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walters. thank you. this is al jazeera america i'm del walters with a look at the day's top stories. rivers are rising in texas, spreading the danger of flooding across a rain-soaked state. another democrat, the former governor of maryland jumping into the presidential race and divisions in f.i.f.a. as europeans register anger at the re-election of sepp blatter. time is running out for the patriot act. we'll take a deeper look at the fight over widespread government surveillance and your privacy flooding as far as the eye can be. texans keeping the face.
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tonight another round of rain - what they don't need. it's going from bad to worth, torrential rains. devastation and a rising death toll. now spilling over the banks. in houston, getting slammed. jonathan martin is in the houston suburb of rosenberg. yes, it is raining adane y again and again, this is an area under a mandatory evacuation. you can understand why. the river is well above the flood stage. this is the rain and flooding. many of the people - 75 homes here - people in 75 homes have been told to get out of here. police went door to door last
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night and came back as it started to rain to tell people to get out of the area. there were about 50 to 60 homes, and they were told if they can evacuate, some of them decided to leave, some decided to stay. i can tell you in the last half hour as more rain came down law enforcement went back to some people reminding them of the danger. we see more and more people. a lot of people seem to be taking it seriously. not here but across the houston area where the rain is getting harder and harder. >> it was picture perfect today, and it rained again. >> a few hours ago it was sunny, everyone was out here and two hours ago the rain came a cell came through, it would stop for 10 minutes and more rain would come that's what forecasters predicted, saying
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there would be 3-5 inches of rain in the area. the question was would the rain move quickly or stall. it seems we are seeing a lot of rain is stalling here it is coming and is leaving and coming back again. a lot of danger here and concern in the area. >> reporter: on that note what are the forecasters are saying is it going to stop soon or is this a pattern that slams the state for days to come? >> that's the question. we know for the next two days forecasters said anywhere from one to five inches of rain could come in the areas. some areas closer to houston, they got some of the worst of the flooding. they are not expected to get as much of it. this area here south of houston will expect to get the worse, this is the area and another area under mandatory evacuations. >> jonathan martin live in texas. stay dry.
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>> another democrat says he wants to be president of the united states. former baltimore mayor and governor martin o'malley announced that he is running. his number one concern is the commi. -- chi a small group of protesters greeted the baltimore mayor, saying they were upset over the recent death of freddie gray who died in police custody. martin o'malley saying it was a reflection of the nation's poor economy. hillary clinton sent him a tweet saying: earlier, al jazeera america said michael shure said he's not sure if the candidate can overcome
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the stigma of baltimore. francis molo -- martin o'malley has a problem with baltimore. it happened at the wrong time. it's the biggest city in his state. problems existed. i think it's a problem for martin o'malley. he'll be asked about it dogged about it on the campaign trail. it's smart of him to take it by the horns in his opening remarks. >> secretary of state john kerry and the iranian foreign minister meeting. the deadline for the agreement with iran is a month away.
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one of the issues is the push to international access to their sites. and tehran wants sanctions lifted. there's concern that there may be the need for extension to the june 30th deadline. more than 70 have been killed in northern syria. government forces dropping barrel bombs in two areas. the worst attack was on a marketplace in alback under the control of the islamic state group, that attack killing 55 people alone. we have this report. another gain for syrian rebels in northern idlib. these are fighters of a coalition of rebels including al nusra front fighters allied to al qaeda. and control the town. it is thought to be the last major stronghold tore the
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regime. after days of battle. soldiers have left. the newsagency says government forces have pulled out to the outskirts to regroup. tens of families are fleeing. some people are scared that the regime will destroy the town using barrel bombs. >> rebels have also moved on to the village in the western countryside, killing a number of government soldiers. days earlier, rebels captured the town. last month they took control of idlib, the province's capital. the next major battle could be the president's stronghold on the coast. and syria, the islamic state of iraq and levant is widening its
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control. these photos show a glimpse of one of syria's notorious prisons. tens of inmates removed by government forces before they fled. further south a war of attrition. fighting between hezbollah and others are not over in the qalamoun mountain ranges. hezbollah announced it made big gains in the area. but with fighters carrying out hit and run attacks. >> more than 40 hezbollah fighters are set to have been killed since fighting started this month. qalamoun is crucial for hezbollah and the syrian government is where both sides get weapons of re-enforcements. fighting in syria's multiple battle fronts intensify. too many warring factions with different agendas are battling themselves it's not clear who
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will win the final battle 17 people were found dead on a boat today, like so many they were trying to make it to italy. officials say more than 4,000 migrants have been pulled off the parties on friday many reaching ports in sicily. that is where a british navy vessel dropped off 700 migrants half rescued from an over crowded boat off the coast of libya. german and irish vessels picked up the other half. emma haywood has more. >> reporter: in the middle of the mediterranean sea, this was a scramble to stay afloat. a desperate scene, repeated many times over. a german frigate involved in this rescue where hundreds of people were picked up from different boats. among them the very young. and few can imagine how this
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mother might have felt being reunited with a little boy. others exhausted from their journey were able to rest on deck. and unprecedented numbers of people are trying to make the perilous trip from north africa to europe to escape war, poverty and persecution. many are gambling on better economic prospects in europe. but they are risking everything in the process. vessels from europe's and large tritan naval operations have been working nonstop. among them britain's navy flagship h m.s. "bulwark", arriving in toronto. hundreds on board, sum under 18, and travelling alone. italy is bearing the brunt of arrivals but not all. in recent days dozens arrived on the greek island of cos from turkey. this group careful to destroy
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their inflatable boat before walking ashore. while europe's navy's rescue the migrants politicians make plans to disperse them throughout the e.u. many countries don't want them. there has been no slowdown in the flow trying to reach the shores. let's take a look at the numbers, 4,200 people were rescued over the past 24 hour that is the highest in recent months on april 12th. 38 hundred migrants were saved on that day. in on may 2nd, 3800 were saved. many arrived in italy, some 1770 arrived, dying to get there. >> there has been a travel ban against 89 officials. germany's foreign minister is one of the critics touring ukraine. he is on the list. most of the people affected are outspoken critics of russia and
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political security and military leaders. possible retaliation against sanctions on russia imposed after russia annex crimea. >> knewly re-elected and defiant. sepp blatter, says he doesn't fear being arrested. a bribery scandal rocked the organization he vows to destroy the tarnished representation. -- reputation. it got a little harder day one of a fifth term as president. and sepp blatter is not happy. >> i have said i forgive, but i don't forget when it comes to perps persons and not to facts he chaired a meeting of the committee, that's the panel that makes football's biggest decisions. david gill and newly elected member from europe chose not to attend in a protest at blatter's re-election. the manchester united director
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saying he couldn't see there being a positive change at f.i.f.a. while blatter was in charge. it's a detail in a split between f.i.f.a. and european football's governing bod -- body u.e.f.a. >> you have the best competition, and the best players. when it comes to clubs, if you don't have the players from the other continents they will not be so rich or good in football. they have to be an example, also not just to save f.i.f.a. they shall help and come in and take responsibility. and responsibility you kont take when you are elected or don't come to the first meeting. this is no responsibility. >> you are elected, you have to come. whoever is the president of f.i.f.a. blatter has loyal support in many countries beyond european borders, and that's why he was able to survive a week seeing
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seven high-ranking members arrested on suspicion of corruption the thought of resigning never crossed his mind. the congress are of the opinion that i am still the man to go into this problems and to solve this problems. u.e.f.a. may find it ironic told to set an example by the head of an organization that has seven senior officials residing in a prison on corruption charges. u.e.f.a. countries will meet in berlin on saturday. the topic of pulling out of f.i.f.a. will be discussed. now for the fans it's going to take more than any scandal for world cup soccer. football mania to go away to give you a sense of how big this is globally look no further than the fan base. soccer which the rest of the world calls football boasts more than 3 billion worldwide. it's under half the world's
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population. we don't have figures for the last year world cup final in brazil. but the previous one in 2010 drew an estimated 900 million, and that doesn't count people watching in bars or videos. compare that to the 114 million who tuned in to watch the super bowl, and you get an idea of soccer's reach and power. all the soccer eye balls translate into serious cash f.i.f.a.'s revenues have gone from strength to strength clocking in at 4.8 billion, half of that coming from the world cup tournament. there is more at stake than the bottom line. in many countries, soccer is the embody. and expression of national pride. when a team plays in the world cup, cities can grind to a halt because so many dropped everything to watch it. the sport retains a hold on people around the globe, despite the fact that f.i.f.a. had a
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reputation for dubious conduct for decades. ask a fan of the beautiful game if it's all about the money, and they'll red card you. like the n.f.l. fans seem to be able to separate their distaste for scandal from the love of the game. erica pitzi, my colleague, talked to dave zirin about whether sepp blatter will be arrested and if f.i.f.a. will survive the scandal. >> i don't know if he'll be the next arrest you don't know what will happen in this case it will have more twists and turns than a pretzel. at the same time sepp blatter is the end goal. what is the end target of the u.s. justice department. even though attorney-general loretta lynch did not use the words sepp she was point that this was about uprooting 20 years of malfeesans.
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i don't think f.i.f.a. can five this. what we have seek the last week is the beginning and end of f.i.f.a. as we know it. the idea of having that organisation, with terrible governance, in charge of setting up tournaments and in charge of rooting out corruption it's hard to imagine how it can operate under the same umbrella coming up on al jazeera america what will become of the patriot act, set to expire in a few hours. we'll take a deeper look as the senate returns to d.c. for a special session. later, common core not making the grade in new jersey why governor chris christie is getting rid of the curriculum in his schools.
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it's saturday night, time to take a deeper look at the patriot act. the senate returning to washington while lawmakers are
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trying to decide whether to extend key parts of the pact used to justify the bulk data programme. collecting the phone data using your phone numbers and friends. libby casey has more from washington. >> dell government officials say they are winding down parts of the patriot act in case the senate doesn't come up with an extension by tomorrow night. the real wind down begins tomorrow at 4 o'clock as the senate gabbles in. the president is warning that it's a serious situation. >> sunday at midnight a bunch of authorities that we use in order to prevent terrorist attacks in this country expires. >> the president pointed to measures like roving wire taps. >> i don't want us to be in a situation where for a certain
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period of time the authorities go away and suddenly we are dark. and heaven forbid. we have got a problem. where we could have prevented a terrorist attack. >> the president is supporting what is being billed as a compromise passed by the house. the u.s.a. freedom act, ending the collection of telecom records by the government. instead, telephone companies will keep them. >> you can confer more from the pattern than the conversation. >> reporter: the freedom account goes too far say some. >> none of the reforms, whether the freedom act or the reauthorization bills will do anything to end bulk collection. i think the political will in america is not there for the programs to continue indefinitely. >> reporter: there's resistance to the freedom account in the senate for liberals and libertarians like rand paul.
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>> we entered into a momentous debate. a super-pact supporting paul's bid for the white house is using his stance to promote him. and an anti-surveillance group called fight for the future is sending a message by blogging the websites redirecting visitors. on the flipside there's push back against the freedom account. republican majority leader wants the full patriot act renewed. >> do we want the law to expire. >> the options is pass the freedom act, reknew or be at piece with it expiring. if the isn't date does other than pass the freedom account, the house would have to follow up. this will be a £to watch. -- weekend to watch
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joining us to take a deeper look at the patriot act is faisal patel, director of the security programme at the brennan centre and a former adviceo to senator harry reid and host of "the agenda", a national morning radio programme. pfizer i'll start with you. there seems to be an assumption that terrorists don't watch television. given we are told there'll be a gap in the efforts if the senate does not move will that leave it vulnerable or is the white house playing a high stakes game of chicken little? >> we don't know all the programs that the n.s.a. conducts. but we do know that this authority has not proven useful in counterterrorism. we know that we had two review
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groups say that the federal bureau of investigation's inspector general came out with a report saying this programme hasn't added any unique value, there's that. on the other hand there are other parts of section 215 of the act which will ex-power along with the phone metadata programme, and the question is whether the government has other ways to fill the gaps and we don't know enough about the n.s.a.'s programs to answer that question. >> mr raiben is the lapse that we see in the bulk data collection programme, is it y2k of the 21st century or is there something to be concerned about. >> i don't think there's something to be concerned about. my tendency my coe guest - first off, the n.s.a. everyone i know that works there always believes in building redundancies into systems. my tendency is to believe the
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critical stuff has redundancy into it. and there's widespread agreement that the patriot act went too far. if that means a pause, that's what it means. let me push back against that and ask this question. should there be another attack it would be the monday morning quarterback of the n.s.a. c.i.a. and others. saying why didn't we know more and if we did why didn't we do something. so is talking efforts away from the n.s.a. authority away from the n.s.a. the way that america really wants to go. >> i would span that back on you. we can prevent - there are 30,000 that die from motor veh ible death, if we make it 10 miles per hour we can prevent it not one single wall to wall
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with blanket coverage that was not the case on 9/11. >> i mean so you are suggesting that because the tv media covers something, that means it's more of an urge crisis. >> no i'm saying the argument of numbers to numbers it not an accurate number. the art is whether or not the n.s.a. bulk collection will prech a terrorist a -- prevent a terrorist act. >> emotionality is more important than the constitutional rights. i'm not going to buy that argument. we have constitutional protection for a reason it is very specific. in particular the bill of rights on what our rights are of citizens. for too long we satisfied the rites that had not come from it. when the procedures had been reviewed it's shown they have not stopped terrorist attacks.
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i'm not buying that. faisal patel. rand paul says it's a debate about whether a warrant with a single name of a single company can be used to collect phone records of all of the people in the country with a single warrant, he said our forefathers would be aghast. are they rolling over in their graves or laughing? >> i imagine they are shocked because what rand paul's argument is is that the programme uses broad orders they are like the general warrants and if you go back to history, that's where you say go off and search for evidence of criminality, that is what was so upsetting to the american revolutionaries, and that actually was the basis of the fourth amendment. we are rite that the broad orders are what the forth amendment is supposed to protect against. instead what we so is a court has been issuing them in
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sequence, year after year after year. and with little evidence in counterterrorism effectiveness. does it bother you that it is an exception. they are not normal citizens. after all, the people gathering the material are trying to do their jobs and that is to protect americans. i don't think anyone is trying to impugn the inserty and commitment of people working at the n.s.a. whenever you have an intelligence agency the mission is to gator information, that is what the primary mission is it will do that as much as it can, and collect as much as it can over and over again until it comes up against a barrier, and it is our constitution and our laws. >> let's talk about gathering information. there's a legal challenge to uphold groups with wiki paidia.
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the government is called on using wikipedia an attack on the back bone of democracy, paul beban has the story. >> reporter: if you want to know about the government spying that prompted protests like this one in washington last year one place you mite look is on wikipedia, and the reason it is suing has a lot to do with how wikipedia works. it says it's a free encyclopedia edited by 69,000, most of them volunteers and the whole think is a non profit and it says the way the n.s.a. gathered information, called surveillance violated the freedom of speech of users and volunteers subjecting them to unreasonable search and seizure. >> we believe the upstream
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surveillance the mass surveillance of our readers and users is damaging to us. wikipedia depends on a culture of openness and courage. and in that context their privacy is important. the way the surveillance works is the n.s.a. taps into the cables and routers that moves the traffic across the u.s. and around the world. wikipedia says it has an affect on free change of information, saying articles written in europe during the arab spring may not have been used if they knew the u.s. was watching. what sparked n sa civilians was edward snowden, a document he released mentioned wikipedia as a tart for n sa spying. the u.s. government denied the spying happened said it was wrong and would stop. >> the bottom line is people around the world regardless of
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the nationality should know that the united states was not spying on ordinary people. we take their privacy concerns into account. it applies to foreign leaders as well. >> the department of justice says it's looking over the new lawsuit. in the past two years other organizations could sue the government. some are working their way through the legal systems. that would be a challenge for wikipedia as well. >> an issue is the question of standing. we have standing. there's no question about that. the case will proceed, and when we think about it on the merits. you look at what the law says what the constitution says there's no doubt in my mind that we are in the rite. >> what the courts could decide could determine the future of
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the drag net the n.s.a. has cast on everything we do online. >> teen in mind five short years ago it was a different story. then the patriot act was renewed. enter edward snowden, his revelations of the government snapping on observing americans has been a game changer. earlier, jerry intoed ler spoke to al jazeera about that. >> edward snowden did a public service by telling us about the illegal surveillance. i would say unconstitutional mass surveillance it's been alleged he gave a lot of harmful information to the chinese or someone, that is not shown. if he did, he ought to be condemned. if he didn't he shouldn't be. >> mr ray bup, i want to ask the
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question. given the fact that there's concerns that civil liberties have been eroded. does that mean that those that attacked us have been run before. capitol hill and white house is armed. and police patrol every city block. >> i wouldn't say they've won, for the most part it's a free society, and it would take a lot for them to win. we should be concerned when fear of attack causes us to roll back widely healed constitutional protection. we should be concerned when fear trumps nationally and the constitution that creates a dangerous situation. >> is this a question of who stores the data as opposed to whether the data is connected at all. if that is the case who do we trust more the government the people working for us google. amazon at&t.
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all the collection agencies that store that that the government would have to go to get it anyway? >> there's a couple of things to understand. the first is that at&t or verizon or film providers collect the data anyway. they are collecting because that is part of the bill. >> do we trust them with that information. >> you do every day. you get the phone service from them. they know who they are calling, and they use the information to send you a bill. these are supposed to be business records kept by a business, and the problem is that if you shift them over wholesale to the government. the government can go into them at any point in time. >> can't the same companies do the same thing without a court order. >> the worse they can do is send you an advertisement. it's a different power dynamic over here. the government can keep the information for longer than a business would in the normal course of its operation. the general standard is to keep
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records for five years, there's so many loopholes in the laws, that they can keep the records for longer and they can go into them at will. if the records stay with the company, as long as they are not kept longer than normal. the government would make a showing to the judge and get the records, and that is better for americans privacy mitch mcconnell says we know what is going on overseas we know what has been tried at home: how concerned should the american public be should this part of the patriot act expire and seeing as we have been here before wait are for the last minute to do something. is anyone listening, in your opinion? >> if it expires, it's mitch mcconnell's fault. if he had not tried to block the act, it's likely it would have had the votes.
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mitch mcconnell can look at himself in the mirror and blame who caused the expiration. >> saying we are in a dangerous period we are always in a dangerous period it's always a dangerous time. we should look to the constitution, written at a dangerous time. >> i want to ask you this question and we'll wrap the segment up on this mote. given the fact that congress is debating whether what the n.s.a. does is right or wrong, does that make the n.s.a. the hero or the goat? >> i wrote this when edward snowden come out. i don't care whether he's a hero or a goat. i think it's a distraction. is the information he gave us accurate. >> if the answer is yes, the n.s.a. was going things wrong. the debate whether edward snowden is a hero or villain, to me it doesn't matter. what matters is is it information what he provided us
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with the truth, it seems like it is. edward snowden, hero or goat now that we are having this debate. whether what the n.s.a. did is right or wrong. >> i don't care whether he's a hero or a goat. important thing is what he put out there, was what the n.s.a. doing legal, was it in conformity with the government. these are important questions that president obama said nears are questions that we need to get out in the pope and need to have a serious debate about. is he vindicated with time. >> he regards the section 215 scenario as vindication. they came out and said this didn't provide useful counterterrorism. the d o.j. says the same thing. the court of appeal found the programme to be illegal, and it's about to expire or else be
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radically reformed. with respect to this programme, which is one very small part of the n.s.a.'s authorities and provisions, he seems to do well. >> faisal patel, the co-director. liberty and national security programme at the brennan center for justice, thank you for being was. and ari, raben half former advisor to harry reid and host of "the agenda", a national morning radio show. thank you for being with us this evening coming up he's heading home. an american man freed after spending 400 days inside an egyptian prison. we'll talk to his lawyer and brother-in-law next.
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moham ad sol tan is on his way to the u.s. after he was
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released from an egyptian prison much after being gaoled and on a hunger strike he was arrested. he was the son of a member of the prominent muslim brotherhood relinquished his passport. his family released a statement saying: sol tan, a graduate of ohio state and former campaigner for president obama had been charged with setting up an operations room in a pro-muslim brotherhood camp in 2013. the state department says the u.s. government welcomes his
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release, and brings a conclusion to the case. >> it was heart-breaking to see him that way. according to his bother the u.s. government's effort led to his release. egypt issued a law allowing foreign people to be released. >> after president mohamed mursi was ousted in 2013, egyptian authorities cracked down on the muslim brotherhood killing hundreds and arresting thousands. courtney kealy, al jazeera. waleed is the sol tan family attorney and joins us from washington d.c. thank you for being with us. your reaction to the release of mr solt ark n. >> thank you for having me i think, you know all of our reactions have been that it's long overdue. mohammed languished in an egyptian prison for two years, for nothing more than protesting
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the removal of the previous regime. not a shred of evidence was presented in proceedings that he attended. showing that he d anything more than that yet he was sentenced to life in prison. the general sense is that of relief. 400 days in prison there was a hunger strike. how is he going health wise and emotionally. >> we've been allowed - the main partner of my law firm went and visited with him and noted that he was in poor health from what we understand is that we had to - we were instructed to take a wheelchair with us to the airport to help him move. he has not been consuming solids for some time. he has a long road ahead of him. can you tell us what led to the
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release, was it the hunger strike or the pressure from the u.s. government. if it was that pressure what are we talking about. i think the hunger strike was helpful in that it helped raise awareness for mohammed and shined a light on the individual plight as opposed to others in egypt who are contained in similar positions. the novelty of a u.s. citizen hunger striking was something that cannot be ignored. that being said ultimately what caused the release is - was the u.s. government applying pressure on the egyptian regime to release mohammed. we have been made aware of statement from president obama and secretary kerry. they were, from what we understand, serious tactics used to help allow for mohammed's release. >> if not for the pressure what
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do you think would have happened to mohammed. >> he would have been in prison. there's an appeal set to be filed in the next week or so for his codefendants and he would have been a part of that appeal, which made the window where his release could have been effected under the presidential decree small. it was pretty much from the end of the trial in early april through june that needed to get done so there was an air of finality to the sentence. mohammed would be languishing in prison for the foreseeable future. >> what does it say about egypt. most americans think of egypt as a place they go to visit the pyramids. based on the imprisonment of our client brother-in-law and colleagues in al jazeera, is it time for the united states to re-examine the relationship with the country of egypt? >> i think the united states has been walking, you know delicately in the egyptian political situation.
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it's difficult to say. there's a lot of considerations. our client was a piece of a bigger puzzle. we view this as an important gesture by the egyptian government in releasing mohammed. certainly other dual nationals or foreign nationals have not been released. from our vantage point it's about individual advocacy and we look at this as an important gesture from the egyptians to mending relationships. as any observer nose has been on the fritz for the past couple of years. >> he's not only your client but your brother-in-law. what does the family have in store for mohammed when you see him again and what are your plans. >> it's yet to be determined. he has some ideas. when you are looked up in a prison where you don't know if you are getting out.
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mohammed has a lot of soul searching. the family is ecstatic to a voicemail of mohammed leaving israel we were not allowed contact prior to that. they are making signs, getting the balloons and the kids are getting ready. he has a nephew. certainly that will be a joyous occasion at the airport. we are expecting a good crowd at the airport. he's going to need time to recover. tonight will be festive. >> a joyous sayings. thank you for -- occasion thank you for being with us this evening coming up on al jazeera america, the common core curriculum causing controversy in some school systems. how one state is getting rid of it altogether. and the scare in the sky, a passenger plane and a drone almost collide.
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there was a massive quake off the eastern coast of japan, registering 8.5. the fukushima nuclear power plant dammed four years ago during the 9.0 quake reported no irregularities, it was a powerful earthquake but the epicentre was 350 miles deep below the bottom of the ocean, but there was no danger of a tsunami much police in new york are searching for the opener of a drone that nah -- owner of a drone that narrowly avoided a collision with a jet. it was forced to take evasion of the clean climbed 200 feet avoiding a drone flying 207 feet above the ground. new jersey is ditching
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common core. the curriculum doesn't work. there's a growing number of people who seam to agree. john seigenthaler has the story. >> reporter: a speech laced with politics and parenting. >> i want every classroom to be a place where learning occurs for every student. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie takes on a big issue, common core. it is subdividing families politicians and teachers. >> it's been five years since nikita korostelev was adopted. it's not working. >> reporter: on thursday chris christie announced he's pulling his state out of the standardized curriculum. >> instead of solving problems in the classrooms it's creating problems in the classrooms and at home. when we are getting the job done for our children or need to do something different. >> chris christie has company.
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several states rejected common core saying it puts pressure on teachers and student to meet benchmarks that have more to do with money than education. proponents disagree saying common core is working, helping chin to compete, giving them a solid, universal foundation for the future. the common core state standards initiative was sponsored by the national government association and chief state school officer. 46 states signed on to standardize subjects for students in kindergarten. occupants say it does not leave room for creativity in the classroom. >> all the countries at the top of the rankings they do not test yearly. >> it's a battle played out in washington in local communities. some embrace it others opt out
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of the testing, it's clear the fight is far from over. >> that's john seigenthaler reporting. visitors to disney's magic kingdom may see a surge in ticket prices. a survey sent visitors to the park asking for feedback asking for a price increase. this would include higher prices during peak hour a day pass now sorts at $100 disney has not released details of price hikes. >> this week on "third rail," the focus is on the u.s. and the status as a superpower. higher is a preview. >> i could never call all the shots in the world. we may not be able to call as many as we would like to we are secure and still are the number one country to which our allies turn looking for support, and enemies most fear in terms of
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the united states actually doing well. >> but they say they'll have options they'll have china. >> russia turn to china. don't be ridiculous. >> your question is helping us to rehearse the main issue in the presidential issue. republican candidates are saying not just jed bush that they are trying to point out to a sympathetic public that america is weak president obama has not done well overseas. there's a sense of i.s.i.s. beheadings shouldn't have happened, and republican candidates are united in attacking both president obama and his former secretary of state for making a mess of our role in the world. and "third rail" airs tomorrow at 6 eastern and three pacific. ahead. saying goodbye to blue's legend bb king. [ ♪♪ ] working to ensure the blues
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never fades.
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there were funeral services today for b b king he was one of the world's influential blues guitarists. [ ♪♪ ] the private service was taking place in his home town of mississippi, king you may recall was in doubted into the hall of fame in 1987. that's him with lucille, his guitar. the mississippi delta that the king called home is known for its unique sound. while king and the mississippi legends resides, they'll pass the torch. gabriel elizonda hit the road travelling to bruce mississippi. on his front pomp -- porch,
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strumming his guitar leo is in his element. it plays a history, it is he plays in his local church for friends and family. a master of his craft that few heard, a dying breed of american blue's music, a genre played by men in their 90s, there's a rush to preserve the music before it's too late. he was discovered assigned to a local record contract his first album two days before his birthday. >> he'll reply the guitar until the final day.
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it represents a generation of old-time missouri blues, musicians, they won't be around forever. the question is where does this music go after me like leo are gone. that will be left to people like leo's sun, leo welsh junior who learnt to play by watching and listening to his father he's part of a younger generation that is optimistic about the future. people older folk black, white, brown, it's early blue. >> this is a self-described blues aficionado said it will not be easy to replicate. >> not many play the blues the way leo plays it now. leo place the way it was played on the farm before it was taken north and urbanized. leo is full of energy and wants us to hear a loft song the lyrics titled a long journey.
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and he hopes his title will be one to a journey to no end, even after he has no longer around. >> i'm del walters in new york. "america tonight" is next. next. on the weekend edition of "america tonight", fighting chance. already an olympic gold medallist, the world's number one middleweight tells sara hoy, she's ready to pump above her weight again. >> what defines you? >> overcoming my obstacles, resilience is the word. out of control. when the state


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