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world was >> every monday, join us for exclusive... revealing... and surprising talks with the most interesting people of our time... talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america traore al jazeera america, live from new york city i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. president obama orders new sanctions against northwest korea in response to the massive cyber attack on sony. a ship filled with hundreds of migrants strappeded after the crew disappears. and new research that shows getting cancer is more about bad luck than bad habits. ♪ we begin with the first
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response from the united states to north korea east's hacking of sony. president obama ordered further sanctions on the country. libby casey joining us live from the white house and there were already sanctions in place over north korea's nuclear program. what are these new sanctions? >> reporter: tony this is stepping it up in direct response for the cyber attack on sony. three entities within north korea getting these sanctions. one is the intelligence gather gathering arm, research and defense, and the third is the ballistic arms and conventional weapon's dealer for north korea. within the north korean government. now there are ten individuals that will also feel sanctions and this is new. while they have had sanctions in the past the individuals haven't, and nine are affiliated
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with the ballistic missiles aspect of. officials don't know at this point if those ten individuals have assets in the u.s., but now companies can scour their records, find out if they do freeze them if they do have assets, and the u.s. officials say they hope it sends a message both to north korea as well as other countries not to do business with these individuals. senior officials say this is the first time that sanctions are being imposed because of a cyber attack on a company, on sony. so it is highly unusual, but officials say this step was needed to send a clear message that cyber attacks are not okay. they said this has gone beyond screwing up websites or interfering, it has affected businesses and individuals. and essentially affected
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commerce. now it's also important to note that u.s. officials are standing by their assertion that north korea is responsible for this attack. there has been a private security company saying they doubt that well un general assemblies u.s. officials say they do believe all aspects of this point to north korea, and they are trying to let not just the north koreans but the general community know that cyber attacks are not going to be stood. >> north korea recently experienced a massive internet outage. >> u.s. officials could comment on whether they were responsible officially. but as part of the sanctions step the press secretary of the white house said this was an initial step. here is what a senior administration official said that really press have reported that outage could have happened for a number of reasons, including it could have come
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within north korea itself. tony. >> all right. libby casey at the white house. thank you. for the second time this week italy is dealing with a ship filled with stranded my grants. the boat docked a short time ago at a port in southern italy. this comes two days after a ship carrying nearly a migrants were brought to another italian port. >> reporter: this stip normally care rying livestock. it was drifts miles off of the italian coast are 450 migrants aboard. this is the second such incident this week on wednesday the blue sky m with 970 migrants on board
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was brought into an italian port. most of them also came from syria and many suffering the effects of hypothermia and frostbite after six days at sea. this appears to be a new tactic by human traffickers. >> it's possible that they have discovered a new method of -- of purchasing derelict or old crafts that are seaworthy for maybe one last voyage and then reporting that the crew has abandoned ship. they have also reported that there's violence on board and created a kind of emergency situation. that's what we hear but it's too soon to judge how -- how much this is going to be the new tactic. >> reporter: it's a new challenge for the thinly stretched european agency frontex charged with patrolling europe's maritime borders. the sheer scale of the problem is overwhelming. 170,000 migrants reached europe
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in 2014. so far 2015 promises even greater numbers. simon mcgregor-wood, al jazeera. the latest abandoned ship is expected to dock in southern italy soon at the port. al jazeera al jazeera's lawrence lee is there. >> reporter: the reason why they have chosen this port, which if you imagine the sort of boot of italy at the bottom it has an upturned u underneath it where we are is at the top of that urp turned u, and the reason they have chosen this is because the ship has no power and can't steer itself the seas are rough out there and they wanted to choose where that was flat and calm to dock it successfully. and that's why they have chosen this remote commercial port. but outside of that everything -- insofar as it was a crisis for a while, seems more
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or less to be under control now. we had just been talking to a group of medics in the blue tent. you may be able to see in the distance behind where they are preparing for these refugees to come off of the ship but then they'll be walked down to the edge of the harbor there, and split into three groups. people who can carry on moderately hurt and anybody worse, and then they'll be put in a variety of different places, but the doctors have been in tuch with the coast guard of the icelandic ship they don't appear to be expecting anything worse than you would expect given how many days at sea these people have been in a cattle ship. >> so let's look at the scale of europe's migration crisis. europe's border agency frontex says more than 226,000 migrants crossed illegal between january and october of 2014. frontex said the largest number
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traveled across the central mediterranean from north africa more 43,000 through. and joining us now is benjamin ward, the deputy director of europe and central asia at human rights watch. good to see you. so so many migrants reaching europe in 2014. now it looks like smugglers have figured out a way to make a lot of money during the winter the rougher harsher winter months. explain how this works. are the smugglers loading up these ships, getting them out to sea and then leaving them for the coast guard or frontex to figure out? >> well, that's what it seems to be. it is very worrisome seeing this happen in the winter when the weather is much worse.
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normally the crossings tend to stop during the winter. >> what is frontex this group of resources and nations? and us is capable of doing the job necessary here? because at the moment it appears to be overwhelmed. >> yeah it's the european union's joint border agency but it doesn't have any personnel or equipment of its own, it relies on the e.u. governments supplying their own staff and personnel. but it's important to say it only has very recently taken on the task of patrolling the mediterranean. in that task has been carried out for most of the past year by the italian navy. the e.u. force was supposed to take over from italy, but it's a much smaller scale. it's clear the italians are still needed. >> okay. so you know it's easy to say
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that the e.u. should be doing more, and we're hearing that a lot now. but what more could the e.u. be doing in your opinion to disrupt this people-smuggling operation? >> first of all they do need to increase the scale and scope of their rescue operations but there are other things that they could be doing as well. for example, the european commission has said that people should be able to claim asylum in north african countries so that they wouldn't need to get on board these dangerous vessels to seek refuge in europe. in that could really help. another move that would help is for european union governments to increase the resettlement of syrian refugees. and many of those are making the crossing as syrians, and so far europe has resettled very few compared to 3-plus million syrian refugees that there are. >> shouldn't this operation -- this kind of an
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operation loading people on to a cargo ship be easier to police? you are putting people on a ship in a port presumably is it your belief that -- that the operators d maybe the port operators are taking a bit of a payoff that there's some kind of inside job going on here? >> well that may be many of the smaller vessels leave from libya. >> right. >> which is a break down of law and order, and the state isn't functioning properly. our understanding is that these boats came from turkey. it may be there was some corruption involved there. there is certainly policing that can be done but whatever the -- the circumstances, you know, there is a responsibility for -- to do everything we can to save lives, and unfortunately the e.u. is not doing enough right now. >> benjamin ward the deputy director of human rights watch.
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good to see you. thanks for your time. a greek ferry that caught fire earlier this week rived in southern italy today at least 11 people died after a fire broke out on board sunday. helicopters plucked survivors from the ferry and took them to nearby ships. investigators will search the ship to see if there are anymore bodies. the palestinian authority submitted its question to join the international criminal court. only members of the icc can be charged with crimes at the hague, and can bring charges against another nation. the palestinian ambassador made it clear that they will ask that the court investigate charges against israel. kristen saloomey has more now from the united nations. >> reporter: we received a statement from the secretary general's spokesperson that says that the u.n. is now considering the appropriate next steps. typically it takes 60 days once
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an application is received for the jurisdiction to go into effect. but we have the israelis arguing that the palestinians aren't even qualified to be members because they are not an officially recognized state. that position is not shared by many year at the united nations. and the court has suggested that they would accept the membership. but there are many many other issues that need to be worked out. one of the things that we heard from the ambassador is that the palestinians want the court's jurisdiction to be retroactive. which means that any incidents that happened even before the palestinians became members of the rome statute, signed the treaty joining the court, those could also be considered by the court. that is open to legal debate as to whether or not that would be approach. he also said that he specifically wanted the court to consider the issue of settlement
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building in the palestinian territories, israeli settlement building as a war crime -- or crime against humanity for the israelis. we also wants the court to consider the last incushion of israeli forces into gaza which happened over the summer killing about 2,000 civilians, these are the issues that the palestinians would like the court to take up but the court has to decide whether or not it wants to take up these issues and whether or not it feels it has jurisdiction over these issues. so 60 days at least until court jurisdiction takes effect and then it could be months if not years before the court even decides whether or not to take up a case. but this is what he had to say a short time ago. >> now this is a very significant step in which we will be going through it to seek justice through a legal option.
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it is a peaceful option. it is a civilized option. it is an option that anyone who upholds the law should not be afraid of. >> reporter: if you listen to the israelis and the united states, they are saying that this was an awful move that is not going to help the situation on the ground in anyway. they think it will hurt the atmosphere for negotiations moving forward, and hinder them from taking place. the palestinians said they had to do this, they did it just days after having a resolution rejected by the security council, that would have laid out a time frame for peace negotiations for a two-state solution. so they say all of these negotiations can continue simultaneously. they are open to pursuing another security council resolution promoting state hood here. other groups have weighed in on this as well human rights watch says this is a good thing,
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because now both sides are on notice that any actions they take could be investigated by the international criminal court. this group says that is a positive step that could create a better environment for negotiations. the king of saudi arabia is stable after a health scare in which he couldn't breathe. doctors put the king on a breathing tube earlier today. he was admitted to the hospital on wednesday for medical tests. in northern iraq the battle against isil is now being fought house-to-house, the peshmerga who are the u.s. allies on the ground recaptured a strategic village on the road to mosul. several peshmerga soldiers died in today's battle. they were armed with ak47s and rocket-propelled grenade.
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they say it is key to keeping people in larger towns safe. the number of civilians killed has been increasing exponentially. a report out today says more than 17,000 civilians were killed in iraq in 2014, roughly double the number in 2013. the casualties have been steadily increasing since u.s. troops withdrew in 2011. more bodies found today from the crash of the airasia flight. 21 victims were pulled from the water. many spotted by a u.s. navy ship. that brings the total to 30. the remains of three people were handed over to relatives in indonesia. 162 people were on board when the plane went down. some of the bodies recovered today were still strapped into their seats. experts say that suggests the plane was intact when it hit the
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water. it is still not clear what sparked the chaos that happened on new years eve that caused a stampede. three time new york governor mario cuomo is being remembered today. david shuster joins us next. and one in seven detroit residents could lose their homes for not paying property taxes. we'll show you one woman's fight to save detroit at-risk families. be a spoiled brat and not see how complicated the world was >> every monday, join us for exclusive... revealing... and surprising talks
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♪ flags are flying at half staff in new york today in honor of former governor mario cuomo. the order to lower the flags
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came from his son, the state's current governor. and began -- who began a second term in office the same day his father died. libby casey with more. >> reporter: he was a democratic superstar, a three-term new york governor and liberal. he was not shy of being pro-choice supporting civil rights, and putting other people ahead of his own presidential aspirations. >> the republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trial. >> reporter: it was perhaps his electrifying keynote address that will forever cement his legacy as one of the most gifted ore -- orators of his generation. >> there is despair mr.
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president in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit, in your shining city. >> reporter: when he catapulted to national stardom he already had a deep new york political career running for mayor in 1977 but losing. we would become new york's secretary of state and then lieutenant governor in 1978. he was elected governor for the first time in 1982. >> we won because people people and the passion of belief are still more important than money. >> reporter: but it was that 1984 speech that propelled him to become a topic for presidential runs. in 1988 and 1992. he backed out both times. hi reluctance earning him the nickname hamlet on the hudson. hen ran for a fourth term as governor in 1994 losing to a
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little known senator. >> i have surely made mistakes as governor but i'm as proud as i can be of what we have abaccomplished together. >> reporter: he is survived by his wife and five children including andrew cuomo, who was recently reelected governor. it was mario's last public appearance. thursday the current governor was sworn in for a second term and spoke about his dad. >> my father is in this room. he's in -- in the heart and mind of every person who is here. he's here and he's here. and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience his work has brought this state to this point. >> reporter: libby casey al jazeera washington. for more david shuster joins us. david? >> tony libby mentioned a
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little bit in the piece. if you think about the 1980s when we came to fame this was a time when youed that ronald reagan's belief in smaller government, the entrepreneurial spirit of the american people and there is mare -- mare you swimming against the stream again at a time when his philosophy was in decline. we remember the -- reagan democrats, and there was mario saying we can help people. it was ten days after ronald reagan's nomination when he accepted the nomination again. and he was running for a second term, and reagan gave a speech about our nation being a shining light on the hill. >> the hard truth is that not everyone is sharing in this city's splendor and glory.
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a shining city is perhaps all the president sees from the white house and the veranda of his ranch where everyone seems to be doing well. but there's another city. another part to the shining city, the part where some people can't pay their mortgages, and most young people can't afford one, where students can't afford the education they need and middle class parents watch the dreams they hold for their children evaporate. there are more poor than ever more families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can't find it. >> it was considered one of the best political speeches of the 1980s, and it divided the democratic party. then of course there were the times in '88 and '92 where party
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bosses urged him to run, and each time he said no i just can't. there are a lot of democrats to this day that are disappointed he never run for president. >> just listening to that small portion of his speech you could hear elements of that speech as the democrat's stump speech in 2016. you heard it with obama and every democrat since. >> and yet again the democratic party is at something of a cross roads just as it was in 1984. the democratic party has to decide are we part of the hillary clinton, the ties to wall street or is this the party of populism where you believe the government's role is to help people and you bash the institutions -- >> yes. another full -- 30 years ago,
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another full-circle moment. good stuff david. thank you. aids for senate democratic leader harry fawcett say he will be back on capitol hill for the start of the new session of congress after breaking some ribs, wow, and bones in his face. the outgoing senate majority leader was hurt yesterday exercising from his home in nevada. he fell from a piece of equipment. wall street's first trading day of 2015 was a mixed one. the nasdaq just over 9 points. millions of minimum wage workers got a raise with the start of the new year but not in georgia. at just $5.15 per hour workers are facing an uphill battle. and a new study says getting cancer is largely out of our hands. find out where researchers say most of the time it is just bad luck.
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millions of workers got a raise this week when many states raised their minimum wage. but georgia and wyoming have the lowest minimum wage in the country, and they were not among the states that raised the rate. but as robert ray reports some in georgia are trying to change that. >> reporter: on new year's day the minimum wage went up in 20 states and the district of columbia. >> i'm still making, but i'm just getting by. who wants to just get by? >> reporter: for many people this is a life changer, and comes almost exactly a year of president obama called for raising the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour. >> today a mom or dad working full-time on the minimum wage doesn't earn enough to make ends
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meet. that's not right. it's wrong. that's why it's long past time for us to raise the minimum wage. >> reporter: the president's effort however is mired on capitol hill. but throughout 2015, three more states plus five mayor cities will be boosting the minimum. and though many low-wage workers will be getting a raise in 2015 that is not the case in some states especially here in georgia. state representative and president of the atlanta labor council is trying to change that with a bill that would take the wage up to $15 an hour in the peach state. right now it's just $5.15. >> i would have like to have put 20, but i'm already being called way out of the box with 15. so this will start the conversation. >> reporter: he says he has plenty of support from fellow
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democrats, and will be working to convince lawmakers that the rate is not high enough right now. >> the push back is we won't make as much profit. we'll be out of business. >> $0.15 still goes a long way. >> reporter: and that means everything to some people. according to a recent bureau of labor report about 3 million low-wage workers are not getting enough wages. the highest of the states is the state of washington at $9.47. meanwhile congress and the white house continue to battle over an increase to the federal wage which the president wants to be $10.10 an hour. robert ray, al jazeera, atlanta. as we said georgia is not among the 20 states that raised their minimum wage this week. right now washington, d.c. has the highest in the nation at $9.50. washington state is next. at $9.47. followed by oregon at $9.25.
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right now 29 states and the nation's capitol have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. did you keep track of all of those numbers? joining us now to expand on this is economist. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, tony. >> the president said last year regardless of the gains on wall street, many americans feel the deck is stacked against them. are they right to feel that way? and does a minimum wage increase do anything to improve that psychology? >> first of all they are absolutely right. if you look at the last conversation about budget john boehner and his people talked about increasing the benefits to people at the top, increasing the number of dollars that
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people can give to pacs. and they did very little for people at the bottom. so when you capture economic growth and people are saying the last quarter will be something around 4% who is benefiting from it? wages went up overall at about 2% tony and when you look at the $8 an hour minimum. it's $21,000 a year. that's above or below the poverty line for a person and two children. so you have people who are surviving as the person in the piece said on little of nothing. so no these folks are not wrong when they say the deck is stacked. not only that the numbers that we hear -- if i tell you $21,000, that's at $8 an hour that's assuming that someone has worked full-time, 40 hours a week, and full year 52 hours with paid sick leave. most of these jobs are not full-time. many do not have paid sick leave.
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so who are these folks, tony? they are the people who prepare our food and make the beds up at hotels. they are service workers. they are people who take care of our mothers in nursing homes. do they deserve that money? and quite frankly i don't want minimum wage folks taking care of my mother. they might drop her. so we have to pay attention to who is doing this work. >> how should parents and young people respond to the reality, right? that technology. we talked about this before -- that technology continues to take it easier for companies to do more with fewer people. so what will people need to do to transition themselves to be ready for the jobs that will be able in the future? >> there will be some new jobs but the tragedy is many of our young people have played by the rules, gotten a college degree and they can't find jobs. nearly a third of them are working in retail outlets.
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we know who they are, earning $8 $8.50 an hour. you might say that's okay. they are young, and living at home. but you don't want a 25 at home for too long. so in addition to everything -- young people need to be prepared for the technology jobs and tony it's tragic that we have seen forecasts that say we have a shortage in technology so much so that we need immigrant workers. how about training the workers that we have here for those jobs. >> okay. okay. let me pick up on the education point here. we have a republican-controlled congress that will be sworn in soon and many are itching for a number of fights but certainly one over comeon core standards. many saying it is too difficult. at the same time the country is
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losing its competitive edge? shouldn't the country be having a competition argument rather than a political argument? >> they should be jockeying towards and not away from common core. we want to have a high school diploma whether you are in mississippi or maryland look like the same thing. some of these schools clearly have sub standard education systems, and we want to bring them up to the max. the other thing when we look at this president obama said he wanted the united states to lead the world. and a number of people who graduated either from community college or college. that number is about 40%. we trail countries like ireland, and i'm not dissing ireland, but they are putting money into education while we're taking it out. the pell grant is about $5,500. but that only covers about -- less than 50% -- about 45, 40% of tuition, room and
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board at a state school so we need to be covering these young people, but we're not doing it and the boehner congress is going to do even less. >> doctor it's good to see you, come back and see us more often in 2015. >> any time. >> pleasure. pleasure. researchers say they have discovered most types of cancer are due to bad luck not people's lifestyles. a scientist found that two-thirds of cancer types were caused by randomation mutations of cells. roxana saberi looked into it. >> reporter: we have all heard that genetics and bad habits can lead to cancer. but scientists say those are only responsible about a third of the time. the rest is mainly up to chance. smoking drink too much and being obese can all contribute to
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cancer. but now scientists say most kinds of cancer have less to do with lifestyle and plane bad luck. >> the study actually is telling the layperson what many of us in oncology have speculated about, and many have believed for sometime and that is that some people can do everything that we say you should do to prevent getting cancer yet you are still going to get cancer. >> reporter: our cells naturally divide and replicate themselves but sometimes they mutate and become cancerous. the scientists looked at 31 different tissue types. they found that two thirds of them divided more frequently increasing the chance they would mutate and development cancer. the researchers concluded: they say those factors influence only about a third of cancer types. but some doctors caution this doesn't mean people shouldn't take care of their bodies.
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smoking is still linked to lung cancer, and overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. >> people who smoke, people who have bad diets, lack of physical activity actually have even more of these cancers that are more likely to break through and become clinically relevant cancers. >> reporter: the researchers say living healthy is important, but may not help prevent cancer in areas like the brain and pancreas. researchers should focus more on finding ways to cure those cancers at early stages. the chief medical officer you saw in that report told me he thinks that bad luck might be responsible for about half of the cancers out there, but the other half he says are more influenced by bad habits like smoking and also genetics. >> that is really interesting,
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the idea that bad luck is a factor. roxana appreciate it. as detroit is emerging from bankruptcy, this year it is expecting more crisis. properties are expected to go into foreclosure because of unpaid taxes. bisi onile-ere explains. >> reporter: there are a number of factors. for one there are thousands of detroit residents who have simply fallen behind on their bills, but this is also the first time that wayne country has foreclosed on every single property eligible for tax foreclosure. drive through parts of detroit, and you'll see run-down homes and foreclosure notices, but look more closely and you'll three thriving neighborhoods of squatters. some like rosalyn, living in homes they once owned. what were the emotions you felt buying your first home? >> i was excited, i mean you
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know excited, you know, three year old, you know, felt that sense of pride. >> reporter: johnson is 47 and unemployed. her house was sold at auction in october because she was more than $15,000 behind on property taxes. >> it's hard. i really was upset about losing it big time but -- it ain't -- there's nothing i can do about it now, so -- >> reporter: it's the same story for thousands of other detroiters. another crisis looms. detroit is part of wayne county which has launched an aggressive campaign to foreclose on 62,000 properties. the owners owe more than $300 million in taxes. it's estimated that about one in seven residents could be affected. >> it is absolutely a crisis and i think it's a crisis that ten years ago we saw coming.
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>> reporter: michigan state representative has pushed for reforms for years. she says detroit can't afford to lose anymore residents. >> to me it's so valuable to keep those families in those homes, and trying to figure out a way that is not the one shoe fits all approach but looking at individual families. so yeah this is the future of all of these foreclosed homes. >> reporter: that's what michelle did. after serving tax foreclosed properties, the young writer launched a fund raiser to help nearly a dozen detroit families to save their homes. donations helped families buy back their homes for as little as $500 with no obligation to pay back taxes. >> it truly represents a huge opportunity to have a clean slate just like the city has gotten in many respects. >> reporter: they nearly turned their backs on detroit. >> i am so grateful.
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i look at everything different now, you know. because i went from -- i should stop caring and making myself stop caring and being involved to now i'm ready to invest myself back into the community. because i'm here. and i'm here to stay and i know i am. >> reporter: the esthers say the problem is many residents don't have access to information that could help them. johnson is one of them. she says the new owners of her home aren't forcing her out yet, but she knows her days here are numbered. >> i'll be blessed with something else if not like this year, something better. so i ain't going to worry about it. michigan lawmakers have approved legislation that will give people more time to pay off property taxes and lower the interest rate on penalties. the governor is expected to sign the bills into law. the move is too late to help johnson, but could help keep tens of thousands of detroit families in their homes.
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detroit mayor played a very instrumental part in convincing lawmakers to pass legislation that will help residents save their homes and part of his plan to remove blight from the city and collect lost revenue. a new year and new recalls of general motors vehicles more than 90,000 trucks and suvs are being recalled because of defective ignition switches. last year gm recalled 2.5 million small cars with similar problems. two afghan soldiers were arrested today in connection with an attack on a wedding party in southern afghanistan. at least 28 people were killed when a house was hit by artillery fired from military check points. most of the victims were women and children. eight soldiers are still under investigation. business owners in afghanistan are hoping for a better future but many worry
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the new political leaders will not be able to change the dire economic situation. jennifer glasse reports. >> reporter: this factory in kabul can produce 150,000 juice packs a day. and the owner is proud his product is home grown. >> we're the only company in afghanistan to use afghan fruit pulp. >> reporter: we first met him two years ago, right after a suicide truck bombing next door destroyed millions of dollars of that juice pulp. then he wasn't sure if he would rebuild, but he has, and he's expanding. >> as a business not a smart move at all. it's not worth to invest with such a high risk but afghan being inhabitant of this country, i think it's a smart move. if i don't do it who will? >> reporter: he employs about
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350 now. he buys the crops of 20,000 farmers. next year he plans to hire 200 more workers and buy from 35,000 farmers to make nearly three times as much juice. he and other afghans have hoped the economy would improve, but he says the economy remains at a stand still. this wholesaler knows that all too well as he pounds the pavement. >> translator: shopkeepers don't buy anything from us. many shop keepers have closed their shops or gone out of business because of the uncertain situation. they don't want to invest anything. >> reporter: this man says investment is out of the question. his store used to be three times as big. now he's just struggling to survive. >> translator: 11 people depend on this shop to live and we're operating at a loss.
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we living off of savings and going backwardings. >> reporter: he says he hopes the new government will do something to help turn the economy around but he's not sure what they can do and whether it will be in time to save his business. jennifer glasse, al jazeera, kabul. people protesting at mosques in sweden against attacks on muslims.
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♪ police in sweden are looking for the person who through a molotov cocktail at a mosque on new year's day. jonah hull reports. >> reporter: no sign remains of the arson tack on new year's day at this mosque. the message scrawled on the front door at 4:00 am that read go home muslim scum replaced by hundreds of messages of solitarity from non-muslims in
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the local community. it was the third such attack in a week. this one injured five muslim worshippers, four days later further south, another mosque targeted. here local support reflects a society shocked by signs of religious intolerance and intensified debate about immigration. >> i don't know what to say, really. people are so rude these days. i can't -- i don't know how can you do something like that? that is considered like we not you. you, you, and you. it's just we you know, muslim sol mali you know, you are all from the same. >> everyone can believe in everything and anything. it doesn't matter where you come from. resupport religion. it doesn't matter. >> reporter: sweden takes in the
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largest number of immigrants per capita of any country in the european union, and that's a pretty popular thing, according to a 2013 survey. but not everyone is happy, the far right sweden democrats did pretty well in september's election. they want immigration cut by a full 90%. and their support is growing. mosque authorities told us they were afraid that the relatively harmless attacks so far would get worse. >> translator: the members of the community are very sad and very worried. it's not only what has happened here, but also of the incidents in the whole country. >> reporter: the government says the attacks aren't representative of the country, instead they do represent what is for the moment a very small minority. kenya's new security laws are being called unconstitutional by many in the
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country. they allow police to detain anyone without charge and tap phones without a court order. now the kenyan government is backing off a bit. >> reporter: jamal says he plans to leave nairobi soon and take his son and daughter to one of the refugee camps near the kenyan border with somali. he feels the new security laws make him an easy target for police. >> translator: we are afraid of these new laws. we can easily be arrested if police suspect you are a terrorist. we are afraid. if i am f arrested who will look at my children. >> reporter: the high court has suspended parts of the anti-terrorism law. the kenyan government says it is
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not targeting any group, and officials need more powers to fight what they call islamist fighters. the group al-shabab has claimed responsibility for most attacks in kenya. security officials suspect some members of the group may be operating in a neighborhood of the capitol. police raids are nothing new a number of people have been arrested for different reasons. some families feel the knew security laws will make things worse for them. the security laws in their current form require journalists to obtain police permission before investigating or publishing stories on domestic attacks and security issues and give security and intelligence agencies the right to detain suspects for up to one year. some feel this gives security forces too much power and violates people's constitutional rights in the name of fighting terror.
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>> it's an attempt to give government and authority a hand to decide when they feel someone has infringed in the name of terrorism. so we're saying let's not use any reason to deny people their fundamental rights. indeed if there is a problem, yes, people should be arraigned, but this should be done within the confines of the constitution. >> reporter: a three-judge bench will hear the matter and decide whether or not the clauses do violate human rights. so there is still a chance the clauses may not have gone away. the number of reported rapes in india is growing, but is it because of a state of new attacks or a bold new approach. enes has the details.
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offering. prince andrew has been named in a sex lawsuit in florida. a woman is suing a man who is a friend of the prince. she claims he forced her to have sex with prince andrew more than a decade ago when she was a minor. buckingham palace still denies any improper relationship. the number of rapes reported in new delhi have gone up 31%. now the police department is launching an app to increase the number reported. >> new delhi report say the rise in reported cases is because women are more willing to come forward. still this is a political issue as well and this political group wants to get rid of dark spots in the city, to put cameras inside buses, to create some fast-track
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courts. but one resident says: now yesterday the deli police department announced a new app, by either shaking the phone or pressing the power button twice, you can send a distress call to the police department. just press the sos and it will go straight to the police department. and friends and family will also be notified. and the app will automatically start recording the environment. but some say it is not enough: >> yeah. >> and this user says: >> look it's a step. it's -- boy. it's -- so much more is needed.
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