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[afternoon and welcome to al jazeera america life from new york city. i am morgan radford. here are the top stories. the searching for the missing nigerian school girls prompting an international response waging war against boko haram. china evacwaits citizens while tension boildz over drilling in the south china sea. the death toll in saudi arabia closing in on 170 people, now a third case of the deadly mers virus diagnosed right here on
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american soil. a kay after a coup of the western and african forces, they say they may launch their own search party to find the missing school girls. mohammed adow has more. >> reporter: the senator for born 0 state, the center for most of boko haram attacks in recent years, he says he is unhappy with how the government is handling the crisis. >> i feel disgusted, and i feel very, very bad for a country like nigeria who has a lot of resources, a lot of manpower, a lot of money, you know, and they cannot contain a small group? >> . >> reporter: but for the security forces, attacks have
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represented new challenges that they are struggling to cope with. at times, they are out gunned by boko haram fighters, something that the senator said should not be happening given how well funded the nigerian army is. >> 20102012 and 2013, we gave them employ 1.5 trillion lrya. that translates to about $10,000,000,000 even if they were given just a quarter of that money, i am sure they wouldn't have complained of lack of equipment to fight. for now boko haram continues campaign of violence almost unhindered. it will has killed thousands of people. the last month's ab duction of more than 2 sent school girls from the small village of chibok in borno by the group that got
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global attention. now, the group boko haram like attacks could take on a regional dimension. at the security summit in paris on saturday, nigeria, chad, cameroon agreed to share intelligence and coordinate action against the group. >> boko haram will no longer find safe haven in chad, in niger or in camaroon. it means that the jointness that this particular part creates enables the various nations to wa work together and recognizing that boko haram is an international phenomenon and needs to be stopped. >> while many nigerians support the outcome of the paris submit, they believe the threat of boko haram will only disappear when the government here manages to reduce chronic poverty and unemployment in the country's north. mohammed adow, al jazeera, abuja, nigeria.
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>> heavily armed gunmen stormed the parliament building after attacking with anti-aircraft weapons and grenades. what you see there is heavy smoke billowing from the parliament building while gunmen shut down the nearby streets. former general khalifa haftar says his army is committed to wiping out militia groups groups that have been assassinating prominent libyan leaders. >> the battle that our national army had to launch to defend our nation, the people, and the lives of our officers that are being assassinated. this is not a coup against the state. we are not seeking power or authority. we are not hindering the course of democracy. >> today's action follows haftar's attack on friday. 79 people were killed in the round of violence. lib twra's government accuses him much carrying out a coup.
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he says he is attacking to arrest extremists. >> the largest offensive from yemen in years. the military is strugging to pay for the operation and calling on the west for support. hashi malabaa spoke to thephon min system. >> reporter: yemen's southern provinces are battle grounds, a large operation against al-qaeda is underway. the army is making gains. it has recaptured some areas where these fighters established a state of their own with a leader, a judiciary and an army. yemen's foreign minister said his government will not let al-qaeda destabilize the nation's political transition. >> al-qaeda has created a threat for the transition. so, that's one. second, of course, is that it has always been a threat to the
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stability of yemen as far as from point of view of economic development, investments. the government could not just stand and watch. >> these soldiers are celebrating recent victories but yemen's army has been divided and weakened by years of instability and conflicts. it's now under pressure to win the latest battle but that requires huge resources which i am pofsh issued yemen cannot afford. >> look at the course of these extensive operations on yemen's budget and military. it's beyond really yemen's abilities. yet we are continuing with these actions in order really to preserve the safety of our citizens and security of the country. and we hope that knowing the magnitude of the challenge we face that we will get more
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support. >> the fight is mostly made by these fighters but neighboring saudi arabia and the u.s. say they are stepping in one way or another to help defeat one of al-qaeda's most efficient affiliates outside of afghanistan and pakistan. yemen's president says his country is in an open war with al-qaeda, a war that in turn costly if the fighting continues for a long period. officials here are very frustrated. they have been expecting the international community to deliver substantial financial and military support at this very critical moment for the country. hashi albara. the husband of a pregnant sudanese woman sentenced to death said he will appeal thatro ruling. she was convicted of abandoning islam and marrying a christian. a judge ruled she should be haged. it is the first of the kind to be heard in sudan.
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a ruling will be announced on thursday. >> an evacuation as tensions escalate between china and vetnam. china china is sendingships that send thousands out of vetnam. hawaiians of flerz are on the streets breaking up antichina protests. so far, at least, two people have been killed and more than 100 injured. al jazeera's aidedrian brown has more. >> after days of often violent antichinese protests, the vetnam authorities appear to be containing the disturb answers. police broke up the small protest in ho chi min city on sunday morning. the demonstrators are angry over china's refusal to halt the deep-sea oil operations in waters claimed by vetnam. >> the intention today was to show support for the government's efforts to chase the chinese rig away from our waters. >> the skirmishes in those waters have been going on for almost two weeks and the worry is that it could soon get out of
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control. like china, vetnam's government is also communist and tends to keep a lid on dissent but it was unable to stop days of violence in a third of the country's provinces. some attacked chinese he-run factories all though many were taiwanese owned, a distinction lost on the riot occurs. it began after china moved an oil rig close to the paracel i'll lands claimed by china and vietnam. >> beijing is involved in ma tulsa in the philippines over the stratly islands. but now, they are getting their nationals out of vetnam, sending five war ships to speed up evacuation efforts. >> we are sending some very experienced people to vetnam. u >> we are sending some very experienced people to vietnam. 3,000 have fled the city. worried about the economic fallout, vietnam's government is
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promising to protect all investors, china and taiwan are among the biggest. whether they remain so is now in doubt. >> the response of china's government to the attack on its citizens has so far been restrained. there have been no counter demonstrations here and there could be a good reason for that. the authorities are perhaps unwilling to allow protests so close to the anniversary of the expression of the student-led protests almost 25 years ago. adrienne brown, beijing. >> ukraineians are preparing to vote in next week's presidential elections. there isn't a lot of support for those elections in the east. at a pro-russian rally, the self declared liter of donetsk said a presidential poll won't happen on his watch. kim vinnell reports. >> reporter: campaigning ahead of the presidential election is well underway but separatists occupying state buildings have declared an independent republic say people here aren't going to
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vote. the newly appointed prime minist minister, said those tasked with organizing the vote are quitting. people are just leaving all of these so-called polling stations. the election commissions and going home. there is no pressure on them. it'scism. these elections are not interesting to anybody. >> the moscow born and raised leader told me his troops won't use troops to stop the vote but according to one election monitoring group, they are already trying to do just that. >> six out of 10 people come to the commission, a building of the local commission with guns, with some tin instruments and said that, now, in donetsk, we have -- it is the territory of donetsk republic and it is unlegal to organize president election of ukraine.
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>> sergei said 6 out of 22 electoral offices have been shut down. we found one of them. >> the sign says that the electoral commission responsible for the city's inter polling district is not working. the gate isn't locked but there is no one inside. >> while looking for someone to speak to, we found a sign with a flag of the donetsk people's republic. it said the offices inside have been sealed. although life continues as normal for many here, the volatility of the region isn't going unnoticed. fears over next sunday's vote aren't easily batted away. >> i am worried about my safety at the polling station. there could be provocation. some people using force. >> for us, this donetsk people's republic doesn't make sense. >> the central electoral commission says it's prepared with thousands of monitors on standby and is urging people to
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vote. one poll shows that in the east, more than 32% of people plan on staying home. and another 31% aren't sure who they will vote for or whether they will vote at all. they are stoking fears that unrest could continue past election day by fueling calls the outcome isn't representative. kim vinnell, al jazeera, dondon. there is a third confirmed case of the deadly mers virus right here in the united states. the cdc says an illinois manifested positive two weeks after the first case was diagnosed. this is the very first time the virus appears to have jumped from one human to another on american soil. coming up next, devastating floods in eastern europe drive thousands from their homes. plus behind the scenes of a powerful documentary about syria airing at the cannes film festival. stay tuned. you are watching al jazeera america.
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at least 25 peel have died across the balkans for the worst flooding there within a century. causing rivers to by the waurst banks. thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate homes. officials say water levels on the river are expected to peak later today. soldiers, police and villagers are battling to protect the power plant threatened by rising floodwate floodwaters. in california, tens of thousands evacuated due to ranging wildfires and they are preparing to return home. fire fighters near san diego are trying to guard that area hoping to prevent flames from reigniting. those crews are focused at fires at camp pintle ton and san marcos. fires have burned through more than 20,000 acres and destroyed many homes. the winds that fuelled the wildfires are expected to pick back up today. for more on the weather in that area, we turn now to our
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meteorologist eboni deon. what can those fire fighters expect today? >> they are going to be dealing with windy conditions but there is a little bit more moisture in the air. >> will help to add a little bit more less fuel to what we are seeing within tape areas. overall across the southwest, we are expecting winds to pick up as we go through the day. this is a look at sustained winds. note the direction. winds from the south and southwest. >> that's providing us with the warmth. but we are also allowing some of that air to come in off of the pacific. it's giving us a little bit higher humidity levels here across the coastal areas but further inland, it is still very dry. you talk about very dry conditions, gusty winds and dry conditions across this area, or at least dry brush. >> will help to fuel any other fires that will pick up. so there is still that fire weather threat here across parts of new mexico arizona and now includes northern areas of texas. temperatures in this general vicinity will climb into the 80s, 90s and some triple digit
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numbers. this will last into tuesday. the next couple of days, we are not going to see relief not inland. as you can take a look at the satellite radar, we are dealing with alleges of moisture. only cloud cover. a few sprits of rain across oklahoma and north texas but not enough to put a damper on those fires that are taking place a little bit further west. as we get into the day on monday, an area of low pressure will be making its way further southward, counter clockwise flow around that will bring our winds into more of a northwesterly direction and that's going to cool us down here along the coastal areas of california. temperatures now trending cooler and will eventually see the cooler air spreading into arizona, but still, high temperatures are in the upper 90s for your monday, very hot start to the work week. across the ernesto, we are keeping always cloudy and unsettled here scattered rain showers, a few storms, come could become severe to strong across montana. mainly as we get into the afternoon and evening areas. keep that in mind across montana. weather will be more active
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there. elsewhere, we are mainly quiet. the only exception: the southeast a where we have rain and storms. morgan. >> thanks, eboni. lebanon's paresident is calling on hezbollah to pull out of syria. the armed lebanese syria group is fueling tensions in a war-ravaged country. the civil war has come to cannes. a film that includes more than a thousand internet clips is premiering at the famous film festival. silver water is directed by a syrian film maker in exile live in paris shot by citizen journalists. phil lazell has more. >> these images emerged from syria on a daily basis, on the news, on t.v. screens and now on the big screen here at the cannes film festival. "silver water" was directed from
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afar. it's syria maker, ossama cut together a thousand internet videos from exile in paris. one day, he got talking to sima olbermann in homs. she asked: what would you film if you were here? >> he told her, and this is the result. >> i start to feel that i am back into syria, that this virtual window became very real, deep, beautiful one. she became, you know, my homeland. and after i discover that, yes, for me, she is the metaphor of syr syria. >> this is a movie that brings the viewer closer to the dailihorse of life in a war -- hor errors of life in a war higher torn country, rape, death, and also resilience. . >> you are going back to syria?
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>> yeah. even if i will die there, it's not. >> these are people who have lost everything except their dignity. she carries with her a bag of soil wherever she goes, a piece of homs. >> it's very important to have a piece of it with you at all times? >> the message is the broken things. there is no language. there is no -- no way to describe what i feel. her house no longer stands. her home will never leave her. phil lavell at the cannes film festival. >> at&t is expected to announce it's plan to by directv by monday. they have reportedly agreed on terms that would cost around
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$50,000,000,000. v is the largest satellite operator in the united states while at&t is number 2 in mobile phones behind verizon. this mega acquisition would have to be approved by regulators who are expected to closely secur y scrutinize any deal whatsoever. speaking of at lights, thousands have been launched into space back in 1957. hundreds of them are operational but many have long since run out of power or they simply beg your pardoned up in the earth's atmosphere. one enterprising group of amateur space enthusiasts has a big plan. our science editor jacob ward explains. >> reporter: there is a forgotten satellite out there and a few every day people want to get it back. in 1978, nasa launched the ic-3 satellite to study the precise points where the earth and the sun sort of cancel out each other's gravitational pool called the langragian point. it then repurposed the same
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satellite to be the first spacecraft to intercept a comet, an engineering peace of improvisation. but then it was forgotten and drifted farther from earth and was given up on. later this summer, the satellite is going to orbit back to earth and this week, a volume you know tear team of space enthuse eighties will establish ongoing contact with it and control of the spacecraft. think of them as a salveage team. if they can get ic-3 up and running again, they will be in possession of a fullly functional satellite for educational purposes. but getting that done is no joke. first of all, the volunteer team has to figure out how to build a simulation of a unique computer language that nasa used to control the spacecraft in the 1970s and '80s. the tell em tree data looks like a taxi receipt. it is just gibberish. but if they can learn to speak this satellite's language, the rest is pretty straightforward. as of 2008, most of the instruments were functioning. there is evidently enough power
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left in the satellite's small thrusters to achieve 40 mil meters a second, needed to get into a stable orbit around the planet. then they will have a public science lab in the sky ready for any student that wants a glimpse of our planet or what's beyond it. >> e meanwhile, the professionals have been hard at work this morning, the third commercial resupply missions, the international space station undocked just a few short hours ago. the vehicle arrived at the station about a month ago and is now on its way back to earth with a load of science samples and other equipment. spacex, also known as space exploration technologies, has a contract with nasa for a total of 12 cargo flights. presenting the past in an entirely new light, how museums are rewith you writing history to make exhibits a bit more interesting to some of their smaller patrons. >> story coming up next on al jazeera america.
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good afternoon, and welcome back to al jazeera america live from new york city. i am morgan radford. here are today's top stories. just a day after a group of western and african countries de-claire tounite in their fight against boko haram, nigerian residents say they may launch their own search party just to help find those missing girls. a dispute over oil drilling in south china spills over. thousands of chinese nationals have been evacuated in the wake of violent andy chinese protests. devastating flooding in serbia and bosnia where tens of thousands of people are packing buses, boats, even helicopters just it get out before even more water is expected to rise today. more than 100 countries are celebrating international museum day, which could be a great way to learn about "tours from all around the world." but getting kids excited about learning, well, that isn't always too easy. al alexio brian reports on musems re-inventing themselves for a
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younger audience. >> it's 5:15 early evening and a body discovered in london. who committed this murder is a mystery and the clues are hidden in the egyptian collection. >> to see things are better than to read things, for me anyway. >> young adults often noticedly ab is not among the museum-going population. they try to get hard to get them in their doors. they were once full of glass cases with silence and tupping forbidden, now there is often music with bang technology and live habitats. about 5.5 million people visit the natural history museum every year. >> that's about 22,000 a day. despite the crowds here and at musems around it like the world, it keeps them interested. >> folks, we have a free museum seat. >> some national musems are sponsored in britain but in
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return, they have to draw a wide audience. >> there were public programs that give people the amazing opportunities to meet scientists, to actually see some of the nearly 80 million specimens from mind the sdooenz, for themselves, get their hands on those objects through handling activities. >> across rondon, there is plenty to handle after the british restoration ravaged by fire in 2007, it's director says it's more than a museum. it's a visitor experience with annual turn occur of about $6.4 million. >> we invite people to comment when they are here. we do exit surveys, tracking surveys. we do focus group work to try and get a sense of what people want. >> research, a key part of a museum's arsenal to keep an ever-changing audience coming back for more. alexi o'brien, al jazeera, london. >> more than 35,000 musems are participating in international museum day. some are offering free
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