situation and environmentalists fear forests will disappear unless the government takes more and immediate action, al jazeera, in the region of ghanna. don't forget keep up to date with the day's top stories on the al jazeera website. >> refugees board trains bound for germany as the u.k. and france pledge to open their doors to more desperate migrants. hungary says no more can cross. >> collin powell comes out in support of the iran nuclear deal, but will it be enough to convince fellow republicans to let the deal stand. >> the hunter of cecil the lion defends the hunt, breaking his
silence. >> this is aljazeera america. good morning. live from new york city, i'm randall pinkston. tens of thousands of migrants and refugees on a desperate journey across europe are being welcomed in some european countries. just a short time ago, france announced it will accept 24,000 people as part of a plan agreed to by france and germany to spread the crush of those refugees entering europe. german chancellor angela merkel said germany is planning to take the large have the share, taking on people over of the weekend. britain has not said how many they will accept. refugees finally crossed from hungary into austria over the
weekend. there are many who still have a ways to go before they feel the sense of safety. conditions for thousands of refugees on the hungarian serbian border are only getting worse. we have this report. >> just down there, you can see that very little changes here, 14,000 refugees have crossed into austria over the weekend. now, here at the other end of hungary, the situation is the same. they're still coming in. look at that rail line, beside it a stream of people. up to 3,000 a day will be coming in here and if we get the camera the other way around, you can see the problem that's getting worse. it may be relief for so many refugees getting to austria and germany, but refugees here are facing appalling conditions. what's happening here is that the hungarian police are segregating the syrians or arab speaking people from other
refugees. most of the people you see here are afghans. they are only supposed to be at this assembly point as it's described for a few hours, but these people have been here for three days, and those calls overnight, this is on sunday night, for people for humanitarian workers to come down here and help these people, because they were freezing cold. they are in summer clothes. the weather has changed now and it's a lot colder at night. look at these conditions, they're absolutely appalling, but he is continuing to insist that he will continue policies despite this emergency arrangement involving austria and germany. >> andrew simmons on the border with syria. hungary is building a reinforced fence, an indication of just how divided europe is about coping with this crise. hungary's prime minister hit back at european union
counterparts who blamed his country for the chaos. victor orban said he will not recognize e.u. quotas, but austria decided to stop visa checks on trains coming in from hungary after tense days in budapest, refugees got a warm welcome in austria. we have this report. >> having suffered so much, the welcome was unexpected, the hospitality almost shocking. >> now i'm feeling like i get my freedom. >> he was among hundreds was refugees locked in a tense standoff with riot police at the train station in hungary. despite their demands, the refugees were ultimately rounded up and taken to a holding facility, released the next day, he and his cousins walked 11
hours to make it to austria. now the man who fled his war ravaged homeland a month and a half ago is overwhelmed by the generosity on display. >> we get food, water. actually, i like the people. i like the country. if my family was here, i would stay here, but my family in holland. that's why i'm going. >> as medics provided care, volunteers distributed clothes to the cold and toys to the children. >> all these dozens of refugees are waiting to get on this next train to vienna. everybody we've spoken with today here said that their treatment here in austria has been exceptional, so much better than in hungary. here before they get on the train, there's another place where they can get water. >> i tried to help the people.
>> this austrian lawyer telling me just not about how proud he is, but also how sad he feels. >> it's great experience. sometimes i feel very small, especially when you see the babies. i cannot understand the people angry with little babies who freeze and stay at night in the cold and in rain. this goes over my understanding. >> on a day like today, kindness trumps hostility. officers were there to protect, not persecute, as refugees were led on to trains, in sped of being forced off. desperation for at least a few merciful hours was left behind. al jazeera, austria. >> israel is building a fence along part of the country's eastern border with jordan to
keep syrian refugees out. israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu said his country is too small to take them. >> israel is a very small state, has no geographic depth and demographic depth. we must protect our borders against job seekers and terrorists. >> israel has built fences along its border with egypt to stop african migrants. it has another bordering syria. >> pope francis urging the faithful to do more for refugees seeking shelter in europe. >> i appeal to the parishes, the religious communities, the monasteries and sanctuaries of all europe to show the true meaning of the gospel and take in one family of refugees. >> the vatican's two parishes will be the first, taking in one family each. there are more than 25,000 parishes in italy alone and
thousands more in other european countries. not all are expected to take up the pope's request. >> thousands of mourners from across the country will be in illinois to honor a slain police officer. the 52-year-old will be laid to rest. he was gunned down last week. authorities are still searching for the people involved. >> kentucky clerk kim davis is launchen an appeal of the ruling that jailed her for refusing to issue marriage licenses because she objects to same sex manager. the supreme court declined to get involved in the case. a lawyer says davis has no plans to resign but she is willing to issue marriage lines again if her name and title are not on them. >> a major political player is putting his support behind the iran nuclear deal. former secretary of state collin powell said the deal is good and that it will move forward with or without the u.s.
>> we are in this with a number of other countries. all of the ones that have worked with us, china, russia, germany, france, britain, they have already agreed to it. the british foreign secretary was already in iran last week with a trade dell gigs. even if we were to kill this deal, which is not going to happen, it's going to take effect any way because the other countries are going to move forward, the u.n. are going to move forward. >> congress has until the end of the month to sign off on the deal. they are back from summer recess tomorrow. the agreement is on top of a long to-do list. we have more on that from washington with lisa stark. >> first out of the gate, the controversial iran nuclear deal. the senate begins debating it tuesday, the house wednesday. there's every expectation that congress will pass a measure of disapproval. president obama has said he will veto that and has lined up enough democrats in the senate
to ensure congress cannot override his veto. >> the best thing is to sign up for the deal and make sure we can put iran years away from being a threshold nuke state and concentrate on their terrorist activity, so i'll be casting my vote to support the deal and if necessary, sustain the presidency, too. >> a hearing on sunday for planned parenthood, some conservatives have threatened to shut down the government unless funds are withheld from that organization. >> midnight, september 30 is when the fiscal year ends. congress will need to approve funding for federal agencies to keep the government open. that's always a battle. >> on the agenda for this fall, a major highway bill raising the debt ceiling and whether to ease spending limits that congress imposed four years ago. amidst all this, pope francis
will address a joint session of congress on september 24, the first time ever a pope has done so. >> lisa stark in washington. >> there could be a change in america's strategy against isil. according to "the new york times," the pentagon is working to significantly revamp its plans. the strategy will mean providing better intelligence for u.s. backed moderate syrian rebels and improving their combat skills. >> the mother of an 18-month-old palestinian baby burned to death in an attack has died. she suffered third degree burns to 90% of her body. molotov cocktails were thrown inside two homes inside douma in july. her husband died eight days after the attack. their 4-year-old son is still in the hospital. >> democratic front runner hillary clinton trailing, bernie sanders taking got lead in a key
employees with federal contracts. they wilan independent investigs disputing the account of has happened to 43 missing students in mexico last year. the new investigation says that fire never happened and that the group may have interfered with a drug shipment. >> in minnesota dentist who unleashed a global backlash after killing a lion ended his silence. walter palmer said he will be back at work within days and that had he known cecil's status, he never would have killed him. he insists he thought the hunt of legal. >> in the race for the white house, a new poll could mean trouble for hillary clinton in a key primary state. the latest poll shots she is trailing senator bernie sanders by nine points in new hampshire.
vice president joe biden is the only other democratic who even registers with 16%. if you take biden out of the equation, sanders lead increases from nine points to 11 points. that same poll has donald trump in the lead for the gop in new hampshire, making him the target for some republican rivals. >> it is very difficult to lead if you don't have the requisite knowledge. i do think it's important to know who our enemies are. it's important to know the difference between hamas and hezbollah, and to know as well that both of them, for example are proxies are iran. >> she was responding to an interview trump did last week where he could not answer questions about the leaders of some middle eastern groups. trump said he would get up to speed on most foreign policies issues within 24 hours of taking office and delegating responsibilities to his generals. >> baltimore is moving forward
following violent protests sparked by the death of freddie gray in police custody. much of the attention on the city has been negative, but that may be changing thanks to the hard work of people who still believe in baltimore. adam may reports. >> i didn't think i would. it was challenging, something i've never done before. >> she celebrated her first anniversary working in deconstruction, tearing down some of baltimore's vast stretches of abandoned row houses. >> just a drill is not as easy as some people think. >> the 52-year-old from east baltimore didn't plan on working in deconstruction. she was a teacher says assistant, until the evils of the streets and the temptation to make quick cash ruined her
life. >> how did you become unemployable? >> i was working in the school system, then i got into selling drugs again, and didn't go back to work, and then i started using. >> what kind of drugs? >> heroin. >> she decided to go clean. like tens of thousands of other exfelons in baltimore, she found herself hampered by a criminal record. it took years for her to land this job, part of an innovative social program called details, run by a non-profit focused on economic development. >> no one would hire you. >> nope. >> she leaves her house early to make it to work by 7:30, walking through streets ravaged by drugs and joblessness, lined with abandoned homes, some of the 16,000 empty properties in
baltimore. >> deconstruction is the means, but the end is creating jobs, really, that's what we're after. >> until last year, max pollock worked in a cubicle at a d.c. think tank. he was drawn to the details program, seeing a city in need of radical urban renewal. >> if you have these dual problems, high unemployment and poverty, and you have vacancy, our approach, working with the city has been let's solve one of these problems with the other. >> once part of the problems with baltimore, he is now repairing it one brick at a time. adam may, al jazeera, baltimore. >> blindsided on the field, two high school football players take down a referee and it may have been on purpose. >> the average american family has 28 electronic devices and getting rid of all those items
>> could normalization change cuba forever? >> i'm afraid for cuba. >> we ask cubans about their hopes and fears. >> i would love to see my business grow into a transnational company. >> two high school football players in texas have been suspended over a brutal hit on a referee. officials say the players from the high school in san antonio deliberately tackled a referee from behind in the last minutes of the game friday. they reportedly did not like the ruling on a previous play. the names of the players and the ref have not been reds. no word on what injuries the ref has but officials say he does plan to press charges. the school district is investigating. >> in 25 u.s. states, it is now
illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash, but getting the old devices to a recycling center is still a challenge across the country. >> it's the waste and debris of modern society, old computers, televisions and printer cartridges, the average american home has 28 electronic devices, enough to produce a fifth of the world's e waste. each contains highly toxic and highly valuable materials. that and concern about stolen data have more and more states implementing programs to recycle he waste safe live at facilities like this one. >> you have to shred this stuff to make sure it goes away. if your data gets in the wrong hands, it could be catastrophic. >> we are excited to announce that as of this month, 1 million people in the city of new york are served by e cycle.
>> 25 states have been scaling up recycling programs for he waste. one eighth of new york city residents don't have to go farther than their building to recycle. the landlord calls the city to pick up the items. >> disposing of electronics in the trash is now illegal in new york, but getting televisions and computers to a recycling facility presents a challenge. in a city where well over half the residents don't own a car, the city set up collection points and apartment buildings and making the manufacturers of these products pay for it. >> priority signing up for the e cycle, people didn't know what to do with electronics. they would wait for the city to have an annual event or leave them in the bulk garbage. >> still, only 27% of american e waste is recycled, and
environmentalists say manufacturers need to change the way they make these products in the first place. >> he waste recycling is very dirty and very energy intensive. even if we were capturing tox i believe so and putting them into the next generation of iphones or gadgets, we are using huge amounts of minerals to design gadgets that could be designed better so we are not recycling them so often. >> that could benefit consumers as well as the environment. al jazeera, new york. >> 10 to 20 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year, having widespread consequences. let's bring in nicole mitchell for our environmental impact. how bad is it, nicole? >> this is deadly from whales to the sea turtles we love and a new study on birds is showing how this problem has been increasing for us.
taking a look at different sea birds, back in 1960, plastic was found in the stomachs of less than 5%. by 1980, 80%, now 90% and it's estimated by 2050, basically all of them will have ingested it. every 11 years, we basically double how much plastic we make, so it's estimated we'll make as much plastics as all plastics since ever invented. that's a huge problem, resulted in a two thirds decrease in sea bird populations since the 1950's. everything found inside of them when they actually examine these corpses, plastic bags, bottle caps, synthetic fiber from clothing, little bits of plastic broken down that can contain toxic chemicals. they soak up things from the water, like d.d.t. and p.c.p.'s. what causes the death of the birds is the sharp edge of the
plastic. they ingest so much, it doesn't make room for food inside them and that leads to the problem. >> in a body of water, do you find more plastics than other bodies of water? >> some of the southern parts of the ocean near australia, southern parts of south america, those beaches. we can do much better. >> thank you for joining us. stephanie -- no, erica pitzi has more al jazeera morning news. stay with us. from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target weeknights 10:30p et
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>> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm erica pitzi. for tens of thousands, it's been a long journey filled with emotions and tense standoffs. today they're welcomed in some parts of europe. france announced it will accept 24,000 people as part of an agreement with germany to spread the influx of refugees entering europe. chancellor angela merkel said germany will welcome thousands on top of the 18,000 it accepted over the weekend. british prime minister david cameron is working on a plan to resettle more syrian refugees as well but has not said how many the u.k. will accept. 12,000 refugees from syria
finally crossed from punkary into austria over the weekend. we are live in london this morning. good evening to you. france and germany are really trying to put together a united front when it comes to dealing with this crisis. what's the german chancellor had to say a few hours ago? >> what she said was that germany wanted european union countries to agree on fixed quotas, whereby they would all take in, in some cases, many thousands of refugees. this isn't a new idea. it's been floating around since april. i think the numbers are increasing, and the numbers that angela merkel is proposing are also increasing in recognition of the gravity of the crisis. it is true that where germany leads, europe often follows, but not necessarily and the there are sharp divisions. you alluded to the hungarian position there.
many other eastern european countries also very reluctant to go along with this idea of fixed quotas. >> we have to manage this challenge but need the help of the e.u. it's only with european solidarity that we will manage that. europe wants to show its face in a good lie light and internationally with all the states combined, we have to fight the reasons for this influx of refugees. >> we'll hear shortly what the british prime minister, david cameron has to do, he's due to address parliament in london in a couple of hours or so. there are rumors circulating that he may announce that britain is prepared to take in the region of some 10,000 refugees. that would be a substantial change from its earlier position, but we'll get more clarity in a couple of hours. >> all right, been bephillips life in london, thank you.
>> hungary is calling for a fund to help countries facing mass migration as germany makes another $3 billion available to states and cities to cope with the crisis. israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu said his country will not accept any refugees, and is building a fence to close off the country's eastern border with jordan to keep syrian refugees out. a train carrying dozens of refugees set off from the hungarian-austrian border town this morning. we have this report from aboard that train. >> all the refugees many from syria, many from iraq are so grateful to finally be aboard this train, to be making their journey to vienna. there are concerns about reports they are hearing. the remarks from the prime minister of hungary, the statement from the austrian chancellor with rewards to a return to normality here, what exactly that will mean.
austrian officials told us that there won't are border controls, but there will be spot checks, because they are trying to stem the tide of human trafficking. nonetheless, all these refugees on this desperate journey, the people we have been speaking with who have had such a hard time reaching austria, they are worried many of them for family members who still may be in serbia, may be in hungary trying to make their way, they are concerned they will be prevented from doing so in the days to come. >> greece sent in police and troops to help process thousands of refugees on the island have lesbos. 17,000 people are being kept at the island's main fort. only one office is set up to handle applications, leaving many stranded for weeks without a place to sleep or food to eat. >> in syria, we were hit by barrel bombs. here we feel we are dying every day. i have three children sick now. how long is this going to last? we escaped war, this is worse.
why are they doing this to us? >> the u.n. is calling for exceptional measures to ease the backlog and help people move on to athens. the pope is asking catholics and local church leaders to do more to help refugees. we have that part of the story. pope francis asked the faithful to do more for the refugees seeking shelter in europe. >> i appeal to the parishes, the religious communities, the monasteries and sanctuaries of all europe to show the true meaning of the gospel and take in one family of refugees. >> in a gesture of solidarity with the thousands of refugees fleeing iraq and syria, the pope said the vatican's two parishes we be the first to take in a family each. the pope's call to tens of
thousands of catholic parishes in europe comes as the number of refugees arriving over land from the balkans and across the mediterranean sea is hitting record levels, 350,000 so far this year. vatican insiders say there are over 25,000 parishes in italy alone, and thousands more in other european countries, though not all of expect to welcome the pope's intervention. >> i think ordinary catholics will be encouraged and inspired by what he's saying. here in the vatican, there is opposition to this pope. they may be saying that's a nice idea from the holy father, but actually, this is not for the church to sort out, this is the government. >> pope francis, who will be in washington, new york and philadelphia at the end of the month understands the tragedy of tens of thousands of people fleeing death from war and hunger compels catholics to help those searching for a better life. >> the gospel calls us and asks us to show solidarity to the
smallest and the abandoned and to give them a real home. >> european refugee crisis is the latest in a series of recent public interventions by pope front from the conflict in the middle east between the israelis and palestinians to helping ease tensions between the u.s. and cuba. john terrett, al jazeera. >> kentucky clerk kim davis is still in jail this morning, launching an appeal of the ruling that put her there. a judge jailed her last thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses because she says her faith objects to same-sex marriage. the supreme court declined to get involved in the case. she has no plans to resign but is willing to issue marriage licenses again if her name and title are not on them. >> the minnesota dentist who unleashed a global backlash after killing a revered lion in zimbabwe has ended weeks of silence. walter palmer says he will be back at work within days and if
he had known cecil's status, he would not have killed the lion. palmer told the minneapolis star tribune that everything was done properly, this was a legal hunt for a lion in zimbabwe. >> president obama has a labor day gift for workers today, an executive order requiring paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors. the president will announce it at a union rally at a breakfast in boston today. 300,000 workers will be entitled to one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. >> as the nation celebrates labor day, presidential candidates are seizing on the holiday to celebrate american work e perfect michael shure takes a look at the current state of organized labor and how unions could affect next year's presidential election. >> the traditional end of summer, labor day always co in cried with what was the beginning of every presidential race. that has changed and so has the role of labor in presidential
politics. >> where free unions an collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is launched. >> ronald reagan launched his campaign with those words. as president, he fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. it set the tone for the future republican relationship with organized labor. >> there's been a big wayward movement in the republican party for decades on union rights, union movement in general. >> brian covers labor for politico. >> very few republican support labor groups and very few labor groups support republicans. >> union membership has declined since the era of reagan. union membership among wage and salaried workers was 21% in 1983. today that number is 11.1%, down 9%. all of this has political capped dates and watchers uncertain about the importance of union endorsements, those democrats
have not lost sight of the fact that the changing demographics in unions play to their other constituency. if you think about a union in the 1940's and 1950 said, the common pace of labor might have been a white male. increasingly, it's become a latino minority and non-male, changing how candidates are approaching the labor constituency. >> with names like jeb bush, chris christie, bobby jindal and scott walker who would work that make every state a right to work safety as he did in wisconsin provides further explanation for why unions have formed a virtual picket line against the republican party and have remained so valuable to democrats. >> their particularly important in this election, because you have more centrist candidates like hillary clinton being pull would to the left by senator bernie sanders.
a lot of that push is coming from the union movement. >> thus far in the 2016 cycle, bernie sanders has been endorsed by the nurses union and hillary clinton got the american federation of teachers. the candidates still await the most coveted union endorsement, the aflcio. >> it doesn't pay off to issue an early endorsement now. hillary clinton, although facing a robust challenge from better than they've sanders is still the most likely candidate. if the aflcio decided to endorse right now, she'd have no incentive to push for policies or vocalize on policies favorable to the union movement. >> the candidates will marsh in labor day parades, seeking votes and awaiting endorsements as they sell themselves for the best option for the presidency and the job of forming a more perfect union. michael shure, al jazeera, los angeles. >> triple-a expects 35 million
cars will be on the road bid end of this labor day weekend. let's bring in nicole mitchell for a look at the weather across the country. >> i'm so happy to have this forecast, because a lot of sunshine across the country mean people traveling cannot blame it on mother nature for the most part. we have a little disturbed be weather in the southeast and a front heading through the midwest, but a lot of sunshine. i want to qualify right ahead of that front in the midwest is fog. that's our only problem. a lot of our beach and coastline are going to be lovely for today, so break out the sunscreen. over the negligent couple of days, the front doesn't move too quickly. this by the time it ends moves into wednesday. a few showers make it to the west coast, but even then it's spotty activity. as we get out into temperatures for today, the front does usher in changes in that democratic ahead of the front, a lot of
80's and 90's. ahead of it, more 70's and 60's and feel just that touch of fall, even though we're not quite there yet. wire about the peak of hurricane season, very quiet out here, as well. there's a tropical storm off the coast of africa, but that is expected to diminish by the time it hits the islands and the caribbean. for this time of year to not be having that tropical weather, this is kind of exceptional for a labor day holiday. enjoy the nice weather while everyone can. >> good news for travelers for sure. thank you. >> the iran nuclear deal gets unexpected support. >> it's going to take effect anyway. all these our countries in it with us are going to move forward. >> why collin palm said the deal is the right one for the u.s. >> two high school football players sidelined after blindsiding a referee. why some as i the ref was targeted.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at today's other headlines around the nation, thousands of mourners from across the country will be in illinois today to honor a slain police officer. the 52-year-old will be laid to rest near fox lake, north of chicago. he was gunned down last woke. authorities are still searching for the people involved. >> a las vegas police officer is recovering after every and a colleague were ambushed. the officers were waiting inside their cars at a red light when a gunman opened fire. they chased him down and arrested him. the officer is expected to recover. >> there's a new candidate initial ili in the running for the democratic want presidential nomination. he jumped in after a crowd
funding campaign raised a million dollars, running on one platform, to reform campaign finance and expand access to voting. >> a new poll could mean trouble for democratic hillary clinton in a key primary state. the latest poll shows her trailing senator bernie sanders by nine points in new hampshire. vice president joe biden is the only other democratic who registers with 16%, taking biden out of the equation, though, since he is not technically a candidate, the lead increases from nine to 11 points. >> that same poll has donald trump in the lead in new hampshire, making him the target for some represent rivals. >> i think it is very difficult to lead if you don't have the requisite knowledge, or i do think it's important to know who our enemies are, it's important to know the difference between hamas and hezbollah and to know that both of them, for example are proxies of iran.
>> carly fiorina is responding to an interview trump did where he could not answer questions about the leaders of some middle eastern groups. trump said he would get up to speed on most foreign policy issues within 24 hours of taking office and delegate responsibility to his generals. >> the senate returns to work tomorrow to begin debate over the nuclear deal with iran. republicans are pushing for a measure of disapproval, but president obama has unexpected new support for the agreement. we have more. >> president obama has enough democrats lined up in the senate to ensure congress will not be able to override his veto. now two prominent figures have come out in support of the deal, including a top democratic, who is also. jewish. two big enforcements for president obama's nuclear agreement. florida representative debbie we sayer man schultz held back tears as she explained her
backing of the deal. >> my hometown paper talks about my jewish heart, and how important this was to me that as a jewish mother, that we have a concept from generation to generation. there's nothing more important to me as a jew to ensure that israel's existence is there throughout our generation. >> the president and democrats appear to have enough votes to ensure the deal survives an attack in congress, but the administration hopes to reach a for how undecided democrats to avoid a messy battle. securing 41 would prevent it from coming to a vote. speaking on meet the press, former secretary of state collin powell said the deal is a good one and will move forward with or without the u.s. >> even if we were to kill this deal, which is not going to happen, it's going to take affect any way, because these our countries in it are going to move forward.
>> president obama tweeted out thank you collin for putting your experience and expertise behind the important initiative for our country. the senate begins debating tuesday, the house wednesday. >> the vote is expected to come down along party lines. three democrats have said they will not support the deal. >> thank you. >> back now to our top story, the plight of refugees in europe. hundreds have made it to germany after trapped for days in hungary. that country and france are agreeing to take in thousands of more refugees in coming weeks, many of them children. to talk more about the plight of children in this refugee crisis is the head of crisis intervention in unicef children's fund. more than half of syrian refugees are children and we've seen that heartbreaking image of the little syrian toddler's
lifeless body washing up ashore on a turkish beach. how do you think. kara: imagines like that really with the focus now on children in the middle of this crisis is going to change the response? >> well, i think we've already seen some change. those kinds of horrifying images are really relatable. people immediately think about their own children and that can turn the tide of history. i think we've seen quite a marked difference in the way the world leaders are starting to react to this crisis. that child is of course sadly one of many, and the only way we're going to come out of this is really united action, so it's not just about those coming in to europe, but mainly because of those who are left behind, those in syria. we know that within syria, there are more than "million people displaced. the majority of those refugees are going to neighboring countries, so it's really about addressing the root causes of this refugee and migrant crisis.
that means that the only way to end this misery is to end the conflict. >> you talk about united action. what does that look like to you? >> we are starting to see a much more collective response, collective action, collective responsibility. the word, we are now going into the general assembly in the comes days or weeks, and i think that there's real momentum now. this is what we're hoping and we're seeing from france, from germany, from many others. >> the u.n. said e.u. nations must accept up to 200,000 refugees as part of a common strategy, point to what you're saying in terms of united action in order to replace their piecemeal approach to the crisis. is that a realistic request? >> this is unprecedented, since the second world war. we haven't seen anything like this, so many of these smaller countries, like the former yugoslavia republic of macedonia, serbia are unused to dealing with anything like this. we have to look at it from their
point of view. how do they cope with this rapid human wave of refugees coming into their shores, countries and many of them are dealing with their own crisis and economic burdens, as well, such as greece. it can be done in a humane and orderly way, especially if we look at the source of it, where they're coming from. it is a mixed flow of refugees, a mixed bag p.m. some are migrants, some refugees. we have to apply for asylum. there's a 75% increase in the number of children applying for asylum, largely with their families. few are fortunately unaccompanied. the only way of preventing children washing up at sea is really for countries to implement the very laws that they have at their disposal, that means convention of the rights of the child, ensuring
that children get safe passage, that their needs and rights are protected at every step of the way. >> what do we do to get all of the countries in the region to get onboard and help? we know many gulf nations have not supported this at all, will not take in any refugees at this point. then you've got the hungarian prime minister walking any sort of binding quote at as to accept refugees as idiotic. what can we do to make sure everyone is pulling together to help all of these people? >> leadership. once you put a child's face at the center of this crisis, you do start to see a turn around in people's minds. it's a wake up calm to the world. it pierces their conscience seeing children like this. in the beginning of the summer, you saw more single men and that's starting to change. part of the reason, we
understand is schools in syria cannot cope. schools in the region cannot cope. the majority of refugees are going into neighboring countries, turkey, lebanon, jordan. only a small number of going into europe at this stage, but it is getting to the point where we need leadership on a global scale. >> the presidential election in guatemala heads to a runoff. the top two contenders cannot get a majority needed to win. >> the missing memorial. one group is making its mission to honor those who fought in world war i.
jewel welcome to al jazeera america. it's 8:28 eastern time. taking a look at today's stop stories. "the new york times" said the pentagon is looking to revamp its plans against isil, providing better in telling jones for u.s. backed moderate syrian rebels and improving combat skills. >> kim davis appealing a ruling that put her in jail for refusing to issue licenses for same-sex marriage. her lawyers are working on a compromise to get her out of jail. >> the minnesota dentist who child a revered lion in zimbabwe has ended his silence going back to work. he will be back in his office within days. he said that had he known cecil's status, he never would have killed the lion.
henesss he thought the hunt was legal. >> this morning, a former television comic is leading presidential elections in guatemala after the president was forced to resign in the corruption scandal. jimmy morales has never held elected office but tops a field of 14 candidates heading into a runoff. >> there's some clarity on the political landscape, but not much. some call him the anti politics politician, unattend by political scandals. he finished ahead but not with the 50% needed to avo the runoff. he'll fight the second round on october 25 against a candidate for the former first lady. the people have chosen, but have they chosen wisely.
>> we want to be a lot wiser than our last elections to vote, and hopefully we're going to have better politicians in the next four years. >> the man they elected resigned last week and will hear in court whether he'll be tried in a massive election scandal that left the electorate disi will looked with politics and their politicians. >> i'm voting, but at the same time, i don't agree with any proposals put forward by the candidates, but the people have his spoken and have a much clearer idea of what democracy is. >> the president damaged us. i don't want that for my children or grant children. >> the new president will not take office until january. the country is being led by the
interim leader. later on monday, he'll appoint a new government. >> guatemala is still in crise, but many hope cleaner elections with all sides respecting the results and a judicial system fighting corruption and bringing politicians to court are a sign that the country is moving forward. >> election result is a step toward greater stability, but guatemala remains full of surprises and uncertainty. al jazeera, guatemala city. >> the mother of an 18-month-old palestinian baby burned to death in an attack has died. she suffered third degree burns to 90% of her body. israeli settlers are accused of throwing flammable liquid and molotov cocktails inside two homes in july. her husband died eight days after the attack.
their 4-year-old son is still in the hospital. >> turkey bombed kurdish fighters one day after turn issue troops were ambushed. the p.k.k. said it killed 15 soldiers using roadside bombs. a two and a half year ceasefire between the two collapsed in june. >> there are no questions this morning over the disappearance of 43 students in mexico almost a year ago. the government says they were murdered and the bodies burned, but an independent analysis said that probably did not happen. >> the night mexico can't forgot, almost a year ago in iguala, municipal police in collusion with a local gang attacked bugs loads of students. in four hours of coordinated terror, they killed some and abducted 43 others. the government had hoped to head off the following wave of mass outrage by drawing a line under the case, declaring that the students were killed and their
remains burnt in this rubbish dump. now, a much anticipated independent report from international experts has dropped a bombshell. that official version is scientifically impossible. >> the group considers there is no evidence to support the hypothesis that the 43 bodies were burnt there. we are not saying that other things couldn't have happened, but that event as described didn't occur. >> the investigators don't know where the students are or if they are alive. what is clear is that federal forces and the army were aware and in some cases, even witnesses to the atrocities, but did nothing to intervene. despite this, mexican authorities didn't allow the authorities to talk with army witnesses. key video evidence was also destroyed. >> what is revealed is further evidence for many mexicans to the government investigation in this was deeply flawed and really made little effort in
getting to the bottom of this. >> the students' families have been outspoken about the lack of help to find their loved ones. >> we are going to discover the truth. we will find the students. that's the biggest fear this government has, because they know there have been a lot of mistakes. they hope the case will be forgotten. >> the many flows in the government investigation have been made clear. the locals hope the authorities will take up the line of inquiry to finally find out what happened to the missing students. >> north and south korea are holding talks on reuniting families separated by the korean war. millions of families were split by that the war more than sitting years ago. the reunions may take place in october in a north korean resort. that's where the last talks were held in february of 2014. >> washington is a city of memorials, of course and many honor u.s. service members
killed fighting over seas. there's no memorial to those killed during world war i. now as jami macintyre reports, an effort i also underway to build one nearly 100 years after the war ended. >> there are monuments to honor veterans of three major wars of the 20th century, world war ii, korea, and vietnam, but the great war, the war to end all wars, world war i is without a national memorial in washington. edwin fountain is on a mission to change that. >> what i think most americans don't realize is we had more american servicemen and women who died in world war i than vietnam and korea combined. we rightfully honor the veterans of korea and vietnam with memorials on the mal, but the valor and heroism and sacrifice of american soldiers in world war i was no less worthy of
commemoration and honor than that of the later wars. >> i met with the vice chairman of the world war one centennial commission in washington's park named for a world war i general. congress has decreed no more monuments on the national mall but approved this park across only the historic willard hotel a block from the white house as suitable. it's once glistening reflecting pool drained and in disrepair. >> this was an ornamental pool in the summertime and ice skating rink in the winter. it hasn't been used that way for years now. >> it is a blank canvas that inspired 350 envies in a design competition. five made the final cut. it features a grid of 1,166 illuminated problems markers, one for every 100 u.s. deaths. world war i memorial concepts in
visions a classical victory to your in a forest of trees, the weight of sacrifice incorporates images on the walls along the edge was of the park. an american family portrait would include a portrait wall and embed large photographs in the ground. copper walls etched with images of world war ii. all five designs have two things in common. there is no wall of names like the vietnam's veteran's memorial and there are trees, lots of trees. >> we colonel want it to be inviting to people who will come to use as a park, but we want it to be contemplative, to complement the memorial purposes of the site. >> the commission will pick the winning design next year and hopes to raise $25 million all in private funds, raising the money and completing construction in time for the 100th anniversary of the end
of world war i, veterans day 2018 will bees to the least a monumental task. al jazeera, washington. >> a battle zone in the heart of the belgian capital, brussels, police using water cannons to counter farmers declining milk and pork prices. e.u. ministers plan to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the following crisis in the agriculture industry. >> today is labor day here in the u.s., a time to honor working americans. for many families, it's also the last chance to go back to school shopping. we're getting a new look today at the true price for some of that very popular, inexpensive congratulations. ment documentary, the true cost highlights our bashar al assad habits, as well as the devastating impact felt by garment makers in third world countries. even the journey of an inexpensive tee shirt can cause tremendous hardship. >> the sheer amount of cheap
clothing, even though people feel perhaps somehow that they're offsetting by giving to charity, the journey of a tee shirt donated to charity is unpalatable itself. >> the director of that documentary joins us this morning via skype from los angeles. tell us about your film. what inspired you to make it? >> yeah, i was getting talked to one morning and picked up a cover of the new york times about two and a half years ago and read about the factory collapse in bangladesh has took the lives of more than 1,000 workers. i remember just holding that story, thinking, you know, how is it possible that i've never really stopped to think about where thigh clothes come from. i think i go to the store, buy them, i don't give thought to what impact that's making. as i started to look into and learn about this world behind
the clothing that i wear, we wear, i was really shocked by what i found out and felt like it was a story that needed to be told. >> how is this idea, the fashion industry hurting people in other countries? >> well, a fast action is a pretty arable shift at accelerated pace. we're consuming as a world 400% more clothes than just two decades ago. a lot of that is due to the phenomenon of fast fashion. historically we'd have two seasons a year, four seasons a year, six seasons a year. fast action model is giving us 52 seasons a year and incredibly low price point clothing, incredibly low quality clothing, and a lot of where that's coming from is the continued pressing of cheap overseas labor. >> let's listen to a clip of a factory worker weighing in and
how it impacts her world in haiti. >> people donate to charity and charity cannot sell them on their trips to store, whatever. they find them, ship them to the country. i tell people, stop buying things that is not good, that is cost $10. you're going to go in a bar, going out today, you just go to a store and buy yourself a dress for $10. tomorrow you go and do the same thing over and over and over again. >> did you find this same feeling from most factory workers you talked with? >> it's interesting. you know, it's such a different world that they live in and it's hard for them to fathom that clothing, we think of that as a disposable item now. for them, that boggles their
mind. >> let's talking about a juxtaposition going on. if we stop shopping or buying anything made in developing countries, wouldn't it hurt jobs and devastate livelihoods? >> yeah, that's a really important point. i spent time with workers in countries all over the world. they pointed out clearly to me even if these jobs are horrible. we need to be careful that we don't erase these jobs and the development they've brought. for a long time, the story is that yes, these are horrible jobs, yes, these people are not paid enough to keep families together in some of these slums, yes, buildings are falling down and taking lives, but at least they're better than no jobs. i think while that is incredibly true, it's not a zero sum game. why couldn't we do better? why couldn't we provide jobs that also bring with them some basic inherent dignity as human beings? i think that's what i'm asking for and a lot of us are asking for in the world of clothing, to
say you know what, it's not ok for people to be treated the same way rough commodities are. we have to assign a basically level to what human lives mean. it is employing some of the world's poorest of the working poor, raising huge questions saying where we set the bar in this industry is really where we set the bar at the bottom. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning. you can buy or rent the documentary right now on netflix, itunes or amazon. >> it's estimated that around 10 million to 20 million tons of plastic is dumped into other oceans every year and it's having widespread consequences. let's bring in nicole mitchell now for today's environmental impact report. how is this impacting wildlife? >> deadly consequences for whales to sea turtles and sea birds, showing just how much plastic some of the animals are
ingesting. going back to the 1960's, plastic was found in the stomach of less than 5% of sea birds. that's not very many. now find%. it's estimated that will be 100% before too long. every 11 years, our plastic production doubles around the globe. scientists are concerned because in the next 11 years, we'll make more than ever since plastics were invented. this ends up in the water. the problem is inside birds, they are now finding bottle caps, fibers, anything related to fishing, nets and lines are dangerous. what it does is if it gets in their system, anything shortstop edged can punch holes in internal organs. one bird had 200 pieces alone of plastic in it and even if it doesn't puncture organs, plastics can soak up other pesticides, d.d.t.'s, and it makes them less able to actually
ingest food, populations have declined by two thirds already because of this problem. >> thank you for that report this morning. >> there's a black market for lumber in ghana. 200-year-old trees are being cut down at an alarming rate and the government is doing little to stop them. we have more. >> most of this wood is illegally acquired. this is a saw mill on the edge of a forest reserve. we have to film secretly, because these workers don't want their activities exposed. they received worked from chain saw operators as they're known here, they are organized, parts of armed groups who cut down trees illegally. more than 80% of the timber sold within ghana is from illegal sources. the owner of the saw mill agreed to talk to us if we hide his face. >> it is wood from wherever it
is -- we go deep to the forest to see the damage for ourselves. the illegal operators are prepared to go wherever it takes to chop down trees. this is known as a high value tree, more than 200 years old, and a tree of this size will sell for 375 u.s. dollars. >> in another forest reserve in the western region, farmers are burning the forest in order to plant cocoa tree shoots. the commission cut down these trees as a warning to others. this entire area used to be forest. officials admit that progress on tackling these issues has been slow. >> what we have tried to do is
more of giving in sentives. >> this is a teak tree plantation. ghana has one of the best forestry legislation in the world, but the commitment is lacking. >> the officials are not given the free hand to manage the real district of the regions. if you delve deeper, you realize our politicians are behind. we must be very bored to talk
about it. >> it's a complex situation, and environmentalists fear that the forests will disappear in a matter of decades unless the government takes more immediate and serious actions. al jazeera, ghana. >> you can call him the running man, a journey across the united states, gearing up for a much larger challenge.
>> welcome to al jazeeraurpose america. taking a look at today's top stories. germ near says it will spend six and a half billion dollars to support hundreds of thousands of refugees entering the country. 18,000 asylum seekers arrived in berlin after an agreement with austria and hungary to relax asylum rules. >> pilots are preparing to walk off the job tomorrow, union and management are in a dispute over
proposed cuts to wages and early retirement plans. pilots have staged more than 13 strikes in the past 18 months, costing more than $3 million. >> archeologists discovered 100 stones buried near stonehenge. some of them are almost 15 feet tall. they are believed to be 4,000 years old. >> good news for smokers trying to quit. a popular anti-smoking drug is safe according to scientists, despite a long history of potentially dangerous side effects. is this the green light? >> not quite. this study does not change the f.d.a.'s rules on the use of chantix. the study comes from researchers following 150,000 smokers in
england who used the product. ed finding is that the users were no likely to suffer a heart attack and at no higher risk of depression or telephone harm. >> let's talk about the f.d.a. what's the agencies current stance. >> the same stance for a decade. soon after the drug was reds in 2006, the f.d.a. began to get reports of serious side effects. in 2009, the f.d.a. required a black box warning that patients should stop taking the drug if they note hostility, depression or suicidal behavior. in 2011, the f.d.a. added another warning about increased risk of heart attack in users who already have cardiovascular disease so anyone who wants to take chantix should cult their doctor. it's a popular drug.
they want the f.d.a. to back off on the black box. it's a product for pfizer and they hope for a review based upon the british study. >> a warning today over cucumbers after a salmonella outbreak. this shows how many people in each state became ill. one woman in california is believed to have died as a result. the recall affect the limited brand from andrews produce. they were imported from mexico. >> two high school football players in texas suspended over a brutal hit on a referee. the players from the high school in san antonio deliberately tack would the referee from behind in the last minutes of the game.
they did not like the ruling on a previous play. the names of the players and heavy have not been released. no word on what kind of injuries the ref had. he does plan on pressing charges. that was certainly a serious hit there. the school is investigating. >> you might prepare for a morning run by stretching, but one ultra marathoner is preparing to run across the united states. we have more. >> which in new york central park, 49-year-old richard may look like any other runner setting out for a morning jog but this was of the beginning of the end for him of what has been an epic journey across the united states. it started in san francisco may 19. he traveled through 12 states to get to this point. that's 3200 miles, or 5100 kilometers. >> it's the challenge to run across some continent, and america for me is the continent
to run across, and i wanted to embrace all the epic scenery that america has. >> that included running over the roxy mountains, as well as through deserts. he organizes extreme running events for a living, giving him the time and flexibility needed to make this self-funded trip. on the last day, he was joined by a heather. >> there is no rule, except you run every step of the way. that is what we did. start and where we finish at the end of one day, we start that exact same spot the next day. >> doctorsness'd he give blisters a chance to heal. >> this is the very last leg of a journey that began more than three months ago. there were a few pauses to recover from injuries. still, he averaged 35 miles a day.
that's 56 kilometers, more than a marathon a day for days on end. he crossed the finish line with alvin matthews, a fellow runner who was paralyzed in a work related fall. he used the trip to raise more than $25,000 on his behalf. >> i have had a little bit of doubt in the first month when he had to stop for a couple of days because he had really bad blisters. i asked him if he was still going to be able to finish. he couldn't believe that i asked him p.m. he said well, of course i am. >> he claims ultra running is about mental strength more than physical. >> how are you feeling? >> a bit of relief, i guess. >> what are you going to do next? >> i'm from ireland. i think the answer there is obvious. i'm going to have a beer. >> clearly, he was up to the challenge. al jazeera, new york. >> that is some dedication.
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>> hello, welcome to the news hour live from doha. here's what's coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> france and germany agree toe take in tens of thousands of refugees but seek a unified european response to the crisis. >> a comedian with no political experience tops guatemalas presidential poll, but doesn't get enough votes to avoid a runoff. >> protesting dairy farmers in the european union say they are not able to milk