tv Weekend News Al Jazeera May 17, 2015 7:00pm-8:01pm EDT
this is al jazeera america. i'm bisi onile-ere in new york. here are today's top stories. i.s.i.l. control - the did i of ramadi falls as iraqi security forces flee. political protests thousands take to the streets in macedonia, vowing to force out the prime minister. rescued from rooftops, dozens have to be air lifted to safety after storms tear across the midwest and south elevated to sainthood.
pope francis canonizes two nuns showing support for the middle east and great success in the diagnosis of breast cancer we begin with braking news in waco texas. nine are dead. the incident involving rival biker gangs. it started in a fist face but escalated. the police department was aware of the gathering, several officers were there when the shooting took place, and returned fire on the bikers. pait ropes were caught -- patrons were caught in the middle of crossfire and had to dive for cover. no word on whether bystanders
were among the victims. we'll continue to bring you updates. ramadi has fallen. i.s.i.l. fighters overran anbar province, and seized control when the iraqi military withdrew from the city after days of fighting. the u.s.-led coalition launched a series of strikes against forces but was unable to stop them. the loss of ramadi is seen as a defeat for the government. the city lies 70 meals west of baghdad in a sunni province. i.s.i.l. controls many main roads leading to the north. zeina khodr has the story. >> i.s.i.l. overran the strong hole in the city of ramadi. they have been on the offensive. government and local police unable to repel their advance. now, the provincial counsel of
anbar -- provincial council of anbar called on the shi'a militia. it will not be representative of all tribes. some tribes cooperate with the government. many nine stall leaders don't. bun influential leader said they'd consider it an iranian occupation. regular forces are unable to win the battle. what the sunnis have been saying to the government is "give us weapons, we'll wage the battle alone." the government is reluctant. they don't trust them believing some sympathise with i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. claiming a victory much the iraqi prime minister acknowledging that this was a military defeat and promised a tough response. they sent in reinforcements.
they were not able to do much. the decision for the militia to fight in a mainly sunni province will undoubtedly inflame tensions. the shia government of baghdad and sunni provinces have a history of conflict. before the take over in iraq, there were protests against the government, and one was in ramadi, and they were demanding reforms. they made demands for the government to give them a say in decision making. the government never did that. without reconciliation the decision will destabilize the situation further many residents of ramadi fled the city. hundred headed to baghdad. when they got to the capital, they couldn't get in. iraqi soldiers citing security reasons refused to let them cross the bridge. they have been camped by the euphrates river.
questions have been made about the u.s.-led coalition to use just air strikes. kimberley hall cut joins us from kashz. how is the fall of ramadi being reviewed. >> i can tell you from the military sources that this is viewed as a set back, but not a blow to the overall u.s.-led campaign a campaign of 12 nation, including the united states. president obama painted when talking about the air strikes, that this will be a long-term project. the course of the project - you'll have days like we saw in the last 24 hour. you have to remember that this area as we discussed is a rich and complex area when it comes to different regional and ethnic complexities. as a result, you have to remember that the iraqi government forces have not been standing on their own for all that long, comparatively
speaking. when you factor in all of this military experts say it is to be expected. it will take time for iraqi forces to defend themselves, and the coalition, when you look at it, has made gains. pushing back i.s.i.l.'s front lines by 25%. >> thousands of civilians fled ramada. many went to baghdad but were not allowed no the city. do we know what happened to them? >> this is the real add component, the burgeoning humanitarian crisis that is continuing to unfold in iraq. you have to remember since august 2014 when the strikes began there has been 3 million internally displaced people in iraq. we saw it with the fighting in anbar, tens of thousands
fleeing, the situation getting worse, as you point out in the last 24-48 hours, people fleeing, looking for safety at baghdad. the situation - well, perhaps, more safe is certainly not secure in terms of the basic human needs. that's the concern in washington, the fact that this is turning into a humanitarian crisis. >> thank you very much. later in the show we'll get reaction from a former c.i.a. official and talk to major mark lyons about what this means for u.s. operations in the region the u.n. calls for an extension of a 5-day humanitarian ceasefire that ended. it comes on clashes between houthi rebels and pro-government forces. about 400 yemeni politicians and tribal leaders discussed an end to the conflict. the saudi-led coalition air strikes reportedly resumed
tonight. >> a suicide bombing in afghanistan has killed three people near kabul airport. the target was a convoy from the peace training megs. the taliban claimed responsibility, calling the attack a convoy of foreign-related forces. two of the dead were civilians passing by. it injured 18 others damaged homs and shops. fighters have taken positions in the city. north-east of kun duz displacing 10,000 families in the past month alone. locals say they are not getting enough support from the government to deal with a large number of displaced in the area. >> reporter: this is the latest arrival at kun duz city. the tents went up when the talebans fought in the surrounding area. this week it reached the
village. >> there was heavy fighting houses were destroyed. i took my children and ran. >> they have 12 children. she says the taliban forced her to feed them. the villagers were caught in the middle. >> translation: the taliban occupied the village, government forces were attacking them. what could we do? we would have died if we stayed, so we left. across the state people tell similar stories, there's no bathrooms, running water. people are angry. "we have lost everything, and no one helps us." >> translation: we have been here six days in the sun without a piece of bread. why doesn't anyone care about us. >> reporter: people left their home with what they could. some had time to lock up. others didn't.
government announcements on tv urged them to leave before afghan forces engaged the taliban. >> we told them the people should leave the area. it was only for one or two days, and not to stay a long time. we are right now encouraging them to go back. >> reporter: this camp is growing. in most areas the fighting continues. where it may be over, homes are damaged or destroyed. in one village fighters tore down the walls so they could move between homes without going outside. the government bombed them the village destroyed. in the fighting in kunduz, like in other parts of the conflict, civilians suffer the most and in macedonia thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets today demanding the resignation of the country's prime minister. demonstrators planned to keep the pressure on the government until he steps down of the the
see said she came out, baing her fear:. >> know that the country is poor. the government is criminal. >> reporter: despite fears of an ethnic divide. albanians were among the protestors, the opposition will take heart from that unity. the occupation has begun. the government says supporters will be next to converge on the capital. that could pit citizen against citizen u.s. secretary of state john kerry has a message for north korea. kerry asked in seoul south korea, after meeting with diplomats in beijing. u.s. officials say kerry plans to reiterate the iron clad commitment, the message coming
less than a week after discovered that north korea had missiles, and kim jong un had executed his defence minister. kerry plans to deliver a speech on cyber security and internet freedom. >> myanmar rejects claims that the country is to blame for the migrant crisis in south-east asia. officials won't say if they'll attend a summit in thailand. more than 2,000 refugees fled the country. boats have been turned away in indonesia and malaysia many of the migrants are rohingya muslims who face persecution in myanmar the president of burundi made his first appearance after returning to the capital. he made no mention of protests that caused him to leave, or the coup attempt that look place while he was visiting tanzania. he said president pierre nkurunziza spoke about the threat of al-shabab, the armed
group from somali. we have the story. burundi's president want to show he's in control. >> reporter: burundi's president wants to show that he's in control, after surviving an attempted coup. instead of talking about that critics said he purply deflected attention from the political crisis. >>translation: we are preoccupied by al-shabab's attack. as you know burundi has sent troops, and we contacted our friends in kenya, targets for al-shabab. proactive measures have been put in place to this ward the attacks. >> reporter: there was no mention about the political unrest or a determination to run for a third term, which is unconstitutional. this woman is worried, hearing that opposition parties are planning protests and is planning a survival strategy.
>> translation: when the protests happen everything closes. it's not safe to be out. i'm making sure i have enough food for a few days. >> reporter: some political analysts say the elections could be delayed because of political instability. the opposition is not happy that the ruling party is complaining. they say it's not just about pierre nkurunziza wanting a third term but they won't be fair. what is clear, is that things are unpredictable. they hope for the best, but say they are preparing for the worst. plans to restore services between new york and philadelphia tomorrow, coming on the heels of news that fbi will join investigators to determine if an object contributed to the
deadly amtrak crash. richelle carey is here with the details. >> repair crews removed the damned cars and replaced the rails. amtrak plans to restore service between new york and washington dc beginning 5:30 tomorrow when the north-east regional train pulse out of penn station. investigators questioned the engineer who says he had no engineer. a conductor told he heard the engineer report an impact. they listened to the impact take and did not hear the engineer make the tall, but there is evidence of something hitting the windshield. when asked if it's possible someone shot at the train n.t.s.b.'s robert had this to play. >> i have seen the fracture pattern, it looks like something about the size of a grape fruit and did not penetrate the wind
shield. we are looking at everything. this is another piece of the investigation. >> reporter: almost 20 injured in the crash are in the hospital. five in critical condition. friday an amtrak employee filed the first lawsuit asking for mon thafr $150,000 in damages. congress limited the amount paid out to $200 million paid out in lawsuits. that cap was instituted in 1997 when amtrak was facing bankruptcy and hasn't been raised. adjusted for innation it would be under $300 million and this could be the first case in which amtrak reaches that liability. 5:30 in the morning is when things get back to normal on that particular rail. >> thank you so much. >> tornado and torrential rain the plains battered by wicked weather. so bad texas called in the
. >> emergency crews in north texas staged rescues after flash flooding. nine rescues were conducted for residents trapped in their homes. four people were stranded in their vehicles. workers used a drone to drop a rescue line to a family whose house was surrounded by water. the national guard brought the family to safety in a helicopter. kevin corriveau is here with a closer look at the storms. >> we talked a lot of the severe weather, but not too much about the rain and flooding going on for many places. that's a good image. yesterday we saw tornados and severe weather outbreak. nine different states. i want to take you here, and go back to parts of johnson county
here cross the northern part of the texas, where you saw the video. they are the thunder storms that brought the heavy rain across the region. take a look at video from around that area johnson county. the ground was just saturated, could not hold more water. unfortunately the flooding will be a major problem continuing as we go to the beginning of the week, along with that 12,000 people were reported without power this morning across that area. now to another area we were talking about. over here notice the thunder storms that were there. this is ask, last night. let me put this into motion, as you can see here, a slide of thunder storms going through, and we had bidding from that, and all the damage that we saw, a lot of structural damn cars overturned across the region a few people injured, and no
casualties, today we are watching what is happening across the north. areas of low pressure bringing thunder storms to parts of minnesota. we are not expected to see a big weather outbreak, it's down to the south that we'll see major rain and more flooding thank you very much tomato farmers in nigeria are struggling this year in the face of a poor harvest and declining prices for crops, and with no storage facilities farmers are forced to sell for whatever price they get. >> reporter: the tomato season is coming to an end. they should be looking forward to the moment. this year the harvest has been poor and more bad news awaits. the market prices of tam artios has crashed.
>> when it is ripe you must remove it from the farm. if you don't, it will rot. you have few options. you pay for labour and packaging and take the produce to the market and sell. at the end of the day you lose, and the cycle begins all over. >> reporter: the lack of capital, storage facilities and poor pricing is killing agriculture all over the country. he faces stiff competition, all around farmers are harvesting their crops, which means they must quickly sell off tomatoes before it goes bad. many farmers try to cut losses by drying tomatoes and other vegetables, by doing that they reduce the cost. and the nutritional value when
sold to customers. he spent $4,500 planting tomatoes, and only has been able to recoup half of his investment. he is preserving the produce the only way he knows and can afford. >> if you do not do it, you can end up, maybe, losing everything. but at least by doing this, you can reduce your costs lost because maybe at the end you can sell the product to buyers at this situation. we have no alternative farmers were hopeful of change when a tomato processing factory was built. after three years, they are still waiting for it to open. while they wait, losses mount thousands of palestinian christians gathered at the vatican to watch as pope francis
canonized two palestinian nuns. the first saints from the disputed territory in times. the ceremony was the latest sign that pope francis is taking an active role in the middle east. imtiaz tyab reports. >> reporter: a song of praise in honour of marie alphonsine ghatts. the palestinian nun built the church and founded the convent of the sisters of holy rosery of jerusalem con vent in the ottoman era. on sunday, she and mariam bawardy, born in 1846, and founded convents across india, will become the first palestinian saints in modern times. the canonization ceremony follows an announcement by the vatican that it would sign a treaty with palestine, lending legal weight to recognition it extended two years ago.
the office travelled to new zealand to take part in the prayers. she said the lives of both nuns and their legacies are inspiring. >> they are incredible, like the faithful, what they did. >> a sentiment shared by many here. >> the decision by pope francis to bestow sainthood to the two palestinian nuns is seen as an attempt by the vatican to give hope to the middle east christians after years of war, and as part of attempts to refocus attention on their flight. >> sister hortense runs the convent founded by marie alphonsine ghatts, and shows me where the remains are kept. she is palestinian and attended the canonization ceremony. she said all palestinians, regardless of their faith should find comfort in the sainthood. >> translation: the palestinian people are frustrated on all fronts.
socially, economically, religiously, intellectually. no matter where you turn, people are frustrated. they need someone to lift them up. >> reporter: pope francis is seen as sympathetic to the palestinians cause. on his first visit he offered prayers at the separation wall, and in his easter address he called for the piece process between the two sides to be resumed. the palestinian president mahmoud abbas attended the canonization ceremony and 15,000 palestinians belonging to the catholic church, many of whom pray for a better future. it could be a new miracle for modern medicine the success rate of 3d imaging in detecting breast cancer. we'll talk to a radiologist ahead. major mark lyons on the iraqi city of ramadi.
welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at your top stories, amtrak service between philadelphia and new york is set to resume tomorrow, earlier than expected in the wake of last week's deadly derailment. the fbi is part of the investigation into whether an object that hit the train's windshield may have played a role in that accident at least nine people are dead after a shoot-out in a texas restaurant. the incident involved rival biker gangs. police say it started as a fist fight but escalated when knives and guns were drawn. patrons were caught in the crossfire. no word on whether bystanders were among the victims. iraqi forces were seen fleeing the capital of anbar province. the coalition launched a series
of air strikes against forces but was unable to stop them ramadi fell to i.s.i.l. two days after the death of a senior leader, abu sayyaf. he was killed friday night during a raid by u.s. commando in syria. he was believed to be one of i.s.i.l.'s top tonned raisers. he was in charge of selling oil and gas on the black market. commanders took his wife into custody and seized documents. the operation could yield a lot of significant information. >> the real value here is taking a guy off the battlefield who is incredibly important to the organization to funding it to running it. close to the senior leadership to abu bakr al-baghdadi. taking him off the field. very important. it would have been great to take
him alive. his wife worked closely and will be able to tell us allot i.s.i.l. lost a quarter of territory it controlled in iraq. joining us to discuss the fall of ramadi is mark lyons, an al jazeera security contributor, thank you for joining us. abu sayyaf was killed in a u.s. trade. then we learnt that i.s.i.l. has taken control. they are saying that it's too early to tell. are you buying that? >> no i'm not. commanders expect losses and setbacks. commanders do not expect to take ground over. that is happening in iraq. i.s.i.s. is taking over american equipment as well humvees, and
tanks. air cover did not help the situation, we had air missions saturday night into sunday. they didn't stop what was happening. from a military perspective, it's a big deal the u.s. is helping to train the forces do you think someone is falling short. >> the united states is not done enough. we can train the forces but they have to work together. the ab bar prove joins is a sunni occupied territory. we have to have - there has to be a sunni based military of the the iraqi government is bringing the shia militias inside to win the town back similar to tikrit a few years ago, and we saw some of the disaster happening on that. this is a situation where the iraqi government has to put together a better iraqi security force that is homogenus to the situation on the ground involving sunni and shia fighters. >> this is not the first time
that i.s.i.l. tried to overtake ramadi. tell us how significant is this? >> from a psychological perspective, if you are an iraqi soldiers kicked out of ramadi and you have to go back and fight. you are angry, you are not happy with your leadership. they control an artery going from iraq inside of syria. the iraqi government there's a political solution with shia and sunni, they have to decide to fight i.s.i.s. they come in take the city, put in land mine, i.e.d.s, it will be a fight to get the city back there's be a loss of life. over 500 killed over the weekend. the humanitarian crisis ensuing. >> you mentioned the humanitarian crisis. it was reported there are people turned away in baghdad. >> there's no place to go. part of it is the sunni divide.
the government doesn't have a solution for tens of thousands of people that are trying to stay alive. i.s.i.s. takes hold of the city. they implement a rein of terror they'll behead people and impart their value system on everybody, which is a fear with records to the situation. >> thank you for joining us. appreciate it. hopes are fading fast to find nine missing columbian gold miners trapped after water poured into the underground shaft. rescuers recovered the bodies of six others. we report on the flight of minors facing dangers for meagre profits. >> since their unlicensed goldmine flooded dozens have been working day and night with rescue teams to find their colleagues. they work with different mines, not just this one, day in day
out. it hurt, and god knows the next time it could be me. >> for these men, small-scale mining is a way of living. most of the minors first entered the shafts as children. and through the years learnt to try their luck in a work environment with virtually no safety procedures. >> informal mining is not necessarily legal in columbia but may operate on the fridges of the law. workers are taking major risks but they say incidents like this are part of the way things are. more than 80% of gold comes from these small operations. this man worked in older mines. this woman's husband and children are miners, none had a formal contract. it's a hard and dangerous job.
what can we do. most workers get 50% of the value. the rest goes to the owner. the columbian government started a campaign to improve safety many are skeptical the government is acting in good faith. >> every so often police come they take on machines and treat us like criminals, all we are going is working to support our family. if they want us to change they need to put us in positions to do so. the rush stretches back centuries and continues for days. it was a job with few winners, and many risking their lives to scrape by. farmers in peru are calling for an indefinite strike to protest a copper mine. they are demanding a stop to the
1.4 billion project. 7 weeks of protest killed three people and left many wounded. opponents fear the mine will destroy the environment and contaminate crops. peru's president said he would not suspend the project calling for a 60 day time out for all sides to discuss their concerns opposition political parties are holding primary elections, and hope to form a common force against the socialist government against president nicolas maduro. as virginia lopes reports, they stand a strong chance of gaining pour. >> reporter: change is coming. phrases like this are heard more and more often in venezuela streets, where support for the late hugo chavez and his self-styled revolution were once a given. this person is hoping to be part of that change. by making the first cut in the
opposition primary elections, he would be able to run for parramatta. he says it's an upheeled battle with obstacles from within his own ranks. >> the opposition has yet to understand the change we want by turning to the sectors. trusting the leadership, bringing in larger than life figures doesn't work. >> this is seen as the first of many steps the opposition must take before regaining power. supporters from chavez. crumbling infrastructure chronic food shortages, and hour-long queues to buy food eroded chavez's successor, nicolas maduro. polls suggest they may win the assembly, but to many they are yet to capitalize the discontent
of the nicolas maduro administration. >> translation: the majority of venezuelans have a disfavorable view of the government. the opposition lacks support imposing people. the opposition protests but don't propose. street protests reflected the population's discontent at soaring inflation and crime. they saw a crucial opposition figure gaoled and revealed deep fissures within the coalition. critics mentioned in addition to lacking a leader and a message, the opposition can appear disbanded. >> translation: there are those that criticize of the coalition because they say we have too many leaders, and those that say we have no leaders. >> for the first time the opposition stands a chance of crowing the national assembly. primary to sunday it's the first step on a road to
regaining power. >> a major foe par for a california senate candidate. >> i went into his office thinking i'll be with... right. is he american? >> that wasn't a comedy skit it was democratic congress woman sanchez, apologising for making the war crime gesture. she was joking with indian americans about consuesing an american with a native american. she touted mexican heritage saying she's proudly native american on her mother's side a computer security expert who tweeted he could hack into an airline system did it. chris roberts told investigators he used the in flight entertainment system to give the
plane's engines on order to climb, and sent a series of tweets to lead an airline to ban him. he took control of ygs during a simulation. we turn to a medical story, digital x-ray technology detecting 40%. 200 women, 40 to 74 were detected in found breast cancer in 68. we have dr mark with us, a radiologist at the university of kansas hospital andons us from kansas city. thank you for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> 3d imaging for breast cancer is new. what are the biggest differences between 3d screenings and traditional mammograms? >> well a traditional mammogram, a 2-d image is a collapsed structure of the
breast. and can lead to difficulties, with a 3d mammogram, we take a series of low-dose images and they are reconstructed into a series of slices similar to that of a cat scan for analogy. it enables raidology to look at a breast slice by slice to un-super impose all the anatomy to help us find cancer earlier and have less false positives or call backs. >> 3d imaging is shown to increase detection rates by 40% and there's risk of over diagnosis. what's your response to that? >> over diagnosis is a problem. we need to talk about definition over diagnosis. there's a lot of controversy in the city over what is an over diagnosis. some believe it's overstated. 3d imaging has been around for a
couple of years, why hasn't it been readily available for everyone. >> well in part it was not until recently reimbursed by payers. as of january 1st, medicare started to reimburse for the 3d mammogram. until then no pair including medicare would reimburse the patient or facility for practising a mammogram. some places purchase it for free. and others it would be an out of packet for the patient between $5200. technology is slow to catch on, and when we converted from the film screen film ma'amo grams in early 2000s, it's taken 5-10 years for this it catch on. >> the overall breast cancer rate dropped. do we owe it to advances in technology? are people changing the way they
eat? >> i think the major di of the scientists agree most of the grope in breast cancer is due to the advent of modern day screaming. doesn't take some of us to look back to the '70s, and '80s and many women presented with a lot longer - further stage of breast cancer and now we find it earlier, it's treatable. >> saving more lives for sure. thank you, dr. >> absolutely the minimum wage debate is coming to a head in los angeles. the mayors claim to hike pay above $13 an hour, and the reaction from the business community and it's only 90 miles, but it was a symbolic sail through unchartered waters.
another sign that the u.s. and cuba are moving from the cold war. this weekend sailors took part in a boat race from florida to cuba. the havana challenge was billed as the first sanctioned event of its kind in half a century. erica pitzi is here with a look at what is ahead in the next half hour. >> there's an exciting interview. valerie valerie payne joins us live. she was outed as a c.i.a. operative. her name was given to the "new york post," her name was leaked in retaliation for her husband's criticism of the iraq's invasion. before being forced to resign she was a nuclear expert and at one point preventing iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
she'll join us in the next hour to discuss the spread, and why it's called the greatest existential threat. >> thank you washington d.c. police are following leads in a murder happening steps from joe biden's official residence. four were found dead in a house after a vir authorities -- fire authorities believe was deliberately set. civilians of a hooded figure -- surveillance of a hooded figure was released by authorities. raising the minimum wage - $15 an hour gained wide-spread support. jennifer london looks at life for workers making the current minimum wage baseball practice, dirty
dishes. >> it's bad muf that i'm gone for eight hours, to pick up another shift afterwards that's a total of 15-16 hours. >> reporter: she works tirelessly trying to support a family of five on $30,000 working as a security guard. half her pay check goes to paying rent on this small one-bedroom apartment. >> i don't think we took anything out for dinner. >> in the kitchen, the never-ending question of what to feed the family. >> reporter: what do you think you'll pull out the freezer? >> i didn't quite think about it. >> reporter: anderson is one of an estimated it 1 million ankle eenos in poverty. according to the mayor's office if l.a.'s poor was their own city, it would be the largest in america, and third largest in the field. anderson has it better than most, she earns a little more
than minimum wage but barely gets by. in the city of l.a. minimum wage workers earn $9. the mayor wants to raise it to $13.25 by 2017. in subsequent years it would be indexed to keep pace with inflaigs. >> reporter: some argue it will increase unemployment because small business owners that can't afford to pay a higher wage will be forced to close. they have the support of a number of coalitions and u.s. labour secretary tomes peres, in los angeles to push for a higher minimum wage. >> when you talk about raising the minimum wage being good for business why do you think there's resistance. let's talk about los angeles. sooner. >> you look at the polling and majority of businesses support
an increase in the minimum wage. >> if it does not go up what do you think will happen to the people working 40, 50, 60 hours and still go to a food pantry? >> we don't have a society where people work is full-time job, and hive in poverty, that's -- live in poverty, that's not who we are. >> making more each hour. what difference would that mean for you and your family. >> it would many i want have to work so hard. i could be able to be professional take care of my spolent yes at work -- responsibilities at work and show kids we are keeping an eye on severe weather across the planes. meteorologist kevin corriveau is here with what is happening. >> we do. we have a lot to talk about. the worse was yesterday, but we
are deal with an air of low pressure. i want to take you back 24 hours, here across kansas this is what the thunder storms look like in wichita kansas and look at the flooding situation they were dealing with as they went through the evening hours. people were diving through this. a lot of cars were stuck. once it got to a point it stalled out many of the cars across the city. a dangerous situation. if you don't know how deep the water is you want to stay out of the water. they are looking at better conditions. the storm system is pushing out of the picture. cloner and clear situations in store for the next couple of days, i want to take you up to the north. the area of low pressure it's bringing showers to parts of minnesota, as well as north and south dakota. maybe even a snow flurry or two. flooding is the biggest problem that we are seeing over the next couple of days down to the
south, a frontal boundary moving through louisiana and mississippi, we are seeing a bit of flooding across this area. that will be something we watch as well. for tomorrow, rain continues across much of the south-east and as we go to tuesday, we are looking at the severe weather coming back into play as we go into tuesday and thunder storms expected then. >> thank you very much kevin. >> they were classified as an endangered species more than five years ago. victims of oil spills and over fishing, what is done to save the only species of penguin native to africa. and this weekend ireland becomes the first country to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage. a look at the week ahead coming up in the next hour.
he skates swims, rides horses and tags wilted tigers did you -- wild tigers did you know russian president can handle a puck. he took to the ice in socially on saturday. making 70 years since the end of world war ii and can you guess how many goals the 62-year-old scored. count them eight goals leading to an 18-6 blow-out victory. luckily he had hep and assistance from n.h.l. great pavel burork. and the goalie isn't exactly bringing his a game. oil spills and ore fishing are threat -- overfishing are threatening to kill off the penguin in south africa. erica wood went to the south-western cape to see what is done to save them.
>> reporter: this is a penguin hospital, a place where distressed injured or orphaned birds come to rehabilitate. some at this facility are being nursed to health others are permanent residence like skipper. he'll never return to the wild, he's too tame. >> the education team are training him to be an ambassador bird. we think he'll be amazing. >> up to 10,000 children come through every year to learn about penguins other lessons are carried out over the internet. >> is it a boy or girl? >> we don't know we are waiting for lab results to come back. >> reporter: educating young generations are important because numbers of african penguins are low. there's fewer than 18,000 pairs in the wild. overfishing is a big factor.
it means that the adults have to travel further afield and spend more energy in fishing for themselves and their checks. when a tanker sank off the coast. 19,000 were affected. most were saved, but oil spills are a threat. the island off the west cape coast is well-known. tourists these days are liking to see thousands. >> it accused to be home to hundreds of thousands, a combination of overfishing and oil piles mean there's only over 600 pairs left. a penguin facility opened up in a close mainland point to dyer island. >> with the african penguin, every bird count. >> aside from rehabilitating
birds, research will be carried out. the staff say we need to pay attention to what declining numbers tells us. >> we should have tape note a long time ago that something seriously is wrong. >> like many of the world's endangered species, saving penn gips is a race against time and environmental issues. that most of all the destructions are caused by humans. i'm bisi onile-ere in new york. the news continues with erica pitzi thank you, this is al jazeera america. om-erica pitzi in -- i'm erica pitzi in new york with a look at the top stories. nine are dead after gunfire erupts in a texas bar. police say rival biker gans are behind the shoot out ramada falls to rebel groups as iraqi forces flee the city. >> back on track. amtr