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♪ . >> under pressure after the panama leaks iceland's prime minister resigns. jazeera live from london.l also coming up, the international criminal court throws out charges against the kenyan president william russo. south africa's president survives an itch peoplement vote after being ordered to pay back public money he spent on his house.
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and the worst fighting in years. hello, island's prime minister has become the first political casualty in the panama leak. resigns after details of his financial affairs were revealed. he has been accused of failing to expose an interest in his wife's offer shore company. which many turn, has interests in iceland's failed banks. lettuce take you to al jazeera correspondent, so lawrence, tell us how the resignation came about. >> well, essentially, he was disavowed in the end by his own party, and therefore had nowhere left to turn. if you look at it oevery the short term time line prime minister the weekend when he was first confronted by these allegations on swedish television, he walked out of that interview, when he said he wouldn't resign, because he still felt he did
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absolutely nothing wrong to choose a morning when he said he would resign if his coalition partners failed to bank him to this afternoon, when clearly the opposition -- his coalition partners failed to back him, but his own party decided they couldn't stand with him any more. but it only took two days and during the entire time, he has acted with a complete lack of el danes and grace, and with no apology whatsoever. it wasn't he that made the announcement, it was his party, which said that he was being replaced as leader by the current minister of agriculture which clearly in any government is hardly the most senior position. but in the end he had nowhere left to go. had he taken some of the heat, with e certainly on the ground i think he has, a little protests is started to gather here, again outside parliament, but it is very small compares to the thousands and thousands of peopleho are here last night. some of them i think still want there to be a vote of no
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confidence and fresh elections, that may mow not happen, but certainly i think his party will hope that by getting rid of him, they can try to hang on to power. >> how united is the party since he is gone? >> i can't hear you very well over the noise. let me explain to you what has happened in terms of the internal rangeling here. behind the scenes, since the minister of agriculture was announced as the new party leader, the progressive party and government are now holding talks with their coalition partner, the independent party, which is led by the current finance minister, coincidentally has his own offshore accounts and they have amongsted this afternoon, that if the majority of independent party members of parliament support the minister of agriculture as the new party leader then he will become the new prime minister, and this will
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happen it is said without being the need for this vote of no confidence on thursday. now, that seems like frankly a pretty cynical attempt to avoided that, but it is also the case that if these two parties can get these agreements then they would win the vote of mo confidence on thursday, and they would be able to carry on in government without the opposition really having a say and i suspect that's the reason for all this. because as a lot of people here, that think that there needs to be something more comprehensive done to get rid of this sort of idea at the head of politics. a sort of fresh way of doing thins and getting rid of the prime minister won't actually stall that entirely. >> lawrence, thank you. i can tell you many the last president, the u.s. president has been speaking following the leak of both panama papers live to washington, d.c. so what did barack obama have to say about it? >> well, he was really -- i think he used the papers to launch -- to get a little
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more focus on something his treasury department announced but didn't get much attention, they are making changes to their own practices. now even the president admitted what is happening with the panama papers that's one thing the corporations do, what he is doing is another thing, the only way they are related is they may seem wrong, but in most cases they are not actually illegal. so let's focus on what the u.s. is doing. they are tackling something called corporate inversion. that's when a u.s. company buy as smaller firm, that has a lower tax rate for corporations, and then they move their headquarters there on paper. but basically what that means is they are paying less taxes to the united states government. so here is why the president -- here is how the president explained why that's just wrong. >> effectively renounced their citizenship. they declare that they are based somewhere else. there by getting all the rewards of being an american company, without fulfilling the responsibilities to pay
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their taxes the way everybody else is supposed to pay them. when a company's exploit loopholes like this, it makes it harder to invest many the things that will keep america's economy going strong for future generations. which sticks the rest of us with the tab. >> so basically these changes will make it harder for u.s. companies to do that but not impossible, only congress can close that permanently, and he is probably hoping that there's enough political outrage over this issue that will force them to act. let's not forget that corporations spend a lot of money donating to u.s. politician, he did point out that so far we haven't heard of any american companies or any american name ms. the papers but that, of course, can always change. >> absolutely, patti with the latest there in washington, d.c., thank you so much. ♪ . >> now the international criminal court has declared a
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miss trial in the case against kenya's deputy president. the charges over post election violence almost a decade ago. william russo and the radio journalist were accused of crimes against humanity after that disputed election in 2007. the violence killed more than 1,000 people and hundreds of thousands were displaced. judges at the court ruled that witness interference have made a trial impossible. kathryn sawyer reports. >> he has never physically recovered from the injury he got during the post election violence. in western kenya. he handles -- now he spents most of his time in hospital, with different complications or related to the arm, that he can't use any more. >> it has been a real problem. from my arm to this arm. and my children still need me.
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>> that once stood on this compound. it now serves as a reminder of more than 30 people, killed inside the church where they were hiding. >> some like his friend joseph and his wife were buried here. he says he has given up on justice. now he just wants peace. >> initial government will give us this. that those who help us will be taken to court and they will get institution. nothing happened and now i just don't care. >> deputy president william russo and radio journalist are accused of planning and facilitating many of the crimes. the charges, martyr, persecution, deportation. >> people which is the epicenter of the balance are looking the development of the hague closely, in this area, the loyal to the deputy president.
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>> we live here, and have never seen the enemy to plan the violence. only camera people will tell you they have moved on, and they have forgiven each other, but off camera many say they are just going through. >> . >> the suspicious. the hatred. that always helped to start clashes. back at the hospital it is visiting hours. and he is happy to see his relatives. they say they want justice, but not at the expense of peace. let's go live too nairobi. great to have you with us on the program. how significant do you think
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it is that russo wasn't actually acquit had simply that the charges were thrown out? >> well, you know, the president is a big force in the region, and a big player in the space. and that the determination of this case has given people a sigh of relief, especially members of the community. and the news hasn't been received by mixed objections. they are excited, and they are now -- and it is -- they are not going to see members of the impunity in kenya. is he expected to go for the presidency? >> . >> you know the difference, is a member of the coalition.
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the political -- and the president and the constitution provides us full term. but which is owning the president together that the deputy president. if he decides to stay chalk. teheran next year. so they have a blank check, and complete away, and you know because he has a lot of associated -- he as a finance completely from the masses and these are very sure politician, so he really has a blank check on it and he can play either way. >> within the country, within kenya, how divisive has this case been? because there were many of the supporters said that there was simply no case to answer. others, of course who felt they were victims of the post election violence, felt that
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he had committed crimes against humanity? >> well, the initially when the case came out, there are six that have been suspected in 2007. and the case in the rights. so 50% of the mission says that this -- and a section of the society feels that this violence. so they have been very devicive. and you will recall that pause of the i.c.c.k., the deputy came together to form the coalition. actually they were able to get power many the last few elections because of the i.c.c. case. kenya is going to admit a new chapter, there will be no politics. and it is going to be an interesting political case. >> good to have you with us, thank you for joining us on
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al jazeera. >> south africa's president has easily survived an impeachment vote in parliament, the opposition democratic alliance introduced the motion to impeach him. after he was ordered to pay back public money he used to last week the top court ruled that he violated the constitution by ignoring an order repay some of the $16 million he spent. al jazeera joins us live mow, so in the end he easily survived this impeachment process tonya? >> yes, and as expected in the end, he survived the impeachment by 233 votes to 143. the national congress using the big majority to ensure that he survived but not before really rigorous and vigorous debate with the democratic alliance. it's leaders saying that the anc the voting and against
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the constitution, the other opposition party, behind this debate, the economic freedom fighters, saying that the anc were voting like cattle. so it got quite personal in the end, and was quite chaotic at times, at the beginning they tried to get the speaker of parliament to recuse herself, so a lively debate. although they knew they wouldn't win because of the big dominance in parliament. it was an important moment for the opposition to make full use of the platform they have been given. this debate broadcast live to the nation, to build on the momentum from that landmark constitutional court judgement last week. >> as you say, the. n.c. has a huge majority in parliament, but how united is it now following what has happened? >> publicly, officially the anc is 100% behind president zuma. back a couple of weeks to
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national committee meeting after emerged that a business family was allegedly too close, and may have been offering parliamentary posts on his behalf. they came out and said he has our 100% full confidence. following the constitutional court judgement, the top six politician it's national working committee, the women's league, the youth league, all of it's top structures said we accept his apology, we accept his humbling himself and appreciate that, we will act on a constitutional court judgement, and he has our full support. so officially in public, behind him, what we don't know is what is happening behind closed doors, of course, and since this judgement came out we have seen a number of former, former finance minister saying he believes he should step down. the struggle stalworth saying he believes that the
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president needed to step down, and the anc needed to do some soul serging. so obviously both people are connected to the party. they must obviously be some rifts within it. but for the moment they are putting up a united front at least on the public page. still to come, the u.s. presidential primaries move to wisconsin, where the republican front runner donald trump is trailing. and we meet one family determined to stay in syria. despite the threat of danger.
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>> hello again, and a reminder of the top stories here. iceland's prime minister has resigned following the panama's paper scandal. he was already faced a no confidence can vote and mas. protest calling for him to step down. the criminal court has called out charges against kenya's deputy president. and south africa's president has devised an impeachment vote, the motion has been put forward by the opposition. after he was ordered to pay back public money he has used to renovate his home. >> now, after four days of violence in the territory, they have agreed to a cease fire. the defense ministry says the armed forces of armenia have mutually agreed to halt military actions on the front line. the fighting was the
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bloodiest in years with 16 soldiers and 20 armenians killed. mediators met on tuesday, to try to security a truce. the disputed territory has been under control since 1994. is in the capitol and filed this report after the cease fire was announced. >> of course, the longer it holds, if it holds the more confident there with been in this cease fire, but of course, over the years, there have been frequent fighting between them. and the resent escalation has broken any trust. i was speaking to people on the square earlier, some degree of relief, perhaps, because they felt they were on the brink of a full scale war, but a lot of skepticism too, that this cease fire could hold. so now, at least, we are hopeful.
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and that has to be a lot to do with the international community that have been scrambling to try to find a way out of this. nobody on the record is saying that they want these two sides to continue this fight. russia strongly condemning the violence, russia considered to be what is the major guarantors of peace many this region. they as part of the ambassadors are to be meeting today, we are expecting hose so called special ambassadors of the group to now come to sit down with the leadership and to try to strengthen this cease fire. and hope that it will hold. >> the u.s. state of wisconsin is holding it's presidential primaries on tuesday. it will be a test for the front runners from both parties. hillary clinton and donald trump. both are trailing in support there. as kimberly reports from wisconsin.
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>> even a little snow can't stop the supporters of democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders. he is the best hope for reclaiming a democratic party they say no longer speaks to working and middle class americans. >> they have the interest of maybe wealthier groups represented but we have a lot more people that aren't being represented. >> because we are supposed to be a democracy, of government for the people, by the people, and we are not any more. >> so these organizers here in wisconsin and nine other u.s. states have come together to form a group called the working families party. before this election, they are supports sandings with the goal of pushing the party and a discourse further to the political left. >> in the united states, we don't have real political parties, we have rentable ballot lines and money launders operations for candidates. and i think what we are doing is pushing the democrats to take up more popless
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positions. >> to help eliminate candidates like democratic front runners hillary clinton, that they believe listen more to money donors than the democratic parties rank and file. >> thank you so much for being with us. >> it is push back this analyst says is fueled by a collective exasperation with america's political establishment and both the left and the right. >> this sort of sense of frustration about policies, about grid lock. about being represented having people hear your voice. i mean that's when you hear from both trump supporters and sander sup pores. is that the folks that are in elected office don't stand for me, or don't listen to me. >> we will go this way. >> so working families activists are canvassing the state, and they say their message of mass income redistribution, and social equity is resonating with
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wisconsin voters. one saw the trailing trajectory, sanders is now heading into the state's primary, narrowly ahead of clinton. >> the working class, the middle class, they come together and stand up for their right to prosper, their right to have the opportunity to live in the american dream. >> it is a dream of working families party hopes to make a reality. by pushing to become a national force, and ultimately elect america's first socialist president. kimberly al jazeera, milwaukee wisconsin. >> gunman have attacked government offices and police stations in the capitol of the republican of congo. fighters from the group known as the ninjas were behind the violence, the first major incident of fighting since last month disputed election. the violence coincided with the release of final election results that gave the president a landslide re-election. despite the poll has falled
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forward. >> six people have been killed in a suicide bombing. >> and another 26 people including three children were injury ms. h the blast have seen no claim of responsibility yet. security forces across pakistan following last week's suicide bombing. 70 people died many of them children. they have now called many in elite squads to patrol the cities. this report. >> on patrol with police. a week after the worst suicide bomb attack in the history, this elite force is now on the front line. it is called a dolphin squad, and it is a rapid response team that has been put in place to react instantly to threat and to put up quick reaction chien points. the police have stepped up their patrols as possible wide ranging series of
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measures to protect the city. those measures including guarding public spaces and intelligence gathering. some say it is too little too late, but for the police chief it is just the beginning. he says last week's attack wasn't a police failure. >> definitely there have been a large in the past, and we have been able to prevent in h the past also. definitely intelligence agencies are coming are working on various searches the law enforcement trying to prove those attacks. we have been successful in the last six months. >> a senior advisor says as well as policing legal action is also required. >> the chief minister established. >> it has really brought a reason of very come tent.
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but in the streets they also feel any safer. >> of course they feel scared. every time i leave the house for work, my wife prays for me and asked god that i come home safefully. >> now the markets remain slightly emptier than usual, but the city is on high alert. how long that can be sustained for does remain to be seen. and that takes away from other law and order issues particularly criminality, striking a balance between dealing with crime, and providing security is going to be key. al jazeera. social media footage shows fighters gathered arched the burning wreckage in the south of aleppo. the syrian observe story says the al quaida linked group hit the fighter jet, with a surface to air missile. since the war many syria began, millions have left
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their homes in search of safety. but some are determined to stay. here is the story of one resident of aleppo. in his own words. >> i am mahmoud casa. a resident of aleppo. i have a textile business and created over products as well. i live in this neighborhood. part of my family went to vienna, others went to turkey, but i am adamant to remain here in aleppo. i cannot leave this place. as i see everything around me is alive. even the rocks, alive and talking. i live about 100 fit meters from the ancient citadel, and 15-meters from the mosque. i love this place, and prefer to die on this soil. i can still picture the bustling markets the voices of vendors still resonate in my ears. if you move around now, you hear nothing, but silence.
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if there is any sound, it is nothing but shelling. homes and monuments are in total ruins. we are trying to remain calm, but the situation is very tragic. and painful. we are living without water or ever electricity, and anything above ground is either destroyed or burned down. anything still standing is shelled until it is on fire. we many the neighborhood council restored roads and cleaned them up in order to continue living in the area. i am holding my ground, even if shells fall at my doorstep. >> this is my home. my life, my livelihood. >> how can i leave it behind.
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm richelle carey. voters in wisconsin are headed to the polls today for that state's presidential primary. there are 4 delegates at stake for the republicans. 86 for the democrats. both parties frontrunners are trailing in the polls. in a new move donald trump is turning to his wife to help win over female supporters. >> no matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal. >> meanwhile, the hillary clinton and bernie sanders camps have finally agreed to hold the debate on april 14th in brooklyn five days before new york's primary where 300 delegates will be up for grabs. a win today in wisconsin can give sanders a much-needed boost. a recent emerson college poll
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shows the senator leading clinton among democratic voters. diane estherbrook is live for us in milwaukee. so, diane, how is it looking for the idea of an underdog, the underdog bernie sanders becoming a big winner among democrats? >> well, at this point it looks fairly good. one of the things that bernie sanders was counting on today was heavy voter turn out. and voting turnout has been fairly steady throughout the day. one of the concerns that he had was this new voter i.d. law in wisconsin. it was feared that he may prevent younger voters, college students voting. but i talked with someone from the board of election as couple of hours ago, and they said today they hadn't had any problems with that, so that could bode well for sanders. >> let's talk about ted cruz. he's leading in the polls there. tell us about the republican race. >> yes well, there is the spread between cruz and donald trump
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going into today, according to the emerson college poll was 15 points. that looks pretty good for ted cruz. he picked up endorsements from party leaders in the state of wisconsin including governor scott walker and some of the conservative talk show hosts have been bashing trump. he's the only candidate who plans to be here tonight when the election returns come in. >> what are the issues there for residents in wisconsin? >> well, one of the big issues here, and it's an issue we've seen play out across the midwest is jobs and trade. it's a state that has lost manufacturing jobs to other states and places like mexico and a lot of union voters have been concerned about the effect that trade has had on this state. that's something that bernie sanders has capitalized on, and he was counting on some of those union voters to come out to the votes today and vote for him. it's the same issues we've seen
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throughout the midwest. wages, jobs, that sort of thing. >> thank you. the justice department hazard investigating an arizona county where some voters waited for as long as five hours last month. the county officials say that federal officials have asked them specifics to cut the number of polling places. the state's most populous county cut its voting sites from 200 in 2012 to just 60 for this year's. supreme court nominee merit garland will be interviewed today. the two have broken ranks in party membership just to meet with garland. chuck grassley said he wants to have breakfast with garland, but only to explain why he's opposed to the nomination. the treasury department has introduced new restrictions on taxes. they're meant to deter u.s.
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companies to move their headquarters to lower-tax countries. it will make inversions harder and less profitable. president obama praised the changes, which take effect immediately. >> i've been pushing for years to eliminate some of the injustices in our tax system. i'm very pleased that the treasury department has taken new action to prevent more corporations from taking advantage of one of the most insidious loopholes out there, and fleeing the country just to get out of paying their taxes. >> mike viqueira is live for news washington to tell us more about these tax inversions. >> well, okay, richelle, let's use a couple of examples. one in recent history, everyone is familiar with the burger king burger chain company that is now a canadian company. most people have heard of
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pfizer, the far pharmaceutical company. it know shopping overseas in ireland. where is this happening? so american corporations can avoid paying millions and billions in taxes here. they simply merge with an overseas 77 that is generally much smaller than the american company. they head quarter overseas on paper most of the executive, most of the employees remain in the united states. but in doing so they can avoid those taxes. in the case of the pfizer-aler pfizer-alergen merger that has been in the headlines for the last couple of weeks, some $40 billion is in tax savings for pfizer. the state treasury department put food rules to make it more difficult for these things to happen. while the pfizer merger is not the target of what is happening here, these new rules, many look at this and see it is geared, tailored made to stop that
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merger from happening. there are many incidents here that have happened perhaps 50 over the course of last several years by one count since 1982, costing the u.s. treasury billions of dollars in tax revenue. >> so at this moment when the president was taking questions, he got some questions about presidential election as well. what did he say there? [ chuckling ] >> it's almost inevitable with everything swirling in an unique and tumultuous campaign going on out there on the campaign trail, any time the president appears before the press he's asked about that. he's asked about two questions. one has close relationship to the tax inversion, and that's the so-called panama papers. he was asked about donald trump and the president brought in ted cruz for criticism. he said when he meets with foreign leaders he always has to allay their concerns some of what some are called the wackier
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policies of donald trump and elsewhere. he's talking about his immigration policies and remittances to mexico to mexican residents who live in united states. donald trump revealing that's how he was going to pay for the wall, by some how stopping or collecting those remittances. the whole gamut, president obama taking time out to once again ridicule donald trump and not sparing ted cruz either. >> you get the feeling he's almost enjoying it? i don't know. [ chuckling ] mike viqueira live from washington. thank you. well, there is more fallout today from the panama papers. iceland's prime minister has announced his resignation a short time ago. thousands of protesters calling for the resignation after the papers reveal his wife's off-shore holdings. he moved millions of dollars to the british virgin island. the documents show how some of
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the world's wealthiest people hide their money to avoid paying taxes. marine la pen has been confirmed to having an offshore scheme. >> we're allies, not just in this country but every country in the world we welcome any publication or any investigation which protects global financial systems so it cannot be used for any illicit act. on the contrary these types of challenges strengthen us as a country and reaffirms our commitment to keep fighting for transparency. >> prosecute necessary panama have opened an investigation into the reports. al jazeera's adam raney has more on that in panama city. >> it's not clear where that investigation is going to lead. they're being vague in that, they're going to look for any criminal activity related to the release of these documents the so-called panama papers. but that's in contrast from what i've heard directly from
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panamanian officials. i was speaking with a selected spokesperson from the government a vice minister in the foreign ministry. she said at this time they don't know of any illegal activity, they'll look at that, but she got on the defensive saiding look there are offshore hubs all over the world, and panama is by no means the worst of the bunch and there is undue attention being focused on this country. and said there are legitimate uses for offshore and bemoaned the fact that this is being called the panama papers. even though this law firm are located in panama, these are known all over the world. this is a defensive posture, and it's worth noting that panama is not the worst performer in the sense of lack of transparency. the u.s. is actually number three on the watchdog list and panama ranks number 13, and in some studies the panamanian firms ask for more documents and
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proof of identity than they do in the united states, especially in the state of delaware where in a survey only 6% of the time were delaware firms asking for such documentation where in panama it was a quarter of the time. panama is taking the defensive posture. they're saying we need to look into this further and the official i spoke to said that we passed a major overall and got off this gray list of money laundering companies, and this is hurting our government to clean up the act and image that goes back to the 1980s when the then president allowed colombian drug gangs to invest widely. >> adam raney in panama city. the scandal is impacting the soccer world. the papers show that lionel messi and his father owned a helicopter company. there will be an internal investigation after it was seen that he used the law firm to
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funnel money for bribes. isil has released another video suggesting it may carry out further attacks in europe. it names london, berlin and rome as possible future targets. the threats were spoken by a nebraska of th--by a member of the group who spoke in english. this comes in the aftermath of attacks in paris and brussels. north carolina is facing more consequences over its lgbt. pay pal will cancel plans to bring 400 jobs to the state over a law that many say discriminate against lgbt people. the announcement from the cal-based company is the biggest tangible economic backlash to the law. more than 100 corporate heads have said that the law is more fair and say it makes it more difficult to attract talent to the state. mississippi's governor phil brian has signed a bill to allow companies to refuse business
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based on an employer's religious belief. the move comes despite opposition from gay rights groups and businesses who say that it enables discrimination. in the midwest to new england it is cold today. that means that it will be tough for the spring snow to melt. the snow that has fallen over the last few days. the snow led to accidents like this one in rochester, new york, that killed one person and injured 13 other people and in connecticut the road to new london had to shut down because of so many christians. paul mitchell has more. >> we've already had more snow. this system has been pulling into the plains. this is the forecast for the next 24 hours by overnight. more of that snow will get around the great lakes as well and on the southern side we've been dealing with rain and we'll continue to deal with rain as that progresses. a couple of things to watch for in this particular. we can see up to seven n- of
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snow like in the northern portions of michigan and high winds associated with it. dragging across the dakotas that is going to be treacherous. and you get further south and that will add to a fire danger. that chance for high winds and low humidities. otherwise for the next couple of days this is on the move. as i said more of the snow gets around the great lakes into the overnight tonight. that's where this is paused. you can see showers sort of all this. then by the time we get into wednesday and thursday, then it starts to progress through the east coast a little bit more. that could also mean yet another round of snow for places like new england. most of this will be rain, but definitely watch for areas of snow once again and to have that you have to have the cold temperatures. temperatures along the east coast have dropped 10 to 15 degrees, morning temperatures 20 or 30 degrees cooler than they had been in the prior morning. warmth ahead the system, but more cold air behind that. you can see the cold air ripples over the course of the next
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week. temperatures will be on a roller coaster for the northern tier of the country. back to you. >> up next, san francisco votes on whether to become the first city to require full parental paid leave. plus the colorado town facing an economic decline considers cashing in on legalized marijuana. and the debate over america's confederate history. removing symbols of the civil war while states grapple with their past.
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>> francisco is taking a look at making family leave more affordable for new parents. the city's board of supervisors is voting today on whether to require six weeks of paid family leave. the state requires to provide half of workers pay up to six weeks. now in the past san francisco would be the first city to require full parental leave pay. voters in ferguson are going to the polls today to decide on two tax proposals. mayor james knolls say that sales and property tax hikes are
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needed to pay for the reforms. they agreed to a settlement that calls for the hiring of a monitor, diversity training for police and body cameras. that will cost $2 million over three years. nine colorado cities will vote on whether marijuana should be legal. one of those places is a rural coal town where mines have slowly closed over the last several years. we report on the debate whether pot will put people back to wo work. >> the views in this town are spectacular. this is hodge kiss, colorado a town less than a thousand people. but it's the battle over legalizing marijuana here that really is burning into the heart and soul of this community. >> commercial marijuana would bring in several things. >> tom is one of the backers of the plan that if approved would allow retail pop shops to open
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on this sleepily main street. >> the coal mines are closing. we're looking at things to boost the economy. >> the coal mines have provided good jobs for decades, but hundreds of jobs have lost as the mine shut down due to bankruptcy and slowdowns. many believe that legal weed could boost the economy here in hodge kiss. many say it's the sales tax revenue that is so tantalizing. the green from the green economy, if you will. last year in colorado, marijuana sales topped $1 billion. that produced $135 million in sales tax revenue and thousands of jobs in the state in the new pot industry. >> it's against the law. >> tim robertson is the trucee and once worked in the mines. he said that pot is still illegal in the eyes of the government and it could do the
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county no good. >> could the pot business replace the coal jobs. >> they will be deciding yes or no on legal marijuana. the voting wraps up here tonight at 7:00 mountain time. jim hooley, al jazeera, colorado. >> new jersey's governor is suing atlantic city. chris christie said that the city owes $34 million in payments to his state run school district and accuses the city of paying union contracts instead of funding education. atlantic city is on the verge of going broke and facing a state takeover, something that city leaders have been rejecting. the battle over removing confederate monuments has gone to the courts. legal challenges and threats are in the way. jonathan martin reports. >> the plan to remove four confederate monuments from public places in new orleans has been increasingly divisive.
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now a federal court could decide whether or not the statutes come down. >> these monuments will put up as a symbol of defiance about the idea that all people will be treated yellly. >> taking down monuments is not the answer, especially these that have graced the city landscape. >> leaders voted to remove the statues which include figures of robert e. lee and jefferson davis. the city's mayor called them symbols of white supremacy. >> i believe we can do better. we must do better and we must do it now. >> but there is opposition including bills that block removal of city monuments. the group monumental task committee is one of the plaintiffs. >> i think you take a monument,
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you take it out of its original context, you take a lot from it. >> while the district court sided with the city clearing the way for the monuments to come down an appeals court ruled that the statues must stay up while this case remains in litigation. instead of removing monuments the city should add plaques explaining their history and support new monuments. >> it could be a new hero. it could be heroes that have been forgotten. there are certainly a lot of those. >> james gray said that's not good enough. he said the majority of black city like new orleans confederate symbolism is it officially offensive. >> kids need to be able to walk down the street and see symbols of themselves, their fathers, their grandfathers in places of honor, and not symbols of, frankly, people who were their oppressors. >> even if the city is willing to take down the monuments
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finding someone to do it would find hurdals. one company faced death threats and other companies reluctant to take the job because of terribles. >> the subway sandwich chain has posted calorie counts across the country. they plan to have the display in all their stores by april 11th. that's comes with another delay that would require restaurant to post that information. restaurant chain chains chains are still waiting for the food and drug administration for final guidance and rules. spain could face a radical change to the slow workday. they may end the traditional fiesta. it is traditional to work from
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9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. but with three hour breaks. we'll see. villanova takes it to the final seconds. straight ahead.
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bury their members. >> they're tracking climate change. >> twitter will broadcast thursday night football online. they signed a multi deal partnership with the social media company, but the price tag is not cleared just yet. twitter was bidding for the right to show the games online. there is a new champion in college basketball. villanova took the title in spectacular fashion. john henry smith has the story. >> for the second time in school history villanova stands at college basketball's mountaintop. but it's how they got there that will be talked about for
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generations. down by three, north korea's marcus page did the amazing. >> at that point we believe they're going to win. we need 4.7 seconds of defense. >> what unc was got 4.7 seconds of defense and then jenkins got open with the ball. >> i was going to shoot t but i heard someone screaming in the back of my head, an it was chris. >> i was able to get in his vision, and i was open. so i was screaming at him. >> the ballgame, 77-74, villanova wins the game for the ages as wildcat fans both in houston and back in philadelphia erupt in celebration. >> it's amazing to be out there watching one shining moment standing up on the stage and seeing those kids cut down the net. >> meanwhile, unc coach roy williams was emotional after falling just short of his third national title with the tar
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heels athletic program embroiled in an academying fraud scandal there is speculation that the coach m might retire. the winner, a self-described chubby kid who learned to shoot from his home. >> once you step in, you shoot it. >> john henry smithel al jazeera. the welcome settle their championship tonight. the undefeated connecticut husband skis will play the syracuse orange. uconn is playing for their fourth straight national title. until this year syracuse's women's team had never even played a sweet 16 game. that should an good game as well. i'm richelle carey. there is plenty more news straight ahead. do keep it here, live from london.
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