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four years, costing $4.5 billion. for more of the stories we've been talking about,, you can see all the stories, around the clock. >> a new phase in the war in yemen, the. >> moment of silence for immigrants who died in the sea as more reach the shores. >> hands up, don't shoot! >> protestors take to the streets of baltimore for a third day.
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now the justice department is investigating the death of a man injured while in police custody. >> the saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in yemen despite an announcement that the air campaign is over. fighter jets struck houthi targets hours of the a a new phase in the campaign was announced, one folk cubed on negotiations. the humanitarian toll is devastating. since fighting escalated last month, 944 deaths, 3500 injured and another 150,000 people displaced. we have a report from the saudi border with yemen.
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there was another air strike after there was an announcement to the end of the campaign. what happened? >> they announced the end of a phase with the name and the beginning of another daze. decisive storm ended renewal of hope is a new operation but it looks like there isn't much different between them. the saudis are now moving to a new phase in which they are not going to continue to strike but be on stand by and ready to strike anytime when they see it necessary. it seems two cases of that occurred to them just after the supposed end of the first phase at 3:00 local time, 24gmt. they have conducted a houthi raid after some of the tanks in possession of the houthis were seen moving towards areas from which the houthis were expel would just two days ago. that's the near the presidential
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palace and government buildings are located. the a year is in the city of taiz in the west when the houthis moved to a base loyal to the president hadi. they said in a statement yesterday night that anytime the houthis are trying to gain new territory or expand their control in yemen the strikes will resume. >> u.s. ships are heading to international waters near yemen. what do you know about that plan? can you repeat that plan? >> what do you know of the international naval ships moving toward yemen?
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>> the u.s. has moved at least two navy ships including an aircraft carrier to the gulf of aden. it's a very strategic area there because of the water way where 40% of the national traffic of oil and commerce passes between the indian ocean and the red sea or the way to the swiss canal. remember that's a very strategic water way there and it is in yemen right there and iran has before that just two weeks before that moved about a dozen war ships to the area and said it is not intended for yemen or the houthis but to confront pirates. however, the americans and the saudis are very much concerned that iran might be willing to resupply houthis with arms and that's why you see the standoff there in aden. >> thank you. >> a navy aircraft carrier has now joined a group of u.s. ships
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in international waters off yemen's coast. the president spoke to msnbc about it last night. >> there's a reason why we keep some of our ships in persian gulf region and that is to make sure we maintain freedom of navigation. what we've said to them is that if there are weapons delivered to factions within yemen that could threaten navigation, that's a problem. my hope is generally that we can settle down the situation in yemen. that's always been a fractious country with a lot of problems. it's very poor. >> the u.n. security council has put an arms embargo on houthi leaders. the white house says iran has been arming and aiding the houthis. tehran denies that. >> there are no concerns this morning about a weapons deal between russia and iran, moscow sending anti aircraft missiles
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to day rain. critics are worried it would give iran a nuclear shield. >> the missile i also referred to as the pugs patriot because it works like the old u.s. patriot missile used in the first gulf war. it doesn't have to hit a plane to take it down, just get cloud enough to explode into a cloud of deadly shrapnel. putin points out that it is a defensive weapon aimed at deterrence. some reports suggested that advanced deterrence could give tehran a bulletproof shield neutralizing all but the most stealthy aircraft and forcing the u.s. to rely on its small fleet of stealth bombers. a recent headline screamed to the system could make u.s. attacks on iran nearly
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impossible. we put the question to america's top general at a pentagon briefing. >> does that effectively take the military option off the table at some point in the future or at the very least make it more complicated. >> the military option that i owe the misto both encourage the diplomatic solution and did it fails to ensure that iran doesn't achieve a nuclear weapon is intact. >> intact, what does that mean? the u.s. saw this day coming since 2009 when russia first agreed to put the missile deal on hold. >> they actually stopped the sale paused or suspended the sale at our request and i'm frankly surprised that it held this long. >> the u.s. developed advanced mobile systems.
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it used to be that air defenses would have to be taken out withstand up weapons before manned aircraft could establish air superiority. in the future, the thinking that changed. now planners say the low observable aircraft including not just the f35 but f22s and b2's will roll back air defenses in the first wave, allowing older, unstealthy planes to conduct follow-on attacks. they see the iran scenario super secret mystery plane the highly classified long-range strike bomber, price tag $55 billion for 100 planes. al jazeera, the pentagon. >> there is another weapons detail to tell you about this one between the u.s. and poland.
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washington is selling patriot missiles to poland to deter attacks in europe. this is part of warsaw's $10 billion defense program with nato. russia calls the program a threat to moscow. the move comes days after russia threatened poland after involvement in a larger american missile defense program. >> news out of france, police may have prevented an eminent attack. investigators arrested a 24-year-old college student in paris, saying he admitted to planning to attack churches in a suburb. they also link him to the murder of a teacher. officers found automatic weapons, bulletproof vests and computer equipment in his car and in his dorm room. >> the flow are migrants making the journey from africa to italy is not slowing down. hundreds of refugees rescued off the coast are being brought to shore. one ship docked in the city port of augusta, another loaded with
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100 more arrived in lampedusa hours ago. italy's prime minister is calling for more help from european leaders. paul brennan has more now from britannia. >> the 446 migrants brought ashore in augusta which is a port half hour drive south of here will now be looked at medically and taken to a reception center to recuperate. they were a party of migrants rescued yesterday off the coast which is the instep if you manage the boot of italy rescued there and brought here to sicily to rescue centers here. the other thing that is on going at the moment is the court proceedings against the captain and the ship's mate from the boat which went down at the weekend. with the loss, we believe with as many as 100 lives that would
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be the single biggest loss of life throughout this whole mediterranean migrant phenomenon. the stories coming out of the circumstances of that are truly harrowing. >> that's paul brennan in italy. >> there's been another delay in the retrial for two al jazeera gurns, mohamed fahmy and baher mohammed were back in court this morning but the proceedings be pushed to next week. they are free on bail and being retried on charges that they aided the now banned muslim brotherhood. al jazeera denies those charges. the pair along with peter greste served more than a year in jail. greste was deported to australia in february. >> a baltimore man suffered severe injuries while in please custody. the justice department is investigating. hundreds gathered for a rally and vigil in baltimore demanding justice for freddie gray. >> don't shoot hands up.
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>> gray died on sunday one week after he was arrested. he suffered a severe spinal cord injury. baltimore's police chief says he cannot explain how gray was hurt or why officers decided to chase and arrest him in the first place. >> we have no evidence physical or video or statements of any use of force. there was no physical bodily injury that we saw nor was it evident in the autopsy of mr. gray. >> demonstrators plan to rally again tomorrow in front of baltimore city hall. >> after months of delays, the senate has scheduled a vote for tomorrow on president obama's choice for attorney general. as libby casey reports it's not as simple as it sounds. >> senate leaders say they finally have a deal to move forward on loretta lynch's confirmation. republicans have held up a vote until they could get a human
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trafficking bill passed through the senate. they are two totally unrelated issues but republicans control the agenda. it appears that senate leaders reached resolution on the trafficking bill. here's how its lead sponsor talked about it on tuesday. >> before this debate got highjacked, we were focused and are still focused on the victims of human trafficking typically young girls between 12-14 years of age and resources have always been a problem no safe place for them to sleep and be protected from their abuser or trafficker and what this fund does is creates essentially a crime victims compensation fund. >> the bill basically sets up a victims compensation fund, with broad by partisan support. what republicans balked at is a prosecutor vision inside of the bill that extends the lawles against using taxpayers dollars for abortions.
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this was something drawn into this human trafficking debate. here's how they have solved it. there will be two funds to help victims of trafficking. one possibility of money will come from existing community help center dollars that will help with medical care and then a new possibility of money which comes from actual traffickers. that will go to help the victims with their liam aid. democrats aren't entirely thrilled that abortion is even part of this, but they say because it doesn't change existing law they can live with this compromise. harry reid is warning that loretta lynch's confirmation is signed sealed and delivered yet. >> we are not out of the woods yet. final vote on the agreement should still be stalled by the republicans, because they can't get over offering a bunch of amendments most of which as i've seen them are not jermaine. >> reed said republicans are threatening to bring up
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immigration issue amendments, something he said isn't a debate that should be done now. the white house is just calling for lynch to be confirmed. she's been waiting five months and they pointed out that's longer than the last attorney general nominees combined. >> up next, back in court the latest legal twist in the two decade old battle over an environmental disaster in ecuador. >> it could be another blow for the russian economy an antitrust case opened this morning against russia's state gas company. why the allegations could affect moscow's influence across the region.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. time now is 7:47 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories. a protest inside hong kong's legislature as the government considered an election reform proposal backed by china. pro democracy legislators walked out. china is still allowed to screen candidates. thousands demonstrated demanding the right to choose their own candidates for office. >> the taliban voted to view to unleash a new wave of violence across afghanistan warning it will ramp up attacks on foreign embassies, government officials and military targets.
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this is the first year afghan troops will face the taliban with vowed support from a full nato led coalition. >> another day of temperature in the penalty phase for boston marathon bomber dzhokar tsarnaev. jurors are deciding if he should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. he was described as unrepentant. >> european officials charged a gas giant in russia with abusing its position in the market, violating anti trust rules to overcharge some customers and limit others ability to resell gas. rory challands is live in moscow. what has been the reaction to these charges? >> well so far we've had reaction from sergey lavrov, the russian foreign minister and from gas prom itself.
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it is basically reusing recent legislation to and applying those to old gas contracts that in essence it's unfairly back dating these charges. gazprom understands this is unfounded, that it adheres to the laws in all the countries in which it operates and that it hopes that there will be some kind of resolution for this at an intergovernmental level. it has 10 weeks to respond to these charges. it can appeal them in the court. if it's unsuccessful in all of that then it is likely to be hilt with a 10% fine on all of its revenues in the countries in which these infringements allegedly took place. now this is a big gamble for the european union, of course, because it knows as much as anyone that russia is a pet troll station. if you hit against russia's
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exporting companies like this, you are hitting against the russian government itself. >> what about the nations supplied by russia, any possibility of some kick back there? >> well, the nations where this has all been taking place are updating this, representing this at the eu level. it's the european union that is taking charge of this. it's been done on a block level. that's what's taking place there. >> thank you. >> a long an bruising legal battle is playing out in federal court over an environmental disaster in ecuador that began more than 20 years with a class action lawsuit against an american oil giant. paul beban has the details. >> from 1964 to 1992, texaco explored and drilled for oil in northeastern ecuador. the people there accuse texaco,
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which chevron later bought of spilling thousands of barrels of oil and billions of gallons of toxic waste into the soil and rivers. environmentalists called it a rain forest chernobyl sickening the indigenous people who live a largely traditional lifestyle. >> for us, the amazon is our supermarket. this is where we find our food. the jungle is our pharmacy and we find our medicine here. with the pollution all is gone. >> chevron argued that a forty million-dollar cleanup by texaco and agreement texaco signed in 1998 absolves chevron of all responsibility. chevron's approach was perhaps best summed up by a company spokesman who said in 2010, we're going to fight this until hell freezes over and then we'll fight it out on the ice. in 2011, the villagers won
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$19 billion in an ecuadorian court, later reduced to $9.5 billion but it wasn't over. in 2013, chevron accused the american lawyer representing them of fraud. the charges included bribing a judge in ecuador and helping write the verdict against chevron. >> fraud. >> last march chevron scored a huge victory when a new york judge accepted chevron's argument that the team engaged in conspiracy, blocking the judgment. >> the ruling against you was that the verdict that you won presented and won in ecuador was procured by fraud. >> that was a ruling by a united states trial judge who frankly you know, we frankly just disagree with his decision. he ran a completely flowed proceeding from beginning to end. he would not let us put in evidence of chevron's
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contamination. there's 105 scientific reports relied on by ecuador's courts to find chevron liable. >> many environmentalists call you a hero, chevron calls you a crook and want a verdict against you. >> i have worked hard as a lawyer on behalf of my clients. i'm a man of ethics. there's never been a single ethical complaint against me. i believe chevron is the crook concocted a story to try to taint this judgment so they can evade paying what they owe to the people of ecuador. >> his appeal got underway monday in manhattan. chevron lawyer wouldn't talk to us. >> does chevron have any intention of making good on judgment? >> very good, nice try. >> the appeal could last for months leaving people of the rain forest sometime waiting for justice. paul beban, al jazeera, new york. >> do you know what today is? it's earth day. we are counting down the 10
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greenest states in the country. find what they did to make the list. list.
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>> the four were found guilty of aggravated assault of a child. the state's case began to crumble. one of the victims recanted and a doctor who testified for the state admitted she may have been wrong with concluding the girls had been abused. in 2013, a judge recommended the women sentencing be overturned. they were released from jail after two decades behind bars. they are out on personal bond,
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hoping for an official exoneration. >> it's all our name, you know, we have to have it cleared, you know it just means everything to us, that we got that label on us as a child molester and that's so far from the truth you know, and we just -- we just want to be cleared and that we're innocent. >> today's hearing is just the first step toward a possible exoneration. ultimately it will be up to the texas court of criminal appeals to decide. al jazeera, san antonio texas. >> you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> today is earth day. just how green is your state? here's nicole mitchell to tell us about the top 10. >> i picked one from a group called 24/7 wall street. colorado and for each state
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we'll show you how much toxic waste, the size of the carbon footprint and alternative energy. colorado does well on alternative energy, as that 10% makes it 14th. clean drinking water adds to its weight in the list. number nine, oregon, one of the good things is alternative energy. they rank third. they're in the middle for pollution metrics but did really good in policy, making sure the future is much greener. >> number eight idaho and number one on the alternative energy list, 85% that's incredible. because of that, less carbon emissions. >> montana comes in at number seven. one of the good things, tied for the lowest rate of ozone particles in the nation. south dakota number six rates high in all the three categories shown. there's 27 different categories. it doesn't do as great on some
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of the public policy but a lot of other good things. those are the six to 10, we'll do one through five in the next hour. maybe you can take some guesses before we get there. >> thank you for joining us. more news in two minutes with stephanie sy. stay with us and keep up on
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>> al jazeera america presents camp last resort on al jazeera america >> this is the true definition of tough love >> the saudi-led coalition launches new airstrikes on yemen less than 24 hours after saying it was stopping them. >> more migrants off the coast of italy. how the european union is responding. >> a conversation about race in the state of america. we talk with that the screenwriter of 12 years a
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slave, john ridley. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. >> the saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in yemen despite an announcement less than a day ago that they were halting the air campaign. fighter jets struck houthi targets in taiz and aden and that was hours after commanders announced a new phase in the campaign focused on finding a political solution. the coalition is now monitoring houthi movements even as battles continue in the streets and the president of yemen blames the houthis for ruining the country. >> they have destroyed the capability of the country and they have spread into the provinces and they must withdraw from the cities and surrender weapons and go back to the political process. >> president hadi said a power sharing agreement with the houthis has been drawn up, but
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it's unclear if it's been presented to the rebel group. let's go the saudi border with yemen. do you have more details on these latest saudi strikes and what led to them? >> yes the first strike took place just a few hours after the announcement of the end of the operation decisive storm and beginning of the operation renewal of hope. it was around 24g.m.t., 3:00 a.m. local time when the airstrikes targeted tanks supposed to belong to the houthis which were seen moving toward areas from which the houthis were expelled just a couple of days ago. that's the area where the presidential palace is locate also where some of the important government buildings are located, so the houthis apparently seized the opportunity of the ceasefire to try to gain ground and take more
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territory and that's exactly what the decisive -- what the coalition said should not happen. they said the new operation is not like the first one. the new one is stand by, strike when it is necessary and that's what they have done. we have seen another air raid today on houthi positions in taiz in the west after they marched on a military base, brigade 35, loyal to president adou rabbo mansour hadi and again saudi-led airstrikes targeted there and tried to destroy the houthi movements and prevent them from taking the base. here where i stand, you can see behind me some of the border. this is coastal port for the saudi marine guard and you can see the boats behind me have been on a high state of alert which means that for saudi arabia nothing much has changed in terms of its fears that there
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might be a backlash from the houthi side, attacks from behind the border, and for many here, here in saudi arabia and also in yemen, it's almost a case of the morning after the night before. >> that's interesting. it's an interesting way to put it. what does this mean for any potential diplomacy? >> yeah, we heard that in reports that former president ali abdullah saleh has on his twitter accounts welcomed the end of the saudi-led airstrikes and said that a political operation should start now whereby all the parties can participate and form a national unity government. we heard a lot of diplomacy that has been going on behind the scenes in the last few days. iran said that it has been working on this from day one
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from 27 days ago trying to achieve a ceasefire. it was being negotiated, however we still need to see tangible results. we were thinking that this ceasefire is a result of a solid agreement between the two sides but what we see today and the houthis reportedly trying to celebrate their victory according to them today means that some of the at least part of the conflict is still going on. >> yeah, absolutely. muhammed, thank you. >> in iraq, government forces as i the tide has shifted in are are in rimadi. government recovered key territory from isil. fighting forced more than 100,000 people to flee, but thousands are now turning around and heading back toward the city. >> developing news out of france. police say they may have prevented an imminent attack.
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investigators arrested a 24-year-old college student in paris, saying he admitted to planning to attack churches in a suburb. they also link him to the murder of a teacher. officers found automatic weapons, bulletproof vests and computer equipment in his car and dorm room. >> italy's prime minister is calling for comprehensive action from european leaders to help end its refugee advise. hundreds of migrants rescued are being brought to shore this morning. one ship docked in the port of augusta with migrants, another loaded with 100 more arrived in lampedusa hours ago. libya has arrested hundreds planning to make that voyage. we are joined now live in the port city. what more do we know about this sting operation in libya? >> the details are quite
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interesting. it's taken a few days for the news to come caught. two separate raised, one in kabuly in which 250 migrants were detained. another one that was on april 20 then on april 19, a day earlier between 150 and 200 people were detained in a separate raid there. i think what's interesting is that while here in europe, we're treating the migrants as victims and trying to target the traffickers. the libyan authorities appear to be detaining the migrants, arresting the migrants. there's almost a fundamental difference between attitudes from north africa to here and europe. >> an italian prime minister addressed parliament this morning. what were some of his concerns? >> his concerns are primarily that italy is having to go it
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alone. is bearing the full burden for this migrant crisis and not receiving sufficient support from the other european union countries. on thursday, the italian prime minister was saying that effectively, it needs concerted action by all the european union countries. one proposal put forward was the idea of refugee camps to be set upper happens not in libya which is such a loveless place they couldn't be governed properly but in neighboring countries so that the migrants are prevented from reaching libya and setting off across the sea to attempt to come to europe and risk their lives doing so. >> you talked about apportioning blame. what is the status of court proceedings against the captain and a ship mate in connection with that crash and mass drowning that we saw on sunday?
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at the moment, they are under arrest formally under investigation. they are being questioned and will continue to be questioned. we expect formal confirmation of the allegations against them will be laid on friday. it's very likely there will be a court appearance. certainly that's what we're expecting here where the 27-year-old captain of that ship the big one that went down over the weekend with the loss of some 800 lives together with the ship's mate, a 25-year-old syrian man are expected to appear in court formally charged with reckless multiple home side. >> paul brennan reporting live from sicily. thank you. >> the justice democratic is investigating the death of a baltimore man who suffered severe injuries while in police custody and later died. hundreds gathered for a rally and vigil in baltimore demanding justice for freddie gray. >> hands up, don't shoot! >> he died on sunday a week
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after he was arrested. he suffered a severe spinal cord injury. baltimore's police chief can't explain how gray was hurt. >> we had no evidence physical or video or statement of any use of force. there was no physical bodily injury that we saw nor was it evident in the autopsy of mr. gray. >> demonstrators say they plan to a rally again tomorrow in front of baltimore city hall. >> the senate could vote tomorrow on whether to approve loretta lynch as the next attorney general. the vote has been delayed since november. it comes after lawmakers reached an agreement tuesday on unrelated legislation to help victims of sex trafficking. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell had refused to schedule the confirmation vote until that bill went up for a vote and that is scheduled for today. >> the head of the drug enforcement administration is retiring. she has come under fire from
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congress over how she handled allegations of misconduct involving d.e.a. agents. we look back at her tenure. >> she has spent 30 years in the d.e.a. its leader since 2007, the second woman to hold the job. she's leaving amid allegations in a regard that some agents attended sex parties with prostitute paid for by colombian drug cartels. she had a tense appearance before the house oversight committee on capitol hill. >> it's an embarrassment that you don't fire that person or revoke his security appearance. >> i can't fire. >> can you revoke their security clearance. >> i can't. >> a no confidence statement was signed by 13 house democrats and nine republicans and both democrats and republicans called for her to step down or be fired. >> i've just got to tell you you say you're in charge of discipline then you come back and say you have nothing to do with discipline. you're in charge of the entire
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agency then come back and say you have nothing to do with correcting problems. quite honestly, i have serious questions as to your competence, quite frankly. >> the white house weighed invoicing concerns about the alleged behavior by some d.e.a. agents. >> the officer of the inspector general in recent days has published some pretty troubling details about the conduct of some officers at d.e.a. the president has very high expectations for everybody that serves in his administration about their conduct and about keeping the public's trust. >> there was no comment today. her eight years at the top of the d.e.a. have been uncomfortable. she was the target of on line petitions calling for her to go after she distanced herself from the administration's hands off approach toward legalized marijuana where state law that sway over federal. she is known for not being onboard with sentencing reform
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efforts by the justice democratic. the d.e.a. allegations is not the first time government agents have been caught partying with prosecutors statutes. in 2012, revelations that secret service agents were doing the same thing at the summit of the americas triggered one of the most embarrassing incidents of the 150 year history of the elite service. >> on the agenda today the house is expected to pass a cyber security bill that's been years in the making. it will push private companies to share access to their computer networks. >> today is earth day the ambitious goal to cut waste output by 2030. >> a former auschwitz guard will testify at his trial in germany. he will answer questions about his role at the death camp. survivors will testify. >> protests continue in the u.k. against conditions at a migrant
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detention center, one of the stories getting a lot of attention on campaigners accuse the private companies that run the facilities of putting profit before the welfare of the detainees. detainees inside a facility recently described why they went on a hunger strike. >> activists want to end the fast track process. many are quickly denied entry into the country. one activist said most people on the fast track come from poor countries. >> disproportionately non-white people black people, disproportionately poor people, about 48% of people in those populations in the centers are asylum seekers, so what you see
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is a kind of indefinite incarceration of the people who are actually in most need of support and protection. >> the issue of reforming the detention system has become a major political question as the country prepares to vote in elections next month. >> accused of inflating prices and forcing out the competition. russia's state owned company charged with breaking anti trust rules this morning. is it a direct challenge to the kremlin. >> causing the quake stayeds linking drilling to earthquakes.
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>> welcome back to aljazeera america. it is 8:17 eastern. taking a look at today's top stories. a protest inside hang congress's legislature. pro democracy legislature walked out and the reform package still allows candidates to be screened. thousands demonstrated last year demanding the right to choose their own candidates. >> the taliban vowed a new wave of violence across afghanistan
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starting friday. this is the first year afghan troops will face the taliban without support from a full nato led coalition. >> the outbreak of listeria and blueble ice cream as far back as january, 2010. three victims died. blue bell voluntarily recalled ice cream in 23 states after two facilities were found to be contaminated. >> on the money beat this morning, european regulators accused gaz prom of regulating rules, inflating prices and crushing its competition. this is a major story. what will these charges mean for gazprom and russian government? >> when you talk about gazprom you're talking about a powerful
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instrument of the kremlin. gazprom is the world's largest natural gas producer supplying ruffle 30% of europe's natural gas. eu competition watch dogs accuse the firm of using its dominant position to thwart competition and hike prices. gazprom called the charges baseless. the eu started investigating the company more than two years ago before the west fell out with russia over ukraine. given the current climate it's bound to be framed by some as politically moat voted. immigration is majority owned by the russian state and used as an instrument of russian foreign policy cutting off flies so ukraine, bell reduce and mole dove have a during past political disputes. the country tried to settle anti trust charges with the e.u. until early last year. talks broke down after russia annexed cream mia. the company could face a potential fine of up to 10% of
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annual revenues, a serious body blow in a climate of sanctions and low energy prices. this is the second high profile case e.u. competition commissioner has opened since she took up the post in november. just last week, the eu charged google with abusing its dominant position in europe. >> how is this case likely to unfold? this i also just the first step. >> gazprom has three months to respond to these charges and then the eu comp significance watch dogs will make their decision. russia can appeal and that could play out for years. >> there could be a settlement. thanks so much. >> japan and china's leaders will reportedly meet on the sidelines of an asia africa summit the latest thaw in relations, but ties are for from normalized. china demands an official apology for atrocities committed during world war two.
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when japanned prime minister spoke yesterday he expressed deep remorse but did not issue an official policy. >> a trader arrested in great britain, prosecutors say he played a role in a flash crash when stocks lost and regained 600 points within just minutes on may six of 2010. they say he generated $40 million in profits using similar strategies ever since. he faces charges in the u.k. and the u.s. prosecutors say he used lightning fast computer trading software to push futures down, by contracts cleanly and resell at a profit. new york city has one of the highest cost of living in the country. for some, even a steady paycheck isn't enough to pay rent. affordable housing is one option but there's not enough to go around. >> this is a big place. this is my kitchen.
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>> 61-year-old annette won the lottery, one of the lucky new yorkers who out of 1.5 million applicants won a subsidized rental apartment just last year. >> this is the bathroom. >> ok. >> this is the bathroom. >> this is kevin's room and this is my master bedroom. that's the walk-in closet. i have everything i wanted in my life. >> the market value, $2,100. >> how much money do you pay now? >> 828 a month. >> when she account the news. >> you said you dropped down to your knees. >> i said thank you jesus. i'm waiting for this for a long time. thank you jesus. >> miss christopher who's a home health aid had to meet income and credit requirements to qualify. >> $7.25 an hour. i feel safe. i feel comfortable i'm happy. i feel lucky.
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>> but not everyone is so lucky. >> we're at a church now in brooklyn where people have come to learn how to navigate the new york city lottery process. they've come to figure out how to best maximize their chance. tons of people are here tonight and people are here waiting for answers. >> i applied for lottery. never got a call back. >> i want to live someplace better than what i am. >> people are desperate for affordable housing. >> erika is a director at the mutual housing association of new york which holds seminars to help new yorkers fill out lottery application. >> the way the city is structured there are a lot of jobs here that don't pay enough money for you to be able to live here so someone can't work here and live in another state. >> critics say why don't you live in new jersey or the outer boroughs. >> let's switch salaries and then you tell me what the hell you think. >> new york has one of the
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highest costs of living in the entire country. the median rent rose more than 10% between 2006 and 2013. that's while the renter's incomes remain stagnant or even declined. it's even harder to rent with bad credit, especially since new york developers are allowed to set their own criteria. >> they say it's affordable apartments. a lot of us have had hardship and hard times. why should we be crucified. >> a lot of people that have bad credit have no relationship whether they're going to be a good tenant. >> if you can't pay your credit card bill on time, how do you pay the landlord on time? >> sometimes the issue with credit is that you don't have any credit cards and so you have almost no credit and that's because you have a low income and living paycheck to paycheck. >> for those living paycheck to paycheck. the demand or an affordable home
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is even higher. this brooklyn building, it has 38 affordable units guess how many people applied? over 80,000. more than 2,000 applicants for each unit. >> we should move toward a market based system and then we wouldn't have these crazy scenes of people lining up for a lottery. that shouldn't happen in america. >> the vice president for policy research at the manhattan institute. >> what about those who say a diverse new york is the best new york? >> enables in new york are organically diverse. there are fancy buildings near less expensive buildings. i don't think we have to choreograph that. >> miss christopher is thankful for the lottery. >> all my dreams come true, yes in one place. >> more than a million new yorkers are still holding on to that dream hoping they will be
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lucky, too. morgan radford, al jazeera, new york. >> starting today smoking is now illegal in bars across the big easy. an indoor spoking ban took effect in new orleans and follows debate over health concerns and loss revenues in a city that's infamous for bars and drinks in to go cups. louisiana state law banned smoking in restaurants and some clubs had followed suit voluntarily. >> preserving the navajo culture through language. >> language is important. it identifies who we are where we come from. you cannot be a nation without language. >> questions of heritage and tradition stirred up by an election for navajo president. >> we sit down with oscar winning screenwriter john ridley and prejudice in america and its
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>> protestors are gathering... >> there's an air of tension right now...
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>> the crowd chanting for democracy... >> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> welcome to al jazeera america. the saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes despite announcing that they were stopping the air campaign. strikes hit taiz and aden. the saudis are focusing more attention on reaching a political solution. >> the justice department is launching a civil rights investigation into the death of fredee gray in baltimore after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody.
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protestors are demanding answers. >> hundreds of migrants rescued off the coast of italy brought to shore this morning, one ship carrying 446 people. another loaded with 100 more arrived in lampedusa hours ago. >> human rights organizations continue to push european leaders to address this crisis. amnesty international today laid 200 body bags on a beach in england to remember those who have died at sea in recent weeks including the hundreds killed this weekend when a ship capsized off libya. the deputy europe director at amnesty international joins us live this morning. thank you for your time. as you know, europe scaled back search and rescue operations lately last year. are there signs they are going to change tactics based on the hundreds of recent deaths?
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>> >> well, they made a colossal mistake last year to scale back the search and rescue operations that were in place. finally, it seems unfortunately, it took hundreds of deaths, but we are hearing encouraging sounds from brussels. this thursday, european leaders are coming together to talk about the issue and we're hopeful that they are going to actually talk about concrete measures to save people at risk in the mediterranean. >> in its strategy, how do you think europe should balance saving lives the humanitarian mission while not encouraging other families to make what is clearly a perilous sea crossing with their young children? >> the important thing to remember is that that idea of by rescuing people you are stimulating people to come has really turned out to be false. the numbers have gone up in fact after these search and rescue operations were scaled down.
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what has gone up is the number of deaths. 1700 so far and we've launched a new briefing today in which we analyze the links between lack of search and rescue capacity and the higher number of deaths, so there's a direct correlation. number one priority now has to be saving those people who are making those journeys. i'm talking about children, women, all sorts of desperate vulnerable migrants and refugees who are making that crossing because they see no other option in their lives. >> what about those saved plucked out of the sea what about those able to make the journey, what happens to most of them? >> >> most are taken in first in italy or malta wherever the first entry point is. what needs to happen next is they have to be able to claim for asylum, if they have an entitlement to protection or at least apply for an official visa
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once they are in the country. what needs to happen after that is there should be free movement across countries in europe, so that not everyone will stay in those countries so not just in malta. this is a broader european issue, so there has to be a responsibility sharing exercise to make sure that other countries take people in, as well. >> germany europe's richest economy has taken a larger proportion of these migrants in, and they are reportedly struggling to house all of them. is it realistic that europe is able to absorb all these migrants that reach its shores? >> it's absolutely realistic. millions are hosted by the countries that neighbor syria for example and elsewhere. europe is only taking a fraction of those figures. let's be very real here. this is not about a flood of people coming in. what is happening is that a lot
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of these people are dying. that's what's unique about this situation. it's not impossible to host these people. it's still a relatively small number and germany is really the exception. we're talking about over 30,000 people that they have taken in compared to what happens in most european countries of a couple of hundreds or even dozens of people resettled in those countries. absolutely possible and it shouldn't be a reason to stop search and rescue. >> thank you so much for your time this morning. >> south korea approved plans to salvage a ferry that sank, killing 300 many high school students. families have been demanding that the ferry be raised, hoping it will shed light on what calmed the crash and find the missile. it will cost $100 million. >> two studies add fuel to the debate over fracking. researchers linked the drilling
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method to earth yankees in texas and oklahoma. >> people hope this leads to change. >> very hopeful about this new study. 2.0 earthquakes are minor don't usually destroy. imagine one on average every three days and imagine believing that your new neighbors were can you seeing the quakes. residents in texas and oklahoma don't have to imagine. this new study tells them it's happening. >> this land sits on gas rich shale deposits and since drilling began next door, she said her land hasn't sat still. >> do you see how low it is sitting? >> uh-huh. >> there's actually a sinkhole that was underneath the house. >> she lives in reno, texas. from november of 2013 to january of 2014, she and its neighbor
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were hit with 2017 earthquakes. researchers studied the activity and concluded that oil and gas fracking most likely is to blame. >> i told you so. >> for reno mayor the new report is vindication. >> they said forever that we didn't know what we were talking about. >> the report comes the same day the state of oklahoma said it had accepted scientific evidence that fracking had caused hundreds of earthquakes there. that state shook by nearly 600 quakes last year. more than any other state in the country. officials launched a website detailing the evidence plotting earthquakes alongside fracking disposal wells. fracking is the pros of injecting highly pressurized liquid into the ground to loosen and extract valuable fuel deposits. aside from the fuel, the process results in waste water which is
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injected back into the wells. in a statement the oklahoma oil and gas association said more study was needed. there may be a link between earthquakes and disposal wells but we still don't know enough about how waste water injection impacts oklahoma faults. lawmakers are considering a bill in texas that could help oil and gas companies by stripping local officials of their ability to ban fracking. >> the citizens in arlington had to evacuate around a drilling because it was spewing up fracking fluids. this says you cannot regulate anything happening. >> the state is saying we don't have a right to say we don't want earthquakes that the industry can come in and do whatever they want to us. that really borings me. >> they've got pretty much what they wanted out of our land and in the process destroyed it. >> house bill 40 has been approved in the texas statehouse now awaits a vote in the state
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senate. >> more than 300 texas communities have ordinances limiting oil and gas production. they'll all be looking on with great interest at what the senate in texas decides to do with house bill 40. >> we'll keep following that, thank you. >> powerful storms are pummeling the eastern shores of australia. three have been killed and hundreds of homes could be submerged as water levels rise. there is no end in sight. >> even for a country used to extreme weather, the severity of these storms took australia's southeast by surprise. more than 30 30 center meters of rain in less than 24 hours leaving to flash floods and little time to get away. >> we had to swim for it. we were getting sucked toward the bridge there. we got in behind the toilets and
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hung on and we were there for quite a while. >> even telephone every poles struggled to resist high winds. trees also toppled. >> i was looking at a couple of other trees up there. a lot smaller tree than that one has deflected it so it didn't come in the living room. >> the waves were much less welcoming than normal, damaging properties along the coastline. with the city's harbor well above its usual level there were evacuation warnings. resembling the high seas, the state's premier said the storm was more serious than expected. >> there is no doubt this is a very serious event. probably more steer than was anticipated, so clearly the
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consequences are quite significant across the south. it is clear that we're in the midst of some very challenging weather. >> more than 200,000 homes were left without power. authorities warn the worst of the storm might not be over with more flooding expected. andrew potter, al jazeera. >> it's estimated more than a billion people across the world are gathering today to celebrate international earth day making the annual holiday the world's largest civic event. it aims to raise awareness and teach people to take care of the planet. a group of leading scientists and economists released a statement saying 75% of fossil fuels must say in the ground if we want to avoid global warming's worst effects. we're looking at the 10 greenest states in the country. we brought you states 10 through six, colorado followed by oregon idaho montana and south dakota, that's according to the
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group 24/7 wall street. nicole i think we should have a drumroll. >> especially when i get to number one. >> what are the top five states? >> i picked this list because they used 27 different parameters. one thing that didn't get compensated for is states in general, but not population density. most are states that are less populated, of course putting out less waste if you have fewer people. number five on the list, hawaii with less than a thousand tons of toxic waste. that's wonderful put it number one. we are showing you toxic waste emissions and alternative energy. they are great for different air quality measurements. they are sixth in energy savings programs. nobody four is nevada. lowest level of water pollution granted they get a boost from that by being the arid state and no fresh water to pollute. they have great alternative
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energy production. >> number three is new hampshire, one of their metrics low pollution including harmful particle pollution which impacts your lungs. maine is number two hatch the energy generated from renewable resources. that's wonderful. this being a timber land state a lot of that is wood resources. number one vermont so they have less pollution a small carbon footprint but one thing that makes them shine is great plans for the future to keep the environment in check. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> on the healthbeat, the f.d.a. issues its strongest warning yet over a controversial surgical tool called a power mothers later. it's usually used to treat fibroids during a hysterectomy. one woman knows firsthand how it does more harm than good and she stared her story. >> it is the last place amy
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reed a successful boston anesthesiologist and mother of six expected to be, in a hospital ward as a cancer patients accompanied by her husband, a boston heart surgeon. they received the news amy had a form of cancer, stage four. >> it was not even on our radar screen. >> her cancer was discovered after she underwent a hysterectomy to remove benign fibroids or masses growing in her uterus. the couple has been waging war ever since not only against the disease but against be a gynecological procedure performed on thousands of women during hysterectomies they believe upstaged her cancer. they discovered during her surgery, her surgeon used a device called a mothers later.
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it strikes less than one in 10,000 women. it is a very rare cancer. for women who undergo surgeries for fibroids, it goes up to one in 350. many surgeons stand by the procedure. the director of gynecologic robot surgery at new england university of medicine said it remains a valuable approach. >> we definitely think it has a role in the appropriate patients. we don't think it's for everyone. everything that its risks and
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benefits. >> they have taken their fight to the media and washington, d.c. including the f.d.a., which responded with an alert saying patients should know that the f.d.a. discourages the use. >> our hope is the government will say you as specialty are failing to regulate yourself, we need to do so, and but until then individual patients are going to have to step up for themselves and say this is unsafe, i don't want it. >> you can watch america tonight at 10 mohamed morsi eastern seven pacific. >> a new test for breast cancer may change the way millions are women are screened. a company has a new home screening kit that costs $250, a fraction of what conventional tests cost. you male a d.n.a. sample into the company which analyzes 19
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genes that indicate high risk for breast cancer. they are making it cheaper. the hope is that more women especially those without insurance can get screened. >> the navajo nation elected its new president in a race postponed for five months. the anyways was caught in a debate over the importance of the navajo language. we have more from the southwest. >> the navajo nation is starkly beautiful and steeped in history and tradition but faces questions about its heritage and future brought on by an election and a presidential candidate. >> i voted and then i don't know what happened, but they got him off the ballot. >> the rising navajo political star was disqualified because he was not fromment in navajo. >> language is important it
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identifies who we are. you cannot be a nation without language. >> it not only up ended the electoral pros but exposed deep divisions about what it means to be navajo. >> anyone that's wanting to be president and vice president needs to take time to learn the language. >> russell and jonathan took over the ticket vacated after he was disqualified. they agree the fluency requirement is unassailable. >> we had been told by the larger society western society that your language has no value so why use it? just learn english and be done with it. >> we reached out for commented but did not hear back. we went to navajo prep on the edge of the navajo nation to ask high school seniors that were old enough to vote for the first time what they thought. >> show of hands, how many people are voting? >> it's clear students in the
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culture class are divided over the rule. >> do you think the language requirement is a good thing? >> yes. >> it's what connects us to our past our culture. >> i think he shouldn't be disqualified. i think he should have been kept on the ballot simply because it's already been so long since election process. >> our teaching coincides with our language so if we don't know our language to its maximum we won't be connected to our teachings, as well. >> as fundamental as the students say the language is to its identity, it is a difficult language to learn and fewer and fewer young people can speak navajo. this generation of native youth will have to find a way to define themselves at a time when language is unclear. >> in the u.s., most prisoners are not allowed to use computers but that hasn't stopped some at san quentin prison from learning
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to code. we report on a program training in plates for release in an unusual way. >> i'm about to go inside the prison known as can quentin the first one built in california. scott peterson is here, death row inmates are housed here. you don't think about coming out of this place but we're about to meet prisoners who are here not to come back out into the world, but prepared with the skills they need for the modern economy. >> the process of getting into san quentin is long and complicated. you sign a form sake the prison will not negotiate for your release if you're taken hostage. once inside, you're on your own. you're searched for contraband, can't take in a cell phone and throughout the pros are constantly having to prove your identity again and again. we eventually made it deep inside a facility that cameras rarely see.
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we were taken past the yard, past places specially built to house death row inmates that belong to prison gangs really scary places. then suddenly, we were inside a tech incubator watching harry hemp hill graduate. coding is hard enough. since 2005, when he came to can quentin on a 16 year sentence for assault. he hasn't had access to the internet. it's forbidden to prisoners so he's had to learn about it in the abstract. >> i have a kind of an idea of what it may be like in the real world, but again until i'm released i won't actually know what's going on, but i do feel as if i have all the tools now to go forward. >> tonight we'll take you into one of the most forbidding prisons in the country and show you web dex on thatters hoping to live in the modern world
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while they work for private companies from behind bars. >> you might want to take note of this, an app that let's you delete offensive posts before your employer sees them. it is called clear. it scans through your social media history flagging key words that may be inappropriate or offensive, then you can choose to delete those posts. the app was started by someone who learned the hard way. he resigned one day after hired as chief technology officer for jeb bush's presidential exploratory committee when his old tweets surfaced, that were considered offensive. >> a conversation about race in america. up next, we hear from i don't know ridley. know ridley.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. the senate could vote on whether to approve loretta lynch as the next attorney general. that vote had been delayed. lawmakers finally came to an agreement and are set to vote on it today. >> the vatican confirms pope francis will visit cuba in the fall. exact dates have not been reds. the pope was instrumental in launching negotiations to restore diplomatic relations between the u.s. and cuba. >> a new york judge granted two
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chimpanzees their right to a day in court an unprecedented use of habeas corpus that apply toies to people. >> on the culture beat, a conversation with john ridley, a novelist playwright director and oscar winning screenwriter of 12 years a slave. he is outspoken about race in america and on the screen. >> we ask for the same thing a review about how the case against my brother is handled. the prosecutor making this a hate crime was punitive. my brother doesn't hate whites. he has a caucasian girlfriend. the d.a. has overreached. we want a fair examination. >> ridley sat down with john siegenthaler to talk about his latest project. he saw a clip of it there american crime a show especially relevant amid the
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headlines from ferguson, baltimore and north charleston. >> abc approached me before 12 years a slave was released. there are very few people that knew about it, that it was coming out so to get a call from a broadcast network saying they wanted to tackle a subject matter that dealt with race, religion with socioeconomic backgrounds that had wide perspective. it was really unexpected and all wait through the development process, i thought this is not going to come to fruition. >> is there something you want to say either through the program or now about this? >> i can't pretend that there is not some of my opinions in this. i can never separate myself from the work that i do, but one of the things that struck me the most near this process, i have a son now who's 15, and he started asking me about treyvon and
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about what happened and said things to me that i never expected that i would hear from my son like cautious to say but there was a -- there was a certain emotionality that i hoped and i believe that my father hoped that i would never have and that i hope that my son would never absorb from an environment, as any parent. you hope that you raise your children to have a hopeful outlook, that many of the issues that all of us deal with will be relegated to the past and there comes a point where you see in your young man certain feelings, certain emotions that you know are coming from the environment. maybe they're coming from me, maybe from the world but are arising from an incident. not saying casually about this kind of person or faith but a
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very specific incident that happened where a young man who looked like him ended up dead, and so when your son not a random individual, when your son begins to say things and have emotions and express things, for me myself, the things be that i would want to say to my son i wouldn't want to say to other people's children, black white what have you that there is hope that there can be other resolution. >> thank you for talk about to me. >> you can see more of our conversation tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. eastern right here on aljazeera america. >> we'll have the latest on the war in yemen including new airstrikes overnight. that's it from us here in new york.
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>> welcome to the al jazeera news hour live from doha. our top stories new strikes in taiz and aden despite the announcement of the end of the air campaign in yemen. >> the battle for are a ramadi. >> the