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boxilai. the one powerful politician, accused of embezzling more than $1 million. the u.s. soldier who shot dead 16 after danes is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and. >> meet the baghdad zoo keepers trying to get these cub as fighting chance. >> u.s. president security advisors will be meeting at the white house this morning to discuss how to deal with syria. president obama is looking at military options among other things. meanwhile the u.n. top disamberment has arrived in syria. near damascus on wednesday.
carl stratford has the latest pictures of that attack, and you may find this report upsetting. n. crying [. >> the two tiny bodies hang limp in his arms. >> what will i do now, cries the father? a man destroyed by grief. pictures like these of the 34 men, women, and children indiscriminantly killed by what all evidence suggests was a chemical weapon attack continue to shock the world. the syrian government still refuses access to u.t. inspectors based in a hotel down the road. restricted by a mandate agree to, an agreement to only
independent the sites, where three previous alleged chemical weapons attacks took place. there may be signs of a beginning of a shift in u.s. policy. defense secretary chuck hagel says president obama hustedt the pentagon to prepare for military options in syria. and the sun navy has sent a fourth battleship into the mediterranean, so is this a hint towards some sort of action. >> well, it certainly indicates the willingness on the part of the national security council to be looking at a number of options in potential response to what happened in syria over the weekend. over the last few days. >> united states says it needs proof that chemical weapons killed these people. the government has denied it was behind any chemical weapons attack. some experts say not only asaad has access to chemical agents. >> they may be the only ones that have access to the missle
technology, that may be being discovered at this time, but these types of chemical whens are not very very difficult to manufacture. >> syria's biggest ally says assayed must cooperate and allow the u.n. inspectors to visit the site, but there seems any real movement in moscow's stance. >> there is no indication that should western countries or the u.s., or a group or a coalition of the willing once again, intervene many the military fashion, even this a limited way, there is no indication that russia might be even slightly cooperative this time. >> security advisors are meeting at the white house over the weekend, united nations disarmament chief has arrived in syria, and is expected to try to negotiate chemical weapons inspectors access to the site. >> iran's president hassan has
acknowledged for the first time that chemical weapons have been used in syria. he said and i quote, many of the innocent people of syria have been injured and martyred by chemical agents and this is unfortunate. he also said the! ic republic gives notice to the international committee to use all its might to prevent the use of these weapons anywhere in the world, especially in syria. let's get more now from michael stephens. he is a researcher at the royal united services institute. welcome once again. >> hi. >> and thank you for coming in to speak to us. this is unpress debited, isn't it? iran acknowledging that chemical weapons have been used and also russia weighing in saying the syrian government should allow u.n. inspectors to decide if that alleged attack near damascus is the tide changing. >> well, i think it is very obvious that there were some chemical agents used.
if you look at iranian, they are very sensitive to the chemical issue. and eit would not suit them to sit silent, when they know this amount of deaths had happened. but obviously the russians and the iranians are speaking with one voice on this particular usage of weapons. they confirm it, it is not a debate. the question is the culpability. now the iranians are not going to sit there and start fingering a shad as the person. and the russians will call for the u.n. inspectors to go in. at that point, at least they can fid with the mandate and say well yes, we know the weapons were used, it is terrible, but not enough evidence has been presented. if the russians need to they can block a resolution. so diplomatically, it is not going to go forward in terms of playing that role between russia and america, but it is very interesting, of course, that neither side any more is doubting these things were used.
>> now is u.s. is looking at options about what to do with regards to syria. the defense suggesting that the pentagon is moving forces closer to syria, that our reports that the u.s. navy is strengthening its presence in the eastern mediterranean, is it preparing for a possible attack as some kind of tactic here. >> well, it is certainly the first step to preparing, but you can't do that unless you make son man moves and move your troops and your ships into range. obviously if they are going to attack -- you can't have your shipping standing outside range, otherwise there's no point in making a threat. that's just simple logistical preparations for any type of diplomatic action that you need. it needs to be open ended. you need to say we need to take the diplomatic rout, but if it comes to this we have this option on the table. hague salt lake allowing obama to have that option on the table.
>> all right, we will leave it there for now. michael stephens is a researcher at the royal united services institute here in do happen. thank you for coming in. >> while funerals are being held for the 47 people who were killed in twin explosions in the northern lebanese city of tripoli on friday. zana, i believe you are at the site of one of those explosions. >> yes, one of the mosques that was targeted yesterday, a powerful explosion, really, dozens of people were killed and wounded in those attacks. this is a city in mourning, but at the same time, this is a city on the edge. tension, high tension, just look around and you can see people gathering around the site. there is a lot of anger. understand precedented security measures. there's a heavy deployment of the lebanese army as well as security forces. but the state is not the only force on the drowned holding
arms. gunman are roaming the streets. they are brandishing their weapons in a show of force. almost challenging the authorities, because many people here feel that their community, the sunnis came under attack, and they feel the state is allied in one way or another with the lebanese party supporting the syrian government. tripoli is a predominately sunni city. a movement which has been supporting the syrian opposition, and they don't shy away from that fact. people here tell us if these attacks happen they are a warning to us, to stop supporting the rebels that is not going to happen. and what is etch more dangerous, or scarier, really, is that you actually hear people say that we will retaliate. you tell the them who are you going to retaliate again, and they say the shiite community.
we do know there was a powerful explosion in the southern suburbs just over a week ago. so here, people when you talk to people here, they are seeing this as a sunni shiite conflict. >> as those tensioned increase, we are hearing that religious leaders have reacted to reports that some are calling for hezbollah to pull out of syria, what are you hear. >> well, lebanese politicians are trying to urge people -- or they are calling for restraint. they are saying that those behind the bombings are the same people who bombed the southern suburbs of beirut. they are doing their best to really -- not just to show really the sectarian nature of the attacks. but there are different groups. the leadership, the sunni clerics longing to the movement, they are even calling for the formation of vigilantty groups to take security into their own hands. so a lot of tension here, it is
not clear what the coming days will bring. this city has seen clashes before. it has seen clashes between lebanese parties. those that support the government, and those that support the syrian opposition. and there is a fear that we are going to see more attacks. just this morning the lebanese army was on alert, searching a vehicle, thinking that the vehicle had explosives in it. so, yes, there's a lot of fear in this country. and the point is some of these neighbors are now sealed off by gunman, and civilians are stopping you or stopping even journalists and asking for identification cards. they want to know which part of lebanon we come from. they want to knee which media organization we work for, because in lebanon, the lebanese media is just as polarized. each station longs to a different group, which happens to be a different sect. so a political divide but at the same time, a sectarian devied. really dangerous times the for
this country. >> very tense situation there in lebanon. thank you, once again. lye for us from the northern lebanese city of tripoli. well, anti-coupe protestors. there was a protest held in southern cairo. there were also marching in cairo's city district, and in mi nba. the demonstrations have shrunked in size. that killed hundreds. >> well a former police chief in china has begun testifying in court against former politician bo xiano. he was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year for abuse of power. while harry has the latest for us, where that trial is taking place. hi there, harry, so what has happened on day three on this very closely watched trial.
>> well, we just heard some extraordinary information in the last few minutes relating to pleadings elier on today. we saw the convoy that we usually see with two black -- one black top van, this time there were two. we assume that one he john was in the other one. these two men that have been closely tied together, was the police chief both in his post in the northern eastern city, and in the western city of chung ching. they came face to face in ports this afternoon. we don't yet have the transcript of the exchanges between these two men, but if he is anything as addressive with this witness, then i think we can expect real firework. what we do have is what the pros cueing was putting about his alleged covering up of the death of the -- of the investigation into that death.
bo xiali was sentenced to poisoning him to death last year. confronted with this, what did you police chief tell you about this killing. he says that he came to him on january the 28th saying that other people that he was in some way implicate misdemeanor this death. bo then went to his wife, and said the police chief is saying this, what is your response, she said that he was entirely framing her. that she documentation showing that neil hayward has a heart attack. then there was a second confrontation in which bo essentially accused him of trying to frame his wife, broke a glass. we then got to the point where he was talking about why did he try to move him away from his position, the implication being as far as the prosecution concerned that he was trying to end the investigation, and
protect his wife. simply saying that he was sick, and under pressure and therefore had tried to move him away from the position of head of police. so another extraordinary. >> a lot of drama in that on doing trial. live for us in china. >> still to come, in this san as hour. >> flooding that is threatening to wash away dinosaur -- >> >> are preparing to return home to an uncertain future. >> and in sport, how some football skill helped jamaica win this correct match, and we will be here with that story and much more.
>> u.s. army psychiatrists has been found guilty of killing 13 of his fellow soldiers. nadal house san had said he attacked the unarmed soldiers in order to protect taliban fighters in afghanistan. he could receive the death penalty when a sentence is announced next week. >> with sentencing him to death give him what he wants? would that be justice? these are questions never before asked in a military court marshal until now. former army international law chief believes the jury will sentence major nadal hassan to death. >> it is tough to envision a outcome down the road that we'll look back on and i think feel comfortable with. >> but the man who gunned down a room full of unarmed soldiers, may never be executed. >> the military has not executed someone in over 50 years and has had service members on death row
for over two decades. >> that was private jonbenet, hanged for raping and trying to drown an 11-year-old girl from austria. now there are five soldiers sitting on death row, one has been there for 25 years. >> so historically, that would suggest that major hassan will languish on death row, and not actually be executed. >> not while his automatic appeals. what if he waives those, could he be moved to the front of the line. he says that would present the government with another dilemma. >> i just wonder perception wise how it will look for say the u.s. service the islamic service member is actually executed in say five or ten years while others are still languishing. >> survivors and family members have already accused the government of choosing political correctness over justice. hassan faced no terrorism
charges despite his confessed jihaddist motive. if jury members now condemn him to death, the government will have to brace for more difficult questions ahead. >> in a second trial, the u.s. soldier who killed 16 afghan villagers last year has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. he apologized for the attack, calling it an act of coward december. victim whose travels to the u.s. don't feel they got justice. >> i saw his mother try to cry, but at least she could go visit them. our family members are six feet under. we were brought all the way here from afghanistan, to see if justice was served. but not in our way, it was served their way. >> jennifer glass has more
reaction from kabul. >> president karzai's first words is that if he had been tried here, as many of the families had wanted would have faced the death penalty or life in prison without parole. neither of those punishments would bring the 16 afghans back to life, and that he certainly opposing the death penalty, but the relatives of the victims we have been speaking to, all were agreed that they had really wanted the death penalty, and they were hoping that their testimony in the united states might help bring that about. >> while california's governor has declared a state of emergency for san francisco, saying that a wild fire on the edge of yosemite national park threatening the power lines. san francisco is about 250-kilometers away from the park.
the fire is largely unchecked and is now covering an area of more than 320 square kilometers. hot summer days in south korea are proving to be an unexpected boone. for a microorganism, at least. blue-green algae is flourishing in the waters. in south korea, this phenomenon has some environmentalists worried. >> thening loest river in south korea, and an important water source, it meanders across the southeast of the korean peninsula. but lately the waters have clouded over with algae, lots of it. the plant like micro organisms. even from the air, the enagree issues is effort. it is not unusual, it is just how much there is that is worr worrying. >> the fishing here for 30 years. but there was a lot of drain last year, and this year again.
so now i only fish for fun. >> but the sludge is a worry, and the environment ministry has issued an alert. >> so i have managed to scoop up some of this blue-green algae that the ministries says it has detected earlier in some part oz if river, and this could be harmful to humans. as you can see it has a very dark green color, and some locals have given it the nickname of green tea latte. >> but officials say the water is safe for drinking because of the effective filtration system. >> among different types of green algae there's micro cystist, but that substance was not detected in the test. >> scientists say it is a convergence of several factors including high temperature, and a decrease in the flow of water. there are as many as eight dams along the river, built as part of a river restoration project.
environmentalists say the project is causing water to stagnate in some parts. >> we should open watergates completely before it occurs regularly, either that, or tear down the reservoirs as they cause huge ecological problems and also floodings. >> tearing down reservoirs may be too drastic move for the government. for now, water management officials have resorted to using containment lines and opening watergates to try to stop the spread of algae. but if this turns into a yearly phenomenon, a better plan may be needed. south korea. >> let's cross over to richard who is at a weather center, so richard, high temperatures thought to be playing a part informing this algae, how hot has it been, and what are the other effects. >> well, no doubt it has been a
very warm summer across much of the korea peninsula. in fact, today is one of those days we have more in the way of cloud insulating. but all the way through, it's been a case of temperatures well above ours. just been looking at pusan, and here you can see that temperatures during the course of august are some four degrees above what they should be. today probably the first day we are going to see those falling back. and that's because there is a lot of cloud across the peninsula. and that feeds on towards. i think we could see some significant flooding rain. north korea is a different story, but you can suspect if they have problems north korea is doing to have similar if not worse problems. i was telling you about a tidal
bore, a wave, which hits the chinese coast. i have managed to get some shots from a different angle on this particular event. exacerbated by the low pressure system over china. usually the very clean things which you can actually surf along, and a lot of surfers sent us this. you can see if you watch it, the right hand side of your screen, just see the force of the water as it drove in across. and you can see there, that the topping bricks of the wall were actually pushed across, and people watching the event, were pushed away, and there was something like 30 injuries. in many rivers around the world, it is often quite notice the bay, quebec in canada, you get a narrowing and you get these high tides and when you have spring tides that are that much higher happen the water has nowhere to
go and it is forced up. but some of these rivers you tend to get messy conditions that's what we had here. up to 30 people injured. thankfully no fatalities. next time you go and watch a tidal wave, make sure you stand a long way back from the seaside. >> thank you very much, richard. well, the flooding in china is damaging some of the wall's most important dinosaur excavation sites. many speakssies have been discovered there. including this, the lang objection drag upon. that's ten meters tall. with the world's biggest teeth. and this, a hydro sawyer discovered in 2009. about right now, right up in the northeast of the country, the river is much higher than normal. the dam there has had to be reenforced, and nearby as the dinosaur national park, these
pictures were shot. >> the floods. the dine no sore parks says four important -- some of the fossils could be disturbed or even washed away. >> well, in russia water levels are still rising after the wester flooding in more than a century. peter sharp has more. >> theres haven't been floods like these for over 100 years. and it is sheer scale stretches across more than 2,000-kilometers of the russian farrest is simply unprecedented. it is only from the air that emergency officials are able to monitor the rising waters. and it's not food news. no sign of the water receding, on the contrary. >> i have just gone to the shop for some rubber boots and look, they don't help anyway. >> worst hit is the city of
kabarath. the river has burst its banks and water is rising to new leveling forcing both residential and business areas. lapping at the very heart of the city. more than 30,000 people have been mobilized to fight the rising tide, but the forecast does not look encouraging. >> the hydrate justs are expecting the peek to be around the twenty-fifth of august. only after that will it slowly start falling. >> thousands have already been forced from their homes as the flood zone is widening during the downpour. and with the filthy waters comes disease. there are fears of a outbreak of typhoid and hepatitis with vaccinations being carried out. >> and the worst case, well, they are warning here that up to 100,000 people may be forced to move from their homes that would be a mass evacuation that would stretch the emergency services to the very limit.
and you can add to that, power blackouts as more electrical substations go underwater. these next few days will be difficult oning for the people here. peter sharp, al jazeera. >> we have a lot more ahead in this news hour, we're in the democratic republican of congo where fierce competition for land is leaving many people homeless. plus, the bengal tiger baby boom in iraq, the challenges ahead for these cheeky cubs to help save their speakssies. and what do all these tennis players have in common? andy will be here with the answer and the rest of the world's sports news later in the program. do stay with us.
program security advisors will be meeting to discuss how to deal with syria. the u.n. top disarmament official has arrived in the capital for talks on an investigation into the alleged strikes. >> funerals are being held for the 47 people who were killed in twin explosions in the northern lebanese city on friday. the coordinated explosions took place outside two masks.
survivors said he should have received the death penalty. 30 years afghans have been taken refuge, now increasingly they are returning home, but to do so they have to cross some very dangerous areas. as part of our challenges series we have been following the journey of the kahn family as they made their way back home. they took the difficult road in pakistan's tribal areas entering afghanistan, through the border. and that's where our reporter picks up their story. coming to this united nations run center is one of the hardest decisions he has ever made. he fled the soviet invasion, he has called pakistan home for nearly 30 years. but other the next few hours, he and his family of 11 will give
up their ref you gee status, and begin the journey back to start a new life in an unstable country that none of his children have ever known. >> the government can dell us to leave any time. i want to give my country a chance and give my children a proper home. >> it is also an extensive process, must fill out detailed paperwork, and have their fingerprints and residents scanned. all part of efforts to keep accurate records of how many leave pakistan to return home. bashir ahmad is a repay treuation. he tells me why some are choosing to return. >> security situation in pakistan inflation in pakistan in the last five years, scarcity
of job, job competitions, all this together with improvements in certain parts of afghanistan. so we should look at this from that angle. >> with the formalities complete, can and his family along with all their belongings begin the journey by road to afghanistan. they take the cuber pass which cuts through pakistan's law less tribal areas. it is a dangerous road, several armed groups including the taliban control nearby regions. and have frequently targeted trucks believed to be carried goods destin for u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan. >> what do you hope to achieve in afghanistan by moving your family there? j. i feel like my children will have better education opportunities andly have better business options. the government in kabul seems to be looking after people here. i know there is danger.
but thank god the situation has improved and god welcome it will stay that way. >> after several hours, kahn and his family reach the border crossing where their time in pakistan comes to an end, and their new life in afghanistan is about to begin. >> after crossing this border, there is no turning back for afghan refugees. and his family, but what lies ahead is far less certain, than what they have left behind. al jazeera, at the pakistan afghanistan border. >> let's go live to imtaz now. that's about 70-kilometers that's where the family in his report were headed, all yours. >> yeah, hi there. the kahn family has made their way here and indeed on their way to their village, where gafor kahn and his family hopes to settle where he hopes to start a
business. but afghan refugees living in pakistan are facing a tough choice. whether they should return back to afghanistan, a country which has made some gains but the uncertainty and instability is still there. still, in pakistan, while many afghan refugees who you speak to on that side of the border, many of them will say to you that they love pakistan, they feel pakistani, and more importantly, that their friends and neighbors have become part of their family. when you start asking them about how they feel about the pakistani state, or the security forces, and their tone changes. they feel like they are neglected by the government, and frankly persecute bed i the security forces, as well as some of the many other issues including the dwindling security situation, the lack of jobs and the frankie weak economy, many are looking to go home, and like can are choosing so, but as we have been pointing out, the life
in afghanistan is very uncertain, but it's a risk at least some are willing to take. thank you very much. life for us in afghanistan. a second suspect has been invested in the gang rape of a photo journalists. the two are expected to appear in court. female activists say new laws and public outrage are not enough to deter rape itselfs. where a group of women has been taking their safety into their own hands. >> packing a punch, this self-defense class is teaching women to protect themselves on the streets of new delhi. university student says she constantly worries about her safety. >> i should feel more security when i am walking by, even into
my colony, or someone in my house, i am so apprehensive. who is is following me, who is looking at me -- you are never safe. >> how many of you think if a man attacks you, you can take him on? >> started these free classes at the beginning of the year. she herself escaped an attack outside her home a few years ago. >> deep rooted things, somewhere down there, if something happens to a woman, she is still looked -- people still question, it might be her fault, she may have instigated that, and that has not changed. >> she was among the thousands of protestors in new delhi last december. demanding justice after the unidentified rape victim was hospitalized. >> the young student was assaulted by a gang of men, with an iron rod, and thrown off a moving bus. she died two weeks later. under growing public outrage and
agree, the government pushed through a number of legal reforms. >> for the first time, stalking, acid attacks and voyeurism are considered criminal offenses. punishment for other crimes including rape have also been increased but many believe these reforms don't go far enough. >> there has been a lot of very very brutal sexual violence, not only in the capitol but across the country. and that threely shows that simply tweaking the law sid my bringing about a few very very important amendments to the law, but that in itself does not change the culture of violence, and the culture of impunity. >> rights activists say india needs to address the fundamental inequality, but unlike reyou remember toking the legal system, changing minds will tang many years. al jazeera new delhi. >> the crisis at the fukushima
plant appears to have gone from bad to worse. anita mcnot reports from inside one of the exclusion zones. >> a shadow of what it used to be. 500 families are so tightly packed that each household gets a plot of land 12 meters by 12 meters square. barely enough room for their huts let alone somewhere to build schools and bury the death. >> the clocks are still stopped and people in retreat. buildings broken in the earthquake, remain unrepaired, while nature reclaims the landscape. but dangers locked into this land. background radioactivity still too high for people to return. so they are ripping nature out, and putting it in sacks.
plants, soil, anything that sets the aarm las off. dug out, subsequent up and stacked for decades. they can't bury it, nor can they send it somewhere else. saver storage of the more radio active material perhaps but you can't scrape off all the topsoil. you can't down all the vegetation, fell all the trees. you can't drain all the rivers and you can't stop the rain. >> and in the region, the rain still carries radio active particles. >> this is a restricted zone. you can come here, but you can't te'o night. government hopes that these measures would mean people might be able to return to live here, next spring. but revelations of massive and previously unreported leaks of highly contaminated water around the stricken nuclear plant
17-kilometers away are making all assurances ring hallow. the government's nuclear watchdog visited the plant, and merged critical, the company responsible for maintaining. >> it is hard to believe that the facility was built to store highly contaminated waters. it is what i had in mind before coming here, but i must say the inspections that took place were careless. >> local fisherman were hoping they might be able to start work again, now, that's out of the question. all fishing, once again, banned. >> what can i say? everyone is so sick of the situation, that they are at a loss for words. whatever we say is useless since they are still discharging the contaminated water. even if we make a fuss, there isn't anything they can do to stop the leak, is there? >> the rivers can't wash the radiation away, they just spread it. and the ground around the reactors is saturated with
contamination. two japanese government was hoping at least to contain the nuclear problem, it seems it can't even manage to do that. al jazeera, fukushima. >> ♪[music] >> in 1,963,200,000 people filled the mile in washington, d.c. to listen to the speech, which was widely seen as one of the most important moments in the 6 civil rights movement. king was assassinated in 1968, on saturday tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in the u.s. capitol. for a preanniversary event. while, king's legacy stretched around the world, as told in his own words, against aparttize in
south africa. >> in that speech, on that day, martin luther king for the first time in his political history made a statement recognizing what the black people in the u.s. were faced with, in temples of the enemy they were fighting against. was the same enemy that the people of vietnam were fighting against. the same enemy that we in south africa were fighting against. there are achievements that have been made. on both sides of the atlantic, they cannot be whisked away. but perhaps we are al faced with more complex issues than we were faced with in the 60's.
and across america, cities clatter to the ground. was it not all written by the guards, we have broken the back of appar tide, but then opportunities arise. for access or perceived access to power. to resources, and all of a sid, the ebbmy could be someone that comes literally from the same womb. >> as we have been promising we have some very cute tiger cubs coming right up, but there's a very serious side to this tail, we will tell you more shortly. and andy will have all the sports including the goal that they hoped would take them top
>> i don't like to speak before -- before time because football can betray you and sometimes -- this is a problem, when we speak a lot about names and transfers and so on, because sometimes it looks like it is, but it isn't. but i know that -- >> arce fall get arsenal gets tr league. fans can now expect to see his club doing some deals after a big win in the fist leg of the championships league qualifier. of the final batch assuring them of a place in the group stages. >> every player who wants to join us, the first question is do you may in the championships
league or not. it is as simple as that. want to go somewhere or not is decided on that. that's today. the first requirement but top top heavy players. >> sit on top of the german's league after posting their third victory from as many matches. a fifty-fifth minute vehicle, and then a victory just about settle these differences after a bid was turned down. he is contracted to stay with tortman until the end of the season. rain is delayed the start of play on day four of the final test between england and australia. england will resume on 247th. the big first total have an unassailable 3-nil series lead. in saturday's final of the t 20 caribbean premier league, andre had quite a gain in this
semifinal. using his feet here, to run out. barbados eventually scoring 1008 in the 20 overs. jamaica's main man but he was out for three. didn't mat tier much, though. as russell went on to hit three straight to wrap up a seven wicked win with more than an over to spare. >> all eyes were on the tires during the final practice session ahead of formula 1's grand prix. sebastian vettel and alonso both suffering blow outs. as championship leader vettel went quickest again, time makers pirelli had already faced criticism after the british grand prix. qualifying for sunday's race taking place later on. with a second straight win over australia, the 27-16 win, also
put the championships -- new zealand winner ben smith following up last week's tries with two many in wellington. later on, argentina will be aiming to recover from their big loss in the opening match of the champion, they were beaten 73-13 by south africa last week. they do have home advantage for this return game, it was the biggest ever defeat, in the southern hemisphere competition. >> the weather is continuing to cause problems at golfs in new jersey. rain delays and then fading lightening many plays still haven't finished their second rounds. the first events of the fed ex playoffs are some overdue signs from rory mcilroy. he was five under, tiger woods he is also up there on five under, bad light stopping his efforts after 13 holes. matt kutcher on 10 under, but he does also have five second round holes to play.
and there's been quite adipaterring of tennis talent in new york ahead of monday's u.s. open. two tennis world ranking system is celebrating it's 0th anniversary. and current and former world number one match up to celebrate. players are ranked by their popularity, now there's a more scientific point system in place. >> there's this big drive for waking up every morning and working so hard, in order to develop the skills of course to be number one in the world, and not many players have achieved that and to be able to sit with the fellow champions it's incredible feeling, and it's -- a long history and tradition behind this, so i am really honored to be here. >> okay, plenty more sports on our website, you can check that out. al jazeera/sports. >> thank you very much.
from sports to these very beautiful beautiful creatures. beautiful and fierce who are al highly endangered according to the worldwide life fund, there are just 2,000 bengal tigers left in the wild, and about 200 in captivity. but they are now undergoing something of a baby boom, in a country still recovering from a decade of war. from the iraqi capitol. >> this is one of the rarest animals in the world, and one of the newest residents of the baghdad zoo. he is a white bengal tiger, the rarest type of an endangered breed. he and his sister were born here threen't mos ago. their keepser waiting for their personalities to develop before he names them. >> if they are a bit menace, then we will call them a certain type of name, if they are calm, we will choose something else. it gist depends on the personality. >> they haven't been shown to the public yet.
>> zoo keepers have been keeping a particularly close eye on this white tiger cub, and not just because he is rare. because of the imbredding and genetic mutation, white tigers have weaker immune systems. and the keeper has been with them hours a day. >> the story of these tigers starts with the shooting. >> in 2003, an american soldier drinking in the zoo put his fingers in the tiger's cage. when it bit him, one of the buddies shot the animal. >> the tigers -- i think from this place. and he started to wake -- and after one hour we finished and we found the cubs. >> wild life sanctuary in north carolina later donated a pair of bengal tires to help make up for it. one of them was riley, eating
his lunch of donkey meat. five years and many litters later, zoo has 12 bengal tires including the white cub. born after riley and one of his daughters mated. they are also five sigh beerian tigers. the zoo says it would like to avoided inbreeding but doesn't have enough space to separate the animals or access to other tigers. >> 12 is a large number of one specieses in a zoo. we also have 24 lions and that is a considerably high number. perhaps if there are zoos in other countries we can exchange animals. >> they say they won't mate the white tiger. they are hoping he will grow up to be as strong as the rest of his breed. >> what stunning creatures. liz is here next, goodbye for
jazeera.com. good morning. this is al-jazeera. i am stephanie sy. that these are some of the stories we are following at this hour. the huge wildfire devastating much of yosemite national park is this morning threatening something much bigger, san francisco's power grid. >> that's prompting the governor of duvol declare a state of emergency for the region. the suspected chemical weapons attack in syria that killed hundreds has the u.s. considering options. pom meets with advisors. u.s. warships are in the medtra terra mediterranean. i have a m.
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