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bolivia who believe that the 19 minutes of play may symbolically at least represent something more than just a game of futbol. daniel with al jazeera, santiago. be sure to visit our website when you get a moment, al >> the face of a suspect killer, dylan roof returns to south carolina where he's set to go before a judge tailed as new details emerge about the details behind a shooting at a black church. the community mourns want deaths of the nine people as it tries to mend old wounds reopened by that the shooting. >> police are investigating the kill as a hate crime but was it
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terrorism? the national conversation over how we classify mass shootings. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. the white man suspected of carrying out a massacre inside a charleston, south carolina black church is due in court. 21-year-old dylan roof killed people at the church. this video shows roof sitting amongst the group just moments before
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opening fire. >> he is expect to be charged with nine counts of murder. we just heard from south carolina's governor who said that she believes he should face the death penalty. also a friend of mr. roof's has been speaking out in recent days. he spoke out yesterday saying that he heard from roof just a couple weeks ago saying that "blacks were taking over the world and something needed to be done about it." again, his court appearance happening today at 2:00, his initial bond appearance and we'll be sure to keep you posted on what happens to that. >> it's important to remember the victims. how are people remembering them today? >> yes you've seen a lot of people have been showing up outside the church, remembering them. there also are a number of vigils planned where we expect to see family members of those
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nine victims. >> 41 years old was a father of two, became a pastor at the age of 18 and elected to south carolina representatives at age of 23. in 2000, he was elected to the state senate. reverend singleton was a part of the ministerial staff at emanuel african methodist episcopal church, as well as a speech therapist and girls track and field coach at the high school. sanders, only 26 years old a 2014 gradual welt of allen university division of administration in columbia, described as a warm and helpful spirit. myra watson was the wife of the pastor at holy vicar church. cynthia hurt was an employee of the charleston county public library system for more than 30 years. reverend daniel l. simmons sr.
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74 was a retired pastor from another church in charleston. he attended emanuel african methodist episcopal church for bible study. suzy jackson served on the choir and usher board. she was 87 years old a long time member of the church. >> that's jonathan martin reporting. the reverend joseph darby the elder of the buford church is the vice president of the local chapter of the naacp. he says the country is polarized and that makes it difficult to speak honestly about race in america. >> the attitude among a lot of people in the community is not oh, my goodness, this happened. it's not that whether it was going to happen. people thought that given the current political climate that little very divisive in our nation and state in particular, something like this was inevitable. it's sad tragic, but there are a lot of people who feel like it's just a matter of time.
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you've got a very polarized america right now. because it's that polarized some people try to make a play for political advantage to those who govern by their fears about race and their own personal consciousness. those who have some intellect might act on that on the polls on election day. those who are dangerous and don't think clearly do things like this young man did and that's unfortunate. i think what needs to be done in charleston and i think what needs to be done, as well beyond charleston is to start a real dialogue. people are rallying across the country about the horror of what's happened and it's bringing people together. i think the challenge is that we have to stay together, have some honest conversations with our diversity, about our culture and make it so that the kind of thing because this is no longer acceptable conversation. >> jonathan martin now rejoins us from charleston.
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what's going on in the community today? >> john henry, as we mentioned there are a number of judge r. vigils that have happened and a number of others that will happen today and this weekend. there's one at 6:00 today. really we understand the naacp and some of the family members of these nine victims will be coming together for a special prayer vigil and again no details at this point on specific arrangements for funerals, i should say for these victims. throughout the day a lot of people coming by here and the vigil planned tonight to remember these folks. >> jonathan martin in charleston, thank you so much. >> president obama's frustration was clear when he responded to the shootings. what also seems clear is that gun control was on his mind. >> we don't have all the fact but we do know that once again in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. >> there have been 14 mass shootings be during the obama
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presidency and f.b.i. statistics show the number of hate crimes are rising. between 2000 and 2007, 120 people were killed in mass shootings nationwide, but the next six years saw a dramatic increase with 366 killings between 2007 and 2013. a professor at emery school of medicine who's research focuses on radicalization joins us from skype. thank you for joining us. over the last 24 hours, dylann roof is characterized as evil. is he a product of his environment? you don't have to go far in the deep south to find people flying the confederate flag or seeing markers or statues honoring civil war hero president is he a product of his environment? >> everybody is to some degree, although the same environment does not produce this level of
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violence on a routine basis. historically, there are certainly legacy aspects of this problem that are really where some of the original terrorism laws that we have on the books in this country came from and emanated from. that's an important piece of the discussion. details about this particular actor will emerge over time and as the investigation unfolds. that's when we'll know a little bit more about some of the. >> of his particular past and for instance his high school dropout, you know, things like that. >> i found what i believe to be your twitter feed. if i am correct about that, yesterday, you tweeted that the charleston, south carolina church had symbolic value intentionally targeted, investigated as a hate crime not terrorism. tell us what you meant. >> this has been an issue that's really been kind of an important one to me, because i think that for the definition of terrorism to really kind of matter, and it is an elusive one and does vary and we get that part, but it is
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definitely inconsistently applied, differentially applied and that has a relationship to the identity of the perpetrator. if this particular shooter was identified as muslim or arab in any way, i don't think that there would be anywhere near the level of delay in applying that label. i think we've seen that time and time again. we saw that certainly with frasier glenn miller in chances city which really prompted some of my initial writing about this problem. my research team and i have been doing experiments about the identity of the perpetrator identity of victims the target of attack, whether a state or religious target and the symbolic value and modality of attack, whether guns or bombs are involved. i think all of these things together influence how a public, how media how it's investigated either as terrorism or as something else. that's a big blind spot for us, because, you know, to kind of fail to apply that label
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consistently, leaves us wide open to not connecting dots where there should be. frankly, i think that the white supremacist streak of violence. some of the sovereign citizens go under the radar. when we don't consistently apply that label, we really miss what this phenomena actually is. >> you speak about connecting the dots. i read three months of your twitter messages and vast majority of them dealt with al-qaeda and tsarnaev brothers. how similar you think the mindsets of all young men committing heinous acts on those organizations are to the mind of dylann roof? >> there are fundamental consistencies across different kinds of groups violence. certainly some of the us-them polarization as your previous spot talked about, the issue of polarization is fundamental. the kind of good versus evil
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narrative that comes up, so there are a lot of things that we do know to be consistent, this perception of threat against one's identity, the sense of grievance which is a really major focus. what is it that is animating that sort of, you know, extremity of opinion of hatred, and ultimately prompting action. that's another area that my colleagues and i have been really interested in in terms of our own research is looking at that grievance. it turns out that we have empirical support are pushing people towards justifying taking action and towards violence, even. there are similarities. i am interested in terrorism at large so all the different forms over time, space and groups. i think in the u.s. that when an act like we saw in charleston are committed we're a lot slower to use that label more interested in going into the background details of the
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shooter, whereas we might move to apply the label differentially. that's one of my fundamental concerns with regard to terrorism. first and foremost, the concern i also with the families and victims. all of you also get hurt when something like this happens. >> i've got to cut you off but thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> at least three people are confirmed deadly at tropical depression bill continues to hammer the u.s. one victim is the 2-year-old toddler missing after swept away by rushing floodwaters in oklahoma. a person in neighboring missouri was killed in the flooding and a woman died in texas after losing control of her car driving in the storm. now tropical depression bill is moving into louisiana leading to flooding waters. the rid river could rise above flood level for the second time this month. the red river overflowed in june leaving major property
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damage in its wake. >> the european central bank wrapped up an emergency meeting on the greek debt crisis. it's not clear what they've decided to do to keep the country afloat. e.u. members are frustrated at the lack of progress in talks less than two weeks before athens is due to make a big debt payment to the i.m.f. you're rezone leaders will meet monday in brussels. >> talks to find a way forward in yemen are likely to continue through the weekend. u.n. negotiators have been meeting with the country's warring factions in geneva. a u.n. spokesman is hoping there will be progress on the ceasefire deal by the end of today, but the talks have been full of challenges. some delegates have refused to meet their opponents directly, and a key player, saudi arabia, is absent. we have more from geneva. >> the united nations was hoping to bring the different factions
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in yemen to start genuine talks here in geneva. that didn't happen. so far the united nations envoy was only able to go to the hotel where the houthis are based to talk about the need of the seven members from the houthi, seven members of the supporters of ali abdullah saleh here and start separate talks that could pave the way to agreement on a ceasefire. it didn't happen at all. the differences are really deep that the united nation is not going to be able to reconcile them. the united nations a spokesperson for the united nations said earlier that still he hopes there might be some sort of agreement later in the day, but we do understand from our sources that the government delegation is flying back to riyadh tomorrow and the that the houthi delegation is flying back to sanna on sunday. the likelihood of a deal to be pinned down here in geneva is really slim. >> reporting from geneva.
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>> police body cams are being introduced into democrats across the country. some argue the cameras may reveal too much.
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time. taking a look at today's top stories, hundreds of visitors evacuated as a 10,000-acre fire burns through the san bernadino national forest west of los angeles. the blaze is only 5% contained. officials are also worried about 40-mile an hour wind gusts that could spread the embers. >> delaware's governor signed a law decriminalizing marijuana. pot smokers may possess up to an ounce for private use. those caught in public could get their pot confiscated and charged a $100 fine. the new law goes into effect in six months. 28 states and d.c. now allow some form of legalized marijuana. >> the judge in the aurora shooting may see a photo of the victim for six seconds.
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attorneys sought to limit her testimony, saying the emotional details would unfairly bias the jury. >> police body cameras are now in nearly a third of the nation's 18,000 police departments. advocates say when police use deadly force these cameras could help hold them accountable. those same cameras could expose much of your life or much more of that life than you bargained for. libby casey reports. >> this small device weighing just 3.5-ounces could revolutionize policing in america, holding police accountable for their actions. one recent study reported that when officers wore body cameras there was a 60% drop in the use of force and an 88% drop in citizen complaints. many police advocates say body warn cameras can reveal the cops face every day on the jobs. >> turn it off.
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[ gunfire ] >> the officer was shot three times in his bulletproof vest and once in the leg. he survived and the suspect was later caught. since the death of michael brown, a black teenager killed by a white police officer in ferguson missouri, police departments around the nation have rushed to equip their officers with body worn cameras to document their interactions with civilians. the chesapeake police department was one of the first in the nation to experiment with body cameras in 2008. now they're worn by every officer to walks the street, takes a call or makes a traffic stop. >> did you have reservations about bringing body cameras into the force? >> no, since we went full on into deploying the cameras on everyone who works in the field our complaints have gone down 44%. >> from citizens. >> from citizens. >> complaints about police officers. >> that's correct. >> they have a very real potential to invade people's
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privacy. police officers go into people's homes, a significant amount of police calls are for domestic violence. they're seeing people at the worst moments of their lives accident victims in cars that they die. there's a lot of things that police officers see that you don't want to end up on you tube. >> the aclu is in favor of arms cops with body cameras. they not only record interactions with civilians but can monitor the behavior of police officers. >> she just took off. >> there's good reason to believe if they're done right body cameras can help this very serious widespread problem we have of police abuse. >> as they become standard issue for more police officers, we're only beginning to understand the consequences of what it means to record everything. >> the justice department says 243 people have been arrested in a nation wild sweep over medicare and medicaid fraud. it includes dozens of doctors
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nurses and other medical professionals charged with submitting false bills worth $712 million. attorney general loretta lynch called it the largest criminal health care fraud takedown in u.s. history fighting for citizenship after decades in the u.s. one man's quest against deportation. >> the shooting at emanuel african methodist episcopal church where nine people were killed wednesday night.
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>> a judge is giving lawyers several more months to sort out what's become a bizarre immigration odyssey. even though he's lived in the u.s. his entire life, his adopted parents never filed for his citizenship. at age 40, he faces deportation.
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he caught up with adam before he saw a judge. >> it's another day of stress or adam hoping he can find answers about his future in federal immigration court. >> how's the uncertainty? how are you handling that? >> it's terrifying. i'm not going to lie. i probably look like i have it together right now but as soon as i get home, i'll be a mess. >> he's 40 years old and brought to this country as age three from his native korea a string of failed adoptive and foster family placements left him traumatized and vulnerable. >> nobody ever made your citizenship official, the family didn't adoption organizations didn't. nowhere along the line you were made a u.s. citizen? >> no. >> a criminal record including robbery and assault now makes him a target for deportation. since late teens he served several prison terms. he has a wife, a growing family and no connection can korea. he doesn't speak the language and has never been back and
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families the system is failing him. >> i don't know how else to prove to america that i'm an american, that i've made mistakes and i've paid for them. >> this hearing turns out to be just one more step in what could be a very long process with resolution and stability still nowhere in site. >> my hopes for the future right now are just to be able to stay healthy for my family, be able to stay healthy and to be able to get through this in one piece and that there will be some form of affair and reasonable and practical solution. >> adam i also scheduled to be back here in immigration court in october and in the meantime the judge is telling him and his attorney to try everything they can think of in and outside the federal system. they will try to get a pardon from the governor and if my seek
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asylum. >> there were church services and vigils across the country to remember the nine people shot and killed in charleston. church goers came together to pray for the victims. the shootings have highlighted the norm mouse black churches have on their communities. morgan radford has more juror beyond the tragedy at emanuel african methodist episcopal church stands a church with deep historical roots. >> where you are is a very special place in charleston, and it's a very special place because this church and this site, this area, has been tied to the history and life of african-americans since about the early 18 hundreds. >> often called mother emmanuel, the church was found by those fleeing slavery. a methodist preacher, but
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because he was black was only allowed to participate in certain activities. at one church near philadelphia, he was told he could pray only after white members finished. after that, allen decided blacks needed their own place of worship and eventually helped morris brown establish the methodist church in the early 1800s. >> the church has a very proud history and has really stood for the spirit of african-americans and i would even say the spirit of american in charleston since 1818. a spirit of defiance and standing up for what is right and this is true. when i say that, i mean that morris brown the founder believed that african-americans ought to be able to symbol and worship freely, as richard allen thought in philadelphia. >> mother emmanuel has haled its share of difficulties. in the 1820s it was associated with the slave revolt and burned down. a further setback in 1886 when
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hit with an earthquake. the church bounced back and became a focal point for the civil rights movement and safe haven for people suffering from jim crow discrimination laws. >> when there were laws banning all black church gathers they conducted services in secret. when there was a non-violent movement to bring our country closer in line with our highest ideals some of our brightest leaders spoke and led marches from this church's steps. >> martin luther king, jr. spoke from the pulpit about the american dream. in just a few years later, his wife led a march trying to otherwise a union for charleston's hospital workers. reverend pinkney was the current pastor. he was killed in wednesday's shooting. >> the mother emmanuel since 1818 has stood for freedom and worship for african-americans in
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south carolina. it's a privilege i have to serve as the pastor. >> al jazeera. >> thanks for joining us. stephanie sy is back in two minutes.
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♪ we shall overcome ♪ >> a nation in mourning paying respects to nine people gunned down inside a south carolina church. >> new details about suspected killer dylann roof.
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>> that terrible human being is now in custody. >> he's set to appear before a judge in just a few hours. this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. a day of remembrance in charleston, south carolina as the city real estate from what the f.b.i. is calling a hate crime. dylann roof shot and killed nine at emanuel african methodist episcopal church. he is now behind bars and expected to appear in court this afternoon. community members draped the front of the emanuel african methodist episcopal church with flowers to honor the oldest and one of the most influential african-american congregations in the south. he was allowed to join the prayer group monday night. we are seeing images before he opened fire on those around him. before he was killed, the
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youngest victim posted this video on snap chat. roof is the figure we've highlighted there. >> charleston loft many pillars and are using prayer to get through the tragedy. two churches that were holding vigils faced bomb threats. jonathan, are people on edge on top of all this grief? >> yeah, you know, stephanie i think a lot of people are. we've been here for the last day or so and non-stop, we've seen people come to just stop. some stop for a few moments some to put down flowers. some are angry others confused. more often than not people are just coming by to pray for peace. ♪ >> it was an hour to honor the victims and to seek healing and understanding. >> i pray dear god that you
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would speak peace to them. >> mourners gathered thursday for prayer vigil in charleston, joined by religious leaders politicians and some who lost loved ones. >> we have faith. we have strength and grace and we love each other and so when hate happens we come together. >> the mass shooting inside the city's historic emanuel african methodist episcopal church that brought people together. >> it was something held on to during slavery. the church is something we had to hold on to against evils. now it seems we are not even safe in the church. >> in addition to senior pastor and state senator pinckney, the church lost reverend is that ran dew singleton and simmons. sanders was a recent graduate of allen university, a black
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college in nearby columbia, south carolina. >> we've got to pray, but we've got to work and legislate and protest, because enough is enough! >> for a church with a rich legacy, one that survived fires earthquakes and racism, its building remains closed for now as a crime scene. members say what happened here won't stop them from rising again. >> we will work together, pray together. we will make it. >> a bond hearing happening today for dylann roof expected around 2:00 eastern today. he is expected to be officially charged with nine counts of murder. now there's been a question here will he face a death penalty that hasn't been discussed or decided yet. we heard from south south carolina's
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governor that hopes for the death penalty. >> what more are we learning about roof and his affiliations to plain his motives? >> one of his friends said he has known dylann roof for some seven years going back to their days in high school. he said that he spoke to them as recently as a week or so ago and he told him that he wanted segregation reinstated. that's what roof told him p.m. he said roof told him "blacks were taking over, bringing down the white race and that something needed to be done bit." he did not bring those claims to police. the friend did not tell police about that until thursday morning. he said he has known roof for seven years and mentioned that his friend dropped out of high
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school in ninth grade and more recently working for a landscaping country. >> we are learning details about roofs capture and tipster being hailed as as a hero. >> she really is, because she followed him for some 30 miles, even though this was obviously a pretty tense situation spotting him. this i also a florist in north carolina driving to work. she saw the car that she believed was the one police put out a description of. she noticed the haircut the very distinctive haircut so she called her boss and called police. she followed him the car for some 30 miles and that is when police were able to catch up and capture the suspect who did not resist any arrest. >> of course was captured about 240 miles north of charleston in north carolina.
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thank you. >> the church that a long history in the fight for civil rights and has seen more than its share of violence and upheaval. >> beyond the tragedy stands a church with deep historical roots. >> where you are is a very special place in charleston, and it's a very special place because this church and this site, this area, that been tied to the history and life of african-americans since about the early 1800s. >> often called mother emanuel the church was founded by members fleeing racism. born into slavery he paid $200 to buy his freedom. he became a methodist preacher, but because he was black was only allowed to participate in certain activities. at one church, he was told he could pray only after white
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members finished. after that, he decided blacks needed their own place of worship and he eventually helped morris brown establish the african methodist church. >> the church has a very proud history and has really stood for the spirit of african-americans and i would seen say the spirit of america in charleston since 1818. a spirit of defiance and standing up for what is right and what is true. i mean morris brown the founder believed that african-americans ought to be able to symbol and worship freely, as richard allen thought in philadelphia. >> mother emanuel has had its share of difficulties. in the 1820s, it was associated with a slave revolt and burned down. a further setback in 1886 when hit by an earthquake. >> the problem of one section of the country or another. >> it bounced back and became a focal point for the civil rights
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movement and safe haven for people suffering from jim crow discrimination laws. >> when there were laws banning all black church gathers, they conducted services in secret. when there was a non-violent movement to bring our country closer in line with our highest ideals, some of our brightest leaders spoke and led marches from this church's steps. >> in 1962, martin luther king jr. spoke from the pulpit about the american dream. in just a few years later, his wife led a march trying to organize a union for charleston's hospital workers. reverend pinkney was the current pastor. he was killed in wednesday's shooting. >> the mother emmanuel since 1818 has stood for freedom and worship for african-americans in south carolina. it's a humbling privilege i have to serve as the pastor. >> al jazeera.
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>> edward brian joins us, he is the president of the naacp north charleston chapter. good morning and thank you for being with us. what is the feeling in charleston this morning? has this incident brought unity or more division among races in that city? >> the feeling is both mixed in this particular city. there is a mixed feeling of some degree of anger not only some degree of anger but still praise and looking to the lord for answers for discussion tomorrow. >> i was a reporter in south carolina when the confederate flag was lowered from the statehouse dome. i understand it still flies on the statehouse grounds and that it is this morning. the alleged shooter had a confederate flag vanity plate on his car. do you view that as a special affront on this day? >> i think so. i think that flag is a hate
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symbol. it should be retired and should be put in a museum and put in its respectful place in history. >> you know, a friend of roof's said he complained that blacks were taking over the world. more than 100 years after the naacp was founded, is this an attitude that you are encountering a lot? >> that is kind of an answer that we have here in south carolina, because of the fact it's over 100 years since it's been around, the confederate flag represented many, many various things for different kinds of people. one thing it represents for black people is it's a symbol of hate and this is one of the few states that flies the confederate flag.
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i think it dig any of his what goes on in the state with regard to race relations and how it plays into the greater picture of what happens in america. >> thanks for being with us this morning. >> there are more questions than answers this morning about the suspect in this shooting. paul beban has a closer look at roof. >> dylan storm roof is standing in a swamp his jacket has two flags on it, one from apartheid era south africa, the other from white ruled rode each is that, the country that would become zimbabwe. >> his car has a confederate flag license plate. at 19 years old he didn't have
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a job, driver's license or anything like that and just stayed in his room a lot of the time. for his 21 birthday in april his father had given him a 45 caliber pistol. it's not clear whether that's the weapon he used wednesday night. i talked to him on the phone briefly for just a few moments he said and he was saying well, i'm outside target practicing with my new gun. he added nobody in my family had seen anything like this coming. according to court reports roof has been in trouble with the law before, convicted of misdemeanor trespassing in may and in marsh arrested on a felony drug charge. that case is still pending. the lawyer representing roof tells mother jones while he had limited dealings with him he's known roof's family for years and saw no signs he would carry out the kind of crime he is now suspected of committing. paul beban, al jazeera, new york. >> the director of serve to
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unite and he former white supremacist said the movement is fueled by hate and violence. >> as a young man i kind of convinced myself that violence was just a fact of life and it was inescapable. i also associated my self worth with violence. that led me to the white supremest ideology, which really casts away all responsibility an individual would have for things going on in their life on to real or sometimes unreal agencies, so it's black people's fault that things are going wrong for me, it's the jews fault. its everybody's fault but yours and of course that leads to feeding a cycle of suffering and isolation that can become so drastic that it leads people to murder. just the horrific nature of
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attacking innocent praying people is the type of thing that makes other people rightfully very, very angry and it's the type of thing that can very easily boil over into more violence, so i think it's important to be mindful that we don't want to give white supremacy what it wants. we need to avoid that at all costs. >> a a white police officer killed an unarmed black man in north charleston in may. officer david slager was charged with murder for shooting walter scott six times in the back. the pastor at emanuel african methodist episcopal church was also a state senator and back in may urged south carolina lawmakers to respond to scott's killing. >> when we first heard on the television that a police officer had gunned down an unarmed african-american in north
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charleston by the name of walter scott, there was some who said wow, the national story has come home to south carolina, but there were many who said there is no way that a police officer would ever shoot somebody in the back six seven, eight times. we have a great opportunity to allow sunshine into this process. it is my hope that as south carolina senators, that we will stand up for what is best and good about our state and really adopt this legislation and find a way to have body cameras in south carolina. our hearts go out to the scott family. our hearts go out to the flagler family because the lord teaches us to love all and we pray that
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over time, that justice be done. >> reverend john nunis is a professor at valparaiso university joining us from chicago this morning. thanks for being with us. >> good morning stephanie. >> dillon roof, was he a deranged man on the fringe or do you think he represents a trend toward white on black review lens? >> i'm not sure it necessarily represents a trend but i know this p.m. in our shifting demographic here in the united states, we're a nation that in 1960 was 85% white and by 2060, will be only 23% white. i think many white males may feel a sense of loss and may feel under siege as dylann roof said just prior to shooting. >> according to the southern poverty law center, in recent years, we've seen more hate groups. this a reaction to all the changes over the last decades including the election of the first african-american
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president, that all of this is a changing demographic and power structure, as well? >> yeah, the united states is an amazing contradiction and ironic place. on the one hand, we have the greatest experiment in diversity the world has ever seen, more different kinds of people from different places striving and trying to do life together here. i myself am an immigrant born in jamaica. we're also a place is that is stricken with the nagging racism and we're going to see that as people strive to figure out how to do life together. >> we are talking about this right now in racial terms but should web talking about it in other ways, how this young man became radicalized? who influenced him in other aspects of the background.
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>> the police report that he acted as a loan gunman or sol layer, lonely figure is only part true in the sense that he was formed and shaped by a context he was born in the 1990's. there is something in the air that forms and shames people with this mentality. >> how concerned should web about what some of frankly called homegrown terrorism as it rewards specifically race? >> i think if we don't take race, the race question and racism seriously then it will lead to these sorts of deadly actions. i think we need to figure out a way to reinvigorate and renew the national conversation on race. many have called for that. in fact, reverend pinkney called that are that. he said we can see the scott
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shooting as an opportunity to restart that conversation, to restart the conversation about what it means to value others in spite of their difference. i think we do have that opportunity now. >> reverend pinckney talked about sunshine in these dark places. reverend john nunis, thank you. >> thank you stephanie. >> last night outside the church, there was a stern tribute. >> a woman played amazing grace on the bagpipes, were you ever many judge r. vigils held in charleston and around the country. the healing process in charleston is just beginning but there are signs that this tragedy has not divided the town, but rather brought it closer together.
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♪ >> we woke up today and the heart and soul of south carolina was broken. >> i do believe this was a hate crime. >> little the most disaster towardly act that one con possibly imagine. >> we pray, father, that charleston would never be the same, because of the love, the commitment of the communities.
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♪ >> parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe and that's not something we ever thought we'd deal with. ♪
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>> heavy rapes from the remnants of tropical storm bill have been hitting the hard land. texas, oklahoma and missouri are dealing with major flooding. two have died in oklahoma. missouri declared a state of emergency. flood stage is all the way to illinois. >> on the tech beat, the f.c.c. is taking steps to help poor americans pay for broad band i understander neither voting to expand a subsidy that already helps pay for telephone service. the poorest will get $9.25 a
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month to pay for phone and inner net access. it comes from a fee on bills. less than half of homes making less than $25,000 a year have internet access. >> on the money beat, the european central bank wrapped up an emergency meeting. we don't know if they will throw a lifeline to greek banks. greeks have withdrawn billions from bank accounts this week amid uncertainty whether they will be able to hold off default at the end of the month. patricia sabga joins us with more. >> it's like a slow motion bank run is what we're seeing now. greek banks have been hemorrhages deposits for months as talks with its european creditors to unfreeze billions in bailout funds. if greece doesn't get that money, it will probably default on a massive debt owed paving
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the way to exit the euro zone. fears are mounting the flow of money in and out of the country may be frozen, prompting greeks to pull money from banks this week raisessing concerns of collapse and the mayhem that brings. that's why the european central bank must decide quickly whether to shore up the bank by giving them more emergency loans. it is not the only body to call an emergency meeting euro zone leaders will try to hammer out an 11th hour deal on monday. demonstrators have been taking to the streets of athens urging the government to hold the line on pension cuts. alexis tsipras said a deal is still possible. an announcement he made from
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russia. >> interesting the timing of that trip. >> his trips to russia have been very interesting. the last one happened to coincide with a very tense time in talks. of course, russian president vladimir putin is looking for any opportunity to exploit divisions within the european union because he wants to break the strangle hold of western sanctions. he will certainly take advantage of that. >> it's a chess game on all sides. >> on the agenda, the justice department and lawyers for families have until midnight to meet about a plan dealing with detention centers holding undocumented migrant families. lawyers are hoping to close them while the obama administration wants to keep three of them open. florida is moving toward allowing commercial activities in state parks including a plan to sell cattle grazing rights and possibly allowing hunting. >> the fish and wildlife service
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will destroy more than a ton of illegal ivory in times square to raise awareness about wildlife trafficking. >> we'll go back to south carolina where alleged shooter dylann roof is an hour away from a hearing. >> justice department and attorney for families have until today to come up with a man.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's stop stories. the state department will release 2014 findings on what it defines as terrorism. congress requires the agency to provide information every year on the biggest threats to the u.s. the report focuses on hazards by region as well as threats. >> the judge in the aurora theater shooting ruled that the jury will be able to see a photo of the youngest victim, but only
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for a few seconds. the 6-year-old was killed. her mother was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage. attorneys for the gunman james homes sought to limit her testimony, saying the emotional details would unfairly bias the jury. >> 21-year-old dylann roof is due in court in a few hours as new video shows him sitting in on that prayer service at emanuel african methodist episcopal church. it was captured by a young member of the church's prayer group moments before he opened fire on the group, nine people, including the person's chapter and the man who shot this voled were killed. jonathan martin live for us again. jonathan, what is the latest we know about the suspect? >> we know that he's expected to face a hearing around 2:00 eastern here in charleston, expected to be officially charged with nine counts of murder. one of the biggest questions in the last hours or day has been will he face the death penalty
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which is, was in effect. they do have the death penalty in south carolina. again, the governor has recently said as recently as a few minutes ago speaking to reporters that roof should face the death penalty. here's more of what she had to say. >> you want to see hate crime watch how we handle him. that will show you. you will see that we will push for the death penalty and do everything we're supposed to and we will show that that is not acceptable in south carolina. >> again as you heard the governor say there she believes that they should push for the death penalty here. some lawmakers are saying this situation, this incident should certainly renew conversations about the need for hate crime legislation here in south carolina, which has been brought up in the past for several years in the legislature but really has not made it far at all. >> of course at the federal level, jonathan, there is of course this department of
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justice hate crimes investigation into this shooting. what other details do we have at this point about a possible motive? >> >> you're right. i do want to address that first. there is an fish investigation and they have officially called this a hate crime so that investigation is going on, as well, as far as the suspect here, we do know that his friend, a friend of apparently more than seven years has spoken out to media outlets in the last couple of days, instead that he heard from his friend just as recently as a week or so ago and he said that roof said he wanted segregation reinstated and felt like blacks were bringing down the white race and something needed to be done. he did not bring those claims or report to police, that friend did not until thursday morning. he said he has known roof for some seven years went to high school with him but said roof dropped out in the ninth grade and had been more recently been working for a landscaping company here in town. >> any other events planned in
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the community today? >> as we know, there have been vigils throughout the last couple days and another planned for 6:00 tonight where we understand the local branch of the naacp and family victims will be coming together for a special vigil. looking ahead to the weekend will be the first sunday since this happened, the first sunday service, so a lot of memorials planned not just here but really across the country. >> jonathan martin live from charleston, thank you. >> michelle obama talked the charleston shooting just a short time ago in italy with her mother and daughters. she said that her thoughts and prayers are with people in charleston and that does not convey how she feels. >> my heart goes out to the people of emmanuel and the families. we hope that tragedies like
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these will come to an end. >> the first lady said she particularly pained that the shooting happened in a house of worship. president obama made similar comments yesterday. >> to other news now, tens of thousands of palestinians packed a mosque today for the first friday prayer of the muslim holy month of ramadan. israel allow men and women of all age to say cross the border without permits. we have a report from jerusalem. >> israel removed restrictions on the movement in what it is describing as a good will gesture, allowing palestinians from the west bank, thousands of them to come to jerusalem to perform prayers at mosque during ramadan without obtaining
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preapproved permits israel that removed restriction from gaza. hundreds will be able to come every friday to pray at al aqsa. if you talk to palestinians who have made the long journey to al aqsa today whether from the west bank or gaza. they will tell you that while they're happy about an opportunity to pray at al aqsa, which is considered a privilege for muslims they say that this is their right and the restrictions on their movement
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should not be placed by israel in the first place and that the rights to worship and the rights to movement is guaranteed by international allow. >> last year, more than 500 palestinian children were killed during the conflict in gaza. international activists are calling to add israel to it list of shame for violators of children's rights. as james bays tells us, the u.n. is not ready to make that designation. >> the u.n. secretary general making his report on children in the world conflict zones to the security council the document leaves israel off its list of worst violators despite detailing how the israeli operation in gaza caused the death of more than 540 children. later, ban ki-moon addressed reporters. >> ladies and gentlemen i hope you understand my situation, i
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have an urgent meeting where i have to participate now. i turn things over to my special representative. >> secretary general it's you we should ask the questions to. >> i hope you understand, i'm sorry. >> claiming he was too busy, the u.n. secretary general left his special representative to answer questions, even though she had recommended israel be on the list of worst violators and it was his decision to take israel off the list. >> did the secretary general bow to political pressure. >> i stand by the report. i stand by what is in it and i think that we said all right and in the report you have the response of the secretary general, so i'll stick to the report. >> the palestinian ambassador said he wassing a wished by the decision not to put israel on the list. >> if you meet the criteria,
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then you have to be there not for political consideration to remove you from there. >> israel has given its response too even though it managed to keep itself off the blacklist, israel's ambassador to the united nations complained about misconduct in the office of the special representative, which every accuses of bias. james bays at at the united nations. >> talks to end the war in yemen collapsed. u.n. negotiators have been meeting with that countries warring facts in geneva. we are live in geneva where talks are taking operation. good morning what happened and was this expected? >> >> basically, it was. it's been almost a week or two factions were trying to find a way out of the crisis on how to move forward. the houthis and allies of the
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former president ali abdullah saleh say first of all we want the saudi-led airstrikes to stop. the government says no, we want the houthis to pull out of areas they control and stop the killing. two different narratives, it was extremely ditch for the united nations envoy to reconcile differences. this is why yemen's prime minister told al jazeera nothing has been achieved so far and they are packing and leaving tomorrow. >> saudi arabia was not present at these negotiations. why not? >> basically, they were not taking part because the united nations wanted this to be a process led by yemenis, by at the same time, the reason the saudi presence, having great influence or countries that have been contributing to development
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in yemen along with the americans, g.c.c. countries e.u. and turkey, they're trying to reconcile some of those differences between the different factions, but saudi arabia is always of the view that it won't be able to stop airstrikes against houthi positions and forces loyal to deposed president ali abdullah saleh until those forces pull out from aden, taiz, and recognize adou rabbo mansour hadi as the legitimate president. >> the fighting continues on the ground. thank you. >> the numbers of refugees around the world are at an all time high. the united nations refugee agency said nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, that compares to 51 million a year before. u.n. officials say the situation will only get worse with the wars in syria iraq, yemen and the political violence. >> the dominican republic is
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closer to deporting thousands of people back to haiti and some of them consider themselves dominican. many have lived in the republic for years but don't have paperwork to prove it. >> dom ken government officials told al jazeera they have not begun deportation operation in the first 24 hours since this deadline passed, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are now at risk of being deported across the riled to the haitian side. the government says about 300,000 people filed their paperwork trying to prove their status by the wednesday deadline, but only 10,000 of those had all the necessary documents. we spoke to a man who falls into that category early on thursday, a man who said he was there up until the deadline, filed his paperwork but told it lacked some of the proper documentation. he is very worried and afraid he could be sent backs to a country
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he knows very little about not even speaking creole. the government is sending mixed messages, government officials say they are going to patrol areas where people of haitian descent are known to live and work and those people could be sent to haiti. we are not seeing these deportations. that could be because they are wary of all this media attention and scrutiny showing massive deportations. it might be done much quieter or may be this risk hangs over people's heads for days and weeks. we saw a protest here outside of the haitian embassy. many people of haitian descent were saying that they feel dominican, are dominican and that should not be allowed to happen that they be sent back to this country that they know very little about. >> today is the deadline for the justice department and lawyers for migrant families to come up with a plan to deal with family
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detention centers in this country. the obama administration is fighting to keep the controversial centers open after a judge ruled detaining mothers and children was illegal. some who spent time there describe awful conditions. >> this is a nightmare for me. i just want to leave this nightmare. shrouded in darkness to protect her identity, she is like thousands of others who fled central america. for her leaving home in honduras was a life or death decision. i left after my sister's death gang members were persecuting me threatening me with death. >> she's still afraid of those gangs. she is hiding her face and calling herself christina. she made the dangerous journey through mexico with her 12-year-old son but left 10-year-old son behind. >> do you miss your other son?
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>> she hold for a better, safer life for her and her son. when they were caught at the the accident border, they were bussed to a detention center. >> they tied my feet, hands and waist. my son asked me, mommy what's happening? i didn't know how to answer him. >> they are living in a place christina calls a prison in pennsylvania. >> in reality, it is a prison. it is a jail. it was so bad for us all living in this place all of the mothers living there, we would cry every day. ultimately, my son stopped eating and so did i for a while. >> these are some of the conditions she and others reported. they say the guards punish women by isolating them in rooms with their children. medical care in inadequate and only one nurse speaks spanish. the food is in edible. >> this center in pennsylvania and two more in texas are on the chopping block in the midst of a lawsuit against the federal
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government. a judge found the conditions inside these detention centers do not meet the standards for holding migrant children, but ice insists these places are the best way to keep the families together warning if they shut down, many mothers could be forced apart from their children. >> the government is saying if we have to let the children out we'll do that, but we'll keep the parents locked up to make sure they show up to court and to deter other families from trying to flee for their lives and come to the u.s. >> christina's lawyer said that approach could force hundreds of migrant children into the american foster care system. christina agrees. >> it would be the most horrible thing. the children are already suffering so much. >> the government released christina and her son without giving reason. she was stunned. >> three days after i got out i pinched my arm wondering if it was a dream if it was all real. i thought i'd never get out.
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>> while released, she is not free, carrying with her a physical reminder of her continuous and arduous journey toward the american dream. >> it hurts it's heavy it's uncomfortable and whenever the battery is low it deeps and i get scared the police are coming for me. >> it's frustrating. when i haven't killed anyone, i haven't robbed anyone. >> you say you didn't commit a crime, but crossing the border the way that you did with your son is illegal. >> to me, criminals are people who kill other people. i haven't done anything to anyone. the only thing i did was save my life. this is not a crime. >> immigration attorney is in philadelphia this morning. he has represented detainees featured in that piece you just saw. thanks for being with us. good morning. your clients have told you of
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similar conditions. what's the worst they face that they've told you about? >> it's really, you know, one of my clients was a victim of a sexual assault by one of the guards but it's really just a day to day imprisonment of a mother mostly mothers but there are some fathers with their children, and not having domain, not having control over your child. what i think is really pressing and kind of heartbreaking for these women just not being able to control your children, your children can't run around and play, they can't be kids. i mean, anyone who has kids, small kids know that they have to run around and play and be rom bunk husband and they can't do that. they're yelled at, insulted, and it's just a horrible condition so even the best of conditions for children in a prison is not
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going to be valid. in my opinion it borders on torture of these young mothers and children -- >> the government takes a really different view of these facilities. they say they provide play rooms and provide teaching to the kids there and some might say this is better than the conditions they came from, fleeing gang violence and poverty. what's your answer to that? >> is that the bar we're setting that we have places they are not going to be tortured and raped -- most of the time. is that the bar that we set in this nation. in these play rooms, they are barely able to be used by the children. they are tightly controlled. they're in prison. i think at united, we should be setting the bar a little bit higher than not getting shot at. >> what is your solution if these facilities are closed? if things go your way and all of these facilities are closed,
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what is your solution? what's the alternative? >> the solution is to do what we're doing in the past and making sure that these families go with family members safe places here in the united states so they can get the mental health treatment that so many of them need. they show up to court. they have viable cases we win their cases and that's what we were doing before. there's no reason to set up these child prisons in order to push a political agenda like the obama administration is doing. >> but that's also because the administration believes these act as a deterrent. would it open the flood gates if we just let all of these families out of these centers into the general population? >> what are the flood gates? look at the -- there is a piece before about all the millions of refugees around the world. we are talking about relatively
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speaking very few refugees and they are refugees. we should start treating them as such, and no, it's not -- people are going to come here because then don't want to be raped anymore, don't want to be killed, don't want their children raped anymore. that's why they're coming here. whether or not this deterrence argument has been found by courts to be improper and illegal and really is not a proper way that we should be conducting ourselves. >> immigration attorney, talk for your time this morning. >> in today's environmental impact researchers say the bigger a fracking operation is, the more likely it is to trigger an earthquake, according to a massive new study. published thursday in the journal science that research looked at the unprecedented jump in earthquakes in the central united states over four decades finding that huge injection of waste water are causing the ground to shake. >> special golfers are hitting the links. disabled army veterans are getting high tech help to play
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baseman sandoval paying the price for using social media. he liked an image an instagram. it is against mlb rules to use cell phones during a game. he will return to the field on thursday when the red sox face the kansas city royals. >> the u.s. open golf tournament is underway in the coma. there is a different kind of golf course a few miles away, making it easy for disabled veterans to tee up. >> the course looks good. >> i've tried playing golf with my prosthetic leg. it doesn't go so smoothly. >> these carts allow me to play. i love it. it stands me up, so i can stand up and swing through one hand or two hands whatever works best, i can putt that way and lower myself back down. i was e5 sergeant in the
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military, and lost my legs in vietnam in 1968. if i keep my head down, i can swing nice and easy. >> my name's aaron boyle i served in the united states army as e5 sergeant. i did two tours, one in iraq and one in afghanistan, where i was hurt. >> nice shot. >> i lost my right arm and right leg and had severe dodge to my left. >> we have blind golfers paraplegic golfers post traumatic stress golfers. ahh! >> every day you come out here, you see a different person, different injuries. you hear different stories if they're willing to tell you. it's amazing. >> you want me to help you or you got it? >> i got it. >> all the bunkers are designed so i can travel into the bunker, hit in the bunker, clean up my
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mess and move on. every hole is named after a medal. the number three is the medal of honor hole. that means a lot to me because a lot of those guys gave their life. >> is that a sand trap there? >> sand trap. jack nicklaus designed this course for a grand total of $0. he did it just because he wanted to help. >> ok, aaron. there's a competition right now. i'm going to be closer to the hole than you are. >> people come out here and can't take the trash talk, then you shouldn't play with us. [ laughter ] >> it's rehabilitating. it allows you to relate to life, because in life, you have challenges, i lost my leg. in golf, you have challenges, not nearly as big. >> we just had our second child baby girl. she's almost two months old and
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i love my life, and my injury didn't stop that. you keep going. you keep hammering at it, you keep moving. >> i'm kind of nervous about having a girl, though, man. >> a piece of cake. >> is it easier than the boy? >> much easier. >> whether that's you having a job or you taking care of your family, you keep moving. >> man i hit that ball a long ways. >> yeah, you did. >> american league golf course gives me hope. >> great great great sport. >> argentina may establish a law against cat calling. the proposed legislation would fine people who call out women as much as $775 if caught. these for the law believes it will curb violence against women. stay with us for much more on the shooting in charleston and coming up from dole has the latest talks on ending the war
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>> i can't allow you not to go into that because that is your job. >> only on al jazeera america. >> hello there welcome to the news hour live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, yemen peace talking about in geneva collapsed. warring factions failed to reach an agreement to stop the fighting. >> israel eases restrictions to allow tens of thousands of palestinians from the occupied territories into jerusalem for ramadan prayers. >> the