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plan 2900 jobs to be cut. about 100 union activists rushed into the building. that was after they had broken the gates down there. news and a great deal more. >> doctors without borders are calling the bombing of their hospital in afghanistan a war crime and now the pentagon is promising a full investigation. going into recovery mode, crews in south carolina are assessing storm damage as the fatalities go up. details of the new transpacific partnership are still kept secret and it will impact how much you pay for almost everything.
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this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm richelle carey. new details on the penalty gone that hit a doctors without borders hospital in afghanistan. >> forces advised they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support. several civilians were accidentally struck. >> 22 people were killed, ten of them worked for doctors without borders. mike viqueria is live in washington. this is the beginning of a very long process to figure out what happened. what is the pentagon saying about this attack? >> reporter: well, that's just the problem. you saw general john campbell there, not only the commander of nato forces but also all forces in afghanistan, after what the
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united states is saying is an accident pending a full investigation, president obama himself expressing condolences but says he wants to wait until after a full investigation by the department of defense. but it is the conflicting and shifting explanations for some of the phrases that have been used after the matter, that is drawing controversy and sharp dispute from doctors without borders. fight for kunduz, this fight haas gone on for more than a week now with a seesaw battle, first the taliban taking over then afghan forces largely retaking control of the city. then nato forces says there were strikes against insurgents who were firing against u.s. personnel who were there advising and assisting u.s. forces. that of course is controversy. president obama has a timetable for withdrawal. no conflict is to be involved
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with afghan forces at this point. we now just heard from general campbell that afghan forces had asked for support, the implication was that the forces were under siege and the u.s. didn't realize they were bombing a hospital. a very sharp statement in the very immediate aftermath of general campbell's statement. now attempting to pass responsibility to the afghan government. the reality is, the u.s. dropped those bombs. so very sharply worded back and fort here for what doctors without borders as you reported richelle is calling a war crime. >> what is the white house saying mike? >> we just heard from the white house. doctors without borders wants an independent investigation. there are three investigations ongoing, one from the u.s.
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department of defense the pentagon, the other from nato forces and the other from afghan forces in conjunction with u.s. force he. doctors without borders says that's not good enough. they want an independent investigation because this is a potential war crime as they allege. this morning or just a few minutes ago i should say, the warehouse spokesman jernts was t was asked. >> i wouldn't use a label like that. the one thing i do think warrants mentioning is there's no country in the world or military in the world that goes to greater lengths and places a higher premium on avoiding civilian casualties than the u.s. department of defense. >> reporter: josh earnest once again expressing condolences and had a that the president expects a full accounting for what
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happened in kunduz. richelle. >> thank you mike. the rain is stopping, but the south carolina rain, at least ten people are dead across the carolinas. hundreds have been rescued from flooded cars and homes, thousands are without power and nearly 400 schools and government offices are closed. >> our biggest concern is safety. if you are in your house, stay in your house, remind your kids not to play in this water. what we want you to remember is if you are under a boiled water advisory follow it. >> tap water is not safe to drink in many parts. kevin corriveau has the latest on the weather picture. >> the flooding rains are about to stop but the flooding on the ground is going to take days if not weeks before we finally see that to clear up.
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right now you can see what you call the water vapor shot. the association of area, that is we are about to say most of that rain begin to taper off. the heavier rain though is going to be on the southern coast of north carolina and that could actually go till tomorrow. i want you to see what we have seen in terms of storm damage. the flooding has caused quite a bit of damage along the highways. greenville to columbia and also in charleston. in the next day or so this is what we're expecting to happen. this area of low pressure is going to be making its way to the threang. the rain iend of the week. areas of the carolinas are going
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to be cresting, as well as the water moving down towards the coast so we're going to be watching that very carefully. >> storms off the coast brought strong wind and waves along the new jersey shore, coast guard rescued a man knocked off his personal water craft. in danger of being slammed into the rocks. the coast guard happened to be there, transacting a humanitarian mission. (f) hurricane joaquin into the bahamas two days ago. >> we assume the vessel has sank. sank in the last known position that we recorded on thursday. so what that means, though, we just change our search planning efforts. we are still looking for survivors, or any signs of life, any signs of that vessel. >> the coast guard equities said
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they found the body of one crew member. 33 people were aboard that ship whit went missing. umpqua community college opened its doors today, class he cancelled no. next week. the school's president says she's following the advice of other educators who have dealt with school shootings. >> this is not a club we wanted to join. we did not want to be part of the sandy hook club but we're now members, the newest members and the senior members are all taking care of us. and i'd like to thank them. >> sunday services across the region were dedicated to the memory of the victims. al jazeera's sabrina register reports. from roseburg. >> night places of worship, a community is coming together. to support each other in one of their darkest hours. words of comfort to
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parishioners, but the sermon was also sprinkled with a political message aimed at stronger gun laws. >> some who is hell-bent to kill others is going to look for a way to did that. but i, for one, as a follower of jesus, i dare say, why should we make these demeanted malevolent schemes easier, with easy access to firearms? we do better. for god's sake, we must do better. >> reporter: as the community grieves, the father of the shooter is speaking out publicly about the arsenal of weapons his son had in his possession. echoing support for increased gun control. >> every time something like this happens they talk about it and nothing is done. i'm not trying to say that's to
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blame for what happened. but if chris had not been able to get hold of 13 guns it wouldn't have happened. >> the family shouldn't be held responsible to be honest. it's just as shocking to them as it is for everybody else. >> 17-year-old umpqua community college student sarah cobb salt in a classroom next door, she says she's not sure when or if she will return to school. >> i don't think the school should be opening quite that soon. it's still very hard for a lot of us. i don't think schneider is going to be able to be the same place. >> local media, david jakes, the publisher of the beacon witnessed the bodies of the nine victims be transferred to the local medical examiner. >> two military helicopters landing a great number of state police, the scene that proceeded
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was, the off-loading of the victims' bodies. and it was -- >> jakes, overcome with emotion, refers to the victims as "our kids." chris mints, hailed as a hero for his quick actions last thursday, sent a message from his hospital bed. >> hello everyone, i'm doing well and i'm overwhelmed by the support that i've gotten from everybody. i just want to wish all the other families a safe and speedy recovery and i'll be talking to you guys soon. >> sabrina register, al jazeera, roseburg, oregon. >> justice department filed a settlement that requires bp to pay more than $20 billion for april explosion of its oil rig in the gulf of mexico.
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more than 100 million gallons of oil spilled onto the gufer gulfd gulf shores. the state must approve the deal. >> we have secured settlement totaling more than $20 billion making it the largest settlement with the single entity in american history. the resolution includes civil claims under the clean water act for which bp has agreed to pay a $5.5 billion penalty. the largest civil penalty in the history of environmental law. >> over 4 billion of that civil penalty will go to rejuvenating animal populations, so far bp has paid over $50 billion in fines and that's not counting other lawsuits still pending. fire and rescue crews are on the scene of an amtrak derailment in vermont.
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the passenger train derailed about 20 miles southwest of the state capital montpelier, five cars reportedly went down by a rock slide. several dozen passengers have been taken off the train and put on school buses to take them to a nearby armory. a global deal has been approved. the u.s. and 11 other nation agreed to a transpacific partnership. we're going to look at how that deal is structured. and some of the biggest cases the justices will review as they return to the supreme court.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is.
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>> a new york university student is going home after being held for months in north korea. south korean authorities released this image a short time ago. it shows ju wan moon as he entered south korea along the border with the north. he had been detained in the north since april. south korea says he entered the area illegally through the border. he apologized for his actions. a sweeping international trade agreement has been reached. negotiators announced today they have finalized plans for the transpacific partnership. the agreement will cut barriers and set standards for global trade. the obama administration says it will help the economy become
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stronger. this is what the president said. if we can get this agreement to my desk, we'll help our businesses sell more made in america goods and help american producers compete and when. to help understand this put this in some sort of perspective, the question everyone wants answered, that is not a simple answer, does this mean more u.s. jobs? >> not necessarily. and this is why. because trade agreements like this tend to reward the owners of capital. so basically, goods that are made with machinery if you will with heavy machinery. and it tends to punish laborers. because what we find is that labor intensive jobs tend to gravitate into those countries where the cost of labor is lower. now all we have now is a summary of this agreement from the u.s. trait representative. one thing it does say is that
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every signatory has agreed labor unions this their country, like vietnam part of this pact, will have to allow their workers to form trade unions, which is supposed to mean higher wages pap so labor expensive jobs here in the u.s. are likely to gravitate over there. however you're likely to get bigger profits for companies that make capital intensive goods because it will bring down barriers to agreements. extremely vague on the environment. it basically says that the 12 parties agree to effectively enforce their environmental laws. that's very key, their environmental laws. so it doesn't look as if there are any greed upon standards. not everybody will be held to the same standard, indeed they aren't. developing countries are not held to as high a standard. it is deemed unfair that they should have to get on board if
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you will with the same environmental rules, with a big industrialized economy like the united states. >> what does this mean for sovereignty of the u.s? >> this is part of a thousand agreements, this mechanism that allows big corporations to sue governments, when those governments adopt policies or regulations that could harm that corporation's profits. okay? it's called an investor state dispute mechanism. the problem is that this has been tapped with increasing frequency in recent years. environmentalists for example are really concerned because they are afraid as corporations sue governments when they adopt these regulations or policy that it can have a chilling effect if you will on regulation that it will really make governments think twice. so it could undermine sovereignty that way. one of the big criticisms of this is that it was not a very transparent method. from this summary it seems like we are going to get more
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transparency, subject to confidential information in the report. basically there is a loophole that could make that transparency not very transparent. >> a loophole you could drive truck through. >> that's right. >> patricia sabga, patty thank you very much. 48 cases on the supreme court docket. the justices will be ruling on some pretty controversial issues. >> reporter: last term was a blockbuster, from the decision upholding a key part of the affordable care act, to the decision on same sex marriage. this term's cases may not be quite as high profile. >> watch for affirmative action, the future of voting rights. >> and watch for roberts court which last time appeared to lean
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left now return to its roots. >> last term there were quite a few great liberal victories. but make no mistake, this is a very conservative court. i would expect very conservative decisions. >> some of the biggest cases come out of the texas including one involving the university and its admissions policy. >> the university of texas has a model program that uses race as a factor in admissions. there's a real view that the sceftsdz saconservatives say the race as priority for admission. >> districts are drawn up based on total population of but the court is being asked to decide if that's fair. whether for example only registered voters should count. >> if the conservatives were to win this case, if the challengers were to win, the would lose power it's quite significant.
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>> and the future of public employee unions could be at stake. the case involves california teachers and whether nonunion members should have to contribute their, quote, fair share in dues. if the court says no, it could cost public sector unions and the democratic candidates they often support, millions of dollars. >> the supreme court is considering a question that has to do very much with hardworking americans continued ability to come together through unions, to advocate for better working conditions and fairer wages. >> reporter: the roberts court has been staunchly pro-business and this term it will rule on a number of cases that could restrict class action lawsuits. the justices will also take up death penalty issues but nothing that gets to the heart of capital punishment. on the issue of abortion, the court is likely to hear questions requiring them to be set up like surgical centers and
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requiring doctors admit patients to nearby hospitals. if upheld, the regulation could force most clinics to close. >> supreme court stepping in they know that the court has signaled to the state so they can adopt more restrictions so they're very, very worried they're hopeful to barrel pull outo barely pullout a victory. >> the decisions could come to anthony kennedy, often the linchpin of every 5-4 vote. lisa stark, al jazeera, washington. >> people from around the world are coming to west virginia for a wild ride. >> these are some of the most intense rapids anywhere in the world. and for a few weeks each year people flock here to risk it all, for ride of their life. i'm gabriel elizondo on the gauley river.
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that story, coming up.
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>> president obama this morning announced two new marine sanctuaries, parts of lake michigan, and the tidal waters of michigan will join 14 areas that are already protected. the obama administration says it will also launch a new global program to combat illegal fishing. people from all over the world have been descending on
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one river in west virginia. the gauley river. as gabriel elizondo reports, the gauley is considered the most challenging in the world. >> with paddles in hand they are geared up to face one of the world's wildest rivers. it's the gauley and it is particularly ferocious because for six weeks every fall flood gates of a nearby dam are opened wide sending a huge amount of water gushing down the river. >> it makes the rapids really optimal for white water rafting. >> heather and lee came all the way from the u.c. u.k. >> for the challenge for the thrill. >> a few minutes in and the force of the gauley rapids are evident. have the guide shouts out commands because every paddle stroke is critical. they make it out. but there's more to come.
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rapids are ranked based on their difficulty, 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most difficult. here on the gauley there are 14 class 4 rapids and six class 5. including this one, called pillow rock. there's a sheer dropoff they say it's the 10 most exhilarating seconds of white water rafting anywhere in america. it doesn't always go as planned. in the last ten years 14 people have died on the gauley. but some of those were without a guide. but there have been no fatalities in the last two seasons. the adventures on the gorge, biggest of the seven rafting operation will guide at least 10,000 down the gauley alone. they say the guides are the key to safety. >> with every company on this river, these guys are highly trained. they know this river backwards and forwards. they are very adept at reading water. when situations change they can adapt to it.
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>> for thrill seekers it's easy why so many choose the gauley. nestled deep in a mountain gorge in west virginia, the river is more than 41 kilometers long nearly 100 rapids in all. after a couple of hours on the river they take a break and it's all smiles. >> really good. >> waves splashing your face hanging on. >> on a river where the only guarantee is that everyone will get wet. gabriel elizondo, al jazeera, on the gauley river in west virginia. >> new questions today on the migration of whale scharks intoo the arabian gulf. uncomfortably warm for the creatures. the breeding area is a perfect source for whale sharks. thank you for joining us, i'm richelle carey. the news continues next, live
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from london. so no need to change the channel. keep it here. thanks for your time. >> this is al jazeera. >> good to have your company for this al jazeera newshour, i'm david foster at al jazeera's london studios. here's what we're seeing in the next 60 minutes. a family in morning after a 13-year-old palestinian boy is shot dead. israeli's prime minister says he's using an iron fist after the death of the israelis. nato calls on russia to keep its planes out of turkey's air space.