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in is al jazeera america live from new york city, i'm richelle carey, here are the top stories. president obama's mission to asia - what is at stake for the united states at the apec summit home at last, two save our release from detention in north korea with weeks left, will there be a deal on iran's nuclear programme. and 25 years after they were reunited germans celebrate the
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fall. berlin wall. it's been five years since president obama last visited the world's second largest economy. now he's headed to china and the asian region on a trip that could shape policy. he is expected to touch down in beijing tonight. it is the first stop on a trip taking him to myanmar and australia. patty culhane has more. >> reporter: u.s. president obama once again heads off on the long journey to asia, with stops in china, myanmar and australia, a chance to fulfil a long-time promise of his presidency. >> pivot by the united states back to asia, our desire to pivot and focus on the asian
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region. >> we were able to pivot to the asia pacific region. >> the pivot was part of the campaign. is it a reality. except for a roleating a few -- rotating a few thousand troops to australia not much have changed. >> since the budget cuts asia has been held level, while other areas face serious cuts. it's not necessarily as dramatic as one might think in the first place. >> reporter: if you look at trade, it's worse. when the president took office it was $336 million, in 2013 it was $497 million. was the president heads to the region, he has a renewed chance to change it, by pushing ahead with the transpacific. it was the democrats against giving the president more authority to negotiate a deal.
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as the president lands, it's expected he'll make a push for trade agreement and meet with china's president to talk climate change, and head to myanmar, trying to save what his administration held up as his chief foreign policy success. it's all but stalled. president obama is a man in search of a legacy, hoping the trip helps to build a foundation for that for a more indepth look at the president's agenda join us for "the week ahead". before president obama left washington, he traded words with the republican leaders over immigration reform. john boehner, and g others warned obama, the g.o.p. is unwilling or unable to address the issue. >> the senate produced a bipartisan bill.
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i said to john, let's get this passed through the house. for a year i stood back and let him work on this. he decided not to call the bill and could not produce his own. as the president arrives in asia two americans are celebrating a return to the united states. kenneth bae and michael todd miller were freed by north korea yesterday. allen schauffler has the story from washington state. >> reporter: carrying his own bags kenneth bae gets a hug from his mother, greets family members and takes a long walk on u.s. soil, a walk to freedom on the tarmac at choint joins lewis mccard. cord. he and -- mccord. he and michael todd miller home again. kenneth bae's family worked tirelessly. >> we are finally here, my brother is home. all our hopes and prayers for
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the moment have come true. >> it's app amazing blessing to -- an amazing blessing to see so many people involved, getting me released. not to mention the thousands praying for me as well. i want to say thank you for supporting me, lifting me up. >> reporter: national intelligence director james clapper made the trip, acting as a patient envoy of president barack obama to bring the men home. it was the culmination of back-channel negotiations. north korea says it received an apology from the president, and kenneth bae and michael todd miller behaved in prison and were sorry. michael todd miller served a 6 year sentence charged with espionage, he did not address
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the media. kenneth bae was charged with trying to overthrow the government. his sentence 15 years hard labour. they are the last two americans known to be held. after two years of captivity and being hospitalized, kenneth bae is recovering. >> it's been an amazing two years, i grew a lot. lost a lot of weight - in a good way. but i'm standing strong because of you that was allen schauffler reporting from washington state time is running out on a deal to limit iran's nuclear programme. secretary of state john kerry spent the day in iran, negotiating with their foreign minister. the talks have a deadline of november 24th. if a deal is reached it will have to pass must are with a republican controlled senate. as diplomatic negotiations go, these have been a marathon. in some shape or form, there has
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been talks on iran's nuclear programme for after a decade. now they could be in the final straight, international negotiators, p5+1, the five members of the security council, and germany have set a deadline of november 24th to reach a deal. iran wants biting sanctions lifted. the international community will do that if it gets guarantee that the nuclear facilities can't be put to use. there are significant stumbling blocks. listen to the u.s. president, and his secretary of state and it's clear the two side are closer than they have been before. >> my hope is that now is the moment for really political decisions to be made, that make a judgment that we can show the world that countries with differing views, systems, but with a mutual interest of trying
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to prove a peaceful programme can, in fact, do that. >> they have come to the table and negotiated seriously around providing assurances that they are not developing a nuclear weapon, for the first time. >> reporter: the negotiators, and in particular secretary kerry and the iranian foreign minister have a big task even if they get a deal, selling it back home. mr zarif must convenience skeptical hard liners who are suspicious of the u.s. for john kerry, the task is harder, lifting u.s. sanction, a part of a deal, requiring action by congress. >> if congress steps in and violates the deal, refuses to implement it, the primary winner of that will be the iranians, because they'll be off the hook. >> reporter: talks have taken place in the last year in geneva, vienna, here at the united nations, in new york, and the secret tract to the negotiations in the gulf state
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of oman. oman is no longer a secret venue. with less than three weeks to go to the deadline, there are big challenges in the political dinics in washington make it -- political dynamics in washington makes it more complicated heavy fighting in kobane, near turkey. this is video from the turkish side of the border. a syrian human right group says 1,000 people have been killed since i.s.i.l. launched an offensive. strikes hit target in the north and east of syria, including an oil field. one person is dead in afghanistan following an explosion in the police headquarters and kabul. the blast happened outside the police chief's office. jennifer glasse has more from the capital. mrs. were concerned it was a -- police were concerned it was a suicide bomber blowing himself up near the police chief's office, he is unhurt,
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but a main deputy was killed and seven injured in the attack. police are looking at closed circuit tv footage to find who this man was. he was not in a police uniform. he came in with documents. he passed through layers of security, and they are trying to determine how he did is this. this is a secure compound not only to the police headquarters, but the governor's office, a court and prison. 30,000 people a day go through the compound. it's a fortified compound with levels of security. the taliban claimed responsibility for this attack, but the police will be looking into how they managed to breach the heavy security at their compound in the heart of the capital, and how they managed to get explosives in as well. >> chaos on the streets of mexico. demonstrators vented anger hours
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after an announcement that 43 missing students were murdered. jane ferguson reports on the growing outrage in mexico city. >> reporter: this is the national palace in mexico city. under attack from an angry crowd on seat. the disappearance and apparent murder of 43 students sparked similar protests across the country. the attorney-general said they were killed and bodies burnt by drug gangs. these protesters accuse government officials of being involved. >> translation: i'm here to support my fellow students of the the whole population knows it was the government that killed them. not the drug cartels, the government in guerrero state where the
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students studied, parent gathered at the university. they said the saturday announcement that their children were killed provide no closure. >> translation: it hurt when we heard our children were burnt, that they were gotten rid of. we don't want words we want them to tell us, show us, we want proof. >> reporter: the protests are a challenge for president peno nieto. calls for him to step down were heard in the capital as the crowd tried and failed to enter the palace. the president doesn't live there. the attack is symbolic of who some believe to be answerable for the disappearance and death of the students the latest burst of violence was sparked by a comment from the attorney-general. adam raney explains.
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>> it's specific to friday evening, he ended the press commence. he said "enough, i'm tired", a rude informal way to end the conference. and the past month of him seeing as not invested emotionally in the case and looking to wrap it up. the day after that announcement on friday where he said "yes, i'm tired, enough." there was an explosion on facebook. and out on the streets people marched sake i'm tired, i'm tired of corruption, of 30,000 missing, a corrupt government and injustice and impunity in this country. he didn't handle it in the best way. what it appears to be is that the attorney-general have taken ab active stance a few times a week giving the press conference, showing a way to clasp down on the international
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clamour, but each step he and the president take looks insensitive to others. a country ruled by criminal groups as it is by the government. >> adam raney reporting from mexico city. >> in nigeria, the number of kidnappings for ransom is on the ride. it is increasing in the southern states. a construction worker from germany was killed in a kidnapped attempt. the petroleum minister was kidnapped. gunmen kidnapped president roxer goodell's uncle, and more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in april. they were missing. the spanish government said it's a meaningless gesture. a vote organised by volunteers on whether the region should become independent. 2 million votes from cast. we have this report. >> reporter: a vote that techs
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the boxes for supporters of catalonians independence. sunday, thousands turned up to have their say on the future of the spanish region, the questions - do you want catalonia to become a state, and do you want the state to be independent. the vote is unofficial. this catalans hope this is a rehearsal for an independence referendum in the future. >> i'm eight years old. i have been fighting for independence all my life. i won't see it. i don't care. my grandsons will. more than the predictable outcome is the term watched closely. >> since the early hours of the morning, catalans gathered in more than 1,000 polling stations like this one, and in most cases the queues extended all way around the block. >> more than a million cast their ballots, more are needed
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for the government to vote. >> the numbers of people to vote is 5.4 million. if the nationalists succeed in getting 2 million out to vote, doesn't mean in the event of a referendum that they would have a majority. >> not everyone here flies the flag of independence. >> there's no point to vote if there's no sensis. if i wanted i could have voted four times. >> this is just a mistake screen to hide corruption behind catalan politicians. >> the voting will close on sunday evening. given the high turn out those supporting independence feel they have won opposition in civil society groups in burkina faso are discussing a transition plan for the west african nation.
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the president stepped down after 27 years in power. protests erupted after he tried to extend his rule. after the president resigned the military took over of the they are urging the country to appoint a civilian leader. politicians are helping to draft a new constitution in yemen, despite a new government, the crisis is far from over. two major factions reject the government. the prime minister says he has support of the people. hashem ahelbarra reports from sanaa. >> reporter: yemen's prime minister abd-rabu mansour hadi looks confident. he's walking to address the nation with a message of hope. he faces a string of were, including sectarian tension, violence, instability and the rise of al qaeda. >> regional issues, national issues - we'll deal with it according to our capacity, region capacity. it's not an easy thing to start
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in yemen. but with the support of the yemeni people, our brothers, with the support of the arab nations and our friends from all over the westerly direction, we have to take -- over the world, we have to take up the challenge this is the swearing in ceremony, people loyal to ali abdullah saleh showed up. abd-rabu mansour hadi warned against moves. this is the new defence minister. he faces a delicate task of reforming an army, and getting the support from military commanders loyal to ali abdullah saleh. his colleague is the intelligence chief in interior minister. his task is to deploy security forces in a capital agreedly shi'a fighters.
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the prime minister is open to talks with the houthis. >> houthi fighters are yemeni, we try to include them. we have met with them. what they are saying. this is the term we are using. they are a political fiction and we try to include them. >> this is a government made up of many professionals. this is the youngest. if anyone was not concerned, it would be abnormal. i had a frank discussion with the prime minister on this, and the portfolio specific, and what the priorities are for the period, and what we can achieve. i think we do hope that there is a clear vision on what needs to be done the government has the backing of the international community. but political support is not enough in a country where almost half of the population is bought. the chances that this government
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ends yemen's political crisis are slim. the president and prime minister have little control over the army and the police. the capital is largely under the control of the houthi fighters coming up on al jazeera america - heavy artillery shelling in eastern ukraine and concerns the situation is deteriorating again. next, berlin celebrates the fall of the wall 25 years ago today.
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germany is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. for 30 years it kept people escaping communist east germany before it fell in 1989. 8,000 balloons were released to represent the end of the cold war. a million people were expected
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it visit berlin. it included pop and classical music. the day included sombre notes as well. roses were placed in a section of the wall. many called for reflection on what the fall meant for germans. >> it is the moment where we have to step back and think about how did we come here, and germany came a long way in 25 years of managing its internal integration, and managing to have a different role in the european union. we are now asked to take leadership, which is something germans didn't want to, and it's more like taking responsibility. there's a lot of positive things inside, and in the western alliance but it's a reminder that we shouldn't take things for granted. >> german chancellor angela merkel said today that the wall's opening represented the potential for change in the world. nick spicer is in berlin with
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more. >> reporter: german chancellor angela merkel started the day by remembering the people killed while escaping to west germany. she grew up in east germany and never thought the berlin wall would come down through people power. the former soviet leaders cast a pal over the celebrations by warning of new east-west tensions, notably over ukraine. translation: bloodshed in europe and the middle east in the backdrop of a break down of dialogue between the major powers. the world is on the brink of a cold war, some say it has begun. we don't see the u.n. security council taking any role or taking action. >> a million, maybe more, are expected to take part in celebrations here at the brandenburg gate. the berlin wall ran in front of it, dividing a city, country,
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continent, the world in a standoff. the world didn't come down because of decisions at the top, but because of tens of thousands taking to the streets. this dissident was one of them, and oversees the files kept by the stasi secret police and says the fall of the wall has a message for the world. what can you learn, resistance is worth it. speaking truth to power is worth it, and democracy is not a construct, but something that needs to be worked on every day. that is something young people should be reminded of, especially in a democracy. >> a 15km line of lights follow the wall, and the death strip where soldiers shot to kill. the climax coming sunday night, where they are released into the sky of a new capital, a newly unified germany pope francis spoke about the fall of the berlin wall, addressing worshippers at the st
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peter's square. >> 25 years ago on 9 november 1989 the wall of berlin fell. it divided the city for a long time and was a symbol of the ideological symbol. the fall happened stilled but was the -- suddenly but was the result of hard work of a lot of people. some people lost their lives for it. >> translation: never again may incident people be persecuted and killed for their belief and religion. >> pope francis gave credit to john paul ii for helping to build support for the end of communist rule in the soviet union my colleague spoke to a histion from berlin. and gave a first-hand account of watching the wall come down. >> that night i was with friends
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in a restaurant in west berlin near the wall. suddenly a person came in and said "the wall is open." so we had hard in the days before about the discussions, about the new regulation, ruse, travelling rules, and we went outside and immediately the first lit the east german cars came by asking where is it down, the main shopping wall this west berlin, a place where they wanted to see if it's true. >> the wall came down in 1989. two years prior, president ronald reagan made powerful remarks. can we play this. >> secretary mikhail gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the soviet union and eastern europe. if you seek liberalization come here to this gate. mr mikhail gorbachev, open this
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gate. [ cheering and applause ]. >> what did that mean for you and the rest of the country? >> at this time the change was going on in the soviet union, and there was some kind of feeling that the change will reach east germany because the government and the leaders of east germany refused the reforms that were taken, that took place in the soviet union. so there was a feeling that something could happen, but most of the west german people didn't believe that it will happen in the next years, they thought in 10, 20 years a change will come to east germany, and that was a big surprise of the 9th of november, that it all of a sudden came, and nobody really was prepared what happened in that night.
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>> morgan radford speaking with historian about the fall of the berlin wall the u.k. is marking remembrance on sunday. it was to honour british soldiers serving in combat. crowds lined the streets as 10,000 veterans marched through london. prime minister david cameron noted that the event was poignant in light of the 100th anniversary of the start of world war i. in kandahar they also observed remembrance day, honouring soldiers that have died. british troops stood with coalition powers in the fight against extremists still on the clock - a deadline for iran's nuclear programme syrian refugees are desperate for the basics of food and clean water. the latest on their plight coming up on al jazeera america
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welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at your top stories, president obama is on his way to china. he left joint base andrews and will land in china 8:00pm eastern. president obama will go to beijing for the economic asian summit, and then to myanmar and australia. kenneth bae and michael todd miller are back in the united states, landing in washington state, greeted with hugs, of course, from their family. michael todd miller didn't talk to the press. kenneth bae is standing strong because of everyone that supported him. >> the latest talks in iran's programme is occurring. the parties set november 24th as a deadline to reach the agreement. joining us is a professor. from the university of new york, he offered several books, and thank you for joining us.
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the talks, as we understand are underway. what do you know about the talks so far. >> they are quiet about it, we know what is going on in europe, china and oman. they'll continue on the 18th in vienna, and the deadline is the 24th of november. so unless we get someone throwing a spanner in the works, by the 24th, we'll have some sort of agreement between the iran and united states, the p5+1 do we know about a public agenda. is there a secret agenda - what do we know this that regard? >> i think the secret regard will be the public one, which is
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iran commits itself and gives guarantees that it will not enrich at the high level, giving guarantees to the united states that it's not going this weaponizing and will get in return relief from the sanctions put not just by the united states, but europe. though it's not so much a question of secrecy, but what happens in public. how is the agenda changed because of what happened in the midterm elections, and the blow that was dealt to president obama and the democrats? >> i don't think the elections have bearing on this of the the president has a great deal of presidential power, especially foreign policy. secondly the agreement is with the europeans. if the europeans feel that iran is meeting their demands,
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they'll lift their sanctions. that will put the united states in an embarrassing position where europe will begin to lift sanctions, basically giving opportunity for american contractors to go into iran while u.s. is restricted. and u.s. business will suffer. and, third there, congress might make sounds, but in the final analysis, what will they offer instead. if they are talking about bomb, bomb iran, i don't think it will go down well with the men public to -- american public to enter a war in the middle east. president obama has a deal avoiding confrontation. what is going to basically be an alternative to what congress has to offer. >> has the obama administration achieved any of its goals with regard to iran and its nuclear capabilities, has he been successful so far?
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>> he's been very successful and hasn't got much credit for it, like in many things. definitely, his promise to the electorate was that he would stop iran going nuclear in terms of weaponizing and he said he was not really objecting iran having a nuclear programme. this is his achieved - the negotiations actually already a year ago, rain gave a commitment that it was not going to go into high enrichment which would be, of course, the prerequisite for helponizingment -- weaponizing we appreciate your time and information and will keep our eye on the talks for sure. thank you. >> thank you in ukraine the booms of artillery fire ring out in the reel stronghold of donetsk.
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a ceasefire between ukraine and the pro-russian separatists looks shaky. kiev accusing russia of sending reinforcements. veg has the latest. smoke rises from the airport a symbol of the crisis. through a ceasefire, elections and calls for peace, the building, little more than a shell, is under siege. the cars continue to spread, those in the middle can do little than watch on. even those living further from the front line receive not so gentle reminders of the war waging arrangement them. >> it's scary. normal people that live here are
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scared. when it's closer, we take shelter, when it's booming, he take notice. we are used to this situation. >> the site for the allegiance continues unabated. this propaganda, complete with sound track, aired on a pro-rush job tv station. fighters showing artillery on the move, and by daylight - making a show of fire power at their disposal. kiev says the east is spiralling into unniest. >> -- unrest much. >> translation: there are reports of shelling from different directions. ability aircraft -- ain aircraft weapons, tanks, and others. >> reporter: some residents document the damage, the streets closest to the fight are, for
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the most part, deserted. as accusations fly over who is to blame for the return to hostilities, tired residents wait. >> veg, al jazeera hundreds of thousands of syrian refugees have been forced to flee to jordan, they cannot work there. al jazeera's correspondent reports thousands say they have had the rug pulled out from under them again this woman is a widow living in jordan with four children. she's barely been able to make ends meet for the last two years. now they have been hungry for a month. a few weeks ago she got the text message informing her that her family was no longer eligible for food assistance from the world food program. the reason - they've been identified as able to meet the basic monthly food needs on their own. she has rice and veg table and the refrigerator and has been
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forced to borrow money from friends for food and is two months late in the rent. >> translation: we feel unwanted here after losing the food stamps. this is to force us back to the refugee camps. we'll die anyone, for the shelling. no one wants us. she has picked and cleaned olives from home, selling them to make money. 12,000 families have been excluded from the food voucher programme. a study conducted and concluded that the families have access to sufficient income or support networks. many appealed to be reinstated. the majority of syrian refugees do not have enough money to by the food they need. they rely on vouchers. many are concerned without the support, they'll have to resort to begging or sending children to work, in order to put food on
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the table. food vouchers are a life line for many. most families sell some vouchers to buy necessary nonfood items or pay rent. the u.n. said it has to apologise to vulnerable families, based on a field study, concluding that 15% of syrians don't need the vouchers. there may have been errors. >> there are some clear when we run the data, we can see an error, and we reinstate them. we can be clear from the living conditions, that they can survive on their own, and they'll stay excluded. >> there are so many who say they can survive on their own, and whose conditions get worse, the longer they stay in exile. as the number of active cases of ebola drops, efforts to control the disease and treat the infected in west africa continues to be an almost
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overwhelming challenge. >> if someone is sick, someone need to come to our rescue, otherwise our people finished residents of a small found in western liberia say they have been burying the dead in the forest. the world health organisation says 13,000 have been infected, and 49 hundred died since the outbreak. the south korean government announced plans to send a medical research team in efforts to stop the outbreak. volunteer officers, nurses and doctors will be stationed at the british ebola hospital in sierra leone africa's biggest tournament has been thrown into doubt. morocco stays will not host the african cup of nations. they fear the ebola spread. and the search is on. >> reporter: a crucial few hours
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lie ahead for the head of african football. his continent's tournament is in jeopardy. a series of the meetings failed to convince morocco to go through with hosting duet nis in january. morocco is concerned the event, involving 16 countries, could spread the ebola virus. no alternative host stepped forward. talks are ongoing. >> we have approved some countries. we sounded out ghana, egypt and south africa. i think egypt and ghana are two countries that can host morocco wanted the event delayed by six or 12 months, an idea the confederation of african football wouldn't accept. it said health experts involved games in guinea, liberia, and sierra leone should be cancel. >> the symptoms around ebola are
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clear. we know when the transmission happens, how it happens. for the most part it's health workers or people in the zones of ebola this have been sick. >> the cup of nations is africa's biggest sporting event. it's central for generating cash throughout africa. the fans in the ivory coast are subdivided on what -- divided on what should happen. >> as a football fan, supporters of the ivory coast, i don't want to see a delay. it's a series disease, but we can still play. >> translation: imagine for a second there's a single case in ebola, morocco, all the tourists will run away, interest that point of view i understand the decision, it's their main revenue caf will announce if an alteshive host has been --
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alternative host has been found or if the event has to be cancel. coming up, when you thing about going on a walk you are probably not envisaging this - the falls in victoria and the destruction of a confederate's home - yes, general robert e lee.
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a little hawaiian town is standing despite the lava. it has crossed a road and burnt a shet. it is moving, but has not advanced more than inches in two weeks i'm dave warren, we have
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winter weather across the northern planes, north and south dakota. a storm warping, close to a -- warning, close to a foot of snow is possible. this is the leading edge of cold arctic air, thanks to the storm in the barring sea. low pressure, an intense storm. what it is doing is giving wind and damage to alaska. but it is creating a weather pattern which is lifting the heights there in the pacific, and east of the rockies we'll see the cold air pushing south. this is what it looks like over the next three days. this is a ridge of high pressure developing along the pacific, low pressure on either side, and the cold air moving in from canada. this reinforces a weather pattern. not much changing over the next four are five dies. there's bitter cold air coming in, tuesday and wednesday, the front going down to texas and parts of the south-east. as far as the high temperatures
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go, teens and 20s, highs on tuesday. by wednesday the cold air spreads east. it will be as cold as we get. a little warmer each day. the colder air all the way to the atlantic coast. >> darrize paib was -- doris payne was known as a jewel thief t . the method was told in the documentary "the life and times of doris payne." she's so famous her life is about to become a movie stars halle berry. >> my methodology of stealing jewellery took me over the world. >> she starts the sleight of hand and how she plays it, which is to get several pieces, look at them, look at them, look at them. and then she'll say "well, what happened to the 6 carat, yellow
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diamond with few ipp claugss." "oh, it was right here, let me look." then doris finds it "oh, no, here it is." she's trust worthy. then she has you. >> it was a challenge. the finer the store, the bigger the challenge. new york, milan, paris and rome, london - i didn't even know rodeo drive was it. i went. he gave me $148,000, 92,000 pounds. the cardier of italy. 38,000 pounds, eight or nine carat weight. zurich, 78,000. i went to japan, london, paris and italy and take jewellery. i could pull it off anywhere. >> tune in tonight at 9:00pm for al jazeera presents the life and crime of doris payne. >> before joining the
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confederacy, general robert e lee lived on an estate. a photograph emerged of a notable american that lived on that estate. thanks to her, arlington house remains the treasure trove that it is today. sheila macvicar has the story. >> reporter: the civil war - one of the first conflicts to be captured on camera. of the thousands of images of that era, there's a group rarely portrayed - enslaved african-americans. still more rare. photographs of slaves who can be identified, which makes this photo taken at general robert e lee's estate, arlington house, one of a kind. there's no name, but in the museum collection, there's another picture - clearly the same woman. when a national parks service volunteer, collector of photography found this lifting
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on ebay, he now the importance of the image and alerted the group, save arlington house. what followed was a bidding war. arlington house donors came out on top, purchasing a photograph for $700. the mysterious woman in the photograph was selena gray, shown with two of her doubters in front of the still standing slave quarters of arlington house. brandon is a ranger with the national parks service. selena gray, he says, is something of a legend. when the lee family fled south in the civil war, it was selena who mary lee entrusted with the keys to the estate. >> within a few short weeks the entire area is occupied by thousands, tens of thousands of union soldiers. >> reporter: the union soldiers began to loot the house, full of lee's personal belongings, many of which originally belonged to george and martha washington.
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it stopped because selena gray confronted the commanding general and told him they were objects critical to the history of the nation. >> reporter: among the objects, china george washington ate from, paintings and pieces of furniture. >> how was it that selena gray, an enslaved african-american woman could approach a union general and reproach him. >> she had monumental courage to approach armed soldiers and a major germ in the u.s. army, and tell them they needed to protect the objects. >> selena and her family stayed at the estate through the still war, and some time afterwards. general lee freed them before the emancipation proclamation, and they pulled resources and bought land nearby. finally leaving arlington house. but selena gray's legacy remains. in her descendants and the
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stories and mementos preserved here on a house on the hill, overlooking the capital of the united states. next, the new taxi service for women by women. you're watching "al jazeera america".
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from touchdown to let down. watch this - university of utah football player gets a harsh midgame lesson about finishing what you start. the goal line drop cost the team six points, an organ player picked it up, running it back to a score. utah would have been up six touchdowns, but lost 51-27. >> if you are afraid of height, the next story is not for ou. two dare devils took a 328 foot
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walk, one a chemistry student and the other an austrian writer. they are considered among the world's best flat rope walkers. they were harnessed no safety lines a taxi service is rolling into new york city. she rides features women drives for women passengers. not everyone is lining up to hail one. kalen ford has more delores has been behind the wheel of her taxi for many years. the 65-year-old dominican republic native said it wasn't easy to break into. >> translation: this is a job many men say is for them, that women can't do it. i don't think so. you are not carrying a car, you are driving it. this month delores dusted off her licence, and got behind the wheel for a different ride - she
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rides. >> thank you so much. >> a new service for women passengers only. featuring only women drivers. >> the service is the first of its kind in a city estimating 236 million people, 60% women, hop in cabs each year. >> women have been driving taxis in new york since the 1940s. the taxi, limousine commission says 90.9% are mail, and over 500 females are behind the wheel. >> that is part of the reason she founded the company. it's a movement to empower women, we deserve equal right, pay, choice. for working motherers for mothers that would like to work, but are home with the children, they have the flexibility of schedule. >> women call taxis to the smartphone and pay for the app. bartender says it's been a live saver after a bad experience
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with a male driver. >> halfway through the drive, the cab driver forgot to turn the meter on, making it sounds like it was my fault, he threatened me, saying "we are getting on the mdr, i'll drop you in the middle of the highway. >> the city of human rights said drives refused to transport individuals based on gender are vial acing human rights -- violating human rights law and may be subject to penalties. some males are not happy either. >> people going to europe, asian people want asian drivers - big things created in the city. >> reporter: she rides has 300 drivers on the road and is recruiting mind. delores is confident women will support women. >> once they try it, the majority of women that see us will never stop calling. >> reporter: a call that female
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drivers are eager to answer. >> call again. >> i will i'm richelle carey, "real money" weekend is next. keep it here. the energy boom created hundreds of thousands of jobs. dropping prices threaten that. >> $4 million compared on the elections, that could be chump change compared to the presidential campaign. not a single person announced a run, but tens of millions are being spent the air in new york is special. you won't believe what people are willing to pay for what is above a