airline passengers in the midwest. fall out for a fire at the chicago airport. flying around the world in two hours. how new technology developed to launch satellites can revolutionize passenger flights. harsh criticism of u.s. foreign policy at the united nations. coalition forces launch more air strikes against the islamic state in syria and iraq. world leaders knatherred again -- gathered again at the u.n. headquarters in the new york city. russia addressing the general assembly. foreign minister sergey lavrov accused of violating the diplomatic charter. diplomatic editor james bays reports from new york. >> sergey lavrov in his second
big speech after president obama chaired the security council meeting, noncontroversial. this one hard-hitting saying the coalition against i.s.i.l. was like others down outside the u.n. framework, mentioning the bosnia bombing. occupation of afghanistan and other things undermined what had been built here at the world war ii. he then went on in an important passage. speech, to talk about what he called terrorism and extremism, saying that russia warned the world about this. let's listen to that bit of the speech. >> reporter: from the beginning of the arab spring, russia learnt not to live to extremists or establish a united front. we warned against the teme dags to make allies would proclaimed an enemy of bashar al-assad, be it al qaeda, al-nusra and others
soaking a routine change, including i.s.i.l. >> an important part of the speech from sergey lavrov, saying, i think, i told you so to the americans and others that since the beginning of the war in syria, they warned about terrorism, and suggesting that some of those that the u.s. had supported at least with words were now the problem. james bay there. i spoke with steven fish, a professor of politics at the university of california, berkeley. he said russia would play a role in the coalitionest. >> russian security force, intelligence forces are second to those of united states. britain, perhaps, internationally. if russia and the united states, great britain and several original large powers pooled their efforts in an effort to fight terrorism like i.s.i.s., it would be more effective battle against terrorism. the problem is that russia has
its own clients and interests, the united states. what russia is trying to do now it back up its ally in the region, which is the tarek bazley regime in syria. the united states does not have good relations with the bashar al-assad regime, and for minister sergey lavrov, is trying to convenience the world that the united states was acting illegally by not consulting with the bashar al-assad regime. arguing about the legality of this doesn't probably make a lot of sense to many. he's trying to walk up russia's ally in the region, the bashar al-assad regime. to the extent it's cut in on the task to contain terrorism, it gives russia a bigger foot hold. there's a lot going on between russia and other powers in the region. at the same time there's room for cooperation.
>> the west and russia needs to cop right. >> i.s.i.l. fighters are closing in on a city that sits on the border between syria and turkey. more than 200,000 fled the area, mostly kurds in syria. stefanie dekker reports from the border city of kobani. >> the sound of fighter jets in the sky above kobani. there are multiple air strikes. this is an ongoing battle that is not over. as we drive east, we come across a crowd of kurdish receiving aid. >> determined on handout, desperation caused which the war. >> translation: we have been humiliated. there's no water or electricity. there's food, but not enough. there's eight families in a house, and we can't go back. there are fighting. >> 10km east of kobani we
experienced the battle first hand. >> we are told that the kurdish fighters are in charge of that village, and in front of them is the position where i.s.i.l. is holding the other side, turning into a spectator sport with many lining up to watch the action on one of the front lines. >> i.s.i.l. has positions around kobani in the east, south and west. as we return to the town, the earlier hope. air strikes gone, this is an i.s.i.l. attack. they are not inside, but this is an active frontline. it's made hundreds more syrian kurds cross to turkey. >> we don't have enough. nobody help us. >> how we can destroy the attacks. how we can. we are dying here. lots of people. they are dying. >> kobani is the latest refugee
crisis in a war that killed and displaced so many. 3.5 years on, there's no sign that it will end soon. turkey continues to call on the international community to deal with the influx of kirian refugees, there's 1.5 million syrian refugees, the country spending 4.5 million taking care of them. turkey hosts refugees and holds advantage to i.s.i.l. and the u.s. it's the route to smuggle oil, for the u.s. it could be a military ally. mary snow explains. >> as tensions escalate along the border with syria, pressure buildings on turkey, the second largest military force, and there's calls for it to join the u.s. and other countries. the involvement is key, starting with the locationment the border with syria stretches 400 miles,
and as the u.s. targets i.s.i.l. oil refineries to choke off financing. securing the border with syria is crucial. since it was used by i.s.i.l. to smuggle out oil. >> if turkey plays a stronger role, and enters the area across the border. that's a big advantage that the coalition would get out of turkey's involvement. >> there's the military factor. >> letting the u.s. operate from the u.s. airbase in ender lick not far from the border would put if closer to the battlefield. >> it's expensive and complicated for the u.s. to maintain what it has so far. if it gets closer to the balls space by utilizing the turkish bases to get the forces involved. that would be the ideal outcome for the united states. >> turkey remains restrained, and with different objectives
than the u.s., now it's the region's biggest wildcard. in france - thousands of kurdish activists and muslims rallied to denounce i.s.i.l. in paris 2,000 protesters packed the streets in solidarity against the group. calling on the western nations to offer support. they announced actions a barr barrism. the u.s. embassy in yemen came under fire. no one was hurt. a rocket landed outside the compound. in the capital city of sanaa. it's been the scene of heavy fighting between rebel and government forces. state department officials said: turning to the situation in ukraine. russian foreign minister sergey lavrov told the united nations
general assembly that the crisis there is largely the fault of the ur.s., a result of politica interference. >> russia is prepared to actively promote a political settlement under the minsk process and other format. however, it should be crystal clear that we are toing this for the sake of peace, tranquility and ukranian peep, rather than to a piece ambitions. >> u.s. officials are working to establish closer ties to ukraine. the secretary of congress met with the ukranian president to discuss ways to rebuild the economy. later they spoke of the damage caused by the conflict and put the blame on russia. >> vladimir putin's actions are hurting the russian and ukranian economies. president obama and i have been focussed on the crisis for many months, and i will continue to be. during that time.
we have mittnessed the in -- witnessed the incredible courage from the ukranian people, from the my dan to the don basket. >> they met with the ukrainian minister and discussed plans. guilty or not guilty. we'll wait longer for that answer. an egyptian court put off ruling on a verdict in the retrial of hosni mubarak. the ousted president facing charges relating to the murder of protesters in the 2011 uprising. more time is needed to decide. >> reporter: a man who led egypt for three decades expected a verdict for the deaths of protests in the 2011 revolution, abuse of power and profit earring much it's been postponed until next month. >> the court has decided to postpone the case to the 29th november 2014.
>> the court says it's reviewing the evidence. in an elaborate documentary, it was shown in court, highlighting the 160,000 pages that the prosecution has to go through. hosni mubarak, former interior minister, six assistance and a businessman are accused of the orders. the case began in 2011 after hosni mubarak was forced to shut down. >> hosni mubarak's supporters propose bringing to court the only leader many can know. those that oppose hosni mubarak have little faith in the judish system. >> i don't trust the army, why did it take so long. >> in 2012, hosni mubarak failed to protect protesters. the chief prosecutors criticized others. engineering the succession of
his son and putting his own interests ahead of his son. a retrial was ordered. a fact-finding committee in march concluded that police were responsible for the killing of almost 900 anti-government protesters. like this uparmed man shot in alexandria. the committee accused hosni mubarak of giving direct orders to kill. contrary to the argument, he wasn't aware of the killings. >> in august 2013, hosni mubarak was released from prison. earlier this year, hosni mubarak was found guilty of stealing public funds. >> the court orders hosni mubarak to be sent to prison for three years. >> hosni mubarak's lawyers say they have fath in the legal system. for other egyptians, like this man that waved his dead son's blood-stained clothes, justice
has a different meaning. al jazeera continues to demand the release of three journalists imprisoned in egypt. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have now been detained for 273 days. their falsely accused of aiding the outlawed muslim brotherhood. badr got an additional three years for having a spent bullet in his possession after pucking it up at a protest. they are all appealing. flights in chicago halted. the flight cancellations and delays were the results of a fire set by an employee on friday. crews are cleaning up the water damaged equipment at the air traffic control center. the disruption at the airport accused ripple effect, slowing traffic across the midwest. the suspect, brian howard, is in the hospital. the 36-year-old was a contract
employee at the control center for eight years. police were alerted by a family member following a post that allegedly reads: . >> howard has been charged with the description of aircraft or aircraft facilities. >> a man shot after allegedly beheading a woman at an oklahoma food processing plant has regained conscience. he is hospitalized in stable
condition. he severed the head of a 54-year-old woman at a food plant. he was stabbing another woman when a company any shot him. that woman survived. nolan could face charges. most of the migrant children that cross the border to the u.s. do not have legal representation. now volunteers are being trained to handle the cases. 60,000 have come to america. many have been fast-tracked, headed to court within weeks and months. undocumented immigrants can have legal counsel. >> coming up on "al jazeera america". demonstrates for democracy in the streets of hong kong. and how air control is saving
riot police put an end to a pro-democracy process in hong copping. pepper spray was accused against students that broke into a central city compound. >> reporter: in the deeply divided city, they have been drawing up the physical dividing lines as well. police and protesters are in a standoff as both sides appear to be settling down for a long siege. protesters outside the government harass were shouting their support for those that had stormed inside the night before. signalling the start of the action. the political parties that have been backing this civil disobedience campaign have been
left to catch up. >> a lot of people are unprepar unprepared. we are here to rally behind the students. >> fatigue is showing. most say the only way they'll be moved is if they are under arrest. everyone here mostly are prepared to be arrest, because it is our duty. >> the police and hong kong government condemned the action fe fearing it. the occupation seems to have built up a momentum of its own as more come to support it, and under what circumstances it will end is something that no one can predict. >> refugees from the middle east and north africa have been a concern in europe.
nations like spain and italy are regular destinations. now the e.u. is working it expand a programme designed to protect refugees at see. we file this report. >> they call themselves the eyes of the mediterranean. this is the 41st brigade. the sole task to scan the fast expanse, looking for migrants to take the boat trick. >> it's very big. very big is the numbers. >> they work alongside of the navy, to try to stop the numbers dying at sea. >> this is a 24 hour operation, as this aircraft has a crew that
is always on stand by. the officers say their best efforts are not enough, with a constant flow of migrants in the mediterranean. >> 130,000 people made the crossing since january, more than 3,000 died attempting the journey. >> we are doing the maximum. as part of europe we are awaiting the help of yooump, the other nation, because it's not g a problem abroad, just for italy. >> the help italy was waiting for may not be what it was hoping for. front ex directs member states to carry out surveillance flights like this dutch one. in response to italian calls, the e.u. said it would expand to create front ex plus, but now it says it was a working title, describing the of as a limited scale operation with no plans to
take over. it will not replace the area. it's a different operation. it is a border control agency, and an operation at the border. boat headlines of migrants continue to make land fall in italy every day. this group rescued bit the navy they came from africa and the middle east, escaping war, persecution and poverty. it's this crew that the italian crew is determined to say, and hopes europe heeds their call for help. japanese rescue crews will wait until day break before reaching hikers stranded on the side of a volcano that erupted. a large plume of white smoke and ash were shot into the sky.
seven people are missing. it last erupted in 2007. a land slide in china buried 12 homes. five from pulled out of the rubble. six others were missing. rescue workers continued to search. rescuers in peru managed to reach a scientists trapped in an amsterdam cave for a week. an international team found the cave expert more than 300 feet underground. it will take time to get him out. they hope to do that by the end of the weekend. it's frightening. kevin corriveau is here with the weather. let's check in. we need people to do the wore, the research that people like him do. >> absolutely. it's one of those jobs that i don't think i could do. >> no. people do. >> we have major flooding in the south-west. they do get rain, but when we get rain of this amount we are talking about flash flooding.
we'll look at what happens here, in parts of the south-west. take a look at the satellite radar as the thunder storms push through los angeles, and this is what it looks like on the ground. we saw rain. it wasn't an amazing amount, but it was less than an inch of rain, it haed in a short period. in this area, it is so arid that when we talk about rain over an inch, we talk about flooding. that's what we saw, and major power outages roos the region as well. those are moving across arizona, and in utah. the warnings, here in utah, we talked about flash floods. they are the most dangerous. it means it is happening right now. it doesn't exact parts of arizona, as well as down towards southern parts of nevada to los angeles. you were still in the bulls eye.
as we go towards monday, most of the rain is pushing out here towards the east, dry conditions to the west. we are looking at phoenix, seeing temperatures into the 80s, below average for this time of year. what is above average is what is happening across the north-east. we are looking at beautiful conditions across the north-eastern states. new york, 79, washington at 81 and considering what we had yesterday, most of the temperatures are higher. boston, you are 12 degrees higher than yesterday. how long will it last? we'll see 82 degrees tomorrow, beautiful sun shine. unfortunately for washington. your rain will come in earlier, dropping the temperatures. by the time we debt to wednesday, we'll be back to normal. >> we'll take it. >> i'll take it. >> thank you.
welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at the top stories. >> flights in and out, slowly resuming. a flight halted between two international airports. according to authorities, an employees started a fire before attempting suicide. he's in hospital and attempting charges. a judge in egypt posting a verdict where we retry ousted president. hundreds of protesters responsible for the death. at the u.n., russia's foreign minister accused the united
states of violating the principles of the u.n. charter. sergey lavrov said russia will be working towards peace to end the conflict in eastern ukrai ukraine ... >> saudi arabia, united arab emirates, jordan, bahrain and qatar. >> reporter: fivar ab governments, monarchies united with the u.s. against a common enemy. the islamic state of iraq and levant, i.s.i.l., and the list is growing, with the british joining the fight. >> it's not an arab or muslim fight. it effects everyone. it's the fight of our times.
success requires a united struggle backed up by strong resources it's the international participation seen during the 1991 gulf war, but more complex. >> saudi arabia and the united arab emirates are two of the biggest arms importers in the world, taking part in air strikes in syria. in recent years saudi arabia has been the largest supplier of arms for syrian rebels. bashar al-assad, a large shia country in the region. now the air strikes in syria, while weakening i.s.i.l. could tip the war in favour of bashar al-assad and his forces and include fighters were hezbollah. how does the president obama administration handle all this.
the syrian region disclosed that secretary of state john kerry sent a letter via iran, the same letter was delivered to syria's u.n. ambassador. >> we will not allow geography or borders to prevent us being able to take action against i.s.i.l. embittered allies joined up with i.s.i.l., with the shia prime minister leading iraq. some arabs view support of the government in baghdad as support for shia militias. next to iraq, iran continues to be the most vocal critic. the president blames blunders by western countries for creating safe havens for terrorists. there's reports that the current negotiator, and the u.s. scraen discussed -- secretary of state
john kerry discussed the process of isolation. hassan rouhani met marking the first time he met with britain. we are joined by william a counter-terrorism specialist at the university of maryland. what are some. calculations that arab nations have to take into consideration when joining a coalition with other arab nations and the u.s. is part of that coalition? >> well, there's high stakes poker involved. for the golf kingdoms, which we heard about, i believe their calculus is that by going along with the fate of the islamic state, with the united states, they'll be able to convince the united states to take an
aggressive stance against the bashar al-assad regime. it is a gamble for them. they are weakening a portion of the rebellion in the short term against the bashar al-assad in order to gape the upper -- gain the upper hand in the long term. >> what role does money play in this? >> what do you meaning. money plays an enormous role in terms of the support for the rebellion, for the coalition's response. >> i mean often we say that we are going these for moral reasons. when you get down to it it's unseemly to that sometimes. >> i think the nation states engaged for national security reasons. power includes many things, economic concerns are part of hard power, and is part of the calculation. i don't think we are talking
about a short-sited economic game here. we'll spend a lot of blood and treasure over the next several years because this presents a genuine threat to the region and the united states. >> what are the long term risks to some of these alliances? >> well, the alliances will not last long. the calculations will shift by the day and week as events on the ground change. there's certainly a common interest in terms of degrading the islamic state, based on the threat that it poses to all the neighbouring countries and to western countries, as that entity is degraded, the calculus will shift and rise higher, or the shia led regime out of baghdad for certain players. iran will go up the list of the
priorities for certain countries. for turkey, interestingly enough, it's the kurds. the very people that we are largely empowering or seeking to empower against the islamic state, in the north, who present a stressor to the turkish government who fear app autonomous kurdistan. their willingness to support the kurds is iffy at best. that will change as the islamic state weakens. >> let's talk about turkey. geography obviously is everything, but turkey seems to have been the least willing to do more in this coalition. >> it's true. initially there is a number of hostages, 50 hostages held, and people argued that it was those hostages preventing turkey from taking a harder stance. i think that that is true. augmented by the concern that
there's a separatist kurdish movement in turkey, linked to kurds in syria. as well as kurds in iraq, and those are the ones fighting the islamic state. the more that they are empowered with weapons and autonomy, the greater the chances will come home to turkey. a lot of western countries pointed the finger because of a porous border allowing foreign fighters to travel into turkey, iraq and syria where they joined with the islamic state. corruption on the border is a big issue and turkey shouldered the blame. >> if there is to be any success in degrading i.s.i.l., did the coalition of arab nations have to happen? >> i think it's important that the coalition occurred and i don't think that it had to
happen. militarily, whilst welcome, will not be necessary. it's important in terms of the longer game. the degrading of the islamic state is seen as more members of the sunni muslim community. it's a necessary coalition for political reasons, for the future, not necessarily the short-term gains that a coalition provide. >> which goes to the point that this is not necessarily about a war, that there has to be a political solution as well. thank you so much. >> absolutely. >> thank you. >> absolutely. >> thank you very much. with all the conflicts around the world from syria to gaza, the u.n. is facing unprecedented demands for help. they don't have enough money to fund relief efforts.
kristen saloomey reports. >> food drops for south sudan. the world's newest nation facing cry sees. conflict displaced 1.3 million. hundreds of thousands at risk of starvation. unicef is doing what it can. we have 255,000 children severe. the need that they scale up the response but without additional resources they'd be hard pressed to scale that as farce as we need to. >> the ebola outbreak. this year dozens of emergencies are seeing the budgets of humanitarian agencies rely on donations from governments to
meet their needs. >> u.n.i.c.e.f. based in new york saw the largest deployment of emergency supplies ever. 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies sen to the world's trouble region. it's enough to fill 19 cargo jets with supplies. >> in syria, when more than 3 million demred the country and millions -- fled the country and millions does placed. the world food program is set to cut back distribution because of founding falls. >> we are seeing a reduction in contribution to syria. that is not to say the world has not been generous. what we need is to continue the jerp ofty. >> with emergency and funny to go around, a suffering of need is no guarantee of help.
how much aid nations are willing to donate comes down to the geopolitical importance of the area in need. >> separatists in spain hope to succeed where their counterparts in scotland failed. the original leader called for a referendum on independence. it sets november 9th sore the ses session vote. the spanish government announced plans to prevent that taking place. officials call it unconstitutional saying it was against the will the spanish people. monday, the country will inaugurate a new president, ashraf ghani and chive abdullah abdullah. they agreed to work together. violence in the country continues. 100 miles south of the city, there was a fierce fight with the taliban.
dozens were killed. thousands of afghans have been fleeing the violence. neighbouring countries are bearing the brunt. many were told it was better to escape the violence. poverty and politics proved to be huge challenges. >> reporter: this woman and her family are hopeful they'll find a safe place to call home. in august they travelled around 1,000 kilometres from jalalabad to the turkistan border. >> we want to be settled. we believe enemies can come to this country and threaten us. >> reporter: they have joined a group of refugees, coming because they were worried about safety and poor living conditions in pakistan. >> translation: the afghans that
go to pakistan face torture and bribery challenges. police imprison them. >> around 4,000 afghan refugees leave in turning eize stan. most want to be settled into western countries. most cross the border. but life is far from easy. >> translation: this woman and her family lived on the fringes of society. they are not allowed to get jobs, access the government education system or live in the capital. >> life is hard here. my two younger daughters work in the market and go to school. my older sons can't go to university here. the challenges that afghan refugees face are similar to those that force 1 million turningics to leave. united nations says it's aware
of the additional pressures that deteriorating conditions in afghanistan could place on this small impoverished country. >> we do not anticipate large-scale influxes of refugees from afghanistan. on the other hand, there could be an increase in flows, we need to be are the. >> reporter: for those here, life is far from certain. many feel trapped in a place they never intended to call home. >> reporter: new pictures linked to a possible massacre by mexican soldiers. 22 were kelled in an area -- killed in an area controlled by blood gangs the soldiers said they decide in a shoot-out. we have this story and a warping, the photos are graphic and disturbing. >> reporter: these photographs show the aftermatted of an
alleged confrontation between soldiers and gang members. blood stains the walls, there are weapons placed next to each body. among the victims is a teenage girl. the graphic images were supposedly tape hours after the incident in which one soldier was wounded and 22 civilians killed. the photos were leaked to a mexican newsagency. al jazeera cannot verify them. human rights groups believe they are authentic, supporting claim by an eyewitness who said she saw soldiers shoot the victims after they surrendered. >> we know survivors say what happened was not a confirmation between the gangs and army. this is one of the biggest massacres by the military.
>> seven soldiers and an officer have been detained in connection with the killings. the military has been considered a trusted institution in tex coe. allegations of extra judicial killing, torture and human right abuses spread over the years as more and more soldiers are on the front lines fighting the drug cartels. the intersecretary promised an investigation into the killing. >> if there was anything questionable about the ways the army conducted itself, these would be the exception and not the rule. because we have a great army. >> reforms mean that military personal accused of committing crimes will be tried in civilian courts. >> previous attempts to hold the military accountable failed. this is an important one. it's not only mexico, but the
government leaders in venezuela accuse doctors of spreading psychological terrorism over the extent of a deadly virus. doctors say the true numbers are being covered up. we have the story. >> reporter: this woman's youngest daughter woke with a fever, got rashes and felt pain in her bones. 13 hours later, she was dead.
>> i think from what i have been reading, symptoms of joint pain and high fever - they accident tell me what killed my baby. the authority issued an alert, to enable us to proven it. >> reporter: doctors change the country is suffering an outbreak of a moss eato borne virus similar to dengue. nine could have died of the virus in this hospital. experts believe more than 50,000 might have contracted it nationwide. the government says there's been less than 1,000 cases. doctors fear the administration is hiding the crisis, promising to punish those that launch the alarm and accusing them of psychological terrorism. >> translation: i don't understand why they don't want to recognise the epidemic.
it makes no sense. >> reporter: this doctor says the virus is spreading fast. but the public health system is proving unable to deal with it. >> translation: we see people with fever, and pharmacies don't have enough medicine to treat the symptoms. people are taking anything they can find, even if it's not indicated. >> the government denies the accusations. >> translation: if for any reason we reach a state of alert from an endeemialogical way, we have no doubt the president will raise the alarm. for now it's controllable. people should be assured. >> a group of doctors have been banded together to look into the outbreak. for now, people are living with
uncertainty and a killer disease. >> many of the world's cellphones and laptops are made from conflict minerals. the coalition of human rights group is not doing enough to stop the practice. >> everywhere you go in europe, life revolves around the mobile phone. 14 million handsets in use. few know where they are from or how they are made. >> reporter: you have your mobile phone there, do you know where the material comes from? >> no. >> china. >> reporter: huge numbers of phones are made with met calls from places like this. the mines of the democratic republic of congo. the metals here fuel a long-running, vicious conflict. >> as many as 5 million died. without the money made from
mining gold, tongue sten and tan tulle um there would be fewer weapons and less to fight about. >> in the united states, there's a law that says manufacturers have to prove where their materials come from. here in the european union, there's no such thing. they can abide by a voluntary code of conduct or not. the e.u. is a big player. for us, the fact that it's lagging behind on an issue that is about reputation of companies, economical and transparent supply chains, it's disappointing. >> there's a most to change the situation. american computer maker intel is promising a conflict free supply chain by 2016. in amsterdam, a company is working towards an ethical mobile phone. fair phones started as a lobbying group, making people aware of where their gadgets are
from. now it makes phones. >> it's important because it's something we use every day. everyone today has a phone in the pocket, two or three even, and a lot of people don't know 30 different minerals are used to produce the phone, coming from all over the world and places of conflict. >> europe is leading o movement to strop the trade in controversial metals. the first part is to let consumers know how much suffering has gone on to make the equipment. still to come - the future of getting from here to there,
11 years later, there's talk about flight plans to the future. >> what we are seeing is the pressure field on the surface of the space vehicle. >> this man is one the new generation of aerospace engineers, and this is his baby. the swiss space systems rocket plane. the images are so commercially sensitive each and every shot we use has been vetted. the company wants to avoid giving competitors clues. >> the idea is to make sure we are going the right way. we don't hit the tail or anything like this. >> this is currently tested in a wind tunnel and will undergo drop tests. >> what sets the company apart is what they spend to launch from the shuttle. they'll focus the business on the growing demand for the launch of small satellites. >> unlike most previous designs, which rely on rockets.
the spacecraft is launched on the back of a modified air bus. once clear, the engines take it higher to an altitude from which small satellites can be launched into orbit. the technology can be used for passenger flights. you go to another passenger. there's the relief of the system, and after it begins, you have deliberation and a boost for 200 seconds, a big cost to go is under a kilometre. the aircraft was object drop on -- able to drop op any destination on earth. if we can fly 30-35 people from point a to b at 3.5 or 4 or
more, we have a valuable business model. >> the company is up against virgin galactic that has sold hundreds of tickets. launch planes are grounded after defects were found in its wings. the u.s. company is selling tickets for flights on board the lynx space plane, and another company developing 75,000 balloon trips, taking passengers 26km above the earth. they are aimed at tourists rather than point to point air travellers. it's hoped the focus on satellite launch will give it the thrust it needs to one day revolutionize passenger travel. and look at that baby. bill and hillary clinton are proud grandparents. hillary clinton sent out a tweet of a picture of her and bill with the new grand-daughter saying it's one of the happier moments of their lives.
chelsea clinton announced the birth of their baby girl on twitter. i'm rare your in new york. "fault lines" texas abortions is next. thank you for your time, keep it >> it's friday afternoon in the rio grande valley in texas. >> abortion is one of the most common medical procedures for women around the world. >> two friends are reading a manual on how to give yourself an abortion. >> and then i asked you for sure like how pregnant you are. >> for sure right now, i'm seven weeks. >> that's good because once you get to 12 weeks, it's like riskier. >> they wouldn't let us film their faces because here, like in most states, what they are about o