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them. rob reynolds al jazeera. just about does it for now but tell you there is lots more on our website as always, al and get the latest stories and good-bye to the u.s. on al jazeera america, your morning news is up next. >> a 7.3 earthquake hits they. a. hundreds hurt in its wake, with that number expected to rise. >> a five day ceasefire to begin in yemen. are both sides ready to follow it? >> greece making an early payment on its loan but raising questions whether the country will be left entirely broke.
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>> good morning pow. you're watching aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm morgan radford. >> a new earthquake rattled nepal with a magnitude of 7.3 near china between cat man did you and mount everest. dozens of people have been reported dead. witnesses say they felt this latest quake for at least 25-30 seconds, we have sent people streaming into the streets. there was at least one after shock a half hour later. andrew is live in nepal. what was the emergency response like after this latest quake? >> it was pretty quick but it was complete pandemonium. i've never been in an earthquake, i've been in an after shock today but this was
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pretty scary the building behind me was swaying p.m. only for 35-40 seconds it seemed longer. by the time we evacuated and got down stairs, and arrived here, we could here pandemonium in the city and there was an after shock of 6.3 magnitude of the earth moving. it was extraordinary. 19 buildings collapsed in the katmandu valley alone and the death toll is increasing, many, many more people injured. >> you mentioned this pandemonium and the pictures seem to eggs press that. the i i understand that the phone lines went down, as well. how are people communicating especially about who needs help? >> well, that's right. you asked about an emergency response, the services of appealing for people not to make voice calls on g.s.m., the lines
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that were working. they were out for some considerable time but people were contacting friends and relatives tolls they were alive and that caused blocked g.s.m. lines when they were up, the power lines were coming down, water stopped the whole thing really happened in the space of seconds, so what happened eventually was that there was some sense of order returning but people are absolutely terrified. it's no surprise that they won't go back to their buildings but they were returning to their homes this past week, only to see another quake develop. the rural areas again have been very hard-hit. we've yet to find the casualty figures in areas in the east, quite near the epicenter which
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was near everest and the capitol. that is a very thin population there, but whole villages were wiped out in the first quake and now there's very, very delicate buildings in the area to say the least probably collapsing all over again and just not a situation that you can't to get too deeply into. >> what seems to be adding to the terror that you described is the timing of this. there have been hundreds of after shocks since the first quake almost three weeks ago but was there any warning that this could happen again not only so soon but also on such a massive scale? >> i'm not a seismologist, but you get one big one each century on this major fault line, that seems to be the pattern but to
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get one of this magnitude with the space of just over two weeks really is as you say extraordinary and that has shocked not just people living in villages and small homes and living in tents it's shocked politicians. the parliament was in session when this quake struck and you saw the camera shaking from side to side. people were running out. we saw people in tears outside just not being able to cope with the -- absorbing the fact that there had been another quake. the numbers of dead, who knows what it will amount to by the end of the day but it certainly will increase. >> we look forward to hearing from you later in the day. andrew, thanks so much. >> let's go to yemen now where a five day ceasefire is set to begin today. leading up to it, saudi-led airstrikes pounded sanna. the coalition has been bombing houthi rebels since march in an
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attempt to restore yemen's exiled penalty to power. let's go to riyadh. there's been a lot of bombing in the last hours. does it look like either side is ready to abide by the ceasefire? >> well, today the evening is going to be crucial for both sides, the saudi-led coalition and forces loyal total houthis and deposed president ali abdullah saleh. we have seen over the last 48 hours intensification of airstrikes against the houthis in different parts of the country, in the south, also in the capitol sanna. the saudis said they will continue the airstrikes to undermine the air capability of the houthis. the houthis have said they are determined to fight what they call an aggression by the saudis. on both sides are an escalation
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of the fighting and rhetoric. the hours before the ceasefire comes into effect are going to be crucial and will give indication what might be happening in the coming days. >> you mentioned escalation. that's a word i've heard used over the past few days. given everything you mentioned why did both sides agree to a ceasefire in the first place. >> well, morgan, yemen is one of the poorest nations in the arab world and over the last few decades has been besot by al-qaeda and wars of instability. since last week since the start of the airstrikes, thousands of people were -- hundreds were -- we don't know how many were killed but we know for sure hundreds were killed, thousands injured, thousands of teams additional placed, thousands were forced to leave the country. the hostage in basic services
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were disresulted there's no food, no electricity no cooking gas. it's a delicate situation exacerbated because of the intensification of the fighting. the international community is pushing both sides to deliver humanitarian aid to people in the country. both sides know that the international community would like to see a ceasefire to alleviate the suffering of millions of people across the country. >> we will continue to monitor that response. thanks so much for being with us. >> secretary of state john kerry has arrived in russia to meet with president vladimir putin. it's kerries first visit since the start of the crisis in ukraine. he will meet with the prime minister and putin. they hope that make sure that russia clearly understands the u.s. position specifically when it comes to the nuclear deal
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with iran as well as the war in syria. >> greece tapped reserve funds to make a pretty big payment to the i.m.f., $800 million. officials say that money may need to be paid back in just a few short weeks. the greek function minister said the country is running out of cash so trying to renegotiate its deal. >> it promises to be a long, tense summer in greece. the protests are small now but they could grow bigger if the new leftwing government is forced by its international lenders to compromise on austerity in return for much-needed bailout funds. in brussels, talks with the other euro zone countries are progressing to unlock billions in aid for greece, but there i also evidence skepticism still about the new economic plan offered by athens. >> some important issues have now been discussed in depth but more time is needed to bridge the remaining gaps.
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we have a joint interest with the greek authorities to get that agreement as quickly as possible. there are some time constraints. there are liquidity constraints but hope hopefully we'll reach that agreement before the time or money runs out. >> greek will try harder to get its handles on an $8 billion slice of aid. >> the existing program expires at the end of june. with few other sources of revenue available the government in athens must pay public sector stall i salaries and pensions and loan repayments due over the next months. >> grease is under immense pressure to reach a deal here. >> the red line by necessity but our red lines and their red lines are such that it reaches common ground. >> what is the time frame now? >> the next few days, i think.
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>> the government insists it will stick to its red lines on reforms and pensions and no more cuts. that's the promise made to the electorate in february. the problem is keeping that promise could cost the government and greece the ultimate price bankruptcy and an exit from the euro. >> a new front for u.s. oil exploration this morning. the obama administration has given conditional approval for shell to begin drilling in the arctic ocean. the company lobbied for years to drill off the alaska coast where scientists estimate there are up to 15 barrels of oil. experts warn it's location makes it a dangerous drilling silent. >> the boston marathon bombing trial wrapped up its evidence. >> a decision whether dzhokar tsarnaev lives or dies may come
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soon. the final witness for the defense did her best to convince the jury that the 21-year-old should be spared execution. sister helen prejean author of the book that led to the film dead man walking. >> this boy is to be executed in six days. >> shared with the jury conversations she had with tsarnaev that contradict what so many said he lacked, remorse in the bombing that left 260 wounded and three dead. he said it emphatically, no one deserves to suffer like they did. the 76-year-old nun told the jury his response was so spontaneous, i have every reason to believe it was sincere. the prosecutor fought hard to keep her from testifying but the
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judge overruled. she revealed she melt with tsarnaev five times since his trial began in march. her most recent meeting came days ago where she concluded "i have every reason to think he was genuinely sorry for what he did." both the defense and prosecution rested their cases monday. closing arguments are set to begin on wednesday. prejean was the last of dozens of witnesses including family members called by the defense in a bid to save tsarnaev's life. >> what the defense is trying to do is show some humanity in this person that the jurors are going to believe there's something there worth saving. >> that decision will be in the hands of the same jury that convicted him last month but it must be unanimous. >> it only takes one juror to vote for a non-death penalty resolution and then he gets life imprisonment. >> he would spend the rest of his life inside colorado's super
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max prison, home to know tore cousin mates like the unibomber and the master mind behind the 1993 world trailed center bombing. al jazeera. >> demanding answers and suing the city. coming up next, we hear from a new york mother whose son was stopped by police and died after trying to sneak on to the subway. >> in baltimore just weeks after playing in front of an empty stadium the orioles hold reopening day at camden yards. stay tuned.
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>> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. live from new york, i'm morgan radford. here's a look at today's top stories. french president francois hollande said fidel castro had a lot to say during their visit. the french president also visited with president raul castro and called for an end to the u.s. embargo. >> reports this morning that another boat carrying refugees from myanmar is stranded off the coast of malaysia. 2,000 people have been rescued in recent days. most of muslims fleeing oppression.
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>> the u.n. human rights council blasted the u.s. for police brutality, racism, prisoners in guantanamo bay and continued use of the death penalty. >> in washington, new questions over the police shooting and killing of a mexican farmworker just three months after it happened there's been no report on his death. we report on the toll it's taking on the community. >> this is where antonio zambrano in a was shot by police on february 10. the mexican farmworker died in front of this bakery here in washington. cell phone video taken by a bystander was almost immediately shared on social media and since has been viewed 2 million times. three months later no charges have been filed against the three officers involved, who fired a combined 17 shots as zambrano first ran from them and then turned to face them. a special investigative unit has
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been put together from a outside agencies, nobody here from the police department. they haven't finished their workest and it's been three months. that is troubling to many in this city's large hispanic population. they're starting to see cases around the country in which charges are brought very quickly. in south carolina and most recently baltimore with the death of freddie gray and six police officers now facing charges. people beginning to wonder whether brown lives matter and what is taking so long. >> it leaves one to wonder whether there are other motives why this is being dragged out are they simply trying to wear down the citizenry to make the issue go away? >> determining all the facts leading up to that whether or not this was justified is going to take a careful review of all the details that are going to be contained in the reports. >> the franklin county coroner called for an inquest in this
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case. that might not start for a full month after the release of the investigator's final report. we don't know at this point where the public might get a chance to see that report. we'll have more tonight from the prosecutor of franklin county and also from the zambrano family attorney suing the city for $25 million. al jazeera washington. >> you can catch his full report tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> a report from the missouri supreme court is raising questions now about conflicts of interest in ferguson. the review questions why there isn't enough separation of power between the police and the courts. court staff has been required to report to the chief of police and also responsible for handle work for the city prosecutor. in the wake of a review, several officials and the head of municipal court stepped down. >> there are questions today in new york city over so-called broken windows policing. that's the policy of cracking down on low level offenses to prevent more serious crimes
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later. the family of one teen is suing the city over his death. they say the crackdown goes too far. we have more. >> one evening two years ago 17-year-old dionne flood and his girlfriend squeezed through a turn style at this new york subway situation on the single swipe of a fair card. they committed a crime called turn style jumping. less than an hour later, he was battered semi conscious and on his way to a hospital. >> his whole body was swollen. he had a wrap around his head where the wound was. he had a brace on his neck and he had shackles on the bottom of his feet. >> why shackles? >> because he was under arrest. >> an nypd report says two officers watching from a nearby trash room had stopped the two teens. flood had had run-ins with the police before. his mom said a judge warned him
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the next time he'd be tried as an adult. >> he took off running. police say he sprinted down this platform and jumped on the tracks where he was hit by a train. his mother said he told her a very different story. >> he was saying that mom i did not get hit by a train. one of them said oh, you want to run, we're going to make sure your ass never run again. they stomped on him. he was like ok, ok, you know, to get them to stop. >> he died two months later. his mom is now suing the city. a spokesman said the city has no comment. >> do you think your son would still be alive today if it were not a criminal offense to not pay your fare? >> yes. >> what do you think about the argument that when somebody runs the police think maybe they have something to hide? >> he didn't want to be arrested. i don't think that's an offense that someone should have to go
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to jail over. then the police officers, and they have said it, they are on the hunt for certain individuals. >> what kind of individuals? >> black individuals. >> al jazeera. >> a reopening day in baltimore for the city's baseball team, the orioles played at camden yards last night with fans in attendance the first time sings the funeral of freddie gray. after riots they played in an empty stadium and three home games in florida. more than 20,000 fans showed up and the orioles won 5-2. >> the nfl happened down its penalties over deflate gate scandal. coming up, the reaction from the new england patriots and its star quarterback tom brady. >> plus the fight to protect wolves.
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juror in this morning's environmental impact, we focus on the gray wolf, an endangered species. there is an ongoing fight whether or not they should be on that list. let's bring in nicole mitchell for more. why the confusion? >> i used the gray wolf, i was talking about different animals this week because friday is endangered species day. it's not just third countries where protections are tenuous. the gray waffle was placed on the list. in 2012, the fish and wildlife service under the obama administration said the population in the western great lakes was robust enough and they removed that protection. that opened the species to
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hunting and trapping for the first time in 40 years. the humane society filed suit and last december, a u.s. district court ruled that the removal was arbitrary and capricious and they regained protection. almost the entire 48 lower state used to have gray wolves. the yellow areas they've been spreading with protections where you see the red experimental reintroduction. around the great lakes minnesota, wisconsin and michigan especially were the three states that kind of lost the protection and now have it back. to tell you how critical that is there's about 5,000 wolves in the lower 48. in the two years that that hunting and trapping was opened, 1500 of those were killed, so the population is still pretty fragile. if you think around the world there used to be a couple
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million of the species now in total, there's about 200,000 so a lot of people feel mixed about them because they are a predator but definitely a species that has had some recovery, but not quite enough. >> still i'd be interested to see what happens in that area of red. >> they are trying to get them in a few more places. >> thank you so much. >> star quarterback tom brady plans to appeal his suspension after the nfl announced that it would bar him from four games for his role in deflate gate. >> in january officials noticed there was something odd about the balls used during the new england patriots victory over the indianapolis colts in their semifinal game on the road to the superbowl. the balls were found to be underinflated, which may have made them easier for patriots quarterback, tom brady to
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handle and throw accurately. sports fans suspected skull dugry and last week a month long investigation concluded that pay the real staff members most likelihood deliberately let the air out of the balls and that brady probably knew all about it. much of the evidence stemmed from text messages in which the employees openly discussed altering the balls before games. monday the nfl announced that brady who denied any knowledge that the balls were tampered with would be suspended without pay for the first four games of the season saying that he was guilty for conduct detrimental to the league. his contract is worth $27 million. the patriots will be fined $1 million and will forfeit two draft picks. the league noted that patriot coaches have been caught cheating in the past and that brady had been uncooperative refusing to hand over his text and emailles to investigators.
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his agent called the quarterback's punishment ridiculous and said he would appeal the suspension. the patriots went on to win the superbowl in february. there are no plans to take the championship away from them. rob reynolds, al jazeera. >> have a great rest of your day. >> these people have decided that today they will be arrested >> i know that i'm being surveilled >> people are not getting the care that they need >> this is a crime against humanity >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> what do we want? justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> they are running towards base... >>...explosions going off we're not quite sure... >> fault lines al jazeera america's award winning, investigative series... on al jazeera america
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this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm steph as i. nepal has been hilt with another major earthquake just two and a half weeks after one that killed 8,000 people. today's earthquake measured 7.3 in magnitude. it happened near nepal's border with china between katmandu and everest. dozens are reported dead, more than a thousand reported injured. police are asking for people to stay in open areas and to send text messages instead of phone calls to prevent phone lines from getting jammed. we have more from katmandu. >> it was really extraordinary. if anybody wanted to know how it must feel for the people of nepal to go through the first earthquake, all had a telling experience here. the building behind me is a hotel, it's a solid foundation, but it was literally like some
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sort of jelly. it was just going from side to side. the experience on the third story was awful. it was shocking. i was trying to work out whether to jump out of the window if the building started to collapse, because i was convinced it was going to clams try and run. some of my colleagues ran down the stairs. i stayed put along with some others and i got under a tail in fact. i'd heard that some people have been -- survived the original table through getting under beds and things like that, so that's what i did. i ran down the staircase. the whole thing lasted no more than 30-45 seconds but felt like at least 15 minutes the sheer magnitude of the thing. outside, everyone was evacuated and there was an after shock of 6.3 magnitude and half a dozen after shocks. panic everywhere. at least 19 buildings we're told are collapsed within katmandu.
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you can see here some phone footage from one of my colleagues just something like three, four minutes after the quake, people just trying to use their phones and the pandemonium of phones being used to communicate, to tell their friends and relatives they were alive causes chaos. the phone lines go down, the g.m.s. system collapsed the satellite systems were engaged because emergency services were using them. we're just hearing that the home ministry that told al jazeera that the death toll now stands at 29. it's jumped up to 29 as a whole and there are 1,000 at least injured. this is climbing. it's nothing like the scale of the last earthquake, but seriously rising, so many buildings have collapsed and there are search operations going on as i speak. >> in less than eight hours a five day ceasefire is set to begin in yemen but military
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action has been intense leading up to the pause. saudi-led airstrikes pounded the capitol sanna and the coalition targeted rebel weapons depots. houthi rebels also fired back. the u.n. envoy is now in the capitol to try and reach a peace deal. it has been a violent 24 hours in yemen. does it appear this ceasefire will actually take hold? >> well, stephanie once the ceasefire comes into effect, the first two hours are going to be extremely crucial. what we've seen on the ground in the last 48 hours basically escalation of the airstrikes by the saudi-led coalition against houthi targets across the country and also escalation of the rhetoric. the houthis have been saying that what is happening is a crime against civilians in the country and that they are going to retaliate and fight until the end. this is why the international community is pretty much
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concerned about whether this ceasefire, if it comes into effect is going to hold or not given the mounting tension across the country. >> this temporary ceasefire was intended to help the civilians in yemen who are suffering in the midst of fighting. what is happening to help get aid to the people during this pause? >> well, the united nations envoy to yemen has just arrived in the capitol sanna and he said that the ceasefire has to be unconditional to pave the way for international aid agencies to move around the country and deliver raid to those who are affected. we are talking about thousands of families stranded cross the country. thousands were forced to leave thousands of people injured in saada, in sanna in taiz and aden. it's an extremely delicate situation. this is exactly why the international community is hoping for a ceasefire of five
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days with no clashes across the country so they can get to those who have been affected by the fighting. >> you are in riyadh right now. is there any concern there that the houthi rebels will continue to try and strike across the border into saudi arabia? well the houthis have been shelling saudi villages on the border particularly in the area. the government is trying to ramp up its military campaign in the border area to prevent houthis from further escalation and shelling of the saudi villages. yesterday, the saudi army has deployed new units to the province with new equipment tanks and say this time they are determined to put an end to the shelling of the saudi villages. this is a very delicate
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situation. you are talking about a mountainous area along the border making it very easy for houthis to move around the areas. >> thank you. >> following an aljazeera america report, st. louis police are now investigating a string of decades-old cases involving newborns allegedly stolen from their mothers at birth. about 70 women all black have come forward saying they were told their children dialed at the homer g. phillips hospital. >> they say your baby's dead. my baby's not dead. i just, you know, 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 that your parents, just another mouth for them would have to feed. >> the hospital was closed in 1979. stewart came forward after another woman zella jackson
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price was reunited with her daughter after thinking she was dead after 49 years. her attorney joins us this morning. good morning and thanks for being with us. you've been really leading the charge on these case. i understand you now have dozens of women coming forward. what are some of the stories they're telling you? >> the stories from these women who have called in volumes that have been increasing as the news has gotten out these stories all have particular nuances and similarities which led me to conclude very early on that we were not dealing with people who were trying to jump on the bus after an accident to make sure that they, too had a personal injury claim. these were highly credible women with stories that contained features that we had not publicized so when they shared those features with us, it heightened the credibility. the number of people now exceeds 72 that have called our office
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alone. the city has set up a hot line and they, too have received calls that are approaching 100 now in number. we don't know what the overlap is. the federal authorities have committed some of its resources including a human trafficking analyst, who is participating in undertakings and the state of missouri and the city have agreed to release records. >> is there a common thread? you talked about unpublished common es. we know most of women who have come forward are african-american. are there similarities to the age when they had their babies, their socioeconomic level? >> there are certain nuances which won't go published right now but there is a great similarity in terms of ages. the lion's share were 15, 16, 17, 18 years of age at the time they gave birth. they were all african-american, all of extraordinarily humble
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means and all of them presented to the hospital alone. not one of them was advised of the passing of their child by a doctor, which was the protocol as per the policy of the hospital, and the standard of care in the medical industry at the time. they were all notified by a nurse. >> i understand they were all notified by the nurse that their children had died, correct not by a doctor. >> correct. >> i understand that there are people who believe they are the children that were stolen have also contacted you. >> interestingly, we're not only getting calls from the mothers but from the kid or kids whose background and stories as to their jones lend credibility to the assertion that they, too were part of this scheme that clearly was occurring during a dark time in st. louis. >> the st. louis police have told us, mr. watkins that they are in the very early stages of
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an investigation and are attempting to compile and review records to learn more about what may have occurred at homer g. phillips hospital. what is your sense of how seriously police are taking this? >> well, i think the police are -- they do their job the police are not the ones initiating this investigation the overwhelming response from the public, the inquiry from federal authorities and the very fact that from a political standpoint in missouri there is a great deal of sensitivity right now especially about making sure there is an opportunity for these women during the waning years of their lives to garner answer to say a lifelong question. some of them have lived half a century or more with this gnawing feeling that they are without their child and that gnawing feeling is not been of in sense it's born of fact. >> are you getting an early sense and i know you are still waiting on records to be released to you but are you
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getting an early sense whether this was a few rogue nurses or moristickic black adoption scheme at the hospital. >> it's clear that there could not have been the action taken just with zella jackson price and her daughter, diane without a very coordinated effort within not just the hospital of administration, but within the city of st. louis who ran the adoption system, the bureau of statistics who rap the birth and death certificates, with the state of missouri who later became the power that operated the foster care system in the state of missouri. without those coordinated efforts and also legal undertakings in courts, either you've got lawyers who were unscrupulous which to some in the public might not be difficult to believe but judges who had to scrutinize these
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files. >> it has only gotten wider since al jazeera first reported it. thank you so much for your time. certainly a story we'll continue to follow. thank you. >> secretary of state john kerry is in be russia where he'll meet later today with president vladimir putin. it is his first visit there since the start of the ukraine crisis. kerry is sitting down with the foreign minister first. the state department wants to make sure russia clearly understands u.s. views. rory challands is live in sochi. could there be a breakthrough or the beginning of a thaw in relations? >> well, never say never but the u.s. state department certainly isn't talking up the hopes of any massive seismic shift in u.s.-russia relations coming out of these particular meetings. they're going to be talking
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about lots of different geopolitical positions here where there is a difference between the u.s. and russia position. they're portraying it as a chance to keep the channel necessaries of communication open and a chance for john kerry to come to russia and speak to the boss, basically the man in charge of making most of russia's foreign policy decisions. >> do we have other details on what maybe on the top of the agenda? >> well, the main three issues they are going to be discussing are iran, as her syria and of course ukraine as well. iran is perhaps the one bright spot in u.s.-russia relations at the moment. they have been coordinating trying to get iran to the negotiating table. the u.n. wants to lock in that nuclear deal with iran by the end of june. of course it is worried about the sale of missile systems to
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iran. there might be flexibility in thinking in moscow whereby russia can persuade assad to come to the negotiating table. that of course in ukraine, there is a big difference there between the u.s. side of things and the russian side of things. the u.s. says russia is medaling in affairs russia says the same thing about the united states. both pledge adherence to the minsk trot controls but a very different interpretation how it is being applied. >> we are learning about a major business deal this morning. verdicts is buying aol. vers says the partnership will help it push further into content and mobile video. >> on the agenda today the man who shot president ronald reagan is scheduled to be in court.
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he has been treated at a psychiatric hospital for more than three decades. >> a group of volunteer rescue workers from syria will ask for a no fly zone and discuss findings of assad's use of chlorine gas on civilians. >> in singapore a teen was found guilty of object sendty. he posted a cartoon of the late prime minister on his blog. >> reaction across the football world today to the nfl suspending tom brady and fining the pete rates $1 million over deflating footballs. brady calls the suspension ridiculous. balls were deflated before the a.m.c. championship game in february and they say brady knew about it. matt overton with the coats writes october 18 will be quite a day here in indy. that's not only the day brady will be allowed to return, but
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also against the team in which the alleged fractions occurred. >> dante wrote he feels bad saying the nfl came down too hard on brady. >> nba hall of famer magic johnson said the commissioner came down hard and fair. >> the senate is considering a bill that would fast track president obama's landmark trade deal but faces stiff opposition from the penalty's own party. find out why next. >> detroit is warning it will shut off the water if residents don't pay up. activists say the tactic is a violation of human rights.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at today's top stories, a former c.i.a. officer has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for leaking state secrets. jeffery sterling gave a reporter details of a mission to thwart iran's nuclear ambitions. >> a blogger critical of islam has been murdered in bangladesh.
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masked men attacked him early this morning. this is the third such attack this year. in february, an american blogger was similarly killed. >> freers must tap reserve funds to make a payment to the i.m.f. the finance minister said the country is running out of cash. officials have been meeting to renegotiate the deal with european nations. >> a crucial vote is expected in the senate today on legislation that would grant president obama the authority to fast track trade deals through congress. is it possible to close to deal without fast track? >> anything is possible, but unlikely. the obama administration has been selling the t.p.p. hard since january but opponents are
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streaming including those opposed to a little known provision in trade deals some believe could give big corporations tremendous leverage under governments. i traveled to quebec to find you the how it works. five years ago philippe set out to mobilize his fellow citizens to stop fracking in quebec. >> all we wanted was for a moratorium, a stop, a pause to be imposed for one generation. three generations set out on a march, walking to pressure canadian lawmakers. >> your son made the puppets. >> he made them and the props. they were hugely useful in making sure that people saw us.
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>> with nearly 18,000 marchers closing in on montreal, the quebec government handed the people a victory adopts and later passing a bill that banned fracking beneath the st. lawrence river. it didn't last long. lone pine resources an oil and gas exploration company lost out when fracking permits were revoked under the ban without compensation. lone pine may be based in canada but at the time was a subsidiary of a u.s. corporation, and that gave it the right to sue the canadian government under a provision of nafta the north american free trade agreement. the amount of the lawsuit a jaw dropping $250 million. >> there's a provision that allows foreign investors to sue governments for adopting policies or regulations that allegedly harm the value of their investments. these so-called investor state disputes don't play out openly
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in domestic courts. instead, they are arbitrated behind closed doors by a three member panel and that tribunal's decision is final. >> as these redacted dollar physician show, lorne pine does not want the public to know how much the damages its seeking represent out of pocket costs versus lost profits. the firm's lawyer told us these matters are the subject of litigation and ultimately to be established by the tribunal. it's not only nafta that lets multi-national corporations sue governments in closed door pry bunnals. it exists in thousands of investment and trade agreements and the tendency to use it has exploded in recent years. >> the signal that it sends is when a government puts in place for example a moratorium on fracking at the state level, at the local level national level they become vulnerable to costly trade cases. >> congress is currently
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weighing whether to fast track two monster trade deals that will likely include trade dispute provisions. it coffers the u.s. and 11 other pacific nations. the nafta tribunal has yet to decide the lone pine case, but felipe believes it should serve as a warning to any nation that wants to rush to a trade agreement without reading the fine print. >> hold on, take a minute, reconsider, take your time. these things lock you in for generations. there's no hurry. there is no urgency. >> investors say provisions have been used by phillip morris in cigarette packaging. >> just one thing they're debating in congress now.
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>> you can learn more tonight at 10:30 eastern on ali velshi's new show, on target. >> witness we show you from detroit, activists say it's not enough for notices demanding they pay their bills or have their water turned off. >> they have 10 days or their service will be shut off. last year, detroit's water department made international headlines when it cut off water to thousands of delinquent customers. >> had you been delinquent, as well last year? >> yes. yep, i had problems last year, because i'm disabled and i don't have no income. >> this woman is more than $1,600 behind on her water bill.
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>> how concerned were you are walking in here today? >> i was real nervous, real nervous, because i don't want to be without water. >> detroit's water department began its aggressive policy to collect on over $90 million in unpaid bills in the spring of 2014. the shut offs sparked outrage protests and even drew the attention of the united nations. the city eventually rolled out a payment plan and offered financial assistance to those in need. today, it's estimated that more than 20,000 residential water accounts remain past do. >> you're saying that bills then should be based on what you can afford. >> bills can be based on an affordability component. it's done with electricity, with gas, it's done across the country where you manage your about hims based on gyp come and for whatever reason, our city is resistant to that formula. >> michigan welfare rights advocate maureen taylor believes
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the water shutoffs are a violation of human rights. >> i know there were some people here with the united nations but really no one's come in to intervene and say what the city is doing is wrong. >> what the heck i guess it about low income people not being able to pay their water bills that makes most of the world stand mute as if this is ok? because it's not ok. >> last month within the water democratic said it was increasing the payment assistance already given to low income customers and this woman is among many who stand to benefit. >> how much has it been reduced? >> i only have to pay like $50 a month. >> if she fails to make a payment next month she risks falling behind again and the financial help she now receives could dry up. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera detroit. >> president obama will be hosting gulf allies at camp david to discuss yemen and iran's growing influence but
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the saudi king's absence threaten to say overshadow the talks. >> the worry from environmentalists now that president obama is letting one oil giant go ahead with arctic drilling.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. another earthquake hit nepal two weeks after the one that killed over 8,000 people. the airport in katmandu has been shut down. there were detectives reported in india. a five day ceasefire is set to begin in yemen. and you had led airstrikes have been pounding sanna. the coalition has been bombing houthi rebels in an attempt to restore the exiled penalty to power. >> secretary of state john kerry is meeting with russia's foreign minister in sochi right now.
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later today he'll talk with president vladimir putin. it is kerries first visit to russia since the start of the crisis in ukraine. the state department says they hope to make sure russia clearly understands the u.s. views. putin spokesman calls the visit a positive step. >> king salman of saudi arabia is skipping the meeting of the gulf corporation members at the white house. the white house insists there is no wrist. >> there's been no concern raised by our saudi partners either before the change in travel plans or after related to the agenda at camp david. i know there's been speculation that there is a message being sent to the united states. if so, this message is not
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received, because all the feedback from the saudis has been positive. >> the king needs to stay home to deal with yemen and will send his crowned prince to the meeting instead. there is a lot on the agenda. >> the white house never announces that people are going to be attending a summit or meeting with the president unless their fairly confident they'll show up. the white house is saying that the king of saudi arabia had agreed to and that's why the announcement on friday not only would he be on the summit but have one-on-one time with the president wednesday. what changed? the king decided to stay in saudi arabia because that will happen during the humanitarian pause in yemen but behind the scenes analysts are saying that is a snub. the white house press secretary joked that snub is really the word of the day at the white house. white house has tried to down play what seems to be a pretty serious diplomatic spat saying the right people will be at the table when they announce
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initiative. >> a saudi affairs specialist joins us from riyadh this morning. thank you for your time. what is your take on why the sing is not attending the summit? >> it's been going back and forth the king not attending this huge summit. the king has been pledged allegiance over here and became a king, usually you make a visit for your best ally which would be the united states, so it was a very good opportunity to attend such a huge summit and also visit the united states while king salman is a king. it took us by surprise when the announcement had changed. the crowned prince is very well known to the americans he's hands-on on the foreign policy. he can actually negotiate and
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talk and commit on behalf of king salman, however the presence of king salman is also important to be at camp david. this summit is unusual. this could change the whole the american strategy to the g.c.c. country and middle east and such a leader should be there should make the decision and should meet president obama. the king of bahrain is not also going over there appointing his crown prince. actually, that's where it shifts tilting of the non-comfort of the iranian deal. there is a lot of things has beenationed on an hourly base over here, what possibly president obama has for the g.c.c. countries what the offer will be and from what basically they're getting they are saying they are not comfortable with what's going on and probably this is like a message that they need to recontrol congratulate they're, you know, their paints
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with the g.c.c. countries in rewards to iran. >> when it comes to iran, the g.c.c. seems unified but not when it comes to other major issues. egypt, qatar supported the muslim brotherhood and saudis and u.a.e. supported al sisi. will these differences belie the talks happening at camp david? >> i think this is one of the issues that president obama has been saying he is going to address. he's going to tell them listen if you want the united states to help you and this administration to help you you need to look more inside your countries. president obama is going to basically broker that you will never ever have a threat coming from outside the g.c.c. to your countries, the threat is going to remain within your nations your people. president obama is going to ask
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the g.c.c. countries for more human rights, women rights, more freedom of speech, more things that could help and assess american administration and to help the g.c.c. countries. as far as the g.c.c. countries and their foreign policy we do understand they are not unified but i think at the end of the day, this when he get together, they will have the same message. egypt is behind us, everybody is in agreement what's going on egypt. pretty much the g.c.c. house has been collected itself before camp david so i think they stand very well on what they could address and ask president obama on how they see the future of the u.s. involvement in the g.c.c. >> since you're a saudi -- >> point and agreement, they would see against iran. >> since you're a saudi-u.s. expert, do you believe that in reality, the relationship is materially any different than it was before, or are saudi rain and the u.s. as interdepth as
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ever? >> president obama pushed us to be an ally with the united states, pushed us to be a friend rather than an ally, so definitely the president obama administration has made us stand on our feet more stronger and depend on our self. this is not only saudi arabia what's faced from president obama. i think the congress is facing the same issues we are facing over here in saudi arabia. look what senator mccain said. he do understand how the g.c.c. countries are furious about the foreign policy that this administration has been doing to the middle east, and the holes and hiccups and all the vacuums they left us with. saudi arabia decided to fill this gap depend on their self,
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nobody can scratch my back better than myself and we can look into 2017 what is going to happen with the new administration. >> interesting analysis. thank you so much for your time. >> a decision by the bam map administration is delighting oil companies and angering environmentalists. a federal regulator has given shell oil company conditional approval to drill off the shores of alaska. john henry smith is here. critics are vowing to stop this. >> battle lines are definitely being drawn over shell's plans to resume offshore drilling this summer. they aren't just being drawn in alaska but also seattle 2,000 miles away. critics say the waters shell wants to drill are too remote and too important for shell to proceed at planned. >> the approval from the federal bureau of ocean energy management to allow shell oil to drill in alaska melt with a cheer from the petroleum
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institute: >> shell says it would like to begin drilling this summer in the sea. the adjustment geological survey said the ground holds 90 billion-barrels of oil which would explain why shell has spent $6 billion exploring the area in the past eight years. this area also serves as a habitat for a large and diverse group of species like walruses, a threatened species of duck, as well as polar bears bow head whales and many others. critics say what happened to wildlife in the 2010 gulf of mexico oil rig explosion could happen in alaska. >> we learned unfortunately in 2010 that exploration drilling
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like what shell proposes can result in cat traffic accidents. the deep water horizon was drilling in the gulf of mexico when it exploded and sank, triggering one of the largest spills in history. >> a clean up in the sea would be far more difficult. it's too remote to get cleanup equipment to quickly and conditions there are harsh with waves often cresting to 50 feet or more. in 2012, the last year shell tried to drill there the company ran a rig aground that know oil was spilled. >> there is no proven way to clean up spilled oil in arctic icy conditions. none of the techniques that shell proposing to use in response to a major spill have been tested in the arctic ocean. >> shell turned down a request for an on camera interview but did respond in an email. it's our view we have put in place the most virally sensitive
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thoroughly responsible plan of presented for exploration of oil off the shore of alaska. >> shell that two steerable oil rigs on their way to a staging rig in seattle where they'll stop before making their way to alaska. protestors in kayaks who call themselves kayakty visits will attempt to keep them from doing their work. >> there is math homework, baseball practice and dirty dishes. >> it's bad enough that i'm gone eight hours out the day away from my home and then to pick up another shift wards that's a total of 15 to 16 hours.
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>> anderson works tirelessly trying to support a family of five on $30,000 a year working as a security guard. half her paycheck pace rent on this small one determine amount. >> i don't think we took anything out for dinner. >> in her kitchen the never-ending question of what to feed her family. >> what do you think you're going to pull out of the freezer? >> i didn't quite think about it. >> she is one of many living in poverty. if l.a.'s poor were their own city, it would be the 10th 10th largest in america and the third largest in california. anderson has it better than most. she earns a little more than minimum wage, but still barely gets by. in the city of l.a., minimum wage workers currently earn $9 an hour. the mayor wants to raise it to
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$13.25 by 2017. in subsequent years it would be indexed to keep pales with inflation. >> raising the minimum wage comes with controversy. some say small business owners that can't afford to pay a higher wage will be forced to close. >> he does have the support of a number of raise the wage coalition as well as adjustment labor secretary tomas percent recently in los angeles to push for a higher minimum wage. >> when you talk about raising the wage being good for business, why haven't we raised the minimum wage specifically here in los angeles sooner? >> you look at polling and actually the majority of businesses support increasing the minimum wage. >> if the minimum wage does not go up, what will happen to the people you are talking about working 40, 50, 60 hours full time and still have to go to a food panary?
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we don't have a society where people work a full time job and are living in post. that's not who we are. >> making a little bit more every hour. >> right. >> what kind of difference would that mean for you and your family? >> making a little bit more would mean a lot because i wouldn't have to work so hard. i could still be able to be professional, take care of my responsibilities at work and then come home and show my kids that i'm there for them and i can take care of them besides the necessities. >> al jazeera, los angeles. >> new york governor ordered an investigation into practices at nail is a lance including efforts to protect manicurists from harmful chemicals and education them of their rights. many are exploited. the governor's office said salons that do not exam ply with orders to pay back wages will be shut down.
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>> a new international study finds an antibiotic resistant strain of typhoid fever is spreading globally. some 74 scientists in two dozen countries took part in the study. they say the super bug is an increasing health threat. it is contracted by drinking or eating contaminated water or food. >> we focus on the gray wolf, an inanendangered species and whether or not it should be on the list. >> i am using this to highlight we are doing animal species all week. it's not just third world countries that grapple with protecting animals. here in the united states, back in the 1970's, the critically low population puts the wolf on the endangered species list for
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the united states. 2012, fish and wildlife under obama removed the population saying they had recovered at least around the great lakes opening hunting and trapping. the humane society filed suit and just last december in 2014, a u.s. district judge said that was arbitrary and capricious to take them off the list. they are back on and protected again. here are some of those has been tats. the yellow places that they've regained some of that population since protection, some areas if you look at the red where they are trying to do experimental reintroductions. the three states that were kind of back and forth on this, especially michigan, wisconsin and minnesota, they have lost protection and now are back protected again. an example, in the lower 48, 5,000 wolves, those two years they were allowed to be hunted
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and trapped, 1500 were killed. that's a pretty big population when there's only 5,000. i camp, i'm from minnesota the only state in the lower 48 that managed to keep the wolf population. i've seen them in the wild, they're beautiful. they help control the other population, so they do have a benefit. >> in today's tech beat, as developing countries like china get richer, the world's meat production is skyrocketing. as tech know reports bugs could be on the menu at a restaurant near you. >> south louisiana a great time and greater food. >> here at this museum in new orleans, one area, we cook bugs and serve them to our guests. >> i've got to try this.
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>> crickets. >> eat ago variety of bugs. >> this is in sect eating. >> you can eat in sects as your main source of nutrients for condiment and eat the larva pupa or adults. >> 2 billion people are already eating in sects as part of their regular diet and there's a very good reason why. bugs are so nutrition ally rich, the united nations released a report arguing for increased in sect farming worldwide and more bugs in everyone's diet. >> some believe bugs especially crickets are the protein hope of the future and a sustainable one. >> they are incredibly efficient. you can take 10 pounds of grain and feed a cow and get one pound of beef back.
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you can take the same 10 pounds and get eight to nine pounds worth of crickets in return. >> with a global population expanding to 9 billion by 2050, demand for meat products is expected to double. >> what do you think is going to be the motivator or americans to get behind this cricket movement? >> i think it's going to be a lot like sushi new exciting culinary experience. >> he hopes to make the culinary world take notice with an innovative product using crickets in a new way grinding thousands of them into cricket flour. >> you can blend this into breads and brown niece and cookies, just anything you want and it provides all the great benefits, health benefits, sustainability aspect of it without triggering it visually, am i eating a bug. no, you're eating a brownie. >> we have a chocolate chip
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pancake. >> the moment of truth. >> it's good. this is really good. >> in los angeles, phil torres or al jazeera. >> he hesitated. you can watch tech know later today only on al jazeera. >> a record breaking art sale, a picasso sells for $180 million.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. greece has tapped reserve funds to make an $800 million payment to the i.m.f. the greek finance minister said the country is running out of cash. officials have been meeting to renegotiate the deal with european nations. >> criticism for america's human rights record, the u.n. rights council blasted the u.s. for police brutality racism, holding prisoners at guantanamo bay and continued use of the
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death penalty. >> several bars in alaska are offering free pregnancy tests as part of a pilot program the goal to reach binge drinkers before challenge causes issues with its pregnancies. >> the navajo nation faces a massive problem, lack of access to healthy food. a new junk food tax went into effect to and the problem. we look at how it's working out. >> the navajo nation is beautiful, low mountains deserts and rock formation total the reservation. it's home to high rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. one big reason, the nation contains only 10 grocery stores in an area the size of west virginia. 80% of the food sold is unhealthy, high in fat salt and preserve i was. new tax on junk food took effect
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in april and it's the first of its kind in the country the navajo nation hopes the money generated will combat a tribal health crisis. >> communities around the nation will start health initiatives like zumba classes and the goal to improve the navajo nation from the ground up. >> you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> president obama has two years left in office but plans for his presidential library be being finalized. the library will be based in chicago. the university of chicago's bid to host the library has long been considered a favorite. the president and first lady worked at the university and have a home nearby. >> in our culture beat, a world record and art auction picasso painting sold for $180 million,
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making it the single most expensive painting ever bought at auction. >> welcome to this evening looking forward to the auction. >> the much talked about painting women of algiers, part of a unique sale combining impressionism, modernism post war and contemporary art. the bidding fast and furious another one for the record books. >> most of these young collectors who have become billionaires are not collectors in the traditional sense working, studying, looking at art. >> at 110, 115. >> these collectors tend to be more impulse shopping. >> what is that, by the way? is that a woman? >> it probably could be a woman could be a bird. >> there's nothing like teasing an art dealer. it's ok, though, he has heard it all before. he remembers a different time. >> most of my directors were
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lawyers and doctors professional people who made a good living. we didn't have hedge funds in 1980. >> according to him buyers are young billionaires seeking a good return on their investments. >> when you have people who are worth let's say a billion dollars or more, whether they pay $1 million or $5 million or $10 million, this is not a major part of their investment. >> the picasso wasn't the only big sale. multiple works of art sold for tens of millions of dollars. another auction is tuesday night in new york, key paintings expected to sell for record amounts, mike this, estimated at $40 million to $60 million. >> isn't it a blue area on a yellow background? >> he must be thinking who is
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this man. >> it is one of the most famous expectist artists. >> i think that a lot of art today has tremendous asset potential. >> buyer beware, especially if you're seeking to pep up your portfolio. >> in 2007, 2008, if there's a meltdown these works of art will go down considerably. >> no sign of that yet though. >> selling it here, $160 million. >> john terrett, al jazeera, new york. >> coming up in two minutes from doha, the latest on the new earthquake to shake nepal the second almost as big as the first and the death toll continues to climb. that's it for us here in new york. i'm stephanie sy. thanks for watching.
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>> hello welcome to the news hour from doha. here's what's coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> we hope that a ceasefire will hold. >> iran calls for a truce in yemen as the new u.n. envoy arrives in sanna. >> a new earthquake hits in nepal. dozens of people have been killed. >> no