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british prime minister david cameron says the country will hunt down the islamic state group after it claimed responsibility for beheading british aid worker david haines. david cameron says he's prepared to take action to counter the threat from i.s. >> david has been murdered in the most callous and brutal way imaginable, by an organization that is the embody. of evil. we'll hunt those responsible and bring them to justice. they are not muslims, they are monsters. emma haywood has more on the british reaction on the beheading of david haines. >> david haines spent more than a decade carrying out work around the world. last year he went to syria, was kidnapped and ended up in i.s.
hands. on saturday his family reached out to those holding him. the group, now in control of large swathes of land in northern iraq responded by releasing a video of his murder, saying it was in direct response to britain's support for kurdish military forces in the north. condemnation came quickly, from the u.k. and the u.s. britain's prime minister convened an emergency meeting of his ministers, describing david haines as a british hero, and i.s. as the embody. of evil. he reaffirmed britain's commitment to fighting the i.s. group. >> the murder of david haines will not lead britain to shirk withal lies to deal with the threat in i.s. poses. it will strengthen our resolve. >> reporter: david cameron was clear, he'll do what it takes to defeat i.s.
at the moment it's in the form of logistical support and helping to arm forces trying to repel i.s. there's con certain for the fate -- concern for the fate of a second british officer. david haines killing comes after the beheading of two journalists. muslim groups in britain condemned the violence. >> i'm appalled by this barbaric act of criminalology, and appalled that this is down in the name of my faith, and what we should recognise is that i.s.i.s. is not islamic, there's nothing islamic about it. >> the u.n. says the i.s. group is responsible for murder, torture, and persecution. thousands have been forced to flee the areas the group has taken over. david han's brother says -- hayne's brother says he was and
is loved and will be missed. >> my first reaction could be one of hatred. but my brother's life was not about hatred. it was of love for all men. the humanitarian group that david haines worked for called it a barbaric crime and were outraged. >> we are deeply appalled and horrified by the as sass nationful david haines, we -- assassination of david haines. we strongly condemn the action. >> australia joins the coalition. he has received a formal request. >> this is an international coalition not simply something that is an american-australian operation. so far there is a number of countries, western and middle eastern, that have indicated
that they are prepared to contribute to military operations inside iraq. >> australia will sent 600 military personal and eight f-18 super-hornets, but will not deploy combat troops. many believe they are expanding operations and not just in the middle east. we have this report from manila. >> several armed groups from the southern philippines pledged allegiance to the islamic state. a commander for a group blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in the philippines vowed allegiance in a video clip uploaded on the internet. another movement called for an alliance, vowing to continue its pursuit of an islamic state. >> there are also reports that about 100 filipinos were recruited for training in syria and iraq, something that the philippine military denied. >> the most powerful movement
haas condemned fighters in syria and iraq, vowing to stop the spread. it was said that it is seen as vital to stop the influence of the islamic state in the son philippines. >> we condemn it, the barr baration. >> reporter: many believe as long as there's no cross-training between the islamic state and members of these groups, not much is expected to change in terms of influence and how they operate in the min den ou region. >> if there are people feeling marginalised and feel that their grievances are not addressed in the normal politics in a
peaceful way, they could, indeed, be radicalized. that's why the moro islamic front said that the peaceful negotiation of theirs is the best inoculation against islamic state. min den ou has been plagued by armed rebellion for decades. filipino muslims have a history of taking part in conflict in the middle east. >> still, there's no known evidence of any direct interaction between the islamic state, and armed groups. although authorities admit they need to be vigilant, one never nose what seeds may be planted, especially when grievances in the southern philippines are unaddressed. white house officials hit the sunday talk shows, firming president obama's plans for the islamic state group. >> reporter: the secretary of state is in paris ahead of a
meeting to show solidarity with president obama's strategy to defeat i.s. much in an interviewer recorded in cairo on saturday, john kerry insisted a meaningful coalition has been assembled. >> i'm encouraged to hear from all of the people about their readiness and willingness to participate. i can tell you that we have countries in this region, countries outside of this region, in addition to the united states, all of whom are prepared to engage in military assistance, in actual strikes if that is what it rears. >> anonymous state department officials have gone further saying the u.s. was advocating caution as arab nations called for volunteers. >> whether it will ease concerns in the u.s., will have to be seen. 70% lack confidence this president obama achieving goals
of degrating and destroying i.s. 62% of those asked supported the president's decision to take action in iraq and syria. it needs to be put into context. when americans are asked about pressing issues facing the u.s., and are not given answers, they respond the economy, immigration, unemployment - 6% in a gallop poll said foreign policy, 3% rock. when asked what success against i.s. would look like, this is what the white house chief of staff said on sunday. >> success looks like an i.s.i.s. that no longer threatens our friends or the united states. it can't accumulate followers or threaten muslims in syria, iraq or otherwise. that is what it is. >> white house officials admit that such success is not expected for many, many years. one of the strategic gains
made by the islamic state of iraq and levant is the capture of mosul city. kurdish forces are on the outskirts making attempts to reclaim it. john hendren is on the front lines with the kurdish army and sends us this report. >> from a strategic mountain above villages held by the islamic state group, kurdish troops are poised for a push towards mosul. islamic state fighters no longer fire back. movements are punished by mortar strikes, like this one. in a 3-hour battle peshmerga troops captured zer tech mountains, and they bombarded villages below, left empty by christians and yaz eedies, who fled before the fighters arrived. >> this is sheikh amir village. this is the i.s., armed i.s., inside the village there. they bombarded here, but no longer have the capability.
now the peshmerga are on the front line and feeling great. >> a city of 2 million, mosul is the iraqi capital. as mosul goes, commanders say so goes the war for iraq. >> this is the forward-most point for peshmerga in iraq. in the near ground that is bartela, a christian town held by the islamic state group, and beyond it is mosul itself. >> commanders say they are waiting op an order to push -- an order to push through to the fortified bavton of the islamic state of iraq and levant. first, they want more american air strikes and arms. >> translation: we need weapons, support, outside help. we need every kind of help because we are poor people. tell them. >> translation: the islamic state is a cancer. they'll take every country if you don't push them out. they will take everything. it's better to destroy them as
soon as approximately. >> the peshmerga say they are nearly ready for what could be a decisive battle in the war against the islamic state, or to use the arabic acronym, dash. >> it's a matter of time before we throe out dash, out of iraq. >> reporter: with mosul nearly in their sights, time is a commodity that peshmerga have in short supply. iraq's ministry of defense says it received russian mi 28 helicopters to be used in an offensive against the islamic state group. the two countries announced a deal in june, seeing russia supply iraq with attack helicopters and jets. it can carry out guided missile strikes. it's unclear how many aircraft russia delivers. the u.n. says fighting in iraq displaced 1 million iraqis.
valerie ammos, humanitarian chief, says the country faces a serious situation. >> the influx created a massive shelter crisis, with half of the families sheltering in parks, highways, ungshed buildings, reliage -- unfinished buildings, religious buildings and schools. >> 650 schools in the north of iraq is sheltering families, causing thousands to miss classes. we have an update on breaking news. libyan authorities say a boat carrying 250 migrants sunk off the city of tejora, according to a spokesman with the libyan navy, many of the passengers died. 26 have been rescued. we'll bridge you more details -- bring you more details on that. there's another fore, the italian coast guard says it rescued 95 migrants on another
boat that set sail from benghazi, heading for the island of lampedusa. passengers were mostly from syria, and included 21 children. a u.s. citizen has been sentenced to six years hard laboring by -- labour by a north korean court. he was accused of entering illegally. he tore up a tourist visa upon arriving in pyongyang. the court denied him an appeal. the trial of jeffrey fowl is behaved to start soon. he is accused of league a bible in a hotel room. despite a ceasefire resident say several people were injured after homes were damned by shelling. a ceasefire between ukraine, russia and pro-russian separatists - but our correspondent explains artillery
fire can be heard near the donetsk airport. >> this is the second day we hear heavy artillery fire landing in the vicinity of the donetsk airport. ukranians claimed armed forces holed up in the airport repelled an attack on it by pro-russian rebels, and so far this morning, we were told that there has been at least one casualty as a result of exchanges of gun fire and artillery fire between the sites. we have not been able to confirm that. have been hearing that some shells landed in residential areas, between railway station, and the airport behind me. >> six months after crimea reunified with russia, they are voting in a first election. there are reports that there has been campaign bias towards the ruling party, led by president vladimir putin. in thabo sefolasha, they were
forced to register membership with the united russia party. several observers from an independent voting monitor says they were not allowed to enter polling stations. the u.n. is preparing to take over peacekeeping efforts in the central african republic tomorrow. over 5,000 have been killed and fighting between christians and muslims there. the number is higher than the ones reported last april, causing concerns that the mission may be coming too late. we have more. >> this is the abandoned base of the rebels who kill two of clarice's children. we met her in hospital in november. recovering from a bullet wound. her family was hiding in the hut when fighters from the armed group opened fire. they killed women and children. seleka withdrew from the town, leaving behind a community
consumed by hate. >> since i lost my two children, i have been in mourning. i miss them so much. muslims killed my family. if i see one muslim, i feel like taking out revenge. >> when seleka fled, so did many muslims. they were victims, targeted by anti-balaka, a maybe christian armed group. some families have come back. french soldiers controlled their neighbourhood. they want to show they aren't taking sides. france does not want to say here in big numbers for too long, saying its presence prevented a genocide. now things are getting better. >> reporter: >> translation: i can under that central africans are in a hurry. things have got off to a good start. peace and normality has been
found once again. >> reporter: in bangui, the united nations peacekeeping force of thousands is preparing to head out to strategic locations across the country. it will have a strong mandate to protect civilians, and powers to arrest criminals. it will not be as mobile and well equipped as this french army. >> the soldiers worked alongside the u.n. peacekeepers, and start to withdraw from the remote areas and back to bangui. they brought a sense of security to parts of the region. many here don't just want peace, they want justice too. >> the crimes committed in the up to have been repeated across the country. many people are carrying deep psychological wounds. for now, clarice is not interested in reconciliation, she wants revenge for the children she'll never get to hold again.
schools reopen in gaza after a summer break extended by weeks because of blood shed and destruction. half a million palestinian children returned to classes. many had to make their way to a new school, because the last was destroyed by shelling. nick spicer reports from gaza. >> there are 1,300 girls that returned to the u.n. run girls schools. i have been talking to the headmaster here. she tells me for the first three weeks or so of the new year, because of the war, they'll do a psychological assessment of the girls. there's a feeling that a lot were traumatized. we though that one was killed during the war and a number injured, for the first weeks or so there'll be a lot of activities involving art, sport and entertainment in a bid to figure out how deeply affected
the girls are. the students have come to their classes. what they are doing here is playing games, getting to know each other on the first day of school, trying to relax their minds before classes start properly. as you can see, there's an overcrowding in the classroom. there's 49 students here, bear in mind 26 schools are closed, and led to shelters. this school in particular is expecting a lot more students. 76 u.n. schools across gaza were damaged during the war. it's worth remembering the situation was different. the u.n. says it had plans to build 100 u.n. schools, it was made difficult by the siege. by getting materials, building materials across the border. now, the war made things even
more difficult in trying to get a good education, for literally hundreds of thousands of students across the gaza strip. >> charles stratford reporting. still ahead clinton returns to iowa, and another sign that she'll be running for president. also... >> i'm andy gallagher in los angeles. the new school year starts. for the first time in america's history, white students will be in the minority.
a big day in iowa, hillary clinton is there for the first time since her defeat in the iowa caucuses in 2008. she and bill clinton are appearing at senator hawkins last fundraiser. libby casey reports. >> reporter: former first lady, former secretary of state electrified the crowd at the sustaining fry. >> hello iowa. i'm back. >> reporter: now, it may be big
news for the crowd that hillary clinton is here in iowa. she was all business in honouring retiring senator tom parkin, for whom the event was thrown for, and doing stumping for democratic candidates. >> in just 50 days, iowans have a choice to make, a choice and a chance. a choice between the guardians of gridlock, and the champions of shared opportunity and shared prosperity. a chance to elect leaders who will carry on tom hashingins legacy. >> this is hillary clinton's first visit to iowa since 2008, when she came in a crushing third place in the iowa caucuses putting her presidential run on the skids. she called it excruciating. the fact that she is back after all these years is telling ians
that she is -- iowans that she is interested in what they are doing and saying. she's not declaring whether she's running for president until next year. supporters created a superpack called ready for hillary. there are presence in 99 counties, raising more than $4 million nationally, and are trying to show iowans that hillary can do better and show the secretary of state that there's a big base in iowa ready to support her. american schools has seen an hist iing change. for the first time, white students are in the minority. andy gallagher reports from los angeles. californians know a thing or two about demographic change. 70% of all pupils are hispanic, leading to a so-called minority. this principal worked in l.a.
for 24 years, saying it made for a great teaching environment. los angeles is a melting pot. i've been privileged to give an education to the children i served. they have given me an education. los angeles has seen seismic changes, since 1997, the number of hispanic students has doubled to 13 million, and the number of asian students grew to 2.are 5 million, a jump of 46%. this is a watershed moment not just for state schools, but the country. the education system here is slow to adopt to change. state schools have been seg re kated. black and his bannic students have less access to things like mathematics and science courses. >> that means real challenges ahead. >> we should worry about two things at least. one is we should worry about how
effectively the diverse majority asame lates into american life and culture. and, two, how effectively they participate in our economy, and democracy. if neither of those things happened, the united states should worry about its status and stature, competitiveness and leadership globally. >> reporter: it's not just the u.s. fating big change. the professor says similar trends are happening in developed countries across the world. all countries are struggling to manage the following predicament. how do we reinvent the social contract when the generations look so different. >> the pace of change in state schools is set to continue in years to come. by the time the children
graduate. there'll be less white children than now. a reflection of how the classroom will look in years to come still ahead - a history lesson that haunts the union of scotland and britain. in germany, a promise of security for a small but growing jewish population. you are watching al jazeera america.
welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at your top stories, hillary clinton is in iowa, for the first time since her defeat in the 2008 iowa caucus, she and bill clinton are appearing at senator hashingins last fund-raiser, her appearance raising speculation that she'll run for president. she said she will not announce her decision until early next year. >> fighting between eastern ukraine between pro-russian rebels and kiev. the fighting is concentrated
near the airport. several were injured when shelling destroyed homes. david cameron vows to hunt down i.s. groups after the beheading of british aid work are david haines. david cameron said it was an act of evil. >> the very name of the group was said to be offensive to islam. in an alert sent to david cameron, they said: the president of the islamic society of britain is one of the people that signed the letter. >> i think lots of organizations and individuals across the british communities, muslim and otherwise, are working together in order to highlight the very
un-islamic nature of an organization that calls itself the islamic state, and is in its actions closer to an un-islamic state. lots of organizations and individuals issued staples, created a lot of projects and campaigns, where they came together to show each other and wider society that there is nothing theo logically sound about the actions of the group. >> do you think the beheadings have an impact on young british people, men, mostly, who want to go off as jihadists, and join the i.s. group. >> anyone that feels an inspiration or aspiration to join a group like this, will join in the acts of murder and pillage, can safely be in the knowledge that this is not anything to do with their faith. if the inspiration comes from their faith, that can be disqualified immediately. a lot of people who feel that
this organization hijacked the name of islam, are shocked by the murderous activities of what, essentially, are thugs. for other people, men or women, to join a group like this, from britain or anywhere else in the world is something we do not ipp courage in the -- encourage in the slighters. >> the british security service believe up to 500 brit ans have travelled to the region and are worried about their return as radicalized young men. what are leaders such as yourself doing to stop this radicalization. >> that's true. there are fears by the family, not just the security services, often who know nothing about the activities of the young people, until the security services knock on the door and tell them that their son or daughter left the country and has gone to, of all places, where there is civil
war and anarchy, places like syria and iraq, where the young people cause nothing but confusion in a chaotic and awful situation. groups like imams online, our own organization, and the coalition of people that signed a letter to the prime minister today, other organizations include the council of britain, have all taken actions, by making statements and issuing edicts as to the anti or un-islamic nature of the group. >> let me get a final thought. do you think there's a chorus of rejections by british muslims, and is the message of rejection loud enough and getting through? >> that's a good question. we never know if things are loud enough. there's no litmus test. lots of organizations are
talking about the issue, mosques, individual personalities that are shocked by what is happening. what we need to do is more of that, of course. we need to work together as societies - muslim or otherwise. it makes no difference. what is happening here affects us all, putting us all at risk of the the chorus of voices needs to increase, and it needs to be more collaborative. >> that was the president of the islamic society of britain. a fourth doctor in sierra leone has died from the bowl re virus, hours after the world health organisation said it could not evacuate her to europe. more than 300 health workers have become affected with ebola in sierra leone, guinea and liberia. half have died. liberia's president today fired 10 officials for not returning to the country during the ebola crisis. >> the democracy movement in
hong kong continues. hundreds of marchers filled the streets, wearing black t-shirts and carrying black banners to mark disappointment. last month beijing ruled only government-sanctioned candidates could one for office in the 2017 election. today, scottish voters will decide whether to leave their union with england. elements of histy are used before and against. one is the battle that ended scottish hope of throwing off british rule. lawrence lee has more about that. 16 i'll 1746 will find the two armies deployed facing each other here on col odd 'em moore. >> the tortured relationship between the english and the scots may go back hundreds of years. the fascination remains. this is the moore, where a good
40 years after the union, there was a terrible battle over the years that followed. the english army set about destroying communities to break the will of the rebels. >> that was the beginning of the pacification of the highlands. it was a systematic dismantling of the highland way of life. >> colotton and its defeat of the forces of the scottish prince charles was the beginning of the end of the nationalist struggle. whatever the people say now, it's clear that the union of england and scotland was by no means a marriage of like minds, and the guerilla war by the highland scots carried on for half a century. the union was in the interests of the english arist okay rahsy, who wanted to protect their
protestant culture from a takeover by europe at any cost. the people and economies of england and scotland merged. scottish nationalists say it is the english, not they, who betrayed the principles of the union. >> there's a sentiment, i wouldn't deny it. there's also been a feeling that unions no longer deliver. when they don't deliver, it's seen as an agreement which can be, you know, re netted, changed or -- negotiated, changed or ended. the rest of the u.k. can see it as a change of thinks. >> down south in england, many horrified that scots want to turn their back on the marriage. these people have travelled around the city, getting scots to sign a petition. >> when you live on an island, is it better to join with each other and make decisions that
affect you. or is it better to reanimate an arbitrary line by two warlords. people on different sides of that line are a part of different bodies politics. >> whether scots see themselves as scottish or british is a key part of the decision. the old enemy is never far away. after all, the scottish anthem "flower of scotland" remembers those that beat the english army at the battle af balockburn, and every scot knows the words. >> we'll focus on the vote and implications tonight in "the week ahead". that's 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific. >> the jewish museum of belgium opened its doors, four months after a gunman killed four people. a bronze plaque in memory of the
victims hangs on a wall by the entrance. the suspected gunman was captured in june and is awaiting trial. before the shooting he had spent a year fighting with the rebels in syria. angela merkel says anti-semitism will not be tolerated in today's germany, and spoke at a massive rally, a massive show of support for germany's jewish community. nick spicer reports from berlin. >> reporter: a turn out in the low thousands, but the mood, unified, resolute and defiant. angela merkel spoke at the request of the turkish community, alarmed at a number of attacks on people and property over the summer, including molotov cocktails thrown at a sippa going -- synagogue. >> today, more than 100,000 jews live in germany is a miracle, it is a gift. it feels me with gratitude.
people today are assaulted, threatened and attacked as they reveal themselves to be jewish or side with israel is a scandal. i will not accept it. >> reporter: anti-semitism is a painful subject in germany because of the painful legacy of the holocaust. successive governments fought hard against it through hate speech - it's illegal to show nazi symbols, and education. of late the focus has shifted. it was on the margin of demonstrations like this one, agages the war on gaz yes, and for an -- gaza, and for an independent palestine, that some were heard chanting jews to the gas chamber. nothing near a rallying cry, but the words shocked and hurting. >> i came because it's important to show solidarity with the
jewish people, especially considering the german history. >> there were israeli flags. main german jews said being pro israel shouldn't mean you'd get beaten up. >> translation: the situation in germany is tense, and many of us are afraid because the anti-semitism and hate red against jews is spreading. in fact, hate red against jews never disappeared. now it is more mainstream. >> reporter: the reality of daily life for the slowly growing jewish community is this: 24/7 protection at signa gogs, jew -- synagogues, jewish bakeries and book stores - even when things are calm in the mid east. angela merkel wants a germany where that is no longer necessary. >> still ahead - they are slower and quieter than gas-powered cousins, electric cars are racing the grand prix in china.
200 years ago baltimore harbour was filled with british warships bombarding fort mchenry, dozens of tall ships sailed into the harbour, to celebrate that and the "star spangled banner." the public system in seattle is feeling a pinch. officials say they need to raise prices or cut services. now they are offering a two-tire system. allen schauffler hops on the bus to find out how that would work. >> we'll take number one bus. >> reporter: we took the give
with county executive dal constant even on the road. >> there's always a debate whether fares should be higher. or whether there should be none at all. >> reporter: king county is going both direction with a low fair of $1.50, and fares for richer riders $3.25 for rich riders. >> a classic move saying you folks need to ride the bus, ride it for $1.50. >> that is part of it. this is a community that wants to make sure everyone has a chance. >> reporter: it could benefit 100,000 riders with numbers below 23,340. they'll get payment good for buck 50 rides and could save more than $500 a year. is this redistribution. >> it's not just about altruism. this is about economic development. we need to make sure workers can
get to work. and there's economic opportunity. >> in a system that had five fare hikes this five years, price is sensitive. showing in this debate with a rider paying higher prices. >> the folks will not be able to ride, they don't have enough money to ride the bus. >> i know, but i have bills, mortgage... >> that's true for most riders. if we don't raise the fares, we have to capsel services. >> reporter: san francisco is the only metropolitan area with a two-tired system, with 20,000 buying half-priced fare cards. in king county it could cost 7-9 million, and more for administrative start-up costs. we are eliminating routs and withouting back services. there's pressure for money. we have to make it cheaper.
it seems counterintuitive. >> not everyone has the money to afford the fares we have arrived at. we need them to bring in the revenue. although that is not as much as others pay. it's additional revenue into the system, more than if they were price the out of riding the bus. >> there was no vote, it came out of a county cans committee. new fairs start in march. king county officials between 45,000 to 100,000 commuters will be eligible for the reduced rates. the first electric race cars are hitting the track in one of the world's most polluted cities, as adrian brown reports from beijing, it's hoped that the formula e will promote green technology. >> reporter: in the race to protect the environment. china has been in the slow lane. this shows a change of gear as
battery powered racing cars make a debut on saturday. >> beijing is the capital of the biggest car market in the world, china, a place we can make a change happen. they are fighting pollution here and promoting electric cars. we thought it was the rite place for us to make a correction to that evidence. >> reporter: these cars don't quite hit the same top seeds of formula 1, travelling no more than 225 k/hr. it's a lot quieter as well. this is one of the two female drivers. >> it is something that can be complimentary to formula 1, something that is taking care of the environment, so we are talking about motor sport in a different way. >> there are other differences. all teams race identical cars, and each driver has to change vehicles when the battery runs out. they are trying to develop one
that lasts an hour. it's glycerine, safe, i'm assured. the chemical, a by-product of biodiesel fuels giant generators that charge the batteries, ensuring the cars produce zero emissions. organizers say they are not trying to compete with formula 1, but in anyway ways are rewriting the rule book of motor racing seeing just about everything to do with the event is new. >> the event was staged at the olympic park where the 2008 games were held. most of the people here are from the chinese middle class, the group likely to buy a battery-operated car. some are not won over by the green technology. >> i might consider buying a shekinna stricklen car. there's not enough buying stations. i will consider getting such a car in the future. it's too expensive now. petrol cars cost less.
>> exhaust fumes from the cars are responsible. the skies were clearer than usual, but it was uphealthy to be out. much of the technology on display is expensive and in its infancy. >> there are many things with cars that we need to improve. price is one. technology. with competitions like formula e, it's how you improve sec mollingy. china wants to put 5 million electric cars on the road by 2020. pakistani officials are demolishing dykes, hoping to redirect flooding rivers away from cities. flash flooding is effecting
2 million people. pakistani troops are doing helicopter, to rescue those in need. it's a daunting task. >> this is the biggest relief camp in the vicinity. more than 6,000 are staying here. many are not rescued. we are providing blankets, life jackets, boats are sent to homes with food, water and the required thing. we are running a medical camp in way people have been treated. >> an estimated 300 died in punjab as a result of the flooding. there's concern in california about a storm that could bring flooding to the south-west and help firefighters in california. rebecca stevenson has that and the rest of the forecast coming up on al jazeera america.
firefighters stopped the spread of a wildfire that covered 250 acres in northern california. dozens of families had to leave their homes, the evacuation orders have been lifted. two dozen homes have been damaged by the flames, and there's two square miles. that fire is 20% contained this afternoon. united states has two extremes on one side, one 15 degrees normal, 15 degrees cooler than normal. record heat in california. temperatures soaring into the upper 90s, a record set for canmario, san berg and other areas 100 degrees. warnings and advisories continuing for the heat
tomorrow. it's not going anywhere soon, it's hot, dry, windy. and soaring into the north-west. tracking up to seattle, and in to vancouver. you can see the heat, but the dry, hot windy conditions are a big concern for fire starts. we are so tinter dry here that all you need is the bark. we are watching closely. across the rockies, temperatures 15 below normal. it was a chilly start for the folks at the canadian border. in oklahoma temperatures are cooler that normal. we are seeing high temperatures hit 62 for bismark. that is a cool start. we have some spots getting the first frost of the season, montreal to albany, it will be a school beginning to monday, and high temperatures staying below normal. all eyes on category 3 hurricane
odeal tracking into the baja peninsula. tomorrow we expect heavy rainfall, bringing in mudslides. and we'll watch for the high winds as well. >> thank you. yazidic jewish women follow strict rules in regards to clothing and men. two women are making their mark in the music scene in new york. more from brooklyn. >> you are out of breath. >> reporter: dalia is not an average rock star. a single mother of four boys, she is an hazeddic jew living in brooklyn. >> i lost my husband. i brought my children here to start afresh. i wasn't thinking about how to start amends. i started to get calls, and this
was a call. >> reporter: dalia says the connection with 28-year-old peril wolf was significant. >> that's it. we'll have symbols, right. >> >> reporter: in 2011 they formed bulletproof rock, an all-girl hazeddic rock group. >> there's a running joke about hazeddic women, people on the outside who see women as wearing super opaque stockings, and so opaque they call them but et proof. >> in addition, the women wear wigs and dress modestly to keep with the jewish law, and recorded their first album in 2012, and have been rising in the new york scene since. >> the group started out playing small concerts, as the popularity grew, they took the stage at larger and larger venues. >> this was packed in a recent night for a show. there were no me in site.
[ singing ] >> reporter: >> reporter: in keeping with jewish law forbidding men hearing women outside the family singing live, bulletproof stocki stocking performs for women only. >> this is nothing to do with men. men are great. women are great. there's not many places for women do go and rock out by themselves. >> reporter: rock out they did. [ singing ] >> reporter: women of all ages and bgds danced and sang to the moody lyrics, mixed with traditional melodies. for peril that's what it's all about. we are not doing this because we have a need to be rock stars, but we have a need to stair the gift we have been given with the world in a positive way.
bulletproof stocking. we will not forget the name. i'm richelle carey, "america tonight" is next. be sure to visit the website for news and updates. go to aljazeera.com. thanks for you time. >> on america tonight, the weekend edition, the blade runner's biggest challenge, after a lifetime of racing through hurdles, olympian oscar pistorius faces a trial he can't run from. >> i fired four shots at the door. my ears were ringing. i couldn't hear anything. i sat over reeva and i cried. >> a verdict in the death of his glamorous