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>> hello and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. breaking news, a mine disaster, a desperate effort is underway right now to save hundreds of trapped miners in turkey. u-s jets. in the air now . trying to find the the missing nigerian girls. evil forest. the african game reserve . now home base for the kidnappers . .. right to be forgotten. why google can now be ordered to delete a european user's personal information.
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and revealing secrets . the man who broke the n-s-a spy story . promising his biggest surveillance leak yet . >> we begin with that deadly mine explosion in turkey . we know that at least 151 people are dead. and hundreds more are trapped. frantic efforts to reach the miners. an explosion started a fire inside the coal mine . in the western town of soma . caroline malone is in turkey . >> rescue workers are rushing to help more than 200 people trapped in this coal mine. it's thought a power distribution unit exploded causing a fire about 2 km under ground. >> a very serious accident has happened in soma in a mine. there is a a big problem due to a fire that started after an electrical fault underground.
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>> some miners have been rescued - the injured were rushed to hospital. many of them were suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. family members with loved ones trapped below ground gathered outside - waiting for news. manage crews are hoping to punt clean air into the mine, hoping to keep those inside alive. >> we'll have caroline on the phone within the hour. now to nigeria . where a cabinet member said his government is open to talking with the radical group boko haram. that. as u-s military surveillance planes join the search for the kidnapped school girls. the outside help. is highlighting nigeria's failures to deal with the crisis on its own. rawya rageh has more. they're not only the face of the latest attack by the radical group boko haram. but the missing girls of nigeria have also become the latest symptom of the country's political paralysis.
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the current deadlock is between president goodluck jonathan, a southerner, and the northern political elite. it involves his governing peoples democratic party squaring off against the all progressives congress. >> the federal government has failed in providing security and equipping the military to contain boko haram and in applying resources appropriately across the states of the federation. but the states themselves are equally culpable, so it is not squarely in the terrain of the pdp, but cuts across both the ruling party and the opposition. >> the north is where most of boko haram's attacks take place. it is badly underdeveloped, with some of the world's highest rates of unemployment and school drop-outs. at the heart of the divide between the north and south is a fight over oil resources concentrated mostly in the south. some say chronic mistrust among political leaders has led to a fractured government, where accusations of manipulation have gotten in the way of cooperation and reform.
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the troubled state of the nation was something jonathan addressed last month when he pleaded for unity. >> there should be no room for selfish considerations that defeat the purpose of national progress. there should be room only for the national interest. >> but now, nigeria has come under pressure from around the world because of the shocking abduction of so many girls. and with it, questions about jonathan's leadership. >> if anything the president is concerned about finding these girls from day one. he has not attempted to play politics with the lives of these children, these nigerians. and he will not do it. he will never do it. >> there have been many questions about the government's response. but looking ahead many argue this is bigger than the political survival of goodluck jonathan. this is about fixing nigeria's political landscape.
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>> it has been months since the girls have been abducted. and richelle carey has more. >> the sambisa -- in northern nigeria -- is home to the radical armed group boko haram. and it has come to represent fear for many nigerians. with such a strong boko haram presence, rescuing the girls will not be easy. >> some nigerians call it the evil forest. the sambisa -- in northern nigeria -- is home to the radical armed group boko haram. and it has come to represent fear for many nigerians. >> the sambisa forest is one of the biggest sites where the boko haram operates from. the sambisa forest is their sort of headquarters, their hiding place, because of the nature of that area"
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since the sects have taken over the forest has become extremely dangerous. >> it's likely that the nearly 300 kidnapped schools girls are being held in the sambisa. it covers about 23,000 square miles -- about the size of west virginia. the forest was once a game reserve -- but came under boko haram's control in 2009. it is thorny, overgrown, full of wildlife like poisonous snakes, lions, and elephants. the size and rough terrain make it especially difficult for search teams who have been relying on jets flying overhead. >> you can't see from above boko haram have bunkers that they can easily hide in and the drone capability may not be able to pinpoint where the guys are. >> many familiar with the forest say it's not just a matter of being able to maneuver through the forest. it's about knowing where members of boko haram may be hiding.
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locals may be the key. >> what is crucial in the sambisa forest is to gather intelligence using the locals. some locals do visit the sambisa forest. some locals know the forest like they know their abcs. the miltary has to work with the locals to know where exactly they are keeping these girls. >> currently the u-s is involved in the search using jets-- and drones are expected soon. but as our expert says, those overhead tactics probably won't work. john, keel have to see if search teams take his advice and engage the locals. >> ahmenew gamawa is a lawyer and conflict resolution analyst at harvard university. he joins us this evening in boston. welcome. >> thank you for having me on the program. >> thank you for being here.
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what do you think of the idea of boko haram, of the government negotiating with boko haram, or talking to boko haram? >> well, one of the things on the ground now, i think that the options of the government are quite limited. there are two broad options, one is to use military force. this has a lot of disadvantages because these girls are still in the hands of the boko haram militants, and they are being used, not only by chiefs, but also as human shields. so it's hard to conduct any military rescue operation without endangering the lives of these girls. and i think it's in the interest of these girls and their families, should be the priority in any rescue operation, secondly, talking about negotiating with boko haram, in the video released on monday by the leader of the boko haram, he is demanding for the government
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to release the members of the boko haram sect that have been detained by the nigerian government. and in exchange they are going to release the girls. this sounds outrageous, and many nigerians in this insurgency think that nigeria should not negotiate with them. but at the same time, this would embolden the boko haram members, and there's no guarantee that they are going to keep their part of the bargain. >> let me interrupt, how does the government have any clue that boko haram would live up to the deal? >> this is the question. in the past, there have been reports by many people to try to initiate a dialogue between the boko haram members and the nigerian government. and i think that the message
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we're getting from the nigerian government is quite confusing. up to now, they haven't clearly defined their position, but i believe that the situation at hand is quite unique, and there is an international attention on the nigerian government: nigerians are demanding options, and to get to where the girls are, and at the same time, to start a conversation, to see if they can get them without endangering the lives of the girls. >> what impact is this having on the country? >> well, the mismanagement of this insurgency, which has caused a serious problem in the northeast and across the north actually has made president jonathan to appear as a very weak and incompetent leader, and of course it's going to affect the image of the country.
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last week, they hosted the economic forum, as the biggest economy in africa. with this kind of atmosphere of insecurity, i think it's a threat to investment. and it's also going to affect the coming election, which i believe there cannot be a peaceful election when the country is under incessant attacks from insurgents without the country taking necessary action. >> good to have you on the program. and thank you for sharing your insight. surviving the threat of boko haram . is a harsh reality for many in northern nigeria. this young girl -- debbie -- was just 12 years old when she saw boko haram kill her father and brother. she says the militants were urging her father . a pastor. to turn against christianity. >> they gonna give him a chance if he deny his god, and he told them would rather die then to deny his god, so they go ahead
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and shoot him. >> she is now headed to capitol hill . to try to convince congress to do more to find the kidnapped girls. lisa stark will have more of her harrowing story. coming up at the bottom of the hour. the top diplomat in talks to end the civil war in syria . is stepping down. lakhdar brahimi has been struggling to bring peace to the conflicted country . for nearly 2 years. diplomatic editor james bays . has more from the united nations >> ambassador brahimi has . been threatening to resign the job since he got it two years ago. he's one of the most experienced diplomats anywhere in the world. a man involved in peace processes in lebanon and afghanistan. an 80-year-old diplomat who has brought patience and experience to this role. despite that, he can't bring
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peace to syria, he has decided he has to go. he has not given us many reasons in public. he has told us the security council in private. but i think its pretty clear what ended his term. he managed, and many people thought that he wasn't going to manage to get both sides around the table in geneva two rounds of peace talks, but in the end, he couldn't get the syrian delegation to even agree to his agenda of peace. >> it's very sad. as we continue as we have, to do everything that is humanly possible to work with the security council. we see neighbors of syria, and
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indeed with the parties themselves and the crisis. >> i think what has brought his resignation right now is the fact that he has said for sometime that he believes that the syrian be presidential elections would derail his process. those presidential elections are going ahead on june 3rd. president hasad is standing for office again, and that's why the resignation will take place at the end of the month. the leader of syria's opposition spent this afternoon at the white house. mike viqueria is live there . what have we learned about the closed-door talks? >> it's interesting, with the white house and president obama, mixed feelings, and certainly reluctant to embrace one side or the other in the opposition. this was billed as a meeting between the president and the opposition with susan rice, thish national security adviser, but they held it in the
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roosevelt room, which is just next to the oval office. what we have learned from the white house, they reaffirmed that president obama has support for the moderate opposition, and they reaffirmed the support for the political opposition, and ridiculed that president hasad and his regionim, they called him a parody. >> a lot of fanfare surrounded jarba's meeting with secretary of state john kerry last week . why did president obama just drop in? >> that's a great question, three years ago this summer, president obama said that bashar al-assad had to go, and now he has dropped chemical weapons, and the administration has taken the steps to remove those, and 92% of them have now been removed from syria, but now dropping chlorine barrel bombs
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on the opposition, he has the upper hand on the battlefield. and things are not going well. the humanitarian work continues, and he made a show of it. but the white house has made it a protocol. and politics are not going well for the opposition. i think they decided to low-key this event today at the white house. in ukraine, the u-s says russian troops *are still stationed on that country's eastern border . and has pictures to prove it . last week . vladimir putin claimed that moscow was pulling its forces out. the state department has released these satellite photos the images on the right were taken over the past 4 days. what looks to be helicopters and armed vehicles . can be seen on russia's side of the border. in eastern ukraine . pro-russia rebels have staged their deadliest attack yet on government forces. the defense ministry says at least 6 ukrainian soldiers died when the rebels ambushed them . near the town of kramatorsk. paul brennan is in eastern ukraine .
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>> tuesday's ambush is the biggest loss of life, and existing sophistication on the pro russian military in the recent weeks. it was an ambush of at least 30, two armed personnel carriers, the lead vehicle was disabled, using a grenade launcher, and in the armed fight that informed, at least six ukrainian soldiers were killed. and seven more injured, all evacuated from the scene eventually, but only after an intense struggle there. it couldn't have been worse. the ukrainian prime minister was in brussels, trying to push a peace plan, and russia is trying to push a plan, based on a four point agenda.
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but kiev is cool on that, because one of the central planks of that proposal is a deescalation disarmament on both sides, and also supporting the pro russian paramilitaries, and they can't have it both ways. >> up next. robotic warfare. the fight to stop these frightening machines. and erasing your online past. a major court ruling today . about privacy on the internet.
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>> a landmark ruling today against google europe's highest court says google users will be able to have links to irrelevant and outdated sites removed from the web google called the ruling a disappointment our science and technology correspondent jake ward has more: >> europe's highest court has issued a ruling that allows them to be forgotten. but it's pretty difficult to enforce this up close. this ruling, which cannot be appealed, forces google to come up with information for requesting removed from the search engine's results. in this case, a spaniard wanted google to stop showing outdated
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information about a debt property being auctioned off and he said that he paid that debt and the information listed was outdated and embarrassing to him. google said that it was legally published in the newspaper. and it shouldn't be responsible for censoring that information. and now google is responsible. the court said google has to directly examine the merits of any requests like this from now on. google will take down information that will open you up to fraud, like your social security number, but what is or isn't accurate. can you committed a crime and your record was expunged, can you go in and ask to have it removed?
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a guy who has my name, jacob ward. i believe right now, he's in court-ordered psychiatric treatment. and that's what the google results say. so can i ask google to take all of it down on the grounds that it's inaccurate and embarrassing to me? that's what we don't know. and that's what google is going to have to figure out. >> right now killer robots are still science-fiction but human rights advocates say the technology *will eventually get there they want the international community to ban killer robots before they are ready for the battlefield the worry about machines that are completely autonomous and can decide if and when to open fire that's more advanced than drone technology that still relies on human decision-making u-n members are debating killer robots this week and retired army lieutenant colonel, tony schaffer, is in washington tonight, and talking
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about developing robots for military use, what can machines do right now? >> a heck of a lot. but a lot of it has t has to bee by hard wire. complex programs go into it. basically, when one of these machines functions, it has to have a human being watching. much like you and i function, our heart functions autonomously. but we have cognition, very similar to what goes on with machines. >> but do we have the ability to make them autonomous? >> we do. many of them were envisioned five or six years ago, with future combat systems. the army was going to where you could have logistical trucks move gear forward, literally push buttons, and the concern is what happens if you program
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weapons of destruction, weapons to do something else. yes, it's possible, and the question is will it become reality? >> what do some of these machines cost that we're talking about? >> the cost is like any other piece of technology, and the more you build, the cost comes down. so much of it has to do with programs. the artificial intelligence is developed little by little. research lab, $7 million, was announced four years ago to talk about the ethical of it. the cost will be lower as it becomes more reliable. >> so it's interesting. so designers and developers are trying to make an ethical machine, and how do you make an
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ethical machine. >> that's a good question, one that they will be debating over the next several years. we're looking at 21st century technology with a set of rules, the geneva convention, which are 19th century-based binary, good or bad, right or wrong, and the machines can do things that we never imagined 20, 30 years ago, and you have to consider the fact that this is going to be the ultimate a symmetric capacity. in the old days, you had to have the battle space, and here a handful of machines if used correctly can give you a huge advantage in the battle space if used correctly. so how they are deployed regarding any military activity. >> it seems like a scene out of star wars, but at the same time, why would you put a human being in harm's way if you didn't have to? >> this is one of the arguments for doing this.
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as much as the u.n. doesn't want these killer drones out there, ultimately, the theor theory ist it will save live. it's a huge cost for any person going to war. so the idea is to eliminate as much as you can, individuals from being on the battle space as much as possible. >> in some ways, the argument has been it's not as ethical to kill someone with a drone or robot as it is in person, and it seems a bit strange to me. >> i agree with you. the whole idea of murder, whether you do it knife, face-to-face, or with a drone remotely, has to be justified. this is one of the things that they must discover. what is the ethical use? the ethical use of a knife or a drone for remote control. it's something that they must figure out. >> it sounds like the future is here.
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a japanese astronaut said good-bye to a colleague today. a robot. a robot friend named kirobo the robot is the first talking humanoid in space it's programmed to process questions and answer by using words in its vocabulary the astronaut is ending his mission aboard the international space station and apologized for not taking kirobo back home with him kirobo returns home in 6 months the 2 promised to talk again then 2001 space odyssey today. up next more on the mine disaster in turkey. to rescue those deep in the mine. and debbie's story she watched as her father and brother were murdered by boko haram now, this courageous girl is on capitol hill hoping her words will make a difference
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welcome back to al jazeera america i'm john seigenthaler in new york we've got a lot to cover this half hour
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we want to check back in an breaking story out of turkey. a coleman discover has killed 151 workers, and the rest of them are trapped under ground. am explosion started a fire in the mine, and emergency crews have been trying to pump in clean air, healthy air, to keep them alive under ground. richelle has other stories in tonight's briefing. >> in western turkey more than 150 workers are dead after an explosion and fire in a coal mine the diplomat pushing for peace in syria is stepping down lakhdar brahimi formally resigned as the u-n arab league envoy for the country united nations secretary general ban ki moon made the announcement today saying brahimi will leave his post at the end of the month brahimi says he faced "almost impossible odds" after trying for almost 2 years to find an end to syria's civil war the head of the syrian national council that country's largest rebel group
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visited the white house today ahmad jarba's was in washington as rebel forces are losing ground to syrian president bashar al-assad's forces syrian rebels are hoping to receive more sophisticated and lethal weapons from the west a nigerian official says the government is now willing to talk with the radical group boko haram-- after they kidnapped nearly 300 girls last month the u-s is actively involved in the search the pentagon confirmed that u-s surveillance planes are flying missions over a remote part of nigeria john - it's believed the girls are being held in a forest -- about 20 miles ffrom the areas where they were abducted nearly a month ago >> all right, richelle, thank you. back to our lead story, the explosion in the mine in turkey that killed 150 people. and hundreds of others are trapped under ground. caroline is on the phone from turkey and caroline, what can you tell us? >> yes, the latest numbers dead are 156 people. we know that at least 80 are injured. one of those critically, and the
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maining operations have been suspended temporarily because the mine collapsed inside, and that has put rescuers in danger. they have to pump in clean air to help the miners, they have had to temporarily suspend the operation. >> what do we know about the fire? is there a fire still burning in the mine? >> we heard 12 hours ago now that there was an explosion, an electrical problem that caused a fire, and that means that all of electricity to the mine are down, and the ways to get out and in have been stopped as well. [ unintelligible ] damage, it's 2 kilometers under the ground. and it's believed that some
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miners are trapped in the mine as well. >> can you tell us about soma, turkey, where it is, and what sort of countryside it is? >> yes, it's in western turkey. it does have a number of mines. this is one of the larger mines, we heard from the owner of the mine, and he gave a statement not long ago, said this was a tragic accident, and they were doing all they can to act quickly to help people. in march, the mine was given a safety test and had the all-clear in march, and that was three months ago. >> your phone has been going in and out a bit. so i'll ask the question one more time. we're looking at live pictures from soma, where earlier in the half hour, there were bodies on stretchers being pulled out of
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the mine, they looked like they were alive and coming out and now it appears that that has stopped. so are you saying that the rescue mission has been temporarily postponed, is that what you said? >> that's right, for the timing, we believe that it has been just suspended because of the rising carbon monoxide levels. the miners were trapped in there, and we know at least eight people have been injured, one critically, and taken to the local hospital. >> it looks like an enormous crowd outside of the mine, and do we have any idea how many folks are working on the rescue? and now it looks like we're getting another miner being carried out. so clearly there are still some being rescued. >> yes, we believe there are more than 400 people involved in
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the efforts, and of course the time of the accident, there were 787 people inside of the mine. a lot of those relatives and loved ones have come to the mine site, trying to get information about their loved ones, and for the timing, a lot of people are at an outside hospital. >> so i'm trying to do the math based on the numbers that you said. does that leave three or four hundred people still under ground? >> that's right. between 2 to 400 people are still trapped possibly inside. the safety, as we're hearing, the carbon monoxide levels are rising, and the carbon monoxide levels of gas are very dangerous. >> apparently the rescue continues, because this is the second miner being pulled out right now. so as far as this obviously, they're moving fast to try to
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get these people out as quickly as possible. do we know anything else about this rescue operation and what they have planned now? >> we know [ unintelligible ] 24 hours are crucial. because of the levels in the mine, it's very difficult to get clean air for people. so that's why the rescue efforts are focusing on trying to get oxygen pumped down. and that has been temporarily stopped though perhaps some people are still coming out of the mine and have been able to walk out. >> have we heard anything about the condition of the peopling pulled out of the mine, those injured? >> yes, the energy minister spoke about an hour ago, and she said many of those injured were confirmed to be affected by
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carbon monoxide poisoning. there are at least 50 people injured. >> all right, caroline, thank you very much. and i want to go back and look at the live pictures. for a while, this rescue operation had to be postponed because of the carbon monoxide levels under ground. and clearly, they have picked up again and they're pulling people out of the mine, but as caroline just said, there may be as many as 200 to 400 miners under ground, and this has been going on for 12 hours. we'll continue to follow this story throughout the evening. surviving the threat of boko haram has become a harsh reality for residents in nigeria we're going to introduce you to deborah she was 12 years old when boko haram broke into her family's home and killed her brother and father, a christian pastor now, deborah heads to capitol hill to convince lawmakers to do more to fight the radical group
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a warning that some of what you are about to hear may be disturbing lisa stark has the story story title: pn-nigeria >> watching her enjoy a spring day, debbie-- we're using just her first name-- seems nothing more than a happy teenager but this nigerian 15-year old has seen horrors few can imagine when debbie was just 12 she was living with her father and brother in chibok, nigeria - the same town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by boko haram three armed members of the group showed up at the family's house it was days before christmas - they were looking for her father a christian pastor- >> they go to the bathroom and pull my dad out of the bathroom and shoot him in the chest three times >> moments before he was shot, debbie says the fighters asked her father to renounce his faith - >> they gonna give him a chance
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if he deny his god, and he told them would rather die then to deny his god, so they go ahead and shoot him >> her 14-year-old brother, caleb, began pleading for his life. debbie says that one of the men argued caleb would grow up to be a pastor like his father >> so the guy, the boko hakam killed my brother in his chest two times, my father didn't die immediately, he was crying and shouting jesus, he knows when they shoot my brother >> the men fled - debbie was paralyzed by fear and shock >> i really didn't know if i am alive or not i can't like shout, i can't cry, i can't move i just stand there >> at that time it was like so many other days in nigeria, another funeral, another burial, with the world paying little attention
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>> sad to say but the terrorists have made our job slightly easier by just the level of brutality they've shown the last couple of weeks, because the >> emmanuel ogebe is with a christian group focusing on ethnic and religious persecution, particularly in africa and asia he helped bring debbie to a christian boarding school in virginia- and on this day - to to the u.s. capital, so debbie, accompanied by school staffers - can tell her story and, they hope, generate more american support for the fight against boko haram >> i think there's nothing like prayer, they should pray, prayer is the most important thing i just want them to pray for nigeria >> debbie is doing a lot of praying herself she fears for her mother - a muslim who converted to christianity to marry debbie's father >> they promise her they would look for her anywhere she is, they would kill her- i'm so scared because my mom's the only
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person left -- >> debbie says she is too afraid to return to nigeria -- and she hopes her mother finds a way to leave as well lisa stark al jazeera, washington >> it's been nearly a year since the public learned about edward snowden and the documents he took from the national security agency today journalist glenn greenwald released more n-s-a documents in his new book no place to hide: edward snowden, the n-s-a, and the u-s surveillance state greenwald also made the documents available on his website glenn-greenwald-dot-net because of the snowden leak the public knows more about the n-s-a than it ever has but for thirty years another reporter has been studying the agency and today we spoke to one of the only outside experts on the n-s-a james bamford >> before edward snowden was even more, james bamford was
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investigating the national security agency. he wrote three books on the nsa. and it was the first look at that they got on any spy agency. it will continue to expand, quietly pulling in more and more communications and more privacy. the prediction was overlooked, he said, because the nsa was largely unknown then. it was created in 1952 with one mission, to break codes and see soviet communications, after the cold war, it's identity was in question, and bamford said that it changed. >> collect everything at all times. >> one thing, the nsa began to focus on terrorism.
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>> in reality, it's not good to do that. all of the attacks, the nsa found out about them by newscasts on television. >> despite that, the nsa has continued to grow bigger and more powerful. >> people in the house have to run every two years, and they're very afraid that their opponent is going to run against them and say, so-and-so is weak on terrorism. >> and within the nsa itself, he says, promotions depend on how they expand spy programs. but he says this growth keeps it from being effective. >> the more information they collect, the less they're able to analyze t. >> the public, he hopes, will pressure congress to act, now that citizens know that they too were being spied on. >> the old joke was that the nsa stood for no such agency, and now the joke is that it stands
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for not secret anymore. >> i will talk to glenn greenwald about the n-s-a, spying and edward snowden you can see the interview tomorrow night at 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific and we want to hear from you send questions you would like to ask glenn greenwald by using the hashtag askgreenwald or go to our website at 'al jazeera dot com slash ask john we plan to use some of your questions a fast moving wildfire forcing the evacuation of homes in san diego tonight. it has already burned 700 acres, and several structures are now threatened by flames. these are live pictures of that fire. very little of that wildfire has been contained, and the fire is fueled by gusting winds and unusually high temperatures. we'll have more on that fire at 11:00 eastern tonight. let's go to washington, and joie
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chen has what's on the top of the hour. >> good evening, john. we continue our series, making babies, with the look at the darker side of international surrogacy. our investigation finds would be parents who suspect they have been scammed. it's hard to track, but we follow the money to mexico where an international agency has attracted the attention of u.s. officials and raises the questions of where tens of thousands of dollars went and why couples are left with only heartbreak. >> we lost over $20,000 from a hospital for surrogacy in mexico. and it was devastating. >> you put so much money and so much emotion into the whole process, and you're so close, so close, and then it just explodes. >> an investigation in international surrogacy, and the risks of losing it all.
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that's at the top of the hour. >> up next, our picture of the day and a man of courage. the story of the army sergeant awarded the medal of honor.
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>> good evening, i'm meteorologist, kevin corriveau. we have a line of tornadoes and flooding from indiana to texas. and first of all, i'm going to take you up here to the north. we have a front pushing through, and this has brought a lot of rain to chicago yesterday. but with it now, we'll see the temperatures dropping significantly as the cooler air starts to come through. looking at the temperatures in the southeast, cincinnati at 80, and chicago, 56°, and the warmup is going to take awhile for chicago. we won't see the temperatures climb until we get to the weekend. in texas, massive flooding from dallas to san antonio. and the rain is pushing out of the state.
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unfortunately for louisiana and arkansas, we'll seiner from 2-3 inks over the next couple of days, and in california, we're dealing with wildfires in san diego. look at the current conditions there. very warm temperatures in san diego. we're looking at temperatures into the 90s right now. unfortunately, over the next couple of days, we're going to be seeing the danger continue. it the wildfire threat continues, and you can see the santa ana winds blowing, very high winds, and the temperatures are going to remain into the high 90s. some locations are going to be seeing triple digits, and this is also including parts of san francisco as well. we don't expect a break for the next couple of days. the news is coming up right after this.
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>> and an update on tonight's breaking news out of west turkey. hundreds of miners trapped in a coal mine. this is in soma, turkey, in the west, where victims are being pulled out. we just saw 20 minutes ago, a number of victims pulled out of the mine. more than 156 people have been killed. and high levels of carbon monoxide are inside of the mine, delaying rescue efforts.
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a canyon in a corner of utah is the site of protesters, that began with a standoff in nevada over cattle grazing. >> engines revving, flags flying. these atv riders say they're sending a message and taking back what's theirs. >> that's what we're here for, to do the hard thing and stand up for what's right and tell the federal government we have had enough. >> fueling it, recapture canyons, east of blanding. the federal bureau of land management made the area off-limits in 2007 to protect ancient native american artifacts, but protesters call it just another example of government overreach. >> we have been here forever, and for a government agency to
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acquire it and take it over and say it's not yours, it's frustrating. >> the protest comes after a showdown in nevada last month. rancher, cliveen bundy, and his group, many of them against grazing cattle on federal land. they showed up for recapture canyon. >> if we're here to make a stand, then let's make a stand. >> this time tensions are clearly on the rise. patrick shay was concerned about his own safety when he led the blm from 1997 to 1999. today he's concerned that these could turn violent. >> at some point, we have to make sure that the laws of the united states are enforced and all citizens understand that we have to have respect for law and order. >> the blm said that it had
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plain-clothed officers watching who went where on the trill. and riders who broke the law will be held accountable. what remains to be seen, when the residents will make their next stand against what they see as an oppressive federal government. >> coming up tonight, wildfires that we just talked about. the wildfires, and heat. and how long will the residents of southern california have to deal with the triple-digit temperature. and plus, an oscar winner and a princess. grace kelly, reaction from her own children, and all of those and those stories coming up tonight. president obama presented the nation's highest military honor today to an army sergeant. he saved a soldier's life and
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helped many others escape during an ambush. president obama told the story today. >> kyle and the 13 members of his team, heading into an area known as ambush alley. a single shot rang out and then another. and then the entire canyon erupted from bullets what seemed in every direction. a grenade knocked him unconscious, and then shrapnel and rock shards across his face. kyle saw a team made trying to treat his own shattered arm. and kyle was thinking, it's just a matter of time before i'm dead. and if that's going to happen, i might as well let that happen as i can. he ripped off his own belt.
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and charlie 6 romeo came into base. crouching behind that lone tree, kyle called in airstrikes to take out positions. kyle felt his concussion set out. but he knew he was the soldier's best chance to come out alive, he called in a medivac and made sure that they were safely onboard. as the helicopter pulled away, kyle looked out the window, watching the possible darkness as they pulled away from that single tree on the cliff. he later said, those people become your family. [ applause ] >> the medal of honor is said to be the highest award for one individual. to me, it's more. it's representation for warriors and members of a team. it's testament to the trust that
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we have in each other and our leaders. because of these reasons, the medal cannot be an award. >> a high honor for army sergeant, kyle white. now back to our top story. turkey dealing with its worst mining accident in two decades. look at these live pictures outside. where they're awaiting new miners being pulled from the mine, waiting by the moment for some news. we'll continue the story throughout evening and the headlines are coming up with richelle.
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welcome to al jazeera america i'm richelle carey here are tonight's top stories a un-turkey mine explosion an explosion in a coal mine in western turkey has killed more than 150 workers hundreds more are still unaccounted for and scores are injured the blast started a fire undergound rescuers are trying to pump air into the mine to keep any survivors alive and in nigeria , the u-s is now involved in the search to find more than 270 school girls that the radical group boko haram kidnapped last month the pentagon says it's flying surveillance aircraft over remote areas of the country as part of the growing international search effort there the u-n envoy who was in charge of trying to end syria's bloody civil war -- is stepping down u-n secretary general ban ki-moon announced the resignation of special envoy lakhdar brahimi today he had served nearly two years at his post. ban has not selected brahimi's replacement yet the leader of the syrian opposition is in the u-s right now this afternoon he visited the white house the trip comes as syrian president bashar al-assad's forces appear to be getting the
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