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everything else that we have been covering on our website. you can see it there, >> he calls it the right thing to do. the university of missouri president stepping down after growing protest on campus like this. making amends, president obama meeting with benjamin netanyahu for the first time since the iranian nuclear deal. and bond has been set for two louisiana police officers, both been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a six-year-old boy.
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>> this is al jazeera america live in new york city. i'm del walters. the university of missouri president has resigned about two hours ago. they called in emergency session to address the grows protest against recent acts of racism on campus. >> i'm resigning as president of the university of missouri. the motivation for this decision comes from a love. i love mu, columbia, where i grew up, and the state of missouri. i thought and prayed about this decision. it's the right thing to do. >> al jazeera's andy rosen is live for us. how much pressure was on the university board to do something? >> enormous pressure, del.
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you can see a lot of students here are winding down from the celebration they've been having all morning long in response to president tim wolf's resignation. there have been a number of racial incidents that have occurred over the last few years including the use of the n. word on campus. members of the university football team said that they would not practice or play unless tim wolf resigned. and jonathan butler a grad student, said he was not going to eat until president wolf resigned. so the football players were protesting in support of butler and forcing wolf out 37 really it became a done deal. you have to say last night when members of the missouri legislature weighed in a lot of democrats and republicans both saying that he should resign. >> also the football team threatening not to play this weekend over this particular issue. there were walk outs that the faculty had as well. what impact did the university's
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decision hinge on the football players themselves saying they weren't going to take to the field? how much of a factor was that? >> well, i'm sure that was a huge huge factor. i mean, the football team is worth millions obviously to the success of the university. in fact, there is a contract between the university of missouri and brigham young university, their next opponent on the weekend, said that if one of the two teams were to forfeit the game, the other team would owe the other school $1 million. that was at stake not to mention all the other side businesses that go along with the football team playing. some have argued that maybe the team wouldn't have made this threat not to play if they were doing better. they have a losing record right now. some have suggested, well, maybe the team was not so serious about immunity, about making this call for the president to resign. it's a huge step really for football team to say we're not going to play unless the president resigns. regardless of all that, the president really did see the writing on the wall here from
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last night from a lot of things coming out of both the school and the legislature, and we talked to a couple of students on campus who as well told us that he really did need to go. >> it's really important. i think its more than just the events that have happened in the last couple of months. i've gone here since freshman year, and i've had different instances with other students, racial--it's time that people start listening. >> i'm glad we can open up and have this debate and have these talks that need to happen. it's not just a problem here at missouri. this is a nationwide problem. but i'm glad missouri can be the first to lead the way in these discussions. >> now the former school president tim wonderful said he was addressing racial issues, and had put out a call to action for a plan that would be in place in april 2016, but the protesters said that was not soon enough at the they didn't like his attitude. they said when they met with him, he seemed cold and indifferent and not caring until they came to him, and not having
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a proactive approach in addressing the racial issues. the question is who will be his replacement, and how soon will they take action and be able to take action. >> from time to time while you were talking there were sporadic celebrations taking place behind you. how long has that been going on? >> well, since--and we can show you the video, right when the announcement was made a little over an hour ago, it's been going on since protesters have been vocal. they're very untrusting of the media. there is probably a good reason why their cause has been successful because it brought so much national attention to columbia when those football players made their announcement yesterday. but they're now celebrating. it's all a matter of being thankful that something has happened. that wolf resigned, and figuring out who will take his place and what kind of actions are going to happen now. the protesters said they wanted something like more
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accountability for racial incidents on campus. they want diversity training for students and faculty coming to campus. >> andy, thank you very much. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is visiting with the white house today. this is his first visit there for more than a year. mike viqueira, what is on the agenda of these two leaders today. >> first of all the agenda is to patch things up. there has been a rough patch that has lasted roughly the entire seven years that lasted throughout president obama's term at the white house. both leaders went out of their way to stress the unity and commitment that each of those educations have towards each other. but if you look at the litany of disagreements over the course of last several years, the two-state solution, the bedrock of u.s. policy on the eve of the
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election early this spring. the peace talks that were led by secretary kerry in effort he again to bring palestinians and israelis together. that has collapsed as well. and there is a situation with iran. president obama's initiative to reach that nuclear deal as before it wa--as it was about to go before congress, benjamin netanyahu speaking to congress. today, a long meeting, del. i have to tell you that benjamin netanyahu is still to my left over here in the west winning going on better than two hours now at the outset of their meeting. both leaders spoke to the press. we'll play these pieces of sound back-to-back. >> this is an opportunity for the prime minister and myself to engage in a wide-ranging discussion on some of the most
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pressing security issues that both our countries face. it's no secret that the security environment in the middle east has deteriorated in many areas. and as i've said repeatedly the security of israel is one of my top foreign policy priorities. >> i want to thank you for this opportunity to strengthen our friendship, which is strong. strengthen our alliance, which is strong. i think its rooted in shared values. it's buttressed with shared interests. it's driven forward by a sense of a shared destiny. >> delinquent, one of the things on the table. a memorandum of understanding that guide security relationship that last ten years. a new one is coming up. the current one expires. that is being discussed at the
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white house now. they don't expect an announcement, but many people are seeing this as an compensation to israel after the iran deal of strengthened iran presumably posing more of a threat to israel. israel is looking for sophisticated military hardware from the united states including f-35 jets and the osprey aircraft. >> they want the buncher buster bomb, too, in case iran gets out of hand. the officials telling associated press that the guantanamo bay plan has name sense of--seven places of backups but will take congress approval which many say is unlikely. we want to take you back to the meeting of president obama and benjamin netanyahu. talking about the deaths of two
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americans in jordan. >> we'll look at this closely and determine what happened. but at this stage i want to just let everyone know that this is something that we're paying close tension to, and we're at the point where the families have been notified obviously our deepest condolences. we'll be going after them. >> that is a developing story. five people were shot and killed by a jordanian police officer. the police officer reportedly open firing inside of a training center in amman. that center is used to train security forces there. roslind jordan has the latetress washington. >> well, according to pentagon officials apparently there were no u.s. military personnel involved. according to the state department jordanian investigators are working along side u.s. investigators to figure out what did happen, they may have additional information available about this incident later on monday.
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i can tell you that this training center was first set up back in 2003 in order to train about 30,000 or so iraqi police officers, and then once that mandate was completed, it was then expanded to train militar military--excuse me--police personnel for places such as the occupied west bank and other countries across the middle east. and so their first mission was really to work together to apply international policing standards to the new iraqi police force. the many people who work in the police training industry here in the united states do go there to provide assistance during the 12-week long courses. they're supposedly very thorough although there has been criticism about whether or not the programs are fully funded, fully equipped, and are actually turning out police officers who are capable of doing their jobs. all of that aside the questions are going to be about whether
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the person who allegedly killed the two americans and the south africa as well as the jordanian at the facility with someone who was known to them, or whether this person was one of the people who supposedly graduating from this program when the incident took place. >> and that is roslind jordan for us in washington. myanmar's government conceding defeat in that country's general election. the opposition led by aung san suu kyi winning. and the spanish government is promising to block catalonia's latest attempts to secession. today approving a measure that brings it one step close for independence. pro secession members bringing
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it to parliament, who is saying what they're doing is illegal.
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>> the only live national news show at 11:00 eastern. >> we start with breaking news. >> let's take a closer look. >> a bond has been set at $1 million each for the two louisiana police officers who have been charged with killing a six-year-old boy, who will be laid to rest in about an hour
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from now. what is the latest with the officers themselves? >> in addition to the bond that you mentioned, there is home incarceration for these two officers. they'll have to surrender their badges and guns. these are the officers both charges with one count each of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder after the six-year-old boy you mentioned geremi was killed. his father was wounded when the police officers open fired on a dead-end street. this is in marksville, louisiana. still we don't have the answers to some of those key questions. we don't know why these officers pursued the vehicle on tuesday. we don't know why they open fired. we do know that the father was not armed. he did not have any outstanding warrants. again, information that police want to find out is exactly why
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these officers were even involved, what led up to the shooting, something they have not been able to figure out from the officers themselves because investigators say that these two police officers, who are now still being held in custody have been given bond. they have not been cooperative when it comes to giving police to tell us what happened. >> aside from the two officers being office do we know who else the investigators want to talk to? >> it were apparently a couple of eyewitness who is saw what happened. but their reports have been buried. we know that some of the eyewitnesses say they saw they saw him backing up his vehicle against the officers. and the father still in the hospital heavily sedated. he was shot in the head and in the chest, he has not been able to speak with investigators at this point. these are the two areas that investigators are looking to for information. i should mention the body camera
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footage is what police have called incredible and disturbing. that body camera footage coming from a third officer who responded for back up. that has been the key information and presumably what led officers to be able to charge these two police officers. >> before i let you go, the little six-year-old boy, have we heard from his family? >> well, we have. his grandmother has spoken to some of the local media not so much speaking about the shooting itself, but she has just spoken about her grandson saying that she was loving, full of life calling him a gift of god. and his funeral will be held today. in about an hour from now in mississippi where his family is. >> jonathan martin for us live in new orleans. thank you much. thlow polling numbers knocking chris christie and mike huckabee off the stage. dr. ben carson is pushing back
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against claims that he embellished his life story. he said that the media is paying extra attention to him trying to knock him out of the race. >> there is no question that i'm getting special scrutiny. there are a lot of people who are very threatened. they see the head to head poling against hillary, and how well i do, they're worried. there is no question about it. >> and carson's closest rival don' donald trump hosting "saturday night live" over the weekend. but not everyone was laughing. many were protesting outside of the studio because of trump's stance on immigration. >> i think it might be--i know it's a crazy idea, but maybe we focus on the issues impacting the american people and what candidates are saying rather than just spending so much time exploring their lives of 30 or 40 years ago. i think the reason so many
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people are turned off to the political process has a lot to do with the fact that we're not talking about the real issues impacting real people. >> amanda terkel earlier explained why sanders and carson are taking different paths to their road to victory. >> bernie sanders has wanted to focus on issues throughout the campaign. if you look at what bernie sanders talks about, he does not even talk about his own biography much. it's more about the issues and income inequality that he finds important. but focusing on issues is problematic for ben carson because he has had issues about how permits are grain storage facilities, and if you do that and focus on issues for ben carson, it would be problematic. this is what happens. when you write books, write about all these facts, when you run for president beam will look
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into them. and when you look at ben carson whose entire run has been based on his biography and rise from poverty. when you look at what john kerry had to go through. he had to defend the fact that he was in vietnam and earned a purple heart, people doubted that as well. but ben carson blaming the media is what the conservatives like to do and that's what the base likes. >> donald trump's appearance on "snl" probably won't affect his poll numbers, but it did give attention to his protesters who are protesting against his stand on immigration. a new generation of voters descending on the nation's capital demanding that their voices be heard by the nation's lawmakers. it's a youth-led collective called our generation, our choice.
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these are students across the nation who have come here today because they demand change on race, on immigration and on climate change. they're not just going to tweet. they're not just to snap chat. they're going to march to the white house because they're sa saying tha saying that representatives are not representing them. >> we want them to follow our lead instead of come--the corporations and the big money that they actually represent. >> our generation is not the selfie-obsessed group of people. we're very aware of the issues plaguing our country, and plaguing the world we live in, and we're determined to make a change. the only way we can see change is if we implement it ourselves. >> you can watch the full report at 8:00 p.m. eastern time right
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here on al jazeera america. when we come back a different controversy, a different campus. this time a mascot. why some people want this man, lord jeffs, to be put in the history books for good.
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>> volkswagen announcing it's plans to help owners of diesel cars. the company will offer up to
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$1,000 to owners to help chen state them. cars in the u.s. are believed to have software that allows it to cheat on emissions tests. at amherst was a revered british commander back in the 18th century but also known for the mass killing of native americans. >> amherst college football team, the lord jeffs on the field with rival trinity college from hartford, connecticut. everyone is cheering on the lord jeffs but not everyone is key on the mascot name. >> one of the most pretee justice and ethnically diversed college in the country.
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the college is trying to stay out of the issue preferring to leave it to students and alumni to decide whether lord jeffs stays or goes as mascot. >> it matters enormously to alumni. anand it matters tremendously to students. and there are alumni on both sides of the issue and students on both sides of the issue. the discussion is what is important. >> but the leader of the native american students organization on campus says while the discussion is important sometimes she thinks that's all the college does. >> how many times can we have the same forum and discussion that we've had countless times at this point. i can't tell you countless meetings i've been to without there being real action. >> of course, it is not new. the redskins are mired in controversy regarding it's game. the team in illinois called the
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midget, an tom summers is tailgating with his friends ahead of the big game. his dad was on the football game and thomas said's conflicted about the mascot issue. >> i do realize that the lord jeffs there is negative connotation. i'm not oblivious to that by any means. by i've always seen lord jeff as just a mascot. >> the name lord jeffs does not come up that often. you can find it on t-shirts and other items of clothing that can be bought here in amherst and occasionally in the school newspaper when they're writing about the sports teams in the columns. virginia hassle is spearheading the lord jeffs references to be removed. a poll will be taken in september so students can vote on the issue. >> we intend to ask do you or do
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you you not want to deep lord jeffs as your mascot. >> you'll know. >> we'll have concrete evidence. >> a moose wandered on to campus, and many suggested that the moose replace lord jeffs. one student dresses up as a moose for the homecoming game. but today everyone is just supporting the team whatever the name of the mascot. john terrett, al jazeera, amherst, massachusetts. >> this week more than $1 billion worth of art hitting the auction blocks. one nude painting could fetch more than $100 million. christies has expected a huge haul from this painting called "nurse," and paul gauguin's sculpture could sell for 18 to $25 million. i'm del walters in new york. the news continues in lone next. you can always go to
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