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>> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> what do we want? justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> they are running towards base... >>...explosions going off we're not quite sure... >> fault lines al jazeera america's emmy winning, investigative, documentary, series... >> thanks for being with us. this is al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. as day dawns in asia, the search resumes for the flight missing over 24 hours plane presumed to have crashed. >> nato combat mission. >> the end of an era. the nato combat mission comes to
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an end in afghanistan. greek ferry catches fire. and in our sunday segment we'll take a look at the most compelling stories in a year. it is monday morning in indonesia where a massive search operation is underway for a missing plane with 162 people on board. airasia flight 8501 disappeared more than 24 hours ago. it left indonesia pound for singapore, encountered bad weather near the island of belatong. the aircraft vanished from radar. 12 navy ships five helicopters a
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number of ships from singapore and australia are in charge of the search. the plane is likely to be at the bottom of the sea. >> yes thomas, the sun has been up for several hours now. detail search and rescue mission a little bit more. we're looking at a dozen vessels on the water from several different countries. multinational search and rescue mission. helicopters circulation fixed wing and the search and rescue officials say if they see any debris they have helicopters deployed near this area, as soon as they see any debris or any kind of indication on the surface, the forces can start their work immediately. a lot of other facts they're looking at the manifest, and the
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passenger profiles. the x rays from the customs departments, cargo and baggage people checked in on this aircraft. they are looking very closely at the maintenance records of this aircraft, six weeks ago it went through servicing. there is no indication as to why they're looking at these more, probably just doing their due diligence to understand that every stone is being turned over to make sure they get all the information he can and lastly, one official says he believes indications are that this aircraft is at the bottom of the sea. there is no specific evidence but that's what he believes. obviously with the search and rescue system, that they can get evidence of that very soon thomas. >> can you tell us where the search is being conducted scott? >> it left this airport very early morning on sunday nearly
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halfway from here surabaya to singapore. they believe it went down where they lost signal east java sea northwesterly route up towards singapore, they have expanded the search area on monday because of better weather and maybe little bit better information. sunday it was very foggy and difficult with waves and wind to get to the surface of the sea to see if they could find anything. today it's expanded and a little bit east as well that they were looking yesterday. >> what have we heard about the airbus a-360 what sort of monitoring device, do we know? >> they haven't said anything specific of how they're pinpointing the location of this aircraft. we know that different from the
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malaysian airliner that has been missing several months now it went dark at a certain area, but the malaysian air liner did not. here they know it dropped off radar at a specific point. that's where the search and rescue was going. it was delivered to airasia six years ago serviced about six weeks ago. a-320 has a really good safety record, it is really one of the workhorses in the aviation industry short to medium haul flights. right now there is no indication of anything that could raise a red flag for this specific aircraft. >> and finally, can you set the scene where you are the relatives and how they're being cared for?
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>> reporter: yeah, just about a couple of hours ago we saw some buses pull up here. right at terminal 2 this is where the aircraft departed from sunday morning early. a couple of buses drove up and relatives and loved ones entered into terminal two. they had a crisis center for them. behind me you see these tents even just behind me that's where the media briefings happen. beyond that there's another area for those who come to get information of loved ones, passengers, crew who are on that flight. but it seems that most of them have been going inside, something we have been seeing, the indonesian officials are briefing the family members first and then come out and speak with us. that was something very specific this morning we could see them getting a briefing and then the officials came out and we got a
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briefing out here. that seems to be the pattern going forward family first and then to us. >> scott highland ler heidler in surabaya. thank you scott. i asked about the final moments, what it means that no distress call was made.. >> doesn't necessarily tell us anything. many times pilots get extremely busy. if they are penetrating an extreme thunderstorm, they are navigating the safest path they can. maybe it got away from them, many of us know that there are hazards in those thunderstorms. wind rain, hail, lightning it just goes on and on. >> as you know mr. diehl a320
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does that factor in? >> each aircraft has an air speed, cialg number of passengers and so on it varies slightly but yes it does make a difference. although all aircraft are designed to withstand a certain level of turbulence. that doesn't mean they can't be put apart and destroyed by hail, we've seen hail bring down an aircraft too. the scenario that is much less pleasant is the air algiers syndrome. you probably recall, same song second verse everybody perished
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in that accident over northern africa. >> in this case as we mentioned the search is on. what about tracking devices are these air crafts equipped with air tracking devices any time of realtime diagnostics qumentd. >> first piece of equipment is the so-called transponder. that's what the controllers see and that's what of course disappeared in malaysia 370 shortly before they made the turn. but that -- that's when the controllers say they lost contact they mean -- normally they mean radar contact. and that's probably what they're referring to. there are other tracking devices, and again i'm not sure exactly what this particular airbus had but there's a type of communication said acards, aircraft communication reporting systems, i have been told that
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this particular aircraft didn't have the mr sat that the mh370 had. >> we'll have much more on this developing story throughout the night. elsewhere in southeast asia massive flooding has displaced 200,000 people. in malaysia alone 118,000 have been forced to evacuate their homes. without food and medicine there are fears the death toll could grow. the malaysian government is criticized for not declaring a state of emergency. >> hardest hit has been southeastern part of the island where dozens of people were killed by mudslides in
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objection. nato has ended its mission in afghanistan 13 years after its beginning. a training mission will begin on january 1st over 13,000 troops will remain in afghanistan to assist the military in the fight against the taliban. but not involved in combat. president obama had words saying we are safer and our nation is safer because of it is service. take the lead for their own security, hold historic elections and maintain the transfer of power in history. what is next? jennifer glasse is in afghanistan. >> the end of an era and the beginning of a influence one
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nato's mission is completed the icef commander says nato and afghanistan worked together to protect the international community from extremism. since 2001 they have created a atmosphere the that fostered progress. >> number of people in schools the women on and on. >> he also cautioned there are significant challenges ahead. >> afghanistan has been the longest war for both the united states and nato. and even though this ceremony marks the end of nato's combat mission here the fighting isn't over. it is in the hands of the afghan security forces and for them it's been the worst year ever. more than 4600 soldiers and police have been killed and thousands wounded.
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the casualties are so high because nato didn't have the forbes it used to. >> we are limited. we are limited the big biggest limits is the affairs. we have enough to work on it. >> establishing bases on kunar province. large part of the country side in other provinces. >> an insurgent isn't beaten in the battlefield but by reconciliation and that is the process that president ghani has clearly laid out in the future. >> in addition to the security concerns the country relies heavily on foreign aid. and there's still no cabinet through three months after the new president took office. nato says it's miss is a success but afngz afghans are concerned the gains of the past 13 years could
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be lost. jennifer glasse, kabul. in a video you're about to see you can see smoke rising over the syrian border town where kurdish fighters have been trying to drive away i.s.i.l. fighters for more than three months. the curds have been slowly advancing in recent weeks. coalition forces hit the towns of sinjar and mosul. the iraqi army is making gains against i.s.i.l. the army says it's cleared some areas of i.s.i.l. fighters but the group still last a large presence in salahudin province. >> these shia militia fighters are celebrating. they are supporting the iraqi military's advance against fighters of the islamic state of iraq and the levant. dozens were killed and injured on both sides and the pro-government militia say they're in control of both towns.
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>> this is a town of albuhishman. we have now managed to retake it for iraqi people. let all iraqis hear us, we are ready to take it. >> we are the victors we are the brigade. >> they are important because they are less than 100 kilometers from a northern i.s.i.l. stronghold the city ofity citi. of tikrit. military gain in the battle to regain other parts of salahadin province. carried identity mean dozen air strikes in recent days. iraq's military launched the attack under air cover provided
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by iraqi and international forces. but i.s.i.l. fighters have continued their attacks and say their antiaircraft capabilities have forced coalition jets to leave. what's more the situation in sinjar remains tense as kurd peshmerga forces being push further into the province. i.s.i.l. supply license to the farm on the outskirts of delaya town. and as the fighting continues more iraqi citizens become victims and more house he become availability. osama benjavi, al jazeera. >> police commissioner bill bratton is supporting mayor bill deblasio. the police commissioner spoke
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out on face the nation. >> i certainly don't support that action yesterday i think it was very inappropriate at that event. that funeral was held to honor officer ramos and at the same time is reflective of the feeling of some of our officers at this juncture, about some of the issues that are afflicting the city and the police department. >> despite the shootings of officer ramos and his partner crime in the city is at an all time low. he added that the budget will allow for additional training, officer safety equipment and advances in technology. we're learning tonight the spokesperson on the ferguson police department is on unpaid leave after calling a memorial to michael brown trash. in a press release the city wanted to emphasize that negative remarks about the michael brown memorial do not reflect the feelings of the
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ferguson police department. on friday someone drove a car over the candles and memorial, supporters have since rebuilt that memorial. straight ahead an effort to save passengers still burning in the adriatic sea. have. also sony's controversial "the interview" is wrapping up the first weekend at the box office. ing journalists have been unjustly imprisoned in egypt for a year. the latest on their release. captivitythe. . high level, had the stake in al-megrahi's guilt >> the most definitive look at this shocking crime >> the major difficulty for the prosecution that there was no evidence >> al jazeera america presents lockerbie part two: case closed
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>> hundreds of passengers and crew endured a second night of frigid temperatures and gale force winds as they waited to be rescued from a ferry on the adriatic sea. 241 of the 500 have been rescued so far.
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the coast guard says the ship is in no danger of sinking. heavy assess and weather are making it nearly impossible to get the passengers off. a project to tow the ferry will take many hoirs. >> cars and trucks backed upper alongalong alpine routes, forecasters say weather conditions should be improving over the next day. it's now been one full year since three al jazeera journalists were detained in egypt. peter greste and mohamed fahmy were sentenced to seven years. baher mohamed was given ten years. peter greste's brother reads a
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statement. >> we will not gif up until he is released. a judicial process, we see this as the next opportunity for the egyptian authorities to make right the situation that has occurred. >> december 29th of last year was initially assumed to be short term, a mixup over accreditations. but it became clear that the egyptian thowrts authorities under abdel fatah al-sisi. exactly the same could be said for the rest of the team bureau chief and award winning journalist mohamed fahmy and producer baher mohamed. by mid january much of the international media was
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demanding the release of the three journalists the #free aj journalists, and came out in support. the trial failed to come up with anything against the three men which could have beening vaguely meant to rm fewer of much of the world the men were convicted and jailed. for the men's families it was the lowest points of a desperate year. andrews gresta spent over four months in and out of cairo visiting his brother. he explains what it's been like for peter. interhe doesn't want to come out a bitter and twisted man but it has taken a lot of effort and a lot of self-discipline and determination and focus to --
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for him to remain mentally together and also look after himself physically. >> world leaders including president obama denounced the court conviction. >> the issue of the al jazeera journalists in egypt we have been clear both publicly and privately that they should be released. >> meanwhile the egyptian government defended the ruling, it is up ting a to an appeals court to determine the outcome. >> we should not be taken as an ideologic or any other establishment. >> al jazeera has maintained its public campaign with its
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journalists. sisi perhaps as a sign of the damage this could do to egypt's reputation. for all this, the three men are still in jail. stefanie dekker, al jazeera. >> on monday, the larger issue of freedom of the press we invite you to join us tomorrow for journal is not -- journalism is not a crime at 9 eastern and 6 pacific. >> seoul's unification minister south korea launched a commission on reunification in july. 331 theaters around the u.s. that chose to screen the controversial screen "the interview" did so without a hitch this weekend. the movie which pokes fun at north korean leader kim jong-un
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had a shaky release after a major hack on sony. at the box office the film has brought in $2.8 million since christmas. apple itunes announced it would also have the film available, as of saturday, digital sales had reached $15 million. coming up on al jazeera america we look back at some of the most critical and controversial stories of the year and what impact they might have in 2015. in our special straight ahead segment.
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>> on techknow >> we should not be having earthquakes in texas >> the true cost of energy hits home... >> my yard is gone... >> are we destroying our way of life? >> contaminated water from the fracking activities come here >> they stick it to the core of the earth >> but this cutting edge technology could be the answer >> the future of fracking is about the water >> protecting the planet saving lives... >> how do you convince a big oil company to use this? techknow only on al jazeera america >> welcome back to al jazeera america. here are the top stories we're following now. the search for the air passenger jet continues in southeast asia but the head of the airasia flight 81 vanished while flying
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from dpleesh indonesia to singapore. nato has officially ended its campaign in afghanistan 13 years later. a training and support mission will begin on january 1st. u.s. led forces launched eight air strikes against i.s.i.l. forces near kobani on saturday. trying to drive away i.s.i.l. fighters for more than three months. time for our regular sunday segment the week lady. tonight we're looking back at 2014, and updating you on some of the many topics we've covered. let's begin on march 9th where we looked at a crisis in ukraine. ing leading to a resignation of viktor yanukovych.
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started with backing pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine. robert cap lal kaplan, the chief strategy and why america was responding the way it was. >> russia comprises half the land mass, and yet has less population than bangladesh. putin knows it has been invaded by swedes, lithuanians and poles. foreign policy for russia is always looking for targets of opportunity not to recreate the soviet union. , soviet union collapsed because of the financial burden of actually ruling places like ukraine and the warsaw pacts
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what he wants to do is recreate the soviet sphere of influence. >> i think that's right. they have to worry about what might happen down the road. even if they don't face immediate dangers right now they have to wonder what might happen in the future. and remember, over the past 20 years, russia has seen nato gradually moving its borders easteastward. given that history and geographic location, i think the way about right and the contrast with the united states couldn't be sharper. >> but steve why is nato a concern for russia? no one assumes or thinks that nato would actually invade russia or for that matter even ukraine. >> well of course we don't have any intentions of doing such a thing. but if you are russia you can't assume this and you certainly
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couldn't assume that would be true for the next 20, 30 or 40 years. if you are looking at russian history you'd always be worried if the world's most popular country the united states is away allied with countries on your borders countries from which you are have been invaded many times in the past, you would want to put a limit on nato expansion. that's precisely what peurnt did inputin didin the war in 2008. i'll live with that but you're not going to take it tonight further. >> as we move forward and try come to an end on this conflict in crimea, what should the united states do, bow out or push for a diplomatic solution? >> of course he should continue to push for a diplomatic solution. it should also try convince european nato allies to increase their defense budgets.
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because the american people basically supported the u.s. bearing the brunt of the burden throughout the cold war because the u.s. had fought world war ii in europe, in the pacific, it had -- you know we had lost 600,000 lives i believe in world war ii you can check that so there was real public support for the u.s. dominating defense in europe throughout the cold war. >> now here we are ten months later the conflict continues. russia's view of nato seems to play a crucial role. this year russian president vladimir putin signed a document, the kremlin has seen ukraine's move towards nato as a threat. close to 5,000 people have been killed in this this conflict. a key round of talks that were supposed to take place on friday were called off. however this weekend saw the
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largest prisoner exchange since the conflict began. let's take a look back at march 31st. it was the deadline for open enrollment for the affordable care act. we looked at how the process was going and who was actually signing up. once again our jonathan betz talked with avick roy and zack cooper a professor at the yale school of public health. >> well it's been an impressive recovery from the computer glitches and signing up. but it's important to remember, the data points around how many people have actually enrolled in the aca exchanges. bought because people who have signed up and selected a plan haven't necessarily paid and people who have paid and therefore actually have coverage aren't necessarily people who are previously unsured. ituninsured. the impact on the uninsured may
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not be as great as people might think. >> the complaint is that obamacare is not necessarily sweeping up people who were previously uninsured. >> i think the answer is we don't know yet won't know until the fall. >> the numbers are not what they were hoping for. >> i think it's too soon to tell. so the best estimate from the administration was 6 million. what we saw in massachusetts was right before the deadline. a huge surge. the insurance exreans are saying it's not 80% -- the insurance companies are saying it's not 80%. considering where we were in october and november this has been a pretty remarkable turn around. >> but zack are we getting too focused on the numbers worrying whether it's six mill or million or seven million? >> exactly. the number that i care about or what the premium increases are going to be when we go into
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2015. if they're 57, 5 to 8 ranges, what it means this market is stable. it's doing what it should be. if it's in the 10 to 15% then we've got room for worry. we haven't gotten the young people into the market. the concern was you weren't going to get young people to sign up. the tech-savvy, if i can't log on why should i enroll? >> the young people we are still not clear from the numbers only aquarter of the people who have enrolled for obamacare, are only about 25%. if those numbers don't inch up o ovick, then. >> health versus sick so if you're signing up young people but those yurng people are all
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high utilizers of the health system, then it's not sustainable. zack made a key point, what are the price this year over next year? the proportion of young people over time, but are they the right young people? are they the right older people? is the mix appropriate? and that's something that if you had talked to insurers, some of them have expected double digit increases and much higher than that. >> the enrollment of saw about 5.4 million people sign up. the second enrollment period that began this fall saw about 2 million influence members. those who largely oppose the affordable care act are still pushing for its repeal, a key provision for affordable care act, that provision would allow the government to subsidize
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individual health care costs in a state that hasn't set up its own health care exchanges. if the court rules against subsidies, millions of americans would once again finder the cost of health insurance out of reach. now to one of the most polarizing cases of this year, the august shootings of michael brown by white officer darren wilson. sparked marble outrage from african americans. a professor at brooklyn are law school. anadolfus pruitt. many blacks unfairly targeted by police and not treated equally by the justice system. >> the conversation should be the fact that not only do they feel that way but if they looked at the evidence the number as it relates to the number of
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symptoms and encounters that african americans have with policemen are overwhelmingly higher than they were for everyone else. it wouldn't surprise me those folks subject to those search and seizures would feel that way. >> mr. furnish, we have heard so many people say this is a wakeup call. as a criminal defense attorney are you surprised to hear that many african americans don't trust the legal system? >> well no thomas. there are mass disparities particularly in the federal system in the way offenders particularly drug offenders are treated and there is tremendous momentum in congress to cut mandatory sentences cut crack sentences and congress has taken action to remedy those disparities and those changes are going to go into effect this november. it is a well recognized fact that there is these disparities. so the problem with
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stop-and-frisk is, you can blame our high court for that problem. >> mr. preurt is this a pruitt is this a civil rights case? >> absolutely is. we had a black man who was killed. whatever the cause may be at the end of the day, there is no reason to use that type of deadly force to use against an unarmed teen. it is just not called for just not necessary. >> mr. furnish were any federal civil rights violated? >> well i think it's a mistake to rush to judgment and to conclude that it was a civil rights case or to conclude that the shooting was or was not justified. we simply don't know what happened there and the grand jury will presumably short the sort this out. if it were a civil rights case,
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it is by no means a slam dunk. racial animus, that's a very very difficult better to establish, particularly in a he said he said case where we know the defense is going to be self defense. >> what he just said would justify your original case, why people have a problem with the justice system, especially people of color. any number of witnesses say the gentleman was facing the officer his hands was up and he was not doing anything to the officer. he's dead. if you go back and look at the civil rights cases before the courts in the past rarely do a police officer ever, is convicted for using excessive force against anybody especially anybody of color. >> mr. furnish. >> from what our fellow panelist just said you might think he was actually there and observed the
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shooting when in fact none of us was there and none of us knows what happened and that's the purpose of the grand jury. the reason why grand jury proceedings are held in secret is to tamp down these kinds of reactions, they would want justice swiftly and immediately. justice system grinds exceedingly fine. we hear all the evidence and we figure out who's telling the truth and who isn't. >> once again, the case did go in front of the grand jury. on november the 24th, the prosecutor announced officer darren wilson would not be indicted. that sparked several days of protests in and around ferguson. officer wilson has since resigned and the ferguson police department has announced that it's working to diversify its force. looking back on november 23rd the clock was sticking down on the iran nuclear talks
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in geneva, secretary of state john kerry was in trilateral talks with iran prime minister and u.n. negotiator katherine ashton. we talked to olie ollie hannahan. since it is technical we have solutions to those. unfortunately as you've mentioned in the piece there needs to be a political will for us to be able to push this nuclear deal forward. and where it lacks is -- are hawks in washington and tehran who both want this deal not to happen. so i believe on a technical aspect there is a lot of movement. and on the political one it
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requires political will, political capital and a lot of rang ling between -- wrangling to see how a final deal look like between the p 5 plus 1 and iran. >> how far have we come in these iran nuclear talks? >> i think there has been progress in one year but as the previous speaker said, we still have problems and the biggest problem is not only the number of centrifuges but to define which are the practical uranium enrichment needs of iran and in the previous segment president obama said how to verify this agreement. this agreement needs to be very viable. and those are i think two most important technical questions which remain to be answered. and agreed. >> if we don't get a deal what does this mean mr. heinenen for overall stability of the middle
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east? >> well, it certainly is not positive but there are doubts. it's hard to believe that people now walk away and drop the whole case. so we will see an extension then we have to see if there are a political will to solve this fairly simple technical obstacles we sigh in front of -- see in front of us. >> when it's all said and done, do you see these agreements in place? >> definitely. i believe secretary of state john kerry and his counterpart dr. zarif have built up a relationship over the past year where they speak very casually to each other where they have known each other longer than expected. this has never happened in 35
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years of relations. by its nature, u.s. will open up iran's economy and iran's relations with the west will also improve. >> a final deal was not reached by the november deadline but negotiators agreed talks would continue until july. it is unclear how the republican shift in the u.s. congress could complicate the u.s. stance. some republicans are anxious to position additional sanctions in addition to the current sanctions. three days ago the iranian media published a letter from the foreign minister saying an agreement is within reach and gave insurances that -- assurances that the demands would be met. >> on monday the greek parliament will vote for a third time for a new president.
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stavros tinos needs 100 votes otherwise a general election will be called. security responsibilities will be transferred to the afghan government. thursday january 1st the affordable care act employer mandate will go into effect. it requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide them with affordable health care coverage. when al jazeera returns. >> fight against ebola in west africa is challenging the health care systems are weak. >> the fight against ebola this year.
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>> hundreds of days in detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights.
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>> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime. >> these people have decided that today they will be arrested >> i know that i'm being surveilled >> people are not getting the care that they need >> this is a crime against humanity >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> what do we want? justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> they are running towards base... >>...explosions going off we're not quite sure... >> fault lines al jazeera america's emmy winning, investigative, documentary, series... >> a european ship is bringing much-needed supplies to ebola stricken countries in west africa. the dutch vessel brought medical supplies and off-road vehicles as well as 800 tons of grain. it will make stops in sierra leone and liberia.
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with supportive partners including unicef and the world food program. according to the latest estimates by the centers for disease control, liberia has the most deaths from ebola nearly 3500. guinea and sierra leone have combined about 4,000. is that brings the death toll to be 7600. the cdc and hospital scrambled to protect the public. robert ray looks back at the spread of ebola in 2014. >> reporter: described as dreadful and merciless ebola a deadly disease with no cure that has infected almost 20,000 people and killed nearly 8,000. >> this morning i am declaring the current outbreak of ebola virus disease a public health emergency of international concern.
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>> reporter: in march of 2014 west africans in sierra leone guinea and liberia were put on high alert. >> protect yourself. listen to the health care workers. believe it is real, go out and carry the message to wherever you are. >> researchers believe the origin of this outbreak came from an infected fruit bat which some people in west africa school. according to the world health organization, there is no specific treatment or vaccine and the fatality rate can be up to 90%. >> it varies from patient to patient but it can be quite severe the virus itself affects the cells of the immune system and disrupts their ability to work and creating so much inflammation that the immune
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system shuts down. >> as frustration grew calls for funding and especially medical staff increased. >> ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch. >> president barack obama called the epidemic a potential threat to global security. >> fighting ebola in west africa is challenging the health systems are are weak. because of the risk to other parts of the world including the u.s. decreases. >> in early august two american aid workers workers stricken with the virus, were flown to emory hospital, one of only four hospitals in america with a specialized quarantine unit. >> we had less than 24 hours from the time we were notified that the patient was going the to be coming to us. >> in the last two months two
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other aid workers were successfully treated at emory down the rote the centers for disease control was on its highest alert monitoring and advising the situation in west africa. >> there is reports over there of citizens not going into hospitals because they think it's unsafe. some of them feel like they're being lied to, some of them are leaving bodies out in the streets. how do you guys change that? >> so one of the real challenges here is the health education component of it, whether it's a village elder who will deliver that message and act on our recommendations. >> meanwhile 42-year-old liberian thomas duncan arrived in the united states. he told officials that he had not had any close contact with ebola infected person. that was not true.
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just five days after arriving in the u.s. duncan went to a dallas area hospital and not tested for ebola. two days later he returned to the hospital and tested positive becoming the first person to be diagnosed with ebola in the u.s. days later duncan passed away, the hospital came under scrutiny. the city of dallas went on high alert and two nurses that treated the liberian national became infected. the cdc cautioned against overreaction. >> the risk of having an ebola outbreak in the u.s. is exceedingly unlikely and rare. partly because of the control we have. >> hospitals across the country quickly began ebola training so that no other health care workers would become infected. >> it is very difficult is it? >> you have to have a certain amount of balance and a certain
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amount of dexterity and patience, there's no rushing. >> there's no time or place to screw this up is there? >> no. we are operating under the no errors mentality. >> reporter: with the number of cases going up in west africa aid workers were pleading for international support infrastructure and continued education to stop the spread in sierra leone guinea and liberia. >> i think the greater risk to be honest with you is of west africa spiraling totally out of control. >> ing still building ebola wards and facilities in the hefly affected areas. in the meantime the panic in the u.s. has subsided and the medical community is learning and reflecting. >> without modern science and teams like you have where would this disease be right now? how far spread could it have gone? >> it's a great question.
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it is difficult to speculate on it. these outbreaks have happened and they have grown and they have been stopped by nature over time. we do think that there's something unique about this outbreak and where it occurred, the situation in which it occurred and that our health care systems and our ability to provide care have definitely had a significant impact already. and hopefully will continue to impact the outbreak to eventually bring it to a close. >> just last week the cdc again called for an intensified effort on the ground in west africa. they say more international help and aid is needed. the world health organization agrees. president barack obama and congress are supplying over $5 billion in emergency funding to fight ebola worldwide. meanwhile, vaccines are being trialed around the globe and even though it's lessening in
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sierra leone liberia and guinea, it is still too early to call it under control. robert ray, al jazeera. >> president alex lukashenko told his parliament bell belarus. the runoff now scheduled for january 11th, the election was seen as oreferendum on economic policy croatia. that's going to do it for this hour. thanks so much for joining us,
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the belarus cabinet runs along old soviet signs and is likely to suffer in croatia candidates in the presidential elections are headed for a run off. neither the incum bant nor the conservative challenger won a majority. the election was seen as a referendum on economic policy. croatia has one of the weakest economies in the european union, with 20% unemployment in a 6-year recession. that'll do it for this hour. i'm thomas drayton in new york. i'll be back with an hour of


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