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both sides agree on the problem, and that is to try to remove elites which dominate industries such as the media, and politics. what they disagree on is how best to achieve that. >> reporting your global source there for all of the news all of the time, leaving in droves residents getting as far away from ramadi as they can. and one of the world's largest oil companies talks climate change. plus police are still on alert after a biker gang shootout down in texas. ♪
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you are watching al jazeera america live from new york city. iraq's government is sending shia militiamen to a key western city that has fallen to isil. the u.s.-lead coalition carried out more than a dozen air strikes in iraq just in the last 24 hours. but the humanitarian situation is continuing to get worse. the u.n. says more than 25,000 have fled the city. ramadi is the biggest defeat for iraq's government since last year when isil took control of the city of mosul. the u.s. is saying in the long run, coalition forces will defeat isil but as zana hoda explains retaking ramadi is no small feet. >> reporter: they are preparing for a war that could deepen the sunni shia dive in iraq. shia forces are 30 kilometers
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east, they plan to recapture territory in sunni heartland. >> translator: we're announcing that the popular mobilization forces are getting ready to take back anbar. people asked about our help about a month ago, but politicians were reluctant. >> reporter: the council did request such assistance when raw mraudy sell to isil on sunday but the council is not representative of all sunni tribes. many don't want shia forces on their land and would have preferred arms to wage the battle alone. officials are insisting that these fighters who are backed by iran are no longer militias and operate under the government. they are trying to calm sunni fears. even the u.s. has expressed concern about de34r0iing them in a sunni province but now it says it backs the government's decision. there are those who don't agree. they say the paramilitary troops
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are stronger than the state, but for the time being they are the only force capable of fighting isil despite months of u.s. training regular forces are still weak and weren't able to hold ground in the face of isil's offensive in anbar. the u.s. is stepping up air strikes and has promised to help the iraqi government recapture lost grown, but isil is still on the offensive. people in one contested town are on the move. the armed group targeted security forces in the town east of ramadi. the fighting has displaced thousands. makeshift camps are being set up in pockets of territory still under control of the government and its local allies in anbar, but not all sunni tribes support the government and decent is growing. >> translator: we are here to help our people who have been abandoned by officials. the provincial council members and the government aren't doing anything. >> reporter: reaching out to the
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people of anbar is needed to win this war, but the government has done little. >> translator: what have our children done to deserve this? we haven't eaten for two days. >> reporter: the battle for anbar has still not begun in earnest, and already there are fears of consequences. sue fwhi leaders have long demanded that they secure their province defeating isil is just the first challenge. if shoeia forces fill the security vacuum it could mean another war. meanwhile in afghanistan a suicide bombing has killed at least four people in downtown kabul. the explosion went off in the parking lot of the justice ministry at the peak of rush hour. the taliban says it was responsible. this following handful of similar explosions in the past two weeks. also in afghanistan, 11 police officers were sentenced for failing to prevent the brutal killing of a woman falsely accused of burning a quran. jennifer glasse has more from
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kabul. >> reporter: the judge said police failed to help the woman as a mob beat her in brood daylight in kabul. in that meant 11 were sentenced to a year each in jail. nine other policemen were set free. >> translator: after thoroughly investigating the documents in this case the judicial decision announced is in keeping with the constitution and police law, the officers know their rights and have been given time for defense. >> reporter: this was the second round of verdicts. in the first four men got the sdaet penalty and eight others 16 years each in prison. all of the defendants can app meal. the court case is unique in afghanistan for its openness. it was televised live and it is the first time police have been publicly prosecuted. not all of the accused had defense lawyers.
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instead each was given a chance to speak for himself. the woman's family says some of the most prominent murders easily identifiable from cell phone footage were never caught. >> it was a political game. the whole thing was designed how to calm people's -- mind to say okay she was killed and a court is going to give death penalty. and that would be the perfect answer politically for them. >> reporter: the murder shocked afghanistan and many hoped it would spark a change in the justice system. critics of the trial say the sentences have been too light and not all of the killers have been brought to justice. there is a shrine here and this street has been named in her memory, but there's no certaintive that her murder will change afghan attitudes about justice or violence against
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women. the italian coast guard has rescued more than 200 migrants in the mediterranean see. they were brought to a port this morning after their ship was spotted by an icelandic airplane. international aid agencies say they are not getting enough help to help refugees from syria. they have scaled back the help by 30% since the beginning of this year. and speaking of refugees in africa the unrest in burundi has created more than 1,000 new refugees. they are fearing revenge attacks by militias loyal to the president. most have gone to neighboring
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tanzania. >> reporter: this tiny fishing village wasn't prepared for its population to double in two weeks. life here has changed dramatically. there are now more refugees than locals. >> translator: most of us are coughing now. our toilets are full. i had to rebuild my toy lot because it is blocked. >> translator: there are too many refugees. too many diseases. water is scarce. >> reporter: further along the banks of one of the largest fresh-water lakes in the world, the problem is the same too many new arrivals not enough clean water. >> they are drinking out of the lake drinking out of unclean water sources and it's a recipe for disaster when it comes to disease. >> reporter: diseases like cholera from contaminated water or food. it can kill within hours. there have already been several cholera deaths in poorly
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equipped camps. >> translator: family members are dieing in front of our eyes. we have heard that some people will bring in medication but even if they do it won't be enough because there is so many people here. >> reporter: many more are on their way, trans kneeian soldiers check the young and old as they wait for buss to a nearby camp. the adults know peace has been fragile back home. unresolved ethnic rivalries from the civil war are a factor in the current crisis. 300,000 people died when tutsi and hutu ethnic groups turned against each other. >> i have left burundi because there is no peace. >> reporter: this university student says he and many others have run away because they are scared it could happen again.
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shell has received a half billion dollars offer for its french gas business. that marks the company's next step in the drive to sell off ann assets. it says it is trying to concentrate on a smaller number of markets. shell is also holding its annual shareholder meeting. dominic kane reports. >> reporter: the issue of climate change and how shell adapts to climate change and tries to minimize it was high on the agenda here in the hague. a group of shareholders had found a way to get a resolution on to the order paper which compelled the board to go into more details about how it reports climate change and the issues that arise from it. before the meeting took place, i spoke to several delegates and others who were coming to this
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event and an activist from green peace explained to me that the green peace group had real concerns about the commitment to reduce climate change, and it said the percentages of emissions that shell was responsible for was something the group should really look into. but another person who i spoke to on her way in to this meeting was a campaigner from alaska who had flown all the way here to explain the plight of her people and why she believes the threat posed by drilling in the arctic is so serious. >> and i hope that the board might be able to -- to realize, you know, how high the risk is for them to attempt to go out there. because it's a very dangerous place to try to drill right now. they don't have a proven technology that will -- that will be safe enough to drill out there in the ocean. >> reporter: for its part shell says that the arctic ocean
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represents a huge opportunity for it but also presents it with a huge responsibility. it says that the risk management procedures they have in place are unprecedented and that they believe they could deal with any spill that might occur in the arctic. they say they are ready for this, and they believe they can minimize any danger that may be posed, but whether that is actually what will happen remains to be seen. that's dominic kane. meanwhile some 2500 teachers in seattle have walked off of the job in an effort to pressure state officials to spend more on education. they are calling for pay raises and smaller class sizes. the parks and recreation department is opening 21 centers to house children while their parents work. police in waco texas say threats of violence are toning down after sunday's shootout. nine died and many other were hurt and 170 gang members face
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murder-related charges. >> the level of cooperation we're getting varies from individual to individual. we would hope that they would be forthright and correct in their information. that remains to be seen. >> about half of the people who were injured in the shootout remain hospitalized. most of the gangs involved were from outside the waco area including one that showed up uninvited. but the reality is this shootout is just the latest captor in a very long history of violence involving motorcycle violence here in the united states. our very own richelle carey has more. >> reporter: revved up and ready for the ride. motorcycle clubs convey an air of rebellion, most of them harmless, with hundreds of thousands of hardworking weekend warriors finding camaraderie on the road. but there is a small slice of the motorcycle culture that the
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federal government considers as ruthless as mobsters. they have identified 300 outlaw motorcycle gangs. the ranks number from a handful to thousands worldwide. five pose a serious position thattal domestic threat. they are: the bandidos, which were involved in the deadly shooting in texas have according to the justice department between 2,000 and 2500 members operating in the u.s. and 13 other countries. the group is ak cased of being involved in drugging smuggling and distribution of methamphetamine. it's motto embraces a culture of menace. the hell's angels also have approximately 2500 members and operate in 27 countries. the government says they are involved in much more than
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drugs, with the charges ranging from extortion and money laundering, to assault and murder. bringing baltimore back. straight ahead on al jazeera america, we'll tell you why the wage gap is making it so tough to rebuild some of america's poorest communities. plus a housing crisis just north of the border where foreigners are buying property and then leaving itemty. stay tuned.
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the state department won't relet's hillary clinton's emails until january 2016 according to vice news which requested copies of the messages under the freedom of information act, but within just the past few minutes, clinton told reporters that she wants her emails to be made public as soon as possible. she used a private email account for official matters while she was secretary of state. now she says he is wants toe american people to learn as much as they can about the work she
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did. baltimore is working to recover from the unrest but gun violence is still on the rise. 31 people were killed in baltimore just last month while 39 others were wounded by gunfire. the number of deaths this year has hit 91. that's up from 21 this time last year. many protesters called for better relations between residences and law enforcement. but as tom akerman reports, they also highlighted the growing wage gap for people of color. >> it's another work day in baltimore's poorest neighborhood, and joyous gospel music fills the air. but in its streets men of all ages spend their time aimlessly. >> it's not as simple as far as saying we'll pay you guys to hit the street just give them something to do. because they are just transferring energy into destruction. >> reporter: finding steady work
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for those with few markable skills have been hard across the state of maryland. but the industrial slide here began 40 years ago, and empty factories dot the landscape. this is where one of baltimore's great historic employers stood. last year it was demolished but the jobs it once supported had been dwindling for years. baltimore is one example of america's urban die legal ma. the number of high poverty areas has tripled. average poverty rates have remain unchanged at 24%. since 2000 the population of entrenched poor has doubled to 4 million people. the decaring public schools here offer little hope of advancement. >> students realize at some point that the schools are failing them. so they don't stick around.
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many bright students become bored. so they drop out also. socialologist karl ak lek sander tracked the progress of children until they reached adulthood. his finding, race still matters. >> doing well in baltimore's economy without the benefit of a college degree is very much conditioned by race and it's very much about the difference between white men of working class background and everybody else. >> my family struggled all their life. >> reporter: and this man says once the police pick you up it becomes even harder to find a future. >> it makes it even harder to get a job, because they dwell on your past history, ten years ago, two years ago, whatever. and they hold that stuff against us. ♪ >> reporter: faith in economic
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mobility has always been fundamental to the american dream. but in the heart of too many of its cities. it's a dream that is still deferred. in ferguson missouri the economy is finally starting to recover after last year's violent protests. home sales are down but the price of property has increased. the average home sold from $46,000, up from $36,000 last year. foreigners are buying up property in vancouver only to leave -- it empty. >> reporter: people tell me this all the time. jennifer you are so smart. you are such a great person and you feel like you are just pedalling, and pedalling, and not getting forward. it really -- there's a psychological aspect of it that
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makes you think you have done something wrong. >> reporter: jennifer fox has multiple college degrees, and a research position but she just can't compete against the millions of dollars of foreign capital buying up real estate. the average price of a people here is 11% more than it was a year ago. suspicions are mounting that too many of the homes are unlived in because for speculators even leaving them empty is profitable. the chinese population is expect expected to double in 15 years. the city of vancouver is issuing an open call to all of its residents, watch your neighbors, pay attention to their comings and goings and if the it seems like that house is unoccupied report it to the city. >> would you do that?
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>> i would definitely do it if i knew. if i saw a house or condo that was unoccupied for sure i would do it if i knew the city was going to use that number in a positive way. >> reporter: urban gee august fer believes global interest disporting this market. how out of whack is it? >> by -- if you just look at the ratio, it is the second most expensive city in the world after hong kong. >> reporter: he is in favor of the list. he wants owners of unoccupied homes to pay a city fine. but city leaders say for now they just want to know how widespread the problem is. >> i think it's a really hard thing, and i kind of get emotional when i talk about it, people in my demographic are leaving the city.
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i have made so many adaptations that the last adaptation i'll make is to leave. and i honestly think if something doesn't change pretty quickly in the next couple of years, i'm not going to be able to stay anymore. >> reporter: duarte geraldino, vancouver, canada. an historic handshake, prince charles has met with ireland's leader making him the first british royal to meet the former ira commander. the prince also visited the police where his great uncle was killed back in 1979. coming up on al jazeera, fighting frac-ing texas makes it illegal for towns to say no. up next what that means for the rest of the country. stay tuned.
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a new law in texas would impact nationwide efforts to stop frac-ing. voters in denton texas approved a referendum that banned frac-ing inside their city.
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but the governor has signed a new law reversing that decision. >> you cannot stop these people. they have more money, time and lawyers. >> reporter: the prediction of this long-time denton resident made shortly after his north texas community voted last year to ban frac-ing within city elements has come true. frac-ing is again legal in denton effective immediately. now as the texas governor has signed a law that blocks local efforts to regulate oil and gas pro pro -- protection. it says: as long as the operation is loosely defined as commercially reasonable. the law allows cities to regulate fire and service response traffic, lights and
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noise. but in denton opponents of frac-ing say texas has sided with big oil at the cost of its citizen's health. >> there are too many of us in our 30s getting cancer. right at the same time as these wells. >> reporter: the oil and gas city is applauding the new state law. a group headed too denton within hours of the frac-ing ban's passage. >> we have been using hydraulic frac-ing for more than 60 years. there is no evidence of rising morbidity or higher mortality rates around frac sites than anywhere else. >> reporter: despite statements like that three out of five doneton voters had voted to ban frac-ing. opponents say most of the mineral wells belong to out of
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towners, yet denton residents have to live with frac-ing next to parks, and steps from their backyards. >> i may be an old silly lady but this is kind of scary to go to bed knowing there is a gas rig on fire in my backyard. i guess if it explodes i'll never feel anything. >> reporter: now frac-ing is set to resume. heidi zhou castro, al jazeera, denton texas. >> if you thought the aurora borealis was beautiful from the ground, check this out. the european space agency shared this pretty incredible video today. one of the six astronautslying aboard the isx took a series of photos and then strung them together to make this stunning time lapse. thanks so much for joining us.
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