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>> welcome to aljazeera america. i'm del walters, and these are the stories we're following for you. u.s. spying alleges, a growing distrust. saying not so fast. and painkiller abuse, the fda wants new rules. and coming out of bankruptcy, how man's best friend is getting left out in the cold. the u.s. now on damage control mode after allegations of spying
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activities. latest in the french newspaper that published an elite document that said that the u.s. tried to hack into their communications network. angry in a meeting in brussels, and they have called for new surveillance rules. david cameron accusing edward snowden and newspapers of assisting the enemy by helping them to avoid that surveillance. but we begin in washington >> reporter: the controversy is growing x. so is a rift with a close ally. angela merkel expressing outrage that american intelligence listened in on her cellphone calls. >> with regards to the agency, i have made it clear that it's unacceptable. i said it in june, july, and yesterday in a phone numberful
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it's not about me, but the prev see of all german people. it's about trust. and this trust must be rebuilt. >> at the white house, jay carney didn't say that it had taken place. >> what i can't do is answer everything in print when intelligence activity >> the revelations that have appeared as of late have obviously caused tensions in our relationship with some countries, and we're dealing with that set of issues through diplomatic channels, and we're also, as the president has said clearly and publicly, engaged in a review of our intelligence gathering operations >> reporter: as carney spoke, another shoe dropped in the scandal. more out from edward snowden. a confirm 2006 memo has revealed that the nsa has encouraged senior officials in the white
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house to share phone numbers of foreign leaders so they can be bugged. they may contain contact information, with direct, fax, and cellular numbers, then it cites an example. in one case, a leader was provided phone numbers for 45 world leaders. these numbers and others. >> she grew up in germany and she didn't expect this. >> after spending the day with her counterparts, merkel had more to say >> we need obviously the activity of the intelligence communities to ensure the safety and security of our citizens, but at the same time, once there
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is the seeds of mistrust have been sown, that doesn't facilitate our work and cooperation. quite the opposite. >> and the leaders are behinding to the allegations with a call for talks with the u.s. i talked earlier with tim, and he's following it. >> del, it's overwhelming. we would have to say that. in the last couple of days as the european leaders met initially to discuss immigration, suddenly all of the implications of spying on the european leaders crashed in on them, as it were, and they had to address it. they had to come out with something. and what they have come up with is a final statement, as they all head off now for the weekend after the end of these two days of talks. they have come up with a
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unanimous statement, which essentially says they would like to sort this out with washington before the end of the year. they understand that president obama is carrying out a review, but country by country, european country by european country, they want to establish ground rules of what is right and what is wrong when it comes to spying or keeping a watch on one's allies. otherwise, they say we're going to come up with a big controversy like this in the future. >> france and germany say that they want results by year end, but others say that they think we protest too much. >> david cameron, the british premier, at the end of the summit, called a press conference, and he said, and he said similar things before, but i think that these are the strongest words yet. he said people like edward snowden, the leaker who sent all
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of the information, the former nsa contractor, who has now been given temporary asylum in russia, wanted in the united states on espionage charges, cameron said, you put our citizens in jeopardy, he said it's harder for the surveillance people to keep a watch on people who want to blow up our families. cameron's very words. and he said its time to get real and have a coldhearted view of the intelligence services, rather than the airy fairy one. so he thinks that a bit of politic needs to be introduced into the proceedings here in brussels >> is this a tiff that can be healed? >> i'm pretty sure it can be, because obviously, strategically, 23 you look at
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the world's alliances, the ones with the united states and the western europe and the european union. some of the most important in the world. and that is reflected by the fact that they are currently, between the eu and the u.s., negotiating a massive trade agreement. the largest in the world. but because all of this is going on about spies, the leader of the european parliament in germany has suggested that those talks about the free trade agreement should be suspended until it's all sorted out. so it's impending but i think it will be settled >> and joining us from watertown, massachusetts, jim walsh, a research associate in studies in m.i.t., and two very
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distinct mind sets, one saying that everyone spies on everyone else, and the other saying this time it's out of bounds. this a big deal? >> you know, del, i think that you put it exactly right. and in some way it captures my mind too. i'm of two minds. spying is as old as foreign policy. a lot of these countries have asked for or benefited from u.s. intelligence, and would probably do it if they could pull it off but can't. i get all of that. but on the other side of the ledger, there's domestic politics. voters in those countries are very happy with the u.s. surveillance practices, and those leaders have to respond to that. and this makes them look weak and compromised in front of their own domestic political audience, and no one likes that when that happens to them. and no wonder they're angry. and finally, i would say this, del, it's about hard nosed stuff like david cameron was referring
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to, but individuals matter. and if someone feels like you betrayed their trust or you crossed the line, that does have reverberations with international politics, and it looks like angela merkel is ticked off right now. >> what david cameron had to say, he said: are our enemies watching all of this, laughing and gathering the data to use against us in >> well, i would say yes and no. that segment seems a little over the top or overly broad because i don't think that anyone objects to surveillance that's limited in scope, in duration that targets people who have a strong suspicion of thing do us harm. i think that what people are
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recoiling at are a widespread secret program that has swept millions of people into this vacuum cleaner. i think that the folks we're starting. particularly non-state actors, the terrorists, they know we're after them and trying to listen in on their phonecalls, and this is a cat and mouse game that's going to go on regardless >> are people really upset about this, or do they just want to be mad at government? we go grocery shopping, and we give them that little card and swipe it. and they have our information, and we rent movies online. and use google and we're not concerned about what google is collecting and do we just want to get mad at government >> that's a good point. we haven't had a national conversation about this. but i would make the argument though, we probably give away too much information in commercial practices in private business exchanges and on the
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internet. but it's different with government. the government has sovereign power and control of the police forceful we know from our own history. let's go back to richard nixon when the power of government was used against political opponents. so i feel uncomfortable of being out there all the time. but it's different when the government has information but and your personal life. and that can be abused >> jim walsh, joining us from mit. the un and envoy in syria, meeting with leaders in qatar today. part of the geneva peace talk that's set next month in geneva. syrian opposition vowing not to attend those negotiations unless basharas is off the table.
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>> >> david albright said that iran has nearly doubled it's stockpile of highly enriched uranium in the last year. he thinks that iran could produce enough uranium to make a weapon in a few weeks. the white house said that it disagrees, saying that it probably would need a year. iran insisting that it's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. he was once in the presidency. and now he could spend the rest of his life in prison. >> reporter: disgraced medication, bo xilai's trial. it's the first time that such a sensitive case was heard. ultimately, the public saw what only the government allowed them to see. but like the usual defendants in
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the courtrooms, the mayor of the 33 million people refused to go quietly, he was, first of all, to challenge ping for the presidency after all of this. the charismatic bo did not show any remorse, and it could embarrass them further. >> things have improved relative to the past. trial was rather open and just. following procedures, and everything has been predetermined by the chinese leaders. it's all just a show. >.>> reporter: in his first speech after being signaled as president last year, he said that if it wasn't dealt with, it could destroy the communist party. the government has also been careful not to expose too many details that could be further detrimental to the party as a whole. since 2008, 32 minutesterial
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level officials have been attacked. and in the government report that noted in the last few months alone, more than 700 polices fled the country, with over 400 billion u.s. dollars. but many here believe that there's more going on than just a moral crusade to clean up the party's ranks. >> interpreter: the corruption is just a tool, used for political struggle. eradicating the corruption of the system. >> reporter: until a more reliable structure of checks and balances is put foo effect, questions will remain about party leader's true intentions. consolidating power in this way could still work intense them, no matter how carefully they intend to craft the show. aljazeera, beijing.
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>> nigerian leaders say they are in contact with people who kidnapped those two u.s. sailors, and they say that they can help to ensure their safety. they stormed a ship in guinea wednesday afternoon, and took the captain and the ship's engineer hostage. other crew members were released and nigeria said that they are searching for those men. there have been 40 pirate attacks off of the coast of africa this year f >> still ahead on aljazeera america, how one city is using a classic game to try to save lives. >> freezing temperatures to start the weekend. where a fros freeze warning is n effect.
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>> welcome back to aljazeera america. here are stories we're following.
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european leaders telling the u.s. that you have some explaining to do. after a story in the guardian newspaper saying that th the u.. has spied on leaders around the world. this is the latest in the nsa spying this week. bo xilai, he was convicted of corruption and abuse of power, and he will serve a life sentence in prisonty. >> bulgarian officials say that that girl found is the daughter of roma parents. girl that came forward for dna testing is the mother. it was believed that the girl might have been abducted. the couple saying that she was given it them by the mother. people who suffer from cardiac arrest is a race against time where every moment counts. now there's an unusual effort in
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seattle. and it helps to improve the survival rate. and it involves cash. >> jamie is a lucky man, and knows it. >> it's remarkable, i'm super grateful and lucky to be here. >> two years ago when he suffered cardiac arrest, one of his friends knew where to find one of these, an automatic defibrillator, and it brought his heart back to life. >> it's incredible that it was there for me when i needed it. and i'm able to sit here and talk to you because all of those things happened. >> there are 1.2 million of them in the country, 180,000 installed every year, miracles in a box at about $1,500 each. >> when a bystander has a defibrillator and is able to use it before the paramedics arrive, we know that doubles the chance of survival. >> reporter: which is great of course, as long as that helpful
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bystander knows where to find the nearest aed. but what if you were standing on this street corner and somebody keeled over in front of you? how would you know where to look? to help answer that question, he launched a scavenger hunt, my heart map seattle, it's from the university of washington, patterned after a similar effort in philadelphia >> do you have an aed defibrillator? >> contestants register online and go out searching and report every defibrillator they find >> there was not one there, it was worth a shot >> there's a facebook page for contestants to follow. 20 preselected, golden aeds worth $300 for the first person to find them. and there's a nice pay off for the winner. >> the team that reports the largest number of them will win $10,000.
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>> but the biggest payoff is the data, which they hope will be used to create a comprehensive aed map, something that 9-1-1 operators and others could use. >> you could have one person going on and taking forever. >> dr. nickel plans to replicate the game in four more cities next year. something that jamie supports with all of his heart >> you put it on the map. and if people know where it is, they can use it, and if somebody's life is saved, that's the way it's supposed to work. aljazeera, seattle. >> the food and drug administration with people getting their hands on prescription painkillers. the move would limit vicodin. it would reduce the number of refills that the patient can get. and they would be required to take their prescriptions directly to a pharmacy instead
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of having there's phone them in. if approved, the new regulations could take affect as early as next year. business is still not all that confident about the economy. the government saying that orders for factory goods paid in the u.s. rose in september, but most of the game was for aircraft orders. they fell with any big purchases, and companies are reluctant to spend money right now. >> >> ups is delivering another strong profit to its investors. the company earning $1 billion last quarter, increasing ground estimates and like their rival, fedex, ups is expecting online sales to be strong this season to boost shipping even more >> >> and it's an economic alarm coming from consumers, the age of cinema falling to the lowest.
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it find a record number of people pointing to the government as a reason for their negative feelings about the economy >> >> detroit already dealing with the issue of bankruptcy. how it's fiscal problems are now causing the motor city to go to the dogs, literally.
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>> a surprising group of victims immerging from detroit's downfall. as aljazeera reports, a lot of people are moving out of the city, leaving their dogs behind. >> reporter: it's a familiar call for help in a city fraught with its fair share of problems. dogs running wild and left abandoned on the streets of detroit. >> how you doing? >> reporter: marianne stafford called the michigan humane society after taking in a stray. she said that the owners of the four-month-old puppy packed up and moved and left the dog
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behind >> i don't have a lot. but i'll help you, because i'm a hub. >> reporter: this is among thousands of dog rescues that occur every year in detroit. during the ride long we watched this investor pick up three strays in less than an hour. many of them pit bulls or pit bull mixes that are often used in illegal dogfighting and then to bed on the street. studies suggest that detroit's stray dog population is an epidemic with 3,000 on the loose. and that amounts to 62 dogs per square mile. >> we have been doing this for 25 years i've been here. we have had stray dogs in the city, and it has been an issue. so if you go out today and drive around the city, you're not going to see an overwhelming
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number of stray dogs, and that's what which number like that would suggest. >> reporter: some believe that the number of 50,000 is largely inflated, so now the count onto determine how big this problem really is. >> there's one right now right over there. this is all just freshly burned. this was not burned a week or so ago. but there's running water in the basement, so the dogs come down here for fresh water. >> reporter: tom mcphee is with a non-frost organization that has taken up the task of counting every stray dog in the city. and the search has led him to abandoned hopes where the dogs are in packs >> when we started to count the dogs, we thought the basket of issues is this big, and when you count dogs, you get to understand all of the problems. >> reporter: with public safety a concern, some believe that the answer will come through community outreach and
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education, which is a challenge for a city short on financial resources, and still, many believe that detroit can become the breeding ground for change. aljazeera, detroit. >> i'm meteorologist, dave warren, and we're looking at cold temperatures in the southeast, we have to be patient. with the sunshine, the temperature will easily warm up today into the freezing mark this morning. into the 40s, and 60s from new orleans to orlando where it's 74°. these are freeze warnings. and it stops at the mississippi river. because warm air is starting to return to houston, and freeport and memphis. 40s and 50s, close to the freezing mark in this area by tomorrow morning.
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so a cold start to the weekend, but it doesn't end cold. the temperatures drops at night. and a tomorrow over the great lakes could pull up warm air and lead to snow in this part of the country. the warm air returning, but the clouds increasing and returning to rain and snow. the outlook showing the rain and snow through saturday morning and afternoon, really around the great lakes, and staying north of the border here, but some of that moisture could work its way south. and the temperatures will slowly begin to warmup into the low to mid 50s in chicago. not much of a warmup, but a little bit. and on its dry and into the mid 50s. across the northeast, not nearly as cool, but the temperatures are climbing. over this weekend in new york, 56 and 57. and 61° on monday. so a little warmup. we just have to wait until pretty of the end of the weekend. >> thank you for watching aljazeera america.
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i'm del walters, and inside story is next.

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