>> i did something positive... >> have people lost hope? >> this is a grown man that shot a little kid. >> or have citizens made a difference? >> glad that somebody that's at least standing up and caring about us man... >> america tonight only on aljazeera america >> this is al jazeera america. i'm david schuster in new york with a look at today's top stories. in northern iraq a day of advances against the islamic state group thanks in part to both u.s. and iranian war planes. russia and ukraine have now swapped soldiers but this is the only cooperation as the fighting continues. and libyan militia takes over the evacuated u.s. embassy in
tripoli. the price tag is breaking records. we begin with the developments in northern iraq where u.s. and iranian war planes teamed up today to attack islamic state fighters and break a crucial siege. but iraq's military suffered a setback when a suicide bomber drove into a community in ramadi. shia militias have now entered the small town of amerlie. the pentagon is not talking about the is coordination with iranian war planes. still the break through today was significant.
amerlie is in a province controlled by islamic state and the l capito capitol baghdad. sue turton reports. >> for 80 days and nights they have faced the threat of islamic state fighters taking their town. a threat that had led some of the shiites turkmen community to consider taking their own lives. their plight provoked an unlikely alliance. with peshmerga, shiite militia and iraqi army soldiers banned together in a fight that began at 4:00 in the morning. >> we began the fight under muqtada al sadr's forces.
we came to clear i.s. from iraq. most of them came from outside iraq. >> this has become an 80 day siege. they were surrounded by islamic state fighters. they had no food, water or anything. many of them died of starvation. babies had no milk. thousands were saved. >> reporter: the air campaign had begun in earnest the previous day. it had a dual purpose. dropping food and water supplies to the desperate residents and bombs on the i.s. lines. with great pride among the peshmerga forces that they along with the turkmen forces took back the town of amerlie. a joint force between u.s. fighters, and iraqian fighters too. breaking the siege of amerlie had not only saved thousands of
lives, it forced back the islamic state forces. the challenge is not to see if they can keep back this momentum but if they can keep the ground they just won back. sue turton al jazeera, iraq. killed in today's fighting near tewes, abu tiba. from other areas. zena hoder brings us a look at the destruction the islamic state left in one town north of mosul. >> reporter: the scars of battle. the islamic state group used houses as defense lines before it was forced to retreat to the city of mosul. they came back home to find this. the group's fighters moved into madria village in mid august. they did not only use the house as a base. they tell me they ate whatever food they found, they even used
their clothes and they didn't give up without a fight. this is an organization that u.s. officials say is beyond anything they have seen. even those who engaged in direct combat say they faced well trained fighters. >> they placed a few snipers in different houses. and they did all the way, the roads, put the tnt. >> reporter: the islamic state may have been pushed back from the mosul dam and the area, but far from defeated. didn't win this battle alone. dozens of u.s. air strikes supported the counteroffensive. undoubtedly air power does damage. it may have been an option here but not always the case. the islamic state group controls cities, population centers, using air strikes there would cause mass civilian casualties. the kurds have been fighting
i.s. in several fronts but not in their strong holds where sunni aish arabs live. fighting along the group known by arabs as dash. >> unfortunately most of the villages here they are sunni and they supported daj, they are absolutely disappointed in government, revenge action, i think that they supported these people, daj. >> reporter: the air campaign slowed their progress in this corner of iraq but i.s. which is armed with u.s. equipment stolen from the iraqi army also controls territory in syria. where the obama administration lacks local allies. the war needs to be fought on the ground on both sides of the border. it is a challenge, since the governments in iraq and syria are not seen as he legitimate by -- as lej as lejts legitimate
sunnies. zena hoder, al jazeera, mosul. ukrainian government negotiate directly with produce separatists. putin spokesman later backtracked on the statehood comment. on friday putin compared ukrainian troops to nazis. >> both small villages and large cities are surrounded by the ukrainian army which is directly hitting residential areas with the aim of destroying the infrastructure and suppressing the will of the rn resistance ad so on. it reminds me of the second world war whether the german fascists surrounded our cities. >> in a rare sign of cooperation russia and ukraine swapped dozens of captured soldiers.
russia says ukrainian soldiers were caught running away from fighting but says its own troopers entered eastern ukraine accidently. the deal was struck between ukrainian and russian presidents during talks in minsk. >> produce rebels launched a new offensive against government troops along the coast. paul brennan has more along mariupul. >> a ukrainian force of several hundred men which is trapped and shelled continuously in a town of ilovysk. >> translator: there is no way the separatists come back for themselves. after our successes they were weakened. reinforced with tanks and artillery from russia they would never have had this success. we can say the russian invasion has been going on for some time
already. >> reporter: another area where last week the ukrainian army held sway. now militia are back in control here, operating unhindered in the town. >> fighting wasn't heavy. in most cases they left without a fight. we are pushing in all directions trying very hard. >> reporter: huddled in the back of an ambulance we saw three ukrainian conscripts, whispering we asked -- they asked we don't show their faces. 80% of the battalion died in the first ten minutes they told me. my friends were torn apart in front of my eyes. about 200 meters behind me we have just seen two tanks in control, large number of fighters too. they're not particularly friendly to us. we have had to retreat to a safer distance but it seems there's no sign of the ukrainian army in this part of the country. the town's militia later caught
up with us and forced us to delete our video of the tanks. one of the fighters admit he was from moscow. >> what are you fighting for, what is your motivation? >> for the russian population, the way they live the languages they speak and the way they see the history. >> reporter: but it is the civilians who suffer, the young and the elderly in particular. >> there is no power. there is no gas. we don't have anything. they promised to switch them back on tomorrow. our condition here is really bad. >> families hide in their cellars. in the basement of this stone mason a woman sleeps among the gravestones. it is a grim existence and withh the fighting intensifying it is only getting worse. paul brennan, al jazeera, ukrainian. fighters stormed embassy's residential compound this
morning. the embassy had been evacuated in july. osama ben javit reports. >> reporter: this is not an ordinary cooling-off on a summer afternoon. these are libyan militia who have taken over a u.s. embassy compound. the fighters belong to the dawn of libya group, believed to be mostly from mizrata, it's been in control of the compound for over a week. >> translator: we found it an important place and the brigades were here. when we were chasing them, there was small fires and damage. some of our fighters secured this place and preserved it as much as we could. >> general halifa haftar whose forces are still fighting in
benghazi. warning of a full blown civil war. >> armed battles inflamed by air strikes continued almost uninterrupted in tripoli bengdz and othebedgesbenghazi and othee country. conservative figures of those displaced are over 100,000. other 150,000 including many migrant workers, have sought refuge abroad. >> reporter: the dawn of libya group has some public supporters. these pictures also tell the story of libya's increasingly complicating politics. libya has two warring parties but no elected government.
because of security concerns the previous parliament is hanging on in tripoli electing a new prime minister and charging him with the creation of a so-called salvation government. supported by these fighters has asked diplomats to return. has promised to provide security but so far there have been no takers. osama ben javid al jazeera. >> despite those shots of jumping in the swimming pool, they issued these statements, we believe the embassy remains secure. ongoing fighting between militias occurring very close to our compound. we continue to work, with the government of libya. pakistan's political crisis turned violent this weekend. clashes between police and
protesters, left several dead and hundreds wounded. prime minister who is under growing pressure to resign. at least 12 people were killed this morning in somalia when an armed group attacked a prison. began when a car bomb went off outside mogadishu. militants were expected to be held there. seven of the attackers were held and at least one civilian. sharp criticism of the u.s. government after israel said it is expanding a settlement in the occupied west bank. had taken an additional 988 acres of land as state land in response to the kidnapping and killing of three jewish teenagers in june. rosalyn jordan has more from washington. >> the obama administration is
not happy with this statement from the israeli government. it says it has always been opposed to the israeli government establishing settlements in the being west bank. it's opposed to a two state solution and calling on the israeli government to reverse this decision, to basically annex about a thousand or so acres for the use of israeli residents. they say it is very unhelpful. this is long standing criticism from the obama administration of israeli efforts to establish settlements in the occupied rcht bank. the u.s. considers them unlawful and does not recognize these territories. if you think of the status of u.s.-israeli relations this is really the crux of the matter, why relations are not as strong and as warm as they might have been during the administration of george bush.
former secretary of state hillary clinton was very, very critical, very openly critical i should note about the netanyahu government's are push to annex territories, this would not make the two-state solution a viable option. certainly the israelis have said they are going to do what they want but you can expect there is going to be much more discussion between the two capitols about this latest move and i don't think the u.s. will back away from its demand of a reversal of this decision any time soon. >> rosalyn jordan in washington. in details on a federal court judge's decision on abortion law. and just days after the nfl declared tougher stands against domestic violence, there is a
perpetrator, him. very expensive battle for control of the u.s. senate. first we're taking a look at the big stories of the summer. this one, the president's executive action on veterans health care. >> i'm libby casey in washington, d.c. this week, president obama rolled out new executive actions designed to improve the health care and mental health care of america's veterans. this comes in the wake of a scandal that vets waited for weeks and even months to receive care at clinics like the one in phoenix, arizona. veterans waited so long for care that they died before seeing a doctor. the va secretary resigned because of the scandal and congress passed rare bipartisan legislation to cut down on wait time at clinics. >> what i want you to know directly from me is that we're focused on this at the highest levels. >> mental health care it boosts
funding for traumatic brain injury research and suicide prevention. >> we're going to fix what is wrong, we're going to do right by you and by your families and that is a solemn pledge and commitment i'm making here. >> shortly after the president announced his executive actions an independent inspector general report showed the wide suspension of appointment dates was a systemic problems but couldn't link wait in care to patient deaths.
>> this is a law that received overwhelming support, and signed into law by louisiana governor bonnie jindal. the law would likely end boorptions here in louisiana. there is one doctor who has admitting privileges in shreve e shreveport, louisiana. 9th anniversary of hurricane katrina this weekend by protesting. demonstrators took to the streets in neighborhoods that are still damaged. money slated for deaf stated neighborhoods was used instead in other parts of the city of new orleans. >> we know that when those fema dollars actually came here, they
came here as a result of the devastation that was suffered in this community. so since those dollars came here as a result of the devastation here, why were they not spent here? >> a city council spokesman had no comment on the protests. the national football league's new domestic violence policy now has its first case. police say san francisco 49er defensive end ray mcdonald was arrested overnight in california. the arrest came three days after the nfl announced tougher penalties for players involved in domestic violence cases. the arrest comes three days after the nfl announced on a second offense players could be banned for life. the new rules apply to all nfl employees not just the players. they do not specify whether a conviction is required. this year marks the muscular
dystrophy association's 49th annual telethon. but will appear this sunday for just two hours and its iconic host jerry lewis is no longer part of the show. it raises money for diseases like als, and the ice bucket challenge brought in more than $140 million. there is significant challenges to raising money for charities. courtney ke keely takes a look. >> not so long ago, it was a tradition that marked the end of summer, for many americans. the muscular dystrophy association's labor day telethon, hosted by jerry lewis. it ran for 21 hours often on several channels and reached up to 89 million viewers. the extraordinary ability of its
host on air, and numerous celebrity guests, played a part in its numerous success. mark pitman. >> prereality tv voir look, how long are they going to look, are they going to collapse, going on continuously for so many hours. >> part of the power was that viewers could see the tote board's tally. most of the psychologist remains the same. >> there's still something that gives validity to people that want to do it themselves as well, they feel bigger than themselves. >> according to the chaisht -- charitable statistics, individuals donate more than $220 billion annually. celebrities still play a big part but today there's only one off events, the haitian tsunami,
most fundraising remains labor intensive, dependent on direct mail campaigns and corporate sponsorships. >> asking people for significant gifts is something that still makes people uncomfortable but still most effective. >> donors had to pledge an amount and mail the a check which didn't always happen. the wider use of credit and debit cards make it easier for charities to collect the pledges. more and more worthy causes are competing for charitable donations. but the mda will be on tv this labor day weekend, if only for a few hours. for nearly a half a century. courtney keely, al jazeera. >> up next when we return on al
jazeera america. >> i grew up castrating hogs on a farm. when i get to washington i'll know how to cut pork. >> all those ads in the week ahead segment. but a look ahead, the treatment of two ebola patients on american soil. >> i'm robert ray in atlanta. nearly a month ago, two american aid workers on their death beds, infected by the ebola virus were flown from liberia to atlanta's emory university. kent brant lly and his colleague nancy writebol, received experimental serum zmapp. >> today is a miraculous day,
i'm delighted to be alive and well and with my family. >> the ebola virus is spreading beyond anyone's expectations. the international response has been weak at best. just over a week ago, dr. thomas freedan the head of the centers for disease control said they could get the ebola outbreak under control. but now a different situation. unfortunately he feels this is worse than they ever thought and the world health organization thinking this number of cases may go over 20,000 people in the coming months ahead. robert ray, al jazeera, atlanta.
united states and the iranian military help the iraqi forces break the islamic state siege on the small town of amerlie. heavy fighting has killed one islamic state leader going by the name abutiba. political solution to the ukrainian crises. hours later, ukraine says one of its border boats were attacked. spokesman later backtracked on that comment. libyan militiamen stormed the grounds of the u.s. embassy in tripoli, no u.s. sentence were in the embassy at the time. -- no u.s. citizens were in the embassy at the time. it's sunday and time to look at our week ahead.
we're taking a closer look at the mid term elections. let's start with the u.s. senate. republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control and effectively bury the president's legislative agenda. because of special elections there are 36 senate races in 34 states this year, oh oklahoma and south carolina are holding elections for both their senate seats. these are some of the key races including kentucky, georgia, arkansas, georgia, north carolina and louisiana, that boat parties claim are crucial the their chances. so let's take a look at some of the big issues. nearly a year ago, after the october 2013 government shutdown the republican party background was in trouble. but this summer the tide has been turning. and in an effort to regain control of the senate the republican national committee announced late this week it would throw an additional $8 million into hotly contested senate races.
over the top of groups funded by the coke brothers. >> i'm joanie ernst. i grew up castrating hogs on a farm so i'll know how to cut pork in washington. >> bruce braley, a democrat his party has been counting on. in louisiana, republican contender bill cassidy, now mary landrieu is facing trouble over where she lives. in order for landrieu to qualify she lists a home her parents live in. tom cotton and groups have
attacked prior to be too much like the president. >> tell prior to stop parroting obama. in north carolina democratic incumbent senator kay hagen is in the fight of her life, against tom tillis. on track to reach $100 million and that would be a senate record. >> there is nothing moderate about hagen's spending priorities. she has voted for trillions of spending and debt. >> both parties believe that any coming action on immigration reform could endowment the fall campaigns. the president has threatened to use his executive authority to grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants in the united states for more than a decade. >> it continues to be my belief that if i can't see
congressional action that i need to do at least what i can in order to make the system work better. >> reporter: republican lawmakers say they may respond by not approving government funding bills which would cause another government shutdown. this one only weeks before voters go to the polls. another issue looming over the mid terms is the debate over obamacare. three states have refused the law's medicare expansion. the white house says that refusal to participate has left an estimated 441,000 people unassured. uninsured. recent polls suggest obamacare is more unpopular than ever. earlier we spoke to g. drvetion. we started about talking about
why the obama administration is considering major immigration reform action before the election. >> i think obama administration is backing off because the obama administration taking action against immigration is a bad sign for all the democrats trying to run in these key races. you mentioned many of those key races. if he takes action on that it is going to hurt them and they've told him that and all the democratic pollsters told him that. promising to do it in june he should never have said that. >> that only hurts those senate democrats if the republicans don't overreact. oh my god, republicans are shutting down the government over this then it does hurt and it sounds like the democrats and perhaps the white house realize that maybe the republicans are not as reckless as the white house thought they would be. >> the democrats learned their lesson in october, they would
like nothing more than to shut down the government, they've learned their lesson they're not going to make that case, that's the equation they're making. >> david, the republicans are hoping the president would go big, are they really depending on enthusiasm? >> deflation on one end and wildly disappointed on the other. this is an issue they were hoping that was going to be solved sealed delivered now by congressional action which if we were having this conversation a year ago, that seemed like a possibility. there had been movement in the senate, talk that the house was going to move it forward. we waited a year, nothing happened, the president even though he was making over overtures, everything that would happen would be perhaps a little too late if anything happens at all. so really looks like an issue that if it's going to get resolved one way or another, it is going to be 2015 before that
happens. >> does that then leave obamacare? >> it is important to note it is still going to be a regional issue, a big big factor. in a custom of key races in oklahoma, texas, yes it is a national issue, probably not as big as a couple of other default issues like the economy like jobs. and at least when it comes to obamacare, health care yeah, it's probably going to be an issue over the next two months when we really get into the teeth of this election and all the advertisement and spending that hasn't happened yet which is going to be exponentially more than we have see so far, it is going to be an issue, democrats feel a little bit better about obamacare than they did a few months ago. but president obama as you noted before, his poll ratings are really low. he is not somebody that is probably going ohelp too many democrats out certainly among
republicans and among independents in many undecided voters. whether it's obamacare or obama, you might say obama is more the issue than obamacare going into november. >> you mentioned spending and we are at record levels. we can look at some of the big numbers and what's been spent on these elections. $1 billion is essentially what's been spent so far and by november that is expected to swell to $4 billion. that would be if my math is correct jeannie that would be three times the total amount that was spent in the last presidential election year. >> it's hard to wrap your head around it. i understand a state, kentucky spending $100 million or more, they've never seen spending like that. the big impact going forward, what is all this, unprecedented spending much of it by outside groups although not totally.
i think for many of us who look at these on a daily basis, one impact we haven't seen so far is all this spending has not resulted in an increased turnout in these primaries. if the idea of spending is to get voters out and knowledgeable about what's going on that is not working so i think impact is really going to be interesting to watch and whether everybody is talking about whether this is a wave election or not we still don't know. because we're talking about unpress dend e--- unprecedented negative advertising. >> what is the result, negative advertising record levels and therefore you have fewer people than ever who are going to the polls who cuts against the most? >> this is an election where a depressed turnout likely, and it is going to benefit republicans. we're going to see president and members of congress, impacts of
ferguson and police brutality, issues that impact young people, the cost of a college education, they're going to try hard. i was in a class of 50 young people the other day, two raised their hands when i asked them who would get out to vote. it's a sad commentary. >> david, would you agree, this would cause further people than ever to participate? >> people talk about advertising as an offensive weapon. attack ads going after your opponent or lovingly promoting the candidate that you love trying to attract people to the polls but really it's a defensive weapon too, it's an opportunity for you as a candidate but more so, the outside groups that are coming in, the nonprofit organizations, the super-pacs, the guys that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money and pour that
into political races they are largely trying to depress the vote in some cases. a mid term election, not a presidential election year, you don't have a marquee national race carrying the ticket, so you see the defense as much in play as the offense. >> if the defense is much in play is it possible jeannie that women could be the gender divide that minimizes the damage to the democratic party? crossroads gps and action network, many republicans are quote, stuck in the past, 49% of women have an unfavorable view of republicans, 39% have an unfavorable view of democrats. does that protect democrats to a certain extent? >> you know it probably helps a little bit. those findings really echo what the republican party themselves found when they did their follow-up to 2012. this was an issue that republicans were supposed to address and they haven't done it
successfully. and part of the interesting thing here is we've got several really interesting exciting women on both sides of the aisle that are candidates here. women still feel like the republican party is stuck in the past. but democrats aren't doing that much better. and i think it reflects this overall idea whether you're a woman or a plan, people are disgusted with washington, d.c, disgusted with politics and both parties. it helps the democrats a little bit more and it depends on what they focus on this election season but republicans need to get a handle on this, they haven't been able to do this yet. >> jeannie, there's a republican female candidate, allison grimes, on the democratic size epitomizes the republican distance from women.
how could michigan mcconnell and allison grimes doing? >> the democrats ability to keep control of the senate, their six seats have to change happened, democrat to republican all across the country. we have identified nine races, we are going to profile that in a series called buying the senate. that is going to help the states versus states like montana where it's almost guaranteed to flip from democrat to republican, and other states where you have open seats and of course the democrats in north carolina, in alaska, these are states where they're really on the defensive too and could potentially lose those democrat held seats. in kentucky, number 1 mitch many, many mcconnell had his own primary fight, whole lot of time resources and money basically pushing that challenge back which he did so very successfully. but now that we've moved into
the general election season which in that race started months ago, we are really going to have potentially the opportunity to see that first u.s. senate race crack the 9-figure amount which seems astronomical. even in a state like kentucky with minimal major media markets, it has an outside chance of happening in north carolina too. even though we're talking about big money all the time, every electric cycle even the mid terms, this is kind of breaking new ground for a lot of these races in terms of the sheer dollars and fueled by the outside organization he, again the superpacs and the nonprofits. david it is important to mention that even though the republicans have been at the forefront the nice edge of all this new big money that's been pouring in since the citizens united case, the democrats, seem like they have no other choice, even though they're rallying against dark outside money they have in
a major way the outside money game which they have to do to compete. >> nobody wants to unilaterally disarm. statewide in november there will be 36 states that will hold gubernatorial elections. 21 democrats currently at least ten of these years races are considered tossups. jeannie what do you make in terms of, i mean gubernatorial elections, what do you make of the way gubernatorial elections are shaping up? >> we think maybe two democratic pickups, not much more than that. i think one of the most interesting races is what's happening in florida where you have these two candidates both of whom are flawed obviously florida is a state that always plays big as we go into the presidential election so depending who wins there i think both of these guys have designs on potentially being a vice
presidential nominee. charlie crist who was a republican, an independent, now a democrat. rather flawed candidates, spending big money, both with national designs. fascinate being to watch. you've got other races other than the gubernatorial level. two democratic pickups on the gubernatorial race. >> scott walker has his sights set on the presidential race. >> that's a key race because he's been in the cycle for a couple of elections now. this is a proxy for his presidential hopes and there's proxies in other states too. texas would be a perfect example, greg abbott, going against wendy davis a popular democrat. if she does well, better than
expected then that could be something that really heartens a lot of blue people in a very red state which is exactly what democrats are trying to do down there. >> i want to ask you, i want to play one of the ads, there have been so many ads intensely already. after labor day they are only going to debt worse. there have been creative ads, people firing guns, negative ads. i'll get your take on this watch. >> no one should be fighting an insurance company when you're fighting for your life. that's why i passed a law which prevents insurance companies from cancelling your policy if you get sick. >> that ad is intriguing because david pryor is out there embracing obamacare. your reaction? >> i think that ad was one of the most important we have seen so far this season. because as you mentioned, he embraced obamacare without
mentioning it by name, he embraced health care reform. i was struck by that add, it reminds you why his father is such a beloved figure and still is in that state. he has a family member who is beloved in that area and i think it stresses the fact that these races are happening at the local level. as much money coming in and as much attention we have people like michelle nun, who have a long family history. he is doing exactly the right thing. he voted for it, you have to embrace what you have done, you can't run away from it. he didn't mention it by name but he embraced it more than other candidates have. >> what about embracing and distancing it in others. >> it was embracing of obamacare without mentioning obama or obamacare. what anyone is going to have to do, if you are a democrat who really wants to own the issue without messing yourself up with
the politics or the buzz words out there. in key races where a candidate can stand on that issue they probably will but across the board that is the exception for the word. >> dave and jeannie, thanks so much for coming in dave, thanks to you both, we appreciate it. before we go we look at some of the events coming up in the week ahead. uniteunited nations human rights council will hold a hearing. the referendum for scottish indians will take place on september 18th. in new york, fashion week begins, spring and summer 2015 collections. up next, building out houses in india.
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>> in india, everyday conveniences like toilets are hard to find. india's new prime minister promised to change that. the government has failed to meet his target. lidy dutt has more. >> thaingthanks to a campaign, y every family here has a toilet. but the founder of india's biggest toilet-building charity says the country needs more than the government's pledge to build
millions of toilets in its first 100 days of office. >> go from house to house, motivate, educate and help you with the toilets. but even that action, you have to follow it up. because they're functioning, not functioning, it's also really important. >> reporter: for woman of hermatla having a toilet at home is just more than a convenience. had he she has been taught the dangers of using the fields around her home. >> for a girl's safety, there has to be toilets in the house. i have told my parents, i will not marry into a family that doesn't have a toilet. it is about respecting me as a girl. >> nearly 600 million indians defecate outdoors. a shortage of toilets is not just a rural problem. across the country even here in mumbai, india's financial
capital, millions of people do not have access to safe clean and private toilet facilities. even when shared toilets are available some people would rather not use them. she has no toilet in her home. she pays three cents every time she uses these facilities. but they're filthy and closed for most of the night. >> if we had a women's toilet we could come and use it with courage. strange men hang around here and we are scared to come on our own. >> so many women in the slum avoid relieving themselves late at night. this local doctors say, creates a raft of problems. >> its causes constipation. >> it may be sometime yet before it can ensure that hundreds of millions of people are spared this daily humiliation.
liddy dutt, al jazeera, mumbai. rebecca stevenson is here with the latest. rebecca. >> we watched really heavy rainfall pass through, half an irch evere inch o -- half an inf rain in an hour. continuing philadelphia to washington, d.c. as well. the rain totals last 24 hours are impressive. not just for new york city at half an inch but for philadelphia, coming in over an inch and quarter of an inch for d.c. in the last few hours. midwest is where our strongest most powerful storms have pen with. heaviest rains stretching kansas iowa, we have seen that area being watched become smaller but
look at all the hail and wind reports. we've had a lot of flash flooding going on with the storm system and winds, we are still clocking wind gusts at 51 miles an hour in central iowa, around des moines, and storms bringing blustery winds around oklahoma as well. the storms are going to slowly ease a little bit. we still have to keep an eye to the sky even overnight. because look at how cold that air is behind this front. dropped 23° from the same time last night in rapid city, south dakota. much cooler air is bumping up in very humid unstable conditions in central midwest. chicago, great lakes all the way back to kansas city for the risk of thunderstorms again. iceland, here is a place that has been dealing with earthquakes around their volcano includes per -- cluster.
the laive cluster 160 feet into the air but no ash with it. they have raised the aviation code again around iceland to about it's a code red now but it's not really impacting any flights coming from the u.s. >> we got to watch the volcanos there rebecca, appreciate it. the iphone has already replaced our cd players our cameras and our wallets would be next. next version of the iphone into a electronic wallet. wired magazine reported that it will come with a pay app, iphone is expected to announce the iphone 6 on september the 9th. al jazeera america presents killing the messenger, the daily