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both my parents are journalists. my grandfathers are journalists. it's just something that's in the blood. there are so many stories out there that need to be told. we want to go in to the trenches, we want to go in the corners that are less looked at. everyone at al jazeera america is dedicated to tell the story the best way that it can be told. >> >> this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with the top stories. >> ukraine names a new leader. what is next after months of turmoil. no one seems to know where the dismissed president is. a tornado threatens one of the biggest auto races of the year. it seemed a perfect place to sell girl scout cook. >> not everyone is happy and it's prompted a warning.
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>> uncertainty in ukraine. parliament named the speaker as president. it fired top cabinet ministers. the location. dismissed president is unknown. this is footage of viktor yanukovych leaving the presidential palace. there's a lot of support in iron ukraine. thousands of protesters are in independence square. >> victory came at a cost. there's no euphoria at independence square. instead, we found grief. they have too much to celebrate. anyway, they are too exhausted. ukrainian politics has broken down, former politician leaders hold power, denying they staged
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a coup. >> the government did not want to listen to the people and did everything possible to hold on to power and crossed the line when it killed people. now we need a functioning state as soon as possible. parliament will work on it nonstop. >> parliament has been busy, dismissing viktor yanukovych's ministers one by one, appointing the speaker as a president and consolidating the change in power. what of viktor yanukovych. the security camera picture appear to show his entourage fleeing his residents in the early hours of saturday morning. they took off to the east. where they went, where they are now we don't know. a familiar face looms over the landscape. viktor yanukovych, from prison to power politics in a day. i met a protesters who has been on the barricades and won't show her face. she wants a new-type of
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politician and is not convinced tymoschenko is the answer. >> we need someone new. >> with no protesters to be, these people are in chorge. >> these people have torn down a state. at some point they'll have to step aside if a new political order it in ukraine. >> the protest movement has seen many twists and turns. it's a life and death struggle to shape the future of the country. >> there's concern ukraine could
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split apart. people in the west support closer ties to europe. in the east many remain pro-russia. violence erupted in the eastern peninsula of ukraine, a stronghold for viktor yanukovych supporters. jennifer glasse joins us live. is there still maimer con -- maigor con -- major concern that ukraine could split apart? >> there is concern. we are seeing tensions today. clashes between pro-russian demonstrators, when you ukrainian flag being shown, a protestor showing the separatist tendencies there. >> we should raise the question of the succession of crimia in ukraine. my friends, i propose to raise this flag over the city hall. >> and those concerns that the
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tensions between the pro russian south flaring as the mayor tried to calm things down. >> translation: ukraine is one undivided country, we are part of ukraine. the city is functioning in total calm. >> keeping ukraine united is a concern tonight, as we see in the east, president viktor yanukovych's party of regions, his political party made a statement saying they'll take power back because they don't recognise what happened in kiev, and one of the big asks it keeping the country together, not allowing it to split apart. >> the u.s. senator john kerry spoke with the russian prime minister. tell us about that conversation. >> he did. he spoke with sergei lavrov this morning, and he said that the united states supports what's in
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parliament today, appointing an acting president and praised parliament for moving so quickly to fill the vacuum and said to russia that it supports ukraine, a signal to russia to not try to divide the country, to not interfere in the east. many people fear that russia will interfere. a lot were worried that now the olympics is over, russia will turn its attention to ukraine and start trouble. that is a lot of what scene's call it the foreign minister was about. >> that's the question of the president viktor yanukovych. last time we heard from him he refused to set down. is there concern that he could re-emerge in all of this? >> you know, here in ukraine, in kiev anyway, the parliament couldn't have made it more clear that the viktor yanukovych era is over. this morning in parliament, giving his powers to the new
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speaker of parliament, and minister by minister voting his government out. they could have been more categorical that they do in the expect viktor yanukovych to come back, that there's no place for him in the new ukraine. we don't know where the president is, we know he as left. there's vision of him on a helicopter leaving. we haven't heard from him at all. yesterday there was a message. some believe he may have tried to flee the country, and that disappoints some. they'd like him to be brought back here to kiev to face justice for the last two weeks of violence. >> jennifer glasse reporting live from kiev. thank you. >> let's bring in a spokesperson for the euro protest movement inside ukraine. thank you for being with us. a lot of people say it looks
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like your movement has won. do you agree? >> yes. we actually [ inaudible ] we have obvious whelming support from ukraine. [ inaudible ] because of nonsupport of the e.u. government. [ inaudible ] we had overwhelming support of the russian city of [ inaudible ] so it seems as though viktor yanukovych is out. >> do you worry and fear, as i mentioned, that viktor yanukovych could re-emerge in all of this? >> no, when you look at the overwhelming evidence at the moment, for example, at uncovering the palace, the
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feeling of all of ukraine is that he is (inaudible) this is something that most don't want to see come back. this is a failure met by the people [ inaudible ] >> meanwhile we have seen the protesters in independence square, remaining standing there. what needs to happen in the movement, and the square? >> right now, they are still burying the dead. they are stale praying
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[ no audio [ inaudible ] and there's still a great deal of grief. victory may be here, but many feel that the cost is too high. >> talk about the concerns that we have heard from within ukraine, that russia could intervene and send troops into the country. is that something that concerns the movement as well? >> yes, yes it does. at the moment russia has seen a great deal of [ inaudible ] russia has eventually seen a great deal of [ inaudible ] we hope from the west, they will turn russia down.
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>> the spokesperson for the euro might and protest movement. thank you for your time from kiev. we have a lot to talk about us. we have another guess, anent professor, political scientist at fordham university and a native of ukraine. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having us here. >> as someone from ukraine, when you watch what we watch on television, what are your thoughts? >> it's a very exciting time in ukraine, it's a turning point, but it's too early to celebrate a victory. >> even though they have fled the capital. parliament has a new leader, a lot of people are celebrating. >> you need to keep in mind removing the president from power was a demand from the protesters. but they wanted a regime change. we have yet to see whether it will happen. you need to think back to the
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year 2004 when mass protests were held in ukraine. fraudulent election results were overturned, and we did not see a dramatics regime change. it resulted in the reversal of democratic reforms and the resurgence returning. >> ukraine has been this before in the orange revolution. you say regime change. what does that look like to you? >> the national parliament should pass a series of laws that would clarify and solidify the liability of democratic institutions of law enforcement agencies that ensure freedom of press is protected, and supervise the implementation of the reforms. >> i think we are getting new developments in the last couple of minutes that moscow has recalled its ukrainian
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ambassador. an ominous sign you could interpret that as. what do you think when you hear that? >> it's a wise development for russia. the president of russia, vladimir putin is upset and ukraine was supposed to be a part of the eurasian solution. but now with the ukrainian change, it's unlikely that ukraine will participate >> you think that the new government will further split from russia. that is what most citizens expect from the governments. otherwise it will lose the legitimacy it has. >> there's been a similar revolution of sorts, and that did not happen. >> that's why the president receives less than 5%. >> how concerned are you by russia's moves.
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basically calling what happened a coup. do you think that russia is going to continue to interfere with ukraine's politics, or will they step away. >> they'll interfere and fight until the end. >> fight in which way. what do you mean by that? >> first of all, oil. and energy resources are very powerful weapon that the russian government has used extensively in the past. >> you mean cutting off supplies to ukraine. >> specting the ukrainian government, we should bankrupt right now to pay a hefty price for energy resources. >> break it down. you studied the region, you are from ukraine. what do you expect russia do in the coming weeks? >> they will expect a payment for the supply of gas and oil
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and they know that the government of ukraine currently doesn't have money to pay. so in return they might demand concessions from the ukraine government. it will be one of the tests for the new government to demonstrate to citizens whether they are really committed to the idea of european integration or not. >> we have heard talk that russian troops could get involved. is that a legitimate fear. >> yes, it has been used in the south kauk causes. russia has been active. according to the ukrainian law, it's prohibited, but a lot of russians over there hold russian and ukrainian citizenship. in theory russia could claim it
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wants to intervene to protect its own citizens. >> thank you for being with us today, we appreciate it. >> two were killed when a grenade exploded during protests in the thai capital. >> yesterday gunmen shot two people rallying to the east of the country. >> police say the explosion was causedy a 40mm grenade fired by a grenade launcher. this is a busy area, like oxford street in the u.k. >> i heard an explosion. i helped two women because the children were taken to hospital. >> as night fell, the protests continued metres away. this woman told us she knows
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supporters of the government did it. >> i think they tried to frighten us not to go to the test site. >> the protesters want to replace yingluck shinawatra's government before the elections. those killed and injured came from the same family, selling t-shirts at the stall you can see behind me. no one has got around to clearing away the debris. it's as it was when the bomb went off. this is the latest in a series of attacks on the protests, which the prime minister's strongly condemned as terrorist acts made for political gain. authorities ordered security to be tightened as the deep divisions in thai politician seem to be getting worse. >> former egyptian president mohamed morsi was back in court,
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accused of leaking state secrets. mohamed morsi faces trials or allegedly inciting protesters and insulting the judiciary. >> it's the 57th day of detention for al jazeera colleagues, peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and mohammed badr. the next court date is march 5th. >> still ahead on al jazeera america. continued fighting over a leak in california. the focus turns to the governor and alleged ties to the company involved. >> as the sochi winter olympics come to a close, we'll look at how they'll be remembered.
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between north carolina's governor, and the company responsible for the leak. robert ray has more. >> when toxic coal ash poured into the water from duke energy's dan river site environmental group turned to the governor, pat mccorrey, they waited four days for a site, coming in a tweet. mccorrey is a former duke energy executive, a company he spent 28 years with. one group took issue with that during his campaign. >> john frank is a political reporter, saying pat mccorrey's ties to duke energy raised eyebrows. >> state energy commission regulates duke energy, and pat mccorrey filled his administration with a number of
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former duke executives. >> a cause for concern after 30,000 tonnes of coal ash spilled into the dan river, leading to warnings about swimming in the river or eating the fish. we wanted a closer look and found signs of the dark ash sticking to foam, placed in the river. >> the coal ash is not at the bottom of all places of the river, you can find it on many banks. 70 miles downstream. if we tip it down a foot or two feet and pull up the muck and get through the leaves and sticks and empty the water, you can see the black sediment. that is some of the coal ash that made its way into the river. >> we have had serious harm to a major river of the state. we say we had 14 disasters waiting to happenen. >> frank made the claims.
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in three lawsuits the southern environmental law center filed against duke energy seeking the clean up of its pits and sites. they used a provision of the clean water act was used to file suits by the state. a consent order reached in the cases did not require clean-up. the pat mccorrey administration was accused of duke energy being given a pass on solution. a spokesman told us duke nrnal is not receiving treatment. this administration took more action on goal ash during the first 75 days than any previous administration in north carolina history. pat mccorrey called for a committee to look at what to do with coal ash in north carolina. they pledge a clean-up of the spill, environmentalists are frustrated. >> i saw a duck swimming in coal ash after the spill.
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i saw a bald eagle flying over a river of the coal ash. the bald eagle is relying on fish in the river, and they are relying on the invertebrates that are suffocating and dying or bathed in a toxic bath. >> a criminal investigation is also underway. state environmental officials and leaders of duke energy have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury next month. >> north carolina - we'll leave it here with the weather. tense moments in daytona >> it's scary. they are not in the clear. this is the frontal boundary producing damaging winds and isolated tornados across the midwest and throughout the week. it's stationary across portions of the south-east. we look at strong to severe storms. earlier this morning portions of louisville and alabama, they are looking at heavy rain.
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you see the concentrated areas. in florida, as the storms come on on shore, we are looking at them turning severe. we had a tornado warning around the beach area. there's pictures for you. there are cars stranded on the roadway. heavy rain came down, a strong thunderstorm as we speak. the storms push across the florida peninsula. we'll deal with that. the reason for that is the heating of the day, whenever a you the sunshine, it warns of the area, and the instability in the area. that's what we are dealing with now. a warning, 5.15, south and west. those storms marching across the golf of mexico. we are not in the clear. the sun goes down. now, we are going to continue to see the temperatures.
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85 in orlando at daytona beech. it will come down with 2-4 inches of rain. more strong thunder storms expected to produce a damning wind. there's reports of damaging wind across portions of florida and louisville. so if you travel along the i-10 we want to be careful along the corridor, and along the boundary. be careful. i suspect the day toppa 500 will take hours to resume. >> thousands are dancing in the sun on rio's famous beach this weekend. a party is kind of all right. bands entertaining crowds with songs like the girl from infern eena. carnivale begins on friday,
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continuing until march the 4th. >> from crowds of happy protesters in independence square to a deposed and missing president, the latest on the crisis in ukraine next. >> ukrainian americans taking action on behalf of family and friends at home. i'm kilmeny duchardt and i'll have that story for you next on al jazeera america.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. development to our lead story. russia's ambassador to ukraine has been recalled back to moscow for consultation, amid the ukrainian parliament naming its speakinger as interim president. the location of the president is unknown. this is footage of viktor yanukovych leaving the presidential palace by helicopter. there's still a lot of support for him in eastern ukraine. >> the white house wants to see democratic elections and a
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deescall agency of violence, but says ukraine should remain unified, and whole. >> it's not in the interests of ukraine or anything to see violence return and the situation escalate. there's not a contradiction between a ukraine with long-standing historical ties and a modern ukraine wanting to integrate with europe. >> let's get the russian perspective with a former kremlin advisor. thank you for being with us today. >> pleasure. >> what is your rehabilitation to susan rice's comments earlier this afternoon? >> well, of course she's correct in the sense that nobody wants this crisis, sorry, in the ukraine to get out of control. but i think she mentioned somewhere that it's not in the
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interests of russia to send troops to ukraine. that sort of language is not helpful at all. i think there is a sense of tension growing over in the west, over what vladimir putin is going to do once he returns back to moscow from the sochi olympics. i think that at the moment president poout jip is probably -- putin is probably weighing his options. he had a good conversation with president obama. there was a lot of diplomatic niceties, and both great that ukraine needed to stay together. also spoke with the chancellor angela merkel, and great that ukraine has to be - has to stay together. this is just talk. we need to see what is going to happen on the ground. i think we are going to see a dightening, a strengthening of the position of moscow because
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they believe that what happened in the ukraine was a coup, and that although i get the feeling from officials i'm talking to, that moscow no longer has interest in president viktor yanukovych. and it's looking at who else is going to appear on the scene. i don't see any closeness of the positions between america, europe and moscow. >> so there is some concern in some quarters that russia may send troops into the ukraine. is that unfounded? >> i don't think russia will be sending any troops to ukraine simple because it sunday make sense. what russia's concerned with primarily is that on its borders there is a vast country which is not really run by any legitimate government. okay, the opposition, which is basically turned into a ruling
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party is saying everything is under control - of course, it's not. in the next few days or weeks we may see local confrontations. we are seeing some in different parts of ukraine. there's also been a threatening language coming from the parliament, although the new acting president did say ukraine would develop relations with russia, although with considerations for its movement towards europe. it's unclear what is going to happ happen >> it's unclear awe the how -- unclear how the eastern part
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will react. and how russia will react to the changes. america is saying it will help financially, and the european union is discussing what sort of government and policies there should be and it should take. it remains to be seen how that will go down in moscow. >> when you look at the big picture, how concerned do you think vladimir putin is about what is happening in ukraine? >> i think he's very concerned. not just vladimir putin and the government. i know that people on the streets and across russia is very concerned. ukraine and russia have been partners, and business wise and politically, culturally. a lot of people have relatives in ukraine. it is very, very disturbing for many, many people there, and i can tell you one thing. if i were vising president vladimir putin -- advising with
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vladimir putin at the moment, i'd advise him to make an address to the russian nation and explain what the situation it, how he sees that situation and that russia will do everything possible and will do its best to continue developing links with ukraine. this is a very tense situation. both in ukraine and russia. that will have been comforting to a lot of people. >> the power struggle in the ukraine is striking close to home in the yiunited states, including in new york, in the ukraine. >> kilmeny duchardt joins us on this. i know you went to a meeting with the local community. what do they have to say about all of this? >> earlier the community had a lot to say, and a lot of what
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they are doing in ukraine. i'm up here in front of the ukrainian conflict. most have dispersed. the crowd decided to stick around and show support for the country. the demonstration was a mixture of sad innocence and opt miss him. they are mourning the loss of 80 lives. expressing optimism that the country will transition into democracy. they have so much that they are hoping for. hundreds came out singing the anthem, chanting and really ukrainian americans standing in solidarity with family and friends back home.
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>> people in ukraine dream of coming to the united states, to visit other places in the world. they currently can't do that. it's a difficult situation. there is much hope, there is much promise. it will take a lot of work together from a lot of good people to keep it going. >> and, of course, mr hook that i spoke with was asking for international help. they want the european union and the u.s. to get involved and to really help ukraine transition into a democratically elected president. >> it's a mess. people are being surgically admitted in the middle of the streets. they need supplies. we are making sure they get everything they need. facebook and social media played a big role in the revolution in
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the ukraine. we'll tweet what they need. you need to save people's lies, every minute counts. >> massive effort on the part of ukrainian americans in new york city. they are raising funds to send overseas to give medical help to people to those injured in the clashes. it's been a huge effort and there'll be fund raisers all week to support the family and friends back home. >> kilmeny duchardt reporting live from new york. >> now to andy roche, joining us live from outside the ukrainian consulate. what have you seen out there? >> well, as you heard in new york, not at all a sell battery move. raw emotions, a himmmixed day o
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feelings. some straglers dressed in black, showing up with a coffin, indicating how this was a day of mourning, honouring those who died in kiev in the ukraine during the protest. the consular general came out and was going to address the crowd and talked to them. he was shouted down. of course, he was appointed by the previous administration in ukraine, so they associate him with the bad things that happened. we talk to him inside the consulate. he said he's doing a balancing act. he understands the raw emotions, that he was personally heart broken by the protests in kiev, and he supported the move towards freedom and democracy, even though his bosses are out. he calls himself a civil servant, serving the people, not a member of the administration, which the protesters hated.
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in the meantime, as you heard in new york, protesters were talking about a marshal plan, urging politicians to get behind a plan similar to the one that rebuilt germany, to get ukraine the necessary benefits to get them on the road to prosperity in the democratically elected government. in the meantime, later on on al jazeera, we'll have the exclusive interview with the consulate general, with the balancing act he's playing, being part of the old guard and what is happening with the changes. >> i'm looking forward to that. when you look forward and talk to the protesters, what is the major concern, looking to ukraine's future. >> they say now is the hard part. you can celebrate all you want, but now really the hard work begins. they are so fearful of what got
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them in this position. that russia will have greater influence over them and re-establish the influence in kiev. they are terrified of that. they call it a return to the communist days of the soviet union. so they are worried about that. they want the u.s. to step in and as much as possible to help out economically and that is the big fear, because they have a lot of roots back there and passions that you'll see coming up and we'll show you they were chanting, singing. a lot of raw emotions here. >> see you then. reporting live from outside the ukrainian consulate. >> venezuelan president nicolas maduro visited his supporters at a rally in caracas. the country sees two days of peaceful protests from people supporting and opposing the government. it's a break from two weeks of violence. as rachel levin found out
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anti-government protests are worried the concerns are not reaching the masses. >> they are frustrated and angry, fed up with what they feel is a government that does not listen to them. three weeks ago students in venezuela ignited a protest movement spreading across the country. >> some want the government to change. others want to change the government. >> we always dream that venezuela will advance instead of regress. we don't build anything here. security is terrible, we have food shortages. the dream of a different country may happen. with 15 years, the president chavez and nicolas maduro, most of the students have never known any other system of government. so far the cries for change are resonating with the upper class, and people who have historically supported the opposition.
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even in this neighbourhood where the president has full support, people have similar grievances - high inflation and soaring crime. many here have benefited greatly from the social programs chavez funded with oil revenues - free medical care, better schools and housing. >> these students are getting a free university education thanks to chavez. they have not gone to a protest and have no plans to do so. they don't know what they want. they are protesting because they can't buy flower and milk. the truth is they don't want nicolas maduro. it's the same old story. on saturday at the biggest rally opposition leader warned the students that the movement has little chance of succeeding if it doesn't spread to other sectors of society. >> i asked those protesting not
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to lock yourselves up with your own people. what good does that do. who do you convince by locking yourself in while everyone there is already convinced. >> how many people hear his call might determine the future of the movement. >> the 2014 winter olympics games wrapped up today with several events and the closing ceremonies. rory challands is in sochiway look at the legacy of the games. the winter olympics finished as they started, with a celebration of what it is to be russian. whereabouts the opening ceremony was russia defined it presented russia through the director and screen writer. foreigners have much to say about the olympics. for some, particularly in the west, they were the homophobic
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games. the prove lag et games, costing $51 billion. they were the dog-killing games. it wasn't just foreigners. pussy riot risked whippings and arrest for a punk protest video. and a website shot a look at corruption. >> it's hard to forget plocks is a sporting competition. it's the host nation who are on top of the world on the sporting front. >> despite the did notments of the russian men hockey take, russia finished first on the medals tail. voout scrip is proud, and in -- vladimir putin is proud and in the main the nation is proud.
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>> vladimir putin made no attempt to hide it. he says this is the olympics devoted to the resurgence of the russian nation. it was important to do this nation-building effort through sorts. >> global events can spoil a party. the ongoing crisis overshadowed the games to a certain extent. once the circus leaves town, the peel who live in the region will be best placed to answer the question - was it all worth it. >> was it all worth it? i can't believe it's over, like that. >> it went by in the flash of abb eye. >> two weeks. >> they are over. still some medals up for grabs. the 2014 winter olympics are finished, over. three medal events on the final
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day. the one with the positive outcome, the russians won gold in the 4-man bobsled. for the u.s. steven hoel k aum and stevening lang tonne, they started behind. usa wins the bronze by 0.003. holkham wins a second broned and the third meddle of his olympic career. the most of any u.s. bobsledder ever. >> there would be no medals for the americans on the hockey rink as canada played sweden for the gold. sidney crosby scored a first. that's all the scoring team canada needed. the canadians allowed three goals in six olympic contests as they beat the swedes 3-0.
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they are the first back to back gold medal winner sips the sooupion in 1988. they have a record nine olympic hockey goals, and the canadian women and men sweep cold. >> finally, there's the men's 50km free start cross-country race. think of it as a marathon. the russians taking gold, silver and bronze. russia wins the medal count for the 2014 winter olympics games. they end up with the most total medals at 33, and the most gold at 13. team usa finishes in second, half of the bronze variety: >> the netherlands finish is fascinating. 23 of 24 medals in speed skating. >> shifting gears to the n.b.a.,
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jason callans will be the first openly gay athlete in four professional sports, suiting up for the brooklyn nets. they tweeted this picture of the 7-foot, 255 pound center, signing a 10-day contract. he announced that he was gay. the 35-year-old is a 12-year n.b.a. veteran that hasn't played in a game since april 2013, when he was with the washington wez ards. we'll be joined by howard beck. >> he could play as early as tonight? >> he could play as early as tonight if needed. >> that quick. he bates michael sam. >> that's right. by futury of the n.b.c. being active and the n.f.l. not. >> still ahead - teaching
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healthy choices to help cancer patients live better lies. and one girl's brilliant business plan - that is next.
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>> ice jams are sending floodwaters into towns in ohio. the overflowing river has
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flooded several homes. it's a like that was practically frozen over last week. rushing water is covering streets. rescuers had to use boats to help people escape. >> television food programs long entertained in tempted tastebuds. a new show is helping cancer patients eat well, providing recipes for a healthier life. >> how is efb doing today >> cooking well to help cure cancer. shot already a live audience, it features food that is desirable. >> it caused lost appetites and fatigue. >> it seems vansy, but it could be easy to do. we'll try to prevent that. >> a way to get the protein. >> the hosts get the food, explain ingredients and answer
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questions. starter, breads, main course and dessert. and a tin opened, defrosting something bad. >> ingredients are easier to find and it's something that people see us do and say "it's that easy, it doesn't take a lot of effort and it will make me feel better." fussy eaters, vegetarians, they cater for all, with variations on the diifications -- on the dish. >> she's sneaking education into us when we are not looking. >> and we are listening to that education at the same time, but it's not like it's thrown at us. already you feel sick and you don't want anyone to tell you, "don't eat this, don't eat that", because you are upset about everything else. >> time to eat, the best part of the show.
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not everyone tasting an a patient or care giver. some like the food. it's aimed at those getting cancer treatment, new inside into them by stealth. >> they don't want to come to programs. it's all about the cancer and the side effects. they want to come to programs that will help them move forward, improve their quality of life and live well. as cancer treatment improves medical science is finding that food can help people cope with a disease that was once literally a death sentence. >> okay, i can't help it, i love this story. it's an unusual controversy for the girl scouts. a california girl scold sold 117 boxes of cookies in two hours. here's the catch - outside a
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marijuana distribution center. word spread and a notice was put out not to target dispensaries. >> i think i would want my daughter to set up booth in front of a dispensary. we joked about it. we said we are not allowed to do something like that in colorado. >> the girl scouts calling for a ban on the cookies, strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. that's where the money is at. next, an update on stories, including the quickly developing situation in ukraine. you're watching al jazeera america.
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>> you are watching al jazeera live from new york. i'm jonathan betz with the top stories. a development to the lead story, russia's ambassador to ukraine has been called back to moscow,
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amidst the ukrainian naming its speaker as the interim president. thousands of supporters are remaining in the capital. >> venezuela president nicolas maduro visited supporters. they have seen two days of peaceful protests from people supporting and opposing the government. it's a relief from the previous two weeks of violence that killed eight. >> in syria a car bomb exploded near a field hospital in the north-western part of the country, near aleppo. parts of the hospital collapsed. no group has claimed responsibility. >> former egyptian president mohamed morsi was back in court. prosecutors accusing him of leaking state secrets to the iran revolutionary guard. the trial has been adjourned until february 27th. mohamed morsi faces prosecutions for allegedly inciting the killing of protesters and insulting the judiciary. >> federal protesters in north
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carolina launched a probe - the issue the governor and its relationship to duke energy, following a second coal ash spill that contaminated a river. >> i'm jonathan betz, i'll be back with more new, but "inside story" starts here on al jazeera america. >> good evening, thanks for joining us for "america tonight", the weekend edition. 'm joie chen. we begin with a city by the bay and a noxious neighbour. the city by the bay and a greep


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