>> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the help that the dprk government help they've given to me >> an 85-year-old american held captive in north korea comes back to the united states. flowers for the fallen father of south africa - celebrating the life of nelson mandela. >> a mix of snow, sleet and rain crippling parts of the country, causing pile-up and cancelling hundreds of flights. hopefully they'll make changes that affect the industry. >> and a megabrokerage firm
t against any u.s. company. >> good morning. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm mad forward. >> an american war veteran detained in north korea is on his way back to the united states. the u.s. is calling on the koreans to release another american, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea.
>> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and
south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on the flight too. >> merrill newman praised the deportation, he called on north korea to release kenneth bae. he has been in prison for a year. >> they have kenneth bae who has no reason to be held and should be released immediately. we demand his release as well. >> that sentiment echoed by merrill newman's son. >> we add do not forget ner american, kenneth bae, who is still being held in the dprk and we hope that he, too, will be
allowed to rejoin his family. >> merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco saturday morning. >> vice president joe biden says he played no direct role in merrill newman's release. >> preparations are under way for the burial of nelson mandela. people are gathering in johannesburg celebrating his life with a dance a prayer or a photograph. we report on the unique gift, even in death, to bring people together. >> nelson mandela dreamed of a rainbow nation. south africa is not perfect. maybe this is what he had in mind. this family remember the man they called tata. >> with so much segregation, so see this many people across - across borders and races singing
together and honouring an amazing man. >> we are here because of nelson mandela. we live the same life as other people. i can say that he was the greatest father in the world. >> during apartheid black south africans couldn't walk the streets. now they come to sing old protest songs. [ singing ] >> very dance to songs about nelson mandela's life. he empowered them. he spent a third of his life in prison and then he forgave. what have you taken from his life? >> unity. >> peace. that's a message we have to give to the children and our children's children. >> this is not about sadness or
mourning, but honouring the generosity of spirits and grace. >> it was a scene when he came out of gaol. >> your struggle. your commitment and your discipline has released me to stand before you today. >> i could see this. >> the black and white south african. >> we are all the same. all that separates us is a bit of pigment in our skin which means nothing. we are all the same. we are driven by the same things. maybe, just maybe the long walk to freedom is a little shorter thanks to tata. >> meanwhile president obama has called nelson mandela's wife to express condolences.
>> the president and first lady will go to south africa for memorial event next week. nelson mandela met president obama in 2005. former presidents cloipt clinton and bush will travel to south africa. >> let's here about the event for the week ahead. >> south africa is preparing a week of events. flags fly at half mast. sunday is designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. the nation's people are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. tuesday the 10th is the next most important day. the day when the national memorial service will be held at the soccer city stadium. it conceded 95,000 people. it was the site of the 2012 world cup final and known as the
kalabash. it's a cooking pot shaped in the form of a cooking pot. wednesday to friday nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. that's the official residents of the current president jacob zuma. there'll be many memorial services throughout the country during the three days. there'll be a state funeral. however, we have information because at that funeral nelson mandela's family and the world will say goodbye to the first nobel peace prize laureate and will be attended by world leaders, the president, mrs. obama, david cameron and his wife. the final details of the state funeral have not properly been worked out.
it is reported to be sunday 15th, but it's not guaranteed. that will be the day hes buried in his ancestral home. it's 450 miles since johannesburg. that is the site of the - of three of his children and close family members. it's in a place like this that nelson mandela. madeba, will lie in peace forever. >> that was al jazeera's john terrett reporting. >> delegates from iran, the u.s. and five other world powers are preparing to iron out the details of a deal to monitor iran's nuclear program. talks are set for geneva, focussing on when the talks will be held. diplomats hope a short-term deal will lead to a final settlement, calming fears of a nooek lure bomb. >> as world powers prepare to
sit with iran. the door is opened to selling defense systems to u.s. allies. chuck hagel says that despite the deal with iran, the country poses threats not addressed by the nuclear agreement. >> no strategy is risk free. our emphasis on diplomatic tools should not be misinterpreted. we now the policy cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will hinge on america's military power and the credibility and assurances to our allies, partners in the middle east, that we will use it. hagel made the comments while addressing lead areas. >> six suspects are in police custody, aconfused of stealing radioactive material. the men are being interrogated by the police to see if they
played a part in the role of stealing the cobalt 60. most the material was covered. the suspects from treated and released from the hospital yesterday they tested negative for radioactive poisoning. >> a treacherous storm moving through the midsection. u.s., a band of ice, snow and freezing temperatures stretches from the texas border north-east of the ohio valley. millions are hungering down. they are expected to last throughout the weekend. texas as been hit hard. a quarter of a million are without power and plights are cancelled along with the other events. >> the storm is on the move. around dallas we can see a
little in the way of sleet. not adding to the impact. the world pinnacle condition will be the term tours. it won't stay cold. any melting that we see will refreeze. this is a look at a radar scene. you can see all the moisture moved to the north and east, left behind with a blanked of cloud. there's a little in the way of . not specting to see additional accumulation. temperatures will moderate, getting into the mid and pupper 30s. we are expecting try conditions through the overnight hours on the roadway. >> flying to the north-east. it will be a dry day. our problems will come the
second half of the weekend. we could stat with snow and sleet. messy conditions for the second half of the weekend. >> it will make it, in nevada and utah. higher elevations around vegas. not expecting to see accumulation. watching this area closely. by sunday morning that will push out into the middle of the septemberury. >> thank you so much. a chicago court awarded the largest ever race discrimination settlement against a u.s. employer. african american stockbroker we have this report.rts. >> this victory walk has been nearly nine years in the making. >> i was happy to see that. hopefully they'll make changes
that will, as the judge said, affect the industry. >> a federal judge in chicago approved the largest racial discrimination settlement against a u.s. employer - $160 million against george and other black stockbrokers. >> i feel real good. >> merrill lynch is run like a fraternity, white brokers teaming together and black group. we are not chosen to be put on the teams or get the good stuff. we want to change that. we want to open that up. >> it could have a wider effect. merrill lynch agreed to change its policies and hire a coach to
improve prospects. by inviting the people who see them to the table and be part of the solution, i believe that they can change things. >> meryll lynch had a novel argument. it was not the government, out society. wealthy white americans more inclined to invest in brokers. the company did not admit fault. in a statement they were told, "this is a positive resolution filed in 2005. new initiatives will ensure opportunities for financial vizors in the future. we appreciate and respect mr reynolds ongoing contributions to merrill limp." america is intreg raid, it's not black and white, it's integrated. we need to be that way. >> after 30 years with merrill
limp, he said he'll return to wok and try to make that happen. >> the case concludes an 8-year battle as to why merrill lynch brokers were 2% of brokers and had smaller books of business. >> speaking of unemployment, 2013 is poised to be the best year for hiring sips 2005. which is before the recession. a strong november jobs' report shows the unemployment rate fell to a 5-year low and is at 7%. the economy gained more jobs than expected adding 2003 positions. they were low spread in high and low positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good from the white house. they've been waiting for this. whether or not 7% matters economicallily or to any people for millions out of work, and those who have given up looking
for work, from a political standpoint it's good news for the obama generation. with unemployment insurance set to expire, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an extension. if growth is improved, it was announced thursday and friday down to 7% unemployment, the lowest in five years. the administration says that unemployment insurance has got to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today eenforces that we need to address the problem and extend unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible to do that to more than a million families across the country a few days
after christmas, that they are out of benefits. we hope congress will, as it has in the past, addressed the challenge. an interesting thing about the economic numbers, is they haven't improved the unemployment rate - it went down despite the gridlock in washington and the political head wind. you have to wonder how good the growth would be without the head wind or the government shutdown that threatened the economy over the course of the last month in october and into november. good news here for the white house and the country's economy. we'll see if it sustains into the fourth quarter and next month, whether the next deadline in washington succumbed to an agreement on spending its influence by the improving economy. >> while many companies are hiring, there is a very big exception. veterans serving after 9/11 are
struggling to find work. there are 2 million veterans, and the unemployment rate stands at 7%. 246,000 veterans are out of work. >> african leaders meet in paris so discuss the forgotten crisis. the death toll climbs in the central african republic. crossing into the jordan, syrians flee their home in search of safety. >> the draw of the world cup positioning and the difficult road ahead. tñ
>> good morning, and welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford, live from new york city. next, the french military launching an operation in the central african republic as the violence escalates, first a look at the textures across the country with eboni deon. >> it's going to stay on the cold side. we have bitter wind chill across the midwest. here is a look at the weather.
temperatures down to minus 4, down to the mid 30s. houston 34 degrees. wide-spread 30s. here is how it feels, as you step outside across the dakotas. it feels like minus 33. we'll have dangerous wind chills. keep is in mind. advisories are posted in the areas. definitely bundle up before heading out. we'll stay below average. new york city 43 and 30 by sunday. >> the red cross says fighting be militias in the central african republic killed 300 people in two days. it raised fears of mass killings as troops try to restore order. we have the latest. >> people here spent a terrified
night in their homes or thousands of people camped out by the airport. we are hearing credible reports that the militia group, the group which has a loyalty for the former president surrounded the town. it's waiting for enforcements. it wants the president, the rebel leader to step down and is willing to take on the french in order to do so. at the saiment we are hearing that the french are taking an active role on the ground. we heard that last night there was an attempt to attack the seleka, the main muslim forces. the french stepped in and intervened. preventing a massacre there. we are waiting for french troops
to arrive. they are coming in from cameroon. at the moment the french troops here are struggling. they have to protect the civilians and the city. >> reporting from the capital of the central african republic. >> female protesters in egypt are appealing gaol sentences. part in a process. ere imprisor seven minors were sentenced to juvenile detention. it shocked many. their sentences were handed down in the same week as restricted protest laws. millions are being forced out of their country in droves. a lack of food has left them
it'so late. >> we have this report. >> hundreds of refugees from fighting and distribution in their country. they walked several kilometres in the cold in rain. this 80-year-old arrived with her mentally challenged son. food supplies have been cut off. bakeries have been destroyed. there's no food or drink. if people see someone with a loaf of bread, they bid like at an auction. most are poor and dest it ute and is have to pay smugglers to ensure the safe effort. the revies arrival was with nothing more than documents. for most they experienced the longest journey to safety. three months ago. these people were turned away at
the boarder. know they do. >> >> translation: i am sure the camp is better than living under air strikes. we lost a lot of family members. >> syrians used to cross into jordan. heavy fighting prevented thousands crossing through. this longer, safer route is crossing near the border into iraq. this is why the number of daily arrivals has dropped from thousands to hundreds in recent months. jordan has been accused of turning refugees away but insists border are open. >> why did the numbers droup. it's due to the security situation in syria. and not on the situation. >> the u.n. refugee agency agrees. >> there's more checkpoints in
dara and a lot of fighting going on. as you can see, this is a quit location. this is an easier place to come through. >> it will take up to four days for the refugees to get screened, registered and taken to camp. the longer journey, however is yet to start. that is the search for security and human dignity in exile. >> more than 1,000 syrian refugees crossed into jordan in recent days. many walked six miles through the dessert. >> protests in ukraine are in the third week. widespread demonstrations in the capital started after the president backed away from an agreement with the european union. the deal w the deal was -- russia pressured them to sign a deal
>> paying tribute to nelson mandela. a live report where a nation continues to honour the man they call father. >> plus, the changes ordered in the wake of last week's deadly commuter train derailment. >> i'm john henry smith. she them the money. someone has. it wasn't the yankees. details ahead in sport. >> start with one issue. add guests from all sides of the debate, and a host willing to ask the tough questions.
north korea for more than a year. >> winter storms causing travel troubles in the midwest. two storms are bringing a mixture of resprecipitation, ic and snow. downed powerlines left thousands without power. crowds pay tribute to nelsonf1 o mandela in jofi joseph. some left cards, flowers and prayers. president obama and two former u.s. presidents are planning on attending memorial services there this week. >> soweto, a township in joz , south africa. nick, good morning, have the memorial services been changing at all. are you seeing a shift from mourning his death to his legacy. >> back home we are talking about losing an icon. monumental man whose incredible
legacy of forgiveness, there's an appreciation of how he transformed the country. i spent a lot of last night outside where he lived. it was a celebration of his life. where was i when he was released from prison. there was a real happiness almost. of course people are sad. they are remembering this man and wishing that he was still here, leaving this country. at the end of the day south africans appreciate what he has done. a country that exists today, the entrying grayings. what they have done is because of him. there's an appreciation in jofi joseph, where he died and soweto. >> you mentioned being outside his home. is there anything particularly special about the ceremony in soweto, where you are. given the rich history there.
>> i think it's not just about his rich history, but soweto's history and the struggle against apartheid. it was a dangerous incident immortalized. it represented a shift of the soweto massacre. the white police gunning town a protestor, who was protesting over the white language opposed. it was a turning point for the country that saw police brutality and peaceful protesters. the world turned on the south african government. not the whole world, the u.s. supporting it for 15 years. much of the world turned on the south african government. it was a turning point giving him and his colleagues in the struggle momentum against apartheid. that's why soweto is special. not only because he lives here.
but also absolutely the integral part of the struggle that this township claimed. you mentioned hector peterson. you mentioned him having a home. desmond tutu has a home there. what can we expect to see from soweto, if we hear reports of a body carried to the street. >> yes, tu's house is two blocks that way. i think you'll see an incredible outpouring of love. the people today are crowded around the hour, the museum. we'll see 10, 20, 30 of people trying to get a look at nelson mandela's body. supporting the legacy. five blocks that way, it's the
largest stadium in africa, where the memorial service will be held. it will not be a memorial, it will be a celebration, an appreciation this of man's life. everything he has done. they call him tata, father in . >> an emergency order to fix new york's transit trains after it derailed killing four people. it was travelling at 82 miles per hour. near a train stop in the bron. the the rail road agency is calling for an update so trains are automatically slowed down in an area where there's a dramatic speed change. a texas law allowed defendants
to challenge convictions, giving hope to the wrong fully imprisoned around the stayed. five people have been released sips late november. we have this report. >> it was 1992. husband and wife, fran and dan went to prison for abuse at their home daycare. three children made claims that the kellers sexually assaulted them, forcing them to drink blood. it was acknowledgery. the kellers maintained their innocence saying they were victims of an abuse scare sweeping the country. the physical evidence came from an emergency room doctor who testified that the victim showed sips of abuse. it's wrong but believed by
joourers. >> a normal hypen can appear scarred. a doctor said, "i realise my conclusion is not scientifically valid. a judge acknowledged the testimony, signing off on the killer's relief. >> on thursday. dan walked back, joining his wife. >> did you remember your wife. did you think the day would come. >> i asked the lord 20 years ago, but he works in his time, not ours. we're free. >> the so-called junk science that put the kellers in prison for 21 years is the target of a test of law allowing convictions to be challenged. the law has been in effect for
three months in a state where wrongful convictions are the most numerous in the country. >> in san antonio three women won their freedom in late november. these women were imprisoned for 16 years. the four women were convicted of satanic ritual abuse of two children, one who later recanted her story. just as in mc-keller's case a medical expert admitted to erownous forensic testing. >> i felt like everything we claimed did not happen. and for her to basically say that, you know, there was no - that there is no evidence or it was faulty i kind of felt like -
how come nobody listened. >> while the women and mc-keller have been freed, they have not been exonerated. for that another legal battle laws's limits. >> that was heidi jo-castro in austin texas. >> and it will be a difficult road ahead for the u.s. men's soccer team and jith john henry smith is here to tell us about the world cup draw. >> there are people looking at the draw. friday was brode day in brazil for the 2014 world cup. international's governing body. f.i.f.a. dividing the countries into eight groups. the u.s. finds itself in one of the two so-called group of death portions with powerful team germany, portugal and ghana. mark morgan has more.
we'll start with group a, with the host county and brazil with a terrific shot of advantaging to the round of 16. f.i.f.a. placed two powerhouses at the top of group b. in the overall team. it has to contend with the netherlands, the team it defeated in the 2010 cup final. group c is one of two pools not to feature a tournament winner. japan may be ranged blow it's competitors, but the japanese need it to a round of 16 and should not be taken lightly. the next group is the second toughest drawer in the tournament. you'ra guy, italy and england are ranged in the top 15, with the english media branding this as a hard task. the swiss government may be neutral. the team is anything but. the swift are the favourites to
win. after beating spin in 2010 switzerland did not advantage to the next round. group f features an elite country and three ranked 20th and below. argentina should run away behind one of the greatest players, lionel messi. the 14th ranked united states has to contend with 900,000 miles, dealing with portugal, and global superstar cristiano ronaldo, and a team that eliminated the u.s. in the last two world cups, ghana, and the final group. h - belgium is the cream of the crop. the belgiums are looking to make a lot of noise. many featured in the english premier league. that's the eighth group draw for
the 2014 world cup are. >> mark morgan, great stuff. things we never thought we'd see. the new york yankees have been outbid for a free agent by $70 million. seattle marr in jers lured canno away from the yankees. getting a 10 years, $240 million deal. it's the third largest deal. the deal will be completed. he hit 127 rbi in his final season in pin stripes. they waist no time filling the void in the batting order. to a three your, 45 million deal. >> he's playing good baseball. yankees resigned pitcher to a one year, $15 million deal. the yankees spent big ony on
brian mccann and ellsbury. first baser accepts a deal to stay in dean town. >> college football was fellowinging around big dollars on the same day chris petersen accepted a deal. >> the university agreed to a 6-year $27 million extension. all he has done is lead the tigers on a season in 2012. the sec championship game was against missouri. we check in with our college football nalt. >> i think it will be a great game. these a two teams that are similar. they both like to run the ball
between the tackle and they have strong defence. missouri has a better receiving core, and i think that might prove the difference. but missouri is going to be disciplined on defense. we have seen that offence runs very strong between the faculty. there's a quarterback that runs the ball. you have to be disciplined to stop a team like that. that will be tough for missouri to do. >> the winner of the game is the best runner-up. they need to see florida state lose, ohio lose to get themselves into a position for the national title game. it's florida state and ohio. if they lose, it's an alabama versus missouri maybe. that could be interesting. the possibility is out there that one of those two teams could play for the national title.
>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live from new york city. ahead. the art world becomes the newest attraction in miami. first a look at where the snow and rain may fall across the country with metrologist eboni deon. system wind down after it saw trouble across texas. it made its way to the east and north-east bringing snow into parts of new england and black ice on the roads. precipitation will end as we get to the end of the morning.
we have a boundary lingering across georgia, meaning another foggy day in and around atlanta. >> thank you so much. and uh-ho another problem with healthcare.gov. the obama administration said one in four americans who use the government website to sign up could have errors in their enrolment records. insurance companies are reporting records for enrolment files including name, address and your social security number. heath coverage is supposed to start january the 1st, giving than 30 days to fix the problem. doctors may end up with more patients and simply getting paid less for them. what is that, you mean? fewer doctors to choose from yourself. our resident health care reporter found out why. >> if you liked your during, you can keep your doctor, sos lopping as your doctor -- so long as your doctor keeps you.
the new health law has many wondering if they can afford to keep self-insured patients. >> first-time physicians will see patients coming in with health insurance, covered through medicade because the expansion is one of the biggest parts of the insurance expansion in the affordable care act. >> that's a problem. many are covered under the health law. they restrict the number of medicade patients they accept because of low reimbursement rates. >> it comes down to how much am i going to be paid and will i have the autonomy to practice how i want to practice. > rates vary. they are far below medicare and private insurance. for instance, a brooklyn based op that will moges, the president of the med kag society said private insurance
reimburnses at $150, medicare $145. med kade pays about $63. primary care raids and medicade will have to go up 73%. in new york they have to triple. >> even though private insurance companies are selling plans on the obamacare exchanges. doctors are ambivant as to whether they'll take the insurance. 44% of physicians plan on sitting out the first year. 33% are not sure if they'll participate. nationwide four in 10 physicians are still weighing their options. >> lower payments to first irnings, experts say is one way of making plan affordable. for patients that have insurance to pay doctors higher rates. they carry higher out of pocket costs, creating hurdles for the physicians.
>> many insurance companies tell us they won't advice us of the deductible ahead of time so the doctor can't collect the deductible in advance. that means the doctor has to wait for the insurance company determination, has to bill the patient and hopes that the patients can pay us. >> that hope may not make financial sense when the drive to lower health care costs is putting pressure on the bottom line. >> the art world is converging on miami beach for an exhibit expected to attract 50,000. >> the snow is helping to put miami on the map as a global cultural capital. >> from pablo piccaso to emerging artists. art basel is evoking and awe. it's a show largest in the country.
miami beach has made it its own. artists. organizers say success cannot be easily duplicated. art generates as much as a $500 million. in ard sales and impact. organizers say numbers like that explain why cities around the world are eager. the economic stimulus and soeble kaz kates. >> people from over the world see what happens. the effect that we'll be part of the. they don't understand. the community has to be willing and able to step up. >> since brigging it to the beach the art scene has exploded. it puts pressure on the community to measure. when art started there was six galleries in all of miami. today there's over 130.
this week the perez art museum miami opened its doors with an infuse of florida sunlight, the bay and gardens. the architecture promises to be a big draw. the curator hopes the museum will become a social state. they discuss from the 1930s to the present. >> we are competing not with cultural institution, but the beach. that is our public space. as i said, i think the museum and its design and location within the park will change that. it has the potential to become an other phase. >> the building began it's collection in 1936. >> you might say that is a metaphor for the art community in miami dade country. it may be a newcomer.
with a clear commitment it was evolving not just for sun worshippers but an emerging power in the art world. >> it may not be art, but bob dylan's electric guitar sold for almost a million, $965,000, the highest amount paid. dylan used the electric guitar at a new forkfolk festival. >> this is a cuban film festival. it's own cinema that is been economic hardship. it's produced great movies. promoting solidarity. it is one of cuba's most
successful and respected directors. >> translation: this festival, the 35th is not like the early one, it's growing. it's grown too much. it's not just throwing films from latin america, but is the best independent movies from europe and north america. for most of the years many cuban can't afford to go to the movies or choose to avoid badly maintained cinemas. it's a different story when the havana film festival comes around. >> this gets you in to see 20 films and functions. we have great expectations in cuba when december comes around. people are excited, especially in havana. >> it's a party where we don't just see latin american films, but from europe, which is why this grew to more than a latin
american festival. >> 450 films from 35 countries. shorts, documentaries and animations. it could be a kunan celebration. cinema has survived, thrived through difficult times, for the past 35 years the festival has been a source of passion in inspiration, growing year by year. it is about more than showing great film. it's a demonstration of survival and creativity in the space of adversity. >> the festival was founded in 1917. at the end of the first hour, here is what we are following. 85-year-old merrill newman is on his way home. the american veteran had been detained following vacation
that. south africans and people around the world celebrate the life of nelson mandela. merrill limp settles a racial suit for $160 million, the largest ever against a u.s. company. >> next hour in sport we'll break down the world cup draw and tell you why the united states has a tough road ahead. >> and a winter storm is moving occupant. i'm tracking a new storm bringing wintry conditions to the plain. >> i'm morgan radford and i'm back with you in 2.5 minutes. in the meantime follow us on twitter.
>> coming home - an 85-year-old american veteran detained in north korea is free and heading to california. >> no strategy is risk free. diplomacy takes courage. >> defense secretary chuck hagel says iran's nuclear threat is not over. >> a strong wind, across the east coast. another strong is stirring up in the west. >> south africa celebrates the life of nelson mandela through picture and prayer.
>> >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm mad sford. >> american war veteran detained in north korea is home in the crates. merrill newman departed beijing's airport headed for his home. he went to north korea on a sight seeing trip. they said they released him on humanitarian grounds and for crimes committed during the korean war. he spoke to reporters. home. iappreciate the dprk for their iappreciate the dprk for their hep in bean on my way. >> great news that he is free. you can imagine how distraught he has been. he missed thanksgiving.
he'll be home in time for the holidays. merrill newman was not a soldier, but part of a soldier part of a group that was so secret that we didn't know about the group until the 1990s. korea considers merrill newman, even though he is advanced in age, as a serious enemy. after all from the north korean perspective and because of his propaganda. they believe they are in imminent danger. they never signed a treaty with america and they believe in the treat of the united states. in terms of kenneth bae, why is he held in north korea. he wasn't a soldier. what he did was spread the word of christianity. clearly what we are learning is north koreans consider that a
bigger threat. >> in north korea the political religion is something called jujay. the question is if kenneth bae will ever be released. >> joe biden welcomed the decision and called for the release of kenneth bae, another american held captive. >> delegates from iran, the u.s. and five other world powers are prepared to iron out the details of a deal to monitor the nuclear program. talks are set for next week in geneva, and will focus on when aorses will be conducted. it's hoped a short-term deal will lead to a final settlement. as world powers prepare to sit with iran, the obama administration is opening the door to sell u.s. defense systems to allies. despite a deal with iran they pose a threat not addressed by
the nuclear agreement. >> no strategy is risk free. diplomacy takes kournal, vision. our emphasis on diplomatic tools should not be misinterpreted. we know diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will hinge on america's military and the credibility and assurances to our allies and partners in the middle east that we will use it. >> he made those comment addressing leaders at a summit in bahrain. >> preparations are under way for the burial of nelson mandela. people from all over the world are gathering in johannesburg, celebrating his life with a dance or prayer. we report on the unique gift to bring people together. >> nelson mandela dreamt of a rainbow nation. maybe this is what he had in
mined. leaney bruce and her family remembered him. >> to see this many people across borders and cross, singing together and honouring an amazing man. >> we are here because of nelson mandela. we live the same life as other people. i can say that he was a greatest father in the world. during apartheid black south africans couldn't even walk this street. now they come here to sing old protest songs. they dance to songs about nelson mandela's life. he empowers them, his country to emerge from decades of race ist rule. he spent a third of his life in prison and then he forgave. >> what have you taken from him.
? >> this is the most important thing, unity. unity and being able to... >> this is not about sadness or mourning, it's about honouring, remembering his generosity of spirit. >> i remember my parents brought me into the house to see when he came out of gaol. >> your struggle, your commitment u and your discipline has released me to stand before you today. >> the black and white south africa. >> we are all the same. the only thing that separates us is pigment in our skin. it means nothing. we are the same, driven by the
same things in the same way. >> so maybe, just maybe that long walk to freedom is a bitle shorter thanks to tata. >> meanwhile protests in ukraine are in their third week. widespread demonstrations in the capital started after russia pressure ukraine to join a trade block more favoured to them. >> tim friend is live in kiev. the president went to socially looking for a deal. did he get one or not? >> that's the real big question. this is an old fashion battle between east and west. the ukrainian president mette vladimir putin in socchi on friday. they had talks, now officially
they are saying no deal yet. they didn't reach a final agreement. but ukraine dismratly needs a deal with someone. if they don't do the deal with the european union, russia looks the moment likely. some reports suggest they find something or other that might give ukraine this amount of money that it needs to keep the economy going, paying its creditors dismratry. >> they are saying no deal. protesters will mount a demonstration on sunday. any word on the details of that? >> well, they say they are going to get thousands of people back on the streets here in kiev, the capital. done a deal with the russians, this will enrage them further because, as you were saying, the reason they are here is they are
predominantly pro european union. they want to move west wards and see the european union as a save f they go in with moscow the president will enrich himself and can moscow bail us out. >> for the third week of strikes. they are live in the ukraine. more than a month after typhoon haiyan struck the philippines the recovery is painfully slow. a fullry rebuilt country is months if not years away. there's an effort to get local economies moving. this is one of the hardest hit areas. >> there's little left on the shore line at tacloban. roland is a fisherman or was given his boat fits a couple of
kilo metres inland. >> how much were you earn. >> before i was earn about 3,000 pesos from the catch. what i catch now is what we eat. because i don't have a boat. >> and the truth is roland's story is replicated thousands of times. the change after the emergency aid phase has been to get people working. >> the streets, every street in tacloban is a mess and they need cleaning up which means you have ready-made jobs. that's why you have upwards of 20,000 lining up for the work for cash scheme. they get a job, money in the pockets and a big role in the rescue of their own city. >> cleaning the house - we pay
them. the whole point is if every one of them are cleanlying up tacloban, we can revive it. with the money they had on hand they can buy things. you can see there's a lot of sales. immediately the economy has been revived. >> in fact, pretty much everywhere you go in tacloban you uncover little success story. sometimes it's someone owning a restaurant. >> i have regul ular suppliers. i thought maybe we could offer one or two of the regular menu. >> it's the small things that make a difference in the disaster zone, and the can-do stewed, the only thing that
could triumph over adversity such as this. >> the united nations is asking for $348 million in aid for the philippines. only about half of which has been raised so far. >> meanwhile six suspects are in police custody accused of stealing radioactive material om a truck near mexico city op monday. the many are being interrogated by police. an extremely dangerous radioactive ate. officials lolent the truck, recovering most of the people. suspects were treated after all but one tested negative for radioactive poiching. >> it has been a wintry mix for the southern plains. let's she who is ahead for the
weekend. conditions are improving as the whipper storm is winding down. it's across new england where we have light snow mauling. keep that in mind. dealing with areas of black ice. high pressure is building in behind it. it could see areas. not sprected to see additional accumulation. the real problem is temperatures. overfight temperatures falling into the 20s allowing anything to refreeze. in the north-east a dry day. into the latter part of the weekend. interacting with the air, starting with snow, changing to maybe dealing with rain and sleet. before changing into all rain. it's not expecting to see the
wide-spread problems across the southern plains. across the west. this is the next storm. it will be a fast mover. around vegas we see a little in the way of light snow. it's into the mountainous areas of utah. you it you see over a foot of snow. here is a look at the timing. heading out to the east to the central plains. that will bring us the wintery weather back. watching out for snow back into oklahoma and possibility northern texas. >> up next - appealing their gaol sentences. female protesters convicted in egypt get their day this court. leaders from dozens of african countries meet to discuss a crisis in the central african
>> welcome back. just ahead the food and drug administration approve a piil that could help those with hepatitis c. first a look at the temperatures across the country. >> it will be a chilly one. temperatures well below zero across the northern plains. 30s in the north-east, 20s all the way down into the tennessee valley. 43 in atlanta. it's the bitterly cold air across the dakotas. this is an area where we have wind chill advisories in place. cold as minus 45. keep that in mind. bundle up. the advisories will remain in place. >> thank you so much. >> back to the passing of nelson mandela. people from all over the world are gathering in johannesburg celebrating his life with a
dance, prayer or a photograph. al jazeera's correspondent is in soweto, a township in johannesburg in south africa. what is happeng now in soweto? >> hey, we showed you earlier outside the house that there's not a lot of sadness or mourning. there are drums behind me. there's a bunch of girls dancing in colourful costumes outside the house where he moved after he was released. the reason that is is there's a sense of appreciation, thankfulness for how we transformed the country. hindley street more integrated and open. south africa is nowhere near perfect. a lot of people talk to me about the personal struggles that they continue. a lot say, "i was inspired by nelson mandela. i'll continue his struggle. it's an inspiration to be here
for all of us, that his legacy was taken personally. >> on a personal note, how do you feel. we are watching all the people packing the streets to pay tribute. soweto is a special place. i remember walking there and a little boy ran up and said, "welcome to orlando west. how are they feel, are they welcoming you. >> it's extraordinary. of course they are welcoming me. n. s a bit of a tourist the guys selling ice-creams, people dancing and boxers talking about how nelson mandela used to be a boxer. to cover the story outside the house last night in johannesburg, it's moving. it's a privilege to be honest. we doesn't talk about this. we don't have the time. this man was so important to black south africans and white south africans and the planet
and for me as a child. it was somethg to come out here and see every person on the street of soweto, jofi joseph watching tv had a sense of what nelson mandela meant to their notion of their lives and that, of course, affects me. i would like to think that what nelson mandela's legacy is, i can see too. >> thank you so much. that report from soweto in south africa. >> president obama called nelson mandela's wife to express condolences. the president and first lady will go to sav yes. obama meant nelson mandela in 2005. former presidents clinton and bush will also attend next week. >> 21 women were convicted of taking part in a protest supporting former president mohamed morsi's reinstatement in
july. 14 were handed 11-year gaol terms. the minors were sentenced to juvenile detention. supporters of the government and their sentences were handed down in the same week as a restricted new protest law. bernard smith is in cairo for the latest. >> do the young women stand a chance of winning an appeal? >> good morning. the appeal hearings have finished in cairo. the judge have gone into recess, there are two separate courts. seven of those are classed as girls, two as young as 15. in the other court the other 14 women aged between 17 and 18. as you say. hands down hefty sentences, 11 years for being involvement in a protest. some were passing at the time.
the intrim president. such was the backlash of the sentences, even from people who don't like the muslim brotherhood. the judicial process must be gone through first, so there is a chance that if the court accepts the appeals they could be free. >> are they getting support from the military government or calls to reduce their sentences. >> there is a hope that, in fact, the sentences could be quashed. the firstly only were gch the trial with them getting 11-year sentences, which are long. the defense lawyers were not allowed to call defense witnesses. there were all sorts of questions about the manner in which the trial was held and because of the public backlash. not just here in egypt, but
internationally, because of that backlash there's an spction that even if the appeal doesn't go success reply in the girl's favour, the interim president will step in and release them. they remain in egyptian gaols. many thousands of people swept up since august, arrested by the military authorities, yet to face trials. >> let's step back and look at the big pictures. what is the impact of this, and the new curfews on the mursi supporters? >> well, in fact, strangely, the interim government here backed by the military seems to have shot itself in the foot with the protest law. in fact there has been nightly protests by muslim brotherhood supporters. they have been diminishing somewhat. and the government introduces a new protest law saying people wanting to protest must seek a
mission in advance and the authorities can reject the appeal. such is the severity of the law there has been a backlash against it. not just from muslim brotherhood supporters, but secular activists as well who see this, fear that the revolution that ousted hosni mubarak in 2011 is falling back to its old ways and back to military rules. >> bernard smith live in cairo. thank you for being with us this morning. >> the red cross says fighting between rival militias killed at least 300 people in two days. the violence raised fears of mass killings as hundreds of troops are september to the capital as the united nations tries to restore order. let's bring in al jazeera's jacky rowland in paris. france hoped to have 1,000 troops in the country to keep the piece by the end of friday. what exactly is the scope of the
intervention. >> good morning. 650 french troops are already in the capital, when president made that announcement. we are hearing that the reinforcements are on their way. 100 french vehicles, armoured carriers came over the border from cameroon to the central african republic, heading to the capital, where, as you mentioned, massacres left 300 dead in the last couple of days. francis hollande acknowledged that there is an emergency there, and
france and african troops respond quickly. >> thank you for being with us this morning. >> hundreds of ilimmigrants died trying to make their way across the mediterranean sea. as the number of people tried to
get to africa, as it continues to rise, authorities are forced to take action. we have the story. >> as soon as the gate opened, a rush of people floods back and north. a tiny spanish englaif is an important training post. a few metres separates africa. more okayans do so legally. many do what they can to get here. on this side of
the fence you are on spanish soil. many people entering illy want to get to. in september people scaled the fence making its way around malleea. a man who tried to climb it
died. the spanish tried to enforce the fence with raiser wire. those that get through find themselves in limbo. families travelled from the ibrahim from guinea scaled a fence hoping to find a better life. >> translation: here we have the hope of getting through. we know that every couple of weeks there are people that get to maaliga and other places. we earn a little bit to support ourselves. >> the move has been criticised by some rights groups. we don't agree. we don't think it's an adequate solution. it will make their situation desperate and will stop people
coming in. its geographical location means millia has been a gate way. it's impossible to cope with a surge of migrants. >> the europeanionion has to get involved. there are politics from the 28 countries regulating the growth. from this moment they should do more. >> for many here, the long journey to raech reach europe it is disappointing. the gulf never feeling wider. >> unemployment is now at 7% report. we'll tell you about the surprising effect on women coming up.
watching al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live from new york city. here are the top stories: >> an american detained in north korea for more than a month is released. merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco this afternoon. the united states and his family are thrilled at his return but are calling for the relief of the kenneth bae, another american held captive. winter storms causing travel trouble in the midwest bringing a mixture of ice and snow. thousands in texas are without power >> during his lifetime nelson mandela stroef for political unity. he steered through stable economic and political waters. with the political icons demise the future of the a.n.c. is being thrown into question. mike hanna reports from johannesburg. >> prayers for a man who touched the lives of all. in the void left by nelson
mandela's death, an awareness of challenges to come. the growing gap between rich and poor is a reminder of nelson mandela's promise of a better life is to be realised. >> i think the challenge we have for nelson mandela is to face the reality that if we don't do something for everybody, the young people will revolt, because if they remain poor and others are richer then they revolt. >> the fault lines within south african society is all-too clear of it was a labour dispute ruling in the killing of 30 at the mary carna mine -- marikana mine. many argue that the root cause was a government losing touch with those that put it in power. >> if you look at what happened
over the last few years in terms of public violence, you can see that we have many, many people that don't feel represented by those in government. and the resort to violence is because we don't. >> mounting criticism of the african national won yes - what seen is an inability to blame the past and not deal with the present. >> we are accountable. it is the issues of the party. we cannot, in a sense, bring out the reason why we have problems to date. today's problems are our deal, and political solutions and a new way of thinking of solutions. >> the death of nelson mandela
bound by friendship and the desire to create a better life from all. final preparations are made for pandora's burial. there's a question to be answered. whether a new generation of leaders is able to complete the work begun by those who are now gone. >> joining us to discuss the legacy and impact is professor of international relations at american university. good morning. >> can you tell us what exactly is the future of the a.n.c. >> well, they have a difficult future ahead of them. the problem in south africa are complicated. the solutions are complicated. when nelson mandela came to power and a.n.c. came to power in the 1990s they had to make
tough decisions about where to go with the economy. there'd been a lot of support prior to apartheid ending, but when they came to power, there was not as much international support as expected. they made tough decisions in terms of the economy, taking out loans that are - they have to s on how they would structure the government and deal with employment issues. for a while although the economy has grown, it hasn't translated into a more equitable distribution in the country. that was something that nelson mandela was concerned about. all during his presidency and after. now the african national congress has an unequal society in africa. they'll have to deal with that. >> you mentioned nelson mandela coming to power. rer hearing all of these stories
pouring in. but the truth is everyone didn't want him there. tell us about the struggles he faced after coming to power. >> that's an important point. nelson mandela was not only challenged by the previous regime and having to address all of the issues of apartheid. but he had opponents in the black population as well. to his left you had the pan-african congress, a radical program. they wanted nationalisation of industry and particular kinds of businesses. they were fighting on a number of different fronts as well as an international community. again that wanted a free market kind of economy which went against the principles.
those were issues that were - on his doorstep when he came to power. >> thank you very much. >> that was a professor of international relations from american university. >> our next guest has been dubbed an international whizz-kid, a top scientist at university and is the youngest member of the energy advisory panel. live from johannesburg, south africa. you were a tribal singer for nelson mandela in 2003. tell me, what exactly does that mean, and how did you get the gig? . >>. >> it was an incredible idea to be his singer. in 2003 when he came for the prize activing ceremony. >> you went on later after that
to create a record. there our. after this moment you went to create a record-breaking rocket fuel. this kind of made you the poster child for south africa's education. the mandela family was quoted describing you as the face of the new south africa. what is the face of the young generation of post-apartheid south africa. >> i think the young face of this new south africa is a dynamic face. we don't - our revolution will not be a political one. our revolution will be a revolution driven by innovation and prosperity across all income levels in south africa. we are very dynamic generation. my story is like that of
millions of south africans. >> you describe this challenge rising to the challenge of innovation. what about domestically are there changes to that that young people face in south africa as they try to meet a global threshold to be competitive. >> certainly, which is why i believe my story resonates. a challenge is education. more south africans, world class education. the commitment to education, not just education, but achieving excellence. it's a challenge that i am sure my peers will adopt in the next couple of years. >> speaking of achieving educational excellence. is it true that you have a planet named after you? >> yes, that is true.
a minor planet. it is located near the jupiter asteroid belt in honour of my achievements with my previous work on rocket fuel. >> thank you. a harvard graduate and former singer for nelson mandela. joining us live. >> and our own john henry smith is here with a story of a special anniversary in sport. >> absolutely. good morning to you. well, the annual army-navy football game is a week away. today is the 50th anniversary of a memorable concept, a 1953 game played 15 days after the assassination of president kennedy. michael eaves has more. >> as the nation mourned the lose of its leader, 100,000 fans
filed into municipal stayed numb in 1953. president kennedy a football fan and navy vet attended the same conference. after the 1953 game it was cancelled in the wake of his assassination. first lady jacqueline kennedy urged the came to be played because that's what jack would have wanted. >> that was a tragedy. i saw the documentary, on not centring the game. just the effect. j.f.k. was a fan and vet himself. >> the trip to the national title game on the line roger star buck led the midshipman to a 21-20 victory. time ran out, army had the ball, fourth in goal. today's players no strangers to the significance of this match up. >> the quarterback was at west point. we got to ask him questions.
it was fantastic to hear his input on where the program is. >> that was a huge event in america, all of america. i my parents went to that. we were in that time, and i talked about it with them. it's definitely something that we are honoured to do. >> while most of the coaches and none of the players involved in this year's game at lincoln financial seal were born before the 1963 classic, they are part of a lineage to a time when the nation recovered from a dark tragedy. >> thank ou michael. the 114th meeting between the black knights and midshipment is set for next saturday. i attended this game, it is the spectacle. >> you'll keep us posted after saturday in phil yip. >> i'm a sports captain, that's what i do. >> 2013 is poised to be the best year for hiring since 2005,
which is before the recession. a stronger november jobs report shows the unemployment rate fell to a 5-year low and is at 7%. the u.s. economy gained more new jobs than expected adding 203,000 new positions last month. the games were widespread in low and high earning positions. 11 million americans are still unemployed. women have fared better that men. more and more women are choosing to stay single and financially independent. >> marion was married at 16, left her husband at 19 and has lived on her own since. rhonda married and was divorced. neither regrets being single. >> i like to provide for myself, i am not going to rely on ta
man. i don't think i would have stepped out as boldly and successful if i had been married. >> the women reflect two trends in america's family profile. the marriage rate fell sharply. half a century ago 61% of the population was married. the rate was down to 35%. meanwhile divorce has become more common over the same period. from nine divorced women the rate has claimed to 21 per thousand. marion and wanda represented the economic disparities among american women. >> they haven't been viewed in the last 30 or 40 years. now they are going to be developed into affordable housing. >> what happeneda runs a successful one-person business in construction and housing development.
she drops by the washington b.c. charity to pick up food. >> it was hard, especially for a person who was an addict. trying to be employed. living a rough life. >> marion is among the four in 10 women whose incomes fall below the economic standard. eight in 10 families rate as economically insecure. for women like wanda it is not a concern. >> i would have loved to have done this while married and had a sense of security. i don't feel insecure in what i do. >> neither sees a new man nment future. >> i'm not focused on it, i'm focused on recovering. i found peace. >> of the 2.3 million jobs added
51% were filled by women. half more jobs than women. a break through in the treatment of hep c. a pill has been approved. it comes with a hefty price tag gl 1,000 for the daily pill. 150 million suffer hepatitis c. >> it looks like a giant video game. it does more. how scientists take 3d images to a new level. >> i'm john henry smith - coming up in sport - the lakers set to welcome back a superstar. i tell you why it will be showtime for kobe bryant.
deon. >> good news. after a wintry mix of the new england, the snow winding down. there'll be icy spots on the road and chilly temperatures. it will be across the great lakes where there'll be a little bit of snow. in the deep south rain. atlanta picking up an inch, more on the way. lingering over the area. we have clouds around into texas. hour, it could be a lit of light sleep around the dallas area. >> thanks so much. >> and john henry smith is here with sport. and a look at the road ahead for the u.s. soccer team. if they win the world cup, they deserve it. friday was draw day. in brazil for the 2014 world cup. a day when international
soccer's governing body, f.i.f.a., divided the eligible companies into the eight groups. the u.s. is in a group of death. germany, portugal and ghana. mark morgan has more. >> starting with group a. the host country and 10th ranked team, brazil has a shot at advancing. f.i.f.a. placed two powerhouses at the top of group b as the 2010 defending champion spain, has to contend with the netherlands, the team it defeated in the 2010 cup final. group b does not future a previous winner. japan is ranked lower than its competitors, but they made it to round 16 and should not be taken lightly. the next group is the second toughest draw. you'ra guy and italy and england are ranked in the top 15.
the initial media dubbing this the group of death. you'ra guy wan in 1950. the swiss government may be neutral, but the team is anything but. the swiss are the favourites to win group e, beating champions spain back in 2010. switzerland did not advance to the next round. group f features an elite country and three countries ranked 20 and below. argentina third in the world behind a great player, messi looking to leave his mark. now to the group of death. the 14th ranked united states has to contend with 9,000 miles of travel - the most of any squad, and deal with second-wronged germany, 5th ranked portugal and ronncristia ronaldo and ghana who eliminated
u.s. >> and group h. the belgiums are looking to make noise in brazil behind their core group of players, many featuring in the english premier league. that's the 8-group draw in brazil next summer. >> mark morgan with cogent analysis of the world cup. >> today is conference championship day, an interesting match of up produces duke taking on florida state. we analyst says duke has its hands full. >> florida state crushed every ranked opponent it played. it will be a big task for duke to take down the golli ath. they should be proud of its season. they'll give them a game. duke has hung with everybody this season. it has - you know, gone past
what many thought they could do and defied the odds. to counselled them out would be a bad idea. i think they'll give florida state a game. i think they'll give it all it gan. i don't think at this point there's any team better than florida state. >> to the n.b.a. after tearing his akill easement kobe bryant will be back. he's been practicing with the team. the lakers have been competitive, going 9 and 9 to start the season. that means they may have a shot >> i have to disagree. i think duke will take it. >> i hope not. it's a feel-good story. >> we'll see. to be discussed tomorrow. >> meanwhile computer scientists at illinois and chicago are taking 3d computer imaging to the extreme with the ultimate
compute console. >> in this stunning 320 degree, numbers transform into a flight skipping the surface of mars. known as the cave 2 the virtual reality was dreamed up by computer scientists at the university of illinois. think of a war room where you hank up. you take them to the wall. you see lots of different data at the same time. but today our data is stored in computers and rather than transcript them out and tape them to the walls, we wanted electronic walls where you could display information >> the visual connections can
provide critical understandings of how depression manifests. you get a different perspective like alice in wonderland where you can be big or shrink down the rabbit hole. you get different understanding of the data when you look at it in different sizes and relationships. >> researchers say the applications are endless. collaborations at the heart taking zeros through one. in 2009 nasa funded the endurance research projected to study extreme underwater environment. the team dropped a $6 million robot into the centre of lake bonny. we have the robot running active sewnar. making the maths a little tricky. we ended up getting 50 million points. >> the university of illinois
headed up the expedition. >> we can build up a 3-dimensional map. >> it's a dataset. providing key insights into what kind of life can be sustained in icy bodies of water. >> europa has an icy shell and it's almost certain to have an ocean underneath it. this is a small field analogue for what the life might be. on earth you find water, you find life. >> k2 and the data visualisations are a small step for scientists, explorers and researchers. >> the lab is holding an open house for anyone wanting to experience the emergence of technology in person. at the end of the second hour, here is what we are following
this morning. an american detained in north korea for more than a month is released. 85-year-old merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco. meanwhile delegates from iran, the u.s. and five other world powers are preparing to iron out the details of a deal to monitor iran's nuclear program. talks are set for next week and will focus on how and when iran's nuclear facilities will be inspected. >> and nelson mandela - people are leaving flowers, prayers. i'm morgan radford. thank you for watching. richelle carey up next.
>> flowers overflowing for the father of south africa. celebrating the life of nelson mandela. >> glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the dprk government to help me be on my way. >> heading home, an 85-year-old man detained in north korea heading for the united states. >> hundreds of flights cancel. >> hopefully they'll make changes that will affect the industry. >> and a megabrokerage firm settles the largest racial
discrimon lawsuit against any company. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm repaichelle carey preparati are under way for the burial of nelson mandela. have a look at the pictures. they are celebrating his life with a daps, a prayer, a picture. the south african leader died thursday at the age of 95. let's bring in al jazeera's correspondent at a township. tell us about the change in tone. it has turned into a celebration. >> yes, absolutely. back home we are talking about the loss of an icon. a master of forgiveness.
they are appreciating how he's transformed the country. white south africans, black south africans. everyone has a personal story about how nelson mandela inspired them and is changing what they want to do with their lives. people are talking about it. a few talk about map's influence. they call him ta ta, father. he transformed the nation into what it is today. a lot of people are fighting. what he fought for, a struggle, but nonetheless his influence and legacy was felt on the street every day. >> is there anything special about the ceremony's influence given nelson mandela's history there? >> yes, i think it's not only nelson mandela's history, but the township and the street. that's where he moved after being released from gaol.
in 1976 this is the scope of a large riot that this country had seen when a little boy was gunned down by cops. there's a hector peterson museum. it was a transformative moment. the world saw what happened in the street 35 years ago and said, "wait a minute i'm not that we can support this. it gave a boost to mandela and the struggle." people remember the street and what it meant for them to move beyond apartheid and nelson mandela. he came back after being released. people have wonderful memories of him, the idea of him and him being on the strip and coming back that day. must be. checking back in with you >> president obama has expressed
condolences. the president and first lady will go to south africa for the memorial event. he met nelson mandela in 2005 when he was a senator. former presidents bill clinton and bush will also travel. >> what are the plans for the week ahead? >> south africa is preparing for a week of mourning for nelson mandela dying in his sleep on thursday. and as the flags fly around south africa sunday has been designated as a day of prayer and reflection. it comes as 52 million are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. the next most important day is tuesday the 10th. memorial service will be held at the soccer stadium, conceding 95,000 people.
it was the site of a 2010 world cup final. it's as the kalabash. it's the form of a cooking pot. nelson mandela's body will lie in state at the union building in pretoria on wednesday and thursday. it's the official residets of the current president. there'll be many memorial services throughout the country. there'll be a state funeral. however, we have information because at the funeral nelson mandela's family and the world will say goodbye to the first black president and nobel peace prize lawyer yet. also attending will be president obama and the first lady, david cameron, bill clinton - time details have not been worked
out. some media is reporting sunday the 15th. but that will be the day he'll be buried in his ancestral comb. in qunu, 450 miles from johannesburg, the site of the graves of three of his children and family members. a place like this. a man called madeba will lie in peace forever. >> john terrett reporting therement . korean war veteran is on his way back to the united states. he's expected to arrive at san francisco around noon. u.s. is calling on north korea to release another american. al jazeera's correspondent has more on merrill newman's ordeal.
>> merrill newman is headed hide, held captive for more than a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that the dprk has given for me to be on my way. >> a veteran of the korean war he took a trip to visit the battlefields he fought on. on the last day agents pulled the man on his flights. he's admitted wrongdoing. >> his son said he spoke briefly with his father after he arrived. >> last week the television station put out an alleged
is # vice president biden says he played no direct role in newman's release. they are preparing to iernl out the details for iran's nuclear program. talks are set for next week in geneva. diplomats hope that the short term deal with lead them to a final settlement. even as world powers prepare to sit down with iran the obama administration is opening the door to sell weapon defense systems to u.s. allies in the region. despite the deal with iran the country opposes threats
addressed by the nuclear agreement. our emphasis to diplomatic tools should not be determined. we know we cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will continue to hinge on american's military power and assurance to our allies and partners in the middle east that we will use it. hagel made the comment while addressing leaders in bahrain. six suspect are in police custody accused of stealing radioactive material from a truck on monday. they are being interrogated to see if they played a role in the theft of cobalt 60. they located the truck on wednesday and recovered most of the material. the suspects were treated and releaseandrelease after all butd negative for radioactive
poisoning. ♪ an intense winter storm is moving through the mid section of the mit -- mid west. it's coming to an end. it sphreches o -- stretches from texas to the ohio valley texas has been hit particularly hard. a quarter of a million people in the state are without power. thousands of flights have been cancelled and along with sunday's dallas marathon. let's talk about this. ebony has the details. >> we are watching out for a few snow flakes over new england. we delt dealt with wide-spread dangerous conditions. we are seeing a break in the action. >> we could see a little light sleet. that is the good news. the storm system is on the move and it's bringing a little in the way of wintery weather in
parts of new england. in the plains we have moisture around and a little light sleet around the dallas-fort worth area. winter weather advisory tonight fofor into tennessee. the cold air will make it's way into the deep south. cold air meeting up with moisture that is going to spread not only snow but freezing rain around sleet into the lower mississippi valley. we are looking for ice storm warning here in the mid atlantic region across southern virginia. conditions will be deteriorating but not until sunday we'll stay dry over much of the north east on sunday morning. notice all of this moisture is going northward even around the new york city area. it could change to snow for a little wintery mix and then it
will turn to rain on monday. we are watching the next storm system across the southwest. >> it's bringin it's bringing ss nevada and into utah today. a chicago court has awarded the largest ever racial settlement against any employer. they sued merrill lynch over policies that favor the their white counter parts. >> this victory walk has been nearly nine years in the making. >> i was very happy to see that. hopefully we'll be able to make changes as the judge says affect the industry. >> a federal judge has approve the largest racial discrimination settlement ever against a u.s. employer $160 million for george mcreynolds and other stock brokers. >> i feel real good. justice has prevailed. >> merrill lynch was run like a
fraternity with a old boys club forming teams and leaving black brokers out of the club and out of the money. when new client came most went to the white coo colleagues. >> the white brokers are in the office. we don't get to be part of the team. we don't get the ghoot good stu. we want to change that and open up the fraternity. mearmerrill lynch has agreed to change their policies and hire a coach for the african-american brokers. >> as merl merrill lynch goes, i believe in our client and i believe they can change things. >> merrill lynch had a novel argument. it was not the company that was racist they said, it was society, wealthy white americans were more inclined to invest
with brokers that looked like them th. the company did note admit faul. >> this is a positive resolution of a lieu sui lawsuit filed in . this will ensure opportunities for financial ai advisors in the future we appreciate and respect mr. mcreynold's ongoing contributions to merrill lynch. >> america is integrated and it's not just black and white it's integrated and we need to be that way. >> now he will return to work and try to make that happen for the next generation. this case concludes an eight year battle over why african-american brokers were less than 2% overall and generally had smaller books of business. african lead ers me ers metn
good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america i'm rochelle carey. the launch in the central african republic. but fist let's loo -- first lett temperature across the country >> that's another morning you need to bundle up. the temperatures are well bow bee lobelowzero. >> yo ritriteritright now in minnesot. in fargo it feels like -35 and
it feels like -2 in omaha and in tulsa temperatures are below zero. windchill advisory have been posted today. we can see the air temperatures at -45. even a little further south we have advisories in place windchillss as cold as- 35 in parts of minnesota. in the northeast we have 20's an 30's for the start of the day. 40's today but it's going to turn colder on sunday and that is when we could see a little wintery weather. late sunday the temperatures only in the 30's. hundreds of troops have started to deploy to the central africa. the fighting with militia has killed 300 people. it's raised fears of mass killings along sectarian lines
we have the latest from the country's capital. the people here spent another terrified night either in their homes or in churches or thoughtsethoughtsthousands of pt by the airport. we are hearing credible reports the militia group that is a mainly christian group which has a loyalty to the former president has surrounded the town. it's still outside and it's waiting for reinforcements. it wants the president of the country the rebel leader to step down and it says, it's willing to take on even the french in order to do so. at the same time we are hearing that the french are taking a more active role here on the ground. we heard last night there was an attempted attack by the main muslim security forces here in the country on that church and the french stemmed i -- steppedn
an intervened preventing a massacre there. we are waiting for the french troops to arrive. we hear they are making their way through cameroon and making their way west the french troops that are here are struggling. there are 600 of them. we are reporting from central african republic. an egyptian appeals court has thrown out harsh sentences by female protestors that have been detained for weeks. 21 people were convicted of taking part in a protest against mohammad morno carrierringringc0
the u.n. refugee agency agrees. >> often there are more check points in doha. and there is a lot of fighting going on there. this is an easier place to come through. >> it will be tak take up to for the refugeeses to get screened and taken to a camp. the loaninge longer journey is e that is about to start the search for human dignity in exile. >> more than 1,000 syrian rev rf refugees crossed into jordon in the last days. protests if in ukraine aren the third week. wide spread demonstrations against the president of kiev. russia pressured ukraine to join a trade block that is more favorable to them. the protestors say their
president is trying to sellout ukraine to russia. the late president of president named medura as a successor after one year in office. we report from cure rac cure rad us hours he is following the late president chavez. announcing government plans and he has even given out his phone number to connect with the people live on tv. >> owthe president claims to bea son of chavez. >> i was able to interpret profoundly chavez. he left his imprint on what i do and what is left to do in the years to come in a decisive way.
>> trying to be chavez's heart he was a media master. he led his so-called revolution over the air waistle airwaves wh unparalleled charles. unparalleled -- charm. chavez was a very funny guy with a great sense of humor. you could be against him but recognize he was whitty. >> modura doesn't have that. he has put in a lot of time practicing his routine. he is strong and bi big belligen aggressive. >> anyone will say chavez is irreplaceable. and so the strategy is to present modura as chavez. >> he is working for the socialist revolution to continue. she supports him because cheaf z
says so. the president was intelligent and intuitive and he said modura was to be his successor. people accepted it. he is becoming his own man. >> as time goes by modura is becoming himself. he is more serene with more authority. as he takes on the role he is reminding venezuelans that chavez is commander and chief. a war scre veteran is makins way back to the united states after being detained in korea. i'm john henry smith the united states has a tough world cup road ahead. coming up in sports we'll hear from their coach.
welcome back i'm rochelle carey. >> these are the top stories of this hour. crowds continue to pay tribute to nelson mandela and some leaving card and flowers and prayers. president obama and two former presidents are planning on attending memorial services there negligence week. week -- next week. winter storms causing travel troubles in the mid west. downed power lines have left thousands of people in texas without power. and an american detained in north korea for more than a month is released gl.d. merrill newman is expected to arrive in the united states this afternoon. >> the family is thrilled that their war veteran is returning home. they are calling for the release of another american held captive for more than a year.
we are outside of the retirement community that mr. newman lives. iwas it a coincidence that they decided to release mr. newman when vice president biden was vsiting south korea? talk about the timing. >> rkthat is a really good question. you would though that the vice president would be involved in the negotiations but as you mentioned biden says he was not involved. biden being in south korea won t help. if there was a country that could have some influence it would have been china. >> the release of mr. newman,
merle newman what could it do do for relations between the united states and north korea because they are still holding somebody else. >> absolutely. >> the fact is that there is another american being held, ken kenneth bay. what is enlightening about merle newman he was considered an enmy. they feel that kenneth bay was a greater threat. what was he doing in he was spreading the word of christianity in north korea where the state has a official political religion. the question for kenneth bay is ever going to be released or he is going to serve out his 15 year pri prison sentence. the two sides mai maintained thr positions. the united states wishing for north korea will give up their
nuclear program and north korea says they won't unless they can enter into bilateral talks with the united states. why did north korea detain mr. newman in the first place? >> rochelle, that is an excellent question. the things with newman he was a soldier in the korean war. it's a little known fact and quite a number of americans who fought in the korean war have gone back t korea with korea's knowledge. mr. newman was in a part of the military that was military intelligence and he was serious enemy back in the day and that contributed to the north koreans holding him u. >> he will be back with his
family in a few hours and i know you will continue to follow that. an emergency order to fix new york's transit trains after a train derailed killing four people last sunday. the train was traveling 82 miles-per-hour as it approached a curve in the bronx. they are requiring the mta to update their signal systems to automatically slow down a train if the engineer fails to do so. a new texas law that allows people to challenge convictions is giving hope to the wrongfully accused in the state. >> it was 1992 the year husband and wife fran and dan keller went to prison for abuse at their home daycare. three children made horrific claims that the keller's sexually assaulted them and forced them to drink blood all
as the coupl they were forced i. the only evidence came from an emergency room doctor michael mau who testified that the victims showed scarring a sign of abuse. it's completely wrong but completely believed by jurors. wrong because later science will show a northerly hymen can be shown as scarred. >> the same doctor says i acknowledge my conclusion was not medically valid and i was mistaken. >> the judge signed off on the keller's release. on thursday dan keller walked out of jail joining his wife who
was released on november of itth. do you remember your wife? >> did you think this day would fer come? i asked the lord 20 years ago but he works at his time and not ours. and this day came. so we are free. i'm going to go get that hamm burger or whrafer. zplorchlts. the so-called junk skies that put the keller's in prison for 2 21 years is the target for a new texas law the law has been in effect for three months in a state where wrongful convictions are the most numerous in the country. in san antonio three women won their freedom in late november. the three were imbring imprison6 years along with anna who was parole a year ago they were convicted of satanic abuse of
two children. as in the keller's case a medical expert later admitted to accurate forensic testimony. >> to me i felt like everything that we had claimed to not have happened and for her to say that you know, that there was no evidence or faulty evidence. kienlt of felt like that is what i have been saying all of these years how come nobody listens. >> the women and the kellers have been freed they have not been exonerated. for that another legal battle lace ahead to test the new law's limits. limits. >> hong kong has confirmed a second case of the bird flu. the victim is an 80-year-old man who has been translated to a
facility it killed 45 of the 135 people it affected in china this year. a possible medical break through with hepatitis cl. c the food and drug administration has approved a pill. it will allow the patient to take the an pill and doing away with the weekly injections a currently over a million people suffer from hepatitis c around the world. the morning after pill has come under scrut knee. it will warm women that the drug is in eferkttive for those that weigh more than 176 pounds. the drugs are not avail i believe in the united states the similasimilar chemical makeup id in the you hagoodmorning.
>> this french drug maker have been looking at this issue going back to 2011. why are we hearing about it and how surprised are you to hear about this? >> you know it's one of those things that we try very hard to make sure that all of the drugs that are available in the united states are very good and very effective. this research has come out very recently to the masses and we are shocked and surprised that this is actually something that is very real and we'll have to deal with in merveg. i'm nervous because it's a medical emergency as far as i'm concerned. >> why do you say that? >> right now there is a lady watching television and watching me and she took this met sin yesterday thinking that she is protected and she weighs over
176-pound. 176-s. pound and o we know that 66% of american women are over 176-pounds zplssments it's not used for a regular birth control it's used for emergency contraception. >> another number we have here is the average wai weight of won is 16 of pound. the research gins to lose it's effectiveness even at 165-pound. what do you do going forward? >> there is no alternative in the united states right now. we have to make sure that we are very clear. it doesn't matter how tall you are either. if you weigh 176-pound or 165-pound when it starts to lose it's effectiveness. you can't risk or think that this medicine is going to work for you.
>> we are talking to our patients and trying to get the word out. they have not come out to say anything yet. the reality is we have to come out an say something we don't want them to think this medicine is good for them. >> how common are these pills? how often do you find yourself predescription these to women. >> this is over the counter now. true. >> there are amalgamation of women that take the pill of day. even if though you are not supposed to use it on a regular basis there is a drug that is out there for emergency contra contraception and it's a -- a prevention is required fo for t. it's important that people realize and spread the world, if you weighed more tha more than s
you have to use something else for protection. >> it's critical that the doctor stays up on this information as well the patient will not know coming in. talk about the responsibility of dock torgs idoctors in situatio. >> we have to have hours and hours and hours of education to stay up on this kind of stuff. this is something that hit pop culture before it hit doctor's office the for doctors to know. that is why i'm here i'm a medical he had or and i tell people that this stuff is really important and knowledge is power and this is what it's about. have a gohave a good mornin.
dr. abear john another problem with the healthcare.gov. one in four americans who use the website to sign up could have errors in their sign up. >> they are reporting errors in the basic nflt information liker name and address and security coverage. it is supposed to start on november 31. congress is to extend unemployment benefits, by the end. year 11 prim 1.3 americans willg their benefits if the government doesn't act. yesterday wyesterday we learnedr businesses created 200,000 jobs in the month of november. the unemployment rate fell to it's lowest level in five years. >> 2013 is turning out to be the best tear dwhreer fo year for he 2005.
a difficult road ahead for the men's soccer team. news from the world cup draw, tell us about this. if the u.s. wins the world cup they will have earned it. friday was draw day for the brazil 2014 world cup. fifa divided the 2 22 eligible countries into eight groups. the u.s. finds themselves in the group of death. germany, portugal and began gha. they'll have to travel 9,000 miles. they'll take on two of the top five ranked teams in the world. >> it's going to be one. most difficult groups. that is no doubt about it. there are wheel leptions that c.
zplnkts it's a huge opportunity for us. >> playing ghana and maybe a story with it and to clean it up. >> and it's something that doesn't happen everyday. sand germany for us is a big name we are going through a blow si --process of two-and-a-half s now to face opponents and do well and now we can prove it. today is conference championship day across college football. one of the most interesting match ups is duke cake taking n florida state. duke has it's hands full. gla florida state has crushed every rank opponent they have played this year. it's going to be a big task to take down the goliath florida state. with that said. knock should be proud of their season and i think zuk will give them their game. i think it's a game close and
duke has hung with everybody this season. it has gone fast what. people thought they could do an defied the odds. and so to downtow count them oue a bad idea. i think they'll give florida state all they can. i don't think there is any team right now that is better than florida state. the macchampionship fly night. jor donjordon lynch had a chanco lead illinois but they blew out illinois to clinch the championships the first since is the th1992. today marks the 1 1963 gamet was played is is 15 days aftere asass faciaassassination of pret
kennedy. >> as the nation mourns the loss of it's car rise ka richelle k 3 game was cancelled in the wake of the assassination, first lady yahk key urged the game to be played because as she said, that is what jack would have wanted. >> it was a tragedy and that they were thinking of not having a game the and j. fk was a navy veteran it means a lot. with army and navy rank a trip to the title on the line navy pulled off the upset of second rank army when time ran out army h had the ball fourth d goal two to the yard line. >> for the army team was at west
point and we got to ask him some questions that was fantastic to hear his input on where the program is. >> that was a huge event. eymy parents went to that and we in that time and i have talked about it with them it was something that we were honored to be able to do. >> most of the coaches and none of the players involved here in this year ease game were even born before the 1 19 1963 classc they were part of a linage of a game that helped the nation recover from one of it's dark over the dra drag tragedies. to the nba kobe bryant says he will return sunday. bryant has been back practicing for a week now. without him the lakers will stay comcompetitive. ô>> after losing robinson cuno
they signed beltran to a three-year 45 million-dollar year. he is still playing good baseball. they also signed he hiroki kir . and that sound you hear coming out of the bronx is cha-ching. these numbers are blowing my mind, henry. thank you so much. >> absolutely. bringing art to the beach. the growing collection that is becoming quite the attraction in miami. tñ
sections of new york. this is what we are dealing with overnight and into the day for the early part of saturday. now we are starting to see the snow coming in more so off the lakes we are dry here across the southern plains. rain refused to linger here we have a frontal boundary hung up across the southern plains. >> that is going to bring rain. the art world is converging on miami beach. an art xlt exhibit is expected o attract 50,000 people the show is helping put miami on the map for a global cultural art world. >> it's one of the art world's press teaprestigious show and tt in the country 20 years ago miami had started the concept of the art bas basel.
>> it generates as much as $500 million in art sales and economic impact in miami-dade county numbers like that explain why cities around the world are eager for the economic stimulus and the social cachet that high brow art shows deliver. >> it's people all over the world see what has happened in miami-dade. they see the transformative effect they don't understand that it's not just the art basel that comes people have to step up. since bringing the art basel the community has exploded. >> it puts pressure on the community to america. when they started there were six galleries and now there are over 140. this week the per.
>> interview: art museum miami opened it's doors with it's infusion of florida sun light, views of biscayne bay and vertical gardens. the architecture promises to be as big as the draw as the art artwork ultimately. the cureate error hopes that the museum will become a social space where people come to reflect and discuss art from the 130's to the present. often in miami we are competing not with the cultural institutions but reques but wite beach and the beaches are really a public space in miami and i think this museum and it's design, it's location within this large park will really
change that. it has the potential to become this other type of social space. >> the hume only began building it's collection in 1996. but less than 20 years it's already collected 1300 works of art. bob dylan's guitar brought $6 million. this years' h havana film festival is creating a lot of buzz. this is the biggest year yet daniel reports from havana. >> this is a very due ba cuban m festival. it's been the victim of economic hardship. it's some how kept producing great movies while promoting and showing solidarity with the industry and the rest of latin america. fernando pe is one of cuba's mot
respected directors. this festival the 35th is not like the early ones it's growing you might say it's growing too much. the cinema growers are expecting to see the best independent maple leafs from europ -- movies from europe and america too. more most they can't afford to go to the movies. but it's a different story when the havana film festival comes around. this passport gets you in to see 20 films and 2 20 functions we have great expectations in cuba when december comes around. the people are very exexcited. it's a party where we don't see only latin american films but also of europe which is why it's grown from just a latin american festival. shorts and documentaries shown
at cinemas across havana. it will be a celebration of art that brings cuba to a standstill. cuba has thrived through difficult times. for the past 35 years this festival has been a constant source of passion and inspiration, glowin growing yeay year. this festival is about more than just showing great films. it's been a demonstration of survival and creativity in the face of adversity. and thank you for watching al jazeera i'm ro rochelle kerr.