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>> part of the reason is a relatively small amount of money. we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars. but it is only 20% of the e.u. sends into 80% in humanitarian aid. the humanitarian aid will
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continue unerup uninterrupted. they didn't want to fund the regime or military entity. to $5,300,000,000 wil $5,300,00o be used in a leverage form to manipulate the way the government operates. it feels like what this might be. but we don't have a former response from them yet. >> david jackson for us in cairo. >> he is responsible for the largest leak of classified information in americans history. now army private bradley manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison. the former surveillance analysts was convicted of leaking
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classified government document wikileaks. we're live in washington now. mike, i heard some calling tod today, the sentence a win for bradley manning. >> the verdict is in, and the sentence has been handed down. if there is one thing that is clear from the trial and conviction of bradley manning is that the fight over government secrecy and transparency isn't close to being settled. after three years of questions and controversy bradley manning came to court once more, this time to learn his fate. the sentence 35 years after being victoried o--being convicd espionage after handing classified documents over to which can leaks.
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♪ chanting: bradley you are a hero. we support you. video taken on board an apache helicopter in iraq, an taken that killed 11 non-combatants including two journalists and two children. the remains was outrage. judge denise lind clear manning of aiding the enemy a death penalty offense. he could be eligible for parole after a thir serving a third ofs sentence. after being found guilty he was contrite telling the judge before sentencing i'm sorry that my actions hurt people. i'm sorry i hurt the united states. in a statement read today by his lawyer manning said he'll can for a presidential pardon or to have his sentence commuted to time served. >> the decision i made in 2010 were made out of concern for my country and the world that we live in. if you deny my request for a
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pardon i will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. >> reporter: some polls sow that americans favor manning. >> i think it's appropriate in terms of what did he. >> but free speech advocates say the case will have repercussions with other high-profile whistle blowers. >> he basically said he didn'--d snowden said he didn't want to be an example like bradley manning. >> reporter: after the manning episode the debate continues onn national security and the public's right to know. josh earnest said there is a process if he applies for a pardon, it will be considered
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like every other application. >> what, if anything, julian assange the founder of wikileaks is saying about the sentence. >> that is a very good question, and it's a interesting response, wikileaks is the other central player and julian assange. he calls it a tactical victory. he said the acquittal on that charge of aiding the enemy was a tactical victory by the defense, and by his calculation bradley manning will only serve 5.2 years. this is what else he says. while the defense should be proud of their tactical victory it should be remembered that bradley manning's trial and conviction is an affront to western justice. as far as julian assange is concerned, it's a mixed bag. >> the man who leaked the pentagon papers which showed misconduct in the vietnam war
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daniel ellsberg spoke to us earlier today. >> i expected to go to prison for life, and i was faced for charges that totaled 115 years possible in prison, just like bradley manning who faced at one point life plus 186 of years, and now down from 90 to 60 that the prosecution viciously i would say proposed down to an equally unjust 35 years. so i was sitting in the same place he was. >> we are learning new details about the activities of the nsa, the agency collected thousands of internet communications with no terror connections. the intent was to go far beyond what it had originally disclosed. we'll go deeper in that side of the story later in this
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newscast. the soldiers that killed 16 afghan civilians in a rampage last year faced more of his victims' families. the trial for sergeant bales has recessed for the day. there are 30 counts of murder, attempted murder and assault. allen schauffler is life for us, how likely is the jury to grant a possibility. you talk to others who know the military system, and they say simply no way. considering what he did. this man will get life in prison, period. they stopped hearing testimony for the day right now. we did hear from a couple of witnesses from afghanistan this morning. now we're hearing the other side, the defense's turn, and they're putting a human face on the monster the robert bales we've heard described by a whole
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string of prosecution witnesses. good time bobby is what his oldest brother named him today while he was on the stand. we heard a neighbor of his from his boyhood. he broke challenged son. >> bales has not apologized for the rampage, but are there any signs that one might actually come at his sentencing?
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>> i appreciate it, allen schauffler for us. a family member of bales victims are struggling with their loss. they're calling for the death sentence. >> reporter: in the early morning hours of march 11, 2012, sergeant robert bales killed 16 afghans. nine of them were children. four were women. among the men was this man's brother, mohammed dawi. >> this person should be sentenced to death. any other sentence given to him is not satisfactory to us. >> he no longer lives here, but the rest of the victims' relatives memories were too
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difficult. the people know how bales should be promised. >> it's obvious. he should be given the death penalty for sure because tomorrow someone else will do the same thing. he should be punished and everyone in afghanistan should see it. >> he should be given the death penalty, and then the people would trust the government and support it. it would be a good thing if he was given the death penalty. >> authorities moved quickly to calm the relatives. kandahar police gave money for funerals and the u.s. offered compensation, too,. >> $50,000 for the death and $12,000 for each of the wounded. >> paying blood money sometimes brings forgiveness, but not in this case. >> if he's not given the death
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sentence then there should an retrial and this person should be given the death penalty. >> reporter: a retrial for bales is highly unlikely. the families say they'll appeal international courts and human rights organizations afghan lawyers here in kabul are divided. some are familiar with the case. others don't understand the american plea bargaining system, but all agree if bales had been tried in afghanistan he would have been hanged along ago. al jazeera, kabul. >> firefighters continue to battle wildfires across idaho. officials say 1,250 homes remain evacuated in areas of the resort of ketchum and sun valley due to a large wildfire burning nearby.
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firefighters could use some help from the conditions, let's check in with rebecca. >> meteorologist: it does look good for idaho right now. we're looking at dry conditions set up for idaho. states that had fire season begin fairly early in june and july. let's take a look at the drought map. we have dry ground going from southern idaho southeast oregon down into nevada. and that's exactly where we're concerned about thunderstorms tonight. the moisture off oh shor offshos spinning thunderstorms into the areas where we would not like to see lightening strikes. now there are fire concerns because lightening strikes without a lot of rain can start a new one. >> thank you. coming up on al jazeera, just three words, we will tell you what army major in a da nadal hs
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said in his own defense.
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>> welcome back, everyone, former army major nadal hassan spoke just three words t at his trial today. the defense rests. prosecutors brought nearly 90 witnesses and he called none of his own.
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the army cak psychiatrist admitd he was the shooter in his opening statement. he faces 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. closing arguments begin tomorrow. al jazeera we're live in fort hood. hassan has not really helped himself in clear himself in his case when he passed on the chance to defend himself. he wanted to tell jurors that he killed u.s. soldiers to save lives in afghanistan, but the
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judge deemed that irrelevant. he was limited to addressing the facts of the case. facts the accused agrees with. most observers would call this an unique trial. not own is hassan representing himself, he also told the jury on day one that he is the shooter. hassan is charged with 13 murders, 12 of the victims were soldiers. one was a civilian who rushed to hassan to try to stop the shooting. prosecutors made it a seen of heroism and chaos during the attack. 89 prosecution witnesses took the stands. a police officer who shot the attacker in the happened preventing him from reloading and allowing her partner to take him down. one by one the victims walked past hassan in his wheelchair. some looked at him in the eye, and all described him as the
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shooter. hassan declined to call any defense witnesses. he declined to present a case. hassan, a former army psychologist, said he wants the jury to consider capital charges and not lesser penalties. the former army major said he could not because this is a capital case and they cannot accept guilty pleas for chance.
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>> appreciate it. thank you. nfl comes down hard on what they consider a dirty play. michael eaves is here. >> they're trying to limit some of that violence. antonio smith who made the last two pre-season games after the nfl suspended him from this violent attack. smith ripped off the helmet and hit him with it during a pre-season game on saturday. in baseball detroit manager jim leyland said miguel cabrera suffered some lower body injury in the loss to the twins. no word if he'll play tonight as he chase as second straight
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triple crown. and the best little league baseball team in the world. we'll have that and much more coming up in sports in 20 minutes.
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occupied-- >> al jazeera america. is did. >> this is the hundred page document we call obamacare. and my staff has read the entire thing. can congress say the same? >> "real money with ali velshi" tonight on al jazeera america. >> welcome back, this is a look at the top stories on al jazeera. recapping now the united nations security council is holding an emergency meeting sawing saying
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hundreds of people attacked the european union have expressed grave concern about the reports of the use of chemical weapons in syria. they will insure an investigation. >> a former egyptian president has anhosni mubarak will be reld from house arrest. the prosecutors say the constitution prevents them from appealing the ruling. we're learning new activities from the nsa. today we learned it the agency connected thousand of internet communications in the u.s. with no terror connections. the intent of the program was to
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intercept terrorist communications. we go to karen, the direct ever of the center of th of school o. are we surprised of what we're learning particularly over the last four months, and at some point we've got to decide just at what point do we get truly outraged? >> we're not surprised. maybe that's the surprise, we're not surprised but continually troubled. partly what we're troubled by is we don't know the facts. we hear pieces of facts but then we have suspicions. every time we have suspicions two months later they become factual. it's a troubling situation. >> is it a step in the right direction that we're learning some details about what the nsa is doing before it was all in secrecy? >> between the decision of the court this afternoon to release
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these documents, for these court documents to be released and reporting by a number of journalists we're sort of learning the contours of this, but we still don't know what was filtered out. we still don't know what was actually meta-data and content of e-mails. we don't know which americans were surveilled and what information was kept. we have suspicions and we know bits and pieces but we really do not know what this story is. >> then there is the other side of the equation where the nsa is issuing statements ere they're saying in effect we are doing this to protect american lives and to beat back the forces of those who would harm this country. >> right. we're still in a post 9/11 moment. we still, as a country, still seem to believe that any kind of tradeoff of security and liberty may be the best trade-off.
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but you have to ask yourself if there is going to be this kind of surveillance, then how is it possible that we have the boston marathon attack be successful. >> you can't get everything. you can cast a wide net and you can't get everything. >> that's what they say, and that's true, but you can't get everything. therefore it's not useful to have this what they call needle in a haystack approach. it's not useful to have the hay tack. the question is how can we do this in a way that is constitutional, and that protects the rights of citizens. and i think americans may be at the place where they understand that there is--they don't have zero risk tolerance. >> don't we need a better explanation as to why we collect thousands of bits of information from the internet that is not terror related. there needs to be an explanation of that. you wonder if the fisa court is
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aware of this and signing off on this. >> it's not just terrorism but national security in a larger sense, foreign agents, spice, it's not just terrorism. but it's national security. we need to know there are regulatory agencies and mechanisms in place to make sure that the kind of filtering that goes on goes on. we need to know to your point that there is an ability to collect information in a way that we can analyze it, and that's the problem here. is this making us selfer? >> karen greenberg as director of th the national security and school of law. thank you for your time. as many as 2,000 people are thought to be held in prison camps and torture is common in these camps. we have testimonies of former detainees. here is our story.
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>> reporter: north korea defectors accounted their experience in one of the most repressive regimes in the world. there are no known pictures of what happens in these camps, but these draws based on inmates testimony prid provide a sketchy window into that world. this man said that excus executs were normal and he feared he would be next. another man was tortured being accused of being a spy. >> i was tortured in various ways but the most painful was when my hands were handcuffed to my back. i could not sit or stand. i was left for three or four days. that was the most painful torture. >> reporter: both men were held in labor camp 16. is lie 100 kilometers northeast of pyongyang.
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surrounded by mountain ranges. human rights activist have documented treatment going on in political camps thought to hold between 1500 to 2,000 people. >> we will leave no stone unturned, and then we will give notice to the government of north korea so they are on notice and have due process and have an opportunity to respond in detail not just general rejection that this is a hostile act because it's an act of the whole world community, but a reaction which will be appropriately detailed to all the evidence that we are gathering. >> reporter: the north korean government has always denied the existence of political concentration camps. so far it shows little willingness to look at its human rights record. >> reporter: they say they
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provide an authoritative account of conditions in north korea, and they hope whatever recommendation they make that will help the world take notice and put pressure on north korea to change their ways. al jazeera, seoul. >> somalia is on the verge of a healthcare crisis. doctors without borders which provides everything from basic medical supplies to facilities is pulling out of the country. the group said that conditions are just too dangerous. >> there is a widespread of disregard of humanitarian action. as a result we are not able to insure the safety of our team. also we have not been able to for a while now carry out independent assessments of need. >> hospitals only have a few months of supplies, and funding left before the organization stops its support. last year the program provided treatment for more than 600,000 people and admitted 40,000
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somalis in to its hospitals. here to explain the rationale behind this decision is executive director of doctors without borders. it's great to see you. that's a big decision. tell me about it. >> it's a big decision. >> how did you come to it? >> it's heart backing for us. >> for 22 years we have a' been involved in somali providing assistance. in numerous occasions we've gone through assisted with security. we have considered pulling out, but we've maintain activity. today we decided it was time to withdraw from the country because we consider that we don't have sufficient confidence that our presence will be respected, and our workers won't be affected. we're a high-risk taking organization. we know taking risk is part of our work, but we also believe that the only way to met gate these risks is to get the
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sufficient level of respect and protection from the leaders who claim to be in control of the area. and today we don't have that stability. >> have you lost any workers. >> we've lost 16, and we believe now we have reached our limits and we don't have enough guarantees for success. >> do you feel that your personnel is actively being targeted? >> we do. we do feel that these have been targeted attacks against the organization, against workers in general. but because we are a provider of aid in somalia we've been very much exposed, and we also accepted a number of risks and compromises that we never accepted in any other countries, and today we believe it's time to stop. >> if there is a country that
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needs your help, it's certainly somalia. what happens to the people now? >> definitely the people will pay the highest price in its leaders to provide health services. >> that country is not equipped to do that. >> no, they're not equipped, and as you say we provided services to 600,000 people last year. so it will be critical for the population there. >> is there a chance you might revisit? >> you know, it's not in the dna of the organization to withdraw from a country where there are so many needs, it's quite the opposite. we would definitely consider going back to somalia if we have a sufficient level of confidence that we could work in acceptable conditions there. >> that's a difficult decision, but we appreciate you coming and talking us ther through it.
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>> there is much more ahead. the typhoid cancer be on rise in japan following the nuclear disaster and the annual rite of summer. we'll take to you williamsport, pennsylvania, where some of the world's best baseball talent is ready to compete for the championship. [♪ music ]
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>> japan's nuclear regulatory agency has upgraded the severity level of the radioactive water leak. it follows a large leak of radioactive water. we have more. >> reporter: 300 cubic meters of water contaminated with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaked from the fukushima plant. the regulatory authority said this is a serious incident and not necessarily one that could have been prevented. >> it's not a situation where we increase our monitoring there wouldn't be accidents. it's very well t to predict thee things but they keep happening one after another. >> reporter: they upgraded their incident, they still don't know how the radioactive water got out. but enough water to fil fill an olympic-sized pool in a week has some how reached the metal tanks
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even though they've been reinforced with concrete barriers and sound bars. they suspect the water got through a valve connected to a gutter, now the water outside is so toxic it would expose a person to more radiation in an hour than is healthy in five years. it has leaked through the barrier and into the sea. >> it has definitely reached the pacific, now they may need to increase the area that would not be allowed to fish any more into it. >> the cabinet secretary said that the government will do what it can. >> any way you look at it, this is deplorable. the government will make every effort to halt the leak of contaminated water as soon as possible. >> they have been trying to deal with leaks of varying severity since an earthquake and tsunami
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pushed the plant to crisis in 2011. they have a long way to go before fukushima and the surrounding area is anywhere near safe again. >> mike eaves is here to take us to williamsport, pennsylvania. >> the home of little league world series and so many have gone on to big dreams because that's what the little league series is about, dreams. youngsters getting a chance to take on the best young talent not only around the country but around the world. some of these players could one day and sometimes do end up wearing a major league uniform and go on to do great things. we're in williamsport right now and we know the teams have been in pennsylvania for quite some time. they'll have a championship coming up on sunday. i assume the excitement is buildi never forget.
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they'll cherish them forever because there are a lot of high fives, a lot of smiles and great baseball being played. japan is taking on mexico in the international bracket, the big game is tonight at 8:00 when the kids from california will take on connecticut. the winner of that game will punch their ticket into the u.s. championship game on saturday. now we started off with 16 teams overall. you have eight teams from the united states bracket, eight teams from the international br little lega league world championship sunday.
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f their summer vacation before they have to start school. >> you're going to be with us throughout the evening on al jazeera. when we return you have a great story of a young man who played in the little league world series who went on to play in the major league. thanks. now to the nfl where the houston texans will be without their starting defensive end antonio smith for the next three games. that includes the regular season opener after the nfl suspended him for this altercation during saturday's pre-season game. he ripped off incognito's help mitt and hit him with it. this was not the first time that smith and igcognito were involved in a game. he was fined for kicking incould go neat toe. >> the blood runs hot. i've been there.
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i'm no choir boy. people lost their cool, and thank god no one got hurt. >> a group filed absolute in new jersey district court the latest battle to emerge over the use of a players likeness by his sports organization. football players have been engaged in suing the ncaa an sie since 2009 over this same issue. major league baseball player miguel cabrera was the first to to be back winner. after his last at bat tuesday against the defense, he suffered an abdominal injury and groin. they don't know if what he'sing
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aggravated or if he injured something new. in home runs he's second behind davis. he's unquestionably the best hitter right now and those injuries could really derail what he's trying to accomplish. >> if he's playing baseball in your town you need to get tickets. >> with no question. you need to watch. >> i want to take you to the southwest, that section of the country is facing the worst drought in decades. new mexico has been hit especially hard. many farmers are struggling rights now. casey kauffman is in the town of anthony. >> this is what we have. >> he has been here for
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generations. >> the fluids are good. >> he has the tools and knowledge to keep the business going. >> i got everything that i need, but actually i don't because i need the water. >> henry's 60 acres of land are going to waste because there is no longer enough river water for the farmers here. his neighbors are surviving the drought using deep expensive well, but henry can't afford that and won't produce a crop here for the first time in his life. >> it's going to be hard later on in the future. it will be real hard for the future farmers in this area. it hurts a lot. it hurts. >> if irrigation ditches used to bring water from the rio grand, the river is still flowing. the dropping water levels of the up stream reservoir means there is not enough for everybody. farmers have been using the rio grand to irrigate their feelses for--their fields for as long as
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anybody can remember. but it was in 1916 that people started to control the river and decide who could use the water and how much of it. professor king said the drought has brought battles that pitted state against state, farmer against city, and farm against farmer. >> they're all driven by shortage. this happens every time we're in a real bad drought. people don't reach for their six-shooters any more. they reach for their lawyers. >> reporter: henry is also in the fight. he's also part of a collective of small farmers demanding a coalition of farmers who deserve water rights. >> it's going to dry up just like everything else. you're going to fight for your water rights and your water. >> in. >> reporter: he keeps his tractors oiled and ready hoping that america will legalize his
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water rights. but everyone wants the same water source. what he needs is $50,000 to dig a well for a few good years of rocky mountain snow. al jazeera new mexico. >> that gets us back to rebecca for a check on the weather. >> meteorologist: checking the weather in new mexico they're getting showers there now. and severe thunderstorms warnings are coming in from florida. we're watching this rainfall where we could need more rain is in the west where we're seeing fires from lightenings strikes in oregon and idaho, places where they don't need lightening strikes because they're already dealing with fires. coming up i'll show you something in the way of concerns of rain. it is a typhoon hitting china right now, and i'll show you
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>> meteorologist: hello, i'm meteorologist rebecca stevenson. we have a typhoon that is approaching the shore of china right now with wind gusts of 95 mph. it is compared to a hurricane at stage one, and we're looking at typhoon trami, that has already killed eight people because of rainfall and flooding in the philippines. it has tracked across taiwan, and you can see that it is
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moving onshore into china at this time. this is packing a punch, and it's so much rain on top of an additional iphon typhoon utor tt moved in last week. we're watching this one closely. we also have rainfall as we look at florida. they have severe thunderstorms warnings that have gone into effect from bradenton, florida, up into tampa. this is dumping a significant amount of rain in a very short period of time all along the florida coast line and the gulf coast. we're seeing the showers also work their way up into the carolinas again. a place that does not need much more rain because you've had so much already this season. as we take a look at our radar and clouds for the gulf coast you can see it's moving in quite a bit of shower activity pushing into new orleans. most of our lightening activity is across the same spot all through florida. there is your thunderstorms
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warning around tampa and we have the flash flood watches in effect. we're starting to see it's moving further north into arkansas even. temperatures, right now we've got 77 in seattle, and 90 in denver. hot weather. we're getting quite hot for chicago. temperatures are 19 degrees above normal for the northwest. the way we have storm systems offshore in the pacific it spins storms around it and sending them up into the southwest, right in the areas where we have fire weather concerns. fire weathe weather warnings are stretching into idaho. and lightening strikes that could very well start new wildfires. we'll keep you updated tonight.
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>> welcome to al jazeera, i'm tony harris. former egyptian president hosni mubarak is expected to be released in the next 24 hours a court ordered him to be freed while prosecutors investigate corruption allegations against him. the u.n. is holding an emergency meeting to discuss reports of a chemical weapons report in syria. hundreds of people died in an attack near damascus. the syrian government denies the charges but there are many calls for the u.n. to investigate. >> the secretary general is aware that a number of the


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