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apparently without any conditions. lucia newman al jazeera, havana. and you can find much more on that story and everything else we have been covering on al jazeera on our website. there it is on your screens right now. the add dress, ♪ ♪. >> tragedy strikes again in nepal. the second powerful earthquake in less than a month. plus, face to face with vladimir putin. an air strike hit yemen's capitol just hours before a cease fire, but the big question now will the peace hold?
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good afternoon and thank you for joining us. you are watching al jazeera america. it's nighttime in nepal, and many people are sleeping on the streets. it's magnitude was 7.3 and the epicenter was right there near the worder just about 50 miles from katmandu. so far dozens are reported dead and at least 1,000 are injuries. so we have a team of reporters in nepal right now let's begin on the streets of cat man do right after that quake struck. >> a building the survived the earthquake from two weeks ago, has come down. as we can see people are trying to clear the mess around here, there's suspicions that a taxi, and a motor bike may have been
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buried around this, and it is impossible to tell right now. stuck in the load here. come off the taxi. >> yeah. >> we have -- they can deport. we move this material, and one hour maximum. >> officials over here are still afraid of what might happen, but the rest of the buildings, there are other building which is look very dangerous, with massive cracks and those could come down if there are others. >> let's turn now live for news katmandu. you have been spending time at then't hows all in the wake of this, are they any better equips this time
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around. >> well, when you first go to one of these hospitals you can see the parking lot is jam packed. some of these are new arrival ms. with minor injuries some more serious but many of them are the patients that have been there since april's earthquake. the hospitals though are as you said better equipped. they have been getting aid from the government of nepal as well as all the international teams. so they have medicines on hand, and that's thank to the international support teams that are in place right now. >> and where do the search and rescue efforts stand? >> well, they are a lot better awe there's a joint task force that is taken over the -- not taken over, but it is supplementing the cat man do airport. this is the u.s., and the army core oof engineers. and from this the the
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chinese, and the americans have been able to make drops bring in supplies supplies and search and rescue have been able to come in and out of the airport. one problem is they are bringing in relief supplies but still have a lot of fear. this latest tremor has really hit people here some people think they can never go home. as you mentioned people are sleeping outside, they were looking forward to returning home within the next week, and now they just think that nepal is not safe for them. >> joining us live, thank you so much for being with us. secretary of state john kerry is in russia today where he is meting with vladimir putin. they sat down for kerry's first meeting in russia since the start of the crisis in ukraine. we are now waiting to hear from the secretary of state shortly, so we are showing you live pictures as we wait for that to unfold.
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meanwhile, a five day cease fire to set to begin. saudi led air strikes pounded the capitol. two coalition has been bombing since marv all in an attempt to restore the exile president to power. live for news the saudi capitol, ha shim, there's been a lot of bombing in the last four hours so does it look like either side is ready to abide by this. >> well, basically as you come in three hours and a 1/2 from now but people are pretty much concerned on the ground, because of the escalation in yemen, there's been tense fighting. there's been some saudi led coalition in the northern prove individual, in the city of adan, near the capitol. ten people are concerned that because of the mounting tension, the cease fire could collapse any time. >> but given everything you just mentioned and that the
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cease fire could collapse as you just said any time, why did both sides agree to the cease fire in the first place? basically the international community is very concerned about what is happening. hundreds killed, thousands injured. thousands of families forced out of their houses and villages and thousands were forced to leave the country. and you have people stranding in the north, and east, and west there's severe shortages in food, water electricity, cooking gas and the basic services have been disrupted. yemen is one of the poorest nations on earth and the international community is just concerned this is a situation further exacerbated by the fighting if there's no cease fire, the lives of thousands will be at risk. >> joining us live, thank you so much for being with us.
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secretary state john kerry is in the russia, where he is meeting with vladimir putin. they are both in sochi and this is terry's first meeting in russia since the crisis in ukraine began. but right now joining us is roy challenge who is right outside the building. kerry and president putin have been meeting for hours now. do we know what they have been discussing. >> i just had a chat with the u. embassy team, they confirm that the meeting is still going on, they say it is taking place for some two hours now. before that there was four hours of discussions. clearly a lot for these people to discuss. the main issues. >> that we think are being talked about, three
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conundrums. one of which there is actual common ground between the united states and russia over that's iran. both iran -- sorry both russia and the united states passed the p five plus one group to try to get nuclear deal with iran locked down. so there is agreements between washington, and moscow on this something that the united states has come here hoping to push forward. they will, of course, be talking about the sale of russian missile defense systems to iran, that's displeased washington but that's a good area of agreement there. syria is a problem. and washington has come here, basically, hoping there hoping there might be some degree of flexibility. the president not logging at security used to, may be washington, i'm sorry, maybe moscow can is a bit more
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flexible about whether it will back asaad. maybe it may try to persuade asaad to come to the negotiating table, and then of course, there's ukraine. washington says that the ukrainian rebels at the pro russian rebels have been breaking the cease fire, russia says that it is the ukrainian army that has been breaking the cease fire. so a lot of ground separating the two sides there. rory, you mentioned iran, syria, the fact these are even being discussed is this a time that the tension between the two sides is thawing. >> well, if you listen to what the russians are been musing on the t.v., and state media, over the last couple of days, it would seem that the russians believe that hey, if john kerry is coming all the way over to talk with vladimir putin then maybe the u.s. position on these things is shifting.
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and that maybe it is softening it's stance towards russia. that's not the impression that is given by the state department. the state department says that it is coming other here mainly to keep the channels of communication over, it isn't expecting any break throughs. it is really a challenge for the state department to come over here, as they say and talk to the bos, the man that makes the big decisions in russia. >> again when the news conference begins we will bring that to you where he is meeting with president vladimir putin the two sat down and have been discussions issues the for the past four hours. we will bring you that news conference as soon as they come to the podium. the fighting in ukraine was also the topic of talks talks in kiev today.
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they promised to continue supporting the government, he also pledged more than $30 million in humanitarian assistance. >> that overemphasized canada's opposition to russian's aggression against ukraine. the agreement deserves our support, but russia has shown that it simply cannot be trusted to fulfill it's commitments. >> we expect that the summit will not just show a decision, but will take serious decisions to stop aggression against ukraine. >> a new front for u.s. oil exploration. conditional approval for the shell company to begin drilling in the arctic ocean. as john henry smith explained it is too dangerous of an idea. >> the approval of ocean
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energy management to allow shell oil do drill in alaska met with a cheer from the american petroleum institute. failure to develop these resources would put the leadership at risk, at a time when russia and other arctic nations are forging ahead. shell says it would like to begin drilling this summer in the chuck chief sea. the ground underneath that sea holds 90 billion bares 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 et therenned species of duck, as well as polar bears bow head whales and many others. critics say what happened to wild life in the 2010 gulf of
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mexico oil rig explosion could also happen in alaska. woe learned in 2010, that exploration drilling like what shell proposes can result in catastrophic accidents the deep watt ore horizon was drilling and exploration and it exploded and sank triggering one of the largest spills in history. >> environmentalist say the clean up of a spill would be far more difficult it's too remote to get clean up equipment to quickly, and conditions there are harsh. where waves cresting to 50 feet or more. the last year shell tried to drill there the company ran a rig aground, though no oil was spilled. >> there is no proven way to clean up spilled out in icy arctic conditions. none of the techniques that shell proposes to use in respond to a major spill have been tested successfully in the arctic ocean. >> shell turned down a request for an on camera interview, but they did respond to the environmental
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concerns in an email. verizon says that partnership will help it push further into content and mobile video. there's also a vote september for two hours from now. whether to move ahead on legislation that would give president obama the authority to fast track trade deals through congress. patricia joins us now. is it even possible to really close a trade deal without fast tracking it. >> possible, but very very very unlikely. it takes years to hammer out deals and if congress can
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throw out parters they don't like, the whole thing can unravel. now the obama administration has been selling it hard since january, but opponents are also screaming from the rafters including those opposed to a common but little known provision in trade deals some believe could give big corporations tremendous leverage over government. ire traveled to quebec this winter to find out how. >> five years ago he set out to mobilize hissies. >> all we wanted was for a moratorium to stop. a pause to be imposed for one generation. >> a year later, three generations philippe, his son, and his 77-year-old father, set out on a cirque du soleil inspired march walking 700-kilometers to pressure canadian lawmakers.
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they were hugely useful in making sure people saw it. >> with nearly 18,000 closing in, the government handed the people a victory. adopting and later passing a bill, that banned fracking between the saint lawrence river. the euphoria didn't last long. republican pine resources a calgary based oil and gas exploration company lost out when some of it's fracking permits were revoke under the ban without compensation. lone pine may be based in canada, but at the time it 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 draw johning $250 million. there's a provision that
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allows foreign governments to sue governments for adopting regulations that allegedly harm the value of their investments. but these so called investor stake disputed don't play out openly in domestic court instead, they are arbitrated behind closed doors by a three member panel, and that decision is final. loan pine does not want the public to know how much of the damages it is seeking represent out of pocket cost, verses lost profits as a result of the fracking ban. these matters are the subject of litigation, and ultimately to be established by the tribunal. it is not only nafta that lets corporations sue governments in closed door tribunals. two provision 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
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moratorium on fracking, at the state level, the local level, the national level they become vulnerable to costly trade cases. and the transpacific partnership, covering the u.s. and 11 other pacific nations. the nafta tribunal has yet to decide the lone pine case, but they believe it should serve as a warning to any nation that wants to rush through a trade agreement without reading the fine print. these things lock you in for generations. there is no hurry. there is no urgency. >> investors say provisions have also been used by tobacco giant to sue
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governments that require prominent health warnings on cigarette packages. thank you so much for joining us. you can learn much more tonight on ali velshi's new show. and coming up right now, st. louis police join the investigation into dozens of babies likely stolen at birth. the lion share of them, were 15, 16 years of age at the time they gave birth, they were all african-american. we are keeping an eye on russia, where john kerry is wrapping up a meeting with vladimir putin. we expect to hear from them shortly, stay tuned.
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>> more than 70 women all of them african-american have come forward. they say they were told that their children died at that hospital. one of them, was reunited with her daughters after 49 years. her lawyer says many other women have now contacted him since they heard about his client's case. there are certain nuances that won't two published. however, there is a great deal of similarity, most of them, not all of them, but the lion's share were 15, 16, 17 years of age at the time they gave birth. they were all african-american. all of extraordinary humble means and all of them presented to the hospital alone. and not one of them was advised of the passing of their child. which was the protocol, and the standard of care at the time. it is clear there could not
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have been the action taken just with jackson price and her daughter, without a very coordinated undertaking between physician, people in positions of authority not just at the hospital and in the administration, but with the city of st. louis who ran the foster care system. with the bureau of vital statistic which is ran the birth certificates with the state of missouri who later became those -- the power that operated the foster care system in the state of missouri and without those and also legal undertakings in court either you have lawyer whose are unscrupulous, which to some in the public that may not be difficult to believe, but also you have issues with judges that had to jute nice these files. >> watkins says in addition to dozens of calls from mothers he is also goating calls from people that grew up in adoptive families and suspect they may have been
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stolen as newborns. in the penalty face of the boston bombing trial. then it is up to the jury whether he gets the death penalty or life in prison. both the defense team and the prosecution rested their cases yesterday. the last witness was a nun that said that tsarnaev is sorry for what he did. well, cheating allegations catching one the super bowl. coming up next, the punishment for tom brady don't go anywhere.
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you are watching al jazeera america. right now we are monitoring the news conference in sochi russia. woe do expect to hear from kerry and his russian counter part shortly. a reopening day for the city's baseball team. the orioles played at camden yards with fans in attendance for the first time since the
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funeral of freddie gray. they played before an empty stadium. but last night, it was different, it was back to baltimore. more than 20,000 fans showed up and the orioles won 5-2. star quarterback tom brady planned to appeal his suspension after the nfl announced he would have to sit out four games. his teem, the new england patriots is also being penalized. more now. >> 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 super bowl. the balls were found to be underinflated. which may have made them easier for patriots quarterback tom brady to handle and throw accurately. sports fans suspected skull dugry, and last week a month long investigation concluded that patriots staff members most likely had deliberately
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let the air out of the balls and that brady probably knew all about it. in which the employees openly discussion altering the balls. would be suspended without pay for the first four games of the season, saying he was guilty of conduct detriment call to the league his three year contract is worth $27 million. two patriots will be fined $1 million and will forfeit two and draft picks. the league notes that patriots coaches have been caught cheating in the past, and that brady has been uncooperative. bradies agent called the punishment ridiculous, and said he would appeal it. the patriots went on to win the super bowl and, in
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february and. there are no plans to take the champion away from him. al jazeera. >> and finally, president obama has nearly two and years left in office, but already bans for his library are set. they officially announced today that the library will be based in chicago. the bid to host the library has long been concerned a favorite. they also have a home nearby. thank you for joining us. live in new york, the news cons next, and remember, you can always get the latest headlines if you go to our website, we also want to remind you we are waiting for john kerry who is meeting with vladimir pattyn j. they have been discussing, iran syria and the crisis in ukraine, as soon as it begins to unfold in london,
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stay tuned. searching for solutions the top diplomate holds crucial talks with russia's president. also coming up on the program, the u.s. warns iran against any stunts that can jeopardize the proposed crease fair and calls for a shipment of aid to be redirected. a huge after shot kicks dozens and brings more panic to earthquake ravaged nepal and the migrants crisis deepens with two and countries decla