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the country of yemen sits on the knifeves edge. twin suicide attacks on mosques on the capital killed 127 people: the white house says it cannot confirm that. washington is watching the violence in yemen very closely. shia houthis, battling for control in a country from the crossroads. our report: >> reporter: the attackers knew the mosques would be packed for friday prayers. the heart of yemen's capital, two mosques were targeted. both belonged to the power base for houthi fighters who control the capital. witnesses say the first explosion was inside one mosque
and the blast went off and people fled. more targeted the other mosque. rescuers struggled with the high number of casualties. bodies were taken out. the hospital, the field for blood donations. >> the attacks happened a day after intense fighting at the airport in the southern port city of aden: that's where the president has been trying to build a power base ever since he was forced out of the capital by the houthi advance. for hours, intention battles raged between his supporters and fighters who support another former president. as these skirmishes continued, unidentified airstrikes hit the compound in another path of aden. houthi leaders accuse hadi of coludding? >> it's a crime to be condemned by everyone in yemen. the blame lies on those
supporting suicide attacks. everyone knows in yemen that there is a coalition between the brotherhood and hadi. the coalition is being supported by countries and international powers. there has been unrest as well. these tribes say they are carrying out military maneuvers to prepare for any houthi advances. >> we need to defend ourselves. we if the enemies want to attack us we will attack them. >> the howthies or any, no confidence in any agreement signed by them. they have not suspected. the battle to control yemen is between shia houthis and al-qaeda fighters. as fighting continues, more yemenis are dying. mike lions is a retired army major and al jazeera's national security contribute. how likely is it that isil is behind that attack?
>> it's probably they've got a connection to it. let's say even if it was just their min steerial advice that they were going to go under the isis flag. they might not have sentence the people there to do it but they could claim that they have had this kind of reach because of the social media, they will do what they can. >> do you think it took a larger support group to pull this off? >> looking for a conspiracy here but they used simple tools and simple devices. 1 of the bombs was in a cast. they did a double tap when the first individual was caught at the security gate, the other one went in and exploded his device. so, you know, it was planned. they knew what they were doing but there were likely others involved. >> six months ago, president obama pointed to yemen as a success story. given what's happen today, how would you assess his assessment?
>> right now yemen is at a cross roads because it's where al-qaeda is strongest, where we are focused on with our drones and intelligence capability. when the houthis took over that government a few months ago, we no longer had their permission to fly over. we were doing things outside the boarders you have saudi arabia involved. if they pose an exstencial threat, yemen is a crisis it's the new normal civil war between warring faxes and isis on top of it. >> you mentioned the u.s. had been using it as wench of the launching posts for surveillance and other activities. is the u.s. able to work out of yemen? >> i think right now, all we are doing is oversight over the horizon, nothing to the point where we are working on the ground. just too dangerous to put any kind of special raters there. i would be surprised if that was the case. we might have had some there before, but i think it's just
too risky right now. should american soldiers special operators be caught on the ground inside there, we are continuing to use the drones looking for surveillance trying to find strikes when we can. but it's not going to be the same as we had before. >> now as you know the u.s. embassy was closed last month. how significant is the closure >> so no business takes place there. really almost back to square 1. it's almost like a country that doesn't exist on some level all we can do is watch and support. we demanded they be put back in place. the houthis will fight for survive and the other key is iran. they support them from again a ministerial perspective and supplies and equipment. they have used some planes inside the army outside of their locations as well.
yemen will become another stronghold. something akin to what it's doing now and in syria and iraq? >> i don't think it will be a stronghold but what it will do is it causes the level of disruption to become tribbled versus a civil war that takes place between two warring faxes. >> takes place but now you add another factor on to that. so let's say the houthis defeat al-qaeda and they run them out of the country. now, they will have to deal ices. it triples the requirements that this whoever wins this civil war inside of yemen hasto. >> it complicates it for the u.s. no matter how it turns out. >> yeah. there is nobody we can support. this is not a situation of me en of my enemy is a friend. none of these groups are good inside of there. we have to over watch and look back to make sure they are not doing anything that will hurt eventually the united states? >> mike lions, retired u.s. army
ranger, thank you for your insight . ahead next hour we will explore more of the regional implications of the mosque attacks in yemen. tun tunisia, says they were trained in libya. 24 people there were killed mostphon tourists. thousands took to the streets today to celebrate tunisia's index and condemn the attack. jackie roland has more from tunis. . >> it's independence day in tunisia. that means flags and processions. it's a national holiday but celebrations this year have been overshadowed by the shooting attacks two days earlier. >> the first challenge is the security challenge and the challenge of winning the war against terrorism. tunisia is in a war against terrorism. we won't win if we don't stand together. >> there is a visible security presence on the street. not just police but also army
here they are guarding the french embassy. the second largest party in the governing coalition says the security measures need to go further. >> the countries fought terrorism in europe and some using special forces action special judges, special prosecutors, special courts. >> that's how we should be fighting terrorism. >> tunisia relies heavily on foreign visitors be thk business travelers or tourists and an attack against a tourist attraction strikes a body blow to this vital sector of the economy. the vast majority of tourists want to go on holiday to a play that is safe and stable. in tunisia, the tourism has only recently started to recover after the revolution of four years ago. the violence of wednesday have set back that progress by several years. >> this shop lies slightly off
the main tourist route. the owner has been running it for more than 30 years. still too upset by the attack, itself, to consider what effect it might have on their business. >> believe me i was deeply moved. i imagined myself in their place if i was visiting their country. i was deeply moved because they are innocent and came to visit our country. they came to visit us. another this time from a sea side resort. their messenger is what happened at the museum has nothing to do with their country or their religion. now, it's foreign visit to decide whether they will come, jackie roland al jazeera, tunnis. >> those talks over iran's nuclear program in switzerland are now on hold. the iranian delegation flew back to mark the new year and to warn the death of the president's mother. the talks are said to be deadlocked with major issues
unresolved marking the iranian new year president obama appealed directly to the iranian people to support a nuclear deal. >> the days and weeks ahead will be critical. our negotiations have made progress but gaps are made. our people in both of our countries and beyond who oppose a diplomatic resolution. my message to you, the people of iran is that together we have to speak up for the future we seek as i have said many times before, i believe that our countries should be able to resolve this issue pivalates with diplomacy. >> but the time to make a deal is running out they will spend the weekend reinforcing their position before talks resume next week. jays bays is in switzerland with the latest. >> after six days almost non-stop negotiations with the iranians secretary of state john kerry was 12i8 being positive. >> something terri carry how is it going?
>> making some progress. secretary carry headed into a lakeside restaurant where he was joined by earnest nunez, a nuclear physicist who has been heading the technical negotiations for the u.s. after lunch, news that the talks were being adjourned for now. we are recessing the talks. >> and when will you rejoin? >> we will be back next week. >> here in lusanne. >> yes. we made a lot of progress. >> what's become a daily morning walk by lake geneva said he was ready to work through the weekend even though it's the start of the important iranian holiday. we had been told there were plans for other foreign ministers joining them talks when they are in the final leg. so why the suddenly postponement? there are gaps between the two sides. secretary carry had to leave anyway on sunday to go to washington, d.c. for a meeting
with the afghan president. it's another reason too, the mother of iran's president died and his brother is one of the main negotiators. the p 5 plus 1 time to make sure their position is unified before they return flanges is taking a much more hawkish line than -- france is taking a hawkish line. >> they have been reluck divinity but france's approach has divided world powers. the differences are minor and the eu the eu is a member. we are in lockstep inside the
negotiating room remember united with a country like russia many places we disagree today but on this we are working together on the same page and trying to get this done. >> secretary of state carry expected to travel to london tomorrow to discuss details the state department says he has spoken to russia. sigh he'd abdul and amadi were jailed for crimes. the president asked iran to help finder bob levenson who went missing eight years ago from an island resort focusing on the deteriorating
position. all though they were short on details everyone this was the european union willing to stand by the libyans and once a national unity government has been put into place, the european union is partly funding talks going on morocco and they feel they have an investment in the outcome of those talks. we are not talking about a huge military commitment, but we are talking about observers status missions to build up the libyan national army. we may see european troops on the ground securing libya's border helping guard the oil installation which for the european union would be a departure from the normal activity.
now, why you might ask the is this auchltdz such a big prior to for the european union. deteriorating soralled and realizization in the capitals cross europe that libya is very much on the doorstep of the boarders to the south, clearly at a jumping off point at this terrible ongoing migration issue. europeans are concerned about the rise and the spread of isis in libya. i think that's really focusing people's minds for the time they realize their problems in their back garden in their neighborhood and thisey need to do something about it. >> afghantan's president ordered an investigation from a beating death. the images you are about to see are disturbing. on thursday a mob attacked a woman accused of burning the koran outside of the mosque. witnesses say after she was beaten to death, her body was thrown down the bank of a river
and set on fire. at least four people have been arrested. the family said she was mentally ill. >> in northern india, passengers after a train went off of the rails, more than 30 people were killed in that derailment. dozens more injured. jamil reports. >> reporter: hundreds gathered to help after the engine and two passenger cars went off of the track covering to went. twisted medal to free the passengers. after the state capitol, officials said two dozen were in position. s. to announce complications for the victims and their families.
>> the families of the dead will get $3,200 and the injured will get $800. i will be going to the site myself along with railway officials. >> the cause of the derailment is being investigated the network carries about 23 million passengers daily and the port safety record with the government has promised to fix. critics say today's derailment is proof that improvement needs to come soon. jamil, al jazeera, new delhi. >> the white house unveils new regulations for fracking by. why industry insiders are not happy. a congressman resigning over his questionable spending habits. now, feds may be getting involved. details ahead in power"power politics."
. >> house speaker john boehner will visit israel later this month. he said the trip will come up during a recess. the speaker is expected to meet with the israeli leaders to discuss relations between the two countries. an aid says the trip was planned before tuesday's election and before prime minister bingenjamin netanyahu's visits. there are reports a federal grand jury will convene. the illinois congressman is accused of misusing campaign funds. political michael surer is in atlanta. if there is a grand jury convening next month, how serious is this in your opinion? >> it's always serious when it comes to that. i am sure aaron shock thought by resigning from congress that will be the end of things for
him. it ends the ethics schmidt investigation because he would know longer be a member of congress. now, the grand jury is getting in. saying we have seen some of these allegations. we want to look further into them, allegations having to do with mis reporting, not just a violation of congressional law and ethics but of u.s. law. he is going to have to answer. you know, his father i think, had said it best earlier this week. he said, you know he's going to have a successful career. where do i see him in two years? he will be a success if he is not in jail. those were words that presaged a bad, bad time ahead. >> we have seen other members of congress who have been under the gun action under scrutiny, i won't name any. wedged probably come up with 10 right under the bat. why do you think shock tossed in the tail as opposed to hanging tough as some colleagues have >> we could have a good time
naming those names going back and forth. aaron shock procedural thought this is too much for me and there probably is a little fire where the smoke is but i can end it all by leaving congress and ending this ethics investigation, moving on. he is a young guy, 33 years old. he will be fine that's probably what he thought. it came as a shock to the house leadership t those whom he served as a deputy whip. this was news to everybody on the hill when shock resigned. >> yesterday, house speaker john boehner had this to say about shock's resignation. >> i have to say i was a bit stunned by the announcement but i think i expect and the american people expect members of congress to be held to the highest ethical standards. but understand something. if somebody is going to violate the rules, they are going to violate the rules.
and in almost every case it catches up with you. >> what about republican fall out for the from the shock skarnlingdz? >> i think it fulfills a narrativecandal? >> i think it fulfills a narrative narrative. >> it's not going to help the approval ratings of congress. he was a largely anonymous guy, aaron shock, known really because of his youth, the fact that he had great ads and appeared on a men's magazine but his fingerprints are not on a lot. i don't think it's going to hurt the party that. >> thank you, miker schurer. tomorrow night a deeper look at laws being enacted around the countries. supporters saying they protect the leaks. critics say they discriminate. >> that's religious freedom and lawsuit, 8:00 p.m. eastern, 5:00 p.m. pacific tomorrow. first lady michelle obama arrived in cambodia the latest stop in her asia tour promoting education for young girls, it is one of 11 countries targeted in
the let girls learn campaign according to the white house, 62 million girls worldwide do not go to school. it's the first time the wife of a sitting president has visited the small southeast asian nation. spring 2015 arrived about half an hour ago but for millions of americans, it looked a lot more like winter. it was snow, spring that was snow and freezing rain falling in much of the northeast for more let's bring in kevin coriveau. what's the deal? >> we are looking at a big problem. we have seen accidents on some of the major highways across parts of pennsylvania delaware into new jersey as well. here in new yorkty sister, we are looking at more snow as well as in to long island and parts of southern connecticut. the darkest blue is the heaviest snow. toward boston no delays there. all of the other airports are looking at major delays from laguardia, to philadelphia, over an hour delay there. this is snow totals. believe it or not, over half a
foot of snow in parts of pennsylvania, to philadelphia 2.2 and here in new york 1.5, but that's going to go up because that particular total wasn't taken just a couple of hours. >> that's going to be updated very, very soon. i think we are going to get possibly two to three inches. now, tomorrow, high temperatures across the region are going to go up. new york is going to be 51. philadelphia 55 degrees. so that's going to let the snow start to melt. i don't think it's all going to be gone tomorrow. by the time we get towards sunday it will look much better. we are looking at sunny skies through the rest of the weekend. well it is spring as randall said and spring storms are causing a big problem down here towards the south. randall, we are looking at flash flood ing across much of the parts of texas there in the drought in the panhandle. >> thanks a lot, ken. >> a much anticipated adoption day for families in ohio. newly reduced documents with the potential to change hundreds of thousands of lives.
. >> for the first time, the federal government is setting rules for the drilling technique known as "fracking." they impact thousands of fossil fuel wells on federallam land a are aimed at proctoring water sources across the country. libby casey is in washington. it didn't take long for interested groups to respond to this new rule. question talking about shooting a combination of water, sand into the rockbed to break it up and release oil and gas. it sounds simple enough but it has been used a lot more in
recent years. some communities have been concerned about it. now, regulations are catching up. the new rules thatset safety regulations for fracturing. the drilling technology creating a boom in oil and gas across the country and controversy too. interior secretary sally juhles said government oversight needs to catch up. >> many of the regulations on the bibles haven't can't up with advances in technology. they were the same in place when i was working on drilling and fracking operations. they take effect in june and apply to federal lands. >> amounts to 11% of natural gas and 5% of oil produced in the u.s. the entire department says the regulations set a bar for states as they create their own guidelines. the federal rules require the industry to test the quality of cement used in wells to keep gas from seeping out, meet tougher
standards for storing toxic fluids display more information about existing wheels and reveal the chemicals they have used within 30 days. the industry can came proprietary trade secrets. environmental groups say that leaves a loophole. some say the regulations don't go nearly far enoughbut secretary july says the standard will ensure safety of public drinking water and wildlife? >> we owe it to our kids to get this right. if we do we can continue to grow our economy as we work to protect our water, our air and our community. >> pro-development critics say the rules could hamstring industry and aren't necessary. >> this is a case of the government just getting in the way and adding bureaucracy to a very successful story of american ingenuity as we have seen play out over the past five years. republicans have introduced regulations to block the regulations and two industry groups have filed lawsuits but
matt lee ashley with the left-lien can centre for american progress says the rules are reasonable improvements. >> requiring that a company build a storage tank to be able to treat waste water is hardly burdensome that is something communities across the country should exact. >> they cap off more than three years' debate and one and a half million public comments. >> this is another example, of course, of a fight between the white house and republicans taking shape. the obama administration has been using the regulatory process to follow through on its goals. those ins the process say this is exactly what regulations are made for. they have had this lengthy feedback process they have followed through. environmentalists certainly had not getting everything they want. randall? >> thanks libby. now to madeline stano, an attorney on the center of race poverty and the environment. madeline represents people who say they have been affected by
fracking. she joins us from san francisco. here is the key question. how would you rate the obama administration's new fracking reclations announced today? >> hello. unfortunately, they are a indication of too little too late but they are an important symbol issue first step in thead obama administration dealing with a practice that already is occurring across the country in over 32 states the regulations fail in a couple of key areas such as dealing with air pollution and disclosure of something dangerous happen to you isn't enough. you don't want to be studied to death. you don't want to know what exactly you are at risk for. you want to be able to limit your risk, and that's what regulation is supposed to do. >> the department of interior is supposed to follow up in the next few months with standards for fracking generated methane
pollution and the epa is working on a years' long study of fracking's health risk. isn't it fair to say the obama administration deserves some credit? >> sorry. absolutely. the obama administration has been committed to and very focal on fighting climate change and protecting communities from pollution from the oil and gas industry. however, they have yet to release public studies. they have allowed drilling to occur before they have fully evaluated the risks, which runs the opposite direction of how our main environmental and pollution control laws are supposed to work. so the precautionary principle advises the administration and its agencies toacies the risks before allowing a practice to occur add that's not the case in this timeline. there are over 100,000 active wells that were active yesterday
before this rule and will continue to be active before this rule goes into effect. >> the regulations are now of course, only impact federal lands, frac okay federal lands. >> that's what it amounts to, about 10 or 11% of the land mass where fracking occurs. so what do you think the administration can do to make fracking more safe on private land when are the vast majority of fracking takes place? >> the first and easiest thing the administration can do is to stop actively promoting the practice before assessing the risks, and in its all of the above energy strategy. the administration has been trying to walk a tight line between increasing and promoting domestic energy promotion but also dealing with environmental and public health and climate concerns. unfortunately, we can't compromise on our health and our climate. so the administration could also direct its executive agencies to enter into rule
makings that actualliliment pollution that's going in to our air and water instead of just addition closing it after it's already occurred. >> you know must give us your opinion on this thought that fracking has supporters who say that it has provided america with a degree of energy independence that this nation hasn't seen in years making america soon to become one largest oil and gas producers creating jobs and driving the economy and driving down gas prices and giving the u.s. an upper hand with political adverse series. does i want it play a role a positive role with respect to america's foreign policy and energy policy? >> energy independence is something to drive for but not at the cost of health the environment and climate and not without consulting communities that will be impacted and are impacted by drilling beforehand. furthermore, you see the g.o.p.
engaging insnings to try to lift the crude export cruelde oil export ban. so this goes beyond energy independence. under the admind oil protection has gone up 85%. that is in large part due to the technology of hydraulic fracturing. and while that is a tremendous technological schooechlt, it's come at a great cost to the communities and our climate on the front lines. >> madeline stano, an attorney with the center on race poverty and environment. thank you for joining us on amount of al jazeera. other news tonight, dozens of f.b.i. law enforcement agents are in mississippi this evening to investigate the death of a man found haining by a bed sheet from a tree. his family reported him missing more than two weeks ago. officials want to determine whether otis bird committed suicide or was murdered. jonathan martin is live in port gibson, mississippi. what's the latest in the
investigation? >> good evening, randall. officials tell us today it will likely to be three or four more days before they can determine whether they are looking at a criminal case or suicide. they say it will be that long before they can get preliminary autopsy results. what they did today in the news conference positively identified the man as a 54-year-old ma who lived in this community. he was found hanging from a tree in a wooded area. we were able to go back in that area today, deep back in the area. it was about 200 feet back from the street line here in clayborn county about a half mile when this man lived. he had been hanging for several days by what officials said appeared to be a bedsheet. because of the suspicious and unusual circumstances surrounding his death, the f.b.i., the department of justice and u.s. attorney's office are i hope investigating we learned some 30 state and federal officers are here in this community looking into this case. they say first what their doing is talking to his family to find
out more about him. he had been missing for two weeks. they are wanting to know more about that. they are looking into a storage facility that he owned here in the community and, thirtied, they say that they are looking into a home here in the community that he had been recently renting. >> we are still trying to find out more about mr. bird's life. we are trying to paint a picture as to what was going on another key act of this invest center around mr. bird's criminal past. he is a convicted felon. he was convicted of murdering a woman here in this community back in 1980. he spent some 25 years in prison and was paroled in 2006. so, he has been a part of this community for some eight or 9 years so they are looking to see if his path had anything to do with this. again as i said there will likely be a few days before we know more about the circumstances or the manner of his death. randall?
>> while officials are proceeding cable with their investigation, not -- carefully, what are people in the community saying naacp say they want to wait on the a thorough investigation. a lot of them feel strongly. they suspect foul play was involved. >> i don't know of anybody in this community black or white that would have done it. i really don't. people i know and. >> i am not saying black or white is responsible. i am saying someone other than mr. bird is responsible for his dig. >> so again, randall, we don't
expect any new information according to the f.b.i. any day, any time this weekend. they say likely sometime early next week they will be able to give us more information when those preliminary autopsy reports come back. we will stay on top of this. >> thank you, jonathan port gibson, mississippi. there is confusion tonight over the nation's marijuana laws in the nation's capital. last month, it became legal to possess and smoke grass in washington, d.c. but tonightts report shows buying it is still illegal. >> it's a little after 6:00 in washington, d.c. when people shuttle home on to their favorite bars for happy hour. here in the nation's capital, there is another kind of happy hour going on. some call it a cipher or instead of a beer people pass around a blunt. him on freeman is an ability visit. he has been arrested more than six times for marijuana possession.
in d.c. someone is arrested for pot every two hours. 91% of those arrested are black. >> between four and 5,000 people a year just in the district of columbia being arrested for marijuana, incarcerated. nine out of 10 were african-americans. it's a civil rights issue even. 750 ,000 people are going to jail every year for marijuana. >> after a year of a canvas can, 70% said yes to legalizing the use of marijuana in the city. under initiative 71, an individual can now legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants at home but they can't buy it or sell it. >> frankly right now anybody can go in to anyone else's house and sit down and smoke marijuana or eat an edible. there is no real regulation around that. >> d.c. city council member david groso wrote up a bill that allowed pot to be sold but also taxed and regulated. >> because washington, d.c. is not a state and has no voting
power in the house or senate a few members of congress do have the power to block any legislation in the city despite a popular vote. >> two or congressmen in particular representative anti-haitian and jason tried to blob the law saying marijuana is dangerous and legalization would create legal chaos in the district. >> there is hypocracy. they don't have any problem coming after d.c. but if they were to go to their home district and have federal involvement coming down on the state issue, that causes a war. >> we know that the residents of the district of columbia spoke loud and clear last last november 4th. we are, our government is prepared to implement and enforce incentive 71 in the district of column by i can't. >> we reached out to harris and ch aafes? >> we have been e-mailing. >> both congressmen declined our requests. >> it may be law but it's not
clear who is going to enforce it it is difficult for law enforcement to be able to tell whether or not you handing me $300 was for some cannabis that i just gave you or was it for, you know, because you owed me $300. >> for now d.c. residents have no way of overturning an act of congress. >> means pot may be legal but it's in limbo christoph putzel. >> watch the rest of the record at 10:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 pacific. in ohio hundreds of thousands of people now have access to adoption records under a new law that took effect today. some of the documents have been sealed for more than 50 years. bc is live with us in columbus, ohio? >> you were with the adoptees when that law went into effect. what was their reaction? why were these sdoms files
private in the first place and why change now? >> good evening to you, randall. there are hundreds in line to waiting to, to submit that information for more -- their application for more information. people were overwhelmed. these are people hoping to be reunited with their birth parents, hoping for more information about their health as well as their heritage. i did have the opportunity to speak with one man, steve kelly. he has been on a very very long quest to gain access to his adoption records. a couple of years ago, his first daughter was stillborn. his second daughter was born with a genetic disease. so, he was trying and pleading with a judge for a long long time to open up his adoption case. >> judge would constantly deny his access so here we are today. kelly who is very integral getting this passed. he was among a select few to
receive his birth certificate? >> a lot of the what ifs on this piece of paper don't matter but to know i can physically hold this piece of paper for me was so hard to get for many years, the challenge of getting to this point gives it this finality of i achieved what i have been setting outdo for years. >> for everyone else it will take about a month for them to receive their birth certificate as well as adoption records. i want to point out birth parents did have the option to have their names removed from those records at last check, about 100 parents decided that they did not want their name made private -- or made public. sorry about that randall. >> sure. i understand. so what do you think these records contain? a lot of them are telling me they want to know who their birth parents are and they feel like they will be able to learn more about their heritage by looking at the last names of their parents and hoping to learn more about their health whether they were born full-term or whether they were premature
or had other health issues. >> thank you, live for us tonight. >> in other news the united nations are saying the worth is facing a major water shortfall down 40% in just 15 years?s steps are taken to improve the situation in chile, engineers are developing water machine that works like a cloud t. >> reporter: water is essential for life. 1 in 10 people cannot access a single glass at home. in-laws live two far away from rivers and lakes or have seen the water sources contaminated or disappeared in prolonged drought what if they could access clean water any time anywhere out of thin air? >> the promise of fresh water. a machine that does just that t by extracting most tire from the air just like a cloud.
>> what this machine does is form a strong cloud inside that generates water. the air passes through here and we cool it. if you touch it, it's cold. >> the water is produced through condensation. i will show you. put your hand here. >> it's raining on my hand. >> fresh water is the brain child of the chilean naval engineer. an industrial designer and a forestry engineer. put together the prototype in this santiago innovation center called social lab where each startup aims to fulfill a social need. >> we want everyone to have a well in their home and not depend upon water currents or if it rains. people can have unlimited, infints it water supplies. water is for everyone. >> if there is no electricity, you plug the machine into a solar panel. it is self sustainable.
it could assumes very little energy. >> it's nasa technology simplified. the prototype produces between 9 and 30 lighters of chemical and sulfur free water a day depending upon climate conditions. >> it is almost 40 degrees out here everything is dry as you can see and there is practically no moisture in the air but even in these extreme conditions and even in the desert we are told the fresh water machine is able to extract moisture and produce drinking water. >> the only drawback right now seems to be the price. roughly $1,000 but creators want to eventually make it more affordable. their contribution they say towards quenching the global thirst for life's most basic resource. ashingsdz, santiago. coming up nextl jazeera, santiago. coming up next where crowds gather to see this year's only total eclipse of "the sun."
>> the push to restore diplomatics ties between the u.s. and cuba has divided public opinion. talks this weekended almost as quickly as they began. a cuba american film maker says it's time to go back to the island. my father's family was with the revolution. my mother's family was fact. the story of a young man on his way to russia. everything is kind of crumbling. he stays behind hanging on during a speech listening to go castro, he trades to pull a gun out. >> i am so excited.
you received an enormous awarded. did you sleep with it? >> not quite. >> next to your pillow? >> not quite it was a wonderful festival, a lot of young people for a movie that was made in 1996. i think that the way that obama sort of lifted or hinted at this new freedoms caught everybody by surprise. as a cuban, we suffered a lot. that's going to be difficult for a lot of people i have never been a cuban that cries about the island every night and wants to see his home. i think that would be very sad because place, itself physically has crumbled. it's a city that is in pieces
that's the story i would do. those characters those characters that every day of their lives wish they could do there? >> what's coming tup at the top hour? >> more than 125 dead, dozens more injured as yemen investigate's today's dead l.l.c. blast site. what has led to the turmoil in that country and the impact on the political system plus it's tax time. experts say millions of americans who file online will get hacked this year. but can the irs track down those fraudulent claims as it faces deep refunding cuts. fracking as you heard several states, cities and towns have banned the practice. the obama administration is regulating it. why are environmental groups calling the rules week. >> a comedian with a global
following, an irish american with fans on both sides of the atlantic but his biggest following is in china. >> for me, what i do, i talk a lot about the struggles of dating in china, the weirdness of being a 39-year-old single man in china, which they think is outlandish almost like a crime. >> he will tell us about being a global comic. all of that and more in about 5 minutes, randall. >> thanks. tonight, a sky gazer's over europe today the first total solar eclipse in nearly three years. you have to travel as far north as norway to get the best view. 20,000 people did that. the best location the ferrill islands. emma hayward is there? >> they say it's about timing. when it all comes together in the skies, it does so as moon casts a shadow the celestial mechanics were in full-swing.
at first contact, it looked as if the main had taken a bite out of the morning sun. for those who had seen it before excitement at what was unfolding it gets dark out there. darkness descended one of only two places in the world to experience this total eclipse. now in totality moon cast its shadow over where we are it feels eerie. >> cloud eclipsed some of the
thinldz often seen in an eclipse. the moon could be seen and out of the shadows, we were back into the light. >> this eclipse brought more than 9,000 sky graders to the farrows, all hoping to witness something special in spite of the cloud. >> it makes you feel aware of the immensity of the universe. i think that's what you come for. >> i didn't expect it to get dark that quickly you can see it. we did actually see almost the full circle of the moon worth coming from. >> the fair owes won't special another total e clints for several hundred years. many here, though are already looking forward, willing to chase the moon's shadow wherever
>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. is mosque attacks. twin blasts in yemen leave scores of people dead. i.s.i.l. takes credit for more bloodshed . unsealed. hundreds of thousands of adoption records. the new ohio law that could change lives. fracking rules. new federal safety standards why most oil and gas wells don't have to follow them. plus