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>> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. the missing airasia plane now thought to be at the bottom of the sea. as desperate family members make a plea for answers. america's longest war foicials endsofficiallyends. but a taliban resurgence. making a one year anniversary for our al jazeera colleagues the next step in the fight for their release.
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$bz and we begin with the search for airasia plane. indonesia has asked the united states to help with efforts to find the aircraft. which the search and rescue agency says is at the bottom of the sea. family members of the 162 members on board are waiting for news about their loved ones but some say the agency isn't giving them any clear information. it was head from surabaya to singapore whether it disappeared. alal jazeera's scott heidler has more from surabaya. >> reporter: another day of anxious waiting for the missing people on board the is airasia airasia plane. andreas's sister was on the
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plane. there we hope that the team, will found planing immediately. >> reporter: but nothing has been found. no evidence pointing to what happened to the plane nor where it might be. just after first light more aircraft and more ships were sent to a nearly 200 kilometer stretch of the java sea looking for any sign of the airplane. it's a bigger search area than sunday's with more countries involved, come more ships and more aircraft. australia has joined malaysia and singapore in the search head by indonesia. >> if the target is on land it's easier than underwawshtd location. underwater coordinate. our presumption is the aircraft is under the sea. it can be expanded based on our evaluation. >> officials say they are looking at the profiles of the
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passengers and studying the x rays of the terminal 2 luggage, maintenance records of the plane while they review airasia's operations. vice president has appeared at the airport. he's become the government's representative on this crisis. he says they're doing everything they can to find the aircraft. >> air france in the atlantic needed a few months. we hope as soon as possible. >> australian surveillance plane spotted something in the sea. but repeated reports of object sightings never led to the missing aircraft. yet every time it led to false hope of those waiting for word on their families. scott heidler, al jazeera
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surabaya,ing. going al al >> al jazeera's veronica pedrosa is there. >> threr relatives in the relative holding area, which is open for 24 hours to make sure that next of kin of the passengers who were on board the flight qz8501 can get the assistance they want and need any time. but they have kept them away from the media to protect they're privacy. we did see one man go in and we understand that he's related to a woman or the husband or boyfriend of a woman who was on board the airplane. that wasn't clarified, because again, we were not allowed to have any further access to him. it's very difficult time obviously for the next of kin. we're also getting updates from
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the ministry of transportation, the civil aviation authority of singapore, who said indonesia has accepted the use of two divers and special equipment for the investigation to look for flight data recorder and voice recorder when it comes to that i point. it has been accepted but hasn't been deployed yet. obviously the emphasis is supporting the families and looking for what happened to that missing airasia plane. >> the head of indonesia's search and rescue agency says the missioning jet is most likely at the bottom of the sea but finding it will be a challenge since officials do not know where or when it might have gone down. libby casey has that story. >> reporter: in an age where
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precisely rprecisely -- precisely track your phones,. >> how can they possibly lose an entire airplane? >> but making major upgrades to tracking technology is complicated. >> introducing new technology on an aircraft that carries threnld people300people or into a navigation system, requiring forethought and caution. >> experts to brainstorm better ways to track planes. i.t. was the first such conference in 15 years a time during which technology made major advancements. among proposals upgraded satellite tracking of planes in the area, instead of ising land based radio towers. extending the cockpit recording
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to 20 hours instead of one or two hours. and extending the life of the pinger, and stream all of the black box data during the flight so its valuable information doesn't go down with the plane. >> there's no reason with the technology we have today that we can't have streaming data from these aircraft. and it shows to me among other things a complete lack of what it takes to do an underwater search. the difference knowing whether the plane was airborne for a minute or two minutes is difference between searching for a week to a month and a half. >> planes that dpeash disappear over large swath of ocean the mh370 that disappeared in march. a painfully long search that experts say could be avoided with improvements in technology.
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libby casey, al jazeera washington. >> joining us now is formerring ntsb. board member john go lfertioney. jong thank you foreign joining us. do you think we're on the verge particularly with the two missing planes there year of creating such a system? >> i believe the international community is on the verge of requiring a tracking system. it's not easy to do. it's not going to happen in one year or two years. it's going to take multiple years to get the hardware and to get it installed on the 20 plus thousand airplanes that are flying in the skies. but i believe as a result of these accidents recent events, that we will be having realtime reporting from our airplanes where they are especially the ones that travel internationally over large piece of ocean or over the north pole. >> well, john is it expensive to create and implement such a system? >> the hardware saiflts this
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goes on the -- itself that goes on the airplane is not expensive in the whole scheme of things but when you start talking about streaming data up to satellites and the satellites sending it back down, the amount of data that we're talking about from 20 thousand plus aerospace airplanes will quickly overstress the system. a way to further compress the data so it doesn't use up so much of the space on the satellites to take the data. so it's going to be aanchor. but i believe we're going -- going to be a chore. but i believe we're going to get there. >> officials say the plane is likely at the bottom of the sea. aside from how painful that has to be for family members to hear, what factors would lead officials to come to that conclusion? >> well, we know where the airplane was on the plaza
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transmissions, we -- on the last transmissions, where the plane was sending a transponder signal when it was last in the air. we'll make an assumption that it came down at that point. you know what assumptions are you don't always get where you want. it could be much further away than what they say. we know it's someplace because there isn't enough fuel for it to go anywhere else. we know it didn't get close enough oland because if it was employees enough to get some radar we would have gotten primary returns which would have been not reliable but at least we would realize there was something in the air. but i think most reasonable assumption is the airplane went down in the area we have the most recent signals. we'll have to expand that further. >> john, help me understand, as far as finding a debris field
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so much of an aircraft is buoyant, will float. explain the difference here. if the plain came apart while at altitude as opposed to if the plain crashed into the sea? >> well, i think if it came apart at altitude it's going to complicate the problem. because that storm was pretty severe. it could carry that light weight material quite a distance. and that will complicate the searching considerably. if that debris is scattered over a wide, wide area. if it came down relatively intact and then impacted the water before it broke apart then we should find fairly compact debris fields. now, the sea had to be pretty agitated with the size of that storm. >> right. >> so what i'm saying pretty compact, debris field it's not like we saw at twa 800 where everything was really very closely four or five miles
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arings, square miles. i think we're talking about pretty extensive distance here. >> john, it's always good to talk to you, thank you . >> floods in malaysia and thailand have killed at least 24 people and forced 164,000 people out of their homes. floods have been hang in the area and will expect to happen for the next few days. prime minister was criticized for vacationing in leigh as the floosdz hit. it's been confirmed that ten people died when a ferrying caught fire off the coast of italy. crewsings braved rough says and bad weather to lift people off deck. simon mcgregor wood reports.
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>> the operation ting rescue the passengers of a ferry that caught fire off the italian coast has lasted most of the day. while helicopters from the dpreekgreekand italian navies, once on board they are assessed by a doctor. is. >> translator: at the moment situation is good. a doctor has been checking to see if some of the passengers need to be transported to the hospital or at the center we have established at the cruise terminal. >> reporter: the fire is now under control and all the passengers are off the ferry. it is thought the vessel will be towed to an italian port when the conditions allow. a number of the survivors were taken to hospitals in the italian port of bari. some were seriously injured others less so. it is known to be a number of deaths. some passengers described chaotic scenes often board the norman atlantic whether the fire first broke out.
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>> lack of communication, nobody had to tell us what to do, i had to look for myself to find life jackets, i had to put it on my kids by myself. nobody was there okay it was a panic, it was crazy. >> we had to jump into a boat and then we're about three hours in the sea because there was -- its was very, very unbelievably waivey the -- roaches broke three times and we had to go up a rope ladder. >> others said the ship's life boats were not working properly although it is not possible to confirm these stories. for moment focus is on treating the passengersingthe being passengers and securing the ferry. simon mcgregor wood, al jazeera. >> calls for release have come from all corners of the world including the white house. andrew simmons look back on their year in captivity.
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>> reporter: al jazeera's doha news center marking an anniversary the staff here and in the rest of the world find hard to absorb. it's now one year since a phone call to the news desk reporting the arrest of three of the network's journalists in cairo. then 12 months behind bars. for just doing their job. right across the world there were newsroom vigils. the trial in cairo had failed to come up with any evidence to incriminate the staff or associate them with what egypt described as terrorists. all the charges against correspondent peter greste, bureau chief moix and mohamed fahmy and producer baher mohamed were false. mohamed's wife expressher frustration. >> the head of our family has been in prison for a year for no jurvetion or crime. jurvetion orjustification or crime.
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>> it is truly mazing the way he has been able to draw upon his reserves of resilience and strength and in fact, inspire us all to carry on. because as we all know this has been a very, very long struggle. >> other media organizations helping in the campaign. >> i think a lot of journalists and a lot of people, have been appalled at the specter of three people three men simply doing their job in a diligent and professional fashion have ended up in prison we hoped for maybe a few days, few weeks and now today it's a whole year. >> reporter: it's been a year that has seen protests spread around the world. the #freeajstaff went
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environment. it went not only journalists who were appalled about events, world leaders including american president added their voices. >> we have agreed publicly and privately that they should be released. >> al jazeera has maintained their campaign. >> al jazeera is a media organization. we work in so many different places and we should be taken as a professional media institution, not as a part of any political or ideologic or any other establishment. >> reporter: egypt's president abdel fattah al-sisi insisted it was an issue for courts. their appeal process is due to start this week. what's been going on behind the scenes is less clear. president sisi has suggested that he would have preferred the have the journalists deported. perhaps a sign that he was aware of the damage this case was doing to egypt's reputation. but as 2014 comes to an end, al
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jazeera's team remains in jail having committed no crimes. andrew simmons, al jazeera. >> and coming up a little later at 4:30 we will tie deeper look at egypt's press freedoms and what it could mean for al jazeera's imprisoned journalists. fierce battle with the taliban, this comes after the u.s. and nato formally ended their combat position in afghanistan. jamesyjamie mcintire joins me. >> as america's longest war is ending at least symbolically, the obama administration is pinning its hopes ton afghan
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security forces even as the taliban are claiming victory. 13 years after the september 11th attacked most u.s. troops now leaving afghanistan will never return. president obama who pledged to end the war says the original mission of denying terrorists safe haven has been accomplished. >> because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the american armed forces afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country. >> reporter: but the taliban responded with a statement declaring victory. labeling the ceremony a clear indication of their defeat and disappointment. as nato was wrapping up its mission the taliban were dramatically ramping autopsy tacks. killing some 3200ing afghan civilians and 600 army and police in 2014. u.s. trained afghan troops have not cut and run. >> those attacks have had no
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strategic effect and i might add, police reacted bravely and with conviction to each one of those attacks. these have not had a being strategic effect on what's going on. >> notably in helman province an opium rich region where the british battled the taliban before departing in 2010. taking back will have to be done with less help from cincinnati. the weekend ceremony marked the shift to a newer much smaller support. 13,500 nato forces including about 5,000 american troops, to pack up 15,000 strong being afghan security forces. u.s. john campbell will now lead the new force.
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one of the lessons of the iraq conflict is even the best trained conflict need ground support, some of those troops that are staying behind those u.s. troops will have an unspecified counterterrorism mission. so even as the war officially ends the fighting will go on, tony. >> jamie mcintire at the white house for us, jamie. as mohamed val reports from islamislamabad, a pakistani court has angered a neighbor. >> it's not just an eternal situation or an eternal problem it is a problem with india now because this man has been held along with six others accused by india of attacking, being behind the attack in mumbai and india asked to have them turned over,
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pakistan refused to turn them over, saying okay we will hold them in jail. according the pakistan, india has not produced the final evidence but they are still in jail and their situation is controversial. it is the public opinion and it's now a situation a case of tug of war between the judiciary, that wants to release him, and the government, that wants to held him in jail because they don't want to open a new front with india now that three are being stuck in this war internal war with the taliban. >> russia's currency is tanking and the effects are already reaching across the country's borders. how it's hurting china's milt china's middle class, next. bringing in millions of profits, why is the industry having such a difficult time expanding. voice to get out there. >> by the thousands, they're sending their
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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. tonight 9:00 eastern. on al jazeera america.
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>> got to tell you the currency slide in russia is really starting to hurt now. the ruble has fallen 45% against the dollar now declining prices responsible for much of that slide. it adds up to bad news for russians and for those in a border town in china. florence louie reports. >> this is supposed to be one of the busiest shopping streets in town. it's usually l full of russian tourists but it's quiet since the russian ruble fell. he doesn't remember when the business was so bad. >> it used to be would i sell 20 to 30 coats but i haven't sold anything lately. >> a popular selling destination
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because the goods are cheaper than in russia. as you can see the shop signs has not just chinese characters but also cyrillic script. appeals more to a russian sense of style. one of the few towns in china when people can pay in rubles. shopkeepers say they still sip the currency but they don't take any chances converting it to local money immediately. on the other side of town there's little activity at this warehouse. this man who runs an import ex port tradingexport company says some can run. >> chinese economy will be better next year. the russian governments is also taking steps to stabilize the ruble. i'm hopefully hopeful about the future. >> for those who rlg depend on
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the being russian purchasing power,ing hopefully a knowledge stronger week is ahead. >> chinese sensors cut off being being google and it's still down today. began disrupting access to google services during the twit anniversary of the tienanmen square crack down. a facial muted start to the new trade week on wall street. the do youthe dow was down about and the nasdaq was up a fraction of a point. one year now since egypt put three al jazeera journalists in prison. we hear from abdalla al shami. being he was jailed along with the other three until his release in june. protests in ferguson, missouri.
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>> today marks one year since 3 al jazeera journalists were arrested in egypt. baher mohamed, mohamed fahmy and peter greste were later convicted, fahmy and greste were given seven years rm mohamed was given ten years. abdullah al shami gives hips uh his feelings. >> just every two weeks no kind
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of medical care, no any kind of, you know, free time for them to, you know go around or do whatever they could think about. and the conditions in which any prisoner in egypt of course that applies to my colleagues as well, miserable conditions. the way the cells look like, you know the hygiene everything related to normal human conditions, basic human rights they have been deprived of. >> joining us now is david kay he is the united nations interpret rapporteur. what about the detention of our colleagues a full year and egypt's complete crack down on freedom of expression and press freedoms in the country? >> right, well it's frankly very
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depressing to be sitting here a few years after the beings so-called arab spring and to be talking about such a crack down not only on dissent and crack downed on the muslim brotherhood and political opposition but the crack down on freedom of information. and the right of all individuals to have access to information and that's the service, that is the profession that journalists provide. so when you ask what to make of it i think it's a very sad time and a very difficult time obviously for journalists in egypt and you know we're talking not only about the three al jazeera journalists. >> there are others aren't there? >> there are at least nine others who are being held and it's also a regional problem right now sorts of a crack down on information in addition to crack down on dissent. >> i want to get to the distinction that i hear you making not only on this one but with other interviews today between freedom of the press and information freedom. and i'll get to that in a
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second. but putting the story of our journalists aside for a moment and thinking about egyptians here, the government is clearly saying we will do this to form journalists, we will sentence members of a political party and its supporters to jail time. so don't cross us ordinary egyptian citizens. this is not much of a democracy at this moment in time, is it? >> well, i think that, you know, look. a democracy depends upon the free flow of information. it depends on individuals voters others having access to all the information they can have in order to make decisions about their own destiny. that's clearly not what's happening right now in egypt. i think it's unfortunate. and i think frankly we don't -- we don't really see the signs of a turning points, of going to -- back to a place where there is a free flow of information where the government isn't censoring
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information before it's out and then detaifng detaining people after information is actually out there. so i think this is a very difficult time to be sure. >> so david last month president al-sisi was in europe visiting italy and france. i don't know if the fate of the al jazeera journalists came up in any of those discussions but what do you think egypt's allies and business partners should be saying to the egyptian leader? >> sure, that's a good question. it's clear to me at least that some of egypt's allies and partners, other governments the you you unitedunited nations high commissioner for human rights, have been saying to egyptian government, look you need to be more open, you need stop the repression and you need to do so now. whether we're talking about the al jazeera journalists or others who have been held nor quite some time at this points. they certainly should be saying
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that at this point. but they should also be making a broader pitch a broader plea to the egyptian government which is look, the spirit of the so-called arab spring of 2011, clearly is no longer flourish in egypt or many other places right now. and the government should turn back to that time and allow greater expression and allow greater access to information so that egyptians can have the choice that they clearly came out to tahrir square to demand three years ago almost four years ago. >> i'll ask this question now what is the distinction you're making between the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press to operate independently here? as i hear it and maybe this is not how you intend it. is the freedom of the press too much to hope for under this regime in egypt at this moment and that maybe the most we can push for hope for is freedom of
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expression for the people of egypt? >> well, i don't really mean to separate those things out so much. so i think that those two things are very connected to one another. >> okay. >> the freedom of expression and the freedom of information. i mean we see this and we see this in the repression of expression generally in egypt and in other countries. on the one hand the individual's right to express their political opinion, their artistic freedom their creative freedom all of that is connected to the broader freedom to share information. and journalists, of course and journalists, bloggers, everybody who's sharing information individuals really not just professional journalists, are hoping to share that kind of information. in order to control their destiny, to control the future are egypt and to keep it in the hands of the people. that's -- so i think those things are very much connected
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to each other and that's something that journalists do. it's the mission much journalism to ensure that being journalists have that kind of information to make choice about their own lives. >> the united nations david kay thank you for your time today appreciate it. >> thanks so much. >> the hashtag #freeajstaff is getting movement. maria ines ferre has the story. ines. >> unjustifiable, egypt must consider all measures for redressing verdicts. she goes on to say jowrm is not journalism is not a crime. dumbing founded that peter greste is still behind bars. hoping the new year will bring him home to his family. in australia the media arts and entertainment alliance has a mural, free a.j. staff we also
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have ross atkins, doing reply job for a year now peter greste and two colleagues can't do theirs. this is a newsroom of abc in london and here you have got brian steltering tweeting out #freeajstaff. tony. >> cristian saloomey sat down with thing united nations undersecretary for public information. >> what we find hard to swallow is the united states, just as these men were being convicted gave the egyptian government $1.5 billion most of it for military purposes. why is the united states supporting a government that is repressing journalists is repressing peaceful demonstrators and doing things that are contrary to the rule of
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law? >> well, you're -- i'm going to take exception to various parts of your question and i think there are two separate issues. and the -- but they're aligned around the idea that we talk to the egyptian government, we talk to president al-sisi about protecting the rule of law protecting civil society protecting free speech. those interests are aligned in the sense that the al jazeera three are caught in that nexus. and we want them to be released. we want them to be let go. and almost any terms. and so that is the -- that is our particular focus. >> the issue of restrictions on the media is not just a problem overseas. reporters covering the unrest in ferguson, missouri this year faced a lot of difficulties ash-har quraishi was there and joins us from chicago with more on that, ash-har. >> good afternoon, tony. each night in ferguson was very
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unpredictable. and as the rules of engagement changed with how the press had access and we saw that on a daily basis in ferguson. >> keep rolling. >> 74 journalists covering the protests in ferguson missouri was very difficult. >> interactions are not always friendly. >> don't resist, i'll bust your ass right here. i'll confiscate the film for evidence. >> scott olson shot some of the most poignant photos in the police shooting of michael brown. >> i think what propelled this story was the way the police reacted to it. they didn't seem like they knew what they were doing. they made mistake after mistake. >> olson was arrested after a state highway patrolman told him to get out of the state.
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>> i think this is a violation of the first amendment because the press has a right to go anywhere the general public can go. i'm going to roll to document this is request. as soon as i said that he said you're under arrest, failure to obey. judge our own al jazeera crew faced tear gas and ruker rubber bullets. there was no warning. 37 square miles of air space at the request of the police. >> it was really to keep the media out. >> the no fly zone was to protect not to restrict news helicopters. >> had we just wanted to move the media away from this arena we would have started this on the ground and that's not what happened. >> police arresting journalists from the huffington post. >> as much as journalists were feared in terms of what they were showed at any given moment.
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>> even president president obama commented on the treatment of journalists in ferguson. >> police should not be arresting the media. >> being and tony clearly one of the main points of contention was the interaction between the fact that journalists were trying to cover what was going on in the streets and trying to see what that interaction was between police and protesters. and that scrutiny obviously is something uncomfortable for police to deal with but again transparency has to be paramount and that was one of the things that journalists had a lot of trouble with in ferguson. toby uhtony. >> you said it. join us for journalism is not a crime at 9:00 tonight. new york city mayor bill
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deblasio was booed today as a graduation ceremony for new police officers. >> the mayor of the city of new york the honorable bill deblasio. >> thank you. >> deblasio continued with his address stating the city is veferg millions of dollars after two police officers were killed on the job. >> we'll be investing in you because we believe in you because we know this investment is worthy and we will work every day to deepen your relationship withing the communities you serve, for the safety of all for betterment of all. >> the ceremony came just days after the funeral for one of the two officers shot and killed by a gunman. 2014 will be remembered as a watershed year for legalized marijuana. colorado and washington became the first states to allow pot to be sold for recreational use and
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while sales are booming there are a lot of hurdles associated with the change. carol mckinney takes a look at how colorado is faring after the first year of legal pot sales. >> reporter: january 1st 2014 8:00 a.m., green wednesday in denver, colorado. thousands of people stood for hours in freezing temperatures to celebrate a moment many compared to the end of prohibition. >> i've been waiting 42 years for this day. >> reporter: fast forward to almost a year to the day later and things look very much different in this same parking lot, because of basic economics 101. places like denver's antique row are being squeezed out for the green mile. >> the neighbors are very glad we're here and we have a very
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good rapport. >> legal weed has created 10,000 jobs here and brought in $60 million from taxes licenses and fees. >> and a good portion of that money is coming from a new kind of tourism. a recent denver post poll reveals motte coloradoians who voted for it are happy about the knowledge result. >> it's hard to argue that the increased availability of marijuana won't trickle down to kids. >> saming teaches at the university of denver cayman gives colorado a high mark. >> there weren't huge terrible headlines, there weren't sort of the real catastrophes that people warned about. >> reporter: but the question of how to regulate and package marijuana edibles so that consumers can tell the difference between what's pot and what's not is still a
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challenge. another obstacle, what to do with all of that money coming in. >> so this is safe? this is the safe we keep product due deposits from petty cash. >> banks do not want to touch plj cash. though pot is legal to state law, to the federal government which regulates the banks it is still as illegal as heroin. >> there are plenty of dispensaries operating unfortunately without a banking relationship and basically they're putting that money in their mattresses. >> 2014 ended with a legal challenge. state legalized marijuana is spilling across their borders muddying federal laws. >> it is a step back, it is something i know the folks at the attorney general's office are looking at very carefully and it may be one of the things that gives us clarity. >> reporter: the world is watching colorado's victories and stubles as stumbles as the being
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revolution rolls along. they will be using colorado's green blood blueprint moving forward. carol witten, al jazeera..
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>> in an interview released today, president obama tells npr that he is optimistic about his executive action on immigration. despite strong disagreement from republicans. >> if your view is that immigrants are either fundamentally bad, to the country, or that we actually have the option of deporting 11 million immigrants, regardless of the disruptions regardless of the cost, and that that is who we are as americans i reject that. on the other hand, i think that
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there are a lot of republicans who recognize we have to show realism, practicality, and insist on account abilities for those who are here illegally and the best way to do that is to provide them a path to get legal. >> the cries at the border led to the president's executive action on immigration. we saw immigrants crossing into the states by the thousands. many were unaccompanied children. al jazeera's jennifer london reporting. >> a summer on the u.s. mexico border that put immigration back on the headlines. >> they shouldn't have been brought here in the first place. >> before protesters blocked hundreds of migrant children from arriving, a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the border had begun. it was these photos of children
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huddled under foil foil blanks that touched off a debate. as immigration officials squabbled how to handled the crisis on patriot point in california jim gilchrist surveyed his options. >> it was one of the best observation points because you could see forever. >> in 2004 gilchrist called up modern day minute men. to keep watch sometimes they were armed and occasionally dangerous. in june he told me was considering relaunching the project. later announcing a new d day scheduled for may 1st 2015. >> 535 members of the u.s. house and the u.s. senate who for whatever reason, have recklessly disregarded and ignored enforcing the law and protecting
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these borders. >> the new immigration crisis didn't just remind america of its poorest southern border, it reminds us of the backlog of cases to be heard in court. he asked us to not use his name or show his face. crossing into the u.s. illegally, jose is one step ahead. he has an attorney and hope. >> translator: i pray to god that everything goes well because i do want to stay in this country. >> reporter: when jose and thousands of other migrant children are given a court date this is where they'll have to appear. cameras aren't allowed to record the proceedings but we were given special access on a day court is not in session. we wanted you to have a chance to see inside. no larger than a small office, really, this table, this is where the attorney for government will sit and this
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table, this is where the child must appear. for the fortunate few like jose, they will have an attorney with them. most of the children will sit at this table alone. >> the judge is asking them questions and their feet don't even reach the floor while they're is iting in the chair. >> represented or not it can take years a case to wind its way through court system which is why 2014 saw the rebirth of the sanctuary movement. undocumented immigrants taking sanctuary inside the church. >> how long are you allowed to stay inside this church? >> i have no idea how long it's going to be. i have no option. >> francisco are cordova ended up staying in the church for 95 days before immigration officials decided to drop his case. in late november after six years
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in office the president took executive action to jump start immigration reform. >> are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy that being workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have the chance to get right with the law? >> immigration rights advocates got a win. deferred action on deportations as they seek permanent residency the plan also places more enforcement agents ton border. the plan that shifted the debate from the southwest to capitol hill. jennifer london, al jazeera. >> the bus driver is given the boot, after a video of hymn dancing rather than driving. be ines has more, next. >> hello i'ming ray i'm ray suarez.
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ing tonight on a special "inside story," a look at the crack down on dissent and journalism in egypt and the international relationships and rivalries central to understanding this case. join us at the top of the hour.
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>> a turkish bus driver's license was revoked today after a video showing him dancing while driving went viral. this is all kinds of wrong and bad. ines is back with this. ines. >> yes tony the driver wasn't just dancing in his seat. watch and you'll see why it went viral. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> come on! >> that's right. the driver just got up to dance out of his seat while the bus was driving he got up again and
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dance et cetera for a passenger. the traditional dance from the black sea region. >> listen to this! >> the passengers lack laughing, one of them filmed and uploaded it to youtube. some are saying what you are probably thinking, this is crazy. he should be arrested and charged. well today turkish authorities fined him and revoked his license. >> did they arrest him? >> they first detained him then they revoked his license. there really? >> and they fined hill. he has been a mini bus driver for ten years he says. over the summer this driver's license was also revoked after he was filmed reading while driving in turkey. both one are bad that one doesn't seem as bad as the
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dancing but both are really bad. >> extremes too of people putting on makeup anding eating lunch and breakfast and whatever else, it's crazy ines appreciate it, thank you. the day after the nfl season ends it's generally called black monday that's because it's the day that head coaches usually get fired. today no exception. new york jets lowered the boom on rex ryan as well as the team's general manager following a miserable 4 and 12 season. the chicago bears followed suit shortly thereafter, firing its head coach mac trexman. and atlanta bears did the san francisco 49ers they literally could not wait for today announcing the departure of the team's head coach jim harbaugh.
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he's landing well, taking the head coach job with mirch. that'smichigan. that's all our time. "inside story" is next on al jazeera america. ." three journalists from al jazerra have now been in prison for a year. their crime, trying to tell the story of a turbulent and fast-changing he just a minute. it's "inside story": ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ hello i am ray suarez. around the world journalists are harassed arrested, even killed. in many

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