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good morning to you. welcome to al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm morgan radford. new questions about the obama administration strategy fighting isil in iraq. rimadi, a key city is under isil said control and despite a series of u.s. rare strikes this i also a big setback for the u.s. owe litigation fighting isil. forces are preparing to retake the city. it is less than 70 miles from baghdad and significant to a lot of american families, since one in three u.s. casualties occurred in that region during the iraq war. today, it's completely a ghost town abandoned by the iraqi army after two days of fighting. retaking ramadi will be no small feat.
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>> shia led militias are preparing on the offensive isil on the offensive. check have up to eight policemen were killed. hadi is a contested town, not far from the base where troops are getting ready for this counterattack. we also know that people have started to flee the town. people are scared, worried that isil may overrun this town like they did in ramadi. the humanitarian crisis is worsening, 29 people have been displaced in the recent fighting. now hearing of more people on the run. there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding, and in the battle, really for anbar has still not begun. >> the obama administration
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insists that its strategy will eventually succeed in protecting rimadi. >> we've known that the fight would be long an difficult especially in anbar province, and so there's no denying that this is a setback but there's also no denying that the united states will help the iraqis take back ramadi. >> anbar province is mainly a sunni area. >> 11 police officers in afghanistan have been giving one year sentences for failing to prevent the brutal mob killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the koran. eight others were set free after her death sparking international outrage. that woman had her brutal death captured on video. jennifer glasse joins us live from kabul. what has been the reaction there to the sentencing?
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>> it's been a real incredible case here. this has been very, very public for her murder captured on cell phone videos and watched on social media. it sparked demonstrations across afghanistan as well as across the world. today's verdict referred to 19 policeman, 11 of them held accountable for failing to do their duty, failing to protect her during that mob killing that happened in the middle of the streets just two months ago. some people say that the sentences were too light on the police. others though, say it's incredible, because it is the first time police have been held accountable. the first time we've seen them on t.v., on the trial the judge adjourned the proceedings for nearly two weeks while he looked at more investigations, looked at all the evidence and he did actually sentence each of these men in small groups, so each of the men were looked at individually. there were some inconsistencies
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in the trial not everyone had a defense lawyer, but certainly a big move forward for afghanistan. >> you mentioned it's a big move forward and sounds almost like this was a landmark case, but given the inconsistencies you just mentioned what's next? is there a chance for an appeal for these men? >> there is. the men can all appeal. they all do have the right to appeal. we're not sure whether they will but it was landmark because it was so public and so watched. while there were some inconsistencies, some say this is just a step forward for adjusts system that still has a long way to go. >> jennifer, thanks so much for being with us. >> here in the u.s., a new law in texas could impact efforts to ban fracking. texas approved fracking inside
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the city of denton. >> too many of us in our 30s are getting cancer, our animals getting cancer right at the time of these wells. >> we have been using fracking for more than 60 years to recover oil and gas. there i also no evidence ofizing morbidity or higher mortality rates around frack sites or anywhere else. >> in denton, three wells exist for every square mile of land. the new laws allow life and noise to be regulated from fracking. cities across the united states are trying to ban fracking. >> the f.b.i. said there's no evidence that a gunshot win the windowhit thewindow of an amtrak train. ntsb member described the windshield crack as the size of
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a grapefruit in a circular pattern, taking it could take months to find out what really happened. >> four passengers on the train are suing amtrak, citing serious and disabling injuries. a passenger find the first lawsuit, saying he suffered a traumatic brain injury. >> the state department will take until january of next year to release hillary clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state. officials have more than 50,000 pages of her personal email account to sift through. they say she used that account rather than a government account to conduct government business. the john date means the emails will be released right before the iowa caucus and new hampshire primary. >> warnings that there could be more violence today in texas 170 gang members face murder related charges. nine died and many others were hurt during the shooting that
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happened at a restaurant between rival gangs. police say they are ready to handle whatever happens next. >> a lodge facility there. we've got plenty of space to house the inmates. in the event that additional inmates occur we've got plenty of room in the jail. >> the restaurant, the twin peaks restaurant has since been shut down. the parent company said the owners have been stripped of their franchise. this is the latest chapter in the history of violence between motorcycle gangs in the united states. >> revved up and ready for the ride motorcycle clubs convey an air of rebellion. most of them harmless, with hundreds of thousands of hard working weekend warriors finding camaraderie on the road. there's a small slice of the motorcycle culture that the federal government considers as ruthless as mobsters. the justice department has identified 300 of what it calls
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outlaw motorcycle gangs groups that use the clubs as con do its for criminal enterprises. the ranks number from a handful to thousands worldwide. the government said five pose a serious domestic national threat, the heavily's angels, mon gulls ban didos outlaws and sons have silence. the bandidos have between 2,000 and 2500 members operating in the u.s. and 13 other countries. the group is accused of drug smuggling and the in the production and distribution of methamphetamine. the motto we're the people your parents warn us about embraces the culture of menace. the hell's angels operate in 27 countries. the government said they're involved in much more than
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drugs, extortion and money laundering to assault and murder are the charges. >> shell oil is threatened with fines for doing work on a floating oil rig at the port of seattle. hundreds of protestors blocked the entry to that port on monday hoping to prevent that rig from heading to the arctic. we have more. >> protestors start the work week early chants ringing. flanked by police bike patrols they walk to the port of seattle's terminal five. >> there is only one solution. >> revolution, revolution. >> that is where shell on him's huge drilling rig is moored, prepped for oil exploration off the coast of alaska. protestors want to stop that work. >> we need to stop it for the generations to come. if we do not stop this today, we will be extinction, like so many species already are. ♪
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>> plenty of music and dancing keep the mood light here, but the pushback against shell is happening in other less cheerful arenas, as well. >> these are complicated vessels and we don't have a high confidence that they know what they're doing. >> the watchdog group that challenged the process in court saying more environmental review is required. >> they have to conduct an environmental review anytime they change the use of a shoreline and they skipped that process, and just went ahead and negotiated the lease essentially in secret. >> the drilling rig drew a huge crowd of activists in kaybacks over the weekend and drawn scrutiny from the city government. shell and the company doing the work are said not to have the right permits and have to reapply. shell and voss appealed the ruling and are pushing forward.
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the high profile political squabble has other port customers questioning their own deals. >> it creates uncertainty about what is the future of the port going to be. is the next thing going to be to stop automobile or garments or shoes arriving here because they don't like the way they're made. >> while the legal battle plays out, the protests are likely to continue. >> how long are you prepared to stay? >> as long as we have we have to. >> tonight? >> we're going to do it. >> work has not been interrupted. as shell continues to stock for polar exploration. >> it's been one month since baltimore erupted in protest over the death of freddie gray. up next, how much has changed
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and what's really being done to fix the city's problems. >> it's been called the last free place in america. why squatters are now trying to buy a former marine base. we'll explain. stay tuned.
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>> economists say the bird flu could cost both iowa and minnesota nearly a billion dollars. iowa has already lost 20 million chickens that lay eggs and that outbreak killed 37 million birds. most were youth sized to prevent the spread of the violence. >> the protest that followed
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freddie gray's death called for better relations between residents and law enforcement. it also highlighted the growing wage gap for people of color. >> it's another work day in baltimore's poorest neighborhood and joyous gospel music fills the air. in its streets men of all ages spend their time aimlessly. >> it is simple, as far as saying listen, we'll pay you $6 an hour, just give them something to do with that energy. they are just transferring energy into destruction. >> finding steady work for those with few marketable skills can be hard across the state of maryland. it's lost 20% of manufacturing job base. the drill slide began 40 years ago and empty factories dot the landscape. this is where one of baltimore's great historic employers the
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bethlehem steel mill stood. the jobs it once supported had been dwindling for years. >> baltimore is just one example of america's urban dilemma. the number of high poverty neighborhoods in major metro areas has tripled average poverty rates in the big cities remain unchanged at 24%. since 2000, the entrenched poor population has doubled to 4 million people. the decaying schools offer little hope of advancement. >> students realize at some point that the schools are failing them, so they don't stick around. they don't stick around. many bright students become bored, so they drop out, also. >> for 25 years sociologist tracked the progress of hundreds of poor baltimore children, black and white until they reached adulthood. his finding race still matters. >> doing well in baltimore's
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economy without a college degree is very much conditioned by race and very much about the difference between white men of working class background and everybody else. >> my family struggled all their life. >> once the police pick you up, he says it's harder to get hired for work. >> you can go through the program and won't be able to get a job because they draw off your past history 10 years ago three years ago, two years ago whatever and they held that stuff against us. >> in the heart of too many cities the dream is deferred. >> squatters have been living rent free on a former military bails in the california desert for 50 years. some like it so much, they want to buy the property and keep
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living off the grid for years to come. jennifer london reports from slab city. >> 140 miles east of san diego near the salt and sea in the middle of the desert, there's a place you won't find on any map. >> slab city's the only place that i know of where a person can come and stand on the planet without owing paying, offending. >> william and hundreds of others who have laid claim to this desolate stretch of dry land called slab city, the last free place in america. >> i think i have the right to stand on the planet and have a drink of water and breathe the air without owing somebody. >> he moved here 16 years ago. in some ways, slab city is like a refugee camp for people who hit bottom. others came to escape the confines and trappings of society. here they don't pay taxes and they don't pay rent.
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they are squatters on state owned landioning the outside world. >> the outside world is called the beast or bob lon. >> lin bright moved here six years ago from canada. >> what they mean by that is all of the people on the grid or connected to electricity and water and power, and all of the services that you get in civilization versus this, which there is nothing here. >> these 600 plus acres used to be a military training base. when the marines left, they took everything with them except the concrete slabs. soon after the squatters who call themselves slabbers arrived and stayed. >> it's free for all anarchy. >> it is a ram shackle community of 300 or so permanent residents living in tents r.v.'s and mobile homes a lawless outpost that somehow works. there's also trouble a group of slabbers led by with my and lin
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are worried the state of california might sell the land and with it their way of life, so they want to buy it. >> if they are suddenly the land owners, can you stay off the grid and maintain this place the way it is now? >> i think we can. we can be a beacon for our communities to do exactly the same thing. >> gary brown is part of a growing fraction who say buying the land is a bad idea. >> it goes against the whole philosophy. this is a live and let live and a lot of these people self profess to be getting away from society. why would you want to own the land and now be subject to state, county and federal regulations? >> the state land commission tells al jazeera it is not actively looking to sell the land but always considers offers leaving the future of slab city up in the air. what is clear the growing feud turning slabber against slabber is proving to be a steep price to pay to live in the last free
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place in america. al jazeera slab city, california. >> a new warning about he levels of carbon dioxide. record high levels in the air were found by scientists deep in the ice. stay tuned.
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>> a new warning about the air that are we breathe. c.o.2 levels are at record highs. scientists say higher now than at any other point over 800,000 years. let's bring in nicole mitchell for today's environmental impact. how do scientists get 800,000 years of data? >> that's going back almost a
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million years. some arguments you hear is there have always been cycles. they drilled down into the ice core as far as two miles down. with that ice, you can get a history record, kind of like rings on a free, but by determining the ice. it holds rely licks of climate forest fires and samples from around the world antarctica primarily, but greenland, as well. you can see all those categorized. they study that versus what we have now. one of the really impressive ones, we have, you can see on volcanos cause a little spike. with the arguments i've heard sometimes, there's the spike. see that brown line in the middle, other things saws these emissions, too human activities, 135 times more than volcanos in a typical year.
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that argument doesn't hold valid. let's look historically. if you go back almost that million years we've never exceeded 300 parts per million. then you get to the very end our industrial able and watch this graph shoot upwards and that's what we caused. for the first time in march we topped 400 parts per billion and it keeps going up. this causes problems like respiratory problems, shorter lives as well as all the impacts of climate change. >> scary stuff. thanks so much. two men making headlines around the world for flying over dubai on jet packs talked to us about their experience in this morning's first person report. >> i'm jet man one.
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i'm jet man jr. >> one of the oldest dreams from mankind to be like birds. it's very inspiring. >> up there it's simply beautiful. >> we have 30 liters are fuel, enough to stay 10 minutes in the air. doing moves aero battics. >> we are playing 6,000 feet, 7,000 feet. we are using engines. it's kind of mini turbine the same as you have on jumbo jets. it's just reduced but the principle is exactly the same. we have 88-kilos of thrust pushing you constantly in the
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air. >> we feel like completely relaxed. you think ok, i want to go right, you look right and adjusting a little bit the showed and it goes right. you target that you have something on your back. >> it's a great feeling like it's a lot of happiness. it's hard to describe. at the end of the flight and we are above the land area, at this point, you are screaming, like bolt of us sharing the synergy. >> remembering this moment, it's so strong. yeah, we have goose burns just perfect moments. >> thanks so much for joining us this morning. i'm morgan radford. randall pinkston is back with
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you in just two minutes when more al jazeera news continues.
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>> new questions about the u.s. strategy in iraq after the third largest city falls to isil. >> yemen's exiled government asks for more help defeating houthi rebels, the push for peace through coalition airstrikes. >> texas officials on high alert in the wake of a deadly biker brawl. >> the politics of fracking, a texas town bans the practice, but the state steps in and lets the gas flow again.
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this is aljazeera america. good morning live from new york city. i'm randall pinkston. the obama administration is backing a plan to send shia militants into rimadi to retake the city. it is a strategic place now in isil hands. despite a series of u.s. airstrikes, the move in a big setback for the u.s. coalition fighting isil and is raising questions this morning about the white house strategy for defeating the group in iraq. ramadi's takeover means isil is inching closer to baghdad less than 70 miles away. ramadi is the largest city in anbar and significant for many american families. one in three casualties occurred in that region during the iraq
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war. we have more from baghdad. >> shia led militias are preparing for this offensive but on the ground, isil is not on the defensive. in fact, it is on the offensive. they targeted a number of police check points in the town east of rimadi. we understand up to eight policemen were killed. it is a contested town. it is not far from the base where shia militias are gathering, massing troops, getting ready for this counterattack. we also know that people have started to flee the town. people are scared, worried that isil may overrun the town like in ramadi. the humanitarian crisis is worsening. 25,000 people have been displaced in the recent fighting. now we're hearing of more on the run. there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding. the battle for anbar has not
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begun. >> we get reports of an explosion in the center of kabul in the last half hour. it happened near the justice ministry. let's get right to it with everrive glass in kabul. what can you tell us and were you able to hear that explosion? >> >> it happened just a half hour ago in the parking lot of afghanistan's justice ministry. an eyewitness tells al jazeera that he saw a driver explode a car. this is the third largest attack in kabul in a week as the taliban have claimed responsibility for previous attacks.
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it's too soon to know who is responsible for this one. the justice ministry is under fire. two buses of workers were targeted on the other side of town. this a large explosion in the parking lot of the justice ministry. at the worst time of day just as workers are gathering to head home for the day so just as the evening rush hour was starting. >> the other story in kabul today that you're covering for us concerns that policemen sentenced for their role in the killing of an afghan woman what can you tell us about that? >> >> that's right these policemen weren't involved in the killing of the woman. the woman was falsely accused of burning a koran and killed by a mob two months ago in the heart of kabul in broad daylight. dozens took part in that killing. hundreds watched many on their cell phones. the police failed to do their duty, 11 of them charged a year
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each and failing to do their duty failing to carry out police duties and protect her. some tried to get her out of harm's way but the crowd was too big the judge setting free eight other policemen. this is the second round of sentencing we've had in this very very public trial televised live across afghanistan over the several days it took for the trial. the judge sentenced four others to death in connection with that killing. eight others were sentenced to 16 years each in prison and eight others set free for lack of evidence. this is a breakthrough case in afghanistan. >> yet there are some saying there are others responsible who were not tried right jennifer? >> jennifer glasse, live in kabul, thank you. a trial is underway for the former prime minister of
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thailand, she was deposed years ago in a military coup. >> a washington post reporter detained in iran will go on trial next week. he has been behind bars for 10 months. he was detained along with his five and two photo journalists. >> in the accident, warnings there could be more violence after sunday's biker gang shootout in waco. 170 gang members face murder related charges. nine were killed. police say they are ready to handle whatever happens next. >> we will just say that we are
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prepared and able to handle any threat that comes towards us. >> the twin peaks restaurant where it happened has been shut down. its parent company says the owners have been stripped of their franchise. >> opponents of arctic drilling are getting a boost from the city of seattle. the local government will fine shell oil for not having the right permits to work on a drilling rig in the port. protestors tried to block the entrance monday. many others have been in the water over the last few days in kayaks, trying to stop the rig from leaving for alaska where it will be used to drill in the arctic. production is not expected to start for years but drilling in the arctic could reap huge profits for oil companies. it is believed to hold trillions of cubic meters of gas. there could be 90 billion-barrels of oil there up to 13% of undiscovered global
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reserves. shell has spent six blunt over the past eight years trying to find out how much is there. the company is expected to spend another $1 billion this year, but oil prices need to be above $80 a barrel for the arctic investment to make commercial sense. fracking in the u.s. is profit automobile as long as oil is above $65 a barrel. >> a new law in the accident could impact efforts controls the u.s. to stop fracking. six months ago voters in denton approved a referendum banning fracking inside their city, but as our reporter tells us, it will not be banned there or anywhere else in the state. >> you cannot stop these people. they have more money and time and lawyers. you just don't amount to anything. >> the prediction of this long time denton resident made shortly after his community
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voted to ban fracking within city limits has come true. fracking is again legal in denton effective immediately now that the accident governor greg abbot signed a law that blocks local efforts to regulate oil and gas production. the measure sailed through the ladies and gentlemen lateliure. it said a municipality may not enact or enforce an ordinance that bans, limits or otherwise regulates an oil or gas operation as long as the operation is loosely defined as commercially reasonable. the law does allow city to say regulate fire and emergency response, traffic lights and noise as they relate to fracking but in denton, where three wells exist for every square mile of land, opponents of fracking say texas has sided with big oil at the cost of citizen health. >> there's too many of us in our 30's getting cancer, too many animals that are young getting cancer right at the same time as
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these wells. >> the oil and gas industry is applauding the new state law. an industry group sued denton last november within hour of the fracking ban's passage. >> we have been using hydraulic fracturing for more than 60 years. there i also no evidence of rising mortality rates around sites. >> despite statements like that and promises prom the industry that fracking is good for the local economy. three out of five denton voters voted to ban fracking. most of the mineral wells belong oh out of towners yet its denton resident that is live with fracking by hospitals near parks and steps from that you are yards. >> this is scary going to bed knowing there is a gas rig on fire in my back yard. i guess i can only go to bed and
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know that if it explodes, i'll never feel anything. >> now fracking is set to resume. denton the first the accident city to ban fracking looks to be also the last. denton, the accident. >> the f.b.i. said there is no evidence that a gunshot hit an amtrak train to derailed last week. investigators are not ruling out the possibility the train was struck by another object. ntsb member describe the windshield crack as the size of a grapefruit in a circular pattern. it could take months to find out what happened. meanwhile, four passengers on that train are now suing amtrak citing serious and disabling injuries. an amtrak worker filed the first lawsuit, saying he suffered a traumatic brain injury. >> on the agenda today a house
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committee holds a hearing to take an in-depth look at policing tactics focusing on excessive force and retaliatory attacks on officers. in seattle teachers want to pressure state officials to increase salaries and reduce class size. >> prince charles begins a royal visit to ireland where he will meet the president. it is the first public meeting between the party leader and member of the british royal family since troubles began in northern ireland. >> u.s. appeals court says you tube should never have been forced to remove an anti islamic film. it is owned by google, a san francisco woman demanded it be taken down after receiving death threats. a three judge panel initially agreed. monday the ninth circuit court of appeals reversed the decision. the film sparked unrest in egypt and other parts of the muslim world in 2012.
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>> in today's digit albeit, reaction after president obama got his own twitter account and posted his first tweet writing really, six years in, you're finally giving me my own account? >> the first lady responded by writing it's about time. former president bill clinton writing welcome to twitter. one question, does that user name stay with the office? the president responded good question, know anyone interested in flotus? >> slowing the flood of migrants crossing the mediterranean. >> i am in underground london where there are plans to use this station which once served at winston churchill's bunker.
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happy birthday, grandma! ♪we'll be swinging ♪dancing and singing ♪baby come on over tonight >> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at today's other top stories from around the
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nation. the u.s. department of state will not release hillary clinton's emails until january 2016, according to vice news, which requested copies under the freedom of information act. the democratic presidential candidate used a private email account for official matters while she was secretary of state. police in washington d.c. are looking for this man after a quadruple murder. wealthy businessman, his wife and their son and housekeeper were killed last week not far from the home. the house was then set on fire. police are investigating a miss citious voice male from him telling a second housekeeper not to come to work. >> the world's most valuable private coin collection is going on the auction block. many of the coins were minted between 1792 and 1830 said,
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expected to bring $200 million. >> yemen's exiled president is asking for more help to fight houthi rebels. adou rabbo mansour hadi addressed a conference in saudi arabia where political and tribal leaders discussed a diplomatic end to the conflict, but the houthi rebels did not participate in the talks. the conference endorsed the actions of a saudi-led coalition which resumed airstrikes this week after a five day ceasefire expired. we have more from riyadh. >> there's been an agreement by the main political factions and tribesmen meeting here in the saudi arabian capitol riyadh that the houthis must surrender pull out from the areas they control or they will face war. president hadi has called on the international community to intervene militarily in yemen to put an end to the expansion of the houthis. he also wants to see the gcc and arab countries deploy troops in
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yemen and secure cities like taiz and aden, but the international community does not seem to be willing to intervene militarily in yemen. they would like to bring together the feuding factions to negotiate a political settlement and give diplomacy a chance. >> the european union is taking new action to stop a growing migrant crisis, leaders approved the launch of a joint naval force next month. the military operation will target gangs smuggling migrants across north africa and across the mediterranean. >> in june, we might be ready to adopt the launch of the operation. that will help we have to follow the recommendations or preparatory work that the commander will have in the coming weeks. >> the e.u. plan release heavily on cooperation from libyan security forces to stop migrants before they embarring on the dangerous journey but the navy
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will need a u.n. security council regulation if they want to seize or destroy vessels. >> off the coast of thailand, thousands of migrants are blocked trying to reach land. the united nations is urging neighboring nation to say take them in. we have more. >> this is the pier, many businesses around here owned by a former politician, a man known as kotong. he is the key suspect in human trafficking here. that's where those boats of rohingya and bangladeshis are floating offshore.
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>> police say they have evidence that an army general was involved, the military government denies this. >> in some cases fishermen have helped out with these migrant boats. thailand's navy has assets to deploy looking for these vessels but have seen no sign for several days. there will be high level meetings between thailand, indonesia and maine. the foreign ministers will sit down hoping for decisions about the fate of thousands still a wrist at sea. many are struggling just to survive. >> reporting from southern thailand. >> a french court cleared two police officers in a case that set off massive rioting 10 years ago. the officers were chasing two boys in a paris suburb when the teens ran into a power substation and were electrocuted. the verdict was announced. >> suspension in the courtroom
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before the verdict the families of the teens hoping their long ordeal would end with the conviction of two police officers. one father traveled from tunisia to be here. his son was 17 when he died, the other 15. chased by police, they jumped into an electricity substation where they were electrocuted. their deaths led to weeks of rioting across france. thousands of cars were set alight, the government declared a state of emergency. >> we were not allowed to film the verdict. the judge ruled there was no clear evidence the police knew that the two boys were in danger and therefore, they could not have been expected to help them. two police officers were acquitted. there was anguish and despair from the friends and family.
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this woman shouts we've waited 10 years but the police are above the law. >> this trial has highlighted some of france's deepest social wounds. it's examined the sense of alienation that many yuck people feel on the edge of paris in the poorer suburbs. these problems are as relevant in 2015 as they were in 2005. >> the lawyer for the police officers was animate the case against his clients was weak and unconvincing, he said. >> from the first day i've always said this trial should never have come to court. it was like something out of putin's russia, no new evidence came up whatsoever. the police will feel vindicated, but there is a danger this verdict may polarize french society, rather than how many it. >> a grand jury in texas cleared a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed mexican
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immigrant. >> get to the back of the car! get to the back of the car! hey! get to the back of the car! get to the back of the car! get to the back of the car! [ gunfire ] >> shots fired shots tired. >> the man was killed between 20 during a traffic stop. he had been drinking and had a blood alcohol above the legal limit. grape vine police officer trying to pull him over on burglary charges, clark was initially placed on leave but has now returned to restrictive duty. >> suicide rates have traditionally always been higher among whites than blacks. a new study finds that has been reversed in specific age groups, children between five and 11. researchers say the suicide rate among black children doubled.
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since the 1990's, the rates for white kids fell to less than one child per million. it's not clear what's behind the trend. we will have much more on this story tomorrow. >> on the healthbeat, doctors call it groundbreaking. a new therapy that would increase life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis. a trial finds a combination of drugs improved lung function. it damages the lungs and leads to infection. patients often die before reaching their 40s. >> a housing crisis in one of america's largest cities, north america's biggest city. >> without a car and without any hope of actually saving up enough money for a down payment to buy -- >> homeownership diminishing in vancouver. still vulnerable or on the
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rebound? the new debate over whether to remove humpback whales from the endangered species lift and why it may hinge on oil.
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facebook for more stories, more access, more conversations. so you don't just stay on top of the news, go deeper and get more perspectives on every issue. al jazeera america. >> welcome to al jazeera america. it's 8:29 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories. the obama administration backs a plan to send 3,000 shia fighters into ramadi. u.s. war planes stepped up strikes against size till at the request of iraqi security forces. nearly 25,000 ever fled ramadi since isil won the battle for the city. >> 11 police officers are sentenced to jail for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the koran in afghanistan. they were convict of failing to prevent the murder.
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videos of the killing spread around the world sparking international outrage. >> police are high alert in waco texas there are warnings there could be more violence after sunday's biker gang shootout. nine died, many others hurt between the shootings of rival gangs. >> new protests in burundi after last week's failed coup. the demonstrations are becoming increasingly violent. the army has used tear gas and gunshots to quell the rebellion against the president's bid for a third term. >> this man who calls himself god and doesn't want to be identified is protesting protests on the streets. here a protestors tells him some soldiers shot add them and shows him bullet casings. he said the president should not run for a third term in next month's election, sake it's
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against the constitution. the president has said the protests must stop. many activists fear being arrested. >> there are many protestors. some stay all day. we have to find them something to eat. some are injured. we try to take them for treatment. >> since the failed coup, there's been mostly soldiers on the streets and no pleas. gad went to talk to these men. >> they are ordering us to get off the streets so they can fire at the citizens. senior activists coordinate protests. he said there are more than 100 coordinators involved. >> wean before the coup attempt activists organizing were coordinating from hiding places.
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since the coup leaders announced the failure, we understand many have gone further into hiding or fled the country. >> we filmed this activist last week. he's normally a lawyer. he was organizing demonstrations and meetings using three phones. he spoke in code, because he thought his calls were tapped. >> we need somebody to go and pour cold water. maybe we can study on the issue later. >> since the failed coo all his phones have been switched off. he also filmed gad last week. he has not had time to do his normal job. when he's not in the middle of protest, he's a dancer. he trained this troupe last year. he does acting and comedy, too. he says he hopes to get back to it soon. i asked him if he was worried about things on the street getting worse? >> even soldiers want to fight each other now. this won't stop us.
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they will come join the struggle. >> he seems unworried by the threat of more violence. everything seems worse since the failed coup. activists and protestors seem undeterred. malcolm webb, al jazeera. >> rescue teams are hunting for survivors after a landslide devastated a colombia town. it's still raining there hampering rescue efforts. the situation is so dire, the president of colombia declared a national disaster. >> it surprised villagers sleeping. dozens of homes were swept away, leaving many residents with nowhere to escape. >> when i felt my house shaking we left. my family left and we were left in the middle of the landslide.
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it passed on this side and we were in the middle. it carried away a house that was on this side and we were in the middle and frightened. i said to my wife, let's hug and hope that it doesn't take our house and that we are safe. >> heavy rains affected the region in past days, causing the ravine to overflow. many houses were built on the bank of the river. military personnel and search and rescue teams arrived while residents searched the river in the hopes of finding survivors. >> people were just screaming everywhere and i ran to help, but the river was impossible to pass. all the bridges were covered. at sunrise i started to search the river, and the first thing i found was a boy and they rescued him and brought him here. >> at least four dozen were confirmed dead and over 30 injured. the president flew to the area and declared a national disaster
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and said the final death count might go higher. >> we don't know how many people are still unaccounted for. we have 166 people working to find them, rescue teams the red cross, firefighters, the police. >> hundreds of aid packages and 15 water trucks have been sent to the town. the government says it will rebuild the houses that were destroyed and compensate the families of the victims. in the meantime, a temporary shelter camp has been set up in a coffee farm near town from those who survived but lost their home. al jazeera bogota. >> a new report gives a startling new look at sexual assault in the military. human rights watch talked to more than 150 survivors and found that many face threats or harassment and poor work assignments after coming forward. the report finds only a small
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number accused face discipline. human rights watch member joins us. this was your study. tell us how did you identify the people that you interviewed? >> we spent a long time trying to build trust with various individuals in groups that work with veterans. we worked with a number of groups that are providing different types of service to say veterans and they introduced us to survivors of sexual violence. >> talk to us about the forms of retaliation that you found. >> the report documents a wide range of retaliatory action, some related to their careers so survivors who report it suddenly found themselves accumulating disciplinary notices, some were themselves charged with minor infractions like underage drinking. we found a small number who experienced other forms of physical and sexual violence, quite pervasive and widespread the retaliation they experience. >> i assume most were women although we know males have been victims of sexual harassment.
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>> predominantly women but a small handful of male survivors were interviewed for the report. >> talk to us about the whistle blowers protection act put in place to protect people who come forward in the military. how is it actually working? >> well, the short answer to the second question that is it's not working at all, we could find not one single survivor of sexual violence who experienced retaliation who had any form of redress through the act. the act is supposed to provide protection, supposed to mean if you report rape and experience retaliation, there is a process that you can activate that should offer protection. in all the survivors we interviewed and bear in mind that we didn't only base this report on survivor interviews, we got huge amounts of documentation from the department of defense that we scrutinized. we couldn't find a single survivor hood had any help through this particular mechanism. >> you interviewed 150 people.
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the u.s. military in its 2014 report found an estimated 20,000 service members were sexually assaulted. i'm just wondering to what extent does your sample size reflect the universe of problem out there? >> i think that what we found in the interviews is that there were certain patterns and trends that became apparent. while we're not trying to jen lies to all 20,000 survivors of sexual violence, we were able to say this appears to be a trend we should be deeply concerned about. we acknowledge that the department of defense has taken quite a lot of steps to encourage reporting to deal with the problem of sexual violence, but if they don't deal with retaliation, it's going to have a real chilling effect on other survivors coming forward. >> what was the most shocking finding for you? >> the most shocking finding didn't emerge from our research, but the department of defense's own statistic that 62% of people experience retaliation with
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deeply concerning and shocking to me. >> if you could point to one thing that needs to be done right away by the department of defense, what would it be? >> can i point to two things? >> certainly. >> make sure that whistle blowers, because if you report sexual violence, you can considered a whistle blower, to make sheer they have the same protection they would in civilian life. the second is the question of leadership. this is not going to change, not make a difference unless there's genuine leadership from the top down about addressing sexual violence in the military. >> thank you very much for being with us this morning. >> thanks, randall. >> >> there is a growing housing crisis north of the border. vancouver has become one of the world's least affordable cities. hong kong tops the list, vancouver number two sidney, san francisco and san jose round out the top five. foreigners are buying up properties and leaving them
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empty. june people say jennifer, you're so smart such a great person and you feel like europe just pedaling and pedaling and not getting forward. it really -- there's a psychological aspect of it that makes you think you've done something wrong. >> jennifer has multiple degrees and a research position but feels she can't compete against the millions of dollars of fortune capital buying up vancouver real estate. the price of an average home in this city is more than 1.4 million canadian dollars 11% more than a year ago. suspicions are mounting that too many of vancouver's newly constructed homes are unlived in because for speculators, even leaving them empty is profitable. >> the city's chinese population is expected to double within 15 years. now people are pointing fingers at asian investors as the main
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source of property vacancies. >> the city is issuing an open call to residents watch your neighbors, pay attention to their cummings and goings and if the house next to you is unoccupied add it to the list. >> would you do that? >> i would definitely do that. if i saw a house or condo unoccupied, for sure i would do it if i knew the city was going to use that number in a positive way. >> the relationship between housing prices and incomes has gone totally out of whack. it's the second most expensive city in the world after hong kong. >> he is in favor of the list. he wants owners of unoccupied homes to pay an annual fine. city leaders say for now they
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just want to know how widespread the problem really is. all that may be too late for jennifer. >> it's a really hard thing and i kind of get emotional when i talk about it. people in my demographic are leaving the city. i think the odds are against me. i've made so many adaptations that the last i'll make is to leave and i honestly think that if something doesn't change quickly in the next couple of years, i'm not going to be able to stay anymore. >> vancouver canada. >> now to the air we breathe. there is a new warning about that carbon dioxide levels are at record highs. in fact, scientists say they are higher now than at any other point in the last 800,000 years. how can we measure?
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>> we're talking a million years of records here. we are do it by drilling down into the ice which captures that all the way back. they can drill down as far as two miles getting different striations and colorations. it's kind of like looking at the rings on a tree, but this will give us by the little nuances you can capture air bubbles volcano ash this is going back 800,000 years. by doing that, we are able to capture different things. that is a volcanic eruption. some argue there is natural things that do just as much as humans do. even volcanos, one of the biggest natural emiltors, humans
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emilt more carbon dioxide. there's climate change and natural evolutions that goes up, down over all those years. wait until we get to the very end, the industrial revolution and see how that graph shoots up. this has been upward trend steadily up. for the first time, we've topped 400 parts per million. in all those past years the highest we got was 300 parts per million, definitely higher now than ever before. >> and what to do, nicole mitchell, thank you. >> the humpback whale went exegg stings but the population that rebounded. there is a pitch to take it off the endangered species list. some wonder if that is because their home is a potential oil
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exploration site. >> there's something about humpback whales that humans just can't get enough of. their haunting song, their acrobatics their sheer size. captain nancy black grew up near san francisco. >> turn to the right a little bit and see if it pops up again. >> after a career as a marine biologist, she opened her own company. >> there's close to 3,000 since i've been here, a big noticeable difference. >> hunted almost to the point of extinction in the 1960's, they wound up on the he dangered species list and now they're back in a big way. >> they were on the road to extinction and it was just due to the one factor, that was commercial whaling. once that factor was removed we started to almost immediately see recovery to the population.
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since the mid 1960's, what we've seen is the populations have doubled almost every decade. there's been four decades since then, so that's a lot of increase. >> there are now an estimated 91,320 humpbacks in the world. up from as little as 20,000 worldwide 40 years ago. >> now the united states is considering subdividing the global population into 14 sub groups. only those in the arabian sea and northwest africa would remain endangered. humpback it is in the western north pacific and western america would be downgraded to threatened. colorado's whales and nine other sub groups would become just another mammal in the eyes of the law. >> the population numbers of these animals like the mother and calf you see behind me here suggest they are doing well. when they come off the endangered species act they're going to have less protection than now and already these animals regularly swim through
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the crab traps. >> this is a humpback caught in a commercial fishing net the single biggest killer of whales, doll minutes and porpoises across the world. they will be protected by the marine mammal protection act in the u.s., but what i will conservationists like colleen worry it won't be enough. >> the marine ma'am ma'am protection act offers protection. why do we need this extra protection? >> it will offer protection against current or future projects, such as oil and gas exploration or seismic drilling. under the marine protection act if they weren't he dangered, they could apply for permits to harm or harass a certain number of humpback whales. >> alaska has petitioned to take it off the endangered species list. >> our goal was to get it off
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the list. >> is this about the science or about protecting economic interests? in alaska, delisting the humpback would make things easier on the state's largest economic engines oil and maritime industries. it may be to bit of both. >> it's supposed to be a strictly biological opinion or biological analysis, not really considering the economics. there are economic concerns that bring the humpback population into focus. >> for captain black the intakerred species act has given her a nearly lifelong relationship with individual whales. >> some of it we know by name, because we recognize them and i've seen them over 20 years the same animal. i hope to keep doing it for a lot longer opinion i hope to help with the research and conservation and make sure that
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they do stay a healthy population here at least where i am. >> the act that by all accounts saved humpback whales. we'll see whether it's done enough to let them survive on their own. monterey california. >> in today's digit albeit, a toy company is responding to a social media campaign from parents of children with disabilities. the parents sent messages to toy makers asking for toys that reflect their children. the company noticed the toys like me campaign and in one week created these dolls. one of them has a walking stick. another toy creater created
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their own dolls. >> honoring the finest in fiction. we look at authors in the running for the prestigious man booker prize.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is now 8:52, eastern. taking a look at today's top stories. macedonia's prime minister pledges not to step down. the country is facing its biggest political crisis since 1981. >> tensions are high in china today, protestors clashing with police over a new high speed railway that will by pass their town in favor of a neighboring city. the government says three were killed around 100 injured in the demonstrations. >> new video coming out of northern china, two killed, several others injured when a brick wall collapsed on a busy street. high winds caused the accident. >> in the u.k., there is a piece of british history once a
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bustling train station and winston churchill's bunker during the blitz. we go underground to see what could be london's next commercial hub. >> more than 20 meters blow the surface, tunnels snake below london. the underground network is ever evolving, new routes leaving the past behind. too close to other stations, passenger numbers dwindled. during the second world war these walls became the corridors of power. the prime minister upped the station to meet his war cabinets. he even slept her sometimes safe from german air force bombing. the site was top secret where decisions could be made and messages sent. >> they would have been protected by soldiers, they would have been military escorted down here as well to protect the people.
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it would have been a working place, a very busy plays. >> you get a real sense of history coming down into these now empty tunnels. at one time, they would have been packed with people. even now, you can hear the pick dilly line trains. some stations are being put out to tender for commercial use. >> this is a unique space a station not been used by passengers since may 1932. it's where church him's war cabinet met. it's a unique location, history and space. >> decades after down streets demise, this part of london's history could once again be revived. the echos of the past, though, will never be far away.
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>> here on earth an athlete can complete a marathon in hours but on mars it took years. there was a search for water on the ancient planet. >> the unique way of recognizing unknown authors an award will be received today. >> it's one of the most coveted awards in literature. the international man booker prize is given to authors whose words transcend borders and boundaries. many of this year's finalists of relatively unknown outside their own countries but not anymore. for the first time, four out of
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10 short listed authors are from africa with themes are conflict, and migration. the prize is awarded to writers published in english or translated into english. nigerian author was celebrated. the prize has drown less attention than the man booker prize, it's hoped growing interest in the international prize will promote foreign writers within the english speaking word. it's a difficult challenge for writers and publishers alike. >> if it's hard to sell authors nationally, how do you sell international interest in translation in markets like that? it's absurdly difficult. even to get translated into english and published in the u.k. if you're outside the u.k. is already hard. to then get taken notice of is another game entirely.
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that's where these prizes become very important. >> publishers rely on the price to market fiction. when readers see on the front cover of books short lifted or winner of the price it's a sure sign they're embarking on some special. for winners of the international award, they're catapulted on to the global stage. like this finalist, writing acclaimed fiction in hungary for 30 years. >> people are the same all over the world. with sympathy, readers can read my books actually in the same way. >> in an increasingly globalized world, for an auditor to be considered great they're now expected to reach an international audience. the emerging word market for literature is eager for new
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talent. al jazeera london. >> i'm randall pinkston, thanks for watching.
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into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. >> welcome to the news hour from doha. it's not over, protestors are back on the streets of burundi demanding the president does not run for a third term. >> 11 afghan policemen who failed to stop a mob killing a woman are given jail sentences. eight others go free. >> after taking ramadi, isil