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aoh returned to racing winning the haskell invitational in new jersey. he went into the race as a 1-10 favourite. a crowd of 61,000 people cheered the colt on it's unclear whether american pharaoh will race this month at saratoga. i'm erica pitzi in new york. the news continues with richelle carey. >> thank you, this is jalelah ahmed, i'm richelle carey in new york and for daltsers. dalt erls. here are the top stories, a person in custody after a memphis police officer was shot and killed plus extending a hand to a fledgeling democracy. secretary of state john kerry makes an historic trip top egypt. >> just the fact that jesus walked here is astonishing. it's rare for israelis palestinians and jordanians to agree on anything. today, a meeting of the minds in the names of preserving a vital
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resource and a piece of ancient history. approaching 70 years since the end of the largest armed conflict in recorded history, al jazeera looks at the lasting wounds of war and the lingering feelings towards japan for millions across the asia pacific. a person of interest is now in custody in connection with the killing of a police officer in memphis ten si. 33-year-old shaun bolton was shot dead during a traffic stop late last night. the crime set off a multi-state manhunt for his killer no charges find against this unidentified person of interest.
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the memphis police department says the investigation is ongoing. the city's mayor said the tragedy shows it's too easy for criminals to arm themselves. >> there are so many guns on our streets in the wrong hands. that's the key thing. and many and women in blue have certain rules of engagement that they have to follow. but at any given minute in a 24 hour day, they are dealing with folks who have no rules of engagement bolton was the third mem bys police officer shot dead in the last four years. >> to egypt, where john kerry case the u.s. is committed to that country's security. he was in cairo for a number of meetings with a goal to re-establish ties with the government and military. tom ackerman reports.
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>> reporter: egypt used to be a close ally. the overthrow of the past two presidents cast a shadow over political and military ties. this meeting to discuss that relationship was the first in five years. the foreign minister shukri highlighted the common strategic aims of the two countries, the secretary of state said the u.s. could not overlook concerns over human rights with president abdul fatah al-sisi. >> egypt has good reason to ensure that the fundamental rights of citizens are protected, that vital principles such as due process and freedom of press, association, are cherished, and women are cherished and that women are empowered. >> he told reporters that the gaoling of egyptian journalists had been subject to proper court rulings. >> none of these journalists are held on the basis of any expression that they have made, or in relation to their profession as journalists
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in a recent report, the state department accused the egyptian department of: while such abuses have been legal grounds to superintendent u.s. military aid, the obama administration, with support from u.s. congress, resumed those programs. days before kerry's arriving in cairo, eight f-16 fighter jets were delivered to the air force, following the navy's receipt of several fast missile votes and -- boats and an earlier shipment of apache helicopters. kerry said the two countries agreed, the nuclear deal reached with iran would prevent the region entering an arms race. >> translation: fully implemented it will make egypt and all the countries of this region safer than they otherwise would be, or where. >> reporter: if egypt is uneasy with the nuclear deal, it's not expressing so publicly.
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on kerry's next middle east stop, meeting with the gulf cooperation council in doha, he'll try to calm their fears with reassurances of more american military support for iran's arab neighbours. i'm joined by a professor, an expert on the region it's been since stwin since the u.s. engaged egypt in this way. why the re-engagement now? >> egypt is looking for increased ties with the united states. and the u.s. is trying to increase strategic alliance with egypt in the war on terror in the region with the rise of i.s.i.l. in the region so what we are seeing is the re-emergens of the strategic relationship. the rang wing around the relationship changed. in the past two years, we saw the language move away from the
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democratic preconditions that have sullied the relationship a few years ago with the ouster of president mohamed mursi, where the united states under secretary kerry placed a set of democratic conditions that would have to be met before the u.s. re-engaged politically. >> softening the language. >> not just softening, the elimination of the precondition. there was a roadmap to democracy including presidential elections, a constitution and parliamentary elections, they are yet to be held. we see the reinstatement of aid starting last fall with the return of the apache helicopters, and just this past friday with the return of the f-16 fighter jets. >> who in egypt would be happy with that and who would not be happy with that. those would be happier, those looking for an increase in economic ties. the united states supplies about 6 billion in foreign direct
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investments to the egyptian economy, which is important for a country that has been hurting economically politically and socially. unfortunately those that have been calling for the revolutionaries, called for the movements of freedom, democracy and transparency are the ones losing. the preconditions that we are aiming to foster future democratic norms, being removed signal to the average egyptian and those fighting for a return to democracy, that the united states is going to go for security rather than democracy. >> if the u.s. can't put the pressure on is there anyone who can? >> the u.s. was the one that was the last bulwark of it. we saw in the past couple of months most european countries engaging france germany, saying the talk but not necessarily walking the walk. the ultimate losers are those that stand to really not have their democratic aspirations
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met. >> you talked about i.s.i.l. is the united states and egypt on the same page when it comes to i.s.i.l.? >> absolutely. egypt has been fighting the war on terror using it for the past couple of months. that is why they need the return of u.s. - ou they say they need the return of the u.s. strategic involved because it's not just in weaponry. they have systematically over the past couple of years suspended since the egyptian revolution had exercises in the sinai peninsula, and that is the place where i.s.i.l. took a stronghold in egypt professor, thank you for coming in. we appreciate it today an egyptian court once again put off a decision about three al jazeera journalists accused of working with the muslim brotherhood. mohamed fadel fahmy, mohammed badr and peter greste's case is now adjourned until august 29th. the three were arrested in cairo, in december 2013.
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they were in prison for over a year before being released pending a retrial. >> peter greste was deported to australia and is being tried in absentia. >> the lives of no one involved in this can move on until we get the verdict. everything hinges on that day. for me, obviously, it defines how my life works what my career is. particularly for mohammed badr and mohamed fadel fahmy, on that day after the verdict, they walk away as free men or go back into prison, that makes it impossible for anyone to look beyond that point. it really defines everything, to be in a position where you build up, you say goodbye to your wife and kids as mohammed badr did earlier today, not knowing if you would go back and see them at the end of the day or whether you would go back into prison, that makes it a tough way to live. to have another adjournment, i think, is difficult. i was talking to them on skype as we watched it, and for them too, the whole family, i guess, it's tough, as i said, everyone
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is built up to this moment. it's been a long fight, and it's been a fight engaging everyone, everyone's energy, it's sucked out all of the time that anyone in the family has had over the past 18 months. and so we all thought it would be over today. we all thought that we would know what the situation was, and at least be able to plan and move on with our lives. it has not happened. again, the delay is difficult for us all. charles trendle the acting managing director of al jazeera said "we are waiting for the justice to be done." carbon levels reduced by 32% over the next 15 years. the white house released the video. fix power plants are the single biggest source of the harmful
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pollution contributing to climate change. until now, there has been no federal limits to the amount of that pollution that those plants can dump into the air. think about that. we limit the amount of toxic chemicals like americaure a sulphur and arsenic in air and waters. existing power plants can dump unlimited amounts of harmful carbon pollution into the air we pleased top republicans are resisting, saying the cuts are unrealistic and could slow u.s. job growth. energy companies say they'll challenge the new rules in court. >> porto rico missed a multi-million debt payment that could throw the u.s. territory into default. the government failed to pay $58 million bond due this weekend. island officials say they do not have the money. friday the territory made a $169 million payment against debt, but owes tens of billions.
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porto ricco's government says they need loans restruct urld. -- restrurktured. roxana saberi join us. >> whether this is a default depends who you arriving. puerto rico say it does not constitution a default because they are moral obligation soned. they have a moral, not a legal obligation to repay them. credit agents call it a default. porto rico's governor was not mincing words when he said the economy was in a death spiral and can't support the debt load. does the misrepayment mean that porto rico was not afraid of defaulting. that could be the signal sent to investors, especially hedge funds, and they hoped to make a huge profits by having the bonds paid back in full. the vulture funds reportedly commissioned a report from i.m.f. economists suggesting the
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territory do things like raise taxes, fire teachers cutting public health funding to raise money. the suggestions are not likely to be heeded by officials that say maintaining essential services for citizens like health compare and education is a priority. they'd like to see the debts restructured and are working on a plan that could be unveiled next month. >> tomorrow the senate will consider a measure to stop misunderstanding planned parenthood. the republican plan is not expected to pass. it follows the release of videos focussing on providing foetal tissues to researchers. planned parenthood apologised for the video. but says it broke no laws. rand paul u republican senator, called for the vote. >> a lot were upset by the videos manipulating the baby selling the liver, and the
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doctors saying cavalierly "liver's popular for sale", i think most americans don't want their tax dollars going to this. if you looking at this we have 9,000 community health centers that do everything that planned parenthood does but don't get into abortion. it will be less emotional for everyone if we funded community health centers and didn't fund planned parenthood. >> let's look at the numbers. in its annual report planned parenthood says it performs 328,000 of roughly 1 million abortions. they are 3% of its services that it provides. federal funding is not used for abortions except in cases of rape incest or mother's health being at risk. 80% of its clients have incomes below 35,000. last year planned parenthood took in there 1.3 billion in revenue.
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$528 million came from taxpayers in the form of federal aid and state medicare funding. republicans say 9100 federalry funded health center could provide similar services in the group losses funding. >> joe biden is exploring is 2016 run according to a "new york times" report. the democrats expected to make an announcement by the end of the summer. the vice president and staff met with donors and supporters and biden's son beau apparently urged the vice president to join the race before he died of brain cancer at the age of 46. donald trump fired is presidential aid after reports that the staffer wrote racist posts on his facebook page. sam is accused of using racial enthi nets and making derogatory comments about president obama.
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he denied the allegations presidential hopefuls face you have in a republican debate this week. thursday's event featuring the top 10 candidates leading the polls. first, 14 g.o.p. leaders will answer questions tomorrow night at the voter's first run in new hampshire. front runner donald trump declined to participate in the question period. >> i think one of the reasons i'm doing well in the polls, no one will tell me what to do. i will not have the donors and special interests and lobbyists telling me what to do. i'm not running with their money. i know all the guys giving them money, they don't give money unless they get something for it. >> al jazeera's michael shure has more on the divisions within the republican party and what to expect from the debate. >> it's certain who will be there in the top seven players there. looking at scott walker jed bush, rand paul donald trump,
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obviously, and it goes down to ben carson. there's one that people were not sure would happen john kassig the governor of ohio he has gone up in the polling in new hampshire. i suspect because he'll make it there. chris christie and alan perry will be out. if you ask me i'll say alan perry will not be here. a lot of people are waiting to see alan perry in a debate. that is where his downfall began in 2012. you'll find crafty ways to go after donald trump, and you'll see people being dismissive of donald trump and the theatre will be trump himself. at the top you mentioned trump fired someone. he does that for a living. he fires out bombast and the question will be how will they handle it. a lot of people say the substantive debate because of donald trump, will be the debate previous to the main show.
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donald trump doesn't have tro go out and fund raise, doesn't have to be beholden to other people. the problem that a lot of voters has is that that means he'll be an autocrat. you'll have a wealthy person become the nominee or the president. $250 million is about what mitt romney was worth. he became the nominee in 2012. he had to go out and raise a lot of money. donald trump is worth between 2.5 billion and 9 billion. that's a lot of money, he can do it himself, it's money getting involved in the politics. >> political reporter michael shure they are literally living in the dark. pitch-black is a way of life for many in war torn syria, how turning off the lights can save their lives, and a deadly tail a horrifying accident unfolding in front of a crowd of spectators. a year after an earthquake
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in china, al jazeera returns to hard hit areas where hundreds are still homeless.
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jooch a russian helicopter pilot died after this crash at an airshow today, taking part in manoeuvres along with worth military craft. the helicopter appeared to be out of control as it spun towards the ground and exploded. the russian military grounded all mi 28 helicopters until the cause of that crash is known. parties are investigating more debris thought to be from malaysia airlines flight 370. it washed up on the shore of reunion island in the indian ocean, days after part of a plane wing was found last week. residents. island held a service for the 239 passenger ertion and crew on board the plane. the plane's disappears last year led to one of the largest search and rescue operations history.
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the ongoing fighting in syria made daily life too dangerous for many. shops and homes dimmed their lives to avoid being noticed. residents live in a state of fear. >> reporter: this is the remote part of aleppo under the control of syrian rebels. only a few shops are open in the mark, which ones used to be packed with shoppers. these days they have few buyers. this shop used to sell a lot of merchandise. the owners say they are struggling to stay open. >> translation: the city of aleppo, you rarely see people coming to the market for shopping. in the good days it was packed with buyers and sellers. >> reporter: the shop closes at nightfall. people are scared of aerial attacks by the government. they say the regime is
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targetting everyone, and a house with a light on gives planes more things to target. it's not just shops and homes, cars on the road can't switch on headlights. drivers flash their lights as they approach rebel checkpoints, where they are asked for identification. >> translation: aleppo is completely dark. when it's night time no young goes out -- no one goes out, they'll be targeted by war planes and bombs. >> reporter: on the front line this is what it brings. intense fighting between rebels and i.s.i.l. forces continue for years, all fighting for control. rebels say they have made gains because they targeted i.s.i.l. strongholds and insist they are pushing ahead in areas controlled by the government. what was once a bright city is a former shell of itself, and those brave enough to show sign of life at night, do it under fear of the government supposed
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to protect them flooding forced the president of myanmar to declare a state of emergency. he is deemed several regions of the country disaster zones, and more rain is predicted for the next few days. a year ago today an earthquake in china left 600 death, thousands homeless. many in the remote region are waiting for a new home. rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: a year later, home for this woman and her family is a tent. like many she gets food handouts and money from the chinese government. life is tough. >> translation: there used to be more than 200 families living in houses. now they are gone. we can't afford to build a house.
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the government will not help us. we are afraid we couldn't afford to fix it. >> reporter: the fear of further tremors in this earthquake-prone zone is a fact much life. we met her in the aftermath of an earthquake where are that killed hun -- earthquake that killed hundreds last year. she lost her 79-year-old mother. memories of that day are still viv it. >> translation: i was outside. the trees were swaying. people were flown around. we moved up the hill. when i looked back all the houses were gone. i was in shock and couldn't move for 10 minutes. >> only one road was open for relief teams and supplies coming in and the injured and the dead coming out. at the time the local government pledged every effort would be made to rebuild. they are still promising that and telling the people to be patient. spites have been cleared of rubble and damaged buildings.
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the promised replacements are lacking. >> my biggest concern is that we can build our house soon for my family to be happy and safe. >> translation: the rebuilding has not started yet. they will not tell us what the plan is not a word. >> translation: how is it possible to get back to normal. we suffered a disaster. >> reporter: the south-west corner of china is used to earthquakes. and last year pales in comparison to the biggest sichuan earthquake of 2008, which killed 70,000 people resulting in an international relief efforts. not on the same scale, this loss it seems, is more easily forgotten. except for those like uan who went through it finding itself remembering the family it lost
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we are approaching 70 years since the end of world war ii. buts many of the scars still remain across the far east. sentiments towards japan have not changed very much in half a century, "the week ahead" after the break, and iran's president defiant in a speech televised to the iranian people. why he says the west did not win by securing a nuclear agreement with tehran. now some live pictures north and west sacramento 2 million firefighters battling. 24 homes have been lost to the flames. thousands more could be in the line of the fire and we'll keep an eye on it for you here in al jazeera. keep it here.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at top stories, a
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person of from is now in custody in connection with the death of a memphis tennessee police officer. shaun bolton died after being shot during a traffic stop last night. so far no charges have been filed against that person of interest. john kerry was in cairo today for a sit down with egyptian president abdul fatah al-sisi, and other leaders. the goal of the meeting was to re-establish military and security ties between the u.s. and egypt. it was the first formal talk of its kind in six years. >> president obama is expected to announce strict new cuts in carbon emissions for u.s. power plants tomorrow. the president's clean power plan will require this plant to reduce carbon levels by 32% over the next 15 years. energy companies say they'll mount a legal challenge to the new rules.
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it is sunday nights and time for a look at the week ahead. this month seven years ago the biggest conflict history, world war ii was coming to an end. japan had invaded china in 1937. korea had been a part of japan since 1910. japan brought the united states into the war with a surprise attack on pearl harbor. the fighting ended after the united states dropped atomic bombs on hiroshima and naua sackie. hard feelings still remain years later. roxana saberi reports. 1937 japanese imperial army forces capture china's then capital. unleashing 6 weeks of carnage, including the mass murder and rape of chinese citizens by
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japanese troops. thousands of korean women and girls forced into sexual slavery as so-called comfort women to the imperial japanese army. >> for 35 years a japanese colony. >> two episodes of atrocities many believe japan has not atoned for sufficiently as the 70th anniversary at the ends of the war looms. >> august 15th will be a big day for the japanese to think about how they think about their past and the way in which japan's neighbours scrutinise the public state by japan's prime minister. >> but those expecting more repentance may be disappointed. prime minister shinzo abe says he agrees with previous official japanese statements of contrition over world war ii he does not believe japan should keep apologising for events of the past. a stance on display during
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shinzo abe's vits to the united states when -- visit to the united states when he sidestepped pt issue of formally apologising to korean comfort women and 2013 when he visited a shrine honouring war dead including japanese war criminals. raw wounds that feed into tensions between japan and china over disputed and militarized territories in the east and south china seas. >> clearly the rise of china is felt most keenly by januarian. defenses are affected by the rise in military capability and the willingness to display that. >> fears that saw the government push for reinterpretation of the passivist constitution to allow troops to fight overseas. despite the objections of many japanese citizens. >> shinzo abe said his statement marking the 70th anniversary
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will be "future oriented", emphasising the proactive contribution to peace. while japan may be ready to move on from past since, the memories of neighbours may prove more resilient to put world war ii across asia into perspective, the human tom toll, the military and civilian life was stagging. 52 million died in china, 3 to 4 million died in the dutch east indies somewhere between 2.5 and 3.2 million japanese died - half a million in korea, more than half a million filipinos were killed and almost 120,000 americans died in the fighting. it's also worth noting that the deaths from the atomic bombings continue. as of 2007 the total casualties from radiation exposure in
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hiroshima naua sacky was 421,000 people. let's bring in zach cooper a fellow with the japan chair at the strategic and international studies, joining us from washington d.c. we are appreciate it very much. let's talk about the speech from prime minister of japan, prime minister shinzo abe. what should we be looking for in the speech. who is really his audience? >> well i would say he has a number of different audiences. there's a domestic audience in japan, and views about what they hope the prime minister mr say. i think prime minister corey ashe will speak to a u.s. audience, as he did speaking in congress in april, and to an asian audience especially to korea and china, who have been worried about what prime minister shinzo abe will say about the 70th anniversary about the war. >> what about the school of
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thought that they have apologised enough? >> certainly there's a large school in japan that believes japan has apologised and 70 years of history since the war showed that japan would be a proactive and active contributor to peace in the world, that its economic efforts, development efforts and, indeed security efforts increased security and prosperity that's an argument we'll hear from the japanese in coming days. >> how are the u.s. and japan able to point of view ot over the last 70 years, to the relationship relationship the two countries have now. >> it comes out of world war ii and the post war sitlement. there was the soviet threat making it necessary for the u.s. and japan to work together to counter the threat. pt u.s.-japan alliance and
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relationship comes out of the tofrt work together. it's a -- out of the effort to work together so how is the u.s. been able to manage its relationship with various asian countries who actually themselves don't always get along? >> certainly. well the united states as you know as strong allies in asia it has five closal lies japan, korea are two of the most important. it's critical for washington to get japan and korea to work together. we face a number of challenges from north korea to china, these are issues that leaders in seoul and tokyo have to work with counterparts on. it's invaluable for the united states to get their allies to work together. >> going forward, what do you see as the future of u.s.-japan relations? >> i think they are only going
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to gets stronger. prime minister shinzo abe has been a strong prime minister compared to his previous counterparts. he'll be in office for a number of years. this really gives the u.s. and japan an opportunity to strengthen the relationship. the transpacific trade partnership hopefully that will pass in the next year and the u.s. and japan updated the bilateral defense bilines, basically the framework for the alliance. the future looks bright for the u.s. japan alliance. it will be interesting as to the remarks made this week. as zach cooper fellow with the japan center center for strategic and international studies, thank you for joining us from washington d.c. the end of the war in the pacific haunts the u.s. to this day, the top secret manhattan project fielded a mon strous weapon the atomic bomb. the use seen as saving lives in
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the long run. critics view the devastation of two large civilian centers as a war crime. erica pitzi reports. >> reporter: operation olympic was the code name for the u.s. plan to invade japan, scheduled to begin in october 1945 and would have been the largest amphibian invasion ever. more than a million soldiers would die. the japanese casualties would run higher. the japanese were planning to fights ferociously to defend their homeland and hoped to make the cost of capturing japan so high that the allies would settle for an armistice. all of that planning came to an end. u.s. bombers dropped bombs on hiroshima on august yourself and nagasaki three days later.
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how many died was na dispute. 340,000 may have died of the effects over the next five years. >> after three years, eight months and 25 days the japanese war is at an end. >> reporter: japan surrendered august 15th now, let's bring in paul carol to talk about the nuclear issue, he's a former official at the u.s. department of energy and joins us from san wr. -- san francisco, we appreciate it. >> the dropping of the bomb did it truly end the war as many people now think? >> thank you for having me. that was the conventional wisdom for decades after world war ii. that the kath arctic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki were so devastating and awesome in the traditional sense of the word that it immediately led the japanese to surrender.
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increasingly the evidence points out that that is not the case. that while the dropping of these bombs may have shortened the war and avoided a land invasion pt japanese saw the writing on the wam, they were already decimated, looking at a soviet union that rather than staying out of the war was leaning towards joining it. so a week after "new york" magazine if the bombs ended the war. why did it take a week. historians agree that it was not the ends of the war, there were other factors. >> there was other factors, an allied amphibious assault, like what happened in normandy. if there was an alternative does that mean the atomic aid could have been avoided.
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>> i find it hard to believe it could have been avoided. there's the lure of sweet technology, today we know it as the internet. we see things that are developed. when you are in a war and you have an opportunity to develop a new weapon it will be difficult to stop and not use it. let's keep in mind that the bombs were developed against germany. they surrounded three months earlier. the man hattan projected came to fruition it would have been difficult for president truman to say wow, i have a new weapon. i don't agree it do have been avoided. going back to the cold war, what kept someone from using them? that again, it the conventional wisdom of decades.
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the coal cold war began before there was an intellectual rage am when diplomats realized that the scunion, it's a hungry bear. it's expansionist. there was the truman document. it wasn't until 1949 that the soviet union tested their own weapon, and in the decade after that, in the 50s, the u.s. and russia built as many nuclear bombs as they could. a field of thinking and logic of nuclear deterrence built of around that. it was not until decades later that france the u.k. and china joined the club and the rest of the world looked at it with fear and by 1970 said "we have to slow this thing down. there was a new treaty with 186 in additions signed at the time and said "okay, you folks that have them you got them you have to get rid of them." the rest of us agree we will not
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seek the weapons. the story of the past 45 years, since 1970 has been a spotty effort to restrain the growth and eliminate existing weapons. >> paul carol, good conversation. thank you, former official apt the u.s. department of energy. thank you for your time. >> happy to be here. >> for the survivors of the bombings the attacks are too real. they want to stop nuclear weapons from being used again. roxana saberi spoke to some of them. >> reporter: from above, the atomic bomb named little boy looked like this... ..below in japan's industrial city of hiroshima, this 13-year-old saw a bluish white flash, and the walls around her crumbled. >> then i have a sensation of floating in the air.
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friends, classmates who were with me in the same room were burnt to death alive. >> reporter: she stumbled outside. >> some carried their eyeballs in their hand. no one shouted for help, they were asking for water, wurt please. >> most of her family were out of town safe. her sister and nephew were killed crossing a bridge. three days later, august 9, 1945 the u.s. dropped another nuclear bomb on japan, this one on nagasaki. the u.s. military department estimates 100,000 died instantly in the two blasts. >> i have received this afternoon a message from the japanese government... >> within a week japan surrendered and world war ii was over. but survivors continued to suffer. in this film taken at a nagasaki
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hospital the u.s. called the 16-year-old boy patient number 50. his name was sumitare - with his skin burnt from his back he had to lie face down for a year and nine months. >> translation: i was struggling on the border between life and death, often screaming "kill me kill me", it was a hard time. >> reporter: laying on his chest for so long it collapsed. i ask if he is still in pain. >> translation: it doesn't pain me. i feel pressure on my heart. >> reporter: in the seven decades since the bombings japanese families mourned the loss of others that died from cancer and other illnesses linked to the attacks. he has spent the years determined that nuclear weapons should never be used again. >> my little nephew four years
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old, who became a chunk of burnt meat - well, that image lives in my brain. that image just drives me compels me. >> reporter: so every five years, she and others join survivors and supporters in new york demanding that countries do more faster to eliminate nuclear weapons. thousands are marching to the u.n., delivering a petition with 8 million signature calling for a ban on nuclear weapons. the delivery comes before the 5-year review of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. it is meant to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. more nations have nuclear weapons than before. concerns are growing that countries that don't have them could get them soon. >> we talked about this but we have not really made progress.
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>> what needs to be done? >> they have to take the issue seriously. and come to realise they hold in their hands the fate of humanity. >> reporter: these survivors say they'll tell their stories until they no longer can iranian president hassan rouhani is speaking out about the nuclear deal that iran cut with the u.s. and five other world powers insisting that iran is not interested in nuclear weapons. >> if the opposite sited things they have succeeded let them. we have never been after nuclear bombs. >> reporter: he said iranian weaponso are not affected by the deal because they were not designed to carry nuclear
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weapons. jordsan, israel and the palestinian areas coming together in the name of conservation. an agreement that has sworn enemies working together to save a vital resource and a taste of history chicago took a step towards cleaning up its acts. its acts.
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several gay rights activists have been arrested after demonstrating. they were holding pickets at a celebration for the russian military several other activists were attacked by veterans police took the gay activists away. russia passed a law in 2013 prohibiting - propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations. strong winds, temperatures
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and a sand storm diverted planes in ayman. the dust clouds forcing planes to land in other regions, it's been slammed by sweltering heat. temperatures expected to reach as high as 109 degrees. scorching heat is a problem facing the river jordan the asian shent -- ancient treatment is in dire straits that israel, jordsan have joined hands. holding hands at prayer in an important site. for nears pilgrims waded into the jordan river to connect with a core event in their faith, the baptism of jesus christ. israel that occupies the palestinian side of this section of the river long competed for tourism dollars, now u.n.e.s.c.o. weighed in on the rivalry. it's designated jordan's area as
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an area it believed to be baptized a view shared by christian churches. >> the fact that jesus walked here is astonishing. >> reporter: the jordan river has significance for judaism and islam. that's why there's concerns about the river's much deteriorating violence. >> the significance of the river is indisputable. it can't be said for the rest of the region. in a rare show of cooperation, israel jordan and the palestinians are working together to try to save it. >> reporter: the 250km river forms a natural border between israel israeli occupied palestine, syria and jordan. al jazeera was given rare access to a military buffer zone where the impact of pollution and water diversion by the surrounding countries is clear to see. over the past 50 years alone.
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the jordan river shrunk by 90%. at a recent conference israel jordan and the palestinians signed an agreement to rehabilitate the river by 2050. >> we invited all the politicians and decision makers from the three countries, and saw that there was political will. >> that political will ensures that none of the projects strengthen israel's hold on sections of the valley which palestinians want as part of their future state. >> peace building depends on the issue, that's my personal view. this would be of help for the three neighbouring countries using or sharing the jordan apt this part from the gallery down to the sea. >> a river, three faiths, and a commitment from neighbours with complex relationships to preserve their history for future generations.
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>> a ban an plastic bags are has taken effect in chicago. most stores larger than 10,000 square feet are only allowed to offer customers paper bags. smaller stores have a year to transition from plastic. the ban has reportedly won support from customers, but business groups are pushing back saying the law will be costly fo retailers. a mass shooting in new york city left 13 people injured, and happened this morning at a backyard party in brooklyn. nine people were hit with gun fire four others suffered cuts and scrapes. the victims were men and women ranging in age from 19 to 38. all the victims are expected to survive multiple shootings in baltimore. a 28-year-old man shot in the face was found dead by police. a separate incident 45 minutes later left seven wounded. five of those victims were able
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to get to the hospital on their own. police found the other two and brought them in for treatment if a trip to starbucks doesn't satisfiour caffeine trading you may need a trip to the persian gulf. the world's first coffee museum after the break. break.
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>> translation :..and also records for all the accused and chinese media released video of the largest radio telescope. the dish is about the size of 30 football fields and is being assembled deep in the mountains of south-west china. it will cost $196 million and is expected to be finished in september next year. scientists say they'll hear the telescope to use sounds in significant solar systems. >> a fast-moving wildfire in northern california burnt 37,000 acres. live pictures in lake county north of san francisco.
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the fire grew by 20,000 acres since yesterday. it shut down two highways and 24 homes have been destroyed. more than 12,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the area. california governor jerry brown says drought conditions and high wind turned much of the state into a tinter box. it's a museum for coffee lovers opening in dubai, when the united arab emirates deemed it appropriate to pay tribe tupt to the average residents consuming 1.7 pounds of coffee per year. one of the exhibits consists of 400 pieces of coffee-making equipment from 24 countries. thank you for joining us tonight. i am richelle carey in new york. i'll be back with another hour of news at 11:00pm eastern, 8:00p.m. pacific. keep it here stay tuned.
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thanks for joining us "faultlines" - chasing bail - is next. and we'll leave which a live picture of the fires in california, this is lake california a few thousands firefighters trying to keep this understand chrome. control. we'll keep you posted. you keep it here. >> let us bow our heads for a word of prayer. our father and our most gracious god. as this family, the murdough family and their friends, as they gather, we ask that you send your comforter, your holy spirit, your guide, to be with them. >> queens, new york. jerome murdough's family is laying him to rest. four months ago, 56-year-old jerome was arrested for trespassing, and booked into new

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