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tom acreman green belt mar maryland. >> click on al, al ♪ the u.n. security council discusses the syrian refugee crisis but neighboring countries say they are simply too stressed to help and a dozen people under arrest in italy for a planned attack on the vatican. ♪ look at high school students fall through a stage as it collapses on tape. ♪
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good afternoon and welcome to al jazeera america i'm morgan live in new york city the humanitarian crisis in syria is mounding the word from u.n. asking for the help in the growing crisis and leaders from the world were at the u.n. just moments ago and syria neighbors need more aid for housing, protection and a lot of services to the more than 4 million people who fled syria over the past four years and we go to james live at the u.n. with us and james good afternoon to you and we know this meeting comes on the heels of a new report on syria but what else do we really know at this point? >> how bad the situation is getting because these reports come out every single month and every single month the figures of those that are in need in humanitarian need go up they now have figures they think of 220,000 people who have been
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killed, over a million injured and 7.6 million people displaced, quite observe these meetings are behind closed doors and really trying to get the world to listen and having an open meeting and listen to the words of the u.n. humanitarian coordinator. >> the government arms and terrorists groups continue to kill maim rape, torture and take syria to new lows that seem unimaginable a few years ago. people have become numb to figures that should every day shock our collective conscious and infer urgent action. >> you heard her there say people have become numb and i think one of the problems the u.n. faces is the media outlets are not covering in the way they used to yes here on al jazeera we cover "the twist"the twists and turns in syria and other media don't and why around the security council table and briefing the security council was a special envoy for
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the u.n. hcr angelina jolie and hoping she will get headlines. >> it's interesting when we heard the words those are powerful number the killing and rape and maiming and needing to shock our consciousness and the report says the number of civilians died at the hands of aisle and the government killed by air strikes and what is the u.n. doing now to stop the violence does this report change anything? >> it doesn't and shows you how bad the situation is but every single person who has been speaking to the security council, all u.n. briefers make a point, they can try and deal with this humanitarian crisis but no humanitarian solution, the solution in the end has to be a political solution some sort of peace deal and that is why not just this meeting but the one that will take place at the u.n. security council in a couple of hours will be informed, that is when the council will hear from stephen de-mistura and getting a peace
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deal on the ground and had an idea for a freeze on ceasefire in aleppo and that failed completely and now he has a new plan, a plan to have a series of meetings in geneva to restart the peace process and after he had a meetings with lots of different syrian and regular actors to try and get peace talks going again. >> humanitarian crisis with the political solution james thanks for joining us. the u.n. has invited the syrian government and opposition groups to separate peace talks to separate peace talks in geneva the bid to end civil war comes as they launch attack against regime checkpoints today and al jazeera has more. >> reporter: it's a great view from a plane in northwest hama the vast area overlooks village to the north and south. once a peaceful countryside it's now become a battlefield. government forces have been using it as an attack position against opposition fighters. >> translator: this area is one
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of the first to revolt against the regime and was badly bombed and targeted now it's time to counter attack. >> reporter: opposition fighters launched the attacks by firing artillery, and targets where three checkpoints and the objective was to isolate village loyal to regime from those opposing it. >> translator: we started by launching artillery against the barricades and in the up coming hours we will have full control god willing. >> reporter: attempts to control the area by government forces have been met by fierce resistance. the area is strategic to both sides and it connects hama and idlib provinces and the regime only link between homs in the south and northern aleppo. >> translator: our main objective is to destroy
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checkpoints leading to the city. if we succeed in that we will cut all supply lines from regime forces. >> reporter: whatever the outcome, it's an important front line in this confront without an end, al jazeera. italian police this morning arrested several men responsible for quote acts of terror and the al-qaeda suspects planned an attack on the vatican and attacks across pakistan 18 suspects include two reported former body guards for bin laden who allegedly staged attacks in pakistan trying to topple the government police say the accused suspects financed it in afghanistan and pakistan. two crew members at the helm of a migrant boat crash are in court in italy today and captain and first mate face homicide and human trafficking of the deaths of 700 on the vessel and happening as european leaders
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say it will give aid to help the crisis. more than 160 african migrants from sudan are living under a bridge in the center of paris and mc-greger wood finds out how they plan to make a life for themselves in europe. >> reporter: living in tents by the river and some have been here months and made the skrourn journey across the sea and hoping for a better life and none have papers and it's a kinds of migrant limbo and mohamed is not his real name spent three years working in libya and paid $1100 for his place on a boat which made it to italy and now this. >> translator: not the life we imagined in europe and don't know what to do and this is the path we took but i ask myself why are we here the eu states
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don't seem to be interested in us any more. >> reporter: those helping migrants in france say people like mohamed are victims of a system which is intentionally slow and designed to discourage. >> the argument which is brought forward by the government is if you welcome them too well more will come and this is terrible because it's not true. people in sudan and syria do not think i'm going to france because i have a shelter they think i have to leave home i cannot stay there otherwise i will die. >> reporter: this unprecedented surge in number of people trying to reach europe unfortunately for them seems to be matched by a hardening of attitudes here in france to immigration as a whole. and finding the political will to help migrants settle more quickly and in greater numbers is going to be very hard. the rise of the national front in france is mirrored elsewhere in europe and attempting politicians into ever tougher posturing on immigration. add to that stagnating economies
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and soaring unemployment you can see why the latest tragedies in the med mediterranean have better ways of keeping migrants out rather than welcoming more in. the worry for migrants may not be how to get asylum but avoid being sent back to where their long journey began, simon mc-greger wood paris. marking 100 year anniversary of mass killings they call genocide and arrived at the memorial to pay respects and french president as well as russian president putin are many who placed a yellow rose on a wreath to commemorate the day and this was around world war i and we have more. >> reporter: it has been raining all day, that has not stopped people from walking up to the eternal flame to pay their respects to those who died 100 years ago between 1915-1923.
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earlier today was the official commemorative ceremony and world leaders including putin were here including the serbia and greek president and they had an official memorial and went off to hold by lateral talks later on this afternoon. now tonight there is a torch lit session in the center of town to the memorial and also an orchestra performing a revival concert. events in turkey not just for the massacre but to honor thousands who died in world war i battles and we are in istanbul where the event just started and what is happening right now? >> reporter: well morgan as we speak now there are a group of turkish armenian citizens who have gathered in the streets, unfortunately it's difficult to see it with the camera but it's just a stone's throw away behind me and they are there to
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commemorate the 100th anniversary since the killings there. earlier before them national lists and turks took to the streets in what they perceive to be the narrative of history, that is that there was thousands of turks who were killed by the armenians themselves and they marched through the square so far it has been very peaceful on both sides and assumption is that it will continue in that way but it is important to know that there are two narratives to what happened 100 years ago, obviously as you mentioned there are claims by armenian that a million or so were killed and something the turks dispute and in the past couple of weeks historians uncovered mass graves of turks killed at the hands of arman arman gangs. >> earlier as you mentioned they held events honoring those who died in world war i and also has become quite controversial not only here in the u.s. but where you are in turkey so what have
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armenians said about all this what is the feeling and reactive feeling from the armenian community? >> the fact the government here has done more so to try to build bridges with the governments in the past is seen as a positive step to armenian community so for example the main ceremony that is taking place is in the cathedral in vann with the most armenian population in turkey in the east of the country and it was renovated and rebuilt by the turkish government and the prime minister for the second time in history issued a letter of condolence for armenians who lost ancestors 100 years ago but this issue as you say because it's important in u.s. and other countries they believe it's a political tool used by turkey opposition or opponents in the diplomatic arena to put pressure on turkey and a lot of what is
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said around the armenian issue is exaggerated to force turkey hands in terms of international politics. >> thanks for joining us this afternoon, it's a pleasure to see you. the war in yemen forced 150,000 people to leave their homes in the past few weeks and many of them are part of the growing number of migrants escaping on boats all in search of safety and those still in yemen say they lost everything. >> translator: what is happening here is humanitarian crisis and the homes and victims are what politicians have done to yemen. saudi-led coalition carried out 20 air strikes across yemen despite an earlier announcement it was ending the campaign and this morning u.n. said 500 civilians have been killed in the month-long conflict. casualties mounting in yemen and estimates 500 civilians have died since the end of march and 115 of the deaths have been children and as we report the
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resources now stretch to the limit. >> reporter: there is a semblance of law an order here despite no clear governance in yemen the bomb disposal unit has come to work and not far from here is a military base hit in an air strike this week. french ammunition liters the streets. >> translator: the area is mostly of chemical substances we have examined the whole area with detectors, we have collected the remains of explosives and now they are being moved to be disarmed somewhere else. >> reporter: residents say it was the largest blast they have heard since the saudi-led campaign began, look around and you get a sense of hundreds of lost man hours, jobs on hold and the thousands of dollars that will be needed for reconstruction. although none of this is as urgent as caring for the hundreds of people hurt in that one bombing. a 20-minute drive away is the
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largest hospital in sanaa and its intensive care unit is where some of the most serious cases will be seen. the hospital director says that may not be the case for much longer. >> translator: electricity supplied by the government has been cutoff we are using generators but there is not enough fuel this has been going on for a week and if it continues i'm afraid the hospital will have to close. >> reporter: it's not just this hospital in trouble, world health organization is warning that yemen's entire healthcare system is on the brink. meanwhile the red cross director in sanaa believes keeping the hospitals running is even more pressing than the need for food. >> if we don't find a quick solution now it will be a catastrophe in two days. hundreds of people can die because they don't have the medicines. >> reporter: he says while medical aid has started to arrive his staff face yet another pitfall. delivering them to the hospitals
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in places where there is fighting. i'm with al jazeera. protecting children from malaria and coming up on al jazeera after years of hard work scientists are ready to try a vaccine in west africa plus a merger between comcast and time warner cable falls through and we will tell you why comcast was ready to walk away all along stay tuned. ♪
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more than a dozen students recovering from injuries after a stage collapsed during their high school musical, the terrifying moment was captured on video, this is the stage gave way and fell through the stage at westfield high about 30 miles from indianapolis. >> the music was playing and everyone was singing along and stuff and then just boom the floor went straight down and everyone just dropped and just the look on everyone's face was pure shock and couldn't believe what was happening. >> we started running to the stage and finding out what happened and you see this 12 foot drop and students being covered in huge pieces of wood
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and debris. >> reporter: most injuries were minor and the school is open for classes today as investigators try to figure out why it collapsed in the first place. this morning comcast made it official and dropping the bid for time warner cable and would have been worth about $45 billion and consolidated the two largest cable providers in the united states in a statement time warner confirmed the decision was mutual and comcast said we would have like to bring the product to new cities but structured the deal if the government didn't agree we could walk away. both the justice department and fcc raised concerns about the deal. in fact, the justice department said the merger would have limited competition and as "real money"'s ali explains the federal communications commission was concerned that the merger would not have benefitted the public. >> this deal was facing scrutiny from the fcc and combined time warner cable and comcast would
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dominate broadband and paid t.v. with 30 million subscribers and spent it as the country's largest cable company by a very long shot and fcc staffers have to review these deals, they are not convinced that the merger is in the public interest and so they recommended that the case be heard by an administrative judge, that it go to a hearing, a hearing is a big roadblock to a merger and signalled to many people that the government could likely would block the deal. >> british scientists say they discovered a route cause of asthma and at the university and kings college in london identified the cells that actually cause airways to narrow and thus blocking the patient breathing and a drug thatargets it is for people with osteoporois. looking for a vaccine for
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malaria and effects 200 million a year in sub sahara and africa and many are children who do not survive and we have more. >> reporter: a few tears of pain for a few years of partial protection against malaria. in sub sahara and africa 1300 children die everyday from the disease. there is the never been a licensed vaccine but for almost 20 years a research team based in africa has been working towards one, now their biggest trial of what is known as the rtss vaccine involving 15,000 infants across seven countries over five years delivered its results. >> this shows the vaccine does have some impact over a four-year period and reduces attacks of malaria and severe attacks of malaria but 30%. >> is 30% enough?
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>> no we would like it to be 90% but malaria is such a big problem and if you can reduce that by 30% that is a huge saving in childhood deaths and serious illness. >> reporter: professor green wood has 50 years to fighting malaria and are thrilled the measures are working and the latest world health organization malaria report has 47% drop in deaths across the globe in the last decade in africa the mortality rate has decreased by 54% in the same period. >> we are not suggesting that rtss should be a replacement for some of the other measures like bed nets. it is the consideration lbs it worthwhile and cost effective to add this on to the other measures that are already being given. >> reporter: the world health organization will decide whether to recommend the vaccine for use by the end of the year. danny with al jazeera. coming up next on al
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jazeera america we take you to midst's dirty zip code where one woman is helping residents live with the polluted air they breathe, don't go anywhere. ♪
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all right to detroit suburb of river rouge michigan is dirtyist in the state because of air quality and taking a toll on people who live there and one
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healthcare worker has her hands full trying to keep up with the new asthma cases. >> reporter: the coughing at night is the telltale sign. her work takes her all over metro detroit. >> if you hear coughing at night you should know something is going on. >> reporter: when she began this eight years ago she had 20 clients, now she serves nearly 300. >> so we want to stop it in this zone. >> reporter: milton is an asthma educator and her first stop today river rouge a heavy industrial area that has some of the highest asthma rates in michigan. >> sometimes derrick are you ties or very pale sometimes? very tired. >> reporter: 12 year old has been suffering with asthma since he has been born and it's getting worse. >> just about every household we visit has some form of asthma if it's just one child or one adult that is effected by asthma they are being impacted by it. >> reporter: in a community
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short of doctors, milton's days are nonstop and she refers clients to specialists and educates them on the latest medicine and life-saving technology and milton worries about the impact the power plants factories and refineries that surround river rouge are having on her clients. is there a link between the air quality and these clients and the illnesses you are seeing? >> absolutely the air quality we know will effect and cause asthma, we know that. >> reporter: we first reported last month on what many residents call michigan's dirty zip code and cameras rolling as hundreds packed a town hall meeting voicing their concerns. >> and a lot of us are getting our dreams cut short because we don't have the opportunity to breathe like normal people in a normal area. >> reporter: five years ago air monitoring showed the sulfur dioxide levels here were so high that they violated federal standards. according to the environmental protection agency so 2 as it's
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known can trigger asthma attacks and cause breathing issues but the michigan department of environmental quality or mdeq say it has the problem in check. >> in an interview with a deq, mdeq last month the spokesperson said that the air here is safe. >> is it everything it could be? maybe not. but it's industry it's an industry area. is it conforming to state and federal clean air laws yes, it is. >> do you believe that? >> who determines what is safe for us, someone who doesn't live here or doesn't even care about the people here? it's not safe for us if our asthma rates are continually increasing. >> i always cough everyday. i wheeze like two times a week. >> what do you think is the cause? >> our air, the pollution in the air or something has to be
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wrong. >> why do you say that? >> the bad smells all the stuff in the air, it has got to be. >> reporter: epa gave mdeq to april 6 to submit a plan to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions and the state missed the deadline. >> the dangers posed to health by sulfur dioxide are worry some in wayne county. >> reporter: she is watching documents closely and an attorney with the great lakes environmental law center in your opinion who should be held accountable for making sure the air people are breathing in southwest detroit is safe? >> well you know i think we really need to rely on deq here. they are the agency in charge of enforcing these permits and these permitted levels and we really should be able to trust them. >> we need our elected officials, we need our governmental regulatory agencies to do their job which is to protect our health and protect our air. >> elizabeth milton is not alone in the fight for clean air she
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and many of her clients hope that a push for federal intervention will begin to gain momentum. i'm with al jazeera, river rouge, michigan. today marks 25 years since thatsha -- nasa launched the telescope and it has been sending hundreds of thousands of messages and it has the clearest photos of the solar system and given nasa unprecedented insight into how our universe developed and it will operate for the next few years but an instrument 100 times more powerful will be launched in 2018. thank you so much for joining us, i'm morgan in new york city and we are live next in london and for headlines go to our website at al or follow us on twitter at ajam and a live look at the ceremony in armenian marking 100 years of
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the massacre of more than 100 people by turks. ♪ more migrants ashore in italy, eu promises more help for them and pledging tougher action on the traffickers. ♪ hello there, you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up yemen's foreign minister insists no peace deals until houthi rebels surrender. the silent killer that targets millions and scientists say they are closer than ever for finding a successful vaccine against