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will not be doing and a stampede killing dozens in a club in bucharest and a second day of flash floodings from a tornado in texas egypt says that it found both black boxes from a deadly russian plane crash. the metro jet airbus was flying from the red see resort city of sharm el sheikh to st. petersburg, russia. it crashed 20 minutes after take off at egypt's sinai peninsula. 225 people were on board. peter sharp is at the airport in st. petersburg. >> what remained of the russian holiday chartered flight remained strewn across the
desert, coming down near an air force base. the search and rescue determining no one survived the impact. >> translation: what will determine what happened is the analysis of the black box data and expert deductions. up until this point, there are no indications that anything out of the ordinary happened on the aircraft. all we can say is it happened due to technical difficulties and a team of experts are the one that is will be able to prove or deny this. >> earlier, relatives desperate for news arrived at st. perth burg airport. >> they told us the landing would be at 11:40. my child called me. my son, his wife and daughter, their daughter is 10 months old. >> i'm waiting for the person i love. i speak through the internet. i checked the radar, everything was fine. around 11:30 i came here, when i came, i couldn't find the flight
on the screen. >> reporter: the airbus seen here, was operated by the russian airline metro jet. he was flying to st. petersburg to the red see resort. 23 minutes after takeoff. it disappeared from radar. the pilot complained of technical prosecution, and was trying to reach the nearest airport. the egyptian and russian authorities say they don't believe the aircraft was targeted as they flew over an area destabilized by the armed conflict. russia declared a day of mourning, in a show of solidarity with the victims and their families. for the friends and families of the passengers, it's a day of tragic contradictions. they were told the plane went missing. a little later, a senior egyptian aviation official said the plane, in fact, was safe,
and transiting through turkish air space. a few minutes after that the prime minister came out to say the plane was down, and there were no survivors an independent air crash investigator says it's highly unlikely that any kind of missile brought down the airliner. >> there's only a few countries in the world manufacturing large surface to air message. a lot of countries have access to small ones. the infantry defends itself, the height the aircraft flew at required a big one. russia nose where the ones they sold are, and thinks like that. their intelligence has said there's no large surface-to-air officials still air france and loov
than sea said though will -- lufthansa said they will not fly over the area until the determination is given a warning of a proxy war in syria, after secretary of state john kerry announced the u.s. is sending fewer than 50 ground troops into syria. russia has a few thousands troops in place to support the regime of bashar al-assad. john kerry said the special operations troops in syria will not get involved in the civil war, but fight i.s.i.l., known as d.a.e.s.h. >> president obama has made a very straight forward and simple decision entirely in keeping with his originally stated policy. that we must defeat and destroy d.a.e.s.h. it is not a decision to enter
into syria's civil war. it's not an action or choice focused on bashar al-assad. it's focus exclusively on d.a.e.s.h. joining us is the executive director at the iranian-american council. let's talk about this. this is the fifth year of the war, millions displaced. hundreds of thousands killed. now with the talks, iran has been brought to the table. why so long for that development. it's reached a point where the parties involved in the war, regional countries, united states and russia came to the conclusion that without the involvement of iran as a backer of the government, there cannot be a political solution. unfortunately it's taken five years to come to the conclusion. there has been previous attempts to have iran be part of the negotiations. every juncture has been
opposition from saudi arabia, israel and washington. >> what leverage does iran have. >> a great deal. if you look at the landscape and who is supporting the government. it is iran and russia. iran providing the underground advisory to the syrian military, it has an historical link going into the economy, society, and a religious connection. yes, it does have a major influence on the direction of what the syrian government can do and may commit to and compromise in the negotiations. saudi arabia said bashar al-assad has to go. it doesn't seem that's a position of iran. what is the resolution here? >> again. in due time, we'll see that there'll be some flexibility from all parties in the negotiations.
what the iranis are arguing is it can't come with a precondition of not having bashar al-assad involved. >> you're saying it's a non-starter. >> there's so much that has happened. if we want to reach a political solution, how can you avoid having bashar al-assad at the table. he needs to be pushed to make some compromises. and without him, what is the alternative. unfortunately the opposition has not brought into the forefront another replacement. if you see the expansion in iraq and syria, the current common ground from all the regional and international parties involved in these talks is how do we reduce the power and expansion of this terrorist organization. let's talk about that. everyone's focus seems to be shifting to i.s.i.l.
is the shift focus a problem? >> not necessarily. it's part and parcel of the quagmire we are in in syria. you can't have a political solution to the problem, the war, without addressing and weakening i.s.i.l., and d.a.e.s.h. to bring again the moderate forces that america is talking about. >> yes, the mysterious moderate forces. which, unfortunately, i've - it's so ironic, and it takes this long. they have a track record with the americans to bring about a solution, such as the conference resulting in the government in kabul. and iran played a fundamentally important role in achieving transitional government in afghanistan, following the invasion of the united states, and having not just interested
groups in the government, but reflection of society. iran does not say that, you know, the other groups that are fighting for independence not have a future or say in the government of syria. at the end of the day, syrian people through an election should decide who rules them. >> so in all of these years at the table, how much longer can this go on. how many more lives. >> there are many parts in the conflict. when you look at how d.a.e.s.h. expanded. it was the birth of those same groups and counties for bashar
al-assad. the weapons come from the west and money from saudi arabia, and the training and other enforcements are coming from the sunni world. >> we talk about the chechen fighters. it is complex. hopefully this is the beginning. >> let's hope so. thank you for coming in israeli police shot and killed a knife-wielding palestinian as he ran towards a checkpoint. allegedly trying to stab water guards.
rights groups and families accuse troops of using excessive force. border police have assaulted journalists, covering recent clashes. we have more from the occupied west bank a crowd of thousands. shot dead after carrying out attack in hebron. all were carried through the city streets on saturday with the flags of various political factions. >> translation: i think what we are witnessing is a message to the world, to israel and palestinians. the five were laid to rest after israel handed over their bodies, in some cases weeks after they died. israel is holding the bodies of two dozen palestinians, after it was said they attacked israeli
forces or civilians. >> the five young people were buried in hebron. there are other families waiting for the bodies of their loved ones to be returned. it conditions to be a source of anger for palestinians. >> that erupted again in the center of hebron, after the funerals. with the young palestinians throwing rocks and israeli firing tear gas. some say it's part of a movement nothing to do with the parties. >> no one is making a fuss. none of the factions. they are only good for making speeches. >> it's not clear if or when the other bodies will be returned for burial. if at all. >> in colorado springs, colorado. a gunman shot and killed three people this morning before being fatally shot by police. witnesses say the man was
marching down the street firing a rife at people. when officers arrived the gunman opened fire on them. they responded by killing a suspect. police did not reveal the gunman's identity or motive. storms turn deadly. a second day of flooding. the danger is not over. >> detroit's wall of shame designed to keep people out. it's a symbol of defiance, in the next our, a look at school security. we have an officer removing a student out of her care has some asking whether police in schools is a good idea.
severe storms hit central texas this weekend. emergency crews found the body of another person swept away from her home, raising the death toll to six. we have more. a tough time for a lot of people. >> it is. heavy rains, flash flooding and tornados left a path of destruction. the fire department says it responded to 130 water rescues, and the danger is not over. >> reporter: a band of storms hits texas, causing flooding. this family's home was
destroyed, following violent winds. as i reached down and grabbed the arms, the windows exploded. a local high school was ripped apart. here is tractor trailer is swept up on the roof of a hotel. much of the damage is caused by flooding in this weekend's storms in texas. personal belongings and cars. >> i'm floating down a creek. in this video, this man described how his vehicles were swept in the rapids, and client a tree. as it was sinking i grabbed on to a tree. president obama was rescued five hours later. three brothers were swept by floods. i don't know who my other brother was at this time. as the storms moved east today,
hundreds of high water crossings were closed. at austin's international airport floodwaters went into the flight center. providing radar services to aircraft as the f.a.a. evaluates the damages. let's check in with kevin corriveau with more on the weather. it was just last weekend we had the same problem. that because of the remnants pushing to texas, because of flooding across the region. we are seeing a similar situation over the last 48 hours. that's what this is a radar over the last 48 hours. as it developed, pushing it fro the south-west, coming in parts of san francisco and austin, where some of the locations saw about 10 inches of rain. over a foot of rain fell in just
12-14 hours across that area. in the last few days we have seen about 12 tornados across the region. some of the most recent have been through eastern texas and louisiana. and now the recent tornado we have seen is in parts of mississippi. those flood watches and warnings are in effect, and now the storm is making its way towards the east. we are looking at louisiana, mississippi and alabama, seeing the biggest threat tonight and tomorrow. look at the slide there. it's a severe storm line that is pushing through. we need to watch it carefully. we have tornado watches that are up, and warnings that are up now on the border areas between mississippi and alabama. flash floods stay in effect. as you see all along.
snow an be seen on the bear tooth mountains, the mountain snowfields dry up. scientists say we may see the last of them. al jazeera reports from the bare tooth mountains, wyoming. high up in the mountains, something is missing. >> normally we'd see snow patches. they are gone. we don't have them. >> bison have not come up here. this summer, all the snow feeltedz disappeared.
river. >> he says the loss of permanent snow will have big impacts on trout. >> we are looking at extinction here. we are looking at a shrinking a hit to the economy, fishing brings in about $950 million. >> what we have is changes mid continent that affect everything from recreation and nature. to comers and ag culture. hitting an eco system where there's a new style rescuers off the californian coast are trying to save a humpback whale entangled in fishing line.
the rope is stuck in the whale's mouth, making if hard to eat. >> 100 feet of rope was removed. the whale became agitated, and cut away part of the line. experts say detroit has experienced racial tensions for decades. racial riots causing the residents to move to the subbers. al jazeera john hendren found a relic. one that symbolized racial policies against blacks. >> in is detroit's wall of shame. half a mile of solid segregation. when teresa moved here as a child, blacks lived on one side. whites on the other. that is the way it was intended to be. >> the purpose of the wall was
to separate the white community from the black. how i feel is how dare you. i don't like it. it's a part of my history. >> as detroit expanded in 1941, a developer wanted to build middleclass housing. the u.s. federal housing authority backed the loan but insisted on the wall, reasoning that separating the races would protect the investment. >> detroit's wall of racial separation has been allowed to stand. >> this, maybe serves as people that want to see the stand, victims of racism. this serves as a memory of how things used to be and how they have gotten better. >> it's an intimidating wall. it was not designed as a physical barrier, signed to send a message to those on the black side of the wall. that message is keep outs. >> since 1961, gloria lived with
that symbol. >> it did not work. the wall is here, the people are here, the people that they tried to oppress and keep outs. they are on the other side of the wall. they are all over the city. it shows you that you can't build walls around people or box them in one of the remarkable features stands, tucked away behind a park. the rest a whitewashed remnant of racism. a fast moving fire claiming dozens of lives. a terrifying accounts of how they make it out alive. billionaires use their money to influence curriculum. what the koch brothers were trying to get for their investment. investment.
sheikh to st. petersburg in russia when it crashed 23 minutes after takeoff. the two black boxes have been located. more from secretary of state john kerry, that u.s. ground forces in syria are there to fight i.s.i.l. comments coming a russia warn of a proxy war. thousands of troops support president bashar al-assad. thousands killed in hebron, killed after carrying out attacks with israelis. also, another knife-wielding palestinian was shot. rights groups have accused israeli troops of using force. prosecutors launched a criminal investigation. the death toll reached 27 people with more than 200 people
hospitalized. >> reporter: young romanians, some dressed to celebrate halloween came to rest outside the nightclub in bucharest. >> if i had been there, probably instead of me lighting a cannedal, someones else would have been -- candle, someone else would have lit a candle for me. >> reporter: the government of romania declared three stayings of mourning after -- days of mourning after flames swept through. a rock group, goodbye to gravity launched the album. survivors tried to exit through flames and smoke. >> it was 1.5 meters away.
>> reporter: the rock group advertised pyrotechnics on the website, and that is how the fire was believed. >> i felt a wave of heat and fire, i felt my hair was on fire. my back and feet were burnt with clothes and hair. it was one of the worst disasters in decades. trying to accommodate 200 injured. suffering from burns and smoke. >> it is like working in a war zone. operating. a hospital was visited in bucharest. treating victims of the fire. stopped by a makeshift memorial. >> people are revolted that something like this could have happened. if necessary. we will change the regulations so this tragedy does not happen
again campaigns on the eve of elections. they'll go to the poll for the second time in five months. >> reporter: election campaign posters are displayed on the streets. so often they may as well be a permanent fixture. on sunday they vote in the first event in four years. these may be the most crucial. at the forefront is the country's interim prime minister. after taking over, the a.k. party's leader, they failed to lead the party to government for the first time since they came to power over a decade ago. opposition parties, the leftist c.h.p. and the nationalists refused to join a coalition government, resulting in a hung parliament and early elections
called. the political instability became worse after a bomb attack by i.s.i.s. that was the spark that unleashed the attack. less than a month before polling day. >> it's at a rally in the capital. that was organized to call for a resumption in talks. >> it seems the akp and leadership has lessons. there has been a clear attempt to connect with people on the ground. >> i am sure our people will work for the continuation of political stability, and that political stability could be achieved, only by a.k. party, so i'm confident that we will be having a one party majority
government. >> you talk about political stability. one of the things that brought about instability is the resumption and fighting with the p.k.k. some accuse the a.k. party of doing it deliberately after succeeding in the peace process, in order to get people to vote for you. >> we defend the political process. until 20th of july. when they kill 32. same day p.k.k. killed one soldiers, and after two days, they killed two policeman. when they were sleeping in their home. this was end of - not the process, but not to have conflicts. >> will you try to have a peace process. >> we didn't leave this process, solution process. >> on sunday, after the results are announced the a.k. party
leadership will address supporters from the balcony. last june it was moved as a mixture of shots. winning back the trust of the people and return to single-party governments. this time around they hope to address a happier crowd joining us now, cofounder of the foreign policy interrupted. thank you very much for joining us. we appreciate it. during the time that president recep tayyip erdogan has been a leader of turkey, and the party has been in power, there has been good things that happened in turkey. part of the european union, the g.d.p. quadrupled. this seems to be an anxious time for voters in turkey. why is that? >> in the past year, you see in turkey it dwindle down. there has been a lot of polarization. and there has been supporters of recep tayyip erdogan, part of
the justice and development party, known as the akp. they rally behind president erd your, and the line that -- recep tayyip erdogan, and the line that he has taken. he's been anti-kurd irk, hard line against the west. and he's backed a lot of the promises that he set out with. a lot of what we are seeing now is also a result of how well the democratic party has been doing. the parliamentary elections held then, the pro-kurdish party, which is why the h.d.p. lost a majority of vote. tomorrow when they go back to the polls, they are expected to do as well again to get 13%. it doesn't look like the akp
will garner a single majority. >> do you see the coalition government as a possibility? >> anything is possible right now. we'll see what happens at the polls. according to what the pollsters see, doesn't look like tomorrow's result is any different to what we saw. if that is the case. the reason they are going back to the polls form is because the akp couldn't form a coalition, and it's thought that it wasn't willing to do so. and so president recep tayyip erdogan forced the snap election, which is what will happen tomorrow. >> do you think the violence will affect voter tonne out. >> there has been a question of whether the violence will keep voters home, particularly in the south-east, which is kurds. a lot of violence has been perpetuated to scare voters and keep those voters at home. the kurds traditionally have
been supporters of the akp, a reason the akp didn't do well is because a lot of voters voted for the people's democratic party, the hkp. and the violence is certainly a factor, but by all measures and accounts. it seems that people are ready to go out and vote. i think people want to see a democratic change in turkey. >> how big is security. i don't mean security when they are voting, but within the country. how big of an issue is that for voters when they go to the polls. >> on july 20th, we saw a bomb go off at a peace rally, and there was a bombing in the capital city in ankara. it was a big problem. i was in turkey, and a lot of my friends are afraid to talk about how afraid they are to go to the shopping mall because of random
bombings, even though there's a fear of insecurity. i think people realise they need to go to the polls and cast a vote. that will be the only way to move forward in turkey. >> what do you think will happen tomorrow that will affect the lives of an every day citizen in turkey. >> tomorrow's election is big. we say that about every election. it is consequential. if you don't see any one party come out with a majority. they'll have to form a coalition. that will be good and bad. at the same time a single majority may allow president recep tayyip erdogan garner more powers, he's trying to change the system from a parliamentary to a parliamentary one in which he'll have unprecedented powers. that is dangerous. >> there's a lot on the line tomorrow. >> absolutely. >> thank you for joining us. the koch brothers are well-known for sharing their billions with conservative
candidates friendly to their free market principles. activism includes supporting education, in 2012 coke foundation donated $13 million to 163 colleges and universities, and in 2013, increased their gift giving to more than $19 million spread around 200 tan schools. critics charge the generosity is about spreading pro-business ideology than philanthropy and their gifts come with gifts attached. according to one study, the coke foundation sought the names and addresses of students that participated in a programme at a college in south carolina, and florida, and wanted to maintain partial control over the hiring of faculty and the chairman of the school's economics department. but for some cash-strapped
schools it is not as important as educational goals. >> in the end it didn't botteder me, i'm not worried about ideology. money won't solve the problems. from my population, yes, it will. it does. >> the president of the dilar university in louisiana. and received $50,000 from the koch brother from the college fund. dave levinthal is the senior reporter for the center for public integrity, and he joins us from d.c. we appreciate your time. giving to universitiesies is not a new concept. what is the risk of giving donors influence at an flugs. >> when donors have influence, there's an intention for their philosophy, political leanings to be infused into the
classrooms and professors will say we want a free and open admit that is not bias one way or the other, where students are free and able to engage in thought of all types, and if you have donors pulling the levers of power in the classroom, it's something that could be problematic. the other side, particularly among conservatives will say the academy, as it is, has been left wood leaning forever and we are trying to provide counter balance and give students another option. >> the coke foundation sought personal information from students in a coke-sponsored class at the university of charleston. why did they need or want that information, were they able to get that information? >> they did get that information. they sought it, and this is something that speaking more broadly in a report that we did this past week, we are able to show that we had a secret recording of a meeting that the
top coke officials have with donors at the political network. effectively they are trying to build a talent pipeline from the classrooms, to the halls of political power, and it's something that in talking to lots and lots of folks at various universities was troubling to them. they felt it goes back to that notion that the classroom is effectively gained and if the coke breathers, whether conservative or liberal decide that they'll fund a certain discipline, fund a professor, a curriculum, that is something that was going to give that donor greater influence in what students were learning, and the notion to the funders of the classroom, getting information about the stupid, providing them with the requisite material to try to stay with students, to use them to some sort of end.
be it political or otherwise. >> it's a bit unsettling. how significant is the position. specifically in terms of support and bills. tell us about that. >> charge mason university is an interesting case in the sense that charles has been involved in the university and in two particular centers at the university. one is the makato center. he has an honor air which documenta documentary. he's pumped tens of millions into george mason and the two centers. >> what we have seen in the report that we published is a definite increase in the political profile of the academic work that is taking place at the makado center in particular, when a couple of years ago, last decade it
would be a rare occasion when the is there was spoken about on the floor of congress or mentioned in a congressional report or bill. it'sing it that is happening at not quite a three times additional clip in the past few years than last decade. by the one measure, people in congress, and members are paying more attention to the center, which is the number one recipient of contributions of donations of cash from charles coke. >> thank you so much. dave levinthal, senior reporter for the center of public integrity. thank you for joining us. >> next, playing baseball. relations between the u.s. and cuba could reshape on both shores. plus the passing of a beloved character actor. character actor.
shias make up 70% of muslims in syria russia is a topic on "third rail". josh rushing talks to a former chess champion who blifs vladimir putin is -- believes vladimir putin is the bigsest threat facing the world. >> we see someone who has an interest, and i'm talking about vladimir putin, because he stay in power 15 years, and made it clear he'd city in power. he has nothing to offer the russian public except the foreign policy. >> the public was hapt. he does fine in the polls, they are happy about crimea. >> if you run the polls. i am sure they are popular. >> how do you conduct the group. >> it's not about who conducts the polls, but whether people are not fearful to tell what they think.
>> i was talking to someone in moscow that said if they don't like vladimir putin, the stability is what came out of him. we'll take had ability. it's inevitable. the longer they stay in office, the bigger the upleaval, the instability that will follow. look at the living standards. the country is plunging. russian economies are in a free fall. >> that's what you want, right. you want sanctions, that's what they do to the russian economy. >> they were not troubled before sanctions. it's a pipeline economy. we have corruption, no doubt about it. it's a system. vladimir putin made corruption and institutions to run russia. almost all of them in vladimir putin's clothes. if you looking at the budget, you look at social security and
health care, pensions and vooutins cutting everything. except military expenses, security and propaganda. >> you can watch the episode of third rail at a new time. 5:30 eastern, 2:30 pacific. randall pinkston is here for a look at the next hour we'll have a look at the russian plane crash in egypt. more than 200 died after the jet crashed into the sinai desert and a night of fun turns tragic, a fast-moving fire kills dozens in a nightclub. and a video of a police officer throwing a student out of a chair has mean asking questions about school security - are police needed on campus, we'll take a deeper look. they are some of the stories ahead al molinaro, one of america's most beloved character actors has died.
in a few minutes the new york nets and the kansas city royals play game 4 of the world series in new york. among the players fighting for the championship are two cubans. the out fielder that is. for decades many players had to defect from the m.l.b. and improve relations. it could change that. >> reporter: these men are the future of cuban baseball. if they played well. they might join the industry.
cuba's version of the new york yankees. but some dream of a future beyond that. >> you play baseball, you always want to compete. there's no league in the world like it. >> to get do the u.s., cuban ball players defect to a third country first to negotiate at international free agents. cuban baseball police officers prefer to sign in the third country, where they establish free agency and not be subject to the restrictions that the draft imposes on players. as a result of that strategy. the best cuban players won top contracts. >> there's 36 million deal with the mets. 42 with the dodgers or man 68.5 million with the diamond backs. the salaries do not come easy,
they had to risk their lives and leave their families. >> the way things are between cuba and the united states, i think it should be easier. i think it's easier. of course, i'd like to have family with me. >> normalization sparked an exodus. 100 players left in the past 12 months alone. players are worried the baseball could negotiate with the government. meaning smaller pay checks. >> unel plays for the washington nationals but grew up in havana. these men, his childhood friend, played baseball in the street with him. >> some of them played baseball and said they want to be like escobar. he has not been forgotten and won't be in this neighbourhood.
>> escobar played for cuba's team. while the children consider him a legend. he's been labelled defectors. athletes that abandoned the country. when the team won the nationals. the government gave him this house. when they left for the united states, playing with major league baseball the government confiscated it. the scoouban sports officials, the government will say - has a momentum of power over the players. >> because of that, it's unlikely cuba will open its doors the way the dominican republic has, complete with baseball dismiss. it's more likely to work like it does with japan, where the big league teams play for the right to negotiate with players. >> a u.s. entity will be negotiating with a foreign government so that they can also
sign a contract for the private individual. >> cuba makes considerable investments in its players from a young age and faces a future where it would lose more of its top talent. they'd be paying for that. directly to the cuban government. >> a huge space rock passed by earth and looks like it's dressed up for halloween. see for yourself. n.a.s.a. scientists say it looks like a human skull and appears to be a dead comment. it was about 300,000 away. here is a look at the empire state building. all in colours. hope you have a wonderful halloween. the news continues now with
randall pinkston this is al jazeera. a search for what downed a russian plane killing all on board. moscow with a warning in u.s. sending american commandos to syria could ignite a proxy war in the mid east. texas hit by severe storms, and the death toll increases. disturbing images by a high school teenager tossed around. we take a deeper look at the national debate over school safety egypt found