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>> this is aljazeera america from new york here are today's top stories. >> the outpouring of love is just overwhelming. it's i mean nine people died and it brought a whole nation together. >> a time to heal, a community comes together to mourn the victims of last week's tragic shooting in south carolina. >> i had myself convinced that there was a conspiracy against the white race. >> our exclusive interview with a former white supremacist about
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why someone would commit such a crime. >> i thought from the time i was a little girl that any kind of discrimination was wrong. >> the supreme court is expected to weigh in on a landmark case involving the use of race in college admissions. deal or know deal, thousands take to the streets of athens one day before the deal on greece's debt crisis. >> many hearts are broken and tears are still being shed, but through it all, we are reminded that we serve a god who still cares. >> we begin tonight with the process of healing in
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charleston, south carolina. today, the congregation of emanuel a.m.e. church gathered for the first sunday service since a gunman killed nine people there last week with extra police officers on hand. mother emanuel was open to all the same spirit of welcoming that suspect dylann roof took advantage of last wednesday night. among the dead was the church's senior pastor, clemente pinkney with a black sheep draped over his chair. let's go live to south carolina now. >> many people were shoulder and surprised to hear this church was reopening four days after what happened here. one minister said they had to reopen to show the world just how strong their faith really is.
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determined not to led fear and anger outweigh their faith. >> i felt i needed to item and strengthen myself. >> many members returned to worship for the first time since wednesdays mass shooting, with heavy security on hand. >> it has been tough it's been rough. some of us have been down right angry, but through it all god has sustained us. >> ame church elder led the service, standing with the long time pastor pinkney normally would preside. pinkney was killed during the shooting rampage. >> there they were in the house of the lord, studying your word, operating with one another but the devil also entered, and the devil was trying to take charge. >> in this historically back
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church sunday's crowd was diverse with south carolina governor attending along with people across the region, many who told us they felt compelled to be here. >> i never attend and african-american churched and it was very inspiring. it spoke a lot about the families and i found that very touching that we could come together that there's no division between us all no matter who you are. >> virginia williams attended mother emanuel for years and said today grief almost kept her from returning. >> when i got up this morning, i was a little shaky but i was determined that i was going to do this. >> this is a measure of how determined people are. this was not merely a worship service, this was a statement of character as in we're not going to give up. >> yes there are answers that we are still waiting for but the answer's still by leaving our hands in the hand of god.
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>> during the service there was no direct mention of dylann roof the 21-year-old suspect now charged with nine counts of murder but the church applauded law enforcement's intense efforts to capture him. instead have focusing on what happened, the message here was one of forgiveness and hope, encouraging parishioners through their sorrow to find the strength to press on. this will be a tough week ahead with prayer meeting and bible study this wednesday, one week after what happened here. there will be nine different funerals including for the church pastor pinkney here in charleston at the college of charleston on friday. >> what other events are planned for this evening? >> there's a big event happening today here in charleston across
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the bridge. thee thousand people are expected to show up over the bridge and join hands linking hands, stretchion across the bridge another show of solidarity here after what happened. >> all right live for us from charleston, south carolina thank you. >> with the nation still mourning the victims in charleston at least 20 people were shot around the country. in new orleans the hunt for the suspected killer of a city police officer is over as he tried to board a bus. he is expected have shooting officer holloway to death while being transported in a patrol car saturday. >> in detroit a 20-year-old man was killed and nine injured in a shooting at a party last night. about 400 people were attending the event on the basketball court. authorities say witnesses are not cooperating to the investigation. >> in philadelphia, a shooting injured nine people, including three children. the youngest, a 1-year-old girl. the victims are all listed in
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stale condition. >> in new york state police are responding to a possible sighting of two escaped convicts. some 300 police officers have converged on an area along pennsylvania near the town of friendship. convicted killers richard mat and david sweat escaped more than 300 miles from the sighting two weeks ago. >> thousands of greeks protested against new austerity measures in athens tonight. those measures are a likely part of any deal that gets greece more bailout cash. at the same time, the greek prime minister melt with his cabinet to finalize a package of new reform affairs. the new concessions may prompt european leaders to release more bailout funds tomorrow before greece runs out of cash on june 30. >> what i'm saying is that we're in a crucial moment.
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everyone second counts for a conclusion to be reached in these discussions with the euro zone committee. i'm really hope forego that. it would be a very serious matter to have to set a new deadline. >> european leaders do not want greece to default but under certain conditions. they must cut spending, raise taxes and stick to its bailout plans before anymore money is handed over. >> we cantrell on what we've agreed, then trust in europe can't grow and without trust we cannot achieve this. >> the german finance minister said similar economic reform programs helped ireland portugal, sign press and spain avoid default. greece currently owes $8.1 billion to the european union and international manatory fund. $1.8 billion of that is expected to be repaid to the i.m.f. at the end of the month. one in four greeks is unemployed and economic output has fallen
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25% under the austerity measures. opinion polls suggest the majority of greeks want to remain in the euro zone they joined in 2001. a poll published in today's athens newspaper indicated 62% believe they would be worse off if greece returned to its own currency. joining us from washington is a professor of international finance at george washington university. thank you so much for joining us. the head of the national bank of greece said this weekend that it would be insane not to reach an agreement at these emergency talks. do you agree? >> absolutely. i think monday really is d. day for greece. they have to reach an agreement and they have very little room to negotiate at this point. >> what do you think greece must give up in order to strike a deal? >> well, essentially, they have to hold the terms of the bailout. that means they have to make
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cuts up to $5 billion in pension and labor costs and i don't think there is any getting around that. there is a long term plan that greece has to formulate but that deal will not be cut on that monday. on monday all the e.u. wants to hear is that they will hold up the terms of the bailout that they had agreed to in the past. >> all right. so the former u.s. treasury secretary, larry summers is weighing in, telling the washington post that the prime minister needs to accept further value-added tax and pension reforms to achieve primary surplus targets this year and next and as long as it's part, debt will be written off on a large scale. is forgiveness a possible solution here? >> down the road, but definitely not on monday. i think on monday, the e.u. and the a.c.d. and i.m.f. are going to stand strong in terms of holding greece to its terms. now, down the road, they can
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then negotiate a default almost with the unofficial default where they are written off their debt. but on monday, this is not going to happen. on monday is basically every team has to show up with their best game and greece has nowhere to go on that monday. they have to agree to a deal, otherwise tuesday there will be chaos. already preorders of $1 billion has been put in the market to withdraw funds on monday. >> so we know that clearly politics is getting in the way of the economics here especially under the greek leadership of prime minister alexis tsipras. if my sean claude said he acknowledges the trust he placed in the prime minister is not always returned in equal measure. is this heated rhetoric and lack of trust really from both sides it seems getting in the way of negotiations? >> look, absolutely. i think that you're going to see that across europe, more and more fringe governments, which
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is what this government is in greece, they are young and they do not know how to negotiate and play on the political international platform. it's been shown so this rhetoric from the greek side that absolutely not helped them in any way including the campaign promises of the silver bullet. this is what fringe governments do and it's not helpful down the road. >> the greek people chose this government, now they are pushing away. why? >> well, absolutely. you know, and because leaving the euro zone is really a death sentence for the greek economy for decades to come. i think the reality has really hilt the ground that they need this deal, they need to stay in the euro zone or the alternative is unthinkable. clearly, very harsh measures were put on this country, and there is room down the road to negotiate a better long term plan for greece but again
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monday is not that day. this government that to mature, grow up, and step up on monday or they will put this entire economy really in a tail spin starting tuesday. >> looking at this from the american perspective. why is an agreement that keeps greece in the e.u. so important for the united states. >> on put mel fronts. through the i.m.f., we don't want to see an official greek default. that is not something we're looking for. we want to see greece and the euro zone strong, especially now that russia is making a lot of other noises and we are rethinking our strategy in that area. >> all right. professor, thank you so much for joining us. cypress has taken another step toward better fiscal health.
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the international monetary fund approved assistance to the mediterranean island nation as part of the continuing rescue deal that prevented cypress from collapse in 2013. the european union has approved more than $10 billion so far. >> in afghanistan, the taliban is in control are a key district in the northern province, the takeover followed hours of fighting between the taliban and afghan security forces on saturday. at least 19 civilians were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle. nine children are among the dead. the taliban attacked a checkpoint killing six police officers. without any outside military support, of a gap forces say they are outmatched by the taliban. >> this is the front line. after began army and police are on one side of the river the
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taliban on the other. the taliban controls the district a few kilometers from the city. it's the first time it's been able to seize an entire district. the army has sent reinforcements. this is the first year afghan forces are fighting on their own without nato support and they're struggling. >> we don't have air support. we only have ground troops. we don't have proper weapons. we only have m-16s with that we will fight the taliban to the last drop of blood. >> the fighting threatens the city home to thousands of families who fled nearby villages when fighting began in the province in april. >> as ramadan begins, the taliban is intensifying attacks keeping pressure on the afghan government. >> at least 22 people have been killed across syria in battles between the syrian opposition and isil. twenty opposition fighters are
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among the dead. officials are concerned for the safety of the ancient city of palmyra, home to some of the best preserved roman ruins. isil planted mines and bombs there and may be planning to destroy the city. palmyra was seized last month. >> somali forces foiled an attack by al shabab. two members died outside a military training facility. officials say security forces kept the fighters from raiding the military building. one somali soldier was killed in the attempted attack. >> in yemen, 15 people are reportedly dead after airstrikes by saudi arabia and allies. the strikes were part of the arab coalition effort to restore the power of yemen's police department adou rabbo mansour hadi. he was ousted by houthi fighters last year. strikes came after ceasefire
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talks between the houthis and hadi's allies sended without an agreement. >> the iranian parliament approved a bill that could complicate negotiations over the nuclear program requiring any nuclear deal would ban inspection of military sites and call for the lifts of international sanctions. the u.s. will not agree to a deal without securing access to ran's military sites. iran and six world powers participating in the talks are trying to reach a deal by june 30. >> more decisions from the supreme court are expected this week. coming up, the controversial case on the court docket over the use of racial preferences involving college admissions at the university university of texas. >> a can't recovers valving the deportation of haitian from the dominican republic. stay with us.
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>> nearly half a million haitian migrants live and work in the dominican republic. now the dominican government will deport non-citizens who fail to apply for residency status last week. shsay the plan is discriminatory. we look at controversy. >> the friendship bridge connects the dominican republic and haiti. the dominicans will build a detention center here and the haitian government a reception center. the haitians are asking the dominican government to only deport suspected haitian migrants to two major points ant industry in haiti here and another near the capitol. we are not seeing any massive deportations by the dominican government. it would create economic havoc for the country since it relies on the workforce.
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200,000 people are at risk of deportation, the people unable to file paperwork by the deadlines. nothing on the scale that's possible at this time. >> the mediterranean migrant crisis deepened today with more than 700 people landing in italy. the refugees from several nations were aboard a rescue ship. some were taken to hospital witness broken bones and dehydration. an estimated 100,000 migrants have crossed mediterranean this year, half landing in italy. >> protestors in berlin staged a funeral in front of germany's parliament to protest the e.u.'s handling of the migrant crise. they demanded more be done to keep refugees from dying in the mediterranean. detainees dug symbolic graves and scuffled with the police. 1800 migrants have tied in the mediterranean this year. >> the bodies of four irish
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students killed in california last week have been returned home. the four were among six people killed when a balcony collapsed in berkeley on june 16 during a birthday celebration. seven other students were also injured. funerals for the four students are set to begin in dublin on tuesday. >> years of drought conditions are taking their toll in northern mali. for some nomad catting farmers there, survival means crossing the border new neighboring mauritania. they face obstacles including an ongoing battle between mali's government and rebel forces in the north. >> a cow that can't stand up anymore doesn't have long to live. he knows well the chances for survival for one of his last remaining cows. he can't afford to buy fodder. there is no hay or grass here for his cows.
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he has watched as they died one by one. two years without rain in this part of northern mali have killed his only source of living. a younger nomad is facing the challenge differently. along with his family, he goes in search of less drought stricken areas. >> we go back and forth between mali and mauritania searching for grazing land. there is no grass but we look for green trees. >> after each trip in the scorching heat of june, his wife puts up the family tent again. their children are hungry and thirsty and so are the young cows. they all have to wait for the return of an expedition to try to find water. it's fetched by congress keys from far away. far down a well, water is found. a camel has to walk hundreds of meters for just one bucket. nearly half of the people of northern mali still live as
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livestock holders. they've faced severe drought for years and three years of fighting has compounded their problems. the people of this area say they have borne the brunt of the rebels and army trying to maintain control. >> there are better areas for grazing further inside mali, but the army there kills our people. there is no grass in mauritania. our animals are dying here. >> not far from here on the mauritanian side of the border, they live a similar condition severely affected by drought. >> the sub tropical region used to be the last resort, because it used to receive more rain. but now they can't go there anymore for another reason, the lack of security. >> instead now crossing into mauritania, they know they won't find grass but at least can find
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security. al jazeera, on the mali-mauritania border. >> for a look at weather across the united states, let's bring in kevin here. you've got severe weather. >> we do have some storms popping up, actually a tornado warning in parts of indiana. i want to show you the situation. we have some thunderstorms up to the north, as well as the ohio river valley. we've been watching these area. one particular area of watch is this area right here in south central indiana we expect to have that tornado warning stay in place parole for the next 20 minute it is, but i don't think that's going to be the only tornado warning we'll see this evening. we had two separate areas, of course up here in the dakotas and parts of montana that is for tornado watches. we could be seeing that activity start to pop up. down towards kentucky as well as southern illinois, he he can protect to see them produce gusty winds knocking down
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trees, probably causing problems with power outages across that region. something we haven't talked about is what is happening in the southeast. it has been the temperatures, we have been in a heatwave all week long. now, currently temperatures have been coming down, atlanta 88 degrees. birmingham about 92. tomorrow, those temperatures are coming right back up again. charlotte, 99. atlanta, 96 degrees. temperatures quite high, normally for atlanta 87 is the high. monday 96, tuesday 96 degrees, as well. it's as we go towards monday and tuesday, up here across the eastern seaboard, we have thunderstorms popping up, but start a take a look at these temperatures 93 degrees up here towards washington, d.c. i want to show you as we go towards tuesday, we are
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expecting those temperatures to go even higher. 100 degrees up here toward washington, on tuesday even up their towards new york we start to feel the heat and this is going to be 92 degrees all across the south. look at that, phoenix, we are looking at about 112 degrees there. back to you aberika. >> the war that helped drive racism in the united states, the inevitable question of why across the nation. >> across mexico, empty houses and unfulfilled dreams. why this government project to build homes failed.
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>> bringing back a house of worship after a horrific tragedy. today, emanuel a.m.e. church held it's first sunday service since nine people were killed at a bible class on wednesday. ♪
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>> the service featured gospel music and words of hope and healing. one minister addressed the central question may not have been asking for the past four days why. >> we ask oh god that you will guide and direct and strengthen those families who have been victimized by that horrible situation. we ask questions lord, we ask why. we cannot help it, it is our human nature. >> federal officials are investigating the killings as a height crime looking into dylann roof's possible tie to say a white supremacist website. let's bring in del walters now live from charleston with more. good evening del. >> good evening erika. as you mentioned, if there is a single question that they are asking here in charleston, south carolina it is that question of why. why would a man walk into a
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church and open fire and why is there now the need for an armed officer outside that very same church on this father's day. what created so muching a are so much hate? today we met a man who said he once was that very same person, that person he saw on t.v. >> is this the new face of white supremacy in america? 21-year-old dylann roof, murder suspect whose hate filled manifesto and photos paint a picture of a white supremacist bent on revenge murder. >> i was angry had myself convinced that there was a conspiracy against the white race perpetrated by jewish people that had been going on for thousands of years and i felt it was my duty to fight that supposed genocide by any means necessary. >> arnold was once just like him.
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he said the country is getting it wrong trying to describe roof as a terrorist or racist or mentally ill. he said roof is all of the above. >> i think it's racism, terrorism, it's a hate crime and it's absolutely mental illness. people are talking about those things like they're moochually exclusive what they're like this. i don't think any mentally healthy person can commit violence against another person much less murder nine people in cold blood after sitting with them in prayer for an hour. >> he says people like dylann roof are the new lone wolfs. >> i think there's no question that the lone wolf is by far the most dangerous. we're all interdependent. all of us helped to create the society that produced dylann roof, but the organized hate groups who diligently practice pumping hate and violence into society and promoting this narrative of white victimhood
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and also white supremacy that narrative is what drives the lone wolf factor. >> at the time of his arrest, dylann roof is quoted as saying you are raping our women and taking over the country. those are code words according to a man who once spoke them. >> i think anytime any of us are blaming things on other people and other entities, we're casting responsibility from ourselves and we're also -- we're kind of cultivating fear. >> michaela said when words are used as weapons there are no guarantees as to who gets hurt. >> if you have a talk show host who's constantly blaming obama and he's blaming by proxy black people for the problems in our country, it most tragically blaming obama for the poor state of our race relations, and our country now.
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you're justifying and you're validating the narrative that drives he's lone wolf factors. >> he points to the past as proof that that same racist rhetoric has been the weapon of choice for decades. as a result, lone wolf attacks come without warning. no one saw it coming in greensboro in the late 1970's when the clan shot it out with the communist worker party leaving five dead. timothy mcveigh stunned when he used his military train to go detonate a truck bomb in oklahoma city. >> there may be a shooting going on at the temple here. >> when a gun mapp opened fire in 2012, michaela said he had to do something to stop the violence. he had to speak out. >> if i didn't change my ways, death or prison was likely to take me from my daughter. >> the former skin head drove across country to console those in south carolina. i came here to bear witness to
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the suffering that's going on. i feel a great sense of responsibility having once been part of the hate movement. >> what happened when he got there reduced him to tears. he found himself being embraced by the same people he once hated. >> person after person came up to me primarily black people and just said hey, you know, it's all right brother and they gave me hugs and they held me. it was really powerful. >> robert mitchell is a city councilman here. he says he has been hearing chatter since the shootings that hate groups, white supremacist groups plan to hold a rally to try to disrupt funerals. police are listening but so far have received of no specific threats. >> certainly this must be an emotional day for everyone
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there. what's the general mood where you are right now? >> the mood changes from hour to hour. as we were in that package they started singing just behind me as they have been doing throughout the evenings, following the prayer services taking place here on the sidewalk. make no mistake about it, this is a city that is on edge as evidenced by a police officer who has been there, he is there to make sure that what happened on wednesday does not happen again. >> all right, del walters live for us from charleston, south caroline no. thank you del. >> supporters and opponents of affirmative action are closely watching the supreme court. they are waiting to see if it will a second crack challenging the role of race in college admissions. >> the supreme court first looked at this case in 2012 and sent it back to a lower court. the case involves a woman named abigail fisher, alleging that the university university of texas
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at austin discriminate against her when it turned down her application because she's white. >> for the past few weeks the supreme court has been scheduled to rule on whether it will reconsider the case filed by abigail fisher, suing the university of texas at austin, saying its admission policy violated her civil rights. she claims when she applied in 2008, the college turned her down in favor of minority students with lower grades. >> i was taught from the time i was a little girl that any kind of distrim nation was wrong and for an institution of higher lurk to act this way makes no sense to me. what kind of example does it set for others? >> in her lawsuit fisher claimed the university's admissions program favors two groups african-americans and hispanics in one of the most ethnically diverse states in the united states. the college has said based on texas law it accepts students graduating in the top 10% of their high school classes
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regardless of race. students not in the top 10% can still get in, depending on criteria like their talents family circumstances and race. abigail fisher was in the top 12% of her senior class. in 2011, an appeals court sided with the university. two years later the supreme court heard the case and sent it back to the appeals court to study the issue more closely. in 2014, the lower court sided with the college again. now the case is back at the supreme court. supporters of affirmative action say the practice is still needed to promote diversity on campuses. >> i think the diversity of races add to the college experience. i think college experience is not all about the books. >> opponents argue that giving an extra boost to historically disadvantaged minority is a kind of reverse discrimination. >> i didn't do this for recognition. i just wanted to stand up and say this isn't right because it
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isn't. i hope by doing this, other students in years to come won't have to worry about the collar of their skin when applying to college. >> affirmative reaction has with stood actions by the supreme court by close votes. howard university and university of carolina at chapel hill are facing lawsuits. erika, those lawsuits allege that the colleges routinely discriminate against asian americans solely on the basis of race. >> thank you so much. >> let's bring in amy how now to talk more about this case in front of the supreme court. she is the editor of the scotus blog. whether the high court decides to review this or not what affect conditional have on affirmative action overare all do you think? >> that's the interesting question because in 2003, in a case, the supreme court held that the university of michigan law school could consider race,
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could use affirmative action as one factor in its admissions process so that it could have a diverse student body. abigail fisher isn't actually asking the supreme court to overrule that 2003 decision. in their decision two years ago they sent the case back that the lower courts were to take another look. they said that the courts shouldn't just take a university's worth for it, that it needs to use affirmative action to have a diverse student body. the university has to show that there's no other way to have a diverse student body, except race, and so this case is really right now about the university of texas's policy in particular, because abigail fisher's not asking the court to get rid of affirmative action altogether. the supreme court tried to put a little more teeth in the test the last time around. >> the case has been on the docket five weeks now without movement. is that unusual? is there something going on behind the scenes that could be
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causing this delay? >> exactly. we don't know what's going on. we may never know or may know when the court issues its order. the supreme court could genuinely be trying to figure out what to do. we know when the cases at the supreme court last time, the justice were bitterly divided. mayor was going to write a dissent because five justice wanted to strike down the university said policies august. they issued this 13 page opinion by a vote of 7-1 because the justice refused to send the court back to the lower court. they could genuinely trying to figure out what to do. they may have already voted to deny review but someone could be writing a dissent from the denial of review. they could be writing the decision that says i really think the lower court got this wrong and that the supreme court should have taken it up and i hope that an issue like this
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comes back again. they could be deciding that the lower court said decision was wrong, a summary reversal. that would be really unusual because it generally means that you've got at least five justice, but usually the whole court agrees that the lower court was so wrong that they don't even need to have oral argument. given how divided we know they are on this issue it seems like a fairly unlikely prospect. >> let's talk about the texas top report rule, lawing for all texas high school students who finished in the top 10% of graduating class to be guaranteed admission in any public university in the state. how does this rule play into this case? >> >> texas has this rule providing 80% have the freshman class each year. this arguments really about the other 20% because abigail fisher was in the top 12% of her
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class, so she didn't get in under the top 10% plan. when you -- the other 20% are admitted using what the university calls a holistic review looking at grades, leadership or s.a.t. scores and they may look at race. so she's saying that even that use of race is unconstitutional. part of her argument is that because of the top 10% plan, the accident already has a very diverse stand body. they don't need to go looking at race for the other 20% her argument is at all to fill the freshman class because it's already diverse. >> what could potentially happen this week? what are the options on how this could all play out. >> sure, tomorrow morning at 9:30, the supreme court's going to issue what we call the orders the results from last week's conference in this case was on that conference, so they could deny review, they could grant review, they could in theory issue what's called the summary reversal, an opinion
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that sends the -- reverses the lower court decision. they may do nothing at all. we may have to wait one week in my the end of june until the supreme court acts on the case. >> all right amy how, thank you so much for joining us. >> in tokyo japan and south korea's foreign ministers held diplomatic negotiations for the first time in four years. they're working to improve long, tense relations. they say they want a try lateral meeting jointly with china by years end. they have not held direct talks since taking office. coming up next hour, david shuster has a preview. >> the united states and china will hold a summit in washington d.c. this week. high on the agenda is the dispute over the south china
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sea. beijing is nearly done with its land reclamation project. united states expressed concerns about china's growing power in the region. we will have more in the week ahead. fascinating conversation at 8:30 eastern time, 5:30 pacific. >> we'll see you back here at 8:00. >> 15 years ago mexico is building a huge housing estate for the working class. many are now bogged down by unemployment and crime. we have this report from tijuana. >> a house with no one to call it home. hundreds of thousands of them commissioned by the government for working class buyers in the middle of nowhere. most of gonzalez always neighbors are gone. she is holding on, starting her working day in the dark two hours from mexico stiff. >> it's really frustrating that i leave at 5:30 in the morning and still get to work late.
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>> the government is believe huge out of town developments be would solve the countries housing deficit. they neglected to put in the metro or bus lines to enable workers to get to their jobs, a fatal mistake. these neighborhoods in the middle of nowhere were seen as a great idea for poorer mexicans, finally able to afford their own house, but the lack of basic infrastructure and public transport have led to many simply being be forced to abandon their homes. >> mexico's last senses in 2010 found 5 million abandoned houses, many in these out of town estates. as they've emptied crime has grown. >> there are people without work. young people here fall into drug addiction and so rob people's houses. >> one company is turning the failure have the government's plan into an opportunity.
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he remodels abandoned houses for profit but they are also investing in a community providing paint for murals, helping neighbors to clean up public spaces arched supporting the local police's youth activity program. they say saving the estates is possible and profitable. >> rescuing the community is going to mean that more people will want to live here and that will mean higher house prices and better social capital so that's just good business. >> the model seems to be working in that in the developments they work in, crime is down and house sales are up, but there's a notable lack of similar government programs elsewhere and without them, the mass exodus from the middle of nowhere continues. john hohman, al jazeera tijuana, mexico. we're going to take you back out to charleston, south carolina right now where you can see a huge crowd is gathering for the bridge to peace event.
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they'll join hands as they cross the famous charleston bridge in a unit chain. organizers say they'll stand together organized in faith and prayer. you can see them gathering right now, heading over the bridge. we'll have the latest from charleston at the top of the hour. >> millions of practitioners marked international yoga day. the rising popularity of the ancient form of exercise. >> pope france uses a visit to the shroud of turin to speak out against mafia corruption in italy. stay with us.
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wow, these are amazing... >> techknow, where technology meets humanity! only on al jazeera america >> you don't see this every day in new york city, yoga enthusiasts filled times square to mash the summer solstice and international day of yoga. similar celebrations were held
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around the globe. this special day was marked by massive gatherings across the country, the day was not without controversy in india. >> it was a sea of people, nearly 40,000 bending twisting and breathing their way to an attempt at a world record for the largest yoga demonstration as a single venue. they were joined by millions across the country and around the world as nearly all u.n. member countries are expected to host going goo day events. >> not only is it the beginning of a celebration but to train the human mind with peace good will and ho reach high goals. >> many performed yoga for its health and healing benefits. she now teaches yoga. she was in an accident that damaged her ability to walk or stand properly. >> my endurance increased. yoga is more holistic. i feel it works with the very
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subtly, it changes the way you think. >> the government is hoping the international day of yoga makes the ancient indian practice even more popular. >> just as there's more to yoga than complicated exercise moves there's more to yoga day than setting a record. some hope it will boost the industry. although it original nights in india, not every i understandian beliefs yoga is for them. >> instead of freding it out on a yoga mat some feel the day is to encourage physical fitness. some minors say the government is using the occasion to impose hindu religious beliefs on them, making it mandatory for students and civil students. >> my money is for the welfare of the entire country. >> the government says yoga is
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not mandatory and that yoga day is simply meant to promote a healthy lifestyle and countries image around the world. al jazeera, new delhi. >> today pope francis paid a visit to pray before the holy shroud of turin. he used the occasion to attack mafia corruption and speak out on behalf of migrants who are seeking ref final in europe. entering the cathedral the pope became the latest of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to see the piece of cloth. it is disdisplayed for only two months every five years. in the still dimness the leader of more than a a billion roman catholics paused for prayer. the shroud is believed to have
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covered the body of jesus after the crucifix. it is a major car manufacturing city. the pope denounced the exploitation of workers pointing the blame at faff i can't corruption. >> we say no to corruption that is so widespread that it seems on an attitude, normal behavior, but not in words rather in deeds. we say no to the mafia collusion, fraud and bribes and the like. >> the pope went on to speak about the plight of migrants. houses arrived on italy's shores in recent years leaving the country's government to cope. immigration increases competition, but migrants shouldn't be blamed because they themselves with the victims of this throw away economy and of wars. >> scent particulars say the shroud is a mid evil forgery.
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in visiting, he follows in the footsteps of pontiffs past, raising questions of faith in a scientific age. al jazeera. >> coming up next, what's driving sea lions out of the pacific and on to california beaches. a preview of a tech know investigation into the issue.
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♪ >> you're listening to music from the emanuel a.m.e. church in charleston, south carolina. we'll have more on the aftermath of the shooting there coming up at the top of the hour.
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>> now to a strange phenomenon with sea lions happening in california. thousands are washing up on local beaches starving and near death. phil torres has the details. >> the sea lions population from the california coast rebounded from 10,000 in the 1950s to over 300,000 today but now seems they may be in trouble again. sea lion pups are ending up as far away from the ocean as l.a. freeways. the question remains is this a man made problem or just nature taking its course. tech know investigates. >> this sea lion. you is making a run towards the open ocean with a satellite transmitter tagged to his back. he may hold the answers to a sad epidemic along california's coastline. there are plenty of highways that hug california's ocean
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scores. l.a.'s 90 freeway isn't one of them. the sight of a sea lion a quarter of a mile in land is unsettling. the headlines paint a picture of an epidemic of sick pups in search of food. what is going on is more complex. tech know went to a federal agency that studies the oceans for answers. >> what's happened in the last two years is the waters in the northeast pacific have warmed up way beyond anything we're used to. >> a warmer ocean off southern california has made it harder for nursing sea lions to forage, and as a result, the pups are not getting enough nourishment. el niño is an event scientists have seen several times but this year's temperatures are quite different. >> what's really different is that the waters in the northeast pacific warmed up over a year ago and usually that warming occurs after the el niño develops. in this case, it preceded it. >> you can see more of how hard
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working rescue teams are trying to keep up with these sea lion pups and identify the cause behind this on techknow. >> the news continues now with david shuster. >> thank you very much. hello, everybody. this is aljazeera america. i'm david shuster in new york with a look at today's top stories. >> now is the time for us to focus on the nine families. >> coming together in that south carolina in the wake of that horrific church shooting. we will show you how the community is trying to heal and we will get the thoughts, emotions and hopes from a religious leader in charleston. torturing inmates the actions inside a lebanese prison prompted the justice minister to call it a crime against the nation and humidity. also. >> we want to peaceful resolution. >> the u.s. secretary of


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