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>> anger erupting over turkey's deadliest mine disaster, the families saying the government is not doing enough to rescue miners trapped underground. >> oh, my god! >> a state of emergency in san diego where wildfires closed schools and forced thousands from their homes. >> never recanted, never back pedaled. >> one of the whistle growers in
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the veterans anniversary scandal standing his ground as the leader of the veterans affairs gets ready for a grilling. >> you can't do anything. >> a mother struggling to support her family on a minimum wage family is part of a fast food workers strike today. >> anger gripping turkey after a coal mine fire kills hundreds. violent clashes rereputing in several cities, the death toll from that disaster now rise to go at least 282. >> police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protestors angry over the government privatizing mines and ignoring safety warnings.
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>> the first if you know release underway, mourners attending the services in the western part that have country. >> the relatives of at least 100 miners still trapped underground are wait forego news about their loved ones. we have the latest from turkey. >> it's become quite a solemn scene here in the mine. we were down, behind me, you can see the entrance to the mine, we were down there speaking to people, some feeling very distraught. one man is a team leader of a group of miners still trapped inside that mine, been here two days. he feels there is nothing to do to help but is providing support to miners and their families. we spoke to other miners who work at different mines in this area. they weren't obviously at the scene of the accident but felt like they needed to come and help with rescue efforts. >> we've spoken to volunteer forces trying to help.
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they're feeling incredibly helpless. it's been two days since this accident happened, no survivors found for at least 12 hours now, more than that since the last survivor was found. a lot of people are in shock here. you can see just by their body language that some people were sitting down, holding their head in their hands, really feeling incredibly emotional about what happened. we know because of the high death toll, a number of if you know release have been taking place in the town. pretty much everyone knows someone whose been involved in the accident. one woman actually had five relatives who died at this mine accident, so she's going to five if you know release. >> that is aljazeera reporting from turkey. >> mine explosion, common in turkey where safety rules are often ignored. more than 1100 miners killed between 2001 and 2012, accounting for more than 10% have all accidental deaths in turkey. compare that to six mining
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deaths annually in the u.k. the world's deadliest place for mine accidents is china. 32 people have died there in just one year. >> we'll speak with the mine rescue foundation about tools and technology used in underground rescue efforts. >> a new mining accident in china leaving seven dead, officials saying the workers there were killed wednesday during it is construction of a mine in china. 26 workers were rescued, six trapped inside. an initial investigation showing a cement pipe fell ideas a shaft. that mine is being built by a government-run coal company. >> the captain of the south korean ferry that sank has been charged with murder, the captain and three crew members indicted over the disaster that killed 280 passengers.
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prosecutors say the men abandoned the sinking vessel before passengers could be rescue the. 11 other crew members were indicted on negligence charges. 476 people were onboard it when it capsized, most high school students and teachers on a school trip. >> extreme heat fanning wildfires across southern california today, a state of emergency in effect for san diego county where thousands have been forced to flee their homes, those wildfires shutting down public schools and the lego land theme park. fires have been burning in carlsbad, lakeside, san marcos and marine base. we are live in carlo carlsburg, california. >> the fire is 50% contained, but there are a number of hot spots. the two homes behind me that have been destroyed continue to
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smolder, smoke and ash filling the air. for much of san diego county this morning, residents are waking up to fire. >> wow, there it is right there. there it is right there! >> bone dry conditions and soaring temperatures have sparked at least nine wildfires, spreading a path of destruction across san diego county. wildfires are nothing new for those living here, but even those who are used to dealing with them have been caught off guard. >> we've been doing this 35 years. >> fueled by strong and erratic winds and temperatures nearing 100 degrees, the fires have burned through homes and brush. crews are working around the clock, but full containment won't come quickly. >> firefighting resources are getting progress in the forward area of the fire but this fire is fingered in all different locations and fire deep seated, that's going to take a lot of
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time. >> thousands of residents were forced to flee, some coming dangerously close to walls of flames like this man. >> oh, my god! >> os firefighters tackled the flames from the air and ground, most residents were spared. some were not so fortunate. this man lost his home of almost 50 years. the fires forced the closure of a major freeway between los angeles and san diego. by dusk, yet another fire erupted in san marcos where crews battled flames that lit up the evening sky. city officials there issued thousands of mandatory evacuations for residents and where 10,000 students are in finals week. >> the big concern is fire behavior is still erratic, we're getting spotting out in front of itself. >> the san marcos fire forced the closure of the nearby
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university, all commencement ceremonies which were supposed to take place tomorrow and saturday have been canceled. the cause for all of the fires unknown at this time, but del, officials say they are not ruling out arson. >> jennifer london live in carlsbad, california, jennifer, thank you very much. it is a mess behind her. >> the weather is not going to cooperate with firefighters in california today. >> the santa ana winds a major factor there. for more, we turn to our meteorologist. >> we've been hearing about the winds. in california they're called the santa annas, because of the mountains they come down, but it's wind coming down over the mountains. you learned in science class that the air is more dense as you go into the atmosphere. what is happening with all of this, as those winds come out of the mountain, it's coming down into denser atmosphere. if you fly a lot like i do and
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carry a water bottle, you might notice sometimes your water bottle is crushed because the air is crushing because of the more dense air around the water bottle. a lot of us have seen that. as it is winds come down and do that compression, that swishing motion, they're warming, releasing latent heat. so the winds also funnel through the topography. as all this is happening and this comes out of a drier sector, it's warm, dry winds releasing heat. some of these winds can raise the temperature as much as 50 degrees in just a few hours, just by that process of coming down over the mountain. today, once again, with that set up, we're going to stay very dry. that hot air sucks the moisture out of the vegetation, making it tinder dry and ready to burn, so more temperatures in the hundreds today, winds to fuel the flames and of course not a drop of moisture in sight. back to you guys.
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>> and a science lesson, too. >> a little bit of everything. >> the government of ukraine is blaming a pro-russian separatists for a deadly attack that killed seven ukrainian soldiers. a new round of talks is open in kiev to diffuse the political crisis but pro-russian separatistses not taking part in the talks. the kiev government will not negotiate to groups they refer to as terrorists. wrench comes showed strong support for seceding from ukraine. >> violence in vietnam as tensions escalate with china. mobs burned and looted a number of chinese and other foreign owned factories near ho chi minh. five meet in a police people and six chinese were killed. the workers were upset about chinese drilling for oil in a disputed zone not south cline in
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a sea. more than 600 chinese nationals ever crossed into the country to avoid any altercation. >> thailand's new prime minister facing anti-government protest, forcing the prime minister and others to flee. protestors disrupted polls in february which were later nullified by the court. they won't accept a new election until political reforms are in place. two people were killed, 21 wounded in demonstrations across bangkok. police in venezuela taking at least 60 students protestors into covered in caracas, calling for the release of 200 arrested during a recent crackdown on anti-government protest camps. more than 40 people have been killed since february. protests are triggered by high inflation, rampant crime and food shortages. >> nearly 13 years after the attack on the world trade
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center, the new 9/11 museum is opening in new york. the museum tries to capture the panic, heartbreak and heroism of the tragedy. over the past decade, more than 12 million people have visited the footprints where the twin tours once stood. president obama will join victims' families, first responders for a dedication ceremony at ground zero. john, good morning. this museum cost $700 million to build. what was the experience like walking through this museum for you? >> this country tends to do museums along these lines pretty well and the verdict is now coming in from national newspapers and television outlets around the country. most people who have seen it like me seem to think that it is a very powerful and yet at the same time very tasteful exhibit.
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it's not without its con refer toes, including the $24 admission fee and other things i'll get to in a moment. let's put those to one side and take you on a tour of the new national september 11 memorial museum. this is what it looked like before the towers came down. i'm now standing in the new national 9/11 memorial museum. when you come in, you are greeted at once by two steel columns taken from the exterior of the north tower and returned home to pretty much where they stood all those years. the rest of the exhibit is down a gently sloping walk way that takes you seven floors down towards the bedrock. >> when you enter, emotions swiftly rise to the surface. the exhibit takes the viewer back 13 years as if 9/11 had happened only yesterday.
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the stairs along which thousands of people escaped, the t.v. aerial from the top of the north tower, part of a motor used to propel one of the elevators. the giant slurry wall that held back the hudson river and most movingly, the ladder number three firetruck with an inscription written that says jeff, we will not forget you. >> that is a very moving moment. not everybody's happy about it, there has been von refers to here, this is new york after all, they have been arguing about things since the get go. why some 9/11 families are protesting not far from here. they are unhappy about one aspect of the museum. the muslims are unhappy that say a film depict them as terrorists.
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>> the 9/11 dedication ceremony begins this morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern and aljazeera america will carry it live in its entirety. >> speaking out this morning, one of the whistle blowers exposing the nation's failing of a hospitals. >> i felt threatened. i felt attacked. >> the backlash for revealing the sometimes fatal delays and why he says it was all about money. >> a bold move by the center for disease control, the agency urging people at high risk of contracting h.i.v. to take daily preventative pills. why some say it's sending the wrong message. >> $2 billion a year, it's our big number of the day. >> it was a hefty price to pay, but some say it could save thousands of lives. >> here is a live look from jersey city, new jersey, directly across from lower manhattan. it was one of the many cities that lost residents on 9/11, this memorial dedicated to the victims who will be remembered
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in the 9/11 museum opening in manhattan. r
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>> today's big number is $2 billion. that's how much a study says it would cost medicare annually to screen current and former smokers for lung cancer. >> drug maker gene tech financed the report. the study estimates over a five year period medicare coverage screenings would cause health care premiums to rise $3 a month and lead to more than 11 million lung screen scans, including 2 million false alarms. >> it would detect 55,000 more lung cancer cases. >> veteran affairs secretary is set to testify this morning on capitol hill, facing tough questions from congress about allegations that veterans are dying while waiting for medical attention. that of a facilities have covered up delays in their care. we have more on the growing scandal. >> republican members of congress are calling for the secretary to resign. >> i asked the secretary to
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submit his resignation and i ask the president to accept that. >> the time for the secretary has come to an end. >> no veteran should have to wait to have their claims adjudicated. we are committed to doing that as quickly as we can and hence, five years ago, we had no standard for what was a backlog. >> he served in the army and received medical care after a combat wound in vietnam. he's used his experience to relate to veterans seeking care, but now allegations of veterans dying while waiting to see doctors. >> i'm sorry i'm shaking, but they were quick to dismiss my pop, right? >> she lost her father-in-law to cancer in november. she said he died after waiting for months to see a doctor in a of a hospital in phoenix,
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arizona. whistle blowers say staff hid their patient appointment delays by creating a second set of records. >> this was basically an elaborate scheme to cover up patient wait times, and cover up patients that we didn't have providers for. again, the main problem was we had a huge demand and had relatively limited supply and service. >> three executives in phoenix are on administrative leave. that's not the only center accused of cooking the books. someone change at the top, including the nation's biggest veterans group, the american legion. >> these are unacceptable things that come about that led us to this decision. >> the white house is standing behind the secretary, but even democrats have questions. >> it is important for us to figure out what these problems are and then ride herd to make sure they get results. if they are not, people have to be held accountable. >> a represent led house panel
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has subpoenaed emails amounted records, frustrated by the lack of information from his office. members of both parties, as well as america's veterans will be watching closely what the as he can their to say. >> we're hearing more from one of the whistle blowers in the of a scandal. brian turner handles scheduled in texas. he said he and other clerks were told to manipulate wait times. an vintage investigation found his claims to be false, but turner saying the of a is still hiding the truth. >> did you actually recant, brian? >> no. >> you have never once recanted? >> never recanted, never back pedaled, i stand still today as i did the first di i mentioned it to them april 24, 100% firm on my claims. >> why would they lie about it? >> i don't understand why they would, except to save face or to try to in some way discredit my
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information and my claims. >> brian, since you've come forward, you've had several meetings with your superiors. one was with the chief of medical administrative services last friday, the person who developed the scheduling procedures, but what happened in that meeting that made you walk out of it? >> it was intimidating. i felt threatened, i felt attacked. we filed a report of his actions on that day. i know i did. i believe a couple others may have filed a report, as well. >> so getting to those claims, first of all, who instructed you to fudge the wait times? >> we were instructed and coached by our team leaders and by our supervisors when making scheduling practices. again, this doesn't affect all schedules. this doesn't affect all appointments, just a large amount of members that were affected by patients returning for visits. >> how does fudging the wait
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times, how does that benefit your superiors? >> my belief is that it's thor bonuses. they have a direct impact on their bonuses on the clinic wait time. >> what happens to clerks who refuse to gain the system? >> a bad boy list. we would be put on a bad boy list. we would get the report. >> delivered to your desk. >> correct. if it showed an example of a 30 day wait, it would say on that report if it fell within the measures of the 14 day guideline, it would have a yes or no and of course it would say no if it was out of the 14 days and then we were asked, controlled to change that or fix that. >> how would they ask you that? >> they would just tell us, fix this. >> the south texas veterans health care system not respond to go our request for addressing turner's renewed claims. coming up, we'll talk to a
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veteran in south carolina all too familiar with those delays and treatment at of a centers. >> returning to weather now, flooding could be an issue today. our meteorologist is back with the national forecast. >> definitely not the southwest where we can't buy a drop of rain. we go from too dry to too wet as we get to the eastern third of the country. this system has been moving through as it slowly passes through the gulf coast causing flooding concerns. want to point out just outside north carolina, charlotte, we actually have a tornado warning in effect. there are limited risks for severe weather with this today. if you get under one of those warnings, take the precautions, but you can see moving into the mid atlantic, the broad area of rain wraps around into the great lakes region. this is going to be heavy stuff. it's not moving quickly. that's part of why we see more persistent totals, widespread, two to three inches, that's our
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flooding concern through the rest of the day. as we continue to look up the region, the flood watch is in effect because of that situation and it's really not just today, but also as we get into the day tomorrow that we're going to be watching for that. the other thing this will do is up and down the coastline, still warm air today, 70's and 80's, but into the day tomorrow, the cool air, those 50's and 60's that have been in the midwest will move into the region, not as cool, but dropping those temperatures. >> water, water everywhere, but not where you need it. >> exactly. >> shifting a presidential primary for 2016. >> some states it will give them more clout in the race to the white house. it could boost the tea party candidate. we'll explain. >> sometimes i try to give them other things, but that's hard. >> earning $12,000 a year, one
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mother's story of just getting by while working for the one of the most successful fast food franchises in the world. >> a dad gets a restraining order against his son's bully after he says he got no response from their school. >> taking a live look now at the national 9/11 museum and memorial in lower manhattan. that is a view of the new museum. president obama will attended the dedication ceremony later this morning. we'll be bringing that live to you at 10:00 eastern. the museum officially opens to the public next week.
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>> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. ahead in this next half hour,
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controversy surrounding hillary clinton's health. now her husband and former president is trying to clear things up. >> a mother's personal struggle of trying to support her two children on just $12,000 a year. why people all over the country are striking today to support minimum wage workers like her. >> in our next hour, we'll be talking to a mine rescue expert, somebody's whose been down in the mines to talk about rescuing survivors in turkey. >> containinger and frustration mounting over a deadly mine explosion in turkey. thousands clashed with riot police as the death toll rose to 282. protestors blame the government for poor safety rules at mines. rescuers are searching for more than 100 people dropped underground. >> nine wildfires are burning in southern california. jerry brown declared a state of emergency for san diego county. biggest fires are in carlsbad, san mark course and camp
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pendleton marine base. thousands have fled their homes and public schools are shut down in the area along with the calendar state university campus. >> a new 9/11 museum, more than 12 years in the making is being dedicated this morning. this is a live look at what's happening. families, victims, first responders and those who helped build the museum are joining together with president obama to remember those who lost their lives. the museum will open to the public next week. >> the 26 primary caucuses and schedules are out and it could have a huge effect on the republican party. as always, the iowa caucus is first in january followed by new hampshire. nevada and south carolina holding their primaries in february. many say it favors and powell, the tea party favorite who has not announced his candidacy. tea party beliefs are strong and some say that could make him
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unstoppable. is rand paul a shoo in? >> i don't think anybody is going to crown victors yesterday. he certainly has an advantage. it looks like he has some real advantage. the primary season, you start winning a bunch of states and get momentum behind you and can be hard to slow down. >> jeb bush, rand paul, both of them tied with 14% of the republicans polled. jed bush considered by many to be a moderate, rand paul the tea party liberal favorite. when you take a look at the numbers, the way they're stacked, is there anybody who can challenge him after the primary season? >> it would be tough. it would take a lot of money and momentum. the funny thing about and, he has advantage in the early stages but may not after that. will anybody be around after the
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early states. >> are the republicans looking at a be careful what you ask for scenario with ted cruz, being born in canada and yet he says he wants to run for president. >> i think that will need to be worked out. >> how do you work it out, after you did all that happened with rewards to barack obama and is he an american, is he not an american, is he a kenyan, hawaiian, although hawaii is a state that i just wanted to point that out. >> the real answer is that probably most republican voters don't care about that. i think ted cruz probably has questions to answer. it's not exactly constitutionally clear how you could become president. >> what about rand paul? is he really a tea party guy? >> he is, i think he's as tea party as tea party gets. >> tea party-like. >> he has these ideas that he is proposing that don't come from
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republican orthodoxy. >> when we talk about the republican primaries there is always the problem of the republican general election, the candidates have to swimming far to the right to win the primaries, they become unpopular in terms of the general election. is the rand paul type candidate somebody that should win in the general election? >> it's hard to make predictions two and a half years away, but i think that will be a very tough mountain to climb for a tea party republican. >> each team we have seen this type of candidacy shape up, we have seen the candidates swing right. is rand paul going to have to secure the nomination for the white house? >> we see the same thing on the democratic side, i would think. he sort of set himself up for that in that respect. >> betting man, yes or no, rand
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paul. >> for the nomination? >> i don't like to make bets. i think he has a tough hill to climb. >> thanks for being with us. >> hillary clinton's husband is speaking out about accusation is, publicly addressing karl rove's attacks on hillary's health. what started out at sort of politics as usual gets a lot more attacks when a former president gets involved. >> yes, that's certainly true. some in social media have actually dubbed this braingazy. the former secretary of state fell at home and hit her head suffering a concussion and blood clot. karl rove suggested she suffered brain damage. that's exactly why president clinton took the time to address the comments that he said left him dumb founded.
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>> as soon as the reporter started the question. >> whether that's true. >> former president clinton let out a laugh before responding to reports that republican strategist karl rove questioned whether hillary clinton suffered traumatic brain injury after her fall back in 2012. >> first they said she faked her concussion, and now they say she's auditioning for a part on the walking dead. i mean, you know, whatever it takes. >> whatever it takes to discredit a former secretary of state who may very well run for president in 2016. berating her over benghazi, lashing out about lewinsky and now haggling over her health. rove said hillary clinton may have brain damage. rove who was a senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to george w. bush later disputed the report. >> i didn't say she had brain damage. she had a serious health
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episode. this will be an issue in the 2016 race whether she likes it or not. >> i was dumb founded. they went to all this trouble to say she had a concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over. >> around that time, hillary clinton started wearing thick glasses that did raise questions about her recovery, questions she actioned in a 60 minutes interview. >> i still have some lingering effects from falling on my head and having the blood clot, but the doctors tell me that that will all recede. >> now her husband is backing her up. >> she works out every week, she is strong. >> the former president ended the conversation with a laugh, joking that if hillary has brain damage. >> then i must be in really tough shape, because she's still quicker than i am. >> another top gop strategist, newt gingrich described rove's comments as the worst kind of republican consulting. meanwhile at the republican senate where the former
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president responded to the remarks, he called the controversy just the beginning, adding that republicans will get better and better at it and while hillary clinton, guys, of course is not officially announced her presidential bid, her husband's comments there seem to suggest a run may be inevitable. >> reading the tea leaves again. >> let the campaign begin. >> in a 5-2 decision, the arkansas supreme court tossing out a ruling that struck down the state's voter i.d. laws over how absentee ballots are handled. it was ruled that the voter i.d. law was unconstitutional in a separate case being appealed. >> the arkansas supreme court rejecting a stay for another ruling overturning the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage, the state asking the top court to stop county clerks from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, last week a county judge saying the ban was unconstitutional.
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he said he'll issue his final ruling next week. a few counties have started to issue licenses, about 450 handed out so far. >> in another state has voted to implement a three day waiting period for abortions. missouri lawmakers passed a bill requiring women to wait 72 hours between the initial appointment with a physician performing the abortion and the procedure itself. missouri joined south dakota and utah as the only states with the three day waiting period. the republican back law passed after state democrats brokered a truce, agreeing to stop fill busters a bill for support on other controversial bills. >> the biggest stories in the national security agency have yet to come, one about how house surveillance is conducted. writing a series of stories based on top secret documents leaked by former contractor edward snowden, greenwald has written a book. he calls it "no place to hide."
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>> it was like living in a spy film, essentially, because we knew a couple of things that this was certainly the biggest leak in national security history that if the u.s. government found out what it was that he was doing, that they would take very extreme measures to put a stop to it one way or the other but we didn't know much else. >> he said his reporting didn't harm anyone, despite the claims from the government that the leaks hurt national security. >> more than four-mile people work in the fast food industry in the u.s., living well below the poverty line. today they are demanding better pay from these mullet by billion dollars corporations. we spoke to one mother struggling to care for her kids on a minimum wage salary. >> she is getting ready for her shift at mcdonald's. she's 27 years old with two young children ages five and seven. she's worked at the same restaurant for nine years. in that time, her pay has gone
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from $7 an hour to $9, a $2 raise over nearly a decade. she brings home about $12,000 a year, more than $10,000 below the u.s. poverty rate for a family of four. >> it's really hard. really hard for us. sometimes you don't have money. sometimes i try to give them a lot of things, but that's hard. >> this week, she will take part in a one day global fast food workers strike, demanding better wages. >> we're going to go and fight for a better life. we want some change. without us, they are nothing. ♪ ♪ >> in the late 1960s when these cheerful mcdonald ads appeared on television, most fast food
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workers were paid the minimum wage of $1.60, that was the peak value of minimum wage in real materials. since then, low wage workers have lost ground as the purchasing power of the minimum wage reroded. many say employers adjust working hours to prevent them from making extra money on overtime. >> he never make overtime there. they always fix your hours so they could not pay you the amount that is for the overtime. >> she and other employees of this mcdonald's together with workers at dozens have other fast foot places around los angeles are planning to file an official complaint with the u.s. labor department charging their employers with wage theft. >> she never graduated from high school. today, she drills the importance of education into her kids. >> that's why i always tell them if you are a good student, you can go to any college you want,
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because i don't want that for them. no. that's not a life because you cannot do anything, just be right there stuck for your whole life and i don't want that for her. >> a mother determined to see her children avoid the trap that she is stuck in, a low wage life in a fast food job. >> fast food workers will go on strike in 150 cities in the world including miami. that's where we are this morning. i can see that you are in the middle of a protest. are those fast food workers around you? >> i sure do. there are actually some kids here, too, this is the first time fast food workers in miami have walked off the job and gone on strike. they like other minimum wage workers around the country are demanding a $15 an hour raise,
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as many of you know, seattle is hope to go phase in and work toward a $15 an hour raise. these workers are asking for the right to unionize without retaliation. for this minimum wage has been higher than the federal minimum wage since 2011, $7.93, but workers say life is still a struggle. >> it is nothing, because i would like to pay the water bill and i think i would like to buy a car, but i can't. >> this is of course arguing that the minimum wage would eliminate jobs. the congressional budget office released a report saying that if the federal minimum wage went up, half a million jobs would be lost. now, we're at a burger king here on miami beach. burger king is headquartered in miami and the company tells us
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that burger king restaurants have provided an entry point into the workforce for millions of americans, including many of the system's franchisees, employees and their families are eligible for college scholarships in north america to encourage further growth and education. a full time employee, minimum wage employee in florida would make just over $15,000 a year, so as you can see, that is very difficult for families to make ends meet. >> natasha, thank you. >> the tale of fast food workers struggling is one we hear around the country. a 31-year-old working at wendy's in chicago, he says he can barely support his family. >> why can't we make some kind
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of substantial money to help us be just as successful as you guys are? >> coming up at 8:00, we are live in chicago where fast food workers there, like allison are also going on strike. >> u.s. drones now searching northern nigeria for 276 school girls kidnapped by boko haram. the drones are unarmed. there will be no american groups on the ground. dozens gather for a candlelight vigil, mashing 30 days since those girls were taken. nigeria's president said he will not exchange the girls for imprisoned boko haram members but will consider talks with the rebels. >> a trial for our colleagues defind in egypt since september, now held for 138 days and counting. today, the defense team is expected to present its case. they were last in court back on
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may three where the prosecution wrapped up its case. all of excused of conspiring with the out allowed muslim brother hood. aljazeera rejects the charges. we have a video leaked from showing a fourth colleague defind. it was recorded last week days before he was taken from his cell to an undisclosed location. he has been on a hunger strike for 115 days. three days ago, his lawyer asking egyptian authorities to transfer him to a hospital. he's blood tests show the 26-year-old arabic correspondent could be close to death. on the tape, he asked for independent doctors. >> i have reached 100 days of my hunger strike, i ask to hold the egyptian government, judiciary and persecutor responsibility if
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anything ever happens to me. >> he has been held in egypt now without charges since last august. aljazeera's calling on egyptian authorities for his immediate release. >> headlines around the world, outrage in peru over the impending marriage of a notorious international criminal. dutch citizen and convicted killer joran vandersloot is getting married to a woman from peru last month. he was convicted of murder in peru, killing another woman in her 20's, but also for the natalee holloway disappearance, an american teen who went missing in america. this woman that he is marrying web got pregnant while he was in a penal colony before this prison. some are saying he's marrying her to fight extradition charges in the u.s. >> natalee holloway taking place in 2005. >> a colorado father taking a stand against his son's bully.
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steven feudner would a restraining order against a 9-year-old bullying his 10-year-old son. he said that he felt he reached out to the school system and wanted them to complain what was happening, but they were hiding behind the issue of privacy, these being his words. he said he couldn't find out exactly what was being done to the bully, therefore he went to the court. the court said he's got a case and issued the restraining order. >> apparently, the alleged bully is not even at the school anymore, he was expelled for another offense. >> bigger isn't always better for cities. that's according to the associated press. they are reporting on a study that says neighborhoods are better off with the mix of older and smaller buildings, like you see in seattle, san francisco and washington. they just find that young people are attracted to the shops, restaurants and jobs and the small businesses --
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>> i have a different theory on that. i think these neighborhoods were blighted, the property became cheap and young people moved in and said we can make something of this because we can't afford expensive houses in the suburbs. >> the c.d.c.'s effort to curb h.i.v. infections. >> they are saying to take a daily pill before contracting the aids virus. while it could save some lives, some worry it will lead to more risky behavior. >> why hurricanes are hitting further north. that is our discovery of the day. >> al jazeera america presents the system with joe berlinger >> you had a psychologically vulnerable teenager, you had aggressive investigators... it was a perfect storm >> put behind bars after making a false confession >> i prayed my innocence could be established, and i would be released >> what if you admitted to something you did not do >> the truth will set you free yeah don't kid yourself...
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>> the system with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america
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as a person >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> it is time now for our discovery of the day. a new study shows tropical cyclones are moving closer to the polls. >> these hurricanes are peeking
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further north and south. the storms may now hit places they have rarely hit before and we're all familiar with this new york or tokyo. >> man made climate change is to blame. areas north and south now have the prime conditions for the cyclones. >> looking at climate changes, things this impact storms, like the arctic melting and that fresh water could change currents. last year, we saw dust coming off of africa, that was a hindering factor in our development, leading to a slower system season. we look at a lot of these elements. the atlantic is quiet, the season starts june 1 and usually picks up in august and september, but this is a look back at where we've had our most intense storms over the last 50 years, so the yellow is a hurricane going up to the reds being the cat five and we have
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rarely had that intensity at landfall. of course more of this in the southern tier. what that report is saying is as we go forward into time, you could see more of the intense, that max intensity of the storm shifts farther to the north, places we have had storms before, but the concern with this is that as you have more population sometimes along the coast as you go farther north, that could cause more widespread area impacted by these storms. we don't start for another two weeks, the atlantic season, but today is actually the start of the eastern pacific season. not anything we're monitoring now, but certainly something we'll keep on eye on for you. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> we're following breaking news, word of a passenger ferry that capsized in bangladesh. more than 200 were onboard when it sank in the river, the report saying some passengers were able to swim to shore. we will continue to monitor this
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story and bring you more information as it comes in. >> the national institutes of health is work to go reduce gender bias. starting october 1, the medical research agency will require all researchers who apply for funding to explain how they brent both genders in their studies, scientists often fail male animal cells over fee male leading to more side effects in women. >> hadun die plans to appeal a quarter billion dollars verdict for a steering effect. the family of two boys killed in a crash sued, saying hyundai new about the problem. a company spokesman said the crash was not the fault of
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hyundai. >> a drug treating h.i.v. patients is showing great success in the spreading of the virus. >> it has been on the market for two years, but now the c.d.c. is pushing for its use preventative. >> this could be a landmark day in the long fight against h.i.v. infection. it's been over 30 years since the virus was discovered that causes aids. the c.d.c. estimates that americans are still contracting the disease at 30,000 per year. the c.d.c. believes this drug could change that. >> the c.d.c. is suggesting that people at high risk of contracting h.i.v. take the drug daily. we want to listen now to what it was that you had in your package but are having technical difficulties. >> this gay man has been taking the drug every day for two
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years. in 2012, the f.d.a. approved it for preexposure prophylaxis or prep. it is proved 90% effective in preventing h.i.v. >> even if there's a violation of trust, that h.i.v. is not the price you have to pay for that. >> jacob says he's one of the few who actually use the drug. >> most of the people i come in contact with even now have very little idea that it exists. >> at this harlem drop in center, the doctor said there hasn't been much demand for it. >> i had prescribed prep once in the past two years. >> the manufacturers have not publicized this. then opted not to do a marketing campaign. >> it certainly would help if there were marketing. >> jacob has started a facebook page dedicated to it. critics worry using the drug for prevention will make at-risk
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groups careless. >> it's like saying airbags promote speeding. >> most of us on the front lines understand that people probably won't use condoms, because they are not using them now. if they would just use the pill. >> there's issues many have with the daily prep therapy. >> every day? depends on how much it costs. >> without insurance, the regiment could run $30,000 a year. >> i don't know filled spend the money to take a drug like that, knowing that with preventative behavior, i could handle that myself. >> the c.d.c. urges you to talk to your doctor if you are a sexually active gay man, married to or partnered with number h.i.v. positive or use intravenous drugs. >> coming up, the country seeing its worst rental affordability ever. how it's changing neighborhoods from coast-to-coast.
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>> there is a new modern art display where the visitor is a part of the display. >>america tonight investigates a controverseal addition treatment. it could be a life saver... >>the reset button has been hit what is this teach us about the brain? >> can ibogaine cure heroin addiction? only on al jazeera america
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>> oh, my gosh! >> blazing temperatures, gusting winds fanning nine early season wildfires already in southern california. >> a state of emergency is now in effect for san diego county as the flames forced thousands of people from their homes. good morning, i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. wildfires shutting down local public schools, a calendar state university campus and the lego land theme park. fires have been burning, authorities warning those in the path of the fire get out. >> we just packed everything and
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we're out of there. >> firefighters say they've never seen such hot and dry conditions so early into the fire season. >> i've been doing this 35 years around this is some of the most radical firefighting i've seen. >> residents have been checking out what's left of their homes in carlsbad. >> what have we heard from fire officials? the homes behind me tell the devastating nature of these fires. i'll step out of the way so you can take a closer look. we were here yesterday when the homeowners returned to discover that their dream home was destroyed. they were searching for their dog and had no idea if the dog made it out of the house alive. they did find him a few moments later. he was a little singed and
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dirty, but ok. for many residents, they are waking up to fire. a state of emergency has been declared for san diego county by the governor how else have these fires affected residents? >> thousands of people have been evacuated. the majority of the fires are burning in north county, san diego where we are seeing the majority of the evacuations. schools have been closed, calendar state san marcos university near where the fire is burns canceled its commencement ceremonies scheduled tomorrow and saturday, and lego land, the popular tourist destination has been closed today, as well. >> for more on the conditions that are fueling these wildfires, we turn now to nicole
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mitchell. >> it's going to be at least until tomorrow before we start to get relief as we get into the weekend. it's been quite the contrast through the country, flooding concerns the eastern half and extreme drought and high fire conditions especially so early in the season as we get anywhere into the southwest, arizona as well has been seeing hot and dry conditions. as we go forward over the next couple of days, i did the little full science lesson last hour, but the short version is as winds come down over the santa ana mountains, they warm up, so as this happens, we're getting very hot air, temperatures in the 90's and 100's, that also dries the vegetation out. it's coming from a dryer region, so the air is dry to begin with, but the heat dries the vegetation out and funneling winds, a lot of places under those fire risks or high wind risks, temperatures in the 100's, including pole los
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angeles and more of the same tomorrow before some of these return into the 70's for the weekend. that will help things but another day to go. >> at least relief is on the hors zone. >> emergency crews right now on the scene of an oil spill near los angeles, 50,000-gallons of crude filling the streets after a pipe burst. that spill stretches for a half mile, knee deep in some spots. the oil flow was shut off. crews are now said to be on the scene. >> the captain of the south korean ferry that sank has been charged with murder, indicted over the disaster that killed 280 passengers. prosecutors say the men abandoned the sinking vessel before rescuing passengers. others were indicted on negligence charges. 476 people were onboard when it capsized, most high school students and teachers on a school trip. >> another mining accident this
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morning, this time in china. 11 people were killed during the construction of a mine wednesday. 26 workers were rescued and six are trapped inside. an initial investigation shows that a cement pipe physical inside the shaft. the mine is being built by a government run coal company. >> turkey, mounting anger and grief as loved ones are buried. large numbers of mourners attending services in the western part of the country. 282 people are now dead as a result of a blast in a mine. 100 miners are still trapped underground, we have the latest. >> it's become a solemn scene here at the mine we were speaking to people at the entrance of the mine, one man is a team leader of the group of
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miners still trapped inside the mine, been they're for two days. there is nothing he can do to help, but he's trying to provide support to other miners and families. other miners who work at different mines in this area weren't at the scene of the accident when it happened but felt they needed to come and help with rescue efforts the last two days. we've spoken to volunteer forces that's been a force from istanbul coming to help. it's been almost two days since this accident happened, no survivors found for a the least 12 hours now, more than that since the last survivor was found. a lot of people are in shock here. you can see from their body language that some people were sitting down, holding their head in their hands, really feeling incredibly emotional about what's happened. because of this high death toll, funerals are taking place in the town near us. people there have been pretty much everyone knows someone involved in the accidents.
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one woman actually had five relatives who died at this mine accident, so she's going to five funerals. >> that is aljazeera reporting from turkey. >> as the search continues for the missing girls in nigeria, family members gathered for a candlelight vigil marking 30 days since the girls were taken from their school. the nigerian penalty said the government would consider talks with the rebels. >> nearly 13 years after the terror attack on the world trade center, the new national 9/11 museum is opening next week here in new york. >> this morning, the president will join victim families and first responder to say dedicate the museum at ground zero. the new national september 11 memorial museum sitting where the twin towers once substitute.
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john, remind us why so many people are unhappy about it. >> you have to remember this is new york and they've been rowing over this project, everything from the $24 admission fee to the inclusion of unidentified human remains in a vault to a video called the rise of al-qaeda, which many muslim group feels show them as terrorists. many said this museum would never open, but in a few others, it will do in the presence of
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president obama. >> arguments ever slowed the progress of the museum. many 9/11 families are angry that thousands of unidentified body parts are stored this far underground in an area that flooded during secretary of state. >> would we ever have picked a basement that could be flooded? >> former deputy fire captain who lost his firefighter son jimmy on 9/11 spent months help to go clear the site of rubble and body parts. >> it's going to be powerful. they don't need the production of putting remains in a museum. >> the museum director said housing the remains fulfills a promise made to a coalition of family members back in 2003. another concern is the six minute video called "the rise of al-qaeda" an interfaith clergy
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advisory committee found most of the exhibits to be inspirational but had a problem with the film. >> didn't deal with a kind of subtle and sophisticated way with the difference between al-qaeda and islam as a religious tradition. >> alice greenwald said the muslim experience of 9/11 is well documented throughout the museum beyond the al-qaeda exhibit. >> we over and over and over again make it clear that this is not mainstream islam we're talking about. this is a radicalized group of people with a murderous agenda who are being treated as criminals in this museum. >> twenty-four-dollar per ticket and trinkets on sale at inflated prices are all criticisms the museum's management faces. it's unlikely the critics will be sigh lends soon, but for now at least, the u.s. has a new focus for mourning those lost on
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9/11. the opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. the president will speak and then we'll begin a week long dedication period in which the families may come here and inspect the museum on their own. it will open to members of the public next wednesday. that's may 21. >> how do you get something like this just right for everyone, when emotions are still so raw? >> a reminder, we're going to dive deeper into that criticism you heard john talk about, the criticism facing the museum and whether it will cloud its purpose of honoring those lost on 9/11. >> in the 9/11 dedication ceremony, it begins this morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time.
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aljazeera america will carry it live in its entirety. >> in washington, veteran's affairs secretary going to be on the hot seat this morning facing tough questions about allegations that veterans are dying waiting for medical attention and that of a centers have covered up delays in their care. he is expected to say that he is personally angered and saddened by allegations. the white house assigned a top advisor to work with the department. >> we're hearing from one of the whistle blowers at the of a, the scandal that has engulf would the center, brian turner handling schedules, saying that he and other clerks were directed to alter patient wait times. >> we were instructed and coached by our team leaders and by our supervisors when making scheduling practices, again, this doesn't affect all schedules, this doesn't affect all appointments, just a large amount of members that were affected by patients returning for visits.
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>> how doesud wait times, how does that benefit your superiors? >> my belief is that it's their bonuses. i think they have a direct impact on their bonuses on the clinic wait time. >> what happens to clerks who refuse to game the system? >> a bad boy list. we would be put on a bad boy list and we would get the report. >> delivered to your desk. >> correct. if it showed an example of a 30 day wait, it would say on that report, if it fell within the measures of the 14 day guideline, it would have a yes or no and of course it would say no if it was out of the 14 days and we were asked and told to change that or fix that. >> how would they ask you that? >> they would just tell us, fix this. >> the of a released a statement saying turner recanted. turner told aljazeera that the of a is still hiding the truth. >> the problems don't end there. veterans around the country say they've had trouble seeking
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medical attention. in south carolina, one man waited nearly a year to get treatment at a hospital, saying he was stuck in a backlog of nearly 4,000 patients. the wait nearly cost him his life. this army veteran blames his health cries on delayed care through the v.a. >> it has changed my life. you look at every day like it's the last day you'll be here. >> he went to a of a clinic in south carolina complaining of severe rectal pain. >> i had problems using the bathroom and i was bleeding in the abdominal area. >> the diagnose was hemorrhoids, a doctor gave him pain medicine. >> she said that come back and see me in two months and see if anything's changed. >> several months and two visits later, a of a doctor told coats he may need a colonoscopy, but
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never set up a screening. >> my complications got worse. my problems and issues was getting worse. >> after moving with his family, he was transferred to the clinic in columbia south carolina where a surgeon determined he did need a cloneoscopy, but a backlog of patients and lack of staff meant he would have to wait six months. >> they told me there was nothing they could do, this was standard procedure time line of getting a colonoscopy done, six months. they should ever outsourced these to get the backlog done. >> nearly one year after first complaining of pain, he finally received a colonoscopy. it revealed a cancerous tumor. it had spread to his live and lungs. coats believes delays through the of a led to his worsening condition. he testified before a
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congressional committee on veterans affairs last month. >> hopefully my being here today, maybe i'm saving another father, another mother from having to go through the same tragedy that i went through. >> a of a inspector general's report released last summer linked delayed screenings to 52 cancer cases. aljazeera attempts to reach directors at the medical center were unsuccessful. he one a $150,000 claim against the of a for delay and care. he said officials apologized and assured him the backlog issue is being fixed. his biggest hope today is that the right people are held accountable. aljazeera, myrtle beach, south carolina. >> veterans have come forward in colorado, mississippi and wyoming. >> it is a mess. >> clashes and riots in vietnam overan ongoing dispute in china.
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>> walking off the job for higher wages, how low pay is forcing thousands of workers in more than 30 countries to demand a better standard of living. >> a tornado touching down in the american heart land captured on camera. we'll have some this and other stories from our citizen journalists around the world.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. let's get a check of the videos captured by citizen journalists around the world. >> the mine disaster in turkey, people holding signs and mimicking the dead miners. >> a lot of protests happening in turkey, as well. >> wild weather making its way across ohio, including this tornado. several videos including this one from zachary capturing the twister tearing across the area.
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officials say seven people had to be freed from their homes after the storm swept through. >> a highway in canada, following a wrong way driver momenting before her car struck two others in quebec. the 76-year-old driver remains in critical condition while the other two drivers are expected to recover. >> up next, the anti china sentiment, sparking deadly violence in vietnam. >> first a look at the temperatures across the country today. some like it hot. >> i think del's one of those. if you do, we definitely have warm air already this morning, even up the east coast, 60's and 70's ahead of that cold front has been cooling temperatures into the midwest and central plains and in this cases with the rain, that makes it a warm rain. >> you get to the central
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plains, 70's 80's today along the east coast into the day tomorrow, a lot of this will drop. before i show that, into the southwest, a lot of heat again, 90's, 100's, possibly record temperatures, fueling all of the fire conditions that we've been so concerned about. i mentioned the east coast getting cooler into the day tomorrow, more 60's and 70's as that front goes through. for the southwest, a little bit of relief in place like los angeles, 70's into the weekend forecast will really improve the fire risks. >> china's new interim prime minister facing anti-government protests as upcoming elections force the prime minister and others to flee, disrupting the
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polls in february which were later nullified by the courts. they say they will not accept a new election until political reforms are in place, two killed, others wounded in several demonstrations across bangkok. >> police in venezuela have taken at least 80 student protestors into custody in caracas. the demonstrators were calling for the release of 200 people arrested during a recent crackdown on an anti-government protest camp. forty people have been killed since february. the protests were triggered by high inflation, crime and food shortages. >> violence in vietnam as tensions escalate with china, mobs burning and looting a number of chinese and other foreign owned factories near ho chi minh city, hundreds crossing into cambodia wednesday. unwrist was sparked by chinese
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drilling for oil in the south china sea. >> days of protests outside factories in ho chi minh city have seen buildings torched and chinese nationals targeted. in the past 24 hours, violence peaked, leaving 20 people dead. some were vietnamese, but the majority believed to be chinese. many companies and individuals tarted weren't chinese. japans government has expressed government for its nationals and businesses in the country and this taiwan ese man fled for his life. >> i never felt so scared in my life. last night, i didn't sleep. i still hear of a lot of friends who escaped to the airport. they didn't dare to come out. they were afraid if they came out, they would be beaten. >> the anger's fueled by
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beijing's decision to deploy an oil rig in thized, a disputed area of the south china sea. in the past week, there have been reports of chinese and vietnamese ships ramming into each other and using water cannons. >> we are determined to fulfill our duty, which is to protect the sovereignty of vietnam's special economic zones and territories and prevent the vials of an outside force, especially chinese forces. >> it's one of many recent attempts by china to push its claim on most of the south china sea and the islands, looking for richer fishing grounds and a share in the oil and gas reserves. several others claim parts of the area, too. police said wednesday that more than 400 people have been arrested since the protests began. china's foreign minister has said it's shocked by the aggression against its nationals and urged the vietnam government to help protect them.
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>> one company, the world's largest supplier of clothes and is to to big box stores said most of its factories in vietnam have been closed because of that unrest. >> fast food workers in protest today say they can't survive working for minimum wage. we'll hear the drastic steps a single father had to take just to get by. >> the man who helped edward snowden spark the k of a nation talks to aljazeera america. glenn greenwald discussed the information leaks and how they could shape america's future. >> a look at our images of the day and celebrations in indonesia. the annual holiday commemorates the birth jen lightenment and karma. it is celebrated by buddhists around the world.
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>> i did answers central questions about how surveillance is conducted. >> you'll recall that greenwald broke the story about the n.s.a. surveillance scandal last year, writing a series of stories based on top secret documents leaked by edward snowden. this week, glenwood released a new book called "no place to hide" detailing the investigation. >> pro-russian separatists are blamed for a grenade attack that killed seven ukrainian soldiers. ukrainian officials opening talks in kiev aimed at diffusing the countries political crisis by pro-russian separatists aren't taking part, kiev saying it won't negotiate with groups it calls terrorists. talks are underway, but officials of donetsk complain that pro-russian separatists don't have a voice. what can be done if they're not there to participate? >> the point of these talks and
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they were proposed and moderated by the a.s.c.e body is to try to find a solution. the actual aim was set out at the very start of the talks and now it's quite simply saving ukraine. it is an opportunity for all sides of ukraine to get together and discuss ways out of the crisis but without the direct involvement of the separatists, rebels, whatever you want to call them here, frankly, they are doomed to failure. we heard interesting details from the kiev appointed representative it is here in donetsk, saying that the message of the kiev governments about self determination, that sort of thing simply wasn't reaching the ordinary people here on the ground. >> that is paul brennan for us in eastern ukraine, paul thank you very much. >> a trial resumed in cairo for three aljazeera journalists detained since september.
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they have been held for 138 days. today, their defense team is expected to begin presenting its case. they were last in court may three where the prosecution wrapped up its case against them, accused of conspiring with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. aljazeera rejects the charges against all three men. >> we have this video leaked from a cairo prison showing our fourth colleague, journalist held in egypt. the video was recorded last week just days before he was taken from his cell to an undisclosed location. he has been on a hunger strike for 115 days. three days ago, his lawyer asked egyptian authorities to transfer him to a hospital. the 26-year-old correspondent could be close to death. on the tape, he is asking for independent doctors. >> i have this media after i have reached 106 days of my hunger strike to hold the
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egyptian government, the egyptian judiciary and the general prosecutor to responsibility if anything ever happens to me. >> he has been held in egypt now without charges since august. aljazeera continues to call for his immediate release. >> more than 20 dead after al-qaeda fighters clashed with the army in yemen on wednesday. in is your generalities attacked two military posts in the southern province where a government offensive to clear the area of al-qaeda began two weeks ago. a defense minister was killed along with eight other yemenis
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soldiers. >> israel was outraged over the deal because it considers hamas to be a terrorist organization. >> today is the anniversary of the establishment of the state of israel, but for palestinians, the date is mourned for land lost during the war of 1948. a jewish israel is trying to bridge the gap, using history and a smart phone app. nick schiffron shows us how. >> what village are we looking for right now? >> abram said history's been erased. >> here, it's supposed to be the school house. >> he's trying to reconstruct it one lost village at a time. >> the palestinians took ref final somewhere else and the place, the lands are used by israel. >> with the help of an app, he is trying to educate israelis on lands abandoned by palestinians 60 years ago. >> what happened? >> in 1948, israel became a state. the palestinians call what
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happened next the catastrophe. 800,000 palestinians became refugees. more than 400 palestinian village were depopulated. each one is a pin in the new app. >> it's our own history that brought this or created this reality in which the palestinians are not here anymore. >> in three languages, the app reveals why the palestinians left their homes including where we are today. 2200 palestinians once lived here. 100 studied in the school. today, there are none. >> i just learned that one young woman, young student studying tel aviv university, her family is from here. >> she never saw the village where her parents grew up. she studied at tel aviv university, which is majority jewish. >> some of them, we know it and they just say that it was a land with no people.
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>> at a rally, a sympathetic audience listened to her story, behind them, israeli protestors tried to drown the story out. >> we won. should i apologize for not being massacred? they planned a second holocaust. >> to recognize that and accept the jewish state, there is nothing to talk about. >> it is your goal to make the number of israelis to talk about it to increase? >> to change the discourse in order to include real information about 1948. >> the remains of what was once another palestinian description, israel built its largest cinema. understanding history creates reconciliation. >> first to know the history and acknowledge our responsibility and then to see how to repair it. >> in this conflict, perhaps acknowledging the past can help
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solve the future. >> trial celebrated its independence day last week marking the end of the 1948 war. >> 23 pictures and 500 hours worth of video captures one of the darkest days in american history. >> before it opens, the 9/11 museum faces controversy and questions over content >> put behind bars after making a false confession >> i prayed my innocence could be established, and i would be released >> what if you admitted to something you did not do >> the truth will set you free yeah don't kid yourself... >> the system with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america
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as a person >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> the controversy surrounding the 9/11 museum as it prepares to open. >> fires burning across southern california, joining us is a captain with the southern forestry protection. tell us about conditions on the ground at this hour.
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>> right now, the winds did subside overnight, but today, we're expecting temperatures in the century mark. we have an offshore flow of wind, very dry conditions, low humidity so we devil have a firefight ahead of us. >> many in your position saying this is the worst they have ever seen it this early. is that the way you feel? >> absolutely. i've been in the fire service 25 years. i have never seen offshore flows or pictures like this in may. these are things we would normally see august-september, so the fuel conditions are at critical levels way early in our peak fire season. >> california is facing drought conditions, so how is it possible that you fight a fire in a place where there's just no water? >> well, that's a great point, fighters working with the
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governor's task force. we're seeing statewide in drought conditions, we haven't ran into the operation where we haven't had water, but we have to be very cautious where we take water and how we use it, because we are in a drought. fortunately, we haven't experienced it where the firefighters haven't had access to it. >> thank you very much for being with us today. let's see if crews are going to get relieve in the form of rain. let's go to our meteorologist. >> the temperatures will go down toward the weekend, but not a drop of rain, even in the extended forecast. temperatures near 100, wind cry, dry, all of that fuels the fires so early in the season. that really brings more concerns as we get later into the season. we can see how dry that region is compared to a cold front dumping rain moving through the south yesterday, today it's more
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the mid atlantic with flash flooding concerns as this moves along. virginia to south carolina could see isolated strong storms. the rain is our biggest concern, two or three-inches widespread, some places nudging toward a half food. when that sat rates, we have flash flooding areas. we have widespread watches across the area. it is just the one side of the country, not where we need it. back to you. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> an illinois judge suspending the new pension support plan until lawsuits are ve solved. that was supposed to take effect june 1, reducing retiree benefits and raising the retirement age to save the state $145 billion in 30 years. the plan now face is legal challenges from unions and retired state employees. illinois currently has the worst funded state pension system in the country. >> in a little more than an hour, president obama will preside over a dedication
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ceremony at the national september 11 memorial museum at ground zero here in new york city. joining us with his perspective is a columnist at the daily beast. you were in new york city september 11. start by telling us how your life changed. >> it was traumatic. i was downtown. i saw the second tower fall before an my eyes. before 9/11, i was identified as a white guy. september 10, i went to sleep a white american, september 11, i woke up an arab. we are no longer seen as the average american but suspicious or potentially asen an enemy. it was a wake up call for us.
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i truly identify as a minority despite my skin color, i view the world as a minority. >> where are you coming from when it comes to the museum being dedicated there. what do you think it needs to accomplish for educating the school kids that are probably going to visit? >> i hope it lives up to what it's doing on the website, a celebration of the human spirit, a tribute to those who lost family members, lives were impacted on that day. we want it to be a healing moment for the families for people whose lives are ruined, have changed. to muslims, the highjackers are despicable and have nothing to do with us, yet we are called to answer for them. we don't want people leaving there, the take away being those muslims, you to have watch out. we want it to be the triumph of
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the human spirit and a unifying experience. >> there is a concern that the seven minute video that is part of an exhibit that describes the rise of al-qaeda does lead to division. a prominent eye ma'am said: >> what do you believe is the right way to describe the 9/11 attackers? >> as rad dell political terrorists who had an agenda, who used religion in a way to recruit people. what they are doing is not consistent with our faith. we have a problem with this video, the board members at the 9/11 museum discounted it, dismissed it and wouldn't change
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it. they wouldn't show it to me or anyone else in the media in advance saying we want you to see it in the context of the museum. people don't look at every exhibit in the way cure rate tories hope. it was about terrorists who had a political agenda. sometimes we don't talk about the real issues behind 9/11, i think. >> that video is part of the exhibit opening next week to the public. thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> the art scene taking over hong kong this week, one of the biggest showcase from 39 countries cost a billion dollars. >> turned into an installation, hong kongs tallest building clash the fact they have landed.
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from a baby stroller made of razor blades to the artists who paint themselves, it is a mix of the plain weird and avant garde. >> the audience seating arranged so people become the attraction. next door, the imagined country to which you apply for citizenship. a real email making you a part of the evolving show. it's meant as a volt to the artist existence. >> with its incredible wealth and proximity to china's million ayres, hong kong that become the most important part of the market after shows like london. shows like this are expected to go from the next step from speculation to appreciation. >> bringing the international art world to asia, it provides a boost to artists, galleries and collectors.
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>> collectors is flying in for all parts of asia to see it, it's also because contemporary art is being so hot today. >> which is not bad for business. >> you expect to sell this pieces. >> selling the artwork -- >> the maturing of asias art community has been watched. >> it's inspiring for them to see international collectors, the level at which they collect has an impact on the local collecting base, as well. they can engage with them, you know, the idea can be formed. >> from those ideas, who knows where modern art might go next. >> wait, there's more, the show will be in miami in december. >> that will do it for now from us here in new york.
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we are ment to be your first choice for the news. >> hello, welcome to the news hour. showing he cares, turkish president visits the town where 282 miners were killed. there are allegations that this photograph shows an advisor to the prime minister attacking a protestor. also to come, japan angers china with