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>> these were emotions that i had been dreaming about for so long. >> getting to the heart of the matter. proud to tell your stories. al jazeera america. this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm tony harris. the paris brussels link. guilty of genocide. the so-called butcher of bosnia sentenced to 40 years in prison. and painting for justice, how one mother is bringing awareness to wrongful convictions. ♪
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two days after bombs killed 31 people in brussels, police in france say they have stopped another terror plot. a man described as a high-level member of a terror network was arrested today. he is believed to have been at an advanced stage at this point. belgian officials announced they overlooked a warning about one of the suspects. turkish authorities warned belgian that he was, quote, a foreign fighter. today belgium took a step back to a notch below the maximum. our correspondent has more. >> reporter: how many attackers
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were involved in the brussels bombers. belgian state media now says there may have been two people involved in the blast at malbec station. a suicide bomber and another man who may be still at large. and as the manhunt si side -- widens serious questions are being raised. in january 2010 this man was involved in a violent armed robbery in brussels. in september 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to ten years to prison. but was released on parole and absconded. then he was arrested in turkey apparently en route to syria.
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turkey says it barned both the dutch and belgian authorities that he posed a serious danger. salah abdeslam's lawyer ran a gauntlet of media appearances. abo abdeslam did not appear in person, but his lawyer announced his client will no longer resist exdecision to paris. >> reporter: will you tell us why he wants to go to france, please. >> because i think his explanation he has to give them there, and not this belgium. the brussels metro system as reopened now, and passengers are making their way back to work. >> we have to be careful because they are walking around between us. it's maybe today. it's maybe in a month.
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it's maybe in one year, but they are still going on attacking us. >> the city is swamped with police and soldiers. isabelle was passing malbec station as the bomb went off. it has left a lasting impression on her. >> well, you could say we expected this, but it's still -- it's -- i actually never expected this. i have been living in belgium all of my life. it never really had something like this. >> reporter: one minute of silence here has developed into more than five minutes of silent reflection now, and the public opinion is also changing from initial grief and shock to anger at the apparent failure of the police and intelligence services. belgian's interior minister and justice minister have been
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offered to resign. both were refused by the prime minister. live pictures now from brussels where it is just 12:00 am friday morning. and you can see how large the memorial to the victims of the attack has grown in these days. belgian prosecutors have detained two people in connection to the attacks. the investigation has largely focused on the brussels suburb of molenbeek. >> reporter: molenbeek has gained a certain reputation. poverty, unemployment, a young population. but it was no means inevitable that salah abdeslam and some of his friends would be tempted by a message of mass violence. there are more than 20 mosques and informal prayer rooms in
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molenbeek. but it doesn't provide many clues as to why young people are being radicalized. >> translator: the recruiters have known for a long time that they are not welcome in the mosques. if you say to someone i want your son to go to syria for jihad, everyone says go away. honestly mosques have nothing to do with this. >> reporter: these days young people are more likely to be approached away from the mosques. this woman runs a youth program at molenbeek townhall. she says young people are most vulnerable to isil messaging when they are in their early 20s and trying to find their way in life. >> translator: recruiters move under the radar, usually they are not from here, but they come into the area where young people hang out. they spot the ones that look the
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most fragile, and approach carefully and eventually draw them in. >> reporter: the negative stereo types that many people have about molenbeek are poart of th problem. imagine you are a young person, and you have just graduated, and maybe you even have good grades, but then an employer sees the word molenbeek on your res mee and that is the end. this man is offering a -- a difference. >> reporter: one of my priorities is to help people work their way out of poverty. that will help them get ahead and improve their lives. >> reporter: it's an alternative
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vision to the idea pushed by isil. jacky rowland, al jazeera, molenbeek. >> reporter: today former bosnia serb leader radovan karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of murder and genocide. emma hayward has the story. >> reporter: radovan karadzic showed no emotion. the judge described how he was criminally responsible for the siege of sarajevo while civilians were regularly shot at by snipers. >> the chamber finds that there was reason to know that crimes had been committed by his
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subordinates in the aftermath of the enclave, and that he failed in his duty as supreme commander to take necessary and reasonable measures to punish the commission of genocide, murder, extreme nation, and killings as an underlying act of persecution. >> reporter: many of the victim's families had traveled here to hear the verdict. the horrors of a war which ended more than 20 years ago, still etched on the faces of those who survived. >> translator: every time i see this picture it's not easy for me. because the picture reminds me of the crime lead by karadzic. >> reporter: radovan karadzic was president during the time.
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after being brought to the hague he appeared defiant in a high-profile trial lasting more than seven years. bosnia's current leader called the trial a humiliation, and said karadzic was subject to unfair justice. he was only convicted of ten of the eleven counts against him. and some people say its sentence is too short. outside the court, karadzic's legal advisor was confronted by relatives of the victims. >> he was disappointed and astonished by the verdict and has asked us to appeal. >> reporter: it closes one chapter in the darkest period of bosnian history, but reconciliation is still a disant
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hope. >> reporter: karadzic's crimes against humanity claims the lives of more than 100,000 people. courtney kealy joins us with more. >> this will definitely be seen as a victory for international law, but it is unlikely to start healing a deeply wounded and divided bosnia. more than 20 years after the signing of the according ending the war in because nia, the wounds still run raw and deep. a three-year siege of the capitol, organized by radovan karadzic left as many as 12,000 dead. civilians in this former olympic city lived in terror from snipers and shelling. but one of the most brutal chapters in the war was the massacre of more than 8,000 men and boys. it was the worst episode of mass murder in europe since world war
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ii. they are still digging up bones today. >> translator: my grandmother and others have their graves on plaques, so i know where they are. i know they existed. >> reporter: troops commanded overran the u.n. designated safe haven. and then tv broadcast footage offered clues. and muslim prisoners calling out to others to surrender. after the war, karadzic disappeared. nato forces looked for him all over bosnia. described as a mist rick healer. when he was caught, and taken to the hague, he was defiant. >> translator: the war did not happen according to my wishes.
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it was horrible. i trust the chamber will study all of the evidence. if that happens i have no doubt that judgment of acquittal will follow. >> reporter: yugoslavian president was found dead in his cell at the hague in 2006. but for those who lost loved one, the have verdict is important but it's not likely to reconcile bosnia. >> translator: genocide happened all across bosnia, as well as persecution, suffering, and everything we lived through. >> next up is the linchpin who ordered the massacre, and we expect a similar verdict but not until the end of 2017, tony. >> courtney appreciate it.
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syrian government forces claim to have entered the isil-held city of palmyra. that city fell last may and is a strategic held point. mohammed jamjoom reports on what could be a significant step for the syrian regime. >> reporter: the pictures broadcast are said to show a significant advance. syrian government troops, fighting to retake historic palmyra from isil. state media also showed war planes and helicopters flying overhead, as soldiers approached on the ground. while there has been no independent confirmation, the syrian observatory for human rights reported fighting continued outside of the city on thursday at the syrian army moved to the out skirts on wednesday. isil captured the city which includes a unesco world heritage site last may.
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strategically situated, palmyra's location makes it an extremely important one for the syrian armed forces and its allies. while russia recently withdrew most of its forces, the government of bashar al-assad has recently made advances in rebel-held territory. the offensive coincides with talks in geneva between the government and the opposition group as the u.n. attempts to negotiate a political solution to the civil war. while a ceasefire has significantly reduced violence, cessation of hostilities excludes isil and al-nusra. isil now finds itself under increasing attack on two fronts as both countries commit more troops to a fight each has vowed to win. mohammed jamjoom, al jazeera. the justice department
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charged seven iranian hackers in connection with a cyber attack that lead to millions of dollars in lost business. they are accused of knocking websites off line, websites belonging to at least 46 financial institutions and one new york state dam. jake ward joins now with more. jake what does the incident reveal about the plot, and why is it being unsealed now. >> this happened between 2011, and 2013, in which seven iranian men working as contractors for the iranian government attacked multiple financial institutions and then as you mentioned this one new york city dam. they seem to be unsealing it now to send a sort of signal. >> if you see south korea -- or north korea, you see russia, you see a lot of the middle eastern
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countries will invest more in this, because it's a capability that gives them more political influence and more military might if you will. so i think that -- you'll see a lot of the same kinds of skill sets being grown up, even in countries that don't have the financial wherewithal to complete in a military. >> that is art gillland from hp who told us about the rising specter of these sorts of threats. they are becoming more and more affordable to any sort of government. >> jake, we have seen, what, denial of service attacks before, but this accessing of the dam, is that new? >> reporter: it is. it's a very new and frightening thing. the idea here is what is presumed is that this was a retaliation of some sort for what was presumed to been a american attack on the infrastructure of iran in the
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form of nuclear centrifuges there. disrupting the process of refining uranium there. so this denial of service attacks we have seen a lot of that. but the idea that they got into the control system of a dam, and if they didn't take control of it, they were really just probing it seems, but the idea that they can do that from around the world is very scary. that means that something is going to be vulnerable. they are being improvised online. they don't adhere to the same security standards. and this a case where they bumped right up against the vulnerability. >> we have seen an enormous about of attacks but the fact that this indictment specifically names iran, what does that suggest to you about the future of this sort of
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hacking. >> reporter: it's very interesting. let me play the sound from john carlin. this is what he had to say about this unsealing of this indictment, about the message they are trying to send. >> today this enindictment reinforces that the days of per agencied anonymity are gone. today's announcement proves once again that there is no free pass for those who conduct nation-state affiliated intrusions. >> reporter: what is interesting is words nation state affiliated. we have seen in the past indictments handed out against people supposedly working for the china army, but other than that, every incidence of a major hacker attack has been just random unaffiliated people. so the era where you have a tidy indictment handed down against somebody where you can name a
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country, that is going away in a world in which anybody with a laptop and enough time is able to attack infrastructure, attack civilian systems. so we're really, i think seeing a future where anyone who can afford these services is going to get less and less connected to nation states. >> that's scary. jake ward for us in san francisco. thank you. up next on the program they are being called discrimination laws. the moves that are being criticized by gay rights groups. and urban farming in flint. it has become a part of life for some, but now growing concerns about lead in the soil. find fantasy shows.
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change the way you experience tv with x1 from xfinity. a major businesses and gay rights groups are joining forces against laws they call anti-gay. the backlash comes in response to moves by lawmakers in north
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carolina and georgia. paul brennan is here with the details. >> let's start with georgia. the law is the free exercise protection act. it would allow faith-based entities to refuse to provide services that they say violate their religious beliefs. it would also allow them to fire lbgt employees. critics say this is legal cover for discrimination. but if it passes the economic blowback could be huge. film and tv production in georgia is a 6 billion, with a b dollar business. amc films the walking dead there. and disney which is the biggest entertainment company in the world, threatened to boycott the state of georgia. disney says:
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now tony also time-warner, comcast, amc, all of them are telling the governor veto this bill. >> this is big. but it's not just hollywood, right? >> no, other industries are joining. the nfl says this could cost atlanta a shot at the super bowl. coke cola, apple, intel, paypal, the list goes on and on. >> where does the governor stand on this? >> he has always touted himself as very probusiness. the last thing he wants to do is start a corporate stampede out of georgia. last year they tried to pass a similar law, and the ncaa threatened to pull the final four. and the pacers said don't do this. so they changed the law. >> okay. so that's the story in georgia at the moment. what is the story in north
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carolina? >> in north carolina, they signed this into law last night. and what this law does is stop local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. that happened in charlotte. the law also requires people to use bathrooms based on their gender on their birth certificate. this has been incredibly divisive and emotional. let's take a listen. >> it's common sense that boys should go to the boys room, and girls should go to the girls room. i believe god got it right when he said he created them male and female. >> i can't use the men's room. it is unsafe for me there. people like me die there every day. not -- not the least to say it freaks people out when i go to the men's room. would you want to go to the men's room with me? i don't think so. >> and businesses in north carolina are also condemning this new law.
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american airlines, paypal, dow chemical. >> economics are at play here. >> economics and emotions. >> yeah yeah yeah. paul appreciate it. the nfl is fighting back against a damaging report in the "new york times." it cleems the league used quote, incomplete flawed data into research in its concussions. and it also left out injuries to star quarterbacks like troy aikman and steve young. the nfl issued a point by point rebuttal and acknowledged more news needs to be done. comedian gary shanlan has died. he starred in two influential tv
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shows. he was 66 years old. up next on the program, the war of words over lies. >> donald you are a sibling coward, and leave heidi alone. >>
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president obama visited argentina's remembrance part today with president marci.
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>> democrats have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don't live up to the ideals that we stand for, when we have been slow to speak out for human rights, and that was the case here. >> mr. obama says the u.s. will declassify more documents from that period to help families of victims find closure. >> reporter: it has been 40 years since argentina was ruled by a military regime. now the u.s. is promising to release secret documents about their role. >> translator: my husband was kidnapped, and i was pregnant, so my mother started to participate in protests to demand the release of political prisoners. she was taken too.
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i never saw her again. >> reporter: she has been trying to find what happened to her husband and mother for decades. she says the u.s. has information that would have saved her years of pain. >> translator: we now know that the u.s. government knew about what was happening. some bodies were found in 1978. those dead persons had been kidnapped with my mother. it would have saved me a lot of time if i had known back then that she was dead. >> reporter: this used to be a clandestine detention center during the dick today forship. hundreds were detained and tortured here. this paper says the united states was also part of the dictatorship. human rights organizations are saying that barack obama is not welcome here. because they are not willing to forgive or forget the role the united states played at the time. many killed were victims of the condor plan, where latin america
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dictatorships persecuted opponents around the world. marco has been investigating the plan for years and is impressed by the amount of knowledge the u.s. had about what was happening. >> translator: henry kissinger told the government if you have something to do, do it fast. it is impressive how much knowledge they had. >> reporter: the human rights secretary says that finding out the truth will help argentina move forward. >> translator: opening all of the archives will help us. the more we know about what happened will help us unite. hiding the truth only generates more pain. >> reporter: she was able to find her mother's remains in a mass grave in 2005, but thousands of others are still wondering what happened to their loved ones. the hope is that the release of new u.s. documents will help
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find them. it is a battle between the front runners. donald trump is launching new attacks on hillary clinton. this comes as a new national poll suggests that clinton is still facing a tough fight with bernie sanders for the democrat nomination. >> reporter: even though both party nominations will not be settled months, donald trump is treating hillary clinton as if the general election has begun. and she is his opponent. >> i think she has been very weak. >> reporter: his new moniker for clinton is incompetent hilary. >> incompetent hilary doesn't know what she is talking about. she doesn't have a clue. she's made such bad decisions. >> reporter: clinton is also using loading language to describe trump. >> loose cannons tend to
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misfire. what america needs is strong, smart, steady leadership. >> reporter: but it is trump who has a history of maken monikers stick. jeb bush. >> i gave him this term, low energy. >> ted cruz. >> i have given my answer, lying ted. >> marco rubio. >> little marco. >> as the trump-clinton skirmishes intensify, the attacks keep coming from their rivals. >> secretary clinton has supported virtually every one of these trade agreements. >> reporter: bernie sanders is hammering clinton's ties to wall street, and highlighting her refusing to release transcripts of the speeches she made.
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>> it must be written in shakespearean prose, and i think the secretary should share that speech with all of us. [ cheers ] >> reporter: the latest national poll indicates a statistical tie. sanders 49%, clinton 48. and in a hypothetical matchup against trump -- >> hillary clinton did very well. she got 53% to 41 for trump. she won by 12 votes. that's very. bernie sanders won by 20 points. >> reporter: meanwhile the republican nomination race has gotten personal. donald trump and ted cruz are now insulting each other's wives. a group supporting cruz ran this ad. meet your next first lady. trump road:
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on wednesday ted cruz hit back. >> donald is a bully. that's how he approaches people. so he immediately threatened my wife. and i would say to donald trump if you want a character fight, stick with me, because heidi is way out your league. trump tweeted this: cruz then tweeted, donald real men don't attack women, your wife is lovely, and heidi is the love of my life. lindsey graham went on the today show and delivered a message to cruz who he supports and trump. >> talk about things that people really care about, and not just scrap off, because these are serious times and you are not behaving like you want to be president of the united states. >> reporter: and on a day when monikers seem to be taking hold, the 2016 campaign has again
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earned the world wild. david shuster, al jazeera. wisconsin is set to hold its presidential primaries on april 5th and ben -- bernie sanders is hoping to win a majority. diane eastabrook reports. >> reporter: when it comes to campaigning for candidates. >> hi. >> hi. >> i'm here canvassing for bernie sanders. >> stephanie has been doing it since he was seven. i began campaigning over 35 years ago. >> now a bernie sanders supporter, finley is trying to work her magic in african american neighborhoods. >> it's not going to be bernie? who is going to be? >> hilary. >> that sends chills down my spine. >> reporter: why are you supporting bernie?
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>> bernie speaks to my heart. it's time for economic justice. i am for economic justice, and that's what bernie speaks. >> reporter: with 96 delegates, wisconsin could be important to the sanders campaign. while hillary clinton lead sanders by 9 points last november in a poll, sanders pulled ahead of clinton slightly in the most recent poll. >> a win in wisconsin which stands alone between the earlier primaries and the later, gives him an opportunity to reemerge and show that he can win in a midwestern state. in populous democratic strong holds like milwaukee, african american voters could play a pivotal roll. while blacks have blacked clinton solidly in the south, sanders fared a bit better in rust belt stays like michigan. this graduate student says
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sanders connected with him on those very issues. >> in terms of finding jobs it's something that is very difficult, especially with a shane shrinking economy, with less revenue for cities to operate. >> reporter: but in this home, middle-aged voters say clinton has a better track record with african americans. >> bernie sanders was the senator in vermont, and how many african americans was in vermont that he had to represent? >> reporter: at clinton's milwaukee campaign office, staff and volunteers are manning the phones, hoping a heavy voter turnout will favor clinton. >> we definitely need more people making phone calls. >> reporter: they also hope to reach voters before stephanie does. the primary is april 5th. do you know about bernie? >> reporter: diane eastabrook, al jazeera, milwaukee. utah held its caucus on tuesday. it was donald trump's worst loss
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of the primary season. he got only 14% of the vote to ted cruz's 70. more moms were disgusted by trumps comments about muslims as michael shure found out, the two very different religions have forged an unlikely relationship. >> reporter: many americans associate utah with religion, though this isn't the religion one first thinks of. utah is nearly 65% mormon. here the dominance of that one religion has promoted a tolerance of islam. >> both of them, i guess the billions of muslims throughout the world, i think they are probably peace-loving people just like you and me. >> we believe that everyone is a child of god, and we believe in i think the same god. >> reporter: being muslim in america often means being viewed skeptically and having to answer
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for the action of a few. >> if you had an experience in your faith being mischaracterized, then you start with a certain scepticism. >> reporter: jim represents the mormon church on the salt lake interfaith round table. >> if you get to know people and see their values and how their families work, then i think that makes good relations easier. >> reporter: that philosophy goes a long way with muslims in utah like this iman at the islamic center set in the center of the rocky mountains. some of those commonalities go back more than a century. >> reporter: in the beginning of islam, we see that muslims were
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taken out of mecca, the lds folks also say that they were taken out of certain areas, and they were boycotted in essence, so they used a lot of historical similarities. >> settled here in 1847, young left pioneers west. the 1870s there were calls to ban mormon immigration. that is the history that leads mormons to sympathize with mormons in america today. especially in the aftermath of terrorism perpetrated in the name of religion. >> if anything is going on around the world, they always come to us and talk to us, and say are you guys okay? >> we have repeatedly tried to take affirmative steps in the round table and in our own faith, to communicate love and understanding to muslims here,
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and even a desire to help protect them, because we know that they abhor the violence. >> reporter: mormons believe the right of passive of serving as a missionary has formed an understanding at home. >> they are willing to learn about other faiths through the missionaries. they are willing to incorporate what they have learned at other faiths when they come back home. >> reporter: and that is why both faiths are very much at home in utah. michael shure, al jazeera, salt lake city, utah. >> reporter: the water crisis in flint is posing a new threat, a threat to garden-grown food. >> reporter: if it's a situation where you want to really intentionally lower that lead, it's that compost edition. it's really key. >> reporter: in a city plagued
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by water crisis -- >> i think that's the key fact here, is that we don't believe we had wide-spread soil-lead contamination. >> reporter: a non-profit is leading the conversation. it was nearly two years ago when the city's water supply became tainted with lead. a city-wide emergency wasn't declared until two months ago. >> folks are definitely concerned about what the water crisis does to that plant health, and also if it's safe to eat the vegetables that they produce. >> reporter: so far the organization supports more than 300 garden throughout the city, but risks losing some over fears about lade contamination. among many issues, lead exposure
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in children can slow brain development. >> this is our soil probe, and we're going to go down at least six, seven inches and collect dirt. >> reporter: they conduct about 50 soil tests every year, this year that number is expected to more than double. >> and if anything has over 300 ppm's we will notify them that they may need to do something as far as putting more compost or something into their soil, to help remove that lead. >> reporter: in a city where access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited, this group is already getting a head start. >> gardening has always been really important here in flint, just because it is sustainable living. >> reporter: she says they have been encouraged to plant plants that fight lead exposure. but she worries whether that is
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enough. >> we give all of the veggies and fruits away, so we have to be careful that what we're giving away is safe to eat. >> reporter: nearly two years after complaints began pouring in. flint's tap water is still off limits. these gartners hope it doesn't stop a once flourishing gardening movement from growing even more. up next on the program an unprecedented apology, what a new york police officer told the partner of the man he shot and killed. and a man in jail for a crime his mother says he did not commit. how she is using art to raise awareness.
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a former police officer convicted of fatality shooting a black man in new york apologized to the man's partner today. al jazeera's roxana saberi is here with more on the story. >> tony the prosecutor's recommendation as upset his friends and supporters. they feel it is another sign of a justice system that discriminates against african americans. anger rippled through this crowd in brooklyn on thursday. >> even a black man doesn't think black lives matter. >> reporter: emotions stirred by the feeling that another black man killed by another police officer won't get the justice he
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deserves. >> i appalled and discouraged. >> reporter: discouraged by the district attorney. he asked not to sent a former police officer to prison. a jury convicted him of fatally shooting this man. he said he unintentionally shot girly while at patrolling a dark stairwell, the district attorney wrote: instead thompson suggests he serve six months of house arrest, five year pros potion, and 500 hours of community service. the judge doesn't have to follow the district attorney's
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recommendation, but the suggestions often carry a lot of wait. people here hope the judge will also hear their point of view. >> we are looking for him to do the right thing. send him to jail. because if achi girly has shot peter liang, achi would be in prison from the very first day. >> i think she should be seeing some time. and what that means, he can be held up to 15 years. >> reporter: the conviction lead to rallies across the country in his support. with some saying he was being targeted because of his race. while white officers have gone unpunished. some asian activists are praising the da's recommendations, but others are not. >> we still believe that the judge will make the right
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decision and make sure he gets punished and goes to jail. >> reporter: his attorneys have praised the decision not to call for jail time. >> roxana, appreciate it. thank you. a louisiana painter has a special way of seeking justice. she calls it the injustice exhibition, and it is personal. jonathan martin has her story. >> i have been painting for over 25 years. i love painting more than i love drawing really. >> reporter: sheila's paintings hang in galleries across louisiana. her latest is the most personal. >> one day i was thinking what can i do as a mother, as an artist to bring awareness to this situation. >> reporter: the walls of her small home studio are filled with the faces of prisoners in louisiana. like earl, a man exonerated after serving more than 25 years. others are of men still locked
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up who insist they were wrongly convicted. one is her son. >> when this happened to my son, i realized there are people sitting in prison for crimes that they didn't commitment. all of the inmates that i paint, families are fighting their cases. >> reporter: in 2000 mckinley was a rising rap start touring are artists like snoop dogg. but a night broke out at a concert and a young man was shot and killed. several witnesses said that phipps was the shooter. >> this man was his fan. so why would he just kill a fan? he wasn't even involved in the fight. >> reporter: prosecutors haven't commented on the case, but sheila phipps was at the concert that night and insists her son is innocent. she was shocked when a jury convicted him of manslaughter,
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and despite another man coming forward confessing to the crime. in the past year there has been more doubt cast. after service witnesses signed sworned affidavits admitting they were pressured to identify phipps as the shooter. >> my son introduced me to him. he is spending time in the correctional center along with my son. >> reporter: still hopeful that her son's conviction will be overturned, phipps continues to showcase our paintings in what she now calls the injustice exhibition. >> i don't know what else to do but to bring attention to their situation. the symbol of a nation, new zealanders recently voted to change their flag or not. the results are finally in.
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pass one year later, and after spending nearly $18 million on a campaign to change the country's flag, new zealanders voted against the change. carly flynn with more. >> reporter: a disappointing turnout, and a disappointing result, those who wanted the flag to change refusing to concede defeat. >> the current flag has won the
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day. we think in time we'll have a new flag to represent the fact that we're an identify multi-cultural country. >> you can't be a sore loser about these things. i think you just have to say those what wanted change put their best foot forward, gave it a go. it might not have worked, but we're a stronger country for it. >> reporter: for more than 1.2 million kiwis there are celebrations that the current design will continue its 114-year reign. >> it's what the majority want, and they will go home delighted that new zealand is keeping the same flag. >> well done new zealanders. >> reporter: 57% of voters picked the current flag over the new design, which notably ditched the union flag despite
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new zealand still having strong linked to england. the prime minister says it was a discussion worth having. >> as a country we have had enormous discussions, and probably every school child has had a discussion about the flag and what it means. and we have done something no other country in the world has done. >> reporter: this man was part of the flag consideration panel and says the discussion is far from over. >> i think there will be ongoing debate about the appropriateness of ourer can rent flag, and i think there will be other suggestions that will be promoted over time. >> reporter: this wasn't the outcome that the prime minister and this crowd wanted, but it's one, 1.2 million kiwis voted for. it would seem on this occasion, the prime minister got it wrong. and that's all of our time. thanks for watching.
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i'm tony harris in new york city. john siegenthaler is up next. genthaler is up next. we begin until paris where police say they've rested to a man said to be in the advanced stages of a plot to attack france. authorities say there are no links between that plot and the attack in brussels this week or the attack in november on paris. officials said they over looked one of the warnings of the attackers. paul brennan is in brussels. >> reporter: how many attackers were involved in the brussels bottomings? cctv showed three at the airport. three are known to be dead but one on the run. media says there may have been two people involved in the braft at the station. a suicide be that as it mayer and another man who may be-- a suicide bomber and another one who may stillat large. questions are being asked at the interelgs