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area, and what can be the better tool than movies? >> reporter: so for now the decision rest with thailand's government. for all of the world's news. ♪ i own it. i take responsibility for what happened. >> chicago in turmoil, the mayor apologizing yet again. a man believed to be the friend of the san bernardino shooter, now under investigation himself. his possible ties to syed farook and the attack. the british parliament forced to debate a possible u.k.
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ban on donald trump. and the catholic charity ignoring the wishes of two governors. ♪ this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm del walters. embattled chicago mayor rom emmanuel, saying he takes full responsibility for the controversy involving the city's police department. his approval rating now standings at just 18%. the public is outraged following the release of videos that some say show police brutality towards african americans. andy what does the major have to say about all of this? >> reporter: he says i get it. i have heard your criticism, and cynicism. i get it and i own it. he says it is going to take a long of work to win back the
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city's trust. he said as a city you demand answers and corrective action, you deserve both, and you will get both. he also said he really despised what officer van dyke did. he also talked about the code of silence that still exists in the police department. and he says officers need to say something if they see something. and he got emotional when he talked about the black community and the policing there. he mentioned one black man who he said just really all he wanted from officers was respect. >> he said do you think the police would ever treat you the way they treat me?
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and the answer is no. and that is wrong! and that has to change in this city. that has to come to an end, and end now. no citizen is a second-class citizen in the city of chicago! [ applause ] >> reporter: well, he also went a little bit off script when he talked about how when police go into a neighborhood and see young men with tattoos and dread locks, they should stop look about their roles so to speak, and look into their souls. del? >> andy none of this new to chicago, so what steps is the city taking to try to address the problems that exist. >> reporter: well, on that point he will still get a lot of criticism about why he didn't make changes earlier. and the code of silence was ripped by a federal judge in
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2007. but in the short-term, anyway, he mentioned back in august, the aclu is partnering with the police department in making changes on how policing is done. he mentioned a task force has just been formed now that will look into how officers are disciplined. he really decried the fact that so few of these cases have wound up with charges against officers or firings of officers, and he says he welcomes the department of justice's investigation into this, although just a few days ago he said he didn't think we needed it. >> is the city expecting protests? >> reporter: there were some people shouting outside of the city council meeting today. and there is rumors on facebook and social media, that members of city workers will be protesting today. we'll find out if that happens and keep watching, del. >> andy thank you very much.
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a civil right's attorney is in chicago, and join us live. will the mayor have a job by the first of the year or will he be forced to resign? >> wow, that's a difficult question. he is certainly under fire and he seems to be attempting to make some changes, but it seems way too early to tell. i think he is going to have a very difficult time. >> one of the reasons that so many people were saying calling for his resignation is premature, was because there was a special election. what has changed now? >> because for many years we have had a broken police accountability system, but recently it has crossed from broken into corrupt. and i think that his hands are -- this video with laquan mcdonald, it's release, and what it revealed about what our
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leaders, all of them did in this particular situation has revealed a cover up, and actual corruption, and i think he either deliberately remained ignorant, which shame on him for that, or he actually knew about it. so either way i think his hands are dirty. i give him credit for what he is trying to do now, but the question is, is it too little too late. >> the mayor arguing that more has to be done. take a listen. >> both sides have to look beyond the surface to see the common humanity they share, instead of the differences that divide them. we have to be honest with ourselves about this issue. each time when we confronted it in the past as a city, chicago only went as far as our conscience so we could move on.
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this time must be different. >> are you comfortable that if rom emmanuel steps down, if he resigns, the city will be better off? >> well, without knowing who would be taking his place -- >> and that's my question, who is in the wings? >> well, you know, he had a difficult mayoral election last time, and that obviously we all wonder whether this laquan mcdonald deal was purposely suppressed and kept secret because of that. chicago is -- we're a troubled place with respect to police accountability. this is a watershed moment in chicago, and i hope that things change. but i can tell you, del, i was in court this morning, where lawyers were trying to release another video of a young black man being shot who was unarmed by chicago police while he was running away, and the city lawyers this morning perhaps
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simultaneously while the mayor was speaking, the lawyers went to court and argued that the video should remain secret. >> chicago politics, notoriously rough and tumble, is this just part -- partisan politics in chicago as usual. >> i guess i'm left to wonder, is this new to you? all of this emotion he is expressing, you know, why is this the first time that we have seen this? and it makes me wonder is it just because of the media coverage and because of his ratings. this is something that should have been a cause for our mayor long before now. and if he is this appalled, the question is he just learning
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about who is been going on with our police department and ipra, and how corrupt ipra was, why? he should have known this was going on before the public new this was going on. that's question me. >> thank you very much. the world is now reacting to donald trump's calls to prevent muslims from coming into the u.s. some world leaders are saying trump is the one that should be banned. in the u.k., this is the cover of the newspaper. an online partition now has more than 200,000 signatures. because of that parliament must vote on the measure. and joe biden says: in response, trump seems to be hinting that he could run as an
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independent. jamie mcintyre has more. >> they can never ever ever ever come back. it's over. >> reporter: at the white house donald trump's anti-muslim rhetoric was portrayed as -- tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy. >> anything that creates tensions and creates the notion that the united states is at odds with the muslim faith and islam, would be counterproductive to our efforts right now, and totally contrary to our values. >> reporter: in iraq trump's call for a total and complete ban on muslims entering the united states has this baghdad shopkeeper shaking his head. >> translator: i think such an idea and remarks are wrong it
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can cause a kind of rift when muslims and christians there. >> they have no respect for human life. >> reporter: before trump's latest remarks drew fire from all sides, president obama said last month the talk of imposing a religious threat on refugee crisis entering the u.s. was giving isil a tactical weapon. >> i cannot think of a more poeten recruitment tool for isil than some of the rhetoric that has been coming out of here during the course of this debate. >> reporter: prominent muslim groups are outraged. >> he and others are playing into the hands of isis. this is exactly what isis wants from americans, to turn against each other. and for that, donald trump and other candidates who are targeting american muslims are
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doing great service to isis. the ones that we are all fine has common enemy. >> reporter: jeh johnson who was appearing with a local iman about the same time trump was addressed his supporters, says trump's vilification of muslim causes more problems. >> it is probably illegal, un-american, and will actually hurt our efforts at homeland security and national security, we have to speak out. >> jamie mcintyre, al jazeera, new york. we're learning new details about the couple that carried out the mass shooting in san bernardino, california. the fbi saying that they were radicalized at least two years ago, before they started dating. investigators are also looking
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into an online loan that may have helped cover their funds. they say they received $28,000 in the weeks before the attack. it is unclear what that loan was used for. and authorities focusing on farook's next door neighbor. investigators haven't named him as a suspect, but are keeping a close watch on him. friends think he may have known about a plan in advance. >> he said something along the lines of there are a lot of muslims in our own backyard just ready to go haywire and attack. and we didn't think nothing of it. there is also new information about the attacker's family. his mother is now on the fbi's watch list. investigators say they found shooting round cameras, and empty gopro boxes in her
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backyard. ash carter -- senators want to know more on the results in the fight against isil. >> as current funding for the government is set to expire. it is vital that the two houses work on funding all of the government. because funding this budget deal is what our national security demands. >> you know very well it's a the result of the absolute failure of the expenditure of what was judged then to be $43.04 or five people were trained. we don't want to approve of something like that again. if you want that kind of funding to train and equip, we want to know what the plan is. >> carter is trying to reassure the senate members that u.s. forces are gaining momentum. up next, security versus sympathy, the struggle between charities trying to resettle
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syrian immigrants. and the case of a white student who said she was denieded as mission to the college of her choice because of her race.
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>> these people have decided that today they will be arrested. >> i know that i'm being surveilled. >> people are not getting the care that they need. >> this is a crime against humanity. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.?
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there was a woman who says show was denied to the university of texas because of her race. she applied back in 2008. she says she didn't get in because of the school's pro-diversity policy. she says it is discrimination. >> there aren't any quotas or targets, so it's not really affirmative action in the sense that a lot of people think about
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it. it's a much more holistic approach to admissions to make sure you get a class that is reflective of the community you are trying to serve. >> they say tax-payer funded institutions shouldn't be able to use race as a factor. a senate committee meeting today to talk about foreigners allowed to come into the country. it allows citizens to come to the u.s. without a visa. the new bill would force people who have been to iran, iraq, syria, or sudan in the past five years to go through the normal process. >> we can't give people special access to our country if we don't have all of the information we need to ensure they are not a threat to our national security. >> the bill also requires
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passports to have biometric data. president obama is expected to sign the bill. a fight between security and helping foreigners playing out in two states, both of those states having conservative governors. the governors of texas and inindia in -- indiana were among the governors who vowed to not take syrian refugees after the paris attacks. >> i'm going to continue to use the authority that we have to -- to take that stand. >> reporter: but catholic charities has taken its own stand. tuesday the group helped settle a syrian family of six in houston, another family of six in the dallas area, and a family of four in indiana. indianapolis archbishop declined
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al jazeera's request for an interview, but said in a statement, quote: >> i'm disapp pointed with the decision by catholic charities. >> reporter: the indiana governor has asked the archbishop not to settle any syrians in his state. but now he says he will allow the family to take advantage of state services. >> is not about a family or catholic charities. this is about an administration and a congress that should take decisive action to pause this program and review it to ensure that we can go forward. >> reporter: in texas a lawsuit challenging the resettlement is making its way through the courts, but that state dropped the demand for an immediate
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injuncti injunction. the attorney general this morning criticizing an e.u. decision to restrict data-sharing with the u.s. data protection laws could undermine efforts to stop attacks. overnight investigators in france identifying a third suspect in last month's attacks in paris. they say the man was a french citizen who came from germany. jacky rowland has our story. >> reporter: the french prime minister has confirmed that investigators have been able to identify the body of the third man who took part in this the attack on the concert hall. there were three attackers. they were armed with automatic weapons and they were wearing explosive vests.
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at the time that the anti-terrorist police stormed the concert hall, two of the men blew themselves up, and the third was killed by police. the man had travelled to syria two years ago with brother and his friends. french media are reporting that the information came via a text message sent to the man's mother who is still here in france. the message said simply, your son has died as a, quote, martyr in paris. the mother connected the police. she gave them a dna sample, and it was via this dna sample that the police were able to identify the body parts of the third attacker. they are talking bicycles at the paris climate talks. >> we're trying to make it cool in our community. it's for every day use.
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we'll tell you how an old form of transportation could improve the environment.
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>> coming up tonight, we'll have the latest... >> does the government give you refugee status? >> they've marched to the border. >> thousands have taken to the
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streets here in protest. >> this is where gangs bury their members. >> they're tracking climate change. >> welcome to al jazeera america. more reporters, more stories, more perspective. >> from our award-winning news teams across america and beyond. >> we've got global news covered. the white house says the
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president has been calling world leaders to discuss the climate change deal. >> these people are so out of touch with science that they believe rising sea levels don't matter because in their view the extra water is just going to spill out over the sides of a flat earth. >> he went on to say that the united states will double climate change grants. there is a climate change battle brewing in california, pitting two wheels against four. al jazeera's jake ward went to the front lines in san francisco. >> reporter: adam smith learned to fix bikes from his father. >> i would just collect the parts and take them in my room,
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and just go in to my room, and i would spending literally like all day after school just trying to put it together until i finally got one. >> reporter: the bike became his outlet he says. >> i would get upset and i would just ride my bike until i couldn't ride anymore. >> reporter: now he is teaching his children how to fix their bikes at this regular gather in san francisco. the organization is trying to teach bay area families the skills they need not just to ride a bike, but to make it their primary mode of transportation. this isn't just a matter of fun and convenience, this can have a global impact. this organization has an representative at the paris summit right now. and that is because if everyone traded in their car for public transportation, biking or walking, we would hold global emissions below 2010 levels all the way to 2050. and in the process we would save
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trillions of dollars this health care, manufacturing, and fuel costs. the trouble is, all those bikes have a certain cultural cashe in the united states, other countries are abandoning them. as china grows wealthier, the bike fleet has dropped by 33%. while car ownership doubled. and there are echos of that pattern here in the united states. >> no pressure. >> reporter: organizers say it's not just getting somebody to learn something new, in low-income communities there is stigma against riding a bike. >> bicycling is considered something that poor people do. it's something that -- you know, we strive to get a car, that whole coming of age. i can't wait until i drive. i can't wait to get off of my bike. so we're trying to make it cool in our community.
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wherever you are at, let's get you on that bike. >> reporter: adam smith says the benefits are obvious. >> it has zero emissions. it is self powered, you know? i just think it's a better alternative, than polluting the world, you know, with gases and fumes. >> reporter: this is a very old form of transportation, but as we look for new ways to control emissions and improve global health maybe bicycling deserves another look. it could be the vehicle of the future. time magazine announcing its person of the year, german chancellor angela merkel. time says she is the chancellor of the free world and europe's most powerful leader. thanks for joining us. i'm del walters in new york. the news continues live from london next. and a reminder, you can always find us 24 hours a day, by going to our website,
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♪ gull eh leaders meet in saudi arabia, and the u.s. calls on them to do more to fight isil. ♪ i'm david foster, you are watching al jazeera. also coming up in the next 30 minutes. hundreds of syrian rebels and their families leave the city of homs in a ceasefire negotiated with the government. more than 70 die in this taliban attack on kandahar airport in afghanistan. and france says there has been significant