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>> start with one issue ad guests on all sides of the debate. and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5pm et / 2pm pt only on al jazeera america >> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. calling for urgent action. a new report accusing north korea of mass starvation, forture and executions. massive anti-government protest in venezuela amid allegations that the u.s. is conspiring to oust the president. and a new storm is on its way. file out from the michael dunne
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trial. we have word out on the streets and social media. >> a new u.n. report lays out the brutality of life in north korea. this is the report on the secretive state on the unrights panel. evidence of people being abducted, mass starvation without the country. systemic extermination of families and crimes against humanity. north korea rejected the accusation and says they are based on. hostile forces. we have more now. >> reporter: a north korean defector weeps as she recalls the oppression that they are family faced before she escaped.
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many witnesses asked for their identities to be withheld. there have been investigations of human rights in north korea but never one as comprehensive as this. getting a clear picture of what goes on in the secretive state, how people cope with depravation and starvation is difficult. the international commission of inchoirry found torture, execution, systemic rape and abduction of foreigners. many of these crimes against humanity all part of a planned system of political control. north korea's leader kim jong-un recently executed his uncle, once the second most powerful man in the country, and a number of other relatives. kim, age 31, took over his late four two years ago. the chairman the commission of inquiry has written a letter to
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him in it he recommends the u.n. refer the situation in the democratic people's republic of korea, the country's official name, to the international criminal court to render all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for crimes against humanity. >> no one will be able to say in the future only if we knew about north korea. like they said after the second world war, if only we had known. well, we now know, and it will nobody our report. this is a wake up signal to the world and hopefully to the leaders of north korea. >> they may want to see figures in north korea face international justice, but it does not have the power to make that happen. this hard-hitting report will hit the human rights council in a month's time and they'll pass it to the u.n. general assembly, but neither of those entities
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have the power, and that's where long-term ally china has a veto. >> reporter: this report backed with the weight of the u.n. perhaps brings it a little closer. james bays, al jazeera, at the al jazeera america in geneva. >> the u.n. report on north korea talks about corruption that has not been discussed. lavish spending and top leaders living in luxury. we have more on this report. >> you know, some say this is the most important report on north korea in years and this is the best chance of changing things because of the words that have been published today, and it will go on to the united nations at a higher level later in the month. now united nations says north korea is spending the people's money on buying and importing
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luxury goods for the country's top brass, and the u.n. is blaming kim jong-un, th the hert leader. for nuclear bombs and firing rockets that are capable of carrying them. they are accused of starving people in north korea, and high quality cognac and a 1,000 seat movie theater, and there have been attempts by the u.n. to import mercedes-benz and high-end recording equipment and a whole range of pianos. now luck years goods expenditure by the dprk rose to
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$645.8 million last year and the report said that is a big step up from the average of $300 million a year that was spent by kim jong-un's dad, kim jong-il, the previous supreme leader. he died in 2011. now the report also says that north korean embassy staff around the world deal in drugs, sell ivory, and even distribute booze around islamic countries, if you would believe, earning their bosses in pyongyang $5 millions, and back then that was roughly a third of all north korea's exports at the time. >> john, thank you. john terrett for us. let's bring in christopher hill former ambassador to korea and dean of studies in denver.
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ambassador, i'm sure there aren't any surprises in this report for you, but i'll ask you, are there any surprises for you? >> no, there isn't. what is nice about this report is how systemic it is, the tone and i think it has an incredible amount of credibility, if i sake that. i think it's a very important contribution. >> let me push on that a little bit. it was based on the testimony of north korea defectors, largely. do you think this report will lead to the kind of an investigation from an international body that is necessary now, and would that body be the icc, international criminal court? >> well certainly that is going to be a tough haul. to get the icc to look at this you need security council resolution. you have to get china and russia for that matter on board. but at the same time the chinese have signaled in recent months that they had it with this new leader. they never invited him to
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beijing, which is unusual for china. they would always invite officials to beijing. whether whether or not they're ready to go along with an icc recommendation, we'll see. >> why wouldn't it be ready to go along with the icc recommendation. >> i think the chinese worry not only north korea but the precedents it sets. they've never been enthusiastic about this international government. they're always careful if this do it this time, what happens next time, what happens if it happens to them. china has a lot of issues in this report because there is painful evidence in the fact that china has taken north korean refugees and sent them back to north korea. >> can i get the bottom line on this, the conclusions and headlines coming out of the report are damning and
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sensational, but does this move the need one eyeio at a in terms of the international community moving forward with something significant against north korea. >> i think this effort by michael kirby is a very serious effort by a serious dean. i think it will have affect in terms of international concern for north korea. when i was doing the negotiating with north korea, i was head of the party delegation, one of the problems was people blaming the u.s. for north korea's nuclear program because we dealt with them so harshly and did not deal with the facts. this provides a lot of facts. north koreans will say this is a conspiracy led by the americans to defame us. >> they're already saying that. >> but most countries know better. >> that brings us back to the question, what do you think happens in the aftermath of a report that is as the tale as
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this one is? >> to me the big question is what is china going to do? china won't be happy with this report. at the same time, they're so sick of north korea. and every day it's some new burden on them. i think they're tired of having to some how give the north koreans a pass. the real question will be will the chinese say look, north koreans, there is a limit to what we can do for you. when you look at some of these prison abuses and some of these abuses of the economy as noted in your set-up piece, i think it's clear that north korea has to change. now as your question implies, it's not going to be easy to change. it's not going to be easy. i do believe in the long run the best thing to do is to open the place up. get as many people in there as possible, and make it less of this not so splendid isolation that they have right now. >> former u.s. ambassador to north korea, and dean of students in denver. thank you for your time.
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>> thank you. >> the u.s. is denying allegations by venezuela president that the u.s. is trying to overthrow its government. the venezuelan president ordered u.s. diplomats to leave. protesters returned to the streets of caracas, and they're upset over several issues including the deaths of three protesters last week. we have more now from the capitol city. >> time and patience are in short supply for most of these venezuelans who say they're fed up with the president and his revolution. refuse to go back down they say they will continue defying a government ban on unauthorized protests. >> we are tired of crime, censorship and people getting killed every day. >> but even as they stood together some questio question w
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united they really are. >> there is a lot of division right now but we have to be strong and not go into chaos or step into the boxing ring and fight against each other. there is a challenge for the government and it's policies, there is also a challenge for the opposition movement. and it may challenge who leads it. >> this thrusts lopez in the spotlight taking a hard line stance against the government and helped organize the student protestish, which turned deadly. he sent out a video to his supporters telling them to keep up the fight. >> we are on the right side of history, justice, and truth. stay strong and don't lose faith. >> his growing popularity is a challenge to opposition leader enrique, and called on the
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protesters for strength and a call to calm. >> we're losing our focus. we fought hard to get this hard, and we're taking a step backwards. >> with the two leaders having different views the opposition movement could now be taking two paths. >> there is a division between the moderates and radicals. some believe the only way to fight against the government is to build majority and win elections while others believe the government is undemocratic and the only way to bring change is to take to the streets. >> back at the anticipate government protest opposition members all agree on one thing. that they want to see a change in the government. but with elections five years away the majority of venezuelans still supporting the president it's unclear just how they will make that happen.
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rachel, al jazeera, caracas, glenvenezuela. >> maria has more on that. >> the hashtag, and supporters of venezuelans all over the world are posting pictures such as these. the venezuelan government has taken the people's voice, so i'm your voice, venezuela. and then paola, we have your hearts, venezuela. she's over in dallas. and then lauren in the usa, #pray for venezuela. and a tweet from hong kong and egypt saying no violence, #from one nation to another. and this is born any who says i
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am with you, venezuela. i've spoken to one of the organizers in caracas, he said the young people in venezuela not only do they want madero out of office, but they also want opportunities. the young people there feel they have no future, jobs are scarce, and many still live at home with their families after college. the idea of them buying or rent something house is so-so far away for them. >> can you imagine this? we've got these young people in caracas, in venezuela, connecting through social media with the young people in egypt and afghanistan and spain and can you see what could be developing here? young people leading reforms or at least the movement for reforms all over the country? >> yes, it's all over the world. i mean. >> yes. >> things like this just say it
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all. >> all over the country, all over the world, moreau y appreciate it. thank you. a man charged with a deadly attack of an u.s. destroyer is on hold. the judge held the hearing, of a man who is accused of recruiting suicidsuicide-bombers. the hearing resumes on wednesday. the northeast is bracing for another round of snow. sob sunday more than a foot of snow fell in new england, and the storm packed heavy winds and left thousands without power on cape cod. forecasters say up to ten inches of snow could fall in some places, and this storm is heading to the east.
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meteorologist dave warren i has more on these storms. they're moving from west to east, the main thing is the timing and intensity. not expecting that foot of snow, although a little bit of snow at the wrong time and high intensity could cause a lot of problems. certainly seeing very intense snow with thunder reported around chicago and a mix a little further south here. this is moving through the midwest. this is what is impacting the mid atlantic and new england states in the evening. this is an intense storm, and as it moves to the east it lifts north and tries to pull this warm air up. that rain snow line moves south. very intense snow here as the storm redevelops off the coast. a burst of snow and look at the timing, 6:00 to 8:00 in the morning.
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the road treatment and before the sun comes up you could get two to three inches of snow quickly. that could make for a very slippery commute tomorrow morning. this is very intense snow that will move through new york by 11:00 and then up through new england in the afternoon. winter weather advisories are in effect not because we're expecting a lot snow, but along i-95 could be problems. winter storm warning because a little more snow is expected across new england as it intensifies. look at the temperatures. these are the 60s and 05s, that's not until friday. we have to deal with some snow. >> but it's always white. >> yes, it will be changing. the pattern is changing. >> there is a reason for hope. a little optimism. >> yeah, yeah, dave, appreciate it. thank you. while the midwest and the northeast have seen more than an enough snow, california is in a state of emergency because of drought. it is causing a lot of problems for growing produce but also in
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other industries, we're joined live from a ski resort in california's big bear lake where the mild weather is causing big-time problems. >> reporter: that's right, tony. you know, the three day weekend has been a blessing for operators at big bear mountain resorts because we have a pretty good size crowd here. we have all but one ski lift operating. but that haven't been the case all season long. you look up here at the slopes. operators here use snow making machines to cover 85% of the slopes, but they say they also need some cooperation of another nature, and they just have not gotten that this year. if you look to the right of the mountain. that gives a sense of the lakes people here have been dealing with on an average year they get 100 inches of snow. this year barely a foot. and the temperatures have just been so warm they have the snow making machines in place. they just haven't been able to keep the snow to stick around
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out here. having said all of that, the resort here is actually in a better position than most because they have those snow making machines and the facilities in place. take a look at what we found. 50 miles northeast of los angeles. that is mt. baldy ski lift there. it's pretty incredible to see how bear the slopes are there. just completely dry. we saw skiers who went out there this weekend to try to get a few runs in. they ended up hiking or biking because there was no moisture there. interesting to see those visitors there who are on the ski lifts wearing shorts. nothing there. that's really affected the business there. their operators say business has been done by 50% from last year. >> i'm a skier. i've been a skier since i was 11 years old. i could spend 100 days a year skiing on the snow. this year i have not said one
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day yet. not even at my own resort have i succeed one day yet. >> we were talking about how many resorts across the west have been dealing with this problem. why have you been able to keep snow on the mountains. >> right, we have a huge advantage in that we have our pipelines down into big bear lake, and that's where we get our water from. we have in essence an unlimited amount of water. that's why we transmit that water onto the slopes and make it into snow. that gives us huge advantage over just about every resort in california. >> even with that, though, you've got the warm temperatures. you've got no natural snow, what adjustments have you had to make? >> well, we don't have everything open yet. we've had to prioritize where we're making snow. we've done that and we've kept it on the main runs. we have our terrain parks build the up, and we don't have everything. we just have to pick and choose
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to make snow where we do it. >> this isn't just a problem that affects the resort. you have businesses around here that rely on you. what are you hearing from them? >> no doubt that the skiers and snow barre boarders drive the ey here. when they're not down here they are that means that they're not staying here going to the restaurants, doing the shopping. we don't have the trickle down effect that we normally have. mother nature has been instanty so fastingy sofar but i think sp for it eventually. >> we're just keeping our fingers crossed for any kind of snowfall. >> i would love for you to have a great season out there. thank you. coming up on al jazeera america. victory for women in afghanistan that may help fight california c
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abuse cases. and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5pm et / 2pm pt only on al jazeera america
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>> a new study suggests that bullying can build up over time and effect the way kids feel physically. roxanne has more on the study. it's a first of its kind report. >> what is kneel about this report is that first of all it's in the journal of pediatrics and it follows kids over five years to see the effects of bullying, and follows students from 3rd to 10th grade. a third said they were bullied on a regular basis and almost half scored the worst in terms of mental health. they felt sad, afraid and anxious and some even wanted to commit suicide. only 7% of kids who never had been bullied felt the same way. many of those kids had long term issues with their physical health. one in five had trouble with
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basic things such as household chores, picking up heavy objects compared to 8el percent who had never been bullied. she couldn't say whether one causes the other, kids who are most at risk of being bullied are those who have physical abilities who are overweight or gay. >> thank you. >> thanks, tone tony. >> a major victory for women living in afghanistan. president hamid karzai agreed to justice a code that would ban relatives from testifying alleged abusers. many fear it would limit justice for victims curb prosecution and cases of abuse where relatives are often the only witnesses. still to come. syrian president stone walling
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peace talks. the u.s. calls for russia to pressure its ally to negotiate. plus people angry over the verdict in the michael dunne trial take to social media, how the dangerous black kids hashtag are starting a conversation about racial justice.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. here's a look at your top stories. a new u.n. report says there is abundant evidence of crimes against humanity in north korea. more than 300 witnesses spoke of mass starvation, abduction and torture among other abuses. north korea rejecting the accusays.
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in venezuela three diplomats have been ordered to leave amid protests. attack on the usthe u.s. toe syrian government for peace talks. president obama said he's considering new ways to pressure president bashar al-assad but this weekend senator john mccain repeated his call to provide more military aid. >> none of us want boots on the ground, but to not revisit other options that are viable is the only thing we can do, and this is shapeful, had is shameful what is going on. >> secretary of state john kerry said a political solution is still the number one way out of the war. now we go to the professor of mideast studies at ucla.
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previews, good to talk to you again, what do you think of senator mccain calling for u.s. policy in syria an abysmal failure and disgraceful? >> well, apparently the republicans are tired of bashing obama on obamacare, and now they're looking to syria to do it. there are no viable options for the united states in syria. it's not a situation that the u.s. has screwed up particularly. it's a situation where the u.s. has no good options whatsoever. the u.s. began to pursue the open option that it felt was feasible, albeit a chance of it actually being implemented. that was negotiations between the two sides. >> let's go off of what senator mccain is suggesting. he's suggesting arming the free syrian army to a greater degree than what is going on and establishing a free zone, i don't know what that is, and
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then sort of better arming and equipping the so-called vetted opposition. he sees these as viable options. what about you? >> they're not viable options. the opposition is getting tons of weapons now if not from the united states, then through saudi arabia and through qatar. that's not their problem. the problem is that they're hapless, they're divided on strategy and divided on what they want to do. we're encouraging them to fight each other, for example, the more moderate factions to fight the al-qaeda-type factions. so frankly they are on a downward slope at the present time in terms of their military activities. the government actually is now winning the war. so there is really very little that the united states can do. everything that john mccain has suggested has either been tried or the military has said is not viable. >> what happens to syria? moving forward, the grinding civil war continues until the country breaks apart?
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>> well, the country is not going to break apart in terms of there will be a syria in the next year, next five years, next ten years. the problem is that it will break apart on the inside in terms of areas that will be held by the government very likely stripped of territory from the west of aleppo damascus line to the shore. that much of the rural area will be under the control of the opposition and the far east will be under the control of kurdish kurds either seeking autonomy or complete independence. but nobody is going to let syria break apart in the same way that nobody has let somalia break apart which does not mean that it's going to be a viable state. >> let's talk about these geneva ii talks that seemingly have gone nowhere. how does the u.s. look coming out of the geneva ii process,
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the opposition, or russia. >> anyone who has worked in a business or academia knows full well, th in these big meetings, that's not where decisions are made. that's what the obama administration is trying to do now. look outside of the meetings themselves and have the meetings as theater more than anything else. we can see this as of lack week when the opposition changed its tune seemingly overnight and came up with this idea that assad doesn't have to go for there to be a transition. what really encouraged them to do this is not going to be known for years and years. i think what the u.s. is attempting to do right now is to move to the periphery of these talks and attempt to some how create an environment where the iranians are going to play ball and the russians are going to
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play ball. >> professor, appreciate your time. good to talk to you. >> thank you. >> a new fall out in the verdict of the michael dunne trial. protest broke out this weekend outside of the courthouse after the jury could not decide to convict him of the more serious first-degree murder charge. it set off a massive protest online with an unique hashtag, we have more on that. >> tony, people have been posting images of their children with the hashtag dangerous black kids. my dangerous black kid holding a weapon, and you see in her hands she has a doll. 5:00 then you have cynthia writing, what is she hiding in that hair, and then pen which who writes taking a break from studying at university library,
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dangerous black kid. and here are two college kids looking all scary and intimidating and then you have this image that says my sister and i are clearly dangerous black kids on our way to a day at the museum of science. and this image is of marquee, she rice, oh, no, she's laughing and hugging them. she's practically getting straight a's every semester. then you have this image, always plotting, she writes. and here you have this one, he's getting aggressive. his temper is flaring, omg, i feel fear, hashtag, dangerous black kids. >> appreciate it. thank you. let's bring in criminal defense attorney to talk more about this case, mark, i appreciate you being here. what is your reaction to the verdict? >> well, my reaction is i wouldn't make this into a bell weather case or referendum on race relations in america. what you've got one long crack pot who lost it, and because it
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comes in florida and it comes on the heels of the zimmerman case people are quick to draw parallels. what is shocking to me is that incidents like this don't happen more often in this country. i would say this is a compromised verdict, and there is not a rational explanation for it. they deliberated for 30 hours, and this is solomonic in my view and they split the baby. >> did you see a case that led to a first-degree murder conviction? >> clearly it could have been a first-degree murder conviction. probably dunne didn't set out to do this. >> was intent necessary? >> well, it was necessary at the moment of the shooting, but jurors don't always follow the letter of the law. and what this was obviously was
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a confrontation gone horribly, horribly wrong. >> do you understand the demonstration and the anger that we're seeing in the streets, online and in social media. >> i understand them, but this is how the justice system works. this is why we have a jury system and people should respect the verdict from a jury that worked very hard and diligently sought to apply the court's instructions. >> davis' mother expressed her gratitude to the jury. quoting we're so grateful for the truth. what is your reaction to her reaction? >> that's an appropriate reaction, and i commend her for that. especially having lost a child. anyone who has had that happen to them, there is nothing worse than that. >> the prosecution has announced an intention to retry on the first-degree murder charge. do you see a different outcome being possible? >> first of all, i wouldn't necessarily take that at face value.
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the sentence is going to be a life sentence for this 47-year-old man regardless, it's quite natural that they would reserve their right to do that in the wake of the verdict, but it would be symbolics were cushion than anything with practical effect. >> mark, i appreciate your time. criminal defense attorney, mark, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> hundreds of journalists in pakistan gathered in support of al jazeera staff members who have been detained by egyptian authorities. three of those staff members have been in custody for 51 days. here is our report. n. protesting ] >> reporter: non-of these journalists have ever met the al jazeera journalists, but they came out in the hundreds to support them any way. they came out in several cities, journalists from all types of broadcasters and publications demonstrated in 20 cities in pakistan and demanded that
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egyptian release the journalists immediately. >> no one knows better than you how difficult it is to be a journalist under a dictatorship. international journalists stood by us under oppressive regimes. we stand by our colleagues in egypt who are being punished for reporting the truth. >> coworkers also came out. >> fight something very essential that even on a global level the journalists should ban together, speak for the freedom of those who have been incarcerated, and to stand by them in their time of such great peril. >> those gathered hearsay they sympathize with their al jazeera colleagues in egypt, and many pakistani journalists have been falsely accused and impressed during the rule of military dictators. >> they say that the egyptian government should immediately release the al jazeera journalists. they said this is not just a day of protests. they'll continue their protests
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until the journalists are released. they urged the pakistani government to write to the egyptian government to release the al jazeera staff. >> reporter: it's a representative body of thousands of pakistani journalists and has promised to continue protests until the egyptian government releases the al jazeera staff. >> in switzerland the police are questioning an ethiopian pilot who hijacked his own flight to seek asylum. he took control when his co-pilot went to the bathroom. the would be hijacker climbed down from the cockpit window and asked for asylum. passengers were not injured. 23 pakistani soldiers the taliban said soldiers were killed in revenge to the killing of their fighters. and in south africa 21 miners
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who were skewed from a mine shaft now face charges of illegal mining. emergency workers pulled out ten men from an illegal mine near johannesburg earlier today. the miners were trapped when a boulder blocked an entrance. many miners stayed behind in fear of criminal charges. illegal mines are common in south africa because of rich gold and platinum resources. in europe weeks of severe flooding effects tens of thousands of people. but there is an unexpected victim. jennifer glass has our report. >> reporter: the last few feed for freedom. in western england these seals like everyone else in britain have been waiting for the weather to get better. >> we've had huge tidal surges which means that it's not safe for us to let them back out. >> reporter: the seal sanctuary is packed because of lack of
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waves seal pups have been brought in. even though the animals are built for tough seas, this year has been too much. displacing thousands among the south and river levels might rise again, a few inches can make a big difference. there is a seal called crater. he just doesn't want to get in. it no longer lives at the sanctuary. crater is one of the miracle pups named for his deep wounds probably from a propeller. but he's now well enough to survive in the wild. >> it's important to get him as quickly as possible to the water, and then instinct kicks in and then they know where he they are meant to be. but for some it takes a bit longer, usually it's the boys.
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>> crater needed a nudge and then the call of the sea was too much. as the seas stay calm more like him will be headed to freedom. >> a jailhouse interview in pennsylvania, listen to this, may have turned into an alarming confession. david shuster is here with that and other stories making headlines across the country. >> a lot of unsolved murder cases and investigators now looking at pennsylvania. in pennsylvania a woman under arrest for murder said she killed more than 20 people, 19-year-old barber killed people as part of a satanic cult. she said i don't care if people believe me, she just wants to get it out. she and barbe her husband, saidy
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lured the victim with a sex act and then strangled and stabbed him in their car. children were released from school because of the smell. teachers this morning at grand view elementary noticed the licorice odor. a few teachers complained of headaches and nausea. they tested the water ant couldn't find anything but closed the school until the smell goes away. the police said the man smashed a $1 million vase. he was in the perez art museum. he was admiring a color vase by a chinese artist. he then picked up the vase and was told by security guard to put it down. at that point he smashed the vase on the floor. he was arrested and allegedly told officers he broke the vase
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to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays. if convicted he could be sentenced up to five years in prison. that's a lot of time to work on his art behind bars. >> can you say insurance company? line one. wow, a $1 million vase. it is a city where the vacant homes are the norm and crime run high. what part of the city is making significant progress in its battle against crime? bisi onile-ere has more. >> reporter: at wayne state university over 800 high definition cameras are always rolling. some cameras are midden, and others can be easily spotted. someone is always watching. >> it's a crime haven. anything you want is out there. it's completely different now. >> reporter: anthony halt is wayne state's chief of police.
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he said the sophisticated surveillance similar which has been in place has recorded break-ins, assaults and stopped a few of them. the officers monitor the activities. she says the cameras are welcome in his crime-weary community and helps solve crimes. >> any time we have something happen one of the first things we are doing is checking the cameras to see if we have any sorts of leads. >> reporter: in a city that tops the fbi's most dangerous list chief holt said the area in and around campus is setting a new trend. he said crime has dropped 45% since 2008. >> so you would say it is one of the safest places? >> no doubt about it. >> the wayne state police department's primary beef is security. but in a bankrupt city work
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often takes officers outside of the 748-mile radius they cover. one week nearly 50 off-campus arrests were made, half by wayne state police officers who are sworn in as detroit police officers. >> they'll respond usually within 90 seconds, whereas detroit police may not respond at all or may not be able to. >> rachel owns this nearby boutique and several businesses in the area. >> my shops are not technically located on the campus of wayne state university, but i know i can call wayne state university police. they understand that they don't stop at a border. >> like detroit police wayne state police officers have city-wide jurisdiction. and they're always on patrol. they answer really quickly if you call them even for something minor. >> we want the send the message out that we're going to come get you no matter where you are. >> bisi onile-ere, al jazeera detroit. >> coming up on al jazeera america, why retirees who have
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protested everything from the vietnam war to civil rights are now taking up the fight against gun violence. plus drama at the winter games. there it is on your screen. as fog moves in.
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on al jazeera america >> calls for increase gun control return to the nation's capitol today as they do every monday. retirees who are protested everything from vietnam to age and discrimination have now tackled gun control. >> it is all too familiar, and yet shockingly horrifying. newscasters again report another mass shooting, this time at a colorado movie theater. >> 15 people are dead. 50 others are injured. >> we decided it was time to do something. >> incensed by the gun violence
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these women dusted off their protest shoes. >> we had been out on the street against the vietnam war for civil rights, against aids discrimination, women's rights, and we decided we needed to do something. >> reporter: nearly every monday since the aurora, colorado, shooting in july of 2012 the women and a few women come out to support more restrictive gun legislation. >> what has brought you out here monday after monday after monday after monday? >> i have two grandchildren. i want them to go to school without worrying about them being shot. i want my children to be able to walk to a movie or go to the mall without worrying about being shot. >> reporter: on this bitterly cold washington, d.c. monday own a few passersby stopped to take notice. >> would you have a gun in your home? >> no. >> why not? >> the statistics i've seen show that it's more likely to hurt someone i care about than someone who wants to hurt me?
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>> a gun in the home increases homicide by three, accidental deaths by four, and suicides by three to five times compared to homes without a gun. then there are the high profile shootings. since they began their protest six were gunned down in the sikh temple in wisconsin. 20 children and six adults killed at sandy hook elementary and near the white house, 12 dead at the navy yard. the president speaks about gun laws but little childrenned. the group blames congress and the nra, which did not return our call. >> it's the aurora, colorado, shooting that prompted this protest, and they said they'll keep coming back as long as it takes. >> do you feel being out here makes a difference? >> it makes a difference to me. >> after two hours in the cold it is time to put away the signs
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but not their resolve. they'll be back next monday and the monday after that. lisa stark, al jazeera, washington. >> weather troubles messing up the games in sochi yet again. this time it is fog. it was nasty, too, michael yves with the latest from the winter olympics. >> now the fog in sochi today wasn't just thick, but it lingered over the mountains for several hours causing the biggest schedule interruption of sochi games. they called off the men's bi @lone race and now it will be held tuesday. now the alpine schedule was not affected today but the women's giant slalom was pushed forward 90 minutes to avoid any potential problems.
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as far as actual events are concerned, the two-man bobsled and an american team did something that had it not done in 62 years: win a medal. they took the third place position and winning a medal for the first time since 1952. four years ago in vancouver he led the americans to a huge win in the four men, which marked the first medal in four-man bobsledding since 1948. the other two u.s. teams finished 12th and 13th. now to men's hockey where the russians are not exactly ready to accept their overtime loss to the united states as several fans protested outside of the embassy in moscow. it was organized by the kremlin parties youth group and disallowing the russian goal in the match that russia lost to the u.s. in the shoot out. but the ruling by the american
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referee was, indeed, the correct one. on the women' side the u.s. team meant light of the victory accepting the american squad to the gold medal team. they shou outshot sweden 70-9 to advance. and team canada also advanced with a 3-1 win over switzerland. canada and u.s. will win for the fourth time the canadian won three straight medals at the olympics games. now tie with russia with 18 goals and they have five gold medals each. >> wow, good stuff. headlines are next on al jazeera.
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ray suarez hosts inside story next only on al jazeera america
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>> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to experts about people, and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. >> hundreds of officials
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including kim jong-un are likely responsible for unspeakable crimes against their own people citing atrocities like starvation and torture. secretary of state john kerry is accusing president bashar al-assad of stalling peace talks. and kerry called on russia to negotiate with opposition leaders. an ethiopian co-pilot hija hijacked his flight. they were initially headed to rome. the hijacker is in custody. venezuelan president medoro is accusing u.s. diplomats of spying against him. the u.s. said the allegations as are baseless and false. 21 miners who were rescued from a mine shaft are now arrested for illegal mining.
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miners were trapped when a boulder blocked the entrance. some of the miners reportedly try id to stay behind for fear of criminal charge. inside story is next on al jazeera america. >> the peace talks may have broken up, but there has never been a pause in the fighting in syria. the dying and destruction of neighborhoods has continued. what is next for syria? that's the inside story. hello, i'm ray suarez.


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