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>> we're getting word that a thousand people in northeastern columbia are being told to leave because a dam is about to break in that area. this is one of the problems they've had over the last few days. 11 dams have been breached, more than 30 are being monitored. voluntary evacuations are happening especially in the low-lying areas. we're near the ashley river, the edishow river is expected to rise. right behind me, you'll see this, water coming in from a nearby river, the road is closed, could be closed for weeks. >> we know the weather is brighter there, but the governor warning people that the danger isn't over. >> that's right.
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governor haley saying fema and national guard is on the ground. more evacuations could come in the next 24 hours. >> the mid lands, all that water is going to move down to the low country, so we are going to be extremely careful. we are watching this minute by minute. people on the ground are giving us feedback. >> there's hundreds of people in shelters and more people could go into those shelters if those evacuations happen. >> we heard earlier this week about boil orders, that people were told that they had to boil their water in certain areas of south carolina. any information on the situation for people who don't have access to the public water system now? >> right. many of them are getting bottled water and also the water
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treatment plant is under repair right now. hundreds of people in the colombia area are under a boil advisory. we saw a local sheriff going house to house delivering water, saying is everybody ok, and do you need any water, taking water out of his trunk and just giving it to the residents. >> thank you. let's move to meteorologist nicole mitchell. any word on when the rivers will top out? >> some of them already ever, depending whether you are up stream or downstream. we are going to continue to see places crest even damage weekend. we are going to watch all of this moisture moving its way toward the coastline, so some of these places will have nor problems later during the week, but widespread, some place two or three feet of rain, the highest 27 inches, so there's a lot of water to get out of this
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area. over the next couple of days, we already still have the watches in place and warnings in place, even though we're not getting that new rain on the radar. where we are getting new rain on the radar, we have a disturbance through the southwest. that could lead to heavy down pores at times. that could lead to temporary flash flooding, something to watch. we have a little disturbance making its way through the midwest eventually to the east coast. this his the one that could be more troublesome. if you get under a heavy downpour, definitely a problem. here's the outlook. we see this through the morning and through today, but then start to watch the midwest. that front will dip down, coming through the midwest and hitting the east coast it looks like sometime into friday or saturday. that could be the next batch of rape for places like the carolinas possibly into this weekend. there will be a chance to kind of dry out in the meantime. that could cause more problems with additional rain coming in especially six some of those
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rivers won't have crested by that time. a lot of temperatures armed the country are going to be pretty comfortable through the day today, 60ed through the northern tier of the country and 70's up and down the east coast for much of the region, so there's good news for south carolina, but still a lot of recovery before that next round of rain comes in. >> thanks, nicole. >> searches today are turk their attention to finding the data recorder, black box drop a cargo ship that sank in 15,000 feet are water when it was out in hurricane joaquin. the search for the he will faroe have turned up more debris. they have 30 days to find it before it stops pinging. >> doctors without borders is calling for an independent non-military investigation into the air strike that hit their hospital in non-afghanistan.
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22 people died there. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan on tuesday called what happened a mistake, and admitted the u.s. was responsible for the strike. >> the decision to provide fire was a u.s. decision made within the u.s. chain of command. a hospital was mistakenly struck. we would never intentionally target a protected medical facility. >> the u.s. military's participating in three separate investigations into what happened, one with nato, one with afghan forces and an internal inquiry. doctors without borders called the strike a possible war crime and told al jazeera they have yet to her directly from the military. >> we have not received any real explanation. most of it has been through press reports, statements, changing stories over the last 22 plus hours which underscores the need for an independent inquiry to what happened on saturday morning that led to the
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deaths of 22 of my colleagues and patience. there needs to be independence to the investigation. over the last few days there have been reports of this being just collateral damage to being a strike called by afghan forces to now the u.s. government taking responsibility for ordering the strike, so it just -- we need answers. this is key to our ability to work around the world. it's not just about what happened in afghanistan, it's also about the respect for the geneva conventions humanitarian international law. the same structure in our compound which has been known to the u.s. government and afghan forces. it's been there for four years, treating tens of thousands of patients every year. that week, we treated close to 400 wounded from the fighting in kunduz. in tent needs to be looked at and that's the responsibility have the investigators today that, but we're going to presume until told otherwise that this is fact was a targeted attack and a war crime. what we're doing is trying to
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cooperate with some of the investigators in afghanistan, but for the most part, you know, the population's left without access to health care. that is the larger cost of this strike beyond the immediate loss of life of my colleagues and our patients. >> jason koan said the staff at the hospital insists there was no indication of any taliban fighters in the compound. afghan forces had said the taliban was firing at them from the hospital when they requested that air strike. >> the pentagon is considering how many u.s. troops to leave in afghanistan. during tuesday's senate hearing. general campbell said the u.s. should reconsider the plan to withdraw most u.s. troops by the end of next year. >> we still have to do train, add advise and as, for of ation, logistics, intelligence, special operating forces. we need to have a counter terrorism capability and you need to certain amount which forces to be able to do that. >> general campbell said
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afghanistan remains engaged in a violent battle against the taliban but the government in kabul cannot win alone. >> russia has reportedly carried out more airstrikes in syria overnight. the defense minister said russian forces have hit 112 targets in syria, moscow saying it is part of an air campaign targeting isil. syrian officials say it was accompanied by a ground assault against isil by bashar al assad's forces. there are reports of civilian deaths in the latest round of russian strikes. >> what we saw over the last week is russian airstrikes trying to weaken the defenses of the opposition to stop a rebel advance toward the countryside. today that air power is being used to provide support to a ground operation on the ground. this is what we understand from activists. there is intense military activity in the southern idlib
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province, northern countryside, a very strategic corner in western syria. it is situated on a main highway that linked the southern city of damascus to the northern city of aleppo. now activists report intense airstrikes, talking about surface to surface missiles. what we do understand is that the government did give a warning to people in the village, and we understand that thousands of people have started to flee yesterday. they told them they are going to push into this town as they push further north. what is becoming clear is that the russian aerial campaign is helping the government recapture territory, and really, yes, russia is calling this, you know, a war against terrorism, but for them, they're using isil, you know as a blanket term for most of the opposition groups. they believe most of the opposition groups on the ground
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are quote unquote terrorists. the russian airstrikes stopping the rebel advance, weakening the rebel defenses and now being used to help the government advance. the question is will they succeed? will this ground operation succeed? it has just started and we have to watch developments closely. >> zeina hodor reporting from bay rat. >> russian's defense ministry said it may accept the pentagon's offer to cooperate in fighting isil in syria. former u.s. ambassador to nato curt volcker said russia's tactics in syria are something we've seen before. >> it sounds very familiar. it sounds very much like what we saw in ukraine where russia denied it was doing anything inside ukraine, but maybe there are a few volunteers when in fact what we saw was a russian led, russian trained, russian equipped and russian manned military operation that first took over crime mean i can't and now very active in eastern ukraine. i think it's going to look similar in syria.
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the only thing i would give credence to russian statements is where they don't want it to be a largeriesable regular russian military operation. they want to keep it smaller, more special forces. they want to keep it more flexible and on the front lines, they have hezbollah there, they have the assad regime's forces. they have help from iran, so i think they don't want to have russia in the principal role in the front lines because that could create backlash inside russia, but every other form of support including personnel we'll find there. >> two russian fighter jets violated turkish air space. russia is said to be testing how the u.s. reacts. >> new questions this morning over isil and how it is able to gain access to western vehicles. the bam map administration said it is asking toyota how isil has obtained so many of the
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company's pickup trucks. the japanese carmaker said it does not know how isil obtained the vehicles, since many of the pickups even in videos are older models. >> police in jerusalem say a jewish man was stabbed by a palestinian woman there. according to police, the man pulled out a gun and shot the woman, but some witnesses tell al jazeera the man was not stabbed and that the woman was attacked first. israel said it will lift restrictions on worship at the al aqsa mosque to ease tensions after three weeks of violence. >> hillary clinton strikes back at republicans over their investigations into her time as secretary of state. what she is now saying about the benghazi committee. >> a new age of schooling, one university hopes a digital shift could raising the bar on higher
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>> the investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private email server is expanding. connecticut based company will turn over any emails it has to the f.b.i. the company had been backing up her emails on a cloud storage system since 2013. investigators have been trying to recover emails clinton said
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she deleted because they contained personal information. clinton is hitting back at critics for another investigation, this one into the attacks on a diplomatic compound in benghazi. it's all part of her first national ad campaign. al jazeera's michael shure has the story. >> hillary clinton's first national television ad is a preemptive strike coming a week ahead of the first democratic debate and two weeks before she's on the hot seat at the house special committee on benghazi. >> republicans finally admitted. >> republican kemp mccarthy saying the committee was created to destroy her candidacy. >> clinton's campaign unleashed the ad tuesday, pouncing on a recent comment by kevin mccarthy, the man likely to be the new house speaker. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right, but we put together a benghazi special committee, a select committee, what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping, why? because she's untrustable, but
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no one would have known any of that had happened had we not. >> i agree. >> clinton supporters have said it all along, the investigation into the deadly attack on the american embassy in benghazi is all about partisan politics. in recent days, clinton has gone on offense, lashing out at republicans over the benghazi probe. >> look at the situation they chose to exploit to go after me for political reasons, the death of four americans in benghazi. >> her aggressive stance comes after months of scrutiny over hish use of a private server while asks. >> you get them thinking so much about what their own guy said and so infuriated that they'll be aggressive. that's her strategy. >> this ad hits the gop and meant to rally voters who began as ready for hillary and have recently become ready for hillary to fight back.
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michael shure, al jazeera, washington. >> the justice department is close to carrying out the largest release of federal prisoners in history. more than 5500 federal inmates serving time for non-violent drug offenses are set to go freed between october 30 and november 2. it is part of a white house initiative to reduce overcrowding in federal prisons. officials estimate that some 40,000 prisoners could eventually be released. >> the parent company of budweiser trying again to buy one of its biggest rivals anheuser-busch is offering $400 billion to purchase s.a.b. miller, but despite the higher offer, s.a.b. mill are said the bid still undervalues the company. >> changing the way we measure education, an on line university focuses on analytics, while teaching its students, but is it working?
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>> cam calendar's taking a major step towards ensuring equality in the workplace. the govern signed one of the toughest gender equity bills in the country into law. the california fair pay act requires equal pay for substantially similar work and allows people to challenge perceived pay discrimination without the fear of getting fired. brown says the law is aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women. >> this is really a big day, important, the in equities that have plagued our state and burdened women forever are slowly being resolved. >> right now in california, analysts say women who work full
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time only earn 84 cents for every dollar a man makes. businesses say they expect more lawsuits once the fair pay act takes effect january 1. >> on line colleges are nothing new. they have been around as long as the internet and generally are not well respected, but a new school hopes to change that perception. america tonight's adam may reports on the minerva project. >> minerva still in its first year of operation is a new on line university that aims to compete with the nation's most elite schools. founding dean, steven costlin joined the startup after a lifetime in the ivy league. >> i don't think students are being effectively educated, given tools for life. i don't think they are acquiring the great cognitive schools that allow them to succeed. >> he may have a point. one recent study of a sample group of undergraduates found
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that 45% demonstrated no significant improvement in critical thinking and complex reasoning after their first two years of college. a world class neuroscientist, he said minerva doesn't teach traditional subjects. first year students take course witness titles like formal analysis and complex systems, designed to teach critical thinking skills, rather than content. the technology is designed to compel students to participate. >> you actually see the full video of the class. you see all the times that anyone spoke, anyone typed anything. you can filter down to say i only wants to when people have talked for more than 10 seconds. i want to see when people raised their hand. >> intriguing technology, but still experimental. >> do you have concrete date that that shows that this method
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of teaching is working? >> we have data showing that principle underlying this method is working well and some practices work extremely well, but other ones, we don't know yet. >> he turned down berkeley and ucla to join the founding class. >> i can take classes from anywhere. i actually went and visited a few friends at other schools. >> the tuition is $10,000 a year, room and board 18,000, that's half the price of an average private college. >> we do claim that we're a solution. right now, the battle of ideas, it's not about the substance of education. it's not about the substance of the student experience, and when
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university's engage in be that battle again, then that is going to be what will not just save but elevate higher education all around the world. >> adam may, al jazeera, san francisco. >> you can watch the full report on america tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern here on aljazeera america. >> when parents tell kids to go to bed early on school nights, they may be on to something. a new study finds a link between teenagers staying up late and gaining weight. researchers at university of california berkeley say every extra hour a teen stays up, they add mass to their body. >> that's it, thanks for joining us. stephanie sy back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news. keep up on
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>> new calls for an independent investigation as anger grows over the u.s. air strike on a hospital in kunduz, afghanistan. >> residents in the carolinas returning to devastation after flooding, but the threat is far from over as rivers continue to rise and dams reach their breaking point. >> high lead levels are threatening the water fly in one michigan city. an al jazeera investigation.
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>> good morning. this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. doctors without borders is calling for an unprecedented international commission to look into the air strike that hit the hospital they run in northern afghanistan. 22 people died. the agency says the attack was intentional and may have been a war crime under the geneva convention, but the top u.s. commander in afghanistan denies that. he does admit the u.s. was responsible for the strike and that it was a mistake. >> the decision to provide aerial fires was a u.s. decision made within the u.s. chain of command. a hospital was mistakenly struck. we would never intentionally target a protected medical facility. >> the u.s. military is participating in three separate investigations into what happened, one with nato, one with afghan forces and an
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internal inquiry. that is not enough for doctors without borders asking for an independent investigation. military officials are said to have known the location of the hospital. workers at the hospital insist there were no taliban at the facility. >> we know that from our staff who were on the ground, the same structure in our compound, which has been known to the u.s. government and afghan forces, we've shared g.p.s. coordinates for it. it's been there for four years, treating tens of thousands of patients every year. the same building was struck repeatedly over a course of an hour, almost, even though we had given many warnings that this was where we were operating, we were treating patients, the whole week that week, we had treat close to 400 wounded from the fighting in kunduz, so yes, intent needs to be looked at and that's the responsibility of the investigators today that. we're going to presume until told otherwise that this in fact
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was a targeted attack and a war crime. >> the fallout continues, the battle for the city of kunduz continues. the u.s. air strike occurred at afghan forces tried to take that city back from the taliban and there have been gains. we are live in kunduz. how intense is the fighting right now? >> stephanie, this morning for a couple of hours, it was quiet, some shops were open in the city. taliban had their position, afghan government had their position not far from each other, a few hundred meter from each other. taliban are close to the residential area, afghan government controlled the main part of the city, but just in the past few minutes, we are hearing again small gunfire and artillery. it looks like it started again. >> have you witnessed any
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airstrikes in the last 24 hours, and also, give us an update object how respondents in kunduz are coping. >> well, this morning, when the shops were open, local residents come out to do shopping, to buy food, some water, and some locals if they could afford, if they were stuck in their home were moving toward a safer location, towards kabul or to the north side to takar. the taliban are still in a position and the afghan government in the center of the city, saying any movement is very dangerous. i asked some of them if it is a danger why you are coming out. they were telling us simply because it is almost 10 days now they are living in their homes with no food, no water, no electricity. they don't have a choice to stay
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at home anymore. they have to leave to do some shopping. in the past 24 hours that we are here in kunduz, we don't hear some small air strike, but we learned from afghan securities forces since the bombardment at the hospital, they are getting slower, they are getting less air support from nato. >> obviously, there were many civilian targets from that air strike which the u.s. officials say are a mistake, but have residents in kunduz also been caught in the crossfire, injured in the crass fire between taliban and afghan forces on the ground? >> yes, stephanie. since the first day that we were covering this operation, we were receiving calls from residents. they were complaining about use of hostility from both sides, air strike, bombardment by nato,
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and they were also complaining the taliban are hiding in the residential area. their movement was very hard. they were struck there, there were no electricity in town as i said before, but now, this few hours that it was quiet and yesterday also in the morning, they were quiet for a few hours, that gave them a chance to at least move their injuries and to bury their dead bodies. they are saying that the locals are saying that at least for few hours, that when they get quiet, that's a good chance to leave the province, because they don't have faith anymore to any side that they're going to be safe. >> reporting from kunduz, thank you. >> coming up in about 10 minutes, we'll speak to the executive director of women or afghan women on the humanitarian situation in kunduz. she'll join us from kabul. her group shelter in kunduz was
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attacked by the taliban. >> russia reportedly carried out more airstrikes inyria overnight, moscow saying it's part of an air campaign targeting isil. syrian officials say it was accompanied by a ground assault by bashar al assad's forces. turkey's penalty say russia vital his air space in recent days, something he calls an aggression. >> russia is still there. russia at the moment is carrying out operations in syria and it is trying to create an air base in syria and at the same time, they violate our air space. we cannot tolerate this kind of thing. nato has taken a tough line against this and i am convinced that it will continue to do so. any aggression against turkey is an aggression against nato. >> russia said the jets had gone seasonal off course. nato secretary general called it a serious violation of turkish air space and no mistake. al jazeera's zeina hodor has
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more. >> russian arab strikes are trying to weaken the air strength of the opposition to stop the advancement into the countryside. that pair power is providing support to a ground operation on the ground. this is what we understand from activists. there is intense military activity in the southern idlib province, northern countryside, a very strategic corner in western syria. it is situated on a main highway that linked the southern city of damascus to the northern city of aleppo. now activists report intense airstrikes, talking about surface-to-surface missiles. what we do understand is that the government did give a warning to people in the village, and we understand that thousands of people have started to flee yesterday. they told them they are going to push into this town as they push further north.
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what is becoming clear is that the russian aerial campaign is helping the government recapture territory, and really, yes, russia is calling this, you know, a war against terrorism, but for them, they're using isil, you know, as a blanket term for most of the opposition groups. they believe most of the opposition groups on the ground are quote unquote terrorists. the russian airstrikes stopping the rebel advance, weakening the rebel defenses and now being used to help the government advance. the question is will they succeed? will this ground operation succeed? it has just started and we have to watch developments closely. >> zeina hodor reporting from beirut. >> other nations have criticized saudi arabia saying it has not done enough to stop the fighting in syria. we asked what the country is doing to prevent saudi money from filtering to extremist
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groups in syria. >> there may have been saudi's supporting al-nusra front. this is the al-qaeda franchise, if you will in syria. the allegation is not that the saudi government is doing this, but saudi citizens are doing that. >> long time ago, saudi declared al-nusra a terrorist organization, therefore any support to goes to al-nusra is subject to criminal prosecution inside saudi arabia. am i going to say there is not a single saudi who has contributed to that funding? of course not. but if any such thing has happened, it would be a violation of the law and it would be chased and the full strength of the law would be applied to those people. >> saudi arabia says it has given $700 million in humanitarian aid to syrians, and according to the u.n., about 500,000 syrians have been living in saudi arabia since the crisis. you can watch more of the
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reporting on "on target." >> south carolina is bracing for more flooding. officials warn more evacuations may be necessary. 400 roads and bridges are still closed because of the high waters. at least 15 deaths are now blamed on the weather there. >> we are live indoor chester county, south carolina, an area really hit hard by these record rains. good morning. >> good morning. right now, about a thousand people are being told to evacuate, that's because of a dam that's expected to fail. about an hour north of where we're located, part of the problem is that water from the northern part of the state is coming down to the low country area where we're located, where you've got two rivers which are swelling. some evacuations, volunteer evacuations underway in this area, but some residents are saying they're not leaving.
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>> you got it? >> ain't going to run. >> ron trotter needs this boat to start. it's the only way he and his wife can make it home. >> we're it, we're the only ones. everybody else has left. >> residents along the river are under volunteer evacuation, but the trotters aren't leaving. they're spending the night in their home. >> we don't want looters to come in and loot the houses, and everything like that. >> flood stage is at 10 feet. right now, it's at 14 and rising, almost reaching their doorway. forecasters predict flood levels will rise another two feet as water from up north makes its way to south carolina's low country. >> it will destroy the inside of the house if it comes in. >> delmon king knows about construction. the power is back after floodwaters surged through sunday night.
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>> are you going to have to replace all of these things? >> a lot of it will have to be replaced. we're waiting on the landlord coming today and we're going to walk around the house. >> when we went to sleep, there was no water outside and to wake up three or four hours, to be engulfed in water is scary. >> he escaped with the help of king. >> we put hands on top of each other's shoulders and single file came out in the water. >> they walked out, leaving behind cars covered in floodwater, a disaster that washed through their home in a matter of minutes, and will take years to recover from. >> things that we see on the news, you just think sometimes that it happens to other people and you get to watch it from the comfort of your home, but when it hits home, like it did, you know, who was to know that simple rainstorm would turn into a flood? >> the city water supply system is underrepair right now in
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columbia and hundreds of thousands under an advisory to boil their water. >> we also understand that fema will be on the ground today. is this the first chance they're get to go assess the damage? >> yesterday they got aerial views of the damage, today on the ground. they'll go county to county assessing that damage. some counties have been declared disaster areas. >> thank you. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell with more. what's in the forecast for south carolina today? >> we have dry weather the next couple of days, the next real chance for rain is saturday. that is good news at least in terms of that. i have highlighted where we got the core of this p.m. through the area, a lot of places a foot or more. two feet or more in a lot of cases. what happens is all of that gets into the rivers, and as that
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kind of bulge of water goes downstream and then feeds into different places, that's when we have problems with the rivers cresting, so a lot of those rivers are still on the rise, especially as you get closer to the coastline. that's where we have the bigger problems, so some of those places, it won't be until this weekend and they might still rise feet more as all of this moves along. that's why we still have these flood watches and warnings up, some places still starting to dry out and getting that water moving in from the rivers over the next few days. that's just going to be one of our problems out here, but as you can see, this forecast is much quieter at least in terms of new weather where we do have the new weather as we head toward the southwest. we have moisture that could cause problems for a couple of days, a couple heavy downpours if over the same areas could cause temporary flash flooding, nothing like what we've seen in the southeast and a front moving through the northern tear of the country, can't see that yet and
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as we pick this up, this moves to the east coast by the time we get to friday, the tail end of that could be what brings that next round of rain into the southeast and that would be a problem for us, because some of those rivers could be cresting at the same time, so even after a couple of days of trying out, that would cause a problem. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> searchers today are turning their attention to finding the data recorder, the black box from el faro. the ntsb is part of the investigation trying to figure out what happened to the ship. >> our investigative team expects to be on scene from seven to 10 days. our mission is to understand not just what happened, but why it happened, and to issue recommendations and findings to prevent this from happening again. >> officials say they have 30 days to find that data recorder
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before it stops pinging. >> will he or won't he? why this weekend maybe key in whether vice president joe biden makes a run for the white house. >> taking a page out of history, the textbook error that has fueled a firestorm. ahead, we speak with don mackelroy, who used to be head of the group that approved textbooks in that state.
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>> a fire is burning right now at a historic church in chicago. the fire started just a little more than an hour ago at the shrine of christ the king church in the woodlawn neighborhood. these are live pictures of the scene. flames were shooting through the roof. so far, no injuries have been reported. the church was declared a city landmark in 2004. >> there are new claims today that eastern european smugglers
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are helping supply isil with nuke materials. the associated press uncovered cases where members of criminal groups in moldova were trying to sell chemicals to groups like isil. the fib arrested a man it says demanded almost $3 million for enough material to make a dirty bomb. >> 15 people died in yemen when a hotel housing government offices was attacked. isil said it was responsible. yemen's prime was in that hotel but escaped. the government has been using aden as its base of operations while houthi rebels control sanna. >> doctors without borders this morning is calling for an independent investigation into the air strike that hit their hospital in 19 afghanistan. 22 people died. the top u.s. commander in
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afghanistan on tuesday admitted the u.s. was responsible for the strike but called it a mistake. the air strike was part of a u.s. effort to help afghan forces push the taliban out of the city. one of the toll ban's first targets when it entered kunduz was a woman's shelter. the executive director of women for afghan women which serves women in 13 provinces with legal aid and counseling joins us from kabul this morning. thank you so much for joining us. the taliban attacked your shelter in kunduz. can you describe what happened? >> yes with that we've been a target of the taliban for quite a while now. the taliban have been in the district in kunduz province for a while, so we've been getting calls, threatens calls and letters and all that stuff, so we knew that we would be first on the target if they do conquer
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kunduz city. they came into kunduz at 2:00 a.m., and our province manager, thought on her feet and we got our women in the shelter out of there. that night, we evacuated the women from our shelter and children from our children support center and most of our staff from kunduz. the next day, that first day that they had taken over, they came looking for us. they came, they went to the province manager's house, they ransacked her house, looted the house. they came to our children support center and looted everything. they came to our shelter, our family guidance shelter, they looted everything and took hour cars. just last night, we found out that they burned down our shelter, the shelter building itself, they burned that down. >> i am so sorry to hear that. that is news to us. obviously in your mind, the taliban is the enemy. the americans are severely
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criticized while they were helping afghan forces fight the taliban, they struck this hospital and a lot of civilians were killed. what is the reaction in kabul to this? >> to the american bombing? >> yes. >> the reaction in kabul to the american bombing is, you know, people are angry that a hospital was bombed, but they don't consider the americans the enemy. the enemy is the taliban. that's black and white, because the taliban came into the city, they slaughtered people. there are still dead bodies on the streets of kunduz, civilians, soldiers, even taliban soldiers, you know, there are dead bodies all over the place. people have been traumatized, terrorized, they have been slaughtered. women have been raped, and killed, so the enemy clearly is the taliban. it's not the u.s. military or
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government. >> i want to ask you a bigger picture question, and that is about american troops in afghanistan. as you know, there are plans for almost all of them to leave by the end of next year. are you worried that the taliban are reis your gent in afghanistan and that will affect causes like yours, which is to advocate for women in that country? >> absolutely, afghanistan is not ready for american troops to leave, you know, and afghan government and security forces are definitely not ready to take on the taliban. the afghan people wants the american presence in afghanistan. we need them. we can't do it without them. it's not just going to affect programs like ours, you know, shelters and legal aid centers, but it's going to affect everything. it's going to affect the economy, it's going to affect, you know, everything in life is
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going to be affected, because the taliban are still very struck. they are supported by pakistan and other neighbors, so they are very strong, and not just the taliban, isis is also in afghanistan, they are trying to take over. they have been seen in some provinces in eastern afghanistan, so there is a lot of danger. if american troops leave, it's going to be -- they are going to leave a big void in this country and that void will not be filled by anyone else. >> thank you so much for your time. our sympathies for your losses in kunduz. >> there are conflicting reports this morning about an attack in jerusalem. little the latest after days of stabbings and shootings. israeli police say a jewish man was stabbed by a palestinian woman there. according to police, the man pulled out a you know and shot the woman, but some witnesses tell al jazeera the man was not stabbed, and that the woman was
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attacked first. speaking about the latest spike in violence, palestinian president abbas said palestinians are being forced to defend themselves. >> when a group of settlers come and attack a village, what do you expect our response to be? leave us alone. we are not the ones who started it. israeli has to stop and accept our hand reached out for a political solution in a peaceful way and not another way. >> abbas also hopes to work with israeli officials to end the violence. israel said it will lift restrictions on worship at the al aqsa mosque to ease tensions there. >> two scientists have been honored with the nobel prize in chemistry. the two share the prize with a third scientists from the u.k. they spent decades mapping repairs to d.n.a. structure. together, they will share the
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$960,000 prize. >> water woes in flint, michigan, the city is taking new action to try to make the water safe after high lead levels which found. >> a strike threat in the auto industry. fiat chrysler workers could soon be walking off the job.
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>> welcome back to aljazeera america. it is 8:29 eastern, taking a local today's top stories. more calls for an independent investigation into a u.s. air strike that hit a doctors without borders hospital. 22 people died. that organization says the u.s. knew where the facility was. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan on tuesday calls what happened a mistake. >> south carolina is on alert this morning, bracing for more
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possible flooding from rising rivers. officials warn more evacuations may be necessary. 400 roads and bridges are still closed because of high waters. at least 15 deaths are now blamed on the weather and flooding. >> the search for a cargo ship that sank near the obamas is focused on finding the data recorder. debris has been found, as well as the remains of one crew member. there is no sign of the other 32 onboard. officials have 30 days to find the data recorder before it stops pinging. >> in less than a week, democratic candidates will
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debate. >> members of joe biden's team are strongly indicating that biden does not fear losing a presidential campaign. biden has run for the democratic nomination twice before and lost, and the conventional wisdom among democrats has been that since the death this summer of biden's son, the vice president would probably decide against another run. the theory being that an unsuccessful campaign would go a crushing blow and deepen his grief and depression. sources close to biden are going out of their way now to point out the vice president knows the impact well of a failed campaign. they say he is not afraid of losing another race and that he believes he would actually be energized and lifted up by the hand shakes and everything else the campaign requires regardless of whether it was ultimately successful. the vice president is well aware that if he does get in, he will face a significant organizational and financial deficit compared to hillary clinton. however, biden is increasingly convinced that clinton would be
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particularly vulnerable in a general election, thanks to her email controversies and lingering perceptions about clinton's honesty. the democratic nomination raise will reach a crucial new phase in las vegas next tuesday, october 13. that is the night of the first democratic debate. sources close to biden will say he will not make a decision before then and will therefore not participate. the vice president reportedly feels no pressure to get in the race just yet. as a result, his aids expect a decision from him in the second half of october before the filing deadline start approaching for the iowa caucuses and new hampshire primary. david shuster, al jazeera. >> presidential candidate ben carson is on the defensive again this morning after what he said about last week's campus shooting in oregon.
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>> washington, d.c. could soon be the first city in the country to mandate paid family leave time. the district council is considering a bill requiring employers that offer 16 weeks off with pay to most workers. the benefit would be available to new parents and those caring for a sick family member. they would be paid a maximum of $3,000 a week. the money would come from a new business tax of up to 1% -- on up to 1% of an employee's wages. >> california is taking a major step today towards ensuring a quality in the workplace. governor jerry brown has signed one of the toughest gender equity bills into law requiring
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equal pay for substantially similar work. it allows people to challenge perceived pay discrimination without fear of getting fired. brown says the law is aimed at closing the age gop between men and women. >> the auto industry is bracing for its first strike in eight years. by midnight, workers could walk off the job unless the company reaches a deal with the u.a.w. john henry smith has more. for union leadership, the question of how to strike might be as important as whether to strike. >> absolutely. if the two sides cannot hammer out a deal before tonight's deadline, the u.a.w. could instruct the vast majority of the 40,000 person workforce to strike or tell workers that only a few carefully chosen sites to walk off. either action could put fiat chrysler in a serious bind. >> i've got 30 years. i'd do it. done it before. >> workers are ready to walk off the job. the u.a.w. sent this letter to
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fiat chrysler management setting an 11:59 deadline for a new labor deal. weeks ago, the two reached what they thought was a lon term agreement, but the auto workers rejected that proposed four year deal by a 2-1 margin. the biggest thing dividing fiat chrysler and unionized employees is the issue of tear two wages, the pay for people hired after 2007. they often earn as much as $11 an hour less than more veteran employees. union workers are also concerned about fiat chrysler's plans to move production to mexico and possible increased health care costs. >> it's come down to that, we got to fight for what we want, and, you know, i think the company is doing good and it should treat the workers fair. >> stakes are high for both sides. analysts estimate fiat chrysler could lose $300 million in revenue each day the strike lasts. as for the workers, fiat
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chrysler has unionied plants in michigan, indiana, ohio and wisconsin. it's not clear if all workers at those plants would walk out or if the union will target specific sites, like this transmission plant in kokomo, indiana. a strike there could slowdown the manufacturing process. some workers say the union has not been giving them enough details. >> weren't clear on nothing. they weren't saying nothing. >> this would be the first u.a.w. strike since 2007 when united workers walked out on chrysler and g.m. one thing not to expect, replacement workers or so-called sacks. the big three automakers haven't gone down that road in decades. >> volkswagen will recall cars in january to replace software for faulty emissions tests.
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the company said it will cost at least $7 billion to fix the cars. >> the justice department is close to carrying out the largest release of federal prisoners in history. more than 5500 federal inmates serving time for non-violent drug offenses are set to be freed between october 30 and november 2. it is part of a white house initiative to reduce overcrowding in federal prisons. officials estimate that 40,000 prisoners could eventually be released. >> one of the biggest publishers in the u.s. promises to revise and reprint a geography textbook that referred to slaves at workers and suggested the american slave trade was a form of immigration. a texas teen spotted the inaccuracies and his mother took action. >> the textbook got his attention for the wrong reason. >> it hat africans and african
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slaves at workers, implying pay as if we had come here willingly and were paid to do our job. >> the caption referred to african slaves at workers. the texas high school freshman texted hills mother a photo of the passage and this message. >> we were real hard workers, weren't we? >> immediately, she put it on facebook. >> this is a part of the texas textbook adoption. furious about what was in the book and left out. >> there is no mention of africans working as slaves or being slaves. it just says we were workers. >> her message went viral, and forced the publisher mcgraw hill education to say we made a mistake, and changed the wording to describe the arrival of african slaves in the u.s. as a forced migration. nearly 140,000 of these textbooks are in texas, used in a quarter of the state's school districts. >> slavery was not the best part of history, not a happy story, but it was in fact something
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that did happen, and it contributed to the success of america today. >> the book had been vetted and repeatedly checked by texas state review panels, but the publisher said no one noticed the passage, which troubles this mother. >> all these stories, i wonder how they're told outside of word geography. this is the first step in high school history, so now what's the u.s. history book look like? >> she and her son offering a lesson of their own. jonathan betz, al jazeera. >> joining us now, the former chairman of the texas board of education joining us from college station texas. good morning, thank you for your time. i just want to read what this caption says exactly "the atlantic slave trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from africa to the southern united states to work on agricultural plantations." is this a text that would have
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passed muster on your board. >> evidently it's hard to read every single word in every textbook. there are review panels, the public gets to review the books. i'm really pleads that kobe did what he did and for his mother, ronnie, there's always going to be errors in books. where did that actual statement come from? it didn't come from standards or anything. i really applaud kobe and his mom and i really applaud mcgraw hill for taking the steps they've taken. >> the reason this is drawing so much attendance is that several years ago, your board rewrote the standards for the social studies curriculum to include down playing savory as a cause of the civil war. is this the kind of changes you had in mind? >> oh, of course not. actually, we did not -- that's an inaccurate statement. we did not down play savory. the standards written to the
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textbooks, i am proud of the standards. there was a statement made by the board member and a statement about slavey being not a primary cause. i disagree with all that. at the time, you're adopting weeks and weeks of work put into those standards just as far as board meetings over several months, and the statement that slavery was not a major cause of the civil war is not in there, and if you look at the book, slavery is presented. >> under the standards, it says the causes of the civil war should be depicted in this order, one, sectionalism, two, state's rights and number three, savory, the standards also don't talk about jim crow laws or the role of the k.k.k. in this era. in that context, can you understand why a lot of people are interpreting this textbook mistake as more than an
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oversight? >> oh, i can understand the people's reaction. this all controversy got started this summer with a story in the washington post pointing out there was no jim crow laws in the standards. the main criticism you get in standards is the fact that you list too many things with that the jim crow laws and all that are important. they're into all the books, it's really kind of a non-issue to me. to me, it goes to kind of an anti christian bias, bigotry use that in the mainstream media that they have a bias and prejudice against the christian conservatives. >> how is it being anti christian to want jim crow laws to remain in the social studies curriculum in the accident? >> well, the link would be the fact that religious conservatives were a dominant force on the board. we wanted to make sure that was actually taught in history was taught in our class. that's exactly what happened
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when you see better books, the christian heritage of our country, there was a political story that came out in september last year and it said texas textbooks tout christian heritage. i think that was a really, if you want to focus on anything, i think we did. we wanted to get what really happened in history taught in our books. now the fact that slavery was not mentioned as a -- it was in a list of things of what caused the civil war, it was in the seventh grade standards, it was in the eighth grade standards, slavery was mentioned, slavery was intended to be covered, it was not intended to be covered up and it wasn't. if you look at our books, they're just fine. statements that pop up in textbooks were probably written out of a recent graduate hired by mcgraw hill to sit there and write these books and it got past their editors and past the reviewers in texas and past the public, so i'm glad that this
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kobe, that kobe has found it, because it's certainly inaccurate. >> thank you for your time this morning. >> facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg donated $100 million to newark new jersey in 2010 to help transform the city's public schools. today, many say the donation failed to bring meanful change to newark school 13. we have this report. >> i've committed to starting the startup education foundation, who's first project will be $100 million challenge grant. >> $100 million. [ cheers and applause ] >> five years ago, facebook's mark zuckerberg made national headlines when on the open practice show, he pledged to transform education in the city of newark. even the current mayor heard about the unprecedented gift like everyone else. >> it was a surprise to everyone, because no one knew that in the city what was happening. i think everyone was introduced
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to this on the oprah winfrey show. >> the $100 million came with the caveat that then mayor cory booker would match it. the goal, make new york a national model for education reform. these three children are enrolled in the public school system. >> i thought it was amazing. we were very happy. we thought it was going to help our crise. >> battle lines were soon drawn and a war would begin between traditional public schools and those who would radically remake the system. >> i thought that was going to come and just fix everything, but it didn't. they robbed our children. >> robbed your children. >> they robbed our children. >> that's harsh. >> yeah. >> why do you feel that way? because they put the money in everything that it shouldn't having, hiring people to cult, consultants, and all these different places. >> as superintendent, cammie
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anderson introduced one newark, the program designed to change the schools. it divided the city. some say leaders failed to tell parents, students and educators in newark about the potential pit falls. >> what was it like? some say it was a very tumult with us time. was it that bad? >> yes, it was, it was scary, because to me, it was like you're trying to turn the school into a charter school, because it was like a lottery. you had to pick a few schools and a lottery was going to tell you where you went. it was difficult to understand. >> the mayor says resentment over the lack of community input and anderson says closure of neighborhood schools finally reached a tipping point. >> she just didn't have a relationship with people. she made things happen without consulting or talking or con sense or allowing people to be a part of the discussion, and turned a lot of people off.
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>> when cam meander son stepped down in june, she had eight months left on her contract. still, she said she's proud of the district's accomplishments and remains hopeful about the embattled city. >> if duties keep kids at the core of their decision making, the process will continue. my hope would go that the individuals who know things are way better and a lot of people do, hold everyone's feet to the fire. >> water unsafe to drink in michigan. toxic lead levels are making children sick. we look at what's being done about the water supply. >> a marine marvel. coral growth off the waters of hong kong have left scientists surprised.
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>> this mother said her son's health took a turn tort worse. >> we noticed when he came in contact with the water, bath or pools we had for years, his skin would break out in a scaly, really red, irritated rash. >> after seeing a doctor, a blood test revealed that he had be a normally high levels of lead. walters said her son's immune system was weak and he weighed just 47 pounds. >> we didn't have this problem. we lived in this problem for four years, we never had this problem before, the only thing
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that changed was the water source. >> concerns over the taste, smell and appearance of flint's tap water surfaced last year when the cash tapped city tapped into the print river. >> we are in michigan. we have access to the great lakes, so the irony is unbelievable. you'd expect this in a third world country, not in michigan. it was a perfect storm of badness that created this mess. >> the report released this summer, virginia tech researchers found that unlike the detroit water system, water from the flint river is core rosive, causing old lead service pipes to leech lead into tap water. >> in late september, a pediatrician at flint's medical center revealed the results of her study on nearly 1700 children in flint. she found that the percentage of those five years and younger with elevated lead levels
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doubled in the past two years from 2.1% to 4%. >> the only thing that really changed in this time period was the water, so looking at the levels from 2013 and looking at them from 2015, it was in 2014 the we're switch happened. that was the biggest thing. >> how dangerous is this. >> it drops our i.q.4 paints. it has significant impact on cognition, behavior, adhd like symptoms. >> after the report, city and state leaders addressed the issue last week and were met with protests. >> no more lies! no more lies! >> for months, the city maintained be that the water was safe, but changed its course after the county declared flint's water crisis a public health emergency october 1. >> i want to urge everyone to follow the guidance in the county's health declaration, test, filter and flush and to
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take time to understand the facts of the lead problem we are facing. >> the state is spending $1 million to supply filters and free water testing to more than 90,000 of the city's residents. state senator and flint resident jim is pushing for the state to do more. >> under the corrosive controls in place, i had should have been in place from the very beginning ant rely laters dropped the ball at multiple levels when they didn't do this. in the long term, we have to look to see what happened, how this happened, make sure it never happens again and find out really, at the heart of it, who was responsible. >> the fact that it's gotten to where it is now, i mean, it should have never gotten this far. >> walters and her family decided to move out of flint, but they are concerned the damage caused to govern and hundreds of other children has already been done. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, flint, michigan. >> the governor of california is set to sign a landmark climate
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change bill. the bill would set in motion the most ambitious plan to battle climate change in the country, requiring half of california's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and double energy officials in existing buildings. it has doubled it over the past six years. >> when you think of coral, you might think of the caribbean or other tropical regions. scientists have found coral species thriving off the coast of hong kong. we have a close up look. >> cranes and construction sites circle hong kong's harbor front. land is slowly devouring these waters as the city expands its footprint. scientists are keeping a close watch on what's happening on land, but a closer watch on what's going on beneath the water and what might be happening to the coral. >> we have pollution that derives from development, particularly sewage, effluent
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from industry, we have sedimentation that results from reclamation activities. all of these things synergically affect coral in a negative way. they are examining how it is faring in these conditions. >> i am pretty surprised. we do have the numbers of the water quality emission concentration, et cetera. >> just a few nautical miles from major construction sition and 7 million people, the divers found coral not just alive, but thriving. >> it's remarkable. we can dive in places where you think no coral could survive, polluted harbors, marinas, areas close to waste water discharges,
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and you still can find a coral or coral relatives. >> so far, the team recorded more than 80 different species of hard coral, that's more than what's been identified in the entire caribbean sea. >> pretty clear day in honk cop. in this site, we saw diversity of coral, and variety of fishes today. it was a pretty good day today. >> this region is feeling impact of climate change and development, but the stronger types of coral species here are holding on despite the conditions. scientists are trying to establish how they survive. on each dive, they collect fragments of coral to monitor and cultivate. >> we can actively grow them, fragment them, create baby corals. our goal is to put them back into the sites when they came from. >> the fact these corals are thriving i guess leaving
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scientists baffled. >> so we could make a hypothesis that the corals here had been selected for only the strongest. it could be has the corals we have in hong kong today are super corals that may hold secrets for coral survival globally in the future. >> it's an underwater mystery offering a glimmer of hope for habitat under threat. al jazeera, hong kong. >> pink was the color of the day at some of new york's most iconic structures. the spire of one world trade center was lit pink to mark the start of breast cancer awareness month. the building along with the george washington bridge will remain pink for the entire month. one in eight u.s. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. >> more on the new russian airstrikes that hit syria overnight. syrian officials say that government ground forces also going after isil tares.
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>> from al jazeeras headquarters in doha, this is the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes, the future of europe at the top of the agenda. francois hollande and angela merkel are due to make an historic address. >> russia carries out a series of new airstrikes in syria, and starts firing missiles from the caspian sea. >> more clashes in the occupied west bank, as tension continues to simmer. >>