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hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. fatal mistake, a gunman opens fire on an israeli bus station, a mob kills the wrong man. drone crackdown. >> registration will reinforce the need for unmanned aircraft users, including consumers an y andbyists to operate their drones safely. after dozens of close called
with passenger jets, new rules designed to keep the skies safe. ♪ and ancient lives, a new view of stunning utah cave dwellings. >> you can imagine that the views they had were just absolutely spectacular. >> suddenly abandoned 7 centuries ago. ♪ the latest cycle of violence between israel and the palestinians has reached a new ugly phase after a gunman opened fire on an israeli bus station, a mob beat a wounded man who died later. they thought he was an attacker. he wasn't. in the last three weeks eight israelis have been killed.
israeli forces have killed at least 40 palestinians in response. mike hanna has the latest. >> reporter: occupied east jerusalem, further divided. in addition to concrete barricades, miniature versions are being erected around certain neighborhoods. having increased their presence, the israeli police now build their barriers to protect themselves. >> the wall we have behind us is in order to protect our police officers from either from petrol bombs, or shots being shired inside the neighborhood, so that's for their own personal security. >> reporter: residents insist israel should be spending money on improving the lives of palestinians rather than pinning them in like prisoners. >> translator: we are in need of basic services. we do not need this war. this war will only lead to an explosion, and more problems between us and the israelis. >> reporter: and walls and
barricades did not stop yet eat attack in the southern town of bath sheba. an israeli shoulder was killed and the alleged attacker was shot dead. and an eritrean migrant was savagely beaten by a crowd and died on the way to hospital. israeli police have ordered a full investigation, and say the civilians who take the law into their own hands will be prosecuted. and the reinforcement of security forces that haven't worked yet. the netenyahu government has started the same process in occupied east jerusalem. the israeli prime ministerry says there is no political significant in these barriers. but my point out the irony of israeli dividing a city it says
should be divided. many palestinians believe that like the occupation, these could become permanent. mike hanna, al jazeera, in occupied east jerusalem. >> as you heard the eritrean national who died was first shot by police who mistakenly thought was a second attacker. then an angry mob beat him and he died at the hospital. benjamin netenyahu said both the shooting and mob action were regrettable. >> translator: we are in the middle of a long struggle, i think it's obvious that we will win it, but this sometimes causes friction between civilians and the centers of the attack. a crowd which stumbles into the scene of an attack, should evacuate and allow security forces to work. >> secretary of state john kerry called on israeli and palestinian leaders to end what he calls the senseless violence.
kerry spoke during a two-day trip to spain. he said israel has the right to protect its citizens from random acts of violence. mike viqueira is in washington with more on future meetings. >> reporter: there is a real question of whether or not john kerry should go on these meetings. he reported that he would meet benjamin netenyahu later this week in germany in remarks over the weekend. and then on to the middle east where he would mete with the palestinian leader, and perhaps jordan's king, but many are questioning whether now is the time for diplomacy. earlier today he met with the spanish foreign minister. he called for calm. he said it was important to maintain the status quo, and to be very clear about expectations about what he termed the status quo among the holy sites of the
temple mount and the al aqsa mosque that volatile area in jerusalem that is the source of all of the friction now, and how these sites are administered, but benjamin netenyahu has said he wants to keep the status quo, so it's unclear what john kerry is referring to. earlier today in response to the reporter in spain, secretary kerry set the bar of expectations very low. >> i don't have specific expectations except to try to move things forward, and it would depend on the conversations themselves as to what it is that we're able to define. now after kerry h-- had announced he would meet with netenyahu. stayed the state department
backing off of that a little bit, saying the schedule and whose, whats, whens, and wheres have not yet been decided yet, john. france wanted an international force in jerusalem, as you report, john. that was rejected by benjamin netenyahu, and john kerry now as well ruled it pretty much out of hand, does not want any kind of international force there. and again, the question for john kerry after his spectacular failure at the beginning of his term as secretary of state, after tireless efforts on his part, the talks between the palestinians and israelis falling apart, john kerry wanting to go back to the regin amid doubts. >> mike, thank you. croatia has reopened its border for refugees. the border closing left thousands of people stranded in swamp-like conditions for days
and left countries fighting over who is to blame. emma hayward has our report. >> reporter: against the driving rain, and in the cold, they waited and waited with little or no protection against the elements. some had been here all night, hoping to cross the border between serbia and croatia. >> it's an on slot that just come and come. we don't have a chance to treat. we don't have the actual medicine. we don't have anymore raincoats. children of ten days old, hyperthermia, we don't have a blanket to give them. we need action. i mean this -- the images speak for themselves. >> reporter: the balkan countries have now found themselves at the center of europe's refugee crisis. hungary's decision to seal its borders has meant refugees having to find new routes, and
resulted in countries quarrelling about how many they can hope with. in no man's land between croatia and slovenia, many refugees were again left out in the cold, struggling to understand why they weren't allowed to move forward. >> all these people here want across this area. they don't want to stay in slovenia one moment. they want cross only. don't want money, food, anything. only cross. >> reporter: finally croatia did open its border with serbia, allowing people to pass, but many people here know that europe's borders are coming down every day, making the journey from war and poverty hard torres cape. there's growing concern that the battle for syria's biggest city could lead to a new refugee exodus. the united nations says at least 35,000 people have fled aleppo in the last few days.
the latest offensive is one of at least four launched with russian air support in the past two weeks. sarah crow is the crisis communication chief for unicef. and she is in our studio. welcome. >> thank you. >> how serious is the crisis now? >> well, the pictures say it -- tell the story, but we know there's no end in sight. already around 600,000 and that's the number that we know, 600,000 refugees who have come into europe and more are going to come because the situation from where they are coming is just getting worse and worse. turkey has already taken 2 million refugees. so they are at capacity, lebanon, jordan, all of the neighboring countries around syria have taken on a huge burden because of the syria crisis. so of course, the first priority is a political solution to syria, that's absolutely urgent, but also to meet the
humanitarian needs within syria and the neighboring countries, and there are also iraqis and afghans on the move as well. >> how many people are without help that need help? >> it's hard to know. we know still about 5 to 6,000 refugees are coming per day, out of about the 600,000 refugees more than a third are women and children. you have seen the scenes, imagine how it is for a child who has already gone through the trauma of a war, and then only to face this awful weather. it's wet. it's miserable. it's cold. children are trying to sleep standing up with their families. so it's a desperate situation, and really only going to get worse. >> we started this network in america probably two and a half years ago, a little less than that and we have done this story now three falls in a row that the weather is coming for these refugees and the numbers have just gotten bigger, and they are
going to face incredibly tough times now, right? >> well it's unprecedented in europe's history. never before since the second world war have we seen such an exodus. but we have to keep going back to the root causes. >> but a political solution isn't close. i know you are hopeful, but -- a lot of things have got to change if you are going to get a political solution. so what other way do you deal with this? >> it's meeting the humanitarian needs of those on the ground in syria. >> how do you do that? how much money do you need? what sort of resources do you need? >> all of the u.n. agencies are desperately underfunded. this is a domino effect and we're only going to see worse, and we have to keep coming back to the political solution, and remind governments, particularly
for children of their obligations in terms of the convention of the rights of the child, that all of these countries have signed in terms of the refugee convention of 1951, there are very clear obligations that they need to follow, that children should not be criminalized. that children and families have the right to -- to protection, to go for asylum. and for children especially that process has to be speeded up. >> sarah, it's good to see you again. recreational drone owners will soon will required to register their aircraft with the federal government. this announcement comes as commercial pilots have reported a growing number of close encounters with drones. >> reporter: john, the faa has been working for a couple of years now -- even longer, actually, to try to put regulations in place for those
who want to use drones for recreational purposes and business purposes. but now as you have said there have been a number of incidents that have raised alarms. there are restrictions on where drones can fly, but you often wouldn't know it. rogue drones have crashed on the white house lawn, come into the stands at the u.s. open. even shown up over california wildfires. and perhaps most alarmingly commercial pilots are spotting them in the sky at drgrowing rates, four times more than last year. >> when you enter the national air space it's a very serious matter. >> reporter: the government hopes forcing drone owners to register their devices will help. >> this registration will
reinforce the need for unmanned aircraft users to operate their drones safely. >> reporter: and it will allow the government to go after those who break the rules if they can find them. >> the registration concept is one that will help to an extent, but i think it's -- it's going to be -- yet to be proven as to how much of an impact it's going to have on the problem. >> and why is that? >> because you still have to be able to get ahold of the device. >> reporter: there are a host of unanswered questions. how will the registration system work? will smaller drones will exempt? how will current drone owners, register their devices. a task force has been asked to come up with recommendations in just one month, and the government would like a registry in place before the christmas buying season. my colleague is a drone enthusiast, he flies every day,
and hopes one day to use his drones for video production. he says drones like this are hardly harmless toys and supports the government's move. >> i'm really hoping that something good happens with the regulations so it will allow us drone enthusiasts to do it correctly and not worry about the next huh oh incident that comes along from the every day hobbyist. >> reporter: he and others, though, say the government is playing catchup. >> every time you don't crash, it's a good flight. >> reporter: indeed it is. now there is some concern about how quickly the government is moving on this. you know, john, it usually takes years to put in new federal regulations, and they are trying to do this in just months. clearly they feel under pressure to take action. >> in some ways it seems like
the cat is already out of the bag. many americans will be asked to register a product they have already purchased and been using. so how is the government going to do that? >> reporter: that is a great question. it's something this task force is going to have to try to figure out. there was some indication that the government will allow a grace period for those that already have drones, and then they will be required to register them. perhaps there will be some sort of penalty if you don't. stay tuned. >> all right. lisa thanks very much. up next, election day, canadians vote for a new parliament and prime minister. the issues and why the vote matters to americans. ♪
al jazeera america has learned vice president vice president will decide on a presidential run in the next two days. he gave no indication at an address at a climate change summit this afternoon. he is meeting with potential supporters, but he and his family are still grieving the death of his son. jim webb may quit the race and run as an independent. that's according to an email his campaign sent out today. he complained about not getting enough time to talk at last week's debate. an historic election tonight in canada.
the polls close in less than two hours, the results will have a global impact. conservative prime minister stephen harper who has lead canada for a decade is facing a tough challenge. >> reporter: that's right. and a tougher challenge, john, than i think any of us could have believed as we have been following this election. the polls have closed in some areas, the liberal party is doing extremely, extremely well. in fact the numbers are really quite shocking. in the atlantic region alone, the liberal party is ahead by 70% after a couple of hours since polling closed in knew foundland, they estimated that for there to be a liberal sweep
across the country the party would need to take around 28 seats, at the moment they are at 32. there are more than 100,000 votes counted in the atlantic region now. it is early days, but if that continues, canada is on course for a change of government and a liberal administration, lead by justin truedoe. let's remind ourselves how we got to this point. the longest, most expensive and volatile federal election in canada's history is reaching its climate. conservatives like the republicans in the u.s., stephen harper is running on a low tax, l family values, and superright security infrastructure. he is accused of abandoning
cabinet government and taking too much power for himself. his chief opponent is head of the liberal party, similar to the democrats. he is the son of one of the most famous prime minister. he plans to run a $7 billion deficit to kick start the economy and help the middle class, then the democratic party, tied to the trade unions, the party has never held national office but is credited will creating the universal healthcare system. you could compare the ndp's politics to those of bernie sanders. opinion polls up until voting began had all three parties virtually neck and neck. they suggest a minority government lead by justin seen here goofing around this morning. but don't rule out the
conservatives. stephen harper may be unpopular, but his party still commands support around 30% of the electorate. in canada they use what is known as the westminster parliamentary system of government there are 338 seats in the house of commons in ottawa, to get a major any party must pick up at lease 170 seats. and they will finally close in british columbia in just under two-hour's time. if the numbers continue going as they seem to be going, it looks like canadians are going with the liberal party. harper has been in charge for the last ten years, but he has alienated many, many canadians. they feel he has every reached on a number of issue, including
national security. and just a word about just continue truedoe, if he does turn out to beprime minister, he is in support of the keystone pipeline, and the transatlantic- -- trans-pacific trade partnership signed a couple of weeks ago, but that puts him at odds with any democratic administration that might come to the white house a year in november, and he is also promising to pull canadian jets from the u.s.-lead commission currently bombing targets in the middle east. john. >> john, thank you. daniel, you heard a little bit from john terrett on the impact on u.s.-canadian relations. what else does this mean for americans? >> well, the thing to keep in mind when you are talking about canada and the united states is we're the largest bi-lateral trading relationship in the
world. we have an integrated economy. really the aim is to get goods and services and resources flowing between our two countries, and no political party up here really wants to change that. canada's prosperity defends too much on it, and a fair bit of the united states as well. we cooperate a great deal at the international level. a great deal of cooperation and trade between our two countries, we're cousins basically. >> john also mentioned the polls. at one point polls showed the liberals trailing the other two parties. now they are favored to win. what changed? >> really, this is the longest campaign canadians have ever seen and americans may laugh when i say it was 11 weeks long, but that's a long campaign for us, more than twice as long as we're used to. justin truedoe caught up.
he first came to our attention in a boxing match with another politician a couple of years ago. he absolutely creamed him. people laughed at him, thought he was a lightweight, turns out he is not. we'll see if he wins. but stephen harpers unpopularity really does seem to be weighing him down so far. >> what happens if no party wins an out-right majority. >> we have parliamentary democracy, a westminster system. that means you vote for your local member of parliament, and whoever becomes prime minister is the person who can marshall a majority in the parliament. then we have -- if it's not enough -- if you don't have enough, you can appeal to the opposition parties or say let's have another election. we have had minority governments before, but chances are tonight we're not going to see a minority government unless the opinion polls and national
trends are wrong so far. but if we do, we'll probably see justin truedoe and the leader of the left of sentry party keep the country going for a few years, and then try it all over again. still ahead, funding planned parenthood, one state being forced to continue its support, another state that says not another dollar. nearly 40 years in the making. the crime that inspired the film "good fellas," and the 80 year old man at the center of the trial.
hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. abortion battle. >> i think planned parenthood faces an uphill battle in the states. >> states trying to cut off funding for planned parenthood, and the legal roadblocks they face. chicago under fire, dozens of shootings every month. >> we are here to try to stop the violence in the neighborhood, man. >> an anti violence program caught in the cross fire of illinois's budget crisis. these are really bad dudes.
these people are kill people for nothing. >> the brazen robbery depicted in the movie is finally playing out in court. and utah's cave people, a unique look at an ancient civilization that called these caves home. returning to the violence in the middle east, israel is implementing tighter security measures in the wake of a series of attacks by palestinians. new roadblocks are in place in east jerusalem, an area that has seen frequent clashes between residents and israeli police. today the fighting took a heavy toll on one family. karl has their story. >> reporter: portraits of another tragedy. they are mourning their 65-year-old relative. the family says she suffered acute breathing problems when tear gas drifted into her home in the early hours of monday. >> she couldn't talk. she couldn't do anything. all she said with her hands, she
couldn't breathe. >> reporter: she was born and raised in new york but returned here when she married. the dead woman was her aunt. >> i used to call her happy face. she was very, very -- a nice woman. very open-minded. she used to always go toefr wedding. there is a wedding. she was the first one at the wedding. >> reporter: the israeli police have thrown up concrete barricades and check points around this neighborhood. part of a security crackdown that began last week. israeli police tightly control a single way in. as she gasped for air, her sons bundled her into a car to take her to a hospital five minutes away. but israeli security forces refused to let the vehicle through a check point for almost
an hour. she says her aunt died in the car. >> when somebody sees their mother suffering, need a bottle of oxygen, they want to take it from the sky and give it to her. they could don't nothing. the soldiers sadly let her go through. >> reporter: her husband says he ran to look for other ways to reach hospital. he gestures how he says israeli security forces pointed guns at his son's car. >> shoot! shoot! >> reporter: we're going to drive through the neighborhood now down to the check point and try to find out what happened. i mean, how can this be. am i authorized to ask you a question? >> no. no. >> reporter: officials are not authorized to speak to media. i have talked with an israeli police spokesman and he said he was not familiar with her case
nor with any disturbances that went on other night. hospital staff declined to comment siting patient privacy. israeli riot police were edging into the neighborhood, hunting for young palestinian protesters. israeli officials may dispute the family version of the death, but clearly, the concrete cor n cordons are restricting free movement of civilians. >> forget they are palestinian. forget they are muslim. forget anything. imagine them they are a pet. they need help? you are not going to help a pet? >> reporter: there's one thing this grieving family may now never forget, the dying words of a mother to her sons, i can't breathe. british prime minister david cameron has unveiled plans to fight what he calls extremism.
the measures include preventing radical preachers from posting material online, and barring anyone who is convicted of extremist activities from working with children. the plans would also make it easier to seize the passports of young people to prevent them from traveling abroad to join groups like isil. >> the british muslims want to call out the small number of extremists in the midst, and one of the things the government is doing is we're empowering the moderate voices to come forward to say isn't our religion, and they want us to do this. >> the head of britain's biggest muslim organization said the plan has undertones of mccarthyism. planned parenthood will no longer receive funds in texas. the governor announced the decision hours after louisiana was temporarily barred by a
judge from trying to do the same thing. jonathan tell us about the ruling. >> reporter: hey, john. the federal judge decided that louisiana must continue to provide funding for planned parenthood at least for the next two weeks, while the judge continues to review the case, but this did not stop texas from moving forward with its plans to block funding from the organization. in a movement almost certain to be challenged in court, texas announced monday it will cut medicaid funding to the state's planned parenthood clinics. this comes month after an anti abortion rights group released undercover video claims to show planned parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for profit. one of the videos was recorded at a houston planned parenthood facility. the governor said: planned parenthood has said the videos were heavily edited
and misleading. >> the allegation that planned parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true. >> reporter: the news in texas comes on the same day a louisiana judge ruled the state must continue providing funding to planned parenthood for the next 14 days while he continues to review the case. without the injunction, funding would have ended this week. planned parenthood sued louisiana after the governor, a republican presidential candidate ordered the state to block funding for the organization. in a statement planned parenthood called the judge's ruling, quote: >> we want to see planned parenthood investigated. >> yes. >> and we want to see planned parenthood ultimately de-funded. >> reporter: the louisiana case has been closely watched by alabama, arkansas, and utah, where leaders are also trying to cut medicaid contracts with planned parenthood.
>> i think planned parenthood faces an uphill battle in the states, particularly in conservative states in order to be able to continue to serve women. >> reporter: while it's the country ands 's -- country's largest provider of abortions, no federal money can be used for abortions. a women's rights activist says the other services have been overshadowed by these videos. >> these video are in a sense another excuse for those people who are opposed to planned parenthood. >> reporter: and again, john, this decision from texas came down this morning. at this point, planned parenthood has not filed suit against texas, but the organization did issue a statement saying it would fight back against what it calls
outrageous malicious political attacks. >> they said they won't accept reimbursement for tissue do nation any longer. >> reporter: right. but it doesn't appear that states are backing away from their positions. you have alabama, arkansas, utah, texas, and other states, including wisconsin that are moving forward where their plans. so it doesn't seem to be dissuading any of them from moving forward. >> john than, thank you. in chicago shootings are up 20% over last year. some have suggested it's the result of cuts in a violence prevention program. diane eastabrook is in chicago. >> reporter: john, it's no secret that illinois has serious money problems. it cut funding that had previously been earmarked to the
ceasefire program back in march. we're three months into the current fiscal year, there's still no state budget and still no funding for ceasefire. this is a foot soldier in chicago's war against gang violence. >> how are you doing big brother? we're out here to try to stop the violence in the neighborhood, man. >> reporter: armed with nothing more than bumper stickers and words of encouragement. >> we're just trying to stop the killing so you can be safe. >> reporter: tillman and other outreach workers walk the meanest streets in the south shore neighborhood, trying to keep them calm. handing out these bumper stickers what does that do? >> it just lets people know we're in the neighborhood. >> reporter: tillman, a former gang member himself, calls this area a hot scone. >> when the war was going on approximately five people got killed within the course of maybe two weeks.
since we mediated the conflict, no one has lost their lives. >> reporter: but in neighborhoods like this, where police are a constant presence, and ambulance often race through the streets, ceasefire workers are becoming a rarity. that's because cash-strapped illinois stopped funding the program earlier this year. as a result, 100 ceasefire workers have been sidelined and only a handful, like tillman are still on the streets thanks to private donations. >> if we had the opportunity to have funding, this place would be bustling right now. >> reporter: in march there were five workers that were cut from this ceasefire office, and patrolled the streets nearby. so far there have been 30% more shootings than last year. >> the violence interrupter is not out there to stop them from doing anything, but be a constant reminder that we can do
something different. we don't have to pull the trigger or pick up a gun to solve a problem. >> debra gorman smith also says there's a correlation. she says research has found violent crime can drop as much as half in neighborhoods where ceasefire is active. and cutting the program could cost illinois a lot more than the $4.5 million it spent in recent years to fund it. >> if we're looking at costs for hospital care and loss of work, those -- those cost range anywhere between 50 and $80,000 per shooting. >> reporter: we asked the governor's office about the cut, it answered with a statement saying: unlike the increase in this neighborhood, in chicago's south shore shootings are down nearly 30% this year, chico says it's
because of his team's presence in the area, but he is not confident that trend will continue. are things getting worse instead of better? >> it's getting tougher, because we don't have enough people out here to do what we need to do. >> reporter: and that could continue to be the case as the budget stalemate in illinois labors on. some ceasefire programs wish that they could get private funning, but they say it's probably very unlikely. john? >> die on will those ceasefire workers who were laid off still be available when the funding comes through? or have they already found work elsewhere? >> reporter: that's sort of the $60,000 question. they worked at these jobs for many years, so that's the question, are they still going to be around if the money comes through. >> diane thank you very much. a jury in philadelphia has convicted a demolition
contractor of involunteer manslaughter. the jury accused him on more serious murder charges, still campbell faces a sentence of 91 years in prison. a trial 37 years in the making got underway in new york today in a case that inspired the mob movie "good fellas." the reputed gangster faces federal charges in a $6 million airport heist. >> reporter: it is the organized crime caper immortalized in "good fellas." >> these are the guys that jimmy put together for the biggest heist in american history. >> reporter: the actual heist went down in 1978. when a gang of armed robbers made off with $5 million in cash, and another million is
jewelry from a luf ta taun -- lufthansa airlines cargo building. monday, nearly 40 years later, this 80 year old appeared in a brooklyn federal courtroom on trial for his real life role in what was then a record rippoff. investigators found an empty black van but never found the loot or caught the robbers. that was thanks to the mafia code of silence according to this man. >> almost from the start the authorities knew who did it, and how it was done. the problem was getting actually finding them and convicting them. >> reporter: but cracks in that once sacred code have lead to his day in court. witnesses include several former mobsters even his cousin now cooperating with the government.
monday prosecutors called him a gangster through and through. >> almost from the start, the authorities knew who did it and how it was done, the problem was getting actually finding them and convicting them. >> reporter: his defense team calls the government witnesses untrustworthy turn coats, telling juries when necessary they lie to each other and lie to save themselves. among other crimes, he is accused of helping strangle a suspected inspectant to death with a doing chain in 1969. his partner in that grizzly murder, the master mind of the luf taun sa heist played by robert de niro in good fellas. >> most of the people involved in the case were killed, bumped
off, knocked off, or died of natural death. so longevity in the long run did him in. a processor of criminal justice at st. john's university and author of the book organized crime joins us in the studio. has the mafia died with all of those guys that got bumped off. >> it's on its last legs. >> does this trial reflect that? >> i'm not sure what this trial reflects. i find it unusual that the government is going to prosecute this 80 year old guy. >> what is the point? >> i think they want to put a stamp of case closed on a folder. >> he wasn't a big part of the heist. >> he wasn't part of the heist. >> he wasn't? >> no, he was a representative of the family, to make sure that
his family got its share of the heist. they considered the kennedy airport their territory, and he was the representative of the family to make sure they got their cut. >> talk about in their heyday, and the family, how powerful it was. >> well, they were able to really assert almost total control over kennedy airport, busiest airport in the world. they could decide whether cargoes would go slow or fast. they were in a position to shakedown everyone that was involved in -- in that airport -- in air traffic. >> and then what happened? did they all get arrested or did they slowly begin to lose their power? >> i think both. the ricco statute which was passed in 1970 had a tremendous impact on organized crime. it has a very, very loose conspiracy statute as part of it, and as a result, there have been very, very successful prosecutions, and now when an
individual like the cousin is facing 20 years on each count, they decide i don't want to die in prison, i have a secret. >> who has replaced the mafia? >> no one has replaced them. what they were involved in, no one has taken their place. labor racketeering, control over airports, shipping, trucking. >> when the government stepped in and stopped it, it stopped. >> no. >> there is still corruption and crime. >> oh, yeah, on the waterfront -- >> and it's still the mafia. >> it's still the mafia. >> so they have some power still. >> yes, if they can have influence over traffic of goods and services, yes, and they do. >> how much attention does this trial attract to the families? >> i any they watch as it as closely and the rest of the public that is interested in it also. i think they are not really concerned with how it turns out,
because it doesn't affect them. >> it doesn't put more scrutiny on them? >> i don't think so, no. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. former south african olympic runner oscar pistorius has been released from prison now under house arrest. he was convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend. he could face more prison time if he is convicted on appeal. still ahead, looking back in time, a photographer's attempt to preserve an ancient civilization. ♪
saudi arabia has reportedly executed 137 people this year and three young political dissidents could be next. richelle carey is here with that. >> reporter: saudi arabia has a reputation for harsh punishments. all three of the dissidents were under the age of 18 when they ararrested three years ago. last year they were sentenced to be beheaded and then crucified. amnesty international says that now that they have been moved to
solitary confinement, the final step before execution. we're going to talk to amnesty international's saudi expert about the case. >> we'll see you in about six months. thank you. the drought in mexico has uncovered an incredible and eerie scene. a 400-year-old church is now partially revealed. it was abanned in the 1700s, it was sent to its watery grave in 1966 when a new dam was built. this is the second time since then the structure has emerged. during a drought in 2002 people could actually walk inside the church. i'm going to show you have some fascinating photographs now and talk to the photographer who took them. hundreds of years ago these caves were home to an ancient civilization, tonight our first person report, he tells us how
those people may have lived. >> the caves and cave dwellings are in southwest u.s. in the four-corners area, which comprises parts of utah, colorado, new mexico, and arizona. there was a native civilization there. they thrived over an extended period of time. they started building their dwellings inside large caves. i thought the atmosphere would be much more original and much more like they may have experienced at light. to step into their shoes was what i was after. the thing about these ruins, is that they happen to be in a place where it's dark enough to see the milkiway and once your eyes adapt, it's as clear as can be, and it's absolutely beautiful. you can imagine the views they had were absolutely spectacular. there's a real sense of
peacefulness that our busy world seems to eliminate. i wanted to show people what they might not get a chance to see themselves. and for me, it may be the closest i get to stepping back in time. >> you can see more of wayne pingston's photographs on line. that's our broadcast. thank you for watching. i'm john siegenthaler. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. the news continues next with richelle carey. don't go away. ♪
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