life. nicaragua's active volcano erupted sending ash chun dreads of meters in the sky. it's the strongest eruption yet. the eruption is not extreme enough to force people in villages to evacuate. >> breaking news, at least six people killed in an amtrak train derailment in philadelphia. this morning investigators are trying to figure out just why the cars went off the tracks. >> a new plan to deal with the migration crisis in europe, but not everybody is onboard with a quota system. >> fierce that people are still buried in nepal after this latest after shock. this happening as ground troops search for an american helicopter helping with relief
efforts. >> good morning, to you thank for joining us. you're watching aljazeera america. i'm coming to you live from new york city. i'm morgan radford. federal investigators will be at the scene of last night's train derelevantment in philadelphia. six are dead and dozens injured after an amtrak came off of the track. the train 188 was traveling from washington d.c. to new york city when it reached the frankfurt junction in philadelphia. that's right where seven cars, including the engine left the tracks ending up on their sides or even ripped apart. john terrett is live for us in port richmond, this morning. we understand authorities just wrapped up a press conference. what did they have to say?
>> well, morgan, good morning from philadelphia. this is the story of amtrak regional train number 188 which last night left on schedule from washington d.c. after 7:00. it was due in around 10:34. it never made it, got as far as just north of philadelphia here in the city of philadelphia and the numbers overnight make for some pretty grim reading. five confirmed fatalities, 130 people sent to hospital, six of them we are told are critical. according to the mayor of philadelphia, this is a disastrous mess. he said it's the worst thing he's ever seen. that news conference you were referring to took place a few moments ago at temple university hospital. here is dr. herbert curbing the chief medical severe with those that they are treating there. >> 54 showed up here. we still have 25 in hospital,
the rest were treated and released. there was one person that died and many are in critical condition. most injuries were to the limbs. >> 25 still here? >> uh-huh. >> the person who died, was it upon reviving. >> the person died here. we attempted to resuscitate the person but they couldn't be revived because of the injuries. >> six are critical and we are told that six people are now dead as a result of this accident that happened just after 9:30 in the evening yesterday, and because of this accident according to the mayor, there will be no amtrak service in this region for at leant week, at least until the end of the week, anyway. >> i was pretty shocked when i read the news, because this is a pretty popular route, one i've taken many times myself, so what does amtrak have to say?
>> you and me, both, i have ridden these rails many, many times between philadelphia and washington d.c. and know the stretch where this happened very well indeed. the train was heading north. the only thing we can say with certainty is that it was going into a bend, or had just gone through a bend and it looks at if the he begin of the train somehow didn't make it through the bend. that's all we can say. we don't know why has happened, it just appears to be a fact, trains came off in the middle of a large bend. amtrak issued be a statement within the past few hours. we have a full screen photographic to i am straight what they say. they say we're deeply saddened by the loss of life from amtrak 188 that derailed north of philadelphia tuesday evening. amtrak will work closely with family and friends of individuals on the train. that's all we've heard from
amtrak for the time being. amtrak owns the tracks where this accident happened and amtrak has been appealing for a very long time to have extra money to deem with the infrastructure on parts of its route, including this bit the philadelphia local railway service and also various freight companies. >> beyond the extra money they'll of extra help this morning. we understand that federal investigators will be arriving soon, but you're there. what type of scene will be awaiting them once they arrive? >> well, the nssb people are on the way the go team they have were put on stand by all right. we think some are on the ground already. they'll certainly get to work in the next couple of hours looking at the equipment that is to say the rail cars, the engine and they'll be looking at the track and looking at the overhead as well for clues about
what might have caused this accident. here in philadelphia, it's a bright sunny morning. the world's media is here and the people of philadelphia are shocked that this has happened right on their doorstep, because what happened is that this major rail route, one of the busyist in the country probably the busiest if not the world this important rail hub has been closed down, morgan. >> live from philadelphia, john, thanks so much. >> this morning, we are hearing reports of rescue workers and other passengers jumping in to help. one passenger recalled hills shock as he looked up to see the cars ahead of him completely flipped off the tracks. >> to be honest, i was playing with my phone and suddenly the train went dark and seemed like someone slammed a brake and everything started shaking. there was stuff everywhere, it went dark and the minute that the train stopped at a post stop people were just
panicking. i could smell smoke. people were gathering stuff. i heard a voice say get out get out. i saw the opening and that's when i jumped off the train. once i jumped off the train and i see basically maybe a handful of people and just inside the track, tried to help some of the people who's getting off and where i was toward the back of the train, it was a little bit tilted up, but in the middle part of the train i saw a couple of the cars flipped sideways. >> what is interesting is that the site of amtrak derailment isn't new to tragedy. a train crashed there in 1943, killing 79 in one of the countries deadliest railway accidents, caused by an overheated electrical box causing the wheel action sells to fail and sending cars off the traction. >> the european union unveiled a new migration plan.
essentially, it would use a quota system to distribute the burden more equally. >> by the end of this month the commission will propose a temporary relocation mechanism to help relieve the immediate and exceptional prosecution on front line countries. people in who have already reached our shores will be distributed to other member states who will take care of processing. >> that policy is something migrants say has hurt them when they try to leave italy. stephanie decker has more. >> they fear for their families back home so don't want to be identified. they know the implications of being finger printed by the italian police. >> most of us don't have intentions to stay here, like i want to go to u.k. and some of my other friends wanted to go to germany, holland if they stay
here that means they're not going to be able to go outside. >> if they take their fingerprints. >> yes. that's why they don't want to do it. >> there have been cases where refugees arrived in their country of choice and sent back to italy because they were fingerprinted here. they are often refused but there's been cases where mike grants are forced to give their prints. it all has to do with the european migration law randomly enforced at best. it deals with who is responsible for processing the applications, it should be the migrant's first port of landing. italy is struggling to process tens of thousands of migrants that keep arriving. there have been more than 160,000 since 2011 and more than 64,000 last year alone. it means that those who arrive here and want to stay can wait around a year for their application to be processed.
>> the regulation is outdated. the e.u. border countries can't implement it due to the enormous amount of people arriving. many refuse to take fingerprints or sometimes the italian fingerprints don't ask for it, so it affects public security as many travel on unregistered. >> the europe 18 is discussing the huge in flux and considers military action against smugglers i understand libya. >> we know if we take the trip, we could die or we could live. basically our life is in our hand, so if you ask why did you take that risk, it is obviously because we are not safe inner tray i
can't it's been 24 hours since a 7.3 earthquake in nepal. the quick leveled apartment buildings and triggered a powerful landslide near china. we have more from nepal. >> once a picturesque town, now it is a pile of rubble. when the earthquake struck on april 25, many buildings here came down, killing 10 people. buildings which didn't come down were propped by wooden beams and bamboo but yesterday's convert yankee broughten that of mows crumbling down. we met this gentlemen over here. >> there was a crack in my house and yesterday's quake brought it down. in there houses started to
fall. experts were examining houses and they all ran away, as well. >> we're going to see where you said the people are staying. >> yesterday's quake has instilled fear back again. everybody has been staying outside. nobody wants to go back to their houses, even to reclaim their stuff and everybody is saying that this is where they're going to stay for a little while again. >> hundreds of nepali ground troops are searching for an american helicopter that were helping with relief efforts. the crew was last heard from after delivering supplies in eastern nepal tuesday. the pentagon said it may have had a fuel problem and so far there were no indications that
it crashed. >> a factory fire in the fill leans happened at a sandal factory outside of manila. the mayor said sparks from we would be equipment came into contact with chemicals. it took more than five hours to bring that fire under control. officials say no survivors have been found since then. they do expect the death toll will rise. >> secretary of state john kerry is in turkey meeting with nato's foreign minister, his visit comes on the heels of a sit down with russian president vladimir putin in sochi. nato members are said to be unified and forces need to adhere to the peace deal agreed upon earlier this year. >> i think there was strong agreement among all of the nato members that this is a critical moment for action by russia, by the separatists to live up to the minsk agreement and that it is critical to get the osce into areas of conflict and it is
important to end the conflict in those areas. >> kerry said they are unified for lifting sanctions that against russia after fighting comes to an end. >> president obama will meet gulf leaders today representatives from six states will attend that meeting. the saudi king is one of the four arab leaders skipping that summit. some call it a snub over u.s. nuclear negotiations with iran. saudi arabia said the kipping is staying home to deem with the situation in yemen. >> stay tuned a wisconsin police officer will not face charges for shooterring and killing an unarmed man. the prosecutor said his decision was justified. >> on the verge have extinction, the urgent crisis facing animals in africa and impact it could have on animals and people around the world. stay tuned.
>> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. it is 7:46 eastern and here's a look at today's top stories. north korea executed an official it claims disrespected kim jong-il by falling asleep. south korea's national intelligence agency said the defense chief was killed today by firing squad employee it's alleged he dozed off during a
military event and also talked back to the supreme leader. >> toyota is calling back 6 million cars over fears of exploding airbags the concern the front drivers side deflators. the recalled cars were made between 2003 and 2007. those air bags were made by takata, who said products are linked to five deaths. >> new details in the police shooting death of an unarmed man in tulsa oklahoma. eric harris was on meth. he was shot and killed during a police sting operation by volunteer sheriff's deputy robert baits. baits has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. >> now to the protest gripping madson wisconsin where demonstrators are voicing anger after a prosecutor decided not to charge a police officer for shooting and killing a teenager. john henry smith is here with the latest. what's happening right there?
we hear these protests are largely peaceful. >> they had been. they've also been prolific in the five weeks since officer mat kenny shot and killed 17-year-old robinson. even as the d.a. was clearing robinson newly released dash cam video was raising troubling questions. >> protestors hit the streets in madison, wisconsin upset over the district attorney's decision that white officer's use of deadly force against tony robinson was legal. >> this decision is based on the facts as they have been investigated and reported to me. >> officer kenny was responding to reports of a disturbed man running through traffic and attacking two people. >> tony robinson had used controlled substances to include mushrooms or shrooms t.h.c. or marijuana and xanax. >> saying he thought he heard a scuffle between at least two
people inside robinson's home, the officer entered and chronfronted robinson. robinson then punched him. >> every indicated he was afraid he would be struck again and hit consciousness or hit his head falling backwards on the stairs and his firearm taken to shoot him and possibly the other person in the apartment. >> officer kenny reports next to firing seven shots in five seconds in robinson, dash cam only shows the final shot. >> it shows the police officer outside the building firing for a seventh time, the seventh shot into the building, a bullet that hit tony robinson at a downward trajectory and killed him and that makes no sense. >> tuesday's announcement drew quick criticism. >> i want to say this is politics and not justice. >> the robinson family attorney
asserts officer kenny created and unnecessarily volatile situation by entering robinson's apartment without backup. if you remember, kenny said he entered because he thought there was a fight going on between robinson and another person, but no other person was ever found. >> friday is endangered species day. this week, we're looking at animals most in need of help and there is no place where more exist than in africa. let's bring in nicole mitchell for today's environmental impact. nicole, where are these animals most in danger, really what types of animals are we talking about? >> there was just a study that came out this month looking at larger animals like camels, wild horses, including zebra elephants, anything over 100 kilograms, which to us is 220 pounds. of those there are 74 species in a fall into those categories, 44 are heading or heading toward
extinction 60%. here's a couple of those animals and what they do to help that is such a great loss if they do become extinct. first elephants they not only help feed people, but bull dozed trees create paths for other animals. they spread seeds as they travel up to 50 miles a day. what else do they do? they poop, it fertilizes trees it's a food source for other animals like baboons. another animal is the hippopotamus, the second largest after the elephants. of course they are water based they blaze paths through the swamps that change water flows and help expand critical wetlands and provide a happen at that time for species that hitchhike on them like birds. it could affect fish population because their species help feed the fish. they are a risk for poachers.
they mow down grass making it easier for other animals to get to. if there's a forest fire object they help reduce some of the fuel for that fire, so the blazes don't go as far so very critical to themselves, other animals, the environment and all of them very close to extinction. >> the whole ecosystem. thanks so much. >> stay tuned. we'll explain how technology is helping the injured perform simple daily tasks. the new science of bionic arms.
>> federal officials want to remove protection for some of them. >> this is monterey bay a pair of humpback whales you're looking at there. this is one of the prime spots to look for them. the truth is it is the most observed what i will in the world. anywhere they are in the world people watch them, because they do amazing stuff that. now the question before the government and the national atmospheric administration is whether to take these animals off the endangered species list. the question is how good is good enough to stop treating these at endangered. already they swim through the monterey pay and carry scars from traps on their body. should they be taken off the endangered species list? would it bring them up to greater peril just above that
protection afford? we'll explore that later tonight. >> you can watch the full report tonight. >> everybody day small tasks like picking up a quarter or unlocking a car door can be impossible for people with missing arms. innovations can change that. tech know's phil torres has more. >> in labs like this one outside dallas texas technicians work alongside occupational therapists to custom make prosthetics driven by patient's dreams. >> it's really cool to really have an opportunity to see a patient, see what they need and actually do what they need, not to say all we have is this. we get to be really creative. >> now thanks to advances, the technology brings patients closer to experiencing the full range of hand mobility most of us take for granted.
one of the most sophisticated prosthetics on the market, it allows a series of grips even the ability to rotate the thumb. the hand is powered by a network of tiny wires attached to six motors that allow each finger to articulate separately. 24 advanced grips are now possible with the total grip force of seven pounds. the arm's powered by a battery with an 1800 cycle or eight to 10 hour charge. that's been extended by up to 25% in the ultra revolution. >> what is the most challenging part of this technology? >> matching the technology with the patient. we want to pair technology with the right type of patient. >> the island technology is curveball the closest many can come to the dexterity of a real hand. for jason the tiniest household tasks are now possible for the first time. >> i'm going to try.
i've never done it before. >> despite having lost both arms in an electrical accident, he is willing to try anything. sometimes using his more durable hooks around the farm, other times with his limbs. jason is the tester, making him one of the first persons in the entire world to have two bionic arms. >> where would you like to see the technology go. >> they are trying to get into a single nerve, one nerve to move one finger. that would be nice, bub it's real and they're starting to implement that in the laboratory setting and eventually will make it out to a human being. >> you can watch tech know tomorrow. stephanie sy is back with two minutes on breaking news, an
>> breaking news an amtrak train runs off the rails in philadelphia. investigators trying to figure out what caused that deadly derailment. >> little an absolute disastrous mess. i've never seen anything like this in my life. >> the massive jolt hurdling train passengers into walls and each other. >> a marine helicopter goes missing in nepal while helping
with relief efforts. >> new dash cam video released says a white police officer is cleared in the killing of a young buy racial man. why the prosecutor says he made that decision not to file charges. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm steph as i. we are following breaking news this morning, emergency crews are still working at the scene of a devastating train crash in philadelphia. another passenger died overnight, bringing the death toll to six. dozens more are being treated at hospitals after the amtrak train derailed last night. the train was traveling from washington d.c. to new york when it reached philadelphia, seven cars left the tracks, ending on their side or ripped apart. john terrett is live with the very latest.
john. >> stephanie, good morning from philadelphia, and this started out as a perfectly ordinary commuter route from washington d.c. to new york city, train 188 left pretty much on time just after 7:00 yesterday evening and was schedule would to arrive in madison square gardens pen station in new york city at 10:34. the train did not make it, only made it as far as north pennsylvania station here in philadelphia and the overnight numbers make for grim reading six confirmed fatalities, maybe more people still onboard the train yet undiscovered. 130 people taken to hospital, six of them critically injured. according to the mayor it's a disastrous mess down there on the tracks and he says he's never seen anything quite like it in his life. in a matter of minutes the busiest passenger line in the country turned into a scene of chaos.
passengers aboard amtrak 188 say it felt like the train was traveling at a steady pace and then started moving fast around a curve. >> felt like the brakes were hit hard and then we were third from the last car started going over to the right. i just raised my arm against it. >> seven cars, including the engine separated from the rest. six of those cars overturned. >> we saw it go like that. we just rolled and rolled and next thing i knew, we were pushing out the emergency exit. i was outside and there were people streaming and bleeding and we helped them out and they are ok now. >> in the moments right after the derailment, hundreds of emergency personnel swarmed over the toppled train cars, trying to reach the dazed and injured. former pennsylvania congressman patrick murphy tweeted this image from inside the train right before helping injured passengers himself. other passengers posted images and instagram including this one of a man trying to help a
fell traveler climb out of the train. >> crawl forward sir. keep crawling. come on, man. >> lights were brought in to help the emergency crews overnight, but the mayor said most of the major work had to wait until this morning. >> i've been down on the tracks on the scene with my staff. it is an absolute disastrous mess. i've never seen anything like this in my life and most personnel will say that, as well. >> it is worth remembering that this i guess the busiest commuter route in the country right here in philadelphia. amtrak owns the tracks at this point and shares the traction with many freight companies, as well. according to the mayor, mike mutter this stretch of track is going to be closed for at least a week while they do the investigation, cleanup and the repairs, so at least a week now before this stretch of track
reopens. >> we are looking at live pictures. what is amtrak's response so far to this accident? >> amtrak has issued a statement only so far overnight. we have a full screen graphic to put on screen so you can read what they say. they say we are deeply saddened by the loss of life from 188 that redetailed tuesday evening. amtrak will work closely what the family and friends of individuals on the train. so far that's all we've heard from amtrak, but they put out a telephone number, so if you are concerned with somebody you know or love who might have been on train 188 the number is 1-800-523-9101. that's 1-800-523-9101.
i think it's worth making the point that the feeling is that most people on this train were not from philadelphia where it crashed, but from other parts of the route. it started i think in richmond virginia, came from washington d.c. headed to new york and those are likely the destinations where the people who were injured and dead came from. >> john, thank you. >> in the last year alone, there have been more than a dozen amtrak accidents some led to serious injuries and deaths. in iowa less than two months ago, one was killed and 90 injured when a train collided with a truck that failed to stop at a crossing. in march in north carolina carolina 55 were injured. in texas a man was killed when he attempted to drive across the tracks while a train was passing. in michigan, three were killed when they're minivan was hit by an amtrak train. >> last year, a man in massachusetts, three died in an
track-vehicle collision. todd curtis is in boston this morning to join us. what are investigators going to be doing this morning to figure out what happened? >> well, they're going to be recovering the data from the equivalent of the aircraft black boxes that are going to be on the train, as well. they'll be gathering witness statements, both from the crew, from the passengers and very likely from the first responders. the first responders are going to continue with efforts to see if there are anymore victims still under the wreckage. >> in initial reports media reports, apparently the train was taking a curve so i imagine speed and the fact that it was taking a covering will also be crucial to the investigation. >> it may figure into texas it may not. at this point it's entirely too early to tell whether there was equipment failure system failure, someone not following procedure, that sort of thing. of course, there's always the
possibility of a deliberate action of some kind. >> could aging tracksalsing a factor? >> it may be a factor, but these tracks in particular, it may or may not be, because this is one of the small parts of the amtrak system actually owned by amtrak. although there have been concerns about the amount of investment in infrastructure, i have not seen anything about that section of track being in disrepair or beyond its maintenance schedule that sort of thing. >> most concerns there have been over freight rail tracks which is not the case here. how common of fatal derailments for amtrak? >> fatal derailments are fairly uncommon, but fatalities are not that uncommon. in the last decade, there have been over a thousand fatalities with some kind of amtrak activity. a lot of that happens with people outside of the train grade crossings railroad employees and such, but amtrak has had serious accidents with
passenger fatalities in the past 20 years. >> and its general safety record? >> well, it's an outstanding safety record, compared to other passenger systems around the world, but compared to other forms of transportation, especially if one looks at the thousand plus deaths, the attention paid on the deaths on amtrak tends to be far lower than let's say for air transportation. what happened yesterday is very unusual is that there's intense media interest, in part because some of the political elite were actually on the train. unlike most amtrak accidents there will be attention paid to this one by the public. >> it is a major transportation corridor there, that northeast out of the and there were six people that died. has amtrak thought of putting seatbelts in the cars and could that have made a difference? >> it's unclear whether that would have made a difference, because this is the kind of accident where some cars had
fairly intense forces upon them. one of the things that the ntsb will be looking at is survivability of rail car accidents in this case, and there could be safety recommendations coming out of this investigation that may include seatbelts or other restraint as standard equipment but that remains to be seen. >> ok, al jazeera transportation contributor, todd curtis, thank you for your expertise on this. >> in pakistan, 43 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire on a bus. six men approached the bus on motorcycles and started shooting. we have more from islamabad. >> according to an eyewitness, a lady on the bus who survived the attack she said that three motorcycles stopped the bus some of the riders were dressed in police uniform then the attackers entered through the rear door of the bus and told everybody to look down, after which the order was given to
start shooting their guns. two children, we are told, were separated and after that deadly attack the attackers were able to make good their escape, but this is the first attack on these people in pakistan and a group responsible for the attack is an anti shia group which has a big footprint in the area and has been involved in attacks against the shia minority community. this is one of the deadliest attacks and the first on the community in the city of karachi. >> 76 people are now confirmed dead in the 7.3 magnitude after shock that hit nepal tuesday. the quake triggered a powerful landslide near the border with china. the after shock leveled apartment buildings and there are fears some people in isolated towns and villages are still buried in the rubble.
>> it was shaking like this, and everyone started running. everyone left and went to an open area. this place is dangerous. we have oh leave. >> people have become scared in their minds. they don't know how they'll live, eat and work. going into a believe you don't know what will happen. >> nearly 2,000 people are reported injured in the after shock. meanwhile, hundreds of nepali ground troops are searching for a missing american helicopter that was helping with relief efforts. six marines and two soldiers from nepal were onboard. the crew was delivering supplies tuesday. the chopper may have had a fuel problem and so far there are no indications that it has crashed. >> japan is also reeling after a powerful earthquake. the u.s. geological survey said a magnitude 6.8 quake struck off the northeastern coast yesterday. offices like that of news channel nhk shook for several minutes. so far no reports of any casualties.
>> a five day humanitarian ceasefire in yemen appears to be holding one day after it took affect but the saudi-led coalition used the last hours before the truce to target houthi rebels. airstrikes hit a castle designate a unesco world heritage site. the u.n. envoy is now in yemen trying to work out a peace deal. >> there will be a political dialogue which will bring yemen back to an era of peace. the political solution is the only solution. what we've heard for after a meeting with president addi and political factions, they are all asking for a political dialogue. they are optimistic for a dialogue based on the gulf initiative. >> representatives from six gulf states will meet with president obama and his national security
team, but saudi arabia's king is one of four arab leaders skipping the summit. saudi arabia said the king is staying home to deem with the situation in yemen. >> john kerry is in turkey meeting with nato's foreign minister coming on the heels of a sit down with rush president vladimir putin in sochi. kerry said nato members are unified and separatists and ukraine forces need to adhere to the peace deal agreed on earlier this year. >> the u.s. is considering neigh ships and aircraft to be sent to the south china sea. china has stepped up building reefs near the islands, five our countries claim ownership. china said it is deeply concerned about american involvement. >> the obama administration will publish 181 new regulations and proposed rules. among them, new m for air pollution standards and humane way to say slaughter certain farm animals. civil rights groups will file a
complaint today against government owned mortgage backer fannie may accusing it of discrimination. >> in lebanon the parliament will hold another session in an attempt to elect a president. this will be their 21st time trying. >> in today's digit albeit, environmentalists and ranchers are joining forces against a proposed texas pipeline to transport natural gas to northern mexico. while land owners would get paid and look forward to the extra money, others oppose it. they view a fight over the use of eminent domain. read more at aljazeera.com. >> a top official executed in north korea kim jong-il reportedly orders the death of his defense chief for being disrespectful. it may signal trouble in the country. >> the doctor who successfully battled ebola twice our
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:17 eastern, taking a look at other top stories cross the nation. closing arguments will soon get underway in the trial against boston marathon dzhokar tsarnaev in the penalty phase. >> a dean at the university of virginia is suing rolling stone saying the magazine appeared her as indifferent about rape allegations in a student on campus. >> verizon and sprint will pay $158 million to cuspers settling unauthorized cell phone charges. they were denied refunds when they reported charges. >> one of north korea's top official has met a gruesome end executed for disrespecting the
supreme leader. >> parliament members were told north korea executed its defense minister with an anti aircraft machine gun. he became one of north korea's top ministers last year. his brutal execution in front of a crowd of hundreds if verified appears to be a series of deadly purges of north korea said upper ranks this year. it casts serious doubts over the stability of a regime and when that regime that nuclear warheads, the stakes are instability run very high indeed. >> how reliable is this
intelligence? >> you never know with north korea, but there was a report last month by the committee for human rights in north korea got it right here and this report said that satellite imagery of a military training area did show reportedly show some people being executed by anti aircraft machine guns. this report does dovetail with these reports. >> it would not be the first time he has executed a high level official. >> absolutely not and that is what is so very, very is it youring right now. >> the european union unveiled a new migration plan using a quota system to distribute the burden of migrants more equally. >> by the end of this month the commission will propose a temporary relocation mechanism to help relieve the immediate and exceptional pressure on front line countries. people in need who have already reached our shores will be distributed to other member states who will then take care
of their reception and asylum processing. >> that policy is something migrants say has hurt them trying to leave italy. >> they fear for their families back home so don't want to be identified. they know the implications of being finger printed by the italian police. >> most of us don't have intentions to stay here, like i want to go to u.k. and some of my other friends wanted to go to germany, holland, if they stay here, that means they're not going to be able to go outside. >> if they take their fingerprints. >> yes. that's why they don't want to do it. >> there have been cases where refugees arrived in their country of choice and sent back to italy because they were fingerprinted here.
they are often allowed to refuse, but there's been cases where migrants are forced to give their prints. it all has to do with the european migration law randomly enforced at best. it deals with who is responsible for processing the applications, it should be the migrant's first port of landing. italy is struggling to process the claims of tens of thousands of migrants that keep arriving. there have been more than 160,000 since 2011 and more than 64,000 last year alone. it means that those who arrive here and want to stay can wait around a year for their application to be processed. >> the regulation is completely outdated. the e.u. border countries can't implement it due to the enormous amount of people arriving. many refuse to take fingerprints or sometimes the italian authorities don't ask for it, so it affects public security as
many travel on unregistered. >> the european union is discussing the huge influx and considers military action against smugglers in libya. >> we know if we take the trip we could die or we could live. basically our life is in our hand, so if you ask why did you take that risk, it is obviously because we are not safe in eritrea. >> migrants say they will continue to make the desperate and dangerous journeys. >> a member of the european parliament representing malta has been leading the calls for reforms in europe's migrant policy and joins us from brussels. thank you for being with us. a number of countries be, u.k., hungary have voiced strong
opposition to the quota system. what is your message to them? >> the proposal is being rolled out as we speak. let me start by saying that today is a momentous day because we are seeing something much more ambitious than before. some member states are voicing concerns. we need to make a distinction between member state u.k. who has already contributed heavily in member yet at as, also we need to ask member states such as hungary and czech republic and slovakia that we are not talking about charity. just because you are not outern mediterranean member state does not mean you can exonerate yourself from a responsibility that should be shared by all of us. the moment we stop thinking about the us and the you the moment we think it is our collective responsibility to save these persons from drowning
in the mediterranean sea is the moment we will stand up to our obligations and responsibilities in the face of european law and international obligations. >> one of the points that opponents of this plan sometimes bring up is that you are essentially saying we'll take you all in and that will simply fuel more migration, more making that dangerous sea journey. what do you say to that? >> i would say that the proposal that is being represented by the commission does not only talking immediate responses. it talks about more medium and long term responses rich include robust measures. for example, you have strong return measures, such as people who are not eligible for protection will be able to be sent back. legal migration, in other words how many persons you admit into your territory in order to work, that will remain in the hands solely of the member states. what we are saying today is that those persons who are eligible
for protection who we are under a legal obligation to save from drowning, we are sending the message to them we are not going to leave them alone. >> the e.u. has become more proactive since the sinking of a ship in which more than 800 migrants drowned last month. i spoke to you right after that incident. what is being looked at -- what is not being looked at, i should say that you feel is essential to solving this problem? >> well, this is not something that we look at every time there is a ship that has drowned. in fact, as i told you last time, it was really disappointing that we have had to wait for such a tragedy of this size in order for europe to wake up. what i hope is that we adopt a set of measures today that the prime ministers will be able to get around the table and agree on something that will lead, that will lead to the prevention of more deaths in the mediterranean, and then i will he be able to say that we have succeeded. this will mean that we save
people from drowning, combat traffickers, at the same time, we see where the development aid is going. we push for as wide and broad an area for search and rescue, we also push for and insist on cooperation with the countries of origin and we also hope for stability in libya. i hope that this proposal that is being rolled out today will tackle all of this. we have seen inform amal versions that do. i would like to praise the european commission for being so ambitious. let's just hope that want 28 prime ministers none excluded, will get together and agree that this is something that we should all tackle together. >> thank you so much for your time. >> still to come, more on the breaking news of a train derailment in philadelphia, plus a demanding answers but getting
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern opinion the latest now on the breaking news from philadelphia. federal investigators are heading to the scene of that amtrak train derailment. six were killed and dozens injured. let's go live to john terrett in philadelphia. we know it was difficult to search the scene because of the darkness last night. this happened at 9:30 p.m. local time. have search crews made any progress today? >> well, they are starting to make pretty good progress now although it's going to take a long time. we are not going to see this stretch of the northeast corridor open for at least a
week, according to the mayor of philadelphia, because of the investigation that is taking place now getting underway with the national transportation safety board people turning up and then of course the cleanup and then on top of that, the repair. this is a key stretch of railway in america the busiest commuter stretch in the country and it is sealed off. you are seeing pictures now this morning just how often bad the crash was. you can see how the engine of the train completely separated from the other carriages and this one carriage which is pepper pen dick larr to the others. the mayor has been speaking. he went last night to give a lately night news conference after visiting the scene of the crash and going down to the tracks.
i think you'll hear from his words and look on his face that he was very shocked. >> i've been down on the tracks on the scene with my staff. it is an absolute disaster owls mess. i've never seen anything like this in my life and most personnel will say that, as well. >> so that is mike nutter, he is the mayor of philadelphia and we are expecting to hear from the mayor and other city officials later in the day. >> john terrett live for us in philadelphia, thank you. lisa stark has covered the ntsb for years and joins us on the phone from washington. ing good morning. >> good morning. >> walk us through what investigators will be looking for first. >> investigators from the national transportation safety board are en route to the scene if not there already. they'll be joined by officials from the railway association. preliminary information has been
released just saying that an engine and all seven cars derailed. two of the cars and the engine ended up upright, three cars on the side, one nearly on its roof and one "leaning hard." they will divide into teams and look at different aspects. one of the first things they'll do is find the event recorders to see if they were preserved. they'll give them critical information on speed and braking. they'll look to see if there might have been a camera on this train pointing looking forward at the tracks. the maximum speed that this regional train would travel would be 125 miles an hour, but it's unlikely in this area which wasn't a curve unlikely that the speeds would be that high in this particular part of the rail. the ntsb is going to look at the track integrity, look at the cars, the locomotives, the
wheels the railroad signals warnings of something working or not working. they're going to look at human factors, the engineer, the people running the train were they alert awake was there any fatigue issued involved and look at survivability. this was a horrible, deadly accident, we have now six dead. we have a number of seriously injured. they're going to want to know what did not protect these people. was it simply the force of the crash, was it the way the cars were made in some way as you know probably from having been on this train, you are not seatbelted in, the bags are just in an overhead compartment that easily can be tossed out in the event of an accident like this so there are a lot of projectiles as well flying around as these trains came off the rail. >> what can you tell us about amtrak safety record? >> amtrak really has a good safety record. it's rare to have a fatality on an amtrak trains.
it certainly hams. there was an illinois accident where a big truck tried to beat the train and it failed and 11 people died. in 1993, the deadliest accident in amtrak history near mobile, alabama, 47 died when a train went off a railroad bridge over a bayou because the bridge had been hit eight minutes earlier by a barge affecting the bridge. these are very he heavy trains. most of the accidents occur at grade crossings where the train either hits a car or truck. that was not the case here, as we know. investigators, the safety record is very good, but investigators hope to learn something from this accident that will make it even better in the future. >> not a lot of early answers this morning. lisa stark, thank you. >> now to protests in madson,
wisconsin. demonstrators hilt the streets after prosecutors decided not to charge a police officer for shooting and killing an unarmed teenager. john henry smith is here. john this is just the latest american city to grapple with a controversial police shooting. >> indeed, prosecutor testers in the streets of madson as well as the family of tony robinson still have questions about the 19-year-old's death, even though the dade county d.a. cleared the officer who shot him. newly released dash cam video footage has raised more questions. >> protestors hit the streets in madson wisconsin upset over the district attorney's decision that white officer mat kenny's use of deadly force against by racial unarmed teen tone by robinson march six was legal. >> this decision was based on the facts as investigated and reported to me. >> the officer was responding to reports of an apparently disturbed man running through traffic and attacking two people. >> tony robinson had used
controlled substances to include mushrooms, t.h.c., or marijuana and xanax. >> saying he thought he heard a scuffle between two people inside the home, officer kenee entered and confronted robinson. kenee said robinson then punched him. >> he indicated he was afraid he would be struck again and lose conscious unless or hit his head falling backwards on the stairs and that his firearm would be taken and used to shoot him and possibly the other person in the amount. >> officer kenny reports next firing seven shots in three seconds at robinson. newly released dash cam shows the final shot. >> it shows a police officer outside the building, firing for a seventh time, the seventh shot into the building, a bullet that hit tony robinson at a downward trajectory and killed him and that makes no sense.
>> tuesday's announcement drew swift criticism from robinson's family. >> i just want to say this is politics and not justice. >> the robinson family asserts kenny created an unnecessarily volatile situation by entering the apartment without backup. kenny said he entered because he thought there was a night between robinson and another person, but no other person was ever found. >> in washington, people are still waiting for answers about a police shooting there. antonio zambrano died three months ago but it remains under investigation. >> february 10 an tone joe zambrano causes a disruption at a busy intersection, resists police finally turns and runs. cell phone video shows him being shot and killed, fired on by three officers. >> how do you describe that
killing? >> a not out murder. >> the attorney represents zambrano's estranged wife and children in a $25 million claim against the city. he has called the local government and process corrupt. three months after the shooting, no charges have been filed. >> can't you just let the pros play out. >> that's what they would love for us to do is sit idly by and do nothing and then they can sweep us aside. >> the accusation of corruption is denied and rejects any notion of justice being swept aside. >> why is this taking so long? >> well, just looking at all the different components. >> he describes an unusually complicated case, with more than 80 witnesses, many video sources, three different autopsies by three different that forensic experts. >> this is a home side case, you know this is ruled already from
the coroners report indicating the cause of death was caused by another person. that technically makes it a homicidal. >> marchers filled the streets of pass co in a series of rallies in february and march. now the passion seems to be cooling and frustration going. >> i hoped to have these reports earlier in april. >> is it frustrating to you as well that it's taking so long. >> absolutely. >> back east, they riot, burn and this and that and then they get attention. is that what we have to do? we have to do that to get attention? >> protests happen only occasionally now. >> brown lives don't matter here. it's politics. >> so the city waits in a case where the primary evidence has been viewed by nearly 2 million people on line. >> what's there to see?
it's in black and white. look at the video. >> where that video leads and when are still open questions. al jazeera washington. >> former prosecutor debbie hines joins us this morning. we want to talking these cases as well as baltimore's recent decision to charge officers involved in freddie freddie gray's death. i want to talk about what the man said about needing violent protests to get attention. without taking tole streets nothing will happen. >> you know, it's very unfortunate. i don't condone violence in any situation, but it says something about our society where in order to get attention not just in baltimore, but also ferguson that there was violence that had to occur before loretta lynch the attorney general came and in
ferguson where eric holder came out. violence is not going to be the answer in washington or any other city, even baltimore because it's not going to bring about the change that we really need to see and the change that to come from these cases within these police departments on police brutality and excessive force, what we need to do is just keep the ball rolling with peaceful protests and have it be a nationwide movement. that's what has to occur. >> let's go to the specific pasco case. as in baltimore the medical report concluded a homicide. there is dramatic video where it can be interpreted that the suspect is backing away from the police. why do you think it that taken three months to decide whether to press charges against the officer. >> as a former prosecutor, i cannot think of any really good reason why it would take three months almost three months. i mean, there are criminal cases
that can take months. there's no doubt about that. this is as you say a homicide case. what they need to focus in on, the prosecutor in terms of the investigation is what happened in the moment of the killing. they generally spread out in these police brutality cases further and further and further away from the actual killing of the person and that's what's taking months. there's usually very little eyewitnesses, so there's no reason really why it should take months upon months. now, there is occasion where you definitely have to wait for the medical examiner's report and that's not something done in days and sometimes that can take a matter of weeks but other than that, there isn't any valid reason that i can think of as to why they're taking so long. >> in baltimore, as soon as the prosecutor got the medical examiner's ruling of homicide, she did decide to charge the officers but there was national media attention focused for weeks and baltimore. how do community pressure affect
a decision on such matters and should it? >> i think that you have to understand that in most jurisdictions, the prosecutor at least in baltimore and other jurisdictions that we're seeing, it's an elected office. people run for the office, and they're voted in, so although their job is to protect and ensure that justice occurs in the city that they represent or the town, it is still at the end of the day an elected office, and so politics unfortunately does play into it, although it really should not be the overriding factor at all what these cases should be about is finding justice for the victim when there is a homicide, whether by a police officer or a regular individual. >> debbie hines former baltimore city prosecutor, thank you so much for your insights this morning. >> friday is endangered species day. we're looking at the animals most in need of help. there is no place where most of
those animals exist more than in africa. let's bring in nicole mitchell for today's environmental impact. >> today we're looking to look at elephants or camels because they have a ripple effect on the ecosystem, 60% heading toward extinction that has that ripple effect. the elephant, the blue is the historical range the red is what's left, so much more smaller area. what duel factuals do that help other animals and society engeneral? they bum doze trees a pathway for other animals to go through. they spread seeds as they travel, even their feces fertilize trees and is a food source for other animals. hippos losing a lot of terrain that you can see there. they blaze pathways through swatches. it changes water flows and
expands critical wet land has been tats. they also are a big habitat for hitchhiking birds and once again, talking about the feces it provides nutrients for fish in rivers and lakes so the loss of this animal could impact the number of fish, as well. finally, just another example rhinos, humiditied for their tusks which can be more available than gold or cocaine. they mow the grass. that makes it easier for other animals to get in there and feed and with less vegetation, when there's fires reduces the fuel source for that. it will be a big effect if we lose them. >> thank you. >> in today's digit albeit, the votes are in for the woman who could replace andrew jackson on the $20 bill. >> i think the government should put girls on the money because
there should be girls and boys. >> girls are just at important as boys! >> more than half a million people voted on the on line petition and the grassroots initiative is graining traction. lawmakers in the house and senate introduced a bill directing the treasury democratic top replace the face of jackson with a woman. >> what tribal leaders are doing to help healthy initiatives. >> a revolution realized, the photographs that capture early days of hiphop.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:49 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. the death toll climbs in nepal from the latest after shock. 76 are now confirmed dead, nearly 2,000 injured. there are fears people in isolated towns and villages are still buried in the rubble. >> soldiers in burundi surrounded the state broadcaster building in the capitol following an army announcement that the country's president and his government have been dismissed. at least 19 people have died since the president announced his intention to run for a third term sparking violent demonstration. >> 31 people are dead and dozens injured after a factory fire in
the philippines that happened at a sandals factory outside manila. the mayor said sparks from welding equipment contacted chemicals. >> an american doctor who nearly lost his life to ebola is speaking out about his experience. he caught the virus volunteering in sierra leone. he was treated and recovered in the u.s., but months later the virus returned in one of his eyes. the doctor spoke with us about what he went through and his extraordinary recovery. >> in early december, when i developed severe inflammation in the front of my left eye it quickly became apparent that this was going to be aggressive and severe and four days in, my ophthalmologist using a small needle tapped some of the fluid from inside the eye and we were very surprised to find that the eye was teeming with ebola virus. within the first weeks of my
treatment, my organs failed, in one sense my brain failed and the team gave me a level of critical care that had not been provided successfully to any survivor. they changed the game. in one sense, they were walking on the moon, i think so in what we've seen in my eye may well reflect the fact that i should have died at that time and i survived and we're seeing some things pop up in me that are not going to be typical of most ebola patients. >> you can see more on our show tomorrow morning. >> the f.d.a. proposed new rules to roll back the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men. the ban was put in place at the height of the aids epidemic in 1983. blood donations would be prohibited if a man has had sex with another man within a year. revised rules show proper screening can eliminate any
risk. >> the navajo nation i guess the largest, suffering from high rights of heart disease and obesity. last month a new junk food tax of 2% went into effect, the money used to fund healthier alternatives. >> you can see where the sheep and the cattle are. >> eric's extended family and grandmother live on a remote wind swept corner of the navajo nation where access to fresh food is a constant challenge. >> however are we from a grocery store? >> about an hour 30 minutes away. >> the navajo nation i guess the size of west virginia but there are just 10 grocery stores on the nation, for almost 200,000 people. fast food restaurants and convenience stores fill the food vacuum instead. according to the american diabetes association, one third of navajo adults are diabetic or prediabetic, two times higher
than the rest of america. it imposed a junk food tax in april. >> this offers the only food for miles around. almost none is fresh. most products sold her is subject to the junk food tax. if you have want vegetables and fruits, you need to drive 50 miles that way. >> proceeds will be used to fund health initiatives like this zumba class. >> we are looking at ourselves as health wise and for myself, you know, i had to do that. back in january 2015, i weighed 235, and today as we're speaking, i way 192. >> the tax is 2%. backers did not want to impose hardship on cash strapped families or force drastic diet changes. community activists helped draft the bill.
>> our young people think that unhealthy food is their source of nutrition. they think oh, candy and chips and soda are my lunch or breakfast. >> it was just more of the marketing that was being imposed on our people from giant companies, saying corn in a can is better. >> the newly elected president said the western food industry and government policy is in part to blame. >> people could sustain themselves by farming before. we grew everything, had livestock for meat and so fort, but then you start to change over to everything being preserved. >> was the food healthier back then? >> at his family's ranch he asked his 84-year-old grandmother betty how her diet has changed since she was a girl. >> she said the navajo diet was healthier generations ago because they used to eat corner, melons and other food grown on the farm.
she injected a dose of realism there's no going back to the old ways. that's where the new tax comes in. al jazeera, on the navajo nation. >> on the culture beat, narc city is considered the birth place of hiphop. a new exhibit is giving a fresh look at early years from d.j.'s to rappers shows how it went from the backstreets to the mainstream. >> my name is sean, i'm the curator. hiphop revelation features three photographers who documented the early details of hiphop culture in new york city. it ranges from 1977 through 1990. new york city was the birth place of hiphop. you see hiphop as a grassroots
movement in the bronx in the late 1970's as emcees and d.j.'s were performing in high school gymnasiums and small venues and we see performances by artists in the parks and the rec centers of new york city. as things progress in pictures by jeanette berkman in the later 1980's there are more polished, finished pictures of the few significances was their images made for maybe record labels, those photographs are a bit more about the projection of the style or attitude of emerging hiphop industry. you see everyone from salt and
pepa to the beastie boys, you know originators. we're hoping that people will take away a sense of the dynamic creativeness of new york in the 1970's and 1980's and how this, you know, this phenomenon that started on the streets of new york grew and spread throughout the world. >> a new world record from dubai where two men took technology to new heights. these incredible pictures were shot by a former fighter pilot and based on the cameras the two reached 220 miles an hour in custom built jet wings. that's it for us here in new york. i'm stephanie sy.
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