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>> on al jazeera america >>'s a vital part of who we are... >>they had some dynamic fire behavior... >> and what we do... don't try this at home! >> tech know where technology meets humanity... only on al jazeera america >> this is aljazeera america. i'm paul, and tony harris is on assignment. beyond the rink. greece misses a multibillion-dollar loan payment to the imf. and it's the first country with that dubious decision, and thousands of people filling the streets of athens. diplomatic breakthrough, the u.s. and cuba are about to reopen embassies in havana and washington. and world leaders continue the
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talks of iran's nuclear capability beyond the deal. we're in tehran. >> as of one hour ago greece has officially failed to pay back nearly $2 billion to the international monetary fund. in a historic development greece is the first developed nation to be in default to the imf. the uncertainty of this financial crisis is playing out on the streets of athens, and it's also creating some deep divisions. [ chanting ] >> they say that the country could slide out of euro zone. they call themselves -- they want a yes vote in the referendum. there's talk of last-minute
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goings, but perhaps the most important player in europe, the german chancellor is giving nothing away. >> it's clear that we're not going to have the channels of communication after midnight tonight. and otherwise the european union, and that means that the doors are not open to talk to say this. >> whatever is to come, many in athens don't have much ahead. he is unemployed and lives with his parents and dismayed by growing divisions in society. >> i've seen a lot of people fighting. vote yes vote no, are we supposed to make a deal with the creditors in? i don't feel optimistic about it at all. because if people are against each other they're not going to do -- we're not going to get out of this. >> in this office, a psychologist counsels the long-term unemployed.
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a joint government project, she has had 100 new clients this month alone. >> we have seen a lot of anger why? there's a big why. why did this happen to the country, to me? to my family? because many times, the mother and the father are unemployed at this moment. and the depression. >> in this crowd, many put the blame for greece's predicament on the prime minister. they say he's playing a dangerous game. that he's putting his party's interests above that of his country. >> there are wildly different predictions of how greeks will vote in a referendum. all we do know, the divisions in this society are growing deeper and deeper. bobby phillips, aljazeera athens. >> john psaropoulos is in athens for us where it's past
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the deadline, and there's an offer for greece to cancel the referendum on sunday, and why? >> because of extreme reaction against the no vote. the government has asked people to vote against the austerity measures and that has outraged many people. people believe that if there's a no vote, it will signal to the euro zone that greece no longer wants to be in the euro zone at all. yet a large majority want to be in it. i think that the other reason behind the potential cancellation is that the government has realized that it was a ploy that simply didn't work. in fact, early this evening deputy prime minister put it like this on national television. government that decides a ref can't decide something es. why did we declare it in order to achieve an agreement that achieved certain goals. in other words, it was a
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negotiation tool. it was a ploy, and now that we're past the deadline of greece's financial arraignment he says no longer any kind of program with its creditors there's really no point in having a ref come on a program that belonged to that financial arraignment. so the government has changed tact and says let's offer you something es. >> . >> got it, and what do we know about the new proposed deal and how it was better or worse than the old one. >> we have not yet seen details of the new proposal but if you go back 21 days to the second of june and look at greece's proposal to the round of talks it suggested 8 billion euros worth of taxes from the prepare prime and plus a few cuts, but very meaningful cuts. and then moving to the middle of the week, the government referendum for monetary funds that the new taxes were going
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to smother the private sector and oppress the economy started to bite the bullet and making cuts instead. and it suggested 1 and a half billion dollars in cuts. the creditors embraced that and gave it to the greeks. said fine, we don't go to the 4 billion euros that we want. and next year, we'll raise that. >> when the uniques walked out of talks that's roughly where it stood. and this may be a proposal that is a little bit closer to what the creditors are saying, and therefore, higher spending cuts this year, and of course next year as well. >> john psaropoulos. a scientist at technology, and also, capitalist inefficiency to democracy, and he joins us from athens. good to have you with us.
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and so greece has defaulted on these lopes and what happens now? >> well, we will have to see how this plays out. there's still a referendum that's scheduled for sunday, and we'll see if these will take place. and i think that the reaction of the hardline of european partners is putting them into the referendums just as the europeans had in the previous attempt of referendum back in 2011. and also, it will depend on the result. if the vote is yes since the prime minister said that he would not continue to be prime minister, that would bring political instability to the economic disruption that exists as a result.
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>> and speaking of the referendum you mentioned political instability. and what's your sense there? is the vote going to go no or yes? >> well, nobody knows that. i mean, there haven't been any polls, but i think that the recent polls before the announcement of the rough dumb, the polls they fail, but on the other hand they remain in the euro zone, so in a way the announcement of the referendum could provide a moment of clarity where the greeks are forced to think about their priorities and what's the most important for them? to stay in the euro zone or stay in austerity? >> if they vote no and it's not clear which way it's going to go, how likely will that mean
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greece pulling out of the euro zone? >> well, i mean nothing in a situation like that, it wouldn't be wise to preclude anything, but you know, there have been many scenarios that have been presented where greece could go in the euro zone, and the question is whether greece is better off in staying in the euro zone in the first place. economics suggest the opposite might be the case, and it would allow the greek government to have more political autonomy, rather thanking dragged alone in a decade's long stagnation. you know, there have been many distinguished economies, and you know, though it's risky it may be the best thing to do. >> costus, in athens, thank
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you. another developing story that we're following at this hour, a mile stone for the u.s. and cuba. aljazeera has camped that tomorrow, president obama will announce that the two countries will be opening embassies in havana and washington. cuba prepared for this by gnawing a flag flagpole in washington, which is called the cuban interest section half a century after diplomatic regulations were cut. mike viqueira has the historic announcement >> reporter: 54 years paul. that's how long the people have been waiting for this announcement. president obama in the rose garden tomorrow. people expected this to happen. ever since the president's historic announcement back on december 17th that he was going to move to normalize relations with cuba.
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fidel castro sweeping to power in his guerilla war and we want downhill from there. is 1 president sees, it comes to an end tomorrow, paul. peter cornbl of eau. he puts it in context. >> this is a milestone in u.s.-cuban relations that will never be forgotten. barack obama will go down in history like richard nixon's visit to china, and i predict that he will visit cuba before the end of his presidency. >> a series of negotiations before the staff level and the state department and the officials there and their counterparts working out the details. will americans be allowed to travel as diplomats in cuba. for their part, the cubans why
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very concerned. for years, they were on the state sponsors of terrorism list at the state department and it happen strung them financially. and their diplomats could only carry credit cards. those got ironed out here on this historic day in wash >> so paul, we'll see this announcement tomorrow, and flags go up, but how quickly will we see things change after that? how soon will this process move. >> they're going to raise their flags on 16th and euclid street. and many years ago, it was the cuban embassy and then it was the cuban interest section. but the flag on that brand-new plag pole will be run up. a 15-day clock starts, notifying congress to open an embassy in havana, and still a
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lot of controversy there but the flag will go up at the american embassy in halvenna. paul. >> mike viqueira in washington, thank you. >> iran's nuclear program diplomats are still talking and an interim deal in april has been extended for one week. james has the details from vienna. >> after a day of consultations in tehran, the iranian foreign minister was back at the negotiating table. after only a brief comment he said, i'm here to get a deal and i think we can. earlier, when he spoke to iranes, he said there was more work to be done. >> i think that the negotiations have reached a delicate stage. a lot of work needs to be done at this stage.
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>> also in vienna, the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov, he compared notes with secretary kerry. he gave what was the most positive assessment from any of the key players during these lengthy negotiations. [ foreign dialogue ] >> >> interpreter: we have all of the grounds to suggest that the result is within reach. and we gave the directives to a everything so in the coming days the agreement would be reached. >> everyone says that progress is being made here, but there are a great deal of details to i were out because this is supposed to be the final deal. that's why the international negotiators, the so-called p-5 plus 1, have extended the deal to run out in june. aljazeera, vienna. >> ali velshi is in tehran for us tonight. and ali you're in tehran and
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what's the reaction to the extension of the talks. >> i have to say yesterday there was cautious optimism about a deal. and there was no one who told me it's for sure, a done thing. there had been some optimism based on the fact that the lead negotiator for the iranians, the foreign minister, had returned from vienna to tehran, and that could be seen as a bad sign but he went back to vienna early this morning to continue negotiations. mid morning, we had reports going on around the world that this wasn't going to get done by the deadline. the deadline just passed not too long ago, and this was not going to get done. but the interesting part was the revelation that the deal, or the negotiations are being extended. they didn't call it a new deadline. they said that it's being extended to july 7th. and that means that they're going to keep on working.
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we had heard talk here in tehran that there were hopeful signs about a deal. so again cautious optimism combined with a bit of here we go again paul. >> right now in iran, they want the sanctions lifted. and you've been around the country a little bit. what have you seen of the evidence of the sanctions as you traveled around? >> you know, i don't speak any farsi, so we have had those with us who are able to translate. but there are very few words that don't knees translations. one of them is sanctions here in iran. we aren't talking a lot about nuclear power and discussions in that discussion. most iranians and most small businesses, it's all about the sanctions. the sanctions come in various forms and flavors but the most important are the banking sanctions. iran has been removed from the swift system, the international banking system. the system by which if i lived in another country and i needed
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to send you money as an individual or business, i would have a swift number, and that's how i would do it. iran doesn't have a swift number and it can't buy things, but the ability to pay for that medicine is sanctioned. you have hospitals with shortages of medication, and cars in need of repair. you have cars on the street that are much older than you would imagine them be, and you have manufacturing and factories that can't buy machinery, and most importantly, you have goods here made in iran. i spent time yesterday with a carpet merchant who makes persian rugs, and used to sell hundreds of them a week to america and can't do that either. unless you work in an industry where all of your raw materials are made locally and all of your product is sold locally and it has no affect, and the currency has no affect on you which is basically nobody. there's nobody i spoke to who
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have not been touched by the sanctions and they want to see them removed. but however, they're so tough that people have managed to work around them. the idea that they're not lifted today or this week or this month doesn't seem to affect people that much in tehran paulful. >> ali velshi, we'll be checking in with you. thank you. you can watch ali velshi on target 7:30 p.m. eastern time on aljazeera america. coming up next, the president's plan to put more money in the pockets of millions of americans, plus. >> i am not running for president of the united states as a surrogate for being prom king of america. >> but chris christie is looking to be the next president of the united states. and why some say that his bid is a long shot.
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>> problem has just over eight months left in the white house and he intends to do as much as he can. he held a news conference with the brazilian president della reduce a. and he was asked what he would like to do with the political capital after what some call the best week of his presidency. >> the list is long, and my instructions to my team and to myself is that we're going to squeeze every last ounce of progress that we can make when i have the privilege, as long as i have the privilege of olding this office >> the president says that he continues to continue working on education infrastructure and improving the criminal justice system, but he also acknowledged that there not be a lot of progress on some of the items on his agenda. >> the president is proposing
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big time changes to overtime pay in america. to cover 5 million more workers. erica has how this might work. >> this proposal would really need big changes to overtime regulations. the president putting the idea forth in the huffington post website last night. the plan would more than double the pay cap from guaranteed overtime. right now salaried workers who make more than in thousand $636 a year, are labeled managers, and they are also ineligible for ot, no matter how it works. the president wants that number to be $50,000 a year, and he said "we have to make sure that hard work is rewarded. right now too many americans are working long days for less pay than they deserved. >> we announced the overtime rules that i'm going to be talking about this week, and giving a raise to 5 million people in this country who really deserve it. >> the rule really targets the
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white collar workers in supervisor positions. managers of fast food restaurants and retail stores, and because they're called managers, they're not eligible for ot right now. and the president said that the rules need to be updated to reflect straps in america. >> good news for managers, potentially, but business leaders, their bosses, how are they react missing. >> we're hearing that not everybody in the business world is happy about this. and in fact, the national retail federation released a statement today called the law of unintended consequences comes at a time when the economy and those who can afford it the least can afford it. and fewer workers would see more take home. there's not magic money that let's employers pay more just because the government says so. the obama administration said that they hope to get it
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through next year, and the changes won't go into effect until -- but we hope to hear from president obama when he makes a trip to wisconsin this week. >> seth harris, the former secretary of labor in the obama administration, and he joins us from washington. first question, the proponents of this are fearful that the president wouldn't raise it enough to make a difference, and what do you make of this proposed change? >> well, it's a moderate increase in the salary threshold. there have been people advocating for as much as $69,000 a year as a threshold. the president essentially increased the new threshold to the same level that he had adjusted to inflation in 1975. so i don't think that this is going to have the kind dramatic negative affects that some people are talking about. >> 1975, four years ago but nevertheless, there has been
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criticism from the national retailers saying that this is going to hurt businesses, and what's their argument against the rule change. >> their argument is that anything that raises wages results in a loss in employment particularly for low-wage workers and we have seen in the context of the minimum wage that that argument is not true. what will happen, some of those 5 million workers will be newly covered by over time protections will get a raise some will end up working fewer hours, and some will end up with both. a little less money and more work time and it will be good for them. >> is this going to discourage business owners from appropriating people so they don't have to hit that 40-hour threshold. >> i don't think that it's going to change the promotion strategy but it could change the way that they assign work. what you see as overtime gets more expensive for managers and
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folks like that, those folk's hours will probably be cut back, though not necessarily their salaries. that work will be shifted to part-time workers and hourly workers who could use the extra time and extra pay. a lot of folks will benefit. and not everybody is going to get a big raise but it's going to be a solid increase for workers who have not seen it for decades. >> what's the overall impact of the economy going to be? what's your take on that. >> well, the increase in wages is going to put another 1.1 to $1.3 billion into worker's pockets. when you give people particularly low income workers more money they immediately spend it, so that additional $1 billion or so dollars is going to ricochet into the economy, and people will buy gas and new car and clothes for their kids. it's not going to make a big
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impact. but it's certainly going to help those workers and they will be able to support their families a little bit better. >> briefly, president obama doesn't need congressional approval on this one but is there a chance that there could be a legal challenge or some way to block it some. >> i think that you're right. the congress is not going to try to stop the president. the biggest issue in the u.s. is wage stagmation and income equality. the politicians don't want to be on the wrong side of that. i think there might be a lawsuit at the end of the rainbow, but we'll have to see how the labor department does its job and guards against challenges. >> former labor secretary in washington, thank you very much. and i. >> coming up, world reaction to greece's debt deadline. and plus, the governor of puerto rico searches for ways to pay off $72 billion in debt. and indiana's religious freedom law, the steps that some communities are taking to make sure that gays and
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lesbians do not face discrimination.
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>> we're following this developing story. next big move in releases between the u.s. and cuba, aljazeera camping that tomorrow, president obama will announce that the two countries will open embassies in havana and washington. cuba began to install a flag at its diplomatic headquarters in washington. it will be called cuba's embassy more than half a century after regulations were cut. most cubans think it's only a matter of time before their country becomes a big tourist destination. and the nation's capital is getting ready for that. reporting from havana. >> reporter: for cubans and u.s. citizens alike there's little doubt that tourism would benefit from normalized
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relations between the two countries. it's currently difficult for people from the states to visit the island, but it's not impossible. >> the history is unbelievable. >> cuba has long been a destination for travelers from europe canada and international big business. only a few u.s. companies are licensed to operate here. >> cuba is a phenomenal destination. it's like an answer to prayer for the real traveler, the person who longs to discover places in the world that are different and unique. hopping humpage. >> michael and his friend have been giving tours in this 1948 chrysler car for the last year. >> i think that it's going to be good. we had only nine months from the united states, and a lot of tourism, people here.
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and i think that it's going to be a success. >> 100,000 non-cuban-americans visited the island last year. unofficial estimates indicated a 23% increase in the first three months of this year. the challenge say american tour operators, cuba's inability to ham the con plus of american tourists with the decades of decay. >> the potential is in the stratosphere, but there are problems. one of the biggest problems for cuba with its existing infrastructure, to cope with that kind of onslaught of tourists. it can't. >> golden says the airports can't handle large commercial planes hotel rooms are scarce, and there's practically no internet. some are under away. a luxury hotel in havana, and
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air b and b has properties exclusively for americans. businesses have multiple families but this has been converted into represent al property for tourists, who can access it with websites like air b and b. >> one thing for tourists, here in this house they get a personalized experience, compared to the hotels. and in this house, it's a higher comfort level than in some of the private homes. >> while there's cautious optimism here, still they have reservations on what the american influence could have on the island. >> it's going to be recognizably with the chain brands coming in. and i think that it will be a completely different experience in 5-10 years time. >> but with diplomatic efforts
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still in their infancy, there could be some time before strong american presence is felt here in cuba. aljazeera, havana. >> greece's bailout deadline has expired. it's $1.8 billion debt unpaid. and now the nation is facing the real possibility of leaving the euro zone. tens of thousands of greeks rallied today, supporting the membership in the eu, even if it means more austerity. greece submitted a proposal but the president said that a deal will likely require a change in course in athens. >> what we could consider, and we'll have another conference call tomorrow is further talks on a new program. but given the current political position that the greek government is taking, it's very difficult to have constructive talks. >> before the bailout deadline expired, u.s. stocks closed
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higher but european markets saw a second straight day of decline. investors there fear the impact that the referendum could have throughout the euro zone. and dominic caine reports from frankfort. >> this is the heart of frankfort's banking and business district. and in this part of the world people are used to making decision that's have a profound importance. it could cost the german taxpayers a great deal of money. and that's why people are contemplating choices. we want you to get the flavor of how much they are willing to pay for german solidarity with greece. >> you feel completely food as a taxpayer, because i'm not seeing that greece is seeing the light. and this is why i see only one option, exit. >> i think that it would be okay to spend more money on greece because you need to enforce the solidarity. it would be better for the team
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spirit to show the people what's important to us and we have to fight for it. >> but how much will that cost the taxpayer? the chancellor, angela merkel, wants to help greece, but making tough reforms on the budget for its economy. the decision that they will make in athens on sunday will have importance there but it will have to reverberate here in frankfort. >> in london, a shoe shop employee has his own plan for debt relief. tom feenie is asking every resident of the eu to chip in to help their neighbors in greece. he says that the people of greece can help them faster than the politicians can. >> there's always a point being made there, the people of uk and cross europe, in germany they care about the people in
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greece, and perhaps somewhat more than the politicians do. >> he figures that he needs about 3 euros from each citizen of the eu. he has raised more than 65,000 euros in the first 24 hours most from britain and germany. the governor of puerto rico says that he's meeting with other top officials to find a way out of the u.s. territory's economic crisis. he says that the island continue pay its debt of $72 billion. and he has called for a restructuring plan. and he also says that the residents of the island will have to make sack fightses. robert ray is live in san juan, puerto rico, and robert, what exactly is the governor asking the residents to do? >> good evening paul, indeed, $72 billion, a lot of money that puerto rico is in debt and holds bondholder, and he's
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asking the residents to pay more sales tax. today, it's 7 and a half percent, and tomorrow, it goes up to 11 and a half percent. we saw people stocking up on things so they didn't have to pay the sales tax but the thing here, the average medium income for someone employed here inner perfect is $19,700. so as far as sacrifices go, there's only so much that each resident can do here. yesterday evening the governor spoke to this island in an evening televised broadcast. >> listen to this clearly, this is not about politics, this is math. first step is to revive economic growth. it is clear without an aggressive production growth in puerto rico, we'll never get out of the vicious cycle. but we need to do more, much more. >> speaking of much more, it seems that every agency here is in some sort of debt owes
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bondholders money. and that goes for the power company here. we're told working with bond holders to figure out how they're going to pay $400 million that's due tomorrow. we should remind that you this is the last fiscal day of the year for puerto rico, so that electric company is hoping to work out a deal with bondholders at some point overnight. in the meantime, we spoke to john must do, a federal torn, working with the government for years on many different issues, and he told us one of the biggest problems that puerto rico is having right now is the assistance program or we have. people are walking around puerto rico every day. let's hear what he says. >> welfare is a very important component. because right now the worker
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participation rate in puerto rico is less than 40%. and the state is 50% and it means a lot of people are not working, because they can get-by-working the underground economy and some type of welfare. some type of welfare. on the other hand, if you didn't have the welfare, a lot of people would go hungry. >> paul, the governor is trying to work with the u.s. government to figure out a plan to try and get a moratorium on all of this debt. as we know, puerto rico can't file for chapter nine bankruptcy because it's not a state. it's a territory of the united states, so he and his significant other the governor's others, are trying to work with the u.s. government up in washington to figure this out. and as well as trying to cook deals with their bondholders right now because even tomorrow july 1st, they have another big payment $655 million due on
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government-owned bonds tomorrow. we'll see if they can pay that, and see if they have deals with the bondholders and see if they can work out something with the u.s. government. but right now, this is a very tough situation, and they're trying to balance the budget as well by tomorrow. and they have a restructuring plan that the government says is in place and they're going to work towards in august. but a dicey scenario here in puerto rico, paul. >> the supreme court will hear a case this fall on whether public employee unions should be forced to pay union dues. a group of california teachers is challenging that i requirement that they contribute to a union even if they don't join or agree with the union's positions. they say that it vitals their first amendment rights. last year, they -- >> the workers from the prison
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where two murderers escaped this month have been put on leave. two correctional officers have been arrested for their help in the escape. surviving inmate, david sweat remains in the hospital. and he was up yale to fair condition today. tomorrow in indiana the religious freedom law goes into effect. it is designed to give people legal defense if they refuse to serve be lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender customers. even with the anti-discrimination safeguard are there still concerns about this? >> absolutely. there are still a lot of concerns here in indiana even after coming off of the supreme court decision last week, which a lot of people do celebrate. the fear is that gays and lesbians could still be
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discriminated against. the state's new religious freedom law was changed after the fire storm this year, and it goes into effect tomorrow. the strong need to protect religious rights of people who do something to violate their religious belief. but the problem is that the law doesn't go far enough. it's a problem that a lot of gays and lesbians across the u.s. could face. in 28 states, including indiana, gays are not protected like other minorities. and they don't have the same protections that others do. some activists worry that gays could still be fired or that a person could still be inconvicted for being gay. >> the problem is that the state doesn't have discrimination as gays and lez beeps, and you could still discriminate and you don't have to have this law to justify it. >> so gays and lesbians could
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be legally married today. and legally fired tomorrow for being gay. it's an issue that activists are focusing on now hoping that changes the religious prepare in indiana that it doesn't cover. >> what is the status -- >> the gay rights groups are trying a different approach, and trying something locally by convincing towns to pass non-discrimination laws that would include gays and lesbians. a lot of other towns do not, it is a town by town approach by activists,. >> it is finally official, chris christie is running for
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the white house in 2016, the new jersey governor becomes the 14th candidate to declare candidacy. it was a long bumpy road for christie, who was once considered a gop darling. having some audio problems there. christie headed separate to new hampshire this afternoon after announcing that he was heading to the white house. meanwhile, jeb bush has just released 33 years of his tax returns. florida governor posted the documents on his website. he called today's release an unprecedented show of transparency and disclosure has already proven to be a major issue in the 2016 campaign. democrat, hilliary clinton has drawn criticism over her use of a private email account. and the secretary of state is
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due to release 3,000 of those pails in the next few hours. chris christie, he's the 14th republican again to declare that he's running for president. again, he was once considered a gop darling. >> reporter: after months of speculation, chris christie says that he's all in. >> i'm proud to announce my candidacy for the republican nomination for the president of the united states. >> governor christie launched his campaign at his former high school in lifton, new jersey, his message is clear grow the economy and reestablish the american dream. >> after several years of weak policy run by barack obama we better not turn it over to his second mate, hilliary clinton. >> christie jumps into the race at a time when his popularity is decline but a recent poll shows that only 30% of the registered voters approve of
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the job that he's doing as governor. it's a stark contrast from a few years ago. when people were begging him to enter. >> now is not my time. >> christie's accomplishments have been -- by scandal. last year, christie aids were trying to punish the mayor after he refused to endorse christie. christie has always maybed that he had nothing to do with it, but activists and donors say that the donor, who was once considered the presidential front runnish, has been hurt by the controversy and by his infamous outburst. >> if you want to have the conversation, i'm happy to have it buddy but until that time, sit down and shut up. >> now christie is trying to transform his confrontation al tone into a positive narrative.
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>> i get accused a lot of times of being too blunt and too direct and saying what's on my mind just a little bit too loudly. >> christie is making no apologies for his style which he hopes will be the winning move. >> i'm not looking to be the most popular guy who looks in your eyes every day to say what you want to hear and say it and do something else. when i stand on a stage in front of all of you u. there's one thing that you know for sure, i mean what i say and i say what i mean, and that's what america needs right now. >> christie headed straight to new hampshire after announcing his campaign. there continues to be contention around the symbols of confederacy in the statehouse. police are investigating vandalism in columbia. what appears to be red paint on the statue of former governor, ben tillman. he was a white supremacist
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championed jim crow laws. one man was arrested for disorderly conduct. coming up next, it's known as the leap second. why we add extra time to the clocks, and the problems that it would cause.
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>> the taliban has taken responsibility for a bombing that targeted coalition forces in kabul today. hours after a suicide bombing in hellman province killed two civil cans. the forces were attacked as they traveled to the u.s. embassy. at least one was killed and to more injured. a new case of ebola has been reported in liberia. it came 7 weeks after the virus was claimed erradicated in the
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country. a 17-year-old male died on sunday after testing positive to the disease scera serially own and new guinea are still battling t. california has one of the tough effort laws in the nation governor jerry brown signed the allow to keep children from being exempted. exceptions will only be given for medical reasons snowfall. >> in just a few minutes from now, we'll all have an extra second. >> time, losing it, running out of it, and gaining some. a leap second to keep us in sync with the earth's own sense of time. one complete turn taking 24 hours, and then clocks were
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invented and they used the vibrations for time in super accuracy. the earth's rotation is gradually slowing down. it's out of a fraction every day. and we add a leap second every now and again. there are consequences for changing the time. many computer programs are not programmed to deal with it. and glitches can happen. during the working day, it could affect transaction delays in financial be parking lots markets, and satellites and gps systems struggle to cope with the adjustment. at greenwich the home of time keeping, precision time is key to society. >> it's so important to any civilizations. if you look at the greeks and the babylonians measuring time was very important for running an urban or agricultural
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civilization, and it still is today. and that's how we need to know we're keeping track of time. >> most say that no adjustment is needed. but scientists will vote on whether the leap seconds should be stopped. abolishing them will have no immediate affect, but over the decades, it might say it's die when it's dark outside. >> for a look at what's coming up at of top of the hour, john seigenthaler. >> here's what's coming up at 8:00, cuba and the united states. the white house is ready to announce tomorrow the opening of embassies in havana and washington, and tomorrow, we'll look at what life is like for the haves and have nots there and who could make money off of the u.s.-cuban relations and who won't. and we'll look at the supreme court's next big case. should the workers be forced to pay union dues, though they're not union members?
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both sides will make their case, and more from the supreme court. ten years after he became the chief justice, how john roberts changed the court. and she's a rock star. misty copeland did something that no american has done. becoming a principle dancer at the american ballet theater. more in 5 minutes. >> changes in the arts, there has been a revolution in music and film. and in south korea it has happened to comic books. we spoke to one artist bringing web tunes to a digital audience. >> reporter: his hobby is not his main income, drawing was a bit of fun and now not just in print, but seen on the internet
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in a commercially growing market. >> intervention of daily life is about interest in our daily life, and things that happen around us. sometimes it could be interesting, and other times not. fending on your perspective and on which angle you view it. >> comic sales have been falling for a while. and the arrival of new technology has invigorated the century. there was a time before the internet, this was the only way you could get your cartoon fix and while flipping through these pages has not lost its appeal, a different type of page is being turned now at the touch of abutted on. visitors in seoul can see how cartoons in print began. original comic books, put on the net. and now the spoke of original stories formatted for the laptop and smart phone are all the rage, all around the world
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worth a quarter of a billion-dollar. >> the world is adapting to digital virn the, and the governments have more opportunity to support korean entrepreneurship by making inroads into international markets. it takes time. web tunes are now transitioning and being developed into live action tv dramas like this one. >> i will continue as long as there are reeders who like my work, but i be able to keep up with the demand. i thought about becoming a writer or a novelist. >> he hopes that some of his new characters will be global favors for many years to come. aljazeera, seoul. >> very cool. thank you for watching, and john seigenthaler will be back in just a few moments and then
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antonio mora. you can always get the latest news at any time on have a great evening.
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>> hi everyone. this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. [ protesting ] >> out of time. the deepening debt crisis in greece. >> remaining open to talks but i cannot say anything more than this. >> the deadline passes. what happens now? tense talks between west in iran over its nuclear program. >> i will walk away from the negotiations. >> president obama says his patience is running out. uncertain future for unions in america as the supreme court