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where they are. a look rat why nigeria won't use force to rescue them. and a woman sentenced to death in iran for marrying a non-muslim. a look at the international effort to set her free. hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. the search nigeria's army says it knows where the missing girls are, but won't use force to get them. ukraine okay's military launches fighters as the newly elected president promises peace. team rubicon, still answering the call of duty.
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and carry the load. those who spent their memorial day walking for hours to honor the fallen. ♪ >> and we begin in nigeria and what may be a glimmer of hope for the families of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by boko haram, nigeria's highest ranking military officer said today he knows where the girls are, but he also said the military will not use force to rescue them. >> reporter: this new information on the whereabouts of the missing girls came from the defense staff. he basically said -- and let me quote, the good news for the parents of the missing girls is that we know where they are, but he added we cannot tell you, and
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he also said we cannot go into the area with any kind of military force and can't kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back. >> just leave us alone. we are working. >> reporter: obviously this apparent development will comfort the parents and families of the missing girls. remember these girls have been missing since mid-april and there's also likely to be some unknown anxiety. but the fact that the military are saying they cannot use force, may also raise the prospect of some sort of negotiation going on. so far no other arms of government like the presidency have made any statement on this new development which seems to be significant. pope francis says he has zero tolerance for anyone in the
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catholic church who would abuse children. the pope spoke to reporters on his flight back to roam. he said he'll have his first meeting with victims of sex abuse next week at the vatican, and said there will be no special privileges for priests under investigation. he called his midst east a pilgrimage for peace. but not everyone was happy about that. nick schifrin reports. >> reporter: good evening, for the last three days we have seen the pope trying to reach out to communities and demonstrate that he understands they are suffering. on saturday we saw that in jordan, meeting with syrian ref fees. on sunday we saw that with the palestinians, and today we saw that with israels from the mourning to his final event, right next to that church over my left shoulder. at the final event of his holy land pilgrimage, pope francis
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called for fraternity and harmony. he held prayers. shortly after he left, just across this ally a man broke into the church and used a candle to set a fire. it has been a few hours, but you can still smell the smoke and see how many fire extinguishers the church officials needed to put out this fire which was right back here. you can see now police with defending the site of the fire. this comes on a day when the pope was calling for sympathy and empathy across the region. that started with a player dedicated to in his words an
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evil that has never been seen before. here we are lord shamed by what man was capable of doing. responding to israeli requests, francis visited the pillars of the fate. unlike his predecessors, he was willing to honor the forfather of israel. and then outnumbered by security at least five to one, prime minister benjamin netenyahu lead him to memorial for the victims of violence. the palestinians call this wall an icon of occupation. israel says it provides security. the pope wanted this visited to about bridges. the prime minister used it as a barrier. we teach our children peace. but we have to build a wall against those who teach the
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other side. >> reporter: francis prayed deeply and strongly condemned terrorism. terrorism, he says is foreign ministerially criminal. he brought his call to an end of violence to jerusalem's contested old city. he took his shoes off for entering the site. may we learn to understand the suffering of others he says, may no one abuse the name of god through violence, and at the holiest site for jews, francis embrac embrace unity. that interfaith dialogue over the last two weeks, that dialogue has not been harmonious. for three days pope francis called for and tried to demonstrate understanding. at least one person wasn't listening. before the pope arrived the vatican promised he would be
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coming here only as a pilgrim, but when you come here trying to focus on prayer often it ends in politics. in ukraine the new president is making a powerful show of force he promised to dee feet pro-russia rebels in the east and fast, and today the military went in to action. dana lewis reports from ukraine. >> reporter: john he said at his news conference that he intends to deal with violence here, that he will deal with the violence in eastern ukraine, but he said no civilized country will negotiate with terrorists, that's what he calls the separatists in eastern ukraine, and that appears to be setting the stage for a very long drownout conflict. with explosions and heavy
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gunfire at the donetsk airport. at dawn separatists shut down flights. and the ukrainian army brought out its heavy guns in order to overtake it. a bomb was dropped on or near separatists. in kiev there was an angry response from the billionaire. during the news conference, he launched his verbal assault on armed separatists, comparing them to somalian pirates. >> they are the same way as somalian pirates. >> reporter: he offered amnesty to those who put down their weapons, but for those he called
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murders, he vowed no negotiation. he said he would meet with the russians in mid-june to discuss the east. hah the annexation, what he called fever. sergei lavrov said the election will be recognized but warned ukraine against operations in the this east. the new mayor says this these camps will soon be cleared. but meme here who fought for a new president said they are not about to go anywhere until they see progress. with demonstrators on the square and russian separatists in the east east, they have a very long list of differences right now in determines of gas and gas sup
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place, also the crimea, the difficulties in eastern ukraine, where they feel the russians continue to behind some of the interference. mr. porashanco said there could be a meeting as early as mid-june. but he wants a detailed agenda worked out before the two sides get together. and we is expecting the european union and the u.s. will also be at the table. sergei lavrov said he sees no reason for l these talks, that they can speak directly to ukraine. crista is a journalist author and politician who was in ukraine over the weekend to monitor the elections. she told us more about the situation on the ground in the
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east. >> what we have seen since the revolution which overthrow yanukovych, we anned a necks accusation of crimea, and then you can seen efforts to foment a separatist takeover, to takeover areas. you had an effort in odessa in the south, which was repelled. and efforts in the east which was repelled. the only area where we have seen separatists who are described by ukrainians as terrorists who have managed to -- i wouldn't say fully take control, but certainly create a gray zone is in this area. donetsk is about 10% of the country. on the east which borders russia, and that is a part of the country whereas of saturday when i was there, you really didn't have effective government authority of any kind. it was an area where the
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ukrainian government, in part of that -- those regions, you did have voting, and you had ukraine government control, but in parts of this region, it's really a no man' man's land. >> it's good to talk to you. >> pleasure. after a surprise trip to afghanistan president obama visited arlington national cemetery today to honor the men and women who have died in military service for this country. >> it was the president's first trip to afghanistan in almost two years, his fourth overall, and like the others done under a cloak of secrecy, even the press was not permitted to divulge his location until he was wheeled down just inside of kabul. this also comes at a critical
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time in afghan politics and in terms of the security situation there. the u.s. government negotiates the status of forces with the new agreement that is due to come in after hamid karzai leaves power. and then today after returning, very shortly, just two hours after returning to the north lawn today a very solemner is -- ceremony. walking about world war i, in particular world war ii, references as he always does when he goes to arlington section 60 where the dead from both iraq and afghanistan wars lie at the hallowed ground there. the president made reference to the phoenix va and some 26 other
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potential va's around the country. and he renewed his vow to keep with veterans. >> here we rededicate ourselves to all who wear american's uniform, and for the families who stand by them always that our troops will have the resources they need to do their job, that our nation will ever stop searching for those who have gone missing, who are held as prisoners of war. that as we have within reminded we must do more to care for our veterans and their families. >> and white house officials are pointing to a major speech that the president will give on wednesday. >> in texas parades and picnics are not the only way to mark the holiday, thousands took place in
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the tradition called carry the load. people take turns walking the trail as long as they can, carrying backpacks to honor servicemen who have died. >> reporter: it's a physical ground, and emotionally wrenching, but for those who come to this trail in dallas, it's also deeply satisfying. walking miles at a time carrying heavy backpacks and care rig flags. >> it's the least we can do is try to feel some of the things they feel every day. >> reporter: for this family everything changed in october 2002, when two f-18s collided during a training exercise off of the california coast. their son matt was one of those killed. on memorial day matt's cousin drew and others walk.
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he carries a 20 pound vest will a picture of matt. his family right there with him. >> we think about carrying our burden alone, but if you carry it together, it's a lot easier. >> reporter: mandy is also carrying the load for matt. and her husband tim, drew's younger brother. he is in the flai-- naval reser. >> it's highly emotional, cathartic experience, and you see these guys out there, maybe missing a limb, carrying heavy packs walking all night long, and it's just something that we have to do. >> reporter: carrying the load for nearly 40 miles is just painful. but they will tell you it's nothing compared to the sacrifices by the folks being honored today. >> i can't repay that enough.
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so just knowing that a little bit of pain for a few moments for one day is the least i can do. you know, i -- i stopped last night about midnight after a lap, and mandy asked do you want to go again at 2:00 am? and i said i'll see how i feel. and then i texted mandy back and said i'm ready. we only did this once a year. so we did another 7-mile loop. >> reporter: a family tradition marking the true meaning of this day. remembering and honoring a family member who will never return home and another who will be home soon. veterans who were not marching in parade today. instead they are helping others recover from a tornado.
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and the california murder spree.
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three men are still missing tonight after a mud slide in western colorado. it hit rural mesa county. the mud and debris is more than 200 feet deep in some spots. the sheriff says the men were investing a smaller slide when a large chunk of the mountain came down. more information on the california massacre. the shooter emailed a 141-page manifesto detailing his plans. his parents were among the recipients. roger skilled six people before turning the gun on himself. another 13 were injured. brian has more. brian? >> reporter: john, you can notice the signs behind me in
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the last couple of hours, you have had people coming out, holding signs in view of the television cameras, inviting us to leave. this is our reality, not your story this one says. this is not unusual. it's day three now, they are getting a little tired of having the press here. and it's part of a process of moving on after an incident like this. >> reporter: the students are back to hanging out at coffee shops. this student mecca is left with things to think about. death at an early age. some women took to the street to march against violence against women. the shooter identified as elliot roger has set out to kill girls because they didn't like him. >> we can't go about our daily lives and act like nothing
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happened. we need to tell our community this is not okay. >> reporter: father john loves lead a memorial service sunday. he has talked with many students grappling with why these things happen and how to live with it afterwar afterwards. >> most young people never think they are going to die. and this for many is their first trauma of this sort. so the work will begin in a couple of weeks or a week or so when it start toss sink in. >> reporter: life goes on here. most of these students don't know anyone who was wounded or killed. there are still several more weeks of session. but for those that were there -- >> they need to tell their story. >> reporter: we still have people coming out to this spontaneous memorial just behind the signs here.
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people are mourning their friends and student mates who are dead. but life goes on across the street as well. shops and restaurants are open. people are riding by on bicycles and obviously we have people with their signs asking us to be respect and to leave. john? >> brian thank you. richard martinez the father of one of the victims blames congress for not passing a law that would have expanded background checks after the sandy hook massacre. ma i will sa chin has more. >> reporter: with the benefit of hindsight the clues appeared to be everywhere. he posted disturbing video on youtube. concerning enough that his own family asked police to check on him a month ago. they did, and after finding him polite and lucid, they left.
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in his meandering 140-page manifesto, roger wrote about the visit, quote . . . we now know roger has legally bought three handguns. >> if a person has not been institutionalized or taken against their will and put on a hold, that information is not entered into a database, and is not disqualifying information for someone purchasing a firearm. >> reporter: roger would have to be a threat himself and meet strict criteria. meantal illness is itself not a reason to detain someone or prevent the purchase of a weapon. the diagnosis of meantal health
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problems is an inexact sig signs -- science. >> there's no way to predict this. we were able to see what happens in connecticut and virginia tech and other places. but these are rare occurrences, even though they are catastrophic occurrences, and there's no way to predict them with any accuracy. >> reporter: the national rifle association has maintained the position that improving the country easemental health system is the best strategy to prevent such incidents from taking place. >> how can we even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> gun control proponents
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including the most impassioned advocate at the moment, the father of christopher martinez, killed this weekend, are continuing their target. >> because i'm emotional, it doesn't mean what i say is irrational. nobody needs to own three semiautomatic handguns. it doesn't make sense. >> reporter: this issue is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. a wildfire in alaska is spreading, forcing the evacuation of about a thousand buildings. the wind-driven flames cover nearly 250 square miles. about twice the size of the city of seattle, the blaze has been berning for a week now, chewing through a forest in south central alaska.
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they think a person started it, but they are still investigating. firefighters in northern arizona also battling a fire in a scenic canyon. officials say food and water donation are overwhelming the crews. they say they appreciate the help but prefer donations to non-profits like the red cross. during the president obama's visit to afghanistan, the u.s. accidentally reveals the name of the highest-ranking spy in that country. vé
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welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler in new york. a lot more to cover this half hour. due to give birth in just weeks a sudanese mother is sentenced to death. her alleged crime marrying a non-muslim. a team of veterans putting their military skills to good use, helping tornado victims
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rebuild. and the fight against the world cup, why so many brazilians don't want soccers biggest championship in their country. ♪ across the u.s. communities are honoring those who have given their lives in military service. at arlington national cemetery, president obama laid a wreath at the tome of the unknown and hon in order those who have died. >> we pay tribute to the nearly 2,200 patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice in
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afghanistan. team rubicon has brought hundreds of volunteers together to use their skills for disaster response. since 2010, team rubicon has served at disaster sites all over the world. >> this memorial day i would like to particularly remember nathan windsor, michael t washington. >> captain [ inaudible ] u.s. army. >> special [ inaudible ]. >> wes served his platoon leader during the iraq war. his team is working on memorial day rebuilding homes after the 16 tornadoed droided the area. you are from arkansas, right? >> i am. >> so this is a big day for you and your team, but you decided
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not to take it off, but to help the people of arkansas. tell us why. >> well, team rubicon, we're a veteran lead, largely vedran-based volunteer organization, and as veterans, we figure the best way to honor the legacy of service members who gave their lives is to serve on their behalf. what does a day like this mean to you as you help the people in arkansas? >> me personally it's an honor and privilege to serve along my brothers and sisters. these are folks that gave up days or weeks with their own familiar list and came from all over the country to support and assist the disaster relief here. so more than anything it is a blessing to get to stand shoulder to shoulder with them, but get to do it in service to something bigger than ourselves,
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deeply meaningful to uls as veterans. >> and you do it worldwide. can you explain what team rubicon is, and why you believe it's important? >> absolutely. team rubicon was founded in 2010 by two marines in the wake of the devastating earthquake in haiti. our specialty is united stating the skills of veterans in disaster relief. we have the ability to deploy globally. >> you have the skills. you come back home to the united states after serving your country, and those of you really want to do more, is that it? >> that's exactly right. it's -- we like to see at team rue con, that disasters are our
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business but veterans are our passion. veterans have hard and soft skills, things like a willingness to deploy rapidly. working in difficult situations? high operational tempo. high pressure situations with folks they don't know, but also our hard skill sets provided through our military and first responder experience. emt, heavy equipment operation, these are fantastic skill sets. together we couple those. and what we can bring to bare standing next to one another is quite remarkable. >> talk about what happened today. clearly you are bringing those -- those skills to the table when you go to arkansas and help out the survivors and victims of that disaster. what did people say to you today? >> it was -- there were a couple of very moving moments. like i mentioned this is a very personal day for many of us.
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i know there on the tape you played at the intro, you can see very many of our team members stood next to brothers and sisters they lost in combat. but to hear from the affected residence of central arkansas, and to see the look in their eyes, and see the deep appreciation, for our organization to come, at any moment in time for free, all voluntarily, buttest -- especially on a day like this. we help a member of a national guard union here. and it was very meaningful to be a part of that unit myself. a good friend and colleague on team rubicon was as well, and to help a veteran that was also a member of that unit, it brings us back together for one
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another. >> wes, thank you for what you have done for the military and this country, and also for what you did today. it's a great memorial day. thanks very much. >> it was an honor. thank you. >> the white house has outed the top cia officer in kaboul. it was a mistake, but now the officer will have to be pulled from the post. >> yeah, it was a list distributed to the press. when the president spoke, he also spoke with top u.s. officials in afghanistan, a list of 15 individuals was handed out to the press to let everybody know exactly who the president was meeting with, and there listed the chief of station, even gave the name of the individual obviously with the cia, we're not going to repeat the name here, but that caused a brief scandal.
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white house officials scrambled to pull that back. that pool list goes out to some 6,000 journalists here in the united states and all over the world. john. john in nigeria today the military says it knows where the kidnapped schoolgirls are located but says it won't use force to rescue them. the defense chief said he doesn't want to risk the girls getting hurt during the rescue. this is the first time officials are reporting a sense of where the girls were taken. pope francis left tel-aviv taifd after a three-day visit to the holy land. he also made one of his boldest diplomatic moves so far. inviting the palestinian and
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israeli presidents to the vatican. russia has called on ukraine's pro -- president elect, petro poroshenko to stop all military action in the east. but poroshenko is promising to stop the accept accept -- separatists. voters have dealt a blow to the idea of european unity. simon mcgregor wood reports. millions seem to have voted for less europe, not more this the big proeurope parties keep their majority but now there are dozens of new members who want to cut eu powers or break it up all together. in france the national front delivered the biggest shock.
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the platform of bringing powers back to france. >> translator: our people demand a single policy, the policy of the french for the french with the french. >> reporter: in the uk, it was the uk independence party. in greece the left wingers, all of them trading on the anger and dissolution caused by europe's economic crisis. here in brussels it is not clear the message has sunk in now. leaders point to the fact that they still enjoy a clear majority. but they also have started arguing amongst themselves about who should be the new president. just the kind of inside politics that has turned voters away. it's against the yuj cost of saving the currency, and the idea that the leaders are out of touch. >> we have to get back the european union working for the
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normal people. >> reporter: the temptation in brussels might be to dismiss the results as national protest votes, but this vote may mean millions of europeans want europe to change. that more integration is not what they want. and europe's leaders ignore that at their per rel. thailand's king as officially endorsed that country's military coup. it has em-boldened the military leaders now in charge. andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: thailand's monarchy has witnessed 12 coups in their history. the king isn't here. at 86 he was too ill to at tend. this general is now officially running the country and said he didn't have a time frame for elections, but they would be held as soon as possible. >> translator: we will maintain firm control and deal with those
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who violate the law or use weapons as well as any protest or anything that would create a [ inaudible ] situation. >> reporter: with media sensorship and a ban on many people. >> i'm incredibly concerned. in the last two days there has been a very concerted targeting of free speech advocates. >> reporter: the leader of mass protests against the government was freed on bail, there is alarm now on what could happen next. the red shirt movement established in the wake of a 2006 coup has largely gone to ground, but some thing that's ominous. most analysts believe the coup is linked to the likely royal succession, while the king is revered by the country, the
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crown prince isn't perceived to be as popular. the schools have opened again, but there is nothing normal about the situation there. a pregnant woman in sudan is set to be whipped and hanged. she is in jail days away from giving birth shackled to her other child who is just 20 months old. bernard smith reports. >> reporter: as the catholics celebrate mass at a church, one of the parishioners is locked in a cell while chained at her feet while 8.5 months pregnant. she has been sentenced to death under islamic law for abandoning
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islam and marrying a christian. her lawyer says there is no evidence she ever was a christian. >> in the sudan constitution, there's the right to religion, and even if the african [ inaudible ]. so actually the judge ignores this principle. >> reporter: mare an's husband is allowed in to prison to see his wife and son once a week for just 15 minutes. >> she is complaining about the baby. she the baby has two days. that's not [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: the judge's sentence has shocked many people in sudan. >> mostly those supporting my
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family are muslim. and i don't think that this is not an issue of christianity and islam. >> reporter: maream's lawyers have launched an appeal. and the judiciary set out a statement saying they will review the appeal. there is ever chance her sentence could be overturned. but it could be up to a month before her case is heard. during which time she will have given birth. coming up why so many brazilians wish the big soccer tournament wouldn't come at all.
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good evening, i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau. we're looking at bumpy rocky weather across parts of texas. let's show you everything that is happening. we saw a lot of activity up towards houston. we saw about seven tornados down here towards corpus christi as well as towards the panhandle. if you look at the tornado warnings those are those bright red boxes. those are still in effect for many areas. it's kind of ironic, because we're looking at severe drought
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situation going on, and we're getting all of that flooding as well. we still expect to see a lot of rain tonight. especially here towards the northeast. actually houston we are seeing delays at the airport, and tomorrow the an inis slowly going to start to make its way a little bit toward the east. for cast for dallas looks like this tuesday and wednesday is going to be a very messy day. and for boston we are seeing temperatures dropping off. cooler temperatures for many people across the region over the next couple of days. your news is straight after this.
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with just over two weeks left to kick off the 2014 world cup, brilliance are -- brazilians are not as fired up about hosting the cup as you might think. daniel reports. of course the football world cup should be in brazil, five
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times winners, the birthplace of the beautiful game, kicking around on the beach, who could complain? well these people for one. >> translator: now i'm terrified brazil should not host the world cup. it's absurd. all of these expenses do not have the population in mind. and now most of it is coming from our own pockets. >> reporter: protesters say the estimated $14 billion being spent on hosting the tournament is at the expense of health, education, and housing. louise loves his football but agrees. >> translator: as a brazilian, i'm in favor of posting the world cup, but in terms of everything we're giving up, it's not worth the sacrifice. >> reporter: brazilians across the country have also been protesting. a major concern to the
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authorities as the world prepares to converge on brazil for a tournament that seems to get bigger and costlier every four years. there is obviously some passion for the world cup. this on the iconic copacabana beach. but until the world cup actually kicks off, we will have to see where these pockets of passion infect the rest of this country. they will tell you it was so different the last time brazil hosted the world cup in 1950. >> translator: this explosion of enthusiasm did not start until brazil won in 1958 and in the '70s when they started decorating the streets. >> reporter: they lost it that time to their tiny neighbors, your -- uruguay.
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>> translator: the marriage between football and brazil is a perfect one. i started the decorations earlier to motivate the people. hoping they would dive head on into the spirit of the world cup. >> reporter: whoever said that football was just a game. in april as the world cup looms, it looks like a lot more than that, both on and off the pitch. coming up, all knew tonight on our newscast at 11:00 eastern time. a mud slide in colorado said to be six time bigger and much deadlier than the one in washington state. and walking on a wire 1300 feet above new york, my conversation with him on his historic trade center towers some 40 years ago,
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and what he still wants to accomplish. there is a memorial day tradition in illinois that may show you a side of rodeo history you probably didn't know existed. for almost 40 years, thousands of african-americans from the midwest have been gathering in illinois to celebrate their rich rodeo culture. andy reports. >> reporter: this rodeo might not look or sound like anything you have seen before. >> here he comes! >> reporter: but for thousands of black riders and fans and a handful of whites and hispanics, the annual pen brook, illinois rodeo, or black rodeo, a just old hat. >> riding my horse. >> this rodeo is the one thing in this area that brings people from all over the country to. >> reporter: the organizer carries on the rodeo that his father started on their ranch in
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1974. an annual event. and he'll tell you those old stories about white cowboys at the heads of cattle drives weren't the whole story. >> the guys that stayed with the cattle were the blacks and the hispanics. >> my daddy taught me. >> reporter: and from the old days, it's a lifetime removed from today's cowboys, like this girl. a typical teen with a need for speed. >> reporter: do people think it's weird when they see you doing what you do. >> yeah. >> reporter: what do they say? >> they say you got horses and i say yeah. >> reporter: the soil was so bad here in penbroom, the saying used to go that you couldn't even raise hell on its. but the freed slaves kept
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trying. how ironic to see a few symbols of the old confederate around here. and mike says whatever subtle racism he used to feel as a rodeo rider has faded. >> you are still going to have the archie bunkers, but i think people now are willing to judge a man for what he is worth. >> reporter: besides he says the only ones who really don't care about a cowboy's color are the bulls and the bronks. the rumble of motorcycles could be heard thought the capitol this weekend. a ride for prisoners of war or
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missing in action. >> i honor this event for all of the men and women who have died for this country. there is no better way than to honor them than with this american flag on my bike and riding with all of my brothers. >> the thunder to me is power in unity, and coming together for one cause, to praise our services. >> i had 20 years and two days in the united states air force. i started in vietnam in 69 and '70. i enjoy it here. there are a bunch of patriots here. it makes you have a good feeling when people stand on the side of the road and wave at you and salute you when you go by.
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>> my grandfather was a vietnam veteran. and he was my inspiration for joining the military in the first place. so this is to honor him. and on this memorial day, our freeze frame comes from vicesberg, mississippi. a 7-year-old boy touching the head stone of a union soldier. it has the most civil war grave sites of any cemetery in the country. former slaves reburied dead union prisoners of war and then held a cemetery dedication ceremony. the headlines are coming up with richelle in just a moment. ♪ person
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>> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are tonight's top stories. developments out of nigeria today. the military says it knows where the abducted girls are located but will not use force to rescue them. the news offers some hope to the families of the more than 200 missing girls. ukraine has launched air strikes against pro-russia rebels in the
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east. the separatists took control of the international airport in donetsk earlier today. russia has warned the government in kiev to stop all military action there. the violence comes the day after ukraine voted in a new president. the bill -- billionaire is refusing to hold talks with armed rebels. in egypt the government has declared the second day of presidential elections a holiday. fidd fidd fidd fiddle awe sisi is expected to win. morsi supporters are boycotts the vote. pope francis wrapped up his three-day visit to the holy land today. on his visit he made one of his boldest diplomatic moves so far inviting the leaders of
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