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supply. >> plenty more news from the americans and right around the word is on line at >> authorities try to find a man they say was behind the deadly attacks on a hindu shrine. another explosion rocked bangkok today. >> china's stock market dive 6%, but investors in the u.s. are shrugging. >> u.s. soldiers join the fight against fast moving wildfires in the western u.s.
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>> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy.y.y.y. authorities are trying to find a man behind a deadly bombing in bangkok popular with tourists. police released the video, showing a man wearing a yellow tee shirt. he was seen with a backpack and without it. officials are trying to urge be the public to stay calm. >> picking up the pieces, this is a shopping district in bangkok that has seen dramatic political conflict several times before, but nothing like this. dozens of people were killed here on monday, among them victims from malaysia, china, hong kong and singapore. many more were injured. it was an attack apparently designed to kill as many people as possible at a high profile
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target, the shrine. the government acting urgently to restore a sense of security from the public and millions of tourists. >> in our country, there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. the on going attempts at destruction might go politically motivated, targeting the economy, tourism or for whatever reason. the government will work to find these perpetrators and bring justice upon any networks involved as soon as possible. >> this security camera footage shows the moment the bomb went off. five kilograms of military grade explosives that sources have told al jazeera was deliberately detonated. within hours of the blast, the military run government was blaming its political enemies. now it is asking the countries to unite and stay calm. >> we would like to once again
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assure the public that right now look at what happened after this, bygones be bygones, but after this, the thai government will do our best in order to make sure that everybody feels well looked after. >> within an hour of that speech, this happened at the main care for river transport, another high profile tourist tarts. the grenade landed in the water and no one was injured. back at the shrine, things are slowly getting back to normal. >> the roads have been reopened, but this is as close as we can get to the shrine itself. security has been tightened, as promised, but we have seen forensic teams arrive as they try to get to the bottom of how and why this brutal attack happened. >> thai authorities won't say house they'll announce the results of their investigation. al jazeera, bangkok. >> a dramatic fall today for china's stack markets.
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both exchanges closed down 6% amid fears over the government's move to devalue currency. earlier i asked a reporter what it means for the u.s. and world economy. >> it's probably the first time that a government was tasked to rescue the stock market. they don't necessarily understand the market, when i was talking to global investors, one big issue they find is lack of liquidity in their system, so what the government was trying to do is they want to punish stock sellers and investors who sell stock, so half of the market was, half of the stocks were halted at one time, so that's very concerning, because they were worried they were not able to sell and there was investigation into stock sellers, which was another concern. managers have said to of me that being questioned by the chinese police is really not pleasant.
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>> also in china today, thunderstorms have halted recovery resident after an explosion at a warehouse. more than 100 people were killed in last week's explosions and many more badly wounded. 57 people, including 52 fire firefighters are still missing. experts say the rain may spread some of the chemicals exposed, leading potentially to dangerous chemical reactions. >> search teams in indonesia recovered the black box antibodies of the victims from a plane that crashed on sunday. the plane went down in bad weather in the province of papua. we have more. >> when rescue workers finally managed to go up the mountain near the airport where the plane was supposed to land on sunday afternoon, they found a very grim scone. they found the plane totally destroyed, most of it burned because it crashed against the
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mountain and they found 54 bodies, many of them in very bad shape. the rescue workers are now trying to lift the bodies to a different area one by one by helicopters, which will be quite a challenging task and something that needs to be noted is that nine passengers of the 54 that were onboard were actually not on the passenger manifest. that's something also that happens a lot in indonesia, where the manifests can change at the last minute, so it's not clear who were actually onboard. the cause of the crash is still not known. there is a lot of speculation of it might have been very bad weather. unpredictable. the international aviation organization has put out a very damaging report about indonesia
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safety, saying that it lacked on most points and especially on the organization of their staff to actually keep up with this very booming and rapidly growing aviation industry. >> reporting from jakarta, thank you. >> fresh tensions in ukraine today, sporadic fighting despite a ceasefire in place. nine people were killed monday when ukrainian troops and pro-russian rebels exchanged fire. vladimir putin is in crimea today. they annexed that region from ukraine last year. petro poroshenko said putin is trying to increase tensions with this visit, but president tin said he is trying to revive
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crimea's economy. >> we won't have that much of the support of western partners for the european countries and particularly european countries that took part in the minsk negotiations. this is something which is really concerning us, because unfortunately on our own, we aren't able to stop the conflict and we aren't able to convince russia to stop supporting terrorists. the biggest problem now are not people on the ground fight, ukrainian army, but the fact that russia is providing them with money, with supplies, with weapons, with fuel and first of all also with people on ukrainian soil. >> russia denies playing any direct role in the conflict, saying it is only sending humanitarian aid to rebels. the united nations estimates the fighting in ukraine has now killed 6,000 people since april of last year. >> in a new op ed today, senator
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bob corker plans to vote against the iran nuclear deal and says congress should reject it. he is chairman of the foreign relations committee. he calls it a bad deal, writing: congress is in the middle of its 60 day review pros of the deal. >> active military troops are joining crews to fight wildfires in the west. this is the first time since 2006 that active military troops have joined firefighters, but there is some good news in idaho, where crews say calmer winds are slowing one fire along the oregon fire. the soda fire is now 90% contained. >> we've got a lot of
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firefighters there ready to respond. we've got the helicopter standing by, so we are confident that the lines are going to hold, but we want to wait and see what happens. >> it is about 900 firefighters that are on the line. there's been no injuries reported, which is a very impressive track record, given the size and the amount of people that we've been working with. >> 30,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires, which stretch from california to colorado and into the northwest. >> a disciplinary hearing is scheduled this afternoon for chelsea manning, the former army private formerly known as bradley manning faces solitary confinement for alleged fractions while in jail, which include reading a vanity fair article about kaitlyn jenner. manning is sentenced for leaking military document to wick lee leaks. >> wick lee leaks founder assange will find out if charges
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will be dropped. the statute of limitations expired on to two other charges last week. a suspected rape charge will hold until 2000 between. assange has been living in the ecuador embassy in london for years to avoid deportation to sweden and arrest. >> residents worry over the effects of a toxic spill in colorado. officials don't say it's ok to drink the water. when will things return to to normal? >>
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 10:43 eastern. there is increased security in afghanistan after reports that a german aid workers was kidnapped in broad daylight. no group claimed responsibility for the abduction. >> a new report condemns police in stock to know, california for how they ended a standoff with bank robbers last summer. two suspects and a hostage died in a shootout with officers. the suspects had been shooting at the officers, but the report found the officers went too far, firing 600 shots at the suspects' car. >> the f.d.a. will decide whether to give final approval to a drug treating female desire. it claims to help women with low sex drive. an advisory panel recommended approval. it has been rejected twice
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before. >> it has now been two weeks since e.p.a. contractors accidentally spilled 3 million gallons of toxic waste water into colorado's animas river. authorities say the water quality is back to norm approximately, but residents are not sure. >> if you were to pull up in a tour bus having never been to this place before and knowing nothing about its recent history, you would pull up and think there is not anything that hasn't gone wrong here, much less that this stuff had washed down there river two weeks ago, a mix of lead, cadmium, waste minerals that come out of the mine just 60 miles upstream. what scientists now are grappling with what exactly has happened here. it seems as if the worst of it, the surge has moved through. the question now is what are the long term effect?
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nobody likes to pay for monitoring. there is no front line agency that can tell you with a sudden blinking red light that the water here is toxic or is in any way dangerous. instead, it is the long-term effects that people get to look at most closely. in this particular case, the hope here is perhaps that this will draw attention to the need for better ongoing monitoring. >> in one respect, this spill was a good thing, and that was that our water quality has been going down because of increase of heavy metals and we haven't had action. i hope to that starts to addressing it more. >> fishing is one of the economic mainstays of this place. they talk about what it is to think about the mines that are both upstream and downstream from here. documents dating back into the 1980's and 1990's talk about 300 gallons a minute coming out of these mines carrying terrible stuff with them. the problem is you cannot go in as a community and begin cleaning it up. doing so takes on a liability
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that very few people are willing to entertain. as a result, it falls to the government agencies to deal with it, the e.p.a. and that is where we arrive here. the complication is this is a community that has wanted to do something for a long time but found there have not been the administrative tools or scientific resources to really get this exactly to the place that people would like it to be. >> reporting from durango, colorado. >> new york yankees pitcher became the latest to get hit in the head with a line drive. he has a fractured nose but appears to have escaped otherwise any more serious injury. >> i can't imagine, a 100-mile per hour baseball coming at you. >> they have so little time to react. in baseball, they call a pitched ball hit back at the pitcher a comebacker, innocent name for a thephenomenon that can have dire
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consequences. >> the play that catcher brian mccann said made him sick to his stomach happened in the second inning. edwin nunez's 103-mile per hour liner ricochets off the head of brian mitchell. a doctor diagnosed him with a small nasal fracture, but no other serious damage. after the game, manager joe gerardi said it seems like your heart just drops into your stomach and you're scared for the kid and you see blood coming out. he is the third pitcher to take a bomb to the head, an occupational hazard going back to baseball's earliest days and hasn't changed much even as hockey and football have managed to convince their players to protect themselves with head gear and other safety innovations.
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while these incidents are low in frequency, they can be devastating. come backers ended the careers of pitchers. oakland a's mccartney needed pressure on his game. his brain. aroldis chapman needed gruesome staples. reliever alex torres was an early adapter, but not many followed sued, kiting the hats unsightliness. >> two fans have been hit this season and suffered serious injuries and in kansas early they are month, a 9-year-old batboy died when he accidentally got hit in the head by a batter taking a practice swing. >> thank you. >> college students say the government is dragging its feet in helping them pay off their student loans.
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>> the father of an 11-year-old michigan boy faces criminal charges today after his son shot a 3-year-old playmate. the boy used his father's gun. prosecutors say the weapon was not properly stored. we have more. >> he's devastated, because the 3-year-old was the son of his girlfriend. >> the father of an 11-year-old
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michigan boy appeared in court monday morning, charged with manslaughter, child abuse and weapons counts. he is responsible, say prosecutors, for allowing his son to have access to a firearm with devastating consequences. the boy allegedly climbed into a car with a 3-year-old playmate outside his home in suburban detroit and then shot the toddler in the face. wayne county prosecutor tim worthy said the boy's father owned and stored in a grossly negligent manager the firearm his 11-year-old son used to shot and kill the child. the man could face 15 years in prison. >> how did he store the gun, was it locked, hidden? was he waiving it around showing it to the kids and keeping it open in a place he could access it quickly and more importantly, they could access it quickly. >> within days of the shooting, the prosecutor took the unusual step of announcing a criminal charge against the 11-year-old.
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he'll face man slatter in juvenile court. >> i cannot remember a time where we have charged someone so young with taking a life. very unfortunately and tragically, the alleged facts in this case demanded it. his attorney said the man is deeply shaken by the charges against his child. >> his 11-year-old son that he loves, you know, that he talks to and he takes to work with him, you know, commits this kind of act. i mean, this is not his makeup. >> michigan, like may be states, has wrestled with the question of how to treat children who kill. in 2001, nathaniel abraham became the first charged under michigan law to allow children of any rage to be charged. he was 11 when every shot a rifle on a hill top, striking a person. >> he just looked like a lost little child.
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you think of murder, you think i want the person charged, but those of us who have children and think about a 11-year-old and how competent they are to stand trial, what they know about their actions, what they do and what the result will be. >> an appeals court overturned the case and sent eight are a lamb to juvenile detention until the age have 21. the new case will start in juvenile court. >> i'm pleasantly surprised that it's going to the juvenile court. i think that's appropriate, personally. >> that says the local attorney may not make the experience much different. >> still very intimidating, scary. this is going to be very difficult for this child to pros, no matter what. >> jonathan betz, al jazeera. >> the number of people affected by an i.r.s. computer breach is three times higher than previously reported. the agency says 34,000 people had information stolen, using an on line tool. the breach was part of a scheme to use stolen identities to
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claim fraudulent tax refund. investigators suspect russian cyber criminals were responsible. >> earlier this year, the obama administration launched a program designed to help students who attended for profit colleges. many were carrying a huge loan debt and said the education they received was worthless. some students are still waiting for relief. >> time is running out for pam hunt. the bank foreclosed on her landlord and served her with a notice to vacate the house she's rented for 10 years for her and her six children, including her special needs son. >> they said he would not survive past a year and he's 19 now, so -- and that's because i chose to keep him home all these years. >> she may have no choice but to send him to a nursing home, because hunt can't find anyone willing to rent to her. >> i have a job.
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i have income. >> but she is in a deep financial hole, one that started with nearly $100,000 in student loans for a bachelors in human services that landed her only low-paying secretarial work, treading water, hunt took on an additional $64,000 in student loans to earn a masters in criminal justice, thinking it would launch her into a better paying, more stable career, a sound plan, except for her choice of school. hunt earned her masters from an everest college. it was part of the defunct for profit college chain corinthian, whose campuses were shut down after hit with a slew of lawsuits, including the chain of predatory lending and a $30 million federal fine for lying about job placement rates. hunt's fighting back. this spring, she joined a group of former students who were
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refusing to pay back their federal loans. on june 8, the department of education took some action, launching a program that allows students who believe they were defrauded by a for-profit college to apply for loan forgiveness. >> is that a victory for you? >> actually, it's not. >> that's because even though hunt submitted her application more than two months ago, all she's received so far is a generic email receipt. >> do you think they get the sense of urgency? >> i don't believe they do get the sense of urgency, because if they did, on june 10, it would have said your debt is clear. >> she is not alone. the department of education told al jazeera it has not yet established a process for reviewing claims like hunt's. >> i don't see what's taking so long. >> ann larson helped organize the student debt strike. >> the secretary of education
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ernie duncan could cancel all of this debt with the stroke of a pin. we provided an order for debt cancellation on our website that was designed by lawyers. >> we asked the department of education for an interview, but our request was declined. >> i don't think the department of education appreciates the gravity of the situation. pam is just one person, but in fact, what's happening to her is happening to thousands of others. >> it's very, very heartbreaking. it is. and to know that taking that amount of money off of my student loan, and having my debt to income ratio shrink tremendously, it would help me out, because i would be able to do what any american should be able to do, have a place to live. >> patricia sabga, al jazeera, connecticut. >> thanks for watching. the news continues live from doha. have a great day.
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