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>> results of analyses were skewed in favor of the prosecution >> the fbi can't force the states to look at those cases >> the truth will set you free yeah...don't kid yourself >> the system has failed me >> welcome to aljazeera america, i'm del walters in new york, and these are the stories we're following for you. violence again in ukraine, and russia issues a warning to the united states. president obama has his own warning for russia. and an attack in afghanistan leaves three americans dead in an afghan hospital. and we're going to meet an 89-year-old woman who says that she's determined to change the world for the better.
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there has been more bloodshed in eastern ukraine today. and more action is being threatened. russia starting military exercises along the borders, and thousands of troops are there awaiting their orders from moscow. saying that ukraine is being used as a geo political pawn. >> whoever attempts to claim the status of ultimate judge worldwide has turned into a dangerous loss of control. the united states tries to behave like winners in the cold war and act like they can ignore russia in european affairs. >> meanwhile, ukraine's european minister reports that five people are dead in shoot out with forces, and they will continue their so-called anti-terrorist operations. all of this as hundreds of
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american soldiers continue to arrive in eastern europe as part of those nato-led exercises. >> we heard a statement from the ukrainian defense ministry. up to five terrorists as they call them have been killed. and they captured three checkpoints, and they're asking people in the town which has been a center, if you like, for control of the separatist movement if that's what we can call it, and they're condition people it stay indoors. the latest reports from inside of the town itself is that things are calm now, but there was gunfire in the morning. >> that's barney phillips in ukraine, but meanwhile, the president is inusha but keeping a close eye on the situation in ukraine. a new round of sanctions against russia is already teed up and ready to be implemented.
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>> if once again russia fails to abide by both the spirit and the letter of what was discussed in geneva, there will be further consequences and we'll ramp up further sanctions. >> those comments during a news conference with the japanese prime minister. leaving the palace by a state dinner hosted by the emperor, he travels tonight. >> in tokyo, president obama said what the japanese have been waiting to hear. american military would fight on their side if a dispute with china over remote islands escalates. >> let me reiterate that it's absolute. and article five covers all territories under japan's administration. >> but china has a different name for the islands, and they recently claimed them as their own.
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and it led to confrontation. even as he stood with japan, mr. obama sought to knock down the impression. >> we want to encourage the peaceful rise of china. >> the visit is meant to affirm ties with japan. wednesday night, the prime minister treated mr. obama to dinner at a famed sushi restaurant. but hanging over it all, crisissese in hot spots around the globe, including ukraine. russia says that mr. obama is not living up to his commitment. >> in afghanistan, three americans are dead and one wounded after a security guard opened fire at a hospital in cabal. it's the first attack on foreigners since the attack on
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the president. and it's the fourth attack on civilians this year. >> the shooting happened inside of a well guarded hospital in kabul. the attacker was supposed to be protecting those inside. >> one of the security guards opened fire on nationals. one was killed and another wounded in the incident. >> people outside of the component heard the attack. >> i heard gunfire, and then i was told that three foreigners were shot dead. >> the hospital is one of afghanistan's leading institutions in maternal and chirp's healthcare. one of those killed was a pediatrician who had been working in the hospital for seven years. they were not carrying guns, they did not have military uniforms. they came here under immense pressure. this was an inhumane and brutal attack, and unfortunately, it will impact our health service. >> the motive for the attack is
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not yet known, but there have already been a number of attacks against civilians this year. a photographer was killed and another journalist injured after an attack on a police officer this month. as afghan forces gradually take over control of security, these types of attacks appear to show no sign of ending. carol mall open, aljazeera. >> bird dog could be coming home soon. he was the afghan soldier captured in 2009. he reached out directly to the u.s. government. he may be exchanged for five detainees being held at guantanamo bay. >>bay. >> while the wait for the families of those killed in the south korea ferry accident appeared to be too much today. one woman grabbed one of the officials, the families cougsing the government of lying to them about the recovery operation. the officials confirming that
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159 people are dead, and they're searching for 143 others. and the students at dan juan high school returned today. 150 students are dead. and students remembering those lost with yellow ribbons and flowers and a temporary memorial has been installed at a museum. the officials in australia saying that the debris that washed ashore from the west is not wreckage. it was just a piece of sheet metal with rivets that led them to believe it may have been from the plane. robotic sub has scanned most of the area where the jet was believed to have gone down last month. four men taking on the federal government. they landed on the no-fly list because they refused to become fbi informants. >> reporter: four years after graduating from college, he
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wanted to fly from omaha, nebraska, to florida, but when he got there, the airline refused to give him a boarding pax. they told him he was on the government's no-fly list. not long after that, the fbi knocked on his door with an offer to remove the name from the list. >> my understanding is that they wanted me to infiltrate or be an informant in the omaha muslim community around the u.s., and possibly in other parts of the world. >> sshinwari said that he refused. >> my religion prohibits me, as far as spying on other muslims or innocent people. >> shinwari is one of the four men suing the homeland security and fbi alleging that their constitutional rights were violated. >> our clients were never
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informed of the reasons they were put on the no-fly list, and they refuse to deny that placement. >> the no-fly list is a collection of watch lists from federal agencies from 2014 to monitor known and expected terrorists. an audit found problems with the list. >> of the 70,000 names on the list since 2007, more than half of them are there by mistake. and so much of that, we don't know which kinds of mistakes were committed. >committed shinwari lives in afghanistan. and why would the government target them? to increase the confidential informants. the fbi started those who refused to be informants.
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>> one of the problems is that there's not a lot of oversight that we have seen. >> when you have a secret government watch list that the government can put people on and take them off at will, it leads to the abuse that we have seen in this cake. >> not the fbi or other agents would comment on the case. >> our plaintiffs are just like you and i, they're innocent people, and they work 12-hour shifts, and they own small businesses. the only reason why they're on the no-fly list is because the government is trying to use them to be a government informant. and that's just wrong. >> randall pink ton, aljazeera, washington. >> it's the fourth time that the two sides have met. they're trying to quell the violent protests. 40 people have died and 600 have been injured in the protests.
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climate your own risk. that's the word at mount everest. climbers told that if they want to summit the mountain, they will have to do so without guides. the nepalese government said that the mountain is not safe, and three of their colleagues are missing and presumed dead. >> the bottom line is that we don't know what the short or long-term consequences of e cigarette use is. >> tracking down on electronic cigarettes. new regulations are now in the works. >> general motors first quarter earnings are out. i'll have a live report, straight ahead.
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>> wall street estimates, gm shrunk their first quarter profits. they rose $37 billion in 2014, and that was up from
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$36.9 billion a year earlier. that's largely due to sales of utility trucks, but overall, the sales fell because of the 7 million vehicles recalled because of the defective ignition switches where 13 people died. >> bc is in detroit, and given all of the bad press that the company saw over the last months, how is it possible that the revenues rose. >> del, despite general motors issues, people are still buying their vehicles, and the automaker said that the customer levels are at the same as they were before all of recalls. as you mentioned, all of the massive recalls, the automaker has taken a hit from all of the recalls, and the series of recalls really cut into general motor's profits, and the automaker, despite all of this, is flourishing in a way. and i had the opportunity to talk to auto analyst, and he detaileddia the earnings are better than he expected. >> when you take out the
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$1 billion charge that gm took in the first quarter for the recalls, this company was very successful here and abroad, so moving forward, what i'm curious to see, how long will want recall last on the profit margin of the bottom line. >> and the past couple of months, they have certainly been rough for general motors, who as i mentioned had the massive recall. and right now, the company is being investigated by the government in regards to that are recall, as to why it took them so long, ten years to report t now, as i mentioned, the automaker right now is looking to fix those vehicles, and it's image has certainly been tarnished but it's still selling vehicles. take a listen. >> at this point, there's really not an impact on gm sales, and that's because the cobalt and the im sales are no longer name plates that you can buy on the new car lot. you can still buy them used.
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and some dealers are reporting that people are coming out to buy kobbalities and ions, but i wouldn't expect much of an impact now or in the coming months for gm. >> the automaker said right now that it's too early to tell what the long-term impact of these recalls will have. gm is expected to complete it's internal investigation within the month, and i'm told that the gmceo, mary bharara, who testified before congress last month, she's expected to talk to them again. back to you. >> bc, thank you very much. it was one year ago today that 1100 people died when that factory collapsed in bangladesh. the people there made clothes for a months who of clothing stores. moment of them promising change, but did they? >> the school of design in new york see city said that the dotes of 1,000 workers triggered
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discussions about supply chains. >> nobody should be dying so we can have -- >> they agree that it has to be integral to clothing safety. the era of self regulation is over. they signed a multimillion-dollar commitment to inspect and remediate factories are worker oversight. but american companies refused to sign up, saying that they set up for own group, workers for bangladesh safety, they committed millions of dollars, and self regulation that shows no liability if the standards don't improve. but the alliance insists that
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there will be penalties. >> i will throw any company out that doesn't live up to their agreement. >> the alliance, or they go to jail? >> i don't know why they would go to jail? do you know why they're going to jail? is there anybody going to jail now? i think you have to understand something. these are bangladesh-owned factories. >> that's a key issue. it's the clothing industry that makes the wages and conditions. those supporting the legally binding accord for workers themselves with factory safety means that the old ways will change. >> they tell factories that they're supposed to abide by labor standards and codes of conduct, while at the same time pressuring the suppliers to cut costs and keep costs as low as possible. and the way that factories do that is by cutting wages and labor costs. >> the design studio to the
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border, there's agreement that workers should not die while manufacturing our clothes, but the debate continues on whether it should be left up to foreign multinationals themselves to put a bangladeshi's life in front of the costs. >> it the >> the government is cracking down on e-cigarettes. the smokeless devices are popular. and until now --- have slid under the regulatory radar. the fda now wants hundreds of manufacturers to register. so scientists can determine if they're a health hazard. new rules would make the e-cigarettes off limits to kids. the f-d-a commisioner called the regulations "an historic day for the f-d-a and for public health". adding the agency is stepping in to prevent children from suffering from a lifetime of nicotine and addiction. >> the f-c-c announced new rules that could allow internet service providers to sell a faster service to content providers. that means comcast or verizon can negotiate separately with companies like netflix or google. it will allow them to charge different companies -- different amounts for priority service. critics argue it creates an
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unfair market -- where content providers can now pay for preferential treatment. the f-c-c threw out previous rules governing net neutrality earlier this year. >> for years it was believed polio was no more. most of the credit given to the world health organization. but in some countries. like nigeria. polio persists. but this time. the woman waging war. is eighty nine. about to turn ninety. usher quaraishi sits down with the grandmother who's fighting polio on her own terms. >> they always say, hello grandma. >> mary stitt pours over cherished pictures. as any proud grandmother would. but these aren't mary's own grandchildren. they're the hundreds of children she has met.and perhaps helped save around the world. >> this lovely can see he's really bright. >> for over 20 years, mary has traveled the globe as a volunteer for rotary international with the single minded goal of ending polio.
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>> those children shouldn't have to get it in today's world!" i'm affected by the people, affected by the polio survivors who are crawling on the ground or sitting on the curb begging. and i would like to make it so that those young children, that's not their life. >> the disabling and potentially fatal disease has been virtually eradicated in most countries thanks to childhood vaccinations. but it still poses a serious threat in nigeria, pakistan, and afghanistan. >> of the sixty-one cases that have been reported so far in 2014, fifty-two are in those countries. but nine of the cases are from outbreaks in other nations, in part because of an influx of refugees. >> ending polio in this day and age really focuses on areas that are insecure, for example in northern pakistan and areas that are experiencing conflict. children in those areas, it's very difficult to have them
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access polio vaccines. >> that's where volunteers like mary are stepping in to reach them. and she believes her 25 years as an elementary school principal give her an advantage. >> it always helps because i'm older, because my hair is gray, and that i'm a grandmother. and at 89 years old, mary isn't thinking of stopping now. >> it's exciting because right now as of this day, only one case in nigeria since the beginning of the year. >> how long will you continue to do this work. >> until time physically able. >> coming up on aljazeera america. >> i think that juves is great. it's helping clean up.
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>> welcome back to aljazeera america. i'm del walters, and these are your headlines at this hour. russia starting new military exercises along ukraine's border. it comes after the deaths of five people in a shoot-out between activists with russia and eastern ukraine.
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a security guard killed in a hospital in kabul, and one wounded. no motive given for that attack. and the president wrapping up his second day of his trip to asia and tokyoed today. the president is hosting a state dinner, hosted by the emperor of japan. you've heard it said a lot, this community used to be black or asian or hispanic, and then they moved in. it's called gentrification. >> oakland: the dilapidated, crime-ridden, lower-income neighbor to san francisco. who would possibly move here. but then. when the financial crisis hit a few years ago -- opportunity knocked. and brought jonathan owyang to oakland's doorstep. >> we actually look to purchase houses that are typically foreclosed or bank-owned or
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short-sale type thing. so, distressed properties typically in awful condition. and we fix them. so we fix them and we sell them. >> mirroring new yorkers' flight from manhattan to other boroughs -- oakland has become brooklyn-by-the-bay -- one of the last affordable places for middle-class families to buy a home. >> owyang, who moved out here himself, caters to these buyers with his business flipping houses. >> i think that gentrification is great. it's helping clean up and make neighborhoods better. i don't particularly feel like it's pushing people out. >> not everyone agrees. causa justa is a housing advocacy group. >> gentrification is a scourge on our community. oakland is really impacted by the investment of real estate and by the lack of government intervention on behalf of everyday people who are fighting to keep their homes. >> those losing their homes. are african-americans. once almost half oakland's population. they now make up a quarter of the city. former resident jonathan bean. walks us to his old home. >> so i used to live there, in
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apartment #4, and it started off -- the rent was about $1,100 and it went up to $1,800. i could no longer live there. >> he now lives 40 miles away. the long commute cuts into time he would rather spend with his children. but bean says he has no choice. here's an example of new oakland meeting old oakland. this was a factory -- it has been converted into fancy loft apartments and right across the street is old oakland. with its much more modest homes. not everyone resists these changes. some welcome the newcomers -- wondering if their arrival might lower crime and bring community life back to neighborhoods long overlooked and ignored. >> when people that have lived here forever, that were born and raised here -- if you don't take advantage of the opportunities that are here then, you really can't be mad at people that come in and want to buy a property. they come for cheaper living, and cheaper eating. the cost of everything in oakland compared to san
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francisco, simply can't be beat. it's also become somewhat cool -- somewhat trendy -- to make the move. some new arrivals are mindful their entry might disrupt and threaten older communities. >> i would hope that there is much greater consideration for the communities who've bothered to stay and put up the fight to be there. that people recognize that and try to figure out how to work with that. >> the city certainly looks very different than it did just a few years ago. and while some new residents might be excited to engage with old communities, there are limits -- when so many lifelong residents. have already left. melissa chan, al jazeera, oakland, california >> and finally. this from tokyo. the president matching soccer skills with a robot. or it has a name.
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asimo. it stands for advanced step in innovative mobility. its made by honda. the president and robot bowed to each other -- and spoke together in english. asimo told the president it was nice to meet him. no word. word on if it cuts your grass. thank you for watching al jazeera america. i'm del walters. "inside story" is next. for news updates through the day . head to al jazeera dot com. the ability to use race legally as a tool in college admissions has been on the run for years. the supreme court's latest decision restricts it even further. after texas, california, michigan. what are the dos and don'ts of the incoming freshman class? that's the inside story.