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state. but the benefits for the environment may well be priceless. al jazeera, kuala lumpur. and of course you can keep up with lots more on our website, al for viewers in the u.s. your morning news is next, for everyone else the international headlines. >> markets tumble across the globe as worries in china wipe billions off stack exchanges. signs point to sell offs in the u.s., too. >> three americans receive france's highest honor. >> clear skies could spell even more danger in the weather.
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>> this is aljazeera america, good morning, live from new york city, i'm randall pinkston. global markets are reeling this morning at chinese stocks take another plunge. u.s. futures falling sharply now with the dow poised to open down about 3%. let's look at the numbers. the shanghai composite wiped out all gains for the year, its largest fall in that market in eight nears. the nikkei tumbled four and a half%, hitting a five month low. australia had its worst one day sell off in four years, markets plunging wiping some 40 billion u.s. dollars off the books there. european stocks are hurting, too, in london, down two and a half%, germany's main exchange is off 3%. adrien brown has more on what's behind this from beijing. >> it is another turbulent day
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for asian stock markets. shanghai, the worst performing is down more than 8%, the biggest single day drop in many months. the government before the market opened has said that it was going to use billions of dollars from a state pension fund to prop up the market. that's the first time this has happened and it is a measure which just how anxious, how desperate the authorities are now becoming. so far, that isn't working. there are a number of reasons why the market is behaving the way it is right now, china's occurrences has been devalued by more than 4% against the u.s. dollar during the past 10 days and of course this country's economy is slowing. there is a belief in the market that the slowdown is worse than the government has so far confirmed. the international money tear fund said it doesn't believe this is a crisis, just an j, a necessary j. those pensioners, those people
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whose money has been borrowed to try to prop up the market has to know that the government knows exactly what it's doing. >> a principle at the china market research group said china is in for a rough ride, but the u.s. economy can pull out of the crisis ahead. >> the reality is that the markets probably oh wanting to continue a downward trajectory over the next weeks or months. the p. ratio the stacks are trading, they're almost absurdly high, so we had this major runoff and selloff, we're probably due for continued selloff before things stabilize. the u.s. market on friday and the futures going down, i had expect the morning is going to be rough responding to what's happening right now in china, but fundamentally, the market should strengthen soon. we could see a spike later in the day.
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if you look at the rest of the year, there's upside. >> the turmoil is hurting oil price too. in the u.s., oil poised to open down 3.5%, that brings it to a six year low of just over $39 a barrel. >> thee americans received france's highest honor for preventing a mass shooting on a high speed train. president francois hollande pinned an honor medal on the three americans and a british man. they tackled a gunman who opened fire on a train traveling from amsterdam to paris. the attacker was heavily armed with weapons and ammunition. >> we are gathered to honor four people who made it possible to save lives, gave an example of what can be done in dramatic circumstances. >> three were injured in the attack. the gunman was linked before
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friday to radical movements and was on several watch lifts. his lawyer said he was homeless and just wanted to rob people on the train. >> raging wildfires in the pacific northwest is starting to clear but much of the region is under air advisories this morning. the humidity is expected to drop, which means a rise in temperatures causing fires to flare up. so far, the complex of wildfire east of seattle are only 10% contained. the fast moving fires forced many to leave their homes. >> i called my kids. one of my girls, and said we don't think we're going to get out, and that we love them and to tell everybody we love them. >> improving weather conditions in california are helping firefighters battle back some of the flames, but many living in areas north of the so-called rough fire have been told they should be ready to evacuate.
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the flames in lake county, california spread 250-acres in two hours. lisa bernard reports from king's canyon national park. >> what is unique about this particular fire? >> one of the biggest challenges with this fire is the steep topography and terrain. this is some of the roughest country in the united states. >> of course you want to make sure it doesn't jump this road. what would happen if it got to the other side. >> on the other side is more uncontained lines that would add more problems along the way. these crews are working very hard to keep it inside those lines as best they can. one of the things we're trying to do is eliminate the veg take this or the fuel and by actually lighting back fires, we are able to control it a little more, do it under our terms versus natures or others. >> the fire has been raging since a lightning strike ignited the terrain last month. more than 47,000-acres has already burned.
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most of the fire is in the back country. choppers have been collecting water from a large lake here and dropping it as fast as possible and returning for more. thick smoke in the morning is preventing the choppers from going up until lately afternoon. ten helicopters are being used on this fire. >> here you can see what they are trying to prevent, the king's canyon lodge is the only structure so far that has been destroyed by the fire. it was built in 1928 and tourists have been coming here for decades. it was filled with antiquing that are now gone. the owner is amazed that the gravity gas pump survived. this area was evacuated before the fire got here. most of the national park has been evacuated and closed to visitors indefinitely because of the fire. >> 17 wildfires are burning across california, more than 12,000 firefighters from all over the country working to
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control them. >> there are growing tension bees among senior officials in israel's government this morning. over the weekend, israel's former defense minister revealed that prime minister benjamin netanyahu had planned to attack iran on several occasions in recent years, but he was stopped by in terrible divisions. three instances were described from 2010-2012 when plans to strike tehran fell through. netanyahu's office has not issued an official response. >> the u.k. could start lifting sanctions on iran as early as the spring of next year. the embassy of tehran was closed four years ago after protestors demonstrated against economic conditions. >> we will work together to deal with the scourge of terrorism, to promote regional stability, to tackle the spread of isil in syria and iraq, to counter
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narcotics and to deal with challenges of irregular migration. the important thing is that we now have a channel to talk to each other and that we will be talking about all the issues, whether we agree with each other or not. >> meanwhile, iran's foreign minister said it is still too early to reopen the american embad in tehran. he said the u.s. first needs to "change its attitude towards iran" before that happens. >> army investigators are investigating an early series of exflowses at a depot in japan west of tokyo. canisters of compressed gas explode. no one was hurt since everyone had gone home for the night. the army said no hazardous materials or weapons are stored at the facility. >> 10 years ago this week hurricane katrina slammed into
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louisiana. it was the poor government response that captured international attention. we will hear from the man who helped to turn things around. >> the owners of ashley had dyson face a half billion dollars class action lawsuit, the latest fallout in a hack that revealed the names of thousands of customers.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. coming up on 7:43 eastern time,
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taking a look at today's top stories. >> indy car driver in a coma after an accident on the track in pennsylvania sunday. his car was hit by debris from the vehicle ahead of him after it crashed. the driver of that vehicle walked away. wilson was flown to a hospital where he is being treated. >> a young man in oklahoma is in custody this morning after allegedly stabbing his father to death. mark costello was oklahoma's labor commissioner. he was killed last night as a restaurant in oklahoma city. he was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck. >> more than 100 victims witnesses and family members are expected to address a colorado court today as a judge sentences colorado movie theater shooter james holmes. the judge must sentence him to life in prison for killing 12 and injuring 70 others in the shooting spree. >> this week marks 10 years since hurricane katrina slammed
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into the coast of the u.s., and including louisiana, looking back at the storm and the criticized response. stephanie sy was in new orleans. >> weapons down, weapons down, dam it! put your weapons down. >> with those words, general charged with leading the military response became the voice of reason, the answer to new orleans collective call for help. ten years after katrina, we went back to the spot. >> i worry about these people. all those weapons were loaded. you don't come save people by pointing guns at them. >> looking back on the hurricane, he speaks of the vulnerabilities laid bare. he called is the disaster before the disaster. >> new orleans had a human
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disaster occurring before the storm hit. it had the largest concentration of poor people in the south. >> the center for student achievement is trying to close those opportunity gaps. >> i will be ready, willing, and able. >> giving students higher education opportunities they aren't otherwise academically eligible for. he has written two books on leadership and disaster preparedness. he's formed a new army, a green army. all of this has led to a very obvious question. >> do you have political aspirations? >> no. i just made an announcement that i wouldn't run for governor after some speculation. i think my idea to contribute is to help people solve problems in their community through civil engagement. >> you can hear more tonight at
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8:00 eastern. >> they. a is reopening mount everest for climbers this week four months after the deaths caused by an of a large. the first permit was issued to a man who has attempted to climb before and lost nine figgers to profit bite. an of a large killed 19 mount years. >> the cheating website ashley madison hit with a class lawsuit. i guess there's no surprise there is a lawsuit. >> two canadian law firms say ashley madison failed to protect user's private information in the wake of last month's data breach. this is the second class action suit against the site which uses the slogan have an affair, life is short. the hackers say the site is full of fake profiles and that the company charged people for
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erasing data that was never truly wiped. the data dump prompted some users to come forward, including a florida prosecutor who gained national attention in the casey anthony case, state attorney jeff ashton, admit sunday he signed up for the website because he was curious but insists he did not have an affair. >> i deeply regret my affiliation with the site, which has caused a great amount which stress and heartache to my wife and children. i want to publicly apologize to each of them for this embarrassment and for my blatant disregard for their feelings. >> he said he did not use government equipment to connect to the site. he adds he has no plans to resign as he did not commit a crime. it is estimated that the site has 36 million users, randall. >> any reaction from ashley
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madison on the lawsuit? >> they haven't said much in the last week, since last tuesday when they issued a statement saying this is really a criminal activity, that they are going to go after these hackers and that they are trying to take out any information that has been dumped on line. >> the site is still up. >> the site is still up. >> basketball superstar michael jordan said he will donate all of the money he just won in a lawsuit, $8.9 million of it. a jury awarded him the money after the dock nick said supermarket chain used his image in an ad without permission. the ad was for steak and showed jordan's basketball number with the slogan you are a cut above. >> on farm fields, how the mexican government is cracking down on farms that use children to pick fruits and vegetables, much of it september overseas. >> hopes for a bright economic future for cuba. the thaw in u.s.-cuba relations breathing new life into the
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middle class.
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>> mexican out torts are cracking down on child labor. dozens of children were working long hours at a plant in mexico city. many children pick truths and vegetables that are sent to the u. >> these children are on their way to work. they're part of the army of poor mexicans moving across the country to pick crops. it's illegal for 8-year-old eduardo to harvest tomatoes. his family needs the money. his sister dreams of using some of it to study. >> i have to buy luck sacks and
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all those things so i can go to school. >> she has missed a year of classes. families work to get by often if the expense of their children's education. these workers are free to come and go as they please and they're paid daily. in many fields in the country, they are held virtually captive with their i.d.'s and wages withheld illegally until the end of the harvest season. this week, authorities rescue the thee hundred pickers, including 78 children staying in rat infested rooms on a farm. workers and supervisors say it's rare for authorities to check what's happening in the fields. >> the government or parties only come to ask for your vote.
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after that, they don't know you, come here or think about anyone working here. >> years of neglect have led to one of the country's biggest agriculture strikes in the valley. farm workers prize local concessions from the government and producers. the pickers around mexico continue to work for as little as $6 a day. the youngest of them, like eduardo, spending their childhoods in hard labor. >> the homeland security democratic said it is evaluating a federal judge's ruling ordering migrant children and their parents to be released from detention centers. a federal judge gave the obama administration two months to comply. she wrote the children and their parents cannot be held for more than 22 hours. some were detained for months. >> some big changes underway in
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cuba's economy date to a time before relations with the u.s. were reinstated. melissa chan has the story of a program that allows some cuban citizens to become western style entrepreneurs. >> so close, and yet so far away, a nation that took a different road from that of the united states, and for a time, cuba was the romantic, vivid poster child for communism. it became a place frozen in time by an underperforming socialist economy, until now, because after decades of decline, cuba, it seems, is on the move once again. >> i first came to cuba back in 2114 years ago. everyone expects to see a lot of change in the next years, but i see change already. there are a lot more cars on the road, people are better dressed and there are new businesses.
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>> a parallel economy has developed. analysts estimate more than a million cuba's work as independents who don't depend on the state, but make their own money. one of them is roberto. his cell phone repair shop may look modest but in a country short of supplies of everything, his services keep cubans with access to technology connect the. even the storefront represents change. until recently, commercial rental space simply didn't exist. >> i would love to see my business grow into a transnational company, like at&t. that would be great. >> before the revolution, julio torres's father worked for general motors. more than half a century later, he works on the same models his father might have fixed. >> i run this operation with the most basic tools under tough working conditions and even like
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this, i can get things to work. imagine how it would be without the embargo. >> he's restored 22 cars and he hopes normalization between the two countries will soon mean he can import spare parts more easily. >> alvarez fixes cars and his wife drives them, catering to tourists. together with others, they formed a loose taxi cooperative. >> i'm happy because we enjoy what we do. i love driving. i've always loved driving. he enjoys restoring cars and together, all of this gives us economic benefits and we're happy because of that. >> when asked whether he considers himself a capitalist or socialist, alvarez said more than anything, he's just tired. >> i feel like a capitalist. i have no life of my own. i don't have time to pay attention to anything else but my business.
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>> from socialism to the drive of capitalism, officials would insist reforms have remained true to the revolution and some might say cuba's had little choice but to do something different. the change is making way for a growing middle class in a supposed classless society. melissa chan, al jazeera, havana. >> the national zoo in washington today is celebrating an closely monitoring two newborn panda cubs. the mother gave birth about five hours apart this weekend. the zoo said she is doing a great job caring for the babies. the high volume of users trying to watch the live stream of the birth crashed the zoo's site. thanks for joining us. stephanie sy back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news. keep up on going on, not just in this country, but around the world.
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>> in tokyo, japan's nikkei tumbled 4.5%, australia had its worst day sell off, markets plunging, wiping out $40 billion u.s. dollars in value. right now, european stocks are hurting, too, in london it's down 2.5% and germany down 3%. >> the share selloff began within minutes of the exchange
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opening. the index fell 9%, recovering slightly. some of the world says biggest companies are listed here. monday, the government announced a new and risky intervention to prop up the market by using billions of dollars from the state pension fund. it failed to stop the slide. >> how can the markets drop every day like this? one, two, three, four, five, the market dropped for five days, and it never rose back. >> many borrowed to buy shares and are now being forced to sell those shares to pay back the loans. >> the chinese market aims to eliminate the middle class. after eliminating the middle class, the middle class will have no purchasing power and the market won't be flourishing. >> the value of their pensions could be at risk if the markets decline continues.
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>> i think the government won't spend all the pension money on the stock market. >> the government is reassuring investors, but everything it's tried to rescue the market has failed. since june, the shanghai index has lost 30% of its value, and analysts warn the decline is likely to continue. >> once more, the drop in chinese shares dragged down markets across the asia pacific region. the main reason, a fear that the slowdown in china's economy is worse than the government is letting on. the hong kong index followed the mainland sharp decline, closing down more than five points. the region's biggest stock market ended today five points lower, as well. south korea closed down by more than 2%, it's sixth consecutive loss. australia suffered its biggest one day fall in four years, down by more than 4%. what all these markets
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desperately need but don't have is investor confidence. adrien brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> which chard wolf joins us this morning from the university of massachusetts amherst. >> whatever happens in the stock market ramifies and touches everybody else. sooner or later, one way or another, directly or indirectly, this is a very bad sign about what's coming to the average person's life. >> yet i would point to some of the so-called fundamentals that we talk about. job growth in connection have been relatively strong in the last two years, and if oil prices do remain low as we're seeing now. couldn't that have the impact of benefiting the u.s. economy? >> well, the answers are yes and no. we've had more jobs, but they
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don't pay anymore than they used to, so the growth if he got of the job employment improvement isn't there, and like with oil, we've been expecting more spending by consumers but they haven't decided to do that, to take advantage of the lower oil prices by saving the money because they knew hard times were coming and now those times have arrived. what we're seeing i guess an economy that got way ahead of itself in the stock market. really, the only place that we had recovery from the crisis of 2008 was in stock markets and in corporate profits. when those get further and further arm from the basic condition of most people, sooner or later, they crash, too, because they depend on the mass of people. this is a system that doesn't work well, that's been unstable from its birth and we're seeing another example that a capitalist system, there's no nice way to say it that is fundamentally unstable. >> what should individual investors do? should they be bargain hunting for stocks when they wake up
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this morning? >> no, i think they should be sorry they didn't get out earlier and think seriously about getting out now, because you don't know ever with these unstable shocks how long it will last and however down it will go. if you're cautious and if what matters most to you is to hold on. >> we should caveat saying this is your opinion and there are certainly economists that are less bearish on the economy. will this panic in overseas markets affect the fed decision to raise interest rates? they've speculated they would do so before the end of this year. >> we can only slow that down. to take the chance now, to hurt a market already going down by making it more expensive to borrow, that's something that will be highly unlikely. i don't think they'll do it in september. they will at least push it to december. if they don't, they run the risk, if it should backfire on them, of being given a lot of blame for something that's
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already underway. >> i want to go back to this idea you bring up of whether financial markets r real economies. in china, we hear there may be an infusion of cash into the financial markets to boost the market there. the fed does its own version of that through quantitative easing. is that a good long term plan? >> it's dangerous, it's like being dependent on a drug. the economies of the world from china to the united states, you're you absolutely right, have been dependent on huge increases in money. >> cheap money. >> cheap money and lots of it, and now they're discovering that that wasn't enough, so it becomes even more dangerous not to keep the drug going, and yet, you're right, in the long run, this is not a secure basis on which to have an economic. >> this is not real economic growth. >> that's right. >> thank you, appreciate your time. >> france today honored three americans for acting to prevent
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veritable carnage on a high speed train. >> president francois hollande pinning medals on national guardsman, us air man, their friend an a british man, the legion of honor medal is france's highest honor. those men tackled a gunman who opened fire on a train traveling from amsterdam to paris. the attacker he was heavily armed. >> we are gathered here to honor four people, four men who made it possible thanks to their courage to save lives, who gave an example of what can be done in dramatic circumstances. >> we ever more on how it all unfolded. >> when most of us would run away, spencer, alex and anthony ran into the line of fire. >> ambassador jane hartley brimming with praise for three
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young americans who stopped and armed to the teeth gunman friday. air man first class spencer stone and his boyhood best friend just back from afghanistan are being lauded as heroes in france, along with a third american friend, anthony sadler and two other passengers, one british, one french. they noticed the gunman trying to fire an a.k.47. >> tackled him, he hit the beyond. alec grabbed the gun out of his hand while i put him in a chokehold. seems like he kept pulling more weapons left and right. pulled out a handgun, alex took that. took out a box cutter, started jabbing at me with that. >> the gunman was on the radar in three countries for having tie to say radical islam and for having traveled to syria. his legal team said he's just a
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homeless man who found the weapons in a bag. >> he says he planned to hold up a train, then shootout a window and jump out to escape. >> that's unlikely say the three american heroes who saw the cache of weapons up close. >> he was just trying to rob the train. it doesn't take eight magazines to rob a train. >> it was unfortunate he seemed unsure how to handle the weapons. >> he clearly had no firearms training whatsoever and yes, if he knew what he was doing or even just got lucky and did the right thing, he would have been able to operate through all eight of those magazines and we would all have been in trouble. >> it's possible no american has had quite this welcome in paris since the end of world war ii. john terrett, al jazeera. >> thick smoke from raging wildfire in the pacific northwest is starting to clear, but it's a mixed blessing.
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once the smoke lists, the humidity is expected to drop, meaning a rise in temperatures, which could cause fires to flair. the complex of wildfires east of seattle are only 10% contained and much of the region is under air pollution advisories this morning. >> firefighters across the west are getting new help to stop fires that have so far consumed more than half a million acres. president obama approved washington state's request for a federal disaster declaration. that means more trucks and water tankers to attack the fires, something authorities say is badly needed. >> there's been folks here since day one that they're tired, you know, it's hot, windy, they're watching lots of ground be lost. they're watching homes be lost, and that, you know, that just adds to it. >> there are more than a dozen big fires burning now in washington state, covering more than 900 square miles. that includes a fire in the
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north central part of the state where mechanic steve sturgeon lost most of his new business. >> i had just started a scrap iron business. i've got scrap iron over here that went burnt by the fire. i now have business. >> fire officials downgraded some of the evacuation notices, allowing some peopling to book to their homes, only to discover there's not much of a home to return to. >> i called my kids, one of my girls and said we don't think we're going to get out, and that we love them and to tell everybody we love them. >> fire officials in washington state say less smoke does mean air travel restrictions will be lifted and more fire tankers can drop a year water on areas that need it most. >> improving weather conditions are helping firefighters battle back flames there. many living in areas north of the so called rough fire have been told to be ready to
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evacuate. flames in lake county, california spread in two hours. >> what is unique about this particular fire? >> one of the biggest challenges with this fire is the steep topography and terrain. this is some of the roughest country in the united states. >> of course you want to make sure it doesn't jump this road. what would happen if it got to the other side? >> on the other side is more uncontained lines that would add more problems along the way. these crews are working very hard to keep it inside those lines as best they can. one of the things we're trying to do is eliminate the vegetation or the fuel and by actually lighting back fires, we are able to control it a little more, do it under our terms versus natures or others. >> the fire has been raging since a lightning strike ignited the terrain last month. more than 47,000-acres has already burned. most of the fire is in the back
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country. choppers have been collecting water from a large lake here and dropping it as fast as possible and returning for more. thick smoke in the morning is preventing the choppers from going up until late afternoon. ten helicopters are being used on this fire. >> here you can see what they are trying to prevent, the king's canyon lodge is the only structure so far that has been destroyed by the fire. it was built in 1928 and tourists have been coming here for decades. it was filled with antiques that are now gone. the owner is amazed that the double gravity gas pump survived. this area was evacuated before the fire got here. most of the national park has been evacuated and closed to visitors indefinitely because of the fire. >> 17 wildfires are burning across california, more than 12,000 firefighters from all over the country are working to control them. >> isil has burned up an
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historic site, using explosives to level a temple in palmyra. they said the shrine was used for pagan practices. >> in iraq, forces have been trying to advance toward ramadi. the commander of those forces is accusing western countries of interference in iraq's affairs. >> a newly formed force made up of thousands of iraqi soldiers and sunni volunteers has been trying to advance into the isil controlled city of ramadi. many received u.s. training. the defense minister al abadi was in a defiant mood, but the reality on the ground is different. dozens of his men have been killed in am bushes over recent days. it is proving to be a difficult fight. this battle is an important test
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for the government, who's army and police units abandoned their positions when isil entered anbar's provincial capital in may. washington has reportedly asked prime roll abadi not to use militiamen. the popular mobilization forces were deployed to anbar when rimadi feel. >> some western embassies should review their positions. we won't allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs. this is a red line. >> the man leading the face against isil said his battered brigade is the strongest militia. he belongs to a political party that has a strong presence in
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parliament. >> he is number one man in the popular mobilization forces and prime minister abadi or anyone else cannot marginalize him. the force has become a military institution and the u.s. is worried about its strength especially in the post isil phase. it wants to contain its power and numbers. it has pressured abodi to do that. >> the militias have become stronger than the state and army. the popular mobilization forces is believed to number around 100,000 men. they were given official status by the government, which pay's some of their salaries. they have largely replaced the army in the provinces and even here in baghdad. thousands of its forces are in anbar. the newly trained troops are close to ramadi, but the government continues to rely on shia forces along another isil stronghold, the city of fallujah, as well as on supply routes. it is expected to be a long
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fight, not just in anbar, but to weaken the militias who have capitalized on the failings of the iraqi army. >> marathon talks to diffuse a crisis are stretching into a third day in korea. officials from north and south korea met at a village inside the demilitarized zone. harry fossett is following those talks. >> in the past couple of years, we've had lower level talks between south korea and north korea last be 16 hours, 13 hours, but this is an entirely different order, especially given the fact that the second session of talks comes after a first session which lasted 10 ours. obviously a session of talks that last this long can't be entire unbroken. you hope these people are getting sleep now and again as well as pausing to break off and contact their capitals. the fact that they are talking for so long suggests that they are trying to come to some kind of agreement, but it also suggests that it's very difficult to do so. it's hardly surprising, given the fact that south korea
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through its president earlier on monday made its bottom line pretty clear. the president wanting a clear apology after two south korean soldiers were injured. north korea demanded a the loud speaker broadcasting set up by south korea in retaliation across the border stop. they were threatens to attack those loud speakers. trying to get resolution is going to be difficult, as well as that, south korea's defense ministry confirming it believes that 50 of north korea's 70 submarines have left their bases. the artillery ranged along the northern side of the border has doubled since the talks began. >> on the agenda today, more than 100 victims, witnesses and family members will start to testify in the normal sentencing
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for james holmes. a jury said he should serve 12 consecutive life sentences for opening fire at a movie theater, killing 12 people. >> the u.n. security council holds a briefing on lgbt rights across the word today. two gay men from iraq and syria will speak about their experience in the middle east. >> opening statements are set for today in the trial of frasier glenn miller, accused of killing three people at a jewish center in kansas. he could get the death penalty if convicted. >> dealing with a wave of refugees, camps are swelling by the hour on the border of greece and macedonia. >> revisiting crimea two years after russia took control of the territory. why moscow isn't doing enough to stop corruption.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:22 eastern. indy car driver justin wilson is in a coma after an accident on the pennsylvania track sunday. his car was hit by debris from a vehicle that crashed ahead of him. the driver of that vehicle walked away. wilson is being treated. >> the homeland security department is evaluating a federal judge's ruling ordering migrant children and their parents to be released from detention centers. a federal judge friday gave the obama administration two months to comply. she wrote the children and their parents cannot be held for more than 22 hours. some have been detained for months. >> the british embassy in iran is open today for the first time in four years. it was shut following a 2011 attack which injured several people. the u.k. foreign minister was in tehran for the ceremony. it is the first time anyone in that role visited iran in more than a decade. >> macedonia officials are allowing refugees to cross into the country from greece. over the weekend, police used
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stun grenades to try to stop them from entering. jonah hull is on the greek side of the border. >> it is busy, but for the moment, there's a system in place and the system seems to be working. new arrivals coming here all the time. at this point, they are able to access basic aid, food, water, medical attention if they need it, sit under the shelter and have a rest before continuing their journey. on the railroad traction, you can see a group of people waiting, police in front of them, razor wire cross the borderline and people let through in groups of a couple hundred perhaps once an hour to continue their journey. this is an absolutely unrelenting flow of people. to give you an idea of what is happening in the south on the
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islands. aegean, people arrive here within hours of being dropped off. an unending flow of people making their way through greece into macedonia and on wards to serbia. >> reporting from the greek-macedonia border. >> today is ukrainian independence day. some residents had hoped a change in rule would end corruption, but tensions suggest that is not happening. we have this report. >> their contempt is as sharp as the raise wire in their village, occupiers, they call the men who come in the night to block off. parks, pull down electricity cables, demolish garden walls
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and shut off water supplies to houses. this they're convinced is part of an illegal land grab for the development of luxury homes along this dramatic coastline. >> all the people here have property and influence in crimea, rich people. they very quickly became part of the russian system and can successfully protect their interests. they don't want to change anything, like their plans to seize land here. >> locals are fighting back all over crimea using social media. >> signatures are gathered for an anti corruption petition to be sent to president vladimir putin. 15,000 have signed it so far. it seems like the kremlin is already paying attention. >> putin's visit last week included an instruction for the
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administration in crimea to throw out the bad apples. these are the faces of crimean officials. some were personally appointed and russia's main supreme court agency, the f.s.b. is sending an obvious warning. >> the derryl authorities are seriously concerned about the way things are in crime may. >> for one simple reason. it is a federal structure dealing with state security and the challenges we see in cry may i can't are a challenge to russian stayed hood. >> the last thing the kremlin wants is for crimea to play by its own rules. it is denied there is a risk with moscow. >> there are instances where crimea with rules and regulations, it's difficult to switch from ukrainian practices
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to russian ones. maybe that causes some local disputes. >> hundreds of millions of dollars annually in personal investment and subsidies are pumped into cry may i can't. many hope that joining russia would put behind them the years of corruption and crumbling infrastructure, but they are still waiting. al jazeera, cry may i can't. >> the u.s. wants to build a new military base in okinawa, japan. it comes with a lot of controversy. >> in okinawa, many residents want american bases out of their back yard.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. as it is 8:30 eastern, taking a
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look allege today's top stories. wall street is set to fall again this morning after chinese stocks plunged dramatically overnight. the dow is poised to open down 3%. shanghai fell 8.5% today, wiping out entire gains for the year. oil is trading at a six year low. french president francois hollande awarded the country's high effort honor to three americans and a british man for preventing a shooting onboard a train. they are credited with tackling a heavily armed gunman who opened fire on a train. >> officials are investigating a series of early morning explosions at a u.s. army depot 25 miles southwest of tokyo. compressed gas exploded. no one was injured. the army said no hazardous materials or weapons were stored there. >> for decades, tens of
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thousands of u.s. troops called okinawa, japan home. they have been there since japan surrendered 70 years ago following world war ii. now the united states wants to build a new base on the island, but not everyone is happy about that. >> in a northern village in okinawa, they pack up every saturday night and drive five minutes to protest. they've come here every week for 11 years, lighting can dells and calling on people in passing cars to support their cause. >> we already have a lot of bases in okinawa. we don't want anymore. >> i asked him why not. >> they could take us into another war. with more bases, other countries will target us and american
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troops in okinawa have committed crimes and sexual assaults. if we build another base, we could have the same problems. >> they are protesting the trucks of a new military base. it is set to replace an aging air field. >> the family lives in the village right over here. you can see across the bay where the new base is supposed to be built. there are plans for momentum pell runways, pelipads and areas for docking ships. >> they are saying they're protecting us, but actually, i don't think so. like yeah, i'm afraid of they're doing war here. >> today, okinawa hosts half of the 50,000 american troops based in japan. japan and the u.s. say america's presence here is needed to keep stability in a region where tension witness china and north
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korea are rising. the city's mayor told us he wants the u.s. military to leave. >> it's true that both the japanese and american governments view us as the strategic point of military presence, but i think that also means we can be a hub for international trade and cultural interactions. >> the new base, he says, could ruin has potential. >> the planned air field will replace and destroy the beautiful nature in the area and obstruct our future development. >> it's about a 60 minute drive south to where the new base is supposed to be to the base it's supposed to replace. we're going to head down there to see what residents here are worried about coming to their area. >> he can see the base from his roof. he gave us this video, showing an osprey flying over his neighborhood, setting or alarms. the u.s. military says it's cut
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back flights because of complaints like his. >> i asked a commoner whether he wanted the bases to be moved to mainland japan. >> the bases belong to the americans, so they should take them back to america. >> we just finished speaking with a public affairs officer here at camp foster. she said she couldn't go on camera but explained the reason there are so many american troops here instead of the rest of japan is this is the place the government offered to the u.s. she called critics of american presence here a vocal minority. >> we did find a handful of supporters just outside, scraping tape off the fences, stuck there by protestors. >> having the american bases here helps keep the peace in asia. most here support the bases. >> some support the bases because they bring jobs to one
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of japan's poorest regions. are the restaurants and bars, most customers come from u.s. bases. >> without the americans, our business would suffer a lot. >> we'd heard some okinawans complain that drinking leads to rod diness and fights. we asked a marine from nebraska about it. >> there are fights, but a lot of people get in trouble for it, they're unit suffers, they go out and ruin it for everybody. >> the u.s. military told us it's always difficult when two cultures live side by side, but the u.s. will keep trying to be a good neighbor and japan's government suspended construction on newt base for a month to hold talks with local leaders. >> the lows say they will keep fighting their battle to keep american forces out of their back yard. >> 11 years sounds long but i will keep doing this until they
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stop construction on the new base and even if they don't, i won't give up. >> the pentagon said the u.s. military contributes $2.5 million to the local economy every year. they say u.s. forces are responsible for less than 1% of the crime on the island. in recent years, american service members there have been convicted of rape and other high profile crimes. okinawa is one of hundred was military bases overseas. david vine is a professor at american university and the author of "base nation, how u.s. military bases abroad harm america and the world." david, good morning, thank you for being with us. a lot of bases cropped up after world war ii were supposed to be stabilizers. how have they ended up harming america? >> they've ended up harming america and people around the world in a variety of ways. there was an argument during the cold war that these bases played
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a deterrent function, but i think that argument is much harder to sustain in many parts of the word today. these based a we've heard in okinawa, have damaged people quite directly in addition to some of the crimes that we heard about, the rape, the sexual assault. >> how have they harmed the u.s.? >> environmental damage. >> they've harmed the united states in a variety of wayses, beginning with the cost. i think that's something that is vastly underestimated here in the united states. the bases by my estimate cost $100 million to $100 billion with a b every year. and that's u.s. taxpayers that are paying to put u.s. bases and troops in places like okinawa when keeping them in the united states would be vastly less expensive. they are in flaming military tensions in a variety of places around the world, as well as in flaming relations between people like those in okinawa, as well as people in places like italy,
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really around the globe. >> there are some 800 u.s. military bases right overseas. what about the argument that the bases specifically in asia, japan obviously a key ally provide a counter balance to china's growing military might? don't they still have deterrent value in that case? >> i think what we're seeing is especially with obama's pacific positive vote that has been much bald in recent years that if anything, these bases are encouraging china to increase its military spending, boost its military power. i think it's worth considering how the united states military, how u.s. public would react if china were to build even a single base anywhere near the borders of the united states. we would likely react quite extremely by boosting our military spending and military presence. i think rather than making the world safer in many cases, these bases are inflaming tensions and making war sadly more likely.
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>> haven't a lot of bases overseas been closing over the last decade? >> there's been contradictory trends. many bases h especially in euroe have changed since the turn of the century. at the same time, the united states has been building new bases in places, including in europe in germany and italy while base have closed, others have been opening. we've seen a massive build up in the persian gulf that's been basically on going since the first gulf war in 1991. new bases are being built in asia. many in places like africa, where there hasn't been a u.s. military presence at all. >> the bases can't be built without the host country agreeing to do so. in the case of japan, we are talking about a bilateral security relationship, japan gets benefits, as well. what do you say, for example to the economic benefits that folks in okinawa get?
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okinawa is the poorest area in all of japan. they get $2.3 billion from the presence of u.s. marines there. >> that is what you'll hear drop the u.s. military frequently, but i think the track record of u.s. bases in okinawa in particular shows that these bases do not build a sustainable economy. they do not in the long run benefit local in okinawa. absolutely some locals work on the bases, benefit from troops in their stores and their restaurants, but in the longer term, the fact that okinawa's remained the poorest area in all of japan shows that these are not believe a sustainable and vibrant economy. in many cases, we see that after the united states has returned base lands, local economies have taken off. locals have been able to convert the former base land into things like shopping or housing, and
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built much more vibrant, sustainable economies as a result. >> david vine, thank you so much for your insights this morning. >> a louisiana state trooper is in critical condition this morning after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop. police in lake charles say the trooper pulled a car over because he thought the driver was was and that is when they say the driver opened fire. several passers by stepped in to stop the driver until police arrived. >> 28 with a men arraigned in boston for making threats against a gaming convention. the men were arrested friday for threatening to kill attendees at a pokemon event. >> the republicans who want to be president are on the campaign trail today. donald trump spent the weekend
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going after the obama administration and how it has handled illegal immigration. >> the government has no idea. we've lost control of our country and our borders. the government has no idea how many illegals are there. i've been hearing love billion for five years, then the other day, i heard 30. >> scat walker defends comments he made about u.s. immigration policy. the republican was accused of copying donald trump's comments and positions. >> no, my point is any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing the laws are things that should be a red flag to voters out there who for years have heard lip service from politicians and are angry because those politicians haven't been committed to fooling through. >> walker opposes repealing the fourteenth amendment, which guarantees citizenship to anyone bosch on u.s. soil. >> on the democratic side, vermont senator bernie sanders is filling halls even in republican states, such as south
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carolina. libby casey reports from charleston. >> democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders has gone drawing big crowds in this red state. his campaign has been seeing some of the best turnout of the 2006 race. he says he's going to run a campaign by the people for the people and supporters like his message of fighting politics as usual and fighting big establishment and big banks. >> look at his campaign funds and contributions, his average contribution amount, they are coming from ream people, from people like all of these people. they are not coming from big fancy corporations or personal interests. >> the sander campaign is counting on grassroots support. south carolina is an early primary state. they're first in the south to weigh in on the 2016 presidential race. there is still six months before that happens and those are six months that bernie sanders hopes to convince voters here and all over the country that they want his message of change. >> you can see libby's full
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report tonight at 8:00 eastern. >> president obama is speaking about the environment today and promoting his climate agenda. he will address the national clean energy summit in las vegas. the president will announce new executive actions aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy, such as rooftop solar panels. >> one of the fastest melting glaciers may have broken a record. satellite images show how in two days, a greenland glacier appears to lose a big chunk of ice. some observers say the area of ice lost could be the largest on record. >> malaysia is trying to transform its capital cleaning out water ways and redeveloping its river banks. we report from kuala lampur. >> a hidden oasis on the outskirts of kuala lampur. this is where jeannie lee grew
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up chasing fish and insects in the river. she spends her time now preserving this pristine environment. >> i'm worried to lose this kind of places, you can never see these kind of places anymore in malaysia. >> after decades of neglect, dozens of volunteers are cleaning up the rivers that run through kuala lampur. their work is a vital part of the government's plan to revive 110 kilometers of the city's rivers. here in their neighborhood, they've had remarkable success, but downstream, this natural wonderland turns into an open drain. >> unfortunately, over the time, people disconnected their life from the river, and that's lead to the current status of the river, which we have all been seeing. >> as the city has grown, these rivers have turned into a
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dumping ground for factories, construction sites, and even homes, but in 2010, the government launched the river of life project aimed at rejuvenating this area into the center for work and recreation. >> it might not look like much at the moment, but this entire river front is a year marked for redevelopment. the government is spending more than a billion dollars but hope this investment will spur tourism and business opportunity. >> officials say they aim to recoup the funds they are spending through the sale of land once the probable is complete. current trends suggest their returns will be lucrative. >> since 2011 up until now, the land values that the government owns or even around the area privately owned has increased by more than 50%. that's a major, major jump and a major positive development for us. >> by the time construction is complete in five years,
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developers are confident the project will generate billions of dollars for the state, but the benefits for the environment may well be priceless. al jazeera, kuala lumpur. >> it was 10 years ago this week that hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast. a massive 14 and a half billion dollars engineering project has been underway to protect the area from future storms. one part of that strategy is turning to mother nature for help. >> there have been massive engineering projects all around new orleans, including levees, storm walls and inflatable plug to stop flooding. the restoration of natural we had lands is another. there's a lab in mississippi that's studying vegetation and ability to provide a natural flood barrier. >> the army corps of engineers
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scientists are studying the exact impact coastal vegetation has on storm surge. a civil engineer has been studied the louisiana coastline since cat arena. >> there's a lot of effort on going now to restore wetlands. this will dissipate waves and surge. if we include that into our design, we have to know how much. >> as the waves are coming in, plain what's happening. >> we see the waves coming in, traveling through, the vegetation is mobile. we study the we had ad, height and density. >> the lab has faced and ad sense of urgency.
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>> we began to understand after katrina the importance and how the natural system interacts with the engineered system so we can designed engineered systems and not fight nature, but work alongside with it. >> this area i'm standing in is meant to simulate a coastal shoreline. it can be filled with sand or sediments so the army corps of engineers can study how waves impact erosion and erosion both before and after katrina has left the city of new orleans vulnerable. >> future funding for wet lands restoration is coming from an unlikely source, b.p. some of the money from the oil spill settlement is slated for wetlands projects, so something positive may actually come from that disastrous 2011 oil spill that dumped nearly 5 million-barrels of oil into the gulf of mexico. in los angeles, i'm phil torres
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or al jazeera. >> we'll continue our coverage of the 10 year anniversary of hurricane katrina tomorrow morning. i went to new orleans and spoke to a retired general who played a pivotal role during the storm. >> new fallout from the hacking at ashley madison, now facing a class action lawsuit worth upwards of half a billion dollars. s.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:53 eastern, taking a look at state's top stories. a young man in oklahoma is in custody after stabbing his father to death. mark kass tell low was oklahoma's labor commissioner, killed at a restaurant in oklahoma city. he was stand multiple times in the head and neck. >> police in england say the
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death toll will rise in the crash of a vintage jet fighter at an air show. 11 bodies have been recovered. the pilot is in critical condition. >> greece will hold parliamentary elections next month. opposition leader met with the president today to tell him he failed to form a new government. prime minister alexis tsipras resigned last week. now a third party will get a chance to form a government. it is widely expected they will not succeed and tsipras will regain power. >> on the tech beat, the music streaming service spotify is drawing anger from users after announcing a big change to poses. spotify will ask permission to access photographs and photos, using that data to target ad the. the company originally promised and a fee experience for the monthly fee.
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spotify insists users will be able to opt out. >> two canadian law firms filed a class action lawsuit against ashley madison. we have more. what is the reasoning behind the suit. hackers have been dumping the information on line. >> two canadian law firms filed a $578 million class action lawsuit against ashley madison for failing to protect user's private information. last month, a missouri woman also filed a class action suit, claiming she paid $19 to have her data wiped off the servers only to find out that didn't happen. the hackers who struck ash mad in july claimed the site was full of fake profiles and company charging for he racing
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data that wasn't truly deleted. the hackers have been dumping huge amount es data revealing high profile names of people who were on the site. >> while no laws have been broken, these were incredibly stupid choices. >> florida state attorney jeff ashton admitted using the site, but never meeting anyone on that it. the husband and father said he used a personal computer to access it. >> there was a false report that implies i used government equipment to connect to the site. i did not. i ask forgiveness to shortcomings, but those choices
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have had no impact on the performance of my official duties. >> hundreds of government employees were traced to the website, including some with jobs at the white house, congress and department of homeland security. many are believed to have used government computers to access the site. defense secretary ash carter said there are accounts linked to military email addresses. >> conduct is important. >> adultery is a criminal offense under military law and d.m.s. policies bar employees from using government computers to access inimportant sites. >> the website never had an email confirmation requirement. some accounts are believed to have been set up in other's names without consent. there appears to be 36 million users. >> the fallout continues from that. thank you. >> that's it for us here in new york. thanks for watching. have a great morning. morning.
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>> the lifeline of the american west. >> what does this river mean to you? >> the river, to me, means homeland. >> in danger of running dry. >> there'll come a time when we fight over every last drop of water in the river. >> where's the water going? >> i worry about the future generations - what are they going to have? >> faultlines investigates the shrinking colorado river. >> no group of people can have their american dream... we have to pay that price.
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>> katrina was really a wake-up call. >> one of the worst catastrophes in u.s. history. >> most of south louisiana is all sediment, plant growth and decay... there's always a risk of flooding. >> now, new cutting edge technology that could help prevent future disasters... >> the system has really evolved. >> and what it means for new orleans. >> our big take away is new orleans is on a good track, but the job is not done here. >> techknow investigates 10 years after katrina.
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>> hello, welcome total al jazeera news hour, i'm martin dennis live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes: 7,000 refugees have made their way into serbia from macedonia, another stop in their desperate journey to europe. >> from asia to australia and now europe, global stock markets tumble as fears deepen about the economic slowdown in china. isil is suspe