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ing birds, research will be carried out. the staff say we need to pay attention to what declining numbers tells us. >> we should have tape note a long time ago that something seriously is wrong. >> like many of the world's endangered species, saving penn gips is a race against time and environmental issues. that most of all the destructions are caused by humans. i'm bisi onile-ere in new york. the news continues with erica pitzi thank you, this is al jazeera america. om-erica pitzi in -- i'm erica pitzi in new york with a look at the top stories. nine are dead after gunfire erupts in a texas bar. police say rival biker gans are behind the shoot out ramada falls to rebel groups as iraqi forces flee the city. >> back on track. amtrak train services restart
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between washington d.c. and new york. the greatest threat to the world nuclear weapons, according to a c.i.a. operative. we speak live. and left to the voters in our look at "the week ahead", we are the first country where same-sex marriages are at the poll. we follow a breaking story, nine are dead in waco texas following a shooting. police had been alerted to the presence of at least three gangs at a restaurant and were on the scene before fighting escalated to a shoot out. 18 members were taken to hospitals. no officers were hurt. police say they have recovered 100 weapons from those at the scene, including guns and knives. and another story - a military helicopter makes a hard landing. 12 marines taken to the hospital
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after the incident. it's unclear how severe the injuries are. it happened in bellos air force station near honolulu and residents reported plaque smoke rising from the scene. we'll bring you updates on both stories as they develop. >> turning to iraq i.s.i.l. captured the iraqi city of ramadi. the fighters overrunning the capital of anbar. i.s.i.l. seized control when the iraqi army retreated. the u.s.-led coalition launched a series of air strikes against the advancing forces but could not stop the offensive. the defeat is seen as a major defeat for the iraqi government and is 70 miles west of a mostly sunni province. oil controls much of anbar and several major roads to the west and the northment zeina khodr
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has more. >> i.s.i.l. overran the last government strong hold in ramadi. they have been on the offensive over the last few days the government and local police unable to repel i.s.i.l.'s advance. the provincial council of anbar called for help from the shia led militias wanting them to join the fight. it's a decision not welcome by all in anbar. it is not representative of all tribes. but is not representative of all tribes. some tribes join with the government. influential ones do not. one said "we will consider this an iranian occupation", regular forces are unable to win the battle. what the sunnis have been saying to the government is "give us weapons, we'll wage the battle alone." the government is reluctant. they don't trust them believing some sympathise with i.s.i.l.
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i.s.i.l. claiming a victory much the iraqi prime minister acknowledging that this was a military defeat and promised a tough response. they sent in reinforcements, they were not able to do much. the decision for the militia to fight in a mainly sunni province will undoubtedly inflame tensions. the shia government of baghdad and sunni provinces have a history of conflict. we have to remember that before the isil take over in iraq, there were protests against the government, and one was in ramadi, and they were demanding reforms. they made demands for the government to give them a say in decision making. the government never did that. without reconciliation the decision will destabilize the situation further a set back for u.s. military efforts in iraq and it's worsening, the growing refugee
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crisis. >> reporter: smoke is visible high above the ramadi skyline. gun fire rings out in the street. the city of ramadi under attack from i.s.i.l. fighters, using car bombs to reach the center of the city, where government buildings are located. the battle for ricky forces is intense. army and marine are seen in detreat. the fall happening as the u.s.-led coalition intensifies air strikes inside iraq. 18 strikes at six locations, including ramadi in an attempt to disable the tactical unit and tainabling here. -- staging areas. >> we'll see the setbacks, the long term strategy of the united states which is to support the iraqis, by with and through the iraqis, not for the iraqis will prove in the long run to be the
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successful strategy. still north of baghdad shia militias have been employed in attempt to overwhelm forces. it has not been overseen by sunni civilians, adding to sectarian essentials and a growing humanitarian crisis. tens of thousands are displaced and homelessar intensifying. residents fled for baghdad, only to find desperate conditions. >> you could see a lot of children suffering. no running water, electricity, shelter. this could be another humanitarian disaster if not controlled quickly. >> reporter: since the start of last year there's close to 3 million eternally displaced in iraq and numbers are growing, as residents, from ramadi nee the city in search of safety.
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>> nearly 300 are dead after days of fighting between i.s.i.l. and syrian forces. the syrian observatory reports that 123 syrian soldiers are among the dead. 115 i.s.i.l. fighters were killed and civilians. the syrian government said it forced i.s.i.l. out of the city. officials report that no damage was done to the ruin but they are searching for bombs that may have been planted by the armed group. egypt introduced restrictions for women travelling to turkey in an effort to keep them joining i.s.i.l., egyptian women are required to obtain security clearance before travelling to the country. officials are concerned obvious the prevalence of women marrying fighter by travelling to syria. saudi-led coalition air strikes resumed in yemen, with strikes
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reported in aden five days after the ceasefire. the political military and tribal leaders met to discuss a peace plan. exiled president abd-rabbu mansour hadi called for international financial support while laying blame for the conflict solely with houthi fighters. >> they shell buildings by heavy artillery. they seize oil to use it as a tool. history will remember the heroic actions of our people and allies. we are sorry to see our people under the siege of these militias. houthis refuse to attend the conference and say any agreement will be irrelevant amtrak announced it plans to restore service between new york and philadelphia, coming on the heels that the fbi will join investigators in philadelphia to determine if an object that hit the windshield coicted to the
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crash -- contributed to the crash. >> reporter: repair crews have removed trail cars and replaced the rails. amtrak plans to restore service between new york and washington d.c. beginning at 5:30 tomorrow morning when the north-east regional train pull us out of penn station. the engineer has been questioned who says he has no memory. a conductor told officials she heard that engineer report on impact over the radio. officials listened to the dispatch and did not hear the engineer make the call. they say there's evidence of something hitting the windshield. when asked if it's possible someone shot at the train, n f.s.b. had this to say. >> i'd like to downplay that. it looks like something the size of a grape fruit. it did not penetrate the windshield. we are looking at everything.
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this is another piece of the investigation. >> almost 20 people injured in the crash are in the hospital. five of them in critical condition. on friday an amtrak employees filed the first lawsuit acting for more than 150,000 in damages. congress limited the amount amtrak could pay out lawsuits to 200 million. that cap was instituted in 1997 when amtrak was facing bankruptcy. that amount would be under 300 million. some attorneys are predicting that this could be the first case in weir amtrak reaches the lubilityy cap. >> -- liability cap. >> emergency crews in north texas staged dramatic rescues. workers used a drone to drop a line to a family whose home was surrounded by water. the national guard brought the family to safety in a helicopter. more than is dozen rescues were
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conducted for residents trapped in their homes and stranded in vehicles. let's bring in kevin corriveau to get a look at the storms. >> we had a bit. we had 32 tornado yesterday and the flooding across the region. i'll take you to texas and show you the area. you see the thunder storms behind it putting into motion developing to the north here of dallas and look at the video that came in across the area. dallas and surrounding regions saw so much rain we have broken records. the ground is flooded and saturated. flooding is easy as well as the flooding and the water rescues that have gone on. 12,000 people lost power as of this morning because of all the flooding and severe weather across the region. also i want to take you up to
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parts of missouri. there's a lot of activity. to the north, it came through. you can see the well defined line. it brought a lot of damage in terms of structural as well car damage across the region. there were injuries here but no fatalities, believe it or not, we are looking at these areas, seeing damage from last year, and still dealing with that as well. >> we expect to see over the next couple of hours. response to low pressure, but you can see the activity down here across parts of louisiana. with this we don't expect to see much in terms of severe weather. it will be the flooding that will be the biggest problem. as you see, down towards arkansas mississippi, and into texas, which is still getting the flooding. that will continue. more rain is expected across the region temperatures - take a
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look at this as we go towards tomorrow. warm, to the south-east. minnesota, a high of 47. the severe weather threat goes up. up towards parts of texas. >> the bird flu outbreak in the midwest is forcing a farm to youthanize 2 million chickens. 39 million birds have been affected. nearly 90 turkey and chicken farms have been affected. several state fares cancelled poultry stones. >> when we return we talk to former cia agent valerie payne who explains why nuclear weapons is the single greatest threat and pope francis makes headlines. >> in ireland voters look to make history on a referendum for
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same-sex marriage. that's in "the week ahead". stay with us.
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talks over iran's nuclear programme continue this week. and as the so-called p5+1 leaders try to hammer out a deal saudi arabia continues to protest. its leaders saying they want the same nuclear capabilities afforded to iran under any agreement. courtney kealy looks apt the build-up of nuclear arsenals worldwide. >> discussions we had were candid. >> reporter: at camp david president obama sought to reassure gulf allies threatened by a potential agreement with iran. >> we discussed not only the iranian nuclear deal, and the potential for us to ensure that iran is not obtaining a nuclear weapon. iran told gulf leaders that the u.s. would consider military force if it needed help. it did not sit well with iran.
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>> translation: what is america's business to comment on gulf business. they are seeking their own benefits. >> reporter: during president obama's presidency 13 countries gave up all materials since 2010. 25 countries have enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons. >> the problem is that material exists in nuclear weapons. >> at issue is how to prevent the material falling into the wrong hands. once it does a crude bomb is a relatively easy domain. >> if something like this went off in downtown washington d.c. or new york you'd look at hundreds of thousands of casualties radiation pointing. it would make september 11th look like a minor event. israel never officially
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announced a nuclear weapons programme, partly because of concern if it did so, it would lead to a middle east arms race. according to some officials, the 1999 cargo crisis brought the world closer to a nuclear war than the 1962 cuban missile crisis. >> these countries are next to each other. things can escalate. they don't have protocols or history that the u.s. or south korea did. >> north korea conducted three nuclear tests, the last in 2013, despite tough sanctions. some estimate they could increase their nuclear arsenal to 100 such weapons. russia and china are among
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several countries upgrading their arsenals. president obama is proposing a nuclear arsenal to the u.s. worth a trillion over the next 10 years. now, one person who spent her career trying to prevent countries from obtaining nuclear weapons is valerie payne, a household name as a former spy outed by robert novak. it's believed a top official with the bush administration leaked her name in retaliation of her husband's criticism of the iraq invasion. joining us from new mexico to discuss the spread of nuclear weapons, we welcome valerie. we appreciate your time with us tonight. thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> i want your rehabilitation to what is in this today. "new york times" reporting, according to american officials that saudi arabia made the
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strategic decision to acquire nuclear weapons from pakistan. what do you make of that? >> honestly i don't put a lot of stock in the story. it's sourced to one anonymous official. and it doesn't make sense. it is not in saudi arabia's strategic interest to get a nuclear weapon, nor in pakistan's strategic interest. >> if the deal was to go through, pakistan would lose a billion in u.s. aid, and saudi arabia - it's not uncommon that these rumours circulate every time they are anxious and want to convey concerns to washington about iran's nuclear capability. the story doesn't ring true. >> officials said whatever the rainons have, we will have -- iranians have we will have too. you don't believe they'll have
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what it takes to get their hands on nuclear weapons. >> i think a way to interpret the story is the saudis are saying listen if iran gets a nuclear weapon we'll look around, most likely to the pakistanis, pull in the chips and get a nuclear weapon, sclarting the middle east arms race. but right now it doesn't make sense for either country - saudi arabia or pakistan to proceed with this alleged deal. >> okay. we talked about a few countries, saudi arabia pakistan, iran can you rank the countries that you are concerned about when it comes to nuclear weapons, who is at the top of your list and why? >> the top of my list and anyone else who cares about the issues is usually pakistan. it's a country that is fragile. command and control over the nuclear arsenal is sketchy, and
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within the highest level of military and intelligence, it's infiltrated by those not friends of the united states or other western nations. so it is that is concerning. as the setup noted, pakistan and india rubbed shoulder to shoulder and came close to launching a nuclear war in which tens of thousands could be killed. this is why, as i say, we have gotten lucky. this summer marks the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion. a few hours now. in all that time we have gotten
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lucky. the number of times we came close to nuclear accidents is hair raising. >> seems like iran is lower on your list. why is that? right now we are in a pending agreement that has a high possibility of success. seeing research and development, and bringing them dash welcoming them to the international community, which is what i think they have always wanted. i've always been in favour of the negotiations. i'm disturbed when i hear those that are critics of these negotiations in any deal, because they don't have an option their only other option is always war. and everyone, no matter what side of the debate that you are on agrees that any military
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intervention in iranway delay their nuclear capability 2, 3, 4 years. it doesn't make sense. we have to make the deal work. everyone wishes it were better. we also wish there were unicorns in the forest we have to deal with what we have. >> we can't deal with iran without bringing up israel and binyamin netanyahu saying any deal with iran is wrong and dangerous. how do we cut a deal without upsetting our ally. >> well israel has been saying this, and ringing the alarm bell since the early 1990s and we have the picture of binyamin netanyahu with the cartoon nuclear bomb before the united nations two years ago.
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look i think binyamin netanyahu and his coalition government define themselves only by how they stand vis-a-vis iran and if they vanish the reason for being dispars. they are committed to israel's community, right to exist it would be helpful if iran stopped saying israel should not swift. it seems our foreign policy is distorted, vis-a-vis israel i am supportive of these going ahead if it's the best chance of getting a nonnuclear iran.
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>> now to i.s.i.l., there's reports that they created raw materials, how big a threat is it that they could create a nuclear weapon. >> i would say it's small, but not zero. this is probably the most serious threat since we know osama bin laden talked to palestinian scientists about nuclear capability. i.s.i.s. showed time and again that they are barbaric. if they were to acquire nuclear capability, they would use it. if they did, what would they do? they would not bll infrastructure which is costly difficult and would be spotted by surveillance.
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most likely if they acquire 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium, they could proceed. in the documentary counselled down to -- countdown to zero there's a scientist talking about how relatively easy it would be to put together a nuclear device once you have enriched material. technology kund have to be sophisticated. quickly, one last question. let's talk about the u.s.'s election you pushed back against the white house, and say plans must be abandoned to locus into a nuclear arsenal. when other countries are ramping up is it unreasonable to expect the u.s. to do the opposite? >> a trillion dollars over a decade to really maintain a
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nuclear arsenal. this is money better spent on other things we care about. jobs infrastructure. and experts that are down on this say that about 500 nuclear war heads is more than adequate to safe guard our security and no one is talking about doing this unilaterally. we are not asking the united states to step down. i'm involved with global zero, a group. and their position is that this has to be a military lateral across the board reduction, and followed with that, what is happening with the iran deal deep verification so that we understand and monitor nuclear capabilities. we have just gotten lucky so
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far. >> all right. thank you so much for joining us tonight. we appreciate your insight on this. >> thank you for having me next in our "the week ahead", ireland prepares to become the first country ever to decide on legalizing same-sex marriage at the polls. and in the u.s. controversial comments from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. why he does not want to end the bulk collection of data.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at your top stories - nine are dead in waco texas after a shoot-out involving at least three rival motorcycle gangs, the violence broke out at a restaurant at least 18 injuries recorded and police confiscated more than 100 weapons. there has been an accident at a marine core training facility.
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an n v22 osprey aircraft made a hard landing while at a training mission near honolulu. this is video taken from a few miles away. two marines transported to hospital. amtrak services between philadelphia and new york set to resume tomorrow earlier than expected in the wake of the deadly derailment. the federal bureau of investigation is part of the investigation into whether an object that hit the train's windshield may have played a role in the accident. the iraqi city of ramadi has found into i.s.i.l. hand. security forces were seen fleeing the capital, a series of air strikes has been launched. they were unable to stop them it's sunday night and time for a look at the week ahead.
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voters to decide whether to change the constitutional definition of marriage in ireland, allowing same-sex couples to wed. >> come on it's time. >> reporter: voters in the republic of ireland will decide whether it's time to amend their constitution to legalize gay marriage. >> did you vote? >> of course i voted. >> reporter: that would give same-sex couples protection. they won the support of major political parties and polling suggest the majority of voters but they are facing potential. the leader of the catholic church in ireland warned the change would interfere with a tradition of marriage. >> as people of faith, we believe that the union of a man and woman is a gift from god who created us male and female.
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>> gay rights have changed fast. ireland decriminalized homoscprulty and be -- homosexuality and began allowing civil partnerships. >> you are husband and husband. >> same-sex marriage was legal in england, wales and scotland. >> if ireland votes yes on friday, it joins 18 countries and some states in the u.s. and mexico allowing same-sex marge. >> for for the catholic church has declined. >> by voting yes on may 22nd we can change what it means to grow up lb g t. a vote in favour of same-sex marriage is another defeat in a country whose identity is ipp spep airable from its religion recent polls show more than enough support in favour of same-sex marriage. the catholic church warns if the
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vote passes it ano longer perform the civil parts of a marriage service. the health minister became the first member of government to announce he's gay. a decision with him wanting to be more honest with the people from ireland. >> we'll bring in equipment jip irish journalist. and a former special assistant and former senior advisor to president bill clinton. thank you both for being here. i'll start with you. let's say ireland votes yes on the national referendum. what would it mean for same-sex couples. >> it enshrines marriage for same sex couples. ireland has a civil partnership. a patchwork. of measures stitched together for same-sex couples in terms of
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tax, inheritance, property right. this is about ensuring the children of same-sex couples have the same rights and legal protections and constitutional protections of those of personalities of the opposite sex. >> as we said ireland is the first country to put this issue to a vote a public referendum as opposed to playing it out in the courts, do you thing in the u.s. we could have something like this a public referendum on same-sex marriage. >> a lot of it depends on how issues develop. in ireland, it's not - there's no local requirement that the issue be put to a public referendum. ireland is an important country, the size of louisiana. it has about 5 million people, in a country like ours 320 million. we don't have a national referendumment the closest thing
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in the united states is an effort to amend the u.s. constitution to prohibit gay marriage it's not the way we do think. >> you are saying it wouldn't work. >> logistically it happens on a different scale. politically it develops in such a way that the political parties got together and thought it was a good idea. it's a different scale and we have the equal protection clause in the u.s. constitution saying that everyone is entitled to the same rights and responsibilities, and we don't like to put them up in a referendum. not to say we have never done that. >> let's look at the latest poll in ireland to see where the public opinion stands. this is according to the "irish times" 58% say they'll vote yes, 25% no.
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leaving 17" undecided. i want to add some unofficial polls put the majority upwards of 75%. do you final this to be representative of supporters opponent in ireland. >> i think the yes campaign has been well org identified. the polls are really - it's close. keep in mind that tens of thousands of issue people emigrated. upwards of 70% of those people are in their 20s skewing to more liberal causes and would leekly vote yes in the referendum. if you live outside of ireland for more than 18 months, you cannot vote in the referendum. the polls suggest it will be a yes vote, it will depend on a high turn out on the day. >> you heard quinton talking about how the yes campaign has
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been u.k. is cessful. there's a -- has been successful. there has been a push for the no campaign, and they are getting backing from the spokes in the u.s. -- folks in the u.s. talk about that. >> with this issue, an emotional issue to many people. that attempts to get closer as people focus. by nature it would get closer. approximately it will be closer than people expect. it looks like the yes vote. well organised. they had wonderful commercials, people stepping forward and what it has meant. it's been a dramatic campaign. i think the yes vote is definitely the most likely. >> then you have outside groups. >> yes. >> like here in america, right. and i think it's called nom, national organization for marriage. pushing against gay rights in africa, right. you talked about before.
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>> you know some of the - they have not of much success here in the u.s. some of the u.s. groups, some of the church-backed groups tried to do some work outside the u.s. in africa, not so much the national organization for marriage some hard-right religious groups have done work pushing back the cause of gay rights. i don't think in a country like ireland it will have much of an impact. ireland is a modernizing country. we thing of it assist highly religious and catholic other forces are at work. and the catholic church has not drawn a line in the sand. they came out against it. you saw in the set up that people of catholic space spoke up against it, but have not put everything behind it. that's because the catholic church is changing and people
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everywhere are changing. >> it's interesting that is brought up. there seems to be a bit of a fracture in terms of a catholic leadership and membership within ireland. there are liberal nuns roman catholic priests coming out pushing for a yes vote. >> it's encouraging. dermott martin came out with a no vote and a letter sent to 1300 or so churches. ireland is a predominantly catholic country. 30 years ago, up to 90% of people were going to church closer to something look 18%, even though the membership is high, people want to get kids into the local catholic school. there's an alla cart for people that may go to church. may have guides going to communion. they are more socially liberal when it comes to the issues.
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>> let's talk about the significant shift in the power of the church. in ireland, because there has been a recent change right, and there's a reason. >> right, extraordinary. some put it down to 1992. i lived in the west. when the bishop of galway fled in the dead of night when it was known that he had fathered a child out of deadlock. you can't get married because you are a bishop. that was hugely disappointing to the people, to the parishioners and it was a huge scandal. he didn't face people at that time. and a ryan report that we saw, the movies about the institutionalized, and torture of young children over the last 50 plus years in ireland, in the industrial schools. people have really become disenfranchised with the church and the power of the church as
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a - in terms of the pull pit and directing people what to do has been eroded. >> how has that shift affected the gay rights fight? >> it's helped. so has the fact that ireland went through this - it's struggling at the moment - and people were focussed on other things, the shopping mall their lives, buying homes, and being happy. there's a lot of immigration. ireland is a much more diverse country and outward looking. i.d. a ireland, an agency representing foreign companies based in ireland with over 174,000 employees, they have come out in favour of the yes vote saying it sends a yes vote to the rest of the world. it's open for business, it's an inclusive place. >> let's talk about the other side. there's plenty of people believing that this should be a no vote and should not happen. there has been a push from
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evangelical christians with the backing of christians here in america. richard, to you, just because these focus from the church, people associate, you know being against same-sex marriage because of their faith, does that make these people homophobe ebbing. >> i wouldn't say it makes everyone homophobic, people can have different views. the problem in ireland is the same as in the u.s. people have not been able to put up good reason why we should deny marriage equality. it's not so much that the views of marriage has changed, but views on what it means to be gay have changed. they changed in ireland. i think the openness of the pope, it starts, you know at the top. i think that that has affected both the view globally and ireland now is part of a change that we are seeing everywhere in
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the world. not just in the u.s. but europe. we are seeing throughout latin america and places in africa. it's a welcome sign. i think certainly you can feel - people can feel differently about this without beinghomo phobic that's what advertising suggests. as judd bush, running for president said we have to respect people on both sides and people in ireland do. the trend is clear, and we are hopeful for a yes vote. >> richard spoke about looking at the next generation and the message that could be sent. how will it affect children coming up, growing up will learn about what being gay means, especially in ireland, where you have so many schools that are, you know based on religion. >> right. and i grew up in ireland in the
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1980s, i know about growing up in such a county. this will send a message to the children of ireland about their relationships. in many ways, the civil partnership and marriage have a lot of similarities. the big difference is that marriage enshrines same-sex families in the constitution, sending a message to kids that their relationships are as important as a straight kid and their dreams are just as important. and having a relationship or family in anything but name that is not marriage sends a negative message, perpetuating a culture suggesting certain people are second class citizens and not entitled to the same benefits. we have a brand in ireland. some say this is a yellow pack
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aversion of marriage. it doesn't have the same respect, so the argument it beggars belief for an argument you put up for not giving same-sex families everything but the name of marriage and calling their spouse a husband or a wife. there's heart warming stories coming out of the campaign of people coming forward, and what they had to go through. it opened the eyes of a lot of people in the country. people, no matter the result. will understand each other better. >> what do you think, how far reaching will a yes vote be on the issue of same-sex and being gay. >> obviously it's important politically. it's an important country in the e.u. just you know, france and not
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too many years ago. last year i think it's part of a global trend, it sends an important message, and, you know, as they say, we are hopeful and we think it occur. what do you think, yes or no. >> i think it will be closer. i think it will change. l.g.b.t. in ireland forever - i hope i'll go back for the results. i hope it will be a celebration. >> thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you both so much. before we go, a look at other events in the week ahead. on monday - united states and jordan hold joint military exercises. 10,000 soldiers from 18 countries take part in drills
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lasting would weeks on tuesday. members of the seattle education association planning a walk out over education funding. 4,000 expected to pap. thursday senior president at the white house for talks, u.s. hoping to expand with the tunisian government when we return - the high cost of free speech. provocative ads are banned. and an underwater established giving meaning to the term dive bar. stay with us.
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palestinian president mahmoud abbas joined thousands at the vatican to watch pope francis canonize two palestinian nuns. they are the first saints from
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the disputed territory in modern times, and it was the latest time that pope francis was taking an active role in the peace process in the middle east. last month the pope spoke about israel and pal stain in his easter address calling for the two sides to resume the peace process. new york's police commissioner is thinking about amnesty. william bratton is open to closing 1.2 million open arrest warrants for low-level offenses like disorderly conduct and drinking in public. 40% of people were ticketed for minor offenses failed to show up in court, triggering a judge to issue an arrest warrant in all cases. washington d.c. police are following leads in a murder case that happened in joe biden's neighbourhood. four found deed near the vice president's official residence. police believe they died in a
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fire. authorities released video of a person running from the area and a blue porsche spieling hours from the race. >> loreta sanchez who is running for president is apologising for making a stereo typical war crime offense. >> i'm going to the office thinking i'm going to be with (makes counselled). >> that was not a comedy skit. she was joking about confusing an indian american with a native american. in her apology she touted mexican heritage saying she's proudly native american on her mother's side a bill to stop the bulk collection of data passed the house. a top senate calling for it to
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condition. mitch mcconnell is worried if the legislation pass, the country will be at rick. >> i don't want to go dark in effect, and i'm afraid the bill will basically be the end of the programme and not have another tool that we need to combat this vorist threat from overseas. congress has until june 1st to extend the authority records before the phone expires. new york city's metropolitan safety authority voted to ban advertising offer subways, buses and trains, after several lawsuits forced the agency to allow inflammatory adds. the chairman says it's a diversion from the main function. ali velshi "on target" host has the story.
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>> these are some of 8.5 bullion adds that new york's citizens are exposed to. not any more. they have joined cities in banning political advertising. the palestine advo casy project posted these adds in close to 50 subway stations, some of the last of their kind to be seen in the city. >> it's a blow to free speech. in america, the political debate is narrow. our purpose is to broaden the conversation. you know i think that people want to hear about the great issues of their day. >> the mta board voted 9-2 in favour of the ban. mitchell is one of that majority. >> i thought that we would be better, number of ta as a -- nta as a transportation authority, restricting all ads i don't care what side you are on, so we don't end up in a
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situation where the safety and security of our employees and our riders in which i have aified usually social to both groups, is compromised. >> what does the captive audience, the people riding the subways want. >> i don't think they should ban the ads. it's freedom of speech. >> people nowadays are too quick to be emotional. >> banning the ads on the subway is not changing the reality, people are man i'm you lighting ents and people are willing to be manipulated. money is not a big a part of the debate much the mta says advertising accounts for 1% of the budget. and political ads make up less than 1% of that. though political ads have been removed from all mta property,
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some say it has cracks. words like disputed leave room for interpretation. >> there's no question that the issue is a slippery slope. people can, and i assume some people will try and fashion advertising language that they believe will met the new standards. to put together language that needs objections. it's impossible. >> whether you think the mta's decision is a contravention of the first amendment or a service in the interests of subway serenity, you will not see controversial adds on the trappings system for now. ali velshi al jazeera a mexican resort opened the world's first underwater bar. don't call it a drunk tank. the lounge does not serve alcohol, customers enjoy oxygen
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enriched air pumped through a helmet. shirts and shoes are optional. you'll need a towel or two thank you for joining us, i'm erica pitzi in new york. see you back here at 11. stay tuned, "faultlines" is next.
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