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>> an interesting debate. coming up, a school where students don't read books. instead they use ipads almost >> good morning, this is aljazeera. i'm del walters. it is a full campaign for support as president obama attempts to gain congressional approval for his plan to strike against the syrian government. >> i don't believe that my former colleagues in the united states senate and the house will turn their backs on all of our interests. >> secretary of state john kerry making the case for military action in syria. >> hopes for a political resolution in egypt fading, as out offed president mohamed morsi and other leaders will stand trial for inciting murder. >> >> a black and dusty byproduct
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of refining crude oil. the substance and controversy it's causing, pitting price interest against environmental concerns. ♪ theme >> it is a new day as presidential pressure to attack syria intensifies. it has been less than 48 hours since the president said he needs congressional approval for his attack plans, and now, the full port press is on to assure a favorable outcome. john kerry was dispatched to the sunday morning talk shows. kerry and several members of the white house are pushing for their support. >> the big name they want in their corner, senator john mccain. he has been invited to the white house today. the arizona senator has been an outspoken critic of plans to limit air strikes. he says the u.s. failure to
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intervene envy i can't's civil war is shameful. >> we are joined from washington. paul, what outcome is the white house hoping to get out of the meeting? >> and you say mentioned, senator mccain has been very critical of the administration, coming at them from the right very hawkish saying the obama administration has been too soft on syria, calling for an aggressive posture and strategy rather than what he calls pin prick tomahawk strikes. >> what is the mood on capitol hill? is congress receptive? >> it's been a full court press, the white house and administration officials briefed more than 80 members of congress yesterday in a classified briefing. some of those members of congress flew in from their home districts on very short notice.
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the concerns about the resolution that the administration has presented to congress thus far is that it is too broad, not enough of a strategy and that it might draw the u.s. into further conflict in syria that simply air strikes won't be effective. there's not enough of a plan end game here. >> paul, no one is expecting anything anytime soon. congress won't be back in session until september 9. when is the plan to lobby them until then? >> there are going to be continued meetings, no doubt. now that so many members of congress are back in town, congress doesn't form ally come pack into session until the ninth, but debate is expected immediately upon congress coming back into session, a vote within a week. this is referred to as a vote of conscience. leaders will not be pressing members individually on their vote. they want people to vote what
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they believe. >> so much is said about what happens if we strike syria. is anyone talking about what message it sends to the world if we do not launch some type of retaliatory attack? >> of course, that has been discussed object the kind of message it sends to our allies and adversaries. a lot of talk about what iran might take away from lack of action, what north korea might take away and what it says about the u.s.'s ability to build a coalition without the u.k. right now, the only major ally pledging military support is france. >> paul, thank you very much. >> while the president's made it clear the u.s. should take military action against syria, many americans seem to disagree. a recent nbc poll asked whether the at the should launch and attack on syria. 42% of those polled said yes.
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50% said no. however, more americans say they support military action when specifically told that the attacks would not involve boots on the ground or the use of navy jets. 50% support that type of attack, 44% oppose it. eight in 10 americans agree with the president, 16% saying congressional approval is not needed. internationally, the obama administration is losing allies for any possible military action. last week, great britain said they would not participate and now germany also opting out. the chancellor and opponent in the upcoming election vowed they would not act with the u.n. security council signing off, leaving the u.s. to seek support from turkey and france for intervention. we go overseas for reaction. here in the u.s., the american people seem to be split.
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what is the feeling there? >> well, del, here in the u.k., public opinion is still strongly against any kind of intervention in syria full stop. there are anti war rallies going on currently in the british capitol. police are putting those numbers in the thousands here in the center of london. as far as public opinion is concerned on how this was handled in the u.k., that's been interesting to see, because we're now starting to see some blowback from that decision last week. on both sides of the political spectrum, there are critics of david cameron's government saying he rushed this, went into parliamentary vote too soon. there are critics of the opposition labor party saying they have scored political points domestically here. >> we are hearing there may be calls for prime minister cameron
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to try again. when might that happen? >> actually, it's probably not going to happen. it's highly unlikely, however david cameron still supports some sort of punitive action against syria. in order to go back to parliament, there would have to be some sort of development. maybe that u.n. report or vote might change things. the british public are still strongly against military action. the parliament has made its decision, they've voted already. unless there's some sort of outside development from outside the u.k., it's unlikely they'll reverse that decision. >> what about europe outside the u.k., what are you hearing about the situation there? >> in germany, strongly coming out saying there needs to be some sort of united voice from the united nations before any kind of military axled happen. she seems reluctant to do that.
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her opponent on the far left has said germany would not participate in any kind of military action. in france, we're hearing that the french people are calling for some sort of restraining vote on the power of the president there. now the president under the constitution in france has the right to go to war, use military force for any kind of action that would last less than four months. he can do this without parliamentary say, but the french people in recent polls have been very clear that they are also against military action and france's participation in that. the french have also said that they may release an intelligence report that it will support claims that the assad regime was behind the attacks. further in moscow, they are strongly against action there. the foreign minister saying that
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the evidence presented from the united states is simply not enough, there aren't enough specific bits of information there, and they have also just announced that they will be moving or they are moving another military naval vessel into the region to collect intelligence. that adds to the number of ships that russia has already sent into the crisis area. >> joining us live from london, phillip thank you very much. we remind you to stay with aljazeera for the continuing coverage of the latest developments in syria and for additional background and details, you can always visit aljazeera.com. >> three taliban fighters are dead in afghanistan after they launched an attack near a u.s. military base near the pakistani border, sparking a gunfight at the closure of a road used by supply trucks. fire was he can changed with helicopters joining in that
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flight. we have the very latest. can you tell us about any damage that followed the firefight? >> that's right, del, the attack happened early this morning here in afghanistan. the taliban fighters apparently planted bombs among a number of nato vehicles that were parked at the forward operating base. there were no nato casualties nor afghan casualties, three taliban fighters were killed, but dozens of nato vehicles were destroyed in that attack in that base near the border with pakistan, a main border crossing with pakistan and it has closed the road to the border from the main city of jalalab ax d. >> it does seem there is increased taliban violence. >> we've seen a lot of attacks over the last week, an uptick in attacks. more than 100 afghans have been
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killed in those attacks across the country, both civilian and afghan security forces. today's attack was the second on a nato base in less than a week. five days ago south of cab pool, the nato base there with polish and afghan troops, a truck bomb went off there and an hour long firefight ensued there. eight afghans were killed in that attack, 20 taliban fighters apparently involved in that attack, more than 50 afghans were wounded then. just yesterday, also in the same province, the bodies of seven afghan army soldiers were found, apparently abducted by the taliban, their hands chained behind them and they were shot to death. we're seeing an increase in tall bonn violence in the last week or so here in afghanistan. it's got to be a worrying sign certainly as what usually this is the end of the fighting
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season, and it had been rather quiet before that for the month or so before that. as i said, more than 100 afghans, both security forces and civilians killed in the last week or so. >> jennifer, thank you very much and stay safe. >> firefighters say they are making progress on the rim fire, that is the fourth largest wildfire in california's history now. the two-week-old blaze is 45% contained but creeping further into yosemite national park. crews have been fighting the fire from the ground and by air. 350 square miles have been consumed by that fire. it is now larger than the area of san francisco, oakland and san jose combined. >> back at home, higher humidity levels helped the firefight and humid wet weather could be putting a damper on your labor day celebrations. let's check in with the weather. >> hot and humid across new york city this morning. relative humidity roughly around
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97% in the big apple. right now, we are not looking at any showers. the moisture is creeping in out of the west and sooner than later, we're going to see some showers and some thunderstorms here in the big apple. right now, we are looking at heavier rainfall along new york state. i-90 from buffalo toward albany, want to use precaution on the roadways. you are going to see a steady stream of moisture throughout the day. cloudy, overcast across pennsylvania. i-80 into new jersey, you may run into heavier rain. use precaution out there on the roadways. these temperatures, the dewpoints are what are making the temperatures so extreme. it's so warm out there, 86 is the real feel temperature in new york city right now, and that is very uncomfortable, given the temperatures only in the 70's. going to continue to be hot, humidity until the rain pushes through today in the afternoon, folks outside going to get
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caught in heavy downpours, highs coming in in the 80's. we're going to see a bit more rainfall, then cooling off toward the next couple days. high pressure has certainly set in across the plains. it's gorgeous, going to be a very comfortable day, but a very hot day across portions of texas, we will be looking at showers and thunderstorms pushing into atlanta. >> a homemade bomb blast injured two near a police station in giza, coming after the announcement that deposed president mohamed morsi will stand trial. egypt's top prosecutor announcing that morsi will be stride for inciting the violence that led to the deaths of 14 protestors. we now go to our aljazeera correspondent covering the latest by phone, but we cannot
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disclose their identity and location due to security reasons. please, if you would, bring us up to date on what is the latest. >> well, the latest is we were hearing late last night and sunday night just before curfew, 11:00 local time, that there had been a committal for trial for mohamed morsi and 14 other members of the muslim brotherhood, officials amongst them, the head of the freedom justice party. this is to do with what happened last december outside the presidential palace, when thousands of demonstrators converged on the palace to demonstrate against the function of morsi's expanded powers under the presidential decree. we believe up to nine people were killed. this isn't the only charge that's been laid against mohamed morsi. the former president is also accused of premeditated murder
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of prisoners and soldiers when he broke out of the cairo prison in early 2011. this is the first time he's been committed for trial. it really shows how the legal process is now moving by the regime here against the former muslim brotherhood leader, who was president of egypt. >> what do we know about this bomb blast? has anybody claimed responsibility? >> no claims of responsibility so far, i understand. what we are hearing from initial reports is the motor bike went past the police station and threw some kind of improvised device at the police station injuring two workers. we don't know if they were police officers or people who happened to be unlucky in the vicinity. this comes just a day before we understand also there will be some kind of demonstration. it's been called for, marks the second anniversary, two months since mohamed morsi was ousted. no idea so far really as to the
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numbers, because the announcement came just before curfew last night after this committal to trial of the former president. this will be the first time if people want to take to the streets to express anger about this committal for trial, this is the first time they can do it. we do not know whether we will see a mass number of people coming out. it could be represent licks of last friday, when several thousand did take to the streets, but only small demonstrations. there wasn't one huge mass rally. they seemed to change tactics last friday to try to put off the armed forces, police who will be trying to stop these marches. we'll have to wait to see if there is a big reaction to the news that the former president is to stand trial. >> we are not naming our correspondent in egypt for concerns about their safety there. >> we talked to a previous off a of history at ucla about
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possible muslim brotherhood reaction to the trial. >> muslim brotherhood is a very centralized organization. perhaps getting rid of the top layers of the organization, there's very little that members of the organization can or will do. the other thing that might happen, however is the fact that members of the muslim brotherhood themselves might take matters into their own hands. we saw this in the 1980's and 1990s when former members of the muslim brotherhood radicalized in prison went underground and began acts of violence against the state. so far, the muslim brotherhood has not declared war, not adopted violence. the leader hopes its members in non-violent protest. we don't know what's going to happen. >> then there is this. the public turmoil in egypt
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ruffling feathers and making some suspicion. police detained a bird on beliefs it may be a spy. the person discovered the stork near his house 280 miles southeast of cairo, took it to the police station because it was wearing an electronic device. it turns out that is one of those wildlife trackers used by scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds. go figure. energy carries a steep price for people along the canadian border and millions of tons of black powdery substance are in the air. they have to deal with it on the streets, on their cars and even in their homes. >> the state of the leader address postponed, police shut down the capital there. >> nelson mandela home from the hospital.
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we'll tell you how he's doing. nothing. here is my question for every member of
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>> former south african president nelson mandel has has returned home after being hospitalized for a number of
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months. we report from his home outside johannesburg. >> nelson mendel has has moved to the comfort of his own home after nearly three months in hospital, but is still in a critical condition and at homes his health unstale. an ambulance is on sentence by in case he has to be rushed back to hospital. he's been receiving the best care possible. part of his home has been converted into an intensive care unit. the medical care team treating him have also relocated. >> we review his case every 12 ours. those are medical decisions they make, and we do not interfere with those decisions at all. they have decided that they have reconfigure would the house so that he can receive proper intensive care just as he would in hospital. >> the news has been welcomed by many people here. >> i think it's not as worrying as him being at hospital.
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when you are around people that really love and care, you can kind of feel the attachment and the positive energies just flowing. >> he will recover if he is meant to recover, but when the time comes, the time comes. there's not much you can do about it. >> if they think it's a good idea, but i believe that we still need our hero alive. >> mandela celebrated his 95t 95th birthday last month, defying the odd, proving his strength and resilience. he won the hearts of many when he emerged from 20 we know years in prison wanting reconciliation, not revenge to become the president. >> the family is celebrating his return home, saying they've been deeply touched by theout pouring of prayers and messages of support from all over the world. the move home may allow the family more privacy, but will reignite the intense level of
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interest in the house of the man who is still gravely ill. >> mandela has not played any role in public life for over a decade, but is this countries moral compass. south africans draw strength knowing he is still with them. aljazeera, johannesburg. >> he talked to the world and now the world is talking about him. sir david frost, an internationally acclimbed broadcaster passed away this weekend. frost was known for his interviews with newsmakers, most noticeably this one with mixon after he resigned. he was 74 years old. >> canada's oil sands boom is producing an unwanted byproduct, huge piles of coke, 10s of millions of the black powder i substance are accumulating.
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clouds of coke have been blowing into homes. we report from detroit. >> a video from a canadian cell phone says it all, clouds of black dust against a dark sky, blowing over the detroit river. there was panic on both sides of the international water way. fearing the worst, a canadian tour boat stopped in the shelter of the bridge, while passengers and crew looked on. >> i thought it was a tornado. it was so frightening all of a sudden, but it wasn't shaped like a tornado. at first, we really didn't know what it was, but it was a huge black cloud and just obliterated the entire bridge. you couldn't see through it. >> the dust blew off 15-meter high piles of coke stored on the u.s. side. from a refinery, it's oh byproduct from canada's tar sands. u.s. officials say it's not dangerous. scientists are divided on that. river front residents feel
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otherwise, finding the black dust inside their homes, all along their streets. >> their first concern was their health, because the dust was flying on to their window as i wills, getting into their apartments, and so if it was that easy to seep into their apartments, then that means they're breathing it. >> after the uproar in detroit, the piles have shrunk. politicians at city, tate and federal levels told the storage company to move it or get rid of it entirely. though rarely used at fuel, it can be sold to generate power in china and elsewhere. that's a limited market and booming production means 10s of millions of tons of coke are accumulating in canada and the u.s. >> our whole society is built on cheap energy. that cheap energy does not include the cost of energy byproducts, such as waste piles of residuals, and this is a really expensive problem that's
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still waiting to be solved. >> activists expect new piles of coke will now be placed here amid stockpiles of coal at an industrial site a half as i will meter back from the river near a shipping port. >> whether or not it's at toxic as feared, the coke is no longer being stored on dry's waterfront for now, but what to do with this byproduct remains a huge challenge, not just here, but across north america. daniel lack, aljazeera, detroit. >> cars are being recalled. we'll tell you the model and steering problem that could cause drivers to lose control. >> welding women, single moms being trained for work that will allow them to support their families. >> the violence in syria could be robbing the futures of tens of thousands of children. how that civil war is keeping students from getting their
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education. >> the clock is ticking for the nfl season, but you don't have to wait until thursday. our preview begins today. we've got an exclusive interview with troy pal mallow.
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third. and you can kiss that puppy goodbye, chula vista would answer back. they would come up clutch. jianca rlo, and california is back on top, 4-3. but buckle up, this game was a rollercoaster ride. the bottom of the fifth, they >> welcome back. i'm del walters. these are the stories we're following. with evidence of chemical attacks in syria, president obama is seeking congressional support for military strikes against the syrian government. the president is expected to meet with senator john mccain of arizona today. >> egyptian state t.v. reports that the country's ousted president mohamed morsi will
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stand trial. morsi is accused of inciting the violence leading to the deaths of several people and you said the presidential palace last december. 14 members of the muslim brotherhood are going to be tried alongside him. no trial date has been set. >> nelson mandela is now at his home in johannesburg after being released from a hospital in pretoria to continue his treatment there. >> the case for military action in syria lies with the evidence of chemical warfare there, the white house saying the syrian government used the nerve gas sarin to kill 1400 people, including 400 children. he will try to convince action that they need to take action. >> syrian president bashar al assad meeting with a prominent member of the iranian parliament said his country is capable of
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confronting what he calls external aggression from the united states. the obama administration is pushing hard for military action. secretary of state john kerry appeared on all the sunday political talk shows, claiming the u.s. know knows what chemical weapon was used in the attack. >> we now have samples back from first responders in east damascus. those samples of hair and blood have been tested and they have reported positive for signatures of sarin. we are now getting a stronger case each day. >> to persuade congress to authorize the use of military force, the administration held classified briefings sunday on capitol hill. when members emerged, there was largely skepticism about the impact of the limited military strikes proposed by that the administration. >> i don't know if every member of congress is there yet. >> what be you, are you there
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yet? >> i'm not there yet. >> i can't tell you that i'm convinced that the time line outlined by the president was a valid one. >> secretary of state kerry believes congress will authorize the use of force but if it doesn't, he says the president hat authority to act on his own, but mr. kerry refused to be pinned down on whether president obama would. aljazeera, washington. >> at this hour, the turkish cabinet is meeting to discuss the intervention in syria, stressing that action is supported in that country. what took place during the turkish cabinet meeting today? >> the meeting is just starting any minute now and we are expecting, this is a regularly scheduled meeting, but we are expecting syria to top the agenda of these meetings. we're expecting remarks at the
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end of the cabinet meeting. all along, the turkish prime minute at her has had a hawkish stance when it comes to intervention in syria, more force physical than u.s. president barack obama, saying any limited intervention is not enough, this should not be a hit-and-run. he wants regime change, something along the lines of intervention, the united states was involved in in the 1990's in kosovo, so certainly a much more aggressive stance. sunday night, the prime minister not only said that this aggressive stance is needed to deal with the current situation, he warned that a limited intervention would only make the situation much worse according to his assessment. >> what was the reaction of the arab league meeting. they met on sunday. what was the reaction?
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>> the arab league has been quite divided on the approach toward syria, but after a lot of wrangling, a statement was issued in whichar ran foreign ministers specifically blamed the syrian government for the use of chemical weapons. it called on the united nations and international community to take "all necessary steps" to basically punish those responsible for this attack. it stopped short basically of explicitly backing military intervention. of course, while the arab league captain do much on its own and its position is not particularly translating into action on the ground, symbolically, what they say is important for the obama administration, which is counting on that in presenting its case to congress and making it appear that there's enough regional support, the possible military intervention on the
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ground in syria. >> what is the talk among people on the streets in turkey concerning the u.s. action or lack thereof and decision by great britain to allow the united states to go it alone? >> well, essentially, the situation here in turkey is quite tense, one has to say. obviously, soldiers, troops here have been on alert, after all, turkey does share is largest border, a very long border with syria. it is very concert of possible retaliation should syria be targeted, lots of talk about this being the first target for retaliatory measures carried out by the syrian government. the people are concerned. you do get a sense that perhaps on a popular level, that ordinary citizens may not have that same hawkish approach that the government has, because after all, they are concerned about what they could possibly be dragged into should their
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government also be dragged into military action in syria. >> joining us live from turkey, thank you very much. >> here is the crisis by the numbers, an estimated 1 million children of now been forced from their home land. for those who remain inside syria, there is a new report revealing the state have education for lack thereof there. according to the united nations relief and works agency, over half of the agencies schools have been closed in syria, mostly affecting two thirds of palestinian refugee students. fee you are than 150 are going to reopen this fall. danger and lack of security prompted closures. joining us to discuss the situation is the co founder of the national alliance for syria, a national network to support the education and development of a democratic syria. your cousin runs the refugee
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camp along the syrian border. what is he seeing no. >> in the northwest area of syria, there is a huge internally displaced camp, home to 22,000 individuals that was set up last year. all these people fled the bombings, fled the collective punishment implemented by the assad regime. right now, they are living in did he say substitute conditions. >> define did he say substitute. >> did he say substitute meanino medical needs, no food available to them. there are no oral hygiene products, no hygiene products. they share barmes with maybe 1,000 other people, just destitute conditions no one should live in. >> from your vantage point, is
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this the unknown crisis not getting the attention it deserves worldwide? so much talk about chemical weapons use, but there is the humanitarian side of the war. >> definitely. one third of the syrian population is dispersed at this time, 2 million of them externally in surrounding countries, 5 million internally throughout the country, fleeing the bam pardonment and collective punishments. this is something that the international community has been weak to respond to, are a few steps behind and we need more leadership on this point, because we are losing a generation of children. >> what do americans need to understand? >> that this is a war on a population, period, and this is the response we see. the reason there is a struggle on the ground, the reason we have a revolution for two and a half years is the responsibility to this brutality by a family regime that has been in power for over 40 years. >> when we talk about a million children, we are talking about a million children that are
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crossing the border, some without parents and in some cases, their parents have been brought ally raped. this is a crisis that is going to be with us for years to come. >> rape is the number one reason people flee syria, the threat of rape, that is. and rape unfortunately has been used as a weapon by a sect arian militia to make sure the populace leaves the country in hoards. >> thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> our live coverage sins in just 15 minutes on aljazeera. for latest updates coming out of that country, go to aljazeera.com. >> japan's nuclear watchdog is considering dumping radioactive water into the pacific ocean. today, the chief regulator said the con testimony nation in the water would be removed. radiation levels at that site are 18 times higher than once thought. that is enough to kill a person
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within hours. the new leak at the plant was discovered nearly two weeks ago. >> the developments are monitored from coke yo. what else do the regulators say today? >> the japan regulation authority said there are no indications of new leaks apart from the one discovered two weeks ago. the water levels remain the same. they discovered some droplets on a pipe linking to several containers containing these highly radiated water, but say that pipe has been radar. they wouldn't describe it as a leak, but minor seepage that's coming up. now, the command of the nuclear regulation authority said this crisis has not ended two years since it started and the plant
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remains unstable. >> the question that a lot of people are going to be asking is with levels this high, why weren't the levels of radiation detected earlier? >> >> because the machines they were using two read ratation levels could only measure up to 100 an hour and that's what they recorded. they used a more sophisticated machine that could read the up to 10,000 per hour and that's why there was the huge spike in radiation levels, 1,800 or 18 times higher than previously recorded. this brings us to question if they are getting this so wrong, what else is it not getting right, can they be trusted to store this water, because the amount of contaminated increases every day, because more water needs to be poured in to cool the reactors. >> thank you very much.
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>> with over 100 nuclear reactors inside the u.s., what safeguards do we have in place to help prevent our own disaster? we bring in a research fellow at the university of tokyo. he joins us via skype. there have been a stream of headlines about the worsening situation at fukushima. can we trust our regulators to be forthright? >> there's always going to be questions about rely la atory capture, how much in fact the companies are controlling the regulator rather than the regular latelior controlling the regulated. what can be the problem with the united states having independent regulators right now is quite important, unlike japan, where they are literally scraping the bottom of the barrel in terms of an independent experience, nuclear engineering staff that
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can oversee the company and the other eight nuclear operators within the country. right now, it's unclear whether or not the prime minister can actually fulfill any of the rhetoric in terms of new measures. it's unclear what those measures will be or how the government can actually deal with the cries any better than the electric power companies have been doing to date, but from a political perspective, it's necessary to show an already uneasy public that the government is trying to do something and it will. >> with that as a backdrop and not a comfortable one at that, should we feel safer here? >> well, the truth of the matter is that whether we're talking about a bridge or nuclear power plant, any engineer will tell you nothing is safe 100% of the time. unfortunately, when we're dealing with issues like this, you have to be honest and say the bridge you are crossing or
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the power plant that is generating electricity is not 100% perfect. unfortunately in the case of japan, and this is something that the united states can clearly learn from, is that they swung to the opposite end of the spectrum, and insisting that the plants were 100% safe. this turned out to be a terrible strategic mistake, and consequently, very difficult for anyone to trust them now. >> thank you for being with us this morning. >> the heat is not going to give the nation much of a break, but wet weather is moving in to make things even worse for a lot of you. we get an update on our forecast now. >> thanks, del. humidity, that's the word especially in new york city, boston or our nation's capitol this morning. the good news is we have a cold front pushing through. it's going to bring in some showers, zap the humidity right
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out of the air. we're going to have to wait until wednesday to see the effects of that. we're seeing showers across new york state from syracuse toward albany. they are very spotty in nature. in new england, we have heavier rain on the way. boston yesterday had a flash flood warning until 2:00 in the afternoon until later in the day. traveling along i-95, it's very hot and humid. right now, we're actually in the 70's. when you factor in the humidity, we are at 86 in new york city, philadelphia at 83. we'll have to wait until wednesday, thursday or friday to see a break from this humidity. we had a heavy thunderstorm pushing across northern pourings of alabama into georgia that. in atlanta, we're going to see strong thunderstorms pulling through. i want you to use precaution. atlanta, we're going to see showers and thunderstorms on into tuesday, as well.
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del, back to you. >> with all that rain, why am i smiling? because it is the opening week in the nfl and jessica taft is here to talk about football. football, of all things. >> thank you, del. the long road, as you know it is a long one to the superbowl. thursday night the nfl season kicks off with a matchup featuring the defending superbowl champion versus peyton manning and the broncos. to match the return of football, we will have one-on-one interviews with some of the best players. we begin with future hall of famer troy palamalu. among the topics, the steelers chances in 2013, plus the controversial and illegal hits the nfl has banned for its player safety. >> where are the steelers in 2013, a team in transition, reloaded or ready for one last run with the familiar faces? >> it all depends on how things,
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you know, how healthy we can be throughout the season, how this team can, the camaraderie and how this team is built. that's been our strength. >> what will your defense be missing this year with james harrison gone and signed with the cincinnati bengals. >> obviously his game speaks for himself. he was the intimidator, the guy who could play. he was the steel curtain, he was one of those style of players, so we lose that, for sure. we also have guys that can carry that on, you know, we've got jarvis jones who is extremely talented. we've had a line of people that were very successful and their games may not be similar, but the production will be. >> with age and years in the league come the question that
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folks say he is not what he once was, not the same player. what do you have to do to get back in the form that earned you the 2010 defensive player of the year award. >> well, they're right, i am getting older. honestly, i'm not sure, but my knowledge of the game is much more. my feel for the game is much better. who knows. time will tell, the level of success that i have this year. >> how do you feel the league is changing, and is it a good direction because players are getting protected or a little bit the other way because you have to think about what you're doing on the field now? >> of course, when you talk about health, that's a very, very important issue, especially brain health. the development of that part of the game obviously is positive, because you want to take care of people and to be healthy. on the other side of it, i'm a
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football purist. this game challenges people in so many different ways, and fear is a huge part of it. when somebody is going across the middle amounted he's got to think about somebody taking his head off, that's what separates professional football and tell me somebody that's watching it from the couch and t.v. there's only so much you can do to the game before it's not football anymore. you're not going to tell people to stop touching people in the head or stop boxing in m.m.a., because that's part of the sport. this is what we chose to play. that's the beauty of our sport, there's so many emotions in it. the one you have to overcome is fear. >> you didn't get to see the trademark long locks that are always flowing. don't worry, he didn't get a haircut. his locks have been insured by one of his sponsors for
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$1 million. >> teddy bridge water might want to insure his arm. there's a good once an nfl team is going to be spending money on it, too. he showed us why he's the heisman trophy candidate. bridge water completing 20 owe-28 passes for 355 yards. he also racked up five touchdowns, there's a reason he's being tabbed as an nfl first round draft. they steam rolled the bob cots 49-7. that is a look at sports. we're going to have action from the u.s. open coming up in the next hour. back to you. >> my hair is insured for $19.95. >> i would have gone at least 20. [ laughter ] >> i think you're selling yourself short, i really do. >> thanks a lot. ford has recalled nearly 400,000 cars, citing a problem with
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power steering, recalling the 2002, 2005 through 2011 crown vic, mercury grand marquee and lincoln town car. folks can go to their dealer to get the repairs made. >> this american town was auctioned off on the internet. knew bard wyoming is reopening with a new owner and vision for the future. >> we'll tell you about welding women on this labor day. we're shining the spotlight on the program train i can working moms to help them support their families. "consider this" will be right back. ç]
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>> not everyone has the day off this labor day holiday, myself included. a recent survey those 39% of employers will be open for business. large businesses are more likely to require workers to clock in on labor day. more than half of employers in health care, government education and social services also require some of their workers to come in to work today. >> single mothers now head a
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quarter of u.s. households. now some are building better future for themselves and their children. this labor day, we are introduced to one woman who has rediscovered herself on a factory floor. >> that's not tangly. we're just going to put the headband on, ok? because it matches your shirt. >> ok. >> she was homeless and jobless when her daughter was born five years ago. today, the 37-year-old single mom's life is headed in a different direction thanks to newly acquired job skills. two weeks ago, she got a full time job as a welder as a chicago firm that makes bus seats. >> it was hard. i struggled a lot. now, it's kind of -- i got a brighter outlook on life now, because i feel like i have a career path now. >> she got certified as a welder
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as chicago's james adams research organization, a not for profit that offers job training and workforce development, training low income single moms for high skilled manufacture jobs a few years ago. it has placed nearly all the welders it has trained so far and plans to expand to train more. >> we see women coming in all the time, but they don't want to work with office jobs. they want to work with their hands. they don't know what that translates into in terms of a job. when we show them how to we would, they get really excited about it. >> galvin is making $10.50 an hour, it's better money than she made doing odd jobs. >> the average u.s. factory worker makes $77,000 a year including benefits. with a few years of experience, she could make between $45,000 to $55,000 a year moving her are
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into the middle class. >> five women welders have been hired in the past year. the company president says he'd hire more if he could find them. >> i think reliability is a big factor, decision making great on the part of these women. they show up i think better than their counterparts. >> with a stable job, galvin has high hopes for the future. she wants to buy a home. >> it's good, i don't mind showing it, i'm proud of it. >> she's on her way. aljazeera, chicago. >> move over rosy the rivet at her. weekly earnings $691 compared to $854 for men. i'm from dallas, texas, and i'm an anchor for al jazeera america. >>my name is ranjani chakraborty, i'm from houston, texas. >>i'm kim bondy. >>nicole deford. >>and i'm from new orleans. >>san francisco, california. when i was a little kid, i just really loved the news. >>news was always important in my family.
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>>i knew as a kid that was exactly what i wanted to do. >>i learned to read by reading the newspaper with my great-grandfather every morning. >>and i love being able to tell other people stories. >>this is it, i want to be a part of this. >>this is what really drove me to al jazeera america.
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>> good morning. i'm morgan radford. it's a full campaign for support as president obama seeks congressional approval to strike against the syrian government. >> i don't believe that my former colleagues in the united states senate and house will turn their backs on all of our interests. >> secretary of state john kerry making the case for military action in syria. >> hopes for a political resolution in egypt fade as ousted president mohamed morsi stands trial for inciting murder. ♪ theme

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