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$66.2 million, and selling for a whopping 179.4 million with version o of pablo picasso's painting. the price is the highest on record for a work of art sold at auction. not that much art, but a lot of news on the website. the address >> investigators focus on speed and the man at the throttle as they try to figure out what caused an amtrak train to derail in philadelphia. >> fighting for control in brandy after a failed coup to remove the president. >> president obama will have to convince middle east ally to say support his deal with iran during a meeting with gulf leaders at camp david today.
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>> this is aljazeera america. good morning. live from new york city, i'm randall pinkston. we have new details this morning in the derailment of an amtrak train near philadelphia. attention is focused on the speed of the trained and engineer driving it when it careened off the tracks. at least seven died. investigators determined the train was moving too fast, almost twice the speed limit when it hid that dangerous curve. >> the train was traveling at approximately 106 miles per hour. three seconds later when the data to the recorders terminated, the train speed was 102 miles per hour. >> investigators still don't know why the train was going that fast. the engineer who was at the controls declined to speak to the ntsb but spoke briefly to police. he has given a blood sample and
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turned over his cell phone. >> he remembers going through that area generally. has absolutely no rex recollection of the. >> or anything unusual. >> the ntsb will examine the crew's movements in the 24 hours prior to the crash to see if the crew got enough sleep or were on medication. the mayor of philadelphia said this is focus remains on the victims. >> every person out hour and people coming is making sure we search every car every inch, every -- thousands of square feet to find or locate individuals who may have been on that train. >> many survivors say they are still trying to come to terms with what happened. >> not sure, you can just feel things hitting you. you were trying to figure out how to get up. >> we are learning more about the victim who's lives ended on
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that train ride. justin was a sophomore at the naval academy in annapolis and had dreams of becoming a navy seal. >> he was a loving son nephew and as you seen very community minded. this tragedy has shocked us all in the worst way and we grieve what close family and friends. >> jim was a video software engineer with a wife and two children. another worked for wells fargo as senior vice president for its hospital at and finance group. >> rachel was a c.e.o. of a startup company and leaves behind a husband and 2-year-old boy. >> 12 hours after the derailment. house republicanles to cut amtrak's budget by 15%. it was part of a debate during a committee hearing over a $55 billion transportation and housing bill. democrats pointed to tuesday's
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crash as a reason to increase the railroad's funding by more than a billion dollars. republicans accuse democrats of using a tragedy for political gain. >> the cause of the crash is still not clear but amtrak and other railroads of struggled to implement safety systems designed to prevent this kind of tragedy. science and technology correspondent jacob ward has that part of the story. >> in 2008, a commuter train crash outside los angeles killed 24 people, prompting congress to mandate by the end of 2015, a so-called positive control system must be in place on the 70,000 miles of track that carry passengers or chemicals that are toxic to inhale. think of positive control as a sort of air traffic control system that can take control of trains adding g.p.s. satellites sensors on the traction and centralized control system that can slow or stop a train when it senses trouble
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ahead or excessive speed. in this case, it would have prevented the train from exceeding the recommended speed limit. >> we have called for it for many many years. >> here in san francisco witness the municipal light rail system is manually operated while the trains are above ground, allowing the human driving to make at adjustment if there is a double parked car or dog in the street but once below ground, a positive control system snaps into action. it monitors the drivers make sure they are not distracted or incapacitated. if they are, the system can automatically slow or stop these trains. >> the system is difficult and expensive to implement. railroads have said they are not going to make the deadline and in march the senate commerce committee extended the deadline to 2020. >> trains operate like they always have, via manual control and a simple system of radio communications. >> the train that crashed was
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just like the one in california, speed and risk were entirely up to the human driver. >> tomorrow night a special report derailed, how safe are america's trains at 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific. >> the president ordered an investigation in the philippines into a shoe factory fire. we have more from manila. >> we are right outside the factory. it is a fire that took more than seven hours to be put out. now local government said at least 60 people were trapped in there, but the total number of workers is still undetermined, because the owner of the factory cannot give a total tally as to how many people were working there. it took more than 10 hours before recovery operations started. there were many questions over security and safety of the building itself for rescuers
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here. what is very clear now is that there is a very strong smell already of rotten flesh. families have been coming forward. they have been waiting for news about loved ones. local government at the moment unable to give any news except that everybody was trapped in there perished in the fire. now, this is the staircase that leads to the second floor. that is where most of the bodies are trapped and the concentration of the fire, also. local government admit that this process of identifying the bodies will take time. the penalty demanded a thorough investigation start as soon as possible to determine exactly what happened and to make those who are responsible accountable. >> reporting from manila. >> the army has taken control in burundi after a failed coup, forces loyal to the president say they are in charge, while the penalty was unable to return to the country.
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he was traveling to tanzania when the military shut down the airport and land borders. there are conflicting reports over where the president is right now. >> the last we heard, he is still in the capitol of neighboring tanzania and plans to travel here. the last we heard about who controls the airport the soldiers supporting the leaders of the coup are controlling the land borders but we keep getting new bits of information seems there's fighting going on in different parts of the city and some key locations are changing hands and changing back again fairly fast, so not exactly clear at the moment. controlling the airports and land borders is crucial. that will determine whether or not the president in tanzania condition come back as he wants to. we heard the chief of the army and the head of the intelligence are still loyal to the president. a senior military officer who
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said he was taking over, there are quite a lot of soldiers, police and members of the ruling party youth wing often described as a militia who are fighting on the president's side. we also understand the coup leaders have the strength in numbers, but the people on the president's side have the weapons. before this happened, it was units of military and police seen as loyal to the president that had access to the most weaponry. >> that's malcolm web in burundi's capital. >> the gulf corporation council is meeting in camp david today about iran's nuclear ambitions looking to formalize a plan for the u.s. to be responsible for defending gulf state allies. we have a reporter live in riyadh. what do the saudis want from this meeting at camp david?
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>> the general sentiment here is that the united states of america under obama has messed up in different place in the middle east, particularly in places like iraq, syria, has been very upset about a deal with iranians and loafer looking here what they consider an iranian expansionist agenda in bahrain, yemen and syria the newspapers today are saying that obama has been sending reassurances to the leaders in the region, but they are not enough. what we'd like to see is the u.s. administration showing that region that they are genuinely committed about a strong partnership between america and the g.c.c. countries. basically there's concern that the united states of america
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eager to noil down an agreement with the iranians might just turn its back on its traditional allies. >> let's turn to another topic if you don't mind, that is the fighting in yemen. what's the latest there? >> basically there's been violations in yemen. the ceasefire is delicate, it holds, there's been sporadic firing. the sawed coalition said the houthis have fired rockets into saudi villages, but that for the sake of a ceasefire they will observe serve restraint. the international community for the time being seems confident that they will be able to deliver assistance and supply to thousands of yemeni stranded across the country. the u.n. envoy is in sanna trying to is convince the
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houthis to start talks with different factions to end the fighting a very delicate situation in the country. >> you mentioned earlier let's go back to the iran-u.s. negotiations. you said the gulf states are concerned that the u.s. is too concentrated on ran and issues. does the gcc want the u.s. to reach an agreement with iran over its nuclear weapons? is that a priority for the gulf state allies? >> well, i don't think so. i don't think they would like to see a deal with the iranians for the simple reason, the concern here or the way people see iran here is that is an exist
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stenchle threat. they say the agreement is flawed in that it allows iran to keep some of the centrifuges which it can use to or acquire to make a bomb. that in itself is a nightmare scenario for the g.c.c. leaders. they say that if iran acquires that capability, it will just undermine the region and reposition itself also the most powerful player in the region. saudi arabia is a country that has prided itself on being the protector of sunni islam. they will absolutely not allow iran to have that capability. >> hashem, thank you. >> the stage is set for a vote in the senate with a measure approved 338-88. under the bill, the n.s.a. could
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get records from phone and internet companies with an order. june 1 the patriot act expires. >> the jury in the boston marathon bombing trial begins deliberations in the penalty phase, weighing whether dzhokar tsarnaev should get life in prison or the death penalty. his lawyers say he deserves leniency because he was suede by his older brother while prosecutor insist he was old enough to make his own decisions. >> in today's digit albeit, a video showing a minneapolis police officer macing a group of protestors including children is raising controversy this morning. let's take a look. protestors say a mother with a baby and 10-year-old boy were also maced. the boy's mother posted before and after pictures of him on
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social media. the police chief tweeted that she will launch a full investigation into what happened in minneapolis. >> a religious opportunity in west africa in the face of the ebola outbreak. christians and muslims are working together a overcome the disease.
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>> as soon as i woke up. >> while some patients say e.c.t. was a miracle treatment when nothing else worked, a small but vocal handful said it destroyed their life. al jazeera dallas. >> you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 eastern. >> it appears the simpsons may have to go on without one of its best known voices. >> you know, smiters i think i'll donate a million dollars to the local orphanage. when pigs fly. [ laughter ] >> will you be donating that million dollars now sir. >> no, i still prefer not. >> the voices of mr. burns certificators and other characters tweeted that he has been told his contract won't be renewed. it is part of the negotiation process. fox picked up the show for two more seasons. it has been on the area for 26 seasons. that's it for us for now. thanks for joining us.
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>> speeding toward disaster, investigators say an amtrak train was traveling twice the speed limit when it derailed in philadelphia. the focus is on the man at the controls. >> gunfire and confusion in burundi, a coup fails. >> india's prime minister looks to china to mend political ties.
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the impact to the two most populated countries. this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. investigators this morning are focusing on the speed of the train and the engineer as they try to figure out what led to an amtrak crash in philadelphia. authorities have determined the train was moving too fast, twice the speed limit when it hit a curve and derailed, killing seven people. jonathan betz is live in philadelphia. jonathan, good morning. what more do we know about the engineer? >> good morning, to you. the engineer is a big focus of this investigation. we understand that he declined to give a statement to philadelphia police yesterday but that the ntsb has not yet spoken to him saying they wanted to give him time to recover. his lawyer has said the engineer from that train accident does
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not remember the crash but he remembers parts of the trip, does not remember specifics of the actual accident. the ntsb said he did pull the emergency brake just seconds before that train derailed in philadelphia killing seven and injuring hundreds of people. the lawyer pointed out that the engineer was injured in that accident has several staples in his head, taken to the hospital and reds, but he is the focus and investigators hope to get a clear idea of what happened from him. >> have all the passengersen accounted for at this point? >> that is still also a focus for vectorings, trying to account for all the passengers. 243 people, there are still some people unaccounted for. doesn't mean they are missing or doesn't mean they were on that train, there were a lot of manifests from this trip, from amtrak, from different travel
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agencies investigators trying to match all the names with the people they confirmed were onboard and that is something they are working through this morning. >> any word on when they may resume service from philadelphia to new york on amtrak? we're still waiting to hear on that. crews are still clearing the tracks and repairing the tracks from that bad accident on tuesday night. right now, they are working on trying to get that done. keep in mind, this is one of the busiest rail corridors in the country, serve ago third of all amtrak customers. the link between philadelphia and new york city is closed at this hour. no idea when it may reopen, but investigators have said they do plan to be on scene for several days. >> jonathan betz in philadelphia for us, thank you. we are learning more about the seven killed on that amtrak train. we have their stories. >> for so many people in this
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part of the country the amtrak from washington to new york and up to boston is a routine commute, filled with business people students, often entire families. at this point at least seven families are mourning a terrible loss. within minutes of pulling out of philadelphia tuesday night amtrak 188 went from a routine nighttime ride to a harrowing scene of chaos and confusion. >> the train was going pretty fast on the curve and i just remember like a hit and i just remember that i flew all over the place. >> blackout, screaming luggage falling over, people falling over. >> stunned passengers emerged from the the wreckage bloody and battered. 200 were injured and seven killed. doctors in philadelphia say given the force of the crash it could have been far worse. >> i think we're fortunate there weren't more deaths. >> one victim, 20-year-old
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justin was a sophomore at the u.s. naval caddie on his way home to visit his family in new york. >> he was a loving son nephew and cousin who was very community minded. >> he was a football player, valedictorian of his high school class and wanted to be a navy seal. a spokesman told the washington post the campus is heartbroken the family stunned. >> this tragedy has shocked us all in the worst way and we wish to spend time grieving with our close family and friends. >> wells fargo confirmed that a senior vice president for its hospital at and finance group is among the dead. jim gaines was a video software engineer for the associate press. the company said the 49-year-old was known for dedication and passion, qualities the company said earned him the coveted geek of the month honor in may of
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2012. he was in washington for meetings tuesday and on his way home to princeton, new jersey when the train jumped the track. rachel jacobs was the c.e.o. of a consulting firm who commuted back and forth to her home in new york. she was headed home to her husband and 2-year-old son. still unaccounted for on wednesday night baltimore businessman bob gilder also sleeve. his son held up his photo asking for help finding him. >> very scary, we have no idea, what hospital he's at, if he's at a hospital. we're trying to get as much information as we can. >> we continue to learn new details about the victims also among the dead, educator derrick griffith was dean of student affairs at medgar evers college in new york. more than 200 people have been treated. many have now been released and at this point all the remaining
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injured are expected to recover. >> the team leader for the ntsb joins us. thanks for your time. we just heard seven dead because of this accident. you said on our air yesterday that had this section of track had a technology that would have slowed the train automatically this accident would not have occurred. why didn't this section of track have it when other sections do? >> certainly that's one of the questions we want to find out. why was the asis system not installed over this particular section of track. it's not required to be here. it is required to be installed by the end of this year. we want to find out why was it installed on certain areas of the track but not here. >> what new do you know this morning about why the train went into that curve so fast?
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>> well, that's certainly the question that we intend to find out. that's going to be key to this investigation. >> do you know at this point whether it was more likely to be human error versus a mechanical error of some kind, and with would the data recorder give you that information? >> certainly we're not drawing any conclusions at this point. i'm going to say that everything is on the table. we want to examine everything very very carefully to see if we can pull all of the peelses of this puzzle together and make some sense of it. >> let me ask you this. i imagine there are people examining the physics of this on your team. we know that the speed limit at this portion of the track was 50 miles an hour. what do you think is the maximum a train could safely take that curve at, because we know this train took it at 106 miles an hour.
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>> that will be part of our analysis, to see how much over the tolerance this train was actually traveling and so our investigators have the capability to do some very sophisticated modeling. >> ok. the engineer' attorney said yesterday that his client has no recollection of what happened. have you settled an interview with the engineer at this point and is he cooperating? >> we have not scheduled an interview with him. we are certainly hopeful he will talk to us. we want his firsthand account of what he remembers about this event, and we're optimistic that we'll be able to have that interview with him. >> has he declined an interview? i just want to be clear. >> no. we have not even requested the interview yet. remember, texas just happened the day before yesterday maybe
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36 hours ago and we want to give him a little bit of time to corn have a less. the media has been reporting on his physical condition, he was injured. we want to give him time to get his thoughts together and so ideally, that would be a couple of days after texas. that's when we typically would do these things. >> are there other ways you can piece together what may have been going on when the engineer hit that curve? i understand that you have his cell phone records. have those been analyzed? >> no, usually we have certainly requested the cell phone records. it usually requires a subpoena. that's one thing we look at, at all transportation accidents these days, so we will be looking at those. it usually takes a while to get those from the cell phone provider, but we always do that, so that's part of our standard investigation, investigative protocol. >> this particular route is one of the busiest routes in the
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country. is that adding a sense of urgency for you and for your investigators to get answers to this quickly? >> we are moving at a pace that we're comfortable with. we want to make sure that we do it, do it right and do it thoroughly, and so we are moving at the pace that we feel is best for this investigation. if we find something that warrants immediate attention, we will offer urgent recommendations. right now we're very methodically collecting information. >> is one of the things you do believe requires urgent action, the safety system which has been recommended i understand since the 1970's? >> yes, we have long, long advocated positive train control. that came out of an accident in connecticut in 1969.
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the positive train control that we advocated then is not exactly the same system that is mature now, but nevertheless, we have called for systems to provide redundancy for human errors. let's face it, humans make mistakes and we have to build a system so when that error occurs the system will prevent the error from having catastrophic results and that's what it is designed to do, prevent derailment due to overspeed. >> how safe is american train travel really without this safety system? >> the ntsb has seen a number of accidents over the years that could have been prevented had positive train control been there. coming out of an accident in 2008, congress passed an act the rail safety improvement act that actually requires positive train control to be installed by that the end of this year.
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>> joining us from the scene thank you for your time, appreciate it. >> 12 hours after the derailment, house members voted to cut amtrak funding by 8%. democrats pointed to tuesdays crash as a reason to increase the railroad's funding by more than a billion dollars. republicans accuse them of using a tragedy for political gain. tune in tomorrow night for our special report, derhamed, how safe are america's trains at 8:30 eastern, 530 pacific. >> president obama today welcomes key guff allies to camp david. representatives from the gulf cooperation council be visiting to talk about yemen and iran's nuclear ambitions. they may ask for more help defending themselves from threats overseas. we have a report from riyadh that morning.
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what do the saudi's want from this meeting at camp david? >> basically, they are concerned about what are considered to be a growing influence of iran in the region. they say that iran is backing the government in iraq and the regime of bashar al assad with advanced weapons to clamp down on the he predominantly sunni exhibition to further destabilize saudi arabia. this is one issue. they would like americans to play a role. they say the americans happenedoff approach has paved the way for iranians to expand in the region. they also are pretty much concerned about the iran-u.s. initial agreement on iran's nuclear capabilities, saying it's a flawed deal, it will -- iran will by the end of the day keep some which the centrifuges which can enable it in the near future to acquire nuclear
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capability, unmatched military superiority, they don't want that to happen. >> the other issue on the agenda is yemen what is the latest on the ceasefire there? does fighting continue? >> a delicate ceasefire. there's been sporadic clashes in areas like taiz and aden, where there's been fighting with forces loyal to the houthis and forces backing president hadi. saudi-led coalitions say there's been violations, rockets landing in saudi villages, but they are observing self restraint so that the ceasefire can hold. at the same time, the international community and u.n. are trying to nail down details of a political settlement that can bring all the political factions around negotiating table. is that going to happen in the near future? nobody knows because the latest string of violence that deepened the political divide between the
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different factions in yemen. >> with us from riyadh, thank you. >> on the agenda today members of the american postal workers union are demonstrating in 85 cities across the country. they want improved postal services and better wages. >> saudi arabia will reportedly execute a shia cleric today sentenced to death for disobeying rulers and seeking foreign intervention. he was a vocal supporter of anti-government protests in 2011. >> in the u.k., a 14-year-old boy is in court charged with inciting terrorism overseas. the teen is accused of encouraging another person to carry out and attack at world war i memorial in australia. >> the house voted to end the n.s.a.'s bulk collection of american phone records. the measure was approved 338-88. the n.s.a. could still get records from phone and inner net companies but need a court order.
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the senate must act before june 1 when the patriot act expires. >> the jury in the boss mar bombing trial begins deliberations in the penalty phase today. john henry smith is here with more on that. both sides made their cases yesterday. this comes down to whether tsarnaev should get death. >> the jury deliberated 45 minutes yesterday and once prosecutors and the defense finished their closing arguments. one side painted the bomber as a monster while the other made him out to be merely misguided. >> prosecutors appealed to emotion, as the prosecution remind them tsarnaev planted his bomb feet from children, one who gruesomely died in the last. the prosecutor said tsarnaev wanted to cause his victims as much pain as possible to make a political statement. while victims were suffering in
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the aftermath of the attack that killed three and injured more than 260 the 21-year-old bought a half gallon of milk without any tears shed. the prosecution emphasized examples they say made tsarnaev seem not the least bit sorry. this video played again in the courtroom, showing him making an obscene gesture to a camera in a holding cell. the defense argued that tsarnaev is remorseful and has a potential for redemption. they showed pictures that portrayed him as a gentle little boy and a friendly teenager who got radicalized by his older brother, tamerlan. defense attorney judy clark tried to convince the jury that life in the bleak federal supermax prison would deny him martyrdom. that's a position trial observers disagree on. >> if he's a martyr and that's what he wanted, he doesn't deserve that. he hurt a lot of people and he
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deserve to say suffer. >> we have a death penalty for a reason so if there's ever a case which wants the death penalty, i mean this would be it. >> history is on the side of the defense here. there has not been an execution in massachusetts since 1947, and it's been illegal there since 1984. even if a single juror votes against death for the boston bomber tsarnaev will get a life sentence in federal supermax prison in colorado. >> ok, thank you. >> dozens of killed at a fire at a shoe factory. why officials in the philippines worry the number of victims will only continue to grow. >> no campus, no classes the ivy league education entirely on line that some hope will catch on.
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drilling rigs, fighting oil exploration off the alaska coast. shell plants to azaleased space in seattle to load drilling rigs. >> duke energy is expected to enter a guilty plea for violating the federal clean air act. the charges stem from years of polluting involving coal ash leaking in north carolina. the company has started delivering bottled water to people near tainted wells. >> a man shot was schizophrenic. they say he attacked an officer with a hammer. they believe he is responsible for several other attacks with a hammer in new york city. >> relations between two developing giants have global implications. patricia has more. it's safe to say that washington will be watching this meeting with interest. >> with great interest, indeed.
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ahead of this chip, china and india emphasized the importance of deepening economic ties. china would like the growth kick of selling more goods to china while new delhi would welcome chinese investment in infra structure. there are tensions between these two powers, including long standing border disputes and rising geostrategic risks. india is concerned about chain's growing influence in value and south asia. last month china visited pakistan announcing an infrastructure investment to develop a new corridor between china and pakistan. that is the centerpiece of one belt one road, a plan of land and sea routes. if realized, the road could surf as highways to extend beijing's political influence. meanwhile, beijing is concerned about india's growing ties to
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the south china sea. china has flexed military muscles for claims there. new delhi has oil deals with vietnam to explore energy in those disputed waters. of course, these are all areas where india and u.s. interests converge to act as a counter balance to china's growing influence. the obama administration was pitching the transpacific partner ship as a way to sort of counter china's growing influence and by strengthening partners in areas of the pacific. the partnership was dealt a built of a setback this week because of the efforts to get the fast track approval were dealt a built of a setback in congress. >> all right, thank you so much. >> the president of the philippines has ordered a full investigation into a deadly fire at a shoe factory.
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at least 72 people were killed and 10 others still missing. we have more from manila. >> this is one of manila's deadliest fires. it engulfed most of the factory and lasted more than 17 hours. for most workers there was no way out. his children and granddaughter were working in the factory when the fire broke out. this morning he went inside to have a look. the chances that they survived are slim. >> the only thing that's left there are burnt bones skulls. they've all melted, along with the metal. do you see those windows? even cats won't be able to escape. i want to know what happened. how do i find what's left of them? >> we heard a big explosion and everything went black. that just took seconds. those on the second floor, it was impossible for them to survive. >> like many other plants here in this mostly poor area north
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of manila, this factory manufactures products for the high end market. expensive rubber sandals produced by workers who make less than three u.s. dollars a day. most of them are laborers, with no medical benefits and job security. >> for the families awaiting news about their loved ones, the situation has never been more confusing. the local government until now cannot confirm whether security, safety and labor regulations have been followed bel this company. the owner of the factory also unable to confirm the total number of workers that work in that plant. >> the death tolling keeps rising. >> the priority right now is to assist the families and provide what they need. we've also asked for help from the national government and the police to help identify the bodies. >> the president's orders are clear, conduct a thorough investigation and hold those
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responsible accountable. for those grieving, it is too late now they say their loved ones have already paid the ultimate price. al jazeera manila. >> lessons in higher education offering ivy league teaching at a fraction of the price. >> a doctor who's fight with ebola nearly cost him his life, twice.
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>> live picture out of philadelphia, the amtrak definiteliment, crews working to hoist one of the damaged rail correspond off the tracks. welcome to al jazeera america. federal investigators hope to get more information from the engineer in charge when an amtrak train derailed in philadelphia tuesday killing seven people. so far he's spoken to the police and given a blood sample.
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the engineer's attorney said his client does not remember the train crash. former ntsb board member joins us now. mr. deal, thank you for your time. let's start with what we know, that the train took a curve. he did apply the emergency break. >> i'm actually an ntsb human performance specialist. a member is a much higher level person. >> i apologize for that. >> to answer your question, that speed was way too fast, way too close to that curve. >> how important is the engineer's account of what
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happened. >> i'm a psychologist, not a physician, but sometimes individuals that do suffer any kind of trauma actually have what i call accident amnesia. they're repressing it. it may come back to them. i think that's why as was said earlier, in the earlier block that they may give him a couple of days, just to see if his memory comes back to him at all. >> the other thing that is possible, i suppose is mechanical error. they do have the data recorder. would they be able to tell whether that was the case from that recorder? >> they'll be able to tell an awful lot more about it. they've done a preliminary rather readout of that. to answer your question, sure, mechanical issues are still very much on the table. >> the ntsb board member as you said also said a technology called positive train control could have prevented this accident. is that the right focus this
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morning, or should we be looking at training and management of train engineers? >> like he also said, he has said in the past, everything is still on the table. this is very early into the investigation, but yes was he trained? was he rested? all of these kind of things will be investigated. the psychologist there the human performance specialist will be doing a 72 hour look back to see how much sleep he had, was he nourished and of course, they're going to check his cell phone records and every other piece of data they can get their hands on, but this is still early in the investigation. >> a lot of people might be asking why there aren't co engineers, in other words two people at the helm of these trains, as there are in commercial airliners. >> i guess the task of being an engineer is somewhat simpler than being an airline pilot.
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my spect of course is aviation. i have done train accidents for the ntsb, but i think the work load is such that you probably don't need a second individual. there are devices that if the person doesn't respond in a certain period of time, kind of a dead man's switch that alerts the individual to wake up, if you will, all those things have been explored. i don't know. this is a new locomotive cab. they've only had that particular design on the line for about a year so one of the things they'll look at is was this individual trained in the differences in this locomotive cab with the ones that he was more familiar with over the previous years. >> alan deal, thank you for your insights this morning. i apologize for getting your title wrong there at the beginning. >> no problem. you promoted me, but i didn't want to exaggerate my role to
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the board. i was just a civil servant psychologist at work there. >> got it. hall alan deal, thank you. >> the army has taken control of burundi, shutting down the airport and the country's land borders. >> the protests against the penalty's possible third term in power are growing. police seen as loyal to the ruling party used tear gas and bullets against the demonstrators, but struggled to contain them. on wednesday afternoon while the president was out of the country, the senior army officer announced he was taking over. >> the president has been relieved of his duties, government dissolved. permanent secretaries will have minimal duties in their ministries. >> soldiers and military vehicles moved into the city center to take control of key
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locations. burundi's army seen as neutral and is popular among the protestors. soldiers have been on the streets during the demonstrations, but not joined in the violence. minutes after the announcement from the army, hundreds of jubilant protestors came running into the kearn. now the president has to go, whether he wants to or not he has to go. some police units loyal to the president fired at the advancing demonstrators, but soldiers overpowered them. people said this map was a member of the ruling party's militia dressed in police uniform. they said he tried to stop the advancing soldiers, but they killed him. a short while later the army and crowds of protestors arrived in the city center. >> outside the believe of r.p.a., the popular independent radio station, it was closed down on the second day of
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protests. now a crowd of protestors are celebrating and cheering. the senior military officer said he's now in control of burundi and announced he was take egg over. we are told police locked the door with a padlock and ran away. soldiers came with protestors and the radio came back on air. for now its many supporters gathered outside the radio buildings and where they broadcast and there's a celebration going on. >> the military rulers say they'll restore democracy. the president was meeting neighboring presidents and said he wants to come back. the people don't know whether all of this will lead to free, fair and peaceful elections. >> with more on this, we're joined by a filmmaker and freelance journalist based in brush di. thank you for your time. following the celebrations and
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clashes overnight, what is the overriding mood in the capitol today? >> the mood has shifted. there was great celebrations, thousands of crowds and march along the street yesterday singing and dancing. overnight there was fighting. that kept a lot of us away from the city. this morning, there was a certain sense of did he derespondence and people would venture out. people are staying indoors and being cautious. >> the president's announcement that he would seek a third term spurred this attempted coup, why has this president been such a divisive leader. >> i think that in many ways, the grievances are very varied. what's really brought them
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together has been this third term mandate bid and what it was originally spontaneous protest by disenfranchised people in the capitol became across the opposition which in itself prompted the army to act or at least part of the army to act. it's worth saying that this is just one part of the country and that enjoying more widespread report in rural areas, but it is certainly still there. >> is this purely political forces at play and tensions among opposition parties or are there ethnic tensions that are also a factor in what we're seeing? >> this is ethnic questioning media outlets are quick to jump on to too the political tension that we're seeing.
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ethnicity is not something to be ignored, it's still a very volatile topic and used in many ways as a propaganda weapon. ultimately, it's not the main driving factor. >> are economic issues a driving factor? burundi is among the poor evident nations in the world. >> burundi -- there's pockets and in many ways not just the force of people demonstrating. certainly in any context where you're having a great sense of disenfranchisement through economic means the resentment grows more he ili. >> i understand fighting over night centered upon an area where the state television and radio are housed. how crucial are those assets to either side? >> certainly overnight, it was not only the radio and state television, there was a crucial center of the fight a number of other privately owned television and radio stations were attacked
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both of the opposition and ruling party. it's interesting to see how the media has positioned itself as crucial to this attempted coup d'etat and controlling those information flows is essential to either side -- >> journalists joining us from burundi's capital this morning. thank you for your time. >> the pentagon says it cannot confirm reports that isil's second in command has been killed in iraq. iraq said he was killed in a coalition air strike in non-rack. u.s. central command said it has no information yet on his fate or even when the air strike took place. >> satellites are being used to hunt for a marine corps helicopter missing in nepal. they were delivering aid east of katmandu.
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nepalese forces continue to search on the ground. >> the death toll from this week's quake in nepal the after shock, has risen to 110. worries over safety forced a lot of people to flee buildings. there were concerns they may be too dangerous to go inside after two major quakes in three weeks. >> technology may help prevent something like the nepal disaster in the future. a new system is being developed that can warn cities before an earthquake hits. we have more. >> they are scenes of incredible power and destructive force. this is what a magnitude 9.0 earthquake can do. there is nothing in nature like a seismic event and no one knows them more than dr. tom heaton studying quakes sings the 1970's at cal tech. >> one of the things people don't like is when it starts, you really have no idea how big
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the shaking's going to get. if you're in the wrong place it can be very terrifying. [ siren ] >> earthquake. >> this is a simulation of a magnitude 7.8 on the san andreas. the system is telling us, tracking where the earthquake is here, would be showing up on my computer screen or yours. >> strong shaking expected in 23 seconds. >> telling you where the sheer wave is. the p. wave is heading for us, it's the sheer wave that has most of the heavy shaking. it's heading toward us. the closer it gets to us, the stronger the shaking. ok, so we're headed into the pasadena seismic station. >> in california, there are only 500 sensors in the system, like this one buried in the hills of
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pasadena california. >> they detect the motion an earth quake produces. the second part is sending that information at the speed of light to these electronics. these are what gets the information out to the rest of the system and lets us know when an earth quake is coming ahead of time. >> from the moment the initial p. wave readings crumb across to the time the sheer waves strike, planes could be waived or landings, trains could stop, and hospitals could go into emergency mode. timing is everything. that means decisions about what to shut down have to be made in an instant. even a few seconds warning can help save lives. >> earthquake, very strong shaking expected in two seconds.
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>> you can watch "tech know" top night on aljazeera america. >> more than 16,000 species around the world are threatened with extinction. some are on the brink to being saved, but there are new additions on the list every year. we went over some of the animals last year. which others are most at risk? >> we are highlighting some in different parts of the world. it's not just developing countries, although those are the places most likely to have endangered animals. it is even here in the united states. the island fox this is in a channel island of california, only 700 remain. they communicate with each other by barking. many of them sometime exist the ones left here. we head now to mexico, it's a water monster or fish, but actually is an amphibian that never leaves the water never goes to land. unfortunately, that water is one
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lake near mix co city, heavily polluted. 100 were found in 2008, zero in a 2013 search. this is why some of these animals are so important. this one was beneficial for scientific research because it region rated limbs so we could use it and of course now it is extinct. another one going around the world, the siamese crocodile is diminishing due to land use in that area. >> on the healthbeat, a new treatment for lung cancer could soon become available in the u.s., thanks be to the thawing relationship with cuba. it targets hormones that cause cancer tumors to grow. the treatment was developed in cuba where lung canner i guess a leading cause of death. the cancer institute hopes for f.d.a. approval. >> we've been bricking you the story of the american who contracted ebola while breathe patients in sierra leone. he survived.
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months later the disease reappeared in his eye. >> you are not contagious. a man in africa was found to have ebola months later in his semen. can it somehow reappear or be transmitted months later? >> we've been aware from a very few cases that ebola can% longer than our class i can six weeks in certain what we call sanctuary sites. the semen in males has been one of those. very few patients have his given us just a party of data that the semen can have culture positive 180 days by a molecular test. that may be changing. we don't think the fluid in the eye, another sanctuary site will be important for transmission via casual contact.
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the outside of my eye is negative. my tears are negative but inside the eye was the virus. >> now that ebola gets pulled back from the public eye as it is the outbreak has slowed down, are you concerned that the focus will remain on ebola this we will find way to say treat it? >> it's true to mid stream an epidemic it's difficult to pay attention to anything other than the urgent. it's entirely possible it will happen again whether influenza or a core reason no virus or something we don't know about yet. i was in cameroon for a short time and i'm uncomfortable with the attention i received. there were many staff who went into very grim care environments on a daily basis quietly without fanfare they did it entering walls in which they'd
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seen many patients and colleagues and sometimes friends die. in doing so, that group of national staff has displayed a really uncommon heroism that we don't talk about enough. i think we owe it to them and to their memory to make sure that we learn these long term lessons well and don't get caught flatfooted again. i really believe that. >> i know you said that you're haunted by those who did not get the care you got and did not survive, but you certainly were heroic in your efforts to save people and it is really a pleasure to have you with us. thank you and wish you be the best. >> thank you very much for having me. >> in today's digit albeit, a video showing a minneapolis police officer macing a group of protestors including children is raising controversy this morning. take a look. [ screaming ] >> the demonstrators were part of a rally over police violence
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against african-americans. protestors say a mother with a baby and 10-year-old boy were also malessed. the boy said mother posted before and after pictures of him on social media. wow. >> the police chief tweeted she will launch a full investigation. >> from iran to ethiopia, countries represented at the cannes film festival and milestone for a female worker there this year.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:50 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories, the jury in the boston marathon bombing trial in the penalty phase. >> parts of texas could see more rain adding to severe flooding. houston received 11 inches of rainfall in two hours tuesday. emergency crews are searching for a man believed swept away in the floods. >> honey bees are dying faster than previously thought. beekeepers have lost 42% have colonies the sharpest dropoff in the last decade. >> imagine a university where everything you say and do in class is stored in definitely and used to analyze performance. it's a virtual college called
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minerva and providing an ivy league education at half the price. >> still in first year of operating, it is a new on line university that aims to compete with the nation's most elite schools. the founding dean joined the startup after a lifetime in the ivy league. >> i don't think students are being effectively educated. i don't think they're being given tools for life. i don't think they are acquiring what we think of here as the great cognitive tools that allow him to succeed. >> one recent study of a sample group of undergraduates found that 45% demonstrated no significant improvement in critical thinking and complex reasoning after their first two years of college. a world class neuroscientist and former chair of fake challenges at harvard said minerva doesn't
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teach traditional subjects. students take courses with titles like formal nationals and complex systems, designed to teach critical thinking skills, rather than content. the technology is designed to compel students to participate. >> you see the full video of the class. you see all the times that anyone spoke anyone typed anything. you can filter down to saying i only want to see people who talked for more than 10 seconds i want to see people who that raised their hand. >> still experimental. >> do you have concrete data that shows this method of teaching is working. >> we have date that that shows is working well and specific practices we use work extremely well, but other ones, we don't know yet. >> turning down berkeley and ucl after, he joined the founding class. >> i went and visit add few
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friends at other schools. >> the university isn't completely on line. the 27 classmates all live together in this apartment building. it's their version of a dorm and the only campus these students have. tuition is $10,000 a year. room and board is $18,000. that's half the price of an average private college. >> we do claim that we're a solution. right now the battle of ideas it's not about the substance of education. it's not about the substance of the student experience, and when universities engage in that battle again then that is going to be what will not just save, but elevate higher education all around the world. >> spanish soccer players are forced to play now that a court has told them they can't go on strike. some of the bigger names
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threatened to walk off the field. the issue is a new t.v. rights law that would spread the wealth of revenue among all teams. right now soccer teams negotiate their own deal. the spanish government wants rights for all games sold at one package. >> tom brady has until this afternoon to file an appeal over his suspension, penalized after the league concluded he likely new team employees deflated footballs. it is unclear if the team will appeal its fine of $1 million and loss of draft picks. >> on the culture beat, the cannes film festival is underway, one of the movie industry's biggest events. we have a look. >> flash bulbs film stars and festival magic this is what cannes does best. the cohen brothers lined up on the carpet. the excitement reaches fever pitch.
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standing tall is the story of a troubled boy. as the first female filmmaker to open the festival in 30 years she was quick to deny that it's just tokenism. >> it so happens that i'm a woman, but i'm honored by the selection of the film. this spot is normally given to a man, not a woman. >> this is a truly international festival olympics of the film word. >> it is our mission and duty to put new names on the map of world cinema. for the rest, we have that balance between intimate stories and themes much more involved in political and social content. we have that, too. >> this is about celebrating the big screen, but there is an increasing crossover between cinema and internet, threatening the big theatrical releases.
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>> migration of talent to t.v. is very much on film producers and distributors mind. netflix, the move to digital the way people are consuming content means netflix has more and more power. distributors are worried about that. >> this city of 75,000 swells to 200,000. it feels like all eyes are on what's happening here, but it's what plays inside at cinemas that will tell us the most about the world we live in today. al jazeera at the cannes film festival. >> it runs through may 24. >> coming up from doha, the latest from burundi where there is confusion and gunfire after a failed coup. thanks for watching. have a great morning.
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