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stationary lifestyle. >> focus on doing light house hosting and dial our cost way do down because we have a free camp site. >> unfortunately we're out of time, i want to thank you. what a wonderful conversation. until next time, we'll see you online this is "al jazeera america" live from new york city. i am richelle carey. here are today's top stories. isil releases hostages they have held since june while iraqis were protesting airstrikes aimed at isil forces. the impasse may be at an end. >> i am jacob ward. the smallest mistake in putting
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on a suit like this can mean the difference between life and death in fighting it ebola. i will explain in a moment. . >> we begin in turkey where 46 hostages held by the islamic state -- rather by isil returned home today. the circumstances of the release are still unknown. al jazeera has the latest. >> reunited with their family. their release marked the end to the turkish government's hostage crisis. after isil overral mosul in june, they included diplomatic staff, children and special forces police. people wearing blackoutfits with faces covered with black vails entered. they assured us they were not going to harm us. they took all of our belongings
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and told us to leave and go into the street. the group arrived at the capitol. >> today is not only a celebration day for you and your families. it is a very significant day. all of our days in future, we hope they will be as good as this one. we will never experience such a sadness ever again. >> the no ransom was paid and it is reported there was no armed confrontation with isil. it yesterday, the rescue operation that has been going on for days reached its final stage. for months. the turkish intelligence and sacrifices. thirty others were freed and
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release add month later. when the second round were not released as well. questions were asked as to what a ankara was doing to does your their release. until some analyst thinks it won't change even though the hostages are safe. >> i think turkey will continue to be a very reluctant and it it's been cobbled by the united states. turkey has indicated the airspace will not be used in any combat. southeastern board ner, they are playing a more active role in the fight against isil. al jazeera. >> meanwhile, 45,000 syrian kurds fled into southeast turkey to escape isil. they opened up a stretch of land as kurds began to fear an imminent attack on the border town. isil has seized several villages
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and officials estimate thousands are waiting to cross. four are reluctant to offer a coalition, it's you know clear if it has the hostages with that if it's unknown that that policy will change t randall pinkston with details. >> reporter: the release of the hostages, a significant development but so far officially, the u.s. is not saying a lot about it. we have a written statement from national security spokeswoman k5i9lin hayden who told "al jazeera america," we welcome their release. turkey is 57 coalition partners. this was put out last night, turkey is a member of nato but has pledged to provide humanitarian and logistical assistance to the coalition and that om on air basis controlled by turkish territory.
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turkey has refused to sign any agreement pledging military action and other measures against isil. turkey is a haven for rebel groups which have been fighting. president assad is a transit point across the border between turkey and syria. those rebel groups include members of isil. turkey has a huge army and could be significant if it chose to contribute to boots on the ground which military advisors are saying will be necessary to defeat and to destroy isil, the goal of the united states and some of the coalition partners but so far, turkish officials are saying no military intervention against isil. >> earlier, i spoke with al jazeera international affairs ron cole. he said the release shows the inflew ince has on the group. >> quilling hostedages brierlthsy rather than releasing them. and it does re, richelle, i
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think it shows the turkish government. our advantages nearby. exercise and threats involved. tie to be active and up front. a coalition against isil. the current government in turkey, wildly rewill you knowous right on its right-wing, it kind of shades over into some pretty liberal sentiments. so the prime minister would have some trouble with his own base, i think. to be seen on muslim freedom fighters. i think they will probably play a role but behind the scenes. >> juan colbert. hundreds of people marching to
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protest airstrikes. many fought government forces as well. sunnis and american troops following the u.s. invasion of iraq. supporters say they stand for peace. john hendren is on the ground. >> they came by thousands to protest the new occupation in baghdad. they want to build a new it coalition. we don't want any foreign presence. we are done with the occupation. as iraq's government battles the islamic state of iraq in lavant, the prime primary welcome american and french airstrikes. occupation for creating a power vacuum they say gave rise to
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iraq's security crisis. >> so it was created by the americans and the israelis after their creation, they have threatened whole world. they create that. >> a statement of just how strongly they feel that the protests took place in a capitol rocked by daily isil car bombs. here were the memory of fighting against u.s. troops and a lengthy occupation are industrial fresh, they view the foreign aid at best with suspicion. >> the sadr movement welcomes limited foreign aid. >> the iraqi troops only. but of course -- definitely not. on the streets of the capitol where iraqi soldiers have long since replaced foreign troops,
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for some, there is the lingering memory that once foreign boots touch iraqi soil, they can take years to leave it. john hendren, al jazeera, baghdad. >> yemen, the government houthi shia has reached an agreement to the nation's envoy there. they declared a curfew before fighting intensified. dozens have been killed since the forces on the ground say the cease-fire is tentative at best. >> the ambassador for the united nations says he is cautiously hopeful the peace deal will hold. >> whether there they will adhere to the agreement, strictly adhere to it, i am not quite sure. but i believe they will be more eventually. consolidate in their area, then
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they will probably and slowly on the rest of yemen. my problem with that is that it is the beginning of a sectarian conflict. syria in light of the recent fighting in light in the shift of military balance, in light of the fact that the houthis is a political or military co meansive group, whereas the opponents of houthis are f and the government, after all, considering itself a neutral party in the conflict. i am not sure. the victorious party go along.
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i think they will it find their appetite will be greater. not an isolated event. intentions are deep-rooted there. thousands have been protesting government for over a month. russian separatists, humanitarian aid to the city of donetsk for the first time, 200 trucks entered the rebel stronghold today from russia. there were severalplosions at a munitions factory there and more heard at the nearby air portion where rebels continue to fight with government fors. the 9.peace plant is set to go into effect on sunday. meanwhile, the pro-russian forces are putting enemies to work, forcing as many as 140 ukrainian soldiers catch toured as prisoners of war to clean up debris caused by army shelling. government and pro-russian are expected to have a prison he knew change. residents in the east are trying
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to move forward. the fighter jets intercepted several. yesterday, six russian and 16 nautical problems off of the coast of atlantaa. north of the uc. it appears afghanistan's political stand-off is at an end. representatives for presidential candidate abdullah abdullah and his oppose have reached a power scherering agreement. the top candidates. it the failure it will independence referendum, scotts, in favor sus seeding from great britain.
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being said that scotland will never be the same again. the union remains. this is a divided country. in the capitol, strongly against the scottish parliament is said to receive new powers. a second city, glass go, affluent, many mainly working fast hoping to start. people are absolutely it genuinely thought we were going to win. it was an opportunity. a majority is the second capitol of the british empire no longer wants to be british. where to now for that separatist sentiment? >> the nationalist sentiment.
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it was a movement en can suliated for millions, the issue of self determination. a change. i don't think it's going to go away. after before they became angry. after the referendum. the generals and luminaries of scottish life whether to stave off a successful yes vote will be kept and what will happen if they aren't? >> i think they have been workin working, that's the way i feel about it. i can't see, you know, westminster now. westminster now. >> a few weeks, i don't imagine
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what the future is for that. ascribing. what happens next? pennsylvania, people are trying to find the man accused of shooting two troopers last week, killing one of them. searching for eric frame in a remote part of the poconos. there has been sporadic gunfire in the area. residents are being told to stay inside their homes. another attempted security breach. the secret service says an intruder was arrested less than 24 hours after another man-made it inside the white house. not home at the time. >> incident. coming up on "al jazeera america," they are not playing. they are trying to see about the if the he was of natural
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>> tomorrow, thousands are expected to take to the streets of new york city and what organizers hope are a climate change. one issue, the growing number of environmental refugees. commissioner. climate change, the competition, resources, water, food, and that competition. the international red cross says there are more environmental refugees than displaced because of war. but they aren't protected by the
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international law because they are not plclaiming persecution. there are no clear estimates on the number of environmental refugees. 2013, 22 million people were displaced because of natural disasters on part due to extreme weather. climate change many cities su, flooding prolonged droughts are contributing to the number of the environmental refugee joining me to discuss this is michael gerard a law professor for climate change at columbia university. coming in. thank you. the first time, have actually heard the term environmental refugee and considering there are more than refugees from war, why hasn't it gotten more attention? >> it's hard to pin a particular record to climate change environmental factors.
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they are seeing more. increasing duration and severity. >> let's talk more about the term. it's not just climate change. it's all of the effects, everything, can you explain everything that goes into making someone an environmental refugee? >> one of the climate things. the weather. a fewer places become habitable either because there is flooding and they just have to leave or they can't get water to grow their crops. >> where are the people that are leaving, where are they going to? >> most of them are internally displaced. they are going within the countries where they live or they are crossing borders. the biggest problem is where there they are an island and there is month place to go. the small island states of the pacific particularly and also the indian ocean have no place to go. >> do you foresee laws
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pertaining to environmental refugees changing at some point? >> there are no formal international negotiations in that direction at all. there are some informal discussions in the academic and non-governmental organization community but nothing that is -- no formal negotiations. >> did that surprise you? >> no country wants them. >> that's the problem. >> there are no countries that have indicated a willingness to take significant numbers. australia and new zealand take a very small number. >> uh-huh? >> the united states has an agreement to take in some people from a couple of pacific if countries not for environmental change but no country has said please come. please come. >> will it be discussed at the climate change summit? >> on the formal. those are focused more
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financing. central africa. bangladesh. he script. some of the areas depending heavily. all right. >> thank you for coming in and discussing this with us. we appreciate it. we will get more attention because of how many people. thank you. here with weather now. rebbek a? >> yes. >> country not climate, which is something we will discuss in the past, say, 50 to 100 years or more. weather is what will impact you now. two hurricanes in the if pacific.
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remnants. flooding. over farts. flooding. >> widely spaced apart. they are accumulating moisture for hurricanes. right now, you are looking at video from the most recent hurricane. actually, it's a tropical sto storm it has been bringing in quite a bit. alcapulco into the baja peninsula. overnight. the first quick look at the satellite radar over part of the northwest where showers and thunderstorms are intensifying with the daytime heat. we are going to see heavy rain. the remnants contributing to flash flooding. texas right now. so we get over towards parts of california, southern california,
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mainly farther south to new mexico. see the tropical storm on the visible satellite, the polo. >> rainfall, a problem because it's on top of the rain you just got from the last hurricane, odile. polo is expected to bring in about 1 to 2 inches. some americans just getting home from places where they were enjoying beautiful vacation until hurricane odile came through. now this is still lingering in parts of western texas. we expect this to continue through tomorrow. the heavy rain showers, thunderstorms, concerns here are that we have had anywhere from 5 to up to 10 inches in some spots of rainfall this morning just in three hours alone. this is a lot of rainfall quickly so it makes us look at the month of september so far, the amount of raven in our
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cities. set up shop. for instance, austin, six and three-quarters of an inch of rainfall. five inches almost over your average. but much lesser amounts. we will have more, in the next hour, richelle? >> thank you. their homes, tropical storm hit the island with flood waters have not. here is the story. >> reporter: tropical storm fungwong battled man ill a only few hours. during that time, it caused thousands of homes to flood. rescue crews are still working to reach people stranded. our homes, a lot of people were asking for help. it was raining hard and the
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water levels were going up. the tropical storm is making land fall on friday in the north of the philippines but its affects are longer. half a month's rainfall fell in six hours. tens of thousands found shelter in evacuation centers relief is being brought in here as quickly as possible. merged in water, all of our things have been washed away in the current. >> we don't want them to return home yet. the river is still high. some people want to go and clean up. so we let them. in man ill a, a sprawling metropolis of 12 million people, rivers overflowed. heavy rain and strong winds blew downpour lines and cut off traffic. we can't just move to another place. our home is here.
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we spent money on it. it would be a waste if we left. so we will stay here. many expect help from the government to be slow in coming: they have what little they have. al jazeera. >> king fire continues to grow in northern california. it began a week ago in the woods near sixty miles east of sacramento. it has burned 80,000 acres, forcing 3,000 people to have to evacuate their homes. >> on the road clean things up around the house a little bit. arrested a suspect wednesday. he remains in wednesday. $10 million. still ahead on "al jazeera america," dressing for survival. the critical it issue that can
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the lockdown, one. countries hardest hit is unprecedented. victoria gately reports it could prove difficult for poor families there. >> these are sol of the thousands going door to door trying to isolate people infected by the ebola virus. >> in this case, we have the stability of the homes that we are going to see. they have the access to talk to the family to condemn the ebola. a sticker is placed on each house at the visit. infected. in the capitol 3 down. a staff to treat every patient. >> we need healthcare workerss,
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experts. we need people to come here and cope with the situation with supplies and equipment because otherwise, we are going to keep dealing with this, infecting more healthcare workers and then it's like a loop. nationwide confined more than 6 million people to their homes t charity workers say the restrictions are making it difficult for people to earn a living. >> there will be no shots. no place to buy or sell. not even to get your water, drinking water. there will be no access. you can imagine what it means for a community like this where people normally, normally the highest honor and not more than ebo ebola. >> government did try to contain the disease. the world help orth has the first vaccine as early as november. the people on the front line of the fight against ebola, it
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can't come quickly enough. it can be al jazeera. the muslim pilgrims headed to mecca this month will face special ebola screening. millions are expected to join the hage. they will be subject to new medical checks. they will not be allowed in to saudi arabia as of september 14th, the ebola outbreak killed over 2500 people and infected thousands more. liberia has bit hit the worst. about half haare there. more than half of those patients just under 1500 in all have died of the virus. the ebola outbreak has been concentrated. for the health workers to screen and treat patients for ebola, safety is critical. our science and technology jake ward tells us about the detailed steps they have to take to protect themselves. >> when experts talk about put okay and taking off a suit like the one i am about to, they talk about ritualizing the process because you have to make sure
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everything is perfect. now, the ritual begins with drinking water. if you get dehydrated, tbad things can happen to you, not the least of which would be fainting while you are on the job. you are supposed to down water. i am here in a climate controlled western office building going to sweat my brains out while i do this. imagine doing this in western african where suddenly you are dealing with 90, 100 degree temperatures, high humidity and having to wear this kind of thing for hours on end. >> they should g. imagine i have come from treating yoon ebola afflicted patient and have gotten blood or other body material on to me. the seal around my gloves, a crucial thing. the trick is you have to make sure that they are on the outside of your wrist and not on
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the inside where they can wear them away and break the seal. i am going to get out of this suit. i am going to show you the critical mistake that can get so many aid workers in to trouble. >> they are exhausted. a lot of blood. they are panicked. they want this off. they pull it off. fresh air, and their first instinct is to wipe their brow because they are so sweaty. it puts you the thing to consider here is for every person you want in one of these suits out treating people, you need a second person also trained in the use of the suit to get that first person out of it. >> budy system is essential, doctors say, in creating the kind of ritualized process that's going to keep me from being infected.
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tomorrow will mark one year since the al shabaab fighters laid siege to a shopping mall in kenya. 67 people inside the westgate mall were dead. the attack was part of a campaign that continues. a warning amid the images. the bullet entered from this point and went into the blaine. >> the same bullet that launched itself dangerously in his head killed his mother as she tried to protect him. it was in march a few months after the westgate mall siege when armed gunmen attacked worshippers in this church in the coastal town randomly shooting at them. six people were murdered. the government called it an act oftary. >> kenya requires on tourism. the terrorism, less than two
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months later in june a series of attacks and another part of the coast left close to 100 people. fighters claimed responsibility and since the westgate mall siege a year ago, there have been several attacks and assassinations in nooiarobniaro and radio police have been accused of responding late. >> we see the dynamics. the king of these people. to advance the agenda. we minimize this incident. >> the police force is now working closely with private
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security companies which guard most social places in the country. >> checks in public spaces have become part of life in kenya here they are looking for any suspicious looking people or explosive devices. these guards. many. it so the security farm, resecurities c taught about terrorism, different kinds of explosives and how to detect them. this is all new. the instructos have had to quickly change the training manual to deal with the terror threats. the guys are deployed and in times of danger, mostly with nothing but clubs and panic buttons at the front line position ahead of police reinforcement. cath rick soi, al jazeera
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niarobi. >> christians and muslims are celebrating a pope by saint francis in durbin. it was the first -- first built 16th century, destroyed by a fire and rebuilt and destroyed again in 1957 by communists. it was rebuilt and again destroyed after a stalinist dictator declared albania the first world's athiest state. in the latest incarnation, 15 muslim families own it and it stands as a symbol of religious tolerance. lunch with argentina's kirschner. raising questions back home about the pope's policible role in his native country's financial crisis. a report from bubuenos aires. >> the first head of state pope francis received was argentina's
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christina kirschner, the president of his country. today, argentine is a is em body over whether it is or isn't in default. this after a u.s. court prevented a new york bank from making a scheduled payment to bondholders until argentina also pays holdout hedge funds. what does the pope have to do with this? a lot. if you are the president of argentina looking for divine support from the government. support that the pope's former press secretary says the president will receive. >> visit to the u.n. next month to show the support. the church's position is critical of spec pplaci capitol which can many make many suffer and go into bankruptcy without a care. >> some are choosing the pope of
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medaling in politics. something that the vatican has certainly practiced widely throughout history. immensely popular. paper more moral than practical. if the pope is a huge spiritual force and a great magnet for a photo opinion but his ability to influence politics is limited. kirschner's popularity at home. >> this is the fourth time the pope receives president kirschner which is ironic since she is the same president who would not grant an audience to the pontiff when he was here the pope knows she will use this to further her cause but the church may get something out of it. the president has taken legalization of abortion off of her agenda. >> the pope has been careful not
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to publitake sides, these lunchons could at least give the argentine an opportunity to continue gauging the pulse of politics in his homeland. al jazeera, buenos arrestix. >> security is tighter around pope francis after rumors of a isil plan to attack the vatican on wednesday when he holds his weekly general audience in front of saint peter's basilica. one of the suspects was in italy eight months ago. the archbishop, chick, in spokane washington, considered a mott moderate and said he will keep the focus on protecting children and healing those victimized by the clergy. comp rehencive immigration
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reform. started the occupy weight. the small crowd gathered in new york. a far cry. capture the country's imagination. a look back at the occupy movement. >> it started with this ad in the canada based anti-consumers magazine ad busters, a call to flow into lower manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, pooefings barricades and occupy wall street. three years after the crisis, unemployment was up, income was down and a new movement was born. >> about 5,000 occupiers showed up at jacqzuccotti park. something they would eventually be criticized for. bur their example inspired similar movements in more than 100 cities across the u.s. and for people globally. what has occupy wall street acomaccomplished? according to the census bureau, rich are getting richer.
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medium income has increased more than 69% since 1967 while the poor have seen less than a quarter % increase. however, now, there is more public discourse about the issue. the 99% t did much to make it in everyday terms. occupy wall street, freedom of assembly p complaint. university of california the occupy protesters went viral. parallels were drawn between occupiers and the tea party. while the latter managed to change the landscape of the u.s. congress, occupy wall street's has been more subtle. it did mitt romney no favors and leng a hand in electing the first
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democratic mayor in two decades in new york city. a true occupy candidate has yet to emerge and legislation to address income equality met little success. activism inspired by the group continues. >> anniversary, did just that. the group collected $4 million in loans at for-profit everest college, predatory lending that affec affects. al jazeera. coming up on al jazeera america, taking empty stasis in cities and conceverting them to garden thisnique program next. @
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>> this is the international news hour... >> an informed look on the night's events, a smarter start to your day. mornings on al jazeera america re rawls from the largest auto makers, gm, 132] xtxs from model years 2013 to,
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2015 and 2014 and chevy impal as. a parking brake and possibly a fire. gm said the software is free of charge. chrysler's raul affects almost 189 jeep grand cherokees and dodge durangos. with faulty fuel pumps. it covers 2010 and 2011 models. chrysler will fix the problem for free. alibaba became the darling of wall street. the initial public offering, the biggest in history, opening at $68 a share. al jazeera's mary snow looks at the facts you should know about the company. >> adding alibaba to its list was a big coup for the new york stock exchange. >> wasn't alibaba's original plan. it tried to go public on the
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hong kong stock exchange. it was rejected last year because of regulations there. hong kong has rules giving shareholders more of a say in companies than the kind of structure used by alibaba that brings us to the way alibaba is set up. veteran partners to remain in control of the board. u.s. rules allow that and that's why alibaba looked west. shareholders aren't buying actual shares of alibaba headquartered in china. they are buying shares in alibaba group holding limited incorporated in the cayman eye lands. >> allows alibaba to get around laws in china that limit ownership. many staff are expected to be overnight millionaires. it's been reported founder jack ma has been educating them about the pitfalls of sudden wealth. >> brings us back to the company, itself. there has been time between
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alibaba and amazon. it's not quite the same. jack mah said alibaba doesn't sell things. it connects buyers and sellers. it's most often described as a combination of ebay, pay-pal and amazon. there was one comparison that did resonate on day 1. alibaba surpassed amazon as the most valuable online retailer. mary snow, al jazeera. >> san francisco is working on a bold plan to grow food on vacant lots. offering generous tax breaks. housing advocates say the land could be put to better use. >> in the middle of san francisco sits a bee farm with a dozen hives and up to a million bees run by volunteers who plant flowers to produce honey for the neighborhood. >> this used to be an old vacant lot t had never been developed. i don't think there was any real plans for development because it
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has a billboard on it that, you know, the owners of the land wanted to make sure it's visi e visible. extra incentives for setting up community gardens, a new city tax break. someone paying $10,000 in taxes before would now just pay about $100. property assessed as farmland. another part of the sweet de swt deal: they must donate produce to the community or act as a teaching site. >> this legislation would have encourage and incent property owners to think about turning a corner of the city that is blighted and vacant, turning it for at least five years at a time in to an urban garden, a little urban oasis. >> san francisco is not the only city to have passed a law encouraging urban farms. places across country from hawaii to new jersey have come up with financial incentives for property owners to turn their empty lots like this one in to
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something more productive. >> however, with san francisco's tight real estate market, some wonder whether the city can afford to use any space for anything other than housing. >> the median home price is hovering around $1 million in san francisco. the median rents are between 3500 a $3,500,400. this is a crisis. let's use every bit of land as smartly as we can. >> there are few empty lots in san francisco, and advocates have no i will bluingsz how many plots can sprout up. >> we are not necessarily naive to think we are going to feed ourselves, a city like san francisco but how much can we do? >> driving. >> still the effort can make a difference. this serves those who live at the poverty line. you provide over a thousand pounds of food that gets given away to people who have the need for fresh produce who have otherwise no means to have acquired that type of food.
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farming home that it will inspire more cities to join the movement. al jazeera, new york city's transportation theatre controversial ads it t an activist group called the american freedom defense force paid for the ads posted on public transportation across the city. officials say the ads go against its neutral standards and could provoke violence. but they had to allow them. a muslim civil rights organization says the group behind these ads has tried this before. >> defaming. islam and muslims and, you know, tells them that they are the boogie man and they should check under their beds because it's insanity. it's not what this country stands for. >> the same group posted that on new york's transit system and is real passes it. coming up next on "al jazeera
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america," ventures deep into the heart of an active volcano.
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bad we think delayed the latest supplies. officials say they will try to launch the rocket tomorrow. they won a contract to transport astronauts. a close eye on volcanos in the philippines and hawaii. america tonight's joeie chen introduces us to one men who puts his feet to the fire. >> you can't help but look at the video and think, now, this really is hell on earth. a fuming, churning, lake of lava. >> one of the most spectacular
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places in the world. >> adventurer john koronus chose to repel into the heart of it after getting a quick selfie. from the top of the crater down to the lake, it is 1200 feet. >> that's a drop in to fire from about the height of the empire state. a bit of a spoiler: they did survive and karonus told us, yes, it is every bit as incredible as it looks. >> how close are you to it and how high is the temperature at that point? >> you know, the volcano, itself is massive. about 1200 feet inside at a time cratee which was a two-hour rep he will to get down there. at the edge, i am probably about 50 feet away with the churningly lava. to get any closer would be suicide. the closest you could get is the heat raiding off of it is like being next to a blast furnace.
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>> you are thinking what everyone else does when they see this video. this can't be real. it looks like it's straight out of a movie. >> that's the thing. it is real. i have seen the video so many times. i look at it. i think it i think it's some of the special event. a waterfall right behind me. see me in the video. a figure in this. reflective. if you did not have that protective clothing on, you could only stand at the edge for maybe a few seconds at a time before the heat was just so overwhelming. you would get serious burns. stand there and get as close as humanly possible. only for a few minutes at a time. there were times when i was so close that the lens hood on my camera physically melted from the heat of the lava. so i don't hold back when it comes to getting the shot.
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that's what i am really focused on when i am down there. but of course, i want to do it safely because i want to keep doing this for many years. it's. >> it's not everybody's vision after south pacific holiday but he said he wants to share the thrill of going right to the edge. >> this particular voyage was to really see the volcano. they are dangerous and dynamic. if you know what you are doing, relative safety, show the world this amazing place and obviously, it's gone all over the world. i am glad people are able to see this through my eyes. >> he said relative safety. really? made their way. 36 contestants from 16 countries. international base jumping challenge much the challenge: throw on a parachute and leap from 1200 feet above the ground.
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so at that height, the average jumper is moving at 50 miles per hour or about 73. richelle carey. fault lines is next. thank you for your time. ♪ >> it's christmas eve, and us soldiers are preparing for their last months in afghanistan. about forty thousand are still here - by the end of the year, there'll be just eight thousand. we traveled to afghanistan i