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>> welcome to axis. i am del walters. these are your headlines at this hour. >> share samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of s sarin. >> john kerry presenting evidence against syria. charged from the hospital, nelson mandela is going home. the florida a and m university marching band getting back on the field nearly 2 years after the hazing death of its drum major. as congress prepares to debate
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military action against syria, senators will brief -- briefed on the situation about an hour from now. yesterday, president obama asked congress to authorize limited strikes on syria and just this morning, secretary of state john kerry presented new evidence that chemical weapons were used. >> this morning, a very important recent development that in the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the united states that had now been tested from first responders in east d damascus and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin. so this cause is building, and this case will build and i don't believe my former colleagues in the united states senate and the house will turn their backs on all of our interests. >> al jazeera paul beban has more on kerry's comments. paul, congress and the white house have not seen eye to eye
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on anything and now certain i can't. do we have any further insight why the president decided to go to congress in the first place? >> well, del, what we are learning today was that there was a lot of debate between the president and his advisors over this. the president insisted he wanted to bring congress's role front and center and not hide behind it. he was doing this toward an eye toward future conflicts when he might need military. >> the best way to educate the american public is to have that full debate in congress that the framers of the constitution intended. they intended that before or when the nation initiates military, it should be with the approval of congress. that's in the constitution, but it reflects a very important judgment as well, and that is this: we should not be sending servicemen and -women into military conflict if they don't
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have complete confidence that the nation's political leadership is behind them. >> so again, del, there is going to be a lot of intention debate going forward here as you mentioned, senate advisor sessions beginning any moment now within the hour. so we will see what happens going forward. del? >> paul, what about great britain britain and the fact that the international coalition is not unified behind this? did that have anything to do with the president deciding to put this in the hands of congress? >> del, what we are hearing is that the president was very concerned about the u.s. looking isolated, feeling that the lack of a coalition could be a problem going forward. if they wanted to further legitmize the process by going to congress. >> paul beban joining us live from washington. thank you very much. here to discuss the waiting period, the wait and see and how all of this waiting could affect u.s. military action is jill wal walsh, an expert on international execute and a researcher in mit in the field of security. thanks for being with us >> thank you for being here.
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>> we have been here so many times before. we go back to leach war 2 coming to the shores and being turned away. there was bosnia and the situation in rwanda. it seems like when war comes to the united states on a conscious level and not necessarily the water's edge, we are hesitant to get involved. >> understandably, blood and treasurer are at stake, probably over $4 trillion, which is a lot. and it comes to us because why? because we are the world was most dominant power. we have the world's largest economy. we have the world's largest military by far, more than all of the other current trees combined. we have great capacity. when bad things happen, people want us to come in and try to do something about. >> are we war-worn or are we war-wise in the sense that as opposed to simply being tired of war, we are looking at this and listening to all of the experts, yourself included, weighing in and saying even when the bombs are dropped, little is going to change as far as the overall
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conflict. so why spend hundreds of millions of dollars doing so. >> that's a great question. i think the answer is both. we are both war-wiser and war-weary. s third, there is an overhang from iraq. i don't think this is iraq. i think the intelligence is difference. i opposed the war in iraq. as a nuclear expert, i thought there was not evidence and i said that publically beforehand of nuclear weapons and the iea was in agreement with me on that. i agree we shouldn't get involved in a syrian civil war. they are nasty and you can't affect a civil war. >> the president laid out and people will argue this, a much narrower objective. >> that's not trying to affect the outcome of the civil war but to deter the use of chemical weapons by assad. >> that's a tough challenge. it might be doable. you might beability deter him up to a certain point. if he begins losing and thinks he has nothing to lose, i think it will be tough but that's the narrow frame that the president
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is presenting to the american people. >> china hosted the olympics last time. russia this time and they are getting a pass. >> it will be an interesting g20 meeting moscow in another week or so. we have had some comments from putin. he kept silent on this. he has now said that yes, chemical weapons were used but he thanks maybe it was the rebels. i think the united states intelligence is going to be able to answer that but the larger geopolitical picture is u.s. and russian relations are almost at an all time, since the end of the cold war, low point. we had to reset that, 2.0 and in the last month, we have had sort of a bickering consulting from the podium back and forth between putin and president obama. so this is not a relationship that's in good shape. as long as russia has a veto power at the u.n. security counsel, you know, there is not a lot you can do. >> jim walsh thanks for being with us today. >> thank you. syrian refugees meanwhile are pouring across the border into
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the kurdish administered region options of northern iraq, the u.n. saying some 52,000 people have arrived there since officials relax the border controls two weeks ago. those numbers expected to rise as world leaders now consider how best to respond to the suspected chemical weapons attack in damascus. emron kahn. >> the syrian/iraq border, people waiting to get through. about 700 people have arrived here already. they go through that border and they are brought here now, a number of ngos and refugee agent seeds have front tee there. >> that's the uar tent. you can see a few people waiting. the majority have been registered. see the buses over there, that's the buses that take them to the refugee companies. any children in danger are taken to unicef. at the moment, it's only syrian kurdish people coming across this border. the iraqi kurds and syrian
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kurds, common language, a common history so it's much easier to absorb them into this society. the real fear for the iraqi kurds is syrian arabs coming across the border in great number. >> that'st the una result, the che shear numbers, they say they are facing a funding shortage which means they are going to struggle with any new influx of refugees because of any potential military strike. >> that's umran chan from the border situation. this keep it at al jazeera for the coverage on the crisis in syria. state up to date 24 hours a day by checking in on our website, >> nelson man dela arrived home on sunday nearly three months after spending that time in the hospital. the ament apartheid leader still is in critical condition. mandel a's home has been set up to provide the intensive care he
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still needs. the 95-year-old is with his family and with the same medical staff that treated him for that reoccurring lung infection all summer. in a statement on sunday, jacob zuma asking his country to accept that their national hero has grown old and frail saying all they can do is pray. al jazeera's tania page is following the story in johanesburg. >> there is an ambulance on standby outside the former president nelson man del's house in case his condition deteriorates and he needs to be rushed back to hospital. he has been transferred home where they say they have set up an intensive care unit for him. they have also moved all of the medical staff that have been attending to him in that pretoria hospital since the 8th of june here to his home. his condition, they say, is still critical. at times, it is unknown and they need to perform what they describe procedures and they are
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not giving details as to what that means and what that is and that it is to protect the former president's condition and in the breast of nelson mandel a, a man so beloved not only here but all over the world. he is returning back to his home, being discharged from hospital. for the first time since one of its members died in a hazing incident, the florida a&m marching band has taken to the field. the band was suspended after drum major robert champion died in 2011. there were criminal prrlingsz and the university president resigned. they are playing against mississippi valley state. still to come, remembering david frost, a look back at the legendary career of a broadcaster who never mentioned words. inced words. >> we will tell you how the pope is shaking things up at the vatican.
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christopher >> what happens when social media uncovered fascinating news stories. >> they share. >> social media isn't an after thought, i draws the discussion across america. >> the social media community, on t.v. and online. >> this is your outlet for those conversations. lap but should you be made aware if you are consuming them. that's next on "consider this." ,to axis. i am del walters joining you life from network. legendary broadcaster sir david frost has died. he was 74 years old.
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his family released a statement saying he died of a heart attack on a cruise ship. he interviewed then president richard neixon and recently hosted interviews for axis. lawrence lee has this. >> hello. welcome to frost over the world. >> by the time david frost arrived on the screen at al jazeera, edhe had athey'veed something no other television journalist ever did. he had become a true global star, a man whom celebrities, world leaders and the rest actually wanted to be interviewed by even if they knew it might be uncomfortable. >> so far, it's been, you know, pretty much of a disaster >> it has. >> he was equally at home sitting across from hamit car karzai. he had fame and as much time for a colleague in the correspondence d corridor as a
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prime minister. >> amazing because of the amount of people he dealt with on a daily basis, people he knew by first name tones, statesman, celebrities. he knew them all and yet he was still just an ordinary guy, really a very nice man. >> david cameron says, my heart goes out to karena and the family. the sir david was an ext extraordinary man with charm, intelligence and warmth in annual measure. he made a huge impact on politics. the next on interviews were among the great broadcast moments but there were many other brilliant interviews. he could be and certainly was with me both a friend and a fearsom interviewer. after making his name in britain, frost broke through in the u.s. with what mr. crameron alluded to his most famous interview with richard nixon when the president admitted he betrayed his people. that interview, itself, exposed something of frost's genius, of understanding how people operate
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and then getting them to reveal themselves. >> one of the reasons he was in touch with what people were thinking was he didn't like going out of his way to meet people because he was awkward with people and that awkwardness and clumsiness probably closed him off from knowing what the public were thinking. it's those personal flaws that dom through. >> prime minister, thank you very much indeed. >> david frost's legacy is unique in world television, a news man and journalist who is also an entertainer on both sides of the add lantic. anyone who is anyone would be flattered to offer the frost interview. there is hardly anyone in the history of t.v. who could make that claim. lawrence lee, al jazeera, london. >> section abuse scandals and leaked documents have scarred the reputation of the vatican in recent years. asonia gays gallegos recorports
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overhaul of laws. >> change may be ringing out at the vatican. in recent times the roman catholic church has had its share of trouble to deal with. it's reeled from one scandal to the next and had accusations it did more to cover up the times than punish perpetrators. pope fr popes pope francis made it a point of urgency to deal with members of the collegeky and lay people who live and work inside the vatican city. obvious have been the changes to laws involving child abuse, a crime that cares carries 12 years i am prisonment and a hefty fine. >> the church awareness is changing but we are not at the point yet where bishops are forced to deny ounce crimes. the question is: how much of the blow will really be applied. >> the vatican had in fact signed up for the u.n. convention on the rights of a child back in 1990. but it's taken it 22 years for
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it to tougher up its own laws on crimes against minors, an enforcement that comes after years of dealing with the repercussions of sexual abuse scandals within the church >> reporter: but for the victims there is a sense it is too little too late. >> i think we are not going to see the catholic church put its hands up and accept full responsibility for all of the abuses that happened all over the world. this is simply a very small step in the right direction. >> as well as the child abuse scandals, the fall out it, documents stolen from pope benedict xvi were published regarding lurid corruption within highest levels of the holy see. anyone who reveals confidential information risks up to eight years i am prisonment as well as a fine. they may claw back their credibility and changing laws might redress some of that damage if it has the will to
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abide by its words. sonia galeggo. vatican city ford is withdraw g withdrawing -- recalling three said donkeys, the mercury towncar, crown vick and mercury march built between 2005 and 2011 and amounts to 300,000 cars sold in the u.s. and canada. he range of motion of the steering shaft which could cause drivers to lose control room. ford saying it is unaware of any does or risks that are linked to the issue. let's go to google to search for information over the interview. we view maps, read books and en more. some of googles practices have been seen as controversial. the company's 15th anniversary now just three days after. we bring you google and the world brain. here is a preview of our documentary. >> one of the things you need to understand about google is that
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they try to roll out projects first and then to think about the consequences later. so, you would often see them experiment with something that looks var cool. it may be the google project. >> google launch street view in 2007, part of the search engine's long-term goal to create a virtual 3-d planet right down to street level but investigations have reviewed street view cars were collecting more than photographs for that are data banks. their antennas were hovering on personal information from unincorrupted wi-fi networks including internet history and passwords. >> i think the case of google collecting wi-fi information reveals completely lack of respect for privacy in the corporation. >> watch google and the world brain tonight at 9 eastern on al jazeera. one of the world's largest land ma'amals could disappear
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for every. poaching in kenya has put the elephant on the verge of extinction. >> it is an exceptionally hot day across texas. temperatures in the hundreds. meanwhile, we have severe weather breaking out across the central plains. stay tuned. i will tell you all about it very soon. saudi arabia for that. ♪ why some critics say the school is setting the kids up for failure. ...
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,to al jazeera. i am del walters, u.s. secretary of state says there is evidence thet sarin nerve gas was used in syr syria. human rights icon nelson mandel a is now back at home. he was released from the hospital today. the former south african president, though, is still in critical condition. the florida a and m university marching band is back on the field. the band had been suspended after the hazing death of its drum major, robert champion. >> deposition smoke is limiting cr crews' efforts to fight the fire. on saturday, fire fighting aircraft had to be grounded. it blocked yosemite's mountain views.
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they were asked to scale back on out door activities. it has burned almost 350 square miles. tack a look at this dramatic footage of a taiwan driver coming close to being crushed by a bolder during a landslide. that could have been you. the car suffered extensive damage but the couple inside, they escaped with only minor injuries. the landslide was triggered by days of rain from tropical storm konray: two people are dead after the heaviest snowfall peru experienced in 10 years. thousands were stranded inside rural farmers. farmers have been left destitute after many of their cattle and lamas have died. the government is trying to help
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feed the animals dying from cold and starvation. usually cold weather is expected to continue over the next few days. back in the united states, julilah tells us whether or not we can look forward to a rain-free labor day. >> i'm sorry, del. we are not going to have a rain-free labor day. the coldfront making its way across the central plains is going to make its way into the northeast as we track into the next 24 hours. right now, the front is situated across missouri two frontal boundaries. one is going to bring in a bit more moisture to new england but the other is going to bring a refreshing cool down to the north central plains and it's already done so in minneapolis yesterday. they were in the upper yeats. today, they are in the upper 70s. that's an improvement across the west coast, clear skies, high pressure in control. they could use rain but ner not going to get it. in texas, it is hot. not only is it hot. it's very humid in dallas today. climb to go a high of 104 degrees. down in corpus christie, 92, a lot of heat, a lot of humidity
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in the atmosphere, very uncomfortable. that heat is marching northward. as a matter of fact, it will be interacting with the frontal boundary pushing into the northeast. as a result, we could see more volatile storms break out across missouri on into central and northern portions of illinois. is it looks like most of the front is through missouri. i think the volatile weather is going to be across central and southern illinois as we track into the afternoon and certainly on into the evening and really on into tomorrow and the early we morning hours damaging winds and hail. primary threats there as i said the rain is going to push into the northeast. right now, we are looking at multi-cloudy sthoerz lingering in boston. del, i will send it back to you. normal we are going to have to deal with that rain through lay day. >> i saw it as 93 down in chihuahua. where i come from, that is one hot dog. >> yes. >> a research search in elephant poaching is threatening the
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animals with extinction. they say al jazeera pete dresday has our reports. >>. >> each pair of tusks represents a single wapiti. some were mate tr matriarcs. the smallet, from juveniles too young to breed. threetons of ivy found in a single container bound for asia. worth millions of dollars >> this is organized crime. it's not something that is being done by small guys. whoever is doing it well connected, has enough resources. >> this is what's driving the trade. the growing it demand for fine ivy. conversationists argue there has been far too much emphasis on stopping the supply and not enough on reducing demand for what is after all purely
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decorative item. >> if you buy an avery bangal or a rhino bangal, you want to wear it, show it off. that means it's a status simple so that's the opposite of what we would need to achieve if we wanted to reduce demand. >> the south area of this part, the last few months, has been much worse hit. >> in the meantime, conservationists are using increasingly sophisticated technology to protect vulnerable herds. a command center at the game reserve save the elephants tracks some of the biggest animals uses dollars linked to the mobile phone network. we used the system to find flober, a fiercely protective morni mother in a group called the artists t but they know she will eventually be killed if demand keeps prices high. >> it's worth an enormous amount compared to local incomes here the tusks of a single mature bull in this region if 2011 were worth 15 years of salary for an unskilled worker or one and a
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half years' salary for a well paid wildlife ranger. >> that's quite a temp take. >> too much temp tation for the would-be poacher who shot sylvia in the ear two years ago. it still causes her great pain. >> figures from 2011 show in that year alone, africa's elephants declined by more than 7%. all of the signs were things are worse now. if things keep going at this rate, within the next 10 years, poachers will have destroyed more than 70% of africa's elephants. >> this is one. >> so conservationists say this crisis could drive elephants to extinction unless something is done to stop both the supply and demand t tede grestre. >> as ruth bader ginsburg made history, she became the first supreme court justice to 0 fish
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80 over a same-sex marriage ceremony. kaiser, by the way, is the president of the kennedy center and a close friend of begins burg. in june, beginning burg voted for gay marriage. diana nyad is in the swim again, the 54-year-old is trying to swim from cuba to florida. this is the 5th attempt at the 1 on he 3 mile crossing. her previous efforts have been cut short by jellyfish stings. this time, she is wearing a body suit and face mask to fend off the ce tires. the swim could take more than three days to complete. she is being followed by a support crew by four boats and 40 people needed to help navigate her swim. >> that's it for al jazeera. as always, much more news at the top of the hour and you can stay connected 24 hours a day on we also continue to follow all of the effects unfolding surrounding the crisis in syria,
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