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and to appreciate it. >> james ball for the from "the gua guardian" thanks for talking to us. thanks very >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. here are the top stories we're following. elections worldwide including the tying presidential runoff in brazil. we'll have the latest. >> the u.s. flag comes down, american soldiers turn over the last base to the afghanistan military. >> new york city's mayor demands respect for the nurses, the hospital caring for the ebola patient frank spencer or else. >> victims of domestic abuse.
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hear how far too few break few of their abusers. >> great to have you with us. it is election day for millions crossed world, polls now closed in ukraine. exit polls suggest president poroshenko's party is leading the vote and parliamentary elections. in parts of the country where pro-russian separatists are in control, no votes are taking place. a very different election took place in tunisia where the arab spring began and has been most successful. they are voting for a new parliament, the first vote under a new constitution and second since the 2011 uprising. >> in brazil where the polls are just closing, it's a tightly
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contested presidential runoff. the incumbent is seeking a second term of four years. >> first, to ukraine in the capitol of kiev with the first results from the exit polls. >> the exit polls here in kiev suggest the parties which describes themselves as pro e.u. are going to have 75% in the parliament. they will form a new government, pleasing the president, although his own party did not do as well as he might have hoped. we're going to have to see coalition building. the old party of the former president, that is no more, but some of his partyers did get back into parliament, perhaps significantly, historically, it appears that the communists have been such a force in this country for decades, well, they are no more.
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any new coalition government has an enormous task before it, to rescue the economy, fight corruption and of course to bring peace to ukraine, because there is a war to the east. how will this country treat the breakaway secessionist areas? 3 million voters did not have a chance to participate in today's he election. >> we have it you to join us later tonight. we'll take an in-depth look at today's he election. president pet row sheen co called is a lensing of parliament. >> most polls in brazil are now closed. we are expecting results very soon. as we mentioned, seeking a second term, she faces a challenge.
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we filed this report earlier today. >> i'm at a school with a steady stream of people all day coming to cast their ballot. brazil is a big democracy, the fourth biggest in the world, only behind the united states, india, and indonesia. just to give you an idea, there are over 95,000 polling stations like this around the country and 530,000 electric voting machines as spread through the country, as well. this is a big democracy and a lot is at stake in this election. this is the first election, the only in recent history in brazil, but there is no obvious candidate that has an advantage. this has been the tight effort election in the last 20 years. there's been a lot going on. the option candidate closed his campaign in a small city very near here in his home state, where he was encouraging his voters to come out in force.
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on the other hand, the incumbent president rung for reelection was the first of the two candidates to cast her ballot when the polls open in the far south of brazil. she had a strong end to her campaign. the polls basically all said that this election is too close to call. those polls don't matter anymore. the only thing that matters now is the brazilian people, they're the ones casting their ballots and they're the ones that will have the last say in the selection. >> the polls ever closed now. it's been closed for several hours in tunisia amidst enormous security concerns. we'll have a live report in 25 minutes. >> the u.s. led coalition forces launched five airstrikes against isil near kobane today. isil has been shelling kobane's city center. the peshmerga fighters prepare to go to syria from iraq to help
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their fellow kurdish fighters there. >> all that separates turkey here is barbed wire. syrian kurds on the other side. if they wanted to, they would be allowed to cross but don't want to leave behind their cattle or vehicle. most have elected to stay there and now have been there for weeks on end since isil started to circle and push on kobane. in the distance over there is kobane. this entrance to the area is one of two that could potentially be used by the iraq peshmerga when and if they come to kobane. you can see how close we are, just hearing the gunfire and the artillery in the distance. the other border crossing right in the center of kobane is where isil forces have been shelling
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with mortars, because they want to stop, they want to take control of that border crossing to prevent the passing of the peshmerga so they can control access to kobane there. that is why this border might be the one that i also used instead, because here, the turkish military are in control on this side and just on the other side, that's for the time being emains in control of syrian kurdish fighters. >> once again, bernard smith on the syria-turkey border. parts of the key city has been taken bam frock isil, considered one of the biggest gains in months. the army did it with help from a controversial military brigade. we report. >> mortars hit isil positions in a rare success story for an army described recently as dysfunctional. the fighters are from a sheer militia force.
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in less than 72 hours, they've taken the villages and main roads. fighting alongside regular iraq army units, the brigade is battle hardened, but also controversial. during the height of the sectarian violence in iraq in 2006, 2007, 2008, the group was accused of war crimes. now it says it takes orders from the iraq government. this latest offensive shows that it remains a highly disciplined and regulated fighting force. >> we have substantial gains. we have taken many orchards where isil were hiding, plus the main road and now are shelling the last farms where they are in order to drive them out. >> this is being pushed by both the iraq army and their political masters as a big success. visiting the area late on
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saturday, the troops were congratulated. >> in main ways, this was the easiest operation the iraq army could mount against isil fighters. this is the furthest south they've been able to come and the is the weakest link in their territory, however this is the jumping off point of the south and the key sheer religious shrines. >> defending those some ryes is crucial. they are sacred to shia muslims and represent a red line not only for the ires, but also the iranians who have threatened to send in ground troops to defend them. isil is still in control of large parts of the country. >> after 13 years, british and u.s. combat operations are officially over in afghanistan. two key basis were handed over to afghan forces today. british forces and u.s. marines lowered their respective flags
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at camp leather neck. we have more from southern afghanistan. >> the lowering of flags marks the end of a 13 year combat mission in afghanistan. british forces and u.s. marines handed over their last bases in the province to afghans. operation enduring freedom effectively began in october, 2001. there were once more than 30,000 foreign soldiers on these bases alone. nato's aid is over at the end of the year. >> there is a better chance of a more stable future in afghanistan, because we have a government there of national unity and army that is supported by the local population that represents all parts of afghanistan. >> afghan forces suffered heavy losses this year in battles with the taliban. over the years, thousands of coalition troops and civilians have been killed or injured. the head of the british forces
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admits the security situation remains difficult. that's one of the reasons why some 12,000 nato forces will remain until 2016, to support the afghan forces. their role will be vastly different. they will train, advice and assist the security forces. for britain and the u.s. marines, the handover means their war in afghanistan is over. jennifer glass, aljazeera, kandahar. >> in new york city, officials are trying to head off a backlash against med well workers involved in the care for ebola patients. the mayor likened these workers to soldiers on the front line of a battle and said they should be honored instead of beingioned. >> we heard reports in the last few days of nurses being mistreated in our city. when it became clear that they worked at bellevue, being treated differently. we heard reports of people being unwilling to serve them food or
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treating their children differently. that is absolutelyun acceptable. that is absolutely unacceptable. we are in a tries where we have to all hang together and have to respect four first responders. >> he criticized the treatment of a nurse in newark. he said health workers have a right to be treat fairly. >> the latest ebola death toll numbers are upindicated. 2700 liberians have died, 1300 in sierra leone. goon knee, 926 people have died. 4900 people have been kid, nearly all in west africa. >> we've got to be more -- continue to be aggressive in our educating people to understand, because right now, we have a devastating epidemic in west africa and we're having an
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epidemic of fear in the united states. we've got to try to continue to educate people about what they need to or do not need to be afraid of. >> the united states ambassador samantha power is criticizing quarantines for people returning from west africa. she is pressing for more help to bring ebola under control. >> of the thousands of u.s. military and civilians sent to west africa, samantha power is the highest ranking and highest profile. she wanted to increase the brush on other countries to provide more doctors, beds and money to fight ebola. power also criticized the new mandatory quarantine protocols imposed on returning medical volunteers. she called them "happen has said and not well thought out."
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>> all of us need to make clear what these health workers mean to us and how much we value their service and contribution. we need to encourage more. we need many more than are going now and we need to find a way when they come home he that they are treated like congeing heroes and not stigma tied for the work they've done. >> american nurse under quarantine said she was made to feel like a criminal when she returned from west africa, even though she's shown no symptoms. doctors without borders said while measures to protect public health are of paramount importance, they must be balanced by the rights of health care workers to fair treatment antfull disclosure of information to them. the new york malaysia said the quarantine orders could discourage volunteerism in
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africa. the governors ever defended their protocols, which go beyond the guidelines issued by the c.d.c. >> these actions taken jointly today i believe are necessary to protect the public health of the people of new jersey and new york, and it build on what we've been doing at the state level in both states. >> christie and cuomo may be expected of political motives, but a national poll finds that 72% of americans surveyed favor quarantining anyone who's recently returned from the ebola stricken countries. >> ebola is putting a spotlight on the health care infrastructure. several other african countries lack drugs and vital equipment. there's a new plan in place to fix that, but it's quickly becoming controversial.
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>> this hospital has brought 21st century health care to the area. the government partnered with a private consortium to build and operate it. its services are very popular. >> this hospital is well older. i come, i get a number and i see a doctor. that didn't happen in the old one. >> it has the country's first in tensive care unit, which offers surgeries like hip replacement that patients used to have to travel to africa for. it's saving lives. >> this baby was born at 24 weeks. full term is 40. if she would have been born in the old hospital, she wouldn't ever survived. >> the government said the hospitales 32% of the national headlight budget, but it's alleged that it is draining much, much more are. >> this hospital cost $76 million u.s. to run. it's an 18 year agreement that the government's locked into.
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the fact that it takes 51% of the headlight budget and the is constantly increasing would mean there isn't going to be a health budget for other agency. >> there isn't enough money left over for rural clinics. the government can't afford to staff them properly. the government said its private partners making too much money out of the hospital and the world bank should not be promoting the model as one for our poor countries to follow. >> it is a good hospital, it is a good model, meaning the infrastructure is good, but how you use it to benefit your own society, it's very difficult for me to see if this is the best compared to other countries. >> the experiment that brought much-needed world class services to one of africa's poorest
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countries, but it is far from perfect. >> a quarter of citizens travel over three hours to reach the nearest health care facility. >> we are following breaking news out of brazil. 95% of the votes are in showing the winner of the country's presidential election. it shows he won the runoff by 51%. she beat her conservative opponent in a tightly contested race. we'll have more on the brazil elections coming up. >> protestors in hong kong called off their referendum. what their next move is. >> families outraged in mexico as the month long search for 43 missing students continues, with little answers.
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>> in brazil, 95% of the votes are in showing the incumbent has won the countries presidential election. preliminary results show the win
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was 51%, beating her conservative opponent in a tightly contested race. what does this mean for the future of brazil with the many challenges it's facing? we'll break it down throughout the evening here. >> hong kong now, organizers of occupy central called off a spot referendum to decide whether street protests should continue. pro democracy protestors have clogged streets for almost a month now. the group faces mounting criticism for blocking access to businesses. organizers say a referendum should only happen after further dialogue. >> i think the reason for the suspension is because of the insufficient discussion. i think what maybe the next step, in order to ratify the mistakes we have made, i think we need to have more discussion about the next step. >> thousands remain camped out at the protest site, but many demonstrators see no resolution
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in sight. >> members of the young overseas chinese association express support for police officers in their disagreement with the occupy central movement. they presented gifts to officers and urged pro democracy protestors to negotiate with the government. >> the nigerian government today says a ceasefire with boko haram remains in place, but one of the conditions of that deal, returning 200 kidnapped girls has not been fulfilled. many nigerians are skeptical. we report on how that suspicion is playing out in the streets. >> people say this man raced suspicion when he refused to open his bag. he is an unfamiliar face in these parts at a time when residents are nervous. attacks in the northeast are still going on, despite the nigerian government insisting a ceasefire with boko haram is
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holding. they suspect the man could be from boko haram, because he was carrying these. he says he's just a cattle herder, the guns are to protect his animals. many don't believe the story. >> they don't know why he was carrying the ammunition he was carrying. people say they are worried about boko haram attacks in nigeria and they're not taking chances. >> the capitol is more than 500 kilometers from boko haram territory, but residents know they are not safe. there was an attack on a shopping mall here in june. >> we are afraid. >> the government said the ceasefire with the main sect of boko haram fighters still holds. officials also say.
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>> people are not very happy with the ceasefire, to bring up judge land days, and some of them do cause problems. the main thing is that before the -- >> many are skeptical about the ceasefire and are on edge. some want the man that captured killed, others want him questioned. it's a challenge getting him into a nearby car, but this may have saved his life. >> since 43 students disappeared in a southern mexican village one month ago, a governor has resigned and warrants issued for mayor. one politician remakes untouched by the scandal. >> these are the faces of mexico's 43 missing students. a few dozen more names to add to the more than 8,000 who have gone missing since the president
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took office less than two years ago. in the past year, mexico's been hailed abroad for pursuing major reforms under vibrant necessarily againic new president. as the case of the missing students highlights mexico's on going drug violence, corruption and impunity, the shine is wearing off the administration. at protest, many marshes say they live in a narco state, a place ruled by drug cartels. family members of the missing and their advocates say the president has largely ignored them. he tours natural disaster areas with camera crews in tow, but has not visited the parents. >> it's questionable and unacceptable that he has not met with the families. he knows that all families in civil society blame the federal and state government for being absent in how they have acted for many years. >> the president appears on
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television nearly every day at these events like this, but he doesn't speak often about the missing students and when he does, they are brief remarks and he has yet to take a question from the press. >> he often pro claims his leadership. >> the federal government will keep working with a firm determination to find out what happened to the students and use the full force of the law against hose who committed these acts. >> would you say that this shows the security policy has failed? >> yes. yes. he doesn't really have a security policy. he inherited a security policy. he has continued the security policy albeit with better communation skills and improved
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communication, but it's still the same. >> people pay the highest price for its government's failures. aljazeera, mexico city. >> a man caused of raping a child is missing in massachusetts. gregory lewis was awaiting trial on kidnapping and sexual assault charges. police in south bridge, massachusetts say that about a month ago, lewis removed a map forking device he was wearing as a condition of his bail. investigators believe he may have traveled to denver and should be considered armed and dangerous. >> coming up next, polls have closed know for several hours in tunisia. we'll take you there live with the latest. >> women trying to escape domestic abused. we'll talk to two who succeeded.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. here are the stop stories we're following.
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organizers have called off a spot referendum. they want more dialogue. today's vote was to decide whether protestors would remain on the streets. the future of the pro democracy protest movement had also been slated. >> nato combat praises have ended in afghanistan. british and u.s. bases are turned over. all troops will be out of the country by the end of december. >> 95% of the vote, the incumbent has won by 51% in brazil in a tightly contested election. >> in tunisia, polls have been closed for several hours. these are the countries that sparked revolution in the middle east. this election is seen as a test in the countries transition to
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democracy. >> we are in tunis. there is concern with security. did that affect voter turnout at all? >> it was really a major concern, just to give you an idea in a city on the western part of the country, polling stations opened late because of the same time, the army was launching a counter terror operation, a group the government accuses of having ties with al-qaeda. the 60% of the registered voters who cast their vote today had a strong message that whoever wins the election has to tackle this issue, because tunisia has been grappling with the armed groups, instability and violence. people say we don't want democracy with instability.
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we want a strong government that puts an end to violence. >> what are people expecting? are people preparing for a coalition government? >> as we speak, we know from our sources that the race is very fight between the conservative and other party and centrist as hseculists. if they agree on a government, that could be a very huge thing. it remains to be seen whether two parties that have been having many, many differences in the past, huge divisions, politically divided can agree on a new agenda to rule the country. the general sentiment here is that if tunisia is to be an
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exception in the military world beset with sectarian cars, wars, there needs to be con sense. you have to bring all the political parties and agree on a plan, and move forward. >> thank you. >> with just days to go before the mid term elections, the battle for the top seat in kansas could come down to the wire. a new report poll shows voters taking a liking to paul davis. he's got 52% of the support, while 45% want to see republican governor sam brownback stay in office. we have more now on the kansas horse race. >> good morning, everyone, and welcome to the kansas state fair in hutchinson in what could very well be a pivotal year in kansas politics.
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>> in the race for governor of kansas, challenger paul davis is running neck and neck with the incumbent, sa sam brownback. >> i'm paul davis. i'm a moderate, a common sense leader, an independent thinker. the governor's experiment just sentence working. we are trailing our surrounding states in the rest of the country in virtually every economic growth indicator there is. it has plunged our state deep into debt. >> cam brown yak ran in 2010, which is a huge republican year across the country. he won a sweeping victory here. the brown yak promise was something along the lines that we would cut taxes and there would be a coverage in employment, a currently in economic growth. that certainly hasn't happened. >> last year, cans lost a fifth of its tax revenue. earlier this year, two credit agencies lowered kansas' bond
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rating. clearly, there's a lot of dissatisfaction here for a politician like governor braun yak in a bright red state to be fighting for his political life here is simply a remarkable political story. >> let's go through this cut. the cut was the obama stimulus money going away that paul davis agreed putting it in the budget. he left a fiscal train wreck in the state of kansas and he's the democratic leader then. he's the nancy pelosi of kansas. that's what he did! >> governor, you can blame everybody you want, but the fact that remains that you made the single largest cut to public school funding and all you ever to do is talk to these teachers out here. >> teachers across the state are probablying in a grassroots effort to defeat governor brown yak.
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>> i'm a special education teacher and that has really lit a fire under our teachers, because they understand that people are attacking the public schools, attacking students and they're attacking teachers are and they've got to stand up and do something. we have to do something. this is the election. we're fighting for the future of our state. >> back around the world now, russia is forming a closer economic bond with china, and western governments may be to blame. recent sanctions over the ukraine cries are bringing both nations together. we have a report. >> pictures of a pivot gaining pace with that earlier this month, russia and china struck more than three den energy, trade and finance agreements, the latest evidence that moscow's eastern end run around sanctions are on the fast track. >> the ground work is laid for a
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more robust russia-china relationship especially in the energy arena. >> russia and china reached a landmark 30 you're, $400 billion gas deal. over a decade in the making, the pact secured energy hungry china a steady fuel supply while opening a growing gas market to russia at a time when the west is trying to isolate it economically. moves to starve russia of development finance have seen moscow overcome a long standing aversion that giving china a stake in strategic russian industries. >> we've seen more overitures from russia to the chinese, seen participation in the bankor oil fields. >> china and russia ever laid the groundwork to boost trade in their national currencies, a convergence of objectives
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mirrors i understand public opinion. russia is viewed favorably at 66%, a 16% increase over last year. long before ukraine erupted, moscow recognizing that closer ties could aid their individual ambitions, but the barrage of energy and finance deals begs the question could the tactical department between these two large powers blossom into a formal alliance? >> these two countries still have plenty that divides them and any sort of formal military alliance that could be mentioned in the came breath as nato to me does not seem feasible right now. >> the council on foreign relations cautions against western complacency. >> history has told us time and time again, reparations can spiral out of control and end up in what we saw in at least world
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war i. >> as long as beijing a understand moscow find benefits in working together, relationships between these two powers are bound to only grow deeper. aljazeera. >> imagine choosing between homelessness or you and your child or staying in an abusive marriage. many face that impossible choice. we sat down with two women who made the decision to leave. >> i am right now a strong woman who knows what i want and i know all the difference in what i want and what i need and i'm not afraid to voice it anymore. >> gab releal's past to the person she is now and the her past were filled with obstacles, obstacles that leave many in
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their situation. >> they're needs are for counseling, for legal services, often for shelter, and for economic empowerment services. >> leaving is just the first step. believe a new life requires courage, determination, knowledge of the court system, and money few victims have. >> once statistic most troubling is domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for children in most cities. how do you get on your feet? >> i waited eight hours today just to get an application. it didn't work out. three years ago, i would have been crushed. now it's like ok, this didn't work out, you go to the next one. you keep moving, you keep doing this. you don't give up. >> at one point, the bill for just one lawyer was $80,000, money she simply did not have. ronnie found herself in the same predicament.
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>> there was many a time that my money was tapped out. i drained all my money hiring lawyers, going back and forth to court and i pray one night, i got on my knee and i pray one night and i asked for amanda. i didn't know she was coming. >> places like sanctuary offered the expertise and resources that women need. >> they have to make men be responsible for themself, their children and for their actions. they should not be allowed to just walk away and make all kind of lice and abuse the system, go from one court to another court and just to make the woman miserable. you not only affect the woman, you affect your children. i felt betrayed. >> ronnie did not give up. neither did gabriella.
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in the midst of her legal battles, rooney turned a corner. >> no what ther what you do, what you say it, go along with everything, agree with everything, he's not going to change. >> both want women to know they, too can get their lives back. >> you're going to have to put money on the side, make sure you keep your credit up. if you don't have credit, apply for a credit card, let the mail wherever go to a relative, prepare yourself that if you need to leave, that you have a place to go to. >> you don't need any advice or any comment from anybody who you are, only you know that and you don't need to listen what they think is good four, because only you know what is good for you. >> aljazeera. >> earlier, rochelle asked how economic abuse is often overlooked.
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>> when abusers often do is try to prevent them from being economically independent. one of the ways they can do that is by undermining their victim's education, undermining their victims career so that he or she cannot become financially independent, by ruining their credit, putting a bunch of debts under the victim's name, they often take out credit cards and charge them up so the victim has credit and has a difficult time renting an apartment after leaving the abusive relationship. >> that is very much overlooked. ronnie and gabriella have had varying degrees of success in family court. can you talk about some of the things that family court gets right and some things that maybe they're still missing the mark on? >> certainly family courts can vary. one significant issue is access to civil legal services for a number of different types of cases, while victims may be entitled to counsel in some
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cases, that can be limited if they are someone who is working, but not earning a lot of money, they may not qualify for free counsel. in other cases, they are not entitled to free counsel at all, particularly involving housing, child support, and enforcement actions against abusers who are not meeting their financial obligations. they also are not entitled to an attorney for divers matters, particularly financial issues and divers matters can make a significant difference victims trying to break free from abusers. >> can you talk about the types of discrimination that abuse victims face? it may be on their job, it may be in housing and are there allows that are supposed to prevent these types of things from happening. >> yes, there are laws on the books to prevent discrimination
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of victims of domestic violence. landlords are concerned about having domestic violence there and they really hold the victim and not the abusedder accountable for are that domestic violence. in addition, employers may be concerned about having a victim of domestic violence on their staff because of safety concerns about the abuser coming to the workplace, but also because the victim might be distracted from his or her job as a result of the abuse that they're suffering. employers and landlord can help victims overcome the abuse and become empowered and break free from their abusers and there are laws that will protect them if discrimination is something that happens to them. >> it's important to know that someone is always available to hear your story. if you or anyone you know is struggling with some type of domestic abuse, you can go to
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the national domestic abuse hot line, the hot you can call 1-800-799-safe. we'll be right back.
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>> welcome back. home lending rules for banks were changed this week. potential homeowners are going to be required to put less money down. the change may not encourage more americans to buy a home. >> the fed slightly loosened their grips on banks this week, giving lenders more freedom and encourages loans with 3% down. at a mortgage bankers convention, agency director melvin walt said:
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>> the housing market has two major drivers, credit and demand. the fed's action affects the ownership side of the equation. weak demand stats are sorerring. >> new home sales performed better since the end of 2013 but still are at recession levels. near 300,000 fewer f.h.a. loans were issued this month compared to 2013. the mortgage bankers association expects total lending for momentum purchases will fall 13.5% this year. mortgage banker and author of mortgage 101 said the new rules don't necessarily make it cheaper to buy than rent because the less a buyer puts down, the more private mortgage insurance he must pay. >> borrowers today if they want a 5% down payment conventional
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or 3.5 at f.h.a., it's a toss up which is better. i'm not quite sure that lowering the payment from 5% to 3% down is going to help. >> the new rules also don't address root causes of diminished demand for homeownership. stagnant middle class raises along wit with a rice in part te and freelance jobs, applicants are often rejected. >> the quality of loans in this market is probably the highest quality of mortgage loans ever funded in the history of the program. credit scores are much higher. >> finally with first time buyers still less than 30% of the market, whetting the appetite for home own irship may require more than a lowered down payment. >> honey bees having dying at a high rate. >> it has plagued scientists for
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eight years, billions of bees vanishing without a trace. now it appears colony collapse disorder may have run its course. the bad news is the countries bee population is still in danger. first detected in 2006, it spread across the u.s., affecting 10% of america's honey bee population or roughly 200,000 colonies a year. >> what happened is a bee keeper would go to the colonies and maybe over a matter of two weeks, the workers within the colony, which is the bad luck of the colony had disappeared. >> investigators are seeing far fewer cases of c.d.c. and yet commercial bee keepers continue to lose on average 30% of their colony's each winter, double what most would consider an acceptable rate of loss. according to scientists, these losses are driven by three primary factors. >> the first is nutrition. we've seen huge changes in the
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landscape in the united states, especially in the midwest. where once there were lots of acres of meadows with flowering plants, those have been plowed under and put into corn and so i bean. >> faced a a severe lack of divers city, they are more susceptible to diseases. pesticides of proving lethal oh bees, especially when chemicals from different fields he turn into a toxic cocktail. scientists estimate one in every three bites of food we eat are are pollinated by money bees, everything from fruit and vegetable to say tree nuts. honey bees contribute $15 billion to the u.s. economy each year. >> if we consider them
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livestock, they're the third most important livestock we have. right after cows and pigs come the bees. they provide more economic value than the poultry entry does. >> faced with a threat to the countries food supply, $50 million in research was invested to save the money bee. the agricultural and chemical industries are encouraged to develop more bee friendly practices. industry can do more. without the fresh produce honey bees make possible, it's not just their health at stake. it could be our own. aljazeera. >> straight ahead, a city in india bans people from riding their bikes. now people say their livelihoods are at stake.
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>> welcome back. today, we had some northern winds and some brisk temperatures out there.
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i can say that about both coasts of the united states. let's start with the west, though, first with alaska where we had snow today, much cooler temperatures around fairbanks, the cooler air meeting up with pacific moisture has brought a few inches of snow even toward alberta. now let's go look at the current satellite and radar showing us mountain snow in parts of the pacific northwest from washington and oregon into idaho and montana. the cooler air has brought snow levels down to about 4,000 feet. we've got temperatures that have fallen at the same time from yesterday down to 15 degrees cooler in some spots. now in the northeast, it was also brisk this morning with a breezy wind. temperatures have dropped 5-10 degrees cooler than yesterday. it's a cool stretch across the northern portion but the northeast gets a nice warm up. warmer air drop the southeast will move in, bring temperatures
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into the 1970's, whereas the pacific northwest is tracking a new storm coming in to bring rainfall and potential river flooding as we get into tuesday morning. especially hurricane ana still causing problems. >> thank you. >> the indian city of calcutta banned bicycles on the streets last year in order to improve heavy traffic. many say it's caused undo hardship. we have more. >> calcutta's roads are brimming with all sorts of vehicles, just like any indian city, with one difference. there are no bicycles on the main roads. for the past year, a bicycle ban has pushed cyclists on to these back roads. it's especially hard for those who use a cycle to make a living. for this man, the ban means traveling longer and working less. he estimates his income has gone down from $200 a month before the ban to just $80.
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>> the ban has affected my family heavily. if the ban goes on for a longer time, i don't think i can make ends meet. >> business is bad for those who rare bicycles since may be cyclists have switched to other forms of transport. >> before the ban, i used to have 20-30 likes in this shop for rare. now there's only five. imagine what will happen the if it goes on for another year. >> calcutta police declined our request for an interview but in past, media statements, police have said general safety and traffic congestion were the main reasons behind the ban and there's no plan to lift it. >> with traffic increasing every year, police say since banning bicycles from main roads, traffic flows laster. however, critics say that besides affecting those who's livelihood depends on traveling
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bibi asks, banning this form of transporessation puts down one of the greenest forms of getting around. >> 50% ever air pollution comes from cars. this environmentalist says banning bicycles will make that worse. >> if we allow more and more vehicles to come on calendar cult at a's street, it would only mean that the airbags is only going to rise. if you don't look at more sustainable methods of transportation, it's going to become a problem. >> still trying to fight the ban, along with others who use their bicycles for work, they want to stop sitting idle and start moving again with the rest of the city. aljazeera, calcutta. >> we want to update you on brazil breaking news. the incumbent has won the election. the official results saw she won
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by 51%, beating her conservative opponent in a tightly contested race. we'll have more right here on aljazeera throughout the evening. america tonight is coming up next. i'll see you again at 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> on america tonight, the weekend edition, behind the headlines, the first real promise, zmapp, inside the lap where the drug was developed and an exclusive conversation with the scientist behind it. >> there aren't many of us who got that experience where you can draw a straight line from discovery to success. >> it's the holy grail in the field of research. >> it's wonderful, absolutely wonderful. >> also ahead on the trail of