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>> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to experts about people and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. >> in just two hours, jury selection begins in the trial of suspected boston marathon bomber dzhokar tsarnaev. the legal battle and how it's being handled. >> weather problems still causing problems for crews trying to find victims and black boxes from airasia flight 8501. what may have actually taken down the plane in a new theory. >> some of the cold effort
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temperatures of the season, the wind chill makes it feel like 50 below zero in some places. >> an icy attraction bringing people straight to china. we will tell you about a winter wonderland that really comes to life when the sun goes town. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm morgan radford. >> 20 months after the boston marathon bombing attacks, jury selection begins today in the federal trial of suspect dzhokar tsarnaev. he could be put to death if found guilty. >> the bombings left three dead and hundreds injured, he is also accused of killing an m.i.t. officer. >> the defense said they haven't been given enough time. what can we expect this morning in boston, john? >> a long, drawn-out process is what you can expect. there is a lot of work to do even before we get around to opening arguments. we can take you straight to the courthouse in boston. the judge defense and prosecution have their work cut
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out. they have to sift through a pool of more than 1200 names as they try to select 12 jurors and six alternates. it could take a while. testimony in the trial now not expected to start until next month. tsarnaev has been in federal custody awaiting trial since april, 2013. [ explosion ] >> no one watching or near the finish line of the boston marathon in 2013 understood what had just happened. a gas explosion electrical fault? a second explosion 12 seconds after the first and everyone knew. boston's iconic sporting event was under attack. the youngest victim, 8-year-old martin richard had been cheering on runners just inches from the second bomb. crystal campbell, 29 and lindsey lu also died that day. 260 people were injured. heather was catapulted into a
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restaurant injuring her left leg. it had to be onlypute tated. >> my foot felt like it was on fire and i was afraid to look at it. people were just trampling running by me. >> piecing together what happened took law enforcement the better part of a week. the f.b.i. released surveillance video showing two suspects with backpacks they're the scene of each blast. police identified them as tamerlan tsarnaev and dzhokar tsarnaev. that evening m.i.t. policeman sean collier was shot and killed allegedly when the tsarnaevs tried to rob him of his gun. later, a black s.u.v. was highjacked and for 90 minutes they forced the owner to stay with them as they drove around the city.
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the owner escaped as a gas station and called police. by tracking the stolen vehicle police cornered the tsarnaev brothers in the boston suburb of watertown. [ gunfire ] >> a firefight ensued and both brothers injured. the police grabbed tamerlan, but dzhokar tsarnaev stole the s.u.v. it is reported he drove over his brother. tamerlan tsarnaev died. police were told to stay home and only answer the door to a policeman. law enforcement found dzhokar tsarnaev in this winterized boat. dzhokar was arrested. authorities found a note that said the bombings were revenge for u.s. actions in iraq and afghanistan. we muslims are one body.
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you hurt one of us, you hurt us all. >> tsarnaev has pled not guilty to all charges. judy clark is his attorney and has saved other high profile clients from the death penalty. we expect tsarnaev to be in court today. he is entitled to be there throughout the jury selection process. defense attorneys like showing their clients with a suit and haircut. it helps. >> coming up, we'll talk to a former federal prosecutor joining us live to talk about whether or not tsarnaev can get a fair trial in boston. >> prosecutors are asking for life in prison in a sentencing today in new york city. the muslim cleric was convicted in may on federal terrorism charges and found guilty of providing support to a group in yemen that kidnapped western tourists in 1998. that operation led to the deaths of four hostages.
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the 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old in new york city led to a national movement to help find missing children. today, jury selection gets underway in the murder trial of his accused killer, 53-year-old pedro hernandez. defense attorneys say he falsely confessed to killing him in 2012 because he's mentally ill. >> the search for that missing arab asia flight resumed in the jar have a sea. 37 bodies have been recovered. that jet had 162 onboard. it is difficult to find the main parts of the plane due to weather. ever they made anymore progress this morning since morning? >> we're hearing some reports that the weather maybe a little better today but we're not hearing about any major progress. the search continues in those waters. the main focus recovering the bodies and the plane's black
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boxes. >> the bodies of more victims of the air asia plane crash arrived in indonesia this morning. divers are combing the sea looking for wreckage and flight recorders. bad weather and murky water near the ocean floor has made that search difficult. >> we will not give in to the operation areas environment which could be windy and the waves strong. the teams are working hard, ignoring their own safety. >> sonar identified several large objects believed to be part of the fuse luge. a contingent of planes and ships from around the world are helping with the search, including the american navy ship the u.s.s. fort worth using a special piece of sonar equipment that can map the ocean floor. >> this is our sea scan. this is using different kill
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hurts of sonar. we can find things as small as a golf ball or something as big as an airplane. >> a new theory is offered saying icing likely caused engine damage to cause the crash. indonesian authorities grounded all flights saying the airline did not have a permit to fly that route on sundays. the indonesian military announced today it will take family members to the search site. >> we will take them to the locations or search points for them to pay their respects. i believe by visiting locations they may be able to ease the feeling of sadness or loss.
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>> what the indonesian military is saying is family members will get on a naval ship, go out to the search area, will be able to drop flower wreaths for their loved ones. they hope if they get a very tougher look at the firsthand conditions searchers are dealing with, they will have a better appreciation fortress skew efforts out there on the water. >> what can he tell us about reports this morning that some of the pieces found in the water may not be part of the plane after all? >> they ever found what they think are five large pieces of debris and the initial report was they hoped were from the air craft. a piece of that may be from some ship wreckage in the area. until they really get down and get a good look, which has been so tough with zero visibility under the water they just don't know what they have. >> lisa stark, thank you very much. >> former ntsb board member john
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will join us on the theory of the crash and if there is enough evidence to support it. >> authorities in vietnam confirmed the death of a captain and deputy of a norwegian cargo ship. their bodies were identified today. that boat sank traveling from malaysia to china. more than a dozen crew members are still missing. the cook is the only known survivor. it is still not clear why that ship went down. >> off the coast of scotland, another cargo ship capsized this week. eight are debted after an extensive search failed to find them. the coast guard suspended the search last night. the boat carrying cement is now completely underwater. >> a suicide bomb be rattling somalia. >> no one in the convoy was hurt but at least five civilians were killed. al shabab maybe retaliating after the u.s. recently killed some of its leaders. >> the hand of al shabab in a
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daring attack near the heavily fortified international airport in the somali capitol. >> i was shocked by the size of the blast. >> the target was a moving convoy of u.s.-trained special forces. in the end the victims were mostly pedestrians walking along the road. >> two security forces vehicles were chasing the suicide bomber, one drove in front of the ant at high speed then the bomber blew himself up in the middle of the cars. >> this is the latest in a wave of al shabab attacks across somalia. on christmas day gunman penetrated the base, seen as one of the most secure places in mogadishu. last week, an army checkpoint was ambushed. the uptick in violence is believed to be retall atory. in september a u.s. air strike
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killed the group's leader. last week, another chief was killed. >> the hope is the leaders who remain the mindset will be maybe we need to talk, maybe we need to push or agenda through political means, rather than warfare. >> warfare is the present reality and al shabab is showing no signs of backing down. >> the blast was close to the international airport which is where african union troops, united nations staff and several western embassies are located. >> a u.s. health care worker exposed to ebola in sierra leone is in a hospital in nebraska, the patient testing positive for ebola. officials say they are taking every precaution. more than 8,000 people have now died from the ebola outbreak in west africa. we'll have a live report in our next hour.
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>> meanwhile, more than 100 u.s. soldiers are now back from deployment to west africa. they've helped to build treatment centers for ebola patients. the soldiers will be watched closely for 21 days at an isolated base in washington. >> police have discovered the body of a baby girl who was abducted from a home in long beach, california. the infant's mother, father and uncle were shot on saturday. the three duties all survived the shooting, but it's not exactly clear who pulled the trigger. the body of the three-week-old was found sunday in a dumpster behind a strip malin san diego county. no word yet on the cause of death. >> the sports world mourning the passing of espn anchor stuart scott, who died from cancer. >> the brother who strides up court like this after bringing down the house. >> scott made his debut in 1993 and became famous for catch phrasing for home runs.
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an emotional staffer broke the news sunday morning. >> in the past seven years as he fought cancer, we saw why he lived for his daughters taylor and sydney. so today we choose not to say that stuart lost to cancer at the age of 49. instead, we'll simply say that we all lost stuart. >> president obama also a stuart scott fan saying he entertained us and in the end he inspired us with courage and love. morgan radford also a stuart scott fan. >> and friend. he was a special one. >> wind chills are a major issue today across the country. in some cases it could feel like 50 below zero. >> kevin is taking a look at the temperatures across the country. >> minus 50 below zero feeling on the skin. very dangerous situation there. right now temperatures across the north to minneapolis is at
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minus 10. i'll show you the wind chills in just a moment. i want to show you the snow situation that we saw across milwaukee. take a look at the video that we have across the region. now, just in the last two days, they saw about 4.5 inches of snow. in december, they only saw a half inch of snow, which was one of the dryette decembers they have seen on record. unfortunately, they are going to be seeing more snow, as well as that very, very cold air that is coming into place. this is what we're looking at now. take a look at the current temperatures thunder bay minus 22 bismarck minus 12 degrees. you factor in the wind chill and this is what we're dealing with. minus 21 in thunder bay minus 21 degrees wind chill in parts of south dakota. we expect to see very, very low wind chills, minnesota the u.p. of michigan. this is going to continue until noon today when temperatures go up slightly. we are going to be seeing very,
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very cold air make its way across the great lakes. today, it is the northern plains tomorrow across the great lakes. the next day, it is going to be with us. >> waiting until noon for a bit of a reprieve. kevin, thanks so much. >> jury selection beginning this morning in the boston marathon trial. >> the defense has tried to move the case out of the city where the attack struck such an emotional chord. we will talk about whether he can get a fair trial. >> a protest ban turned violent. why people took to the streets despite government warnings. >> hundreds of rescue workers searching for signs of life in a landslide in china. >> today's big number, what it reveals about how americans are investing their money. stay tuned.
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>> today's big number, $216 billion that's the record amount of investments flowing into the vanguard group in 2014.
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>> back in december it had its highest total. >> january guard has been surpassing competitors and undercutting rivals with smaller fees. investors pay 18 cents for every $100 with vanguard. the national average is $1.24. >> tighter security in bangladesh after two activists were shot dead in protests overnight. security forces blocked the opposition leader. the former prime minister leaving her office. she threatened to hold protests today. the opposition believes polls were rigged by the current ruling party. >> president obama will host mexican president tomorrow at the white house. two leaders are expect to discuss economic security and social issues on sunday. relatives of those 43 missing college students holding a rally in mexico city, saying they will
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begin their own search after the mexican government failed to locate the missing students. >> we're going to go and look for all of them. we are not going to take the government into account anymore because it doesn't do anything for us. they are just telling us that we should give up. how are we going to give up? would the president give up if it was his son? >> relatives releasing balloons into the sky as they pray for the safe return of the missing students. those students disappeared back on september 26. >> jury selection gets underway today in the federal trial of dzhokar tsarnaev. the judge prosecution and defense must agree on a jury of 12 and six alternates from a pool of 1200 potential jurors. the boston bombings left three dead and more than 260 injured. tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted. a former federal prosecutor joins us live from philadelphia this morning. fred, good morning to you. weak me through something here.
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defense attorneys were denied their bid to have the case delayed or really have it moved to a new venue. i'm curious would there have been a different if either of those things were granted? >> there wouldn't have been. you've got to keep in mind this incident took place two years ago in april of 2013, the case was originally slated to go to trial last fall. the judge gave an additional couple of months to prepare for trial. on the delay issue that's well within the sound discretion of the judge a judge for whom i've appeared very smart guy good judge. the second issue is about having to do with whether or not you can get a fair trial, whether or not they can get sufficient jurors. i think out of a jury pool of 1200 people, to get down to 12 i don't think will be difficult. quite frankly, i don't think they'll have a problem getting a jury. >> truly the defendant's biggest argument seems to be about getting that impartial. >>. can tsarnaev really receive a fair trial? >> that's their argument.
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i think the argument was defeated by the judge and first circuit court of appeals on a where it of mandamus. they tried to have the appeals court force the judge to move the trial which they refused to do. there are a lot of people who don't watch the news, who know there was a bombing incident in boston but know nothing about it. the question is whether those people can put aside what they know and be fair and surrender a verdict based on the facts provided them and as instructed by the judge. one in 100 have to answer yes to those questions to seat a panel. i think it's going to be difficult, arduous but not impossible. >> you are confident that they can. i want to go back to something you said. you mentioned the delay. will this trial move especially slowly given what's at stake. some say testimony won't come until february, when do we
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expect a verdict? >> people who try cases will tell you that you want to keep cases moving and less is more. looking all the way back to the o.j. simpson trial that should have been over in four weeks five weeks. this case, the delays, first of all, it's going to take them four to six weeks to get through these 1200 people. i'm sure they filled out written questionnaires. each person who raises their hand who has an issue has to be interviewed by the judge and attorneys. that's a long process. testimony will begin sometime in february. if the government's smart they'll move this case along although they're telling juries three to four months to get resolved. every case what it is. the fact are what they are -- >> quickly what happens if he's not convicted what happens next? >> game over for the government. you know in our system of
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justice and the federal system, no conviction, no appeal. if he's acquitted end of story he's a free man he walks out the door. unless the commonwealth of massachusetts decide to say prosecute him for homicide, then he would face those charges because it's a different sovereign and there's no double jeopardy. >> thank you for joining us this morning. >> north korea slamming the u.s. about new economic sanctions saying washington is stirring up bad blood with the move. it comes in response to what was believed pyongyang's cyber attack on sony. north korea maintains it was not involved in the hack. >> rescue efforts in china three people were killed sunday when a pile of rubble hit a highway in the southwest of the country. hundreds of rescue workers have been put to work in an effort to find more victims. >> at least several hundred firefighters are battling a fast-moving wild foyer to the east in australia. the sampson flat fire has
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destroyed or badly damaged 26 homes there. evacuation are underway as the town is being threatened by the flames. the blaze consumed 31,000 acres just since friday. >> if you live down south, you have been fighting tornadoes and severe weather over the weekend. now get ready for a deep freeze. >> let's bring in kevin to tell us what they're facing. >> this weekend we did have severe weather pushing through. that's one system. that's going to change. let's recap what happened. this has pushed into the region. you can see what we're talking about, very, very strong thunderstorms as well as tornado damage. look at what we saw across the region. in the area, we saw anywhere between four and six tornadoes. they're not totally confirmed yet, but very, very strong. we're talking about e.f.2 to e.f.3. we're talking about mississippi alabama as well as parts of florida, as well. the system has moved through the front across parts of the
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atlantic now. over the next couple of days, we are dealing with very cold temperatures, look out towards the west, you can see 20's. today, temperatures are going to rise memphis, you are only seeing 37 degrees. this is what i called pipe breaking weather. what we talked about wednesday atlanta, pipes are going to break. >> that happened to our house. pipes complete froze and water everywhere. >> they are not insulated in those places. >> a viral outbreak affecting pandas in china. distemper has killed one panda three others diagnosed with the disease. one of them right now is in a deep coma. >> a new theory about what brought down the air asia flight. >> was it freezing weather that caused the crash? we're going to talk with a former ntsb investigator. >> a country that has taken more than a million refugees from war torn syria making it more
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difficult for those crossing the border to safety. we have a live report from beirut. >> how a little girl escaped a deadly plane crash. investigators hope she can shed light on what caused the plane to go down. >> a country left off the map is just one of the stories caught in our global net.
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>> you're looking live at washington d.c., less than 24 hours before a big day on capitol hill, the new congress set to be sworn in tomorrow. welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this half hour, we're live in pakistan, where they are deciding whether to set up a special military court to try terror suspects in the wake of that deadly high school attack. plus irate passengers speaking out after they were stuck on a plane on a tarmac for over 12 hours. coming up in our next hour, shedding light on the solar system. we'll give you a preview of what
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nasa planned in 2015 including a deep space encounter with pluto. >> jury selection begins in the federal trial of boston marathon suspect dzhokar tsarnaev. the prosecution and defense will pick 12 jurors and six alternates from 1200 people. he faces the death penalty if found guilty. >> a u.s. health care worker is in isolation in nebraska. she has not testified 306 for experienced virus symptoms. officials are going to watch her closely for the next 21 days. >> searchers ever not been able to examine a large object found in the water. it may be the fuselage of the airasia flight 8501. indonesian authorities say divers tried to reach the spot sunday but bad weather made it impossible. >> a former member of the ntsb joins us this morning from
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massachusetts. good morning. >> good morning. >> weather experts in indonesia saying they believe he that bad weather may have been the triggering factor, point to go icing as a possibility. is there enough evidence at this point to draw such a conclusion? >> well, no way. it's impossible to draw any conclusions on the information we now have available. you can say that the weather was involved that the pilots took inappropriate action because of the bad weather but without hard data, you can't draw conclusions. >> five large parts of the plane have been found. could any of the parts help us piece together why this plane went down? >> of course they would. every piece of wreckage has a story to tell, so absent the recorders, we would have to bring up all that have wreckage. if we get the recorders are and they tell the complete story then maybe not all of that wreckage needs to be recovered so it's a --
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>> so -- >> it will take a while before we determine it. >> does it indicate that all of the wreckage has to be brought up from the bottom of the ocean or the sea in this case and how do you get those large pieces out of the water? >> they don't have to be brought up. the government will determine whether or not they're going to spend the time, effort and money to bring them up, and bringing them up really isn't a big deal. i mean, there's been recovers from really deep water. it's just a question of cranes to bring them up. we have the technology and have used it for marine salvage for a long long time. >> should we be concerned that it was bad weather if that was the case that led to this crash? >> well, we still to have wait and see but i can tell that you here in the united states, with the -- every airline has their own essentially weather
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department and they have dispatchers that follow their flights and will actually change the courses of flights in the air to respond to weather problems. those types of issues in the united states and western europe of not an issue. i don't know what kind of support the pilots had in air asia or any of the other carriers in asia, so we'll to have wait and see what the investigators turn up there. >> explain to our audience how you can have icing in places like indonesia. >> as you go up in altitude, the temperature goes down. at 30,000 feet it's well below zero, more than 40 degrees below zero so all you need is moisture in the air and you already have the temperature. moisture in the form of vapor can make very small ice chris stalls and they can form in lots of places. we have very good anti icing on modern airplanes. the wings are heated, the front of the engines heated.
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it's going to take an unusual set of circumstances to affect the airplanes and the engines not impossible. what many of them are alluding to the pito tubes which tell the pilot and computers to fly the airplane the speed of the airplane which is critical, and we have had problems previously, air france 447 brought it to light, on certainly models of the tubes that have the ability to ice up. i don't know whether it was manufacturing defects or design defects, but there is a problem with certain models of the tubes. at this point in time, we on the outside don't know which model are on the plane. >> i remember that controversy when it first surfaced. >> tens of thousands turned out to say goodbye to police officer lu, one of the two police officers shot dead in an ambush attack just last month.
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>> erica pitzi joins us now. >> the white house sent f.b.i. director james comey to join members of congress and thousands of police officers from around the country. then there were hundreds more of just every day citizens standing in the cold rain to pay respects to one of new york's finest. >> under skies of gray, a wall of blue marched in solidarity for a fallen brother. new york city police officer lu was shot to death along with his partner in their patrol car just days before christmas. >> he took pride in the fact that he is nypd. >> inside the ceremony, his family was overcome with grief his father breaking down as he says goodbye to his one and only child. his bride now a widow he. >> he is my soulmate, a caring son, a loving husband and a loyal friend.
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we love you. >> outside thousands of officers from around the country watched the service on video screens, but tensions have been mounting for weeks between new york's player bill deblasio and the police unions, which accuse him of taking sides against them in the recent protests. despite the police commissioner and the governor calling on officers to refrain from displays of grievances. >> we ever to stop any fights within the family and we have to come together as the family of new york and stand strong. >> yet when the mayor stepped up to the podium to speak at the service, dozens of officers turned their backs. >> let us move forward by strengthening the bonds that unite us and let us work together to attain peace. >> that moment aside this day was devoted to one of new york's finest. as the officer takes a final
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ride along the city streets to be buried in the same cemetery at rafael ramos his partner who died beside him. >> the shooter was an emotionally disturbed loaner who announced his intention to kill the officers on line just before the shooting. the community has rallied around the families of the officers, raising nearly a million dollars already. >> that's fantastic. all right thanks so much. >> it has happened again. in san francisco police shooting and killing a man who was trespassing at a police station. authorities say the man pulled out what appeared to be a handgun. it turned out to be an air or beebee gun. >> they exited the car went to approach him and tell him you can't be here. he went to the waistband where there was a butt of a gun and drew the weapon. two sergeants fired the suspect was hit three times. >> the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave for 10 days. >> syrians escaping their civil
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war will face tough regulations trying to across into lebanon. starting today they need a passport and visa. the move is seen as the most significant attempt by lebanon to limit the massive in flux of syrians now entering the country. of the 3 million who fled syria half live as refugees in lebanon. al jazeera's jane ferguson is in lebanon's capital beirut for us this morning. jane what exactly do these new procedures entail? how will it be tougher for refugee to say now enter? >> from today any syrians who want to enter lebanon will be sub jacket to new stricter rules. essentially what they're going to have to do is take a box and say why they're coming. it's a procedure you go through traveling internationally are you a business traveler, or a student. this is the first time they'll have to do that.
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they'll to have provide documentation to prove that is why they're traveling before they will enter the country. that's different from before. up until now syrians have been able to travel without explaining why they are coming. they would bring their i.d. and be given six months in the country. afterwards, they could remain, so lock as they went to government officials to renew the six month permit and they didn't have to necessarily explain for prove why they were coming in. >> now they have to take a box and provide proof which is something that over a million syrian refugees living in lebanon did not have to do. what's been lebanon's response to the refugees? how is this influx impacting their economy? >> the government up until now with this new legislation has been extremely keen, the lebanese government to point out that refugees, those registered at refugees, 1.1 million syrians inside lebanon this won't apply
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to them. they will not be asked to leave. these measures are being taken by the government because it has been inundated for several years now with syrians moving across the border. that was normal before the war in syria syrians often came here for work, but lately, it has been an increasing number of syrians who aren't necessarily registering as refugees. that has an effect here. security-wise for the lebanese government, they have had spillover of attacks inside lebanon and they want to make sure they can somehow try to document and get a grasp who is in here. the economy he, the war in syria has had an enormous economic effect in lebanon. it has been a massively bad effect. that's not necessarily just because of refugees and people coming in. many of the syrian laborers inside lebanon are needed as a cheap source of labor for many businesses here, so it's a complex situation but
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economically the government here are under increasing pressure. >> i'm sure we'll continue to see those regulations evolve. jane live for us this morning jane thanks so much. >> there are tensions also on the border between iraq and saudi arabia. two saudi guards decisioned there killed overnight. saudi arabia said armed men attacked the border patrol. no group has claimed responsibility. imran khan is in doha this morning. does isil have a presence on the border with saudi arabia? >> they do have a presence on the iraqi side of the border and ever increased attacks on that border. we've seen an attack that was linked to isil. this latest hasn't been confirmed that it was them, but it bears all the hallmarks of an attack. the saudi royal family is a particular target for isil. they say they do not have the legitimacy to rule over the two
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holy places, they call saudi arabia and therefore are a legitimate target for isil. what isil want to do is redraw the map of the middle east. this is the whole reason they took over parts of iraq and syria and saudi arabia has always been a part of that. there are menly of reasons to attack saudi arabia and they want to push into that territory. we've seen them do this in iraq, they weaken the border first and then they try and take over territory close to the border. that this is what we've seen, it's a tactic we have seen them use before. this is all part of their grand scheme to redraw the middle east map and saudi arabia particularly is a key target. >> as for the battle itself, what is saudi arabia's role in the fight against isil? >> they're a member of the coalition against isil, providing the u.s. particularly with places to fly drones from and also to mount air strikes from but they keep that very quiet. what saudi arabia is
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particularly concerned about though isn't really isil, the islamic state of iraq and the levant is the iranian influence in iraq. that is what concerns them. they are worried to the tactics the iranians are teaching the iraqis may well be used against them. this is all about the regional playoff between iran and saudi arabia that's being played out within iraq. the idea that the fight against isil links iran and saudi arabia is key. these are two regime that is isil wants to destroy so they have a common enemy within isil with but certainly don't have much agreement on anything else, particularly when it comes to running iraqi affairs. >> good to see you safer and sound in doha. thanks for being with us. >> strikes in afghanistan have killed six foreign fighters. pakistani officials say it took place in waziristan near the
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border with afghanistan and where the taliban have a significant presence. pakistan has been stepping up attacks against those groups after a deadly raid at a school. >> parliament will vote on whether special military courts should be set up to try terror suspects. 150 people were killed at a school mostly children. if it passes, the new court would be similar to the u.s. military try bun nationals that take place at guantanamo bay. those opened about a year after the 9/11 attack. >> investigators hope a young girl can help them figure out what caused the plane to crash that killed her family. the 7-year-old is the sole survivor of the accident. her father was an experienced pilot. he was flying the small plane with her mother, sister and cousin onboard. that plane went down saturday in western kentucky. with broken bones and bare feet, she walked almost a mile in total darkness before she found a house.
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>> having someone that is a witness always helps us in the investigation. it gives us kind of a story line. >> the family owns a well known furniture business in their small illinois town. the father was an experienced pilot. taylor is being cared for by her grandparents. we want to go to an independent consultant and former member of the ntsb investigation board. >> there's been a number of crashes that people survive that defy description. what's going to happen as a result of her survival, we're going to get -- we, the ntsb is going to extract information about location, was she strapped in all the details so they can study the survival factors that resulted in that. the ntsb has been doing that for quite a number of years. it has resulted in all kind of
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improvements to the airplane, the construction, as far as even to the seats inside the plane and the materials used in the side walls in the event of a fire. there's been improvements and it's an ongoing effort. i'm sure the ntsb is going to extract all the information they can from the wreckage and this young lady. >> i understand she was a daddy's girl and he was a flight instruct or, so he taught her a lot of about planes. what information could she give that might help the investigation? >> if she understands flying the airplane which it sounds like she may, she can give information about the altitude of the plane, what was he doing what was her father doing. if she understood icing was it icing. there's a whole wealth of information from a knowledgable witness that can be shed on this accident. >> sounds like she even braced herself for the crash. john thanks for coming back. >> imagine being stuck on a
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plane for more than a day. that's exactly what happened to passengers traveling from abu dhabi to san francisco this weekend. the flight was on the runway for more than 12 hours. the airline would not allow anyone off the plane. when the plane finally took off it had a 16 hour journey still ahead. passengers as you can imagine were furious when they arrived in san francisco after spending 28 hours onboard. >> there's no sanitation. they were out of water, out of tissues. out of apples, out of chocolates. >> i haven't been able to get ahold of anyone at the airline. >> needless to say all change and cancellation fees have been waived because of that. it's unclear whether the airlines will to have compensate passengers for all the time spent on the tarmac. >> pilots are close to a new
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deal. the union and company have been negotiating for months now and this raise would be retroactive to december of 2013. the union says parts of that contract are still pretty unclear, but american airlines officials say the deal is their final offer. >> let's look at other stories caught in our global net. harper collins is apologizing for leaving israel offer off the map. some say they were deliberately left off to appease customers in the gulf state region. all remaining stock will be trashed and removed from the shelf. >> can you imagine an entire country left off the map? >> not if you're israeli. >> a single blue fin tuna is making headlines. a 380-pound fish was sold for more than $37,000 in japan. the final bid didn't do as swimmingly well as other years.
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it marks the second consecutive decline in the annual sale. the same guy had the record price last year. >> that's a lot of money for tuna. >> c.e.o. mark zuckerberg of facebook time says he made it his news resolution to read a book every other week. he has invited 30 million facebook users to join him. there are more than 125,000 likes on the clubs facebook page calmed the year of books. we're going to be talking more about the story in the next hour. >> my question is can he take queen open practice. >> you have to see what he's going to read and whether or not you like it. >> coming up, a real winter wonderland. >> it's colorful and incredible, an entire city made of ice. more than a million tourists are expected. >> a royal sign back to ancient
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egypt. it's a tomb and is one of today's discoveries. discoveries.
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>> to him for one of today's discoveries. a tomb has been unearthed in southwest cairo. >> it is thought to be the wife of a king. >> nasa said a giant black spot appeared on the surface of the sun. look at this. there is the sun's south pole right there. >> scientists say this happens when the magnetic field stretches out further into space. >> the particles stay close and heat up, giving off a pretty strong glow. scientists are stumped what
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causes the particles to spread. >> a place in china transforce into a magical ice palace. every winter, the town is built of ice analytes. >> even with bone-chilling below zero temperatures, millions come to the festival. we take you straight to china's frozen city. >> five days of working in sub zero temperatures, this is the reward a work of art from a single block of ice. the competition part of the ice festival has attracted teams from all over the world. this spanish team is putting the finishing touches to its piece patterns inspired by nature. >> the most interesting is it's clear ice and working on one side or another you create a four dimension side. >> the competition is not the plain draw here, nor is it this
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ice rink for tricycle rides. people come for this when day transforms into night and the buildings are lit up like a magical winter wonderland. know on lights in every color light the blocks of snow and ice from inside and out. >> each year, the festival keeps getting bigger, attracting more sculptors. they expect a 10% increase from the 1.1 million who visited last year. >> there are castles to explore a steam train climb on and off when you've had enough. >> it's amazing. it's like seeing the sea or the desert for the first time, then suddenly you just go wow! >> it's my first time here.
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i'm from the south so i've never seen snow and ice carvings before. i'm very excited. >> the cold is not a deterrent. even with temperatures sometimes drop to go minus 40 degrees celsius, the people here have found a way to celebrate winter. in doing so, they've turned their city into a spectacular display of art and magic. al jazeera northern china. >> it took more than 7,000 workers to build that ice. >> they might be able to do that in parts of the upper midwest it's getting so cold up there. >> we may ever city palaces in ice coming up soon. we are looking at big changes in the weather especially from last weekend to coming up this week. i want to show you across albany. take a look at the video that came out. we are talking about a snowstorm that went through that area caused major problems on the new
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york thorough fair. big traffic jams, as well. new hampshire saw major pileups in the area. they went from that mix to rain and now we are looking at snow. that is lake effect snow coming through the region. 28 degrees for albany. all of these cities, this is the highest temperatures you are going to see today. from this point on, they are going to be going down. we are going to be seeing more snow coming into play across the northeast. actually half of the united states over the next 72 hours you are going to be seeing snow. as you can see here on to do so, almost all of new england as well as down towards pennsylvania heavy snow, especially across the great lakes. we are talking 12-18 inches of snow. what's going to happen is a big job in the jetstream coming up over the next days is going to bring arctic air across the northeast. take a look at the temperatures we are expecting from new york city. tomorrow snow in the city, we
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are going to see temperatures 10 degrees as a low on wednesday, 19 on thursday. we are not going to get up to freezing above freezing until we get to saturday. >> looks like we have a winter wonderland here in new york. >> absolutely. >> we leave you now with live images from the italian port city the greek ferry that caught fire at sea last week now searched by investigators. you can actually see it here still smoldering, you see the smoke in the air. at least 11 people were killed. >> ahead an accused member of al-qaeda dies before he can stand trial here in the u.s. we'll have more on the man prosecutors say played a key role in the bombing of two american embassies in africa. >> a one-on-one conversation with ethan hawke weighing in on what he calls america's racial divide. >> we are back in two minutes with more al jazeera news. we leave you with images out of italy, the ferry now lumping back into court. you can still see the fire smoldering onboard.
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arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... award winning investigative documentary series... opioid wars only on al jazeera america >> day one is sets to begin in the trial of boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokar tsarnaev. in an hour, jury selection begins as a city seeks closure closure in a dark chapter in history. >> a new york medical worker exposed to ebola is in nebraska this morning as the fight against the virus hits another grim milestone. >> she fears that they were dead but she was hoping that
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hopeful that they were only sleeping. >> it is a stunning story of survival by a brave little girl. investigators hope she can she had light on that small plane crash in kentucky that claimed the lives of her entire family. >> the next giant leap in space exploration, the missions on tap in the new year as man advances further into the heavens. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. >> the wheels of justice this morning are running in motion in boston nearly two years after the deadly attack that rattled the city and shocked the nation. >> jury selection begins today in the boston marathon bombing trial where three were killed, hundreds injured. the deadly manhunt that followed put the entire city on lockdown. >> 21-year-old dzhokar tsarnaev is accused of helping his brother place bombs near the finish line. defense attorneys say they are not ready and he can't get a fair trial in boston.
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this is as high pro feel as it gets. can dzhokar tsarnaev get that fair trial? >> this is the trial boston wants to happen and get out of the way as quickly as possible. that issue about whether or not he can have a fair trial or not is at this point some with a of an open question. good morning. there are more than 1200 names in the jury pool, so the judge defense and prosecution have to narrow that down to just 12 jurors and six alternates. testimony is not expected to begin now until next month. dzhokar tsarnaev has been in federal custody since april 2013. more than 260 were injured when the two blasts went off near the finish line. three died. the youngest victim, an 8-year-old was cheering runners inches from one of the two bombs. two others were also killed by the explosions. investigators say the two used store bought pressure cookers
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filled with shrapnel. one victory counted the attack that forced doctors to amputate her leg. >> i was in excruciating pain. my foot felt like it was on fire. i was afraid to look at it. people were just trampling, you know running by me. >> three days after the bombing the f.b.i. released photos of the two suspects, prosecutors say the pair shot and killed m.i.t. police officer sean collier as they tried to steal his gun. that sparked a shootout and a city wide manhunt that left tamerlan tsarnaev dead. both brothers were from a region of russia. investigators later found a note from dzhokar in the boat that read we muslims are one body. you hurt one of us, you hurt us all. we expect him to be in court
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this morning. the defense tend to prefer that, they wish to show clients in a suit with a haircut. it certainly helps. >> certainly a tragic reminder of the tragic history of our country. the young woman you showed, stories of triumph. >> they are truly remarkable. that young woman has an incredible spirit about her. >> boston strong. >> yes. >> this morning doctors at nebraska's medical center now watching a patient for ebola. the health care worker was exposed while working in sierra leone. the patient not testing positive but officials are taking every possible precaution. the same medical center treated three patients last year, one died. we are live in atlanta at the c.d.c. headquarters. how are they watching this new patient? >> dell, good morning. it's not clear how close of contact this new patient had with people who have the ebola
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infection. they are monitoring this person's health for the next 21 days which is thing could you base period for the virus. >> an american health care worker exposed to the rye of us in sierra leone arrived sunday, taken by ambulance with a police escort to the nebraska medical center to be tested for the disease. even though he or she hasn't shown symptoms of the virus the patient will spend the next 21 days in the hospital's bio containment unit. >> the hospital treated three patients since september.
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one died in november. in west africa, the pole la outbreak has claimed 8,000 lives, liberia has the highest death toll while again knee and sierra leone account for 4500 killed by that the virus. over the weekend the u.n.'s outgoing chief of the anti ebola mission is hopeful the disease could be wiped out by the end of this year. >> it is going to go on for not just weeks but, you know, some months more. i believe we will do it in 2015. i believe we will end ebola in 2015. we're going to do it by working very closely not just with governments of the countries but the communities. >> part of that effort being overseen by u.s. troops in liberia and workers like these on the front lines in again knee. >> the way to fight the virus is
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to make sure we can grant the best social mobilization and money is paramount in fighting the virus. >> that means packing stacks of cash into these cases and loading them into trucks. that money is to be delivered to those fighting the epidemic. >> we need to make sure that everyone who is involved is properly motivated and paid on time in the struggle against the virus. we were supplying payment for indemnity of the person at the treatment centers the first line persons the ones treating the patients, we had to make sure all these people would get their money on time. >> del also, about 100 troops being sent back from west africa. they are going to be quarantined for 21 days to make sure they don't have any ebola symptoms that come down. as we know, there are thousands
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of troops building containment units in west africa to help fight the spread of the infection. >> bring us up to date. what else is being done inside west africa to stop the ebola virus from spreading? >> just recently over the past days the country of sierra leone, the northern part of the country has seen some uptick in the spread of the ebola virus so have put a quarantine, basically a lockdown for the next two weeks to go and monitor people up there in the north and make sure that it's not spreading, sort of a case by case study similar to what the c.d.c. has been recommending the entire time. the c.d.c. behind me here in atlanta have also said that though this infection has come down quite a bit over the past month, it's still nowhere near under control as this epidemic continues to spread there in west africa. >> live at the headquarters in
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atlanta, this morning robert, thank you very much. >> three more bodies have been recovered from the jar have a sea this morning. they've recovered 37 victims of the 162 people who were onboard. weather conditions have also improved just slightly, giving searchers a chance to resume operations to find what's left of the airasia flight 8501 flight that crashed last week and those all important black boxes. joining us now is lisa stark in washington this morning. good morning to you. authorities have been trying to get to a large object in the sea, which they believe could be part of that plane. have they had any luck? >> well, and you say mentioned weather conditions are slightly better but we have no reports that it actually managed to get to that object. they are so interested in it, partly cloudy they think it may be a big part of the fuselage where they may find a number of bodies of those onboard. the search conditions have been extremely difficult over the past week or so. they've had very high winds
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heavy rain and zero visibility underwater. still, the searchers say they are pressing on. >> we will not give in to the operation area's environment which could be windy and the waves strong. the teams are working hard and ignoring their own safety. >> now there have been some five large objects which have been detected underwater, maybe part of the airplane. they don't know for sure and in fact one piece of debris they thought was part of the plane turned out to be part of a sunken ship, so the search continues, morgan. >> it's interesting because one of our previous guests just said each one of those pieces has its own story to tell, so what is the story that those pieces that they have found are telling? have they given us clues as to the cause? >> well, once they get them all onshore and take a look at it. they'll be able to try to look at them to see if they can give any indication of how the plane came apart. really what they need are those
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black boxes the flight recorder and flight data recorder, and so far, despite some reports this morning that they may have located the tail section unconfirmed reports, they have not heard the distinctive pinging that would lead them to those crucial boxes. morgan. >> lisa stark joining us this morning in washington d.c., lisa always a pleasure. >> authorities in vietnam have identified the bodies of two men onboard a norwegian cargo ship. the boat called the bad luck jupiter sinking. more than a dozen crew members of missing. the cook is the only known survivor. still not clear why that ship went down. >> a ban on demonstrations in effect in bangladesh this morning after two opposition party activists were killed overnight. security forces blocked the opposition leader, the former prime minister of bangladesh from leaving her office. she threatened to hold demonstrations today to mark one year since elections turned
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violent. >> a suicide bomber blowing himself up near u.s. trained elite forces. four civilians and the attacker were killed. al shabab claimed responsibility. it comes just one day after a u.s. air strike killed al shabab's intelligence chief. >> tensions running high in yemen where a bomb hit a base belonging to the shia rebel group known as the houthis. is there a clear leader in the country right now? >> yes, there is and it's the president who was elected in 2012. however, he is very weak or seen
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as very weak figure because of the turmoil that followed the transitional period. the president is not able to leave his presidential palace and go on normal in his duties because the houthis have taken over much of the capitol, as well as nine provinces in yemen. they are the rising power and they are the ones really running the show right now. >> there was also a plan in place to split the country into six separate states. the houthi's had agreed to the plan but are now backtracking. why are they going back? >> >> for a number of reasons. first, when they signed or agreed on the six federations a year ago they didn't have the power they have today. now they control the capitol in large part, at least nine provinces in yemen so feel really emboldened. that's one reason.
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the second reason is that the hooty leader did say that the plan is orchestrate by the west and backed by regional powers that have a divided yemen. >> it's interesting roam mar it's not just the shia rebels that yemen has had to face. there's also al-qaeda, the al-qaeda branch, the u.s. considers to be the most dangerous of all its affiliates. that is still active in yemen right? >> absolutely. they are the most dangerous and most active from al-qaeda branches around the world. the u.s. is really involved in targeting them using drone strikes. now, when you speak to diplomats here especially the u.n. diplomats, they are really concerned. they tell that you group is really ambitious and they are trying to take advantage of the power vacuum, the weak government and the rising anti houthi sentiments, because they are sunnis.
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that is leading to tenses. >> afghan's president says the u.s. should think twice about pulling all troops out by 2016, saying he hasn't told that directly to president obama but he assumes the president knows it. u.s. and nato allies form ally ended combat mission there next week. 10,000 u.s. troops are still in afghanistan. the white house not responding to these latest comments as of yet. >> an attack on the border between iraq and saudi arabia killed two border guards and wounded a third. >> saudi arabia saying armed men with suicide vests attacked the border control. no group claiming responsibility. saudi arabia is concerned about isil moving into its territory. >> the kurdish too much against isil continues. >> this is a front line for
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kurdish peshmerga fighters, one of many dotting the hilly countryside of northern iraq. a few hundred meters away is the village. just two days ago, it was the scene of heavy fighting between the islamic state of iraq and the levant and kurdish peshmerga forces. peshmerga now control the village, but it's still within the range of isil fire. we were advised against going into the village. >> it's a front line, so the mortars almost daily every day there is a mortars between us and them because we are front line. >> exploded bombs littered the area around the peshmerga camp. they say isil has killed some of their men. a few kilometers behind the front lines is the village. destroyed military vehicles and walls littered with bullet holes are stark reminders of the battles fought here. >> in some of the villages, life
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is slowly returning to normal as more people feel courageous enough to return to their homes but they are facing many problems. >> this man and his family remained behind when the village fled. he said they need your gent help. >> we have no food, no fuel, no cooking gas no electricity and even more essentially, we have no clean water. we appeal to the authorities to bring us water and food. it's very cold and the children are suffering. >> he feels relieved that isil is no longer in control of their village. >> we are punished for even the smallest actions. if someone smokes cigarettes, they say you are not a muslim. if a member of your family was a government soldier, you will be punished. so it was for anyone who had links to the kurds.
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>> they had their own problems for the people. they accused some of its sunni residents of supporting isil and arrested them. >> my cousin is one of the 16 people taken away by the peshmerga. we don't know where they are. they accused them of being isil members, but they're not. >> back at the front line, peshmerga fighters take advantage of a lull in fighting to prepare their weapons. others clean their guns. they say they are outgunned by isil and unless this changes their lines will not continue to hold. al jazeera on the front lines of northern iraq. >> in the meantime, u.s. coalition forces stepping up airstrikes against isil targets the joint task force carried out seven strikes over the weekend near kobane and mosul. >> back at home, freezing weather is sending the thermometer plunging across the u.s. >> when we say cold, we mean cold. >> it is the coldest air we have seen all winter long coming into
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play. that is a big problem. washington, you are 11 degrees warmer this morning than houston, which is about 31 degrees. take a look to the north. we are talking about cold air in place. i want to take you toward milwaukee and wisconsin. take a look at the video of the problems we saw on the roads in the area, just in the last few days. the region saw about four and a half inches of rain compared to december they only saw half -- i'm sorry that was snow. they only saw half inch of snow in december, so big change there. the temperatures right now very cold. chicago, you are minus three degrees. when you factor in the wind chill, you feel like minus 15. far go feels like minus 29. we have wind chill warnings out anywhere between minus 35 and minus 50 degrees in these northern tier states right here along the borders. that's going to last until noon, but it's still going to be very, very cold. >> the coldest i have ever been is minus 32, walked out the door
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and had to turn around and go right back in, partly cloudy your face freezes. >> painful. >> the family of an alleged al-qaeda operative who died in u.s. custody now slamming the government. a terror expert will break down what if anything is lost because he will not stand trial. >> firing back at the obama's administration over the sony scandal. the warning pyongyang issued to the white house. >> videos from our citizen journalists around the world.
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>> federal prosecutors are calling for life in prison at a sentencing today in new york city. the 56-year-old muslim cleric was convicted on terrorism chars in may. a jury found him guilty of providing support to a group in yemen that kidnapped western tourists in 1998. it led to the deaths of four hostages. >> a libyan man facing trial has now died. u.s. forces captured him in
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2013 bringing him back from libya to the u.s. he was due to go on trial next week in new york. he died from live surgery complications. the bombings of the two embassies killed 224 people, including a dozen americans. william bran november is director of the start program at the university of maryland for the study of terrorism and responses to it. he is in washington d.c. this morning. before braniff what was his role. >> in the public domain, he was an indicted conspirator in the
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attack. he was in communication with bin laden. >> why did it take 15 years to capture him? he evaded surveillance and dropped off the radar. in terms of why 2013, what changed, three things. one, he became a high enough priority on the high value target list for us to direct our intelligence collecting assets at him and establish a pattern of life so he could be detained. two, it became tactically viable to do so, and three the political considerations about conducting a snatch and grab operation in a sovereign country that was undergoing a lot of internal turmoil is a delicate question so all those things
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had to really line up in order tort mission to go forward. >> those embassy bombings rocked the world when they happened. had we done more following those two bombings in tanzania and kenya back in 1998, is it possible that what happened on september 11 may not have happened? >> well, the september 11 attacks were famously well guarded secret, even in al-qaeda's high command so it's not clear that a more successful or rapid pursuit of the co isn't speaker stores of the embassy bombing would have prevented the attacks from going forward. the embassy attacks were thoroughly investigate, two individuals were eventually arrested al-qaeda operative and another cooperating witness was eventually brought in by the government. these were to really investigated attacks and because of the spectacular nature as you
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mentioned. >> the manual found what clues did it yield? >> the manchester manual, as it's known is actually a bit of an enigma. it's really about tactical guidance for over throwing prostate muslim rejeeps as opposed to attacks the united states. it's sort of predating al-qaeda's submission, so doesn't have clues in terms of the operational environment. it is a physical artifact of an otherwise co vest world. it surfaced after the embassy attacks but before 9/11. looking back, many of us see it as a harbinger of violent things to come, although the content really is different from the kind of operations that current jihadist groups are using against the west. >> there were six letters written between 2010 and 2011 between he and bib laden during
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trial that we will see now. thanks for being with us this morning. >> north korea is slamming the u.s. for new economic sanctions. a government spokesperson says washington is stirring up bad blood with these latest restrictions which are in response to what the u.s. believes was pyongyang's cyber attack on sony pictures. north korea maintains it had nothing to do with the hack. >> time for videos captured by citizen journalists around the world. a woman captured a humpback whale off hawaii. >> there's one resident in iceland getting a view of the news celebrations there. he broke out a drone to capture these fireworks which were high in the sky. >> the mexican government issuing a new warning over a value cone anyway in the
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southeastern part of the country. this is the time lapse video monitoring the continued eruptions. sunday had more than 100 low intensity eruptions. >> firefighters are battling a fast moving wildfire in australia. it has destroyed or badly damaged at least 26 homes there. evacuations are underway as the town is currently being threatened by those flames. the blaze has already taken over 31,000-acres just since friday. >> kevin has been tracking those wildfires. good morning. >> good morning. these are so dangerous because they are so large and close to residential areas. we have more fires and bush fires across it is region, but it is these for the city. over the next couple days, we are going to be seeing dry hot temperatures across the area. we did have one front push
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through this region, bringing windy conditions. it didn't bring rain. we did see dry lightning across the region. the fact, take a look at what we expect. normally the average high is 80. heatwave tuesday and wednesday 97 degrees, of course, that is very very bad fire weather. we get lightning on thursday. from thursday to friday to saturday temperatures drop and we go back to 67, so a big help in the fire by the time we get to the weekend. good news. >> thanks, kevin. >> coming up, an amazing story a little girl survives a terrible plane crash in kentucky that killed her entire family. we'll have the details of that accident and the child's brave trek through the woods to get help. >> a deadly threat from above the steps some in syria are taking to stay safe from government air attacks. >> sports fans remembering a man who forever changed the game from behind the anchor desk. paying tribute to the life and
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the legacy of espn's stuart scott.
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>> you're taking a live look at new york city, where images can be deceiving. the thermometer there is in a free-fall all day long. more on the deep freeze that's going to grip the nation, coming up. welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this half hour, facebook's founder mark zuckerberg a a news resolution. he wants to read a lot of books in 2015 and is trying to get millions of facebook users to do so as well. >> 2015 a busy year for space exploration, a look at key missions including a trip to pluto. >> first a look at hour latest headlines. searchers scouring the java sea ever not been able to examine a large object in the water. officials believe it may be the fuselage of airasia flight 8501, the plane that crashed just over a week ago. indonesian authorities say divers tried to reach the site
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sunday but bad weather made it impossible. three more bodies have been recovered, bringing the total found to 37. >> a u.s. health care worker in our in isolation at a nebraska hospital where the patient was exposed to ebola while working in west africa. that worker has not tested positive for the virus but officials will monitor the patient for 21 days just to be safe. >> jury selection begins today in the federal trial of boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokar tsarnaev. the prosecution and the defense will pick 12 jurors and six alternates from a pool of more than 1200 names. >> the boston marathon bombings left three dead and 260 injured some very seriously. as tom ackermann reports prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. >> dzhokar tsarnaev, now 21 has pleaded not guilty to the 21 charges, including the used of a
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weapon of mass destruction. he and his older brother are accused of assembling and setting off the two improvised explosive devices near the finish line of a marathon. >> there was one guy lying there with his leg blown off another with a foot blown off. >> three days later the brothers were spotted and allegedly wage add gun battle with police who had been alerted by the fatal shooting of a university police officer. tamerlan died in the shootout and wounded dzhokar arrested afterward. >> there are many unanswered questions. among them, why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of your communities and our country resort to such violence. >> prosecutors say dzhokar and ethnic chechnyen explained in a note saying the act was rhetoric for u.s. military action against
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in cent muslims in iraq and afghanistan. u.s. attorney general eric holder who personally opposes capital punishment authorized seeking the death penalty. tsarnaev's lawyers of signaled their offer of a plea bargain to save his life. the government has not executed anyone since 2003 he. >> tsarnaev's defense team included. >> cry clark who has represented others avoid the death penalty. >> the 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old in new york city led to a national movement to help find missing children. he was the little boy on the milk carton. jury selection gets underway of his accused killer, pedro hernandez. defense attorneys say he falsely confessed to killing pates because he is mentally ill. >> thousands gathered to say goodbye to nypd officer killed along with his partner ambushed
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while sitting in their squad car last month. officers gathered to the funeral and again turned their backs on the mayor when he got up to speak. earlier, governor andrew cuomo called for healing between both sides. >> we have to stop any fights within the family and we have to come together as the family of new york and stand strong. >> the officers believe the mayor took sides with anti police protestors. the officer was buried in the same cemetery as his partner who died beside him. >> a young girl could hold the answers to what caused a small plane to go down that killed her family. >> investigators hope to talk to the 7-year-old who walked away from that deadly wreck. >> erica pitzi joins us now. >> the illinois family used to go away often together, frequently using their private twin engine plane but this time something went horribly wrong returning from a holiday vacation. now this young girl barely in
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grade school is helping investigators figure out what happened while coming to grips with an unimaginable loss. >> having someone that is a witness always helps us in the investigation. it gives us kind of a story line. >> that witness is 7-year-old, the small member of a plane crash that killed her family. ntsb investigators hope she can help piece what went wrong. >> she just started walking to find help and she could not see any light. >> barefoot with broken bones wearing shots in sub freezing temperatures, the second grader climbed out of the wreckage and walked nearly a mile through the kentucky wilderness in the middle of the night. she eventually wound up knocking on the door of this home, where a man named larry wilkins answered the door. >> her arm was broke and her left foot hurting pretty bad. >> she obviously wanted us to find her family. she did tell us that she feared
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that they were dead, but she was hoping that hopeful that they were only sleeping. >> both of her parents along with her 9-year-old sister and 14-year-old cousin were killed on impact. the family was returning to nashville, illinois from vacation in key west, florida when her father reported engine truly. he was an experienced pilot and flying instructor in the community where he ran the family furniture store. today, that community is in mourning as the young girl's grandparents take care of her. >> i know that there are absolutely no words to explain why this would have happened. please keep saylor in your prayers. >> at one point she lit a stick on fire to light her way. she crossed two creeks before finding that home in rural kentucky. an on line fund has been set up to raise money for this little girl. >> seven years old surviving a crash and then still having the gumption to cross two creeks.
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>> incredible. >> thanks so much. >> families fleeing their home in syria are going to have a harder time trying to cross the border into neighbor are lebanon. they're going to need a passport and visa starting today the first time the documents will be required. it is seen as an attempt to limit the massive flood of syrians entering the country. the 3 million who have fled since the war began half are living in lebanon. >> those still living in syria face quite an uncertain future. government and opposition forces continue attacking each other. it's really the civilians who suffer the most. >> many say the sights and sounds of war are does they will never get used to. >> for the last two years this family has spent days fearing airstrikes by syrian government forces. barrel bombs have killed thousands of civilians. >> their going crazy not only
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when we hear the sirens, but jets. children are very frightened. >> the people here call the jets of the airports factories of death. someone spots the plane they call it in. >> a hand crank alarm is raised, warning people that a plane is coming. >> activists say some these alarms were seized from government forces and some of being locally manufactured. the fighters have also built shelters to seek cover. >> to in form residents that jets are hovering in the sky so that it can take necessary precautions, islam army operation rooms in forms their posts in order to sound the sirens. even concrete buildings can't withstand the superior air power of the syrian regime. this is what happened after one such strike in opposition held
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duma. rebels too are continue to go launch attacks. they say they have made gains in northeastern aleppo. they complain of weapons being in short supply, but say they are improvising with what they have. for its part, the syrian government says it is on the offensive in many areas. state t.v. reports government forces captured more parts of opposition controlled areas and new areas in isil held areas. the divided syrian opposition in exile has yet again chosen another leader. he takes over as syrian national coalition penalty from the prefers leader serving one term. it does not have much influence on the ground or the international backing. the change in leadership doesn't mean much. she and her children continue to seek cover in a war that seemingly has no end in sight. al jazeera.
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>> russia plans to start a new round of talks between bashar al assad's government and the opposition later this month. >> mope francis appointing 15 new cardinals from 14 countries many hailing from developing countries like myanmar and cape verde. no american cardinals were named. >> back at home, he got than hawke is receiving critical claim for his new film, "boyhood." he talked about top yikes including race relations here in the u.s. >> it's kind of shocking, the racial divide in our country and how uncomfortable it still is to talk about. i still think everybody wants it. it makes you wonder why tears are shed when president obama is elected. it feels like some racial divide is healing. it feels like this must be
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feeling and then something like the ferguson case happens and you're like well, there's still so much suffering and so much dialogue happening in separate corners of the world. you know, this is one small thing. i thought we'd left racial issues behind for class issues and issues of environment issues of poverty. there's huge issues that are the next generation's issues. >> you can camp the hole conversation on talk to al jazeera tonight at 9:30 eastern, 6:30 pacific. >> the playoffs of underway for the nfl. it was an action packed wildcard sunday. andrew luck tossing for 274 yards and a game changing touchdown, leading the indianapolis colts to the next round of playoffs with a win over the bengals. >> the cowboys battled back to win a close game against the detroit lions. tony romo threw a clutch fourth quarter touchdown pass to take
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the lead and the lawrence sealed the deal with a sack and fumble recovery with less than a minute to go. the cowboys will faceoff against the packers next week at lambeau field. >> fans and athletes still mourn the death of stuart scott. he was 49 years old died sunday after a battle with cancer. he joined espn, influencing a generation of sportscasters with his style and catch phrases. he counted president obama among his fans. the president said of scott, 20 years ago he helped issue in a new wave to talk about our favorite teams and the day's best place. he he entertained us a understand in the end inspired us with courage and love. michelle and i offer prayers to his family, friends and colleagues. >> the fact that he has passed away is absolutely mind-boggling and a travesty. he battled cancer as bravely as anybody else.
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i don't know that there are many people out there who are battling cancer right now and would want -- stuart would want you to know to keep fighting. >> the nfl honoring stuart's memory holding a moment of silence before both of sunday's playoff games. >> facebook's c.e.o. mark zuckerberg thrown down the literary gauntlet, challenging readers to read more. >> we'll talk about facebook's new book club and whether that could be sending a signal to open practice win fee free he. >> what the new year holds for the future of space. >> time for our big quote: >> one local leader said:
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>> who said what you're seeing: >> that's our big quote from afghan president speaking in an interview sunday about the time table for removing the remaining u.s. led coalition troops in the country by the end of 2016. >> facebook's mark zuckerberg is starting a book club. >> the idea is already a boon for a lot of businesses. >> mark zuckerberg's personal challenge for 2015 to read one book every two weeks nouns his goal wrote: he's invited 30 million of his closest
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facebook friends to join. he launched a page called a year of books to serve as the reading groups virtual hub. so far it has more than 100,000 likes. the first book in the program the end of power sold out on it had a sales ranking of 138 but was listed at amazon's movers and shakers for books making the biggest gains on the best seller list. still, oprah winfrey remains queen with the midas touch when it comes to choosing books. her club pushed book sales to the millions and is still going strong. her book club 2.0 with a heavier on line and media focus. her most recent pick in 2014, the invention of wings became one of the year's top selling novels and now mark stuck is giving it a try and may become this generations open practice.
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>> once you get rid of the t.v. show you lose the luster. >> you think she really lost her luster? this is a woman with 10 million fans -- >> being on t.v. every single day and then not being on t.v. every single day is a big hit. i'm not saying she's going away. i certainly don't think zuckerberg is going to take over oprah winfrey. think about who uses facebook, the median intelligence age of facebook. >> it's rising, especially compared to -- >> if you look at --
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>> snap book, instagram whatever. >> the median age of facebook has been rising. if you look at the posts and what's being said on facebook, if you analyze sentiment people aren't necessarily talking about what books they're reading. this is an attempt from mark zuckerberg to increase the level of awareness and intelligence. it's a good idea. >> how will he still keep his edge? >> think about what facebook owns. >> think about what? >> think about what facebook's bought. there's a reason they bought instagram. if the younger audience is there, we'll keep it, and own it. >> how do you think the book club is going to differ in terms of leadership and content? >> first immediate thing is you'll see millions of people for the first couple of books going to buy the books whether on line or through kindle, you'll see an increase. what's what that's going to do
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is for the publishers and pubbists, this is a wake up call. that's all they're talking about -- >> open pro did the same thing for them. >> she did. this is a new chapter. can you imagine saying to your client you're going to be on the facebook book club. >> what is the different between you and i doing a book club i.r.l.? >> i assume on line, there's much less wine. i think one of the big things for the book club is that on line people will talk in realtime. you'll see millions of comments. for the first book, 4,000 comments in 45 minutes. the biggest problem is going to be keeping up with the noise to signal ratio. you're all talking about the book making comments. 4,000 comments in 30 minute, it's going to be very difficult to keep one that. >> can they keep up? >> good question. >> thank you. >> my pleasure. >> space x getting ready for its
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fifth trip to the international space station. the capsule set to launch tomorrow with 5,000 pounds of supplies onboard. there's a 60% chance the weather will hold up. the planned lift off will take place from florida's cape canaveral. >> the first landing of a space craft onboard a comet, fobbing 14 was a big year for space exploration. we look at some of the year's plan the missions for 2015. >> nasa's horizon craft will approach include toe in july this year. it will come within 10,000 controllers of surface giving us a view of a world we know little about. >> pluto will be visited by a spacecraft in 2015. that will be mind boggling. the first heavenly body in our
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solar system will be visited by a spacecraft that we launch add decade ago. >> in april another craft down is set to arrive at a dwarf planet between mars and jupiter. it is hoped both will shed light on the or begins of the sole larr system. the problem of space debris will get attention in 2015. 17,000 trackable objects currently in orbit around the earth. there are threats to satellites and the european space agency is set to capture catch technology based on fishing nets. >> being in space you don't have any problem of drag. when the net reaches the debris, the net effect on the debris, so they wrap around and entangle debris this is impossible to disentangle. >> they plan to drag the debris
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close to earth when it will burn you have upon enentry. the european space agency placed a lander on a comet for the first tile. the mother craft is still orbiting the comet's nucleus and will spend the year sampling and analyzing it as it approaches the sun. >> we're going to see water flowing away, gas and other materials at much high are rates. for many scientists, that's the big deal. >> in january nasa will launch a satellite designed to monitor the constant stream of charged particles from the sun so-called solar wind. these cause damage to power and communication systems on earth. it is putting up one to explore how the earth's magnetic fields affect the planet. >> india china japan and russia plan a number of satellite launches. these are intended to enhance communications and also give and you say better understanding of our planet's place in the solar system.
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>> the nasa launch pads at cape canaveral will be busy in florida. >> from outer space to the atmosphere let's get a check of our forecast. >> good transition. we are looking at a very, very cold and snowy week as we start 2015. what is happening is over half the united states here is going to see snow. if you haven't already seen it today, what's going to happen is we're going to be pushing this frontal boundary out and the snow is going to be making its way and lake effect snow across much of the northeast. then we have another system out of the northwest. that's the one bringing all of the cold air with it. as we go from monday, tuesday wednesday, thursday, a big dip in the jetstream right here down towards the southeast is going to orbier in that colder air. also the jetstream's going to pop up here to the west. that means warmer air is going to be seen out here. let's look at temperatures as we go towards tuesday. minneapolis, a high of
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eight degrees. that is only going to get lower going towards wednesday making it up to minus one here. new york, minus 27, seeing low temperatures down into the single digits a lot here in the northeast. >> coming up in two minutes from doha about that violence between iraq and saudi arabia border. they believe isil is involved. >> tomorrow morning republicans officially take control of both houses of congress. we will talk about how that account impact president obama's plans for the rest of his time in the white house. >> that is it for us in new york. >> first a look at our images of the day and a glimpse at the giant bluefish tuna auction in japan, tuna seafood season kicked offer in tokyo. >> those fish markets where that auction was held large both in size and presence, stretches over an area the size of 43 football fields, influencing
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>> bangladesh's president accuses of russian leader of trying to annex crimea. >> also coming up. two saudi soldiers are killed in an attack near the country's border in iraq. changing the rules. the requirements for syrians hoping to cross borders. plus we take you to an exhibition of every day objects that are turned into tools for