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back and a sick insect was found in vietnam, that right there, the world's second largest. more on our website, there, you will find our top stories, the story we are covering today are the fifa officials indicted on corruption charges in zurich. ♪ >> floodwaters begin to recede in the accident as rescue crews search for 11 people now missing for three days. >> it was wild, because it was so fast, and it came up so fast. >> as they assess damage, the state is not in the clear just yet. more storms and flooding are on the way. >> criminal charges of corruption and money laundering, top officials from soccer's world boiled arrested this morning. >> u.s. and iraqi leaders trade
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blame for failing to stop isil as the group threatens to expand its reach. >> this is aljazeera america. good morning live from new york city i'm randall pinkston. the waters are start to go recede in tax but the aftermath of the deadly flooding in decades is just beginning to sink in. there are 17 people confirmed dead in texas and oklahoma and 11 still missing including eight from two families whose vacation home was swept away in a raging river. >> we have the latest. >> a mess does not begin to describe what mother nature left behind muddy water as far as the eye can see in texas, 400 homes badly damaged some knocked off their foundations. in houston, 2500 abandoned cars
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and trucking litter the roads. >> it was bare and our cars floating. we helped them get their cars out and when i looked over, i said our cars are fleeting. it was wild. >> for some, the loss was bigger. michael's father died trying to help a driver who's car was filling with water. >> my dad was a hero, he was helping himself get out of trouble and also helping another lady to get out of trouble. that's the kind of person he is. that's what kills me is it's a brock from his home. >> farther away in with wimberly, eight members of two families had their vacation home swept into the river and slammed into a bridge. thee children are among the missing. >> it's scary. i have children and to imagine that you couldn't help the children and you couldn't get out and don't know what happened i just can't imagine so very sad. >> the governor of texas
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declared 46 counties disaster areas, flooding brought houston to a near stand still. today, schools are open again and the water is receding in the bayou's, a reprieve before more thunderstorms arrive later this week. >> if we can avoid any significant precipitation for the next 24-48 hours the bayou should be completely back in their banks and able to handle what's coming next. >> with the american red cross chapter in texas, we are joined by skype. can you give us a sense of the magnitude of need and types which assistance red cross is providing? >> the american red cross has gone on the ground for weeks in texas. this severe weather outbreak has been absolutely relentless. it started in north texas with tornadoes and rain and thunderstorms and it's continued on.
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here in central texas the worst occurred over the weekend when so many families were hoping to have a memorial day vacation and instead it ended in tragedy. we are seeing more than a thousand homes in central the accident, in the corridor between austin and san antonio where families were on vacation, along the banks of the blanco river and it rose to over 41 feet, when only 13 feet is considered a flood stage. we've provided shelter to more than 500 families over the weekend across texas. we're going to continue to provide help by bringing bulk cleanup supplies into the most affected neighborhoods, as well as serving hot meals. we have health services workers assessing the physical health of families and working with local government health service to say provide vaccination that is may be needed. of course we have mental health support, as well, because counseling is important after so many families have lost everything. >> with respect to all of the
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damage that has been done total roads and government buildings not being able to access them, is the red cross able to provide enough temporary shelter for the people who need it? >> we've been able to open many, many shelters across the state. we've been opening them up and keep them open as long as they're needed. if families are able to go back to their homes or stay with friends and family, we close those shelters. we've been able to provide shelter for folks who needed it. >> what are some of the risks from the aftermath of the storms such as toxic floodwaters, for example that you want people to be aware of as they prepare to return home? >> we encourage families to take extreme caution after a flood. those waters contain anything washed off the road or anything that was on the banks of the river that could be toxic. there could be chemicals. you just don't know what's in those wears. use caution. we provide rubber gloves, rubber boots for families to use during
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the clean up process. we encourage people to use bleach. mosquitoes are a big problem. we encourage families to have bug spray going through the cleanup process. >> a lot of work to do there in texas, thank you for your work and for joining us this morning. >> we need all the support we can get from the american public. we encourage people to make a donation to american red cross disaster relief. we cannot do it without their support and it's going to be a long road to recovery for these families. >> major development in the world of sports, amid claims of corruption and money laundering. seven high ranking fiction of international soccer's good morning body known as fifa are under arrest as part of a far reaches investigation. these arrests have huge ramifications. >> fifa is a huge and well moneyed organization. the organization, that among other things, it decides which nations get to host the popular
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highly coveted world cup every four years. that's part of what made is a multi-billion dollar juggernaut that seems to have acknowledged to no one until now. >> early monday morning swiss law enforcement went to the rooms of six top soccer officials at the posh hotel and arrested them on u.s. federal corruption charges. >> this for fifa is good. it's not good in terms of image and it's not good in terms of reputation but in terms of cleaning up, in terms of everything in the last four years, in terms of the process this is good. >> that apparently was just the start. the justice democratic is charging 14 people with racketeering and conspiracy. the justice department issued a search warrant for the miami headquarters of soccer's good morning body in the u.s., central america and the
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caribbean. the current president jeffery wees was among the indicted. a key element of the d.o.j. case guilty pleas unsealed this morning, one from a former representative to fifa's executive committee the most prominent of the names is jack warner. of trinidad trinidad trinidad & tobago, you'd of numerous violations, including receiving millions of dollars of mispromoted funds illegal reselling of world cup tickets and scheming dubai votes in fifa's 2010 presidential election. fifa president seth blatter is not set for charges. in two days, he was expected to be reelected to a fifth term as fifa president. the question now is will it leave him vulnerable.
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>> it's time now that we have proper transparency and reform. >> the swiss government agreed to extra do it the six arrested wednesday to the u.s. to face their charges. >> however those arrested today have the right to challenge the extradition requests. that means it could be a very long time before any of them stand trial in a u.s. court. randall. >> thanks, john henry smith. >> isil has reportedly carried out a series of suicide takes in iraq today targeting military convoys, killing at least 55 people. the military spokesman said 17 racksi soldiers were among the dead the convoy traveling to anbar to try to retake the area from isil fighters. iraq's government is rejecting u.s. criticism about commitment to the fight against isil. defense secretary said that the city of ramadi fell because iraqi forces gave up too easily. as jami macintyre reports many
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say the u.s. is also to blame. >> pentagon sources paint a picture of chaos and confusion in ramadi where superior forces were spooked by a series of events including eight powerful truck bomb that is killed 100 an ambush and sand storms that iraqi forces falsely feared would limit air support. thousands have iraqi troops drove ouch ramadi in the face of an advance from only hundreds of isil fighters. it's what defense secretary ash carter was talking about when he told cnn the iraqi forces lost their will to fight did he say spite outnumbering the enemy. >> they withdrew from the tight and that says to me and to most of us that we have an issue with the will of the iraqis to fight isil and defend themselves. >> pentagon forces say the
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forces outnumbered isil 1021, en. >> i go what the pentagon termed a substantial combat advantage over the enemy. sources tell al jazeera there were 10,000 troops holding ramadi including 7,000 iraqi security forces and 3,000 special police and special operation troops that fold the in the face of only 1,000 isil attackers. the pentagon said after more than a year of fighting, the ramadi defenders were war weary feeling ignored and badly led by iraqi commanders who weren't communicating with each other and had a flawed understanding of the battle space. a week ago a pentagon spokesman argued ramadi troops hasn't cut and run, he said what began with some elite troops pulling out turned into a stampede. >> their morale slipped leadership was not up to par. they believed they were not receiving the support they needed to receive. >> martin dempsey told reporters
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the i.s.f. was not driven out of ramadi they drove out of ramadi meaning they left by choice not by force. the white house was quick to say none of the fighters who abandoned ramadi were among those recently trained by the u.s. >> we would expect that forces that are augmented by trained troops forces augmented by local fighters from local sunni tribes and from the popular mobilization force will be able to improve the performance of the iraqis on the battlefield against isil. >> despite repeated complaints from iraqis on the ground, the u.s. led airstrikes are too few to be effective, the pentagon insists putting american troops on the front lines to call in air attacks would make little difference in the overall tide
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of battle. al jazeera washington. >> in the next hour, we will speak with iraq's former national security advisor on the way forward for his country. >> the european union is set to announce a quota system to deem with the growing migrant crisis in the mediterranean, asking member states to share the responsibility of taking in tens of thousands of people who land in italy greece and malta. not all are in favor of it. the u.k. will opt out of the relocation plan, spain hungary and a few others have voiced concerns. >> france is also against the relocation plan. officials are calling for hundreds of migrants in paris to leave the city. many of them have set up make-shift camps under highway overpasses. the city government has tried for months to find alternate housing for the immigrants. they are now demanding the federal government step in to help. >> cleveland's mayor calls it a new way of policing, strict new
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guidelines on how officers can use force but will it change years of misconduct? >> a data breach is at the i.r.s. puts tens of thousands of track pairs at risk.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america.
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the time now is 7:46, eastern. taking a look at today's top stories. the death toll now tops 1,000 in india as a stifling heatwave sweeps the country. some areas recorded temperatures have 117 degrees this week. roads literally melted in new delhi. forecasters expect the high temperatures to continue through the end of the week. >> israel and palestinian fighters pulling back after a series of attacks and counter attacks. israeli's air force conducted four airstrikes in gaza earlier today hours after a rocketed landed in an israeli city. no casualties were reported. >> the vatican is calling ireland's vote for same-sex marriage a defeat for humanity. the holy see said he was saddened by the decision. more than 62% said yes in the referendum the first same sex weddings could take place in ireland in july.
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>> strict new rules for police officers in cleveland for how and when they can use force. it's an effort to reform the entire city police department after the justice department investigated conduct and abuse. >> today may 26, 2015 marks a new way of policing in the city of cleveland. one found on a foundation of progressive change, sustained trust and accountability. >> cleveland mayor frank jackson putting an optimistic spin on a settlement designed to end years of abuse by cleveland police. the agreement with the u.s. department of justice comes five months after the d.o.j. found cleveland p.d. engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional policing. among the worst examples of excessive force cited in the report were patrol officers shooting at people who pose no threat hitting people over the head with guns, and using stun guns on handcuffed suspects.
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>> the challenges that caused this agreement that this agreement addresses they didn't they didn't arise in a day and we're not going to get rid of them overnight. >> cleveland police face new died lines on using force emphasizing community policing, accountability and training on buys-free policing. >> you put your life on the line each and every day and ensure the safety of our communities. our investigation reveals that you are asked to do this tremendously difficult work without adequate policy, guidance training or support and without odd wet equipment. >> just before the announcement, hundreds took to the streets. members of 40 area churches marched over their disappointment for the not
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guilty verdict for michael brolow, 15 shots he unloaded through the windshield while standing on the hood of russell's car. >> everybody is talking about peace. we've been doing it for 400 years. >> his acquittal led to protests peaceful protests turned aggressive after dark. seventy people were arrested. >> i am optimistic that transformation is coming to cleveland. there is much work to be done across the nation and in cleveland to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve but it can be done. >> it's a long road ahead with an independent monitor in place to make sure police play by the new rules. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera. >> the internal revenue service promises tighter security measures and free credit monitoring after a data breach
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may have exposed 100,000 american taxpayers information. >> the information they have needed name, social security, birthday date, home address. these are things that are pretty much out in the public domain at this stage in the game, very easy things for people to get. if you consider how many big data breaches we've seen over the past couple of years that data is already in the hands of the hacker community. >> cyber criminals got the data from the agencies get transcript app which calls up information from previous returns. the information was then used to cheat the i.r.s. out of close to $50 million in phony tax returns. the app has been shut down as the agency investigates. >> on the science beat, big moves going on at the international space station nasa is clearing the way for an additional spacecraft to dock at the station. beginning today a storage module will be moved from one
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port to another using a large robotic arm. the empty post will be used to dock commercial capsules from earth. bowing and space x have contracts to begin ferrying astronauts as soon as 2017. >> a new york city museum says goodbye, putting on a final show celebrating an italian master. why the museum can't afford to keep displaying some incredible art.
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>> the vat con's controversial decision to canonize a friar is a spanish missionary that established a string of missions along the coast and brought
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christianity to its shores. pope francis has decided to claire him a saint later this year. there's another side to the story of the father, and it's the factual that the missions did force the conversion of native americans and enslaved native americans and for that reason there are a lot of descendents who are unhappy with the catholic church's decision. >> he didn't make the world better for yours. he made the world worse for us. he suppressed our language, he suppressed our culture. we had our population drop by at least 100,000 people as a result of the missions. people were enslaved. people were starving, people couldn't go back to their villages. >> we'll be going into more detail, but there are a lot of questions about what the catholic church can do about reconciliation with the darker side of the california missions. carmel california, al jazeera.
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>> you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00, eastern. >> it's the end of an era for one of new york's dazzling art spaces. the museum of biblical art will close. it struggled with funding but it's going out on a high note. >> this is an unprecedented once in a lifetime exhibition. these objects will never cross the atlantic again certainly not within our life times. >> it is a breath taking collection. 23 rare works of art, three by donatello, considered the greatest scripture of the italian renaissance. among his reactions this larger than life statue of st. john, the evangelist. it's the first time many pieces have left their home. what all of the works have in common besides their beauty is their biblical inspiration. that dovetails perfectly with the mission of their new york
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host. the museum of biblical art or mobia. >> not just the sculpture on a pedestal and saying how beautiful, how graceful, this was carved by so and so in the year such and such, but saying ahh, this depict 88 and isaac. this is the story from the book of genesis. >> museum director richard townsend emphasized that mobia i also not a religious institution. >> we want to make it accessible to as many people as possible, great works are art inspired by the bible so they can understand the under pinnings of western culture. >> it has struggled surviving thanks to rent-free space in the headquarters of the american baseballbible society. this is described by "the new york times" as soul steering, attracting hundreds of patrons a day, but the success is bitter
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sweet. when this exhibit ends in june, the museum will close because its principle sponsor is moving to philadelphia. >> when the american bible society decided to sell its building the museum of biblical art was confronted with the problem familiar to many new yorkers, finding real estate they could afford. >> the curator said high rent forced the my same from its home for seven years before it found new face. the american folk art museum was forced to move after selling its 53rd street building. before that, the museum of contemporary spanish art closed for good. >> what you are describing is a danger for small institutions. >> i think so, if they don't come in with a trust fund, if they can't expand their patron base off of what they began with. >> richard town send hopes
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mobia's influence continues even after the doors are closed. >> i like to think that we've been a catalyst and inspiration for art museums to discuss spiritual and religious implications of works of art in their care. >> on june 14, after bringing so much history so new york, the museum of biblical art will become a part of it. >> the annual forbes list of the world's most powerful women is out. the top spot goes to german chancellor angela merkel. number two democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton, she's been on the list every year since it launched. melinda gates co chair of the bill and melinda gates foundation number four, janet yellen the first woman to head the federal reserve and rounding out the top five, general motors c.e.o. mary barra the first woman to lead a major automakers. stephanie sy is back in two
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>> the floodwaters gibb to recede in the accident. now the desperate search toe find those still missing as families try to rebuild their lives. >> scandal rocking the soccer word this morning top fifa officials arrested accused of bribery. >> hackers got ahold of personal information on tens of thousands of taxpayers from the i.r.s. >> i'm in los angeles with a report on the staggering amount
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of student debt owed by older americans. >> this is aljazeera america. good morning live from new york city i'm stephanie sy. the recovery has begun in texas from some of the worst floods ever to hit the state. officials say the floods caused at least 17 deaths in texas and oklahoma. many of the victims were taken by surprise. 11 people are still missing this morning, including eight that were in avasion home, swept down a raging river. the waters are receding in houston, but texans are bracing for more severe weather to come. let's go live to the hard hit town of with wimberle. that is a small town where two families were swept away in their vacation home. was there enough warning for people to evacuate? >> local officials certainly try
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to warn people of what became a 46-foot tall wall of water that came this week, taking with it everything in its path. you can see the aftermath this used to be a 50-foot tall tree. these holes are where the roots once stood and their uprooted and eared downstream. you can see pieces of house littering the river banks. you can see how powerful the water's force was in just sugar off bark from trees right here where the bark is missing. as far as the family goes, we know that there were attempts to make reverse 911 calls to all the people here, but those only went to land lines. those two families were vacationers as post staying along the shoreline who had cell phones. police did try to make contact knocking on doors but it's uncertain whether they were able
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to reach these specific families. two bodies have been recovered but not identified. the rescue evident and search effort continues today. >> houston was inundated by these floods. what has the city said about its alert system in the aftermath of the storm. >> houston is used to widespread flooding because of its path to hurricanes however the city does not have a system to have targeted alerts for flashing floods incidents like what happened these last few days. now there are four bodies that have been recovered in houston. as you mentioned that after the total of 17 people who have lost their lives because of the memorial day weekend. >> what about the recovery efforts so far heidi? >> here, those recovery efforts are still focused on the finding of those two families. there is slim hope that perhaps they can be found alive. they did find a family dog
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clinging to a tree but doing ok. everyone acknowledges that as time passes, the hopes of finding anyone, any other survivors is diminishing. at least three of those missing are young children under the age of six. now, as far as the homes that were lost here, more than 350 according to the mayor and the people living in those homes are just beginning to sift through all that debris. >> thank you. we do have the mayor steve thurber joining us on the phone. my condolences for all the losses you have experienced in what seems to have been a lovely town. do you have an update on the number of people sometime missing or on these two families? >> as of this morning i haven't had our 7:00 briefing yet. i'll go in there as soon as we leave here. we are looking at two confirmed fatalities and 11 folks are missing. search and rescue was called off
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last night due to darkness, but we're back in hoping to find those folks. >> in your mind, the search is still a search and rescue mission, correct? >> yep that sure is. >> we have seen so many pictures of the devastation in your town. it's a town of about 7,000 people, i understand. give us a sense of how many businesses and homes were destroyed in the town. >> well, our latest assessment showed that approximately seven homes were actually taken off their foundations and went down the river or completely destroyed in the process and a little over 300 homes were heavily damaged and impacted by rising water. >> as the waters recede, are you able to start cleanup efforts at this point or is it too early? >> oh, no, we started clean up efforts right away. we will get in earnest today. we have debris management folks out and picking up the trash and
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debris and homeowners are actively cleaning out their homes and picking up the pieces, looking for heirlooms and personal effects, so the cleanup effort is in full swing. >> what do you want the country to know about your town and its residents this morning? >> we have a very close knit community here in with the town. this is the biggest event we have ever had. everyone is volunteering, neighbors out in front yards helping neighbors clean up, helping neighbors look for their valuables, belongings and try to help them put their town back together. it's a wonderful community. >> i understand that it's where a lot of vacationers go, that you have a lot of bread and breakfasts there. do you have any insight on how much warning folks that were there for vacation matched to sack wait? >> i think the county and local
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officials did a tremendous job. there were three reverse 911 calls that went out and the city sent out three of their city wide phone information calls for people to warning and people to get out. we understand that there are a lot of bed and breakfast he folks along the river and we sent law enforcement out knocking on doors as soon as we knew that things were going to get really bad that evening. >> have you ever seen anything like this in your town? >> no, we haven't. the previous record surge through the town was back in 1929 33 feet. this one was recorded at 44 and a half feet, but it probably was higher. the gauge on the river blew out and washed away, so that's the highest that we know of. >> going back for a second to these 911 reverse calls, do you think you would do anything different, now that you are
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hearing reports of perhaps people not having land lines a lot of people don't have land lines at all these days and that they may not have gotten the warning? >> well, the difficulty there is that these folks come in from out of town, and their phones obviously aren't registered within the reverse 911 folks. we have contacted the reservation agencies at both the b.&b.'s and we will get their help notifying the folks in the homes. a lot of them did that, they helped in the notification effort. >> mayor i know you have a busy day ahead of you. thank you so much for talking to us here on aljazeera america. best of luck to you and your town. >> thank you very much for having me, and getting the word out. thank you. >> thank you. >> just a look at how dire the situation still is in the texas area, we have a live picture now of midlothian where there is a
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fear that this massive dam will break under the pressure of floodwaters. we will continue to follow developments and bring you additional information as we get it. there is a risk of much more rainfall in the days to come. meteorologist kevin corvo has more. >> the historical flooding across texas started at the beginning of may when we have seen thunderstorm after thunderstorm pushing through at least for the last three weeks. of course what we had seen pushing through here on monday night with the frontal boundary showing in those thunderstorms pushing through take a look at radar as we go down and take a look at what happened here across parts of houston as the storm moved through late on monday evening. here cross the southern and southwestern parts of houston we saw anywhere from 10 and a half inches all the way over here toward richmond of 11 and a half inches of rain, fallinging in about a six hour period across that area. of course, they had already seen quite a bit of rain, the ground
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was saturated and this rain had really no place to go. that's why we had such extensive flooding. over jail thousand people were without power on tuesday morning, but things are beginning to improve across the region. over the next couple of days, we are going to see a break in the region but more rain is expected to fall not only for parts of houston but towards san marcos, even to oklahoma where we expect to see more flooding going from thursday as well as here into friday, where we think the heaviest rain is going to be. >> our meteorologist kevin corvo there. the death toll is 14 in mexico, 300 people were injured hundred was homes damaged. bum doziers and cranes are clearing the rubble. the tornado tossed cars against buildings like match sticks. the mexican government warns the cleanup will take time. >> we go go house to house to see how you were affected and begin this patrols of
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reconstruction. this will not happen overnight. we will have to clean most of these homes remove the rubble, move these houses and rebuild them. until this happens there are shelters. >> tornadoes are extremely rare in that area. this was the first one to touchdown in northern mexico in more than a century. >> a major scandal today in the world of soccer is the result of a u.s. investigation. seven high-ranking officials from fifa, the international good morning body are under arrested, charged with corruption. several others have been indicted. john henry smith is here with more. there have been corruption allegations against fifa for a long time. >> there have been corruption allegations for a great many years. stephanie, much of that is connected to how fifa decides which nations get to host the highly popular world cup every four years. most of those arrested of not u.s. citizens. >> early wednesday morning in
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zurich swiss law enforcement went to the rooms of six top soccer officials at the hotel and arrested them on u.s. federal corruption charges. >> this for fifa is good. it's not good in terms of image, and it's not good in terms of reputation, but in terms of cleaning up, in terms of everything in the last four years, in terms of the process this is good. >> that apparently was just the start. the justice department is charging 14 people with racketeering and conspiracy. the justice department issued a search warrant for the miami headquarters of soccer's governing body in the u.s. central america and the caribbean. the current president jeffery wees was among the indicted. a key element of the d.o.j. case, guilty pleas unsealed this morning, one from a former representative to fifa's executive committee, the most
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prominent of the names is jack warner. of trinidad & tobago, accused of numerous violations, including receiving millions of dollars of misappropriated funds, illegal reselling of world cup tickets and scheming dubai votes in fifa's 2010 presidential election. fifa president seth blatter is not set for charges. in two days, he was expected to be reelected to a fifth term as fifa president. the question now is will it leave him vulnerable. jordan's prince is running for the presidency. >> it's time now that we have proper transparency and proper reform. >> the swiss government agreed to extradite the six arrested in zurich to the u.s.
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>> those arrested today have the right to challenge the extradition requests and that means it could be a long time before any of them stand trial in a u.s. court. attorney general loretta lynch is set to speak about the charges in just a few hours. as for the 2018 world cup in russia and competition in qatar as of now fifa says those games will go on as planned. >> strict new rules for police officers in cleveland for how and when they can use force. the city reached an agreement with the justice department after away investigation into misconduct and abuse. among the worst examples of excessive force shooting at people without reason, hitting people with guns and using stun guns on handcuffed suspects. >> the challenges that caused this agreement, that this agreement addresses, they didn't they didn't arise in a day and we're not going to get rid of them overnight.
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>> the police department will be assigned an independent monitor. the new guidelines emphasize community policing and training on buys free-throw policing. >> the i.r.s. is promising credit monitoring for 100,000 people whose security was stole that. hackers stole tax forms. january for let has more. >> the i.r.s. hacked, thieves using an on line tool installed by that the agency to steam the personal information and the potential refunds of hundreds of thousands of taxpayers. the i.r.s. commissioner said there's been 200,000 attempts to illegally access tax information from february to may of this year. 100,000 of them were successful. the i.r.s. director said we are confident they are not amateurs, they are crime syndicate that it is not only we, but everyone in the financial industry are dealing with. the hackers used an app called get transcript which calls up
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previous tax returns to get access to computers. >> the information was simple, name, social security, birth date home address these are things that are pretty much out in the public domain at this stage of the game. >> what does this mean for ordinary americans? >> it's a good time to be reminded take down your birthday from your facebook profile, take down personal information that people can take and emulate up to the point where they can go to the i.r.s., go to the social security administration go anywhere in the country with just enough about you that they can be you enough to do some real damage. >> the i.r.s. breach is just the latest in a string of serious hacks at major u.s. companies and government democrats. the biggest retail hack so far was t.j. max in 2007. in that case, thieves got away with the data of 94 million customers, but no business is immune from investment banks like j.p. morgan chase to web
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based firms such as ebay and america on line. other government agencies have been hit too like the pentagon. the hack was blamed on the russians. in the department of energy, on line gangs are said to have made minutes meat of security. who is behind the attacks? >> this is a group of people out to really show the world that the hackers have the upper hand right now and for as long as they can they're going to continue to disrupt our digital life. >> he says the hackers are not geeks in basements anymore but organized gangs located all over the world and some may even be based here at home. john terrett, al jazeera. >> on the agenda today the the accident statehouse is set to vote on a brill that would ban health insurance plans bought through the affordable care act through covering elected abortions. >> officials from 20 countries meet in mexico today to brainstorm clean energy
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technologies. >> the french president will induct four world war ii legaciance fighters into the place for war heroes. >> the runner up is running again, rick santorum joins the growing field of republican candidates for president. >> there's no safe space to talk about this. the community is terrified. >> we hear from somalia american mothers, afraid their sons will join isil. what they're doing to prevent that happening. >> i'm at london's royal festival hall.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:20 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories from around the nation. amtrak is adding video cameras inside the locomotives of its trains cameras positioned to record engineers at the controls. it comes in response to the derailment earlier this month in philadelphia. the engineer doesn't remember what happened. the crash killed eight and
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injured 200. >> in just a few hours a judge will hear arguments over giving two chimpanzees the same rights at people. lawyers argue they have a right to liberty and should not be used for studies. they are currently at stoney brook university in new york. the lawyers want them released to an animal sanctuary in florida. >> the state department said the next batch of emails from former secretary of state hillary clinton will be released at the end of june. the department is reviewing 55,000 emails. >> the white house said there is no back up plan if congress does not act to extend the patriot act. the provision was used to justify the n.s.a.'s phone surveillance program expires sunday. in the morning congressman co authored the freedom act. that has passed the house. the senate just could not work together to get anything through. >> i think they were invested
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psychologically in this mass surveillance and it's anything that reduces surveillance increases risk to national security which is nonsense, because we provided for national security more than adequately in the freedom act. that's why it could 338 votes in the house. as they saw that we will not budge, we will not he can tend it at this point it's a question of saving face. >> the senate is set to meet for a rare session on sunday to consider what to do next. >> the field of republicans running for the 2016 presidential nomination set to become a little more crowded today. there were already six people officially running. the seventh former senator and 2012 republican candidate rick cantor rum will announce he is running again this afternoon. jonathan betz takes a look at his career. >> in the last race for the republican presidential nomination, he was the runner up. >> game on. >> former pennsylvania senator rick cantor rum won the 2012
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iowa caucuses and went on to capture 11 states in the campaign that appealed to social conservatives. >> a country that was built on the idea that rights come to us from god and that the government's job the one thing the government's job is to do is to protect those rights so you can form families and churches and community organizations civic groups, hospitals schools, and build a great and just society from the bottom up. that's the conservative vision for america. that's who we are. >> though he lost the nomination to mitt romney, santorum managed to finish ahead of understood gingrich. >> miracle after miracle this race was as probable as any race you will see for president. >> he is a devout catholic, noun r. known for unwavering convictions. his stand by rose those of the most ardent republican hawks.
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>> if isis wants to establish a 17th century cool fate, let's oblige by bombing them back to the 17th century. >> 12 years ago, in the middle of his second senate term, he got into trouble. in an interview he told the associated press in every society, the definition of marriage has not ever been to my knowledge included homosexuality. it's not, you know, man on child, man or dog or whatever the case maybe, it is one thing. gay activists were so outraged, they led a webcam pain that popularized santorum. it hurt him badly in pennsylvania. in 2006, he lost the reelection by 18 points. santorum went on to practice law and become a news pundit. when he launched his 2012 presidential campaign witness his wife and seven children by
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his side, he seemed to come out of nowhere in iowa. early polls put him at just 14%. this time around, he began as a long shot and unlike four years ago, he will not have evangelical support to himself. mike huckabee was the darling of evangelicals in 2008. both men are compelling speakers and natural rifles. a win in new hampshire can serve as rocket fuel for a primary run, as rick santorum knows too well. >> it is a misdeed seldom talked about publicly, guardians of the elderly taking advantage of them. we are talking about court appointed lawyers who prey on the helpless. critics are warning the public about a lucrative injustice. sheila macvicar has more. >> at this nursing home outside houston, president kirk is trying to visit an old acquaintance. reverend john stat a ward of the
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state thanks to a court ordered guardianship was moved here out of his apartment against his will in 2010. >> what i call a legendary texan. >> he was a nasa chaplain during the days of the race to the moon. he convinced edgar mitchell to take bibles to the moon on apollo 14. kirk covered the story for u.p.i. and he and stoke became friends. >> this is 1,254 pages of the king james version of the holy bible. >> before he was made a ward of the state, he was active on the internet emailing friends and writing letters. he was also the keeper of the lunar baseballs now worth a fortune, but an apparently disagreement over how he was dealing with some of his assets led to his guardianship. >> one bible sold for $56,000. if there were even 60 in that apartment, which we're fairly sure they were, do the math, that's worth millions. >> the state has seized hills
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assets and while keeping him in isolation is using his money to pay for lawyers. in 2012 depositions in a lawsuit over ownership of some of the lunar bibles, texas department of aging and disability services personnel conceded stout was not allowed to use the internet, male letters or use the phone and that all incoming communications are screened. he said the state guardian won't allow visits from him or others. >> they say it's for his own protection. what are you protecting him from? >> we asked the state about south's case but were told they would not release information about individuals under state guardianship. in general, we were told, the most important job of any guardian is to protect the individuals he or she serves. also such, there are times when a guardian must make difficult decisions, such as restricting visitors for certain individuals. >> only the son and the
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daughter-in-law have been loved to visit in the last four and a half years and they have since moved to missouri and have no contact. >> inez russell is executive director for the texas guardianship association. >> i thank you very much it's incredibly important to the quality of their life to have visitors. >> she supports guardianship, but admits it's a system with flaws. >> i think we still have a lot of work to do. we have some great people in guardianship that work hard to take care of the people, but texas has 254 counties. there's not enough money and most of the county governments. >> she tried to see reverend stout while we werer there but told she needed permission, permission always denied. >> sharing the burden in the
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migrant crisis, the e.u. announces plans to deal with the thousands of people trying to cross the mediterranean. >> no break yet in a blistering heatwave in india. it has killed 1,000 people so far.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:31 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories, the waters are receding in texas as cleanup has begun after the worst flooding in decades. 17 people are confirmed dead in texas and oklahoma. at least 11 are still missing including eight from two families whose vacation home was swept away in a raging river. >> arrests and indictments today for top officials from fifa, soccer's international good morning body in an investigation into bribery an corruption. seven firms were arrested in switzerland. the u.s. is asking for them to be extra dated for trial. >> the i.r.s. is promises to
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tighten security after a data breach exposed data of 100,000 taxpayers. hackers used the get script apps to gain access, filing false tax returns, stealing $50 million. the app has been shut down. >> the european union is set to announce a quote if a system to deem with the growing migrant crisis in the mediterranean. the plan will ask member states to share the responsibility of taking in tens of thousands of people who usually land in italy, greece and malta but not all of the countries are in favor of the plan. the u.k. will opt out of the relocation proposal, france, spain, hungary and a few others voiced concerns. >> there is a major migrant crisis in southeast asia, as well. investigators found a series of mass graves along the border between malaysia and thailand. thailand is making sure its borders remain sealed. >> those leading thailand's operation against the human
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traffickers don't think there are anymore migrant camp to say discovery and they have their key suspect in custody. for them, the top priority is making sure that their borders stay sealed so that any remaining human traffickers have no place to hide and no space for their channels. >> our destination i guess just pass. if you make them different and not comfortable to walk past, to pass out of the country them not come. >> this barbed wire marks the border between thailand and malaysia. it was put her four weeks ago as were thai soldiers when government started clamping down on the human trafficking network. because of this, malaysian officials believe the camels were abandoned in the last few weeks. thailand says they are digging into how the networks operated.
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now their channels are cut off. >> the investigations are not moving forward very well. we have in the thai side a focus primarily on local politicians local police, some police up to the provincial level but there's more to be done. there's higher level people involved in this, we suspect. >> a rubber farmer is on the road leading up to the cross. he used to see dozens have people packed into pickup trucks pack by each week. >> i don't think the traffickers will dare to come back here. it was happening because the government never took it seriously. now the situation is changed. the traffickers are afraid to come back. >> they might be afraid to come back here, but the challenge is finding those who helped the traffickers and make sure the networks won't restart somewhere else. al jazeera thailand.
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>> soaring temperatures in india killed more than a thousand people most of the deaths in the southeastern part of the country where temperatures reached as high as 117 degrees. the he's is not expected to break until the end of the week. nicole johnston has more. >> people in india are used to hot summers but not like this. >> it is too hot. it's even tough to accept that there is so much heat. >> temperatures have been climbing for a month and a serious heatwave has developed. more than 850 people have died. in the middle of the day there's a bit of shade and some ponds to cool off in. the biggest problems are heat stroke and dehydration. >> people are breaking down, we are sweating so much, throat getting dry. we have to quench our thirst frequently. >> it doesn't look like letting
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up anytime soon. the government is telling people to stay indoors if we can wear a hot and drink lots of water. the meteorological office blamed the heatwave on a shortage of rain. it warns people there are more hot days to come. the last in 2002 and 2003 killed thousands was people. >> four people are dead after a gun battle in afghanistan's capitol. the taliban said its men launch would the attack on a guest house in the diplomatic area of kabul. officials say the fighters stormed the building using a rocket propelled grenade and other weapons. the attack lasted six hours. all the gunmen were killed. >> isil has reportedly carried out suicide attacks in iraq today. the group targeted military convoys in fallujah, killing 55 people. a military spokesman said 17 iraqi soldiers were among the
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dead. the convoy was traveling to anbar to retake it from isil fighters. u.s. criticism about their commitment to the campaign is rejected. >> we are fighting a psychological war. isil has an effective media campaign against us. we are accused of retreating. we are not. we are backing up our troops and preparing for the fall of ramadi. >> thousands of shia fighters are joining iraqi troops to regain control of isil held territory. joining us now by skype from baghdad is a member of the iraqi parliament and former national security advisor. thank you for your time this morning. first of all, how much of a blow is it to have 17 of your soldiers killed even before the offensive in anbar has begun? >> this is not true, to be quite honest with you the official figure is much release, probably we are talking about five or six
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soldiers we lost in this fight. we expect of course that we are more than happy to pay heavily for deliberate -- we paid before in blood and treasure and sweat and tears and we are more than happy to pay for to do it again and retake our dear city. >> i understand that government forces have basically surrounded ramadi. how close are these troops to going in and beginning the offensive against isil to try to retake the city? >> i'm very--the joint forces, iraqi army, the iraqi federal police and popular mobilization forces as well as the tribal fighters are encircling ramadi
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city and they are probably stopping targets with the help of american air force and we believe that in the next few days, we will be able to advance even further inside the city. >> would you be in favor that allowing more u.s. troops on the ground there to help spot some of these u.s. airstrikes on isil targets better, because that is being suggested again in light of ramadi going to isil last week. >> the united states government can do a lot before they start thinking of boots on the ground. we don't need boots on the ground. we have 1 million iraqis under arm and training and equipped. i believe united states government needs to do much more than this, number one probably trimming and quadrupling the number of the airstrikes, also
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speeding the process of f16's and all those weapons we have already received and we are paying for. we need the united states government to speed up the process of training the iraqi special elite and special forces. we need the full electronic system of what we call c4 command control communication computers, as well as the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance in the battlefield. we need to see the enemy from air. that's what we are lacking. we need to see the enemy and what is the enemy doing behind the defense lines. that's what we need. we need electrical support from the united states government. >> you were the main architect of the agreement in 2008 which led to the eventual withdrawal
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of troops from iraq in 2011. do you regret that some contingency of u.s. the troops did not stay so that isil did not get a food hold on your country? >> ma'am, we are much more clever and intelligence with hindsight. i don't think we should start criticizing and reprimanding whether ourselves our strategic amlies. united states government, we have a strait jake agreement with them, and they are our strategic ally in the region and in the world. we need to coordinate much more closely with them and we need to build up a bridge of trust between independent sovereign united iraq with the united states of america. >> a member of the iraqi parliament and a former national security advisor sir, thank you for joining us this morning appreciate it. >> a 20-year-old from texas is charged with trying to join
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isil. prosecutors say he went to turkey to meet an isil recruiter. they say he helped to friend go to syria to fight with the group. he returned be home from istanbul after a relative told him his mother was sick. he faces 15 years in prison if convicted. >> there are growing fears about isil's growing influence on muslims in the u.s. six men were arrested in minneapolis after making plans to join isil. that city is home to the country's largest somalia communities. the mothers worry about recruitment of their sons. >> there's no safe state to talk about this. the community is terrified. >> the somalia american mothers live in constant fear that isil and groups like it could target their sons. >> this hits home when it comes from your own city, own community and it's all boys. >> anxiety has gripped minneapolis large somalia
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community since six young men five pictured here were arrested on terrorism charges in april. >> what has the sentiment been in the community since these guys were arrested? >> shock. complicity. >> shock. shock beyond shock beyond shock. >> federal agents say the men all friends recruited each other to travel to syria to join isil. >> do you think it's unsafe out there for your kids? i mean in this community, is it unsafe? >> i was talking to another mother wondering what she is doing for her son this is summer she said oh, yeah, there is this soccer summer program and of course the first thing that comes to my mind is, is it safe? do you know that? because, you know, there are these elements in the community bad elements in the community you know. it's not even clearly identified. we don't know who they are. >> mere in mogadishu you'll find
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a slash of cultures and generations, somalia born parents who are still deeply connected to their culture but their kids identify more with america. >> ok. >> her three kids come home each day to a traditional muslim home islamic quotes grace the walls, but her kids embrace american conventions like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches television and video games. she says she understands why some young somalia americans feel disconnected. >> you have kids going to school with not understanding how to do the homework and all that stuff. they go outside and they don't belong. >> many somalia moms say apart from soccer and a small community center, there aren't many resources available to their kids in minneapolis. she heads to the state capitol daily, lobbying legislators for
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money to fund promise for somalia youth. >> has it been hard getting the ear of legislatures here? >> absolutely, it's not easy, especially when it's your first time. >> the governor admits there needs to be better outreach to the somalia community and told us he supports the funding. >> is it a priority? >> we need to be doing everything possible to give young somalias a sense that this is a better home land and a better opportunity, and if you want to change the world make a significant difference, this is the place to do it. >> however on saturday, a bill was vetoed that included $280,000 for the program but says he still backs the project and awaits an amended bill. bolt say the arrest has made them more vigilant. they're keeping a closer eye on their sons. >> i'm not different from any other mother raising their kids. it's just the world sometimes is so cruel. >> al jazeera minneapolis. >> a special investigation on
8:46 am shows african american students are disproportion atly cited for truancy charges. they account for 41% of truancy cases. the disparity sparked should a civil rights investigation by the justice department. al jazeera's digital editor broke this story and is joining us on the set this morning. it's nice to meet you. where i went to school, not showing up for school meant you got in trouble with the principal, not the allow. that's different in texas? >> texas is one of two states that criminalizes truancy. there is quite a movement right now to change that. that's sort of what sparked our investigation into truancy laws in texas. the racial disparity african-americans are dex the
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subject disproportionately. that is true across the accident but the disparity is the worst in fort bend. >> why do they think there is this dispro proceduralty. >> it is unusual to find it there. fort ben prides itself on being a really diverse county. many called it the most diverse county in the whole united states so it was unusual to find it there but what we found, talking to parents and educators is that there are several high school little that are predominantly minority and those seem to be the ones that are generating the majority of the truancy cases. talking to people about it, it seems to be linked to the way school discipline is handled not just in texas but across the country. there's quite a large body of research that shows that african-american and latino students tend to be treated more
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harshly by schools and principals for any disciplinary issue and that's definitely the case with truancy. the reasons aren't entirely clear, but talking to principals and parents there it does seem to be related to the school discipline issue and that school district has already been under a civil rights review by the department of education for that issue and it looks like truancy will become part of that, as well. >> what happens to the children charged with truancy. are they handcuffed or taken to jail? >> that happens in rare cases. >> where they are handcuffed and taken to jail? >> the jail part would happen generally only if held in contempt of court for not following a court order. it does happen, but not very often. handcuffs also sort of dependency on the judge. there are a few cases. in fact, i interviewed one girl who had been handcuffed in the court. she had to sit in the court for
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several hours in handcuffs. she was only i think 13 or 14. >> and there are criminal records? >> you can, that's right have an adult criminal record for things that you might have done as a 12, 13 or 14-year-old. that's very alarming for many people because, you know, advocate students, parents they feel like kids should not graduate from high school with a criminal record just for missing school. >> quick question, do these tough enforcement measures have the desired effect of getting kids not to skip school? >> well, if you look at attendance rates it doesn't look like they do have much effect. the ratessen texas or the county that is really have cracked down on truancy are not substantially different from other places. i think that's a big part of why texas is pushing to change those laws. there's a bill that could pass as soon as the end of this month or early next month. >> ok. al jazeera's digital editor, thank you. you can read the whole story on line at
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thanks. >> thank you. >> in today's money beat, higher education is big, in the u.s. p.m. private colleges charge as much as $50,000 in tuition each ear year. students rely on loans to pay those fees. debts leave many financially handicapped for years even for the rest of their lives. >> student loan debts are a crushing burden for millions of people in the u.s. and not just young people in their 20s. rosemary anders had a good job marriage and high hopes when she went back to college in her lately 30's for a master's degree in business management. then her life changed. >> i was divorced and i had health problems and the economic downturn i no longer had the ability to make the payments. >> the loan a.m. grew as she deferred payments. now more than 20 years later the principal is $135,000.
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on her income, she can barely afford to pay the interest every month. it's just the constant thorn in my side, and news around my neck. because it will never go away. >> when will you pay off this debt? >> never. when i die. >> anderson, who is 58 is one of the surprisingly large number of older u.s. residents dealing with student debt. >> there are about 7 million student loan borrowers in the u.s. over able 55 and together they owe about $155 billion in dealt. >> unlike younger people, who have their entire working lives to pay off the debt, older borrowers may be caught in a trap. >> i think the key difference is that retirement is right around the corner for people that are in their 50 said, right? somebody 22, 25, graduating, they have their hole life ahead of them. at 55, adding 20 years of repayment seems overwhelming.
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>> federal student loans cannot be written off through bankruptcy. the government will even tap senior's social security. the u.s. old age pension program, to get its money back. >> it's a no man's land. you pay until you die or they'll take their money in some way or another through garnishment of wages or your social security. when we're in this bad of a bind, we have to figure out the way to help the people in our society that need the help the most. >> efforts to change the federal student loan system in congress have gone nowhere. anderson said she's proud that she got her education but having the debt overshadow those accomplishments is depressing. >> if i had committed a crime, i would have more options for redemption and forgiveness than i do with my student loan debt. there is no forgiveness, there is no out. it's just there. growing. every day. >> trapped in a modern day
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debtor's prison, sentenced to life. rob reynolds, al jazeera santa cruz california. >> the reinvention of an old classic, one of the world's most famous conductors is giving the concert piano a grand makeover.
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>> one of the great documentary photographers of the 20th 20th century has died. mary ellen mark was 75 years old, her work published in dozens of books and magazines and museums all over the world. her career documented street life. she spent months sometimes with her subjects. >> the dine of the piano stayed the same for centuries. now a new piano the dream of a concert pianist has come true. >> the keys produce a music slightly different. pianist and composer has played an steinway pianos all his life. this is inspired by the
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hungarian comb poser. he tried it and wanted to combine its sound with a modern piano. it looks like a modern concert grand piano but inside, you can see how the strings run in straight lines rather than angle and that creates a different sound, a much warmer sound closer what composers would have heard almost 200 years ago. >> daniel is considered one of the greatest all around musician and tried to build bridges through music as a conductor with his orchestra of palestinian and israeli musicians. he's repeatedly condemned israeli's occupation of gaza, and the west bank. he likens his role as pianist to solving a political problem.
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>> each note is there for itself and you the pianist have to give them a feeling of solidarity of homogeneity. i feel inspired by that. i'm rapturously happy with it. >> listening to the builder it sounds like there's still some tweaking to do. >> that would make a difference? >> i think it makes a difference yeah, yeah. >> so far this is one of only two in the world a prior reinvention that will be kept under wraps until he runs his fingers over it later this week in london. al jazeera london. >> that's it for us here in new york. i'm stephanie sy. thanks for watching. more news from doha, coming right up.
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>> welcome to the news hour from doha. i'm richelle carey. a double blow, top fifa officials arrested on bribery charges after an investigation over the allocation of the next two world cups. >> an isil suicide attack kills at least 55 iraqi soldiers on the second day of the armed offensive to retake on bar province. the eu asks its members to take