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♪ ♪ some debris and bodies were found already today. family members of the 162 people onboard were overcome we motion, when they saw images of some of the bodies on television screens. al jazeera has more. >> on the third day of waiting finally news of their loved ones but not the news they wanted. >> we will find things, belongings bodies of the passengers and we are sure that everything will be brought back they found the debris -- one
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of 13 areas being search searched it is about ten-kilometers where they lost contact with the plane on sunday morning. >> in the early evening they came here to the airport, on the way he flew over the area where the bodies and debris were discovered. he then met with the grieving families. i asked them to do a massive search and i told them to look for the plane and the passengers as well as the crew. i instructed them to evacuating the passengers and the crew. request so many onboard this is a tragedy for the nation the three days of waiting took it's toll on the nation. tuesday's find does not bring closure to this story. it will take some time before all the bodies can be recovered and brought back to the airport. where the plane took off on sunday.
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then the process of identifying the bodies and the months and even years to figure out what brought the plane to the bottom of the sea. >> he discussed what clues the debris field could give investigators. >> although it is premature to speculate on any causes, there are clues in what is found in the debris fields. for example i saw pictures of a suitcase that was rather press steen, that was found floating. that may indicate that it came down and separated from the airplane after it impacted on the water. which means that at least a portion of the airplane was intact enwith it reached the surface. sam thing with the bodies the bodies were intact, and the autopsy when they get them into the medical
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exam per, they will look to see what kind of damage they sustained to be able to tell a lot about the impact of the airplane. for example if you have a compressed spleen, vertically come pressed spleen, which mean you may have been in the spine. when the airplane hit something hard, and you were forced just compressed your spine. so that can be one way if it is pulled apart that can tell a different story. so there's all sorts of clues on what is being found which will be used ultimately in determining the cause. >> what's your analysis at this point, of the role weather may have played in this? and how terms like up. drastic measureses and downdrafts and wind sheer, what are those terms mean in the context of evaluating what kind
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of impact weather might have had on this flight? >> it's highly unlikely that the weather tore it apart, these airplanes they build today are very very robust. but weather could have played a role in his actions in the cockpit. just like it did in france 447. so if he is having desires to change his altitude, change his direction, because the airplane is being bounced around severely and he quantity together get into a different place and then takes inappropriate action, or is confused pause he has problems with his instruments as a result of the weather then that is weather related but it is different than the thunderstorm taking it down. >> do you expect the flight recorders to be found. >> i do, i believe that there's almost a given at this point.
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>> and do you expect major pieces of the plane to be found and if so, would those major pieces be enough to do kind of an effective reconstruction that anxiouses any lingers questions as to what happened here? >> well, the indonesians will control this, and how much money they spent on the recovery is yet to be seen, but either way there are answers and clues in the metal and in the interior as well. >> so the recorderrings will really drive the investigators to what they need. and the voice recordser also going to be very key, because it will be able to be read out quickly. within a couple of hours of having the recorder in the facility, wherever they use it, i have been hearing they will send them to france, wherever they go, within a couple of hours the cockpit will
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be played and it will give a mother load of clues which will then be reinforced later by the flight data recorder. >> so it's going to be sort of a 1-2 punch in the data if you will. >> so while the wreckage is less than 100 feet does he have, they say that salvages the state can be difficult philippine officials say an air asia zest plane overshot a runway zennedded up stuck in a muddy field cry members activated emergency slides to help them get off of the aircraft, none of the people onboard the plane was hurt. as investigators search for what caused the flight to crash, into the sea, the accident has refocused attention on air safety. roxanne that is here with that part of the story for us, more and more people are traveling by
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plane, indonesian alone is on track to be one of the top 10 offuation markets but airline are struggles to keep up. there have been 13 serious incidents involved planes. until now they have had no fatalities but on monday, they say they will look for ways to improve safety. >> we will review air asia to make sure it's performance can be better. >> the dents have air travel is expanding fast, since 2010, the number of passengers flying each year in the region has jumped to 1 billion a 66% increase, with more now traveling by air countries are scrambling to meet the demand,
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bartley with low cost carriers and lion air banned by the european union for it's safety record, the region now has an estimated 1600 jets filling the skies more than any other region. oath of those needs at least ten trained pilots but there aren't enough qualifies pilots so the airline are hiring abroad. a search for pilot jobs in the asia yields 400 results. >> the rapid growth has outpaced infrastructure, for example some airports don't have the proper equipment to detect wind speed and direction. we hope to learn more about what caused the air asia crash as the investigation continues. >> appreciate it, thank you, thousands of people protesting in russia today, after one of the leading critics of russian president was found guilty of fraud many are calling it a political van van debt that.
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he was rearrested after breaking his house arrest to attend the demonstration. he was detained as he tried to join the crowd but police say they were simply escorting him back to his house. he arrives at court in moscow with state pros it cooers calling for a ten year term, for the political activist. instead he and his brother were sentenced to 3 1/2 years both found guilty of fraud and embezzlement. the supporters claim the trial is another attempt to curb dissent. and the terms of the sentence will certainly remove one of russia's most effective opposition campaigners from the political stage. while depriving him of a long jail term, which would increase his popularity creating a mandela persona. he is for many the credible face of russian opposition. he is been one of the
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most vocal opponents of president vladimir putin famous for calling the party a bunch of crooks and thieves. but in february, he was placed under house arrest, his wife and his brother always by his side during their frequent court appearances. thinkout his trial homicide has remained defiant. >> is building resourced based on capitalism, will sooner or later fall. >> the kremlin denies influencing the judiciary, but he blames the political establishment for attempting to silence him. it has been trying to keep him quiet it has not worked, in a few years this young blogger has become one of the biggest challenges to president putin's grip on power. >> he is the man the kremlin fears the most to face the political opposition to president putin, across russia, the
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kremlin will be hoping that the suspended sentence, instead of the ten years in jail that the prosecution was looking for will help diffuse the planned mass protests by his supporters. peter sharp, al jazeera if moscow. >> coming up later we will take a look at what the popularity means. a u.s. military air strike appears to have killed an al-shabaab leader, the strike came three days after the rebel group former intelligence chief surrendered to police, joining us live now from washington, do these so called decapitation attacks on these so called top leaders really have much of an impact on a group like al-shabaab. >> well, it is really debaseble whether they do. the joke used to be you didn't want to be the number three because the pentagon was constantly announcing it has killed the number three person.
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clearly it is having some effect, this strike comes three days after another leader turned himself into authorities and the pan that the pentagon was targeting here was described as a chief of intelligence, for al-shabaab. somebody who the pentagon said was a top leader. and also comes three months after they kills another top leader. and the fact that the strike came right after one leader turned himself in and then three days later there's a strike, it may indicate there's some dissension. it is undeniable having some effect. jamie, the u.s. left somalia after that disastrous battle is somalia a national security threat? >> it is in the sense that the pentagon would argue that it is a failed state, and any time you have a place where
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there's no real authority, it can be a safe haren for people that want to do harm to the wrights. and groups like al-shabaab and al quaida, and that's why the united states is not deploying ground troops but using this drone technology. both of these striked were carries out by drones in order to assist the union troops that are made up of neighboring countries that are trying to restore some sense of order. so the u.s. position is that a more stable government in somalia would mean less of a place where people who want to do the u.s. harm can take refuge. >> got you, thank you. the quest for palestinian statehood, could get a huge push today, the united nations security council is expected to vote in less than an hour, on a resolution to set a time line for the withdrawal of israel from the occupied territory. kristen joins issue live now from the united nations, with the latest on this, and the u.s. has said it doesn't support
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this, so why are countries pushing this to a vote with a veto looming? well, tony, remember that the impus for this was the collapse of the u.s. led peace talks earlier this year, that frustration on the part of the palestinians and also on the part of the international community, seems to be driving this forward in the arab state seems to want to capitalize on that a little bit, there was a lot of criticism after it's incurbs to gaza, we have seen european countries recognizing palestine as a state. a sign of their growing impatience. and the leadership has promised to take it to the u.n., so all of that seems to be pushing them to try to bring this to a vote as you sigh the united nations, has said it does not support it, and we do expect, if it comes down to it, they
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would use their veto. here is what the ambassador had to say when asked why they were moving forward. >> if there are those who insist not to go along with this flexibility and responsibility and the global consensus then nobody should blame us as arabs and palestinians, and europeans and so many others for not opening the door responsible door for peace through the security council. >> and palestinian negotiator did tell al jazeera earlier that they do believe they have nine votes in the security council. nine votes would mean a majority of council members in favor of this resolution, that would force the united states to use it's veto. we know that the united states secretary of state john kerry has been calling friends and allies in the region and
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security council members 13 countries in the last 48 hours presumably to try to sway them. in the other direction not to support this resolution, so we don't know exactly what will happen until it happens in less than an hour's time. but presumably, the palestinians would not be taking this to a vote now if they did not think they had these nine votes so then at least they could claim a moral victory even if the united states does veto it. >> okay, kristen for us at the united nations two al banian seamen were killed in an accident today, while towing the greek ferry, that caught fire, the ferry is still shouldering off the italian coat, more than 400 people were rescued after the fire started and an unknown number are still missing the ship is being touted to italy which will conduct the investigation, it was a mac damian nut rage that we are still talking
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about, a former south korean airline executive will now face criminal charges after losing it at jfk international airport gauss she was served the nuts in a bag instead of on a plate. >> it's becoming a that milliare if unwelcomed ordeal. another round of public reckoning for her reaction to a bag of nuts served in a first class cabinet. the vice president shouted to the chief orders the plane back to the gate in new york, and has the man thrown off. she stands accused of breaking aviation safety and workplace laws and more generally of abusing her powerful high status position the extraordinary level of interest stems not just from the fact that it started over a bag of nuts but also because of waythis says about the nature of hierarchy and inequality in society.
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is a third generation member of one of south korea's ultra powerful corporate giant families the elite of the elite. >> this is just one instant, that actually grabbed attention but i hear almost every month similar incidences that happen within the corporation, that does not -- that does not actually end up in this kind of attention. >> eight months after the ferry disaster, which was supposed to have triggering reform. on mono, the ministry admitted the officials tried to hamper the initial investigation in favor, and korean air. eight will be disciplined any favoritism has well and truly evaporated. al jazeera, there are new reports that show low
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levels of radiation from fukushima have been detected in the eastern north pacific ocean, a paper published by canada's fisheries and oceans agency concludes that radiation has reached canada's continental shelf radiation levels have been increasing ever since. a congressman no more, new york's michael grim will resign after pleading guilty to tax evasion, david schuster and power politicals is next. >> they will never forget 2014 here in washington state. and the reason is obvious, looking back at the landslide the deadliest in u.s. history
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new york congressman has apounced he will resign after pleading guilty to tax evasion that's the felony offense. grim was elected to serve for a third term eight weeks ago despite being indicted on 20 charges last april. david, tell us more about mr. grim, and what's next and about these charges this is ink believable. >> yeah, the voters are knot quite like the rest of the country he had it off the books. so he was under investigation for that, that was before he became a member of congress, he was indicted on 20 downs of tax evasion and conspiracy. he won election, despite that, he won it by 14-points and then he agreed to plead guilty to one felony charge, the brock for michael grim is that if he is sentenced to any time in prison,
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then he would outmatically have to resign, for a while heave thinking oh i can weather the storm then he had a conversation with john boehner. john boehner brought down the hammer and said this is embarrassing to the house, not only about tax evasion, but you have a history, and that history includes el thing a reporterly break you in half little man. i do not believe that i can continue to be 100%. therefore in respect for office, it is time for me to start the next chapter of my life that next chapter will be his sentencing in june, in the meantime, the new york governor cuomo could call aspection election, or wait until special election in november, to fill his seat. but he is gone. >> tell me this other story here. the house majority whip, steve kalise is in real trouble here. acknowledging he spoke 12
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years ago to a group of white supremacists. >> so 12 years ago he was the member of the louisiana state legislature, and he spoke to a group that had been founded by david duke, you remember him. >> oh yeah. >> well, initially when the story came out his office put out a lukewarm statement saying oh, this is out of perspective and then speaker boehner put out a statement saying no this was an error to speak to the group, and today he put out a statement in his own aim saying this was a mistake, he said back then, as a state lawmaker he spoke to several organizations trying to build support for legislation. one of many groups i spoke to was a group whose views i condemn, it was a mistake i regret, and i am opposeed to racial views that groups like these hold.
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where he praises david duke. >> you can kidding me. >> has the same conservative views but is more viable as a political candidate, you can appreciate all the criticism that boehner is getting now. the democratic leader, she pointed out that actions speak louder than words and if they want to make this right they should support things like voting rights legislation, and all the things related to civil rights that remain bottling up. >> wow. all right now that's a return for david shoulder in power politicals good to see you my friend, thank you. >> former president george hw bush is out of the hospital. he was admitted after having trouble breathing he remained there for a week, a family spokesman says he is now resting at home. and other health issues the auto industry bail out is other. and the federal government says it lost money, a lot of money
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the treasury department reported that the u.s. lost more than $9 billions the government loaned nearly $80 billion to general motors, chrysler, ally financial, and chrysler financial, it says it recovered just over $70 billion of that, and a down day on wall street amido worries of more economic turmoil the dow fell 55 points. and the nasdaq was down about 29.5 points. a key russian disdent arrests after trying to join protestors against the government, we are look at why this man is a threat to vladimir putin and 2014 was a break through year for guy rights across the united states, a look back at the milestone achievements and the road ahead.
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police in russia have retains a well known critic. alexi violated his house arrest to protest today's guilty verdict against him and his brother. about 130 people were detained at the demonstration. wile his brother got jail time protestors have been posting pictures on social media, inesse is here. >> tony, one of the most retweeted pictures related to the protest is his selfie. he was on his way to the square, and then demonstrators captured pictures of him they also held signs that said navali in russian, protestors also chanted during the protest and at 1 point you will see here, that officers on hand are seen moving in locked arms. they eventually cut into the crowd and push them
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out of the square, into the subway station. also one protestor posting this picture. >> russians are ready to enchew up the corruption in their country, they are dressed as witches cleaning out the square, now today's gathering. a much smaller gathering than the number of people who said they were going over 18,000 people.
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here is what you need to know. the 38-year-old rose to prominence criticizing corruption in general, and putin. he led massive protests be ever and after the successful run for president, he has political aspirations of his own. he lost the election in 2013, and he says he will run for president in 2018. why are they considering a threat to vladimir putin. >> well, i think of the opposition leaders that are available in russia, he is h the one who has not just the name recognition, but also some standing as a
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nationalist, some standing with the russian public as a whole he doesn't present himself as sort of this egghead divorced from the public, that's not his image. he has been a fighter against corruption, and because he does have a nationalist tent to the way he thinks and the way he talks about russia, he has a certain appeal that i think others in the opposition do not. >> a fighter against corruption, huh, i wonder if that is the reason i often hear him refers to as a tool of the west. is there real basis for that accusation or is that just bluster from moscow to taint him? i think there's very little reason to think that he has much at all to do with the west. that may be the other thing about his appeal, is he is russian grown russian about vest, he is trained as an attorney, and relatively young so he grew up in pretty much the post soviet system,
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he came into his own after the soviet union has collapsed and he is a russian nationalist, for good or ill, which again protects him a bit from these accusations of being funded and supporting be i the west. >> alexi and his brother were sentenced for embezzlement, the whole trial is wisely viewed as being political in nature, i am also curious as to why his brother was given jail time? well, the company that they are accused of having embezzled from, says that no money is missing. which certainly makes one wonder about the charges. and past charges of corruption, and accusations including the ones that he was already under house arrest the also had very little evidence to show that indicated that he mite be guilty of the things he was accused of.
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the brother even i can't say less so, because there's no evidence in the first place, but there's little reason to think that he was being prosecuted for anything own than being his brother. and indeed it is a surprising sentence, because they were asked for less prison time and as it turns out he got the suspended sentence. and he is off to prison. which is very difficult to justify. >> there doesn't seem to be much there in terms of charging and the process and everything else, as a leadership figure, how big of a following does he have at this point? what is the reality check on that, and is it enough of a following to pose any real threat. so vladimir putin? >> well, he has some fame recognition, a poll put him at somewhere in the the 30's
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and support for him, whether the opposition rallies around him, whether he is the ideal candidate because of that recognition, and because of the very obvious injustice that has been done to him and his family. >> i am wondering who are his followers? and i wonder if they share the same ideology as the demonstrators the protestors we were following last year, in kiev. >> i don't think he would be the poster child for what russia would temple european values. i think if anything, part of his danger that he is the poster child if what putin is trying to
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encouraging as russian values. sort of church, and russian history, and pride in russia, these are things that navali is thought to be better aligned with so there are the folks that like him because of that, there are the folks that like him because of his stance against corruption. and then there are the folks that generally want a new system, and see him as a viable and plausible leader for an opposition movement and maybe are going to turn a blind eye to thible thattist and some of the ethnic divide that might be seen. >> good to see you, she is with the rand corporation, joining us from washington, d.c. thank you. the u.n. security council is preparing to vote on a resolution that would withdrawal israel from palestinian occupied territories and call for peace deals by the end of 2015, but the proposal may already be dead on arrival because of the united states. al jazeera joins us from
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london, and james what exactly is in the resolution? >> well, they have add add few things. we have been talking about this for months. they added a few things 24 hours ago that will go in the resolution that goes to a vote in the next half an hour. and they are not things the u.s. will be happy with prisoners and releasing palestinian prisoners and stopping israeli settlement building, they are talking about east jerusalem as the capitol of a palestinian state. all things added to the resolution, which aren't going to encouraging the u.s. to vote for it. they know the u.s. is not going to vote for it, so what they are doing right now, is a symbolic vote, that will be a u.s. veto the u.s. almost certainly, i never like to say with complete certainty about the united nations, but i think pretty certain the u.s. will exercise it's veto. but, then the next part is interesting how many other countries though vote for the
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palestinians? because normally a resolution when it gets nine votes it passes, only when one of the permanent members does it not pass, so if they get nine out of the 15 votes then i think they will claim a moral victory. yes, there is resolution doesn't pass, but most of the security council was on their side. and then what do they do? because that's where the big tremendous comes in. >> you know, i am thinking about what we have been talking about certainly six weeks about what is happening on the palestinian statehood issue in europe and i am thinking about this vote to come, does an expected veto put the u.s. in a difficult position? yes, i think it does, because i think you may well find the u.s. is not supported by some of it's strong western allies. now myself and some of my
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colleagues, the team, al jazeera team at the united nations, have been working the phones for the last couple of hours. and our -- i am not going to say this definitively, because we have to watch that vote, but it is looking like they are going to get the nine votes the palestinians it is looking likely that quite a lot of the e.u. countries there are four e.u. nations. most of those look like they are going to vote yes. which would probably just lead the u.s. voting against this supported maybe by the u.k. and may also vote no or maybe will abstain. it could be deeply embarrassing for the u.s. >> one more, there is a second resolution that's taking shape as well. sponsored by some western allies, where does that process stand. >> well, that was a french idea. the french were trying to bridge the gap between the palestinians and the u.s. >> trying to find something that would pass that wouldn't face this
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street owe, i am afraid that we go to a vote in the next half hour, and i think they will lose. because remember the one other thing coming up in a few months time, gets in the way of any of these plans to restart any peace process is israeli election. >> james base joining us, good to see you, thank you. g mail service is now partially restored in china after a four day outage. china state run media is pointing the finger at google but google says the loss of service is not pause of their end. free speech advocatesty the government pay have politicked it intentionally. a majority of the services were also blocked in june, ahead of the 25th anniversary of tiananmen square.
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today that is more than doubled the majority of states now allow it. a look back at how gay rights have come. >> they never expected their relationship to be a part of the pattle that would go all the way to the u.s. supreme court. >> i feel like rosa parks. we need to get rid of discrimination. >> the two have been together for 13 years but a ban on same-sex marriage has prevented them from taking their vows. >> i have lived here my entire life. i love the state of indiana, even if they might not love who i am. >> last year a serious illness sense her to the hospital, but because they aren't legally married she was prevented. >> it was the most awful feeling in the whole world, that i was helpless, and i actually
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broke all my knuckles opening pounding on the door so hard. and they finally let me in. >> two are part of the landmark that challenged the ban and won. >> possibly the most important thing to say about the inner section of the judiciary is that the pace of change has just been extraordinary. compared to other social movements for instance of the 20th century. >> you are joined in marriage, as wife and wife. >> that change had been evidence this year with a series of federal court decisions that struck down bans in several states. in october the u.s. supreme court declined to intervene, most likely because there was no real dispute, same is ex- proponents had up until that point won every case. >> a major criteria to take a case is when the lower courts are split. and right now there is no
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disagreement. in favor of the idea, the correct idea, that our constitution requires marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. >> that change has been evidence in public opinion, which has cut across party lines. acows to a pugh research more than half the public now favors allowing gays and lesbians to marry 61% of republicans under 30 favor sanction semipage. the decision by the u.s. supreme court not to hear cases like that defaulting to allow couples like lynn and bonnie to marry. >> i am so blessed. not only to be with bonnie for the rest of my life, by we already have our wedding bands. >> today the district of columbia allow same sex-coupleses to marry but 15 still have constitutional amendments banning the practice. >> proponents say these
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have been bittersweet because there are still places where couples cannot mary. fathers of two recently sued the state of kentucky and it's governor seeking marriage rights, they lost. but on appeal, there case may be among several when we started this, we didn't think we would be a case going to the supreme court, there were so many other states in the cue before us, and we really thought this will get settled before kentucky makes it to the supreme court. and sure enough, all the other circuits have ruled in favor of marriage equality, except for the 6th. it was here, that may call and greg lost their appeal, the federal appeals court held the ban in four states kentucky michigan, ohio, and tennessee, there's mounting pressure to finally weigh in, and it's possible greg and michael's case could be the one to set the stage
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if we do end up being part of that case that goes, we won't be able to heat, but we are prepared for that. >> and that can happen soon, after justices take up the issue in the their next private conference. al jazeera. >> so if the supreme court decides to take one of those cases it can issue a decision by this summer. thousands of people on the mexico border debating whether to wait legally or take their chances and cross illegally one single father struggle after the break.
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>> al jazeera shows us many are stuck at migrant shelters with no place to go. >> question crossed the boarder into mexico with one question is the immigration crisis over? what we found is that while the number of young
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central american highn't bras is down, families continue to approach the border in hopes of an opportunity to cross the increase border security though is making many of these families think twice. >> this is the river alberto tells his six-year-old daughter as they stand on the bank of the rio grand. what do you see over there? that's the united states. he tells her. why don't we cross right now? she asks. >> the two are staying at a shelter for migrants. just across the river from texas last summer, most of the highn't grays here were from central america, while central americans still are the majority of highn't grays arrested at the border on this day most people at
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the shelter are mexican. the pair have been here for ten days journeying from their home in mexico city where he washes cars. we were homeless, he says, we couldn't pay rent. with nowhere else to turn the 59-year-old single father, took to the road and headed north. >> on one hand he would like to cross, he says he wants his daughter to learn english on the other hand he is scared he doesn't want to put her in dinger and he does haven't the money to hire human smuggler, so he is conflicted and he waits. hoping to find a job as he considering his options. >> the shelter's atmosphere is different from when we were here in the summer, this used to be a launching point for young migrants on the verge of a fearful adventure, now it is a dead end for older men and young women. whose hope can take them no further than this
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place 20-year-old rosa didn't want us to use her real name. she was 16 when she crossed alone into texas where she worked as a live in nanny for four years, during that time, she had her son, then immigration officers raided the restaurant where she worked a second job, she was deported five months before president obama aunderstand nod he would give parents of u.s. citizens temporary permission to stay. i hope there's still a way, even though i am in mexico, she says i have my son i just want him to have a chance. so like, romer he have wait, longing for a land is that is steps away. but what happened to the migrants who do take the risk and cross? we are finding that it is families, not from mexico, but from central america, who continue to cross at peek numbers border patrol continues to arrest 108 families on average a day.
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in the texas rio grand valley. more on that in part two of our series later this evening. >> heidi reporting. many try to cross the boarder because of constant violence. amnesty international says there has been a 600% rise in reported torture cases picture or this mexico's police or armed forces. why so many people in mexico are living in fear jose rodriguez once thought that hard work was the secret to success, but 35 years after opening his own butcher shop life for his family hasn't gotten better local ganged kidnapped both of his children, he had to sell fearly everything to pay $50,000 in ransomes. and he still owes $10,000. now he is constantly on the look out for danger. >> you can't get rid of
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this fear, you have to live with it. when you see a car coming the first thought is they are coming for me, that fear will never leave you, i don't wish nine to experience the held i have lived through. >> violent crime is all too common in mexico, more than 100,000 people have been killed since 2008, and another 22,000 have gone missing. just 12 months ago mexico looks like it was going to turn things around president enrique was entering his second year, promising to end the drug war and revitalize the economy time magazine put him on the cover with the headline saving mexico. some hales it at the moment but it wasn't long before reality brought it to an abrupt end. in late september, 43 students were kidnapped and handed over to a drug gang, more than three
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months later they were still missing the abduction shocked the nation, and spark add outcry against violence, tens of thousands took to the streets many mexicans demanded that he step down. >> but analysts say the demonstrations could have unintended consequences. the protests aren't against the drug cartels be uh the government, so instead of people in the government working together, the drug violence has divided and continues to divide mexico unable to trust local police jose rodriguez and others decided to install their own security system, he hopes the cameras will bring him more peace and prosperity in 2015. regular mexicans he says have already suffers enough. >> david mercer, al jazeera. >> it was the deadliest
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mudslide in u.s. history and today the city is still struggling to recover. wearies sit that community, next.
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the march a wall of november engulfed the town killing four people. a look back at the disaster. >> in washington state the river valley they will never forget 2014. the landslide that dam add river, spread much you have to 50 feet deep, won't let them it wiped out a neighborhood, the dead rios such slide in u.s. history. clearing and repairing the state highway, a critical transportation link in the area took six months. a roadside memorial including 43 newly planted cedar trees. it is a constant reminder
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of how many friends i lost and everything else that happened. >> two wrongful death lawsuits target the county, the state local native american tribes and the logging company and more legal action is expected. this shoulder of the foothills has slid before, and been studying and worked on so often the slide zone has it's own fame. hazel. the dangers should have been better understood, and residents should have been warned about buying property and building homes here. a governors mission which did not seek to place blame, praises emergencynd soared and recommends mapping and landslide risk assessment, it emphasizes better use of local volunteers in disaster zones and calling for smoother coordination between responding agencies. >> the national guard wasn't put into action until a few week after the slide hit, the a request to activate a multiagency response was
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turned down because this wasn't a fire. >> did we miss some opportunities? >> potentially yes so that's -- can the system work more quickly yes probably so. >> the report concludes the state needs better planning and more stable funding to handle major unusual disasters. >> and how do you get responders there faster and more of them? once you understand that the situation is extraordinary. >> at years end with my moral trees decorated the ever the holidays the trafficking is moving again, but that star on the mountain keeps terrible memories alive. >> the wounds just heal overtime, but you never forget. >> you will always see that thing. >> i am always going to see the devastation. and forever. >> he says some of the neighbors have simply
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moved away. al jazeera, osoa washington. >> and that is all of our time for this news hour, thank you for being with us, see you back here at 6:00 p.m. eastern inside story is next with al jazeera america. >> when 2014 began oil was still expensive. crimea was still in ukraine. the nato was in afghanistan. and u.s. was not talking with cuba. >> hello


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