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ted cruz set to announce his official presidential candidacy tomorrow. u.s. troop withdrawal to peace talk with the taliban. there is fear tonight the country of yemen is heading towards a full blown civil wars. the latest unrest by the seize seizing of the city of ta'izz. protests in the streets feeling the houthis want to drag them into war. the crisis sparking an emergency meeting at the eunt united united nations. gabrielle alessandro al alisondo has
more. >> far away from the edge of civil war. >> he made grave comparisons to what the country could be facing. >> any side that would want to push the country in either action would be inviting a protracting conflict in the vein of an iraq, libya syria combined scenario. >> reporter: gun shots and anger in both the treets of tiefs,ta'izz the third largest city. surrounding the barracks of the security. >> we refuse, denounce reject these militias.
we will defend these barracks with our bodies until they leave. >> reporter: now closing in on president hadi and his stronghold in aden. on sunday, the security council once again called on the houthis to halt their advance. >> the security council condemns the unilateral actions sovereignty ever yemen. against u.n. resolution 2401. >> a houthi leaders on sunday seemed to reject those efforts. >> translator: the security council usually supports the offender against victim. it meets only when it sees that the evil conspiring in criminal hands are in a dangerous situation.
>> reporter: the security council did leave the door open but they did not specify what those measures might be. >> butto so far no actions by diplomats here at the u.n. has halted or even slowed the political or security crisis facing yemen a crisis that's getting worse everyone day. gabriel alessandro, al jazeera united nations. >> ongoing power struggle that is threatening to rip the country apart. >> these yemenis are not sure what is ripping open their country but they are sure that the houthis coming into ta'izz are not welcome. >> translator: they want to drag us into war and we refuse. >> reporter: the heucts have houthis
have reportedly taken the airport in ta'izz. they say they are fighting for right of all yemenis. they are headed to aden aden where the ousted president fled. >> firstly the evacuation of all armed militias. second withdrawal of all government from the cities. >> first it's shut down its embassy. now it's pulling its troops out of an air base in the south. >> this makes all the sense in the world. limited number of troops there. specifically to take on the war or the fight against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. they don't want those forces being caught in what may become a full blown civil war. >> friday's mosque attacks gave us a glimpse of what that could mean for ordinary people in the
area's poorest country. even one gun for every two people there hasn't been this kind of chaos in its recent history. al jazeera. >> let's take another live look at singapore where a memorial is growing. it's just past 11:00 a.m. people are growing to pay their last respects to li kwon yu. the cambridge educated lawyer, built it into one of the world's wealthiest economies. officials have declared a week of mourning. president obama has sent his condolences and called li lis a true giant. >> without l.
>> home land occupied. first by the british and then by the japanese. after training as a lawyer in britain he became prime minister in 1969, a post he would hold for 31 years. despite a ruthless style of politics lee was no independence leader. kicked out of malaysia in 1965 against a backdrop of racial tension. a fearful lee contemplated a bleak future. >> connected by geography economics, and ties of kinship. >> sentiment gave way to
pragmatism. determined to bring prosperity to his new country. under his leadership, singapore was transformed into a tiny island to a technological powerhouse. political opponents often found themselves in court. often brucht. famous bans like those on chewing gum were only recently relaxed. lee's political party was returned to power again and again. senior minister and minister-mentor. through it all he was unrepentant. >> if i ran a western style democracy and took a straw poll and went according to the poll,
we would have come to grief. >> while freedoms were sacrificed lee repaid his people with an economic miracle. filling the 20th century with one of its most important leaders. al jazeera. >> special forces are getting in the way of u.s. declared mission against terrorism in iraq. shia militias are helping the western back coalition fighting i.s.i.l. on the ground. won't allow iran to increase its role or influence in iraq. >> it is a neighboring state. they clearly have interests there. seulsulmani, i wouldn't consider the forces daesh has brought to bear in iraq have generated an
iranian reaction, they want to make sure they are not pursuing a parochial and separate reaction that iraqis don't need. >> combating i.s.i.l. on the ground video shows americans at work in a taji training camp 12 miles outside of baghdad. nearly 100 americans are based there. u.s. fighting techniques are eagerly being picked up. syrian observatory for human rights, say they were taken hostage after a military helicopter went down in rebel controlled territory. in fact this video purportedly shows the crash. the rebel fighters claimed they shot i.t. down. by tomorrow we should have our
first official being presidential candidate. texasing senator ted cruz, will be the first to throw his hat in the ring he was actually born in canada, the son of a cuban immigrant. if he wins he would be the first hispanic president in history. first elected in the november 12th 2012 vote, before that crufscruz served as slit or the general under rick perry. michael assure shure has the story. >> that's all going to change tomorrow when texas republican
senator ted cruz officially announces for the presidency. we say officially because he is dispensing with the act of forming an exploratory committee, allows him to go ahead and disclose who his doornsdornsdonors are. he is for reform not the kind of economic reform that this white house has tried to enact. in iowa, cruz is going to have his hands full with mike huckabee ben carson and rick santorum, a conservative that will be likely running in that state. joanie ernst just won in november 2014. those are the kind of voters that ted cruz is wanting to woo.
hispanic voters are not going to take up as many in those three key saits. tomorrow, he tries to take a message that works so well in texas to the rest of the country. >> michael shure thanks. really unexpected loss in france for marine le pen. beat out the socialist party ran by francois hollande. >> consolidateing his come back, weakening the national front's hoapts of a first round win. -- hopes of a first round win. >> translator: i confirm there will be no agreements local or national with the leaders of
this cub. >> marine le pen one of europe's most powerful far right parties. after their historic win in eu elections last year they now want to gain nor ground. >> translator: the goal is to demonstrate the national front not just attracting millions of french people in a national election. >> reporter: the latest shows nicholas sarkozy but but francois hollande's approval rating is at a record low despite nationwide praise of his handling of the paris attacks two months ago. >> in january men and women were
killed because they were defending freedom of expression, let's not forget that. voting is a victory for men and a bit too late for women. today we can vote. we will elect as many men as women. >> issues of integration concerns that have taken root in france turning marine le pen into a series candidate but voters still have doubts over her and her party. neave barker, al jazeera paris. >> group is not necessarily viewing that as a loss. they won their first seats in a regional parliament, antiausterity message has gained
trarks since the syriza party won in greece last month. >> two helicopters from chad bombed their positions along the country's northern border with niger. members of boko haram are massing in the area preparing for a bigger assault. the president of tunisia are on the hunt for the attackers third escaped security camera footage shows interacting with another man who is carrying a backpack. the gunman killed 21 people at the bardo museum in tunis on wednesday. u.s. officials say they received threats of kidnapping and assault they warned americans in the region that they are high targets for terrorist attacks.
>> afghanistan's top criminalling investigator said a woman beat to death by a mob was wrongly accused of burning a koran. funeral of the 27-year-old coffin was carried by a women's rights activist group. 13 people including eight police officers have been arrested in connection with the killing. afghan president ashraf ghani in washington for his first official visit to the u.s. that is topic of tonight's week ahead. we'll discuss key security issues for the two countries and what the future may hold for the relationship. also the boston marathon bombing trial is about to begin its fourth week of testimony. why prosecutors are moving ahead of conceptual. >> and a case that's being closely watched by law enforcement and advocates for the mentally ill.
>> the boston marathon bombing trial is about to begin its fourth week of testimony. prosecutors are presenting evidence against dzhokhartsarnaev, before it began it was estimated it would last three to four months, experts say it could finish in half that time. tsarnaev's lawyers are the reason why it's moving as fast as it has. focusing on keeping their client off death row. earlier tonight i spoke with boston globe columnist dan taiz ramos. day ramdanteramos. >> to dzhokhartsarnaev, when this witness came in this was somebody he was friends with
since 8th grade. he suddenly perked up because this was no longer a stranger, a victim or technical experts. this was one of his closest trends. he perked up for the first time many observers had seen. >> cross examining an fbi investigator. tomorrow the supreme court takes up a case how law enforcement deals with emotionally disturbeding people. jacob ward has the story. >> off her medication for several months. she hadn't been bathing or eating, the social worker reported and she owed the social worker out of her room saying
she had a knife. transporting teresa to the hospital for a 5153, code for psychiatric evaluation. two police officers arrived finding her lying in her bed. she threatened them, they retreated to the hall, then forced their way back in and shot teresa at least five times. >> the last one was pretty much -- trying to think of the word -- execution style to her temple. the doctor said it was a miracle she survived each of them let alone all of them. >> teresa's family filed suit against san francisco. the question is whether the police are violating the civil rights of the mentally ill under the americans with disabilities
act, when they know they're in psychiatric distress. the family won its case here in the ninth circuit court of peams andappeals and now teresa's case has reached the supreme court. one newer tactic is the use of so-called crisis intervention teams or cits. san francisco has a team, although it's not clear why the officers in teresa's case didn't summon it. neither the san franciscan city attorney nor the police department would comment on our story. cit requires an approach of exactly the opposite, no threats no arguing just calm discussion. >> the cit officer stays calm and focused. and continues to attempt to resolve the situation without a confrontation. >> the officer had a
prescription ordered in. >> i'm here for you man i'm here to help you out. okay. this is not anything that you should go to jail for. you are just trying to do some shopping right. >> those without cit training are often unable to do. >> there are examples when officers have put that training into effect with wonderful result. that has happened. wrofnld you know -- wonderful you know, that is how it should happen. why isn't that the standard? >> if this was your sister or your mother or your daughter, would you feel that action is warranted? is that really reasonable to someone who has no bearings of where they are at the time mentally? that needs to change. >> reporter: until it does frances has learned that with a mentally ill member, the last
thing to do is to call 911. jacob ward, al jazeera, san francisco. >> tree speech case centered around these license plates. texas has refused to issue specialty plates including the confet ratconfederate flag. state of california technology that allows the driver to sit back and relax with no hands on the wheel. andy gallagher on the journey that's set to take ten days. >> it's been billed as a hands-off revolution arary experience. over the next ten days it's hoped that this vehicle packed with the latest software which nag gate across the u.s. with no human help. but the system is far from alone. in recent years many of the
companies including google and tesla have been working on autonomous vehicles. many in the industry feel that fully automated cars are still very far off. >> you have got factors that are handled and considered. the biggest would be the legal and liability issues as well as the inclement issues that are challenging these regulators where they realize that the sensors can be covered with muck snow, ice. >> it's believed that drivers will be able to gather critical data. >> they are seeing me not the driving of the car but reading a magazine. >> making driverless cars more capable. more than a million drivers die on the year every year, a figure
that could be reduced by this type of technology. andy gallagher, al jazeera. >> coming up on our sunday night segment, the week ahead what's next for the u.s. and afghanistan. coming up the bilateral talks between two countries. and building a new stadium may seem like a good idea for a city's economy of critzics say only the team benefits. president obama's new budget may actually change all that. >> that make a difference. >> senator, we were hoping that we could ask you some questions about your legal problems. >> that open your world. >> it could be very dangerous. >> i hear gunshots. >> a bullet came right there through the window. >> it absolutely is a crisis. >> real reporting. >> this is what we do. >> america tonight. tuesday through friday. 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america.
>> deadly consequences >> the person i married was gone >> are we prescribing an epidemic? >> the last thing drug companies wanted anybody to think was that, this was a prescribing problem >> fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... opioid wars only on al jazeera america >> welcome back to al jazeera america. here are the top stories we're following right now. united nations security council called an emergency meeting to discuss the growing crisis in yemen. the special envoy to the country is warning it is on the brink of civil war. ousted president is calling for an urgent intervention. people in sing more are paying their respects to the late lee
quon yew. lee died at the age of 81. texas are senator ted cruz is expected to announce he is running for president. first to throw his hat into the wing. his conservative views make him a favorite of many in the conservative base. a delegation of afghan officials will be in washington this week. president ashraf ghani abdalla abdalla, and others ghani will also address congress on his visit. >> when ashraf ghani meets with officials on monday, his country's security will be top of mind. he wants president obama to delay withdrawal of troops.
>> i'm particularly concerned about the summer 2015, the afghans, the first fighting season plement public health on their own. >> glain is trying to -- ghani is trying to relaunch talk with the taliban he is worried that i.s.i.l. may be trying to move in. >> we believe that the 98 sent nascent threat of i.s.i.l. >> about 9800 u.s. forces are in afghanistan to train the military, then withdrawing the rest by the end of 2016 leaving behind a small number of troops to protect the u.s. embassy. the fear is that the afghan military will crumble something the new u.s. defense secretary acknowledged on a recent trip. >> president obama is considering a number of options to reinforce our support for
president ghani's security strategy including possible changes in the time line for our draw down of u.s. troops. >> some analysts feel the obama administration must think long term. >> at any point you could see a security collapse but if the economy is kind of able to be sustained then you will be able to push back on whatever sutter problems you face. >> reporter: the obama administration is expected to announce changes to the u.s. troop deployment plan while ghani is in washington. rosalyn jordan, al jazeera, new york. >> requiring u.s. bases in kandahar and jalalabad open until the end of this year.
there are currently about 10,000 u.s. troops in the country. president ghani says he has opened peace talks with the taliban. he is cautiously optimistic face to face talks will happen. coming together to achieve peace and disability in the region. violence, many paying the price. since the war began in 2001 an estimated 23,000 have been killed. for a look at what's ahead i'd like to welcome mike lyon, retired army major and a truman national security fellow. and matthews rosenberg former afghanistan correspondent for the times. good to have you with us. mr. rosenberg ghani offers
hope for the u.s. president it says in the editor. >> he doesn't need all the chitchat he's not like dye who karzai who was often moody and belligerent. ghani runs an incredibly weak government. john kerry had to go there and personally negotiate the deal in which ghani was the president but abdalla business political rival, has created an office called the ceo. they do not get along. karzai for all its corruption did have a unified government. that deep commitment isn't there and that's a deep worry for the
u.s. >> the relationship is slightly better. the priorities, mr. lyons afghanistan is still struggling. >> general campbell saying we've got to slow down the redeployment back to the united states. he went to afghanistan early last year, took over the job was vice chief of staff of the army, took over the army with the foresite that knowing pulling out by 2016 was too early. >> do you think it very well could happen? >> if ghani wants u.s. forces there, then our president could say welt look, this is what this president wants to do. taking afl the troops, you are removing half the fracture infrastructure, half the
capability. >> if we don't stay past 2016, mr. rosenberg, how secure are the forces? >> if you say go deal with it on your own they're not ready. feeding supplying their own troops isth credibly difficult. big unit miefers on a whole lot of things they're not there yet. a lot to overcome, a lot of their deficits can't be overcome in a year or two maybe. if we get up and go you're going to have an army that piece of it will probably fall apart if left on its own now. that said, the i was there in 2009 and 2010 in kandahar in place that were filled with taliban. watching afghan soldiers get high and stuff like that. that doesn't happen anymore as far as i know they have come a long way but are not there yet.
>> we want to point out president ghani's visit comes santa time as al jazeera's nicole johnston reports the army is at its lowest level in five years. >> reporter: these afghan soldiers are getting ready for a patrol. first up using an american made machine gun. but the men tell us they prefer russian weapons. this wung they says -- one they say sometimes jams. the force atial aljalalabad the problem isn't troops, it's weapons. >> lack of air support intelligence balloons and drones have affected our operations a
lot. we are very weak in having long range weapons. these days the war has been modernized so we need modern weapons. >> even the food budget has been cut. there was no meat for lunch. instead, rice, spinach and a potato. while most foreign troops have pulled out the size of afghanistan's army is at its lowest level in four years. desertion, lack of recruitment and casualties are taking a toll. last year troop numbers dropped 8.5% to just over 85,000. u.s. military leaders overestimated the strength of afghan security forces. they thought there were more police and troops than there really are. that makes it difficult to judge the afghan government's ability to secure the country.
1300 afghan soldiers were killed last year. for many poor afghans it's the only job they can find. mohamed ashna has to support 13 people in his family. he gets home every six months. and says it's just as well that he's single. >> translator: there are provinces where boys are left for a long time. they get bored for nine ten months to a year, before they get leave. then they get a holiday and they wonder if they will get a leave again that's why they don't come back. >> every morning soldiers sweep this stretch of road for improvised explosive device. if they had jammers they could do a better job protecting people. taliban fighters are only a few kilometers away. the challenge is holding them back and it's one afghanistan is
now facing on its own. nicole johnston, al jazeera jalalabad. >> fewer nato and u.s. resources. the taliban are taking notice. >> they are closer to kabul they continue to attack close to where the capital is and that's where we're going to eventually retreat you in 2016. that hasn't stopped them. you saw from that package there is multidimensions to this warfare. and the fact that afghan forces don't have basic capability to fight what is a very resilient enemy. >> you could see resurgence in fighting especially with the warmer season. >> they're going to be on their own. that lack of air support is not only in the fight but mobility, they can't bring soldiers to the battlefield in a place where
they can affect the battle while it's going on and again that's the kind of disadvantage that they're at. the taliban remains on the initiative because they are on the offensive. >> mr. rosenberg. >> there was another false start in february where it looked like they might be willing to talk or the pakistanis might be willing to bring them to talks. that's kind of sputtered out again and nobody's expecting any substantive negotiations to begin any time soon. and once they do begin we're talking a year two three before there's some reconciliation. then question comes up will they follow let's say mulla omar we're making a deal, will they follow the deal? you might get disaffected force he split off. you've got that factional side.
then the other thing that often doesn't get as much coverage is there are a lot of taliban groups that basically operate making money they need to make money, minerals, drugs, whole range of illegal businesses. there's to not much incentive stopping fighting when stopping fighting you're making a lot of money. >> how does pakistan factor in mr. rosenberg? >> pakistan is where the taliban live. the afghans telling they're the puppet master, they could jail their families they could expel them. if they can let the taliban to sit down, if they can make them agree with a deal, that's more
unlikelien that. >> working with abdalla abdalla he does have a weak government he's trying to get his hands around, ashraf ghani is the kind of leader the west wants. >> domestically what is he facing at home? >> he's facing everything from corruption from desertion in the military lack of security, he still has key government positions he hasn't filled, there is so many things within that government that prevents him from moving things forward. >> what roadblocks do you see him facing? >> education of the citizens, there's so many things he's got to do. the thing about business, general bar are nard says barnard says once the u.s. leaves business he will leave 20 minutes later.
infrastructure rebuilding, they're not going to go if there's no security. >> mr. rosenberg they simply are there for training. >> they say it's there for training, it's a little more fluid. the afghans are happy with whatever help they get. there are still special operations force he there that are conducting raids probably every night. there is still fighting going on and there are americans taking part just at a longer distance and in far fewer numbers than had been before. >> and thousands of contractors. i mean it's one thing to have soldiers in uniform but thousands of contractors. that's a dirty little secret around the u.s. with regard to how it's waged war in the last 13 years the amount of contractors are still a very large number. >> what does afghanistan look like in five years? >> are they part of the international community?
do we get an organization, a country that's participating in the like and is secure? it's hard to say right now. i do say you'll still see u.s. force he in afghanistan, in the next five years. there will be a deal brokered, where president ghani will want the u.s., just like korea and other places. >> what do you think mr. rosenberg? >> i think he's absolutely right. president obama wants this war over. ifen ghani leaves thinking okay they're in good hands i think that's a much more realistic outcome that there will be u.s. troops there. account u.s. change much in five years? i don't know. the economy's a mess, there's not a lot of natural industry,
corruption is endemic and there are huge changes that need to happen in afghanistan. >> mike lyons and mr. rosenberg great to you have you. in the week ahead. greek prime minister alexis tsipras will be meeting with angela merkel. days after european leaders extend more money to greece. rising tide of antisemitism worldwide. the hearing is a response to recent attacks to jewish people in paris and copenhagen. council about children and armed conflict. part of the discussion is expected to focus on i.s.i.l. and boko haram using children as fighters. coming up next on al jazeera america. the president wants to put an
>> you pick the hot topics and express your thoughts the stream it's your chance to join the conversation only on al jazeera america >> families of 43 missing mexican students are traveling across the u.s. in an effort to bring attention to their case. today they were in new york city. last year the 43 students were allegedly abducted by the southwestern mexican city of igwala. the federal government claimed there was evidence the students were killed and their bodies burned. the families are not convinced and demanding answers. >> translator: this is why we're in the united states to let the latino community and the world know that we're still looking for them. >> felipe, is part of occasion
van 43, his child narrowly sceached being one of the 43 students. -- escaped being one of the 43 students. >> victim statements published in rolling stone magazine last november. discrepancies fowns in the story. one step closer to reality. a coalition supporting a new stadium on planned just south of l.a. has collected nearly twice the number of signatures needed to put the proposal to a vote. under the plan the san diego chargers and oakland raiders would share the stadium. if they fail to get new venues in their home towns. the raiders and st. louis browns both left the their home stayed
jums. tens of millions of farches fill their seats every year. but as al jazeera's michael eaves explains financing for these facilities could be severely altered by president obama's new budget. >> professional sports teems rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year but rarely foot the entire bill for stadium in which they play. instead cities and states subsidize with bonds. those bonds were originally designed to help raise public infrastructure projects. but help private businesses, experts say using them to fund stadiums and arenas go way beyond what the authors had in mind. >> professional sports stayed jums usestadiumsare a private good. in no way can one construe this as meeting the original intent of what the interest subsidy for
state and local debt was supposed to be. >> reporter: after a boom of stadium construction in the 70s and 80s tax reform act of 1986 required such bonds to become taxable if more than 10% of the debt was to be repaid from a professional sports team but the law actually had the opposite effect as cities and states ended up borrowing even more money to make sure the stadium debt payment stayed below the 10% threshold. many say stadiums are bad investments for local governments, some economists believe they don't generate any new revenue. that the money spent at the stadium is just money that people aren't spending at local movie theaters or restaurants and their construction often leaves cities and states with hundreds of millions of debt. a report by bloomberg says tax supported bonds for arenas for
the nba nfl and nhl, more than $17 billion of tax exempt debt has been costing american taxpayers in addition to that debt. >> i think it's perfectly fine if the citizens of these cities want to spend their own money to provide subs subsidies more power to them. but why america's taxpayers should contribute to it is another question entirely. >> the obama administration promising savings of as much as $542 million by 2025. but changing the tax code is never easy. and even bad stadium deals often get approved when the debate pits local pride against
something as unexciting as tax policy. michael eaves. al jazeera. >> after being hit with heavy flooding from the ohio river residents in louisville, kentucky are facing a new challenge. cleaning up. some 200 homes were affected by the rising water and much of the area has been left covered in a this is correct coating of mud. >> it's making our lives really rough. our house we can get in to clean them but we can't access our property. >> the red cross has are arrived in louisville, what can we expect next? kevin corriveau is here. >> flooding from the ohio river valley down here to the gulf. gulf of mexico. we're talking about the area between port thur and beaumont
very dangerous if you are driving the situation because of those notorious low water crossings. the weather has moved out but we're still look at the flash flood warnings in effect now for texas, louisiana all up the mississippi river valley and especially the mississippi river valley those will stay in place we think at least for next week. over the next couple of days the heavy rain we just saw is going to be making its way over here towards georgia and south carolina. we do think thunderstorms could be embedded in this so it could bring the visibility down just a bit. and then as we go towards tuesday rain will be coming into the central plains and then that rain will get a little bit heavier as it makes its way a little bit to the east. temperatures, monday new york at 37 and atlanta at 61. >> all right kevin thank you. environmentalists in the philippines are warning, it is
the residents that are getting the blain. >> reporter: blame. >> home to hundreds of threatened species. tens of thousands of tourists across the world come here for its pristine beaches. but just a few minutes from coran bay this is the scene. robin has been a fisherman all his life. his home since the 1970s. back then they were the bay's first residents. but they may not be living here much longer. this part of the bay is unhygienic and the government wants them to move. >> translator: we don't know if we will have a home. our live of livelihood is hire near the sea. >> most of the residents live
like this with no proper waste treatment facilities. and so water pollution has now become a big problem. >> could affect the other island. the system the marine organization. the pollution has also damaged the habitat. the food chain. and the water system it will be affected. >> reporter: the majority who live here are fisher spoke. others depend on tourism for their livelihood. the government admits relocating thousands of families will be difficult. especially if it means rebuilding an entire community all over again. it is a process that also requires political will. it must be done if it preserves palowan as a major tourist
>> singapore in mourning following the death of its founding father. and >> hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. also on the program, the u.n. said that yemen is on the verge of civil wars. houthi fighters take over the central city of taiz. rebel fight necessary syria say they have taken four crew members hostage after a government helicopter crashed.