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middle of the in havana. president obama wakes up in cuba most of the presidential candidates vying for votes launching more missiles north korea defys international sanctions firing missiles into the sea of japan. >> they have won it the sweet 16 now set march madness marches on it has been nearly 90 years
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since a u.s. president stepped foot in cuba. it is wonderful to be here president obama is waking up in havana this morning marking what he calls an historic opportunity to engage directly with cuban people. welcome to your world this morning today is the day that two of the presidents three day visit part of that diplomatic thaw. the president and his cuban counter party the two presidents will meet in a few hours. not everyone is happy that he is on cuban soil. our correspondent gives her coverage >> reporter: with this single step he is hoping to change the course of history. the first sitting american president in 88 years to set foot on cuban soil >> i'm glad you've brought your families here because i always like taking pictures with kids. that's the future that we hope
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for. young american children and young cuban children. by the time they're adults, our hope is that they think it's natural that a u.s. president should be visiting cuba and that the two people's are working together >> reporter: that wasn't the case here for more than five decades his predecessors hoped to topple the government with economic strangulation, even assassination attempts. president obama moping engagement might work better. he has made it possible for america to do what he and his family did, become tourists. he has also changed the rules so that some american businesses can operate here, running flights, moving cargo, selling communications equipment, but he can't lift the embargo without congress. >> first of all, if you come here you can't just hire who you want. you have to go through state-run
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hiring organizations. there's a dual currency which is a challenge. there's a 10% charge if you want to use dollars. >> reporter: despite the focus of the international media, the cuban police arrested the ladies in white after their weekly protest just hours before the president arrived. >> translation: this isn't the moment for the u.s. government to come to cuba. cuba hasn't changed. nothing has changed about human rights. >> reporter: the president is under pressure back home to show that he is going to pressure the wastro groefr-- castro government over its human rights. top aids tell me that he is walking a fine line because he needs the cuban government to speed up the reforms. he knows he needs momentum because if not the next president could simply pull the plug >> reporter: that is something the cuban people seem well aware of >> nobody knows what will happen, but we think cuba and the u.s., you know, will be open. >> reporter: the president
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hoping this visit will help ensure that eventually for these children seeing a u.s. president will be an event, but not a moment like this, one that history will remember going to al jazeera's melissa chen who is live in havana this morning. what is on the president's agenda today? >> reporter: the president is expected to meet president castro. after that he will have a joint press conference with him. we're not entirely sure whether the two of them are going to take q and a. we hope so. that will be topped off with a state dinner tonight at the palace here in havana. yesterday president obama arrived and i have to say that he arrived in conditions that were quite rainy and stormy. it still is rainy and stormy, but we believe everything will be clearing up in a few hours
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we have some outdoor activities today planned on his agenda as well. as we mentioned, there is still some criticism in cuba, and in the u.s. about this visit. i jaw want to - here is what ted cruz says in a political column over the weekend: are you seeing that level of opposition and criticism to the president's visit on the ground there in halve? >> reporter: i'm glad that you raised that issue. without discounting the goals, i think every society should have voices of conscious, most people support normalization. there's little polling done on
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the island. this is one of the few pieces of information that we do have. regardless of what cubans think with their government and the american government, a lot of them are definitely saying that we need the embargo to end. politicians in the u.s. like ted cruz and marco rubio, who say they want to keep the embargo, not a popular sentiment here on the island. i should also add that the same poll also showed that president obama was more popular in cuba than the castro brothers thank you for that as melissa mentioned, the president is going to be meeting with the cuban president. his brother is plotting a different course than his brother >> reporter: in size, style and in character this castro could not be more different than the
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brother he replaced as the president. he fought to overthrow the dictatorship, but it was fidel who set the future course. punctuated by anti american speeches. so long they broke the guinness book of records. >> he had a mission and he didn't want anything to affect that mission. he placed a lot of importance in the ideological aspects of the revolution >> reporter: for nearly 50 years he was the unchallenged supreme leader of the cuban revolution. he focused on the creation of the so-called new man and blamed the u.s. for cuba's shortcomingss. when poor health forced him to step down, most assumed that his brother would simply follow in
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his footsteps. no almost everyone's surprise, he has introduced a series of long awaited reforms, from letting cubans open up small private businesses to loosening restrictions on travel abroad. >> he has been liberal. there has been more did democracy. a lot of reforms >> reporter: he is above all a practising matist-- pragmatist >> he is, like, you have to solve it for the people. for raoul, he thinks that the revolution must be saved by protecting the life of the people >> reporter: he is, in fact, pragmatic enough to put ideology and years of mistrust aside in order to reconcile with the revolution's arch enemy. but he is equally committed to maintaining cuba as a one-party communist state. >> translation: the same way we have never suggested the united
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states change its political system, we demand respect for ours. >> reporter: he is due to step down in two years, and with the clock ticking on the castro era, he seems to follow another example. open up the economy and maintain the grip on political power stay with us for complete coverage of the president's visit to cuba in our next half our we're going to be talking to analyst about the significance and the goals of this trip turning to the presidential races, attention has shifted west ahead of tomorrow's contest for the republican a total of 107 delegates are up for grabs. the biggest price is the winner take all primary in arizona. there is also a primary in utah. democrats 149 delegates are at
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stake. tensions boiling over at another donald trump rally. >> there is a disgusting guy puts a kkk hat on. he thinks he is cute. he is a disgusting guy this is from arizona on saturday. a woman wearing a klan hood was escorted out. another man kicking and pumping a protester. that man has been charged with assaults. donald trump says he does not condone the violence and called the people involved agitators. also this, video the of another incident showing his own campaign manager reaching for the collar of a protester. a campaign spokes woman says the campaign manager was having a conversation when a member of the security detail pulled the man from behind. donald trump called his campaign manager spirited. he was trying to remove offensive signs all the presidential
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candidates say bernie sanders in addressing the group that wants to hear the positions on israeli security especially regarding iran. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: this year a record 18,000 people have made the trip to washington. the mission is to strengthening, protecting and promoting u.s. security relations with israel. that means lobbying fechl for more military aid to israel. in past years fighting to prevent some advanced arm sales to arab governments, like the awax radar games to saudi arabia which was opposed. the perceived arab threat has been outdated by the greater men's israel sees in iran. >> in some ways the traditional enemy of my enemy is my friend. there are in those in the past, weapons to countries, they now have a common interest. >> reporter: last year aipac confronted the obama administration by lobbying
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congress. the campaign failed. it undermined the traditional policy against taking sides between democrats and republicans in the u.s. political arena. still, the group promises to keep up the pressure on iran. these delegates heard one opponent of the deal warned that remaining sanctions are losing their power to curb iran's regional ambitions. >> today screen when things are prohibited, people will have the sanctions at the margin >> reporter: that disturbs this activist >> it is important to us to really get the right answers and how afraid we should be and how deep the problem is. >> reporter: most americans agree with two in every three opposed to the nuclear deal according to a recent poll. it may not reflect the opinion among jews, but one measure of their influence four
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presidential candidates, democrat and republican, will be here to court their votes doubling down on opposition to confirming obama supreme court pick. he says he can't see any republican majority confirming a candidate opposed by the nra and national federation of independent business. he shot down any suggestion by some in his party that garland get a hearing during the lame duck session investigators are trying to figure out what led a restird state trooper to rob a plaza. it happened 60 miles west of harris burg. he was shot dead after killing two workers. one was working as a security guard. it is not clear if he knew either of the victims. one sther if's deputy was killed and another injured while serving a warrant.
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authorities say someone opened fire on the officers when they trade to go inside the home. a body was found inside. it's not clear if that was the shooter, but the shooting is believed to be drug related the claerpd says spring but it feels winter here t a blast of the snow hitting from long island to maine over night. we got a dusting here. new england could be getting a health a amount of sly. that storm system making its way up the east coast. good morning. you love it. >> reporter: this is the last one. it's march. you never know. sure enough. it is the last snow, but in has to be it. not so much. this crawled up the coastline. you can see a lot of places are starting to clear out. fill delicatessen fee a, new york. probably through to the midday. it gets out of maine.
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portland may be this afternoon or evening by the time the snow is over. the coastal areas are where we will see the heavy amounts. boston, 4 inches. portions of maine could be eight or more. we still have the winter storm warnings up for all of those places. again, most of this is through today. tomorrow's forecast yoefs. behind this system there is definitely been some colder and not spring like air. behind this, look at some of these temperatures this morning. little rock is milder than arkansaw. i've seen temperatures to the freezing mark go south and texas. because of that we were starting to, of course, get warmer. it has been a mild winter in general. a lot of things were starting to grow. we have freeze warnings up for many parts of even the deep south this morning because of that cold air. otherwise starting to rebound in the mid section of the country through to today. denver is at 71 but there is a
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corridor that goes up that could be as warm as 80 degrees. in the meantime a lot of improvement from yesterday. the mid section of the country gets a little warmer for tuesday and then the temperature starts to drop off on wednesday. the east coast has a couple of warm days before the roller-coaster begins again. there are some milder temperatures, but it's very up and down hold on tour hats. thank you very much. scientists are keeping an ip on the sky. two comets will make a closefully by. one will come between three million mims of our planet. it will happen 8 p.m. eastern and tomorrow will go past missed it by that much
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i don't think we need to worry about if ready to strike new details about what the paris attacker is telling police about his next operation. >> i've looked for an opportunity to get back. >> reporter: how tough? >> it as been tough a sweet beginning for ex-convicts looking for a second chance. chance.
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the pentagon is deploying more marines to the rock. the first marine to die in iraq after attacked by rocket fire. several other troops were injured.
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that city is an i.s.i.l. stronghold. the anti i.s.i.l. coalition going after targets in iraq. killing more than a dozen people in western anwar province which has been under i.s.i.l. control for more than a year. the air strikes where videos were shot. in geneva syria's opposition saying it will decide by the end of the week whether to continue peace talks. the chief negotiator saying the government has avoided addressing a political transition and ending the president's rule french president francois hollande is meeting today with families of the victims of the paris attacks. at the same time the prime suspect is being questioned. salah abdeslam is fighting his extradition to france. he was captured friday in brussels after months on the run. he told belgium authorities that he backed out of plain to detonate a suicide vest on the
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night of the attacks. he has talked of plans for more tacks >> reporter: investigators say paris attack suspect salah abdeslam had plans for more operations including restarting something in brussels. >> he want to go to the stade de france in paris, but he stopped. we don't know why, but me stopped. the next informations are that he was ready to restart something from brussels, and it's maybe the reality because i said we have found a lot of heavy weapons in the first investigations and we have seen a new network of people around him. >> reporter: speaking at a forum on sunday, it was said that 30 people were involved in the attacks, but they're certain there are others. salah abdeslam has been held by belgian police since arrest on friday. his lawyer doesn't want him
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extradited to france >> translation: he is cooperating with the belgian legal authorities. in the context of the european arrest warrant, i can tell you that we refuse extradition gentleman in paris senior government ministers held meetings with security officials over the weekend >> translation: salah abdeslam will have to answer for his actions in a french court. the need for justice is what all the relatives of the 130 victims are demanding as well as the french people. >> reporter: the belgian foreign minister says existing laws require the suspect to be sent to france within three months. >> in the coming hours there will be more contact between our respective judicial authorities to make sure the extradition procedure is fully respected according to the law >> reporter: as salah abdeslam's continuing continues, another suspect remains at launch. he was seen driving one of the cars used in the paris attacks two days before the massacre for the third time in recent days, north korea carrying out
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another round of missile tests >> reporter: south korea says a five short range missiles were fired today. it comes dap after the north test fired medium range missiles into the sea. last week the u.s. imposed new sanctions over the dprk over a nuclear launch we are finding out more about the attack in istanbul. authorities say they have now identified the suicide bomber as a turkish member of i.s.i.l. five other people are being held. i.s.i.l. not yet taking formally responsibility for the attack. it was the latest to hit turkey in recent weeks. that car bombing in ankara earlier this month killing more than three dozen people on that occasion. the new year's festivities have been muted in turkey. there have been clashes between
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the two sides leaving a lot of people homeless >> >> translation: it was very difficult. the sound of bombs and guns. i have my family with me, six children. we have been waiting for it to end. we had some food and water and me managed to survive before that ceasefire ended, they have been getting back on their feet. government having to pay to put families up in hotels because there are still fears that explosives are inside the buildings investigators in russian are trying to find out what brought down a plane this week. it mitched the runway. automatic 62 people on board were killed. there were strong winds at the time, but it's not clear if that played a role. officials say the cockpit voice and recorders are not likely to reveal data how budget cuts mean many people can't find anyone to represent them
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a court side controversy after accusing women riding on the coat-tails of men.
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>> from rural midwest to war-torn mideast. she went for the money and found a greater calling...
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just in a few hours we will witness history making again. the obama will sit down with castro. he will be the first american leader to visit the country in 90 years. obama highlighted his vision for a u.s.-cuban relationship >> it is a great opportunity to engage directly with the cuban community. to build new ties between our two people's and to layout my vision for a vision that's brighter than our past for some cuban-americans this is a big change anything but positive it is dividing the community between young and old. our correspondent with more. >> reporter: inside the miami studios here these broadcasters have a unique mission. for seven days a week they transmit to the people of cuba
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and say theirs is a message of resistance. for at the years they've been reporting on the opposition movement. for many here president obama's visit is a step in the wrong direction. >> what he is doing is not engaging castro. he is befriending him. it should be engaged to the people. the only positive towards cuba is use substantial international leverage he has to call for free elections. >> reporter: it is a sentiment echoed by many in the so-called exsild community. for those that came here many years ago, any move towards normalization isn't well received >> every time he takes the microphone, he reiterates that they're not going to change. >> reporter: this woman arrived at a teenager and spent her adult life fighting for change on the island. like many of her generation, she thinks president obama's visit sends the wrong message
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>> we were going to go there eight moment when there is more repression, when our visit will serve to empower those in power >> reporter: amongst the older cuban americans there is deep skrept simply for the normalization process. when you spoke to younger cuban americans, most who were born in the u.s., they do things differently. this man is sympathetic to how they feel. >> folks of my generation tend to be a little bit more curious about what changes in policy revealed. it is very different, though. i don't have the scars and the trauma of being annex aisle the way my parents do. >> reporter: ultimately every cuban american wants better things for the island, but it's how that done and how that
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causes friction we will have a lot more from cuba coming up, including a cuban weighing in on the relationships and developments faking place. also today, one basic tenet of the constitution being challenged, if you can't afford an attorney, one looking provided to you, but a shortage of public defenders leaving a lot of defendants in jail with their cases in limbo. our correspondent our correspondent >> it's terrible, nobody becomes a public defender so they can tell poor people in trouble no. >> following budget cuts for four years, his office laid off the 30 of its 78 lawyers. the office has refused more than 50 case this is year, often involving the most serious charges.
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that's especially troubling in new orleans where 85% of criminal defends can't afford and attorney. >> we have defends sitting in jail waiting, waiting for their cases to move, waiting for bond arguments to be had, waiting for motions to be filed and we simply don't have the resources to do it ethically. >> this is a constitutionally protected right. we have to make sure that the money is there, because people, the constitution guarantees it. >> the american civil liberties union in louisiana is suing the public defenders office on behalf of three defendants who have been in jail for weeks awaiting counsel. >> they can't go back to work, can't go back home to their families. they are just sitting in jail for no other reason than there is no money to pay the lawyer who might help them. >> the lawyers have been offering to represent clients pro bono. the aclu understands the only real solution is changing the way the. defenders office is funded. two thirds of the budget comes
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from traffic fines. in new orleans, priorities have shifted and police are writing fewer tickets. >> if you can pay your lawyers by only writing tickets, there are people who need those lawyers. it's a formula that doesn't make sense. >> as other cities facing a similar crisis, kerwin button and the aclu agree louisiana may need to overhaul its criminal justice system. currently louisiana hat nation's highest incarceration rate and some of the countries harshent sentencing laws. >> if we weren't prosecuting so many people, we wouldn't need the money to defend them. >> the solution is either shrink the system or add resources or some combination of both. jonathan martin, al jazeera, new orleans. >> for many convicted criminals, getting out of jail can be the start of more trouble. a criminal record can keep them from finding housing or a job, but one woman in chicago is giving exinmates a second,
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sweeter chance at a new life. we have the story. >> in a small basement room in one of chicago's most crime ridden neighborhoods, workers are packaging organic honey products. all of them have criminal histories, all of them are looking to start over. >> i'm looking for an opportunity to get back into the working force. >> how tough has it been for you? >> it's been tough. >> tough because gary davis spent 20 years in prison for murder, but he's getting a second chance. here at sweet beginnings, a workforce development program, they are learning skills to help find jobs. >> when you have been incarcerated, there is shame associated with that and there is this gigantic gap on your resume and you have nothing to show that you have been a good worker. >> brenda palms barber founded the program, using bekeeping to teach the basics of business. >> most folks see you almost as
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a bee, something to avoid, right, afraid of being stung in fact, so we had to sort of take the sting out of that job search experience for people who have been incarcerated. >> since 2007, more than 400 men and women have gone through the program. less than 4% of returned to prison. >> this is for the economy, too. >> the urban aviary's are located on the we have had side of chick and grounds of o'hare airport. >> what would a hive like this be able to harvest in terms of money? >> we can harvest 40 pounds of money without harming the hive. >> it's a delicate balance cultivating enough honey while still maintaining a healthy colony of bees. >> one thing i love about a colony is every bee has a role to play. there is not one insignificant bee that is a part of that colony, and so it means that everybody is valued. >> a lesson learned from honey
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bees that money here hope can lead to a new beginning. >> you said you had a big order come in today? >> al jazeera, chicago. there are growing calls this morning for the head of the indian wells tennis tournament to step down. raymond moore had these comments about women. >> my next life when i come back, i want to be someone in the w.t.a., they ride on the coattails of the men, they don't make any decisions and they're lucky. if i was a lady player, i'd go down every night on my knees and thank god that roger federer and rafael nadal were born. because they carry the sport. >> a lady player. head of the women's tennis association called his comments disappointing and alarming.
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serena williams fired back at moore's comments. >> there's only one way to interpret that, get on your knees, which is offense as enough and thank a man, which is not -- we as women have come a long way, and we shouldn't have to drop oh our knees at any point. >> tennis legend billie jean king also tweeted: >> the question isn't necessarily that he said those things, but he said them in the 21st century. that sounds like 1955. >> on live television, yeah. >> yeah, dumb. let's change gears. now down to the sweet 16 in the ncaa tournament. >> he scored! wisconsin has won it! >> wisconsin's hitting the game winner in the corner as the
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seventh seeded badgers beat xavier. number six notre dame 76-75, both teams went shot for shot. a potent storm is already hitting the west coast and will cause problems across the rest of the country. let's bring in nicole mitchell for more on that. >> as we look across the country, midsection pretty quiet. we've got the exiting storm into the northeast today. another system hitting the west coast. through the next 24 hours, moisture moving interior includes snow north higher elevations. that's good, we're getting lately in the season, so that snow pack is beneficial for agriculture and snow melt. this is dynamic enough, we could see a couple of thunderstorms out of this as and it moves along, possibly severe weather. here is the rest of today. by the time we get into tomorrow, moisture hits the midwest but it's more into the day wednesday that this forms up
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a little bit more. yes, that is still know on the northern tier of this. there will definitely be temperature changes and cold air coming in with this next one. this is wednesday when we have a chance for some stronger storms as all of this system comes through, so a lot of changes, this air into the midwest today, 70's and 80's and the central united states will go down. a lot of the west coast in the 50's and 60's. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> back to our coverage of president obama's historic trib to cuba. >> we are joined live from havana. the president is hoping to kickstart a business relationship with cuba. are businessmen optimistic that that is going to happen? >> i think that's a very interesting question, because to
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a certain extent, everyone understands that is a lot of bureaucracy. you have to deem with the cuban authorities and the u.s. treasury department. in the case of the gentleman i spoke with, these two american entrepreneurs, they told me they were finding it more difficult to deal with the u.s. government and treasury than the cubanss. of course they might change their tune once they arrive and start building their factory, but optimism was definitely something we felt with entrepreneurs in cuba and the americans. >> all revolutions start with just a future individuals. >> if you look at the tractor, you can see it is very, very simple. >> they start with a mission, which for horace clemens and saul about her enthat will is to sell this tractor to as many cubans as possible. they are the very first americans granted permission by the jg to build a factory in cuba. >> we looked at the best
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business to go into do cuba and it's to help them improve productivity. >> the two hope to eventually produce so many tractors they'll start exporting them to other countries in south america. >> if we achieve those goals, we will be in the hundreds of thousands of units a year and emply 300 people or more. >> at a cost have $8,000 to $10,000 j dollars, it's not clear whether many cuban farmers can afford the tractor. some stopped by to window shop. >> yes, there are those who can afford it, but me, for example, i can't afford it. but there are others who can. >> clemens homes international n.g.o.'s or the cuban exile community in america might help local farmers buy their tractors. >> it really is breaking new ground. all the other booths represent cuban domestic companies or a few from europe. >> yeah, there's money to be
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made. this is a country of 11 million people. it's not the biggest market in the world, but 11 million people is about the size, population wise of illinois where i live and that's the sixth largest state in the union, so there are a lot of opportunities. >> soon it won't be just tractors. other american businesses plan to enter the market. support for the embargo is eroding fast and business interests, including the u.s. chamber of commerce have called to end it. >> our entire foreign policy has been focused on fidel castro, when it should be on the 11 million cubans. that's the shift we've seen over the past 12 months. >> the impact on ordinary cubans of the embargo is tough to assess. as many blame the embargo for their hardships as those who blame their own government. in the countryside, farmers options are decades old russian imports. new tractors would improve
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lives. >> it is old and we need to upgrade and improve technology in order to advance, in order to move forward. we need to make progress. >> clemens believe as prosperous cuba will arrive very soon. >> if we look at what's happened in china, in vietnam, where they change their business model, i tell everybody that cuba will move faster than either one of those for the simple reason of the cuban people. >> people may debate whether change will take a few years or decades, but no one questions that cuba will look very different for the next generation. just a little bit more about this factory from the two gentlemen i talked to. they hope to have the factory running by 2017. they hope to ramp up eventually 300 cuban employees, and then they're going to produce 1,000 factory tractors, rather, not
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1,000 factories, but 1,000 tractors their first year, but certainly big ambitious plans to wrap it up to the thousands. >> live from half in a, thank you very much. robert valencia writes about relations with latin america for global voices and he joins us from washington this morning. robert, thanks for being with us. it has been less than 24 hours before air force one lands in havana, i never thought i'd say that. based on what happened so far, what you are your expectations for obama's visit? is this going to be miss nixon goes to china moment? >> good morning and thank you for having me. it's incredible to say that the president of the united states is landing in cuba after 90 years of diplomatic estrangement basically. from the human rights point of view, as you know, one of the many events that will be taking place while president obama is issue cuba, there's oh going to
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be a baseball game between the cuban national team and tampa bay rays and many fear that that's going to steal obamaed thunder, because as you've seen, the ladies in white, one of the most prominent groups, the dissident group in cuba have been arrested while president obama was in the motorcade, so that's going to be problematic for president obama, if he doesn't stay on message, because many are expecting that the united states will defend human rights and sit down with dissidents who have a lot to say about the cuban regime. >> raul castro and obama are meeting for the third time this afternoon. how much leverage does the president have in that relationship when it comes to issues such as human rights? >> he's sole presence in the island will have tremendous leverage, because cubans inside the island want immediate change. i think the fact that, i mean
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you hear for example from grandma, the official newspaper in cuba, they're saying we're not going to change a bit and our intentions to change anti imperialist views and we want to continue the revolution today. now, as i mentioned, cubans want to see changes in the economy, and they see obama as their sole hope. >> is that hope realistic? is that hope realistic, robert? because something you hear about in cuba is also the internal blockade, in other words the policies of the cuban government itself, how much that can for example the executive actions that obama has taken with regards to change really change the lives of ordinary cubans? >> well, i think that's why president obama wants to expedite changes in the island, because as you know and as we have heard, should a president, you know, republican president will take place in 2017, everything will be back to
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square one. president raul castro pledged that he will relinquish power by 2018, so he's speeding up the process in lawing cubans, for example to open u.s. bank accounts. they are allowing businesses in cuba. so definitely, what he's trying to do with his presence in cuba is to separate that process. now, will changes happen overnight? that i'm not sure, because as we already heard, congress will have to lift up the embargo or the blockade as they call it in cuba. changes will happen but it will only happen one way or the other. >> how much is the president's overture toward cuba influence there as a counter weight to venezuela or even china? >> well that's a really interesting question, because i think this is such an approximately diplomatic move by president obama. venezuela as you just mentioned used to have clout, thanks to the rising oil prices, and by way of petro company which
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provided oil to the caribbean islands and cuba. now that the oil prices are plunging, venezuela is having a really hard to him too finance, you know, this country with oil and other perks, so venezuela's influence has dwindled and this is a time the united states has stepped up to the plate and say we want to offer a new alternative. another interesting point is that the united states wants to be a key player in latin american politics. secretary of state john kerry will sit down to colombian commission who is leading the peace process in havana. he wants to make sure how the process is going, whether there that been eight progress. this is a 2-pronged approach. while the united states is sitting down with raul castro, john kerry will be sitting down with farc and the colombian government and see if they will achieve peace in the internal
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conflict. >> thank you for your enright's this morning. >> they used to say the revolution will be televised, now so will the president's visit. >> indeed. a major milestone in 140 characters. >> the social media site that has changed the way many of us communicate now 10 years old.
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>> today marking a major milestone for one of the world's most poplar media sites. ten years ago, the first ever
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tweet was sent. >> you still haven't signed up. >> not yet. >> twitter has gone public and millions have signed up, but as al jazeera reports, it is now struggling to attract new users. >> it may not be a force of nature, but over the last 10 years, the twitter bird has become a force on line. today, 320 million people use twitter every month, pushing out around 6,000 tweets every second, about 500 million tweets every day. the trouble is these figures appear to have stalled. twitter's share price hit $69 after it went public, but sitting at around $17. twitter is believed to be struggling to attract new users as facebook and google become increasingly dominant. >> at its launch, twitter was heralded as a new and revolutionary way to communicate. during the arab spring five years ago, it was widely used to help protestors organize, but
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since then, it's been used to launch often vicious personal attacks. >> it has become a space where people also experience really, really challenge personal invasion of what is for many a work space by people who have particular sort of one sided interests. >> it's an account of being creepy or obnoxious, use block. >> twitter was accused of responding too slowly to the harassment. it has set up a system, but for some, the public platform is too risky. >> we've heard stories of people being hurt by tweets said in the spur of the moment. to give more control for individual tweets might get people back to the platform. >> twitter has struggled to earn the money facebook and google have on line.
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>> what they're really doing is they are profing you and monetizing that information, monetizing you. that's a very lucrative business. but the commercialization is against the interests of the people who use the platform which just wants a quick way of communicating. >> twitter has been making changes, including last year's launch of its live video streaming site periscope. users may be taking more care about how and what they tweet but for many, it's appeal remakes a possibility to connect and communicate in realtime with an unprecedented number of people. >> in gaza, there is new evidence of the affect of that on going israeli blockade. not only do residents there struggle to get by under water and pure restrictions, the zoo and animals suffering, as well. al jazeera's caroline malone has that story.
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>> this tiger is about to be fed for the first time in four days. any longer without food and he could die. he's one of the few animals still alive in gaza's zoo. >> in the beginning, it was successful, because many children and families visited our zoo and income was good. during the 2014 war, we couldn't reach the zoo to take care of it. most of our animals died from hunger and lack of medical care. >> 200 animals have died in the last two years. restrictions on water and power in gaza are getting worse, so people struggle to look after themselves, let alone animals. this display is an attempt to preserve some of the head animals, a kind of educational exhibit. there are other zoos in gaza. the owner of one in rafah wants the tiger. >> we contacted the zoo to buy the tiger, hoping he may attract more visitors, because he is a
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rare animal. that zoo can't look at him like us. we can provide more care and more food to him, otherwise he will die. >> few people can afford to pay for tickets. there are occasionally school trims, but the zoo keeper's family are the only visitors at the moment. even if the animals are moved away, they'd still be in dos with extremely limited resources. some visit to provide basic care. their staff are worried about conditions. >> gazans have a right to have the zoo, but in general, we must have a good solution for these animals and make a place, a safety place for these animals in gaza strip if we can, but if we are not -- have this animals must leaving gaza to another place out of gaza strip. >> the zoo keepers say they want
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what's best for the animals and are ready to cooperate with international animal groups if more care is provided. until then, animals like this great beast may have to wait days until he gets another meal. caroline malone, al jazeera. it is the births that have taken the nation by storm here. the live bald eagle cam gave viewers several thrills. the baby bald eagle hatched and its sibling emerged opinion they are named mr. president and first lady. the eaglets who are both female have not been named yet. >> right now they are d.c.2 and three. >> how about amy polar and tina fey. >> how about del and steph? >> they are both females. did you not catch that part? >> donald trump heads to welcome to al jazeera to win over a key
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it is a new era, 90 years in the making, president obama visiting cuba, he hopes to bring the two countries closer together. >> north korea fires more short range missiles into the sea. out of action, the captured paris attacker telling investigators that he built a new network to carry out new strikes in europe. >> in order to make a comment,
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you have to have history and facts. >> double fault. ahead of a major tennis tournament, apologizes for his comments about women. >> good morning, welcome to your world this morning. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. president obama is beginning his next phase of restoring diplomatic ties with cuba. visiting with raul castro. >> this is the first time a president has been in cuba since 1928. the president said this about his visit: >> it's a historic opportunity to engage with the cuban people and forego deals to build new ties between our two peoples and for me, to layout my vision for a future that's brighter than our past. >> patty calhane has more on
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what the president's trip means for both countries. >> with this single step, u.s. president barack obama is hoping to change the course of history, the first sitting american president in 88 years to set foot on cuban soil. >> i'm glad that you had a chance to bring your families here because i always like taking pictures with kids. that's the future that we hope for, young american children, young cuban children, by the time they're adults, we hope they think it's natural that a u.s. president should visit cuba, that they think it's natural that the two countries work together. >> for five decades, his predecessors hoped to topple the government with economic strangulation, even assassination attempts. president obama hoping engagement might work better so has made it to believe for
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americans to become tourists. he's also changed the rules so that some american businesses can operate here, running flights, moving cargo, selling communications equipment. he can't lift the embargo without congress and his commerce secretary tells al jazeera that won't happen unless cuba takes some big steps first. >> first of all, if you come here, you can't just hire who you want. you have to go through state-run hiring organizations. there's a dual currency, which is a challenge. there's a 10% charge if you want to use dollars. >> despite the focus of the international media, the cuban police arrested the ladies in white after their weekly protest just hours before the president arrived. >> this isn't the moment for the u.s. government to come to cuba. cuba hasn't changed, nothing has changed about human rights. >> the president is under pressure back home to show that he is going to pressure the castro government over its human rights record, so during his visit, he'll meet with
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dissidents and speak to the cuban people. top aides tell me he's walking a fine line because he needs the cuban government to speed up reforms. he needs the momentum, because if not, the next president could simply pull the plug. >> that's something the cuban people seem well aware of. >> nobody knows what will happen, but we think cuba and united states, you know, will be open. >> the president hoping this visit will help ensure that eventually for these children, seeing a u.s. president will be an event, but not a moment like this, when the history will remember. al jazeera, havana, cuba. >> not everybody is happy. there is anger in the u.s. involving the president said trip. senator ted cruz who of course is running for president writing in politico today: he says cuba
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has not made progress, that it has gone backwards. >> for some cuban americans, this big change in relations is anything but positive. the renewed relationship is dividing the community between young and old. al jazeera's andy gallagher has more. >> inside the miami studios, these broadcasters have a unique mission, that seven days a week via short wave radio, they transmit to the people of cuba and say theirs is a message of resistance. the 10 years they've reported on cuba's opposition movement and for many here, president obama's visit is a step in the wrong direction. >> what obama is doing is not engaging raul castro, he is befriending raul castro. the only thing positive towards cube is to use substantial international leverage to call for free elections on the island. >> it's a sentiment echoed by
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many in the so-called exile community. any move towards normalization isn't well received by them. >> every time raul castro takes the microphone, he reiterates that they are not going to change. >> sylvia arrived as a teenager and spent her adult life fighting for change on the island. like many in her generation, she thinks president obama's visittence sends the wrong message. >> we are going to go there at a moment when there's more repression, when our visit will serve to empower those in power. >> among miami's mostly older cuban americans, there is still deep skepticism for the normalization process. it's begun over a year ago and they are not seeing concessions for the people. >> he is sympathetic to hod
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older cuban americans feel but is ready for a new approach. >> folks of my generation tend to be a little bit more curious about what changes in policy could yield. it's just very different. i don't have the scars and trauma of being in exile the way that my grandparents do. >> ultimately every cuban american in miami wants better things for the island. it's how that's done that's causing the most friction. >> turning to the presidential races, attention shifted west ahead of tomorrow's contest. for the republicans, a total of 107 delegates are up for grabs. the biggest prize is the winner take all primary in arizona. there's also a primary in utah and caucuses in american so mow i can't. tort departments, 149 delegatesar at stake. they have primaries in arizona and utah and caucuses in idaho. tempers boiling over at another trump rally.
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>> there's another disgusting guy puts a ku klux klan hat on. he thinks he's cute. he's a disgusting guy. >> a woman wearing a klan hood was escorted out. a man started punching and kicking a another protestor at the rally. that man has been charged with miss demeanor assault. he called the people involved agitators. >> video of another incident showing trump's own campaign manager reaching for the collar of a protestor, you see it there. a campaign spokeswoman said the campaign manager was having a conversation with a member of the security detail pulled the man from behind. trump called his campaign manager spirited, saying he was just trying to remove too far signs. >> later this hour, we're going to be talk about how the recent violence will affect the campaign of donald trump.
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he explained why he thinks supreme court nominee garland won't get enough support to win. >> i can't imagine that a republican majority in the united states senate would want to confirm in a lame duck session a nominee opposed by the national rifle association, the national federation of independent business that represents small businesses that have never taken a position on a supreme court appointment before, they're opposed to this guy. i can't imagine that a democratic -- a republican majority senate, even if it were soon to be a minority would want to confirm a judge that would move the court dramatically to the left. that's not going to happen. >> some republicans fleeting the idea of hearings for garland, saying they fear if a democratic president is elected in november, a more liberal justice than judge garland might be nominated. >> for the third time in recent days, north korea carried out another round of missile tests. south korea says five short range missiles were fired into
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the sea of japan today. the launches come days after the north launched a medium rank missile. the north has been called on to honor international sanctions. we have more from beijing. >> well, a big debate monday as to what the north korean military did or didn't fire into waters off its eastern coast. the south korea military is calling them projectiles or possibly military shells but it's the timing that is interesting. of course on friday, north carolina said it carried out two ballistic missile tests roughly in the same area, and then a few days before that, the north korean leader warned that his country's military was preparing for multiple ballistic missile launches and a nuclear warhead test. >> since early february, we know that the north carolinaen's have launched 15 projectiles and missiles of varying sizes. this of course is deeply unsettling for china, because china is about the only friend
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that north korea has and china at the moment is largely in charge of implementing the sanctions that will be imposed on north korea, are being imposed on north korea, because 70% of what that country receives passes through china. of course, implementation is going to be the issue. is china really going to be able to inspect every container and shipment bound for north korea? >> china doesn't believe that sanctions in themselves will bring the north koreans around. it says it wants to return for renegotiation. the north koreans are ignoring those appeals and defying china and continuing to defy the international community. >> just last week, the u.s. imposed new sanctions on the north over oh nuclear test in january and satellite launch in february. french president francois hollande meeting with the victims of the paris attacks today at the same time the prime
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suspect is being questioned in belgium, saleh abdeslam fighting is extradition in france, captured in brussels after being on the run for months, telling belgian authorities he backed out of a plan to detonate a suicide vest the night of the attacks. he's also talked of plans for more attacks. >> investigators say paris attack suspect saleh abdeslam had plans for more operations, including restarting something in brussels. >> you want to go to the south of france in paris and wanted to be a suicide bombing, but he stopped. we don't know why, but he stopped and the next informations are that he was ready to restart something from bus sells and it's maybe the reality, because i said, we have found a lot of weapons, heavy weapons in the first investigations and we have seen a new network of people around him in brussels. >> speaking at a forum sunday,
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belgian's foreign minister said investigators of found 30 people involved in the attacks, but they are certain there are others. >> saleh abdeslam has been held by belgian police. his lawyer does not want him extra dated to france. >> he is cooperating with the belgian legal authorities. in the context of the european arrest warrant, i can tell you that we refuse extradition. >> in paris, senior government ministers held a meeting with security officials over the weekend. >> saleh abdeslam will have to answer for his actions in a french court. the need for justice is what all the relatives of the 160 victims are demanding, as well as the french people. >> the foreign minister said existing laws require the suspect to be sent to france within three months. >> in the coming hours, there will be more contacts between our respective judicial authorities to make sure the extra addition procedure is fully respected, according to the law.
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>> as saleh abdeslam's questions continues, another suspect remains at large. he was seen driving one of the cars used in the paris attacks two days before the massacre. al jazeera. meanwhile, investigators in russia trying to figure out what brought down that fly dubai jet this weekend, the jet missing the runway. all 62 onboard died. there were strong winds at the time. sometime not clear, though, if that played a role, officials saying the cockpit voice and data recorders were badly damaged and around likely to reveal much data. investigators are trying to figure out what led a state troop tore committed a robbery on the turnpike. he was shot dead after killing two hostages. one was a new york city police officer working as a security guard. it's not clear if briggs knew
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the victims. >> in indiana, a trooper was killed serving a warrant. a body was found inside. it's not clear if that was the shoot are, but the shooting is believed to be drug related. >> nothing says spring more like snowflakes. the calendar said spring sure feels like winter in the northeast. snow missing long island to maine overnight we got a dusting though new england accounted be getting a halty amount of snow. >> you forgot the cold air, as well on the first day of spring. >> yeah, i remembered it when i walked out the door this morning. >> is today the first day? >> for the east coast, because it came in midnight, everyone else based on the time zones, the first full day yesterday. it's really just into mostly new england, as we put this into
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motion, you can see it's cleared cities such as pennsylvania and new york out here, so improving conditions. it will take probably until at least mid-day before we get it through boston and then if you get up to maine, we're talking later this afternoon or this evening. amounts will vary based on all of that. again, a lot of places got that dusting or coating, the ground is warm, this will melt quickly. if you get to the massachusetts coastline, easily some places could see four or five inches, maine, this could be some places over six, isolated eight or nine, so watch for that. it's definitely a late season snowstorm for us and still has winter weather storm warnings up. as we head to where is now the backside of all of this, some cold air has settled in definitely. we are waking up to temperatures well below freezing for much of the central plains this morning. most of arkansas, little rock at 32, but a lot of arkansas is in the 20's, i've seen freezing temperatures hit as far south as
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northern portions of the accident. you can see oklahoma stub at 29. we've been mild most of the winter and now it's spring, we're getting warmer and things are starting to grow. we actually have freeze warnings up for tender vegetation that's out there, kind of a head snapper so early into our spring season. we will get pretty mild through the course of the day. denver is 71. a corridor in nebraska hits the 80's, so the rebounding temperatures are on their way, but they're pretty brief before this next shot of cold air moves through the west. a couple of mild days, enjoy it while you can. >> i call it march madness. >> a lamb is what i was thinking about, nicole, thanks. giving the u.s. a choice in syria. >> russia calling on washington to enforce that brokered truce. we'll tell you that moscow threatens to do if it doesn't happen. young republicans talk about the direction of their party and why they're sticking with the gop.
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russia is now calling for an urgent meeting with the u.s. over the terms that have truce in sir. >> >> it comes as indirect peace negotiations resume in geneva this morning. the chief negotiator for the opposition accuses the government of stalling a discussion on a political transition. al jazeera's diplomatic editor james bays reports from geneva. >> let me explain to you how it's supposed to work. the cessation of hostilities now in place for more than three weeks, and what they have here in geneva is a cordoned coordination center where there are russian military officials,
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also j military officials, and members of the u.n., u.n. officials including some military officers who are working here with the united nations. they are supposed to look at all the violations and try to get a clear pattern of where there have been violations of the cessation. everyone is saying that there have been violations, but thereof still been a significant drop in the level of violence, an 80 or 90% drop on before the cessation came into place three weeks ago. it seems that the russians seem to have a dispute with the u.s. over taking action against those that are violating the cessation, but i have to tell you, most diplomatic's telling me they believe most of the violations, the mainlity have actually been done by the government side, so what is russia really up to here? i think what it's likely is that they are putting pressure on the u.s. ahead of an apparent meeting taking place later this week in moscow between the u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his russian counter part,
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sergey lavrov. it's clear, i think they're doing a bit of arm twisting because they want something from secretary kerry. i can't tell you what that something is. clearly i think there is something behind the scenes, a concession they are trying to get from the u.s. side. i think also after that russian military mull out that they announced and certainly started in syria, maybe this is a signal to the assad regime we're not abandoning you altogether. >> al jazeera's diplomaticette door james boys in geneva. the syrian opposition said it will decide by the end of the week whether it will continue taking partly in the peace talks. the pentagon is deploying more marines into iraq after the death of a u.s. service member there. staff sergeant louis war don is the first marine to die in iraq in five months. he was killed at a base outside of mosul by rocket fire. several other troops were injured. that city is an isil stronghold. the anti isil coalition is going
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after troops in iraq. anbar has been under isil control for more than a year. they targeted places where isil projects videos of its com pat operations for civilians to see. u.s. hit isil bases over the weekend. >> in istanbul, attacks left five dead, including two americans. the bomber was identified as a member of isil. it was the latest to hit turkey in recent weeks, a car bombing in ankara early they are month leaving more than three dozen people dead. today marking the kurdish new year, but the festivities of mooted in the southeast region. it is the first kurdish new year since the collapse of the ceasefire between the p.k.k. and kurdish military. fierce clashes between the two sides are leaving people hopeless. >> it's the first kurdish new
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year since the collapse of the ceasefire and this is what it looks like. every single person is checked on entry into the district for explosive belts. up and down the main commercial street, almost every side ally is blocked by armed police. the turkish police followed us while we filmed and checked every shot. no faces, nothing to jeopardize their control. there is no trace left of the p.k.k. flags that used to play over as your. the military operation against the kurdistan workers party has been going on for nearly four months. a decision by the p.k.k. to fight turkey here left kurdish civilians with desperate choices. >> i've never seen anything like it. i had to leave home in these closed and i've worn them for the last four months. i don't have a wife, my son and his wife went to stay with other relatives. i lived with my friends. i won't come back here. >> it was very difficult, the sounds of bombs and guns.
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i had my family with me, six children. we have been waiting for it to end. we have food and water and managed to survive. >> before the ceasefire ended, they had been getting back on their feet with the help of state money. now the government is having to pay to put up families in these hotels. fighting in the streets caused huge collateral damage. >> the kurdish military won't let use go where the fighting was worst, because they say they are still looking for explosive devices, but the statistics from here speak for themselves. according to the turkish authorities, more than 300p.k.k. fighters killed and 4,600 families displaced from their homes in an operation just like the one that happened here is also happening right now in another suburb of. >> kurdish men watch the soldiers in their arm vehicles from the outside. none would go on camera over fear of repercussions, but the mood is one of fear and
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loathing. for all the sense of oppression by the kurdish forces, many kurdsty they wish the p.k.k. had never picked such fights in built up areas. the illegal group started the struggle again in the city center this time but the state reaction was harsh. even if there were two neighborhoods supporting the p.k.k., they damage the whole city. they used to burn villages in the 1990's, now they're burning the entire city. >> while this means many will not attend news festivities, because they think it's too volatile, just as renewed fights to the p.k.k. has left kurds in fear, so there is little for turkey kurds to celebrate this new year. al jazeera. sexism in sports. >> top athletes divided over equality in the world of tennis. presidential candidates go before one of the nation's most powerful lobbying groups and the
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strongest backers of israel.
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>> grammy award-winning jazz singer cassandra wilson. >> everyone comes into the world with their unique voice. the question is, do you know how to develop it? >> her life, legacy and song-writing secrets. >> tapping into a spirituality inside of the music is very important. >> i lived that character. >> go one-on-one with america's movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> all of the presidential candidates save bernie sanders in washington, d.c. addressing
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the pro israel lobbying group considered the most powerful in washington. >> there's a lot at stake for the people who want to be president. >> this year, a record 18,000 people have made the pilgrimage to washington, a pack's official mission, strengthening and promoting u.s. security relations with israel. that means lobbying effectively for more military aid to israel. in past years, fighting to prevent advanced arm sales to arab governments, like the planes to saudi arabia, which is real once opposed. the perceived arab threat has been outdated by the greater menace israel sees in iran. >> the traditional enemy of my enemy is my friend, the jordanians who in the past, you know, weapons to these countries, they now have a common interest. >> last year, apac lobbied
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congress to reject the deal. that failed. the group promises to keep up the pressure on iran. these delegates heard one opponent of the deal warn that remaining sanctions losing power to curb iran's regional ambitions. >> today, even when things are technically prohibited, people will and he read the actions of the margin. >> it's very important from where we stand in this conference to really get the right answers in how oh afraid we really should be and how deep the problem is. >> most americans agree with two in every three opposed to the nuclear deal, according to a recent gallup poll. >> american jews constitute less than 3% of the population, but
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four presidential candidates, democratic and republican will be here to court their votes. tom ackermann, al jazeera, washington. >> michael font roy teaches political science at howard university and joins us live from washing.com. thanks for being with us this morning. already this year, ahead of aipac, hundreds of rabbi's will walk out when donald trump speaks. is that going to help or hurt him? >> i think it is actually going to help him. many of the people who support donald trump have significant concerns about the role of israel in u.s. policy. for many of them, they will be perfectly fine with trump being there, speaking to this group and having a large group of rabbis walk out. >> the last time jump appears before a jewish group, some booed following his statement. >> i'm a negotiator like you folks. i'm the one candidate i don't want your money. i want your support, but i don't
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want your main. i'm several funding tam pain. >> is that straight talk or bizarre behavior that his daughter married a jew and doesn't get to see her on saturdays. >> it's a little both. you'll see not one, but two donate buttons on his website. a definitely funded campaign wouldn't do that. straight talk doesn't necessarily mean intelligent talk. trump is doing what he is always doing. >> another weekend of protest. this one being physical. this is what trump had to say. >> one is dragging the flags and has no respect for the flag whatsoever, just so you understand, no respect for the flag, no respect for the country whatsoever. is a partner, whoever that may be, has a ku klux klan hat on and you had an african-american
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man got incensed, and he started hitting the people, at least the one that i saw and they put him in, you know, they took them away and we don't condone violence and all, but they don't say why. now we don't condone violence. >> trump's rise is like pouring glean on an angry electorate. he denies that is the cause. is he lying or doing this because he knows that the way you get free publicity from the media in a campaign, some estimate that in terms of dollars, it's $2 billion worth of free p.r. >> you can't buy that kind of free media coverage. he is, it's interesting. i don't know that the story is really that this incident took place. the question for me is why are these things continuing to happen. i've followed politics for a few decades and i can't recall a presidential campaign in which
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fights regularly broke out in the stands. part of that is because he is a magnet for angry antagonistic voters. he's simply pouring gasoline on a fire. i don't know that this is going to end anytime soon, because we have this sort of narrative taking place. we have no idea who those people are involved in these melees, but we do know they only happen at trump rays and there's a reason for that. >> let's talk about the party itself, the republican party. there is now talk of a brokered convention. that has turned into a chorus. how certain are you that if donald trump can't win on the first ballot, he won't be the republican nominee? >> well, for up until ohio, i thought it was pretty certain that he would cross the 1237 delegate number necessary, but since then, i'm seeing some coalescing amongst the anti
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trump factions, they are falling in line behind ted cruz, which i find quite interesting, and as a result, i now of doubts. i think if he gets close but doesn't get to the number, the establishment, if you will, and the anti trump forces, who helped compose that establishment will figure out a way to deny him the nomination, and that is because they understand that a republican ticket, headed by donald trump will be the absolute cats photographic result, result in absolutely catastrophic result for senate candidates, house candidates, state legislative candidates across the country. it will be a real disaster and they have to find a way to keep him from netting the nomination. >> thank you very much. >> my pleasure. it is increasingly looking like the general election will be a matchup between trump and hillary clinton. a recent poll suggests trump would lose among young voters to
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the former secretary of state by a margin of more than 2-1. roxanna as i berry reports. >> these three college students are proud members of the georgetown university college republicans. >> when they're done with the yoga, can i answer a question? >> they're not so proud of what they've seen on the campaign trail. >> i think the republican party should have a better message, it's not about being loudest, or angriest. it's about having the best ideas. >> trump is running as a republican and makes the party look bigoted, intolerant, angry. >> millennials, people under 35 will make up 35% of the electorate in november. >> a recent "u.s.a. today" poll suggestion if hillary clinton stands against donald trump in november, millennials will vote for clinton 52-19%.
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some voters would include republicans with one in four young republicans saying they would defect to the democrats to vote for clinton over trump. >> if if it is donald trump versus hillary clinton, how many of you would vote for donald trump? >> but he wasn't your first choice. >> no, he wasn't. i think that i'd hold my nose but support donald trump, because i think a trump presidency is still better than hillary clinton or bernie sanders in the white house. >> i don't know today who i would vote for. i can't make that decision until i see how trump and hillary handle themselves in the until debates. >> people who support trump because they think he's an outsider who is going to change the way that government works now, i just would like them to rethink that notion. >> the three friends say this election season, they've often had to defend the republican party to their classmates, but they say this presidential race can serve as a wake up call for republicans.
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>> we need to stop voting for candidates just because they have an r. next to their name and start voting for candidates because we believe in them. hundreds of christians marking the start of holy week with palm sunday celebrations, marching, waving palm branches, symbolizing the day jesus entered the city breakfast arrested and crucified. tourists travel there to retrace his footsteps. >> at the vatican, the pope leading celebrations for catholics, blessing the palm and olive branches in front of tens of thousands who gathered in stg how jesus was denied justice and unfairly tried. he said it reminded him of the european refugee crisis. >> and with the onslaught of easter comes spring, the west coast is getting ready for a round of wet weather that could spell danger later in the week. let's bring in nicole mitchell for more on that. >> we have a couple systems we've been watching this morning. exiting snow into portions of
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new england is where that's left, but a potent system is already starting to move into the west coast and over the next couple of days that's going to bring us a number of problems that will not stay confined to this portion of the country. some of that initial moisture already moving into portions of the rockies, we're like wyoming over the next couple of days, higher elevations, not a question there could be a foot or so of snow. most of this could be rain. we are getting into the milder time of year. you can see how widespread it is, higher he will vases, this will be adding to the snow pack, but then this moves along. by the day tomorrow, initial moisture moving across the northern tier of the country. that could make its way to the northeast again. it's going to stay more active northward through the course of the work. as we get into wednesday, not only does much cold herb air come in enough to support snow but on the southern side of this could be strong storms, possibly even severe weather. that's wednesday.
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we'll monitor that through the course of the week. in the meantime, temperature roller coaster, minneapolis in the 50's today, could be 30's by wednesday with snow, so this is what our first week of spring is oking like. >> nicole is holding the groundhog hostage. >> you are the one who was on the groundhog's team. i was not. equal pay for women's tennis players has been contentious fr details. >> one of the rich evident joint events in professional tennis, the prize money for the men's and women's tournaments here is the same, a rare example of pay parity in sport. the man in charge has caused a controversy after a remark he made about the women's tour on w.t.a. >> in my next life when i come back, i want to be someone in the w.t.a., because they ride on the coattails of the men.
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they don't mick any decisions and they're lucky, very, very lucky. if i was a lady player, i'd go down every night on my knees and thank god that roger federer and rafael nadal were born. >> he eventually apologized for his comments, saying they were in extremely poor taste. the w.t.a. called them disappointing and alarming. djokovic also denounced moore's words but reopened the debate on payee quality saying stats are showing that we have much more spectators in the men's tennis matches. i think that is one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. the argument over equal pay in tennis and in other professional sport isn't new. some say women tennis players should be paid less because they play fewer games that in that in the grand-slams, it's three sets, but some women's games can last as long and attract even
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more viewers. arena williams said matches with fee maim players sell out even before the men jews i'm totally surprised, especially when me and the other women on the tour ever done well and last year's, the women's final sold out before the men's. >> tennis is one of the few sports where there is equal prize money for men and women, but even then, the salary of most male athletes for outstrip their fee nail counterparts. last year, the top 10 highest earners seen either by winnings or endorsements were all male. >> there was a strong response from tennis legend billie jean king who wrote disappointed in raymond moore's comments. he is wrong on so many levels.
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we are down to the sweet 16 at the ncaa tournament. take a look. >> he scored! wisconsin has won it! >> that is the fall away jumper just before the buzzer, 66-63. number six, notre dame fighting irish holding off steven f. austin 76-75. both teams shot for shot, the lead never more than seven points for either. the irish going on to the sweet 16. >> exciting play so far. cementing his legacy with a trip to cuba. >> we'll tell you why the penalty needs raul castro to step up reforms or risk a rather cool relationship in their new session.
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president obama hoping to usher in that new chapter in u.s. cuban releases. he is the first american to visit cuba in 90 years. he will sit down with raul castro. >> al jazeera's melissa chan is in havana this morning, part of our team of correspondents there. the president will be meeting with raul castro today. what's on the agenda? >> we know they are meeting in the late morning and holding a press conference later in the early afternoon. we certainly hope there is going to be a question and answer
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session, but we aren't entirely sure about that. in terms of the content of their discussion, presumably the two, the little that we do know, they're going to assess the process of normalization and new bilateral relationship and look at the progress of that. he many ways, it is more about setting the path for the united states moving forward. we don't know who is going to be the next president. the goal is really to make sure that all the things and changes taking place over the last 14 months becomes irreversible. >> the image of air force one on the ground in havana is powerful, as well. >> for most cuban it is, i would say that 97% of them, support
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normalization. a lot of dissidents are mo blockade or pro embargo. many believe that the embargo needs to be ended. i think there's a place for any society to have voices of conscience like these disdepartments or action visits. this has become a ritual of being dragged on to the buses protesting. a lot of the ladies in whites are wives of cubans in prison. in the context of president obama's trip, we really have to think about or rather the united states has to think about what kind of relationship they want to have with cuba.
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>> i know it's incredible to say that the president of the united states is landing in cuba after 90 years of diplomatic estrangement basically. i think there are a lot of expectations coming specifically from the human rights point of view. as you know whiff r.1 of many events, there is going to be a. the ladies in white, the dissident group in cuba have been arrested bile president obama is in his motivate. that's going to be problem take
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for president obama if he doesn't stay on message. >> stay with aljazeera america for complete coverage of the penalty's visit to cuba. we'll bring you today's events, including the president's meeting with raul castro later today. >> the tech giants that changed the way we communicate struggle.
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>> from rural midwest to war-torn mideast. she went for the money and found a greater calling...
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today marks a major milestone, 10 years since the first tweet was sent. >> it may not be a force of nature, but over the last 10 years, the twitter bird has become a force on line. today, 320 million people use twitter every month, pushing out around 6,000 tweets every second, that's about 500 million tweets every day. the trouble is these figures appear to have stalled. twitter's share price hit $69 after it went public, but sitting at around $17. twitter is believed to be struggling to attract new users
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as archrivals facebook and google become increasingly dominant. >> at its launch, twitter was heralded as a new and revolutionary way to communicate. during the arab spring five years ago, it was widely used to help protestors organize, but since then, it's been used to launch often vicious personal attacks. >> it has become a space where people also experience really, really challenging personal invasion of what is for many a work space by people who have particular sort of one-sided interests. >> it's an account of being creepy or obnoxious, use block. >> twitter was accused of responding too slowly to the harassment. it has set up a system, but for some, the public platform is too risky. >> we've heard stories of people
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being burned by tweets that were misconstrued said in the spur of the moment. to give more control for individual tweets might get people back to the platform. >> twitter has struggled to earn the money facebook and google have on line. >> what they're really doing is they are profiling you and monetizing that information, monetizing you. that's a very lucrative business. but the commercialization is against the interests of the people who use the platform which just wants a quick way of communicating. >> twitter has been making changes, including last year's launch of its live video streaming site periscope. users may be taking more care about how and what they tweet but for many, it's appeal remakes a possibility to connect and communicate in realtime with an unprecedented number of people. there is another change on
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the way for twitter, revamping the tweet deck program that allows you to watch multiple twitter feeds at once. switching gears for a lot of convicted criminals, getting out of jail can be the start of even more trouble. a criminal record can stop them from finding housing or a job. there's a woman in chicago giving exinmates a second, sweeter chance at a new life. we have that story. >> in a small basement room in one of chicago's most crime ridden neighborhoods, workers are packaging organic honey products. all of them have criminal histories, all of them are looking to start over. >> i'm looking for an
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opportunity to get back into the working force. >> how tough has it been for you? >> it's been tough. >> tough because gary davis spent 20 years in prison for murder, but he's getting a second chance. here at sweet beginnings, a workforce development program, they are learning skills to help find jobs. >> when you have been incarcerated, there is shame associated with that and there is this gigantic gap on your resume and you have nothing to show that you have been a good worker. >> brenda palms barber founded the program, using bekeeping to teach the basics of business. >> most folks see you almost as a bee, something to avoid, right, afraid of being stung in fact, so we had to sort of take the sting out of that job search experience for people who have been incarcerated. >> since 2007, more than 400 men and women have gone through the program. less than 4% have returned to prison. >> this is for the economy, too. >> the urban aviaries are located on the we have had side
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of chicago and grounds of o'hare airport. >> what would a hive like this be able to harvest in terms of money? >> we can harvest 40 pounds of money without harming the hive. >> it's a delicate balance cultivating enough honey while still maintaining a healthy colony of bees. >> one thing i love about a colony is every bee has a role to play. there is not one insignificant bee that is a part of that colony, and so it means that everybody is valued. >> a lesson learned from honey bees that money here hope can lead to a new beginning. >> you said you had a big order come in today? >> al jazeera, chicago. the live bald eagle cam gave viewers several thrills this weekend. this is a live look. look at the little baby chicks! the first hatched friday. the parents named mr. president and first lady. they've become an internet cessation.
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the eaglets have not been named yet. welcome to another news hour fromming al jazeera in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, barack obama hails in an historic opportunity in havana, his visit a symbolic moment of reconciliation between the u.s. and cuba. paris attack suspect saleh abdeslam arrested. accused of crimes against humanity, the former president of the democratic republican of congress awaits his verdict at the

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