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ride of a lifetime, big wave surfers descend on northern california. ♪ this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm richelle carey. syria's president just broke his silence over the u.s. russia deal to temporarily end the fighting in syria. he says he will not stop combat operations until he controls the entire country. >> translator: we have fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis. however, if we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism. the two tracks are inevitable in syria. first through negotiations and second in fighting terrorism. >> russia also said this morning, it will continue to, quote, fight terrorism during
the pause of fighting. and there are already reports of more russian air strikes today. jamie mcintyre is live at the pentagon. syria and russia are essentially saying they will continue fighting when there is supposed to be this cause that seems so promising. is the pentagon concerned that this entire thing is going to fall apart? >> reporter: well, i think the real key gets back to the old saying, one man's terrorism is another man's freedom fighter. a couple of key parts of this agreement, one is that they are immediately supposed to be opening up channels of humanitarian aid to besieged cities in syria where people are starving and in need of food and medical supplies. then over the course of this vehicle, the u.s. and russia is supposed to sit down to a task force and decide who the
legitimate targets would be. they have identified isil and the al-nusra front as legitimate targets. russia has broadly defined terrorists as the people for instance holding the -- the rebels holding control of aleppo. that's clearly not the definition that the united states is looking for. so the question of whether or not this agreement actually ends in a cessation of hostilities that could possibly lead to a more permanent ceasefire really hinges on that definition of who you consider a terrorist, and whether russia is really sincere about ending air strikes against the opposition, and focusing entirely on isil. and we'll have to see how that plays out this week. >> jamie can you run us through more of the terms of this deal? >> well, this is a step by step process, where there are little confidence building measures along the way, and as i said the first thing is to get
humanitarian assistance to people who really need it. the pentagon makes a point of saying there will be no ceasefire in the campaign against isil. nothing in this agreement stops or limits the united states accelerating its air c cam -- campaign against isil in syria. and as we said the russian air strikes are still continuing. so the key to how this plays out is whether they can develop these so-called modalities to identify which groups would be exempt from air strikes and exempt from fighting, and of course it also hinges on whether the parties on the ground abide by it. so as secretary kerry said no one is under any illusion or pipe dream that this is going to be easy, but there is a glimmer
of hope that there might be a pause in the fighting at least long enough to get people aid on the ground. >> interesting words they chose secession of hostility, rather than a ceasefire. jamie thank you. the righting in syria has had a profound humanitarian impact. at least 50,000 syrians have now fled the fighting in aleppo, and at least 500 people have been killed since the syrian government began its offensive. >> reporter: many in the opposition are welcoming any deal that can relieve the suffering on the ground. the offensive in aleppo has displaced 50,000 people. many left their homes with nothing and they cannot survive without aid. they are also welcoming any deal that would bring in aid supplies
to besieged areas across the country. according to the u.n. nearly half a million people live in besieged areas. but they don't believe this deal will really take effect on the ground because they -- they -- they point to the fact that over the past five years, ceasefires have been agreed upon but never implemented on the ground. they believe the objective, really, has been to change the balance of power on the ground, to put pressure on the rebels in order to get them to surrender. and depopulating and bringing siege to areas is to bring about a surrender. air strikes are continuing on the ground. the northern homs countryside has been a battleground for months, but now the government has managed to sever the supply
route into that area. and up to 120,000 people face the risk of starvation and disease because aid cannot enter. undoubtedly this is not a formal ceasefire, and we still did not hear from the armed groups on the ground on their position on whether they are going to abide by this, because a pause in the fighting means a freeze on the front lines, a freeze really that the government and itself backers are holding on to the strategic gains they have made. the red cross says water supplies in aleppo have been cut, and some of the supply routes used for delivering aid have also been kauft. authorities in the u.k. have arrested a teenager for hacking high-level officials. they arrested a 16 year old believe to be behind the cyber attacks. the cia director, and holmland
right of all people, not a privilege, and i will fight for that. >> we both share the goal of universal healthcare coverage, before it was called obamacare, it was called hilary care. >> reporter: they also took on the economy, jobs and education. >> once i'm in the white house, we will have enough political capitol to be able do that >> you are not in the white house yet. >> reporter: when foreign policy it was sander trying to strengthen his position. >> in her book and in this last debate, she talked about getting the approval or the support, or the mentoring of henry kissen jer. i happen to believe that henry kissen jer was one of the most
destruction secretary of states. >> reporter: the moderator brought up the new hampshire results, which showed clinton struggling with millennial women. >> i have spent my entire adult life working towards making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices even if that choice is not to vote for me. >> look, we are fighting for every vote that we can get. >> reporter: president obama loomed over the debate as clinton assigned herself with the obama legacy throughout. >> the kind of criticism we have heard about our president i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone running for the democratic nomination to succeed president obama. [ cheers and applause ] >> madam secretary, that is a low bow. >> reporter: a rare moment of caustic exchange as now the democratic campaign may be
taking on a different tone with more frequent debates and so much at stake. michael shure, al jazeera, milwaukee, wisconsin. a federal judge has ordered the state department to release even more of hillary clinton's emails. the judge says four more batches must be put out by the end of this month. in that means there could be more revelations about her time of secretary of state. those releases are just in time for the caucuses in nevada, and the south carolina primary. as for the republicans there is a new fight between donald trump and ted cruz. calls reportedly became hostile when residents say they support anyone other than cruz. former president george w. bush plans to hit the campaign trial next week in support of his brother. the former president will hold a rally with jeb monday night in charleston, south carolina.
the 43rd president won the south carolina primary in 2000, and 2004, and jeb bush is trying to capitalize on that. a new york city police officer facing 15 years in prison after being convicted of killing an unarmed man. he was patrolling a dark stairway in 2014 when he was startled and fired a shot. the bullet hit a 24-year-old man. he maintains it was an accident. his lawyers plan to appeal. >> they added a cover up -- a tampering with physical evidence which was also false. >> there are no winners here, but justice was done. and we want to make it clear this conviction in no way is a conviction of the new york city police department, which is the finest police department in the world. >> he was dismissed from the force after the verdict was
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court on thursday. the occupation lasted six weeks. one occupier was killed by police. >> there is good that can come out of this. friends and neighbors can get off of social media and sit down over a cup of coffee and talk out their differences. we can work through these things. there -- has been a lot of hurt, and a lot of things said, but i don't think there's anything that has been done that can't be worked through. >> reporter: a total of 25 people have been charged. they are accused of interfering with federal workers. people in california say it may be several days before a gas leak will be permanently sales, but they have temporarily stopped a math then gas leak.
the world health organization now says it may be a matter of weeks before they know for sure if the zika virus is linked to microcephaly. john henry smith reports. >> reporter: there have only been a few dozen cases of zika diagnosed in the u.s., but there are worries those numbers could climb in the spring and summer. >> we have the laboratory documented case of zika in a marylander. >> reporter: the centers for disease control says it has identified 52 zika infections since 2015. most of the cases were contracted overseas. however, nine of the ten cases identified in the u.s. virgin ayelands and puerto rico were acquired locally. cdc director said americans should take heed of those
numbers. >> we have issued travel advice, not to travel if you are pregnant. we will likely see significant numbers of cases in puerto rico and other u.s. territories where there may be intensive spread of zika. >> reporter: because most people don't present symptoms the agency is not instructing border control agents to do any special screenings. president obama has asked congress for $1.8 billion to fight the virus. the largest portion of that $1.8 billion would go to the cdc. nearly $600 million would go to the hardest hit areas like puerto rico as well as overseas. only about 200 million would be for vaccine research.
two zika vaccine candidates appear promising. but they are at least 18 months away from long-scale trials. infectious disease doctor joined us earlier on your world this morning, and she asked if she believes the money is enough. >> almost half of the money is going to the cdc. so that will be used for surveillance to see what kind of mosquito populations we have circulating at different times of year. in addition, the cdc is going to be developing better diagnostic tests for zika. and then you have funding that is going to the nih for vaccines, diagnostics, money for the fda, and helping control mosquitos in latin america as well as efforts here in the united states. and, you know, one other area that we are funding is for
pregnant women's health in puerto rico. venezuela has now linked three deaths to the virus, hundreds in venezuela have been infected with zika. protests against pension cuts in greece are taking an ugly turn. take a look at these live pictures. these are demonstrators gathered outside of parliament in athens. there are firing burning as well. earlier hundreds of farmers from crete clashed with police in athens. the government plans to raise pension contributions and taxes to deal with the country's budget deficit. some of the biggest names in surfing gather for a legendary contest. a closer look at the event where athletes only get 48 hours notice.
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have been arguing against for years. >> basically by masquerading as cell towers, these devises allow police to turn cell networks into spy networks. >> reporter: say they it was used without obtaining search warrants. it came weeks after critics say anaheim police used similar devices. >> the challenge is they can't just isolate my mobile phone as a target. rather, they get at least 200-plus people in a small area, simultaneously, that they can intercept the communications and delve in to look at that private content. and that's where the big concern is. >> reporter: police departments tend to be tight lipped about
the use of surveillance devices. the justice department limited the use of devices last year, unless they obtained a search warrant. >> the nypd responded by saying it always seeked judicial approval in using the devices except in an emergency. uber are shell out millions to claims that it mislead customers. it will pay more than $28 million to settle two class action lawsuits. the suits claimed uber mislead customers about the steps it took to keep them safe, including how it conducted background checks on drivers. under this settlement, uber will stop using safety-related advertising language. and facebook has lost a
legal battle in france. facebook said a post was removed because it showed female genitalia. the 57-year-old teacher wants his account restored and more than $22,000 in damages. some of the top surfers in the world are gathered in northen california. this is a live look at the waters of half moon bay, california. the surfers had only 48 hours to get themselves there for this contest. jake ward tells us why. ♪ >> reporter: the maverick's big wave event is an annual gathering of the world's best and braverest surfers. flying in from all over the world. but those waves only happen a few times a year, so how do they know when the competition is on.
this guy. big wave surfer and official big wave forecaster. when he says the word, more than two dozen professional surfers from around the world say their prayers and get on a plane. >> the reality is we want guys to be able to catch waves, ride it well, be able to compete and not die in the process. >> reporter: if you were walking at the base of this cliff, you might not think this beach is anything but a picturesque california scene, but under the right circumstances, and this el niño year is going to create those circumstances, incredibly amounts of water produce the largest waves on earth. >> like a bulldozer just goes -- and scoops the ocean up and pushes it towards our coast nch >> reporter: he looks at big storms at sea. that's what creates the swell necessary to create these waves.
>> our pebble is a storm that covers 2,000 nautical miles. >> reporter: the ocean is 60-feet deep just offshore here, but then bump into a triangular wedge that brings the depth to 15 feet. if the swell is power enough, it creates an enormous triangle. it also creates a surfing competition where the question of style kind of goes out the window. the primary motivation for surfers who brave these waves is survival itself. >> you are basically as alive as you can possibly be. your heart is pounding. you are breathing hard, and it's just you and the ocean. >> you need a lot more volume in
the road to be able to catch the wave. >> reporter: he is not just a weather geek. he had been on the bad end of mavericks. i go to grab my board, and i go where is my own arm. it is floating back behind me. i had to pull it over and grab on to the arm. so my arm was fully dislocated. >> reporter: choose a swell big enough for a contest, but not so large that anyone's ride will be their last. jake ward, al jazeera, half moon bay, california. >> remarkable pictures there. martin schedulely is back in the headlines. he is asking kanye west if we could buy the new album, the life of pablo. he says he will pay $10 million to keep it from being released. he recently paid $2 million to by the last album.
thank you for watching. i'm richelle carey. the news continues next live from doha. keep it here. syria's leader says his forces will retake the whole of the country, after an international call for cessation of hostilities. ♪ i'm david foster. you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up in this program. we will hear from one of the doctors protesting in egypt. farmers fury. the tractors driving to greece's parliament in a protest overausterity. >