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>> 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 three: what really happened? >> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm tony harris is a look at today's top stories. new details about the crash of airasia, crews believe they have found the plane but weather is hampering the effort. and gitmo detainees released after years of no charges. we go to where the clock has
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just struck midnight. more celebrations from all over the world. >> we begin in indonesia where authorities believe they have found the crash on sunday. the police say they have recovered seven bodies and some debris but bad weather is hampering recovery efforts. the bodies found yesterday were returned to surabaya today. >> they were welcomed at a ceremony at surabaya airport with the first bodies found. bad weather is hampering the
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recovery south of borneo. >> the >> the tragic moment. three days after they had departed from singapore their bodies have now returned here in su rabaya. dna records will help in in recover recovering the victims. >> all festivities have been canceled, and we'll pray for the spirit of the victims so they can rest in peace. and those who have been left behind so they can accept this terrible loss. [♪ singing ♪] >> relatives of the victims held their own ceremony at surabaya
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airport, some hoping for a miracle. prayers for better weather at the crash site so a speedy recovery can be speeded up over the next few days and victims can be reunited with their grieving families. >> five new detainees released from the guantanamo bay detention center after being held for 12 years without charge, they haven transferred to kazakhstan. >> these are basically free men according to the obama administration, but no details have been released about a security arrangement with the country of kazakhstan. president obama recommended these men be released five years ago, and it has taken this long to see follow through. the recommendation for release did not say they should go home
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to their home countries. no reason given but there have been concerns about tunisia because of persecution and yemen because of extremeist elements there. there may have been more concern about their countries than the men themselves. it is important to know that the man who served as president obama's point person at guantanamo for a year and a half said 90% of detainees been released have never been suspected of doing anything wrong in the first place. it has taken longer to release some of these detainees than expected. one recent complication is that white house point person at guantanamo cliff sloane just resigned this month. there has been a lot of tension about what to do with guantanamo prisoners, but even with the president's own administration. tension between the pentagon and
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secretary of secretary of defense chuck hagel and the white house. hagel wanted to slow down the detainee release. chuck hagel resigned himself and president obama has just renewed his pledge to see guantanamo close down on his watch during the next two years. there are 60 more prisoners who have been cleared for release. watch to see those detainees' fate sorted out in 2015. >> libby, thank you. palestinians are moving on from a stinging defeat at the united nations security council. today palestinian president mahmood abbas signed 20 international agreements, including one joining the criminal court. he hopes to ex-pour israeli war crimes in the occupied territories. >> i'm signing this to join the international court. we want to complain. there is aggression against us. against our land. >> abbas celebrated the
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50th anniversary of fatah today. but the defeat of the security council certainly put a damper on festivities. >> very angry response from israel. we of course had that statement from the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, a threat that the palestinians have more to fear from the international court than the israelis do. and warning if palestinians pursue war crimes against israel they'll pursue war crimes against the palestinians, including hamas. one would imagine that we would hear more from the israelis as the days and house progress. in the past the israelis always said any suggestion of going to the international criminal court was the way for palestinians to by pass the real solution to this problem which is
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negotiations. and warning the palestinians if they did go to the icc they would impose sanctions on the palestinian leadership. this is echoed by the united states as well. if the palestinians did go to the icc join that court that they too would impose economic sanctions. >> the palestinian move to join the icc begins a chain of diplomatic events. james bays explains now from london. >> it's a pretty complex procedure going forward. now president abbas has signed the rome statute. it will be handed over to the man who act as depository for the statute. that would be secretary general ban ki-moon. he'll take some time whether to accept the signed treaty from president abbas. if he does so, it is certain that the palestinians will get the vote that they want. it will then take 60 days before the jurisdiction of the
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international criminal court over palestine. we assume the 1967 borders will come into force. that will probably be the first of march. but that does not start a case, an investigation, can only be started one of three ways. either a referral from the u.n. security council. that's not going to happen. the u.s. is going to veto. or the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court could start her own investigation. or the third way is that palestinian itself requests an investigation. so in many ways president abbas has played the first of his cards, but he has another one up his sleeve. >> the italian coast guard has rescued 1,000 migrants who were left on a cargo ship after the crew disappeared. the ship was on course to crash into the coast until the italian court guard rescued the ship. the italian rescued the ship in
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the early hours of wednesday morning. on board they found 970 desperate migrants mostly from syria and iraq. but no sign of the crew. the ship left the turkish port six days ago and after three days of terrible weather it was apparently left on its own bound for the italian coast. the migrants locked in the hold. the italian navy brought the ship to the port of gallipoli. the migrants are being processed here at the port of gallipoli. they all speak of the terrible conditions they have endured this cargo ship. some on board for nine days, and the journey cost anywhere between $6,000 and $9,000 for
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each person. scared of showing their faces they painted a grim picture of their voyage. haja is from iraq. >> they may only give bread nothing. >> water? >> just bit. just bit that's it, nothing. >> haji is from aleppo in syria. >> the ship was very old. it was very dirty, and very noisy. i can't tell you what the roof--when the raindropped in, the roof dropped on the ship.
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it was on the floor there was no carpet, no nothing. >> later the migrants would be bussed to hold be centers big enough to deal with the numbers involved. italian authorities say they picked up more than 2,000 migrants in their waters in the last ten days alone. all part of the ongoing traffic of desperate people seeking sanctuary from war and the chance of a better life in europe. simon mcgregor wood, gallipoli in southern italy. >> countries across the world are celebrating 2015. moscow just finished bringing in the new year. thousands in a very cold red square to celebrate. and vladimir putin with a recorded address. he called the annexation of
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crimea a historic landmark. we just saw the celebrations of moscow the rest of the world is joining in on the celebrations. roxana saberi joins us now with some of the highlights so far. good news stuff. good news. >> good news stuff happy stuff. >> yes. >> samoa was one of the first places in the world to ring in the new year 11 hours ago. since then it's been a mix of the usual fireworks and more unusual traditions. >> one of the first countries to celebrate 2015 was new zealand. in australia an estimated 1.5 million people gathered around sydney harbor. in japan thousands of people celebrated in the capitol. some took turns ringing a huge
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bell in a buddhist temple. struck 108 times on new year's to cleanse people of what buddhism teaches are 108 sins and desires. at the same time to the west north korea's state run tv showed residents cheering fireworks. the country had it's first big new year's eve celebration in pyongyang three years ago after kim jong-un came to power. the gulf in dubai tried to break the record for the world's largest fireworks display. it set that record last new year's eve with 500 shells fired in six minutes. in the western hemisphere hundreds of brazilians gathered
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in rio de janeiro to offer gifts to the african brazilian queen of the sea. they hope she'll grant their new year wishes. in bolivia people celebrate a different tradition. they're buying red and yellow underwear in hopes of a new year filled with money and love. >> and russia, the data tracking company found residents of moscow wait until 3:43 in a.m. in queens new york in the u.s. tend to stay up the latest. they stay up until after 2:30. you can stay up until midnight. >> i'll make it to midnight. not much after. no i turn why because i'm a dedicated newsman. i got to be on the job first thing tomorrow. >> so impressive. >> thank you. roxana saberi. thank you. so what are the most popular worldwide it was is happening just a couple of blocks away from us in new york city. of course i'm talking about the
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big ball drop times square. is there a better man on the planet to cover this? i ask you than john terrett in the middle of all the action. hours until the ball drops what is it like right now. >> hello dedicated newsman. what a great way to describe yourself. from another dedicateed newsman welcome to times square and the biggest new year's party in the world. the weather is very good. it's cold and crisp, 26 degrees all even, but it mayfield coaler because of the wind chill factor, and frank our camera ma is going to allow me to stand aside and will show you around where the big stars will be performing. at the moment they're rehearsing. and you can see the revelers who have come into times square. they're here nice and early. they have to be if they want a great spot. what is extraordinary about the people who come here every year and it never fails to amaze me
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once they're in they're in. they cannot leave. there is no going to the bathroom. so it's remarkable to think that there are no port-a-potties here. the only johnny on the spot is me. >> no trips to the loo gotcha. there was talks of protest there. >> yes there is a serious side to this. this comes particularly in the wakes of two officers killed on saturday just before christmas in brooklyn. the nypd telling us that they've had about 70 threats in various online forums coming up with that awful terrible language, the anti-police language after the shootings of officers ramos and liu. they have to be very careful of that and also a possibility of protesters protesting the deaths
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of eric garner and so there is a lot on nypd's plate. they'll be controlling the air there is a helicopter out right there now. they'll be patrolling the rivers and of course on foot at times square and in the subways as well. everyone is hoping for a peaceful evening. >> john, thank you. hundreds are marching on the magazine mile this afternoon calling for an end to violence in 2015. the number of shootings this year the city is on track to have the lowest murder rate in 50 years. ash har quaraishi in chicago with more. [ protesters ] >> reporter: 200 protesters came out today in the heart of downtown in what is the magazine mile michigan avenue, usually shoppers, but today demonstrators are voicing their concerns about violence in
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chicago. the march is organized by father of saint tobias church, who is a gun regulation advocate, and who has been calling an end to the violence for years now. >> this is not a south side problem. this is a chicago problem. everybody in chicago has to be concerned about the violence. as far as the numbers being down the shootings are up. that's our concern. but if there was one person shot the reality is it's a life. it's a brother, it's a sister, it's a family that's been changed. we want everybody safe. ♪ save our sons, save our daughters ] >> the number of murders in chicagos are down compared to 20 years ago in 1994 when that number was well over 900 murders, ask anybody in these
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crowds today who have lost loved ones or who are victims of violence they will tell you one homicide in the city is too much. >> thank you, ash har quaraishi. global warming will spark an energy boom. we go to the arctic to a russian coal mine. and a green comet that you may be able to see with the naked eye.
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>> wall street in big loss. 160 points the s&p lost 21 points. nasdaq 41 points. despite the down day the dow
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gave 7.5%. not bad. new york today became the state to raise its minimum wage going into the new year. hourly pay rose 9% from $8 to $8.75. they will plan to raise the minimum wage to $9 by the end of 2015. russia's economy has been struggling lately, but melting ice caps in the arctic could provide a boom. we have this report. >> reporter: motion could you is beginning to militarize the arctic. drones to soar over the frozen tundra while upgrading it's navy and air force to handle ice in the extreme cold.
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as polar ice cap melt russia hopes to be able to cash in on the arctic's fossil fuels. >> fuels that from the hydrocarbons. and if they are to stay powerful powerful they will cash in on the hydrocarbons. >> this is bringing new residents to old russian settlements in the high north. to find out more we headed to an old russian coal mining settlement situated halfway between norway and the north pole. there are only three ways to get there, helicopter, snowmobile or boats. although we're head to go russian settlements all of this territory is technically norwegian. it may say norway on the map by
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all accounts this is russian. it has mined it since the 1930's. even the miners are paid in rubles with salaries as much as four times the going rate in russia. >> it's one of the main reasons why people come here. >> there are about 250 coal miners who work in this coal mine alone down the mine shaft in the russian mine, and the most interesting part are the workers. they're both russian and ukrainian, and they all seem to get along. this coal mine has been producing less coal over the years, but some say it's more of strategic value. with the potential for billions of dollars of untapped reserves of oil gas and other sources of coal, many here think russia is holding onto the area to keep its options open. even in falling oil prices and
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russian sanctions are making explorations tougher. what they need now are ports and lines of communication. russia unveiled an ambition plan to build 14 radar stations across the arctic. al jazeera. the high arctic. >> the new year will bring a spectacular show in the sky, a comet that you can see with a naked eye. take a look. it's called love joy named after the amateur australian astrometor. >> reporter: 2014 was a big year for space exploration. that's because the sheer variety of ways we got out of earth's gravity, whether for profit or science, whether with humans on board or without we went to
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space in ways that we never have done before. 2014 saw 82 orbital launches, and the spites in part are cheap and tiny at this point. even nasa said that it doesn't need more than a phone it run one. >> someone goes out and uses a credit card to buy a phone. we take them apart and repackage them. that's about it. >> that makes it easier than ever to get a view of one's own country. nasa put up five new slightlies tracking everything from soil moisture and carbon dioxide. the appropriate launched in 1997 flew within 600 miles of a moon on saturn. getting to space is still extremely difficult.
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in a single week in october an rocket loaded with supplies but not humans, fortunately exploded after lift off and then one test pilot killed and another severely injured when virgin galactic spaceship two exploded in midair. then to every's shock and relief a multi national team managed to set an unmanned lander on the surface of a comet. sure, it bounced a couple of times, and they weren't sure where it was for a while. but the fact that a ten-year-old piece of hardware guided itself on to 84,000 mph that's pretty amazing. what is amazing is the first unman test pilot orion. it would orbit earth and splash down. nasa plans to use it to carry a human crew, maybe following our robotic missions to mars.
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the first apollo mission and holiday greetings from the astronauts photographing earth from our closest neighbor shows us how unique and fragile our world is. we got that reminder again. a german-born member of the international space station team took this picture of gaza as it was pounded by rockets. he was able to see the explosions 200 miles up. that's a view of ourselves and how small we are is what space exploration is truly for. jacob ward, al jazeera, planet earth. >> 13 years in afghanistan international forces pull out combat troops. how it's fragile government can build on gains. and a bus terminal in texas is a gateway for undocumented immigrants. we meet one mother who is reunited with her children there after a decade apart.
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>> any toe forces are leaving afghanistan after a war that has cost tens of thousands of lives and more than a trillion dollars. the 13-year military combat mission ends today. thousands of nato troops will remain in afghanistan to support the afghan army. al jazeera's jennifer glasse has more from kabul. >> in 2007 helmand province was filled with taliban fighters. nato had been in the country for six years. nato troops walked a delicate line in in a country suspicious of strangers. >> they could be an enemy but at the same time, locals, we don't want to harm them.
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>> the mission was to get rid of poppy crops, but now it is stronger than ever. training police was focus of nato in 2010. now there are 375,000 afghan security forces they're struggling against a resurgent taliban. this has been a costly war on all sides. 3500 nato forces have been killed. united nations has been keeping track since 2008, but since then 906 civilians have died. 13 soldiers and police die every day. >> the nato withdraw makes it harder to fight against them. >> we do not have enough equipment to get rid of the ieds or the equipment to give
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us early warning like the others, but still we are doing better but the suicide attacks the ieds, loss lose against us. >> nato marked a formal end to its mission but the taliban says the fighting is not over. >> this war will continues in america and the west completely leave afghanistan. change of name of the forces doesn't matter to us. >> not only do the security forces need more training, many of the police are heroin users. >> many are addicted. more than 50% of police are addicted so how can we see that
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they will have a--they will create a security in the future. >> the taliban has taken large parts of the country across afghanistan, and alqaida is reestablishing its training camps in the east. nato's combat role will be ending, but it's nato mission is far from accomplished. >> matt zeller is back with us. currently a fellow at the truman security project. he served in 2008 as combat adviser. matt, good to see you again. a couple of points raised in jennifer's piece here. let's start with the opium business. it now employees more afghans than the security forces. here is a two-part question for you. is opium the top crop in afghanistan for the foreseeable future in your view? part two of that is what will it take for afghanistan to build a real economy?
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>> yes, it's been the top crop for many decades previous. you know, it's a misnomer. we take the taliban get this credit for during the time of power. they cut opium production, so significantly they're always touted as the one good thing that they did. let's be clear. they were trying to change the price of the opium on the market. they were creating a shortage so they can drive up the price of it to make more money. you know, it's unfortunate that that report is quite sobering to hear the amount of people that are engaged in the production of opium. unfortunately, i think for afghanistan what it's going to take to bring about a transition from from the opium-based economy is an economy where people can trust. there is no trusted banking system. there is no trusted system of
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commerce. a lot of what taliban makes money is extortion racketeering, the illicit trade and trafficking of copper, stolen timber from forested areas along the pakistan border. all of this has possible brought in to the economy. and to do that you need government institutions that will credibly back up people in the court system that people will trust that are without bias. and none of that exists in afghanistan. >> you're talking about an end to corruption. so the question then is how ingrained is corruption in afghanistan public and private circles? >> i would argue that it's an every day experience for every single afghan. people getting power turned on in their home, and showing up at an office and being told in
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addition to filing forms you have to pay a bribe. it's easier to go to the guy who sells power to a generator on the street and who is hooked up to an illegal connection. it's pervasive in the afghan governor. it is not in response to the citizenry because they are not depending to be there. every is either appointed by the president or his subordinates. at the end of the day you have a giant institution of patronage and nepotism. unless you actually start giving the afghan people a government in which they're dependent upon the support of the people to survive and responsive to citizens' needs you're not going to see an afghan government or population that is without tremendous amounts of corruption. >> matt, why is the taliban
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resurging? i got to say this, we've been calling the group resurgents so long now maybe in your answer you can remind us when nato actually had the taliban on the run. >> sure. so if you look back to 2005 the very first afghan presidential election it pretty much went off without a hitch. because at that point nato fought the taliban to defeat. they had retreated to 9 tribal areas of pakistan, and if you take the traditional definition of warfare, a monopoly on violence, the afghan state and it's nato backers has the monopoly on afghanistan. it could not control territory or influence over the people. by the time i got there in 2008 afghanistan actually surpassed iraq as the most violent war that the united states was involved in. what people might find surprising, '08 was the year
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that the iraq surge was at its full extent, yet afghanistan became more violent. a year after i left afghanistan by 2010 we had over 100,000 troops in afghanistan. two things happened, one the taliban went back and re reconstituted its forces and looked at their strategy. the taliban engaged their own--call it what you want--their own counter insurgentcy coin strategy, they went out and actively got the support or the tacit silence of the local population. that's where they beat us. they were seen more honest and credible dispute mediators. they simply outgovernorred us and became more credible. as a result, they read the
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afghan population better than we did. if you go out and ask the afghan people want to be left alone. they don't care who is in government in kabul, they want to be left alone. and maybe it was our presence driving conflict. my big fear is this if we pull out in afghanistan, i fear it will dissolve in a civil war akin to the early 90's '90s. >> matt, the country the people of the country don't want that. the people-- >> no, no. >> the leaders the every day afghans have to know that's not the way--that's not a first nation response to the future. that's a third world response to the future. >> you're a absolutely right. in your report your reporter talked about heroin use in the
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police force. i'm going to tell a story that stuck in my mind still six years later. we got out to this tiny little police outpost, and there was a 14-year-old kid. he had a dolce and gabana hat t-shirt and flip flops and an ak-47 and bullets. that's all he had to defend the outpost. he said the house across the street was where the taliban front line is. the next day i was at a much larger police facility, and there was an afghan colonel who ran this facility, three warehouses each the side of a football field. inside each warehouse were just crates as far as the eye can he filled with weapons bullets food uniforms, radios, all these things that this little child police officer needed to be able to survive. when i asked the afghan colonel running the place why wasn't he handing it out to his men.
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he says, how do you think i'm going to survive when you leave? >> that says a lot there. matt, boy, you've been with us a couple of days this week. you've been terrific. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me, tony, i always love coming on. happy new year. >> yeah, happy new year, matt. >> happy new year. >> often in 2015. 2014 has been an historic year for undocumented migrants in america. president obama's executive action gave millions of families new hope but many more are left with concerns over what's to come. highiyhighheidi zhou castro has more on the bordered. >> it's the same scene repeated twice daily. a homeland security bus pulls into the terminal in texas and an officer steps aside and a stream of families pour out.
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as the migrants line up to buy tickets to meet their families, they're nervous and exhausted. some have been on the road for more than 20 days. >> how was your trip here? >> very tiring? >> six of these families are from guatemala. another six are from honduras. nine are from el salvador. i say why make this journey now when there is so much security on the border. they say one thing that has not changed in their home countries. too little opportunities and too much violence. linda lived in massachusetts for two decades working as a cashier before volunteering to return to guatemala to bring back his son. the two journeyed for 15 days and swam across the rio grand
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before they were detained. now they catch their breath at a church shelter. for 17 years they had only seen each other only in pictures and videos. >> he had to study and an good person. he is a good man. >> he couldn't done that in guatemala? >> no. no. no money. >> valdez was already in guatemala when she heard president obama's decision to no longer deport parents of u.s. citizens. she has two daughters born in u.s. >> we've been waiting for this. >> is that what made you decide to come now? >> yes. >> what what had been lost on valdez and many other migrants is that recent border crossers will not qualify for the deferred deportation. >> i'm very worried because i don't want to go back over there. my family is over here. >> for now she's allowed to go
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to massachusetts. she has a new grandchild, and an immigration judge will decide how long the family reunion will last. >> heidi zhou castro. >> in part three of our series heidi zhou castro goes back to see what has changed. you can catch that coming up at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. for undocumented immigrants in california the new year will bring a chance to become legal drivers. the state will only require them to take a standard test and promises it won't report them to federal immigration officials. we have more now from los angeles. >> living and working in southern california's cities it's difficult to get by without a car. but drivers among the estimated 2 million undocumented immigrants in california are often wary of getting a driver's license for fear of showing up on government radar and risk being deported when living in the u.s. illegally.
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>> when asked to show proof of immigration status that they're here legally once they don't have that they'll drive and not necessarily knowing the rules of the road, what to do at a stop light, who gets the right of way at a turn. >> now a new state law allows undocumented residents to get a license after taking the standard driving test. it includes a guarantee that california law enforcement agency also not report undocumented drivers to federal immigration authorities in case of a traffic stop. at the center of human rights and legal aided a crow cates are preparing to help thousands of people take their driver's license tests. >> our people are very excited because they've been waiting for this for more than 20 years here in california. >> offices of the state department of motor vehicles are bustling more than 400,000 people have made appointments for driving tests double the number this time last year.
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>> california is the tenth state to legalize driver's license for undocumented immigrants, but it's an especially important move because california has more undocumented immigrants than any other state. >> other states like arizona prohibit undocumented residents from getting licenses. california police agencies say the new law will prevent accidents and save lives. >> we hope that people will get out there and get their driver's license, get educated to the rules of the road, and that way it will in turn make them safe behind the wheel knowing that okay now i'm driving legally i have less to worry about being pulled over by the police. >> that likely means all californians will have a safer new year. rob reynolds, al jazeera, los angeles. >> an israeli rock star pushing for peace with his music. nick schifrin sits down with him and talks about his career.
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>> one of israel's famous and successful singers is pushing for peace.
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nick very schifrin sat down with david brosa to find out how he's bringing people together. ♪ i want to preach tonight ♪ ♪ just want to tell my tale ♪ >> for 40 years david brosa has been telling tale and telling a skeptical israeli audience to make piece with peace with palestinians. ♪ i was born into this reality ♪ ♪ i was brought up with the war ♪ ♪ i don't want to fight no more ♪ >> after 30 albums and millions of sales david brosa is an israeli icon. his music is hoping for a two-state solution. >> you can't take away hope, the future of our society will only be healthy if we can all
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integrate. >> his career was sparked by this moment. >> he achieved the impossible. >> in 19 77 president anwar sadat offered to end the war. [music] >> the music and the words evoke this vitality and the necessity to deliver.
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>> that led to his documentary. create an album from scratch in eight days by basically locking israeli and palestinian artists in a studio. [music] >> i woke up this morning and none of the news was good. >> i tried to create what i called an utopian bubble because we talked. because we played, because we continue to maintain contact there is hope.
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>> palestinians can see tel aviv but can't get here. ♪ as i stand up on the hill ♪ i recognize how it feels ♪ to see the light ♪ >> and he raps with palestinian the two become crows and brosa travels with him to an refugee camp. >> we went into the refugee camp to work a little bit together, and to really feel and understand what mohammed comes from. >> mohammed's family and 35,000 palestinians live here after they fled or were forced from their homes when israel was created. >> there is no police. there is no ambulance that can come here. pregnant woman or old man or a car crashed a kid. you have to take him or yourself to the hospital.
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>> i've never been to a refugee camp. in it this sort of circumstances it should never be neglected. it should be given care and attention. >> that empathy is increasingly rare in israeli society. he speaks of a shrimping peace camp and he speaks about their worries in a song "oneone two three": >> but that dialogue is not always so simple. some palestinians believe brosia and other liberal israelis try to normalize the occupation, so they boycott working musicians. >> boycotts and oppression on free thinkers, whatever you do, you can't stop it. once you stop it everything else dies. >> that's why every week he still visits the refugee camp and that's why every day he sings his first song and adds
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new lyrics. >> what is the hopeful moment now that would end the song? >> after 100 years of war we haven't and will not lose hope. that would be my last phrase and last line. [♪ singing ♪] >> al jazeera. >> pretty good huh? fireworks and protests. how some are using today's holiday to take action.
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>> we should tell you that protesters are using new year's eve as an opportunity this year. >> protesters were ferguson to hong kong are making a statement today. watch. [ protesting ] >> reporter: in st. louis today a small group of protesters were part of a sit-in, and more tried to storm into the building. some were arrested, and some protesters were reportedly pepper sprayed. protesters were there with a list of demands. they wanted to meet with the mayor and chief of police. riot police came out to move them on to the sidewalk. almost right about now a group of protesters in boston are planning what is called the
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also in mexico, the parents of the 43 missing students are planning a protest tonight. also watch this. this was a scene in hong kong. you'll recall the hong kong occupied protest this year. hundreds were walking around with yellow umbrellas with a heavy police presence as well as they moved protesters from the streets to the sidewalk. we ask you to join us at 6:00 p.m. will we'll look at top stories of 2015. we want people to send-- >> people watching the program can accepted in their efficient picture of 2014? >> yes, they can send it in to this or ajam, what you would like to see in 2015. >> that represented a great moment of 2014 and the spirit you would like to carry into
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into 2015, is that what you're saying? >> that's right. >> well done. thank you. that's all the our time on this news hour. we leave you with images of istanbul ringing in the new year. . >> 2014 was not the year when americans had an honest heart to heart. we yelled at each other plenty, though. that's inside story. >> hello i'm ray suarez. when the team that puts inside story together for you day after

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