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>> translation: my sister tells me to come back to china, but i don't want to go back. >> reporter: looking out at a china town that she now barely recognises that is all of our time. thanks for watching. i'm tony harris in new york. jonathan betts is back today. >> we begin tonight with what could be a big blow to i.s.i.l. ten i.s.i.l. leaders have been killed in air strikes in just the past month. officials say that includes at least one person linked to last months's paris attacks that left 130 people dead. more now from jamie make tine. >> reporter: the efforts is degrading effectiveness while sending a powerful psychological message that there is no safe haven in either iraq or syria. the u.s. says one of the i.s.i.l. leaders killed this month in syria was linked to the
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paris attacks last month that killed 130 people and for which i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility. the pentagon says this man, 27-year-old charaffeal-mandela ouadan has been in contact with this man, abdel hamid abaaoud who was killed and said to be a leader of the cell that carried out the attacks. at least three of ten killed by u.s. drones and coalition jets were said to be attacked in some way to the paris attacks and were said to be planning additional attacks >> these are individuals who were specifically working to strike the west. they want to strike in europe and in our very own homeland. it is important that people understand that as long as those external attack planners are operating, the united states military will hunt them and we will kill them.
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>> reporter: the pentagon says in the three-week period this month coalition air strikes based on u.s. intelligence targeted ten separate i.s.i.l. operatives, killing two on december 7, one on 8th two more on 9 sids and five more on 10, 12, 24, 26 and 27. >> we're striking at the head of the snake. we haven't severed the head of the snake yet, and it has still got fannings. we have to be-- fangs. >> reporter: the pentagon released the kill list along with drone lists showing that iraqi raising a flag over the government compound as they claim ramadi liberated from i.s.i.l. a map told a different story. showing in green parts of the of ramadi that have been secured while indicating about a quarter of the city still needs to be cleared of remnants of i.s.i.l. fighters. the pentagon's claim to have killed ten top i.s.i.l. leaders in december sounds impressive,
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but i.s.i.l. has shown in the past it has many more leaders willing to step up. the pentagon also concedes i.s.i.l. has an effective recruiting campaign and still boasts between 20 and 30,000 fighters in iraq and syria despite thousands of battle field deaths thank you for that. foreign affair analyst michael kay joins us now. he was an adviser to the military for two decades. how significant is the ten taken out? >> i think the notion of air strikes is small tactical wins that we're seeing at the moment. i think what we've seen in the past is a lack of fusion between the air land interface. i mean the ability of someone on the grounds, a joint terminal air controller, to be able to guide in a precision guided bomb from the weapon. that is a specialist bit of training that the special forces guys and girls carry out.
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that interface has been immaturity. i think what has happened over the last six months is you have seen 450 advisers go into iraq to improve that do you think the forces are getting all the support that they need from the u.s.? >> i think the infer face is improving, but when you take a step back and look at the ability of air strikes to degrade i.s.i.s.'s ability to prosecute homeland attacks such as a paris attacks, influencing things like the tunisia and those in baghdad and beirut, i don't think there's evidence to suggest that is happening. if you look at america, it has been in iraq and america for 4520 days. 11 million a day. we've had these attacks since. we've got to look where are we missing something here in the long-term these ten mid-level i.s.i.l. leaders that were taken out, you don't think that is going to have much of an
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affect on i.s.i.l.? >> i think it is a small term win. if you luook at the leader that was killed on the weekend, he was replaced within 24 hours. air strikes will degrade the ability of i.s.i.s. to conduct military operation s on the ground in iraq and syria. how do we degrade their ability to prosecutor an influence in the u.s., u.k. and europe. i don't think we've got our head around that in terms of social media and radicalization the u.s. government will argue that it starts with small steps like these air strikes. also with ramadi falling back to the iraqi government. is the tie against i.s.i.l. not slowly turning - tide? >> i think in terms of ground effects it is. when you look at ramadi that is a winning at the moment. there is a long way to go though. the east of ramadi is occupied by the islamic state.
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there are traps, bombers ready to go. it has got a long way to go before it gets better. the council says it is going to take 10 years to build that. sinjar was a win. it was a key component in rack. there have been wins-- raqqa. we have to ask that these events have happened in the last couple of months. what has been happening over the last 450 days. how has the islamic state managed to keep its oil operations going on. why haven't we targeted the commodity water. islamic state owned the mosul dam they would say they've taken out i.s.i.l.'s capabilities with oil manufacturing or refinery and they have successes there >> that's starting to happen, but on the other hand you're hearing about erdogan and his oil smuggling operation going on with islamic state. look where israel gets the oil from.
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we have to look at the holistic approach. we have to stands back and have serious conversations with whose turkey's priorities are, is it pkk, or the islamic state. have a talk about saudi arabia all these players need to work together >> absolutely. syria has porous borders. we're concentrating raqqa but yemen is becoming an important state and libya is right to go they could blow up any minute >> it's multifaceted and we're not there yet a day after the military announced it had driven i.s.i.l., haider al-abadi has visit. belgium police have arrested two people suspected in the a new year's eve attack.
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military-type uniforms and i.s.i.l. propaganda but no explosives or weapons. belgium has been on high alert since last month's attack in paris. a suicide bomb attack in pakistan killed at least 26 people and 42 people were injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate. >> reporter: the attack was timed to cause maximum devastation. the government office is issuing identity cards and was packed with people. there was chaos in moments after the bomb exploded. police say it was a suicide attack. many people were killed and many more were injured. >> translation: there was a blast in the office around 2 o'clock. around 100 people are injured and 20 have been murdered. >> translation: i was offering my prayers in my mouse when the blast occurred. it was a huge blast. when i came running here there were dead bodies. >> reporter: the attack happened
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in the city of mandela ardan. a group that was once linked to the peabody stan eau-- pakistani taliban claimed responsibility. the attacks by its fighters have dlindz over the past year. that's in part of the because of the increase in military operations and the pakistani government's efforts to shut down the armed group's sources of funding. the explosion comes two days after the head of pakistan's army was in kabul wfor a meetin. >> what pakistan is trying to do ask to sort of persuade them to engage in a political negotiations with the government instead of fighting this insurgency in afghanistan. pakistan's focus today is that there should be some sort of a political settlement between the government and the iran taliban. >> reporter: although both governments have been adopting a new approach towards the armed
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group, it appears there are many fighters who are committed to continuing the chaos in other news cleveland's mayor says there will be a review of the officer's action in the death of tam ir rice. this came after the grand jury chose not no indict the officer-- to indict the officer who killed the child who was carrying a pellet gun at the time. >> reporter: for over a year the case has divided this community. some people say that two officers involved in the boy's death should be prosecuted. other us say the men acted appropriately. earlier today protests began on the steps behind me before moving to the rest of the city this evening. >> reporter: only a few dozen people protested in down town cleave lands on tuesday, but the message message was clear. >> i'm out here today because i'm very concerned as well as upset because justice was not done. >> reporter: justice for 12-year-old tam ir rice shot to
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death by a police officer last november. as seen in this surveillance video. the boy was carrying a pellet gun that looked like a real pistol. on monday local prosecutor timothy mandela cginty said a grand jury told the conference that they were not willing to indict him. >> this was a series of unfortunate events. >> reporter: >> he made a recommendation of the grand jury that they not charge. how he can do that when the video shows what it shows ask completely i don't understand the rice's families understanding. >> reporter: protesters here say they're not surprised >> race is always a problem in america. it is there. no-one wants to talk about it, but it's there >> reporter: how is it in cleave
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lands? >> cleveland maybe the number one. >> it may be a long way to go. it's an issue that america has to deal with. >> reporter: the tam ir rice case has moved cleveland into the national debate about how police officers treat african-americans. >> i think there is a racial situation here, it is a bias and trend consistent across this country as we look at police officer-involved shootings. >> reporter: we asked cal vin williams whether racial buy ace played a role in the case? >> there is bias in the criminal justice system and the poofs. whether that-- post office. whether that played a role, i don't know. you would have to talk to the grand jury. >> reporter: do you think it plays a role in your police
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department? >> everybody has a bias, myself included >> reporter: the police department and the city say they're launching their own investigation of what happened to rice. the family has filed a lawsuit against the city, the two officers and the 911 dispatcher. frank jackson, the mayor, was asked about it but he declined to comment joining us now ask reverend william miers. he is among a group of religious leaders who called on the prosecutor to step down last year. reverend, good to asee you tonight. i want to get your reaction to the police chief saying about bias in the city. do you worry about that, this bias? >> the problem here is that even our police chief and our mayor seem to find themselves in a position that they cannot state
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the obvious. he has just danced around the question. it's obvious that there is racial bias. statistics shows this. i know calvin williams is a good man, but you have that the policeman didn't do anything wrong. so what would be expected do you accept that, that the police officer did nothing wrong considering the prosecutor says this is aer perfect storm of human error. is it not just a tragedy? >> it is not just a tragedy and a travesty.
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it is treachery when we observe what this prosecutor did over an entire year. we're not stunned by this. this was expected. he has demonstrated all along with his cherry picking that his intent was to protect the police, and that's what happened. he was not on the side of the victim, which is supposed to be the role of the prosecutor. he went into that grand jury, he set things up and then he used the grand jury as something to hide behind, where he told them, which is what he intended all along, that he did not want an indictment and he everything to ensure that that was the case what do you think he should have done differently? he says he has been transparent about this process and he has
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only been seeking the truth >> i think the prosecutor should have done what he does all the time as it relates to any regular citizen. we get all of these talking heads on television now that wants to tell us about the sacredness of the grand jury and that we should accept that. well, let's be clear about something. tell them to produce us the evidence and the data on the percentage of no bills for citizens versus the police. the prosecutor's job is - and what he normally does - is thee cherry picks the data when it comes to us as citizens that he takes before the grands jury to get an indictment. if he wants wants an indictment, he gets an indictment. he could have done the same thing here, but as we see all across this nation, it is
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virtually impossible, it is the exception is the case when you do get an indictment of a policeman, particularly as it relates to these chimes against after-- crimes against african-american there has been concerns about violence and protests. how much anger is there when you speak to your members? >> this anger is boiling over at this point because it is not just that people here in cleveland are seeing what happened to a 12-year-old, but there are many other cases here in cleave lands as well, but then they're saying this all over the nation. blacks are getting shot down by policemen, primarily white policemen, and the end result is no indictment. we see, then, a seven-year-old white kid get shot down by two
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black policemen in louisiana, and all of a sudden in suddenly two hours we can get an indictment. we get a charge. we get a million dollar bonds. i just don't believe that had this been a 1212-year-old white kid in a suburb of cleveland, that the situation would not have been different. thank you so much for your time tonight. turning to chicago, the police officer entered a not guilty plea today. he faces charges of first demands murder in the shooting of the 17-year-old. the family say they want the trial televised. two more officer involved shootings this weekend could make things more difficult for van dyke's defense. >> reporter: he was heck elide a bit as he headed-- heckled into
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the court. he said nothing at all in the brief court appearance in which his attorney entered the not guilty plea. his attorney says he wants cameras in the court room for the trial and wants people to get to know van dyke >> he wants his story to get out so that people don't see him as a cold blooded killer >> reporter: the family also want the trial to be televised but for a different reason >> we now believe that it would be in the best interests of fairness and justice for this case if it was televised from gavil to gavil. >> reporter: he was shot after suspected of breaking into cars and was armed with a knife. mcdonald lunged at him apparently and van dyke had to back up, but the release of a video over a year later
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contradicted that account. it showed him appearing to move away from the officer. the footage have touched off protests for over a month. now comes the latest police involved shooting. the first in the city since the release of that tape. over the weekend a single officer shot dead two people at the same time. college student and his neighbour. the family says the shootings just reinforce their beliefs >> i believe that the entire criminal justice system in the county of cook is corrupt. i maintain that. i need someone to prove me wrong. >> reporter: the officer is expected back in court on january 29. his attorney says the shootings won't hurt their case but won't help either. the mayor had to fly home to increased calls for his
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resignation coming up, catch and release. in washington state a death that didn't have to happen. >> reporter: how do you think that family is experiencing trust in the state system? >> reporter: a prisoner let out early by mistake and he is not the only one. snap judgment. how a decision about food stamps in louisiana. >> why should i have to fight for food right now? >> reporter: could leave tens of thousands hungry. plus fuelling fears. >> i live three houses from the field. >> reporter: some say big oil is bringing health issues to l.a. bring your family and friends together
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their hair has been died black. he has been sentenced to 10 years. a psychologist tested that he suffered from affluenza saying that his wealthy parents never set limits for him. his mother disappeared after saying he violated probation. >> what we suspected all along. they had planned to disappear, that they even had something that was almost akin to a going away party. >> his maximum sentence that he will receive is four months of confinement. that, in my opinion, is not a sufficient punishment for the taking of four lives a hearing is set for january 19 where prosecutors will ask to transfer his case to adult court. the govern near said up to 3200 offenders have been wrongly released. one is accused of killing a
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woman in a car crash when he should have been behind bars. >> reporter: this has to do with the way good time behaviour is credited automatically to inmates and then also automatically calculated in to how it affects the length of their sentence. there has been a software problem in the state of washington. it has been in place for quite some time, more than a decade. thousands of inmates have been released early. as you say, one of those cases had deadly consequences. >> reporter: 3200. that's how much washington state inmates were let out of prison early since 2002 due to a longstanding software glitch. robert jackson was one of them. he got out this august but should have been held until december. he now faces vehicular ham side charges for a drunk driving accident in november that killed his girlfriend lindsay hill.
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>> how do you think that family is feeling? >> reporter: the victim's advocate calls the sentencing error mad enning. >> we don't want to see apologies. we want to see changes. right now we are only getting are apologies. >> reporter: what is frustrating for cox and others is that this is not a new problem. it was discovered in 201. the family of a victim who was convicted of assault of a deadly weapon alerted the dpept of corrections that he had got out early. a department smokes man said today a software fix was planned by delayed 16 separate times. there has been no explanation why. >> this problem was allowed to continue to exist for 13 years. it is deeply disappointing. it is totally unacceptable.
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>> reporter: the governor has hired outside investigators to look into what went wrong for so long. the doc is promising the software error will be corrected by january 7. meanwhile, corrections officials continue investigations. so far the doc has had time to go back through just the cases of early release from this year. at the figure about 360 of those cases. most of those former inmates will not be going back to prison if they have been out and doing well, meeting all requirements of their parole or community supervision or if their sentences are too short and it doesn't make sense to put them back in prison, then they wouldn't go back into prison. that will be the case for most of them. at this point, though, 24 temporarily ex-convicts are now convicts again and we expect that number to rise thank you for that. still ahead losing their food
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stamps by the government of louisiana is cutting benefits to tens of thousands of people on new year's day. plus living in hell. that's how many describe life in the middle of an l.a. oil field. the health problems they say that are popping up and the lawsuit now being filed.
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this is al jazeera america. state of emergency. it is very clear that the area is in a midst of a very historic and dangerous flooding events. >> reporter: rains have eased but the crisis is over. food fight. a battle over health and hunger in louisiana >> we have to focus on get people to jobs not taking away their food. >> reporter: moving pictures. >> those that have the microphone and yell the loudest, they have the control of the stage. >> reporter: in syria a novel
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approach to fighting the war of i.s.i.l. through film the death toll from historic flooding in missouri, which has seen record flooding some are up to 30 feet. several towns are now under water forcing evacuations. the governor warns the worst is not yet over >> now that the rain has moved out, the threat has changed, but it is not by any means over, especially for communities along the rising mandela ississippi region. some waters are predicted to exceed that of 1993 which caused significant widespread devastation the governor said most of the fatals were those of people driving into flooded roads. the river's point fire protection district chief joins
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us now. good to have you with us. update us on what you're facing right now. >> right now we're winding down on the evacuation part of the town. most everybody heeded the early evacuation notice, the voluntary evacuation notice, and then this afternoon we gave the final warning. everybody took heed of that and got out of town. there are some farmers of the farming community left that are getting grain out of town. late this afternoon 4 to 4.30ish we saw an area of just outside of town where a levy started to overtop, which we knew was coming. it's currently getting reports of other spots where the levy has been overtopped.
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fortunately, no breaching or breaking, just overtopping, which is more of a controlled slow pace water filling i imagine still a concern for you there. can you give us an idea of how extensive the flooding is there if you're seeing any flooding yet and how concerned are you about those levies? >> the concern for the levy is great. in our community we are surrounded by the mandela ississippi river and also the mandela isouri river, which is high, to being able to flow and lower itself. a lot of the water that we have seen has been from the massive amounts of rain. there is a lot of localised fruiting that was from the-- flooding that was from the rain.
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the water can't get out, they can't drain. it just created more of an issue for residents in the area while they're trying to leave the area and to empty out we know you have a lot of work ahead of you. a lot of people thinking about you, a lot of hopes and prayers for your town. thank you so much for joining us tonight. it may not be a happy new year for thousands of people in louisiana. they could lose their food stamps. >> reporter: >> i stretch this rice as much as i can. >> reporter: since losing her job a year ago, this woman says it has been tough finding steady work >> i have been looking. even if i have to volunteer at a center, a different places that
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i do try to go in and help, clean up a bathroom, whatever the case may be >> reporter: she is worried that if she doesn't have a job by this friday, that $9194 in food stamp benefits she gets every month could be cut off. >> why should i have to fight for food right now? why should i have to fight to drink water? >> reporter: more than 30,000 people in louisiana are in the same situation. they have until january 1 to find employment working at least 20 hours a week or risk losing food stamps. for years states with higher than average unemployment have been granted a federal waiver allowing low-income adults without children to receive food stamps, even if they are not looking for a job. nearly 30 states still have the waiver in place, but despite one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, outgoing governor has decided not to renew it for louisiana.
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his spokesperson said: >> it is not just trying to get on a program and lay there. no. you're still out looking for work. the stamps you do receive is not the solution. >> reporter: some advocates for the poor have called the governor's move mean spirited considering the food stamp program is a federal benefit that doesn't impact the state's budgets >> i don't think the people don't want to work, but the jobs are not there, the job training programs are not there. we need to get them connected to job training not taking away food >> reporter: john bell edwards agrees and has sent a letter to the u.s. agriculture asking that the food stamp waiver be reinstated >> i will get up every day fighting. >> reporter: edwards doesn't take office until january 11. the benefits are said to expire
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on january 1. this lady plans to visit a food bank this week in case her food stamps are cut off. at the same time she tells us she will be more aggressive in looking for work. jonathan martin when you think about oil drilling, you probably picture vast oil fields of texas. that is not the case in places like l.a. where lawsuit claims that tens of thousands live in the shadow of big oil and that health problems there are piling up. our jennifer london has that story >> reporter: drive down almost any street here in california and this is what you will see. >> there is a lot of oil-drilling towers in this area, but when you get to the west side you will see a lot of pumping. >> reporter: this lady grew up here >> i live three houses from the baseball field located right next to oil-drilling sites.
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>> reporter: her neighborhood only spans nine square miles but it is home to one of the largest oil fields in the country. a symbol of industrial prosperity for some and encroaching eyesore and health hazard for others. you have grown up in the shadow of big oil. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: what has that been like for you? >> it is stressful, but it is something that is really scary to me. i ended up getting sick. particles were coming in through my windows and so my eyes were literally shut for around two weeks. >> reporter: other residents have complained about headaches and breathing problems. a study published in the environmental health journal in 2014 finds there are potentially dangerous compounds and chemical mixtures in the oil production sites. greater l.a. and big oil have grown up together. more than 30,000 people live within 300 feet of an oil well, but according to a lawsuit filed against the city of l.a., by a
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coalition of environmental and youth groups, the city's process disproportionately impacts communities of color, communities like here. >> we see the paerpt where the neighbors that are majority-- pattern-- are latino and black are less valued, in protecting their health and sociality. >> reporter: she is an attorney with nonprofit communities for better environment, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit >> the conditions that the city has imposed are less stringent. expenses that surround the site are lower than average. the rigs are operated or allowed to be operated with diesel power so there is more particular matter, more emissions, it is noiser, for example. >> reporter: on the wealthier west side oil operation new zealand neighbors like beverley hills are far less out in the open.
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you won't find an oil pump in the middle of a church park like here, or an oil rig in the middle of a park, like the one where this lady lives. >> thought the city occupants have asked for closure. the city has not listened. >> reporter: the city isn't listening and we know they're not talking. the city's tarn office says:-- attorney's office says: two city council members declined to answer. we also called the petroleum association. our phone calls were never returned. >> reporter: do you think that's it's realistic to just stop oil drilling in the city of l.a.? >> if the city abided by its duty, both moral and legal and political duty to protect the health and safety of its
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residents, it would deny drilling operations in neighborhoods. they are inherently incompatible with healthy neighborhoods. no child should have to grow up next to these facilities and be subjected to asthma, other problems. >> i feel like being a part of a community predominantly of color where we are funnelled into the life of industry. we are also not given a lot of civil rights. i think this is exactly why we're doing this lawsuit because that is exactly what the city has violated. they have violated our civil right. >> reporter: ultimately that will be up to the courts to decide in what is sure to be a long contentious battle between big oil and a small neighborhood former new york governor is ending his run for president according to several reports.
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since announcing his candidacy in may, he showed popularity in the low single debates. it leaves 12 major republicans seeking their party's nomination for president. still ahead, immigration in 2015, whether escaping war in syria or a lack of opportunity in central america, we look back at the desperate journeys that define the year.
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snow former israeli prime minister olmert is set to go to prison. he is the first israeli prime minister ever sentenced to prison. he also scored a big legal victory today. >> reporter: the hearing was brief, but the ruling was clear. olmert will become the first israeli prime minister to serve time in jail. the supreme court ordered the 670-year-old to serve 18 months
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in prison for bribery starting in february. he was initially sentenced to six years in jail after he was convicted convicted in 2014. it revolves around the holy land development in west jerusalem. it was a development in controversy. he was found to not be involved in the main aspects of the bribery aspects of the case and that is why his sentenced was reduced. olmert welcomed the verdict. >> translation: a large weight was lifted from my heart when the supreme court decided to acquit me. >> reporter: olmert is going to jail for accepting a bribe of around $15,000 for a separate real estate project that was also approved while he was mayor of jurs. despite accepting the supreme court sentence, he maintained
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his innocence. >> translation: no bribe was ever offered to me and i never accepted one. i repeat this today. naturally, in line with my beliefs and way of life, i respect the verdict of the supreme court judges. >> reporter: olmert served as israel's prime minister from 2006 to 2009. he was a popular leader at the time but as the case worked its way through the legal system, there were increasing demands from the public that he serve time in jail saying that israeli politicians are treated far too leniently by the courts. >> reporter: this isn't the end of olmert's legal troubles. he faces a potential sentence of eight months in prison over allegations of fraud and making illegal payments to an american businessman. while the supreme court has yet to rule on that case, olmert's legacy as the first israeli prime minister to be hand emed a prison sentence is cemented a huge sigh of relief for
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some of the thousands of cubans stranded in costa rica. a deal has been reached to allow some, not all, to continue on their journey. >> reporter: around 8,000 cuban migrants have been stranded at this camp in costa rica for more than a month. the cubans will fly to elsalavdor to the united states. >> reporter: guatemala expressed two guarantees. the first was for mexico to first allow these people to pass through the territory and the second was for there not to be any costs for guatemala. >> reporter: the cubans' journey to the u.s. has been long and complicated. many flew direct to ecuador and then to costa rica.
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they were stopped in nicuagua. any is allowed to fly for residency. improving relations between the u.s. and cuba, many cubans worry that may change. >> translation: it is important for the united states and cuba to work together. they're at the center of this issue together with ecuador. it has allowed these people to enter the country >> reporter: the cuban s are expected to restart their journey next week and realise their dream of making it to the united states a deal has been struck to help cubans moving to the u.s. many people from central america and syria did not fair as well in 2015. >> reporter: 2015 began with a setback for the obama administration. a federal judge ruling against
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the president's executive actions on immigration, halting plans to shield almost five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. the program remains on hold. the case likely to be decided by the supreme court. obama's immigration policy suffered a second strike when a californian judge ruled the detention of children is illegal >> it is so sad that the country are asking protection. it is treated them like criminals >> reporter: under legal pressure immigration and customs enforcement sped up its processing of detained mothers and children releasing them in 20 days rather than months. at the texas-mexico border, after a dip in unauthorized crossing earlier in the year, it saw a renewed surge of children beginning in late summer. the numbers are greater than the same period last year.
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>> the violence is bad in their countries. the women are afraid >> reporter: some refugees have travelled even further on their desperate journeys. a crisis in europe and pressure on the u.s. to do more. president obama agreed to take in 10,000 syrian refugees over the next year. then came the paris attacks in november. 30 u.s. governors declared they would refuse syrian refugees in their states. republican presidential candidate donald trump igniting controversy with his call to ban all muslims from entering the country >> until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: yet still the syrians arrived. a handful of refugee families have resettled in the u.s. with the government's permission. at least two syrian families have crossed at the mexican border asking the u.s. for asylum. now the texas governor has
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extended the deployment of national troops here along the border. his announcement came in december citing the present spike in crossing and needing more border security ali velshi "on target" is looking into sports doping at the top of the hour. david schuster is standing in for ali velshi. >> reporter: we are going to look at hgh risks and rewards. on top of the medical issues there is the legal one shipping hgr across state lines is illegal. we will get the unique perspective from j thomas. plus if you hatred light cameras, you will need a chill fill for the segment on how the intersection cameras have been rigged in chicago we will see you then. in the past the biggest hacking concern for consumers was credit
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card fraud and identity theft. now this year breaches in the health care industry has affected 110 million people. one woman's nightmare now. >> reporter: a mother of four lives just outside salt lake city. >> this was the one that was stolen? >> yes. >> reporter: in 2006 her driver's licence was stolen from her car. for her and her family, it was the beginning of an ordeal which continues to this day. >> a couple of months after my driver's life was stolen. i got you will a call from child protective services and they said they were investigating me and that the child that i just had tested positive for methylamphetamine. >> reporter: there was one big problem. she hadn't just in a baby. her youngest twin boys were already two. >> i was already thinking this has something to do with my driver's licence and that being
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stolen and so i tried to explain to the child protective officer, this has to be some type of mistake or error >> reporter: did they believe you? >> no. they do not believe me at all. their response was, "we know that you're a drug addict. don't change the subject. this happens to do with the baby that you left at the hospital". they told me they had the paperwork filled out to take all my children into custody. >> reporter: she was the subject of identity theft. her name taken from her stolen driver's licence had been put on the birth certificate of someone else's newborn. the real mother, she suspects, hoping to hide her drug addiction >> i would wake up in the middle of the night panicking that someone would take my kids. it turned my life upside down. >> reporter: her problems didn't end there. despite the fraud, she was now legally the mother of the new
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born child. yet medical privacy laws prevented her from untangling the mess. >> not only were her records intermingled with my records, but my records are inter minimum dpeld with the baby's records that i have no ride to change. >> reporter: she was also being asked to pay the new born's medical bills. >> an ambulance ride. >> reporter: this is adding up. >> reporter: her life became a series of endless phone calls to medical managers. >> an ultrasound. >> reporter: there was d.n.a. testing, lawyers, court. >> then you multiply. >> reporter: it took her several years to feel like she for the most part had her life back, but still when she least expects it, there are reminders. >> still to this day styles i will go to a pharmacy and along with my kids this child will pop up so it will be my kids and this extra child that kind of pops up and is grouped in. >> reporter: still is in the
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system >> yes. information just gets in electronically and there's no way to really be sure that it's fixed. >> reporter: lisa fletcher, al jazeera and you can see more of lisa's report on america tonight. that starts at 9.30 pm eastern. still ahead in this hour the struggles of life through the eyes of a chill. like boys and girls are given cameras.
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the director of me, we, syria. it's a program that gives cameras to syria's young refugees to help them share their voices and a vision for a better foam.
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it is tonight's first-person report. >> me, we syria is a creative enterprise initiative that is completely led by young refugees who are passionate about being agents of change. it is not coming out with a hollywood quality video. it's about them practicing kaeng anitive empathy. it's about them creating problem solving and working in teams. in the process of story telling, we find the ingredients of peace and of change making and sustainable development because without empathy, without pluralism, expression, these things being taught in exercise of syria's youth, then there will be a camp filled with young children that are going further around further into isolation and extremism. when we look at the world right now, we see a world on fire. we see the failures promoted, we see those that have the
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microphone and yell the loudest. they have the control of the stage. if we let this continue to happen, if we let those with evil intentions have the microphone, have control of the video, we're going to lose and miss out on supporting and valuing young change makers and the creative enterprise that exists among syria's youth. >> there's so many thing that i want the america public to take from these messages in me, we syria. i hope they see the smiles, innovation and passion for peace and development through the messages and the faces and the create if capital in these videos that are made by the syrian refugees. let's not forget the reason these youth are refugees is because they stood up for values that we in the west are founded upon. that is why they are refugees. that is why there are millions of them displaced and hundreds
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of thousands of them have been killed a different view of syria's young. thanks so much for watching. i'm jonathan betts. on target starts now i'm in for ali velshi. the human growth hormones shipped to peyton manning's. red like cameras. some are rigged in chicago apparently controversy continues to swirl three days after al jazeera


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