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brussels bomber? authorities release the first video of the men behind the airport massacre. hoping the public can help identify the man in the hat. after a belgian judge freeze a suspect initially believed to be that mystery man. vowing justice. >> translator: i promise that every ounce of blood that was lost will be accounted for. >> pakistan's prime minister says his forces will hunt down
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and eliminate those behind the suicide bombing in lahor targeting christians and left 70 dead. convicting i.s.i.l, the syrian government says it will use the recently recaptured city of palmyra as a launch pad, as experts assess the damage to the unesco world heritage site. new rules go into effect in japan that will allow soldiers to fight overseas for first time since whoorlt. world war ii. good evening i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america's international news hour. we begin tonight in brussels where for the first time officials had released surveillance video from the airport of the two attackers and the third man who was with them. the video prominently shows the
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so-called man in the hat. authorities say he is still on the run. police thought they had arrested him but released that suspect today because of a lack of evidence. also, the list of fatalities has grown tonight. four more victims of the attacks died from their injuries. the death toll now stands at 35. and friends and family of the bombing victims joined hundreds who packed a brussels cathedral tonight for a vigil to honor the dead. the latest ton investigate if al jazeera's john terret. >> reporter: nearly a week after the attack on brussels airport in one of the city's metro stations, police released this man in police custody. investigators thought faycal cheffou, who describes himself as a freelance journalist, was connected to the blast. the evidence that had led to the
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arrest of the man named faycal c was not substantiated by the evolution of the investigation. consequently he has been freed of the charge. they stepped up the hunt for the man they thought he was. seen here in a white jacket and hat walking next to the other bombers. authorities have issued a plea to help identify him. meanwhile a special mass was held tuesday in a cathedral in the belgian capital. >> translator: to all the victims, to all those who suffer around the world, dear god, offer them the patience to overcome, to sorrow and painful moments. >> reporter: the mass was held in memory of the victims including 22-year-old mormon missionary phany cane, in hospital now. cuddling a bunny. >> at this precise moment i didn't feel because of the
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adrenalin but then i rest in the room with the other people. i found out that i couldn't walk anymore because of my leg. and i feel the burns so bad. >> reporter: brussels airport has been closed since the attacks last week but officials are planning dry runs to make sure everything functions properly again before reopening they hope later this week. john terret, al jazeera. >> joining us from washington, d.c. is doug olivant, al jazeera national security contributor and former director for iraq at the national security council. good evening doug. >> evening, antonio. >> even last week people who were reluctant to criticize security forces, the confusion of the plan in the hat, one said chaos, another said serious mistakes. is this just plain incompensates?
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>> incompetence? >> i think it's a lack ever coordination, local and national force he who urge don't get along very well. in the new york world center bombing, new york and the state didn't work well, since 9/11 those two agencies work hand and glove. i don't think we are to the point where the belgian federal authorities and the brussels city authorities work that way. >> permanent liaison with belgian intelligence so is it beyond the belgians talking to each other, is it a europe-wide problem that i.s.i.l. crosses borders but intelligence isn't? >> i think that's very much the case and i think we're going to have to see closer coordination
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between these countries in europe and in particular between belgium and france whose problem does seem to be uniquely intertwined. >> a plan identified as either the landlord or the superintendent of the brussels building where the attackers built their bombs saw chemicals leak into the apartment below, there were bad odors, he was suspicious but did nothing. isn't it beyond 20-20 hindsight, doesn't this just strain credulity? >> well, would you have thought he would have said something. my guess is he probably thought it was a drug lab not explosives being made -- >> he didn't report that too. >> nonetheless, yeah you're right you should support that. something should have been done there. if he really could, you know something's bad enough and you're smil smelling it and seeg fumes come out you should have said something.
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>> ing is many about the communities in urine, it's difficult for me, we've got this man in a hat, his picture has been everywhere for days now. >> right. >> why no identification yet? >> well, i think in part because everyone assumed until earlier today that he was in custody. people stopped looking. but it appears that this cheffou must have a pretty good alibi, if they are letting him go after three days. it sounds like he has a good excuse this isn't him so now we're turning back to finding this character again. since they assume he's captured, i'll give them a buy on that now. >> certainly indicate that i.s.i.l.'s web is pretty extensive. you just got back from baghdad, do you still think the only way to attack i.s.i.l. in europe is to defeat them in syria and
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iraq? >> i think defeating them in syria and iraq will certainly help. will remove the exemplar of what i.s.i.l. thinks the world should look like and take away some of the glamor of what is i.s.i.l. that said, i think we've unleashed a hydra here inside europe and this may well spin out of control, long after i.s.i.l. is defeated in iraq and syria, i'm afraid. >> we've seen some progress -- >> but the larger ideology is still out there. >> we've seen some progress against i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria. they've lost more land. what was your sense when you were over there, is there more optimism? >> there is much more optimism. the iraqis are more concerned about the crash of their oil based economy than they are about i.s.i.l. they see this victory after victory, both in iraq and syria as making the defeat of i.s.i.l. pretty much inevitable there.
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they're not sure what the time shrine, whether that's six months or 24 months but almost every iraqi i spoke to was confident of the defeat of i.s.i.l. in a reasonably short say two or three-year time frame. >> al jazeera national contributor doug olivant good so have you back. >> thanks very much antonio. tensions are running high in pakistan after a bomb killed more than 70 in lahor, 29 children dead. pakistan's government responded with tighter security across the country. it also announced a crack down on armed groups operating in punjab province. al jazeera's jerald tan reports. >> reporter: lahor is the center ever pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif' sharif.
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>> translator: i have a good reason to understand the messages these terrorists are sending. my brothers and sisters, every drop of blood will be accounted for. >> reporter: many of those killed were women and children. hundreds more injured, some critically. witness he have been recounting the moments of the explosion and the aftermath. >> i was standing had when the blast went off, it was very loud. as we rushed over there was a bool of blood and peoplpool of . >> the bomber used a crude explosive, full ball bearings for a full impact.
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be the group that carried out the attack was target christians. >> they chose to attack soft targets inside pakistan, the softest of the soft targets the minorities because they have very little to protect them. >> the pakistani police has undertaken a series of raids. the government has been battling armed groups for more than a decade but lahor and the wider province of punjab have so far escaped much of the violence but evidence that the fighting is far from over. jerald tan, al jazeera. >> shooting in capitol hill today, chaos broke out when police shot a man who they say drew a weapon at the capital visitor center. no one was injured but a female
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bystander did sustain minor injuries. >> based on the initial investigation we believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the capital grounds before, and there is no reason to believe that this is anything more than a criminal act. >> the suspect was identified tonight as larry dawson, a 66-year-old man from tennessee. he had been ordered to stay away from the capital after an outburst in the house chamber last fall. the area is expected to reopen tomorrow. i.s.i.l. forces have destroyed many of the relics in palmyra. spokesmen of antiquities say it could take five years to restore. syrian government recaptured palmyra yesterday, now that syrian government forces are digging in there, officials say
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they will use it as a launching pad against i.s.i.l. hassan rouhani and spokesman for the president. >> darea is one of syria's most devastated areas. its 250,000 population have mostly moved away. people who stayed behind have lived under this. and this.
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leaving behind the town in ruins and largely destroyed. >> civilians took a break, bombardment has stopped. the regime used everything on us, barrels, rockets, everything. >> many mosques were hit or damaged. at this catholic church there is no easter mass this year. the worshipers have gone. but around 8500 people remain in this rebel held town. they have been stuck here since 2012. now they are hungry and desperate. the world food program says people were forced to eat grass, families endured days without a meal, abu amaz is taking care of his plants. he may be forced to eat them. >> the bleeding has stopped. we didn't get any aid. my children are losing their
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childhood. >> this official says conditions in darea are disastrous. >> it's catastrophic, there is a shortage of everything. food, medicine, milk. the regime wants to end the revolution in areas surrounding damascus by forcing them into these tactics. >> accusing the government to using besieging areas. so far the government has refused to give%, u.n. says preventing aid is a violation of.lawofinternational law.
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omar al saleh, al jazeera. $17 million for united nations high commissioner for refugees regional response for europe. the united nations has contributed $44 million since the start of the migration last year. japan's security. and one of iraq's prime clerics pressures the government as thousands threaten to storm government buildings.
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>> china is not happy with japar station in the disputed east china sea. a ceremony was held today on the japanese island of yonoguni to officially flip the switch on the station. china claims the territory and called the japanese action provocative behavior. japan says it will stick to its nonnuclear arms pledge despite donald trump's suggestion that it build its own arsenal. trump told the new york times on saturday that calling on japan to pay for its own defense could call on nuclear weapons. japan says it will adhere of its
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three principles of not owning, making or developing nuclear weapons. president obama will meet with the leaders of south korea and japan. meeting will be held during the nuclear security summit in washington. earlier this month pyongyang said it had made more progress on missile development. military son stand by for nuclear strikes at any time. in tonight's in context segment, japan's new national security laws have gone into effect in what was already tuesday there. the laws make it possible for japan to defend itself in armed conflict overseas, not neighboring countries but within japan as well. rob mcbride reports from tokyo. >> it is an issue that has provoked demonstrations on the streets. and fierce debates in the japanese parliament. opponents that say changes that will allow japanese soldiers to
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fight overseas undermine article 9 of japan's unique constitution that commits the country to pacifism. >> there is no way to reach the conclusion rationally that the same article that has banned japan exercise its right o exert of.pacifism or another conclusion. >> allowing japanese soldiers a more robust role in peace keeping situations or overseas operation he with troops from its ally the united states. opponent fear that could draw japan into foreign wars but prime minister shinzo abe says giving the military a more assertive role is long overdue, especially after the nuclear and missile tests in north korea
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since the start of this year. >> it is like a change we are facing in security of the area, emerging awareness of the japanese people for utility and effectiveness of this law. >> reporter: the opposition parties think changing the constitution itself adopted afteworld warafter world war iis at stake his opponents promise a fight. >> the ruling parties and its allies from obtaining two third majority in either of the two houses then that means abe will not be able to move ahead with his revisionist agenda. >> reporter: japan's struggle to define its role in the world is far from over. rob mcbryde, al jazeera,
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tokyo. >> joining us from washington, d.c. is jeffrey hornen, jeffrey good to have you back on where al jazeera america, the debates got very heated last year it led to prime minister shinzo abe's popularity plunging. that has bounced back, do you see this as a done-deal that could not be easily reversed by a future government? >> that's hard to say. obviously prime minister abe's popularity has bounced back as you said. but a lot of the legislation that has just been enacted, i think the public overall has accepted the legislation that passed last fall. >> and abe's argument was encapsulated in a recent quote i just saw. he said we are seeing a national security environment where people's right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is
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threatened. does he have a point? you have a militaristic china and threat fling where japan with nukes. >> abe's japan looks out at the asian environment and it sees a more aggressive china, a more provocative north korea and tensions bubbling from the south china sea. so abe thought more legislation was needed and he wanted to be a contributor to regional peace. >> could it though in that context, if japan does become more active in regional affairs from a military standpoint, could this have the opposite effect and make japan less safe? >> sure. i think there needs to be one caveat to the whole discussion about this though. while japan has this legislation
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that has relaxed some of the restrictions from what it did in the past and to exercise collective self defense, the just of japanese forces in self defense, i doubt abe would be using the forces any time soon. >> stepping up support of the u.s. military if it wanted to, or increase what it does from the perspective of u.n. peace keeping. >> right. >> ofrom the perspective of the united states this is a positive. >> this is a positive. but when you look at the legislation i think there's two camps. there's the critics and the supporters and i think both are going to be disappointed in the end in that the critics see abe militarizing japan. but supporters think that japan can be a full ally of the u.s. now and help in operation overseas. but there is a middle ground
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here. japan can do more but it is not going to be a britain of asia that can go out on combat operations of the world with the united states. >> it is a smaller step people would think. >> very small step. >> i want to ask you about the controversy of donald trump's comments on the new york times, that japan takes america for a ride, it steals jobs and the u.s. is committed to deefngdingg it, house troops in japan, and he didn't rule out that japan would have to develop nuclear deterrents. how is that received in japan? >> this whole donald trump phenomenon is not being received well in japan. how that would affect the u.s. japan alliance if donald trump was elected president.
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lost in the narrative is the fact that japan houses a substantial forward presence of the u.s. that is vital to u.s. presence in the region as well as provide a substantial financial contribution to house u.s. forces as well as relocation of troops throughout the region. >> that is one point that seemed to be missed that having u.s. troops in japan isn't just to defend japan. >> correct. >> and it's an important part of american foreign policy. >> correct. and that's where a lot of the debate in japan is emphasizing that aspect of it that while in the past legally japan could not help the united states if it were attacked, now abe has provided a lot of changes that enable japan to do more. but as we just previously talked about, the forward presence of the united states in japan is crucial, if the u.s. wants to have influence in the asia pacific region especially at a time when china is becoming very
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active in the south china sea. >> jeffrey hornen, always good to have you. >> thank you very much. >> a backlash brings the country to a standstill, hard liners accuse the country of being anti-israel. also. >> i'm daniel lak. how cave soil could help us fight drug resistant bacteria.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america kym antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of internet news, fidel castro criticizes president obama's historic visit to cuba. but first a look at the stories making headlines across the u.s. in our american minute. the fbi has managed to unlock an iphone that belonged to one of the san bernardino astackers and analyzing the information inside. with that information now on hand, the fbi has ended its legal battle with panel. apple has been fighting a federal magistrate's order to do so. blocking municipalities from banning discrimination against lgbt people and facing discrimination, georgia's
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governor nathan deihl announces his veto of a bill that bans discrimination of lgbt individuals. medstar says virus has prevented authorized users from logging onto its network. dispute the computer shutdown all medstar facilities remain open. executed murderer, thousands took part in a sit in that began sunday in central islamabad. when the crowd grew rowdy the military was sent in to restore order. al jazeera's imran khan reports from pakistan. >> reporter: this protest seemingly came out of nowhere.
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thousands came to islamabad to celebrate the life of a police officer who was sent to protect a plan whom he killed. kadra was executed for that crime on february 29th of this year. be hard liners have rallied in his support. >> translator: people from within your ranks will kill you. your body guards will kill you. your ser valentine servants wil. the people will not spare even the prime minister. god has put hope in their hearts. >> reporter: the protesters brought the scenario of islamabad to a standstill. the army is out in the streets trying to control the crowds.
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groups have shown open sympathies for pakistani taliban. attacked anything a symbol of the government. containers were put there by the government to stop people from coming in. goes to show you how age rethey were. take a look at the damage around you. they want khadri to be declared a national hero, it's unlikely the government will accept their demand but their voices are being heard across the nation nonetheless. imran khan, al jazeera, islamabad. iraq's parliament has told the prime minister he will face a nonconfidence vote. javiejane arraf reports from ba.
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muqtada al-sadr promising a new era. >> translator: my beloved followers who live in luxury forget about the poor and insist there is no sign of corruption but i insist otherwise. >> reporter: across the city sadr followers have been waiting for his word to storm the green zone. the barricaded neighborhood where iraqi officials and foreign diplomats live and work. th stead sadr defused the threat but still seized the spotlight. >> translator: i am the representative of the people by the grace of god. i will sit in, inside the green zone and you sit outside the green zone. everyone remain in their tents and stay in their places. >> reporter: and his followers
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obeyed. iraqi military officials led sadr through the concrete bear yes, sir to a tent. an iraqi army general in charge of green zone security kissed his hand. sadr says he will only leave when there is a new cabinet. says he needs a few days to get neparliament to disagree to new cabinet minister. his army militia fought american soldiers and iraqi government forces in the streets. the militia played a leading role in iraq's sectarian role but sadr disbanded the mufti army. for almost two weeks demonstrators have camped outside the green zone. they're mostly sadr followers
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but they carry only the iraqi flag. people here want away had a they think people in the green zone have, a share of iraq's oil wells. protesters are intent to dismantle the barriers that they think keep them powerless. ali comes from this area which is filled with oil wells but is very poor. >> people have university degrees, working as laborers. >> reporter: sadr has tapped into a deep vein of demands that the government deliver. jane arraf, al jazeera, bagged. two men documented covert
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turkish arms shipments to syria. the government has accused them of trying otopple it. many in the west say the charges are really an attack on freedom of expression. on friday britain's consul general in istanbul lee turner seen on the right attended the trial and took a selfie with one of the suspects and sent out messages of support on his official twitter account. turkish president recep tayyip erdogan said others would have kicked turner out of the country for his actions. a controversial suspension bill, prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been pushing the bill. it would allow members of the knesset to be suspended. imtiaz tyab has more from east jerusalem. >> reporter: this was the scene inside the parliamentary offices of israel constitutional
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law and justice committee. it just announced a bill allowing for expulsion of sitting mps if enough lawmakers were in favor of it. these israeli-palestinian members of parliament were escortout of thescorted out of . joint list a coalition of israeli-palestinian political parties, he says other political parities have targeted palestinians, earlier this year he was suspended by an ethics committee for four months after he met with the families of palestinians killed by israeli forces after allegedly carrying out attacks. gatta says if the so-called suspension bill is passed and used against members of parliament he would resign in
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protest. >> i'm angry, in the knesset this serves as serious punishment or sanction used, only upon arab icic members gln prime minister benjamin netanyahu has called on his party members to vote in favor of it. if at least 90 members of knesset voted in favor of suspending them, a potential law that israeli rights groups had described as the final nail in the coffin of israel's democracy. passed more than 50 laws which lawmakers say are discriminatory against israeli citizens. >> when democratically members of the parliament are being suspended by their peers, they
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are not even being suspended by a court of law but by their peers. >> no constitutional obstacle to prevent the passage of the bill but warns it's dangerous. whatever the case given the wide spreads support from israel's government coalition the bill will likely become law. imtiaz tyab, al jazeera, west jerusalem. >> former president fidel castro has lashed out against president obama. accused him of sweet talking the cuban people. president obama's trip was aimed at repairing relations between the two countries. more from lucia newman in havana. >> fidel's letter entitled
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brother obama shouldn't come as a surprise. it's a reflection of the true feelings, between the old guard and those who want to open up more, fidel castro said over and over we don't need anything from the so-called empire. the word empire was presumed. at the same time his brother raul castro has just last week thanked president obama for having eased the u.s. economic embargo as much as he can to allow for more trade more commerce more exchange between the united states and cuba. there is a contradiction there. what really this means i think is he believes like others on the island that this new kinder gentler version of u.s. towards cuba is really an attempt to undermine the party's one political state and its
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communist system. might be the fact that fidel castro didn't meet with obama, he's the only president who visited the island who didn't pay his respects to the commandante. that could have bothered him. >> lucia newman reporting from havana. leading a criminal gang, held without bail, accused of taking bribes and allowing companies to import goods without paying import taxes. dozens of other people including top officials are also implicated a massive fraud network. the evidence includes $5,000 documents and 80,000 wiretaps. perez has denied the charges. a drug kingpin called king
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midas is in custody now. accused of laundering money for joaquin el chapo guzman. >> core dons of police and investigators, he laundered some $4 billion over the past decade he for sinaloa cartel, one of the most sophisticated and largest drug cartel organizations here in mexico that is allegedly run by joaquin el chapo guzman recently back in custody after being on the lamb for kind. this man was called king midas, and laundered mown through monee
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currency organizations, relying on money launderers to launder millions and millions every year. according to u.s. government, approximately $19 billion is laundered in mexico and estimates more than $30 billion leaves mexico every year that is tainted illegally through drug running smuggling extortion ractsrackets, third largest supr of political extortion after china and russia. adam rainey from mexico city. seven-year-old summer grant was in an easter fair, when a
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sudden gust of wind blue a bounce house away. two men in charge are charged with gross manage management. >> died age 46 of a rare form of scare, are u.s. and canada are preparing for a titan igic advertise disaster they are trying to avoid. also. a dam project that has to happen to help boost the economy.
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al jazeera america. >> alaska's mount pavlov volcano erupted, today, red alert forced flights to be rerouted. scientists say the size of the ash cloud is not unusual. highest plume recorded was nine miles. drills in april are in anticipation of the first ever voyage of a luxury cruise ship through northwest passage, the cruise ship convenientity will
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carry 1700 passengers through the arctic. thousands of americans die every year because of what are called superbug infections, those strains of bacteria have volved to resist many antibiotics. scientists have gone intrepid cave employeeser from reaching remote caverns where human beings haven't been before. there is life here, bacteria in the soil that haven't been exposed.
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people are really looking at these extreme environments, i'm still learning to find out what they are actually using half the samples that we're collecting for. >> reporter: the dirt from deep down enters here department of microbiology. put in petrie dishes with drug resistant bacteria. having a startling effect. >> about a thousand bacteria that reply students isolated and they show promising activity. in a nutshell we have found very good groups of bacteria that produce metabolites that kill especially multidrug resistant bacteria. >> it's been decades some new antibiotics have been
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discovered. the growing prevalence of superbugs could speed things up. >> i believe that we still need to widen our tool box. if you think of it as a tool box i mean you know to have antibiotics as a tool box we are running out of tools in this box right now. we need to fill this box. >> for nick viera, science just part of the reason he ventures into the deep and fascinating caves. >> we just don't know. finding new ones continual exploring and discovering things. we have been in numerous times and discovered new species that nobody's noticed before. >> reporter: cavers have known for years the mysteries of the deep what lies beneath the surface of the either but now scientists are beginning to share, what found down there could be very useful for us.
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>> new forms of life, news possibilities of slowing coming to life. daniel lak, in canada's rocky mountains. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. britain's the telegraph, says murder is murder. no negotiations and no demands can be discussed. the paper says there can be no dialogue or bargaining with muslim fanatics when their goal is to destroy our waive life. somewhere. >> germany's deutschewellle say, not just i.s.i.l. but with all of islam, so threal have no theo
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choice but to sign up to i.s.i.l.'s pursue about at that time. in china's global time note that since 9/11 there have been no large scale organized terror attacks in the u.s. but they have risen rapidly in europe. learn from the u.s. that prevention and detection by coordinating among all levels of government is ski and it points out the u.s. has also done an excellent job of separating muslims and terrorists, fighting a war on terror not on islam. the mekong river, a controversial hydroelectric river on the dam can move many of its people out of poverty. in laos. >> preparations are underway to harness the might of the river. the communist government wants
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to become the battery of southeast asia by exporting lfnlg. exporting electricity. >> we want to develop hydropower but we will be very responsible. >> many claim the dam will block sediments meant for downstream, the developers of this project said they made many modifications to make it more environmentally friendly, including having fish friendly turbines and access points to enable migratory fish to swim through. if they can't people's livelihoods will be affected. the delta is affected as the biggest fish farms in the world. >> affects many industries, would change people's lives in very fundamental ways and also irreplaceable ways.
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>> the mekong is also an important transport route, a navigation lock fleables boats o pass through. storage dam meaning a large reservoir isn't needed but the upstream water level has risen and 3,000 people have been relocated and given new houses by the government complete with electricity. >> it's more comfortable for us now because in the past there was no infrastructure. we had to use a small generator for electricity. >> the lao government acknowledges the impact of building a dam like this but it believes hydroelectric power is vital to bring the country out of poverty. >> if there are impacts identified how do you mitigate them? is it acceptable? at the same time, you have to maximize the benefit. >> set to generate electricity
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by the end of 2019. turning the power of the mekong into money sooner than. wayne hay, al jazeera, laos. the torso of rama, a tent century headless sandstone temp was stolen during ca cambodia's refltion, only realized it was looted after discussion he with cambodia, the museum ceremoniously land he it back over to officials in phnom penh. after finding another way to unlock an iphone, now the case is raising new privacy concerns. i'll be back with more news in
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s. good evening. this is al jazeera america. the f.b.i. unlocked the fine of one of the san bernardino shooters. t the only suspect charged in last week's brussels attack has been released. >> police shoot a man who pulled a gun at a checkpoint. what authorities know about him. >> i do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in georgia. >> the governor on changes impacting the state's lgbt community and the impact for