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this is al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. let's get you caught up on the top stories this hour. odessa police release more than 60 after pro-russian activists storm a police station. firefighters are battling a wildfire in oklahoma. the death of a german teen shot by a montana man puts gun laws back in the spotlight. talks in sudan - condition
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it bring on end to the fighting. that's the topic in "the week ahead". . good to have you with us in ukraine. another day of violence. each side is increasing its resolve not to back down. in the southern town pro-russian activists stormed a police station, demanding the release of dozens. hundreds of pro-ukranian act visits took to the streets chanting "glory to ukraine", saying they have reclaimed an area previously occupied by pro-russian activists. jonah hull is reporting. >> reporter: to cries of "our heroes" more than 60 pro-russian act visits arrested for taking
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part in the riot friday night. for hours, as police looked on the crowd shouted freedom, demanding the release of those inside. some forced their ways into a vehicle entrance out of the station. once inside they seemed to be on the brink of complete control. and then from somewhere an apparent police decision to aqueous. >> reporter: this is a city where great violence happened on friday night. it seems as if the police force widely blamed for failing actively decided to stand back and do nothing in order to prevent it happening again. >> the crowd's anger was inspired by what many saw when they were allowed back into the
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trade union building. dozens of protesters labelled prorushes died in a blaze trapped. >> translation: i'm going to seek revenge from my people, for every drop of blood for our victims. >> ukraine's interim prime minister was in odessa on sunday. and blamed issue re for instigating the violence. he said he did nothing to stop it. in this section of the pop lieulation his words had little meaning. ukraine moving forward with plans to hold presidential elections on may 25th. russia called that idea absurd. i spoke to steven co-han, a professor emeritus you have russian studies, his take is
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holding an election now is nearly impossible. >> what kind of less jan can you have when you look at the pictures - tanks, people dying, burning to death. those elections were for the presidency, not parliament. we need a new parliament in ukraine, and not for a new constitution, which everyone agrees is necessary. just on practical terms, may 25th is what, 2.5 weeks away. can you imagine elections held there. >> cowan says elections will not be possible until fighting starts. now to a story we have been following out of central oklahoma, where firefighters have been battling a huge grass higher. homes and buildings have been destroyed. this is what crews are up against. he is are live pictures from guthry. self firefighters are on the
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scope. they are facing strong wids and dry weather which kept the flames burning. dozens of homes are threatened. the plays has spread through up to 4,000 acres of land. authorities evacuated some areas, some had to be treated for smoke inhalation. the fire chief said the cause was a controlled burn that got out of hand. we are joined were the red cross. good to have you with us. what is the latest on the evacuatio evacuatio evacuations? >> i can tell you now the american red cross opened a shelter in a church in the local area, close to the affected site. we are opening it up, welcoming anyone that needs shelter, food, water. >> do we know how many people are displaced? >> we do not. as mentioned six homes were tape down by the fires, but it doesn't include people out of their homes because of the
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threat of fires. we don't know how many are impacted. i assume it's a significant amount. >> what you understand at this hour, from what you understand, firefighters are up against a challenge. there are several homes in the fire's path; is that correct? >> they are, and the real threat is the wound. in oklahoma it literalry sweeps down the plains. it's been high. we are in a drought situation in oklahoma, meaning the across and the ground is still ripe for that, and as you mentioned it was a controlled burn, any small embers create a wildfire. there's a lot of cedar industries, and once the fire hits they explode. the video shows it, seeing big balls of fire. they are the cedar trees. the wind is the biggest concern, getting ahead of that, trying to drop several different times with the fire line, but were
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unable because of the wind. this was one in four warnings. >> we underthis was caused by a controlled burp? >> that is what the fire chief reported, yes, sir. >> often we talk about containments, has it been contained at all, any containment. >> sporadically contained. they may have been able to get a fire line. i'm not a firefighter, nor do i want to pretend to be one. they've tried to get ahead. that's the high winds causing problems for firemen. >> we appreciate you being with us. we know it will be a busy night joins us from the red cross. >> in nearby afghanistan many spent two days digging through the mud searching for bodies of
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loved ones. tonight a look at the massive landslide that buried a village. officials gave up hope for survivors, saying they'd be found. the site of the disaster is likely to bedevastated. we have the latest on this tragedy. >> reporter: this boy is 15. he has lost so much. his mother along with his two sisters, brother, are buried in the mountain of mud. >> at the time of the landslide i was holding my mother's hand, somehow it slipped and i escaped. >> he knows his family is gone, he says he needs to find their bodies for his open piece of mind. >> translation: i want to see the dead bodies, the face. we've been working here tore two days.
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i'm devastated. i lost everything in my life. my wife and children are buried under the mud. the house is standing on the hillside. providing an idea of what the village looked like. now it's torn in two. >> reporter: hundreds of people are camping in almost desperate conditions. they have been giving tents and aid agencies provided food, water and medicine. people feared that another part of the mountain could collapse any time. people have told al jazeera that getting aid there is not simply enough. the tents are helping protect survivors from the rain. many people are going hungry. there isn't enough food and water to go around. >> right now they are working on recovery. people need immediately for shelter. and it they brought a tent for them. they bring food.
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they don't have a place to cook. >> people are upset because the government had given up search for bodies. the government said the houses are under too much mud. >>. >> translation: that's why we are dicking by ourselves. the government is not helping. it will take more. i'll look for my family as long as i breathe. there's no other option but to recover my family. >> the idea that their homes will be a mass grave is too much for many to bear. the houses are gone, the mountains are a threat. the future of their village is in doubt. for now they dig. south sudan government says it has taken two towns from rebel fighters. it comes days after president
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kerr distributed talks. they report from the capital juva. the spokesman for the army announced two important victories. the first was this morning in the down of n.a.s.a., close to the border. and this has been the rebel strong hold for some time. this is where the leader of the rebel movement had its pleas. it's where they received navy pilae. it's an important victory for the government forces. the other is in the town of bentiu, which the government took back at 4:00 pm. this is the town where they saw the horrific images. people were massacred inside a mosque. it there were more killings in the hospital and the church. the pictures went to the u.n., shocking the people there who saw them. they were the reason for a lot of international pressure which they have seen piled in south
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sudan. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry came to visit and he referred to them. this is an important victory for the government. it's important to remember though that these battles are fluid. towns rise and fall with regularity. bentiu has changed hands five or six times recently. >> this remains fluid, but it is big gains for the government forces. >> more than half a million have been displaced. stay with us for more analysis of the crisis. that's in "the week ahead" bombings in two kenyan cities left seven dead. the first attack targetting a bus station. today explosives ripped through two packed buses in the capital of nairobi. no group is claiming responsibility. similar violence has been blamed on the rebel group.
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nigeria's president is asking for international help to rescue 250 school girls kidnapped by men thought to be from boko haram. the president has been under fire for not doing enough. we have this report. >> reporter: nigerians at the faith assembly church in abuja praying for the girls to be found. there's popular present on goodluck jonathan. he set up a committee to look at why it happened and why rescue has failed. some are planning overnight vigils until the pearls are found. >> i have daughters, i have a son. it's painful. if i put myself in the shoes of the parents. >> in a question and answer question by journalists, the
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president said this on the missing girls. >> i believe we'll get them out, what we'll request is maximum cooperation. up to this time they - they had not been able to come clearly to give the police an identity. >> news of the abductions spread around the world. the protesters accused the nigeria government of mishandling the rescue effort. >> the president of nigeria has the might of the entire military of the country. he has the financial resources at his disposal and cap make things happen if he wants to paying it happen. there shouldn't be any excuses. >> people have been protesting
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in london. there's a drive to bring back the girls involving celebrities. >> we are urging the nigerian government to do more to find them. they need to find them in terms of family. >> public anger has been fuelled by the conflicting figures from different levels of government, about how many have been affected. the anger is as high as it is because girls have been attacked. 59 students have been killed at a school nearby. despite billions spent on fighting the group. >> the military insists there's an ongoing mission to free the girls, but will not give you have details for security reasons. i asked when the committee is expected to report back. despite the international pressure, a presidential spokesperson would only say soon. >> earlier i spoke via skype
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with a representative from human rights watch and she said nigeria's president should have acted sooner. >> it's coming a little too late. it's more than three weeks after the girls had been missing. the committee set up is going to be inaugurated next week. it's coming because the people have been pressuring, the people had to go on the street. there's no reason why it had to get to that point for the president of the nation to step up and take action. >> there's a lot of speculation on who to go after here. we don't know the abductors are boko haram. this is a group yet to claim responsibility, which they often do. >> it's not in all cases that boko haram claim responsibility. at the end of - in the middle of march, after the attack on the
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military detention center, the boko haram leader released a statement saying it would start abducting women and girls. and some of them had related saying that when the group set fire, there were large shouts. the camp where the girls were taken to is known to be occupied by boko haram. it's difficult to imagine that there would be another group hiding out in this forest, alongside boko haram. in all likelihood. >> when you look at the motive there's speculation that the girls were sold into marriages for as little as $12 million. isn't it sexual slavery? >> absolutely. these are teenage girls, many 18 years old. ideally they should be in school, the right to education is being denied.
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they are taken into slavery, and into camps of moderate and all of this is - should be a source of concern to the government of nigeria. >> it is crucial that the international community keep up the pressure on the nigerian government to find the kidnapped girls. a northern island political leader detained in connection with a 1972 killing is out of gale. gerry adams was released without charge. police questioned him for about four days about the murder of a woman accused by the irish r republican army of being a spy. his file will be september to prosecutors. back to a story out of central oklahoma. you can see the massive blaze that firefighters are up against. this is in guthrie oklahoma, north of oklahoma city. we understand at this hour firefighters are battling a
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blaze that has destroyed six homes and we spoke with the american red cross moments ago. more residents have been displaced. they are helping them. the big challenge firefighters are up against - dry weather, strong winds which are keeping the blaze going. so far it's spread through 4,000 acres. as we get a better look you can see how intense the fire is. it's an active situation that we'll follow out of central oklahoma. >> there is much more ahead on al jazeera. first hundreds pay respects to the teens from germany killed in monta montana. we focus on violence in south sudan. and ask the panel of experts what can be done to stop a killing in the world's newest nation. an audience member - camera rolls as a highwire circus act goes terribly wrong in rhode
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island. you are watching al jazeera america, and we are coming right back.
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tonight friends and family are mourning the loss of a 17-year-old exchange student from germany, shot dead by a home owner in montana. the case sparked outrage in germany, fuelling calls for tighter gun restrbzs in america. >> reporter: more than 500 attended the memorial service for 17-year-old student. mourners paid their last respect. >> translation: the most important thing now is to find peace for my son. >> his father criticised what he sees as gun culture. a lawyer for markus, the montana home owner says his client will
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plead not guilty to a charge of homicide. he feared for his life. when the 17-year-old exchange student entered his garage. prosecutors alleged that he set a trap, leaving the church open. they claim that karma was looking for an excuse to shoot someone. his defense lawyer will argue otherwise. >> it was a dark night. he could not see in there. he heard a noise what was described as metal on metal. he fired four shots across the back of the garage, from the front part of the garage. unfortunately we believe they struck this young man, it was a fatal blow. >> it's not clear what the team was doing. >> his lawyer believed the police were not doing enough to solve burglaries. >> he felt he had no joys.
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the individual -- choice. the individual that came into his garage was between his child and him. he didn't know his intent, if he had weapons, if he was on drug. >> the man and his partner and 10-month-old baby remained in their home following his release on a $30,000 bond. the host family paid tribute to the teen, tying male boxes, with flowers in the front yard. it was his favourite soft drink. >> the student had less than two months to go. start thing video from barnum and bailey circus in rhode island. acrobats fell to the ground when the platform they were hanging on gave way.
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they plunged up to 40 feed and landed on a dancer. 11 were taken to the hospital, one person in critical condition. >> it was part of the show. as soon as it hit the ground, i knew that it was not. >> officials say all the acrobats were conscious. a pilot has been killed in an air-show crash in northern california. he was proxing a stunt in a plane when it went down. this is south of sacramento. no spectators were hurt. no word on the cause of the crash. a programming note. tonight we air the final episode of al jazeera america ground-breaking "borderland", focus on the length migrants go to. >> the fact that women are putting shots because they know
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they are going get rape. we have to understand the sacrifices people are willing to make to have a better life. >> it's sick to know as a woman not only do you have to worry about getting sick, breaking on ankle, you have to worry about getting raped. this is an evil world. back at father presliano's church, they find a map showing how many died in relation to how far they walked. >> this is three days out.
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so the first day doesn't kill you, it's the third day. do you understand all the culpabilityies along the way. to enable people to get to the point and see them die here. it's hardly less than a crime. >> that's what it comes down to, all the way up through these people have been taken advantage of. these are all they have. if people are going to come into the u.s., let mexico give them safe passage through. once they hit the u.s. border, let us give them an easy passage through, so we don't have these deaths or the rape or murders. >> the part that makes me the angriest is to know that we are able to stop it and funnel the human being into the worst possible environment to come across, to cause that.
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that's what infuriates me. >> all along the way, why are people saying look, there's a chance you are going to die. >> so some degree god is going to take care of me. it's those people that are taking advantage of. we are not hearing anybody say stop, go back, don't do it. they are exploiting them. >> i cannot stand it. >> it was an if as nalting series. the entire episode. following this broadcast. >> next on al jazeera, an ingenth look at the crisis unfolding in south sudan. we look at whether direct talks are enough to stop the fighting. that's next in the week ahead.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. let's get caught up on the top stories. a wildfire raging in central oklahoma. you are looking at live pictures. it's destroyed six homes and is threatening more. multiple crews are on the scene battling the blaze. several people had to be treated for smoke inhalation. >> oklahoma has wind that sweep down the plains, it's been extremely high today. >> they are deal with high wind and dry conditions. the fire-department of three different cities responded to the fire. the fire chief in guthrie says the cause was a controlled burn that got out of hand. in ukraine, odessa has seen a day of violence. they took to the streets to protest the release of 60 activists. they were released after a pro-russian crowd stormed the police station. >> officials in afghanistan are
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giving up hope that any more survivors will be found. a small mountain village was mostly buried in that disaster. more than 2,000 are feared to have been buried alive. president hamid karzai distrird a -- declared a national day of mourning. >> it's time for "the week ahead". the president and former vice president have agreed to hold talks. we begin with this report. secretary of state john kerry was critical of south sudan's leader to stop violence that prompted a vote to breakaway from sudan three years ago. >> we vowed to do our level to prevent that kind of violence. this is precisely the kind of violence that the people of south sudan fought so hard for so long to try to escape.
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>> he urged african nations to deploy peace-keeping forces quickly, to stop six months of fighting. the u.s. estimates 5,000 troops are necessary to stop the bloodletting in the world's newest nation. >> east africa has a recent experience with genocide as last month was the 20th anniversary of genocide in rwanda when a million people perished in 100 days. so nobody wants to see a repeat of that. so i think the governments of kenya, ethiopia and you canneda have really understood that they have to step up. >> the top u.n. rights official and the terrible advisor met with the south sudan leader. >> what is critical is that the cities have to desist, and both leaders come together so that
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the people of these countries, south -- south sudan not be displaced. >> many have been dismissed, the crisis coming two years after floods. with nothing to harvest, 6 million people are in urgent need of assistance. >> aid workers have been target in areas that are too dangerous for groups to deliver food. >> the u.n. has to move more rapidly. increasingly the world is watching. this is no longer a conflict on the back pages. too much has been invested by the international community. too much has been invested by africa for south sudan to become a completely failed state. >> the rural food programme says it faces a 224 million shortfall in its effort to feed over a million people. >> this morning the south sudan
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army retap cured the town of n ajs sir. hours -- nasir. hours later it took back ben tu. the president salva kiir agreed to hold face to face talks with riek machar to try to resolve the 4-month conflict following talks last week when john kerry met with delegations from both sides of the capital. if south sudan manages to resolve problems, it has to contend with issues concerning sudan. tensions surrounding the oil-rich area. earlier i spoke to prin tonne lyneham, and the former president of the south. and a former secretary assistant of state from african affairs
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who served as u.s. am bass door to south africa. i asked for her response that the u.s. has not paid enough attention to the formation of south sudan. >> the united states certainly backed the kenyan negotiation of the comprehensive agreement in 2005, and works very well with the government of south sudan and even with the northern government to try to ensure that the self determination, the 98% vote for succession by the southerners was respected. now, from that point going forward, trying to help south sudan become an integrated nation was always going to be difficult. there was never any expectations i would say that there would not be conflict along the way. the history of sudan has been one of conflict and ethnic
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groups saw south sudan be manipulated over the 50 years by the northern government in a divide and conquer strategy. the expectation that you would have a perfect nation, after two or three years of independence was a mistake. and that said, i think the united states could have done more to hands on diplomatic approach to help the nation. particularly from january 2013, to hen it became clear there was a division within the ruling party of the slm, the united states could have been more engaged. >> i do want to give an understanding of the region here. south sudan split from the north in 2011 following 40 years with on and off civil war. the majority in the north are arabic-speaking muslims. south sudan with more groups.
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as you know, thousands have been killed in the fighting six months ago. more than a million others fled the ohms. if that continues, does that not present a challenge to the international community with respect to the question of genocide? >> this is a serious problem and affects the region, refugees moving in every direction, ethiopia, sudan, uganda, kenya. as you mentioned in the report, the threat of major famine, we were coming into the rainy season when it was hard to distribute food. there are several things that people need to do. one is to bring about seizing the fighting, secretary of state john kerry's visit was important in this regard. the urging of president salva kiir to agree to a meeting.
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it's the first step in negotiations. there are are discussions bringing in an afghan peacekeeping force, in addition to the u.n. one. we have to look very carefully at the scope of the mandate, where it's going to be located. what areas it should protect. it can't cover the country. that's going to be an important step. there has to be work on a political transformation. it can't go back to the status quo, or salva kiir's president as vice president. there has to be a greater transformation of south sudan's politics. we worked hard on that. we had a team in there to try to help them with the party and constitution. they did not make progress on either of those things. >> i want to talk about protecting the citizens. the spokesman for the s.p.l.a. spoke to al jazeera. the army was there to protect
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the citizens. let's listen. >> we believe that the conflict is a political quarrel. the politician will continue to resolve the conflict. protecting the territories, all the counties and the borders of south sudan, and all the organs. >> ambassador fraser, president obama signed an executive order that provided the legal authorisation. no sanctions have yet been improved, why not? >> i think that the - it's right for the obama administration to move slowly on the imposition of sanctions much the real focus is the area that ambassador liman outlined. the cease fire to enforce that,
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implement that, but a longer turn political solution. a government that secretary of state john kerry says. there may be hard liners within the administration of president salva kiir, and there may be some particular rebel leaders that you would want to target with sanctions. i don't think the targeted sanctions were going to be the difference. if proactive engagement on the highest level, working closely with the neighbouring countries, with ethiopia. it's going to make the difference. i'd say go slow, go hard on diplomacy. >> how much influence cause the u.s. have in this situation? >> i think the u.s. has a lot of influence. what we can do level is use the influence to support and put heft behind the afghan mediation
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lead by ethiopia and kenya, and by the neighbouring countries. that's what secretary kerry and the envoy were doing, putting real political heft behind the efforts to get a ceasefire. to get meetings between the leaders and get the negotiations going. of course we'll have a major role in the humanitarian sentence. that's the actions of the security council. i take issue with the statement of the spokesman. the s.p.l.a. is not enough to protect the citizens, it hasn't been doing so. the u.n. has sheltered tens of thousands. the government has been critical within the u.n., it's a terrible mistake. the u.n. peacekeeping operation must be supported and
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strengthened. there we have an important role in the security council. >> several months ago all sides agreed to piece talks. >> i think that, no, to answer your questions directly, i think as long as you have a political crisis and don't have agreement on the way ahead. you continue to have fighting on the groundment the challenge is holding those that are responsible for the killings accountable and that is a typical way in which the community wants to act. every military person - a case can be brought against them. an individual or citizen, whoever is involved in killing, there needs to be an investigation to bring each and every individual to account for
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the killings. >> but the focus has to be the negotiation, the peace talks and to put pressure on the president. he's making statements talking about a genocide. arguing you can't have a transitional government unless you have a new constitution. that makes no sense. president salva kiir probably miscalculated and in many ways started the conflict through the political - reducing political space. i think riek machar was standing in the way of progress of peace talks before president salva kiir releases the 11 detainees. >> we'll watch the conflict closely. the former envoy to south sudan. the ambassador, appreciate your
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time on "the week ahead". . let's look at other stories coming up. on monday president obama will host his counterfrom if jab uty at the white house. monday south africans head to the polls. thursday is international red cross and red crescent day and marks the birthday of the organizations founder, born in switzerland in 1828. before we take a break, more live pictures coming out of guthrie oklahoma, where firefighters are on the scene of a large fire. six homes have burnt. more homes are in danger. there are mandatory evacuations. we are continuing to follow the situation in guthrie. an active scene. more coming up. >> the delipidated neighbourhood in new orleans. new initiatives cleaning up the
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city. first the concern was a dead whale may explode on the canada coast. now there's a debate on what to do with its
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the city of new orleans has been fighting blight for years, a problem made worse after hurricane katrina. the storm declared nearly 80% of homes a decade ago. the city is leading a charge to turn entire neighbourhoods around. >> the stock of gutted, abandoned and run-down homes has been tied to poverty. nine years later there are still those uprooted by the storm.
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>> still with an x on the door, when search crews came through. >> considered the blightest. new orleans is putting a dent in its ugly problem. >> the lot was overgrown. >> the crumbling home was torn down. >> it's amazing how much the neighbourhood changed. there's new construction on empty lots. >> a geography professor, peter has been leading a team tracking residential recovery in the flood zone. including homes renovated. in the past four years he says the blight count has been reduced by 10,000 properties, a goal of the governor. >> there was a time period when there was a celebration of the recovery. in 2010 there were an estimated
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40,000 blighted properties in new orleans. since then several thousands homes have been torn down by the city. everyone agrees there has been progress. there hasn't been enough. >> critics point to the lower ninth ward where neighbourhoods have appeared untouched. >> a lot of homes boarded up look horrible. >> you can find this all over the place. >> it's in every street of new orleans. still, yes, indeed. >> overall progress has been slow, that's why the city expedited the inspection and hearing process. and for better accountability a blight status allows neighbours to find the status. >> the mayor is making good progress, but there's a big problem to be overcome. >> neighbours and city leaders gree fixing it is not an aesthetic issue but influences
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investors looking to add to a city. >> former president bill clinton was in his home state of arkansas and toured some of the homes. they killed 16. he spoke with survivors and praised community members for working together to clean up the area. >> with all the loss of life and all the people coming up. you know, people are there with their neighbours, that's the thing that struck me. >> a former arkansas government offered encouragement. officials would help local businesses to get back on their feet. >> wichita kansas had record-breaking temperature, 102 degrees. last week highs were around 50 and three weeks ago this was an inch of snow on the ground. the previous record was 94
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degrees in 1963. >> you have likely heard about the dead whale that washed up on the shores of newfoundland. there were concerns the carcass mite explode. we have this report from trout river. >> the biggest tourist attraction at least for now. this 25 metre blue whale is one of in my opinion trapped beneath sea ice. some worry it might cause the body to burst. a toronto museum says it will remove the whale and show the bones. >> i liken it to a flat tyre and gradually going down. i'm thankful it didn't blow. nobody was hurt. >> the town is not hurting for the tourist season.
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>> experts, scientists and brave volunteers will be cutting up and removing the carcasses of this and beach whales. what to do with the skeletons from one of the largest creatures on the planet, that's a question that remained to be settled. >> not far away, keep the bones where it was found. people in the village worked together. resident worked together. it took 10 years to make the display and draws 10,000 metres. >> it was kind of a crazy idea and the snow. i needed people to get into it. it was slippery. >> at first trout river was told it had to dispose of the remains. then came a lot of media attention. canada's government announced a deal to remove the body. now a local restaurateur said
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that they should share the skeletons, one here, one to toronto. >> they only want one blue whale. since we had the honour of the trail on the beach, maybe that was a sign from somebody that trout river needed a break in life. >> turning a fishing village in whale tourism and marine biology. for now, clearing the beach of decomposing whale should be enough. >> coming up, honouring the homeless, she cares for one painting at a time. a heart warming story of a nurse and an artist.
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free health care for the homeless. that's the mission for a clinic in seat. a nurse says she wants to do more al jazeera's tonya mosley
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takes a look at her portraits for promise. >> reporter: every town has one, in seattle it's pioneer square where those down on their luck roam the streets. in the thick of it all a free medical clinic, where nurse mary larson offers a unique type of healing. over considers and the snap of a photo larson takes time to build a connection with people others overlook. >> i sit and look to capture what i see in them every day. >> what she captures is immortalized on canvas. she's been painting the homeless for 14 years. some portraits hang in the clinic. hundreds have been sold. not for money. >> i don't take money in exchange for the portraits. instead i take things that we can use to help people. maybe 1,000 pairs of socks or
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some new warm stocking caps. >> larson had been snapping photos for years, but could never capture the something she saw in him. on this day she sees the photo that will be made into a portrait. >> i transformed, when god in seattles eyes and people in maryland, she put it on kansas. it's like a twinkle in my eye and my smile. >> i see something, a certain gentleness in his face and a kindness in his eyes. larson says there aren't many happy endings here. the realities of homeless life are harsh. one of her latest subjects reminds her of that. >> one of the men i'm painting - his name is larry. he is somebody i have known as long as i have found a nurse in
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seat. and in a couple of weeks after i photographed him for his pointing, i discovered that he had passed away. >> painting larry is an art of sorts. >> i feel that it is a privilege to be able to come and be a part of their lives, just to try to make their day better. >> an acknowledgment of the humanity of everyone and anyone ever touched by homelessness. recapping the top story - firefighters are battling a wildfire as we take you to guthrie oklahoma. it destroyed at least six homes, it's threatening more. up to 4,000 acres have been scorched and the flames are spreading. authorities say the fire was open and the situation was far from being out of control. >> the concern is getting ahead.
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trying to stop several different times, but had been unable because of the eye winds. >> several people had to be dealt with for smoke inhalation. no major injuries were reported. >> thank you for joining us. the season finale of the "borderland" starts right now. >> welcome to the city of culiacan sinaloa, a place that is known as the cradle of drug trafficking. >> ahead of you lies a treacherous border crossing. >> people have died there and so we're like practically walking into a death trap. >> this is the most dangerous part of your trip. >> so the first day don't kill ya, it's the third day that kills ya. e