow her lead. copying mother nature solutions to everything from stopping bacteria to mixing water could be just the thing to lead us out of the industrial revolution and into a new one. >> considered one of the leading forefathers of bio mimicry, this company manufactures a small device that can mix 10 million gallons of water. constant mixing of purified water is essential to keep bacteria from forming. >> the reason is because a ring vortex is frictionless. any energy put into that water if you get into the flow structure, you get this enormous benefit. if we reduce the amount of
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energy that municipalities have to use to mix that water we're able to reduce the chemical content by 85%. >> currently, 800 municipalities are using the pax mixer. the secret to this device's success can once again be found in nature, the shape inspired by the sea shell. >> did it surprise you that nature could be so efficient that it could be more clever than anything that we've thought up in all of our brilliance. >> we're heading toward a more sustainable future. if we look back in 30 years time we're going to say this was the time when the world changed from the industrial revolution approach to the bio mimicry approach. >> thanks so much for joining us this monday morning. it's our pleasure to have you with us live from new york city,
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>> a path of destruction as dozens of tornadoes tear throughment middle of the country. this one ripping the roof clear off a high school. >> fighting in yemen on the eve of a proposed ceasefire as gulf leaders come to the u.s. for key meetings with president obama. >> the commencement controversy what a high school principal said that emptied the auditorium and why some are now calling for her to be fired.
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>> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. millions of americans are waking up to destruction this morning after a trail of storms stretched its way across the plains. emergency crews are working this morning to clean up the devastation. >> they sure are stephanie. in van texas the damage ranges from destroyed homes to downed trees and power lines. 26 people are in the hospital after a severe storm ripped through the town. >> these are the first images out of van texas after a likely tornado hit the area. 27 people of injured. >> there goes the school! in lake city, iowa, a school rooftop was shredded into pieces
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as severe weather moved through the midwest. from south dakota to cisco texas west of dallas. >> i lived in cisco for 10 years now and i haven't seen anything like this for a long time. the tiny farming town was evacuated after a twister demolished this church. >> we huddled down and all got on our knees and said the lords prayer. we felt the pressure and you could hear the bricks falling and we knew it wasn't good. >> golf ball sized hail rained down on windshields. the national guard plucked people out of flooded areas by helicopter, including these stranded motorists on top of their pickup truck. they were." ed to safety after rescuers couldn't get to them along the fence. >> did you watch this unfold? >> pretty nerve racking. >> residents in dellmont, south dakota are being let back into the community for 10 hours today to assess their property. the school district there
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canceled all classes using school facilities as an emergency shelter. >> all right, thank you. residents are not out of the woods yet. more tornadoes and even flash floods possibly on the way. let's bring in nick might have. good morning. which areas may get hit next? >> it's a really long corridor today, widespread. less of a concern for the tornadoes and part of what we saw yesterday that was so dramatic only 125 reports but 26 were tornadic, so about 20% that's a very high percentage. other storm reports include wind and hail. here's where that line is now anywhere from illinois all the way back into texas. it's the southern edge of the line that still has more of the severe weather but heavy rain in the whole thing. the different pings reports coming in from yesterday, this morning the reports we've seen were hail so far but a number of reports including the tornadic oklahoma texas and another area around south dakota that we saw that.
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most of what we see on the hazards mat the greens, that is still flood concerns. in texas, severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect. most of that this morning has been hail. here's the widespread area. it's slight by large. anywhere from the great lakes all the way to the gulf coast we could be dealing with this today and then as the front progresses tomorrow, even less of a risk, so that's good, but the rain really centers over texas, so we could have a couple days of flooding rain once we get saturated from this currently event. >> this is a pretty severe system, nicole mitchell, thank you very much. >> in the philippines, two people have been killed after typhoon noel hilt the northeastern coast. hundreds of homes were damaged and thousand it is of people moved toiers there. we have more. >> at least 3,000 people were evacuated and moved to temporary shelters late last weekend in preparation for the arrival of typhoon noul. it is not as bad as expected.
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only two people were killed only, they were expecting more along coastal areas but in many places, power lines remain cut off, schools are still closed and a lot of homes in coastal villages have been destroyed. the typhoon arrived months earlier than expect, though typhoon noul brought rain to areas battered by the intense heat. twenty typhoons hit the philippines every year, the strongest was haiyan has killed more than 8,000 people and left millions more displaced. there are many questions as to how prepared the fill peepes is in responding to natural disasters like this one especially when it is ranked at one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change after asia pacific countries like tong go. >> four are due in court charged with the killings of two mississippi police officers. it is first time in 30 years a
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police officer has been killed in the line of duty in hattiesburg. morgan radford has the latest. >> that's right. cory tate and 34-year-old benjamin dean were killed at a routine traffic stop. family and friends are remembering their lives. >> i love you son. >> the mother of tate, grieving the death of her son. tate and officer benjamin dean gunned down during a routine traffic stop. >> i heard six loud gunshots. >> within hours of the shooting, three people were in custody. marvin banks and joni calendar way charged with capitol murder, marvin's brother curtis banks is charged with being an accessory the brothers have both been charged with crimes before. late sunday, a fourth suspect, cornelius clark was charged with obstruction of justice. residents of hattiesburg
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mississippi shared songs and paper sunday night at a vigil for the two officers. >> two felonies were committed and we need to grieve with the families and for them. >> officer dean was a member of the k9 team. dean was a new officer of the force. >> i'm on the please democratic, that's my dream. >> i said yep sure is. >> a public memorial service for the two officers is planned for later today. >> morgan, thank you. >> since 2012, thousands of people taken to jail in baltimore were turned away because they were too sick or injured, according to the baltimore sun. the newspaper reviewed records of the city detention center. over the course of three years corrections officers refused 26 hyundaitainees from police for health reasons. the documents that don't
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indicate the nature of the injuries or illnesses. >> a temporary ceasefire is set to go into effect in yemen but there has been an uptick in fighting leading up to the pause. saudi arabia sent tanks to its border with yemen. hours earlier the kingdom and houthi rebels exchanged fire. saudi-led airstrikes targeted the home of yemen's former president. witnesses say residents were hurt in the attack. one key player will be missing at the talks the saudi king. we have this report from the capitol, riyadh. should the u.s. be worried about king salman's absence from the meeting? >> probably not because secretary of state john kerry has been here in riyadh just a few days ago and all the issues
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have been agreed between the two sides or another. the meeting in paris after that in which the agenda was discussed. he is going to inaugurate a center here in saudi arabia to coordinate and channel humanitarian aid. we understand that also we have some report that is even the kingful bahrain may not attended the summit. all of this is not worrying to anyone here. they think what matters is the two sides the american side and the gulf countries agree on a major agenda there including security by the way that there is talk about a huge security agreement between the two sides particularly between saudi arabia and the u.s. also reassurances that have already been given by the u.s. to the gulf countries about iran
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that any deem will not mean that iran will be given a free hand to be able to produce a nuclear weapon. all the assessment here is that the absence of king salman and even if the king of bahrain does not come will not be of concern. >> it is being portrayed here by certain media outlets as a snub. you talk about the ceasefire going into effect. how committed are both sides to this truce? >> the signs we have are of escalation not deescalation. saudi arabia is accepting a massive force to the border. we know it has not amassing troops there and tanks and artillery and he ever r. over the last several weeks. they are adding to it and shelling across the border. the houthis have shelled the border there.
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there is an escalation in the airstrikes and intensity of airstrikes on the houthi strong hold have saada that took place. the houthis can now boast if indeed they have been able to down a more rock can fighter jet, which is partly of the coalition airstrikes in yemen reports there that they have downed a fighter jet over the night near the area of saada and they could say that even now even that the truce is coming up, they are accepting it not because they are weak or defeated, but it's a matter of choice for them. they want a chance for peace. >> muhammed, thank you. >> the central african republic could see peace after two years of war. ten rival groups there signed an agreement over the weekend agreeing to lay down arms. the move could lead to war
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crimes charges for those involved. >> south korea's urging north korea to stop development of a submarine launched ballistic missile. it was test fired over the weekend. it's a move that has south korea concerned. >> south korea is certainly taking this news seriously. that can be seen with the meetings that have been taking place monday. the ruling party and the government are discussing this issue, the defense ministry is briefing the national assembly and giving a news conference in which south korea's defense ministry said there was a serious and worrying development, urging north korea to hot development of submarine launched ballistic missile. the defense ministry is trying to play down the significance of this one test or at least the success of this one test, saying that it was unlikely to have been a long-range missile that
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emanated, more of a test of the laurening capacity in that it probably didn't fly very high above the surface of the water that the five other countries that have the technology managed to do that between the initial test and having a fleet of submarines that could launch missiles took a number of years four to five years. north korea said this is the where i have equivalent of a time bomb strapped to the back of its enemy and certainly that is the key worry here, that it's tactic in the future of having a kill chain to identify a missile on the launch pad and strike it before it entered anywhere close to south korean territory that could come under real threat if north korea is able to develop enough submarines with a long enough range that could remain undetected underwater and fire at will. >> harry faucet reporting from seoul. >> health problems forced jimmy carter to return to the u.s. from ghana, in the nation to
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monitor the national election. the carter center released a statement saying the 90-year-old wasn't feeling well and decided to fly back to atlanta. they didn't mention specifics about his condition. some staffers from the carter center stayed in guyana to observe the election. >> a national day of celebration in liberia to mark the country being ebola free. 4700 died of the virus in liberia and it is spreading in other countries. >> jurors in boston are about to begin deciding dzhokar tsarnaev's fate. defense attorneys expect to wrap up their careless today in the penalty phase. >> president obama will address entrepreneurs from across the world this afternoon. he's expected to highlight the importance of investing in women and young people. >> on the digit albeit, outrage this morning over what a georgia high school principle said during a graduation ceremony after be accidentally dismissed the crowd early.
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>> it was my fault that we missed it in the program. >> you can see the reaction to the comment some approaching the podium in protest. a lot of people got up and left at that point. on line, people from around the country are asking for the principal's resignation. >> it was just my frustration and, you know, when i said it, i told my husband, it felt like the devil was in the house because it didn't even sound like me. >> the principal later apologized to parents via email. >> seeking safety, thousands of migrants headed to europe, a now proposed move from the e.u. to help stop the profits from moving human cargo. >> the new mission in nepal
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after the devastating earthquake. >> a stage gives way in china during a concert. authorities try to determine what went wrong.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:17 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. there are reports of multiple fires at a nebraska prison. riots began yesterday at the correctional institution south of omaha. two prisoners and two guards were injured all non-life threatening injuries. >> the clean up is on going at the nuclear plant after a fire and oil spill about 40 miles north of new york city. a transformer fire led to the spill. new york governor says it is contained. >> malaysia is dealing with a migrant crisis this morning. hundreds of people from bangladesh and myanmar landed on its shores this weekend mainly from a group persecuted in
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myanmar. may not have been traveling on overcrowded boats for months and arrived in desperate need of medical care. today, hundreds of migrants are arriving in malaysia. what is the latest there and what is the response to this? >> they arrived on three boats early -- >> i apologize, we are having problems with our connection to florence. we'll see if we can get that back for you. >> the migrant crisis in malaysia is just the latest involving desperate people trying to escape their home countries. we've been covering this story extensively in the mediterranean. thousands have made that journey controls the mediterranean trying to reach europe from libya. there have been hundreds rescued. there have also been hundreds
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saved. we have now a story about the rohingya minority. >> police confirmed that about 1,000 rohingya and bangladeshi migrants came ashore last night in the resort town. many were women and children and they were extremely hungry, 30 city and in need of medical attention. the home ministry here has not confirmed these details yet but the news agency reports that the boat these migrants were traveling on appears to be abandoned by the people smugglers perhaps because of the crackdown on their activities by thai authorities. they have of course been cracking down on these so-called slave camps discovered on the thai side of the thai-malaysia border, where mass graves were also discovered. now this is not just a problem for malaysia. across the waters in indonesia
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authorities rescued around 400 people migrants trying to make their way off the coast of the province. the concern amongst authorities is that they are going to see an increasing number of these migrants heading for their shores in the coming days. the malaysian government has not reacted to this latest news of migrant arrivals, however they have said that there are no slave camps in malaysia and that there is no evidence of mass graves here, but they also believe that these migrants are not victims. they say that they have been cooperating with people smugglers to flee myanmar and they do not consider the migrants to be victims of people smugglers. >> let's bring in patricia now.
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the trip for many has turned tragic. >> it is an absolutely huge humanitarian crisis. more than 1800 people fleeing conflict abuse and poverty are believed to have died this year attempting to cross the mediterranean from libya into europe. now the european union is poised to take bold action against the networks that profit from moving human cargo. the e.u. us expected to ask permission to seek and destroy boats used for people trafficking out of libya. the resolution authorizing the use of force would permit e.u. military vesselles to operate in libya territorial waters. italy, the shores of destination would command the mission. the aim is to undermine the business model of the trafficking networks by seizing the vessels before they embark with migrants. last month, 950 people are believed to have died when the vessel trafficking them capsized
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off the coast have italy. it's not just military solutions south. the european commission is set to unveil a new migration agenda that will include a new quota system for sharing refugees among the e.u.'s 28 member states. >> this is direct military action. how like lip is the u.n. security council to give its stamp of approval for this operation. >> you're talking about horse trading and wild cards and libya reportedly is not in favor of this resolution. when we talk about the horse trading and wide cards you think of china and russia automatically. russia is definitely a wildcard here. the e.u. has economic sanctions on russia that are quite punishing right now. >> and they may leverage that to veto this. >> that is the game of diplomacy. >> what is the risk of the action? >> the risk is mission creep.
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if there are anti aircraft guns and help artillery stationed along that coast in libya libya is in chaos right now so of course if this degenerates escalates into military conflict if you will, it could pull in nato. >> it has been two weeks since a devastating earthquake struck nepal. the death toll now tops 8,000. andrew simmons reports there are also efforts to rescue the country's prized historic landmarks. >> there's a different tell pope to the relief operation now more than two weeks after the earthquake. instead of attempting to save lives, this painstaking work is about trying to rescue ancient tradition. the temple dates back to the fifth century and within it lice pressure but modern day social media is spreading stories of wrongdoing. another part of this rich
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heritage lice destroyed along with many other icons there are myths associated with it. rumors are circulating now that jewelry associated with a deity is missing. >> a priceless vest is said to be stolen. that is denied by officials who say it will all eventually be recovered. the earthquake struck soon after the start of one of the most important festivals of the katmandu valley. this chariot was being pulled along by volunteers also partly of an ancient ritual symbolizing snakes being dragged back to the valley ending a drought. the legend gives all the credit to a rain god. chariot along with the priest who has to stay onboard. tragically a nearby be building that collapsed as the quake struck belongs to him. his four and his aunt were killed in it. even so, he's unfazed at having
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to stay in the chariot. >> you can't call it a bad omen. earthquakes happen in other countries. it's a natural disaster. >> at the temple, some aren't reassured by his words. >> we are cursed. >> it has to be a bad omen. maybe the gods are angry. >> a lot of people are spooked very scared. >> this conservationist believes superstitions have to be put to one side. >> for somebody like us with the heritage of the valley, we have to give up and start again. >> new sooner has he spoken, then the rain comes. despite tradition it doesn't signal a restart of the festival. no one is sure when that will happen. andrew simmons, al jazeera. >> a deadline in greece with a major debt repayment due the government talks to european
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leaders to hold off a potential default. we break down what it all means.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:29 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. >> a small town near dallas is cleaning up after tornadoes touched down. dozens were hurt. about a third of the town is destroyed in van texas. one person died in cisco texas more storms are due today. >> four people are due in a mississippi court today after saturday killing of two police officers. they were shot during a routine traffic stop, the first time in 30 years a police officer has been killed in the line of duty in hattiesburg. >> saudi arabia is sending tanks
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so its border with yemen after heavy fire between the saudi coalition and houthi rebels. this comes one day before a ceasefire is set to take effect and as president obama meets with arab leaders to discuss the war in yemen. positive was scheduled to have a one-on-one meeting with king salman. >> it's going to be a crucial meeting for the leaders. it comes against the backdrop of dramatic developments in the region. king salman of saudi arabia introduced sweeping changes in the kingdom and launched airstrikes in yemen warning that the kingdom won't tom rate threats to its security. leaders are concerned about what we consider to be the growing iranian influence in the region
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and are be expected to ask for advanced weapons to guard against an attack. gulf leaders are determined to have the occurian opposition out of the bashar al assad. they would like tots the americans follow words with deeds and provide the syrian opposition with advanced weapons. the bottom line? gulf leaders want to ramp up their defense exhibits, curb the rising influence of iran and ensure that the national security isn't compromised. al jazeera doha. >> greece's financial future is the big topic at a meeting tailed of euro zone finance ministers. it comes a day before the government is scheduled to pay their payment to the international fund. what is expected to come out of
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these talks? >> you've got this $840 million payment tomorrow. today, the you're reason zone ministers have to agree to give greece the final $8 billion of the loans that they were supposed to get. greece needs the $8 billion in order to pay the $840 million tomorrow and several more payments that they've got over the next few months. these euro zone ministers are saying greece, you've got to reform your economy. the new greek government in power for about three months now was elected on the basis of getting europe's ability off of greece's neck. >> in other words they don't want all these austerity reforms. >> they've done a number of them. the greeks now this has to happen but this economy has virtually no economic growth and 20% unemployment. if more austerity is imposed it's likely never going to grow out of its problems. the i.m.f. is saying no advanced economy has ever missed a
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payment and we are not going to let greece start now. greece's finance ministers say we'll make the payment but don't have the money. we're going to keep having this conversation if they don't get the money and they may actually default. >> they are looking to the coffers of public agencies to make this payment. >> europe doesn't want to break up. they've never experienced this, they don't know what it will mean. there are weaker economies including spain will it start to come apart. number two just today the amount of money that it costs people in spain and italy to borrow the amount of money it will cost those government to say borrow, the fear starts to spread around, because of the tensions with russia, the european economy has weakened so they can't afford it. >> you heard the word contagion spread around. >> not as bad as 2010, but some potential. >> already impacting the other
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countries. >> this is one of the topics you'll cover on your news show, "on target." >> starts tonight. we'll talk with the world's most foremost bond expert about how it affects everybody else and we'll be doing not just economics, but politics and social policy, sort of figuring out the things that stand in the way of progress and prosperity for americans and people around the world. >> the nexus between social policy and economics. really looking forward to it. thanks for joining us. >> you can watch "on target" tonight here on aljazeera america. >> there are more than 20,000 yemenis living in the united states, many have become citizens. they have built lives and families here. the u.s. government is making it impossible for some to travel, leaving them trapped. >> you spent 10 years working in
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a chrysler factory in detroit and owned small businesses for two decades. his entire life is built around the united states. >> this american citizen since 1978 wants his passport back. two years ago the u.s. embassy in sanna yemen's capitol confiscated it. >> he's not provided with any official explanation. he is not informed as to how he can appeal what happened to him at the embassy. he is not provided with alternative method to return home to the u.s. >> omar had gone back to process the paperwork required to bring his young evident daughter back to the u.s. after a six month wait, he said embassy officials interrogated him, then pushed him to sign a document. the state department believes he had lied about his identity. what he signed acknowledged his use of a false name, but omar says he didn't understand the paperwork at the time. >> at the embassy there's no one to translate for you for
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help you with your needs. when you speak to them it's as if they are not listening to you. when they took my passport and asked me questions, i didn't understand what motivated them. >> the embassy left him stranded in yemen for a year before giving him a one way travel document back to the united states. >> so mr. omar, how does it feel, you're an american, you happen to be in yemen and the embassy treats you like this? >> i felt devastated. i would never expect this to happen. it didn't make sense. i didn't understand what motivated them to do this. what they said felt like empty words. i don't know what they are thinking. >> his experience doesn't appear to be isolated. civil rights groups say dozens of yemeni americans have received similar treatment at the u.s. embassy in sanna. >> making many feel as if they are americans and then there are
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yemeni americans second class citizens. he worries about his three children in what has become a war zone. >> my kids in yemen i'm trying to bring them here for the last seven years. i'm still doing the papers. they had only one interview at the embassy and the first question was like why do you want to go to america. to see me, yes to be with me. he is like i'm afraid i'm going to die before i see you. >> he calls his children every day. he said they wouldn't have to, they'd be here had the immigration process worked. the state department has not given an explanation for the state of passport revocations in sanna the last several years. >> i can't comment on the specifics. >> i'm just wondering if there are numbers. >> i'm not sure there are. >> how many. >> i can check. i don't know. >> when the government is able to make decisions close door
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quietly and nobody nose about it, then that's where it's very dangerous. if you can bring it out and bring a case against them and get before a federal court which you have a right to do, then you might be able to break this up and have these occasions proceed a lot faster. >> the passport revocations come on the heels of an earlier lawsuit against the state department, filed by yemeni americans saying the government failed to evacuate them from the current conflict zone. though the state department points out it has issued i understand travel warnings on the country for years. still, the community feels beleaguered. >> you can't vital rights and not expect accountability after that. when you have heard so many similar stories where people who have lived in the united states for 40 years like mr. omar, hard-working people, to think that they would go to an embassy seeking assistance with some routine application and then be subjected to this outrageous
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treatment, just because of where they are just because of who they are. >> omar knows the legal battle could take years but has filed a lawsuit for his family and on behalf of all yemeni americans. until then, he's barred from overseas travel, including briniest his youngest daughter in yemen here to safety to join the rest of the family. melissa chen, al jazeera, san francisco. >> secretary of state john kerry i also heading to russia, meeting with penalty vladimir putin and top officials in sochi form. it comes at putin asks for better relationles with the west. he sat down with german leader angela merkel in moscow sunday. he said sanctions have damaged trade with germany. >> it is not a secret that the relations between russia and germany today are going through a bad period because of the differences in the assessment of the events in ukraine. our bilateral trade in 2014 for the first time in five years fell by 6.5%.
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>> because of the criminal annexation of crimea violating international law and military conflict in east ukraine our cooperation has suffered a serious setback. >> merkel pushed for peace talks and repeated calls for putin to rein in pressure rebels. >> tanks and troops. a raided to mark victory in world war ii 70 years ago. chinese president was among those in attendance, but more notable is who was not there no american british french or german heads of state took part. amy knight's work folk cues on russia and she joins us this morning. what is the boycott by western leaders of this really important event to russian? what does it symbolize what does it com supplier. >> it seems pretty natural that western leaders would boycott this event, because after all
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the whole purpose is to demonstrate russia's military might. russia has been militarily aaggressive in ukraine so i think it would be rather inconsistent for western leaders to attend this celebration of the russian military. >> notably chinese president was standing right next to putin during the military parade. that sort of is an interesting relationship that seems to have developed more ever since western sanctions have been put in place. are we seeing sort of a realignment of east versus west with russia and china on one side and western countries on the other? >> definitely putin is reaching out to china to compensate for the deterioration of relations with western europe and they are talking about a gas line eventually, about providing military, russia providing military equipment and so on and
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so forth. i don'ti don't know that putin around his allies in the kremlin can really count on china as a strong support to counter balance western europe, but they're certainly moving in that direction. >> so the next day after the celebrations, german chancellor merkel did meet. did germany's world war ii past have any impact on the current dynamics between merkel and putin? >> i think it does. putin actually mentioned in his speech about the pact of 1939 between hitler and stalin that basically paved the way for hitler to move into half of eastern europe, and putin has been more than once has referred to that in a favorable way as
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if to say that it's ok to compromise the nationality of eastern europe, so that's just one example of how history sort of hangs over this whole situation. i mean, after all the germans invaded russia and here putin is with angela merkel, standing over the tomb to the unknown soldier in russia. >> some call it a day of revisionist history in some cases. we learned that secretary kerry will be meeting in sochi with vladimir putin tomorrow. what does that say to you that such a high level official is now meeting with putin. >> i think it's probably a good thing at this point because one of the main problems is i don't think the west really knows putin's aims in ukraine.
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i assume it's going to be a topic of discussion. does putin want to maintain a frozen conflict in ukraine? the minsk accords signed in february aren't going well. >> this continues to be fighting in the east, four government soldiers were injured. your belief is that this is, though a new engagement by the u.s. to try to bring putin back to talking as opposed to arming the fighters in the east. >> i think that i don't know we should term it a conciliatory effort. i would like to think it's getting to the bottom of what putin wants. does he want to extend russia's hold or presence in ukraine does he want to end the conflict, how concerned is he about western sanctions.
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i really think that maybe kerry will use this as an opportunity not to necessarily make promises, but to find out what the real deal is. >> all right. amy knight, hissen and author, thank you so much for your insights this morning, good to see you. >> french president francois hollande is making a historic visit to cuba, landing in havana last night the first by a french head of state in more than a century and the first since washington moved to normalize relations. the move is aimed at boosting french diplomatics with cuba. >> raul castro trough visited the pope this weekend. the two held privately talks for nearly an hour. religion is restricted in cuba. castro thanked the pope in
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thawing relationles with the u.s. >> i said if the pope continues to talk as does he, sooner or later i will start operating again and return to the catholic church and i'm not kidding. i'm a communist. the cuba communist party did not allow it buff it is loud enough. it is a step forward. >> castro said the pope's teachings have persuaded him to take a softer line on on religion. >> this friday is endangered species day. today we're going to focus on elephants in central africa. their in connection are down 64% in just a decade. nicole, how many elephants a day are killed by poachers? >> just in africa alone an average of 96. there's an organization called if you want more information. they are known as one of the more intelligent animals.
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they're very compassionate. sometimes they're killed, tusks taken and left there and the other elephants can sit and mourn for days by the bodies of their dead mates. over 100,000 since 2012. some countries like zimbabwe still sadly allow big game hunting of these animals. the ivory is what people are going for and some of the mass slaughters in cameroon, over 300 elephants were killed just a couple of years ago with grenades ak47s very brutal. some countries have started destroying them. the u.s. fish and wild life service destroyed six tons which might seem counter intuitive would that make it more rare. that collected and captured would never go back into the marketplace and trying to send a message that in that isn't going to be tolerated. if you want to get involved,
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there's different organizations you can contribute to the world wildlife funds. the website that i mentioned earlier, but also states like new york and new jersey have banned ivory trading within the state. you can ask the legislatures in your state to do the same thing so within the united states, it's not being sold. >> first lady michelle obama urges students to stay involved in politics and human rights. during a commencement speech, she recalled her years of struggle against discrimination and those of her husband's. >> we both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. the folks who controlsed the street in fear of their safety, the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those democratic stores, the people at form am events who assumed we were the help. >> she said those scenarios make people feel frustrated and gyp
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visible and encouraged students not to give up on changing the system. >> mock was one of sudan's loft boys. he came to the u.s. in 2003 and met a retired teacher who took him under her wing and now he is receiving his masters in social work. he says it's the american dream come true. >> playing a different tune. why a radio rule in france is being called out of synch with the times. >> a picasso masterpiece up for auction today and it could set a record.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:51 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories, 22 are dead after a gun battle in macedonia. there was a shootout between police and rebels from kosovo. nato and the e.u. are calling for an investigation. >> holland's election is going into a runoff.
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it was far below the 50% to win outright. >> big trouble for two japanese electronics giants, shares of sharp corporation plunged 31% in early trading amid reports it will restructure. shares of toshiba dropped after news of an accounting probe investigating irregularities in its books. >> perhaps the most expensive painting ever is up for auction tonight, part of picasso's paintings. >> impressionist modern post war contemporary, those terms are important in the art word. the big galleries are combining all these art genres together, because they say art collectors are keen to broaden their
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horizons. there is a big sale, this could go for $20 million. this is a very famous andy warhol painting of elizabeth taylor. the star of the show is right here this is a picasso painted in 1955. if it goes for the full estimated sale price of around $140 million, it will become the single most expensive painting ever sold at auction. >> most of these young collectors who have become billionaires are not collectors in the traditional sense. collectors in the traditional sense would spend a lot of their living hours working studying, looking at art. these collectors tend to be more impulse shopping. >> christie's tell me if all the art sells for the full price this evening, they will bring in
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around a half billion dollars. who is buying this stuff? what does it mean for the health of the u.s. economy. join us this evening to find out the answer to those questions. >> an investigation underway in southern china after a stage collapsed during a performance. someone in the audience was recording when it happened. an 80 person police choir was performing when the stage gave way and the whole group fell through the floor. local news reports -- here it is -- two people severely hurt from that. there are no life threatening injuries. >> on the cult err beat a debate in france over regulating radio. it requires half of all songs be in french. critics say the allow is hurting them. >> it's drive time on radio nova in paris. it prides itself on playing a
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mix of music whatever the language, but in doing so, they occasionally break a law dating back to the mid 1990s requiring 40% have all radio music to be french, half of which needs to come from new articlists. the legal quote at ales are not the best way of supporting the french music industry. the law actually excludes 50% of french music because there are now many french artists performing in english these days. >> the law came in force when only one in every 10 records bought in france was by a french artists. many are turning to the internet to discover music in a variety of languages where the quote at as don't apply. ♪ the bangers perform in french. they believe all good music should get the same air time. >> as long as the music i guess good, we don't care if there are quotas or not whether french or
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english or whatever the language as long as the music i guess good. you've got to play it so people can discover it. >> these performers are hardly representative of france's cultural establishment but to some the sheer fact that they perform in french is something of a rare cultural commodity especially to those people who people that the influence of foreign languages are eroding the national i did identity. >> some call the law a necessary evil. >> we're defending our heritage and language. i hope one days quotas will disappear because everyone will realize that it is important to have songs in french and to express french culture. >> state regulation remains the safest way of nurturing national talent, but in an increasingly
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globalized world it's getting harder to drown out foreign sounds. >> al jazeera paris. >> some moms received a mother's day breathe they'll never forget. >> hi, patty. >> yes. >> hey this is bo. >> uh-uh. >> yeah, it is. >> no way! >> patricia was one of three florida woman who got a personal phone call from the commander-in-chief. she had written a letter saying she was touched witch the way president obama talked about his mother during the state of the union address so the president dialed her up at her job wished her a happy mother's day and commended her for raising four children on her own. >> coming up in two minutes from doha more on the migrant crisis in malaysia, thousands strapped as others make it to shore. that's it for us here. have a great morning.
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>> hello warm welcome to the news hour from doha. coming up, hundreds of rohingya and bangladeshi migrants make it to indonesia but otherwise lose their lives on the journey. >> houthi rebels shell a city near the saudi border. >> rival groups in central african republic sign