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2:00 am or on our facebook or google plus pages you can also find us on twitter at ajconsiderthis. we'll see you next time. check e >> a deteriorating situation in ukraine. a deadly day of clashes with the police since the conflict began. >> a chaotic seen in thailand. calls for the government to revine. >> president obama travelling to mexico for a north american summit. trade is at the top of the agenda, but not the only pressing issue. >> he should have said, "here's
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a congressional medal of honour for you all." >> an 84-year-old nun headed to prison. what she did that got her a 3-year sentence and why some say it was justified. >> 11:00 pm on the west coast. 9am in ukraine where flames are burning in the streets. thanks for joining us. it's been a deadly 24 hours. kiev explodes in violence in a deadly day of fighting. the ukrainian health ministry says 25 people have been killed and hundreds hospitalized. the fighting began when police moved in on independence square,
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which has been at the center of anti-government protests sipses november. we have the latest developments. >> a barricade of fire. demonstrators in kiev independence square are using whatever they have to keep the police out of the pain protest site. riot police fight back with water canons, helping to make a breakthrough. the fires have been burning throughout the night as anti-government protesters took on the security forces. protesters torched the armoured personnel carrier as it approached the barricades. they threw stones and petrol bombs. police used hand grenades and rubber bullets. there has been casualties on both sides. this footage shows the bodies of two demonstrators who were killed. >> last-minute talks between the opposition and the government
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did nothing to stop the violence. >> i'm unhappy because it's not for discussion, and people don't want to the listen, opposition. they don't want to listen, and one way is opposition have - and all protesters have to stop protest, have to stop the demonstrations. right now it is important to make a break, and no fight any more. >> earlier, more than 10,000 people marched from independence square, wanting to pressure parliament to debate a law that would restore the 2004 constitution, and limit the powers of president viktor yanukovych. so when the discussion wasn't tabled, opposition politicians who were a minority in parliament try to stop viktor yanukovych's allies from leaving of the so far the government is showing no signs of backing
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down. >> organizers of mass protests will be held accountable. the prosecutor general's office will demand the heaviest punishment, both for those that revved up the action, and those that organise and control them. >> with each side blaming the other for the violence, the crisis got worse. >> as we take you back live to kiev, ukraine, ukrainian police say they have regained control of half of independence square. the state department has a warning. you can see why. it is calling the situation very fluid and advises u.s. citizens to avoid protests and large galleries. it is telling citizens: adding: >> we'll follow the latest out
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of kiev throughout the morning. >> police and civilians clashed in thailand, leaving four dead. protesters demanded the resignation of the prime minister, calling her corrupt. veronica pedrosa has the latest on the bitter political crisis. >> i think this is just a function or a simply tom of the -- symptom of the long-running political stalemate that we have here, such that every institution, including the police and the military are politiciz politicized. they are seen on one side or the other. the anti-government protests started because the government wanted to maintain amnesty on all sides of the political spectrum. it's not likely to see proper enforcement. i'm hearing of a special unit
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being brought up from special parts of the country. i think there'll be a renewed attempt to clear the area in the next few days. difficult to say when. >> al jazeera's veronica pedrosa reporting from bangkok. >> sectarian tensions are rising in iraq after a series of attacks. dozens were killed in baghdad when a blast from a parked car ripped through a bus satisfaction. in a separate attack three people were killed when a bomb exploded. 23 people were killed after a series of explosions targetting a shi'a neighbourhood. the face of opposition movement in venezuela resurfaced. leopoldo lopez joined demonstrations after a week of hiding from police. as rachel levin showed us, the excitement over his appearance
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was short live. >> the excitement was plain after leopoldo lopez emerged. addressing the crowd of thousands, he told them he was ready to surrender to security y forces to face charges of terrorism and murder. >> i have nothing to hide. when i turn myself in, i beg you to remain peaceful. >> the former mayor remerged as the face of the protest movement with thousands blaming the government for soring prices and violence. >> this is a fight for all venezuela, for the young people. >> president nicolas maduro accuses leopoldo lopez of inciting violence during the marches, leaving four dead. >> leopoldo lopez crossed the barrier. he told the crowd he'd give
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himself up and told the crowd to take to the streets still, if he is imprisoned. moments later he was detained. in a sign of how politically divided the nation is, hours later thousands of oil workers and nicolas maduro supporters had their own rally in caracas. addressing the crowd, the president accused the opposition of trying to destabilize the country. >> translation: the fascists are in the hands of the law, and they'll have to respond to justice. >> as the police tried to escort leopoldo lopez and his family to the military base, his supporters flocked around him shouting, "the people are with you." nicolas maduro faces a tough decision - whether leopoldo lopez is put on trial or remains free. he is becoming a powerful symbol of discontent.
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once against the charges against leopoldo lopez include murder and terrorism and arsene. >> for years singapore has been a peaceful place. the death of a man caused hundreds to riot. police were given more power and launched a crackdown in the area. as scott heidler reports, it is not sitting well with the people. >> this is something singapore has not seen in more than four decades. last december a because accident killed an indian migrant worker. the streets erupted into a riot. in man was working nearby. >> the police came every five minutes, two or three cars. upon reaching the place, they were so shocked. this is probably something they would never expect. maybe they expect a gang fight. this was in the hundreds. >> concerned about unrest the
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government has passed a new security law for the area, providing police extra power stopping police entering and allowing police to search anyone that is a threat to public order. and it bans alcohol. drinking fuelled the riot, the committee will report its findings in six months. >> it will be an infringement of civil liberties, but it provide a wide scope for the government to place restrictions on various things, including freedom of speech. government officials declined to speak to al jazeera america. >> some groups are concerned about the clamp down after the riot in little india, preventing workers coming to one place that they find a sense of community. >> this man worked in singapore for the past six years.
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he spends most nights at a drop-in center with fellow workers. >> i'm thinking about my family. >> after the riot more than 50 workers from india had work permits cancelled. they were deported. some were not told the evidence against them. shelly wore about those still in india. my concern is will they put in oppressive measures to detain them, put them far away, in little tent city and far away from civilisation and the community. it would be worse than the cramped conditions where many live. >> for now they keep a watchful eye. some feel it's simpler than dealing with the second issue - improving the lives of the migrant workers. >> singapore has 300,000 foreign
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workers. and indian nationals make up the biggest group. >> president obama will go to a summit. they'll discuss major economic and trade issues, including a trade pact which would expand the north american free trade agreement. also on the table, the controversial keystone pipeline sending oil from canada to the golf coast. canadian leaders are pushing for that. they'll touch on immigration, truck trafficking and border security. president obama is pushing to raise the minimum wage this year. a new report has mixed reviews on the effects. increasing the basic hourly pay from $7.25 to $10.10 would many a race for 15.5 workers. the report says it would raise
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900,000 above the poverty level but could but 500,000 jobs at risk. >> edward snowden refutes he was acting as a spy when he leaked documents. it was said that he was working for a foreign power, possibly washington. edward snowden denied the allegations in an interview with "the new yorker", he told the magazine: >> he added: >> returning now to the top story, the violence in the ukraine that left 25 people dead. anti-government protesters have been fighting police in the center of kiev, as we take you back there live. that is where freelance journalist olga is joining us, on the phone. it's good to have you with us.
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we are trying to get a better understanding here. we have been seeing on the streets for weeks a relative calm. why are we witnessing the bloodshed now? >> hello. well, basically it started yesterday with the marching protest, dubbed as a peaceful protest towards the ukrainian parliament. several dozens of people gathered and marched peacefully towards the parliament. there were many women, many young people among the procession, and once they got closer to the parliament, some provocation started. it's unclear who started the violence, whether it was radicals first to launch stones at the police. there are reports that there were some prove okay tours dressed as protesters, who
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started the attack. and there are reports that there might be the policemen themselves starting to beat the protesters. events have developed so quickly. what started as a peaceful generation has degenerated into the biggest violence in ukraine. and more than that, it's the biggest violence since the world war ii in kiev. definitely further violence was provoked by the crackdown that the authorities launched on the protesters, and the majority of casualties were caused by the crackdown. >> is there hope that the crisis can be solved through dialogue, if viktor yanukovych were to step down? >> there were numerous attempts of dialogue. protests in ukraine have been going on for almost
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three months. all the negotiations and dialogue failed. only minor concessions so far, on behalf of the government of the authorities. it's significant yesterday when the crackdown started and when there were reports of casualties. the european commission chief, and germany's chancellor, angela merkel, tried to talk to him by phone. he didn't pick up. a foreign person agreed to speak, they spoke to american president joe biden. he refused to talk to foreign politicians, the crackdown was ongoing. talks between viktor yanukovych, and three opposition leaders which failed, with the opposition leaders saying that demands are leave the scare.
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>> once again, we are looking at live images, at the situation unfold. thank you, olga, a freelance journal. >> from kiev. >> three years behind bars for an 84-year-old nun. why she's heading to prison for a crime some say was justified. and why you may want to check your freezer for hot pockets.
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>> welcome back, nestle is recalling hot of packet pastries. they contain meet that could be from diseased animals. the property that provide the meet were not properly inspected. a judge gave an 84-year-old nun 35 months in federal prison for sabotaging a nuclear facility. megan rice gave more time saying
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being in prison for the rest of the her life would be the best gift he could gave. jonathan martin explains why. >> antiwar activists gathered outside knoxville tennessee, courthouse. megan rice, and two others were sentenced to federal prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons facility in tennessee. >> it wasn't a disappointment. none of us should feel like it was a disappointment, because it wasn't. i was grate. if that can be the right word, that the judge departed from the guidelines and sentenced them lower than that. however, he should have said, "here's a congressional medal of honor for you, you keep doing this until america stops building the weapons." >> sister rice, an 84-year-old catholic nun, will spend three years in prison.
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two others were convicted of five years. they cut through fences at the y12 security complex, spray-painting the walls of a building, where enriched uranium was stored. nuclear weapons are illegal and immoral, they say. >> the government is the criminal party, those that build these weapons. >> prosecutors pushed for a 7-year sentence. but sister rice said the actions helped the country, exposing maimer security flaws. the judge said the act visits had no respect for the law, but couldn't hand down the toughest sentencing taking into account good works, and because the intent was not to do harm. the judge said he considered sister rice's aim, and the fact he had no violent criminal
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history. she inside the future if she wants to bring about change, she should do that in washington, not by committing crimes in tennessee. >> we should note rice is a sister in the society of the holy child of sisters, becoming a nun at 14. and taught in africa, teaching science. >> the u.s. energy department is to okay a nuclear plant in georgia. the energy secretary is expected to announce the deal on wednesday. the energy secretary will visit the plant, being built 30 miles south-east of augusta. it's the first new nuclear power construction in this country in 30 years. >> in honour of "black history month", we turn back the top to when the first female black athlete won a medal at the olympics. we talk about that life-changing
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experience. >> deborah you took bronze in the 1988 olympics. i know you wanted the gold, so given that, is that a positive experience - do you have good or bod memories? >> i kind of make fun of my bronze medal. in the right light it looks gold. i was winning and ended up with the bronze. my final performance was not the favourite, but i made history, becoming the first black athlete to medal. it's a learning experience that you can't let your guard down and have you to be aggressive and go for things. it's, you know, it's a bronze medal. i can't complain too much. >> how did you get into figure skating? >> mum exposed me to a lot of things. ice shows was one of them. my favourite person was a
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comedian, mr frick, and ironically when i won my world championship the real mr fricke had followed my career and was there and gave me flowers after i won the world championship. it was pretty surreal havingour childhood idol be there when you are on top of the world. >> from your olympic exploits to your life as an orthopaedic surgeon, you are a high achiever. what was it in your upbringing that put the fire in you to be such an achiever. >> i tell people i'm too stupid to know what is impossible. i'll try just about anything. it's been more challenging the last couple of years, probably than all of the years added up. i'm battling the health care field like everywhere else, and hopefully i can do some good and change things around with the way our system works, to help people. >> in the 2014 olympics american
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figure skaters have not done well. is this a crisis in american figure skating or a blip on the radar screen. >> davis and white did amazing, making history. i wouldn't say american figure skating hasn't down well. figure skating is a hard sport. you can get injured, it can change things. i think the ladies will do well, and davis and white just breath taking and fabulous. >> debbie thomas, brodalist in the winter olympics. >> a boat load of road salt - one state needs it but may be unable to get it because of an unusual law that's neecial -- nearly 100 years old. and back to kiev. one of the blood yesterdays of fighting. the health ministry says 25 have been killed and hundreds more
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>> welcome back. a decades-old law is keeping new jersey from getting desperately needed road salt. a boat load of rock salt was headed to new jersey after a stripping of winter storm. 40,000 tonnes was ready to sail to newark. a 1920 law prevent the foreign registered vessel from shipping between u.s. ports. kevin corriveau looks at the weather. >> here in new york we had an inch and a half to 2 inches. towards main it was 13 inches of snow there. as we go towards tomorrow. we'll get a little more snow across the north. here across the coast ol regions, it will be rain, and it will drop the snow across the here.
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the rain there. 44 on friday, 54 - don't get used to the warm temperatures. as we go to next week it will go back down to the 30, and the freezing weather. across the north-west it is the rain and snow causing a problem, a combination of flooding and avalanche warnings into the higher elevations. wednesday looks as it did on tuesday. temperatures in seattle will be about 46 degrees. we expect light rain on wednesday. heavy i don't remember on thursday. hopefully by the weekend things will clear out and we'll get more sun in the forecast. down towards california, more cloud coming into play across los angeles. could be a cloudy day for you. 72 there, and we expect the temperatures to rise by the time we get to the weekend. how about 82 degrees on friday, dropping down to 79 as we go towards saturday. across texas, and the south, and
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we are looking at decent conditions. temperatures are warm. san antonio 83. that should stay for the weekend. dallas at 74. as we go to the next couple of day, the temperatures into the mid '60s. >> i'm thomas drayton. that'll do it for us. thanks for watching. >> hi, i'm lisa fletcher and you're in the extreme. outdoor enthusiasts flock to utah. for those at home, poor airquality has many asking if tourism and of the people are in jeopardy.


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