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get cleaner being are but make no mistake new york matter what ads or politicians or lobbyist say, coal isn't clean, that's hour show for today. i am ali velshi, thanks for joining us. ♪ ♪ good everything, everyone, this is al jazerra america, i am john siegenthaler in new york. detained or deserter? the growing controversy over the release of an american p.o.w. in a deal with the taliban, cyber crime, a global hacking ring accused of stealing millions by holding computer piles for ransom. plus. >> reporter: if you can make out that's the actual base on fire. >> down, down! >> gun fight in ukraine, bullets fly in the biggest battle yet in the conflict. syria's election, how little
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tomorrow's vote means to the desperate families who fled their homes. i didn't see anything but bullets going by. until i hit the ground. and d-day remembered. he was a pair trooper with the 80 secondary born when he jumped behind enemy lines in nomady. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ and we begin tonight with the latest on the release of army sergeant bowe bergdahl. he was handed over by the taliban on saturday after being held for nearly five years. his freedom is being celebrated but the controversy is intensifying over the terms of his release and the circumstances surrounding his capture. we begin our coverage with randall tink sto pinkston in wa. >> reporter: for now this u.s. military hospital in germany is the temporary home for sergeant bowe bergdahl. officials say the former prisoner of warm is being treated for conditions that
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require hospitalization, including nutritional issues. but they released no other details siting privacy rules. on saturday, taliban fighters in eastern afghanistan turned berg call over to special operations forces in exchange for five high-ranking taliban leaders who had been held for 12 years at the u.s. facility in guantanmo cuba. the swap was made without giving congress the required 30 days notice. today white house press second jay carney said the president as commander-in-chief had the authority to act. >> sergeant bergdahl was a prisoner. in an armed conflict. and we did the right thing by, after five years of captivity, securing hiskewing hissecuring . we don't qualify a decision based on who is holding him. >> reporter: but on capitol hill some members of congress cluing the chairman of the house armed
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services committee accused the president of breaking the law and called for a hearing. >> this is not a partisan issue. it's just a matter of the law and breaking the law. >> reporter: other critics charge the administration with negotiating with terrorists and setting a dangerous precedent. >> we have now set a price, so we have a changing footprint in afghanistan, which would put our soldiers at risk for this notion that if i can get one, i can get five taliban released. >> reporter: some currents and former members of the u.s. military are also critical. accusing bergdahl of walking way from his post. allowing himself to fall in to the hands of his ca captors. the allegations will be investigated and could result in charges against berg call. >> clearly there are allegations that good american soldiers died in the process of trying find him. if it turns out that he deserted his post, and that he, in fact, willingly went over to the side of the enemy, for whatever
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purpose, and good american soldiers died in the process, that's not something that should be left to decide and should -- left to the side and should be considered. >> reporter: the white house says the defense department is investigating all aspects of sergeant berg call's disappearance and detention. but officials say, for now, the focus is on his health and welfare. randle pinkston, al jazerra, washington. military officials say right now sergeant berg call's health is their chief concern. it's still not clear how long he will be receiving medical attention in germany. once he returns to the united states he will be transferred to brook army medical center in san antonio, texas for more care and psychological support he's expected to reunite with his parents, eventually he's expected to return home to southern idaho, his hometown of hayley, where alan is tonight. >> reporter: hayley is a red, white, blue and yellow town with news that the nearly five-year bowe bergdahl vigil is almost
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over. at jane's artifacts on main street, we find jane, blowing up yellow balloons and ordering 700 more. >> we overnighted those to get those here just to last us through the rest of the week and then we'll have more coming. >> reporter: you can't keep them in stock? >> no, and we are giving them away. we want yellow balloons, plaster this is this town. >> reporter: a few blocks way at zaney's cafe an unofficial bergdahl supporter. the flock of sheep has been replace ed by a herd of a different kind focusing the world's attention on this town of 8,000 tucked in to the mountains near sun valley. >> 80 secondary born. vietnam vet charlie wisebecame wants wi bowe bergdal to have a better homecoming than he did 30 years ago. >> he's a soldier, he's a kid. he's back, that is when we want. >> reporter: around the corner stephanie o'neal stops at the
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hayley coffee company. she's the force behind the facebook page a million cards for bowe. she has been stunnedded by the support. >> it's really a shock to get the cards and to hear from people from germany and australia, new zealand, the cook islands, just all over the world. >> reporter: it hasn't all been police amounts, though. she says she's heard from strangers today asking why she's helping a traitor. questions have been raised for years about whether bergdahl deserted his post in time of war. >> you know, it is what it is. and we are allowed to say what went in this country. and so we just answer them with grace and hope that they, you know, wait for things to see how they come down the pipe later on. >> reporter: at the next table over mike penrose is aware of the controversies surrounding bergdahl's capture and the guantanmo prison swap that won his release. but like most people here in hayley, he thinks bergdahl has paid a big price and he just wants to see a hometown kid back home. >> five years under the taliban, you know, if there is anything
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at all that went on there, i think that's more than enough. >> and that's allen reporting. as part of the exchange that freed bowe bergdahl. five afghan taliban leaders have been released from guantanamo bay. and they are now in qatar. a pro taliban website today published this video. the site says this is the welcome from the taliban arrival. under the terms of their release, they are not allowed to leave qatar for one year, but there are questions tonight about trading five taliban liters for one american soldier. all five were captured in 2001. there are concerns that these former high-ranking detainees could return to their ranks. john terret is here with more on that store, john. >> good evening, john. you know, the pentagon has already said that all five men pose a serious risk to the security of the united states and her allies. if they were releases and of course now they have been. all five were allegedly among the afghan taliban's top commanders in u.s. custody and
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all are still ra revered in jihadist circles, let's look at the five. his name is pronounced pretty much exactly as it is spelled. he is the former taliban governor of a province in afghanistan and some reports say a former interior minute officer and information minister who is thought to have direct links with the al qaeda leader allegedly overseeing one of osama bin ladens raining camps. man number two, he's a former taliban army chief of staff and deputy defense minister who rose swiftly through the ranks, he's wanted by the united nations for war crimes including the murder of thousand of afghan shi'ite civilians, he was one of the first people send to guantanmo bay. number three is a former deputy chief of taliban intelligence service it's said that he was key toot effort to form alliance with his other islamic groups to fight against the u.s. and coalition forces post 911.
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he is described as a senior taliban military general who, like the others, is also wanted by the united nations for alleged war crimes against civilians. and finally, mohamed, he is a taliban official, who served in multiple leadership roles, including we are told, head of communications, who allegedly operated a taliban cell out of the city of host. and it's said to have attacked u.s. and coalition forces on multiple occasions and also accused smuggling fighters and weapons. john. >> all right, john terret thank you. what about the possible future of taliban-american relations? rebecca zimmerman is an analyst with ran corporation, she specializes in the afghan police and military and joins us tonight from washington, d.c. we say possible relations, rebecca. i mean, is that just wishful thinking? >> reporter: well, i think that these negotiations were an interesting step. but while the u.s. has really
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wanted to make this a bridge in to something wider, the taliban has been quite public that for them, this is really a single transaction, this is a prisoner swap. and they don't support wider negotiations. >> so what is this really say about the taliban? >> well, you know, it says that in this case, you know, at least internally the moderate seem to have won out, that those who said negotiations were possible and that they could trust united states in some limited sense seemed to have this a victory over the people who said you know, within that we can't have any negotiations at all. possibly it's a victory for moderate there. >> a softening of the taliban stance? >> i am not sure i would go so far as to say it's a softening of the taliban stance but it's a realization that they can get
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something that they want if they utilize a more moderate path. >> the afghan i minister says it's against the norms of international law, the swap, what does that mean? >> the official afghan government position is that having released these guantanmo detainees that actually they should not be confine today qatar, they should have freedom to go whenever in the world that they would like to go. and so for them, the position is what some paradox klee perhaps has been that we ought to fully release these detainees. >> and president hamid karzai is upset that he was cut out of the deal. >> he is, and i think that's possibly what's behind the position on behalf of the government. he has a point in saying that because afghanistan is the nation that really has the taliban fighting within its borders that afghanistan should be primary in any negotiations
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with the taliban. of course in this case we are talking about an american citizen, so the u.s. isn't going to let another country come there and, you know, supplant them in this, but karzai felt that he should have been consulted. >> remember car, how significant is this trade of prisoners? >> well you can it's significant, again, as a first step in showing that something can be achieved. that we can actually release some prisoners m.that the taliban can get something that they want by behaving in a more moderate manner. but i don't think it really does anything as the afghans now begin to take the lead. i don't think it really does that much to improve the afghan-taliban negotiations which will be going forward in the future. certainly because after the upcoming elections in afghanistan, those will be completely reset regardless of the outcome here. >> all right, rebecca zimmerman,
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rebecca good to have you. thanks very much. >> thanks so much. ukraine, it is the worst fighting yet between ukraine border soldiers and pro-russian militias. al jazerra's david indicater was caught in the middle of gunfire early today. >> reporter: if you can make out that's the actual base on fire. >> down! >> the violence has raged since ukraine launched its offensive against separatist a month ago. here is david's report from lou afternoon. >> reporter: ukraine again border guard. troops insides thought to number around 70, have been surrounded by a force estimated to be up to 500 strong. ukrainian jet fighters were scrambling flying missions over the city where where where it's claimed the attack was being coordinated firing out flares to guard against surface to-aramisals, heavy plumes are billowing mike are raising above
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the skylines the local authoritieses says one of the many sites taken over bicep test forces air raids have been opened for civilians as the fighter escalates, the region near the russian board has seen an up raise in fighters with new ammunition and new weapons. they have sworn to defends the self-declared people against kiev's forces ukraine's president elect has vowed to press through a military mission against them labeling them as terrorists and enemies of the state. if attacks like these could endanger that mission with each day that passes more and more volunteers are coming in, many of them battle hardens veterans. with military skills and weapons that could really challenge the ukraine army.
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mothers speaking on the mobile phone tracked her son inside the border guard base, she and her husband have desperately heard the bombs and the mortals fall in. >> when we they stop? i have been waiting. they are not just shooting. they are flattening us, now we are running away. >> reporter: a last stand is being fought by the ukrainian border cards, trapped, surrounded and heavily out numbered. air support alone will not be enough to save them. they have refused to surrender. it's a stinging military humiliation in the making for the new present elect in kiev, only days before his inauguration. >> that's david reporting. just a few minutes ago, president obama left washington for a three-day trip to europe. ukraine is likely to be at the top of his agenda, during his first stop in poland. his visit marks the 25th anniversary of poland's
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independence from russia. and the polish activists who fought for that freedom are watching ukraine closely. mike viqueira traveling with the president. >> reporter: martin was a teenage polish dissident. >> this is what the movement used to fight with in to the 70s and in the '80s. >> reporter: martin was an activist with solidarity. popular up rising that, after a decade of upheaval, broke moscow's grip on poland. that was 25 years ago this week. now martin, like many polls, seems ominous signs in russia's actions in ukraine. >> they are interfering in another country. and it happens to be right next to poland. and there is a history of aggression, it's i don't understand why anybody questions why we are concerned. >> reporter: but unlike ukraine, poland has allies that are bound by treaty to defend it. poland is now part of nato.
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the event of the spring have been a wake-up call and nato has responded with the show of its own kind of solidarity. beefing up he demoment and exercises. joints training with polish forces and a new shipment of f-16 fighter to the region patrolling the russian border. still many pols are uneasy, doubtful of western resolve if it comes to a fight with russia. >> the message from the united states all spring and in to this upcoming trip by president obama has been we are there for you, the alliance means something. >> reporter: now poland wants an everybody bigger commitment. permanent nato base on his polish soil. a move sure to anger russia. many analysts are wary. >> the purpose here is to show resolve and to support the defense of nato. what we have to be very cautious of as we are doing that, is that the acts are not seen to be
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provoking to moscow. >> reporter: after leaving poland with his mother, a scientist, martin carried the fight to america. >> that's me demonstrating in front of the polish embassy in 1980. >> reporter: years later he was awarded a med follow his role in the movement bestowed in warsaw by the president of poland. also he watches events unfold in ukraine, he hears disturbing echos of history. >> what's worrying us is that it's not just the government being immaterial paoerlal us p . there is support, russian domination rear is generals in the region. >> reporter: 25 year old after gaining their independence, pols look anxiously to the west to help them keep it. mike have square, a al jazerra, with the president. still ahead the fbi launches a manhunt after explosives discovered in a san francisco apartment. the president's historic plan to clean the air is plenty of praise but also fierce
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criticism. and it's the first major city in the country to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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it's the obama administration's biggest movement to scientists say the moved will help fight global warming. critics say it will cost jobs and cost consumers, lisa stark is here in washington with more. lisa. >> reporter: john, the obama 5d administration considers this one of its signal environment the plans and the epa says this plan to cut emissionses from power plants would be the equivalent of taking two-thirds of all the cards and trucks off the road. the proposal takes aim at carbon emissions from power plants. which spew out more than one-third of all greenhouse gases in the u.s. it's really coal-fired plants in
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the cross layers, some 600 of them nationwide. by 2030 the epa wants their carbon emissions slashed by 30% from 2005 levels. if the agency says this will also cut down on dangerous flute ants. sprinting more than 6,000 death. he vehicling the image of a child with asthma, a child she said would be helped by the clean are air. >> for the sake of our families health and our kits future. we have a moral obligation to act on climate. >> reporter: some environmental groups call the move an historic step forward. >> i think it will make a huge difference. i think we have an opportunity annoy get a handle on the emissions that have not been regulated up to now that are doing serious damage to public health as well as to the environment. >> reporter: but opposition is fierce. the u.s. chamber of commerce warns this could raise energy
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prices, cut jobs and cost economy $50 billion a year. criticism echoed by a colon i didn't lobbying group. worried about the annual price tag. the epa says it's an effort mated $8 billion for the industry to meet the proposed standards. >> it will have a business diss proportionate impact on lower income americans, people who are on fixed incomes and have low incomes pay a much higher percentage of their overall budget on energy costs. and this proposal, is going to increase their cost dramatically. >> reporter: the epa it's agrees, arguing that pushing forward with cleaner energy, energy efficiency, and energy innovation, will create jobses. jobs, lower electricity bills by eight percent and save the country up to $93 billion in health care costs. the epa is now looking for public comment, especially from the states which will have enormous flexibility in how to meet the emissions reduction. but there is already talk of lawsuits. and on capitol hill, threats of
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legislation that would stop this new rule. house speaker john boehner said the press' plan is nuts. and senate gop leader mitch mcconnell called the announcement a dagger in the heart of the american middle class. some lawmakers argued only congress has the authority to order these emissions requirements. but a 2007 supreme court ruling allowed the epa to regulate carbon dioxide. paving the way for these rules. now the epa hopes to have a final rule by the middle of the next year, then states would have another year to come back to the epa and say, here is our plan for how to meet these emissions cuts, but this is going to be tied up in court, it could end up back at the supreme court. and moves on capitol hill to try to stop it as well. we are in to a long battle over this one. >> just the beginning of the bat. jake ward is out in san francisco tonight, coal is not
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our only source of energy, but still important, right? >> well, that's right. i mean, the epa had to act here because coal is such a cheap and in such an incredibly dirty thing to burn in order to make electrics at this. and the country is just a varied place, you have california where i am where it's already pretty much illegal to build a coal plant you couldn't even if you wanted to. but you have states like virginia where the cost of electricity section tomorrowly low. no market pressure of any kind to move away from coal and the epa felt that they had to step in here. >> jake, what is the sign communities take on the argument that tougher regulations will hurt economic growth. >> an economist is toting up the actual out of packet expenses of a community or a state or company that needs to buy a certain kind of power from a certain kind of producer, but scientists calculated in the larger sort of externalized costs as they describe it, here in california we have had plenty years of climate change related
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drought. just terrible, terrible draught out hering the worse in 20 years all of the wild fires and external costs of climate change, scientists say you want to see real costs, just keep going down the road that we are going. may not come right out of the pockets of a single company, but we are all going to pay and so this, has to happen. the epa had to step in in order to try to reckon the balance sheet for awful us. >> plenty of people wanted the president to move fast in this. this comes in the milteddal of his second term. how aggressive is this plan in scientific terms? >> well, it's not terribly aggressive in scientific terms. by the time the worlds comes to a can cesc us, you are very late to the party. something has already taken place. it's my feeling in five years or less we'll look around at the environment and realize the technology is already there to get it done fast in we thought that we had to. and we need to get it done faster than we thought we had
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to. i bet in five years, everyone, whoever is president at that point will turn around and move up the timetable. this is going to need to happen a lot faster than this. >> all right, jake ward in san francisco, jake thank you. and coming up, some of the world's largest websites declare an online war against the nsa. and while some syrians go to the polls tomorrow, others remain outside the country, just trying to survive. ♪ ♪
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infected your computer and you can't access your files until you pay a ran soft the justice department says that it has disrupted a gang of hackers doing just that. investigators also disrupt the a virus that stole money directly from bank accounts. roxana saberi spoke with 11 of victims. >> reporter: with the click of the mouse the doctor's plastic surgery practice came under attack. >> we were panicking. >> reporter: a staffer opened an e-mail from what she thought was a store and downloaded an attach: hours later he was contacted and said he would lose the files of 30,000 patients unless he paid a ran some of more than $500. >> waall we knew was that these blackmailers were going to keep our fights, he. >> reporter: he paid and they moved on. >> a ran some scheme has shutout hundreds of thousands of use
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presser their own computers and data. and demanded that victims get paid to get access back to their own machines and their own information. >> reporter: the government it s the sire gang used malicious software called came over zus, that steals banking information and sends it to hackers oversees overseas. it infected up to 1 million computers, including 250,000 in the u.s. >> the individual fraudulent wire transfers conducted through game over zeus, commonly ex-seat $1 million, at least one fraudulent wire tractio taxes ad to $6 billion. >> reporter: the government says this man was the masterminds. investigators say they need help finding them, and keeping up with changing cyber threats. roxana is bare a, a saberi, al w york. one year ago this week edward snowden leaked the
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first-class identified nsa. there is a campaign auld reset the net. >> reporter: ithis sparked a gll debate over national security versus privacy. on this anniversary several tech companies battling the nsa have an interesting way of upping the ante. the leaks were about far more than collection of people's phone records. the reports revealed broad attempts by the government to enlist tech companies in its surveillance work. those revelations led to secure e-mail pro surprisers to close down, one phone company went to the secret surveillance court to challenge the nsa's mass collection of phone records. the nsa has reported by been intercepting u.s. made computer products and inserting surveillance tools in them before they are exported. this week, some tech companies are launching a new public battle against online surveillance. >> we use the internet to be
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ourselves, but governments are building a prison around it. we have to stop them. but how? >> reporter: on june 5th, dozens of companies are launching the reset the net campaign. their message is simple. don't ask for your privacy. take it back. >> there is safety in numbers when we use encryptions and that's what reset the net is all about. it's about getting more and more people to start taking the first step towards protecting themselves and demanding that the tech companies and websites that we use take the minimum steps to protect us from government surveillance as we were. that day websites like reddit and imager and the american civil liberties union will display virtual protest screen and urge people to protect theme themselves. >> folks like the nsa di dependn collecting unsecured dates a they depends on our mistakes, mistakes that we can fix. >> reporter: activists say the collusion is to encourage everyone, companies and individuals to install software that will protect privacy and make it more difficult for agencies like the nsa to receipt
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e-mail. >> on the one end, we push back against what we call securityism but there is nothing that you can do. on the other hand, when someone says that they have devises a system that's completely nsa proof, you can tell that they probably don't know what their talking about. >> reporter: the likely result from increased user security activists say is an internet that's more difficult and expensive for the nsa to monitor. the reset the net movement is scheduled for thursday. so look for websites to post messages in a virtual protest of the nsa. >> reporter: with you burnt womens we spoke to today said this cam spain about more than just the collection of the date actual it's about making the internet more secure so people feel comfortable to continue innovating, jo be. >> interesting, thanks very much. in nigeria, police have banned protests about those kidnapped school girls, the government says it's for safety reasons thousands have been protesting nigeria's response to the kid nag, say not enough is being done to rescue the girls.
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they were abducted from their school in mid-april by the radical group boko haram. the now to syria, where despite the civil war presidential elections are being held in just a few hours. voting is restricted to areas controlled by the government. that means millions of syrians won't be able to vote. no serious candidates were allowed to run, so president assad is expected to win another term. the state department has called the vote a sham. almost 3 million syrians have fled the three-year civil ward seek shelter in neighboring country, by the ends of the year the conflict is expected to become the worse refugees crisis since worl world war ii. lebanon has more registered refugees than any other country r.they make up one quarter of that country's population, every day 2500 new refugees cross the border in to a future that holds little hope. nick schifrin reports from the lebanese border. >> reporter: on the mountain that divides syria from lebanon,
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where the road seems to lead to the sun cesc the town could be a sanctuary. it's the closest lebanese town to the border at the base of the 10,000-foot high mounts herman, a key route for anyone fleeing syria. and on the edge is this track, the lebanese army are down there and they'll let anybody come up or down, at the end of track which is three hours way, that lit-up ridge right there, everything i don't understand that is syria. seven months ago mohamed took that route desperate to escape horrible violence. >> translator: 95% of our village has been destroyed and the 5% that is not, i swear on the koran there is not one window pain left. >> reporter: this used to be his town. this used to be his house. syria was once filled with 10,000 people, now only 10 families are left.
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almost every day he makes a three hour trip up the mountain to collect and sole milk from ghost from syria, and then heads back to town to a home that he can barely afford. >> reporter: thank you so much for having us here and a factually that he can barely feed. this goes four family, my goodness a big family. his earnings and a small stipend for refugees supports his wife, his four sons and their four wives and his 18 grand kids. they share four rooms and one bathroom a nightmare they say compared to how they lived before the war. >> translator: life was very good. there was security. stability, life was affordable. >> reporter: today luxuries are out of the question, their clothes are hand outs. >> translator: if you were to turn me upside down and shake me, you wouldn't find $3 in my pocket. >> translator: we were living 2keu6bgly idifferently in our cd here we are being humiliated. >> reporter: and yet they feel grateful because they are safe. a granddaughter is first in her
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english class when she grows up she wants to be a soldier. >> translator: we have a lot of oppression in syria, i want to defends the oppresss. >> reporter: right now there is no one to defends them. so everyone night those families who are still trapped in in syria are desperate to get out. and every night they come out of the pitch black only their horses can see the way. they rode for eight hours. it's 1:00 a.m. she leads her four terrified children. her 12-year-old tells us he's heard shelling. we ask how loud? very, he whispers. can you tell me what you saw back in syria. >> her 13-year-old son is too traumatize today answer. she holds her three-year-old daughter, their father stayed behind. >> translator: i wasn't afraid of the trip, thank god think i am not frayed of anything but the oppression of bashar. >> reporter: the family says that they have been trying to leave for three days. but every day government planes
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bombed the track that leads here. tonight during a lull in the fighting, they made a run for it. planes bombed right behind them. the shrapnel tore a hole in the jacket worn by the 23-year-old who smuggled them across the border. >> reporter: are people targeted and are you targeted as you try and flee syria? >> translator: the tracks we bring people are on being targeted. whoever escapes escapes. whoever dies, remains where they fell. >> reporter: they hea to an uncertain future. they are this war's newest refugees one day before the election, they are voting with their feet nick schifrin, al jazerra on mount her mon, lebanon. palestinian authority president mack moved abbas has sworn in a new ube by government. it reconciles the rival factions. the new government is tasked with organizing new elections
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within six months. benjamin netanyahu has not recognized the state of israel. the king of spain has announced he will step down after almost 40 years on the thrown. in the surprise announcement king juan carlos said spain will be led by a younger generation, he will be succeeded by his son crown prince felipe. his reputation has taken a hit cellly over a corruption scandal. spain is say democracy where the royal family plays a largely symbolic role. let's head to washington, d.c. sheila mick fixer is in for joey chen tonight stands band to tell us what's coming on clem america tonight "at the top of the hour. sheila. good everything john, tonight we'll be following along with the coverage of the currents fbi manhunt. the fbi says ryan chamberlain is armed and dangerous as it is san francisco partnered is packed with explosives, but what do his
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friends say the once who claim three i know him. some say he's your average guy. but others say he may have taken a turn and claim this is ryan's way of letting people in. sarah ho hoye with an exclusive interview. >> i think that he absolutely over the past year, like probably thought about what he would do if the fbi came. and this is it, and i think he's probably not with us because i think you don't like do this and like he's making a spectacle out of the end. pure of that interview on "america tonight." seattle now the first major american city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. >> [cheering and applause] >> the city council voted just hours ago and tanya mosely is there and has details of the plan.
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tanya. >> reporter: good evening, john. it was passed as you said just a identify hours ago, the first in the nation. there are many parts of this, though, that it will be a while before folks here in the seattle area will actually see $15 an hour minimum wage, there is a phase-in process that will begin in april of 2015. i am here live with the socialist councilmember that has headed this up up. we shann on the platform of this and made it a reality along with other kahn sill members. goocouncilmembers. good evening. i know that you were very vocal about some of the things that you wanted to see in this 15-dollar an hour bill. what was left on the table? >> let's see what the ordinance will achieve first of all. 100,000 low-wage workers in seattle will be lifted out of poverty over the next 10 years and this represents a transfer of $3 billion from the hands of the rich in to the hands of the bottom most workers. this is a reversal that has been not -- not been seen in decades. it's always been a gushing up of the wealth from the bottom
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towards the bosses, to the rich. so this is a blow against in coming equality against the status quo, it was done by wokers, activists, and our grassroots campaign and the labor movement. corporations got a lot of loopholes, big business phase in and, subminimum wage for younger workers and the disabled, we don't like that, but what we have shown is that when workers get organized, we can win, we can fight back, and win and this model can be replicated everywhere in the nation. >> reporter: thank you very mu much. just do give you an idea of the lay of the land as the counsel will woman said, there are corporations of 500 or more that have up to four years to implement this with a phase in starting at $11 an hour, for those with 500 employees or less they have seven years, fine dollars an hour now a reality for seattle washington, phasing in over the next few years beginning next april. back to you, john. >> all right. as the motorcycle goes by. so what was the reaction from
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business? they had a feeling this night be coming. >> reporter: very good question. so many businesses over the last few months have been very quiet about this and some stick speculate that's because they have been working with councilmembers to phase in so it's not so hard on those that have small businesses that way they won't have to beginning say the beginning of the year hit $15 an hour right way. some of the larger corpses haven't spoke own this but they are now part of making it a reality here in se seattle. >> tanya, thanks very much. there is a nationwide manhunt underway tonight for a san francisco suspected of carrying be pollution he is i e. the fbi said the social media associate is the suspect. what can you tell us, melissa. >> reporter: john, it all started with a search warrant on saturday in to this building, this apartment complex behind me. police spent the entire day in
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chamberlain's apartment and said they found materials that could be used for an explosive. well, we came across the owner of the building and this is what he had to say about the character and what kind of person chamberlain was. >> mr. chamberlain paid his rent on time. >> reporter: very quiet individual. we have never heard very much from him. he i think as several other people interviewed who live nearby here would say that he always would say hello, but he would never strike up a conversation, always kind of kept to himself. >> reporter: and, john, just to add a bit more to that in terms of the latest, you know. apparently this morning chamberlain had an automated message sent out online to friends and family, it's an parents suicide note that referenced his many years of depression, the fact that he had lost his job, he had a broken romantic relationship and also complicated relationship with his mother. a very different picture,
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actually, from the one that it the fbi has painted which says that he is armed and dangerous and in a car in a get way car. john. >> all right. melissa chen, thank you. up next, 70 years ago he jumped from a plane on d-day. >> you can't pacify that feeling in nomady. it's a feeling that there is no other place. >> he's 93 years old. he's a veteran. he talks about a day that changed his life forever. plus the hong kong street vendor could be an endangered species.
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wind gust have been a major problem across the globe. we have a sand storm today in. this picture captured from a cell phone. record wind gusts recorded with this and four deaths. common pictures seeing trees down while people trying to carry on normal life. back in the states we are
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watching atlanta hurricane season started yesterday. we have a cluster of thunderstorms that's farther south it's actually in the eastern pacific, where hurricane season has been in effect since may 15th. this cluster of thunderstorms now classified as the first tropical did h depression and we already had a hurricane in the eastern pacific. this is tropical depression number 2e that will be spinning up a lot of rain in to central america and by the end o of next week we have the potential of seeing powerful strong weathers we are a lot of rainfall around the texas coast up and towards florida. this is a potential storm development in the gulf of mexico, watch for this, starting this coming friday. now, otherwise, the focus is here because in june, we typically get this track of hurricanes and storms moving through the gulf of mexico otherwise our big story is severe weather breaking out in the midwest. al jazerra america news continues.
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the back streets of many asian cities are known for their
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cheap and delicious streets food. but urban development is putting many vendors out of business. rob mcbride reports from hong kong. >> reporter: he has been making and serving up dim sum in the same place for 35 years. this might be his last. two years ago, his lease went up by 50%. he fears another similar rent rise or everybody worse. >> translator: many of the buildings have already been redeveloped and a lot of the old people who lived around here and were my customers have moved away. >> reporter: neverraling in the chad most gleaming office blocks, the older, traditional back streets of hong kong are increasingly being squeezed by rising rents and more expensive eateries. >> translator: they used to be lots of olds chinese restaurants here, but now there is only one. and there are no more old style cafes anymore. >> reporter: so-called street
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food stores numbered in their hundreds, when he set up this one with his father back in the 1960s. now it's one of barely 20 left, and with no interest from his children in running it, it will probably close when he finally hangs up his ladle. as old of neighborhoods have been transformed hong kong faces dilemmas as other asian cities how to develop in to a modern metropolis and maintain its heritage, given the gritty nature this is a suspension that the city won't mind losing this rough culture for good. some critics here believe the authorities have used recent food safety scares and virus out break to his unfairly target cheaper street food ou outlets. the result a vanish being heritage. >> they want a very clean city. that's why they want them to go
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away. >> reporter: local trips or just cheap eats, hong kong offers a rapidly did minutin did he minug menu. rob mcbride. apple unveiled new technology during its annual worldwide developer conference, ceo tim cook unveiled a new version of the ios operating system for iphones and ipads, the computer giant also unveiled health book an app that acts as your hub for all of your percentage health and fitness data. apple also introduce aid full-fledged hard drive in the cloud called ikhroufpld speaking of apple is ranks against the top of fortunate magazines list of america's 500 largest companies, wal-mart topped the list, exxon mobile second, followed by chevron, warren buffet's bir birk scheyer hatha. later tonight at 11:00, the newer fear of legalized
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marijuana. the problems doctors face daily in emergency rooms because of edibles. plus eye in the sky, one of the biggest police offices in the united states, the los angeles police department, prepares to employ drones to fight crime. those stories and much more at 11:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific time. 93-year-old tom backey is a veteran tear trooper who served with the u.s. army's 80 secondary born division, on june 6th, noon 44 he jumped out of a plane behind en any lines in nomady, france. just before returning to nomady for the 70th anniversary, he shared his story with us in today's report. >> we were told what the mission was the night before. on the evening of the 5th. he gave us our bridge, the brace, take it. take it before daylight. regardless of the cost.
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client germans out of the old bridge, regardless of the cost. you will hold that bridge until relieved. regardless of the cost. it was dark, no moon, no stars, nothing. when i went out of that plane i didn't see anything but bullets going by. until i hit the ground. there was a lot of firing going on, big fire and little fire, automatic weapons, rife rifles and big guns shooting at planes, we had over 500 casualty on his that bridge. no m.i.a.s and no p.o.w.s. wounded or dead. they were just young people just
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like we were. and they were -- they had a problem with the rest of europe. and they were trying to do the thing for their country. that's what we were trying to do. i want to get the feeling that i have had many times before going back to nomady. you can pacify hunger, you can pass if pacify sickness and anyr feeling that you have, but you can't pacify that feeling in nomady. it's a feeling there that is no other place. i am not a hero. i am just lucky. the heros are the ones under the white crosses. they are the heros. i am not. i am just lucky. that wasn't me under that cross. >> that's tom backey, here is an image that caught our eye tonight, our freeze frame a
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powerful reminder of devastating war in syria. two men risking their lives to rescue these young children, they are being carried out of the rubble after a strike by forces believed to be loyal to president assad. richelle has the headline coming up right after this.
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welcome to al jazerra america, i am are you shale carey, here are tonight's top stories. more questions tonight surrounding the circumstances of the release of sergeant bowe bergdahl. the idaho native was released after being held for nearly five years by the afghan taliban in exchange for five taliban leaders. some of his fellow soldiers are alleging that he deserted his post and endangering other soldiers by negotiating with the taliban. in syria, despite the 3--civil war the country is set to hold presidential elections tomorrow. government is only being held in government controlled areas. assad expected to win easily and the state department calls the election a sham. president obama left for our up on air force one about an hour ago.
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his first stop is in warsaw tomorrow morning, he will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the solidarity movement in poland. crisis in ukraine is expected today take center stage at his talks there. the president will be in europe for three days. and will also meet with leaders in belgium and france. and the obama administration is taking aim at global warming. the environmental protection agency unveiled a plan today proposal cuts to car bomb dioxide emissions from power plants. the plan would reduce emission booze i nearly a third over the next fine years. critics warn that it could raise energy prizes and cut jobs. and the city of seattle has become the first major american city to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. the city council voted for that increase today. the new wage is expected to roll out over the next seven years. 100,000 of the city's lowest paid workers, they within benefit from that vote today. those are the head lines i am rachal kerry. america tonight with joey chen is up next and you can get the
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latest news online at our website, so be sure to check out >> on "america tonight": imprisoned by the taliban. sergeant bergdahl finally freed. >> i'm so looking forward to seeing your face after these last five and a half years, long long years. >> it took a highs profile prisoner swafn. swap. was the price too steep? >> we took the steps necessary to send him home. >> and a town long been divided. >> shots fired. >> cell phone video captured this