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>> she giggles everytime she steps into the revolving door of justice >> she became legendary... >> the finer the store, the bigger the challenge >> al jazeera america presents the life and crimes of doris payne >> this is al jazeera america. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. president obama authorizes 1500 troops to deploy to iraq to fight isil. and in jerusalem hundreds of israeli riot police hoping to prevent clashes from escalating. and the city of detroit bankruptcy approved today. and new jobs great created, and the unemployment rate drops again.
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>> we begin with new developments in the fight against isil. the united states has increased it's ground presence in the region. the white house announced just a short time ago that 1500 more u.s. troops are headed to iraq. they'll support iraqi forces battling isil fighters but will not take part of fighting. >> reporter: 1500 troops as you mentioned the white house said that they will be there to train, advise peshmerga counterparts. they will go in as a non-combat role. they'll station american advisers all around iraq. what is the goal? there is an expected offensive,
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a military offensive to take place in anbar. isil has taken over areas close to baghdad, and an offensive, a counter offensive is buying prepared by the iraqi government with the advice of the u.s. military. many of these advisers, roughly doubling the number that are already in there, which is 1400 american advisers will be helping with that, and training iraqi units. half of the 50 brigades evaluated by the u.s. military were deemed untrustworthy, unviable and not able to work with them. many advisers will be involved. >> mike, earlier today the white house met with congressional leaders from both parties of the white house. do we know what might have come out of that meeting? >> well, we do have some official versions. it happens two hours, and in the
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west wing. a lot of new leadership including incoming majority leaders. the incoming majority leader of the senate, mitch mcconnell. a lot of talk with john boehner. he said he's warning again against the president against going in alone on immigration, stressed the need for job-related legislation, and talked about items that are important to him including keystone. let's listen. barac >> president barack obama: one thing that i spoke with speakers boehner and mcconnell, i'm confident that they want to produce results as well as on behalf of the american people.
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>> another item on the agenda, the use of military force in iraq. the president had relied on a bush era authorization to justify the fight against isil. the administration asking for $5.6 billion this fiscal year to carry that fight in iraq and syria. >> one more for you. the current congress leaves office in january, so we're in this lame duck period here. what do lawmakers have to accomplish, what would they like to accomplish during that time? >> i think both sides want to get out of town with as little drama as possible. they come in to session next week. we'll see leadership election wher with mitch mc conditional, for example. there will be a new spending bill. there are more nominations the white house would like to have passed by congress while the democrats are in control, and odds and ends, tax breaks that are called extenders in the
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lingo of washington that have to be passed every year. then they'll try to get out of town after that spending bill expires. they'll have another one in place december 11th. >> thank you. the u.s. knows sending more military advisers to iraq or stepping up airstrikes are just part of the inclusion in stopping isil. local elders in nearby georgia are seeing isil's magnetic affect firsthand. we have the story. [♪ singing ] >> reporter: it's a far cry from the ravages of conflict, the valley is little more than a day's drive to syria. there the war has claimed another of this valley's young men. this woman learned two weeks ago that her son had been killed in battle. he was 21.
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>> from syria he messaged me several times that he was okay. four days before his death he sent me a voice message. that was the last time i heard his voice. they have a history of militancy. they evaded the russians during the chechen war. and here local graves of men gunned down by security forces two years ago. we asked the georgian government for an estimate of a number of its citizens fighting in iraq and syria. it declined to comment. reports suggested dozens including a georgia commander now an islamic state commander. he elders are troubled by the tendency towards jihad.
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>> the young people going to syria. the older generation are against this. we do not want our children to kill or to be killed. >> by omar's own admission the young are not hearing his message. many go across town to a new mosque, which preaches a more conservative islam. no one there would talk to us about their faith or those they may know in iraq or syria. the lure of jihad may be strong, but this is a region where jobs and opportunities are so scarce that many have no choice but to leave. the link between islamic state and this area have attracted attention but many of the wrong kind. there is a sense that the valley should not be viewed as a suspicion of hotbed of radicalism, but rather an area urgently in need of support.
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these elderly women sing prayers for peace, forgiveness and for those in trouble, but they sing alone, and no one is there to listen. al jazeera. georgia's pankisi valley. >> the fight against isil has give bashar al-assad space so bush back hard lines. these exclusive images show fighting between the two sides near the syrian golan heights. al nusra took control of the area weeks ago and has been fighting assad forces there ever since. the al-qaeda-linked group has been spreading across the country. they were targeting fighters with the so-called cora son
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group. we had a coalition airstrikes against isil in september. this is the second time that they've been targeted. the narrative was that it was only against isil. now there is fear of civilian backlash. civilians had been living under regime bombardment for four years now, now there is a feeling that they're coming under bombardment from the coalition. this is a very active war still even though all the focus has been on kobaner and aleppo. this is an area they've been trying to take back.
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th20 civilians killed, this is a city besieged by the government in the surrounding areas. one of the tactics now that winter is coming, the government is keen to cut any supply route for the rebels there and take it. we have to remind our viewers 6 million people internally displaced inside syria. millions outside, and no political solution seems to be at the table at the moment even though there are talks behind the scenes. people will tell you that that seems a very long way off. >> hard line islamic elements are stoking unrest in jerusalem. tension have been high around the al aqsa mosque. successfulled broke out between security forces and palestinians from the west bank. the police believe there will be more clashes. men under 35 were not allowed to
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attend their friday prayers. currently they are not allowed to prayer on the mound. but they can visit. israel said it will not change those rules, but palestinians are skeptical. here is our report. >> well, that huge israeli presence right around the old city ahead of family prayers has filtered away to palestinian neighborhoods while they brace themselves for another protests. however, in the backdrop of all that we're now hearing senior israeli officials including benc benjamin netanyahu appealing for calm.
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it is now clear that the israeli leadership is concerned about what's going on in the occupied east, with the protest and with the violence there is still a huge security presence. that certainly is not helping to calm things down. and, indeed, we're expecting more protests, whatever the case this issue, which has been brewing here in the occupied east of jerusalem, it's very quickly becoming an international concern. of course we've heard jordan raise concerns to the u.n. security council and the e.u.'s foreign ministry here discussing the issue with the israeli foreign minister and the white house has also expressed concerns. there is a lot of pressure on israel to calm things down here and the measures they have been using, heavy security forces and heavy policing tactics do not appear to be doing the chick. that is why we're hearing these comments and appeals, if you will, for calm by the israeli
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government. >> today's protests are just the latest in a cycle of two weeks ago. at its court access to an area of islam, judaism and christian alike, we have more oh over the conflict of the temple mount. >> reporter: the recent successfuscuffles are that israel could change the rules of who worships there. but the controversy over the site is not new. palestinians and israeli forces clashed on friday in the west bank and east jerusalem. it's the latest unrest over access to one of the most contested religious sites in the world. they refer to as the temple mount and what muslims call a noble sanctuary and christians worship here too. >> this is a place of great accredited news to three areas.
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>> the conflict over these 37 acres date back centuries. in 1967 israel captured it from jordan along with the rest of east jerusalem and the west bank but jordan still acts as the compound's custodian. muslims have been allowed to worship at the al aqsa rock, and thedom of the rock. and views at the wailing wall. the relationship between the two sides have long been tense ands has worsened as israelis increase the demand that jews be allowed to pray on the site. >> this sacred place belongs to muslims. the jews have no right.
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the police should open the temple mount for jewish visitors. >> muslims angry about what they see as change of the site. tony until recent many observant jews did not want to set foot on the site for fear of looking to be reviling the sight. >> sanctions against the former president, a symbolic leader of the resistence. thousands took to the stress of
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sanaa. shia houthi rebels, al-qaeda, which is sunni, has increased attacks in response. actors historic day in detroit. a federal judge has approved the city's plan to get out of bankruptcy. they're allowed to cut $7 million in debt. bisi onile-ere, explain what this means for the city's financial future. >> tony, finally it means that the city has a fresh start. the bankrupt judgcy judge spent an hour listening. they stent 15 months and more negotiating with creditors.
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a deal was hammered out a couple of months ago. there was a concern that that art could have been sold off to appease the creditors and the retirees. a lot has been done here in detroit in a very short amount of time. judge stephen rhodes said today this bankruptcy was about a shared sacrifice for the betterment of the city of detroit. he also warned that nothing like this should ever happen again. shortly afte after the judge wrapped up, the governor, rick snyder, addressed the media. >> if you go back to july of last year people had many different concerns and very few people believe we could see a successful conclusion in this time frame. it's here today. this is a day we should celebrate and enjoy. but it also marks a day that we have more work to be done.
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>> and there is a sense of optimism here in the city of detroit tonight. but there is still some residents who say, you know what, they strongly believe the city could have gone down a different path, but overall this bankruptcy, it's a done deal and it should officially lift in the next couple of weeks. >> how soon will the residents feel this and see an improvement in city services? >> that's a good question, tony. as part of this restructuring plan, the city plans to invest $1.4 million. this money will be used for blight removal and improve city services such as fire, police and transportation. this will be done over the course of 10 years, and i've talked again to a lot of residents who say it's only been a year since this bankruptcy filing, and they are already beginning to see improvements. >> bisi onile-ere for us in
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detroit. a new jobs report showing unemployment at its lowest rate since july of 2008. employers added more than 200,000 jobs. extending the hiring growth that comes three days after voters edgesterred their fears about the future in up coming elections. >> reporter: the headline number from the october employment report reinforces a slow-steady recovery. the household surveys shows a number of americans who have a job increased by 683,000. and more people reentered the
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labor force, and that means they're encouraged about the prospect of finding work. >> all signals the unemployment rate which stands at 5.8% is falling for reasons we want to see. >> the unemployment rate is going down for the right reasons. more people are finding jobs. and as a result when we keep continuing that, we'll have more people looking for jobs as well. >> now for all the good news there are some troubling trends, and topping the list, hourly wages. they picked up with a 2% increase over the past year. that means americans are making enough to keep up with inflation but not to pull ahead, and they have to pull ahead if they're going to spend more and kick the
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recovery in high gear. an >> patricia. thank you. >> a mixed day on wall street the dow was up just 19 points. the s&p 500 a point and the nasdaq was down by six points. >> new reports that a manufacturer knew it's airbags could explode, but covered it up for years before issuing a recall.
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>> loretta lynch from new york, if nominated and confirmed by the senate she'll be the first black attorney general. the supreme court announced it will take up another major challenge for the affordable care act. this case involves the subsidies you. it can be only offered through states that set up its own
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exchanges. the high court did not say when it would hear the case. we're learning one of the world's largest suppliers of airbags is lear had been secretly involving a problem since 2004 but did not start warning the public since. >> joining us now is a senior analysis with kelley blue book. how big is the scope of this airbag defect? how many car companies are we
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talking about. >> 14 million worldwide. i would say massive is the best word to use to describe this recall. none of those numbers i have confidence in are not going to change and mostly change upwards versus downward. >> so carl this is pretty damning. the allegation is that the car company, the manufacturer knew that it's airbags could explode
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but covered it up for four years. this is--this is out of the box, isn't it? >> it is a major supplier. if something happens to them it would be very hard to fill that void. it would take a while to ramp up to fill that void. but if that's true, the remark that if it is true that will take that company into a serious legal liability that will be devastating. >> you talk about the numbers here not necessarily trusting all the numbers that have come out so far, do automakers and consumers now have to go back and look at, think about deaths, injuries, that might now be
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linked to these airbags? >> yes, that's the interesting thing, too. when these problems crop up, you have to go back and see if there are instances of injuries that we didn't properly classify that were related to this problem? if happens every time one of these recalls break out. people didn't know at the time that that was the true cause of the problem. we'll probably see higher numbers than we've already seen, which is 34 injuries and 4 deaths. >> is there a huge class action lawsuit waiting to happen here? >> it is, and it's interesting because most of the time these types of things are associated with a single automaker, but the takata airbag is crossing over
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11 manufacturers. and if it does happen i'm not sure that takata will be enough and car manufacturers will be pulled in to this thing. >> a whistle blower which led to a large fine of one of the largest banks is speaking out. we talk to her about her decision to pull the whistle on jp morgan in 2008. now it paid $9 million in securities violations. they will appear on "real money with ali velshi" tonight right here on al jazeera america. top congressional leaders met with president obama today to find some common ground, but is there any? how today's meeting may set the stage for the next two years. plus protests in mexico over 43 students who have disappeared, but some say this is not an isolated incident.
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>> you have you heard anything about the meeting? >> well, i know, i heard it's about as cordial as they ever
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are. in politics they beat each other up and then shake hands. let's go to house speakers john boehner's press conference where he talked about the president and matches and potentially burning himself. >> the president continues to act on his own. he's going to poison the well. when you play with matches you take the risk of burning himself. he's going to burn himself if he continues going down this path. >> will the president go toward on his promise to do something with immigration reform through executive action. and if he does, i is that because of compromise between this president and congress. >> if you live to what speaker boehner said, yes.
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the president has said, he said the day after the election he will be presenting some sort of executive order on immigration. and you know, you asked what had the news out of the lunch was, the news was that the speaker basically threatened him. he said if you go it alone and if there is amnesty we will not do immigration reform. it's holding it hostage. already that kind of demeanor is beginning to take hold and they're not even in to the next congress yet. >> what does immigration reform look like for republican-controlled congress. i've had two g.o.p. strategists on in the last two days, and i asked them where does it start. they say it starts with border security and the fence. now what do you do the people in the country now without proper documentation. i can't get a straight answer. >> because they don't seem to know that straight answer. they don't to yet. if they're going to be writing laws coming up in the next
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congress they have a little bit of time to do that, and they're waiting as well to react to whatever executive order the president puts out there. however, you heard the other day when mitch mcconnell was speaking after the election, he himself said, live, we're willing to talk about immigration, we're all about strengthening the border. the president said the same thing. strengthening the border because he's trying to play into the hands of what the republicans want. but there are other things that are going through the minds of republicans that i've talked to, they're talking about some-- >> can i stop you there for a second here? went that part and parcel of what marco rubio, senator rubio was talking about? and wasn't he--didn't he face a stern rebuke from members of his own party? >> he certainly did.
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and a lot of that was politics. a lot of it is because it is really not necessarily great legislation. but what you're getting at here, rubio talked that his own party did not like it. he's talking in big terms that his party has not come after it. they need something that they can galvanize behind. >> let's put some markers down here. what are the top priorities for republicans, maybe stuff that they're not even mentioning now. they're talking about keystone a lot. what are the top agenda items for republicans moving forward? >> well, if you listen again to minority soon to be majority leader mcconnell the other day talking, the corporate tax rate seems to be something that they're all glomming on to, and the president in turn today before starting the lunch, when he had that press gathering in the cabinet room he was saying to himself that he knows they want to work on making the tax
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code easier, but he has to make sure that it's fair. he thinks that the republicans will go right for corporate taxes. they'll also talk about energies. energies are going to be a big focus on what this republican in congress wants to do. they want to talk about oil ex-pourtation and talk about the going after the epa. they don't have the votes in the senate to do that right now because you need 67 votes, but there is certainly initiatives that the epa has put together that a senator from kentucky that the majority leader of the senate is not going to like. >> this gets back to immigration and other issues as well. has the g.o.p. considered the almost 30 million latino voters projected to go to the polls by 2016, and does that number have the potential to make the republicans rethink some of the position on some of the issues going forward maybe even rethink its posture on immigration? >> well, it's too early to say whether they're going to rethink their posture. they're taking some delay in the fact that cory gardner won the
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senate seat in colorado, the only state where theish of immigration and latino voters came in to play. in texas crowing about how many latinos voted for greg abbott over wendy davis and voted for himself. i think if they look at the election day as a mandate on immigration, they're going to be fooling themselves. it was not an issue in play on tuesday, and they are going to try and take that issue with the president does, dismantle it and come unwith a plan of their own so they can go to voters in 2016 and voters in 2015, saying hey, we tried to do this, but the president said no. >> michael shure joining us from los angeles, good to see you, michael. take care of yourself. >> thank you. >> good news for senate democrats today. republican ed gillispie conceded to mark warner. gillispie said he would not seek a recount. he has a 16,000 vote lead out of more than 2 million votes cast.
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that means republicans will control 52 seats in the senate. democrats have 44. and independent who is caucus with them and louisiana still has not been called yet. in mexico tens of thousands of people are protesting the government over its suspected ties over 43 student activist. today is a day of protest demanding transparency and accountability. 43 students have been policing, and several have been seen pain di the police. but this disappearance is not an isolated incident. >> why all of this? because the current government does not take human rights into account, and public security is not a main priority. they are toxic subjects which damage the image of the government and the possibility of attracting tourism and investments, which seems to be the most important priorities of the current government.
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>> i spoke with ray suarez, the host of al jazeera's "inside story." he has been following this story closely and has insights of what is happening in mexico. >> this is a combination of corruption and incompetence. the response from the top was slow and badly handled. the response closer down to the town where these kidnappings and presumed murders happen, well, that has a lot to do with the relationship between the local government and the drug cartels active in that area. one of the major criminal gangs in the country. >> last year the federal authorities said that more than 26,000 people had disappeared in mexico between 2006 and 2012 under any number of circumstances, right? but what is it about these disappearances that seems to have galvanized so many there, particularly in mexico city? >> through much of the drug war, tony, there has been the hint coming from law enforcement, from elected officials, that if
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you die in this war, it might mean that you're mixed up in it some way. as a member of the gang, as a relative of someone as part of the drug trade. but the consensus among mexicans is that these young student teachers, 43 of them had no part in the drug wards at all and were brazenly kidnapped when they were going to protest for better continues at their teacher's college. these kids have names. they have parents, they have home towns, and i think this crime and it's shocking openness, and it's connection to the mayor and his wife in the town where it happened, has people saying, enough, and that they won't be satisfied until there is a sufficient answer from government. >> yes, what is the story that the country's attorney general is saying about the involvement, the allegation here from the country's attorney general about the involvement in the
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disappearance of these students of the mayor and his wife? >> well, the mayor was about to leave office in the next cycle, and his wife wanted to succeed him as mayor of the town. she's also a functionary in one of the wealthier's organizations sponsored by the federal government. at an event where she was holding it in her town where she is a candidate, the students were go to show up and rain on her parade and ask for better conditions at their school. she did not want that to happen, and she told the police to take care of them. they took that to mean shut them up. they were handed over in a way that was seen by people in the town two people of a very influential large drug gang, and they've never been seen since.
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>> ray suarez, you can tune in to inside story today at 5:00 p.m. eastern as soon as we're done here. ray will have a deeper look into today's jobs numbers, and why people are still showing disappointment with the economy despite the obvious growth. let's take a look at other stories making headlines across the u.s. >> a man accused of abducting a philadelphia woman is in virginia why he faces attempted murder charges. he is accused of kidnapping and raping the teenager last month. charge in the abduction of carli na gaither will have to wait. [ chanting law will win ] >> dozens turned out for the demonstration in louisville. a showdown in the u.s. supreme court appears inevitable.
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investigators looking into the crash of a virgin galactic spacecraft in california wrapped up. one pilot was killed and the other miraculously survived. it will be months before they announce the result of their investigation. residents of oklahoma city tornado alley could qualify for a free storm shelter. a new grant is designed for low income homeowners, many are still picking up the pieces from a storm last year. >> they're absolutely blown away. they can't believe they were able to get this. they feel so much safer, and they're just really appreciative to get this. the great part about this program is that it's not a rebate. it's a grant. they're not out of pocket any money. >> it's estimated 20% of oklahom oklahoma city's residents have a storm shelter or safe room. those storm shelters could cost thousands of dollars.
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it's a nice grant. >> you're back a little later? >> back at 6:00. >> for 54 years the united states has had a trade embargo on cuba but there has been a lot of talk whether the u.s. should keep it. havana has lost 1 trillion-dollar because of it, and while cuba is trying to boost it's trade, not everyone sees the island open for business. >> reporter: cuba has no selling the things its known f a rum to. but the government reaches a foreign investment law and hopes to sell more to foreign investments. >> to achieve the results we need this the country of just 11 million we need to make the decision-making process to work. it's important that we grow 5% to 7% a year. the population expects results and investments are the only way to get them. >> a multi million dollar free
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trade zone being built west of havana needs to entice foreign companies. the trade fair carries added importance. four and a half thousand companies from cuba and 60 countries came to do business with one another. >> cuba needs foreign investment and it needs it badly. there are plenty of countries out interest who would like to invest, seeing this huge potential this country has to offer. so what's holding things up? for years and years of mistrust and suspicion and two different economic systems. the biggest obstacle is the u.s. embargo. the cubans have called it a blockade. the u.s. companies exhibited here feel its days are numbered. >> what does the relationships look like? >> they're positioning to take advantage of a market they've been denied access to since 19
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1959. >> we as a company we're looking at free trade in order to eliminate the bloc and do business with each other. >> spain confident that they, too, could overcome obstacles. >> they've been clarifying many of the rules that until now were not clear. so now is a good time to come here and invest. >> we all have to sell to designated buyers, and the rules were very strict. >> more than 50 years of doing business the communist cuba way cannot be changed overnight. [music] >> they'll have to get used to this kind of marketing. but both foreign investors and the cuban authorities are trying hard to find a tune that they can dance to together. al jazeera, havana. >> still to come on al jazeera america. the illegal poaching trade brings in 20 million a year. next, how one group is using
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forensic science to track down the hunters.
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>> forensic science has been used to hunt the hunters. we go to techno with more. >> reporter: rhinos are being hunted to extinction. cutting edge science is helping to put traffickers behind bars. the lab analyzed dozens of horns
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in a recent smuggling case against jimmy and felix, among thousands of items the lab investigates each year all to protect wildlife. >> on this day a doctor is conducting an occupation on a golden eagle. >> often the animals are found dead. that's all the history that we have. so we have to use our skills and our knowledge and our senses to figure out what went on right before the animal died. extending from the right side of the chest and down the medial an aspect of the right leg. >> that suggests a cause of death was electricushion, possibly by a power line. in these photographs taken under a special forensic yellow light those singed parts grow orange
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further proof that the burden was electrocuted. >> the character of the hole through the school, it's long and beveled on one side and it's not as beveled on this side, the fact that the bone is discovered around it. >> i can see that for sure. >> that's more indicative of a gunshot wound. >> it. the bones are needed as evidence in court the body is galvanized. the lab's colony of beetles can strip a carcass clean in a matter of days. >> you're dealing with the gory details here. do you find yourself ever being personally impacted by what you see on the table? >> when i see something that
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indicates suffering prior to that, and they're slowly wasting away and starving, that's when it gets hard, but i think of everything as being stuffed animals, if you will. it makes them easier. >> but still pretty hard. joining us now is "techknow" contributor marieta good to see you. >> this is really fascinating stuff. tell us more about this lab and what makes it so unique and who are the people who work there? >> it is the u.s. fish and wildlife forensic lab and it's the only kind of it's kind in the world. this hip in major problems in
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long-term survival of a number of critically endangered sees sees. >> i know our sister channel has been doing work on this. has it been focusing on international trafficking cases? >> well, it focuses on a large variety of cases that range from deer hunted out of season to pelicans killed during the bp oil spill and even high profile international poaching cases. we covered a story of a smuggling team bringing in rhino horns into the los angeles area. but not all cases wind up being criminal. the golden eagle that we covered in the slip was most likely killed by a power line which is not necessarily a natural death but not a crime. >> what happened in the rhino horn smuggling case.
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>> rhinos are one of the most critically endangered species on the planet. there are less than a hundred of them left. in this case it was driven by an operation called operation crash meant to bring the smaller smuggler to justice. the smugglers pleaded guilty to five charges and are serving time currently. >> the columnist talked about controlling her emotions by thinking of her cases as stuffed animals. are this other coping mechanisms that people in the lab are using? >> a lot of these cases are not for the faint hearted. they spoke of a lot of cases where it's clear that the specimens were not just killed but tortured. that's hard to swallow for anyone. their focus is on the science, and the lab's director said that they need to speak for the evidence.
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they're focused on producing results that are credible and can hold up in court of law. >> marita from the "techknow" team. terrific show as always. you can catch "techknow" on saturday at 7:30 eastern time that's 4:30 pacific on al jazeera america. coming up on the program, a droughts that had a killed off trees that normally live--that they normally live in, so these birds have found a new industrial habitat, i'll explain it later and better after the break.
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>> jacob ward reports where southern california ar where birds are taking refuge. >> reporter: there are big changes. the national autobahn society found that climate change will emperil nearly half of the u.s.
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birds within this century. and already birds are having to adopt in human encroachment in often difficult, impossible ways. the bird used to roost in the hollowed out trunks of trees. but those trunks are so hard to find after years of logging that the birds have found a new habitat, one built by humans. this is mcneers breck yard. they this is a holy place for birds. these birds will flew in a huge mass into the chimneys. we hope to catch it on camera. rusty discovered this place because he knew that the swifts liked industrial chimneys. >> i stopped my car, just checking it out watt great
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expectations. >> every morning for a month the birds pour out of the top of the chimney to return at night. this group of devoted birders try to count, but no one knows where they leapt before this and where they'll sleep next. >> the next site is downtown los angeles. and ultimately they're going to central america. >> so why have they chosen these chimneys? >> the search of a giant redwood tree. it has qualities where the birds can cling. >> it's amazing to see the vortex of birds circling around this pollution that has damaged birds populations all over the world, and yet here they are clinging to the sides of it to survive. >> while we stood there
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literally thousands of birds converged in this one hollow place. we're looking at a swarm of hundreds of thousands of birds. i don't know if this can be seen on camera but it's amazing to look at. there are masses of birds stuffing themselves down, and they'll bundle up together to stay warm and conserve energy to get ready for that next big push to los angeles. although it's making the most of what it has this bird is still in danger. they're vulnerable. and these antique smokestacks are vulnerable. they're in a state of decay. all of them. these smokestacks have been reserved as landmarks, but normally you fell them up with concrete. >> this balance could soon be
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