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>> or to show it on air. >> nicholas krzysztof on charlie hebdo and the debate other islam and violence. how real was that threat? and in focus the
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reclusive photographer profiled in an oscar nominated film. it is one of the smallest countries but belgium is getting a lot of attention tonight. officials say about ten search warrants were issued for searches in and around brussells. we are learning new details one that comes with heightening fears. belgium authorities say they prevented an attack on what they call add grand scale. heavy gunfire and explosions rocked the city. authorities say the raid is part of a major
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antiterrorism operation targeting people who recently returned from syria. >> during the investigation, we found that this group was about to commit terrorist affects in belgium. during the search warrant, certain suspects immediately opened fire with automatic weapons at special forces of the police they opened fire during several minutes before being neutralized. two suspects were killed. >> residents were told not to leave they homes but a few ventures out to get a look at the dramatic scene. >> i just left when i saw a police car passing me with it's light flashing, two seconds later i heard three large explosions. i thought they were fireworks. but then there was a terrible smell so i knew they were not fireworks. that's why i came here, it all happened in two minutes. i -- see anything, but i
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heard it. europe was already on high alert following last week's attacks now the shoot out raises new fear about the potential for more violence. in france investigators have identified a new suspect, the gunman who killed four people in the kosher market last friday according to the report the new suspect may have left france for syria. several victims of last weekend's massacre were layed to rest today. france continues to bury the dead, and remember what they lived for. in the suburb, this was the memorial service for bernard better known as charlie hebdo cartoonist.
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i have rarely seen such a talent and speed and eye for news. he was a great great cartoonist. >> what they lived for the slain carren tooists of charlie hebdo is the principle of freedom of speech. the right to be irreverent the right to offend equally all religions, and positions of power. in doing so, they contributed to deep rifts in france's multicultural society. which includes the largest muslim population in the european union. the first edition has sold out in great numbers with a cartoon of the prophet only it's cover a depiction that muslims believe is blasphemous. >> it hurts us. i have a message, stop caricaturing our prophet. >> so the president speaking at the world
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institute, deliver add message of unity and inclusivety. and he said that about attacks on religion. >> i want this to become one of our national causes. >> as the dead are buries and with charlie hebdo still very much alive many will have heard the call for religious freedom to be upheld, and they will wonder where the line is to be drawn between what is acceptable and what is not. jona hull, al jazeera, paris. frabs is reward also muslim immigrant who risked his life to save hostages, during the attack on the kosher market on friday. 24-year-old hid several hostages in the store's walk in freezer. the market employee then escaped alone and gave police
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crucial information on the stores layout. he will be awarded french nationality on tuesday. president obama and british prime minister said today they will not be counted by extremists. at the times newspaper, and they wrote safeguarding our way of life depending on standing up to terrorism. the peace comes as mr. cameron starts a two day visit to washington. patty has more. >> oh. more than any other world leader, barack obama has made a habit palling around with prime minister david cameron. but in light of the paris attack, this is expected to be a much more subdued visit top of the agenda, the fight against the islamic state in iraq and al quaida. >> former u.s. ambassador to
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nato thinks cameron and other european leaders want the u.s. to do more. >> i don't think president obama is at all uncomfortable with where he is. he is quite happy not being in the lead on some of these issues. quite happy not being on the ground in syria and limiting what we are going to do but to go in and uproot them is more than we are willing to take on, i think he is confidentble with that. so i don't see that changing. the leaders are also expected to focus on cyber security, but no major announcemented aren't anded. for cameron, he is honing to make progress in the case of the last british resident. he has ben cleared for release, but remains in the detention facility, with his own election not far away, it would be a boost if he is seen as being able to translate friendship into this man's freedom al jazeera
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washington. >> now pope francis has denounced last week's attacks but also warned against insulting the faith of others. he said freedom of expression is a fun mental human right but that one cannot provoke cannot make fun of faith the pope also said killing in the name of god is an aberration. one of the most evil and threatening groups on the planet. his comments follow rothers of a massacre by the group in northern nigeria new satellite images paint a grim picture entire towns seem to be destroyed. witnesses say the bodies are too numerous to count. kerry bows boko haram is not just a threat to nigeria but basic human values. >> what they have done with respect to this slaughter is crime against humanity. nothing less.
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it is a horrendous slaughter of innocent people. and boko haram continues to present a serious threat. >> the attack began on january 3rd, when bo caharam stormed the town burning buildings and shooting residents. it is being described as bo caha ram's worst attack yet. 2,000 victims according to amnesty international many of them women children, and elderly. people cut no outrun victims. >> from witnesses that our our researcher interviewed of them talked around seeing hundreds of bodies. being shot by boko haram. >> more than 20,000 people fled many escaping with only what they could carry.
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the attack took place in the northeast, in and around the town nearly two weeks ago. these satellite images released by amnesty international, show before and after pictures of baga. the second picture almost all of that vegetation gone, burned in the attack. reports say people who sought shelter in homes were burned alive, others there ed into the lake to escape. the rampage left bodies everywhere the whole town smells of decomposing corpses. the attacks come as the country prepares for general elections, nigerians will be helding to the pots to pick a new president for the next five years. while bomb caha ram -- also in northeast nigeria, it was blamed for two attacks by female suicide bombers that killed more than zero people. nigerian government is calling for more concrete support to
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fight boko haram. >> united states, france, china. but mosul does support in terms of -- we need to go beyond that, and that is why the nigerian government is counting. from the across the globe. >> but critics accuse the government of playing politics as the area's most effected by the violence have been the main opposition strong holds. not so says the government spokesman. >> it is not just about the election we want peace we want stable, we want people to go ahead in the upmost fair, that is conducive. >> knicks las krzysztof is a columnist for the new york times and he joins froes the times newsroom, welcome, it is good to have you i would like to start with nigeria and the
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horrors out of that country are almost unspeakable there's been -- i think substantially less media attention regarding boko haram, why do you think so. >> you know, i think part of it is that it is a hard story to cover and a dangerous story to cover. but at the end of the day there's also a basic problem that the news organizations are largely controlled by the north, and the north isn't that interested in the south. and africa tends to be an after thought. and so sure, it is a hard story to get but if this were happening in canada we would be all over it. >> in your column you said in truth, islam is as complex and diverse as say journalism, muslims include the errorists who murder uses in paris, and
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thian worker who risked his life. what sort of narratives are you concerned about. >> my take is that within islam, there is clearly a strained that is deeply concerning. of fund mentalism and jihaddism. that is real, but it becomes very disspirittinging when people who are far away conjure this marrity when that is all islam and in my travels expend a lot of time with some je haddies and they manage to completely isolated from the west, they conjure they over narratives in which the west is responsible for everything in which the c.i.a. really managing to get things done and it is diluted. and i guess i worry that we will end up with similar
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oversimplified narratives that also led us to bad pollties. one thing as you know, that journalism teaching you is that life tends to be messy and complex, and beware of simple narratives and i council the jihadis to bear that many mind, but also counsel those of us in the u.s. to bear that in mind about islam. >> what do you find the most troubling about the owner of news core, his devote that suggests that muck limbs should be held responsible for their growing je haddist cancer. >> the world has a need to -- to address this question. of extremist violence. it is striking that after the charlie hebdo attack, it was attacking christianss uses all kinds of groups but we all
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pretty much believed right away muslims included that it was probably je haddy muslims who had enganged in this slaughter. so that issue is real. but if we want to fight it, we won't fight it by having us thump about it. it is going is to be moderate muslims that are the mels effected. >> you wrote in your column last week, is islam to blame for the charlie hebdo attacks rather it is between terrorists and moderates those that are tolerate, and those who are otherwise. explain what your concerns are there. >> there is intrude. the je haddist cancer there. the oncologieses fighting l t it are also islam p they think they are acting out of religious reasons. but mala herself is muslim.
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and we have to bear in mind, the vastness of this faith and we understand that with our own faiths. so we know that christians serves engage in a again side in the former yugoslavia, but we don't impute that to all of christianity. but when it is something foreign, and distance, and we tend to it rise people based on race, and ethnicity and here i think we are doing that in religion. and it is unfair. but it also leads to bad policies. >> al jazeera the new york times other news organizations have refused to publish the cover, the nude cover. duke that's the right thing to do. >> i recognize that there will be some people offended by it, just as there are some very orthodox uses will be offended by a photo of a woman
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somewhere, but i seems to me that you have to weigh the news value against the offense. and in this case, the news value to me seems pretty great. >> it is good to have you on the program. >> good to be with you john. >> five more prisoners released from guantanamo bay reaction to their release plus making travel to cuba easier for learns. >> americans.
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five more prisoners have been released. they were sent to other countries for resettlement, and that is not sitting well with some john, congress eased restrictions about a year ago since then, the obama administration has been stepping up releases but just this week, several senators called for a moratorium.
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they say the prisoners pose too much of a threat. >> all five men were held at guantanamo for years without being charged. he was in u.s. custody since 2002 when he was 18. like him the other four including mohamed and abdul were captures in pakistan, the u.s. held them as suspected fighters for al quaida. all fived were cleared for release. but the u.s. government didn't want to return them to yemen for fear they might be lured into al quaida there. on wednesday the defense department said the u.s. sent to astoria and the other four to aman, the release comes a month after sick others were allowed to go to uruguay the transfers have sparked criticism, several senators called for a halt to releasing moat prisoners arguing they are still dangerous. >> we know for a fact that roughly 30% of those owho have
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been released have reentered the fight. and usually at a very high level, because it is a badge of honor to have been an inmate at guantanamo bay. >> but calls for the closure have continued at protests like this, and president barack obama has long pledged to shut the prison down. >> the idea that we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are, it is contrary to our interests. and it needs to stop. >> administration officials incise security is a top concern when it considers releases. a special envoy said in a statement, we take our obligation to assess the security risk of detainees seriously prior to transfers. as a result, more than 90% transferred during the obama administration live quietly around the world.
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54 of them have been approved for transfer, the u.s. considers the rest too dangerous to release. the u.s. spends more than $3,000 a year to house a prisoner there. more changes to america's relationship with cuba are on the way. the government easing travel restrictions to the island. seen your watch carbon dent at the white house with more on this. >> sweeping new measures announced by the administration really filling in the blanks in what the president announced. just last month when he announced his intention to normalize relations after some 54 years of a freeze in those. some of the details you mentioned, they are naming 12 categories where american citizens can go to could be way, you don't need a license to do so as you needed one in the past, some of those categories include family visits expanding those and
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educational as well as religious affiliated visits as well. the general tourism ban that ban of just going to laying on the beach and going to a resort and smoking a cigar still can't do that although doubt that some folks will find a way around that, credit cards can now be used by americans while traveling there, telecom technologies, cell phones, software, they will ease restrictions trying to open up in that way. that's the idea behind it according to officials and john perhaps most significantly, the life blood, andline for many, the money sent to them by cuban american relatives here. those limits being raised considerably, from 2000 to $8,000 a year. now, is the limit that can be sent to those in cuba from cuban americans and if you go to cuba, you can send some yob can bring with you some $10,000 it may be a political fight here still in washington but united airline has decided it wants to start
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instituting flights to accommodate some that want to go to cuba now. what are the chances the president will get any help with that from the hill. >> congress would have to vote to lift the embargo, they are still digging in their heels. we heard marco rubio the senator from florida calls this latest move a win fall for the castro regime. congress would have to act to totally lift that, but the white house left no doubt that that is their pension. >> the administration view is that we should normalize our relationship with cuba the effect would be by that increased contact with the cuban people and the government would serve to put more pressure on the regime, to abide by, protect and even advance basic human rights we
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told dear gunnel, one other major item. a top american official from the state department begins talks next wednesday, in a trip to cuba. john. >> mike in washington, thank you. for many americans getting sick or getting pregnant can mean losing income. the president promoted his new plan at a cafe in baltimore includes an executive action granting federal workers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. he is also asking congress to pass a bill to allow allworkers the chance to earn one week of paid six leave every year. new rights for american workers will just be one of the many topics the president covers in his state of the union address. our coverage begins next tuesday at 7:00 eastern time. homelessness is on the ride in
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seattle. there are already six homeless camps in seattle. today mayor ed murray asked the city council to authority three more. welcome to a place called nickelsville, this is a homeless encampment, named for a former seattle mayor. this is keshia enjoying the warm from the fireplace here on a very colted morning. she is part of a population of about 2300, considered homeless in this city, very hard to get exact figures good data on this, the last time that a one night count was hit of the homeless, it was estimated more than 2300 people were with sleeping on city streets or in their cars. defined as homeless that's above and beyond the 1700 beds in shelters that the city also provides. the city spends almost $37 million a year on a variety of programs. this one has had to move 16 times since it was founded
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back in 2008 let's talk to alex jacob. you are still looking for some services and for somascope port from the city, for existing feeds. >> yes we are, with with the news we just received of the mayors support of three new encampment, we feel that's great, and it is a step in the right direction be uh the fact is is we have needs here that have not been met. >> likes to pick unthe trash. >> needs like that, and our honey bucket situation the porta potties and those are in arrears and that's important thing for encampments like this to work and continue to help people and do the things we do, so before more money is thrown at another situation let's have things work right here. >> let's have a look inside one of the units. >> we have gotten permission, from joseph to come and have a visit. the place where he lived. joy receive wants to keep his identity hidden, not sure how
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it will impact the search for a job how has it been. >> it is pretty cold. so glad to have a bed out of the rain. >> absolutely it is a lot better than having to wait in lines everywhere else like cattle. >> thank you, appreciate the time. >> right now not exactly sure where the funding will come for these three additional cities. an additional 300 people housed in conditions like this the city so farther willing to put about $85,000 to the cause so it seems that the lion's share of the funding for this would have to come from the organizations who apply for the permits to set up and run the catches. allen shoff her for al jazeera. >> coming up next, does the fbi rely too heavily on confidential informants in why some underwater creatures could soon be on the verge of extinction.
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this is al jazeera america. >> plotting attacks an ohio man accused as the fbi takes heat over how it caught them. the fall out on campus, despite serious doubts about those rape allegations. roman history, the charges go back nearly 40 years, is oscar snow car winner in trouble again. and vivian mayor. >> where did her eye and her mind about photography come from. >> from recluse to the subject of an oscar nominated film, the life and work of a hidden master. there are new questions tonight about the ohio man who the fbi said was inspired by isil and plans an attack on the u.s. capitol. some of those are about the fb effort's own investigation jonathon is here with more.
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>> christopher is accused of planning to tag members of congress. it is another case of relying on inforn't mas. critics question whether agents are stopping them or encouraging them. >> christopher cornell has just finished buying assault rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition the fbi says when agents moved in. >> as soon as the purchase was over several agents came out and theyingenled him here in the, paing lot. >> investigators say the 20-year-old man was in the final stages of a plot to attack the u.s. capitol. thebi had been watching him for months that say that cornell was posting sympathetic messages on twitter. his father though suggested his son was set up. >> i think that was the fbi
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that he has been going to mosque with, i think that was the f burkesi he had been corresponding with all this time, it was the fbi and i don't know, i think they could have arrested him then. or if he was maked plots they should have arrested him then -- i am surprised they didn't kill him. >> the case fit as pattern. a tactic that has been netting arrests but also criticism. they say that hery lie too heavily on pays informants that are also at times manipulating them and encouraging the attacks. this operation was specifically designed to turn them into terrorists. >> one case in upstate new york bake a documentary, four men were convicted of planning to bomb synagoguings in 2009. but their families say the men were harmless. and that it was the government informant who organized the plot and gave the men the cash and weapons.
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in miami in 2006, seven men were arrested for targeting a chicago sky scraper no webs were under to, and authorities at the time said the men posed no immediate threat. after two mistrialed they eventually convicted five of the men. the fbi says it is pursuing serious threats of people who are clearly willing to plot attacks and that the stings are critical to save lives. often juries have returned guilty verdicts. in colorado last year, the fbi used a different tactic, as it investigate add woman suspected of trying to join isil. in her case, at openly met with the teen several times. and even tries to talk her out of her plans but she was specifically arrested boarding a flight to denver, on her way to join fightingers. >> she is a muslim, she is also a 19-year-old woman of faith, who was pursuing her
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faith, and unfortunately as she pursued it, she was led astray. >> that woman pleaded guilty to conspiring to help a terrorist organization jonathon best reporting michael german is one of the people you saw in that documentary, he is a fellow at the brenden center for justice. he served as special agent in the fbi focusing on domestic terrorism. he left the agency of reporting deficiencies in counter terrorism operations to congress. thank you for having me. >> what is your concern about these. >> my concern is that the government is enganging in a type of sting operation that is less about identifying and mitigating real threats and more about creating cases that they can then use for
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political purposes to log their programs and to justify more intrusive. >> doesn't the fbi and other law enforcement, don't they use stings all the time. >> they do. the way that they have used stings over the last several years since 9/11 particularly in terrorism cases has changed significantly from the undercover operations. >> does it lead -- do you believe it leads people down a path they wouldn't go otherwise? is it entrapment. >> well, entrapment as a legal matter is a very narrowly categorized plead. so what becomes important is whether these people could have done what the government ultimately -- what the government ultimately induces they want to do, what i always look for is first whether the individual had any connection to a real terrorist organization. second whether they had any weapons of their own if they had tried to go out to obtain weapons of their own prior to the government being involved. third, will they had resources
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that would have allowed them to create the kind of plot that they later are charged with. >> so you would suggest they would be what. >> well, it's hard to say. in some cases we have seen where the fbi government agent or informant brings weapons that are far beyond the capacity that the individual involved to have obtained. surface to aramisles to people that don't have two times to rub tonight in the case of the new burg four, they were offered $250,000 to participate. >> why. >> why would the fbi do that. >> that's a difficult question and part of it is how it is used already we have speaker john boehner coming forward and saying this case used the foreign intelligence surveillance act which is coming up for renew and we
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have to acknowledge the fact that it has been used success my, if a guy is talking about blowing up congress, or killing people in congress, law enforcement have to take it seriously? >> absolutely. and it doesn't take a whole lot of expertise to pick off gun and kill a lot of people. certainly, a lot of these cases, in fact, almost all of them deserve some government attention but whether creating an elaborate sting investigation that burns a lot of counter terrorism resources when the capacity of that person to actual will i pull off a plot. >> you mentioned the word political, talk about -- what are you suggesting by using the term? >> well, simply that these cases are then brought to congress as examples and then give us more money we feed more authority we need broader authority we need to maintain the authorities we have that are being exposed as
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invasions of privacy. >> does that take resources away from what you might describe as more legitimate. >> perfect example was in 2011 in boston, there was a sting operation that a defendant had been involved in a plot to use drones to attack the capitol. was that was the same year that teamer lynn tsarnaev was showed that it was very cursory and didn't cover all the right points. it takes resources away from where threats might be more significant. he hopefully will hear more about this case. >> great, thank you very much. >> it's been one month since a rolling stone article about rape at -- but for many
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students the scars remain. america tonight is in washington d.c. with more on this. krzysztof, what's the mood on campus. >> well, this' a lot of confusion, grief, and anger this is a school that went through a lot last semester, they lost two students to suicide, there was a murder, and then this comes out that later turns out might not have happened after all. so students are trying to get back to normal, when we went with there this week, almost none of the fraternities wanted to speak with us, they want their names completely cleared. the only one that would speak so us is a guy named ryan duff fin who was featured in the article. and he wanted to clear his name so take a look. >> do you think that the fraternities were unfairly targeted. >> i think a lot of people did feel unfairly targeted. because there's a stereotype,
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that by no enmoos could ever describe every single person, or even a small fraction of them. >> what are fraternities doing now? >> i think there's an awareness among the greek system that fraternities are trying to be more active in making sure that everything is running safely. i think if increasing safety coming at the cost of making a deal request now policies i am completely okay with that. >> i want to ask you about the changes the university is putting in place just overall, can you -- is there -- other than people not talking to you do you get a sense that this has had an enormous impact. >> absolutely. a massive impact on the university. this is a place with with tremendous history and then suddenly something like this erupts and the reputation is short. people are calling it a school
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with rape culture calling it u.v. rape, and when you fool like this might not have happened they are trying to put the possessions back together. so it is tough so what kind of changes will the university make regarding fraternities. >> well, going forward all parties have to have at least three sober brothers on the premisses. all beer has to be served in closed containers, and depending on the party there has to be scuff guards or a guest list so not just anybody can come can into the party, so social life is going to change a lot good to have you on the program now you can see the rest of the report coming up at the top of the hour on "america tonight another report says humans are on the verge of doing unprecedented damage to the world's oceans. jake ward is here with the
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fascinating story. >> species living underwater travel vast distances over long periods of time, so when big changes take place, it isn't clear what is causing them or how broadly they are effecting live. this brings together hundreds of sources many that haven't been connected before, to paint a very alarming picture. the current rates of marine extinction, could be what they call the prelude to a major extinction pulse, and they are clearly blaming the growing footprint on human ocean use. >> what is the human ocean connection. >> well, it does, the study says that it is all about human etch encroachment. we are also talking about the ways in our use of the ocean are sort of damaging it. the report using various sources to point out they are becoming more acsis ideally as a result of carbon emissions. and fish are simply trying to
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get away from us, some species are already giving up on their natural habitat. the bad news overall is that we are looking at habitat destruction, becoming the big threat over the next century and a half. the good news is that it is still possible to put the oceans back in good health, in that sense the oceans are in fact john, far better off than life is on land. >> that's great news, if there is good news to take from it. >> that's about it. >> coming up, families search for lost loved ones as deadly floods continue in central east africa. plus. >> her story now the subject of an oscar nominated documentary, the mystery of photographer vivian mayor.
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>> the average cost of a gallon of gas is below $2.
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but the plunging crieses are cripples russia as economy. >> russia is really paying the price for failing to reduce it's dependency on gas and particularly oil exports. more than half the country's foreign earnings come from the sale of gas and oil. and look, just consider this bun figure, that for every $1 dropped in the price of a barrel of oil, costs the economy $2 billion. and it is playing held with any chance of coming up with a budget for 2015, putin signed off on a budget towards the end of the year, that assumed the price would be $100. well we know that it is nowhere near that, and the finance minister said he will now be forced to slash. % that's 10% of every one of the departments except, of course, for defense and in the next 24 hour suppose will be reassessing the debt, and
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there is a good chance that insiders say it will be reduced to junk status. >> heavy rains and flooding continue to hit east africa. floods have killed at least 50 people and left tens of thousands without homes. kathryn soy is there with more tuesday at dawn, when waters swept through this. the raging waters came down from the hills carrying this huge rock. several people and livestock were swept away, 40 houses where are destroyed. they salvaged nothing the 11-year-old nephew was sleeping he drowns. >> you just hear boom boom. and then we come to check we find there's nothing anything
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completely gone. >> peach are searching for people that are still missing. these men are looking for the bodies of a young boy and another man who we understand were living in that house they think the bodies are buried under the mud. >> after several hours they found nothing but they say then won't stop looking. s of those who have escaped have taken refuge, they have been sleeping on floors with little food, and hardly any utensils. >> this woman told us she is just happy she got her four children out safely. >> we have never experienced this before, i managed to take some of my children's clothes but nothing else. >> it gets worse as you go further south thousands of trap redirect examination in villages that are hard to access, it is a disaster, that the president says the country cannot deal with alone al
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jazeera, southern ma wally. >> more now on that severe flooding, kevin. >> john, we are looking at the worst flooding in this area in over 30 years. let me break it down on what is happening here, as you can see on the south india, as well as over here towards parts of africa, this is what we called the intertropical convergence zone. during these months it moves south over the region. what has happened here, is we have had a disturbance but a very slow moving disturbance that just made land fall a couple of times. this particular system dropped over 16 inches of rain, but we will be seeing more over the next couple of days. the area here, the ground is saturate sod othe big problem here is any more rain is just
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going to really exasperate the problem this area of low pressure, we are watching that for development but still over the next seven hours we do expect to see another foot of rain kevin, thank you. now to a new captainner a decade long legal saga involving roman poll lan ski the oscar winning director pleaded guilty in 1977 to raping a 13-year-old girl in california. he fled the u.s. before sentencing the u.s. authorities are asking poland to extradite him the decision rests with that country's justice ministry. this week a polish prosecutor questioned him about the case. jamie floyd is al jazeera's legal contributor, and she is in the studio. >> hi, joan. >> first of all why would they question -- why would the prosecutor question him. >> essentially giving evidence about whether or not he needs to go back, and you know. >> 1977. >> this has been going on for
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a long time. i have been covering this for the entirety of my career, and i don't want to talk about how long that is. >> so what is unusual the length of time. >> this is like no other case. there's a length of time, there's the celebrity factor, do you know any other case where a guy skips bail, and then flouts it on the red carpet? usually you skip bail and you disappear and we never hear from you again. this guy is out there and he lets everyone know that he is, at every possible opportunity and he has supporters that are extremely high profile people, and he has pretty powerful detractors as well. why are authorities getting involved in this again? >> this is not a case where there's a question of guilty. he pleaded guilty, to having raped this girl, there were six charges. in the end he only pleaded guilty to one, she was 13 at
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the time. but now john, do you know that because he is skipped bail the six charges are essentially reinstated he can be charged again on all six if he comes back to the united states mr. us a new charge, skilling bail. and they don't want him to die without having prosecuted this. he is 81. >> this has turned into something very personal between prosecutors. >> i think so, and it's become an international story he has been all around the world there are 188 countries he can't go to because interpoll has an agreement that he can be extradited and those countries but he has develop to france, he is a citizen there, can't be extradited he goes to poland, he is a citizen there. probably won't be extradited although they are considering it and then of course, there is the big bruha ha when he went with to switzerland. he could just come back here and face the music and then he could use our legal system to try to challenge the case.
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we have heard from the victim. but she has over the years slowly spoken out and in 2013 wrote a memoir, and it was called "girl my life in the shadow of roman powerful armed lan." >> fascinating story. >> the 2015 oscar nominations were announced this morning bird man and the grand baud test hotel lead the pack. tonight the academy is facing a backlash over a lack of diversity for the first time in 17 years the top categories made up of all white contenders know female directors or cinemainginging toking either. spending vivian mayor and
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strange life of a nanny who took extraordinary photographs that surfaced only after her death. we talk with art curator. >> she became a manny she chose to be a nanny a woman who lived with families and helped them bring up their children. as her year. she apparely never married or socialized very much, and she had a box brownie camera and she took snapshots of no consequence, this is where the mystery begins. because we don't know anything about how she may have been so informed. where did her eye and her mind about photography come from? there's no records of her having studies with anyone. obviously this is such an interesting part of the story she never shared her photographs with anyone. she had a great eye to see the pictures she had great timing. when to snap the shutter she had a restlessness about
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photography, what i mean is that she was constantly searching for a good photograph. she loved what happens when she photographed through glass, and reflecting back, and what was going on on the other side of it. the light on the hand, you don't know where it is coming from and it is so prevalent and strong and creating almost a dream like quality so here we have in color it's fascinating to see the dress in it's redness and it is more provocative of that period because of it, but what makes the photograph great is theger choral quality of the hands behind the back, and she was a great photographer. but should we say that she was one of the greatest who ever lived, i am not so sure, i think time will tell. >> vivian mayor left behind over 150,000 photographs. >> we will be right back.
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united states airline announced few flights from houston, to havana. mesh tonight i will see you back here at 11:00 eastern. s. >> after a while the intelligence service decided there was no more risk, because there were other priorities at the time. >> america tonight in paris on what french intelligence knew and shoff known before the charlie hebdo