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>> something's going into food that shouldn't really be there. >> techknow investigates. >> you could not pay me to fake data. >> this is aljazeera america i've from new york city. i'm tony harris. done deal. removal of the confederate flag from the south carolina statehouse grounds, but now the debate moves to the u.s. capitol. the high school football team's celebration that some saw as racist. and tough issues on the table as talks continue in iran's nuclear program, and for how long? greece's new proposal. once off the table.
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we begin in south carolina for the confederate flag flies one more night over the complex. and it will come down tomorrow morning. it is days after the charleston shooting reignited the debate over the flag's meaning. governor haynes assigned the bill. and what do we know about how the removal happened? >> we don't know how the removal is going to take place but we know it's going to come down tomorrow at 10:. this is a historic day for south carolina, and less than 24 hours ago it looked like the flag might not come down any time soon.
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with the stroke of a pen, nikki haley made history removing the confederate flag from the state grounds after half a century. >> when the emotion starts to fade, the history of the action by everyone in south carolina to get us to this moment is one that we can all be proud of. >> the law removing the flag was passed after a contentious and-hour debate in the house of representatives, pitting supporters against opponents. >> i cannot believe that we doen have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off of these grounds on friday. >> if we try to hide our history, the unfortunate facts that show throughout the years you have a tendency to repeat it. >> the legislation was prompted
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by the murder of nine african-americans last month in charleston's emanuel ame church. the accused shooter, dylann roof was photographed holding the confederate flag. he's charged with nine counts of m. but not a hate crime because one doesn't exist in south carolina. some legislators think that the move to take down the flag could pave the way for hate crimes as well. >> we can't depend on the federal government for everything, and so we need in-house laws to send a strong message to expedite things when it happens. >> representative thinks that the timing may be right but said ledge similarities should approach it cautiously. >> i don't want to read too much into this, because i think it's important that the expectation not be sent at a bar that's unattainable. and people get disenchanted and feel defeated and oh, it's back to business as usual. >> reporter: for now
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jubilant anti-flag protesters like maria callas are glad that the flag is coming down, but even she admits that ending a symbol that's affiliated with racial hatred will not end it entirely. >> we have a long way to go. it's only part of the big inch lad a. >> just before the governor signed the bill into law this afternoon, they said that they will be introducing a resolution to end a ban in south carolina. >> the debate over the confederate flag is also in full effect at the national level. the house of representatives spent the day arguing over symbols of the confederacy at the capitol building and parks. and mike viqueira is there, and how did the house begin this debate.
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>> tony, on the day that they reached the debate in south carolina all of the controversy around it spilled over onto the national stage. a new front opened over the battle of the flag. the floor of the u.s. house. >> we lost the war. it's time for you to join the rest of the country. >> tuesday the house easily passed a measure that would bar the confederate flag from the parks and cemeteries, most civil wars sites like gettysburg, but late wednesday night, republicans led an effort to reverse course and allow displays of the flag. by thursday morning the house was in an uproar. >> don't republicans understand that the confederate flag is an insult to 40 million african-americans and to many other fair minded americans? >> right now, the park service battle flags are allowed to fly
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at cold confederate grave sites one day a year. pushing leadership to stage a second vote. >> when i go to germany and they have outlawed the swastika, and i look at them and say, we have a first amendment and we're open enough. we have to tolerate the desecration of old glory the american flag, and yet we have people who are offended by a symbol. >> when you say that the republicans have an agenda that's out of step with the majority of americans this record, at least in part is what i'm referring to. >> it's a political fight that gop congressional leaders have hoped to avoid and a measure that they fear hurt them politically. john boehner is for the removal of the flag. >> i want adults to sit down and have a conversation about how to address this issue. i did do not want this to be
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some political football, it should not. >> but even under the capitol dome robert e. lee and jefferson davis a flag that's symbolizes the heart. >> the red on this flag is a painful reminder of the blad that was shed by african-american slaves that were beaten, lynched and killed here in america as a result of the institution of slavery. what exactly is the tradition the confederate battle flag represents? >> and tony, by midday, the republican leaders were in full retreat. and they pulled the legislation from the house of representatives, and they're trying to settle their dipses behind closed doors and not on the floor of the house. the data breach is bigger
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than thought. the obama administration said that hackers stole 25 million identities. the office was taken from 19 million people missing for background checks, and other applicants had their personal information stolen. many officials believe that it's the work of chinese hackers, but that has not been confirmed. after insisting that it won't conform to more austerity measures, greece is trying for tax hikes. the euro zone finance members d >> reporter: greeks who want to stay in the euro took to the square once more on thursday. they are still the manual or the. but what price will they have to pay for a deal? all day, they worked on the
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proposal. politicians stuck to their defiant tone. >> two failed bailouts, we don't want to end a third bailout of toughas territory for the greek people, which won't give any prospect in the country. some of the greeks think that the debts will be written off. and more and more, but angela merkel still appears to be taking a hard a hard line. >> i have said that it's out of the question for me, and that hasn't changed between yesterday and the today. >> it's grinding to a halt. the weary lines and take the olive business, one of greece's biggest that keeps the rural economy tipping over. there are 500 olive growers and greece is the third largest
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producer in the world. but hard times have been made worse by the bank closures. this olive grove a few miles outside of athens, is typical of the producers that make up the heart of the olive oil industry. these people are increasingly hard hit. and many of them have lost faith in the banking system altogether, and they're increasingly demanding cash for their crops. he has a medium-sized olive oil company. he says suspicion of the banks and reliance on cash is his business for a month, and after that, who knows? >> i think that they're going to have a deal, but not a good deal for us. but if we're going to have oxygen a deal. but otherwise, it will be worse on monday. >> long gone is the euphoria of the referendum's no vote. it has been replaced with real anxiety and a wakening fear
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that the economy is on the wake of collapse. greece is approaching a defining moment in history where the economic pain is likely to get worse before it gets better. >> the united nations and warring factions in yemen have agreed to a one-week humanitarian ceasefire. it will end at the end of ramadan. they are hoping to use the ceasefire to deliver supplies to the 21 million people in need of assistance. secretary of state john kerry said major world powers will not be rush into a deal to limit iran's nuclear program. and kerry threatened to walk away from the talks if tough deals are not made soon. >> the six countries negotiating with iran, meeting to discuss their strategy on what they had hoped would be the final day of this long process. butbut after an intense series of
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meetings, there were points of disagreement. but he will be staying in vienna for now. >> we are here because we believe that we're making real progress toward a comprehensive deal. but as i've said many times and as i discussed with president obama last night we are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever. we also recognize that we shouldn't get up and leave simply because the clock strikes midnight. >> his iranian counterpart did not come down to meet the press, but when he appeared on the hotel balcony, i tried it get his comment. >> do you think that you'll get the deal in the end? >> why would i be here if i didn't think that, he said. earlier, optimism about the prospect of an imminent deal had come from russia, where the
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iranian president rouhani is at a summit authorized by russia's valentine's veteran'srussia president. >> this is already within reach. >> the reason that the u.s. and some of the partners were pushing so hard for a deal right now is because of the u.s. legislation. it says that the u.s. congress gets 30 days to examine the deal as long as it's done by july 9th. that now won't happen. so congress scrutinizing any deal doubled to 60 days, another deal amiss as the negotiations continue in this luxury hotel. aljazeera, vienna. >> ali velshi is in tehran for
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us once again and so ali tell me here, give us analysis based on the people that you're talking to, what on earth is holding up this deal? >> it's interesting tony. this is one of the newspapers, there are a lot of newspapers here, and i woke up this morning to it, and this is a picture of zarri the foreign minister, and it says in farsi we are victorious, and you would think that the deal is done. there's talk that the deal is done. and throughout the day iranian press and tv are reporting that the draft is done, and the russians are hours away from something. so i think from what i've been talking to, there are is to dot and ts to cross and they think this is the big one the closest they have ever come, and they want to make sure that they get everything that they want. everybody has to sell this back
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home, particularly the united states, and the congress has to give it 60 days, and not 30 days and it's already a tough sell. president would have to veto it. but here in iran as well, these are hardliners, and they are not the majority, but they hold a lot of influence and they are immediately going to accuse the government and negotiators of selling out. everybody wants to get what they can. >> let us broaden our conversation, ali. you are in tehran, for heaven sakes, and you have been talking to people who want to bring change to iran. >> i sat down with a man named carse. he was a former iranian ambassador to the united nations and to france, and i talked to him about the fact that iran seems to be locked in constant battle with saudi arabia and israel. and can that change? can, as iran morphs into being
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the power it is in this part of the world, can that change? >> attention to democracy, and attention to everything possible nothing is impossible. >> so this is the kind of thing. people here are talking about the next step. and i tell you i've been here for two weeks and when i got here two deadlines ago i think, most people were just saying, this is just talk and nothing is going to happen. but something has happened in the past couple of weeks and i put it in the hands of the president, who is not talking about giving up the idea. but iranians are talking, at least at an official level about the fact that they do foresee a deal, and they're hoping for one. >> terrific, ali and good to see you and can't wait to talk to you when you're back in new york city. you can watch ali velshi on target right here on aljazeera
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america. >> the u.s. army announced deep cuts to its active duty fighting force today. affecting virtually every base here and overseas. jamie is here. >> reporter: at his senate confirmation hearing marine general, joe dunbar, was asked what keeps him up at night? and he answered, the lack of the u.s. military's capacity to respond to what he called the uncertainty. this came on the day when the u.s. army said that it's getting dangerously small. the army is blaming congress for its painful plan to muster out some 40,000 active duty soldiers that it says it needs but can no longer afford. the news delivered to the pentagon by a grim faced army general. >> part of that is restructuring and organizing with the army's mission in the best manner possible. >> under the plan, the army
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would shed 40,000 active duty traps, and 17,000 civilian workers over the next three years. bringing the army down from 5,000 soldiers at its height in 2012 to 50,000 in 2015. with the end of the wars in iraq and afghanistan it doesn't need as many soldiers, but it will be the smallest it has been since world war ii. it's still close to 1ple 1 million strong. the enemy with proposed budget cuts congress could be agree on a budget deal. the next joint chiefs, the cuts are a threat to national security. >> if we go into sequestration we'll be unable, and quite frankly, the modernization
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going forth what i would describe is catastrophic consequences. >> at general dunford's confirmation hearing the finger pointing continue. the republicans say that they have added a lot more money from the pentagon budget that the white house keeps threatening to veto. >> the problem is the commander in chief the president of the united states, is insisting on blocking that bill and encouraging democrats to filibuster until there's an agreement to spend an equal amount on -- >> the democrats say that the extra money is a sham and it's in the emergency war funding account, and it can't be used for basics such as personnel and readiness. >> i can't think of any reason why we would be putting the $40 billion increase into the war fund instead of the base budget. i can't think of any reason to do that, other than one of misleading the american people of whether or not we're
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balancing something. >> the gridlock remains with a full third of the combat teams and the basic fighting units. >> unless it is changed or reversed the army will have to cut an additional 20,000 soldiers by 2019. and the result will be requirements and responding to overseas contingency requirements for commands. >> the cuts will have a personal toll as well, affecting virtually every army post across the country and while many will be achieved through attrition namely soldiers leaving and not being replaced, many will also -- mostly junior enlifted but also captains and majors too, will be told thank you for your service, but we don't need you anymore. >> jamie mcintyre, thank you. a tom isil commander was
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killed in a u.s. drone attack, and five other isil fighters died in tuesday's isil strike. sha he'd was a member of the pakistani board and he was thought to be isil's chief spokesman in afghanistan. people who have been replaced since the civil war and vice presidential gore's case for fighting climate change.
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the final day of the climate change of the america's summit. it was held in canada, ands this a country under fire for its own environmental record. >> a warm welcome to the man who helped start climate change activism former president, al gore. since the release of his documentary, an unconvenient truth ten years ago the warning of greenhouse gas emissions on the climate. and called for changes in the way that we travel and grow our economies. >> the answer to that second question, can we change, is not only yes but its yes and as we change, we can lift the global economy and the economy in the states and provinces and cities and regions that are represented in this meeting. >> the culmination, a pledge signed by officials from north and south america, dozens of
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them attending however canada, the country where they're meeting is not the government set no ministers or government officials at all. instead, other levels of government are taking action. here the governor of california, and the premier of quick ec, canada's biggest provinces are pooling their resources and emissions cuts. it's a plea for national authorities to get involved. >> we're not doing enough, and it's clear. we're taking baby steps and many countries are not even doing that. >> canada helped negotiate the first major climate change treaty. the kiioto in 2012, and the tar sands in alberta has been a major source of emissions. many are saying that canada is not doing the global role that
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it could to halt climate change. >> my hope is that the government of canada will very soon again, it's a beautiful country, canada, going ahead trying to fix again one of the most demanding and challenging problems that we have as human beings in this century. >> just before the summit, thousands protested in what seemed to be an inadequate response in ottawa. the hopes on the streets, they could lead to more vigorous steps for canada's government. >> hundreds of wildfires in western canada have forced more than 10,000 people from their homes. more than 350 fires are burning in british columbia, alberta and saskatchewan. they have had to call in firefighters from mexico and australia, they're being flown in. >> . >> next, the high school
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football celebration causing tensions in charleston, south carolina. and the biggest rebound in six years.
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>> governor nikki haley assigned a bill this afternoon to remove the confederate flag from the south carolina statehouse grounds. flag has flown over a memorial for confederate soldiers there for 50 years and the push gained momentum following the shooting deaths last month of nine africans at a historic church in charleston. >> when the emotion starts to fade, the history of the action that took place by everyone in south carolina to get us to this moment is one that we can all be prouder. so 22 days ago i didn't know that i would ever be able to say this again. but today i am very proud to
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say, that it is a great day in south carolina. [ cheers and applause ] >> how about that? the flag is scheduled to be taken down during a ceremony on friday morning displayed in the state's relic room. over the past years, race relations in south carolina have been in the spotlight for sure and now a high school in charleston is dealing with repercussions that many say has racist overtones. superintendent jurita, is the flashpoint in a school along class lines after a mass ugly shooting at a majority white high school. her appointment by chairwoman cindy coates, has questions about the firing process. >> he wanted someone with superintendent experience. >> but for many in charleston's black community lisa heron the superintendent of the
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schools, was the only candidate with the right experience to manage the fallout from a provocative incident that rocked the city. last october it came to light that members of the football team were engaging in an odd watermelon ritual. members of the team would buy watermelons and paint toothy grins on them. and smash them while allegedly making monkey sounds. >> after they would beat these teams, prominently, they turned out to be african-american teams, and they would pick up a watermelon and draw a character tour on it. >> william were one of the students in the high school. he's not on the team, but wrote an article for the school website about the rituals that happened last fall. he said that he reached out to members of the football team. >> i would go talk to them and see what perspective they were viewing it from, and see why
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they didn't see any stereotypes between watermelons and african-americans. and a lot of times, it was a lot of friction. >> after the watermelon ritual was widely known after pressure from the school board resulted in the coach being rehired. when the dust settled mcginley was out of a job. into this steps apostlewait. she was hired by a 5-4 vote, which went along racial lines. >> it appears this school board is the most arrogant we have dealt with in many a year. they don't care what the public thinks. >> we have an ambition when it comes to diversity and integration in our school. >> michael is a charleston county school board member. >> we have the school choice
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option, which is something that the school district put forth several years ago which gives the parents in essence the choice of what schools they want to send the kids to, and it's part of this underlying act to segregate the schools based on race, and a lack of diversity. >> i think that diversity it adds so many layers to a school environment, from preventing issues like that from even happening, because you go to people that don't look like you or talk like you and you don't go after a football game and smash watermelons because your best friend might be somebody that might be reallier hurt by that. >> there are charges that the process has not been conducted fairly, that at least one of the candidates has been given presidential treatment. and what's your reaction? >> the board made a decision, in 2007, long prior to me getting here, in 2007, they
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said hum we're not going to do a search. and did not even do any interviews. collectively as a board we came back and said, no, no person that we have talked to, even our internal candidates makes us believe that we shouldn't do the national search. >> how is it in 2015, there are -- you have virtually all of the at-risk schools the underperforming schooling schools where the population is prominently, if not completely african-american? >> you know, that is a very tough thing. i think that nclb had a lot to do with that. and all you had to do is sign a piece of paper. and we would get a bus and take you to a school outside of your neighborhood. i think that created an incredible spiral that creates a situation where now the students are leaving and the funding goes with the students, and you have these problems. >> many people believe that the problem goes much deeper than
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no child left behind. it wasn't until 1963 that the first black students integrated charleston county schools. that was nine years after the supreme court declared segregated schools unconstitutional. in those years, south carolina fought the decision. in fact, flying the confederate flag over the state capitol was viewed by many white south carolinians as a defiant response to the civil rights movement and desegregation. after weeks of outrage to the black community in charleston, following the shooting of walter scott by a police officer, and the mass shooting at an ame church, she believes that there's an opportunity. >> our community responded in such a beautiful way in coming together and mourning together, and in burying the dead together. but now it's time to take it to another step. now it's time to really sit down with one another.
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and it's time for our school system to look at how it's educating our youth. >> we serve everybody in charleston county. we need to make sure that we understand what that means. >> nelson rivers is the pastor of charity missionary baptist church in north charleston, south carolina, and he joins me from columbia. here's my question, can charleston take this moment of un inimmy, over the confederate flag, and bring balance to the charleston county school district. in the wake of this contentious process to hire the next superintendent? >> most of charleston has
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already done that, and we have seen tremendous cooperation but the one is the charleston county board. think about it. mother emannual, dealing with the aftermath of horrific violence in a church that means so much to us, everyone else paused. even candidates running for president waited until we could get back to normal, but not the charleston county school board. the school board is arrogant and many of us believe that they are racist. and many think that they will not come to the table because they have no intention of doing so. they are trying to perpetuate the segregated system that we worked against for over 50 years, but in charleston county, this board is the worst i've dealt with, and i've dealt
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with quite a few. >> wow your school board is elected and largely autonomous. isn't part of this the fact that many in the black community wanted a different superintendent? were fighting for a different superintendent and didn't get what they wanted? which is that lisa herring will become the superintendent, an african-american woman. >> well, more specifically, a different process. she was met by several members of the board before the process was announcement. and several met with her before the other superintendent was officially gone. if you meet with somebody with seven members of the board and nobody knows about it, and she ends up being the number-one candidate and gets the job why would you respect the process? there's something wrong with it, and we know because of the
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meetings, that she ended up being the frontrunner and the chairman tells us after the press conference that they're going to go with the process that they had no intention of ever offering the job to lisa herring. so why would you make her go through the process? i add that she was pushed until the last day of eligibility to apply for the job. so they could have a token black in the pool. where they had no intention of hiring an african-american. >> would you agree reverend nelson, wow agree that you have to have more on the fact that your particular choice didn't get the job before you level charges of racism against an entire board? >> no, it goes back to their process. i've been dealing with this board since i was back home, almost seven years now and you go back to the majority of the
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board, all except one were white. and talking about an academic magnet and how the board handled that. and ran mcguinea out of town. and the other thing they need to have a diverse system. and the way that they handle teachers. the list go on. we have three african-americans on the board. and two of them tell us all the time how bad things are. >> reverend, one last question, the decision has been taken the woman has been offered a contract. and she has accepted. you have a new superintendent. don't you have to give her a chance? >> it's not about giving her a chance. but what is the board going to do about the way it's going to change business? like mcconnell has has been the president for a year. and the flag was put up behind me. and if you get it wrong the outcome will also be wrong. >> reverend rivers, it's a
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pleasure to talk to you. thank you for your time. >> thank you so much, bless you. >> hundreds of native mentoneers gathered today in washington to discuss issues with the native american community. michelle obama spoke to them. it's part of the white house indigenous initiative. it was launched after the first lady visited a north dakota reservation last year. >> the native american teenagers came from 275 tribes across the united states. proud of their heritage and convinced that it remains relevant. >> i gave speeches telling native american youth that no matter their past or background, they can be whatever they want to be in life. >> to teach young children, so they can bring back to their community. and it's interesting to see what people are doing in their communities and take some of those things back. >> at its first ever tribal
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youth gathering the obama administration announced that more money will be devoted to education and health service. the government is required by treaty to provide those services, but in view of most, it falls short of its obligations >> so we're working to put the control of the schools and many other things back to the tribes to get the job done >> so too many reservations, a sense of hopelessness is driving youth suicides, twice the average of any other age group. in south dakota this year, 11 young people have killed themselves, and another 176 have teamed suicide. at a recent senate hearing experts reported that anti-suicide campaigns are increasingly turning to traditional approaches. beginning at an early age. >> by adolescence, they had
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less substance abuse and less suicide attempt. and that's a notice long-term affect. >> wow look at all of you! >> on this occasion, the president's life, michelle obama, delivered the most stirring words of encouragement. >> i believe in you and i can't wait to see what all of you will achieve for your generations and generations to come. >> the tribes have heard many promises from the u.s. government and many have been broken. this generation hopes to follow up with the tools they need for hopes for the future. >> pope francis celebrated mass before hundreds of thousands in bolivia today. the pope told the crowd in santa cruz that everyone has the duty to help the poor, and people who are unproductive should not be discarded. and he talked about the excess
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of consumerism. he will visit one of the most violent prisons. the most devastating impact in the war in syria. 7 and a half million have been displaced inside of syria. it is the world's worst refugee crisis in more than two decades. >> 4 million counting. they didn't think that the conflict in syria would last this long or force this many people out of their country. saya is one of the camp's oldest residents. he says 2 and a half years later, he has finally adjusted to life as a refugee but he had this reaction when we told him that the number of refugees in the region had reached 4 million. >> this is a disaster. it means the entire population will eventually be displaced. it makes me feel the conflict will drag on for years and return to syria as soon as
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possible. >> the residents' newest rivals, before deciding to survive on his own in the jordanian camp. he left it two months ago. >> i left because my children couldn't survive the scorching heat. in ram that, it's expensive and refugees have to pay for a lot of services outside of the camp, so i was forced to return. >> when asked what they want from the refugee community they want an end to the carnage in syria. the united nations have called the syria crisis the worst humanitarian disaster in recent history. almost half of all of the people in syria have been displaced, including 4 million who have forced to leave for neighboring countries like jordan, and according to agencies, there's no sign of when these refugees will be able to return home. the u.n. says that the international community has been generous, but the state of
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the syrian crisis is so big that donors are thinking of how funding can be sustained as the conflict continues. >> already this year, people have less access to services. there are already agencies having to cut back on the assistance. it's pushing them back to the camps, which are funded entirely by the international community. and pushing them to return to syria. when you have families telling you i am going back because i can't make a living here, and they would prefer to live in a war zone, you know how desperate they are. >> 80% of syrian refugees are living below the poverty line. and another 70% are sending their children out to beg and engaging in illegal work. many say this is a sign of how desperate the people have become. >> asian stock markets rose
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today, as china has a huge sell off. and there are curves on stocks there. the brakes on the china stock market, scott higher has more from beijing. >> earlier in his career, he worked in silicon valley. and ten years ago he moved home to china as he saw more opportunity. he invested in the stock market. and in the recent downturn, he has lost over $100,000. but he's not ready to cash in his remaining stock. >> well, buying house might not be a good idea either, so i'll leave it there. >> a stagnant housing market is only one part of the reason there is a surge in stock buying in china. they have only a few options to grow their money. so with a suddenlying bull market, many jumped in, some
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say with government enticement. >> the bull market is encouraged by the propaganda. in a bull market, everybody is happy, and you can raise money selling shares and people are making money in the market. and the government can sort of do a lot more with the bull market. all of this is actually accelerated market on the way out. and then accelerated on the way down as well. >> unlike other developed stock markets around the world china's main pool of investors are not professionals. the vast majority, some 80% of those trade on china's stock markets, are individual investors with little experience. those are the ones that the government is worried about. saying that their panicked selling added to the plight. the government has put mechanisms in place to help stabilize the market. and it's planning to invest 30%
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of the country's pension services in stocks, so it's be reluctant to give up on the bull market just yet. >> it's much more mature, stronger, and can control it. because the market has it's own voice, it's own logic so that's for the government. >> he is not happy about losing money, but he characterized the last few weeks as market growing pains. >> when i make money okay, i take all of the glory and the credit, so i think it's only fair if i lose money i cannot -- i shouldn't blame the government. >> there's no way to know when the current market volitility will end so it's unclear just how long he and the 90 million
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investors might stand to lose. aljazeera, beijing. >> commuter chaos in london because of what could be the underground network's biggest strike in years and plus, why women might have a more difficult time finding high paying jobs if they're searching on google.
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>> the city of london was paralyzed today by a strike on its subway system. trained engineers had a walkout to protest subway changes. and commuters are stranded, looking for other ways to get to work. >> frustration and anger in london as the commute turned into an ordeal for many. the closure of london's under ground train network for 24 hours, the 4 million people who normally move smoothly under the city had to find
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alternatives from two wheels to the require. river. fights breaking out. >> tripping to work would have taken about 25 minutes and it took an hour and a half. and i'm pretty much going to have to not work today. >> i think it's pretty inconvenient for londoners, but i think that some people quite enjoy it. >> not convenience others, this is hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people. >> the dispute that closed these gates is over working hours and pay. new 24-hour -- which the union says it being imposed without discussion but london is sympathizing with the riders, $77,000 a year, almost double the average british salary. talks between the two sides have gone on for months, and ended bitterly. this was not an easy decision. >> to lose pay is not something
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that they want to do, and they're only doing it because they genuinely have no other alternative. because we have been trying to talk to them and they won't listen to us. >> they said that the strike is politically motivated. >> the unions were basically spoiling for a big strike for a long time. they saw it coming, and the election result. and they picked the timing of the first tory budget for 19 years, whatever it is, and they thought, let's have a big strike. >> officially, the strike will end on thursday evening but service will still be disrupted for rush hour on friday morning. aljazeera, london. >> for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, erica pitzi is here. >> coming up at 8:00, the legislation has been signed to remove the confederate battle flag from the state grounds in south carolina, but for for many,
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it's still not enough. horrible coincidence or a killer on the prowl? six women in a ohio town found dead in the past year, all with similar profiles. >> there are not enough words to say how much i miss her, how much i love her and how much i want her home. >> what else the mothers of these victims are saying, and the role that heroin in the community may have played in their deaths. >> also new tonight, the dangers of fracking. aquaphors and air pollution and contamination. pointed out before. and why is it pointing out an undue burden on hispanic communities? >> . and we'll look at the jazz activist, nina simone. the legendary singer's deep, raspy voice that made her a unique figure in the music
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world. on the eve of a new documentary about her life. i'll have those stories and more in just a few minutes tony. >> erica, thank you. a new report shows that up to 80% of girls in detention centers have a history of sexual abuse. the report was released by the human rights project for girls and it includes girls as young as 13 who were arrested for prostitution. services for girls in the juvenile justice system. big questions today over why high paying jobs advertised on google are only shown to certain internet users. surveys suggest that the search giant may be promoting discrimination. >> the study comes from carnegie university. they used fake profiles to visit the same job sites. only difference is gender.
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females were shown fewer ads about high paying jobs than males. for example a career coaching job for males paying $100,000 or more were shown to men 1800 times, and the same ads were shown to women 318 times. that's six times more for men. when you put it into the larger context of hen and women in the workforce, 5% of fortune 500ceo. s are women. and the same is true for fortune 500 companies. the authors say that it's hard to pinpoint the cause of the gender discrimination because the ad system is so vast, and it involves users and advertisers, and the way that they buy into the adds. as for google's response, a spokeswoman said that advertisers can choose the tarts that they want to reach. and we have policies to allow that. and she went to to say that >> interpreter: users have
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the ability to opt out of the adds. that's all the time we have. erica pitzi is back in just a couple of moments.
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this is al jazeera america. i'm erica pisze in new york. john seigenthaler is off. coming down. >> the confederate flag is coming off the grounds of the south carolina statehouse. >> south carolina votes to remove from the state capitol grounds. deadlocked. >> we're here because we believe we're making real progress toward a comprehensive deal. >> the nuclear talks with iran. both sides digging in.