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this thing where you talk to experts about people and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. >> this is al jazeera america. i've from new york city. i'm tony harris. it was the day after christmas christmas 20045 earthquake off indonesia broke huge surges of water to the coast. and a wake in new york for a slain police officer. the latest point in the ongoing national decision of police and the communities they are sworn to protect. frustrated and grieving, parents in mexico demand answers for dozens of students
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missioning for three months now. >> ten years ago today one of the worst national disasters a tsunami triggered by an earthquake off the indonesia. >> in the indonesia province hardest hit by the tsunami nearly 170,000 victims are remembered. >> our thoughts for hour families stay with us forever.
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i was head of the school then, and 300 students, 70 survived. >> in sri lanka the memorabilia starts in a train when ten years ago carriages were derail in the tsunami. >> the water was up to my neck when i got out of the carriage through a window. i was swept we by a huge wave. there was an old man who grabbed me and we floated on a window frame. >> in this fishing village 1,000 people were remembered. >> to many it feels like it just happened yesterday. although time has moved on, many things remain. the fear remains that if left un
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unprepared for another disaster strike. >> a disaster can be overcome by changing the culture. many learned there will be less victims next time. they know they have to run away or go to higher grounds. what we need to improve is earthquake-prone house. >> the impact of the 2004 tsunami was felt around the world. around the victims were hundreds of foreign nationals. some in the region for work, otherser just for vacation. they were remembered as well. veronica has more from thailand. >> it's been called the first
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world global disaster. the tsunami of 2004 came in here in thailand devastating this entire region. among the fatalities were 50 nationalities, in large part because this area of thailand is tourism destination. now looking back on the last ten years, if you are tourists who have come back to pay their respects and local residents who make their living off the tourism industry, they will all say that the memory is as sharp and painful as if it happened yesterday. but, they will also say that
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business is better living up to the slogan that the humanitarian community were using at the time of the tsunami they said they wanted to build back better. this place, a sleepily fishing village back then is fully formed commercial proposition. it is very busy. there are many tourists coming here. in that sense things are better than they were before the tsunami. but there is also a lot of very painful individual stories. it was an event that irrevokebly changed lives right around the world. >> damage from the tsunami stretched for thousands of miles across more than 13 countries. al jazeera puts that in perspective. >> the earthquake hit before 9:00 in the morning local time. the quake was 25 kilometers
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beneath the surface of the association. with a magnitude over nine, it's the third largest earthquake ever recorded. we'll take a look at how that force traveled. this animation shows how the tsunami waves rose up hitting coastal area and then traveling thousands of kilometers across the indian ocean. one of the closest places to the earthquake was in inter. waves ten meters high crashed along the shoreline and the number of people killed is 160,000 with half a million people displaced. two and a half hours the tsunami hit sri lanka.
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and the tsunami would cause loss of life and damage in ten other indian ocean countries. the to the number of people killed over 220,000 making this the single-worst tsunami in recorded history. >> the tsunami opened many people's eyes to the dangerous posed by tsunamis. >> reporter: tsunami science has advanced enormously, and new tsunami warning systems are online. the 28-country $400 million warning system can now sense approaching seas through a network of size meters and buoys. the trouble is then getting that warning to individuals in time for them to escape.
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in indonesia which was most devastated by the 2004 tsunami a 2012 earthquake at sea did not set off the city's network systems a total failure. >> what will determine the safety is how and when, experts are most worried when it comes to an assume tsunami from an earthquake just north of us. this waterfront is not prepared for big floodwaters. some work has gone into developing survival capsules such as this one in the united states. but few countries, including the usa, have not been willing to make the playoffs preparations
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for a deluge. preparation for hurricane sandy an unexpected storm serge on the american east coast. yet when the waters arrived it areeled a total lack of fluster to handle the sea. the lesson is not sea walls or hard barriers. the solution may be what the dutch call soft engineering. gently reshaping the coast line to manage flooding. that also calls for something even harder, denying our deep rooted human desire to live right on the water. jacob ward, al jazeera america. >> in malaysia the tsunami coincided with another natural disaster. floods have hit and blamed for five deaths. the relief efforts continue to be hampered by the weather.
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in new york mourners gathered from all over the country to remember a slain police officer. he and his partner were shot and killed last saturday. this comes as a community in new york tries to heal. the nypd has arrested search people for making threats against police officer. meanwhile, protesters continue to hold demonstrations. in a sea of blue nypd police officers paid their respect for officer ramos today. the services for ramos' partner are still pending. the man suspected of killing the officers shot himself shortly afterwards. the suspect claimed he was going to kill police officers in
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retribution for the deaths of michael brown and eric garner earlier this year. demonstrations in the wake of their deaths and more than 100 people block streets chanting "black lives matter" yesterday. most of the protesters from peaceful but a small group broke store windows and pulled lights off of christmas trees. the police say there were no arrests. another demonstration took place last night in berkeley, missouri where a black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer this week. the police say that the 18-year-old pointed a gun at the officer. that protest remained pro peaceful but a couple of miles away someone drove a car over the coalition of candles and flowers, marking the spot where the teen died in august. volunteers cleaned up the site
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and remade the memorial. we look at the shooting that thrust the st. louis superb suburb into the national spotlight. >> reporter: old wounds were reopened in america and racial tensions violently erupted on the streets of ferguson, missouri. shots were fired. stores looted. businesses set aplays and cars destroyed. three and a half months of fury had been simmering since a white police officer killed a black teenager in august. michael brown was lying in the street. he had been shot six times. brown was unarmed. within hours hundreds of outraged protesters took to the streets. but soon some turned violent looting or vandalizing at least 12 businesses.
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a gas station and convenience store was hit on fire. more than 30 people were arrested. michael brown's parents pleaded with the community to protest peacefully as they try to piece together what happened to their son, leaning on civil rights activists for support. >> no one has the right to take their child's name and drag it through the mud because you ain't. angry. >> blackhawks had an overwhelming economic disadvantage according to a census report. today nearly 70% of residents here are africa men. the police department has not kept up with that change. only three out of 53 police officers are black and the city council are almost all white. >> nothing is going to change if the infrastructure counting the votes is still the same. >> i don't want society to see
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this just as an african-american thing. we want justice period. >> reporter: with tensions escalated, the police responded with military-style vehicles using tear gas and rubber bullets. many accuse law enforcement of using of using excessive force. >> we need to get everyone to calm down and try to bring some peace to this. >> reporter: even some journalists covering the story were arrested. >> they step died my wrists behind my back and put me in a paddy wagon. >> reporter: police remained very few details about what led to the shootings. waiting six days to reveal the name of the officer darren wilson, who fatally shot brown and at the same time they released photos. later that evening there was
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more looting and violence. some people over here went to this liquor store and tried to break in there. some people started going in. another group of people tried to keep them from doing that. >> these people came in. don't do that. that's not what this is about. this is a civil rights movement. i came out here to stand up for my rights. >> reporter: local authorities sent the brown case to the grand jury. the department of justice opened an investigation into the entire ferguson police department. >> in ferguson our investigation will assess the police department's use of force including deadly force it will analyze stops, searches, and arrests. and it will examine the treatment of persons detained at ferguson city jail 1237 but two and a half months after the shooting the mistrust deepens when the brown family and residents heard the grand jury decision. >> no charges will be filed against officer darren wilson.
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>> reporter: for some it was too much to bear. the night erupted in violence behind anything the student had seen thus far. vie rottests cut a path of destruction burning and damaging 75 businesses along the way. business owners were left to pick up the pieces and anger and frustration persisted. >> they told us that they would protect all the business and everything around here. >> reporter: despite the hurt, distrust and turmoil this community has endured many hope for peace and change in the new year. >> there is nothing wrong with following. the problem is when you don't get up. >> reporter: ash har quaraishi al jazeera. >> in mexico, another tragedy is prompting demonstrations. it's been three months since students went missing. their di appearance disappearance sparked mass protest. we go to mexico city where some of the students' families are holding a march demanding a
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change. it's been 90 days, as i mentioned here. what is the mood like amongst the parents there today? >> reporter: well, that's right. there's a feeling of anger and frustration. that's how the parents of these 43 missing students are feeling. this is not the first time that they have come to mexico city. in fact, just a few days ago they were trying to hold a vigil in front of the president's house, trying to keep their story in the public eye here, trying to keep people aware of what they're trying to do, and the suffering that they're going through, and trying to keep the authorities cognizant of what's happening with their situation now. just a few base ago there was a video that the parents released, a christmas message, if you will, a very solemn, a very sad reminder of what it's going to be like for them to be without their children at christmastime and it is all actions that they
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planned to keep the pressure on the government here, and they say that they're not going to stop until they see their children again. >> david, i know it's a pretty broad question, but i know you have thoughts on it. how has the disappearance of these students impacted mexico? >> the impact has been enormous here. it has been a catalyst for sort of a public awakening if you will, here in mexico. people are no strangers to violence here, but there is a certain fear that people have about expressing the fear and talking about what happens living all the time with the threats of violence coming from on the part of the authorities or on narco gangs. this is a way for people to talk about it, talk about this collective fear that people have here. for example, just this morning we were in an area east of
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mexico city interviewing a man who he and all of the other small business owners where he works, they've all been subjected to extortion. many of have had their own children kidnapped by different drug gangs and people are tired of it. this is a way that people can get together and really show their anger and their frustration with what they see as a lack of the authorities actually moving an trying to change the way and the state of mexico today. >> david, david mercer for us in mexico city. thank you. coming up on al jazeera america pakistan strikes back against the man who accused of planning the murder of more than 100 children. and with the u.s. role of afghanistan changing, president obama talks to troops about what the mission has accomplished.
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>> macstan fly security forces have reportedly killed the suspected mastermind of last week's bloody school attack. nearly 150 people, most of them children, were killed on september 15th, when there was an attack against them in p peshawar. the man only known as saddam, died in attacks by security forces. >> the dead terrorists have been identify as the most wanted. his same is saddam. he was the most wanted around dangers terrorist. saddam was the mastermind in many terrorist attacks. >> well, officials say six of saddam's accomplices were arrested in that raid. peshmerga commander tells
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al jazeera that his forces have retain many areas in sinjar, iraq. the see sures have opened a corridor for thousands of yazidi yazidis to escape the mountain. no. afghanistan an airstrikes has killed three people in logar province, a force of taliban fighters was reportedly the target, but many were protecting their land from nomads. afghanistan was on the president's mind as he and the first lady spent part of their christmas day with u.s. service members stationed in hawai'i. john henry smith with more. >> we've been in continuous war now for almost 1331 years 13 years, over 13 years. next week we'll be ending our
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combat mission in afghanistan. [applause] >> as the conflict winds down, so too have american casualties. as of christmas day 38 u.s. soldiers had been killed in action this year in the afghanistan conflict. that's less than half of the previous years total. with that said over 1800 u.s. troops will have been killed in action before the 13-year conflict officially ends. >> because of the extraordinary service of men and women in the american armed forces afghanistan has a chance to rebuild it's own country. we are safer. it's not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again. >> while the president is probably referring to terrorist attacks outside of afghanistan. there has been no shortage of those inside of the country. two weeks before christmas a suicide-bomber launched a fatal attack during a high school play. over 4,000 afghan soldiers and
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police have been killed in 2014 making it the deadliest year of the war for them. the taliban has claimed responsibility for much of the violence and pledged to step up their attacks on foreign and afghan sources. the nearly 11,000 troops of the obama administration is in the region will have plenty of work to do. and so will american forces elsewhere. >> we still have very difficult missions around the world including in iraq. we still have folks in afghanistan helping afghan security forces. we have people who are helping deal with ebola in west africa, and obviously we have folks stationed all around the world. >> here the president is not popular with the troops. the military times poll show that 15% of active duty service members approve of mr. obama's job as commander in chief. 55% disapprove. in 200591% of service members said that they were satisfied
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with their quality of life. that dropped this year. 87% of service members said that their pay was good or excellent. only 44% feel that way this year. the newspaper writes reasons for the president seeking approval including budget cuts, foreign policies and changes to policies on gay and female soldiers. russia is saying that the expansion of nato represents one of the biggest threats facing it in the future. this follows ukraine's new bid to join the alliance. peter sharp with more now from moscow. >> it's quite interesting really, because it gives you an why the of what the president sees as the threats that are facing his country as we move in to 2015. and first and foremost as you said in the introduction is nato. since the fall of the berlin wall, nato has added 12 eastern european torontos to its
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membership. and that blue tide, really, is coming closer and closer to russia, and really putin and the kremlin are not happy about this at all. they see this as a potential--real potential threat in the years ahead. that's the first stern. the second concern is more of an international fear. now this is a conventional, not nuclear, but conventional program in which it would enable u.s. to deliver a conventional strike anywhere in the world within one hour's notice and the kremlin is not happy about that for obvious reasons. finally, he's talking about the possible un128ing, destabilization in russia itself. he doesn't mention the region,
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but he's probably talking about the can kay caucasus. >> in al jazeera a special report is coming up next.
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>> fracking, it is the process that uses water to free natural gas and petroleum trapped in rock. it is legal in california, but as al jazeera america's jennifer london explains in a special report, it raises questions in a variety of communities. >> they're destroying our land, our water. they're using up our water. >> homeowner is fed up. >> morgan and others living in
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the view park neighborhood west of los angeles face fines if they violate water restrictions while the oil company operating next door are free to use millions of dollars of water for fracking. >> they use quite a bit of drinking water to do this work when they have no water in our reserves. there is no quart in the los angeles aquifers at this moment. >> the oil fracking process is secretive, but we do know to frack one we will takes 100,000 gallons up to 1 million gallons of water. in 2013 and 2014, approximately 1600 wells were fracked in california. according to the division of gas and geothermoresources known as goggr, the state agency regulating the gas industry. >> is doggr monitoring the water
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used for every frack job? >> it's not regulated by the state. >> shouldn't the regulatory agency have oversight on that. >> if we had authority to look at that, we surely would. >> you can't do that without the legislature. >> we can't tell somebody they can't purchase water without construct. >> it's inexcusable that the state allows this to happen. >> reporter: a non-profit working to ban facing in california. >> water is such a scare commodity many communities are struggling to find ways to keep their faucets going farms irrigated, and in these times we can't forward to be wasting water. such a dangerous practice like fracking. >> you think it's okay that they're using so much water in a time of drought when everyone else is asked to could be everybody. >> from my point of view as a
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regulator we don't have the authority to tell them how much water they can use. >> then you're not regulating. >> that's not true. >> reporter: 11 fracking bills were proposed. eight called for a moratorium on the practice. one was passed that goes in to affect in 2015. although it calls for some increased oversight it will not limit the amount of water oil companies can use even as californians struggle to survive throw the worst drought on record. >> who is looking out for us? it's just us. we have to get boots on the ground. we have to stand up for our rights and say it's enough already. it's enough. >> from you have here i not only see my own orchard i see the mountains on three sides. >> reporter: and this farm that has been in the family for four generations there is something else. >> today there is fracking going on about four miles this way.
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three miles to the east over here and seven miles to the north, and six miles to the west. >> so you're basically surrounded by oil fields where fracking is happening. >> yes, we're surrounded, and this is new. >> kern county is ag and oil country in california. 80% of the state's oil and gas is produced here. 600 wells are fracked each year using millions of gallons of water. water that farmers say they need to irrigate their crops. >> these trees will die if they go two months out water. >> and they are uneasy about leaks and spills. he videotaped the illegal dumping of fracking waste water in a pit near his orchard. >> i know what happens in this area. whatever chemicals we've used on the surface, a lot of chemicals have made their way into our ground water already.
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>> reporter: ol' manned farming is an $11 billion industry in california's central valley, and every single almonds depends on what is the soil and water. if the water and soil are contaminated so are the almonds. almonds. jason marshall is the department director in charge of regulating the oil and gas industry in california. >> who is protecting the people of california to make sure that their ground water is not being contaminated. >> there is a multitude of agencies that are looking out for that because there is a multitude of jurisdictions. >> one of those agencies is the california water resource control board in sacramento. shawn heads ground monitoring an assessment. >> is fracking poisoning millions of gallons of water each day?
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[ silence ] >> so you're asking me to give you a yes or no answer on something that i don't know. so i think the right answer would be that i don't know. >> back on the farm with tom france, he said when it comes to farming versus fracking it's not a fair fight. >> do you think farmers have a friend in sacramento who are watching out for you? >> big ag has always had fridge in sacramento. but when it go ahead goes against big oil they always have their way. >> the saying that oil and water don't mix has taken on new meaning. in the small farming town in shafter, california, students at sequoia elementary school play in the shadow of big oil. >> my first concern is about my daughter. you know, many things happen in my area.
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first thing is fracking. >> frack something a controversial oil and gas extraction method where water and chemicals are pumped in the ground to allow oil and gas to escape. long-time resident said he believes it's making his 13-year-old daughter sick. the oil well three and a half miles from joanna's elementary school. in august joanna started suffering from seizures. >> when i go in to school, i went outside, i was very hot and my head started to hurt a lot. >> joanna takes a half dozen pills a day. she no longer plays softball or hangs out with friends. >> i want to see my daughter laughing and jumping and running again. i love my daughter.
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i'm very mad because the government here and the. >> a new report finds more than 350,000 children in the state attend schools within one mile of oil and gas as well as. and school districts with large hispanic populations are more likely to be close to oil production, including fracking. in shafter, 82% of the population are hispanic. >> what the data shows is an undue burden on these communities that are predominantly hispanic, and predominantly non-white. >> just beyond this fence you see the playground for sequoia elementary school, and less than a mile and a half away, three oil wells that have been fracked. this fence keeps them away from it. but this fence will not protect people from the toxic chemicals released in the fracking
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process. while many states have at regulation of how close oil wells may be to a school, california does not. >> that's just a really easy way for the state to turn a blind eye and say we don't have responsibility. >> that's absolutely not what is happening. we're regulating the oil and gas operations themselves. however, where oil and gas operations are placed that's all determined locally. >> if doggr was inclineed to issues set-- >> i don't know that doggar has the authority to order a set back rule. >> it's a problem because you're allowing an up loading to come into into the community whenever they want. >> juan, what evidence is there that fracking makes people six. >> the evidence that we have that fracking makes people sick is the same evidence that we
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have that fracking doesn't make anybody sick because we don't have the science to back up anything. >> although fracking has been linked to toxic chemicals doctors can't say what caused joanna's seizure. but one thing they do know, the town which they live is not just for farming any more. >> in eastern canada, a software that highlights coastal erosion around prince edward island. scientists are painting a pretty bleak forecast. >> reporter: barbara and emnot know coastal erosion only too well. where their modest summer home once stood is now 25 meters off this beach underwater. when they visit they remember what they lost to the surging sea. >> we have gotten used to it, the fact that it's not here any more. it didn't just happen overnight.
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it grew on us gradually and it's just one of those things that you have to accept. >> prince edward island has canada's most south-after short front property. but risen seas and worsening storm surges is wiping it away. >> you lose land and money. so now every little square foot that drops off into the money it's hurting the money belt. >> reporter: vital infrastructure is threatened, too. this lighthouse will be moved inland by volunteers. sewage treatment plants, roads and turbines are menaced by the waves and weather. it has been eroding as long as the place has existed but a dramatic new security program computer program is showing
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residents what it happen happening to their property. >> reporter: if it looks like a video game, that's because clive is based with game controllers. you swoop over the island to see vulnerable areas inundated in the future as coastal people themselves were shown on a tour of the technology last summer. >> some people were brought to tears from it. their concern about their own property made them feel very anxious. and i was surprised as well that most people suggested that we were under playing the vulnerability under playing the risk. >> reporter: the government said people need to factor erosion into "n" to their plans build their homes further back from the shore. as for climate change, that's a social issue. rising seas is far beyond what a small canadian jurisdiction can do on its own. what emmet and barbara experience is just a fact of
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life. al jazeera prince edward prince edward island. >> well, as we get into the today tomorrow, we're watching a couple of different weather systems that will have big impacts. first, the snow that hit the medicine west today will go in to the great lakes. we have another system moving more through the northwest. highs amounts of snow for those higher elevations and a wet mix great news for the skiers. but this will reinforce the cold air over the next few days. we also have a system that will be going through the south. with high pressure in place over the coast line that's going to bring in a southerly flow warming temperatures and bringing in a lot of moisture, especially saturday and into sunday as we get into the gulf coast. from anywhere from louisiana to alabama two to four inches widespread. so half foot of rain we already
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had a lot of rain earlier this week. this is going to be a problem. the ground is is the saturated and flash floods are possible across this area. now, the backside already temperatures have dropped significantly in denver in the 40s. now barely up to 30. but the pattern through the course of the weekend, that next system that could drop some places like denver by the time we get into early part of next week into single digits and that cold air spreads more into the northeast. if you're still in the warm air enjoy it while you got it on saturday. >> tensions between israelis and palestinians flared up again. two border police officers were stabbed at the lyon's gate
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entrance. surveillance video captured the attack. it happened after prayers at the al aqksa mosque. in the past week trailer authorities approved building more than 600 homes in settlements in east jerusalem in the east bank. this comes as israel's supreme court ordered one of the oldest and most contentious settlements in the west bank to be torn down in two years. the u.s. and other countries have called for a freeze on settlement construction. turkey has released a 16-year-old arrested yesterday for criticizing the president. the court freed the student, but he still faces while and a four-year sense if convicted. it is a crime in turkey to insult the president. the teenager was arrested after making a speech about corruption
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within president erdogan's government. an attack on some of libya's oil regions. >> smoke rices over an oil tank that was hit at the terminal. fighters belonging to libyan dawn launched the attack. they fired missiles from speed boats. libya's oil terminals are mainly in the east of the country. they're under the control of forces of former general haftar. >> i think what will happen, there will be big fighting between the two groups, which will result in destroying.
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that's what happened in bengahzi. that's what happened in tripoli with the airport. >> libya is under the control of two rival governments each supported by armed groups engaged in daily fighting. in august militias opposed to the government took over the capitol of tripoli. their own government was put in place led by omar al hafti. rival missions have formed two affiliated blocks. one backing the government in tibruk. and the other backing groups in tripoli.
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libya dawn wants to secure it before moving on to libya's other main oil ports. fighting around the terminals has cause oil production to fall by a third and put libya's only significant source of revenue under threat. >> sudan is defending its decision to expel two senior u.n. officials saying they were unfairly criticizing the government's policies. it comes as sudan butts head with u.n. peacekeeping mission in darfur. here's what that mean, the u.n. wants to investigate possible war crimes there. 745million people have been forced to leave their homes. and now coming up on al jazeera america a memorial for a slain new york city police officer amid the tension following a series of police-related killings and the protests that followed.
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>> police officers gather for a slain police officer. a wake was held for rafael ramos. he and his partner was killed last saturday while sitting in a patrol car in brooklyn. his partner's funeral will be tomorrow. >> it's horrific. it's the assassination of an officer, it's unspeakable unheard of. just given the climate of what's going on in the country, it's imperative that we show up and support our brother officers. >> as memorial services for the fallen officers begin the nypd is also dealing with threats made against other officers. police say at least six people have been arrested for allegedly threatening officers. these weapons were found in the home of man suspected of making
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the threats. thewith me now is a former deputy nypd inspector. cory, good to see you. >> thanks. >> pleasure to talk with you again. i don't know, in your days of police work, did you ever lose a fellow officer, a colleague someone you worked closely with? >> not since 9/11. >> yes officers leahy sat next to me in the police act, we was one of the 23 officers who died at 9/11, which was tremendous, tremendous burden on the whole country. >> not that you need to have lost someone to feel what these officers are feeling as we roll these pictures in again tell me about these officers, who are coming from all over the country, what are they feeling? >> they're feeling sadness. there is comradely. whenever there is a line of duty funry, when officers are murdered all around the country
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the nypd sends a contingent and people go in on their own. that's the thing about police and firemen they stick together. >> you know, i can recall other police funerals, and i can remember big numbers. you can help me on this. have we ever seen a funeral in new york or anywhere else that you're familiar with where we're talking about the size of the contingent being amassed here, 25,000 to 30,000 police officers coming from across the country to these funerals. >> you're not going to see one like this. this is because of the recent climate. 9 brown and garner, the cops are feeling it. >> tell me about this assault on police officers, that's what you're saying to me. what if as it that they're feeling that friends in law enforcement are saying to you about what they're feeling, what is the message of solidarity
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that is being sent here? >> the feeling from the cops, and i spoke to hundreds of cops from cops up to chiefs they're feeling the "us against them" syndrome because of the climate. i-- >> who is the them? >> the community. >> the community at large? >> the community at large. the community at large. the people that is out in the forefront, the protesters, they feel like everyone is against them right now. and the message that is being sent to the masses of the community is that the cops will stick together no matter what. but we need at message being sent of camaraderie. >> does that have the possibility of reinforcing the idea of "us against them" and two separate camps here? >> they can, and they have to be very very careful how they spin this. i've been speaking to community members. the communities are not mad at cops.
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they're mad at bad cops. cops need a thick skin. they. cops really don't want anybody saying anything to them. it's a very machismo job and even for the women and they feel that no one can tell them what to do, but they can tell them what to do because they're serving the community. people are upset. but the majority of the cops, they're overwhelmingly doing a great job. it's a small few that the protesters are really talking about. and everyone is taking is personal. it's not personal. it's just business. >> you know, when you were on the force let me read this here because this was something that was from the brooklyn borough president in his op-ed. he said when he was on the force there was this expression, and i wonder if you've ever heard it. you would rather be tried by 12
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jurors than carried by six paul bearers. have you heard that before? >> yes that's folklore in policing. it's a dangerous statement. i would rather be cared by a judge. >> i would rather be tried by 12 jurors than carried by six pallbearers, but not six paul bearers but six bullets in a gun. if you have that mentality you might make a bad decision{^l"^^}. >> it leads to the complaints that we hear that police--it could be sending the message that officers can be trigger happen. >> yes, it's a very, very, very vague statement and it's a dangerous statement. i've never used it, and i wouldn't allow anyone to use that around me. >> how does this--these camps that are forming here, how do these camps get bridged in your opinion? what is the conversation that
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needs to be had and where is this conversation taking place? >> we need to put the blame where it is. the mayor needs to bring everyone together. there is blame on both parts. and you know, with the cops need to understand that the mayor has a black child. he needs to have those conversations that we have with our kids. he probably should have not said it because he is a mayor for the people not just for his family. but i know when an indictment came down he could have dealt with it a lot differently than he did but he needs to bring the people together. >> cory, great to see you, thank you for being here today. >> appreciate it. >> former deputy nypd inspector. still to come, making the most of a really bad situation.
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an egyptian woman sewing up her future while in prison.
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>> the unrest in egypt crackdown on protesters has led to a growing prison population. is the story of one jailed protester who is making the most of her situation. she's selling handbags from her jail sail, and the made in prison labels are grabbing attention outside of jail. ines is here with that story. >> reporter: tony, it's been one year since she was jailed for protesting against the removal of morsi. she was a second-year dentistry student when she was arrested with other students. she was sentenced oh to five years in jail for charges her family say was made up. she's gaining popularity by the way she spends time in jail and the situation she sends to the world. she knits these handbags with a label that says "made in prison." she has been gaining so much
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popularity she has a facebook page where people are asking for these bags. >> that's terrific. ines, thank you. we'll see you back here at 6:00. you as well. i'm tony harris. "inside story" is next. >> they check credit weather a person is of right mind if they committed a crime. they check if a defendant is mentally capability to assist in in their defense. should they determine if a person is mentally capable before an execution date is set? this is "inside story."

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