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being governor, i came back to plains. when i got through being president, i came back to plains. and now no matter where we are in the world, we always look forward to getting back to plains. that's where our land is. we have had the same farm since 1833. we have a newer farm we got in 1904. we still grow peanuts and cotton on the farm. my roots are there, and my closest friends are there, and my church is there, which is very important to me. so plains has just been the focal point of my life. and a good many visitors come there every year, about 80,000, i think on the official count. and they come to find out how out of this little tiny town a future president could have come, and they learn about my schooling and things of that kind. so plains means a lot to me. >> reporter: thank you. >> thank you. let's not add anybody else to the line, please. >> reporter: thank you.
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president carter [ inaudible ] with hispancrow newspaper. i wonder if you have discussed with your family or closest circle how do you see this organization in the future, the carter center. >> how do i feel what? >> reporter: do you see the carter center in the future? >> well, i think it will be equal to what it has been in the past. it has been expanding every year, as far as the number of people we treat for terrible diseases and things of that kind. i understand this coming year, we'll treat 71 million people on earth for diseases so that they won't have the afflictions they have had throughout their lifetimes. and so we have added that we -- we are finished a hundred troubled elections to bring democracy and freedom to people, so -- yeah, we still try to bring peace. we concentrate on peace and
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human rights and democracy of freedom and alleviation of suffering. and i would say in every one of those areas, the carter center overall function and plans for the future are still expanding. and i'm completely confident that those plans can be realized without my every day involvement. and i'll still be coming to the trustee's meeting and meeting with our directors and -- and -- and others who have carried out the programs. >> reporter: and have you received messages from latin america where think carter center have participation? >> well, i have had a lot of messages the last few days from latin america. i'll be meeting next week -- i don't know if it's next week or next month, with a group from panama, and i have already approved that program on my -- on my schedule, so -- we -- we maintain a wide
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range of programs and -- in latin america. primarily to try to do with conflicts within the country, the relationship between the news media and the executive branch of government, when they try to stamp out freedom of the press, and also peaceful relationships, and we have still an ongoing program in -- in six countries in latin america to just about finish that to do away with uncle [ inaudible ] plan is. we still have just a small cluster of people [ inaudible ] people, about 25,000, i think total population on the border between venezuela and brazil, so we're going to continue to try to work on that. so we'll continue our work in latin america. >> reporter: good morning, mr. president, i'm scott kindler, 107 here in atlanta, as jason is
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me preparing to take over, you have very much been the face of peace negotiation since you left office. as he is continuing the effect forts of carter center, will he also be active and will you be advising him in future international conflict the carter center may be asked to become a negotiator of types with? >> the chairman of board of trustees and the body of the trustees, about 23, i think, they make the final decisions. they make the ultimate choices of what we do, how much money we spending, how many people we send there, and that sort of thing. so the chairman of the board is very deeply involved in making those sorts of decisions. so i presume as os nelson has done superbly, that jason will use the best experience that he
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can derive for all of the programs of the carter center. he may not be directly involved in as many peace negotiations and so forth, but he'll be going with us to myanmar the first part of november, and he'll be heading up the carter center delegation to monitor that very important delegation. >> reporter: marina [ inaudible ]. >> i know. >> reporter: you have had such a scope of work in your life. if -- in the time that you have left, what would give you the most satisfaction to see something happen? peace in the middle east? eradication of polio, or what are those things that you would hold on to the most that would give you the greatest satisfaction for the world, and if you can look at the state of the world and how you have been working -- >> in international affairs i would say peace for israel and
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its neighbors. that has been a top priority of my foreign policy projects for the last 30 years. right now i think the prospects are more dismal than any time i remember in the last 50 years. the whole process is practically dorma dormant. the government of israel has no desire for a two-state solution, which is the policy of all of the other nations in the world. and the united states has practically no influence compared to past years in either israel or palestine. so i feel very discouraged about it. but that would be my number one foreign policy hope. as far as the carter center is concerned i would like to see guinea worm completely eradicated. i would like the last guinea
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worm before i do. [ laughter ] >> i think we have two cases in south sudan, and one case in ethiopia, and one case in mali, and seven cases in chad. i would say that would be my top priority. >> this will be our last question. >> reporter: good morning, president carter, christopher king with cbs news here in atlanta. how tough do you expect this fight against cancer will be? >> well, it won't be tough on my part. i'm just ak acquiescing patient. so i don't look on this as any hardship on me. they have means, they say, and i trust them completely, to alleviate the after effects or
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side effects of different treatments. they have had a lot of treatments ongoing with different patients, thousands of them in the world, so i -- i don't anticipate any -- any troubling pain or suffering or deprivation on my part. >> reporter: thank you mr. president. >> thank you. >> thank you all very much for coming, and i appreciate it. i don't know -- kurt you want to add anything? or . . . if you have any particular questions -- the doctor can fix my mistakes. former president jimmy carter as ever laughing, joking, smiling, even as he announces that he has melanoma and the cancer has spread from his liver to four areas of his brain. he will begin radiation treatment this afternoon. he says he is ready for anyone. i want to bring in physician and medical journalist to sort of
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unpack a lot of information. first of all thank you for being with us. jimmy carter is 90 years old. he begins radiation treatment this afternoon. what does that mean? >> well, i'm really relieved to hear he has melanoma and not pancreatic cancer. he tolerated already a surgery at the age of 90, the liver surgery to have the mass removed, so -- >> that was on august 3rdrd. >> and that speaks highly of his general medical condition, you can't be extremely frail and tolerate that kind of surgery. so i think that's quite promising that he has already cleared the first hurdle in treatments. >> radiation to the brain, though, does that raid particular complexity when it comes to treatment? >> so melanoma in his case did not start on the skin.
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it can start for example in the back of the eye, and it spreads through the body through the blood, through the lymphatic system, and that's probably how it reached the brain. when you have a mass on the brain, that can impair your thinking and your ability to move. and the idea is to shrink those lesions so we don't have swelling on the brain. >> he talked about taking an immunotherapy treatment. how big of a difference could this make in his recovery and hopefully his remission. >> in melanoma we have had ground-breaking developments. one of them is this area of immunotherapy where you are using medications to harness the booeddy's own immune system to fight the cancer. kind of like we do with a vaccination. and this has been really
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promising. we're seeing much better outcomes and lower toxicity than we have seen in the past. >> he said he will begin radiation this afternoon and subsequently every three weeks, i believe, for a total of 12 weeks. how should we expect him to be feeling during that time? he talked about cutting back work at the carter center, but what would you expect, again, given his age. >> a lot of these patients will have systems like nausea, fatigue, vomiting, sometimes diarrhea, so he really should be take it easy, and taking care of himself. >> it almost seemed hard for him to say that he might not be able to go to his trip that he had been planning for so long in november to nepal, and he wants to still teach bible study this sunday. this is not a man that wants to slow down.
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what else is of significance when you look at the treatment regimen for a cancer like this for a 90 year old. >> it's really important for the public to understand that cancer is not one disease, it's many, many different diseases. the kinds of things that we weigh is first of all what kind of cancer is it, how much has it spread, and again, how frail is somebody? what is their nutritional status? how well can they move around? do they have other conditions like heart condition, and from everything we know he's in pretty good shape with the exception of this diagnosis. and we have some good treatments for it. so it's quite promising. >> would you expect the cancer to spread further? >> we will probably see further mets a ta sis, but the good news that these can be managed oopts
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as they come up. >> and there is treatment for melanoma whereas pancreatic cancer, which he lost four family members to, there is not. thank you so much for your expertise. we'll be right back with some of the day's other top stories, including police in st. louis squaring off with protesters after an armed black teenager is shot and killed. and calls for more federal help battling wildfires in the west after three firefighters are killed in washington state.
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moments ago you heard former president jimmy carter speaking out for the first time this hour about his cancer diagnosis.
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he said he is getting his first dose of radiation today and gave details about the cancer. >> they did a biopsy and found out it was indeed cancer, and it was melanoma, and they had a high suspicion then and now that the melanoma started somewhere else on my body and spread to the liver. the doctors tell me about 98% of all melanoma is skin cancer, and about 2% is internal. so then i came back up here after that, and they did a biopsy, and found that -- they did an mri, and found that there were four spots of melanoma on my brain. >> the 39th president said he is at ease with his illness, and he is now, quote, in the hands of god. tensions are high this day
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in st. louis. anger protesters confronted officers, shortly after police killed a man who pulled a gun on them. john henry smith has more. >> reporter: st. louis police released this dramatic video of an angry crowd, over 100 strong, confronting themming in the streets. protests and looting erupted in st. louis after police shot and killed an 18-year-old. police say he pointed a gun at them as he ran, after they tried to serve a war rent at a home in the city's north side. they say there were drugs and stolen guns at that home. a crowd estimated at around 150 soon gathered at the scene. many reportedly had already been in the area protesting the police shooting death of a 25-year-old mentally disturbed
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man wielding a knife. >> a car was set on fire, and we're receiving numerous calls for businesses being burglarized. >> reporter: tensioned have been high in the st. louis area as protesters have been marking the one year anniversary of the shooting of michael brown in ferguson. last week police shot and wounded an 18 year old after five straight days of protests. video afterwards seem to have shown he was armed. >> an area that has been plagued by violence, police officers were there doing a job that we all asked them to do to keep our community safe. a group of protesters came together and started to do acts of violence not only towards law enforcement, but towards the area. one individual stopped and blocked traffic on i-70, it was
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okay for officers to make an arrest. they are marching through kings highway which is a major thoroughfare. they are impacting people's lives, so i think there's a line that gets crossed. washington state today is asking for help from the federal government as three firefighters were killed and another four injured battling a wildfire. several wildfires have quickly grown in size and intensity, triggering new evacuation orders and threatening more homes. the flames overtook a vehicle. the county sheriff describes horrific conditions. >> the bottom line this is hell in here. it is obvious. it was blowing in every direction, and we just lost treyed. >> reporter: dozens of homes were destroyed across washington state. more than a thousand firefighters are on the ground
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along with the national guard trying to contain the flames and protect homes. >> it's hot. i got new boots yesterday. breaking them in, getting blisters on my heels. >> reporter: nearly 100 fires with burning across the west. >> obviously we're going to have to find a place to live for probably a couple of years, because just getting anything done up here, and then we're going to start working on this, cleaning up. and take it one day at a time at this point. >> winds are expected to calm down over the next two days. up next a competition on a prep school campus being detailed in court. we're analyze a rape case in new hampshire where prosecutors say high school seniors prayed on underaged students. ♪
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her to a remote building, removed her building, bit her and raped her. >> i didn't want any of this. i was so confused. i didn't know what else i could do. i had already said no, and i had already moved his face physically. i didn't know what else he could understand from that. >> defense lawyers reject her account saying what happened was not intercourse. st. paul's course has a long list of prominent alumni, including secretary of state john kerry. lynn philips a social and developmental psychologist who focuses on the issue of violence against women. she said this case highlights the messages sent to boys and girls about gender. >> this case is so disturbing. this is really about our culture. it's about the toxic messages we
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send to boys and girls about moss cue listenty, and femininity. how to be popular. it's about the media, the messages kids take in, with boys are told being a guy is getting everything you can, and girls are told being a successful woman is being the desired one. and you put that together in a context of maybe privilege, and outcomes like this are unfortunately not surprising. >> phillips also puts the blame on the prevalence of pornography that shows women as sex objects. regal entertainment group has become the first national train to start random inspections of bags at theaters across the country. some movie goers say they will boycott the chain as a result.
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one user wrote, your policy of searching bags is a recipe for disaster, another asked regal says the move is to, quote, ensure the safety of our guests and employees. the chain operates about 7300 screens across the country. we are expecting to see and hear from the two women who are making history in the military. they will graduate this week. ines reports how the changes could affect women's roles in the military overall. >> reporter: two women will make history on friday, becoming the first females to graduate from the army's ranger school. 61 days of gruelling trains with a dropout wait of 60%. this woman made it through eight days. >> what i have seen in the end is that your gender ends up not
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mattering. it matters what you bring to the table and what you are capable of doing. >> as the pentagon considering whether my combat job should be closed to women, the idea that if you can meet the same exact standards as men, you should be able to do the same job, is gaining support. >> if they can meet the standard, i think they should earn a ranger tag. >> reporter: this week the navy said it plans to open its seal plan to women as well. regardless of any policy shift, those who advocate for women on the front line say the work will be far from over. marine captain is one of the people who sued the defense department three years ago to revise its policy to include women in combat. >> there is going to be that first women riding on a tank,
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that first woman in an artillery unit. and all of these women will be held to a higher standard. it won't be fair, but if she doesn't go through that, the next woman behind her will have it a little bit easier. >> we should accept that there's differences between males and females. females can contribute. but unilaterally across the board, i think it provides a distraction and waengs the force. >> reporter: under the pentagon's plan, the military has until january next year to argue if any position should remain closed to women. california's extreme drought is literally changing the landscape. officials have released a list of 21 ground water base ins that have been severely depleted by pumping. and that is leading to valley floors sinking faster than ever.
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areas near the california aqueduct have dropped up to 12.5 inches. a group of treasure hunters have found 350 goal coins found laying on the seabed off of florida's coast. they belong to a fleet of 11 spanish ships. the coins are said to be worth $4.5 million. recapping our top story, former president jimmy carter says he is getting his first dose of radiation today. the 90 year old spoke for the first time about his illness, and revealed that a first scan back in may found a tomber. >> i was pleasantly surprised that i didn't go into an attitude of despair or anger or anything like that. i was just completely at ease,
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as rosa can testify, i think having a bought about his veracity, but i just -- >> announcer: this issal jazz. -- al jazeera. ♪ hello, and welcome to the al jazeera news hour. i'm martine dennis in doha. europe's worst refugee crisis since the second word war, macedonia declares a state of emergency at its boarder with greece. the greek prime minister is set to announce a snap election. former u.s. president jimmy carter says doctors have found cancer in his brain. i'm jo with the