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this is al jazeera america and good morning live from new york city, i'm randall and a manhunt underway in illinois police searching for three suspects wanted for killing a veteran officer and john henry smith is here and the area has been all but shot down. >> it's located 55 north of chicago and it has been as you say in virtual lock down for almost 24 hours now. police are casting a wide net to catch the people they say are responsible for killing this well respected officer. local, state and federal officers are searching high and low, house to house for the men believeds to be involved in shooting and killing lieutenant glenawitz tuesday morning. >> we will search out there and we are pretty successful in what we do and hoping we can do it again. >> before 8:00 a.m. tuesday and
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he sent a message he stumbled upon through suspicious men. >> two whites and one black and shortly there after he informed communications he was this a foot pursuit and his communications then lost contact with him. when our first responding backup units arrived at the scene they located lieutenant injured with a gunshot wound. >> reporter: he later died and three suspects escaped and local schools have been closed and people living and working nearby have been told not to go outside. >> we don't know what to think but we locked all the backdoors to make sure no one would sneak in on us from the back and went about our business. >> the fourth officer in less than two weeks to be killed in the line of duty nationwide and fatal officer shootings spike from one in july to six in august, over although 24 officers have been murdered this
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year by gunfire, 17% drop from this point in 2014. in fox lake, many are fondly remembering the officer, a 32-year veteran. >> joe was the father of four boys, decorated police officer and asset to the community and not only did they lose a family member i lost a dear friend. >> he is a pillar in our community and i'm definitely going to be missed and it touched many lives. >> reporter: officer was known as gi joe in fox lake and known as a mentor to young people interested in law enforcement careers and set to retire at the end of this month, randall. >> john henry smith, thank you, a fks texas prosecutor says there is a second video of a police killing in san antonio and has not been made public but it reportedly gives authoritys a very clear view of what happened and so far this is the only
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video what has been made public and two deputies responding to a domestic abuse call and found an injured woman and child and a man gilbert florez running. >> to deputies attempted to arrest the individual and he resist resisted. they also used -- tried to use nonlethal weapons to try and detain him and after a lengthy confrontation both deputies fired shots causing the man's death. >> cell phone video from a witness nearby shows the moment florez appears to put both hands up before he slumps to the ground and both deputies on administrative leave. they are demanding an apology for the governor for calling a black lives matter rally at the state far inappropriate. >> there is nothing inappropriate about protesting, as we have seen throughout history. last week or the week before i believe it was last week was
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women's equality day and for them to have the same right as men they had to protest. >> reporter: went through st. paul and his home and over the weekend hundreds rallied at the fair because fair organizers were not welcoming to minority visitors and said he was not home and had not received a request from the group to meet. call it stormy september in the stock market here and around the world, asian markets were volatile today swinging back and forth before recovering from sharp losses and futures are pointing to a rebound on wall street and the hope for recovery comes after the dow plunged 470 points on tuesday, the third worst day of the year. [bell ringing] new worries about china led to the dow's dive yesterday, the third worst drop of the year, weak manufacturing data had a
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blow to confidence about the there and contracted at its fastest pace three years in august and swung wildly since they moved to devalue this. >> what has been demonstrated in the last few weeks is also how much asia is at the core of global economy and how much disruptions occurring in one market in asia can actually spill over to the rest of the world. >> reporter: september is historically the worst month for stocks but this year could be even more painful coming off a very volatile august, one other worry driving down the dow, the federal reserves pending decision on an interest rate hike, some analysts warn if it comes it could slow the u.s. economy but others say it won't be such a big blow. >> i actually think that if the fed does raise rates that actually might cause the market to go up. the reason being is that it now removes one of the uncertainties that has been bothering
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investors so just getting the uncertainty out of the way i think will make investors breathe an sigh of relief. >> a decision on the interest rate is expected in two weeks when the feds hold their next meeting. secretary of state john kerry heads to pennsylvania today to deliver what has been called a major policy speech on the nuclear deal with iran. on tuesday president obama inched closer to the support he needs to get the deal passed a congressional veto, bob casey of pennsylvania and chris coons of delaware endorsed the deal and brings the backers in the senate up to 33, one more yes will give the white house the number it needs to sustain a presidential veto. a kentucky clerk is expected back at her job today preparing for a court hearing over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, kim davis and six of her deputies have been ordered to appear before a federal judge on
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thursday, yesterday she again refused to issue licenses despite a support court decision not to take her case. davis says she is standing on her religious beliefs, the judge could fine her or send her to jail for refusing to issue the licenses. in our next hour we will speak with one of kim davis' attorneys about what is next in the case. president obama is spending his last day in alaska visiting communities impacted by climate change. this has been the source of life for the eskimo for thousands of years and as the temperatures rise that way of life is threatened. ♪ ened. ♪
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welcome back to al jazeera and the time is 7:41 eastern and taking a look at the top stories a federal appeals court in new orleans considers the release of albert wood fox the last of the so called angola three in prison after spending decades in solitary confinement for killing a prison guard and louisiana wants to try fox for a third time even though other convictions were overturned. the umbrella revolution will face trial, 18-year-old joshua wong plead not guilty to charges of inciting and participating in an illegal assembly, tens of thousands of demonstrators, many with umbrellas blocked the
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city's business district last year demanding free and open elections. and thousands of drivers for uber may soon be able to join a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service, a federal judge in california granted class action status to a pending suit over benefits and three drivers sued saying they are being incorrectly classified as contractors rather than employees and would make them eligible for benefits such as health insurance. president obama today visits rural alaska towns affected by climate change. the villages are built on rapidly melting perma frost and around 100,000 homes are threatened, tuesday the president saw the exit glacier new stewart and that receded a mile and a half in the past 200 years. >> what it indicates because of the changing patterns of winters with less snow, longer, hotter summers, is how rapidly the
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glacier is receding and it sends a message about the urgency that we are going to need to have when it comes to dealing with this. >> reporter: alaska is the only u.s. state in the arctic circle, temperatures in the arctic are rising twice as fast as anywhere else on earth. president obama chose alaska as a place to address climate change because of its impact on the people there that is so acute, in the coastal village of catalina residents are keeping a close eye on the encroaching sea as libby casey says parts of the island could disappear within the next decade. >> make sure they do not suffer. >> reporter: larry adams relies on sea and land for his food and way of life, hunting most of what he eats but that is getting harder. >> i used to be able to recognize the current and the weather and when it's going to change and my grandfather told me but now today it's real
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unpredictable because of the ice change and it doesn't get as thick and it's not safe no more and it's scary. it's real scary. >> reporter: that ice change on the chuck sea has made it impossible for men of the village to spend spring hunting season out on the thin ice, it's a tradition they kept alive for thousands of years. >> the past five years alone i see a decline in our take for the whole year. like this year my family just got one. normally we end up with 14 or 15 in our family. >> reporter: alaska may be the last frontier but its arctic coast is the front line of climate change. >> it's just melting like butter on a really warm day. >> reporter: university of alaska anchorage engineering professor measures the coastline and says the land is rapidly eroding as seawater dissolved
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the earth called perma frost. >> historically in the fall there would be lots of sea ice present along the coast and when these fall storms come in they would sort of buffer the land so it wouldn't be so bad. but now the ice forms much, much later. >> reporter: not only is it harder for hunters but the village is in increasing danger. >> there is no safe place to go in western alaska those villages are not connected by a road system so evacuations are not possible when storms come in outside of their communities. >> reporter: as the tribal council chief holly had to help figure out what to do. >> i worry about the entire community and our life and especially our children and our elders. >> 400 people live here and a third of them school children and some of the 85 houses are in danger of falling into the sea. >> they could lose their stability under their house. >> yes, they can.
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if you look at the whole village there is no place to go. >> reporter: army corps of engineers say they have a decade until it's uninhabitable and there is a proposal to move on the mainland with a price tag of more than $100 million but the community is undecided, moving is a daunting and sad prospect. >> this place identifies us as a people. >> if you move? >> then we lose our identity and lose who we are. >> reporter: larry adams says he cannot imagine moving away from the sea. >> i will help them move but i'm not going to leave for my personally, i want to die her. >> reporter: because it's home? >> because it's home, it's my home. >> reporter: the people may have no choice as some of the first victims of climate changes, alaska. scientists have been warning for years that something has to
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be done to stop climate change and now several new apps from nasa show what is happening and what you can do to help and nicole mitchell joins us with the environmental impact and the apps are free. >> no pop up ads or anything of that nature and it's gold there and from human activity to climate change and natural disasters can really reshape our earth so let's look at the different apps that are out there that you can enjoy and the first is images of change and they show different before and after pictures and talking about alaska so i picked some alaska and this is before on one of the glaciers and used satellite and ground to capture these and this is after of the same region and very eye opening and you can also do them side by side and do direct comparison as well and get a context even on the world map and that is the first one, images of change and the next one is earth now, it's free dazzling and puts the earth in
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the palm of your hands and displays real time satellite data of some vital signs and here are some different things you can see on there and images from around the world but as we go into some of the images from the ernow app things like carbon dioxide and the first is carbon dioxide and manooxide is in there and the ozone and over antarctica and this is targeted towards kids and i'm sure adults will get involved too called offset and it's like the old game pong and it's resource management and kinds of retro and has the pace of global warning and learn of the carbon cycle trying to protect things and play the game and you can download any of these for free but sometimes you know just between hearing about it on the news again and again it's kind of nice to see the actual pictures of what is going on and
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get the kids involved with the game, that is a good idea. >> thank you, nicole. ♪ there is new information this morning that can help you browse the internet more safely. a security firm called blue coat has released a list of web domains that are most associated with suspicious websites. the group's report found all websites ending in dot zip are suspicious and associated with spasm, malware and phishing and review dot country and dot link and several others and says the ten safest domains including dot mil and dot gov and dot london and dot jobs. a spiritual journey to see the pope. why one family crossed two continents to be on hand for pope francis' historic visit to the u.s.
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donald trump tries to repair his relationship with the country's hispanic community. ♪
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with the drive for adventure, a 1 1980 volkswagon bus will meet her name sake when he arrived later this month and on board is a family going across the americas on a spiritual journey to the largest gathering of catholic families in the world. >> visit of pope francis it's a deeper meaning to the family road trip and it was like the thing that made us say, okay, this is it. >> reporter: the adventure began back in march when the family left their home in buenos aires and drove across argentina, chile, peru, ecuador and columbia and boarded a boat and went to central america to mexico and crossing the u.s. border into texas. we met up with nowel and husband
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and four young children in monteray, mexico and only in town a few days and were already front page news. >> we are on the front page. >> reporter: in the papers and on t.v. >> the big challenge was to leave. once we left it was a lot eas r easier. the family's pilgramage has taken from from the peeks of the andes mountains and staying with people to share the experience and a practicing buddhist opened her home to the family. >> it touched my heart because i'm going to visit the dali-lama in india jeks year and know how you feel when you need to meet
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your spiritual leader. >> the best experience of the trip. >> reporter: with host families? >> yes. >> reporter: and why is that? >> we love to see the city and the history of the city and the thing we love more is to live with other people and understand how they live. >> reporter: photographs from every city in every country chronicle their ups and downs. these stickers on the back tell the story of where they have been. you both quit your jobs and taking all this time off, traveling across continents in a 1988 volkswagon bus and there is a certain leap of faith that goes along with that, right? >> yes. >> yes, of course. because we say in spanish i like to dive into the pool. it's like you say, okay, go. >> reporter: jumping into the deep end. >> yes. >> reporter: we said good-bye to the family in mark onteray,
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mexico and plan to reconnect in texas and they ask we not follow them with cameras on this road because they have been told this stretch of highway in the u.s. can be dangerous and they didn't want to call any unnecessary attention to themselves. a few hours later with the sun low in the sky francisca and family safely rolled into the u.s. [cheering] [singing] 13 countries, 10,000 miles, four break downs, three birthdays and more than 4,000 photographs. memories to last a lifetime, driven by a big leap of faith. ♪ jennifer london, al jazeera, mc-alan, texas. donald trump looks to make amends with spanish voters and sat down with the chamber of commerce yesterday and the group
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represents 3 million business owners and ceo told al jazeera trump seemed eager to clear the air. >> but the real issue is now that he has accepted the opportunity to come and talk to our constituents is what he will say in front of the cameras and hope he will do and say and be the donald trump he was this private in public. >> and he says trump will join husband group for an open question-and-answer session october 8th. a victory for the only woman in the crowded field of republican presidential hopefuls and cnn revised the criteria for the next debate and fiorina will be a top tier candidate and kept out of the field for the last republican debate due to her low polling numbers and thanks for joining us and stephanie sy with more al jazeera morning news. ♪ going on, not just in this country,
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♪ a manhunt underway right now near chicago, federal agents, swat teams and dozens of dogs searching for three suspects in the killing of a veteran police officer. thousands of migrants and refugees stranded outside the budapest train station and a live picture and stopped on the way to austria and germany and beyond and the latest on the migrant crisis in europe. hopes for a stronger open on wall street after the third
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worst drop of the year. ♪ this is al jazeera america, live from new york city, i'm stephanie sc, a manhunt in northern illinois of three men suspected of killing an officer, helicopters and dogs and f.b.i. and u.s. marshals all helping with the search and john henry smith is here and the area has been shut down. >> fox lake, illinois is 55 north of chicago and it has been in virtual lock down for almost 24 hours now and police are casting a wide net to catch the people they say are responsible for killing this well-respected officer. local, state and federal officers are searching high and low, house to house for the men
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believes to be involved in shooting and killing lieutenant joe glenocitz tuesday morning. >> we will tie to find the guy hiding on us out there and we are successful of what we do and hoping to do it again. >> reporter: before 8:00 a.m. tuesday the officer sent a message he stumbled upon three suspicious men. >> one male black and two white and after that the officer informed communications he was in a foot pursuit and his communications then lost contact with him. when a first responding backup units arrived at the scene they located lieutenant injured with a gunshot wound. >> reporter: officer later died. the three suspects escaped. local schools have been closed and people living and working nearby have been told not to go outside. >> we don't know what to think but we locked all the backdoors to make sure no one was going to sneak in on us from the back and stayed here and went about our
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business. >> the fourth officer in two weeks to be killed in the line of duty nationwide and fatal officer shootings spiked from one in july to six in august, over all 24 officers have been murdered this year by gunfire, that is a 17% drop from this point in 2014. in fox lake many are fondly remembering the officer, a 32-year veteran. >> joe was the father of four boy, decorated police officer and asset to our community and not only did fox lake lose a family member i lost a very dear friend. >> he is a pillar in our community and i'm definitely going to be missed and it touched many lives. >> the officer was known as g.i. joe in fox lake, the former army first sergeant was known as a mentor to young people interested in law enforcement careers and he was set to retire at the end of this month, stephanie. >> john henry smith, thank you,
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a texas prosecutor has a second video that clearly shows a confrontation which led to two san antonio deputies killing a man with his hands up. the video has not been made public but the first video of the incident partially shows what happened and we want to warn you the video is graphic and robert ray has more. >> chilling frames of video of a deadly encounter with police in san antonio, texas, two deputies with the barry county sheriff's office responded to a domestic disturbance call friday and found an injured woman and child and 41 year old gilbert florez seen here running through the yard and according to the department he was armed and didn't say what type of weapon he was carrying. >> two deputies attempted to arrest the individual and he resisted. they also used -- tried to use nonlethal weapons to try and
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detain him and after a lengthy confrontation both deputies fired shots, causing the man's death. >> he put his hands in there and shot twice. >> michael thomas was this a car about 100 yards away with his cell phone. >> with going on in the world with different shootings with cops and things like that and thought maybe i could catch something on my camera. >> the t.v. station obtained the video from thomas and posted it all on line when he appears to put both his hands up but his left side is mostly obscured and he then slumps to the ground. >> certainly what is in the video is cause for concern. but it's important to let the investigation go through its course. >> reporter: following the release of the tape shemp -- sheriff susan called for patience. >> the deputies have been with the sheriff's office more than
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ten years and both placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure. >> this is a very unique situation. >> reporter: d.a. attorney hood calls the images troubling. >> there is actually another video with a better angle and view that is very clear. >> reporter: but so far that hasn't been released and la hood said his office won't rush to judgment, robert ray, al jazeera. in south carolina a white former police chief accepted a plea bargaining in the killing of a man and sentenced 38-year-old richard combs on house arrest and shot and killed walter bailey over an argument over a traffic ticket in 2011. the plea deal comes after two missed trials in the case. a long journey to abrupt halt for tens of thousands of people and looking at live pictures in the train station of the capitol
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budapest where migrants and refugees are staying put refusing to budge until they are allowed on trains headed for germany. the scene is relatively quiet right now, a big change from tuesday's angry protests and andrew simmons has more from budapest. >> second day of the stands off now and if anything resolve of the refugees is getting stronger by the hour. the police are still holding the line here and there are demonstrations and sporadic ones when trains head out for germany with no access to these refugees. they are unable now to buy tickets because they have to have visas and passports to do so. what we are finding also there is more tension developing in the outer side of this concores. the walkway over there is actually blocked off by police wearing riot gear and there was literally a standoff with only a few feet between protesters and police earlier. that seems very tense at a time
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but it blew over and do not want confrontation but just want a way out of here and the police don't want them here anyway and hungry is taking a very right wing line on this for plans for even stiffer legislation on these applications and intend to criminalize the act of getting into this country what they call illegally. so what we have here is a situation with no obvious way out for either side. it would seem that as the legislation has passed there could be a clearing up of this area and people deported. >> andrew simmons reporting from budapest, joining us is a senior officer at the bureau for the middle east and africa at the u.n. office of high commissioner for refugees. good morning and thank you for being with us. has europe completely lost its handle on this crisis? >> thanks, stephanie for having
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me. what we are witnessing today basically is a chaos in the european countries. each country is dealing with this crisis separately, some countries are opening the borders, some are closing and others are building a fence. what needs to be done here is that europe should agree on a unified policy where all of europe would assume its responsibility. not just one country or not just one nation. europe can do more, a lot more. there is the european counsel that has made a decision on the so called agenda for migration and calls for establishment of reception centers in the southern european countries and it calls for deciding on the applications of these people, some of these people particularly the syrians are clearly refugees given what is happening in their country but whatever is happening right now there should be a unified policy whereas these people are received, treated humanely and
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be given the rights of the international law and international principles guaranteed. >> is it realistic to expect europe can come up with a unified policy, europe has had difficulty coming up, with a unified policy just when it comes to the bailout of greece and talking about hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees. >> of course it's difficult. it's not easy at all but we have seen excellent signs and excellent statements by some of the european leaders like the german chancellor angela merkel who showed leadership, wisdom and humanity in allowing basically many refugees to be -- to come into germany, suspending the dublin agreement which is a problem in this situation because the dublin agreement works only for certain cases, individual cases and does not work in responding to major crisis like the one we are
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witnessing. >> you are of course -- let me just clarify for the viewers, so the dublin agreement is allowing germany to take asylum seekers from other eu countries and germany is in a much different economic position than a country like hungry and as you know hungry is building a fence to stop migrants at its borders and this has been called a humanitarian disaster but can you sympathize where they are coming from at all and will process hundreds of thousands of people suddenly forwards that have nothing to do with them. >> the hungarian government and people received 100,000 applications since the beginning of the year and this is exactly what we say in ncr. one country cannot deal with the situation alone. europe is a big continent and has powerful economies and can absorb these people. these are desperate people and not migrant people coming, seeking better life and they are people fleeing conflicts back
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there who have been subjected to ruthless behaviors by the smugglers on their journey and see the smugglers not just in the mediterranean and they are on the highways of europe and building a fence or dealing with them in a tough way actually complicates things and push the refugees and asylum seekers to resort to the smugglers and traffickers and europe can deal with this and we call on other nations to actually follow the german example in showing leadership and wisdom and in unifying european policies to receive those people. at the end of the day this is a humanitarian crisis and the numbers that europe has received so far are no where near the numbers that syria received. we have four million refugees in the countries neighboring syria so 300,000 people in europe can still be manageable and dealt
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with easy. >> and you were born and raised in damascus and 4 million fleeing the country and what is it like to see this happening? >> it's heartbreaking and it's never easy and definitely it keeps me working on it all the time and the fact that i worked with united nations over many years on many crisis and right now so happens i'm working on the crisis of my own country gives me more motivation to do my job at the personal and professional level. >> reporter: has the international community failed, the syrian war is on its fifth year? >> international community, in fact, what we are witnessing right now is the result of the lack of action in syria and the lack of solution. in order to solve the situation in syria you needed a political solution by the international community and by the big member
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states and by the security council and general assembly and lack of such a solution has created a major mega humanitarian crisis in the neighboring countries forcier yeah and in lebanon you have one person out of four is a syrian refugee and received two million refugees in a matter of a couple of years and now the refugees are moving on on words to europe and even to the northern poll as we have actually read yesterday trying to enter from the borders between russia and norway. we have syrians all over the world in africa and in cuba and malaysia and tie land. we are calling ncr on all countries and not just europe and beyond the borders to open it open because they are not looking for better things in life, they are people fleeing for their lives and souls. >> thank you for your time this morning. well, it could be another rocky road on wall street today and futures are up now asian markets
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were on a roller coaster ride before recovering sharp losses and randall pinkston is here with more, what is behind this? >> a lot of issues weighing on investors' mines and the news out of china to what the federal reserve would do about interest rates which of course affects all of us. [bell ringing] new worries about china led to the dow's dive on tuesday, the third worst drop of the year. weak manufacturing data dealt a big blow to investor confidence about chinese economy and it contracted at a fast paste in more than three years in august and global markets swung widely since they devalued this. >> what has been demonstrated in the last few weeks is how much asia is the core of global economy and how much disruptions occurring in one market in asia can actually spill over to the rest of the world. >> reporter: september is historically the worst month for
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stocks but this year could be even more painful coming off a very volatile august. one other worry driving down the dow the federal reserves pending decision on an interest rate hike and some say if it comes it could slow the u.s. economy but others say it won't be such a big blow. >> i actually think that if the fed does raise rates in separate that actually might cause the market to go up, the reason being it now removes one of the uncertainties that has been bothering investors and just getting the uncertainty out of the way i think will make investors breathe an sigh of relief. >> with the market checking retirement statements this day is not for the faint of heart and s&p is down more than 7% for the year. >> if you done hahave -- don't have to look at it don't look at it for the next couple of months. protests planned in baltimore
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with the case of police officers charged in the death of freddie gray and cancelled the day to have more officers on hand. planned parent hood will ask a federal judge to block it and cut it out of the state medicaid program after release of under cover videos of opponents raising questions about the clinic's operations and mexico president gives his state of the nation address in mexico city today, mexico is grabbeling with widespread dissatisfaction of politics and economy. the vatican calls it the holy year of mercy, the pope relaxes the rules over abortion and confession but will it bring more women into the catholic church?
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welcome back to al jazeera america, it's 8:19 eastern, taking a look at the top story, police in thailand issued arrest
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warrant for a turkish man connected to last month's bomb attack in bangkok, at least two other people who police call foreigners are already under arrest and police are close to solving the bomb that killed and injured people. is in a recession and could have an impact on the u.s. and canada is one of the largest trading partners and are cutting back on investments and a esh in issue in the up coming election and harper is seeking a fourth term on october 19th. three people have died from legioneers in illinois and they were in a nursing home and had under lying conditions and a dozen people died this summer in an outbreak in new york city. reaction to the surprise announcement from pope francis over abortion and confession, the catholic leader says as part of the up coming holy year priest will be able to absorb
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women who had the procedure and we have more. >> translator: another unexpected move by pope francis this time concerning abortion and the pope says he will give all catholic prooets the power to formally forgive women who terminated pregnancies, streamlining the process as it stands today. >> if a woman comes to confession the priest must have her wait while he contacts the bishop to make sure it's possible to grant absolution. >> reporter: this is during the up coming holy year or a year of mercy. in a letter published by the vatican tuesday the pope describes what he calls the moral ordeal faced by women who have had abortions and met women who bear in the heart the scar of the agonizing and painful decision. in roman catholic church teaching abortion is considered a grave sin and women who have
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the procedures or doctors who perform it are ex communicated. >> this is how seriously he takes the power of god to forgive and the power of god to heal people who come to him seeking mercy. >> reporter: the announcement m cos weeks before the pope arrives in the u.s., country divided on the subject of abortion and a poll conducted by the resear searcsearch suggests of catholics believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases while 45% say it should be illegal in all or most cases. born in argentina is the first non-european pope in nearly 1300 years and so far it has shown tolerance to taboo topics and earlier this move upon tick said divorced catholics who remarry deserve better treatment from the church and the remark he made on gays seeking redemeanpt
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and the pope said who am i to judge and he showed no intention of actually retracting the church's opposition to abortion but following his progressive p patient of taking a less forceful tone on the issue. >> church has to change like people change. >> reporter: john with al jazeera. joining us now to talk more about this is john o'brien, the president of catholics for choice and joins us from washington d.c. and john good morning, how in catholics are there that are for choice? >> majority of catholics in different parts of the world and go to any part of the world and women do support reproductive and sexual health and they use birth control the bishops don't like and the united states they have abortions as same as other religion and no religion so
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stephanie the reality is if it's in poland or philippines or pittsburgh catholics made up their mind with sexual and reproductive issues and do not look to bishops for their approval. >> how much significance does the pope's actions on this have? >> well, i have to say that the holy conundrum we call of pope francis has once again surprised the world and it's such an interesting surprise because the pope wants to practice what he preaches and what pope francis has said is he wants a pastor chur to john paul the second and benedict and he says come one, come all so with this change what he is actually doing is having reconciliation and if a woman felt she needed it go to two priests and not going to a
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bishop and it will not make that much difference and i cannot see lines of women cueing up in place of the republic of ire lands or united states looking for a priest on the question because catholics made up their mind because in good conscious they can make decisions about the questions. what is important about what the pope has done is he is talking about abortion in a pastoral way and not political way and that is stark contrast around the world who continue to politize women's rights. >> we have talked about this pope being more open and inclusive in the church and i just want to look at american catholic views on aborrow slun and you mentioned statistics and this is from 2015, 53% of white catholics saying it should be illegal in all or most cases, 41% say it should be illegal in all or most cases, do you think is a pope that cares about
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changing public opinion on these issues, gay marriage included? >> i really don't think this is a public relations job by pope francis. it's hard to tell, who knows the hearts of men but i don't think it is. i think he wants a church and they say it's defined by unity and diversity and the same document talking about having an approach to abortion reached out to a break away catholic group and saying people in this certain group would be legitimate so there was something that he did, you know, to really bring both conservatives and people who have a more liberal perspective in the church into church together. and i think that is what he is really working towards and i think that will be when he comes to the united states and in a couple of short weeks i think that that will be his message, he wants a church not that is a
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leaner, meaner church but a church that embraces all and he wants to embrace us with a pastor hug and not hit us with political rebuke when it comes to sexual and reproductive health. >> not saying changes in doctrine, he has not gone that far, to many people and even the idea that it needs the catholic church's forgiveness for an abortion seems archaic, can this pope really be described as progressive? >> i think that is a very interesting question. i think when it comes to women and many feel he has a blind spot, that is hardly surprising considering he spends all of his life in a hot house that famously excludes women and known to say things like people who are qualified the same way as men and strawberries on the cake and he said that women are certainly powerful, look at the housekeeper so these type of comments give us a feeling that he really is like a grandfather who is out of touch on some of these issues.
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also interesting in this statement about women and sin was excluding men completely. last time i checked men are very often involved in unplanned pregnancies so the idea that the pope hasn't embraced those things but i think there is an important difference here and you can see from what he said he is struggling to understand abortion and more than we had from bishops and struggling to understand is the beginning, the first step in a path towards listening to women, listening to the reality of catholic women's lives not just in the developed north but in the global south where women can die as a result of not being able to access safe and legal abortion. so there is a lot to be optimistic for with the pope, a lot of possibility and that what he is going to do is descend on the family that meets in a short couple of months and maybe it's a trial balloon and he has put up in the trial balloon of how he speaks about gays and lesbians and maybe a trial
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balloon he put out about people being able to receive communion and topic of abortion which has been a decisive issue in the church maybe he is reaching out with an olive branch to women and who have a more progressive perspective to say maybe we can talk about the realities of catholic life as opposed to what the hierarchy are imagining. >> meanwhile offending i'm sure more conservative members of the church, john o'brien, president of catholics for choice and thanks for your insights this morning, appreciate it. a kentucky clerk is not backing down over gay marriage. >> order that you are supposed to issue marriage licenses. >> we are not issuing them today. >> reporter: she remains defiant despite a court order and could face jail time and we will speak with her attorney. plus the mother's army, one woman trying to keep chicago's streets from violence by patrolling them herself.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, it's 8:32 eastern and take agree look at today's top stories and you are looking live at budapest and hungry train station and tens of thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded blocked from trains heading to germany, the government stopped them from even buying tickets. leader of hong kong revolution will face trial and joshua wong plead not guilty for participating in illegal assembly and many people with umbrellas blocked the district last year demanding free and open election us and futures are pointing to a rebound on wall street this morning the dow
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plunged 470 points and the third worst of the year and swung back and forth but recovered from sharp losses and volatile is blamed on news from china. john kerry goes to pennsylvania to deliver a major policy speech on the nuclear deal with iran and went to support he needed to keep the deal alive and democrats endorsed the agreement, one more yes will give the white house the number it needs to sustain a presidential veto and make has more from washington. >> the two announcements from key democratic senators put president obama on the verge of a key foreign policy victory and now the president only needs one more vote and likely to come from a democrat among 11 undecided democrats in the senate if he is to go over the top and avoid a veto over ride on the bill to reject his deal with iran and chris koons senator from delaware thought to
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be leaning against the deal and he made a speech in delaware and said he still had some problems echoing many concerns that critics had given voice to over the course of last week since the deal was announced but in the end he said if the u.s. were to reject this hard one deal over months of negotiations it would be standing alone in the international community. >> i will support this agreement because it puts us on a known path of limiting ran's nuclear program for 15 years with the full support of the international community. it's uncertainty and likely isolation. >> and chris koons got pressure from vice president biden, of course a predecessor from delaware and bob casey and largely echoed the same rationale by koons, if the united states were to reject the hard one deal after months of negotiations it would be standing alone and iran would hold all the cards and john kerry prepares to give a major
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speech billed as a major speech on wednesday as the administration continues to try to put on the pressure, round up votes and the president only one vote away in the senate from victory. >> mike is reporting from washington and we will bring you secretary kerry's speech on the iran deal live at 11:00 a.m. eastern. a manhunt underway near chicago for three suspects in the shooting death of a police officer, lieutenant joe was a 32-year-old veteran and set to retire at the end of this month, schools and many businesses in the fox lake area have been shut down during the search, hold helicopters and dogs and swat team going door to door and u.s. officers are aiding the search. gun violence is a major issue in chicago area despite 8% down in crime this year and seeing an increase in the most violent offenses compared to the same time in 2014 there have been 47 more murders in chicago this
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year and also 224 more recorded shootings in 2015. chicago had 187 more nonfatal shooting victims compared to this time last year. in a chicago south side one woman decided she is fed up with all the violence, and sarah has the story of how she is taking matters into her own hands. >> reporter: yes. >> i'm going to start the fire today. get over here. >> reporter: the charcoal grill is out and the smell of a summer barbecue blankets the block on chicago's south side but this is more than an average neighborhood get together. >> all right, you got it now, you got the rhythm going. >> reporter: a group of mothers have taken to the streets in the city's engelwood neighborhood. they hope their presence will deter the kind of violence that has claimed hundreds of lives across the city so far this year. >> in order to save my children i have to try to save everyone
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else's. >> stay out of trouble and you worry me so bad. >> reporter: she never lost a child to gun violence but she is fighting to make sure she never does. >> i was think ing thing that j mothers control things, keep things under control in their homes i figured we could do it in our communities as well so this summer what we thought we would do is we would take moms and we go and kind of set up shop on blocks on the worst blocks, the blocks with the most challenges and most violent. it's so everybody knows i'm here. >> reporter: after a shooting death in the city's engelwood neighborhood earlier this year, she created mothers against senseless killings or mask which is a group of volunteers patrolling the streets. they want to stop the gun violence plaguing the city. even if just for a few hours. >> who knew it would work but it
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did, it worked. >> i don't want to have all the sandwiches gone. >> reporter: the women and now the men from mask commit to patrol at least four hours every afternoon and plan to stay out until labor day. she says the grass roots effort created a safe place in an otherwise embattled neighborhood. in the weeks since they began there have been no shootings on this street corner. but there are obstacles and not necessarily the ones she expected. >> i thought the kids would be my biggest problem and they would be the obstacle and when i got there the kids were so welcoming and it's like they kind of needed whatever it was that i was offering, whether it was a hug, whether it was the food or bike, whatever it was they needed it. it was the police that didn't necessarily care for it. and it has proven to me that it's our biggest obstacle is our relationship with law enforcement. >> reporter: for right now she
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and her team will keep a watch over the block, sarah hoy, al jazeera, chicago. a kentucky clerk is expected back at her job today preparing for another court hearing over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples and kim davis again turned down license requests on tuesday and says she is standing up for her religious rights and jonathan martin has the story from moor head kentucky. >> she will return to work today and despite the demonstrators here on tuesday and growing pressure and court order she says she still has no plans to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. >> i would ask you. >> why are you not giving marriage licenses today? >> because i'm not. >> why not? >> under whose authority? >> under god's authority. >> reporter: remaining defiant after a judge's order and refusing to resign the clerk kim davis again tuesday turned away same sex couples in kentucky seeking a marriage license. >> we are not leaving.
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>> then you are having a long day, good day. >> reporter: for he and his partner david moore this was their fourth attempt. >> get her out of the office and whether a person is christian, whether they are of any of this belief, if they can't see the lawlessness of what she is doing then they are just flagerantly ignoring this. >> reporter: the clerk says same sex marriage violates her conscious and religious beliefs. >> you do not understand what you are doing to people. >> reporter: she stopped issues all marriage licenses in the county days after the supreme court legalized gay marriage in june and filed a federal suit asking to be exempt from the law and she was ruled against and then they upheld the decision. the case in kentucky high lights the issues left unresolved in the wake of the supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage and this county is in the spotlight officials in alabama have also stopped issuing
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marriage license to gay and straight couples. other clerks in kentucky and texas have also taken similar positions. [chanting] outside the courthouse tuesday a face off between same sex marriage advocates. [chanting] and kim davis' supporters. >> the law of the land goes against god's law, i go with god all the way. >> reporter: so far there have been no official steps taken to remove davis from her elected office and a hearing on thursday morning could determine if she is held in content of court and as an elected official she cannot be fired but can face steep fines or jail time. >> i'm willing to face consequences as you will face consequences when it comes to judgment, plain and simple. >> reporter: appears at this point the only way for kim davis to be removed from office is if
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the state legislature votes to do that and unlikely that will happen any time soon as they are not set to meet for a few months, jonathan. >> one of the attorneys roger joins us from orlando and thanks again for joining us. your client could be found in contempt of court at this point, what would that mean for her? >> well kim davis hasn't had her day in court yet. the plaintiffs in this case have had their hearing but kim davis has been denied a hearing on individual claims against the governor of kentucky so it would be extremely disappointing for kim davis to be held in contempt when she hasn't had an opportunity for a full and impartial hearing on her rights. >> she has been told by the court this is part of her official duties, issuing marriage licenses that are recognized by the law, she was elected to this position, is she doing her job? >> kim davis is not only doing her job but she is doing it well.
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marriage licenses are one tenth of 1% of the functions of the clerk's office and kim davis has an absolute right under a kentucky law that says that all persons are entitled to refrain from doing actions that would substantially burden their religious beliefs or their religious exercise and kim davis hasn't been given the opportunity to make that case yet in this court. and that is why a contempt order against her now would really be a denial of her due process rights. >> and yet now the supreme court sided with the federal court order saying she must issue the licenses and the courts have clearly ruled on this, now your organization and you have been fighting gay rights with not just marriage but gay scout leaders serving, what are your interests in this case coming from liberty council? >> liberty council is not fighting against anyone rights, liberty council exists to promote life, the family and freedom of religion. liberty council has worked hard
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to support the melennial definition of marriage and fought for the right of american citizens to believe and live according to their beliefs according to the bible. so that's not seeking to deny anyone's rights. we seek to uphold kim davis' rights and through kim davis's rights the rights of all americans to religious freedom. >> kim davis could stand to lose her livelihood and stand to lose this position, is this more about what is best for kim davis or your organization's agenda? >> look, this has always been kim davis's decision and she has made the decision according to her conscious she simply cannot issue these licenses and we are going to stand by her all the way wherever that goes but kim davis is well aware of the consequences of her actions. what people don't understand is that conscious is something that we can't disobey with any safety
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or expectation that we will be able to live full lives. kim davis being denied her right to live according to her conscious is really the ultimate insult to human dignity. >> you have said she did not get her day in court but she has said public i she is acting under god's authority. is she saying she will not recognize u.s. law over her interpretation of the bible? >> no, not at all. kim davis is up holding her oath of office for the u.s. and kentucky constitution and kentucky laws. the united states supreme court has never said that any particular state official must issue a marriage license. the supreme court said states must recognize same sex marriage on the same terms as different sex marriage and she is doing that and asserting her right for accommodation under well settled law to not issue a license that would violate her conscious for ample opportunity for people to
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get a marriage license if they want one. >> how far is ms. davis willing to take this? >> only time will tell, a day in this case is like eternity given the action that has been occurring but kim davis is reservoir lut resolute and will take the consequences that come her way but violating her conscious is something she simply cannot do. >> is she willing to do jail time? >> if that is what is required, it would be unfortunate and really a travesty of justice to put kim davis in jail to trying to live to her conscious but if that is the consequence then she is willing to accept that. >> roger again, one of the attorneys for kim davis with the liberty council and thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> president obama today will visit rural alaska towns effected by climate change, the villages are built on rapidly melting perma frost and 100,000 homes are threatened and he saw the exit glacier and it receded a mile and a half in the past
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200 years. >> what it indicates because of the changing patterns of winters with less snow, longer, hotter summers, is how rapidly the gl, a c ish -- glacier is residing the urgency we will have to have when it comes to dealing with this. >> reporter: alaska is the only u.s. state in the arctic circle of course and the temperatures are rising twice as fast as anywhere on earth and facing wildfires and the state is experiencing so many crews from other states are flying no to help fight them and why the wildfires in alaska are especially troubling. >> reporter: this summer hundreds of wildfires have raged across alaska. >> we need somebody over there. >> what they are doing is working on the edge there where
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we have got heat. >> reporter: stephanie, this is one of 3,000 firefighters and support crews flown from the lower 48 states this summer and they battling just a few of the fires that burned 5.1 million acres so far this year, the second worst fire season in alaska's history. >> we are in a village about an hour's flight from fair banks and hundreds of firefighters are coming from all across the country. we are about to meet the instant commander and a couple of them who have been on the line. >> reporter: jim grant is based out of wisconsin. >> this is our fire information. >> reporter: but he spent his summer trying to keep a half million acre fire from destroying this stroiing this and others along the river. >> in my career this is the largest incident i have been involved with. >> reporter: despite the size the fire represents only 10% of the forests burned in alaska so far this year. >> we have at least 13 of these fires going on like this plus
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the numerous smaller fires and this is a very busy year for us. >> tom has been fighting fires in alaska for almost 40 years, over the past decade he noticed a sharp change in alaska's weather patterns. >> we keep sending high marks with the climate anomalies out there. >> reporter: record temperatures are melting the perma frost and frozen ground beneath the forest priming them to burn. >> you can certainly see a pattern developing here. >> reporter: more forest fires and a melting alaska have global implications for the rest of the planet, experts estimate there is twice as much carbon waiting to be released from perma frost that is currently in the atmosphere. the scientists who spend their lives studying alaska's climate believe resent weather extremes could become the new norm. >> if we move forward using the
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same scenario and look at what is in store for us at the end of the century there is a pretty significant change. >> wow. >> so help me understand the intensity of wildfire activity now as compared to i don't know 50 years, 100 years ago. >> sure, and actually this graph does a good job of that and we move in the 90s and the number of bars above a million acres is on the order of doubling. >> reporter: as the changing climate brings more fires for the front fear and all they can do is try to make it through a fire season that keeps getting longer and jacob ward, al jazeera, alaska. ♪ the food and drug administration is warning about the dangers of powdered caffeine, fda sent warnings to producers and the companies have 15 days to responds on how to make their product safer. consumer advocates want it banned outright and a teaspoon
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is like drinking a lot of coffee and two people died last year. and they thought it would bring better life for mexicans but politics seems are the only one benefitting.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, 8:53 eastern and looking at the top stories the federal government taking steps to give current and former employees identity theft protection and awarded a $133 million contract to provide the service to current and former government employees, their information was hacked on an attack on the office of personnel management. the california department of justice unveils a new website today that sheds more light on police interaction with the public, for example the site will show 1200 deaths from
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arrests in 2005-2014 and 900 were classified as homicides by law enforcement officers. and a federal appeals court in new orleans today considers the release of albert wood fox and the last of angola three and after spending years in solitary confinement and they want to try him for a third time even though his previous two convictions were overturned. meks mexico authorities are saying it contains remains from 31 people, the same number of people who disappeared in the area since 2011. police think they were victims of a major cartel. today mexico's president delivers his annual report on the country's achievements and some fault him for failing to stem drug related violent crime
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and campaign on economic reform but as john holman says one group of people are reaping rewards. >> reporter: welcome to mexico senate where wealth is on show, a new political year is kicking off with the president's annual report but the game remains the same. >> translator: the problem is mexico politics is about getting rich and there for the gap between the poor and politicians widens and we part of a system that is fundamentally corrupt. >> reporter: a country struggling with mass poverty the senators are more with extras and bonuses than their counter parts in the uk, france, spain and almost as much as the u.s. but while those salaries bear some relation to their country's minimum wage mexican senators make 170 times more than those living on the bread line. like the people in sidewalk city, the people here are in a
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desperate position but are not alone, almost half of mexicans live in poverty and that number has been going up in resent years. lunch is left over fish from a market. it's all she can afford. what she makes in a year the senator earns in two weeks. >> translator: it's like from here to moon with that between us, how else can i explain their money, their cars, houses, trips and i had to save and save just to buy a wheel barrow to work and survive. >> reporter: a house built for the family by a favored government contractor and the least popular leader in the last 20 years. >> translator: if there is room for optimism it's that our society is participating more through social networks and mass marches. >> a warning to legislators but
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at some point those who elected them may demand a bigger share of the wealth. john holma al jazeera, mexico city. los angeles is jumping in the bidding for the 2024 summer olympics games and will spend 6 billion with a combination of private and public money and paris and ham burg are also bidding for the games, a decision will be made in 2017, and setback for organizers of 2020 olympics in tokyo and scrapping the logo over the artist's credibility and they accuse the artist of stealing his work. and finally this morning's major news and looks like kermit the frog may have replaced ms. piggy with a new girlfriend and obtained the frog with a younger sleeker piggy model named denise and the plot behind the new show muppets but don't feel bad with ms. piggy because she has been hanging out with hunger games
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