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into carrying the luggage. the japanese family of shinzo abe has arrived in the united states. he's expected to be the first japanese to leader to address the u.s. congress. for more go to our site of >> dozens of africa shocks in nepal after an earthquake levels multiple cities. tense of thousand of people struggling to find food and shelter. aid agencies say they can't reach those in need quickly enough. and mourners in baltimore pay their respects for freddie gray as protesters call for justice and questions remain over his death.
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>> good mourn and welcome to al jazeera. i'm stephanie sy. it is now late in the evening in nepal. people are still pulling bodies of loved one from the rubble. the death toll has climbed to 2700 people and that number is likely to rise. 6500 people are injured. authorities are still trying to reach remote areas of western nepal. we're live in the capital kathmandu. so i understand that there are reports of another quake in the country's east. what can you tell us? >> yes those reports are coming from the u.s. geological survey around about 40 minutes ago when we heard that that an earthquake
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has hit 5.1 earthquake has hit the east of nepal. no reports at the moment of anybody having died or injured or what the damage is in that area. as we hear more we'll let you know. >> we know that it's been a challenging time for rescue workers because of the remoteness of some of these locations. do you know if rescue is going on even though it's dark there? >> it is my understanding that the rescue work continues.
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what we've seen over the last 36 hours is a large number of search and rescue teams arriving in the country. we certainly know they've arrived from israel, from france switzerland and austria. we've seen those teams from denmark also. we have seen those teams on the ground and we've been speaking with them of course in nightfall there is little they can do. people have to appreciate the security issues and complications as well as the lack of electricity here in nepal at the moment. authorities are still trying to mend those broken electricity connections mend the water supply system and help those who have been displaced or left homeless. the international community is gathering and helping on a very large scale. >> reporting live from kathmandu
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in nepal. thank you. earlier we spoke with a nepalese reporter. he told us about the challenges in his hometown near the epicenter of the earthquake. >> we have heard one or two helicopters have rescued wounded people from the village where the--near the pep center. but because of the increment weather it was raining yesterday there. even if there is some kind of relief and because of the weather and infrastructure it
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has been difficult to reach those efforts to the people who are seriously injured. >> there were mass cremations today for earthquake victims. some taking place at one of the holiest shrines. this is the worst earthquake to hit nepal in 80 years. we will hear more from the spokesperson for the world food program. thank you for your time. tell us what the organization is doing to help. >> the interesting thing we have we're already on the ground. we've been there for 50 years. we've been helping people who don't have good nutrition. now people many people are homeless many are sleeping in the sleeps. now we're bringing people to help with logistics.
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>> there are many international aid going in and how do you even begin to coordinate that? >> you work with them very very closely. the interesting thing is that a month ago we opened at that airport an humanitarian staging area because we knew there would be such a disaster. that was funded by the brits. >> does that mean that there is food in place? >> there is some food in place. we're bringing in generators and helping the medical supplies and shelter supplies. >> and is it easy to get in there? i understand that a lot of flights have been canceled. >> yes, you have to prioritize. that's the job of the military, and we're helping to get the supplies off the plane into the warehouses so they can go on. but you know, the big question is what is happening in the backcountry? >> yes. >> we have food in areas further away. this is going to be important
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the number one thing is to help people who are injured. >> in some cases people are still buried underneathel rubble. that could go on. you brought something here. >> these are high energy biscuits. you have 450-calories. you get a couple of these business cuts and you're set for the day. this is for disaster when nobody can cook any more. you can eat this and you're set. we're bringing that in from dubai. those are the cookies that we hand out. they really save lives. >> food is necessary. what about potable water. we're hearing that drinking water is the biggest issue. >> that's where the u.n. and international community all take different jobs. some are responsible for food, logistics water. other people are handing this out. we're working together so we don't step on each other. and the hardest thing at the
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airport right now you have to make sure that the most important stuff gets in right now and the stuff you need later has to wait a little bit. >> are you getting a sense that the nepalese government has the ability to push the supplies that are arriving out as opposed to it sitting on the tarmac. >> it's not just the nepalese government. when strikes like this happen, the world need to help. they need military forces from other countries. they have the manpower, muscle and machinery. >> there is an urgency at this point when you look at a disaster at this magnitude. there needs to be urgency. >> i think that everybody is working much, much closer together. you always learn how to do it better faster and more efficient. if viewers want to donate, they
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can make a donation. these business biscuits cost about $0.10. >> that's what they need right now, donations. >> yes. >> thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> we're seeing dramatic pictures the moment the avalanche swept down mt. everest as the earthquake truck. the view here is taken at a base camp and you can see a large cloud. there is a wall of ice and snow that descend on the base camp. the avalanche flattened a path to the base camp and killed 18 people. powerful aftershocks hamper rescue efforts. helicopters reach some of the most seriously injured and take them to kathmandu. >> nepal's historic site was not spared in the earthquake. this is what the tower looked like before the kuwait hit. it was a military watchtower
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built in the 19th century. it collapsed with 200 people inside. nepal has seven unesco heritage sites and this was one of them. vice president joe biden will swear in lore receipting lynch at the 83rd attorney general. the ceremony is expected to take place in 20 minutes. the senate decided thursday to confirm lynch. she'll be the first black women to lead the doj. her nomination was held up for months because of disagreements over a human trafficking bill. thethe defense attorneys have begun their case to spare the life of dzhokhar tsarnaev.
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they argue that he was heavily influenced by his older brother. the prosecution say that tsarnaev should be put to death. many arrive to pay final respects to freddie gray. family and friends waited in line to say good buy. gray died while in the custody of baltimore police. good morning. what is the mood among the people where you are? >> there is a great deal to reflect upon. still after a week, more than a week after freddie gray died we don't understand the circumstances in which he died. he was only in police custody for less than an hour but that was enough time for him to sustain three broken neck vertebra a smashed voice box and 80% of his spine detached from his neck.
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they say mistakes were made. they say he should have been given medical attention he should have been buckleed in in the police van. until then they say there is mystery. they say the result of their investigation, it seems those results won't be made public as yet. not that many have faith in the internal investigation. they have she would out claimed brutality. as a far as many here are concerned freddie gray's death is example of that endemic brutality. and police need to look into all
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deaths in police custody. they say there is no need for an internal police investigation to tell them what happened here. >> reporting from baltimore thank you. japan as prime minister is in the u.n. and amid tensions between the two countries. why shinzo abe's trip may spell a new future for japan's military might. plus an interview with boxer vitali klitschko and where he says he's fighting a different battle these days.
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>> four people tried to tried to plant bombs near the golan border. they said that defected syrian fighters were trying to bomb. israeli soldiers. you're looking at damage of heavy rain and hail and floody. more than 30,000 people have lost power in texas. the storm is heading to luis laws and florida. and corinth college is closing their colleges.
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this is believed to be the biggest higher education shut down in history. japan's prime minister shinzo abe has arrived in the united states. highways been speaking this morning at harvard university kennedy school of government. he said that japan has been working since world war ii to promote peace in the region. >> and we have made efforts to spur develops in arab. i believe that developments in the region would come about through development. >> his trip will include a dinner and meeting with congress. >> there is a host of urgent circumstance on the agenda. now they appearing to closing
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than ever in a 12-nation deal that will significantly open markets across the asia pacific and the united states. one potential stumbleing blog block opposition from president obama from members of his own party. democrats who are opposed to a potential deal. it will focus on asia pacific security. in the senkaku islands between china attend japan. and officials say there will be a major event on monday when prime minister abe and top american issues sign a deal with japan where japan takes a bigger role in providing it's own self defense.
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abe will visit boston, san francisco while in the united states. >> well, he made his name in the boxing ring, but former heavyweight champion turned mayor klitschko in interview. >> there was a deep chill between russia and the usa. there has been steady violations of the latest cease-fire. it is a tough arena for any politician to negotiate even one with a 87% knockout rate. we down with mayor vitali klitschko and asked what he thinks vladimir putin's end game in ukraine. >> ukraine has to play a very important role in this empire.
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we ukrainians don't want back to the ussr. our future, most population see future in modern ukraine. that's our goal. >> do you want to see ukraine to be a part of nato, or do you worry if ukraine is wedded into that alliance it will be constantly be upon between russia and the west. >> the chance to be part is big because all ukrainians see our future in european union. to be part of nato or not my personal opinion yes. but it is very sensitive
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decision and this is a decision, we have to do it with understanding with the population. >> you had a very successful professional boxing career. but when you were in that boxing ring there were rules. now you're in a different arena a political arena where a lot of people that you're up against play by no rules. >> it's true. the first incident no one knows what the distance. second point the young democracy as ukraine to baltics that is like a mixed fight no
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rules. and we want to bring european style of life, not only in life but also in politics with clear rules. if you destroy the rules, you have to be disqualified. >> now klitschko believes that kiev must lead the way when it comes to reforming the country. tonight we'll learn what he's doing to weed out corruption, and re restore security. >> not to be confused with his brother who had a major boxing match in new york city. we look at the case being presented for james holmes as the prosecution demands the death penalty.
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>> in just a few hours opening statements begin in the trial of james holmes. the 27-year-old who allegedly killed 12 people who open fired in a movie theater in colorado. paul beben has a preview of the trail. >> july 20, 2012, was the midnight premiere of the summer block buttser the dark the the darkthe dark knight rises. holmes walked into the theater wearing a gas mask and black body armor. first he through tear gas, then he open fired, and he had plenty ever ammunition. >> it took me a second to realize what was going on. and people were running away. i hit the ground so i wouldn't be hit.
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>> police were on the scene in less than two minutes. they say they found holmes in the parking lot standing by his car. did he not resist arrest. holmes had killed 12 people and wounded 70 more. during questioning the police say holmes told him that he had booby trapped his apartment. police used remote controlled robots to get inside where they discovered an arsenal of sophisticated homemade bombs. >> this apartment was designed based on everything i have seen to kill whoever entered it. >> holmes is charged with 140 crimes including first-degree and attempted murder. >> you have the right to remain silent. >> days after holmes made his first court appearance looking dazed and sporting bright orange hair. his attorney said that holmes
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was in the throws of a psychotic episode when he carried out the attack. >> what we're seeing is some calculations of deliberation. >> prosecutors say that holmes is sane and they're seeking the death penalty for the 27-year-old former graduate student. at the time of the shooting holmes had withdrawn from the university of colorado, where he was pursuing a ph.d in neuroscience. people who knew him said that he was into batman and other super heroes. he was also under the care of the school psychologist. in the days leading up to the rampage he mailed her a diary but she never received it. the contents are expected to be presented during the trial. the trial could last for months with dozens of witnesses. more than 9,000 people are considered as potential jurors. the 12 ultimately selected and 12 alternates are mostly women.
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throughout the process victims and family members have been presence. >> it's just heartbreak right now. you know, trying to work through what we have we've been given in respect we're trying to get through this case. you know, in emotionally and mentally intact as we can. >> parents have publicly asked that their son's life is spared. if the insanity defense does not hold up he could face the death penalty. he spent the months buying guns, tear gas, and bomb body armor. >> i hope that over the next several days. next several weeks and next several months we reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country.
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>> some folks have already started lining up in d.c. for one of the coveted tickets for a seat inside the supreme court as they discuss the same-sex marriage. the case is expected to settle the legality of same-sex marriage in the u.s. >> this has a ben and jerry's ice cream factory in vermont. while they're churning out their favorite flavors they're also dishing up as a serving of civil rights. the company is one of 379 businesses in the u.s. who has signed a brief in favor of same-sex marriage. >> i think it is easier for companies to speak up on behalf of same-sex marriage because i think society is much more accepting now and i think this will evolve over time. i think hopefully sooner than later it will be behind us, and we'll all wonder what all the fuss was about. >> it's a wide variety of industries supporting same-sex
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marriage. everything from banks to technology companies hotel chains airlines, even sports teams. they argue that the patchwork of laws that now exist are bad for business. same-sex marriage is allowed in 37 states in the direct of colombia but banned in 13 states. they say that costs them money to keep up with all the different laws and it hurts when they try to recruit the best talent. those on the other side say there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage and it should be left up to each individual state. >> you can watch more of lisa's piece at 8:00 eastern. we'll have complete coverage of the cases and speak to people on both sides coming up tomorrow morning. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie stephanie sy in new york. we're waiting for the swearing in of loretta lynch. and we'll bring it to you live when it happens.
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first, more news live from doha. >> you welcome to the al jazeera news hour. i'm folly bah thibult. you now to our top stories. the death toll from the earthquake in nepal has risen. >> the third rescue team has finished for the night. the death toll is rising. >> the battle for