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continent, from all corners of the globe, you can see there bombing in yemen the stories out of india the interview with bill clinton former u.s. president. take a look at that, that's >> ramadi falls into isil hands. now the u.s.-led coalition steps up airstrikes trying to regain control. fall out from ferguson. the white house taking new steps to keep military grade weapons away from local police departments, and shutting down the port of seattle activists are doing everything they can to stop an oil rig from heading north to the arctic.
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm john henry smith. thousands are fleeing their homes in into eastern iraq after ramadi has fallen under isil control. some 8,000 have been forced to leave. secretary of state john kerry spoke about isil during his trip to south korea. he said the group and others that he calls daesh are growing stronger in the region, and as such the iraqi government has no time to waste. >> particularly in anbar where you don't yet have the presence of the iraqi security forces in the full numbers necessary to take the fight to dash everywhere yet i underscore yet. there are targets of opportunity like ramadi or somewhere elsewhere dash has the ability to inflict great damage.
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>> the head of u.s. central command met with iraq's defense minister in baghdad today, and thousands have arrived to kick start the fight. >> they were caught in the cross fire and now they have no place to go. according to the international organization for migration 8,000 people were forced to leave ramadi when fighters belonging to the islamic state in iraq and the levant advanced into their city. but people who headed towards baghdad are being questioned before being allowed to inter the iraqi capital. authorities say they want to make sure that no fighters were isil make it into the city. >> why aren't we allowed to go to baghdad? aren't we in the same country? we can't cope. it's better to die than to leave this life. >> anger towards the shia-led government runs deep in the sunni province of anbar. there is also a feeling among people that they've been
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betrayed. >> we spent two days on the road. we were humiliated at government check points along the way. what we can't understand is how security forces withdrew from ramadi. why did they do that? >> ramadi, the capital of iraq sunni heartland belongs to isil, at least for now. this video was released by the radical group. the provincial capital of anbar seems to have been abandoned after a three-day offensive. up to 500 security personnel and civilians were killed. either in the fighting while heirs who work for the government were murdered by isil. now iraq's shia militias are ready to launch a counter offensive against isil in ramadi. they operate under the government-sanctioned popular mobilization forces. they were responsible for pushing isil from the provinces but they have also been accused of human rights abuses and many
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people have still not returned to their homes. in ramadi the regular army and the local police were no match for isil. many were seen escaping the city. many sunni leaders are blaming the government for the fall of this city. >> right now we have very few options on the ground, but the best is to train an armed local tribes because the only group operating under the command of the prime minister is the shia militia coalition. >> that decision will alienate mean sunni tribes. some leaders say they will even consider their involvement in iranian occupation of their province. there is concern. >> it's a sunni area. there is ethnic dispute definitely before it's long about ten years. and there will be a clash. definitely between the tribes and the shia militia. secondly, it's more weakening
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the central governments. why? because it's not the army who is getting in. >> ramadi was isil's first major gain after a series of defeat in recent months. the united states, which leaded coalition against isil insists it is confident that ramadi will be recaptured. that may happen, but winning the political battle could be harder in recaptured territories there is little or no reconciliation between the shia-led government and the sunnies. al jazeera baghdad. >> well, the white house says it will no longer allow local police to buy military-style commitment from the federal government. they spelled out the restrictions arming local law enforcement brought controversy after police clashed with protesters in ferguson last summer. under the order the federal government will no longer get to
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lease or pay for armored tanks weaponnized aircraft or vehicles grenades or cam camouflage uniforms. in texas two groups had met in a student restaurant to work out differences, then things got out of hand. >> they meet every other month they usually occur on a sunday. the confederation meetings occur in every state of the united states, and it givers a chance for all of the clubs in that state to get together and discuss current affairs. current problems. settle differences whatever. normally there is only a couple of members from each organization present at each confederation meeting but this time there wasn't.
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motorcycle clubs wear a three-piece patch on the back of their vest. >> now, the shootings took place at the twin peaks restaurant. that will be closed for at least a week now. police are on alert in waco for possible retaliation today. well, trains are rolling once again along amtraks northeast corridor. service between philadelphia and new york resumed this morning. it had been suspended for the last six days after a train derailed leaving eight people dead. federal safety officials have ordered amtrak to finish installing a speed control system that may have prevented last week' derailment. the engineer at the controls of the time said he has no recollection of what happened. new reports are criticizing the u.s. military's handling of sexual assault claims. human rights watch say that military reports reports the
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victim are subject to retaliation and only 15% of suspects were court-martialed. in the support port of seattle, the goal to block a drilling rig from getting to the arctic. what is happening there right now? >> john henry, a bit of dance party right now. this group of about 300 or so split into two different smaller groups. we're seeing performances at either end of this stretch of highway about a quarter mile leading into the port of seattle. the port of seattle is enormous and stretches around the waterfront and has a lot of different locations. they have come to the entrance of the terminal where the enormous shell oil drilling rig has been tied up since last thursday. they would like to stop it if they can. their idea today after getting
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done with the environmental rap and songs by the raging grannies, folks songs and, etc. in terms of work on the rib they'rerig, they hope to shut it down. >> they're draining our earth dry of this precious resource, and we need to stop it for the generations to come. if we do not stop this today we will be extinct of many species. >> that is the sentiment of 300 or so who are out here today. they would like to prevent the work and provincials provincial work being done. so far everything is peaceful here. very friendly, catered with chili, salmon coffee and water. porta-potties have been brought in for the police on hand, and
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there is a large presence ever of police here. maintains in seattle wemany times in seattle we see a begin peaceful beginning and then it escalates later in the day. >> they don't have much chance of stopping the work, which is part of their intention. i spoke with a marine representative just a half hour ago, and he said, you know, we've had a lot of time to plan for this. there has been no secrets if they were going to stage this protest and try to block things up. so people have known about it for quite some time. i asked them if they just changed their work shifts to accommodate the work needed to get done and avoid the protests. they said they would not give details but they said there would be no impact so far. are these folks going to stop
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shell from drilling in the arctic? the company has spent $6 billion exploring the possibility and it's a good bet after that kind of investment and the amount of oil and natural gas they think they might find, that they're going to keep going. more than anything else it's a great photo operational op with a lot of people speaking their minds. >> adam, thank you very much. there is renewed fighting in burundi today. soldiers fired shots at protesters in the capital days after a coup against the president failed. the demonstrators are calling upon the president to drop his plans to run for a third term. we have reports from burundi. >> it's calm but tins in this part of the city. there are soldiers on the street, and that has caused fear in people here. they say people wanted to
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demonstrate but then things got nasty. shop owners closed their shops. this is what one man said happened to some of the protesters who participated. >> they sent people away, but they have brought fear. they're shooting our people. >> when tear gas and shots are fired, the plan was to get away from the commotion as quickly as possible, so they fan out in differentiallies here, and they hide between the houses making it very hard for the soldiers and police to find them. they say they want to keep protesting, but they say some of their leaders have been arrested, some leaders are too scared to come out and protest so people are not sure how much traction and momentum this particular protest will have. as you can see there are a lot more soldiers and police being deployed on to the streets. they know that the president
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plans to run for a third term despite there are people who say they don't want him to. there is tense calm about the future. people want to keep protesting, but the question is there enough appropriate item to do that, or are many of them too scared to do it in huge numbers. >> well, yemen is getting hit about airstrikes again today. hours after a five-day humanitarian cease-fire ended the saudi coalition decided not to renew the truce because they said that houthi fighters repeatedly broke the agreement. today trials leaders are talking about a lasting peace plan, but houthis refused to attend the peace conference saying any decision made is will not be
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accepted without them there. >> the political solution is the only solution. that is why inter yemeni dialogue should take place. >> iranian state police showed footage of iranian ships heading to yemen carrying aid. >> the talks now are mind closed doors and we're expecting the major yemeni factions to agree on a road map for yemen's future basically asking the for international support including the use of force. they say they recognize the legitimacy of the government of president abd rabbuh mansur hadi. they'll discuss issues of reforming the political establishment, reforming the top military commanders and giving the movement larger political representation. as far as the houthis are
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concerned, as well as dealing with the houthis is concerned those attending the meetings here in the capital of riyadh they say that the houthis have only two options join the political process otherwise they will be sidelined. the united nations we know from our sources that they're talking now to the international community, the u.n. envoys on his way to new york, they're talking with the saudi-led coalition and different yes hen any factions to have a cease-fire implemented as soon as possible. we also do understand that talks in geneva will take place. most of the factions say they're going to attend the meetings, and therefore you have to have some sense of cease-fire i am implemented, that they're ready to talk in geneva against the backdrop of the truce. otherwise, they're concerned there will be more violence in the country. >> hashem ahelbarra in riyadh.
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well, straight ahead on al jazeera america the european union takes new steps to try to stop a migrant crisis in the mediterranean. plus a refugee success story. from fleeing violence to running their own business far from home.
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>> the european union has approved military action to curb the influx of people crossing the mediterranean into europe. the plan will target human traffickers. officials hope that it will disrupt the flow of migrants by destroying boats used by the smugglers. the e.u. policy chief said that the operation will be fully launched next month. there is migrant crisis happening in lebanon. more than a million syrians fled trying to escape civil war. we have reports on one lebanese camp giving some syrians the opportunity to work and get back on their feet.
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>> a pastry chef. he normally makes sweets. but some reasks want him to make pizza so he's giving it a shot. . >> they offered to give me had shop and provide all the equipment for free. i now earn layoff forgive my family and get to employ other workers from the camp as well. >> a lebanese charity group runs this on organization donations. donations. portable cabins have been created to refugees and wants to create a self -sustaining community so those with a skill are able to start a business. mahmood is a barber. >> it depends. some days i make three dollars.
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sometimes eight or more. then after this shop i can afford to buy my family's meats. the situation in this carp is very good. we have almost everything. >> but even with the improve the conditions life in this camp is basic. over 1,500 people live here. it is tough and there are complaints. this refugee camp is considered to be among the best in lebanon. most families get to live in portable cabins like this with its own toilets and sewage system. but there is lack of water and some people told me they only get six hours of electricity every day. but most people agree they won't find a better place. there are 1.2 million registered syrian refugees in lebanon. the influx has been strains on lebanon's infrastructure, and the government has posed restrictions on those who come
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here. the head of the aid group running this camp say that they're overwhelmed. he said all the help provide to the refugees is temporary. >> all refugees want to return. this is a temporary living. no one wants to stay away from their countries and homes. if syrian returns to normality we will take this entire camp back there until people can settle in their own homes. it will be a long while before the short journey begins. al jazeera on the syrian border. >> coming up next, bullying on the job. the huge problem that's costing companies billions and hurting even the hardest-working employees.
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>> a severe drought in the west shows no signs of relenting. scientists predict that the worse is yet to come due to global warming. >> normally these peaks in washington are covered in snow. but this year they're barely dusted with white. only 16% of normal. streams flowing from the mountains are low and that's bad news for farmers and produce vendors at this fruit and
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vegetable market in olympia where mike sales his ware. >> cherries, peaches apricots, watermelons, honeydew. >> they have declared a state of emergency. >> we're seeing things this time of year that we've never seen before. >> the drought is expected to cost washington farmers $1 billion this year. the state is offering incentives willing to sacrifice some crops to save water. >> here the drought is well into its fourth year, but that may be the beginning. parts of the u.s. may suffer from dry spells that last for decades. using tree rings to compare past rainfall levels and powerful computer modeling scientists atonias daughterat nasa and columbia university predict
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droughts. in the past droughts have destroyed whole civilizations. a dry spell ended the civilization of the nasazi. >> u.s. airlines expect to carry a record number of passenger this is summer. the entry's leading train group project passengers will be up 5% this year. that could drive up prices up demand for seats and drive up prices. bullying in jobs. 40% never speak up, ali velshi spokes on the growing recognition of the issue and the legal battle to get americans protected. >> kim graduated from law kyle
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filled with the promise of a bright future, landing her dream job as a prosecutor in texas. >> they seemed excited to have me. i was almost hired on the spot, so i thought it was going to be the beginning of something great. >> but while kim was continuing to win cases, she was failing to win over a fellow prosecutor. >> he would do everything in his power to make every day of my life just pure hell. he would--you know he would yell at me for being one minute late. he would tell me that i did something wrong that i didn't really do wrong. >> more than one in four workers in the usa reports being bullied by a co-worker or boss. according to a recent survey from the workplace bullying institute. >> workplace balllying may be direct or repeated yelling.
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>> at 6'4", 260 pounds, craig is a prime example how workplace bullying can defy stereo times. >> the woman bullying me was 4'11", it was not about physical intimidation. there is a certain amount of power that comes along with a boss that is bullying someone who knows they can hold that paycheck over their head. >> craig said he endured the abuse because he was raising a son on his own. >> every comment was personal and demeaning. i understand that you're a single dad. you know the state can take your child from you if i fire you. it was everything that you can possibly imagine went to that extreme. >> the cost of bullying in business is between $6 billion to $13 billion a year. including decreased productivity and increased absenteeism. >> workplace bullying awareness videos like this one are being
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purchased by companies from walmart to carnival cruise lines lines. legislators have adopted some form of the bully bill. >> but currently workplace bullying it is not explicitly illegal unless it's specific to behavior such as sexual or racial harassment. >> a handful of states have passed related laws. california's ab 1523 mandates prevention of abusive con detective be included in workplace sexual harassment training. in san diego assemblyman brian jones voted against it. >> one of the problems with this bill is how do you define what's bullying, and how do you define what's banter between two adults. >> this is not a suck it up
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situation. i want people to know that that's not okay. and they need to do something about it. >> ali velshi, al jazeera. >> finally apple ceo took the time this weekend to inspire college graduates. tim cook gave the commencement speech at george washington university. he told the new grads that silicon valley is a special place because companies there are changing the world. >> i'm a proud son of the south. it's my home, and i'll always love it, but for the last 17 years i built a life in silicon valley. it's a special place the kind of place where there is no problem that can't be solved, no matter how difficult or complex. that's part of its essential quality. a very sincere sort of optimism. >> cook also told the new grads they don't have to give up their
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values to succeed in their careers. thanks for joining us, i'm john henry smith. the news continues live from london. very good to have your company live from london, also coming up european ministers agree to use force to beat the people smugglers,. the u.n. calls on the people to do more and how ordinary make lairn shans are helping out. and protestors, set up