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forces shot civilians. >> well, you can find much more on our website the address for that is i'll be back in just a couple of seconds with those headlines. >> less than a day after promising an end to the air campaign saudi attract hit mouth houthi rebels in yemen. >> more arrive in italy and accused of breaking the rules europe said that a russian energy giant illegally crushed the competition in what moscow is calling charges that are totally unfair.
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. the saudi-led coalition launched more airstrikes after just announcing that the air campaign is over. houthi leaders are calling for a cease-fire and say that saudi strikes are a crime. we have more from an along the saudi border with yemen. >> for those who thought that the announcement yesterday night by the leadership of the coalition is the end of the war they might be disappointed today, saudi arabia and it's allies have launched a series of strikes that are confirmed to us. one of them are a few hours after the announcement at the end of the war and that was in aden where tanks in position of the houthies were seen moving to areas from which they were expelled a few days ago. and that's exactly in the area of coastal line of aden where the presidential palace is located, the president of president hadi, and also some
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government buildings. and also in taiz airstrikes against houthi positions and houthi fighters when they tried to take the base of the brigade 35, which is loyal to president hadi. that's exactly what the saudis warned of when they announced the end of the first phase of this war. which they called decisive storm and the beginning of the me phase which is renewal of hope. they said they would take action only when necessary and when the houthies would try to take a new territory or stage attacks against loyalists of president hadi. >> a navy aircraft carrier has now joined a group of u.s. ships off of yemen's coast. the goal is to stop the flow of weapons to the houthies, and also to send a message to iran. last night president obama spoke about the deployment on ms nbc.
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>> there is a reason why we keep some of our ships in the persian gulf region, that is to make sure that we maintain freedom of navigation. 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 power. >> the u.n. security council has put an arms embargo in place against houthies. they say iran has been aiding the houthies. tehran denies it. in ramadi fierce clashes iraqi officials say they have taken become a children's hospital and areas near government buildings. violence in the past two weeks of forced more than 100,000
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people to flee, and now more than 10 million people have been forced to flee their homes in syria, and for those caught in the middle the circumstances can be daunting. many are from the hama region in syria's west. alexi o'brien has our report. >> reporter: this abandoned mosque is damaged and cold but it's a safe place for this family. >> i don't have money to pay rent so hopefully i can find a job. but i look and i look, and i can't find anything. >> even though it's roof could collapse at any moment, and the windows have no glass he knows he's lucky. >> because he and other families like his fled this, the chaos in idleb and the countryside where syrian government forces continue to battle opposition fighters. idleb city has been targeted by regime barrel bombs and no one
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is spared. abu mohammed and his family also escapeed the violence. there isthe home is basic and there is well for water. but they worry about their future. >> we keep moving because of the heavy bombardment, and life is just as hard here as it was there. i'm looking after my brother's three children who are orphans and i have 12 children of my own. we have no jobs and no way to get money. >> other families nearby have no shelter at all. rents here are ten times higher than before the war and food is increasingly hard to come by. this part of idleb may have escaped the violence so far but life here is far from easy. >> in afghanistan a new promise of violence from the taliban the group said that it will ramp up attacks on foreign embassyies. this is the first year afghan troops will face the taliban without support from a full
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nato-led coalition. european leaders are repeating their pledge to end the crisis on the mediterranean. >> we have to improve our sea rescue operations. we also talked about the need to address the distribution of refugees in europe fighting illegal trafficking and improving the situation in the southern part of the european union. >> today more than 1,000 migrants rescued off the coast of italy were brought to shore and officials say they have arrested hundreds of people planning to make that voyage. we have more now. >> the publicity surrounding the migrant disasters that have been taking place i mean, this was the biggest single sinking of the whole past three years. but there have been numerous others involving hundreds and hundreds of victims. it just doesn't seem to be deterring the desperate migrants who are setting off not just from north africa but also from tunisia and also from turkey as
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well. we had a chip shipwrecked off the coast of rhodes. court cases have begun against them 37 they'll be backing court on friday where the italian authorities are going to be seeking to formerly lay the charges against them. charges of multiple reckless homicide. the integration of those two men is continuing based on the testimony of people like that 16-year-old somali boy that i spoke to there the few survivors giving first-hand attacks of the behavior of the captain and first mates and indeed that will be what the authorities use to decide exactly how to proceed the prosecution against them. in relation to the numbers coming, there has been no slowing down of the numbers of migrant arriving. we've had over 1,000 rescued migrants finding landfall here on italian territory today. we had 446 brought in to the port of augusta, a half hour's
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drive south of here. we have another 112 arrive in lampedusa today where they were rescued and brought to land. 500 were brought to the port on the mainland of italy. hundreds of are arriving here despite knowing the dangers before setting off. >> paul brennan reporting from catania. day two of testimony in the penalty phase for boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. they describe the death of officer sean collier as something that will effect them for the rest of their lives. graphic testimony from a former nazi guard in germany. oskar gröning talked about how quote, cattle cars fill of jews
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were constantly arriving. then the people would be led to directly to the gas chambers. grown something being tried on gröning is being charged on 300,000 counts of aiding murder. russia's energy giant gazprom has been charged. >> there is history here, and that russia has used gas in ways that have been accuse--russia has been accused of in a political manner that taps had been turned off in ukraine in years gone past and various other disputes that have arisen within other countries within the european union. it's a different scenario these
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days. one is that the price of oil which gas is linked to, has considerably weakened, and also the european union has done a lot over the last few months to make itself more self-sufficient, less reliant on russian gas. that all gives russia less of a bargaining chip, less of a leverage point to use when it comes to this sort of thing. >> the first pope in latin america will visit cuba. he'll stop by the island in september on his way to the united states. the exact dates have not yet been released. the pope was instrumental in launching negotiations in reestablishing diplomatic ties between the u.s. and cuba. president obama will deliver a message on climate change.
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the president is expected to say that what is happening in florida is a sign that climate change is real and needs to be addressed. up next back in court the latest legal twist in the two-decade old battle over an environmental disaster in ecuador. and residents of one louisiana town say they're being ignored after a sinkhole swallowed their homes. two companies are battling it out in court to see who is to blame.
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>> the justice department is now investigating the death of a baltimore man after he was arrested by police. last night demonstrators were on the streets of baltimore for a third day protesting against the death of freddie gray. he suffered a severe spinal injury and died a week after police detained him. baltimore's police chief said that he can't explain how gray was hurt. >> we have no evidence physical or video or statements of any
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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 rally again tomorrow in front of baltimore city hall. now to a long and bruising legal battle over an environmental disaster in ecuador. it began over 20 years ago in a class action lawsuit against an american oil giant. now the latest chapter is playing out here in new york city. >> reporter: go 1964 to 1992 texaco explored and drilled for oil in northeastern ecuador. the people there accused texaco which cheveron later bought of spilling thousands of barrels of oil and billions of gallons of toxic waste into the soil and rivers. >> environmentalists called the result a rain forest chernobyl. a disaster that has sickened the
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region's 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 all of our medicine here. now with the pollution all is gone. >> all along cheveron has argue that a $40 billion clean up by texaco and an agreement that texaco signed with ecuador in 1998 absolves cheveron of all responsibility. it can be best summed up by a company spokesman who said in 2010 that we're going to fight this until hell freezes over and then we'll fight it out on the ice. but in 2011 the villagers won $19 billion in an he can an ecuadoran court later reduced to $9 billion. but it was not over. cheveron accused the american lawyer representing them of fraud. the charges included bribing a
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judge in ecuador and helping write the verdict against cheveron. >> fraud. >> last march cheveron scored a huge victory when a new york judge accepted cheveron's argument that donziger and. >> the verdict was that the verdict in ecuador was procured by fraud. >> that was ruled by an american judge where we frankly disagree with his decision. he ran a flawed proceeding from beginning to end. he would not let us put in evidence of cheveron's contamination. there were scientific reports that the courts in ecuador relied on.
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>> some call a hero and cheveron calls you a crook. >> i'm a man of ethic. i believe cheveron is the crook. they have concocted a story to try to taint this adjustment so they can evade paying what they owe the people of ecuador. >> donziger's appeal got under way on monday. >> does cheveron has any intention of making good an any $9 billion judgment? >> very good. nice try. >> the appeal could last for months leaving the people in in the rain forest wait forgive justice. >> the senate will vote tomorrow whether to approve loretta lynch as the new attorney general. that was delayed over unrelated legislation to help victims of sex trafficking. lawmakers set to vote on that bill later today. after that they'll vote on the
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confirmation. the senate will look at the patriot act including the nsa surveillance authority. and a huge sinkhole began swallowing up a town in louisiana almost three years ago now. since then about 350 people have been chased from their homes. the few who stayed are now battling a salt mining company company 1924 say was responsible for the disaster. robert ray has their story. >> it's scenes like this that prompted many to leave. >> so it's a very disheartening to me. it's very personal. very sad. very sad. >> dennis landry calls this his paradise despite the natural gas still bubbling up from the sinkhole and the threat of land
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plunging into the earth. he said he'll die here. >> the beautiful houses across the highway right here, i'm fulling expecting texas brine to level those houses, and they said they're going to convert it to green space. green space is nice, but i hated to see all those good people leave. they're up a abandoned. >> texas brine has filed suit against their corporate neighbor dow chemical. now the sinkhole is 32 acres over my shoulder about 300 yards away. they say that it's stabilized and has not had a lot of activity in the past ten months. but the issue is that that evacuation would liketexas brine would like to drill down in
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looking for salt. but dow chemical owns a lot of land around here and it's too close to texas brine as planned land and under regulation they have to be 200 feet away to be able to conduct business. >> texas brine wants compensation from dow chemical for alleged loss of salt brine. we asked them why they want to mine for salt again in an area that collapsed under their own work. they wrote a short response saying we will not be able to speak with you. our goal is to continue providing sodium chloride to our industrial customers. lawyers for dow chemical refused to peek speaks with us as well. but as the two companies battle it out in court the residents say they're the ones being
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neglected. scott beaudro is concerned that texas brine wants to excavate again, and he adds that the company is taking way too long to remove potentially dangerous natural gas sitting just underneath the town. >> they need to be more aggressive and put more wells in and get this done much more quickly. >> this is my good friend's house right here. when he decided to leave. >> as dennis landry watches his paradise disappear the reality of the situation has taken its toll. >> i tried to save the community, that i helped to build. >> do you think you did or do you think its lost? >> i think i scored about a 40 on the test. i don't think i did too well. i never thought--i never thought for a moment we would be down to nine residents on sportsman drive. >> landry's friends are gone.
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his neighborhood will likely be demolished in the next year, and yet life here goes on while big business fights and their customers await product. robert ray al jazeera, louisiana. >> and still ahead on al jazeera america, the navajo nation has chose for its next election, but the election came with a lot of controversy. and inmates who are learning to build website without access to the internet.
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>> the navajo nation has elected its new president. russell begaye will take office next month but the election was not without controversy and plenty of it. >> reporter: the navajo nation is starkly beautiful and steeped in tradition and history but questions were brought on by an election and a presidential candidate named chris deschene. >> i voted for chris deschene. i don't know what happened, but they got him off the ballot. >> rising navajo political star chris deschene was disqualified.
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why? because he was not fluent in navajo. >> language is important. it identifies who we are. where we come from. >> the navajo language mandate not only up ended the electoral process but divides its citizen abouts what it means to be navajo. >> anyone who is wanting to be president and vice president needs to take time to learn the language. >> russell begaye and jonathan nez took over the ticket vacated by chris deschene after he was disqualified. they agree, the language is unassailable. >> we've been told by western society that your language has no value. so why use it? just learn english and be done with it. >> we reached out to chris deschene for comment but we did not hear back. we asked high school senior who is were old enough to vote for
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the first time what they think of the language requirement. >> by show of hands how many people are voting? it's clear that the navajo culture class is divide over the rule. do you think the language requirement is a good thing? >> it's what connects us to the past culture. i think with chris deschene, he should not have been disqualified. i think he should have been kept on the ballot because it's so long into the election process. >> our teachings is tied to our language and if we don't know our language, then we won't be connected to our teachings as well. >> as fundamental as language is to their identity it's a difficult language to learn and fewer and fewer young people can speak navajo. that means that this generation of youth will have to find a way to define themselves when the
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status of language is unclear. >> twitter is out with new measures designed to cut down on abuse and violent threats online. twitter's ceo announceed in february that the company needed to do more to stop abusers under the new policy twitter can lock accounts and require users to delete abusive tweets. critics are saying that the new policy does not go far enough. the department of homeland security plans to open an office in silicon valley, an attempt to improve relations with the technology community in the wake of the revelations over government spying. now the department also hopes the office will help it recruit top talent from the technology world to combat growing cyber threats. in the united states most prisoners are not allowed to use computers, but that has not stopped some at san quenton prison in california from learning to code. jacob ward reports on one program training inmates for life after prison. >> i'm about to go inside the
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prison known as san quenton a maximum security prison, the first built in california. death row inmates over 700 of them are housed here. we're about to meet prisoners who are here not just to come back out into the world but to come out into it prepared with the skills they're going to need for the modern economy. >> the process of getting into san quenton is long and complicated. you have to sign a form that says the prison will not negotiate for your release if you're taken hostage. once inside you're on your own. your searched for contraband. you can't even take in a control of. throughout the process you're having to prove your identity again and again. we made it deep inside the facility that cameras rarely see. we were taken past the yard, past places especially built to house death row inmates that belong to prison gangs u really scary places.
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and then suddenly we were inside a tech incubator watching harry hen delinquent hill graduate. code something hard enough, but since 2005 when he came to san quenton on a 16 year sentence or assault he has not had access to the internet. it's been forbidden for prisoners. he has had to learn about it in the abstract. >> i have an idea what it may be like in the real world but until i'm released i won't know what's going on. i do feel as if i have all the tools now to go forward. >> tonight we'll take knew one of the most for bidding businesses in the country and introduce you to a new industry, web developers helping you live in the modern world while they live in private companies from behind bars. >> i'm tony harris in new york city. the news continues next live in london.
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hello there. this is the news hour live from london. coming up more fighting and more air strikes. sdrab hits targets in yemen as its military campaign enters a new