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you in an effort to stop the rise of drug resistant superbugs the f.d.a. announces a new plan to stop using antibiotics in livestock. holding their ground in ukraine, anti-government protesters defiant after a sweep by riot place. the u.s. threatens the country with harsh sanctions >> new problems with syrian refugees that fled the war-torn country. harsh weather has set in, people are living in tents. >> a video emerging from the asianic flight, moments before
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it crashed. >> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy. we do have breaking news out of afghanistan. there was an explosion near the u.s. embassy on thursday, near the kabul capital city. it was near a major traffic circle outside the main entrance. it was steps away interest n.a.t.o.'s international security assistance force office. yesterday a suicide bomber attacked a german convoy entering an ifas building. >> a seismic change in policy from the food and drug administration. the agency wants to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in cows and chickens raised for meat. it's the first attempt at
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curbing the use of antibiotics in healthy animals. we have more. >> giving antibiotics to livestock has been common practice on american farms. in 2011 nearly 30 million pounds of drugs were sold in the u.s. for meat and poultry production. farmers use them to keep livestock healthy and for animals to grow faster. there's a risk for people. overusing antibiotics in animals allows resistant strains of bacteria to evolve. they sicken millions each year, killing 23,000 people. that concern is driving the fta to phase out certain antibiotics for food production. in a statement the f.d.a. says it needs to be selective about drugs used in animals. it may not be preventible, but they need to do what they can to
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phase it down. the phase out will happen in the next three years. after that it will be illegal to use for anything other than treating sick animals. many applaud the decision, others say the guidelines will not do enough to keep people safe. >> i'm concerned that there'll be no change. they can continue to misuse antibiotics as they have opinion. >> it's unclear how much it will cost farmers and consumers. >> the f.d.a. is requiring licensed vetterin air yans to supervise the use of antibiotics. >> protesters in kiev are standing their ground after an overnight sweep left dozens injured. the u.s. condemned the violence and is considering taking action in the form of sanctions. robin forest ear walker has more from kiev.
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>> like an army preparing for battle. they are rebuilding the defenses and bringing in supplies. the opposition movement on kiev's independence square is creating a fortress for the pro-european movement. militias bustled in earlier, breaking the barricades. protesters re-established their tent emcampments. they feel they have momentum. president viktor yanukovych offered direct talks with political parties. >> translation: i'm calling on representatives of all physical forces, reverend parties, civil societies to a dialogue. i'm ready to take part in a roundtable to reach a compromise. i'm calling on the opposition to refuse, not to go along the path
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of a stand-off alt mags. >> the leaders are skeptical. they want nothing short of a resolution - a new government and new resolution. the pressure from the e.u. and u.s. is coming. >> all policy options are on the table, in our view. obviously that is being evaluated. >> ukrainians who want closer ties with the west are back in their thousands on independence square in kiev. they believe they have scored a victory against the police and the government. >> viktor yanukovych appears unable to restore his authority here. when he last agreed to talks, he sent his riot police in. protesters are not taking chances. >> the house is expected to vote thursday on a bipartisan budget agreement. if passed the it would prevent a
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government shut down. there are harsh words for conservative groups calling on governments to vote against the deals. >> they are using members for their own goals. this is ridiculous. >> the budget plan uses a mix of reforms and nontax revenues like fees to restore funding to programs that are hit with mandatory spending cuts. health care enrolment numbers are picking up. according to the white house 365,000 have signed up for insurance. triple the enrolment from october when the healthcare.gov was rolled out. it's less than a third the number of people that they predicted would apply. users have until december 23rd to sign up for coverage. >> health secretary kathleen sebelius is calling to an internal review to the
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healthcare.gov site. she made the decision hours before she faced more questions about the roll out of the affordable care act. she said the website is on track. >> we are seeing positive trends, a lot of people re-engage, and it's about not only just the numbers of individuals, but at the end of the day hopefully getting the right mix, and we know a lot of younger americans are tech savvy, want a fully functioning easy to operate site. getting healthcare.gov up and running helps with the numbers. >> some republicans want kathleen sebelius to be fired over the problems that plagued the federal healthcare website. the u.s. and u.k. are scaling back on aid to rebel forces in syria. humanitarian aid will continue. they are suspending nonlethal aid, including medicine, and vehicle registration equipment. >> as the syrian civil war
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dragged on and the debate in washington over what to do, whether to arm. the concern was sprinting amid the rebel coalition. if arms and aid went to them, would it hand up in the wrong hands. the fear is that is what happened. a group that broke off from an alliance, the islamic front, seized the headquarters and other buildings, including warehouses near the turkish border. the u.s. says it will cut off nonlethal said to syria that has been going forward for some months. >> josh ernst is a principal deputy press spokesman. >> we are gathering facts and consulting with general id ris. as a result of this situation, as you point out, the united states suspended all delivers of nonlethal assistance into
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northern syria. at the same time it's important for people to understand our humanitarian assistance, distributed through international and nongovernmental organizations is not affected. >> nonlethal aid is 260 million of communication, mre, meals there's concern it has fallen foo the wrong hands. humanitarian aid that goes throughout syria to both sides over the last three years continues to flow. that is administered by the united nations and other nongovernmental organizations. and lethal aid. in the summer it was devufled from capitol hill that the american government would arm the rebels with small admissions. today they had no comment about
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the fate of those admissions. >> mike viqueira reporting from the white house. >> if life were not hard enough for 2 million syrians that fled the war-torn country, some are dealing with harsh winter weather conditions. >> nazanine moshiri reports on the desperate conditions. >> it's the third winter some refugees spend in makeshift shelters. storm alexa hit the valley near the border with syria. this is where the majority of refugees settled in makeshift communities. they built a flimsy accomodation. they cannot afford to pay rent. look how baz it is here. children are suffering. there are those who are cold and dying from the cold. the storm is expected to last through the weekend with snow
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and wind. the misery is felt by 280 tenth communities across the vatty. those that have not registered are yet to receive aid. >> translation: we arrived yesterday and need to register. the office is so far away from here. we called. no one answered, maybe it's because of the weather conditions. we don't know what will happen. >> the u.n. refugee agency has been working with the army. delivering aid to a large and scattered refugee community is a challenge, a better solution is needed. >> what we have done worked with the government of lebanon and the ministry of social affairs is build up to standard tents that could hold refugees, that would be weather proof. >> the lebanese government refused to set up official
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refugee camps. lebanese people feel proper camps would encourage refugees to stay, like the palestinian refugees. it is seen as a threat. >> metrologists say the worst is yet to come. more than 800,000 syrian fled. 80,000 will spend the rest of the winter in tents. well most of the country is not seeing much in terms of rain or snow, except for the great lakes. that brings heavy snow just to the east of the lake erie and ontario. up to 20 inches of snow in the next 48 hours is expected.
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if you are driving in parts of western new york and pennsylvania, it will be dangerous. to the north-west things are not looking so bad. there are clouds and snow showers. we'll get a shower too as over the next day in terms of seattle. look at the forecast. 5-day. here you are, thursday, friday, saturday - a lot of rein is in your forecast. that means in the higher elevations the rain will be snow. 48 degrees is what we expect to see. sunday cloudy, monday we may see sun in the forecast. to the south-west clear skies. it's been cold. for los angeles, things are looking quite beautiful. except for friday. it will be cooler with loads of 48 degrees. things will warm up nicely. on sunday 77 there. notice all the clouds coming
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into texas, this will be the next weather system that starts to affect the central part of the united states. it's beginning to get organised. today, dallas 44 degrees. san -- trying to find out what caused the asiana airline crash. new video of the deadly accident emerges. giving police the right to remain silent. why a major city is letting officers take the fifth when they shoot someone. hon ouring nelson mandela - thousands of people line up for a second day to say goodbye to the beloved leader.
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u.s. air force planes will
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lift african peacekeeping troops to bangui. french troops are acting for help to stop the violence between christians and muslims. hundreds have been sent there. the central african republic has been plagued with violent uprising since march when muslim forces overthrew the government. >> in pretoria, south africa, they are lining up to pay reports to nelson mandela. for two days people have been filing past the coffin of the beloved leader who liberated their country from apartheid. we have the details from wednesday's procession. >> there was celebration yesterday and over the weekend. people were thankful, grateful. today for sombre and modern. one person said, "this is tough
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forme. everything i have, i have my freedom because of nelson mandela." it was a black man speaking to me. he was touched to say goodbye to ta ta, father. one singer who travelled to the states said, "i never would have been able to do that without him. i'm here to say goodbye." nick schifrin reporting from pretoria. you are seeing live pictures from pretoria, where for a second day people are lining up. it looks like the armed forces are lining up there to pass the casquette. nelson mandela's body will lay in state at the union building until tomorrow. he'll be buried this his home village of qunu. >> the cash of asiana airline flight which broke part attempting to land, after it hit
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a seawall. >> surveillance camera video released shows how violence the accident was. moments before the crash pilots realised they were coming in too low and slow. they tried to correct. it was too late. the jumble jet hit a seawall, snapping off the tail, sending the plane skidding. three passengers, teenage girls, died. >> sophisticated cockpits were used. >> there's an issue in aviation with respect to automation and performance. when it comes to the interaction between the aircraft and the human being? a. >> in the as yarna crash the captain dis connected the autopilot and did not realise it disabled the automatic speed control on the boeing 777. the crew failed to notice the speed was dropping.
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>> the planes are becoming so automated and are removing human judgment from many aspects of flight. >> it's been a challenge for other airlines. in 2009 an air-france jet plunged into the atlantic. investigators blamed the accident on confusion about cockpit automation and the pilot's failure to hg the controls. of the month the ffa issued a report saying that pilots were so reliant on automated systems that they are losing skills to take over and fly the plane in an emergency. pilots should be given a chance to practice basic flying skills in the plane and during training. >> working on manual skills is a good thing.
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we should continue to make sure we create opportunities. >> also critical, automation design. new documents reveal that before the crash there were concerns about boeing's speed system. the as yarna pilot told investigators he thought the autothrottle system was always working. boeing defended the design pointing out ultimately it's the pilot in control. >> as we apply automation as a tool to aid the pilot, not replace the pilot. >> it will be months before the ntsb will finish the investigation. there'll likely be a host of recommendations to improve the dance between man and machine. >> and according to those documents released at wednesday's hearing, the pilot had concerns about flight 214 before the plane left south
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korea. lee conk cook had less than 45 hours at the control of a boeing 747. he told investigators he was worried me might, "fail his flight and be embarrassed." >> a former new orleans police officer convicted of manslaughter has been acquitted. david warner was serving a sentence after fatally shooting henry glover. an appeals court ruled warren should have been tried separately from four others charged with a cover up of the death. warren said he feared for his life when he shot glover. >> the right to remain silent is usually reserved for those arrested. the dallas police station is allowing officers to take the fifth temporarily if involved in a shooting. mark schnyder has more on the
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policy. >> a police officer shot and wounded a mentally ill man doing nothing threatened. his partner said in a police report that the suspect held a knife and lunged at the officer who shot the man. >> a month later the department announced a new policy. the police chief would not talk to us. a police union vice president would. >> i think the whole goal is to get what happened, get it right. get it accurate. >> dallas police officers involved in a shooting have their own right to remain silent for 72 hours after the incident. >> it's not that they are trying to cover up for mislead what happened. they can't remember everything that happened. >> dallas defense attorney george milner represents the victim. >> i think it is geared toward
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making certain there are no material inconsistencies in any officer's statements that can later be used against the city's civil litigation. the detective days every officer handles the stress and trauma from a shooting differently. >> you don't want to rush an investigation for the sake of rushing it. you want an officer to give good accurate information as to what happened. >> i agree with him. would we do the same thing for every person investigated. >> detective sayers says he's sure the policy will prove to be good for not only the officers in the department, but the citizens. saying it will lead to thorough and accurate investigations. >> giving new life to some of detroit's forgotten homes. how local entrepreneurs are finding guilty. >> counter and former presidents
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and their families celebrate a very wello leader.
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>> more than 20% of the homes in detroit are vacant. one of the bankrupt city's main goals is to tear them down. as david hawkins reports, local entrepreneurs have something else in mind. where some people see trash,
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others see treasure. or in the case of these abandoned houses a lumber yard. >> the lumber that we get out of these old houses is commercially available. it's beautiful stuff. >> chris found the valuable wood. >> when i went into one of these houses i thought we had to do something, we had to start saving it. >> it costs about $9,000 to demolish a house. many had been stripped by scavengers. most abandoned houses contain $10,000 worth of lumber, flooring, 2 by 4s, and plywood. entrepreneurs want to reclaim that wood and recycle it. >> we are doing what we can to show people the inherent beauty and opportunity in the wood.
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>> james designs and sells furniture made from reclaimed lumber. i feel the material had a huge appeal on a fundamental level. the quality of it, the fact that it has a story behind it. all of our pieces come with its own detroit adres. more and more architects are using reclaimed wood. >> we are inherently protecting the environment and offering exotic wood species compared to destroying a rainforest. >> reclaimed wood is not just about recycling. it creates jobs. they call it deconstruction work. >> deconstruction is the opposite of construction. instead of building were the grouped you have we take it from the top down. >> deconstructing a house takes time, skill and labour than
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carting doororory -- debris to landfill. >> to demolish a house you have a machine, two or three guys. before being turned into a cutting board, dining table or shopping block counter, it has to be planed, and finished. that's what detroit near. detroit's task force is attempting to count every vacant structure. >> we leave you with pictures of president obama and first lady michelle with members of two former first family aboard air force one. they flew together to south africa. you see hillary clinton talking with the obamas, and george w. bush sharing photos of his
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paintings with the first lady and mrs. clinton. that will do it for this edition of al jazeera. i'm stephanie sy. have a great evening. environmental concerns. our digital producer wajahat ali, tweet him a lot. waj, big agendas both sides. our community has big things to say about it. >> deeply polarizing,

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