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this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. escalating violence in israel and the palestinian territories today. israeli soldiers have shot grade dead a palestinian man allegedly involved in a knife attack in hebron. and more protests are underway right now across the west bank and along the border with gaza. hamas is calling for palestinians to join in a day of rage. andrew similar mons live in jerusalem for us right now. andrew the clashes seem to be growing more intense today. how are meme -- people reacting to this violence? >> reporter: well, with apprehension, anger and sheer disillusionment. it was hamas that called for a day of rage and some of the
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worst violence has been in gaza, the home of hamas. at the border point there have been large numbers of demonstrators throwing rocks and stones at the israeli security forces, trying to get through the border area, and israeli soldiers opened fire at a number of points along the buffer zone, and two people have been killed at least, and a large number of injuries exceeding 60 according to the health ministry. at hebron earlier in the occupied west bank, there was a scene similar to the -- the clashes in bethlehem and other west bank cities. this particular one was distinguished by the fact that one man broke away from all of the demonstrations. he was disguised as a journalist, wearing a tunic -- a bright-colored tunic and t-shirt with press emblazoned across it.
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he, then, allegedly knifed a soldier who is now described as moderately ill. he was shot dead. in that was one of several incidents. so people are pretty desperate. >> how is the security situation where you are in jerusalem? and how it is effecting the residents that live there? >> well, it has been comparably with the situation in the west bank and gaza, it has been comparatively quiet. this isn't because necessarily of the restrictions, it's just that people decided not to go to al aqsa mosque complex in any great numbers this friday because of the call loss sal security restrictions in the occupied east jerusalem settlement areas, and also in villages and concrete blocks, blocking roads. there were mobile check points,
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people having to be searched at -- every step of the way, delays of two to three hours to get from one place to the city itself. there really is a state of -- of real disruption now, and at al aqsa mosque, it was a tension situation, but fewer numbers than usual, stephanie. >> andrew thank you. moments ago at the united nations u.s. ambassador samantha power condemned the violence. >> in the face of this violence we remain committed to advancing a two-state solution. events right now underscore just how critical it is to achieve two states living side by side living in peace and security. to that end the united states continues to urge all sides publicly and privately to take affirmative steps to restore calm. >> she also said secretary of
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state john kerry will travel to the region at the appropriate moment. the turkish military says its war plane shot down a drone of unidentified origin. it happened in turkish air space. in a written statement, the military said the aircraft was shot down after it was issued three warnings. a u.s. defense official says the drone appeared to be russian made. but russia says none of its fleet was hit. in syria government forces have unleashed fresh ground attacks. the offensive is being aided again by russia air strikes. moscow has said its air wars specifically targeting isil fighters, but rebels say the strikes are concentrating on no non-isil targets. >> reporter: the syrian government and itself allies have opened a new front, south
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of the northern city of aleppo. we understand from activists on the ground as well as syrian military sources that they are hoping to recapture a route, the highway that link aleppo to government controlled territories further south. aleppo is not the only front. the government just yesterday launched a ground offensive against the opposition in the northern countryside of homs, and a few days earlier they opened another front in the northern countryside and in the south. it seems there is a strategy here. they are trying to retake control of -- of the main supply route, so that the government can send forces to the north. now the russian aerial campaign is going to enter its third week, and a lot of questions are being asked. we know the air strikes have placed the oppetition on the
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offensive. the government is now managing to protect its main strong hold. but so far the -- the government has not made significant gains on the ground, and here is where the danger lies, because russia could get involved in what could be a prolonged and costly battle. the russian president said this military operation aims at finding a pit call solution, but the armed opposition, they are not interested in engaging in any peace talks. so russia is opening that the stepped up military pressure will bring about some sort of political settlement, or at least convince the west to deal with president assad to try not just to fight isil but to find a end to the conflict in syria. the syrian observatory for human rights says russian war planes also struck rebel positions in the president's ancestral village. south korea's president is
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at the white house right now, meeting with president obama. the two leaders are tackling numerous issues, but high on the agenda is north korea and itself nuclear weapons program. jamie mcintyre is live in washington right now. good afternoon, the two leaders are expected to put out a joint statement i understand on north korea. >> reporter: we have seen that yet. we with expecting it. and they'll have a news conference is just over an hour from now. the united states has a long-standing relationship with south korea and is the one country that the united states is committed to defend in the case of an attack -- committed by treaty. so there is a very close relationship there, and of course, there are more than 30,000 u.s. troops stationed in south korea, so there will be a lot of talks about that.
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they will be friendly and cordial talks, although there has been a tiny bit of tension because of president park's overtures to try to improve relations between south korea and china. >> yeah. >> reporter: of course china is the one country seen as having influence over north korea which is really isolated from the rest of the world. so she is trying to walk that line between being able to get china to influence north korea, but also maintaining that very strong relationship with the united states, and you can imagine -- you can expect at the news conference this afternoon there will be a lot of warm regards expressed for each side. >> you talk about that tight rope. and one sticking point is this anti-missile system that the u.s. wants to station in south korea, but president park is getting pressure against beijing against that. is that expected to come up
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today? >> a lot of times in these talks when there's a contention issue where they haven't reached an agreement, that's discussed at a lower level. but what the united states would like to deploy to south korea, and they recognize it's south korea's decision is the so-called thad missile system. and it's an intermediate range missile system designed to shoot down missiles. and north korea has been making many provocative statements lately, and taking a very aggressive tone towards the west. the united states is trying to get north korea to sort of turn the temperature down and try to work in some sort of productive way. right now there doesn't seem much going in that area, so i would imagine this communique will also address the desire for north korea to stop making so
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much provocative war-like rhetoric. >> jamie mcintyre live for us in washington. thank you. the family of ta mir rice is calling for a special prosecutor to head up the criminal investigation into his death. the request was made during a news conference today and in a letter to the country prosecutor's office. it comes days after two reports called the decision to shoot rice reasonable. the grand jury will decide on charges when the investigation is over. by next year, milwaukee police will be wearing body cameras. they voted to require most offices to wear them while on duty. several other cities have institutes similar provisions. the change comes as the murder rate in milwaukee skyrockets. more now on that from sarah hoye. >> reporter: first we are following breaking news out of
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milwaukee this morning -- >> reporter: after years of declining violent crime nationwi nationwide, many major u.s. cities have seen a surge in homicides. so far this year, milwaukee has had just over 100 homicides, compared with 86 throughout all of 2014. >> how are you going to make it through the night with all of the gunshots? >> if you leave this room today, and they close the books on your life, what are people going to say about you? >> reporter: educators and friends are trying to step in before anyone else gets killed. together they cofounded the i will not die young campaign to help reduce gun violence in milwaukee. >> violence, i think is a personal issue, and -- and when you find ourselves riding through these communities and see the shrines of teddy bears and flowers a lot of its are
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disconnected because they don't know the people. >> reporter: milwaukee's homicide rate is among the worst in the u.s. the majority of victims are black men. guns the weapon of choice. >> in some neighborhoods it is terribly bleak. the conditions under which people live, the housing, access to health care, access to education, it is a scary situation especially if you are young, a person of color, and male. >> reporter: this 5 year old was shot. last november bullets ripped through a house on milwaukee's northwest side killing leyla while she was sitting on her grandfather's lap reading with her older sister before bedtime. by the time her mother reached
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her parents home the road had been closed. >> everything was flashing lights. i didn't know what was going on. i didn't know anything. >> reporter: as the death toll continues to climb, these two work around the clock in hopes of reaching as many young people as they can. >> how bad is it? today we get a class with a young man. he is 16 years old. he said i don't want to be vulnerable. he says as a 16 year old male, it is easier for me to die than it is easier for me to go on. that's how bleak it is. keeping out a billion dollars business. why nevada gaming officials want to keep certain websites out of the state. private companies are investigating in detention centers.
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we'll see if they are helping people or just in it for the profits. >> i think we're into something
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>> these people have decided that today they will be arrested. >> i know that i'm being surveilled. >> people are not getting the care that they need. >> this is a crime against humanity. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> what do we want?
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>> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.? >> "faultlines". al jazeera america's award-winning investigative series. monday, 10:00 eastern. on al jazeera america. two of the most popular fantasy sports websites have been told they are no longer operate in nevada. the state says users are gambling. and that may have an impact across the country. >> reporter: the announcement from the nevada state gaming board means sites like draft king and fan duel are no longer
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allowed to operator there. both companies have argued that players win based on their skills and what they do is not gambling, but the head of the gaming control board disagrees. he wrote >> reporter: gaming is a millionty billion dollars interest in nevada, but the two major daily fantasy websites have raked in 60 million so far this reason, a spokesperson said, quote: the website fan duel also responded, saying, quote, this decision deprives these fans of a product that has been embraced broadly by the sports community, including professional sports
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teams, leagues, and media partner's. the ruling means there are now six states where the websites are not allowed. the nevada ruling is the latest blow this week for the daily fantasy industry. on thursday, the fbi and the justice department said they are investigating fantasy sports site to determine if they vie label federal law, and new jersey lawmakers have again called for a congressional hearing on this fast-growing industry. >> at this point with it being an industry with companies valued at over $1 billion it's imperative they begin to spend more money on complying with legal risk. the united nations and mexico will open two jointly staffed border stations on
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mexican soil. the preinspection stations will allow goods to be reviewed only once instead of two separate times. the migrant crisis at the southern u.s. boarder is attracting private companies that can rake in money for running detention centers, but questions are coming up about whether the profit motive is affecting the treatment of asylum seekers. >> reporter: head about an hour south of phoenix into the heart of the arizona desert and just off of a deserted highway you will find this detention center. it's a federal facility under the authority of the department of homeland security immigration enforcement system. but it is run by a private company. it's part of what this activist
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says a troubling trend towards privatization of immigration detention centers. >> when prisons become for profit we see what is important is the bottom line. >> reporter: right now the cost of detention is about $160 per day per detainee, that comes out to about $5 million a day or $2 billion per year. companies like cca say they run detention centers more cheaply and efficiently than the government saving taxpayers money. but critics say focusing on the bottom line can result in inhumane and even lethal conditions. >> it's the deadliest detention center in the country. we have seen 14 deaths in the last four years. >> reporter: at least of the deaths were declared suicides, and studies show privately run
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prisons most often cut costs on medical costs. you think the government could do a better job? >> it makes a difference because it's that much harder to keep that prison accountable. >> reporter: every monday night he holds a meeting for family members held at the detention center. this is a regular at these meetings. her husband of nearly two decades has been here since may. he is seeking asylum after already being deported back to mexico four times. >> reporter: what is your worst fear about your husband being there? >> translator: that something might happen to him. in that later he'll suffer an injury and later they will say he took his own life. >> reporter: on may 20th, a 31 year old mexican nation
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committed suicide by stuffing a sock in his throat. his family disputes the finding saying he showed no signs of distress. the man seen her dancing with her daughter probably won't be reunited with his family any time soon. a backlog in immigration proceedings has kept some detainees inside for years. >> translator: right now i'm going to try to continue fighting for her case, and -- well, i trust in god. i trust in god. i trust that there is justice in him. >> reporter: and what do you tell your children? >> translator: to forgive me. to forgive me for not being with them right now. it's out of my hands. trying to get ready for the big one. >> i'm jake ward in los angeles where a new city ordinance attempts to protect buildings
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like these against a major earthquake. i'll explain why this is just the beginning of this city's earthquake worries in a moment.
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>> gang life... this was our foundation. it's what we all knew. when i met daisy, it was the best day of my life. i told my co-workers, i'm gonna marry her... when my past caught up with me and made us all pay the price. >> it was very confusing... they were just, "where is it? where did he put it"? the social worker said, "i'm gonna have to take the baby". you're gonna have to kill me to take my child. they took my family.
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he's like, "they're using your child as leverage". the day i think i'm getting sarah back, my public defender tells me they're gonna take me to trial. i don't know how i'm gonna do it but... i need another lawyer. >> that judge is not known for his compassion. >> if at any point i'm not fighting for my family, i don't know what that would do to me. >> families don't survive this. ♪ los angeles is hoping a new earthquake safety law will give people a few extra crucial minutes to escape. part of it involves retrofitting 15,000 buildings so they are less likely to collapse. >> reporter: los angeles like so
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many major cities has a long history of simply ignoring the threat of earthquakes. but now, everything has changed. when a big earthquake hits, it's a feeling that nobody can ever really be prepared for, but los angeles is about to try. the 1994 north ridge earthquake did $40 billion of damage to the area. the city brought in scientists to figure out a new plan, and as of october, it's the law. >> we focused on these three areas of living through it, responding, and being able to recover, and within that among the many recommendations, one big area is dealing with the buildings that we know are going to kill people. >> reporter: there is a particular kind of building type that they are worried about, and it is this kind. it's very good at resisting the
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downward force of gravity. but when it comes to the lateral shaking, that's where you get into trouble. and it's these pillars here that are the source of the trouble, they can basically snap in that kind of shaking. this is not isolated building type. you are talking about 13,500 at least here in los angeles, and the goal here is not to make this thing earthquake proof, it's simply to earn people any seconds they need to get out alive. they are alsoing rent controlled. without them thousands of people could not afford to live in this city. >> if people are displaced they are going to have to find other housing, and at that point they would probably move into buildings where they would have to pay more than they were paying before. >> reporter: the city is deciding whether to bend rent control rules to landlords can pass retrofit costs to their tenants. for some buildings those costs could extreed a hundred thousand
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dollars per structure. early decided to beat the rush for permits and contractors, and just finished his retrofit. >> it's the largest single expoengdture i have had to make. >> reporter: he says if an earthquake wiped out his property he would have no reason to put the same kind of building up again. considering everything that l.a. stands to lose, a big quake could change the city for years, maybe for a generation. >> the largest growth decade in the history of los angeles is the decade after the 1906 earthquake, as people abandoned san francisco and came south. we say we gained that time, what is going to happen when it's our turn. >> jake ward, al jazeera, los angeles. thanks for joining us. i'm stephanie sy the news continues next live from london, and remember for the latest
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