>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'll del walters. these are the stories we're following for you. e cluesive on the death of yasser arafat. new findings and reactions from his widow. >> for million of americans, delay is not an option. >> kathleen sebelius on capitol hill, why they have to move forward. and pushing the peace process, john kerry talking with both sides.
we begin with an al jazeera exclusive on the death of yasser arafat. swiss scientists proving what many suspected, arafat was poison. they found pulonium, the allegations triggered the effort to have his body exhumed last year. >> first they found unnormally high amounts of polonium 10 in his clothes then found a high level of the substance in his bones. the scientists say their data clearly favors the poisoning of palestinian's historic leader with up to 83% confidence. the arafat family received the result it's from their lawyer along with an analysis along
with professor of forensic analyst david barclay. >> this is beyond any doubt if my opinion that it was polonium that killed yasser arafat. >> for wife and daughter it was proof. >> it was if they just told me he died. i will not stop. me and my daughter will go to all courts all over the world to punish who did this crime. >> now that i have proof that he was poisoned i feel a bit relief, actually. a final closure for me will be knowing who killed him and the motive and the ambition behind it. >> reporter: more than 40 years of research has given scientists knowledge of polunium in
skeletons but what was found in arafat was highest ever published. >> everyone has a tiny amount of polunimu in their moans bones. >> once more, the soil around his body had absorbed his decaying organs. that area is higher, and it confirms through dna testing that the skeleton was definitely arafats on a scale of confiden confidence, one through six six being strongly confident, the data supports the poisoning at level five. a theory of polonium theory being put forward last year and then they found his blood and
european stainurine stains conts of polonium. but this latest test was on arafat's flesh and bones. buried since 2004, the samples were gathered when his body was unearthed last year. three teams took 20 samples each. al jazeera has released the swiss team's results. a russian team as well as a team in france. the french results remain a secret, but as three investigating magistrates continue, perhaps mrs. arafat and her daughter will learn once and for who not only what killed
yasser arafat, but who. >> here are more details on the life of yasser arafat. he led the palestinians for decades. israel and many others viewed him as a terrorist. in 1993 arafat's plo recognized israel, and they took hands with the prime minister on the white house front lawn. by the time he died israel again saw him as a terrorist and the u.s. scaled back any contact with yasser arafat. secretary of state john kerry visiting israel and the west bank his latest attempt to revival negotiation there is. both sides saying the other is to blame for the current state of talks or none talks. either he met with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in
jerusalem. there he was optimistic that tensions could be overcome. >> my hope that we will continue in the good faith that brought the parties together in the first place. this can be achieved. with good faith, with a series effort on both sides to make real compromises and hard decisions, this can be achieved. president obama sees the road ahead as do i. >> kerry also met earlier today with with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas in bethlehem. we have more. >> reporter: well, secretary of state john kerry is here to try to bring the palestinian and israeli negotiators closer after direct talks started, and were relaunched between the two sides since the ends of july. it's going to be a very difficult task because so far the palestinians and israelis have held 16 meetings without
aheaving any break through. one palestinian official describes the israeli stance in these negotiations as the worse in 20 years. since they talks began at the end of july israel has either approved or announced building settlements in land that belongs to palestinians under international law. and according to palestinian officials as well the israelis are being very difficult in these negotiations. they're not willing to make any concessions, they say. they want jerusalem as the unified capitol of israel. they don't want to grant the rights the return of palestinian refugee, and they want to recognize it as a jewish state. the palestinians believe all of these conditions are a non-starter, but mahmoud abbas is committed to the nine-months period of talks he agreed to
initially. if the talks fail he won't be blamed for their failure. >> in other news health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was o on the hill again today. libby casey is in washington, and this time in the senate, that's supposed to be safe territory for the democrats but that was not the case today. >> reporter: that's right. chaired by senator mike bacchus of montana, he is the chief author of the affordable care act but he warned that the it's implementation was not handled correctly the law could turn into a train wreck, so he brought a stern set of words to her and was anticipated that the administration is not anticipating that the website would be so problematic, and called it inexcusable.
now secretary i sebelius said ts has been a miserable five weeks since healthcare.gov launched, and we're hearing the same conversations that we've heard on capitol hill, but she's pushing back against a republican drum beat to delay the law itself. >> how some have asked why not delay implementation of the new law until all of the problems are fixed? and there is a pretty straightforward answer. delaying the affordable care act wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or parkinson's or need for screenings or prenatal care. it does not delay foreclosure notice of families forced into bankruptcy but unpayable medical bills. >> she did get some questions
from some senate democrats but by and large it was a tough day on capitol hill. >> over and over again we heard the president say if you like your healthcare insurance you can keep it. now the white house is changing its tune. now what are they saying in the senate and who are they blaming? >> that pertained to plans that were grandfathered in. those that were existing before the healthcare law was passed in 2010. now the white house says the white house is getting notice ns about th people's healthcare pls canceling or changing. bumeanwhile republicans have thr own bill, and it's literally called, you can keep your plan if you like it. let me get the words here. it's just along those lines. if you like your health plan you
can keep it. that's what republicans want to see now pass congress. we did hear strong words against secretary sebelius. one of her own colleagues from kansas, senator pat roberts, was quite harsh. >> in your zeal to implement this law, you have said america should hold you accountable, which is why, madam secretary, i repeat my request for you to resign. >> an old friend and colleague from her home state of kansas asking for her to step down. >> libby casey on capitol hill. as for the president he headed to dallas to promote his signature healthcare law. our heidi zhou castro is here,
why texas, why now? >> texas presents the greatest potential for this law to succeed. 6.4 million people in texas are currently uninsured. that's the largest pool of uninsured in the country. added to that texas has the greatest insurance rate for people, one in four people in texas are currently not insured. as for the timing, well, today obama is riding the up swing from some of the positive announcements of healthcare.gov improving. and i think he's just trying to refocus this conversation back to the people that this law is intended to help. about. >> but another big state. another republican state. what other challenges does he face in text? >> it's one one of the 25 states in the country that has chosen not to expand medicaid under the affordable care act. that leaves 1.5 million people
who are the poorest of the poor who fall into this gap where they're not poor enough to get medicaid, but ironically they're too poor to qualify for the subsidies. the president is trying to put pressure on governor rick perry to remedy that. >> there is so always so much clutter. but what do the people on the streets of texas, what do they say. >> i've spoken to folks, and for the conservative there is hostility to the act. there are a lot of people who don't understand what it's for, and of course led by none other than ted cruz they're against the affordable care act. even for those who are uninsured and could benefit from this, there is fear because of the
technical challenge that the website offers. >> heidi zhou castro, in person today, not dallas. good to see. >> you it's a pleasure. >> from bikes and cars and everything in between. up next on al jazeera america we'll show what you is growing and driving the culture of sharing in chicago. from lab ... to life. on techknow, our scientists bring you a sneak-peak of the future, and take you behind the scenes at our evolving world. techknow - ideas, invention, life.
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to beirut. we did not react. after a few weeks they had a new slogan, christian women for the pleasure. >> hanna has no home to return to. she said one of the most feared groups in syria took occupation in her flat. >> reporter: christians have kept on the margins of the conflict but now plenty say they support president bashar al-assad. >> armed rebel groups have attacked churches and religious icons. some say there was no place of the christian faith in the future of syrian. george, also not his real name, decided to leave when fighters were going door to door looking for christian men. 40 of his neighbors were killed.
>> it seems that they want to chase christians not only from syria but the region. look at iraq and egypt, they say we are infidels, we are pigs and we don't know god. but they don't know god. these are not muslims. islam is innocent of these people. >> reporter: syria's christians are among the oldest communities in the world, but with changes sweeping through the middle east their faith has never been more uncertain. al jazeera, lebanon. >> taking a look at business your 401k is smiling and we could be on for another record onal street. the new all-time high 104 points right now. investors cheering for a sign that the fed won't be moving to pull back on the stimulus plan any time soon. and the economy was expanding and gaining momentum before that
government shutdown in october. the leading economic indicators shows an increase since september. the big question following the shutdown is whether weakened consumer demand will pick up for the rest of the year and into 2014. that new apple ipad is not only lighter and smaller, but it's cheap for make. it cost $274 to manufacture. it sales for 299 pounds. if you do math that's an 82% mark up and that could help reverse apple's recent profit slides. do you remember when we were kids? this is one childhood lesson that takes on a whole new meaning--sharing. this latest installment of our series "champions of the econ my." >> the paint brush and canvas is a place of escape for this
artist, and offering inspiring artists spaces and studio mates to pursue art. >> anything that we don't need we usually put out in the hallways with a sign, hey, take this and make art out of it. >> reporter: they share unique talent and expertise. >> to share what you make and do and help others with what they make and do is really cool. i really enjoy working that in my life. >> for lunchtime aaron foregoes the cost of a taxi and uses a bike from the bike share program. riders have taken 630,000 trips, the sharing model works particularly well for big-ticket
items that not everyone can forward but sometimes need access t to like cars. collaborative consumers are sharing power washers, nannies and even dogs. >> any time you can save $50 or $500, and put it somewhere else, it's generally in your best interest to do that. that sharing sense of community that you really can't put a price tag on. >> and new share programs are making it easier to find what you need but don't necessarily want to buy. a spare to share, an app in chicago allows residents to share everything from blenders to ladders without leaving their building. residents post items they're willing to share exclusive to their address. >> it's not just about saving money, but it's saving space and
the awareness that the things that you're buy willing collect dust for most of its existence. >> it's coming down to exces acs king, not ownership. >> reporter: sharing isn't just about common sense. it's a better use of dollars and cents. al jazeera, chicago. >> still ahead, it's getting colder. your national forecast straight ahead.
that he had been poisoned. >> you know, it's very, very strong shock. i mean, i'm full of anger. this is a crime, assassination of an elected palestinian leader by his people. it is assassination, and you can't imagine how my daughter and myself are in a very sad situation. we are mourning the father and the husband again, you know, this is a terrible feeling. >> al jazeera will have more continuing coverage on the poisoning of yasser arafat throughout the evening.
it is a dream that one man had for over 50 years. a california man had a dream of a flying car. soon it's about to take an evaluate. his car is scheduled in june to take flight. >> reporter: getting stuck in traffic may be soon be the thing of a past if one california inventor has his way. >> i designed my first helicopter when i was 15. >> reporter: creator of the sky car, a futuristic looking vehicle that can go from the streets to the sky like this transporter in this space age cartoon. >> i don't know if the jetsons inspired me or if i inspired them. >> reporter: he has been on a mission to create the world's first flying car. this is the vehicle that started it all. a flying sa saucer that made its
first appearance 1989. >> reporter: now the he has the approval to test his first flight car. with the top speed of more than 500 kilometers an hour the sky car is made of eight rotary engines that work in tandem to help it lift off. >> you can make an ming that is nine inches, a foot long, you you have all that you need to power something like this. >> he still needs $1 million to pay for the first flight. so he's raising capital. >> for a small investment they can get a number of attractive incentives that we're going provide up to flying this sky car if that's what they want to do. >> with two models, a coup and four seater sky cars would be able to fly using auto pilot on
a skyway i highway in the sky w. >> you put in the code for san francisco, and then it would take care of itself. >> it won't come cheap. initially they would cost $250,000 or more but over time they expect costs to come down to the surprise of a typical automobile. when that happens this determined inventor envisions your next trip just a short car flight away. al jazeera, california. >> meteorologist: we're watching the fill teens closely. a typhoon about to bear down on the country there. and this track takes it slightly to the northwest, and as this passes by it will be 155 miles per hour winds. equivalent to a category 5
hurricane. with the storm location along with the high tide with this wind which will create a tremendous storm surge on ton of an area that has seen a lot of activity, ground saturated as the rain comes in and the country is certainly taking precautions. cold air coming in from the air. that snow has cleared out, and even though it's drying out there is sunshine in the forecast. temperatures have dropped, and there it is in texas. the front moves through and these temperatures are dropping once the rain clears out. it's down to 66 in san antonio. and that cold air will continue to move south and work its way across the eastern united states. look for warm ups and cooler weather by the end of the week. >> thank each and every one of you for watching al jazeera.
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