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forbidden suffering demotions suspensions, the whole gamut from up above. >> tomorrow 10:30 p.m. that is our show for today. i'm david schuster in for ali velshi. thanks for watching. offering on apology. boston marathon bomber breaks two years of silence, asking for forgiveness - before being sentenced to death. honouring a leader. >> respect for the work that he's done for years, on what is right. >> paying tribute to a beloved pastor and senator, one of nine killed in the charleston
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massacre. hostage policy. >> the families suffered enough. they should never feel ignored or victimized by their own government. >> president obama plans to do more for families with loved one said kidnapped abroad. and a challenge as a nuclear deadline nears, new demonstrates from iran's supreme leader about what tehran wants, in a final agreement good evening, i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america, we begin with a surprising apology from convicted boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. erica pitzi was in the courtroom where the bombers victims were allowed to speak. >> reporter: for the first time since police named him responsible for the boston
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marathon bombings dzhokhar tsarnaev spoke to the court saying: before he finished his statement he asked allah to bestow mercy on him and his family. >> i wish he had done it before. >> not all survivors feel the same way. >> i feel very reassured he acknowledged our suffering. it meant a lot to me. >> dzhokhar tsarnaev's words cam an hour before gut wrenching testimony from the families and victims. amputees limped up to the podium to detail suffering and pain. many talking about physical and emotional loss. many suffer from naight mares, flashbacks panic attacks. some held dzhokhar tsarnaev available for his brother tamerlan tsarnaev, dubbed the
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mastermind. the mother of crystal who died said: the family of the youngest victim 8-year-old martin richard who wanted the jury to give dzhokhar tsarnaev life instead of death so he would be forced to reflect on the crime he committed said this:. >> throughout all of the statements, dzhokhar tsarnaev stared blankly at the floor. the vinyl victim to speak was young amputee rebecca gregory. she refuses to call herself a victim. she was the only one to look directly at dzhokhar tsarnaev saying:
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south carolinaans came together to pay tribute to a murdered pastor and state senator. he was among nine church members killed in an attack on a historic black church in charleston. diane eastabrook joins us from columbia. thousands turned out to pay their respects. >> that's right. many of the mourners who came out to the state house today to pay tribute to clementa pinckney say they didn't know him, but felt compelled to come out because of the tragedy of the shootings. >> a horse drawn case carrying state senator clementa pinckney's body arrived at the carolina state house this afternoon. honour guards men from the state guard patrol inside. his family and two daughters walking behind. the line to view clementa pinckney's body stretched from
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the row tonneda to the streets. thousands waited for hours in the heat. >> i wanted to pay tribe ute for what he has done in the years. >> i represent the university of state carolina he was always interested in the wellbeing of the south carolina. >> this family affected the whole nation not just south carolina, i felt compelled to be here. >> it has been a clash point since dylann roof gunned done clementa pinckney and others inside emanuel's a.m.e. church. he has been photographed with the flag. the governor want it taken down. the state legislature is set to debate the issue this summer. on the republican floor on tuesday, the flag was said that
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it must go. >> i'm proud to take a stand and no longer we silent. i'm proud to be on the right side of the history recording the removal of this symbol of risism and big ol rit -- racism and bigotry from the state house. let us not stop there. justice by halves is not justice. >> the only woman in the state senate says she's struggling with the issue but agrees with firman. >> i have a lot of issues with people that respect the confederate flag. to a lot of people it means a lot of things. those people are in my district to, and it means hate and slavery. >> republican senator lee bright is against removing the flag:
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mourners remember clementa pinckney as a compassionates man that tried to do right. the removal of this symbol could be his lasting leg assy. there are reports that dylann roof could face a federal hate crime charge. he's charged with nine counts of murder in state court. if convicted, the charge would be largely symbolic. >> more than 100 people returned to bible study at the emanuel a me church where the shooting took place. workers removed all traces of the attack. a pastor trade and called for unity. >> i want to invite every black person every white person every latino person to make this a mark history that we are going
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to come together and stand together as one. >> cameras were not allowed in the church. friday president obama will deliver the yule any at the funeral for clementa pinckney. >> alabama is the first state to remove confederate banners from the state areas. the governor gave the order for confederate flags to be removed from a monument. they'd been there for the past four decades. he did not want them to be a distraction. senator lindsay graham has been outspoken and took aim at the gunman comparing the church attack to violence in the middle east. >> i don't know how you can sit with somebody for an hour in a church and pray with them and get up and shoot them. that's something. i don't think we have there.
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importantly we do. >> the perception of many americans is self-proclaimed radical muslims are the biggest threat in the u.s. according to a new study, home grown extremists may be much more dangerous. paul beban has a closer look at the findings. >> reporter: when a gunman opened fire during a late night bible study session inside an historic black church in charleston. nine names were added. apparently motivated by race. suspect dylann roof is a self-proclaimed white supremicist trumpeting his believes on the internet. it's the latest in a line of attackers motivated by race religion or anger at the federal government. according to a study by the washington research group new america, since september it 11th twice as many people have
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been killed by anti-government fanatics, white soup rem sifts than by those that self-identify as muslim extremists 48-26. analysts say in spite of a steady stream of non-muslim attacks, there's a ms much between public perception and the numbers. >> when we look at the numbers, we see the domestic terrorists and the people that fit under the umbrella fit an aggressive campaign profile. >> in 2012 neo-nazi and white supremist strayed bullets. killing six and wounding four others. in june 2014, two police officers were killed having lunch in a las vegas restaurant. on the bodies they left a note saying this is the beginning of a revolution. in wal-mart they killed another
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before police killed jarrad and amanda committed suicide. two months earlier jarrod spoke to al jazeera's. >> the abuses of police are out of control. >> and in austin texas, larry mcwilliams fired off hundreds of round before a police officer shot and killed him. austin police say the unemployed mcwilliams had ties to a christian hate group and a grudge against immigrants. >> almost 2:1 police departments are more concerned about so-called right wing extremists than they are about muslim extremists - according to a survey coming out later this week. in charleston the justice department says it's looking at the murders from all angles including as a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. >> thank you, paul. >> the white house announced a
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policy shift when it comes to talking to hostage takers abroad. changes prompted by the murder of two journalists. the government will no longer threaten to prosecute families that tray to pay ransom to kidnappers. >> after an emotional meeting, president obama made it clear - the government will work with them, and not stand in their way as they seek the return of loved ones. >> families should never feel ignored or victimized by their own government. >> a review was ordered last year. a response to receiving conflicting information, that they were ignored or an afterthought or threatened by government officials when trying to bike contact with captors. some went public like the personalities of james foley,
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after i.s.i.l. murdered him last year. >> all i'm saying what we are going to date... >> it wasn't enough. >> included in the policy a hostage recovery fusion cell to coordinate the government's recovery efforts, a special hostage envoy, and a family engagement team to share information with families. mr obama says he will not change the u.s. policy of never negotiating with terrorists but the government will no longer punish families who do. >> when appropriate, our government may assist the families and private efforts in those communications. in part to ensure the safety of the family members, and to make sure they are not defrauded. >> the new policy raises the question - even if the governments doesn't pay ransoms, will it help the families that do. >> if i'm a bad guy in the middle east. is that a distinction with a
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difference. either way, if i take an american... >> the government will not facilitate the payment of a ransom. what we will do however, is work with families to try and advise them to give them the benefit of our best advice. >> michael scott moore sent 2.5 years as a hostage in somali. released last september after captors demanded and got a 1.6 million ransom. moore says it will help the families cope. >> some agencies like the fbi have a lot of educational experience. they give advice support. there's nothing wrong with that. and, of course it would be terrible if a family were on their own. congress granted trade powers to the white house. the senate passed a bill that fast-track authority to president obama. the enhanced training act was
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improved in a 16 to 38 vote with 13 democrats voting in favour. the passage expected to help the president negotiating the transpacific partnership. the president called his french counterpart to assure him the u.s. is not spying on him. french president francis hollande says president obama promised to stop espionage considered unacceptable between allies coming in response to a revelation that the n.s.a. eaves dropped on francis hollande and two predecessors. >> in new york, a second employee was arrested. corrections officer gene palmer delivered the tools that the in mates used to escape inside frozen hamburger meet. investigators are trying to determine if palmer knew what was inside the meet. the convicted killers broke out of prison three weeks ago, they are on the run. the latest road block to a
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nuclear deal to iran may be the most powerful eastern. the ayatollah khamenei's disruptive stance on western demands and why advisors to president barack obama thinks it may be in trouble. and the fight for the presidential nomination.
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tough talk from iran's supreme leader ayatollah khamenei. it comes less than a week before the deadline for a deal on iran's nuclear prime. ayatollah khamenei appeared to go against a deal reached by iran and five other countries, demanding all economic sanctions against iran be lifted once the agreement is signed. the u.s. wants the sanctions lifted as the inspectors verified iran is meeting its commitments. we are joined by an iranian-american journalist following the negotiations.
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let's start with an open letter sent tonight by five members of president obama's inner circle - former members of his inner circle david petraeus and dennis roth included. the alert says that the nuclear deal may fall short of meeting the administration's own standard of agreement. how much and how important is a letter like this from former administration members going to be for the administration. >> it's an important member. they are important signatories from the conservative side from the critics of the iran negotiations. of the deal. also in this letter it was sponsored by a conservative institute in washington. so i feel like it's a little leaning towards the conservative side. n d.c. in the d.c. circle and is referring to may, it may fall
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short. that's the nature of the negotiations happening behind closed doors. every time you get close to a deadline we are not sure of the details, because that's how it's supposed to happen. different voices come out with concerns on both sides. they are echoing each other. >> let's stay in washington for now. one more question about the letter. it is pretty aggressive. the alert says if the framework is the deal that is reached, that iran will remain a nuclear threshold state. if that's the case the letter says that - the u.s. has to make clear that it will take all necessary actions, including military action against iran. i can't imagine that that will be received well in tehran. >> it won't, but, again, like i'm saying both of the sides - it's important to understand that it's happening on both sides, and they are addressing
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more of the conservative camp. the u.s. has been on public record threatening to use outline options against tehran including the military options. it's referring to a decade after this potential deal happens and the negotiations. you can talk about extensions forever and ever and ever. i think it's more towards a more conservative... >> let's talk about the ayatollah khamenei's comments which have not been received well. he said unless the sanctions are lifted immediately, there cap be no deal. if that happens, there won't be a deal. >> exactly. on the other side - they are mirroring each other. the supreme leader has to take a middle ground and address the conservatives and the moderate camp. he has been supportive of the negotiations, supportive of the negotiators from the beginning.
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>> and no pun intended. he is dropping bombs, some of these statements. one of things he said was he criticizes the out somic energy organization, and said that no foreigners would be allowed to be part of the inspection teams looking at some of the nuclear facilities. again. that is not something that i would imagine would be remotely acceptable to the united states. >> definitely. he has to - he's been going on and off basically the way i explain it is every other statement he makes, or part of a statement, half and half is addressed at a conservative crowd and addressed - every time he makes a statement. people will come out "see he's been supporting us", because he needs a way, an exit. >> he's straddling the fence. >> exactly. if the deal doesn't happen he needs to say "i told you, we can't trust the men's" if the deal happens, he will be on the
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other side. >> very quick prediction. do you think the deal with happen? >> i think so. >> good to have you back. we'll see what happens next week. thanks. >> g.o.p. voters have another candidate to consider. louisiana governor bobbie jindal became the 13th to launch a campaign, announcing on social media and followed up with a rally outside new orleans. >> republicans must stop being afraid to lose. if we try to hide who we are again, we will lose again. we have tried to mask our conservative ideals and have filed. failed. >> jindal is polling near the bottom of the large field of republican candidates. >> research says back seat
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fatalities could drop by 17% if states enforced stricter seatbelt laws. 22% of back seat passengers do not buckle up. numbers are worse for taxis, 38% of new york city cap riders wore saturday belts some residents of a hawaii community fear they are being poisoned by pesticides. >> children in the school students and teachers and staff - they got sick. so they fought back and ran into resistance. the results of their battle. and why queen elizabeth may have to move out of her palace for a few years.
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lightening strikes sparked hundreds of fires across the west. a fire in los angeles is burn hundreds of acres. they are burn in oregon alaska and washington state. genetically modified seeds blossomed into a big business in hawaii. people that lie near the seed farms say they are being poisoned by the chemicals used. jacob ward went to hawaii to find out what was hangs. here is part 2 of his investigation. >> reporter: by 2010 councilman gary decided he had seen enough
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complaints about pesticides to regulate the companies growing seeds. >> behind me is a middle school. on several occasions children in this school, students and teachers and staff got sick. >> reporter: he proposed a law requiring minimum distances between chemical application, schools, hospitals and homes, and full disclosure of what chemicals from sprayed. in january of 2014, four of the biggestkm, syngenta dow, and others filed a suit to block the enforcement of the local law. >> a federal judge ruled against us. it is being appealed. it's difficult for me to understand. >> reporter: we are at a heliport, and are about to meet with a tradesrepresentative and see what is sprayed where, in the fields. jacob ward. >> how are you doing.
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>> reporter: kirby, working in r&d for dow and leads the hawaiian crop exclusion shows me the fields his company and others maintain around the island. the fields we saw were often against homes and schools. >> we make thousands and thousands of different breeding combinations in hawaii every winter. it's a numbers game searching for the highest yielding that you want. >> what we are about is working well with our neighbours within the community and the neighbours next door. the people that live besides the fields and work around there. >> reporter: so if the people living in those communities say they want a county ordinance, not a statewide, just a country to keep a distance, why oppose that if that's who you are trying to protect? >> the reason for the opposition was if you think grandeur.
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it's more than just our industry. okay. a lot of that bill seems to really target our industry. and it's - we are a bigger part of agriculture in hawaii. >> around the time the bill was introduced the state department of agriculture introduced a good neighbour programme in which the company volunteered rough numbers. >> product name, you know i recognise. >> reporter: we recognise those name. >> there's half a mile. >> there's no information in here that will help me. >> in the end, there's no choice but to sell the home and abandon the garden island after 30 years the queen of england may need to leave buckingham palace because of major renovation.
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much of the plumbing and wiring needs to be replaced and asbestos moved from the building. the palace has not been renovated since 1952. it's expected to cost more than $230 million. i'm antonio mora thank you for joining us ray suarez is up next with "inside story". have a good night. [ ♪♪ ] this time it's not a federal scientific agency a set of scholars or the united nations warning about the danger of climate change. it's the head of the roman catholic church, pope francis. does the leader of more than a billion catholics around the globe have a different audience a different impact when he tells the world it's time to make big changes in our daily lives.