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>> a show of solidarity from 25,000 police officers from all around the country. more in afghanistan as the war grows more intense, as those are having to survive without american weapons. >> sometimes we didn't have anything to eat. >> the successes and faifrlz of the 15-year united nations program to improve the lives of millions around the world and...
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>> i am nick speicer in berlin. now, more than ever, the go-to place for young classical musicians. ♪sflooush. >> police officers from around the u.s. today gathered at a church in the queens section of new york city. they were there to pay their respects to a fallen comerad, ny police officer rafael ramos. it's been a week since he and his partner were shot dead inside their patrol car while in brooklyn. investigators described it as an assassination, who wanted to avenge the deaths of eric brown and michael garner. they stood to show support for each other. al jazeera courtney keely was there and joins us now with the
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story. it's so majestic when you see these funerals for police officers. >> reporter: the security proceed cautions that were taken were intense with the rounding blocks cordoned off, sharp-shooterstationed on roof tops and secret service sweeping the area in the church thousands filled the streets. mostly police officers in mourning. >> our father, who art in heaven, that will... >> the lord's prayer. ♪ >> followed by the national anthem began the nearly two-hour long funeral service. a sea of blue filled the city streets. many police officers flew in from other parts of the country, all to pay tribute to officer rafael ramos. >> ramos and his partner were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car outside a housing project in brooklyn. the suspect fled into a nearby subway station and killed himself with a bullet to the brain. officials have been calling for
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peace, not protests or ret retribution since. the sentiment echoed throughout ramos's funeral. >> the great civil rights leader dr. martin luther king, jr. the old law about an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. >> leaders pay tribute to ramos's family including his two songs. jadden found the essential truth when he reminded people that police officers are the people you call when you need help and they always show up. truer words were never spoken. >> the penitentiary costal christian service at the christ tab earnernacle church where officer ramos attended for almost a decade and a half was also attended by vice president joseph biden? >> form ramos family we are all lucky to have rafael. he didn't just have a bible in his locker. he lived it in his heart.
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he was a cop for all, all the right reasons. >> the funeral here today bore all of the hallmarks of tradition that are over a cents tree old as dignity tears pay tribute. >> police officers lined up shoulder to shoulder for blocks and onbserved minutes of silence and offered a final salute. paul beares from the nypd ceremonial unit carried the casket as a formation of helicopters flew over the vast crowd of mourners before officer ramos was finally laid to rest at sighcypress hills cemetery in brooklyn. >> funeral arrangements are pending for officer lu. details of that memorial service and funeral arrangements will be released soon richelle. >> there was a large screen outside for everyone that obviously could not get into the
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judge. from the scenes outside, there have been pictures circulation of officers turning their back when may or -- new york bill diblasio was speaking. can you put that in perspective for us? >> yes. when mayor diblasio went to the altar to you'llgize i scanned the crowd. i could see blocks and blocks and blocks of officers. i could also see the screen. i did not see that many people because we were looking for that. we did see some officers turn their back last saturday night when mayor diblasio walked into the hospital to check on the officers and found out that they were killed. now, there is a union feud that mayor diblasio that dates back to his campaign in 2013, the benevolent association doesn't agree with his criticism of the stop and frisk program and other criticisms. with recent tensions, they have been stoking the fires as well kind of using this horrible
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event to accuse mayor diblasio of having blood on his hands. so while today overall, it was peaceful, overall, it was slum and respectfultiously deeply deeply respectful throughout the city streets. what you are hearing on social media like twitter and what's really driving the point home is after a day of respect today, even after officer lu is laid to rest, you are still going to have severe tension between the nypd, the may ors office people feel like there hasn't been justice for new york city resident eric garner who died after that choke hold who the grand jury did not indictment the police officer just two weeks -- just several weeks ago. we saw tens of thousands of people taking to the streets. so those tensions exist. they tryied toy make the day as peaceful as possible. >> we will have a discussion at the bottom of the hour about looking forward to what's next. courtney keely, thank you so much. several cities across the nation, crowds gathered to show
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support for police officers. the rallies were organized as part of a blue lives matter campaign. in cleveland, an estimated 2500 people came out to a pro-police rally. >> that's a city where police are understand the microscope after a 12-year-old playing with a toy gun near a community center was killed by a rookie police officer. in iowa yesterday, about .100 people gathered in downtown debuke to support police officers. organizers said they wanted to dispel the us versus them mantra. support rallies took place in denver and atlantic city. a rally in chicago to mark the death of a milk milk man last springwaukee man last spring spring. >> stop the violence. police should not kill unarmed people. people should not kill police. people and police, we both need each other. >> an dra hamilton was killed in a done frontation with a white
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police officer. the milwaukee grand jury did not notly with the chief of al shabaab has surrendered. they found zachry a zamel akmed hersi. he did not put up a fight. two years ago, the state department put out a $3 million reward for his character tour. he had been on the run since last year after he fell out with akmed digan, the leader. he was killed three months ago in a u.s. drone strike. u.s. and coalition forces carried out 12 airstrikes today in the fight against isil. u.s. central command, cent-com said six strikes struck isil buildings, fighting positions and vehicles in the town of colbane. struck targets near mousel and baiji. in baghdad a christian man claims he survived an isil
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kidnapping. he said he was snatched in mosul on august 6th while working as a cemetery guard. he said captors tried to force him to convert to islam but he escaped on september 6th and found his family at a refugee camp. afghan officials are criticizing a plan to ship out armod vehicles which combat forces withdraw. a decision was made to transfer u.s. military equipment from afghanistan to ukraine. american specialists are preparing the armored vehicles and weapons for shipping. a representative from the afghan president's office said they plan to raise the matter with president obama. in days the nato combat mission in afghantan will draw to a close. the bitter fight against the taliban is agreeing more intention. there is deep concern about losing the support of nato troops. jennifer glasse reports on the ground in hellmet prove incident. you may find some of these images in the story disturbing. >> the deadliest prove
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capital >> wali's wife is a victim of the war. intention fighting kept her from getting to a doctor. she died of her illness. the lucky ones end up here at emergency hospital. most afghans have one name. doctors are fight to go safe the other leg. in the operating room next door the painstaking search for happennell in this gun-shot victim. the hospital accepts anyone. no questions asked. samiola is a policemen from sam
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begin. he served .4 years and said the fighting in helmand has never been this bad. >> it is a very dangerous area. now, there are thousands of kinds of taliban there, all of sangin is with taliban. the government only controls the roads, none of the villages. >> jamadar is a member of the intelligence forces from another district with heavy fighting. >> i am worried about the future but i have four brothers. they are all with the government. as long as we are alive, we will fight for our country. >> proof that the fight is hard the record number of wounded here the wards are still full. even though the fighting usually slows at this time of year. >> there has? >> there have been so many casualties the hospital has had to term the pharmacy, the mosque and children's play room into patient wartsdz. when it's really busy they use these out door tents for triage. >> a rare attack a few weeks ago killed at least seven. the fire fight lasted hours.
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those from the villages in the countryside say civilians are caught in the middle between taliban fighters and government forces that don't care who they hurt. civilian casualties are at a record high and the fighting continues. jennifer glasse, al jazeera. ukraine is suspended train and bus services to cry mecrimea in march of this year. cars and trucks are being blocked at key points on the route to crimea. he said the suspensions are meant to prevent sabotage troops from entering. kiev and pro-russian separatists agreed on a prisoner exchange. skraiven is handing over 225 people. the rebels are reece leasing as many as 150. it's considered a major step toward easing tension. a report. >> reporter: in a military air field near kiev the ukrainian president welcome did home these prisoners of war. they were exchanged with
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hundreds of pro-russian fighters. this is a propaganda coup for petro poroshenko struggle to go unite his divided country. >> i am telling you that i as a president, as an ordinary citizen, have a heart full of happiness that you will greet the new year as i promised, together with your families and military brothers that you will do what we have been waiting for, for so long. we are thankful again that we have you. >> there is relief but also sadness about those still being held. >> it is pleas ants. thank you for what you have done to release us. we hope our friends kept as hostages will be released in the near future. >> this is where the exchange took place. secret location in the donetsk region. some of the prisoners are injured and have to be carried to freedom. there are international observers, armed separatists and
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ukrainian soldiers also watch on. they know that this is still a fragile cease fire. >> there are several people on the list who are missing. they are from the luhansk region. they have not arrived bur are on the way. we will complete the exchange tomorrow. >> kiev says its fighting against what it calls russia's influence. moscow has always denied backing and arming the separatists who still control parts of eastern ukraine. the russian president recently signed a new military doctorine and nato expansion was among key external risks. the latest twist in this crisis ukraine's state rail company has suspended trains to crimea naming security concerns leaving many passengers stranded and frustrated. >> it is very bad and will affect mistaken people. people should not be affected by such decisions. they should not suffer because of politics.
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this prisoner exchange is a small step towards reconciliation and for the families. released prisoners, it offers some hope in the bitter and deadly conflict. al jazeera. syria says it's willing to participate in preliminary consultations in moscow to restart peace talks and end its civil war. syrian state television quoted a foreign ministry source saying the talks could -- this is a quote -- meet theats prations of syrians to find a way out of the crisis. members of syria's western backed opposition dismissed the plan saying there is no initiative. still ahead, with the deadline fast approaching, proof from colombia that at least some of the united nablingsz millennium development goals are being met. american hospitals finding innovative ways to cut costs. voice to get out there.
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>> by the thousands, they're sending their government a message. >> ahead of 'em is a humanitarian crisis where tens of thousands of people are without food, water, shelter. >> a special one hour look at global attacks on free press. monday 9:00 eastern. on al jazeera america.
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a flurty of insults and accusations from north cory e a about the release of the "enter judy he called president obama a monkey. the u.s. has accused of hacking sony computes. president obama said there would be some form of retaliation. 14 years after an enthusiastic plan alleviated poverty and access to clean drinking water for some of the items on the agenda. so, what has been achieved as a 15-year deadline approaches. james bays has this update from the united nations. >> reporter: at the dawn of the millennium in the year 2000, the then u.n. secretary general kofi anan launched an ambitious program to improve the state of
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the world's poor. >> within the next 15 years, i believe we can have the population of people living in extreme poverty. i ensure that all people girls and boys alike and particularly girls seem a full primary he had can aition and halt the spread of hiv aids. >> that was 14 years ago. the targets he set became known as the millennium development goals and had a 15-year deadline. with one year to go it is a mixed picture, significant progress has been made on reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty, but work is still needed on maternal mortality rates and on feeding the world's most hungry. >> there is no doubt the mbg's forced world leaders to take action that led to some significant progress. now, the u.n. is creating a new set of goals to pick up where the old ones left off. diplomats are working on the
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wording, but activists >> selling intense diplomatic wrangling is now in the final stage. the new target known as the sustainable development goals will be adopted by world leaders at the u.n. in september. james bays al jazeera, at the united nations. >> one of the biggest success stories is colombia. the last decade colombia has reduced from 17.7 to 9.1% poverty. the country's overall poverty rate decreased from 49.7% to 30.6 but there is more to do. the millennium goals require an extreme poverty rate of 8.1% and
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28.5 by the end of 2015. a report from colombia on the social programs improving life for the people there. >> these chickens have changed life for the better. her family used to live in a garage without a kitchen or a back bathroom. she and her then sick husband didn't have a job and often, no food. >> sometimes we didn't have anything to eat. well now if we need to i can always kill a hen. >> for four years ago, she joined a government program to help the poorest of the poor. >> she received credit training and the continuing assistance of specialized social workers to set up her small business. >> i learned what food to give to the chickens, how to give them an injection. if they were sick or not, how to manage them. then i moved on to training on accounting and how to save money. >> with the new income came the
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modest but functioning house and more work. >> over 10,000 social workers have helped hundreds of thousands of families to start small businesses, learn new skills, or simply get an id through the 9-steps program. >> until very recently colombia had been unable to dent the stubbornly high levels of poverty. despite better security and strong economic growth minority and rural populations in particular had seen no benefit. something that kept fueling the country's internal conflict. >> the man factor has been the decision by the national government to convert poverty reduction into a policy of the state and bringing the state into direct contact with the needy household. >> many hope an end to the country's war with the rebel group farq could allow the government to reach even more people. but for now some 3.5 million
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people will still be living in almost absolute misery next year. >> 3.5 million, for an upper middle income country with important political and social economic goals is still very worrisome. it's still a very high number overall of people barely able to survive. >> back at the chicken farm though emil has achieved almost all of the program tasks. the new face will be to open a savings bank account, the first she has ever had. another step she says to make sure she can achieve the richer future her family deserves. alessandro colombia. >> this summer's war on gaza took a heavy toll. the kidnapping and murder of three israeli teens set off a chain of events lead to go a cycle of attacks on both sides and the deaths of more than 2000 palestinians. >> this apartment building collapsing because of an israeli
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airstrike is one of the most iconic images. nick schifrin was there for much of the war and file this report. for seven weeks, gaza was at war, and war spares no one. not the gazaan cameraman and ambulance driver 1ki8d side-by-side and a family who slept in a school that was supposed to be a shelter. not the israeli communities where missiles became a sound track where rushing into bomb shelters was always terrifying. from late june to mid august, the israeli military invaded. and bombed gaza. it dropped approximately 20,000 tongs of explosives the equivalent of a small nuclear weapon. this face book photo was posted
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that he had seen things no teenager should ever have to see. >> guys like me getting murdered, bombed in their houses so i ask myself: will i be next? >> it's tough. it's tough. >> in the middle of residential nabors, more than 4,000 rockets deeper into israel than ever before. palestinian fighters used unprecedented tunnels to try to sneak in to israel. israeli residents living closest to gaza were traumatized. >> my son is suffering. he was holding his head and said, it's in my head. it's in my head. i can't get the code red out of my head. >> the war lasted longer than the previous two gaza conflicts combined, in part because people on both sides support it.
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in gaza as we arrived at a u.n. school palestinian fighters launched a barrage of rockets toward tel aviv. inside the school children cheered. they told me they hoped they land in the united states. israel wants to take the weapons from our fighters. if the war is two months or even a year, i am in favor. >> five miles away in israel a hill provided the best views of gaza. some residents viewed the on slaught as a spectator sport. >> i wanted, he said to see how we strike back. >> but the strikes were asemit transit cal, crude rockets struggled against u.s.-funded system the iron dome. in gaza there was no iron dome. there were no bomb shelters. all gazaans had were ground floor apartments where abdul kareem thought his kids were safest. in the worst area survivors were dwafrnd by the destruction. streets closest to the border
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were simply gone. this street was the worst epicenter. israeli f-16s dropped thousands of pounds of bombs. palestinian fighters attacked israeli troops. their green hamas flag fluttered from homes they used as basis. >> this is in the middle of the sujia neighborhood. this is a u.n. school that's been completely gutted by annisitsi strike. if you look down here you can see how empty this neighborhood is and you can actually hear the constants sound of israeli drones. just across the street from that school, you can see this a house that's been destroyed. >> hamas fought the war to gain international attention but four months later, the strip is as neglected as ever. tens of thousands remain homeless, neither side wants to start again, but the peace is fragile. nick sheeve written, al jazeera, jerusalem. >> you can learn more about that and watch a number of other stories we have been following this year on aljazeera.com. when we come back reflecting on the day.
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a funeral and a national discussion of police in the communities they are sworn to protect. the, hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes by extensive flooding in southeast asia. you are watching al jazeera america.
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>> the top story, tears for grief and calls for healing amid a sea of blue t 25,000 of them came to new york city today to say farewell to one of their own. rafael ramos was laid to rest a week after he and his partner were shot dead as they sat in their patrol car. they said the gunman claimed to seekring. vice president joe biden was among the mourners. >> i believe that this grace police force this incredibly diverse city can and will show the nation how to bridge any divide. you have done it before.
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you will do it again. >> ramos and his per have been post humously promoted to the rank of detective 1st grade. >> increases the benefits payable to their wid odes who will receive the officers'full salary for the rest of their lives. funeral arrangements for officer lu are pending. his family is waiting for the rival of relatives from china. here to talk with us about the issues between police and the communities they serve is robert dangy from the police reform organizing project. we appreciate you joining us. the funeral happened today. one of the officers at least, was laid to rest. what do you think is the relationship between what happened to these officers and the push for reform and the protesters, if any connection at all? how do you see those? >> it appeared that he picked up on the zeitgeist and the very profound and energetic criticism of the nypd and police departments around the country.
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at the same time, though he clearly was a deranged man, very much a lunatic. my guess from reading his history. he had shot his ex-girlfriend before he came up to new york city to kill the cops is that he was on a trajectory of probably killing somebody or killing himself or both perhaps of what was going on with the criticism of police departments, he picked up on that and chose to shoot several police officers. we in the reform movement condemn his actions, are greatly troubled by his actions and the enormous grief it's caused his family and our entire city. we in the reform movement do not consider ourselves to be anti-cop. we are anti-nypd practices and policies that we feel target and harass low-income people of color. >> talk about what are those policies that you find most problematic? >> the broken windows style
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policing that is being carried out by the city really was instituted in 1994 when rudy julianguiliani was in. it penalizes people in low low-level. >> like eric garner selling cigarettes? >> exactly. when garner says this stops today, that would have been the 9th time police arrested him for selling those cigarettes. he was in effect saying although i am sure this wasn't in his conscious thinking. he was saying this stops today. he meant the impact of broken windows policing on him and his life. so one of the points is there is a quote a stem that the nypd follows and applies. so police officers are under pressure to make a number -- sustain number of arrests, issue a certain number of tickets and make a certain number of stops on a monthly basis.
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if they don't hit those numbers they will be sanctioned in some way and get a poor job evaluation. >> those who are in the law enforcement community and support broken windows and stop and frisk, they would say that it has helped crime go down? >> right. >> what are your thoughts on that? >> i don't -- i think they would be mistaken. for example, in 2012, there were almost 700,000 stops in new york city 685,000. this year we are on a path of having 50,000 stops in new york city. crime has continued to drop. so, it's clear that the significant reduction in the use of stop and frisk has not contributed to any increase in crime. crime has copped to drop there is broken windows is a theory. the theory being if you curtail low-level infractions, again with a lot of people consider to be innocuous activities including things like jay walking. >> jumping turnstiles, things like that? >> right. right. you will successfully curtail
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serious felons like rape murder and armed robbery. there is no actually proof that the theory does work. we don't particularly object to the theory. we object to the harsh application of the theory in new york city, intense law enforcement forced upon punitive interactions between the police and the community. >> you said you object to how it's being carried out. so does that mean that bill braton, who obviously is a blooer in this is back again as police commissioner? >> right. >> bill diblasio who said he was against stop and frisk is responsible for bringing back bill braton. do you think between the two of them they could figure out a way to execute this or is there a big gap there? >> i think right now there is a big gap between the community and the mayor and commissioner braton. but to your point, which is a good question which is there are other ways of curtailing low-level infractions, these actions would contribute to civil doored.
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you could use local clergy social workers, neighborhood service organizations. you don't need to enforce these -- often they are not even laws. they are regulations. for example, you can get arrested in new york city for walking between two subway cars for occupying two seats on the subway even though the subway is not crowded. >> that's an nta regulation, the mass transit authority. the cops enforce it. it could be enforced in a way that would be as effective if not more bout without criminalizing people. it's a point to note. >> that's serious criticism. many of the things that low income people of color get arrested for and ticketed for have decriminalized prosperous white communities. 85 to 95% of the people who are arrested for the kind of things you and i are talking about are people of color. >> that's not -- we didn't make that up. >> that's the 1259istics that the nypd produces. so there is a significant racial bias in implementation of broken windows policing. >> thank you for the discussion
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today. >> thank you. >> we appreciate it very much. athletes at a california high school have been punished for wearing "i can't breathe" t-shirts during warm ups. the boys and girls' basket baum teams were banned from playing. the principal claims the teams were prohibited from wearing the shirts as a security precaution. the bodies teen was reinstated but one player agreed not to wear the shirt. many of the fem players remain de and will not be allowed to participate. in southeast asia heavy ranges have caused major flooding killing more than 30 people. more than 180,000 degrees have been forced from their homes in malaysia and thailand. bono batmagar reports. >> reporter: this corner of northeastern malaysia hasn't seen flooding like this for decades. people had to leave their homes in a hurry after days of rain turned roads into rivers. the government has sentence search and rescue teams to the most badly affected areas. it's also set up relief
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septembers for the victims. but for some, it's too little too late. they criticize the government for being too slow to respond and for failing to declare a state of emergency in time. >> we come here after three days. we have lost everything. we are just here without food. >> malaysian prime minister has cut short his holiday to the u.s. to deal with the emergency. he has been in hawaii visiting president barack obama when the rains began. >> it's monsoon season in this part of asia but this year's rains have been particularly heavy and many places have been affected by the worst flooding in more than 40 years. people in southern thailand have been told to brace themselves for more flash flooding right up into the new year. for many the biggest worry is how to avoid the spread of disease. cases of typhoid fever, cholera and help tight advertise
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increase. the spread of malaria, yellow fever and west nile fever is more likely doctors say children and the elderly are particularly at risk. health problemsub appear in flood affected areas after four to six weeks emergency officials monitoring the flood say water levels haven't peaked yet and with more heavy rains predicted over the coming days it will be a wet end to 2014 for thousands of people. >> bana al jazeera. >> a dangerous drive in minnesota over the weekend. 194 crashes reported over a 12-hour period after a snowfall of two to 5 inches deep. people were injured but there were no fault atties. the minnesota state patrol are asking people to slow down and drive with caution. a new compute program is helping climate change researchers. it works like a video game. it highlights the serious problem of coastal erosion around prince edward island. scientistsits are painting a bleak forecast.
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>> bash rap knows coastal erosion only too well. where their modest summer home once stood is 25 meters off of this beach understand water. when they visit, they remember what they lost to the surging sea. >> we are sort of got used to it, i guess. the fact it's not here any more just different hang bang overnight. so, it grew on us gradually and just one of those things you have to accept. >> prince edward island has some of canada's most sought-after shore front property. rising seas and worsening storm surges are washing it away a little more each year. >> you are actually not losing land. irlosing money because you paid somewhere between $3 and $0.50 to maybe $7 a square foot. so now for every little square foot that drops off into the water, it's hurting the money belt. >> vital infrastructure is threatened, too. this light house will soon be moved inland by volunteers. sewage treatments plants
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bridges, roads, even wind turbines are menaced by the waves and weather. >> the sandstone cliffs and beaches that surround this island so krumbly, you can crush them have been eroding fors long as the place existed but a dramatic new computer program is showing residents what climate change is doing to homes and property. >> you can see the cliffs quite nicely there? >> if it looks like a video game, that's because clive, as it's known come bieningz data on erosion and see levels with game controllers. you swoop over the island to see vulnerable areas inundated in future as coastal people, themselves, were showning on a tour of the technology last summer. >> some people were brought to tears actually 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 underplaying the vulnerability, underplaying the risk. >> the government says people need to factor erosion into
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their plans to build their homes further back from the shore. as for climate change, that's a global issue. rising seas and worsening storm surges are far beyond what a small canadian jurisdiction could possibly deal with on its own. what emit and barbara experienced is just a fact of island life. daniel lak, savage harbor prince edward island. >> an amazing perspective from a german astronaut aboard the international space station. he got back from a 6-month mission to the international space station. he had a camera set up the entire time taking still images only an astro naught could take. he combined nearly 13,000 notes into this one video. another time lapse video is out of the volcano eruption in mention co spurewing ash. al warning has been issuesd for the area around the mountain. hospitals spend 6 and a half$6 and
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a half billion dollars a year on energy. president obama has culled ol healthcare providers to be more efficient. diane esterbrook found out one hospital in wisconsin is ahead of the game. >> i am going to grab your temperature. >> medical workers at gunderson health system rely on sophisticated technology from cat scan machines top heart rate monitors at theto diagnose and treat patients but they rely on something decidedly low-tech to help power it all. that's right. dairy cows. they animals produce about 35,000 gallons of manure a day, all of that waste goes into these three huge digesters that convert methane gas from the manure into electricity. guvenlderson ceo calls this home-grown energy. >> we said we are going to make this so we will improve the health of the community and it will be good for gunder scenario's finances. >> the hospital also taps other
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local power sources like wind sun, and trees. >> so what we have here is hardwood chips from western wisconsin and southeast minnesota. >> gundersen feeds about 100 tons of wood chips into this bio mass boiler. the unit burns the wood creating steam which produces both heat and electricity. jumping rich developed the hospital's green energy program called envision. >> this project feeds the energy back into our clinic on this campus for this project. our other projects actually sell the utilities on the grid. >> in the past six years gundzersen has invested roughly $40 million in green energy projects. still, energy comprises a very small percentage of a hospital's overall budget. for gundersen, less than 1% to keep the lights on, the computers running and the facility heated. so are the sustainability projects worth the investment? gnudersen thinks so. it uses a lot of power,
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especially in areas like the kitchen, and the laundry. in the 2008 t spent more than $5 million on energy. last year it spent about a million less. >> if we lower the cost of our organization's operations that help our region because it lowers the cost of care. >> so far, the energy savings haven't lowered patients' bills but gundersen hopes one day, it might. diane estabrook, lacrosse wisconsin. >> coming up next on al jazeera. ben franklin had a brilliants idea. scientists in the nether lands are following up with a new way to generate electricity. reading what you want is a right we sometimes forget what we have. not everyone has that freedom. how jordan is sensoring books. later tonight an in-depth debate over raising the minimum wage.
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the idea of using wind to generate power is nothing new. in 2013, over $80,000,000,000 were invested in building wind
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farms. but a team of researchers in the netherlands is exploring a cheaper, greener, wind power option. option. >> reporter: last minute adjustments before the test launch of a new high-tech kite. >> it might be a bit dangerous. >> these dutch researchers believe if the technology takes off, it could change the way we generate electricity. the system harnesses the steady pull of a light-wait parafoil colit. a computer rides beneath it communicate with a ground station. as the kite pulls a, a winch on the ground let's the line out at the same time using the pulling force to generate electricity. >> they fly fast at 100 meters per hour so we can generate electricity as the kite is reeling out. when we are done, we can reel it back in until it's on top of us
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and can dive back into the next power cycle and have a positive energy balance. >> this prototype provides enough to power between 10 and 20 homes. but the team wants to scale this up making the kite and its power generating capacity 5 times larger. >> you don't need a heavy crane. we can just move with our trailer, mobile in the container, drop it for remote locations that seem like an ideal replacement especially for diesel generators. >> like many test flights, this one doesn't go as planned. a problem with the kite's steering brings it down: flying at 200 meters, well above the height of conventional wind turbines kites like these enjoy stronger and more sustained wind conditions. they are working on a computer system now to regulate its movement as it flies and say when this is achieved kite power could provide a more efficient and reliable source of
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renewable energy. >> it is very difficult task en for a human operator. you need some kite surfing skills. then you can feel how the kite reacts. it's a dynamic system so the kite always moves in all directions. so, it's from a control point of view also a hard challenge. >> the team says conventional wind turbines have taken decades to develop. their technology is just in its infancy and has as much if not more potential. >> tarek bazley value canberg air field in the netherlands. >> the faster internet connection, that's always a good thing. residents of minneapolis are celebrating. they will have access to the fastest internet speed in the world. how fast is it? well 10 gig i bites per second which allows you to download a movie in less than a second. >> comes with a very steep
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price. $399 a month. the service will only be available to 30,000 households. thanks to ereaders and the internet, it's easier to read a book. parts of the world instead of heavily sensor what citizens can and cannot read. al jazeera wents to jordan to see how that nation sensors books. >> reporter: not every book is welcome in jordan where they are printed locally or important. the government has censored and band -- banned books. politics history and sex are among the most sensitive topics. 52 were band by the government 8 of which were published by yadi. >> the peace process, or anything that, you know the royal family or, you know the prime minister or something,
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they don't. >> one of the banned books is a book who authorities took the publisher and author but weren't is able to stop tens of thousands of reading itom. it talks about the 1986 university protests which ended with jordanian security forces killing three students. >> the old generation kept quiet about this incident for, for more than 20s 8 years. my book unearth buried history. >> irritated authorities. sometimes the truth hurts. if you don't present it in the way that is acceptable to the authorities, it becomes a target for oppression. >> certain books about the palestinian/israel conflict that put jordan on the wrong side of history are also sensitive. >> up until 2007, no one could publish a book before the government read it and made sure it contained no material that violates the law. there was even ab similar provision for imported books. >> year, the law was amended to stop the prior review of books.
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although this meant an improvement in freedom of expression publishers say books can still be banned if they deal with issues the government considers sensitive. >> the press and publications department ignored our request for censorship statistics but researcher abdullah hamudi said the government bans 50 to 100 books a year. >> since 1955, over 2,000 books have been banned. but so many other books were banned that we don't know about. the authorities don't like to document this. if you ask they will say no books are banned in jordan. >> no matter how often the censorship issue has been raised, it looks like jordan will continues to control what people can and can't read as part of what seems to be a measure to maintain security and the status yeah. al jazeera. >> coming up next on al jazeera"al
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jazeera america": ♪ >> we will take you to berlin and explain why it's practically becoming the plates to be for classical musicians. on ashz.com californians doing laundry not for themselves but for the homeless.
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>> a crisis on the border... >> thery're vulnarable... these are refugees... >> migrent kids flooding into the u.s. >> we're gonna go and see josue who's just been deported... >> why are so many children fleeing? >> your children will be a part of my group
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or killed... >> fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines no refuge: children at the border only on al jazeera america the new movie, exodus gods and kings hasn't been a hit in the united states. the egyptian government banned the film for they say are historical inaccuracies, juice building the pyramids and an earthquake causing the red sea to part. the film has only brought in $109 million worldwide. he script banned the film noah earlier this year. berlin is famous for the electronic music. of the technoscene but it is drawing in young dallas classical musicians from around the world. day-to-day life is relatively chief. the city's special history means
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opportunities abound if you have talents and you work hard enough. al jazeera's nick speicer reports. >> ♪ >> a mozart aria sang by rachel fin finlon. ♪ she says she has had some success back home but she moved to berlin last summer. >> that's where you go now to make it big in opera. >> there is, like a choice of 10 different classical concerts to see every night of the week and so as a performer, the education side of that like the learning that i get from seeing these amazing perform applications every night is huge. >> this is the deutscheo strike that one of 7 in the german capitol. there are three full-time operas. if berlin had caught up to new york paris and london as a global music capital, it's
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largely because of money. public subsidies keep the classical music scene in berlin and the rest of germany flourishing when many countries in europe have slashed spending in the name of austerity. but there is also a quirk of history. berlin was a divided city east and west in the cold war with east and west germany out spending the other on concerts cert halls and orchestras. when germany was unified in 1990, the city was unified as well and all the sudden, there was basically 2 or sometimes tlooeven if you look at the opera houses of everything. >> this woman's company promotes the careers of young artists who come to berlin. she says it's the ideal place
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for them to grow as musicians. >> you have the study. you arehave the higher education, the academies of orchestras and the possibility to find comparatively cheap space to live if you compare to london, for example, paris or new york. ♪ >> rachel finlon is hoping for a break through at auditions here for opera singers and classical musicians, the german capitol is like what was said of new york. if you can make it here you can probably make it anywhere. nick spicer al jazeera, berlin. >> i am richelle carry. fault lines is next. before we go we want to show awe picture of what the empire state building looks like right now. you can see it is blue and white there. if you look around you can see it's kind of rotating a red and white colors all in honor of
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the new york city police officers who were shot and killed last weekend and today was the funeral for officer rafael ramos and in the coming days they will bury win jin lu. keep it here. >> the first stop for many child migrants to the united states is this border patrol facility in mcallen, texas. >> "good afternoon, welcome to the rio grande valley processing center..." >> it opened this summer in response to an influx of unaccompanied minors from mexico and central america. >> do you think this is an immigration issue or a refugee issue? do you think some of them will be granted political asylum? >> we're not talking about criminals. these are innocent children, fleeing desperate

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