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doha. >> you can read much more about that story, as well as today's other top stories on our website, aljazeera.com. >> some leaders say a deal is close, but iran sees problems ahead. we'll take you to submitser land where negotiations are getting heated. >> for the first time in history, a sitting penalty has lost reelection in nigeria. the military man who will now lead the country faces major challenges ahead. >> arkansas now facing backlash after passing its version of a
religious freedom bill. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm steph as i. the deadline has come and gone in switzerland but negotiators are trying to reach a preliminary deal with iran. diplomatics say there is a broad framework of understanding but key issues remain, including the status of sanctions that have crippled ires economy. >> there has been interpreting the nuances of all the different statements and briefings given overnight, there has been quite a lot of progress, but on balance, i would say not enough to seal the deal that everyone came here to do. there has been the closing of gaps on some of the big issues, but the british foreign
secretary and others have said there still needs to be detailed work on a number of other issues. what's happening right now is that john kerry the american foreign secretary, secretary of state is meeting with his counterpart on a one-on-one. john kerry is here, phillip hammond is here, the german foreign minister is here, but the russian chinese and french have left, perhaps giving you some indication of the level the delicate level of balance of these talks. in the last hour, the iranian deputy foreign minister here very much involved in these negotiations has been talking to the iranian press indicating that by the end of today the intention is to issue some kind of press statement. he has also indicated that there are on going issue over sanctions and how quickly they should be lifted. that's a key issue for the iranians. he's credited by the state agency saying that iran is
insisting still on the ability to develop advanced advanced advanced centrifuges after the 10 year freeze. the parties here want to present a framework of understanding some kind of statement that says we're doing well, but we're not there yet. >> now to the latest in yemen. houthi rebels have taken control of strategic positions in the gulf of aden, a key global shipping route. saudi-led airstrikes continue to target the rebels. more than two dozen workers were killed today after an explosion as a dairy factory the last happened in the port city. most dead appear to be civilians. it is unclear if the blast was an air strike or a rocket from a nearby army camp loyal to former
president ali abdullah saleh. >> nigeria's new president elect is calling for healing this morning after a bitter election battle. muhammedu buhari defeated the incumbent goodluck jonathan. muhammedu buhari led nigeria after he seized power in a coupe in the 1980's. he is the first candidate to defeat a sitting president in nigeria. we have a look at what lies ahead for the new leader. >> some call muhammedu buhari the incorruptible politician, saying that because of his squeaky clean character he'll do a lot to tackle corruption. it's about the economy and standard of living. this is a commercial hub in nigeria with paved roads that's nice but most places in the country don't have paved roads. that's how the majority of people live, in densely populated areas poverty high unemployment and crime.
they want him to do more to improve their lives. people want electricity. you see that power station there, but most people in the country don't have access to electricity, only a privileged few. even then, it's erratic. people rely on generators. they hope he when muhammedu buhari settles in and starts his term, he does a lot to improve the conditions of the poor on the ground and not just for a privileged few. >> reporting from lagos. >> house speaker john boehner is in israel, visiting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> the bonds between our two nations are strong and they're going to continue to be strong. it's been an historic trip. frankly, it's an historic opportunity to be here in israel at this time. >> thank you. >> the visit comes weeks after netanyahu spoke before a joint session of congress, provoking anger from the white house. >> our top that star, iran
continues to negotiate with p5 plus one powers including the u.s. the deadline was extended yesterday. let's go to richard butler, a former australian ambassador to the u.n. he served as the u.n.'s chief weapons inspector in iraq, joins us from our bureau in istanbul. thank you so much for your time. let's assume that an agreement is struck. how do you go about monitoring iran's nuclear activities and making sure that it lives up to its promises? >> iran is a member of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and therefore obligated to accept monitoring and inspections provided by the u.n.'s international atomic energy agency. an important part of the present negotiation is the requirement that they sign up to a thing called the additional protocol with that agency, which gives in
trucive inspections on a no-notice basis. that's how it would be done. that's how confidence could be given to the world that iran was sticking to its undertakings. >> when you look at iran's history with the nuclear watchdog group you just mentioned, should the world have confidence they will be up front and compliant with any deal? >> the track record is not good, that's why these negotiations are talking place. one of the key issues that will need to be clarified if there is to be an agreement in laws son later today hopefully is they must answer the questions that the i.a.e.a., the watchdog has been asking them for quite some time now about activities, half a dozen or more years ago that were possibly weapons-related that is to the development of a
nuclear weapons capability. they've always avoided providing the necessary clarification of those weapons development programs that it is suspected they had in the past. that's a very important thing that will be required. >> iran's leaders have never really confessed to trying to develop a bomb, right? you're saying they should have to explain and account for this last decade or so of nuclear development as part of any deal. do you think that should be a deal breaker if they do not agree to explain their nuclear development history? >> it could be. there are several deal-breakers here. think of the basic dynamic in this negotiation. iran desperately wants out from under sanctions. the negotiating partners from the west and the permanent members of the security council plus germany, they want to be
able to assure the general public that iran's program is peaceful in intent. three or four things are needed, one thing we've talked about clarification of its past possible oh weapons related activities. there's an enormous incentive on both sides of this negotiation to get it done. on the other hand, both sides have got somewhat extreme points of view at home, in iran and in the congress of the united states saying that this deal shouldn't be done at all and where the tail might wave the dog as it were. that's part of the problem that needs to be addressed. deal breakers, easy to isolate two or three of those. i prefer to emphasize that i think they are sitting further they are going further and there are great incentives on either side to get this thing done. >> terrific insights.
how long. >> the c.e.o. of lufthansa visited the site in the french alps where a plane crashed killing 150. he would not answer questions approximate exactly what the airline knew of the co pilot's mental state. lufthansa did admit that the co pilot told them about serious depression back in 2009. french authorities today are dismissing reports of cell phone video found taken from inside the plane of the flight's final moments. two european newspapers say it was found amid the wreckage. france says it is a hoax. >> coming up, the rules in the u.s. when it comes to pilot's suffering mental health issues. >> in arkansas, a so-called religious freedom about him is on the governor's desk this morning. he says he will sign it. state lawmakers voted to approve the measure despite calls by the
state's large have employer to reject it and despite all the can't roars in indiana. there are protests now in two states. how did this bill pass? >> supporters there say what supporters saying in indianapolis and elsewhere that the bill is about protecting people's religious beliefs and not about discrimination. the measure prohibits state and local governments from infringing upon a person's religious beliefs. opponents say the law opens the door to state sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. >> the reality is not all that remarkable. it's taken on a life of its own but that's just the way things go so it's kind of overwhelming. >> i think that we have potentially opened the door for people to interpret this as the ability to treat others
differently and i don't think that's what my religious believes are and i don't think if jesus were alive today that that's what he would be telling us to do. >> the bill passed and the governor said he will sign it. arkansas's biggest employer, walmart is urging him not to sign it, saying that law does not r the state's values. in indiana lawmakers are working to rewrite language clarifying the law you there. in georgia protests are growing louder for a similar law. this has taken a life of its own. >> it really that become a nationwide debate. thank you. >> on the way to the highest minimum wage in the country workers in seattle get the first bump and increased paychecks but not everyone supports the plan. what's in store next. >> the story of one woman caught in a scam that could lose her hopes for legal immigration status.
>> part of al jazeera america's >> special month long evironmental focus fragile planet >> taking a look at today's top stories, the head of libya's tripoli based government is refusing to step down. seventy ministers called on the prime minister to resign after he misled them about state finances. hasi has run the government
since august. it is were you ever two governments in libya. >> the international criminal court welcomed palestinian as its newest member with a low key ceremony in the hague. joining the court is part of a broader effort by the palestinian to put international pressure on israel. >> joni mitchell was rushed to the hospital after found unconscience. she is now awake and in good spirits. >> most workers in seattle will be getting a raise. starting today they'll be guaranteed $11 are an hour, but you this increase is just the first step. it starts today at this seattle restaurant and thousands of other businesses around the city the push toward a $15 minimum wage. this in a state of course that has the highest statewide minimum wage right now in the country. it started as 15 now that was
the campaign rallying cry but it's really 15 gradually. businesses of different sizes with different numbers of employees will phase this in over a number of years. 21 employees here at this restaurant in seattle, 10 or 12 will be getting a raise going up to $10 an hour. that will be the minimum. everybody else in this restaurant makes more than that already. the owner is concerned that that boost in minimum wage is going to start bumping the wages of the others, too he's going to find a way to work that in and keep the business going. we'll talk to the socialist alternative party member of the seattle city council who is one of the prime movers behind the push toward a $15 minimum wage. she's worried about enforcement will the city do enough to make sure employers are paying their workers more. we'll have more on that later. al jazeera seattle washington.
>> you can hear that full conversation coming up in about half an hour right here on aljazeera america. >> as an appeals court weighs whether president obama can delay dough portation for undocumented immigrants, many immigrants have become targets for fraud. we have more. i understand these scams often promise false hope of legal status. >> little such a disturbing story. sometimes it comes in the promise of a green card or visa or could be an offer to fill out forms. law enforcement and community advocates say fraud is ripe whenever there's a change unimmigration policy, but victims are afraid to report it because they're in the country illegally i. >> marta's desperation for a legal life in the u.s. has put her in the cross hairs of crooks. she doesn't want her real name used. she's 44 years old a mother of two from ecuador and earns
roughly $450 a week working at this restaurant. she lost more than $10,000 on three empty promise to say stay legally in the u.s. fed up, marta and her son came to see immigration attorney an mama reis a bison. she is trying to track down paperwork from the pass to see if anyone lied on documents filed for marta. if they did that could crush her chances of staying in the u.s. legally. >> these immigrants make very little money most of them and they're spending they're entire salaries or half or more than half of their salaries and giving it to attorneys trusting them. i moon, they're trusting them to get them a green card or work permits. >> but it doesn't come, or if it does it's done fraudulently. in latino communities, one of the biggest problems is notario
fraud. attorneys say frauds spike whenever there's a big immigration announcement. >> you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. >> the president's plan is stuck in legal limbo pending a texas court challenge. attorneys and advocates say unscrupulous lawyers and scammers are taking advantage of people. >> how do you complain against a lawyer? they're afraid. they're not going to come forward. they're undocumented. >> despite the fact that these crimes aren't reported, some say the other problem is that there's no federal criminal substitute penalizing immigration fraud. >> despite being an arm of the office of homeland security, the uscis can only direct consumers to state authorities and prosecutors like carmen. crocking down is a priority.
>> they try to get a little money, when the heat gets too much and the law enforcement find out about them, they close shop and move on to another area. >> she has taken her warnings to churches like this one in the south bronx. she is disheartened that law enforcement and lawyers don't coordinate more to protect the most vulnerable. >> the consequences can go far beyond money. if there's fraudulent information filed on immigration documents, it could put people in line for deportation. >> do we know how widespread the scams are? >> that is hard to measure because it is in the shadows but attorneys and advocates say that because there are so many warnings from coast-to-coast show how big the problem is. >> the u.n. is calling on world powers to cut carbon emissions. >> changing how doctors see
>> this week, blue paints were submitted to the united nations from countries out lining how they would cult carbon emissions. nicole has today's environmental impact. not all countries submitted plans. >> many did not. they say they'll get to it, but the big conference is in december and the u.n. wants time to collect the plans and look through them. you mentioned the biggest polluter. that is china which combined pollutes more, puts out more emissions than the second two united states and india. whenever china puts out their plan will probably mirror a plan between the united states and china last november. united states is start to go drop that's the yellow, china is increasing 10% a year and say we'll finally peak out around
2030 going up until then. that's pretty dramatic of a decline to set specific targets. a lot of days, it looks like this in china because of all the emissions. you can hardly see the atmosphere. one of china's top weather scientists said climate change is having a huge impact on their crop yield and infrastructure at this point. >> let's look at coal fired plants. in china there's 2300 of them. it's surprise to go their china does lead the world in renewable energy production, but it's also a very large country still 70% of what they're putting out now is energy from coal, so really, it will be nice to see them reduce this, and all those purples on the map that's air quality. in some cities, they say it reduces the life expectancy by about 10 years because there's just so much pollution out there, so they really need to come up with a plan, even though
they've said eventually they will he do reductions. >> the u.s., which is the world's second large evident core ban emitter did come up with a plan for a blue paint yesterday with goals of 2025 direct emissions cutting. >> by 26% almost a third what have we're putting out. this is an obama plan, reiterating coal plants being built. the republicans say they'll dismantle this. >> all of these plans always subject to domestic policies, nicole mitchell, thank you so much. >> in today's tech beat, surgeons testing new equipment to help spot cancer. they are special goggles that help doctors zero in on cancer cells during surgery. some doctors call it revolutionary. >> today we'll do a lumpectomy
and biopsy to see if there's been spread to limp lymph nodes. >> this dye binds to the proteins in the cancer cells. >> i can see. >> with this, you can now see it light up. >> dr. martin will put on cancer detecting goggles. >> thank you much better. >> they will detect the area's fluorescence. from a nearby computer monitor attached to the goggles, we are able to see exactly what dr. martin is seeing inside the goggles in realtime. >> what we're seeing is the dye taken up in the lymph node where the cancer flow goes to, and i'm going to take that lymph node out. >> during this early experimental phase the goggles are being tested for accuracy. so far they're doing exactly what their inventor had hoped. first, con confirming earlier
tests that detected cans rouse cells in patients and second allowing the surgeon to get a more exact idea of cans rouse tissue. >> we're having problems with that piece. it wasn't supposed to look blurry like that with those cancer goggles. you can catch more on the latest technologies tomorrow on techno at 6:30 eastern, 3:30 pacific. >> the oldest person in the world passed away today a japanese woman cell braided her 117th birthday on imagine five. she reportedly died of old age in a nursing home. she married in 1990. she has six great grandchildren. the title of world's oldest person now goes to someone here in the u.s., gertrude weave. >> tiny homes for the homeless are gaining traction on
aljazeera.com. we'll show you pictures of these homes. they are built out of scraps. this is the vision from an artist in san francisco. all of the homes are actually made out of trash scraps, and some homes are smaller than a car. the guy's name is greg clowen. he has donated 30 homes and most migrate from one person to the other over the years. this is just one of the ways that the city of san francisco is trying to tackle the homelessness problem. for more original stories like this head to aljazeera.com. >> thanks for joining us. tony harris is back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news.
and like aljazeera america on facebook for more stories, more access, more conversations. so you don't just stay on top of the news, go deeper and get more perspectives on every issue. al jazeera america. >> going into overtime, the iran nuclear talks stretch beyond the deadline to reach a deal. >> a new leader for nigeria the first time a sitting president has been defeated, this morning muhammedu buhari promises healing. >> the airlines admission lufthansa executives admit they knew the co pilot of the doomed flight had been treated for depression.
>> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. international negotiators at the table again this morning in switzerland. working past the deadline to reach a nuclear framework deal with iran. the united states and other countries are being much more cautious. we have a report now. >> there clearly has been interpreting the nuances of all the different statements and briefings that have been given overnight, there has been quite a lot of progress, but on balance, i would say not enough to seal the deal that everyone came here to do. there has been the closing of gaps on some of the big issues. phillip hammond and others oh have said there still needs to
be detailed work on a number of other issues. what's happening right now we understand is that john kerry the american foreign secretary secretary of state is meeting with his iranian counterpart with a one-on-one. john kerry is here, phillip almond is here, the german foreign minister is here, giving an indication of the delicate level of balance of these talks. the iranian deputy foreign minister here and very much involved in these negotiations has been talking to the iranian press. he has indicated that by the end of today the intention is to issue some kind of press statement. he has also indicated that there are on going issues over sanctions, and how quickly they should be lifted. we know that that's a key issue for the iranians. he's also quoted by the iranian state news agency as saying that iran is insisting still on the ability to develop advanced
centrifuges after that 10 year freeze and that also chimes with what we're hearing has been a key issue of argument in these talks. on balance it seems that by the end of the day the parties here want to present a graham work of understanding, some kind of statement that suggests we're doing well, but we're not there yet. >> simon mcgregor wood reporting for us. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu net repeated his view that the talks with iran will yield a bad outcome. >> the concessions offered to iran in lausanne would ensure a bad deal that would endanger israel the middle east and the peace of the world. now is the time for the international community to insist on a better deal, a better deal would significantly roll back iran's nuclear infrastructure link the eventual lifting of the restrictions on iran's nuclear program to a change in iran's
behavior. >> the reason some worry about a nuclear deal with iran is because the tehran's influence without the middle east. the state department says iran backs houthi rebels in yemen. tehran also stands with syria and its president, bashar al assad, as well as hezbollah which receives weapons funding and training from iran. as a result. hezbollah fighters have been actively involved in syria's war against opposition forces and ice oh as i will. iran supports hamas and gaza. the relationship is said to be trained because of the conflict in syria. iran is known to back shia militias as well as in bahrain where a shipment of weapons to government operated rebel groups was intercepted in 2013. these negotiations recall a similar effort 20 years ago. that's where the u.s. tried to
convince north korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. while those negotiations proceeded in fits and starts, they did slow nuclear ambitions. >> it was two decades ago the united states went through a similar process trying to convince north korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. it negotiated a so-called framework agreement that froze north carolina's nuclear program. the policy, though, failed, because north korea cheated and was able to athree nuclear capability. i sat down with the point man who negotiated the agreement and he said it's a mistake to consider it a failure. >> those negotiations i hasten to point out instead of the north koreans having 200 nuclear weapons, they had none. they might have had the same one or two they had when we started
negotiations but the agreed framework shut down their program. >> there are three options cut the best deal it can with iran or walk away and do nothing and see what happens or it could way military options. he said what it can't do is weigh this deal against a mythical future deal that might be unattainable. >> no deal that you i or or anybody else could negotiate would be better than a deal that someone can imagine right? if that's your standard, you'll never meet it. >> he says the key to avoiding the failure of the north korea policy is in trucive inspections, anywhere, timentin timentin speckses by the iaea. iran can't require 30 days notice or say anyplace is out of
limits. >> nigeria's new president elect is calling for healing this morning after a bitter election campaign. muhammedu buhari defeated the incumbent goodluck jonathan in a landslide. he is the first candidate to defeat a sitting president in a democratic vote in nigeria. >> emotions were high. we must not allow them to get the better of us. this is a moment that we he must begin to heal the wounds and work toward a better future. >> we have a report on what lace ahead for nigeria and its new leader. >> it's a brand new day brand new morning people are waking up and going about their business. people are now talking about what kind of leadership muhammedu buhari will have.
he was in charge in the early 1980's when he was a military leader back then, so people wonder will he implement those same policies that are practices he he did back then. people said he was the man who wanted order. he wanted nigerians to aspire towards a lex of living. he imposed a system where everyone has to cue. people would come to the bus station and just rush in and push and shove each other. now, he basically said that's no longer going to happen, you must all wait in line, there must be order in the country. when he is inaugurated will he bring that same attitude to the office about precision about trying to be perfect trying to raise the standard in nigeria. more importantly, they are asking what is he going to do about tackling corruption. a lot of people whether they support the opposition or the ruling party are saying it was a smooth transition and they hope
it means that the country can move forward. it also means that the power of the vote still matters in africa. it's a win for africa, as well, at a time when some countries having problems, this could be an example that some elections in other countries in africa maybe if their leaders lose, will step down and things can go on add normal. nigerians are very proud. it's a proud moment for them. they hope to inspire the entire continent and world. right now it's about getting back to business, back to normal getting the country up and running. people are on their way to work, on their way to the shops going about their daily lives wait to go hear what muhammedu buhari has in store for them. >> reporting from lagos. to yemen saudi-led airstrikes continue to targets houthi rebels. the rebel fighters have taken control of strategic positions in aden, a key global shipping
route. 23 workers were killed after an explosion in a dairy factory in the port city. most of the dead appear to be civilians. it is unclear if the last was an air strike or a rocket from a nearby army camp. other headlines on the agenda today, flood insurance rates go up today for about a million people living in flood zones all over the country. the goal is to make the government backed insurance program financially sound again. >> a court in moscow will hear the appeals of five suspects arrested for the killing of opposition leader boris nemsof. >> executives from germanwings and lufthansa visited the site where a plane crashed killing all 150 people onboard. they did not answer questions about what the airline knew of the co pilot's mental state lufthansa has admitted he told
them about serious depression back in 2009. that could shift the burden of liability to the airline as we report. >> exactly one week ago today we received the sad news of the fatal descent of germanwings flight 9545 in the french alps. >> the c.e.-of germanwings speaking out for the first time since the crash calling it without a doubt one of the biggest tragedies the airlines has faced. >> every effort has been made to recover the victims provide aid and assistance to the families, and determine the cause of this accident. >> as the investigation continues, new information from germanwings parent company lufthansa reveals the airline knew of the mental health history of the co pilot who apparently locked himself in the cockpit and intentionally crashed the plane taking the lives of every man woman and
child onboard. lufthansa says he sent emails to the airlines flight school alerting officials of his mental state six years ago. in a release on the website it explained he submitted documents. >> the depression in and of itself requires further inquiry. severe depression is a red flag of red flags. you've got to be certain that the man in the cock pit has the state of mind and continuing state of mind that nothing he does or feels will endanger the passengers. >> which is why aviation litigation specialist mark muller says there is now no way lufthansa can avoid liability in the tragedy. >> the reason is two fold. they had ample knowledge about depression and vision problems that this pilot had in the past, as early at 2009, and second,
the absence of two people in the cockpit at all times is a second basis for liability in this case. there isn't any question in my mind that lufthansa will be liable for full damages to each and every person on that airplane. >> in the united states, aviation rules rely mostly on pilots self reporting any mental health problems. here's a question. would a pilot suffering severe depression be allowed to fly in the united states? >> the short answer is no, tony. if they reported i did which does appear to be the case. pilot's undergo a physical exam once every year, if they fly commercially and carry passengers. that's really looking at their physical health. judging someone's mental health is much more subbive.
unless there are glaring red flags that's not going down in a physical exam. they are asked if they have depression if they suffer anxiety, alcoholism or are relying on substances, substance dependency, but that's not a screening, it's self reporting. that's the key difference here. even though pilots can face a fine if they're not honest about that there's a big cost potentially if they come forward about mental health issues, because they could lose their license, their livelihood, for many their passion. it is a tough question. five years ago the f.a.a. tried to loosen rules to encourage pilots to come forward if they needed help. there is a way now that you can admit some minor depression, get on medication and be monitored and screened, but that's only in a minority of cases. generally, there's a lot of fear among pilots about bringing this up. >> all right libby appreciate it, thank you. >> arkansas is the latest battleground over so-called
religious freedom law. lawmakers there approved the measure yesterday. it is one of 20 states with a version of the religious freedom restoration act. other states have something similar and so does the federal government. proposals stalled in georgia and north carolina. john henry smith is here. the debate seems to have taken on a life of its own. >> what started as a bill signing ceremony in indiana that was supposed to be very quiet has flamed into a nationwide debate. religious freedom restoration laws are the talk of the nation. >> the furor mike pence started in indiana. >> i could have handled that better this weekend. >> is spreading across the country. >> it's kind of overwhelming. >> we dealt with it in the 1950's why are we bringing this today? >> house bill 28 is a moral and ethical shame. >> the house in arkansas voled tuesday to make that the 21
state to enact a religious freedom measure and second in a week. >> that's a law that's already in place in more than half the states. >> the governor pledged to sign house bill 1228 into law. protestors outside and inside the state capitol and governor's mansion usually him to reconsider. >> we are heart broken about it. this is my home and at the moment, i don't feel i can live here anymore. >> in the name of religion, it's incomprehensible that anyone who really has a relationship with god would believe that was even necessary. >> i don't think that's what my religious beliefs are and i don't think if jesus were alive today that that's what he would be telling us to do. >> arkansas's largest employee are, walmart has urged a veto. >> what we are doing is not that remarkable. i understand that it's taken on a life of its own but that's just the way things go. >> the way things are going to the southeast and georgia that
state could join arkansas in adopting a religious freedom law as early at midnight thursday, when lawmakers debating the legislation go home. threats ever boy cots from protestors and from the business community, though, ever already led to a change in the bill to add anti lbgt discrimination language. >> i don't want to see georgia become the next indiana. [ cheers and applause ] >> meanwhile back in indiana governor pens continues to try and clarify the in tent of the bill he signed jo we want to make it clear that indiana is open for business, that hoosier hospital eight is not a slogan, it's our way of life. >> he demands legislation on his disk to clarify the law and that it does not include discrimination against gays and
lesbians. >> a thousand mile stretch was pounded by hail, parts of georgia, mississippi and texas all hit. baseball size chunks fell in arkansas. that's sizeable! in oklahoma, power was knocked out to more than 13,000 people in the cold. the storm threat is not over yet. nicole is here to tell us how exactly -- >> you say that like i did it. >> i did! that's exactly what that sounded like. >> there's more on the way. i'm not responsible for this be either. here's that stretch of hail from yesterday. there were well over 100 reports, most of that hail, a few winds, as well. as the storm went along really a wide area that set that up. temperatures above average with low pressure in the dakotas funneling the warm air northward. that's going to help the setup for that.
also the wind and the northern edge more humidity. even before we get to the severe this is setting up a wide area. those are places that are fire warnings or watches before we get to the severe weather. that's the look from yesterday. as we get to the current radar you can see very quiet this will fire up, but a slight risk today and also into the day tomorrow that will move its way along, watch for wind and hail, the primary threat, isolated tornadoes not out of the question. >> i don't know why i did that, nicole good to see you you're back later in the program right? >> i am. >> a video showing a police officer allegedly harassing an uber driver has been viral. a passenger shot the video and put it on you tube. the officer was in an unmarked car. the uber driver gestured he
should use his blinker while parking. the officer pulled him over. >> you understand me? pull over. people are allowed to park their cars on the side of the street without your interference, and then your opinion about what's going on. >> officer -- apologize. >> especially he when the person you do it to are the police. how long have you been in this country? >> almost two years. >> almost how long? >> two years. >> two years. i got news for you remember this in the future. don't ever do that again. >> ok. >> the only reason you're not in handcuffs and going to jail is because i have things to do. >> ok. the nypd is not identifying the officer but says he is a detective. they are investigating what happened. hmm. in a statement uber said the behavior in the video was wrong and unacceptable. for more digital stories head to our website aljazeera.com.
>> let's look at what's coming up. >> aljazeera america fracking frustration in upstate new york. we travel to towns along the pennsylvania border. on the new york side, fracking is not allowed, but just to the south it is, that has led towns along the border to start talking about secession. we will look at how serious the movement really is. we will visit the pennsylvania side of the border to see if people there are experiencing any of the reported negative effects of fracking. that and more in prime time on aljazeera america. >> competition to the u.s. economy from china. >> the ways in which the u.s. has challenged them on the global stage. >> american allies join a chinese led investment bank despite white house objections. >> i'm in india where the government is introducing a program that could benefit hundred was millions of indians. i'll have details coming up.
a a prosecutor was killed in a shootout in court. >> president obama lifted an arms freeze against git. it was imposed two years ago after the military overthrew the democratically elected government. >> an explosion at a dairy factory in yemen killed more than two dozen workers. it is unclear whether it was from an air strike from the saudi-led coalition. >> america's influence over the global economic system may soon have serious competition. u.s. allies are racing to join the china led asian infrastructure investment bank. patricia joins us now. washington didn't want a number of allies to get involved, is that correct?
>> that is correct. china state media reported more than 40 countries including american allies have applied to become members a sign of how china's growing economic prowess is challenging u.s. influence. >> from london to paris to bris bain allies are ignoring washington's wishes and joining the china led bank. >> it's a sign of the ways in which the u.s. is challenged on the global stage particularly in multi-lateral institutions. >> the u.s. voiced concern the china led bank could lack transparency in decision making and have weaker environmental and social safeguards. underlying those reservations is the potential loss of u.s. clout in asia. the china led bank is poised to challenge the world bank.
u.s. dominated lenders give washington outsized influence over the economic policy over developing nations and have failed to keep pace with asia's growing infrastructure needs thanks to congress failing to pass reforms that would make more financing available. >> world bank reforms are going ahead, but they're stalled and there's a sense that the world bank is becoming less and less able to meet the challenges of the developing world. >> china is increasingly harnessing its massive fortune exchange reserves to build alternatives to western dominated lenders joining forces with brazil, and south africa they also announced a silk road fund to boost loans. >> the united states is said to
welcome it as long as it complements existing institutions like the world bank. by initially trying to discourage allies, it turned the bank into a test of international influence. it's a test the united states has failed. >> wait a minute, patty could we get changes here because of this competition in the way that the world bank and asian development bank actually do business around the world? >> a lot of -- the whole formation of this bank really was the response to the fact that congress has been foot dragging on word bank reform. one of those reforms is to change the quota system. belgium has more of a say than brazil. don't forgot, the i.m.f. and world bank were created after world war ii. the world has moved on and is moving on. if the united states and the united states congress can't respond to that, then china is
creating all of these new initiatives. >> sounds like more congressional foot dragging is going on here. we're all familiar with that. appreciate it. good to see you. thank you. you can see more of patty's reports on real money with ali velshi tonight and every night at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. >> 47-year-old andrew getty was found dead in his home last night. his death appears to be from either natural causes or an accident. andrew getty was the grandson of the late oil billionaire j. paul getty. >> seattle's minimum wage gets its first major boost today. companies worry it will cost them business.
last week. they did not answer questions about what they knew about the co pilot's mental state. he is accused of crashing the plane, killing all 150 people onboard. >> the governor of arkansas has not responded for the latest calls for him to veto a religious freedom bill. >> walmart the state's large evident employer said the state does not r our values. >> pledge to go cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% as a contribution to a global treaty by the united nations. world leaders expect to ratify the treaty in december. >> the international criminal court welcomed palestinian as its newest member today with a low key ceremony in the hague. the court could open the door to pursue israeli officials for possible war crimes. we are live at the hague this morning. realistically, can israeli officials be brought to court
there? >> >> the mechanism is certainly in place now tony for that to happen but the road towards any prosecution of israeli officials here at the i.c.c. in the hague is an extremely long one indeed and there are serious obstacles not the least of which israel is not a member. it cannot be compelled to cooperate, although its citizens can be tried for crimes allegedly committed on palestinian land. what is palestinian land? what are the precise boundaries? who recognizes them? these issues will have to be overcome. although whether internal israeli investigations into the activities of its military mean that the i.c.c.'s jurisdiction is invalidated. that could also happen. there's another problem for the palestinians themselves and that's the question of alleged palestinian war crimes, because
the prosecutor here has said she will investigate both sides without fear or favor so while it's possible in future that we may see israelis in the dock, we may see palestinians, as well. >> i can only imagine there's been some kind of reaction from israel how are israeli officials responding to this latest development? >> well, this development has been going on since january 1 this year when the palestinians signed their own statute that governs the i.c.c. that's really when israeli reacted, ve hemmently opposed to this idea since palestinian was granted no one member observer status in 2012. they fear perhaps the spotlight cast upon their military actions by this court as much as they're concerned this reinforces the idea of the legitimacy of a palestinian state. in january this year, israel
reacted by freezing the transfer of tax revenues to the west bank worsening an already dire economic crisis there. they've just reverse that had decision reportedly, because they're concerned about further unrest among the palestinians and perhaps realizing that now this decision can't be rolled back. >> jonah, thank you. >> a break today in the trial of accused boston marathon bomber dzhokar tsarnaev. the defense suddenly rested tuesday just hours after beginning its case. we have the story. >> lawyers for dzhokar tsarnaev rested their case tuesday just one day after calling their first witness. the suggestion, dzhokar participated in the attacks but he was a troubled 19-year-old living under the spell of his radicalized brother. >> the defense trying to show older brother influence and
trying to show he that the motive had more to do with that than terrorism. >> from the beginning the defense always said their strategy isn't to win acquittal but save their client from the death penalty highlighted by calling only four witnesses that tied older brother tamerlan tsarnaev to the crime. tamerlan tsarnaev's fingerprints were found on the controls to trigger the bombs. over 15 days of testimony included experts who provided a mountain of evidence from the crime scene before resting on monday. >> the prosecution also trying to bring the jurors to the scene of this horrible, horrible crime to show the devastation that it caused to loved ones, to folks who lost their limbs so that the jurors when they decide about
punishment will have all of that in mind when they make those decisions. >> trial watchers noted dzhokar showed no emotion through the trial. >> i think he's guilty. >> one is heather abbot from rhode island, the second bomb took part of her leg off. >> i was surprised at his demeanor in court. i can't understand how a person like that thinks. >> boston's trial of the century is moving toward conclusion, much to the relief of many in the city. >> it's been mentally draining trying to be here every day and seeing some of the horrific pictures that are out there and the testimony of the poor people that passed away that day. >> al jazeera. >> in this morning's money beat, workers in seattle are guaranteed $11 an hour thanks to the first phase of the new minimum wage allow. it will be raised to $15 an
hour but increases for larger businesses will come much faster than smaller businesses, and there's controversy surrounding that. seattle city council member is with us, she led the effort to increase the city's minimum wage and is up pretty early for us today, as the new law takes effect. councilwoman, it is good to see you, thank you for the time. >> thank you for having me. >> let's start here. there is an article in your local paper detailing the fact that the agency designed to supervise the implementation of the law and explain it to people isn't fully staffed and doesn't have a director. what's your reaction to that development? what's going on here. >> first of all let's get the big picture in. this is historic for seattle and for workers everywhere in the nation. when this law fully takes into effect is going to mean a transfer of nearly $3 billion from the wealthiest people to the lowest paid workers.
there is a historic reversal of this massive trend of income inequality around the world. as far as enforcement is concerned, that is extremely important. workers won this law. they he need to be vigilant on enforcement, as well. >> a redistribution of wealth by legislation,ly law. you're comfortable with that? there are many quarters in the country that many people in many quarters of the country that disagree he with that approach completely and totally. >> if you want to talk that, we're living in asome of capitalism and the massive amount of government law makes is in favor of multi-national corporations and the wealthiest of people, so this is just one tiny fight back, very important and very hard fought for but a
small, small challenge to the overwhelming domination of big business. this was not conferred upon us by government officials in any way or establishment politicians who are shelling for big corporations. this was won on the might of grassroots effort by workers the labor movement and community organizations. >> what seems to be universal surrounding the implementation of this law is confusion. i think you'd have to acknowledge that. there is a difference between small businesses and large organizations who pace and when. in hindsight would you do anything differently explaining the law? it is the same criticism you'll recall of the penalty over obamacare. >> loopholes were wanted for corporations. what the labor movement was recommending was much simpler.
let's be clear. now that the corporate loopholes are in, workers have to be vigilant and make sure the laws are enforced. that is why i'm continuing strenuously to build a movement on the ground to make sure you there is no -- the second lesson is this. if we want stronger laws in favor of the most vulnerable population people who make our cities run we need the balance of power to be shift understand in our interests which means we have to build even bigger movements. that with he need mass movements. amazing things are happening because of what's happened in seattle. on april 15, we're going to see 60,000 workers marching on the streets in 200 cities in the united states, demanding $15 an hour. there are going to be solidarity marches in 35 different countries. this is really taking off. people who stand for social justice and economic justice and racial justice should join us in turning the tide. >> we're going to follow the movement. we're going to follow you
because you're making things happen that's for sure. city council member, it's good to have you on the program thank you. >> thank you. >> in florida worries growing over a nuclear power plant just miles outside miami. sea levels at the turkey point facility of rising and people are afraid it's a meltdown waiting to happen. >> miami world famous for its bright lights, beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and billions of dollars of real estate. these glamorous boulevards are now on oh the front line of the battle against climate change, and rising sea levels. >> it could be 60 years or 80 years or 100 years but it's guaranteed, the ocean's coming up. >> right on the ocean just 25 miles south of the city lies turkey point nuclear power plant. its operators and the government say its secure against surging seas but critics calm it a
catastrophe waiting to happen, a potential repeat of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. >> i'm not aware of anything they have done to harden the site since fukushima. >> living with the threat of rising waters and rising fears in south florida. >> you can see more of the report tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern here on aljazeera america. >> blueprints were submitted to the united nations from countries around the world outlining how they would cult carbon emissions. not everyone is onboard. let's bring in nicole mitchell back for today's environmental impact. one of the world's largest. maybe the largest didn't submit a plan. >> the united states did cutting emissions but china india, canada, some of the other bigger polluters did not. as we get out there and take a look specifically at china, you know we did have an agreement with them back in loft november, trying to get some plans in place. this is that plan.
i anticipate when they finally submit to the united states, it will look similar but basically, they said ok, we'll cult our carbon dioxide and have it peak around 2030. in the meantime, they are increasing 10% each year and have so far declined to set specific targets. that means a lot of days that look like this. china emitts more than the united states and india numbers two and three combined. 70% of its energy are from coal. the 70% is leading to all that have pollution in fact last squeak one of china's top weather scientists actually said they rarely admit this, it's having an impact on health. you can see the poor air quality. that's the next map lining up with all those coal-fired
plants. >> yeah, yeah. >> over 2,000 of those plants in operation right now. >> really? we remember during the olympics some days when it was just. >> miserable out there. >> in beige yeah, yeah. >> still peaking until 2030 is their current plan. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> india is launching a new pension program that could pull millions out of poverty. in forming people of the program as an option may be the biggest challenge. >> starting to work to support her family, she never gave thought to how she would support herself in retirement. >> i didn't have any savings. i didn't know what a pension was until i started working here. >> her case is unusual. that's because she was able to invest in a private pension fund with the help of her employer. >> for hundred was millions of others in india's low paying unorganized job sector,
financial security and retirement is often not possible. many low income workers rely on their children and families to support them in retirement. the government announced a new pension initiative for these workers. it's not the first. previous government have tried to create similar programs. the cost of running it successfully could significantly affect the national budget. >> others argue the large cost would come with a long term benefit. >> it will keep the people who are participating in this pension scheme above poverty when they're old and it will make sure that their children will not need to support their parents when the parents are old, so the children will be able to then put 100% of their income supporting themselves and their own children. >> non-private groups started pension funds. some warn the government not to take a one size fits all
approach when it comes to low paid workers. >> all of them have income and their patterns are different. say a farmer earns his money twice a year, domestic help gets good money but highly portable. >> her children have planned to start contributing to their private pension. the lack of awareness is the biggest challenge for the government to overcome. >> let's see here. in our digital brief this morning, tiny homes for the homeless are graining traction on aljazeera.com. this is the vision from a san francisco artist, homes made out of trash scraps, some smaller that that a car. greg clone i believe is his name has donated 30 rolling
homes, most of them migrate from one person to the other over the years. for more original stories head to aljazeera.com. >> coming up, putting pregnant women in jail, why more states are changing laws to lock up drug addicted mothers. >> survival of the fittest the new exhibit that chronicles an amazing species and how they survive the worst conditions on earth.
>> welcome back. everyone to aljazeera america. taking a look at today's top stories. nuclear talks continue with iran after the deadline passed. problems remain within the talks. >> nigeria's new president elect calls for healing this morning after a bitter election battle. muhammedu buhari defeated the incumbent goodluck jonathan. he led after seizion power in a coup in the 1980's. >> on the healthbeat this morning, a growing number of babies born addicted to drugs tennessee passed a law sending pregnant addict to say jail, as america tonight's sheila macvicar reports more states look to follow the lead. >> why could you simply not stop doing drugs? >> the withdrawal symptoms were no intense there was no way to function and be able to be a mom
and to be able to work and to be able to just get out of bed even. >> her doctor wrote her a pro description for more opiates. >> he said you can't stop. if you do, the detox will be so harsh you could miscarry. >> her daughter was born healthy and drug-free. if she did the same thing today using opiates under a doctor's orders, she could land in prison. as of july, 2014, women in tennessee can be jailed with charges as severe as aggravated assault against their own babies for using drugs during pregnancy. >> addicts often give birth to newborns dependent on drugs and going through painful withdrawal symptoms called n.a.s. tennessee leads the country in babies born with n.a.s. lawmakers are alarmed enough to pass this law the first in the nation to target pregnant women for drug use. >> it holds women responsible
for their conduct. we hope that it deters future behavior. >> women can avoid jail by getting treatment, but treatment centers often can't or won't treat pregnant addicts. >> do you know that when you call up treatment centers treatment programs, one of the questions that you are asked is are you pregnant or could you be pregnant and in almost every center in the state a positive answer will screen you out of the program. they will not take you if you're pregnant. >> there's plenty of other programs. what time telling you is that when we go through our child protective investigative meetings we're going to find programs that we can to put these women in. >> if there are programs, the numbers suggest it's hard for women to access them. according to the latest physician available from the department of health and human services only 129 pregnant women in the entire state received addiction treatment in 2013. that year, nearly 1,000 babies
were born with drug dependency. >> why single out women and pregnant women in particular? >> this is an effort to get women into programs and to alleviate the problem bring the numbers down. >> but so far that hasn't happened. last year in tennessee the number of drug dependent babies born increased to 973. the latest numbers show this year is on track to break that record again. al jazeera. >> tune in for america tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern 7:00 p.m. pacific. >> legendary singer songwriter joannie mitchell is in emergency care after she was found unconscious. now according to a statement on her official website she is now awake and in good spirits. she has released 19 albums and was inducted to into the rock and roll hall of fame in 1997.
>> on the science beat, creatures adapting to extreme environments to survive. we look at a new exhibit showing how they do it. >> they may hold their breath for up to two hours eat 10 times their own weight or punch prey with the force of a speeding bullet. they are the amazing creatures on display in a new exhibit called life at the limits. >> we call them superheros with super powers, because they live in the most unimaginably in hospitable almost uninhabit allocations, too who the too cold no light, unbelievable circumstances, and yet manage to survive. >> sometimes it's their scent that allows them to survive. >> oh, my gosh, do you know what that smells like? >> like rotten eggs. >> in the case of the corpse
flower the foul stench attracts the flies it needs for pollination. >> in school, we don't learn about this stuff. people make discoveries and think that's really cool. >> all living organisms have challenges finding food, finding a made or surviving hostile environments but the creatures in this exhibit survivor in the extreme. the little tardy grade known to come back to life after frozen, boiled or even sent into space. >> no wonder the tiny creatures can be found all over the earth sometimes right under our feet. >> they're just about everywhere arctic, an arctic, dry, wet but also just local streams or central park or anywhere. >> we night never notice if not for the work of the natural history museum and its 200 research scientists, bringing all of these super species together. >> oh, that's the head!
>> i like it. >> al jazeera, new york. >> we think brand names and logos as something distinctly modern. turns out they go back 2,000 years to a master glass maker in lebanon. his name stretched across the world. here's today's first person report. >> my name is christopher light foot i'm the cure rater in the department of greek and roman art at the metropolitan museum. a maker of glass what sets him apart is that he signed his wares. his labels are in greek and they give his name, and then the
greek for made by. he used bright colors to attract customers. he used attractive designs and then on top of that, he also used his own name as his label so that people could say i bought one of his works. his glass ware was found throughout the world. surprisingly a lot of his work has been found in good condition. that is because they were buried in tombs and some preserved intact. most of the greek and roman works of art that you see in museums today have only been preserved because they were buried in tombs. he inspired other makers of glass to make similar products. he had a very close contemporary
rival. both groups were made specifically as high class not luxury but high glass table ware. he was the first really to make a label and incorporate it into the overall design of his products so that it was very, very clear and very visible on his works and so he branded his glass ware and people could basically ask for it by name. >> we should tell you that the exhibition is at new york's metropolitan museum of art until april 13. >> a loft generation of american children forced to move to mexico he after their parents are deported. that is all of our time for this news hour. you have a great day. we'll see you back here tomorrow.
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