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♪ nuclear threat from north korea ea. >> california drenched el nino brings heavy drench to the drought-stricken state all at once. >> every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> that emotion and the anger. president obama taking action on gun control. republicans say they will try and stop him. >> we, the jury, find the defendant, stephen a. avery, guilty of first degree intentional homicide. >> defending a convicted killer. the netflix documentary shedding light on the legal system.
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good morning. strong reaction from around the world to the news that broke overnight. north korea's claims it tested a hydrogen bomb. >> the south and u.n. inspectors can only confirm there was some sort of explosion underground at a nuclear site. they say it showed up on sensors to the north of the 5.1 earthquake. adrian brown has the latest from beijing. >> a short time ago, the foreign ministry here in beijing gave a briefing to foreign news agencies. the rebuke was quite mild. they appealed to north korea to cease its provocative action and urged north korea to return to the 6-party talks. now, china, of course, is about
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the only friend that north korea has right now. they have in the past been ideological alleys but there have been deep strains in that relationship during the past few years, namely because of north korea's nuclear program. china in the past have supported sanctions against north korea and, of course, it could be in that position once again if that is what the un 50i9d nations decides to do. the u.n. security council is planning an emergency meeting to discuss the actions and -- the test and any actions it may take. testing bombs is a way to signal that it wants something from the international community. >> a hydrogen bomb is a step forward. they have never been used against civilians. we don't know. we have theoretical predictions but don't know what this would do in the city. that's why people are terrified. this is a major step up.
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you know, we have no other evidence other than what the north koreans have said. they said it like a month ago they had this and there was a lot of skepticism am until we see proof, i can skeptical. north korea goes through a cycle of provecations, usually once a year. these things are usually intended to shake down the americans, the south korea ians for aid or assistance or attention or something like that. the north koreans were sort of rebuffed in discussions between the south and the north in december. this may be a way of signalling that they want something from those discussions. they didn't get it. in the coming election, there is also a coming election in south korea in april. this may be a way of signalling that you need to pay attention to us and you should sort of participate in inter korean talks. usually they go on hold during the political season in south korea. this may be a way of signalling dissatisfaction with that. >> if the test is confirmed t would raise alarm. a hydro engine bomb is the most powerful type.
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potentially 2,000 times more destructive than those dropped on japan. a hydrogen bomb uses fusion. it can cause firestorms and, an intense white light that can induce blindness. we will speak with al jazeera mike lions about the bomb test and the implications of it. >> schools are closed in oregon. they say they plan a townhall meeting to discuss the concerns about the occupation of that wildlife center by armed protesters. they say they are in it for the long haul. they are staying put and won't say when they will leave and they say they are not going to leave until the federal government returns that land to area ranchers. >> we feel we cannot leave because this is too important of an issue. i and these men here that have
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been he to pass this on to our children. this is not what america is made of. >> protesters say they were inspired by the case of these ranchers. they were sent back to prison for setting fire o federal land. near that wildlife center, catherine, what exactly dot protesters want from the government? >> reporter: they want two things: they want both of those two father and son, the hammonds, released from prison. that's the first demand, i guess. then more broadly, they would grazing rights returned to control of state and local and county government instead of being under the control of the federal bureau of land management. there has been a little bit of an escalation here overnight. late yesterday, protesters who were occupying this wildlife
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refuge heard some rumors or suggestions or got some information which no one is here whether it's credible or not that there might be arrest warrants issued for some of them and what they did in response was they moved up to the edge of this road here blocking it. they have been present, lit fires to keep warm and basically moved their presence to the forefront. they said they didn't want to wait inside if something was coming down. they were going to go out to meet it or if federal authorities wanted to speak to them, they would be upfront about it. dale? >> the local sheriff who has said he wants them to go is planning a townhall meeting for later today. what is the major concern there? >> reporter: the community has just been sort of, a, certain by surprise by all of this. it's not a very big town.
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if somebody said it's 130 miles from anywhere, why us? why here? there is some confusion, a little bit, as to the cause and certainly the methods. this is a ranching community. there are some ranchers who are simple pathetic but do not like the methods used. they say seizing the buildings was really not cricket. it's disrupted schools, as you said earlier. that's a hardship for parents who have to find child care for their children. it's also caused some disruption to local businesses and for law enforcement for the city, the mayor told us yesterday that his please overtime budget is through the roof and that was not something obviously that had been planned for. same is true for county sheriff's deputy budgets. there is a huge law enforcement presence 24/7 to keep an eye on this stuff. and, of course, the media circus that has come to stoun around all of this. it has disrupted a small community in ways that it never expected. dale? >> catherine, is there any sign yet from law enforcement that they actually might do something
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that they may move in and force the protesters out? >> they have been fairly cagey, circum specific and appear to be at this point playing more of a waiting game. there is no obvious law enforcement presence here at this sort of point where the okay pioneers have come to. they are back in town. some 30 miles away watching, waiting, monitoring. so no overt indications of anything like that. but as i say, the people occupying this property whether out of anxiety or information they received had some inkling that something was coming down yesterday and moved accordingly. >> many believe the weather may force those protesters to leave. al jazeera in princeton, oregon. thank you very much. this morning, many republicans and those backing gun rights are pledging to do all they can to stop the
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president. the president announced several actions to reduce gun violence that included expanded background checks. >> reporter: during his presidency, he has been called aloof, detached, even cold but talking about the murdered children of newtown, connecticut, in a packed white house east room, president obama openly we want. >> every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> in the audience, victims of gun violence and their families. there to see the president announce new executive action effective immediately aimed at cracking down on so-called private sales of guns over the internet or at gun shows where no background check on a buyer is needed. under the plan, those who sell guns for profit, no matter how many or where the transaction takes place will have to get a license thereby making their customers subject to background checks for felonies, mental i am competence and other violations that would probate them from buying a gun under current law.
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mr. obama rejected critics who say it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. >> in the not a plot to take away everybody's guns. you pass a background check, you purchase a firearm. the problem is, some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules. >> we are going to take our country. >> republicans are unmoved. the parties' pensioncial candidates immediately bashed the president. >> of course it's an over reach. >> not only for what he did but for how he did it and promised to undo the executive action as one of their first acts if they make it to the white house. >> if he is serious about gun violence, he would be focused on violence, what it is happening in our culture. >> republicans have a way to effectively block mr. obama this time as they have in the past. the president is asking for hundreds more f f.b.i. and atf personnel to help investigate and enforce the new rules. >> will require funding, and the
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g.o.p.-controlled congress is likely to try and stop it. in the wake of a 2012 shooting at sandy hook, many thought the political moment had come. at his state of the union, little more than a month after the tragedy, president obama invited the parents of hadia pendleton, a girl killed in a park while standing with friends. >> they deserve a vote [applause.] >> but the effort to pass new gun laws collapsed and that vote never came. tuesday in the east room, the same couple stood behind the president. they say without cooperation from congress, he is doing all he can. and his emotions were genuine. >> i has two daughters and he is a father first. and the thing is, it touches ho home. >> today, you know, guns are here illegally and rapid and children are looking left and right to make sure it's okay for them to play, sit on the porch, things of that nature. you know, it's just unfair to
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them. i think his tears were sincere. >> reporter: mike vaquira >> two are respond to go a tweet. american's first freedom tweeted out this picture showing state senator roxannee persaud and joann simon, both have sponsored a bill that would limit ammunition sales. persaud called the bill reckless and dangerous. >> men accused of supplying ammunition to the san bernardino shooters will be arraigned. procedures say he gave them the weapons they needed to kill those people. if convicted, he faces 50 years in prison. meanwhile, the f.b.i. is asking for the public's help in reconstructing what happened after those attacks. investigators say they want to know what the two did in the 18 minutes after the attack that killed 14 people. they were later killed in that
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shootout with police. >> we have accounted for three hours and 42 minutes of their time. we are missing 18 minutes of their time. why is is that 18 minutes so important? it's important because we want to ensure that we know whether or not they stopped at any locations, any residences, any businesses that we don't already know about. we want to ensure that if they made contact with anyone that we don't already know about between those hours or between that time that we are able to fully investigate those matters. >> the f.b.i. says they need photos or videos that show them between 1:59 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on december 2nd. they say there is no indication it was directed from overseas but they say it was an inspired attack. >> california is bracing for more rain tonight after being
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inundated after a series of powerful el nino storms. while the state may need the rain, it may be too much at one time. >> the season's first major he will nino storm slamming the west. drought stricken california suddenly awash from the bay to la. flood waters forced this man to make an escape through a window. fire departments were forced to make a series of rescue as rushing waters filled southern california streets. >> mud was the concern in azuza where he had hindlin keeps an evacuation list in the front seat of his car. the hillside was wiped bear. three or four feet of mud have come down on his property. like many, he fears the worst. >> i can't get out from underneath this. we are stick until the big disaster comes, wipes out my home and i get paid for it, or this stuff stops.
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>> mud also a worry in nearby glendora. homeowners there did what they could. >> we have been working on the driveway and trying to keep water from the coming under the property. >> a short-lived tornado touched down damaging buildings, trees and some cars and in arcadia, officials are still cleaning up from the water that broke this retaining water. in the north, heavy rains made driving trench russ along route 101 in marin county. driving was nearly impossible in this part of san jose. officials warn today's storms hitting the bay area could be even worse. jong henry smith, al jazeera. >> as john said, as they deal with the flooding and rain, they getting ready, nicole for another storm. >> i am taking the satellite back 24 hours to yesterday. >> first moves in. the next in the offing. you can see more behind that and that's part of what we expected
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with the el nino pattern, which is a climate change pattern. not one storm you can say that's an el nino storm. when you look at the pattern, that's what we are talking about. one has cleared through. the next one now starting to make landfall then a little bit of a break. as i said, we can see more in the offing a, and that's going to keep us in a very wet flow for thenet next week at least. here is the rain we are seeing along the coastline. some places, los angeles, about an inch and a half of rape. t snow along with it. those are some of the hazards we see. but the greens we have. those are places we have flood watches or warnings because we are already starting to get, as i said, some record rain yesterday but now with the next system, we will see more. so here is how this builds up with the next couple of systems by the time we get to saturday, and today could be the heaviest
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day of the next few. some places, especially in southern california, could get close to a half inch of rain or, i'm sorry, a half foot of rain and that's going to be significant, an isolated spot or two could get over that amount and definitely someplace is an inch of an hour isn't out of e the. one clears out a little bit of a break, maybe on friday, we'll see that. the next system starts to push in through the day on saturday. so how that shapes up for one of our cities, for example, as i said, friday is the best chance, what it looks like right now for a little break. we have good chances for rain for the next few. higher elevations, of course, that is snow. while there is a risk of landslides, mudslides, this is great for agriculture, great for the snowpack come the rest of the season. a lot of benefits. >> we will have to see if it's a net gain by the end of the week. >> stay with us. when we come back, we are going to be talking about a state of emergency now in effect in flint, michigan. >> the government takes action. the feds wants to prove over led
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in the water. plus. >> take those rides, you can be for the rest of their life. >> fighting for the right to vote. one woman journey to try to reclaim her civil rights.
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secretary of state john kerry is trying to ease tensions between saudi arabia and iran. following the execution after shia clerkic. kerry talked to the foreign m ministers of both countries reminding them they are needed to end the fight against syr syria the coalition, it is said
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is losing ground. officials believe isil has lost about 40% of the land it once held in iraq and in syria, they say that is about 20%. isil not yet responding to those estimates. the coalition includes the u.s., britain and france has been bombing isil positions for months. >> we are following major developments from north korea this morning. the north korean state news agency says the country successfully tested an h bomb. if confirmed, it will be the north's fourth nuclear test since 2006 and a significant step is it for its known nuclear capability did. mike lions is in al jazeera national security contributor, also a senior fellow at the truman national security project. joining us this morning to talk about this. i am skeptical because i have covered this region and anything that comes out of the north korean state news agency, you have to question. so at what point might we hear confirmation that this was an h bomb test? >> we probably won't hear it
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from the north. they will continue to say it was an h bomb test. a lot of this is communicate to go their people with the explanation that an h bomb is more advanced than a regular nuclear bomb. so, it's about making them feel better about themselves. but you will be able to determine in the south with regards 209 weather. it had the capability to be that h bomb type test. >> you are referring to south korea there. we know there was some sort of seismic activity, an earthquake of more than 5.0 in magnitude. so this is one clue. okay. so let's assume that there was some sort of h bomb test. is that unprecedented? and was the u.s. aware that the north had this capability? >> it's unprecedented. i am not sure we had that, we were aware they would have had this capability. to we hopeonnize it changes the game. it creates a problem for this administration. how does it deal with this and the rest of the world? the united nations in that regard. it does change completely the
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game with regards to their nuclear capability and their ability to, again, delirthis kind of a weapon. south korea mostly threatened but again china, japan and other alleys we have in that part of the world as well. >> six months ago, the u.s. negotiated a deal with iran. a few weeks ago, iran shipped out tons of enriched uranium as part of that agreement. has the u.s. dropped the ball when it comes to north korea? >> it's taken its eye off of it very clearly. it has relied on alleys, i believe, to take it more seriously. but we are seeing china doesn't have the influence over north korea that it once had for them to conduct this type of a test, not let them know, not let anybody know in the region shows they don't have that same influence. what to do about this is the question. >> where do we begin with that? we know the u.n. security council is meeting. if it did happen, what would be the u.s. response? >> likely just sanctions. we could try to isolate -- >> there are so many safrningsdz. >> exactly. we can't isolate them any more than they are.
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so, you know, again, you see the japanese prime minister saying this can't happen. they can't have this. >> leads on a military solution. given the fact there are 10,000 art illery weapons pointed in each direction, it's assured destruction. there is no way if a war starts there it would be anything but total annihilation. >> what do you think the message is? let's assume this is a clarion call not just in north korea but saudi arabia, the beginning of a year, countries trying to set their agendas on a world stage. does north korea want to reengage in six-party talks? >> this is how the dictator works there, to get back on the stage. these countries do want increased capability. saudi arabia, the same thing, with the iranians getting a nuclear weapon, they are talking about developing one,
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themselves. this could set off this nuclear arms race, especially if it comes true they have the hydrogen bomb capabilities. other current trees will have to look at their capability and decide if they want to get into the game or not. >> a lot of the north's nuclear capability also has to do with how much it has developed its missile capability. i don't believe that missile tech nothing else is at a point where we believe it would threaten, for example, the u.n. but it could be a threat to regional alleys, south korea. >> 4,000 kilometers is what the estimated range of their missiles are but to put a nuclear weapon on that requires a lot of technology. but let's hope the united states gets involved before they have this capability to reach our western shores. that's really what north korea wants. they feel if they have that cape ability, then the united states must pay attention to them at that point. >> mike lions, thank you for your insight did this morning. d t del? >> another chapter in the 2012
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attacks in benghazi, libya. former cia director david petraeus will be there for a private interview. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans died. for the first time in its history, westpoint has a woman in charge of cadets. diana holland is a decorated vet. she was officially sworn in on tuesday. holland served in iraq and afghanistan as the come can't of cade cadets. she is responsible for the day today training and discipline of the students at westpoint. >> gun sales soaring. >> the gun control debate across america and why the president's executive action may still be -- can still be easy to purchase them. >> the citizenship debate. donald trump goes after ted cruz and whether he is eligible to run for president plus . >> i am terrek bays lee in spain where a new generation of hot air balloons are taking flight.
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welcome back to your world this morning. it is 7:29 eastern. take a look at today's top stories. south korea and china are expressing anger over north
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korea's claims it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. the u.n. security council has called an emergency meet can. south korea's president calls it a challenge to world peace and stability. >> record receipts reported in parts of southern california. more rains are expected today. a flash flood watch is in effect for northerncal which has been left bare local officials of eastern oregon plan to speak with residents hoping to address concerns over the occupation of a wildlife center by armed protesters. demonstrators say they will not leave until the government returns the land to area ranchers. this morning, shares in the gun maker, smith & wesson are trading at their highest level in more than .15 years, soaring as president obama announced his executive actions to control guns. >> as al jazeera david shuster reports, the plan won't affect most people who will get their guns legally or for that matter, off of the streets.
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>> in the renewed debate, there is one thing all sides can agree on there are 350 million firearms, more guns in the united states than people. at the blue ridge arsenal and gun range, the manager says gun and ammunition >> mr. obama's executive actions will not change or restrict gun
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sales by individuals at private shows. as it stands, only these seven states and district of columbia require a background check if you purchase a weapon at a show from an individual. inch pennsylvania, the check be applies only to handguns. in 43 other states, individual sellers have no obligation to conduct a background check. this is known as the gun show loophole. still, the mere thought that a president might take any government action has led many gun thussists to fear that many more sweeping controls and bans are coming. >> there's a lot of people who feel passionate about it, not the firearms, but the government telling them what they can and cannot do or can and cannot have. >> fears have spiked during the obama administration. during the year before mr. obama took office, the american gun industry produced four and a
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half million weapons for sales. last year, it topped 1 million. thanks to president obama, the biggest impact may come next on line. hundreds of weapons collectors operate virtual stores. the president says all of these gun sellers will now be required to check the background of each buyer. >> a recent study found that one in 30 people looking to buy guns on one website had criminal records. >> several studies have found that overall, americans are significantly more likely to die from gun violence than residents of other industrialized countries. yet the centers for disease control reports that the number of gun deaths per capita in the u.s. over the past decade has stabilized and compared to 25 years ago, it's down by over 40%. in other words, while mass shootings gun purchases and calls for action are up, the data shows overall levels of u.s. gun violence are no longer getting worse. david shuster, al jazeera.
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a second baltimore police officer is due in court today charged in connection with the death of freddie gray. a pretrial hearing is planned for caesar god son, jr., the driver of the van. william porter's lawyers have asked the judge to block their client from testifying at good son's trial. mishines joins is from washington, d.c. good son's charges are the most serious of the officers allegedly involved in gray's death, including second degree depraved hard murder. what is that? >> that is just such an interesting second degree murder charge. i prosecuted in baltimore city and i can be quite honest and say that i have never heard of it before may one when they charged officer good son, but you have to look at what second degree murder is, an intentional
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killing of an individual i guess the historic second degree murder. in a dry approved hard case, it's not an intentional killing. what it means is that in this case officer goodson committed a willful act that was so dangerous that he did not care whether or not freddie gray lived or died, so it's not that he intentionally planned to commit a killing against freddie gray. >> ms. hines, as a prosecutor in baltimore and knowing the police officers on that force and i don't want you to make a sweeping generalization, but is it a lot to be asking a jury to say that they think that an officer might have actually known that his actions would lead to death in a case? >> that's the whole problem with this case, i believe. i think that the second degree deprived hard charge was a stretch for the prosecution and here's the problem. whenever the prosecution has a stretch in a case, meaning you're asking the jury to go through leaps and bounds based
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on what the evidence is in order to convict, you can almost end up with a non-conviction, because you're just trying to stretch what you have at the evidence so far. i think it was more than appropriate to charge him with manslaughter in the case but second degree is really asking a lot of the 12 jurors who will actually sit in this case and to get a conviction out of this case. >> if you believe then that this might be on overreach on the part of the prosecutor, are you concerned that if this trial, i guess goes the same way as the first, in other words if there is another mistrial that that could be a domino effect, affecting the other four trials that would follow? >> well, what's really the domino effect is the fact that in this case, the prosecution needs, absolutely needs the first officer who was charged, officer porter to testify in this case. without officer porter testifying, they always had an uphill battle in the cases, but
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without officer porter testifying, they have a more uphill battle so what is creating the domino text is the fact of what happened in the misstyle with officer porter and now as you may know, there are motions that are going to be heard this morning where officer porter is saying i don't want to testify in this case, so it is already, the domino effect is already there, del. >> there was so much anger after of the death of freddie gray and now this mistrial in the first case, officer porter saying he does not want to testify, what is that doing to the city of baltimore itself? is that anger now dissipated? does it have anyplace to go and does it have any place in the judicial proceedings taking place? >> well, with respect to the city of baltimore itself, i think we saw after the first officer's case, there was -- after the mistrial, there were peaceful protests so yes, the city, many of the citizens want a conviction in these officers for the death of freddie gray
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but there was peaceful protest. i don't know if there's really true anger at this moment as much as there is concern about what is going to happen with respect to the cases. in terms of the legal process itself, the legal process just have to play out, because like i said, these cases were always an uphill battle and they got just even more of an uphill battle with the newest development of officer porter saying i'm not going to testify and you cannot compel me to testify in these cases. >> ms. hines as always, thank you much. >> thank you, del. a susmarine is in police custody in a road rage shooting that left a young texas woman dead new year's day. eric da maljohnson is accused of being involved in the shooting that killed the 20-year-old. the woman loft control of her vehicle crashing into an electric pole. she later died. police are not saying johnson was the shooter but was seen with the handgun before it happened. bill cosby's wife won't have
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to go under oath today. she was scheduled to give a deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by several woman. a massachusetts judge delayed the proceedings as she appeals. the woman excused cosby of assaulting them. he is due next week on a sexual assault charge in pennsylvania. there is a feud between donald trump and ted cruz, trump saying that the fact that the texas senator was born in canada could be a problem. >> people are worry that had if he weren't born in this country, which he wasn't, he was born in canada, and he actually had a canadian passport along with a u.s. passport until just recently within the last couple of years. i don't know what it all means. i know people are talking about it. >> trump is revisiting those same claims and members of the birther movement leveled at president obama. he said the democratic party could sue cruz approximate if he becomes president and that is not something republicans want, ted cruz responding to trump's
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comments last night. >> i tweeted out a response to donald trump's raising questions about my natural born citizenship. it was a link to fonzie jumping the shark and i'm going to let my response stick with that tweet. he is referring to this tweet, linking happy days. cruz was born in calgary to a mother who is a u.s. citizen. he has released his birth certificate and also renounced his canadian citizenship. there are new attacks on the democratic side with presidential candidate bernie sanders voicing some of his strongest criticism of hillary clinton and wall street, the vermont senator called out clinton for taking speaking fees from the financial industry. he says her plan doesn't go far enough to regulate big banks. sanders laid out how he would reform them including breaking up the banks that are too big to fail. >> here is a new year's resolution that i will keep if elected president, and that is
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if wall street does not end its greed, we will end it for them. >> sanders was speaking in new york city just a few blocks from wall street, actually. he also promised to jail certain banking exception and give new protections to consumers. florida could be a deciding state in the presidential election but if you commit a felony there, you lose the right to vote permanently. as america tonight reports, that includes nearly a quarter of florida's black population. >> it was a moment when the fate of the nation was hanging in the balance. florida, following the 2000 presidential election. only a few hundred votes separated al gore and george w. bush, the narrow margin affected by a simple reality, in florida anyone with a felony conviction is stripped of the right to vote. that means that 1.5 million
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people in the state of disenfranchised, 10% of the population and almost a quarter of all african-americans. >> when you take those rights, you're convicting them for the rest of their lives. >> alnora is nearing the end of a journey to win back her consist states. it's taken her 15 years to get to this point. back in 1997, she served six months in jail for assault followed by two and a half years of probation, but despite a clean record since then and a job caring for hospital patients, she's still barred from voting in florida. >> i've stayed out of trouble besides you know a traffic ticket or, you know, suspended license, but as far as being in trouble with the law, being arrested, no, i have not done that. i've been, you know, walking a clean slate. >> she's pretty much a model citizen besides a tail light out. >> right. >> and that hasn't helped you
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get your rights restored? >> no. >> hatch to be doesn't like to talk about the physical confrontation that landed her in jail but there's no avoiding the past when facing governor rick scott and clemency board. >> the meeting is called to order. >> most states bar felons from voting while in prison or on probation. the florida constitution strips all felons of the right to vote and that ban is permanent unless reversed by the clemency board. >> someone who committed a mistake in their youth 15, 20 years ago should not be denied their basic rights in the state. it's nothing less than criminal that over 1.5 million people in the state of florida can't exercise their constitutional right to vote. this is not a republican or democratic issue, it's a simple fairness issue and an american issue. >> we asked to speak with governor scott, attorney general pam bondi and two other members
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of the clemency board, but their representatives said the officials didn't have time to stop for our cameras. al jazeera, tallahassee, florida. a state of emergency is now in effect in flint, michigan over lead in that city's drinking water. the gone rick snyder making the declaration after a year of gone r. on going health and safety issues. washington also wants to know what's going on with the water. >> this has been a long time coming, the city of flint dealing with complaints over the quality of its tap water for more than a year. michigan governor rick snyder declared a state of emergency for the county tuesday due to the on going health and safety. . the problem is lead. late last officer, virginia tech researcher found that the flint river's corrosive water caused old service pipes and home plumbing to leech lead and then a study by a local pediatrician
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revealed high levels of lead in hundreds of children. exposure to lead can cause brain damage and other issues. by declaring a state of emergency, the governor ma made available all state resources to deal with this crisis. city and county officials also hope to secure federal funding to assess with the water emergency. right now, flint leaders are asking for more than $40 million to deal with this issue. governor snyder's announcement comes hours after the u.s. attorney's offers confirmed that its investigating the contamination of flip's drinking water. all of this started when the city began tapping into the flint river for its water supply. the city that since switched out of the system but there are still serious concerns. relief will hopefully be on the way soon to thousands of flint residents, some who have gone months without using their tap water, bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, new york. a story we've covered for
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months moving ahead now. the storm has implications for other parts of the country. let's bring in nicole mitchell for more. >> the heaviest rain will stay in california as will the heaviest snow on the west coast. you can see moisture then an we talked about how there's a number of systems lined up. the first one lard starting to kind of change that flow so that we're getting more gulf moisture over the next couple of days. we'll see more hit and miss kind of firing up. the heaviest rain not as heavy as i said as on the west coast, but we're talking two or three inches along the gulf coast area. those are the areas the rivers are still rising from the tremendous flooding event that we just had around the mississippi river valley and that area. we will watch for that. on the northern edge of this, parts of the northwest, one to three inches of snow over the next couple of days, pretty typical for january. the other thing is the pattern shift, a little bit of warmer air. i'm not saying warm air, but a
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little bit better of that air return. we get more 40's up the coastline today in the east coast and by tomorrow, look, even some 70s return to the southern tier of the country, so there's a little bit of hope in the horizon. i heard a lot of complaints about the cold air yesterday. >> nicole, thank you very much. volkswagen is saying it's sorry for the emissions scandal dogging the automakers. at the consumer electronics show, v.w. unveiled a new car as it reaches a settlement with with the justice department recalling half a million diesel cars. >> the current issue with the diesel engines is certainly nothing to be proud of. we disappointed our customers and the american people, for which i truly, i'm truly sorry, and for which i apologize. >> volkswagen is struggling to reach a deal with the e.p.a. on how to fix the affected vehicles. the deadline for that solution
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is mid january. >> this vehicle was full of hot air but are they good for the environment? the world's largest hot air balloon maker says it has a greener model. we have more from spain. >> it's in the hills near barcelona and in the still morning air, a newly completed hot air balloon is in flight for the first time. the team inspects the rigging and the stitching on all the seams. it's a standard check performed before new balloons are shipped to customers. the spanish company is the world's largest maker of hot air balloons, producing around 200 each year, the design can be color scheme and branding of each balloon is customized and stitched together by hand from thousands of pieces of lightweight nylon fabric. >> we double check, because in
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paris, our supplier checks it that it's god but we also check it when we receive them. >> hot air balloons use propane gas to heat the air that lifts them. a typical hour long flight can use 100 light years and a car over 1,000 kilometers. it is a gas guzzling sport. this company developed an eco friendly model that is more efficient. >> using two layers of fabric instead of one makes the eco balloon stronger and longer lasting. it's also better insulate, cheap tore fly and uses about half as much gas. >> the main benefit is the fuel saving. you can save up to 50%, so this gives you two options, just to spend less fuel, so you fly cheaper, you spend less money in a single flight or you can have more capacity for a flight where you can't land in the long
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flight, for example in the mountains, so you can have extra fuel to go to another place to land. >> the company's, working on technology to make hot air ballooning safer, developing a smart phone app to track and log flights in realtime and also a monitor that alerts a pilot if the balloon comes too close to power lines. despite the technological advances, for some it's the simplicity of the short that makes it attractive. >> you are in a very different way and when you're up in the air and very quiet, you can relax, you can feel yourself. as you need to fly following the winds, you cannot control too much the right action so it gives you a feeling you are alone and you can enjoy it. >> the eco balloon is more expensive to make, but the company says because it lasts longer and is cheap tore fly, it's a cost effective alternative and one that developed ensuring hot air
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ballooning will be a sustainable sport in the future. al jazeera, spine. we were just talking about whether they're watching that story in new mexico where they have that huge festival. >> there in santa fe and albuquerque. making a murderer. >> a convicted killer the center of a netflix docu series. some are using that to fight for justice. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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millions of people watching a netflix documentary called
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making a murderer argue that the 2005 murder conviction of steven avery was wrong. >> it has others asking if it points to serious troubles with the justice system and a warning there are some spoilers in this report. >> the netflix documentary making a murderer puts a spotlight on adjusts system which defense lawyers say is far from perfect. >> you've got a lot of people who are going to be looking at these sorts of things and when they hear about a story, they're going to be more inclined to believe that the government actors are not as honest as they may once have thought they were. >> making a murderer is the story of wisconsin native starch avery. d.n.a. helped exonerate them after he served 18 years for a rape he did not commit. ment documentary suggestion the local sheriff and district attorney knew they were
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convicting the wrong man. >> despite 16 alibi wellies and a time slip going to a department store in green bay that showed was virtually impossible for mr. ravery to have committed the crime, the jury convict mr. avery. >> two years after his release, avery was tried and convicted for the murder of teresa holbeck who visited his property to take pictures of a vehicle for a magazine. >> we find him guilty. >> the series suggestion avery was framed by vindictive law enforcement, angry over a lawsuit filed against the county for his wrongful rape conviction. the documentary is sparking interest in how cases like this are carried out. >> now participate in some way that least offers the prospects of having an impact on things in the world that upset us.
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>> ken kratz, the prosecutor in the murder case said the netflix documentary left out damning evidence against avery, saying they don't tell you 80% of the evidence the jury saw. they kept evidence that discounted this evidence planting theory. the directors say they put in all the significant pieces of the case and they are confident in the series they made. >> the innocence project, which has helped exonerate over 300 people wrongfully convicted said a member of their network is looking into this case. >> what happens if it is proven that a prosecutor has wrongfully convicted? >> it's rare that they will be held accountable. there was a case in texas several years ago, a map was sentenced to jail. he spent almost 25 years in jail for a murder he did not commit and it was later discovered to the prosecutor had withheld evidence that would have cleared this pepper. that prosecutor who then became a judge was debenched and sent to jail for 10 days.
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>> there were some cobs wednesday, but nothing compared to the life that was affected as a result of the wrongful conviction. thank you. for the christian faithful, it's a holy day marking the epiphany, the arrival of the three-wise men to bethlehem. >> many gathered in the manger square. at the vatican, thousands gathered for mass to commemorate the day. people directioned as the-wise men walked the streets. the pope said countless people today have a restless heart and are looking for answers they can't find. much more understood straight ahead. we'll see you in two minutes. >> it's not looking pretty. i gotta pay my bills. >> you gotta do somethin', you know? try to keep your head above water. above water. >> sunday... $38. thursday... $36. for this kind of money, i really don't give a s*át.
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the nuclear test felt around the world, north korea's claims drawing criticism. underwater, california prepares for more flash floods as an el niño storm dumps rain and snow on the passengerred state. here's your chance to support these efforts. put your money where your mouth is. >> a challenge to congress, president obama laying out his
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vision for stricter gun controls. many republicans are already saying no. career versus family in cuba. cubans pursue their dreams but it may cost the island nature its future. this morning, there is growing condemnation of north korea's claims that it has tested a hydrogen bomb, but also skepticism as to happened. ing nuclear inspectors confirm there was an explosion underground near a nuclear site. it showed up on sensors to the north as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. al jazeera has the latest from beijing. >> in pyongyang, people watched an important announcement. state media showed north korea
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leader signing off on the order. he's a man who likes attention, particularly close to his birthday, which falls on januarn his way of celebrating early. >> we will not give up a nuclear program as long as the united states maintains its stance of aggression. >> it could take months or even years to prove if north korea really has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. it said it deserves to possess nuclear weapons to counter threats from the united states. around the region, leaders responded with familiar alarm. it was north korea's fourth nuclear test in 10 years. japan's government is also promising a firm but as yet unspecified response. >> north korea's nuclear test is a serious threat to our nation's security. it absolutely cannot be tolerated. we strongly denounce it. >> here in china, there is also
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deepening concern. china is about the only friend north korea has but it's a friendship going through testing times, since the government is alarmed at the prospect of having a nuclear armed neighbor. >> at the daily foreign ministry news conference, an official spokeswoman admitted that its old ally had not notified china before the test and issued a strong rebuke. >> the chinese government has always tried to keep stability and peace in northeast asia. we strongly urge north korea to stick to its commitment for denuclearization and stop taking further actions to makement matter worse. >> the north korean test happened close to a chinese city. whatever was tested, it was felt here. fearing an earthquake, many residents were evacuated. al jazeera visited this tense border area three months ago where a series of recent murders and robberies have been blamed
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on hungry north koreans soldiers. chinese leadership has supported sanctions against north korea in the past. now it could be under pressure to do so again. al jazeera, beijing. ing mike lyons is a restored army major, our national security contributor here at aljazeera america, also a senior fellow at the truman national security project. mike, first of all, do you believe based on what you know and also what north korea has done in the past, that this is real, that they actually have tested a hydrogen bomb? >> well, they said they had this capability in december, a few months ago and this is the next logical step within north korea to show its people it has this capability and to project power throughout the world and to threaten its neighbors, so it's not likely they have the true hydrogen bomb capability, but they likely have an improved, a middle so to speak atomic weapon that's better than the atomic weapon they have now but probably not a true hydrogen
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bomb to keep it in very simple terms. >> without knowing what kind of test explosive at this point, how concerned should the international community be? >> very concerned. given the sanctions put on this country and the lack of capability in some ways, they have the intellectual capital and the infrastructure to create this kind of weapon. if they put that with this ability to deliver it, it threatens all its neighbors. >> if they do have a hydrogen bomb, is it a game-changer? >> i think it is a game-changer. it creates more capability to destroy things closer than they had before. mutually assured destruction is the deterrence for powers in the world but does north korea abide by that. similar to terrorism that doesn't have strategic deterrence, do they understand that that would be the case, that their country would be destroyed. >> that's always been the
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concern of whether they've been called a rogue nation. they don't necessarily follow these international norms. thank you for your insights. in california, they are bracing for more rains, powerful storms drenching the state tuesday. they say they are linked to the el niño. al jazeera's john henry smith has more. >> the season's first major el niño storm slamming the west, drought stricken california suddenly awash from the bay to l.a. floodwaters in van nuys forced this man to maken escape through the window. rushing worse filled southern california streets. >> probably the most dangerous place in southern california. >> mud was the concern here where ed keeps an evacuation list in the front seat of his car. the hillside there was wiped bare by the colby wildfire. three or four feet of mud have already come down on this
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property. like many here, he fears the worse. >> i can't get out from underneath this. we are stuck until the big disaster comes and wipes out my home and i get paid for it or this stuff stops. >> mud also a worry in nearby glenn dora. homeowners there did what they could. >> we've done the work on the driveway and try to keep water flowing from coming under the property. >> a short lived tornado touched down in nearby vernon, damaging buildings, tree he is and some cars. in arcadia, officials are still cleaning up from the water that broke this retaining wall. in the north, heavy rains also made driving treacherous along route one outside one in mar run county. driving was nearly impossible in this part of san jose and officials warned today's storms hitting the bay area could be even worse. john henry smith, al jazeera. >> when it rains, it pores. let's bring in nicole mitchell
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for more. >> this is the wet time of year in california anyway or typically is, and now, in part, because of that enhanced pattern from el niño, we have the storm that hit yesterday, taking us back 24 hours, the one hitting us now and you can see one off in the pacific that you'll have to deal with later in the weekend. putting this in motion as one clears out, the next one is moving in. this one could have in some cases up to five, six inches of rain, especially by this weekend when yod a in the next one, that's what we're going to be looking at. already heavy rain in central california, but yesterday, as far south at los angeles we are seeing that, records one and a half inches, los angeles airport yesterday and enough to lend with thing. it's been cooler than average temperatures with the system coming in so the snow levels have gone down slightly lower than normal. the new system not including
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what we have with this moving through, some could get a foot of snow. that is beneficial, having the snow pack for the spring, that's great news. snow risks have moved oh into the portions of the four corners region. i mentioned especially as we get this one and some enhancement on saturday with the next testimony behind it, some places easily could get five or six inches, southern california and if you're flying up under one of those bands, we could get an inch an hour. one day we could get a break is friday before the next one moves in, so a lot of people will be cleaning up in between systems. >> this time last year we were talking about the ski slopes being closed because there was no snow. >> feast or famine. local stitches in eastern oregon plan a meeting over concerns by armed protestors in the wildlife refuge. they say they will not leave until the federal government returns the land to area ranchers. >> we feel that we cannot leave, because this is too important of
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an issue. i and these men naive that have been here we refuse to pass this on to our children. this is not what america's made of. >> the protestors say they were inspired by the case of two local ranchers. those ranchers were sent back to be prison monday for setting fires on federal land. al jazeera's catherine barrett is live near that wildlife center in oregon. the local sheriff plans a town hall meeting, i understand today. what do the locals think about this occupation, which is now in its fifth day? >> well, you know, i think there's a certain amount of wateriness with the disruption and negative attention that's come down on this rather peaceful and isolated town. the schools have been closed this week, that's a hassle for parents having to find child care, some businesses have been
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closed. the town's been overrun by media and by law enforcement. sheriff's from all over the state as well as federal law enforcement are here and they would really like to get their town back to normal. this is a town in cattle ranches country, so there are some mixed feelings. >> i support what they are trying to get done, not how they're doing it. >> i think that they're causing a lot more chaos than what needs to be brought into this town right now. >> there's also some sense that this is outsiders who are making waves in the community and the mayor told us yesterday that he thinks it's time for them to simply go home. >> and to that point, catherine, the protest leader said more supporters are coming to the state of oregon to join this demonstration. is there any sign from law enforcement that they may break up this occupation anytime soon? >> there's very little overt sign.
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the sheriff called this community meeting perhaps to shift attention to the community's needs in this regard. the protestors told me this morning that overnight, they had heard or yesterday they had heard rumors that there would be federal charges leveed against or warrants issues for some of the protestors here and in response, they moved some heavy equipment up to this roadway here. they are now camped out right at the entrance. they say they don't want to weight if there are charges or if he said coming after them, they don't want top wait inside the buildings here. they want to be outside and present for what may come but again, no overt sign of that from law enforcement except for a report in today's los angeles times that sheriff ward said the f.b.i. said federal charges will be leveed at some point. >> meantime, they have a national platform to get their message out. a lot of republicans this morning and those who back gun rights are pledging to do all they can do to stop the
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president. tuesday, president obama announcing a series of executive actions to reduce begun violence including expanded background checks. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more. >> at times during his presidency, he's been called aloof, detached and even cold. but talking about the murdered children in connecticut, president obama openly went. >> every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> in the audience, victims of gun violence and their families there to see the president announce new executive action. effective immediately, aimed at cracking down on so-called private sales of guns over the internet or at gun shows where no background check on a buyer is needed. under the plan, those who sell guns for profit no matter how many or where the transaction takes place will have to get a license, there be making their customers subject to background checks for felonies, mental incompetence and other things
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that would prohibit them from buying a gun under current law. mr. obama rejected critics who say his new rule violates the constitutional right to bear arms. >> this is not a plot to take away everybody's guns. you pass a background check, you purchase a firearm. the problem is some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules. >> we are going to take our country. >> that's right. >> republicans unmoved. the party's presidential candidates immediately bashed the president not only for what he did but how he did it and promised to undo the executive action as one of their first acts if they make it to the white house. >> if he was serious on gun violence, he would be focused on violence, what it is in our culture that is leading people to commit violent acts. >> the president is asking for hundreds more f.b.i. and a.t.f. personnel to help investigate and enforce the new rules.
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that will require funding, and gop controlled congress is likely to try to stop it. in the wake of the 2012 shooting at sandy hook, many thought the political moment had come. in his state of the union immediately after the tragedy, he invited the parents of the 15-year-old girl from chicago killed in a random shooting while standing in a park with friends. >> they deserve a vote. [ applause ] >> but the effort to pass new gun laws collapsed and that vote never came. tuesday in the east room, the same couple stood behind the president. they say without cooperation from congress, he's doing all he can, and his emotions were genuine. >> he has two daughters, and he is a father first, and the thing is, it touches home. >> today, you know, guns are here illegally and so rampant that children are looking left and right to make sure it's ok for them to play and sit ole porch.
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it's just unfair to them. i think his tears were sincere. >> mike viqueira, al jazeera, washington. two new york lawmakers are responding to a controversy tweet by a group from the n.r.a. this picture shows state senator roxanne prasad and joe simon. the image was called reckless and dangerous. a man accused of supplying the guns and explosives to the san bernardino shooters will be in court. it comes as the f.b.i. is asking for help in reconstructing what happened after those attacks. investigators want to know what sayed farook and tashfeen malik did in 18 minutes after they killed those 14 people and also before police shot them dead. we have accounted for 3:42 of their time. we are missing 18 minutes of their time. why is that 18 minutes so
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important? it's important because we want to ensure that we know whether or not they stopped at any locations, any residences, any business that is we don't already know about. we want to ensure that if they made contact with anyone, that we don't already know about between those hours or between that time that we're able to fully investigate those matters. the f.b.i. said they need photos or votes to snow the suspects between 12:59 p.m. and 1:17 p.m. on december 2. there is no indication that the san bernardino attack was directed from overseas but did say it was an inspired attack. severed ties between sawed and iran. >> there could be a deeper sectarian divide. tread cruz takes gun rights on the road, making his push in iowa less than a month before the caucuses. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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we're doing everything we can to give you the best experience possible. because we should fit into your life. not the other way around. this morning, iraq is saying it will mediate talks between saudi arabia and iran but baghdad has a long way to go to ease the tensions. riyadh is accused of trying to block efforts over the last two years. we have more on the source of the escalating tensions. >> police firing tear gas and shotgun pellets on protestors armed with stones and petrol bombs in bahrain. day four of protests in the shia country following saudi arabia's execution of 47 people, including shia cleric sheik nimr
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al nimr. it fred to shia ran where the saudi embassy in tehran was ransacked, prompting the saudis to cut diplomatic ties. iranian president rouhani accused riyadh of trying to shift the spotlight from what he called the real crime, the execution of a cleric. recalling ambassadors and calling iran names it said won't hurt it. >> for more than 30 years after the islamic revolution in iran many great powers have severed ties. now saudi arabia apparently taking measures based on a set of immature policies and inexperience, they will be affected by loss. >> at the heart of this latest spat, saudi arabia is under pressure within its region particularly since its traditional ally the united states struck the nuclear deal
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with iran. the saudi military coalition fighting iranian supported houthi forces to the south of saudi in yemen and iranian military involvement in the war in syria added to that, you have a recipe for the saudi's to feel increasingly isolated in their desert kingdom. >> saudi arabia can sustain that for quite some time. the issue for riyadh, the iranians have to understand that saudi arabia is going to combat a lot of the negativity that we see in the region. >> u.s. officials say tensions between saudi arabia and iran will not impact the current coalition efforts to defeat isil. >> secretary kerry was on the phone almost all day yesterday. we are encouraging deescalation, because anytime you have regional polarization and escalation, it can cause difficulties and opens up seams for extremists on all sides to take advantage of the situation. >> residents of tehran are
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speaking out about the wrist between the two middle eastern giants. >> the saudis should know that iranians will not take any form of coerce or threat. as young iranians we will not allow saudi arabia'sens, israelis or americans to threat be us. >> they have the right to be upset and angry because of the attack on their embassy but we should not forget the stampede in mecca. >> so the war of words goes on with little hope either side will back down anytime soon, john terrett, al jazeera, new york. our guest is an islamic historian joining us this morning from london, professor, thank you for your time. i want to talk about the purported divide between sunni and shia that is the result of this power struggle. take a look at the front page of the new york times this morning, a map showing areas of sunnies and shias in the middle east. in most countries, it's a mix pop how ill will the diplomatic
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estrangement affect sectarian tensions in the region? >> i think it's very sad that it's being labeled sunni shia tension, the issue is the killing of a cleric which has been looked down upon by people outside of the sunni and shia sects within islam. you've got amnesty international who have locked down on this act. you've got ban ki-moon of the united nations dismayed and cannot believe the arrogance taking place in saudi arabia. you forget the main issue here, that the cleric was killed because he spoke out for freedom of expression and the freedom for a particular minority to
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express themselves, so we shouldn't really label the sunni shia issue. >> i want to talk about that, but we should say the saudis convicted this cleric which what they say was received addition. isn't it being used to fan the flames for their own purposes. >> i saw a report, iran has tried it's hardest to look out for the rights of non-shia muslims for over 30 years. i don't think anyone has advocated the rights of palestinians or young palestinians who have been killed and are being oppressed like iran has. palestinian as seen on your map as being majority sunni country. iran did not say that we're not going to speak out for them because they're sunni.
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they said wherever human beings are oppressed, we are going to speak out. saudi arabia has been on the offensive ever since iran signed the nuclear deal with the united states. iran showed that it was willing to enter diplomatic negotiation with the united states of america, move forward, let bygones be bygones. since then, saudi policy has been so mid-evil it's beyond belief. >> let me just stop you there for one second, because iran routinely oppresses and convicts people of non-violent offenses, including drug offenses, and killed about 1,000 people in executions last year, according to amnesty international. i want to get back to the topic at hand, which is are religious sectarian difference as diversion from what is really happening in the region, which is a classic power struggle? >> well, the issue as i mentioned of sheik nimr being killed is a blatant attack on a
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human being, who himself never wanted bullets to be involved. numerous occasions nimr spoke about the importance of the power of speech instead of the power of bullets. in one particular quote, he made it clear by saying that the power of bullets only serves the authorities where the power of speech is what is helpful. amnesty international as well as the united nations are not going to speak for this person if they felt this was purely a shia sunni tension. they spoke out for them because the man spoke for freedom of speech. if we are going to advocate for freedom of speech like in charlie hebdo in paris, we can't make one rule for one group of people and a different one for another. saudi arabia gets away with things because it is an ally of certain countries and the freedom of speech rights within the country are affected. >> thank you so much for sharing your perspective with us this morning. >> my pleasure, thank you very
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much. >> it is very complex. a state of emergency in flint, michigan. >> concern over contaminated water as federal authorities investigate lead in the drinking supply. the fight for civil rights in florida, one woman trying to reclaim her right to vote.
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welcome back to your world this morning. this morning, both south korea and china eggs pressing anger over north korea's claims that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, saying it is a direct challenge to word peace and stability. the west coast is getting slammed by major storms. record rains are reported in southern california with more expected today. a flash flood watch is in effect for parts of northern california left bare by recent wildfires and drought conditions. >> local officials in eastern oregon plan to speak with the residents there later today. they want to address concerns over the occupation of that wildlife center by armed protestors. demonstrators say they are not going to leave until they return the land to area ranchers. >> a state of emergency is in effect in the state of michigan
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over lead in the city drinking water. the declaration was made after more than a year over ongoing health and safety issues. >> this has been a long time coming, the city of flint has been dealing with complaints over the quality of its tap water for more than a year. michigan gun rick snyder declared a state of emergency for the county tuesday due to the on going health and safety issues. the problem is lead. late last summer, a virginia tech researcher found that the flint river's corrosive water caused lead to be leeched and a study by a local pediatrician revealed high levels of lead in hundreds of children. exposure to lead can cause brain damage and other issues. by declaring a state of emergency, the governor has made available all state resources to deal with this crisis. city and county officials also hope to secure federal funding
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to assist with the water emergency. right now, flint leaders are asking for more than $40 million to deal with this issue. governor snyder's announcement comes hours after the u.s. comes hours after the u.s. attorney's office confirmed that its investigating the contamination of flint's drinking water. all of this started when the city began tapping into the flint river for its water supply. the city that since switched out of the system but there are still serious concerns. relief will hopefully be on the way soon to thousands of flint residents, some who have gone months without using their tap water. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, new york. >> a second baltimore police officer will be charged with the death of freddie gray. the driver of the van that degree was in when he suffered and then later died from those severe injuries will be in court. lawyers from the first officer tried, william porter have asked the judge to block their client from having to testify. a former baltimore prosecutor
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telling us last hour here that that charge could be an overreach. >> i think that the second degree depraved hard charge was a stretch for the prosecution. here's the problem. whenever the prosecution has a stretch in a case, meaning you're asking the jury to go through leaps and bounds based on the evidence in order to convict, you can almost end up with a northern conviction, because you're just trying to stretch what you have at the evidence so far. i think it was more than appropriate to charge him with manslaughter in the case, but second degree is really asking a lot of the 12 jurors who will actually sit in this case and to get a conviction out of this case. >> hines also says that without the testimony of this man, william porter, prosecutors will have a very difficult time getting a conviction. this morning, republican presidential candidate ted cruz is playing down the latest comments from competitor donald trump. trump said the fact cruz was
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born in canada could cause problems for the party. cruz has been on the road in iowa where al jazeera's mike sell sure reports the focus was on the current president. >> ted cruz's campaign bus tour through iowa is covering 28 counties in six days including a focus on one amendment, the second and the president's announcement gave the candidate fuel. >> those orders are not worth the paper they're printed on. when you live by the pen, you die by the pen and my pen has got an eraser. >> even in anticipation of the president's announcement, cruz paint leading democrats as totally focused on removing guns from the hands of their owners. >> if hillary clinton is elected president, the supreme court will rule that no individual american has any individual right to keep and bear arms whatsoever, and the government
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can make it a felony for you to own a firearm and protect your family. >> come and take it! >> that's right! >> clearly it is an issue that plays well with the crowds that greeted him from boone to winterset, but guns were not the only item on the cruz agenda and the feel of this campaign swing was as much old time rivallal as it was politics. >> i want to ask of each and every one of you is that you pray, is that we go to our knees and we pray for our country, we pray for this eight wakening, the spirit of revival sweeping the countries. >> cruz knows the voters he needs to attract, religion. >> how important is that to yous as a voter? >> very important. if somebody can compromise on live life as a general principle, then they'll compromise on anything. >> i know he's a good christian many. that's fundamental to my
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feelings, too, where he stands with the lord. >> in iowa, where cruz stands on renewable energy is important, too. according to the iowa corn growers association, 47% of iowa corn goes into ethanol production. cruz is still struggling to convert some farm voters who may not see eye to eye on him with his federal ethanol man dates. cruz maintains that the senator would end all subs dies, both ethanol and oil muck others. >> i strongly support corn and farmers and ethanol, but i don't think washington should pick winners and losers. >> please welcome ted cruz, the next president of the united states. >> iowan steve king likes what he hears from crus about the removal of sub dies as a leveling of the playing field. >> they don't understand that yet. we've got almost a month to go until the caucus, they will by then.
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>> cruz leads in most polls in the state and knows that all of the attention is finally on him. >> two weeks ago, every candidate in the field or just about every candidate in the field was attacking donald trump. now, just about every candidate in the field is attacking me. i guess something has changed. >> one thing change bed in iowa is that the candidate who sees himself as the underdog is now leading the pack. michael shure, al jazeera, des moines. on the democratic side, bernie sanders voicing some of his strongest criticisms yet about hillary clinton and wall street, calling out clinton for taking speaking fees from the financial industry. he says her plan doesn't go far enough to regulate the big banks. sanders lays out how he will break up the banks that are too big to fail. >> here is a new year's resolution that i will keep if elected president, and that is if wall street does not end its
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greed, we will end it for them. >> sanders was speaking in new york blocks from wall street. he promised to jail certain banking executives and give new prosecutors protections for consumers. in the last few presidential elections, florida has played a deciding role but advects say thousands were barred from voting because they are follow lance. that includes nearly a quarter of florida's black population. >> it was a moment when the fate of the nation was hanging in the balance. florida, following the 2000 presidential election. only a few hundred votes separated al gore and george w. bush, the narrow margin affected by a simple reality, in florida anyone with a felony conviction is stripped of the right to vote. that means that 1.5 million
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people in the state are disenfranchised, 10% of the population and almost a quarter of all african-americans. >> when you take those rights, you're convicting them for the rest of their life. >> alnora is nearing the end of a journey to win back her civil rights. it's taken her 15 years to get to this point. back in 1997, she served six months in jail for assault followed by two and a half years of probation, but despite a clean record since then and a job caring for hospital patients, she's still barred from voting in florida. >> i've stayed out of trouble besides, you know, a traffic ticket or, you know, suspended license, but as far as being in trouble with the law, being arrested, no, i have not done that. i've been, you know, walking a clean slate. >> she's pretty much a model citizen besides a tail light out. >> right. >> and that hasn't helped you
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get your rights restored? >> no. >> hampton doesn't like to talk about the physical confrontation that landed her in jail but there's no avoiding the past when facing governor rick scott and the rest of the state clemency board. >> the meeting is called to order. >> most states do bar felons from voting while in prison or on probation. the florida constitution goes much further, it strips all felons of the right to vote and that ban is permanent unless reversed by the clemency board. >> someone who committed a mistake in their youth 15, 20 years ago should not be denied their basic rights in the state. it's nothing less than criminal that over 1.5 million people in the state of florida can't exercise their constitutional right to vote. this really is not a republican or democratic issue, it's a simple fairness issue and an american issue. >> we asked to speak with governor scott, attorney general pam bondi and two other members of the clemency board, but their
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representatives said the officials didn't have time to stop for our cameras. al jazeera, tallahassee, florida. june that is always a delicate balancing act because there was a generation before that said if you do the crime, you do the time and up lose your voting rights, but there have been so many overzealous prosecutors and the drug cases being overturned, you question if it is fair. >> they are legitimate questions being raised in florida and other states, as well. bill cosby's wife won't have to go under oath today. she was scheduled a give a deposition in a lawsuit filed by seven women against her husband. the women accuse cosby of assaulting them. he is doing on criminal assault charges in pennsylvania next week. warming in portland oregon after light rain and snow
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covered the roads in sheets have ice. people like this guy say they were able to use their driveways as make shut skating rinks. not bad. >> safer than walking probably on that stuff. it is cold again on the east coast, as well. let's bring in nicole mitchell. how about that video, huh? >> a silver lining, right? so what we had going on is those storms have been making their way out of the west coast, including all that mainly that we saw in oregon. as the pattern shifts, that's warming temperatures at least a few degrees, so that makes things a little more comfortable. we are worried about moisture that will now pull into the midsection of the country, not a lot of it over the next few days. the northern tier is maybe one, two, three inches of snow for the portion of the midwest but the portion going through as rain could a to river flooding out there, because we still as
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rivers flow into each other, that kind of bulge of moisture is causing flooding. some place haven't crested as we head down the mississippi river. you mentioned those temperatures, here's a look at that. already today some have warmed up maybe 10 degrees from yesterday. new york is closer to 40 versus the 30's and a little bit of wind, so that's an improvement, have less of a wind chill, also. the southern tear of the country, 62 for houston. again, we've got that pattern changing a little bit as we have these storms coming across, so some of these temperatures are definitely on the rise. houston 71 the temperature for tomorrow and up the coastline, a few more 40's and 50s. one place below average, places like los angeles, more typically in the 60's this time of year instead in the 50's. that's because of all the cloud cover with system after system lined up in the pacific. >> nicole mitchell, that you can
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very much. this morning, kenya's grace is a university officially reopened. nine months ago, al shabab stormed the campus and killed 148 people. security was tight with police carrying automatic weapons and patrolling the grounds. the university said most of the staff have now returned to work and classes will begin next week. i can's malcolm web has more from garissa. >> the first students have registered. 142 students were killed in the siege. university officials say they've finally got the security they were asking for all along, even before the attack happened. they said they wrote to the government on numerous occasions requesting armed police to be deployed here but calls went unheeded. now the attacks happened and
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nine months later after dozens of people were killed, they got what they are asking for. they say the university is secure. students are willing to continue their studies here. the french government has set up a fund for 109 students that were injured in that horrible attack. they have $1,500 for each students fees and living that expense for the year. trying to move past the emissions scandal, volkswagen apologizes. new questions about the criminal justice system. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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and that's what we're doing at xfinity. we are challenging ourselves to improve every aspect of your experience. and this includes our commitment to being on time. every time. that's why if we're ever late for an appointment, we'll credit your account $20. it's our promise to you. we're doing everything we can to give you the best experience possible. because we should fit into your life. not the other way around.
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volkswagen again saying it is sorry newer emissions scandal dogging the german automakers. at the consumer electronics show v.w. unveiled a new car as it settles with the justice department. >> the current issue with the diesel engines is certainly nothing to be proud of. we disappointed our customers and the american people, for which i truly, i'm truly sorry, and for which i apologize. >> volkswagen is struggling to reach a deal with the e.p.a. on how to fix the affected vehicles. the deadline for that solution is mid january. the governor in wisconsin is saying no to requests that he pardon a convicted murder.
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scott walker said he has no plans to issue a pardon to starch avery. the 53-year-old is serving life in prison and is the subject of the new netflix documentary. >> millions watching argue that the conviction was wrongful and it has others asking if it points to serious problems with the criminal justice system. we have the story and a warning, there are some spoilers in this report. >> the netflix documentary making a murderer puts a spotlight on adjusts system which defense lawyers say is far from perfect. >> you've got a lot of people who are going to be looking at these sorts of things and when they hear about a story, they're going to be more inclined to believe that the government actors are not as honest as they may once have thought they were. >> making a murderer is the story of wisconsin native steven avery. d.n.a. helped exonerate them after he served 18 years for a rape he did not commit.
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the documentary suggest the local sheriff and district attorney knew they were convicting the wrong man. >> despite 16 alibi witnesses and a time slip going to a department store in green bay that showed was virtually impossible for mr. avery to have committed the crime, the jury convict mr. avery. >> two years after his release, avery was tried and convicted for the murder of teresa holbach who visited his property to take pictures of a vehicle for a magazine. >> we find him guilty. >> the series suggests avery was framed by vindictive law enforcement, angry over a enforcement, angry over a 36 million dollar lawsuit filed against the county for his wrongful rape conviction. the documentary is sparking public interest in how cases like this are carried out.
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>> now participate in some way that least offers the prospects of having an impact on things in the world that upset us. >> ken kratz, the prosecutor in the murder, case said the netflix documentary left out damning evidence against avery, saying they don't tell you 80% of the evidence the jury saw. they purposely kept out evidence that discounted this evidence planting theory. the directors say they put in all the significant pieces of the case and they are confident in the series they made. >> the innocence project, which has helped exonerate over 300 people wrongfully convicted said a member of their network is looking into this case. >> there is a change.org petition, a white house petition out there. what are the chances that we might see this case being reexamined? >> basically new everyday would have to come out and defense is really hoping for this. they are hoping somebody may have seen something, know something, any new information. as for a white house petition,
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the justice department said a presidential pardon isn't possible in this case, because avery is a state inmate and not a federal prisoner. as we've said, governor scott walker won't be issuing a pardon. the cost of growth in cuba. >> the island nation birth rate is not keeping up with its aging population.
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virginia is looking to expand trade with cuba. the governor is in the island nation this week.
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he signed an agreement tuesday that will law for direct shipping between virginia and cuba's newly reopened port near havana. virginia is the top exporter for agriculture products to cuba. the governor is pushing president obama to make his own trip to cuba, telling supporters he believe obama will visit cuba before the end of his term. the white house said such a trip is being considered. >> young people are fleeing the island in droves and those staying reluctant to have children. that is creating a serious problem for the country. >> they married three months ago and are living with his grandparents outside havana, dreaming of their own home when they can one day bring up children. >> the economy here makes it hard for us to fulfill our dream of getting our own home, children to if i am the house, a car. there are dreams.
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unfortunately, in this country, it's only a dream, but we have to keep fighting, studying, and preparing to get there. hopefully we'll get there. >> they are typical of many yawning cuban couples delaying having children or deciding not to have them at all. >> i'd like to have my own house and the conditions to do that, but i've got to work three more years at a basic salary, so we won't be able to fulfill our dreams in that time. >> cuba's national statistics office said in 1970, 30% of the population was under 14 years old. now, it's just 17%, and decreasing. with less births and longer life expectancy, the elderly population is growing. >> normally wealthy countries have a falling birth rate. cuba is not a wealthy country and many young couples leave or
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decide that they can't afford to bring their children up here. >> the comprehensive health system ensures lower infant mortality and provides easy abortions, while a good education system means more women are aware of their options and are pursuing to pursue a career. with a difficult economic situation, and an uncertain political future, some couples leave the country, while others simply choose to wait and see. >> this is a challenge for cuba, because what it has is a very uneven age structure. if you look at the age structure instead of a nice pyramid which a developing country has or a relative column which a developed country has, cuba has a bulge. >> young cuban couples continue to fall in love and marry but until the economic and political situation changes, many will choose to put their dreams on hold. al jazeera, havana, cuba.
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the arrival of the three-wise men to bethlehem is marked today. >> they celebrated in manger square. while thousands amassed to commemorate the day, people dressed at the-wise men walked in the streets. pope francis said like the three kings, countless people today have a restless heart and are looking for answers they can't find. that's it for us in new york. >> coming up, the latest on north korea's claims that it tested a hydrogen bomb. the reactions from around the world coming in and the calls for new sanctions. your world back tomorrow morning. you can check us out 24 hours a day by going to aljazeera.com, where the news never stops. have a great day.
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north korea says it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, but the experts are not convinced. hello and welcome, you're watching al jazeera coming to you live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead, homeless and freezing, the syrian refugees struggling to get by in icy winter weather. >> the u.n. is investigating allegations its peacekeepers sexually assaulted underage girls in the

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