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. hello, welcome to al jazeera. i'm tony harris in new york. our top stories - the obama administration goes to capital hill to make the case for military strikes against syria. >> this is not iraq or afghanistan. >> the president tries to reassure a worried public as he meets with congressional leaders at the white house. syria's government asks - who appointed the us to be the bully of the world? . >> and, of course we begin with
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syria and for the obama administration it's been a day of lobbying congress to take action. it is part of what the white house is calling its flood zone strategy. this morning president obama met with leaders at the white house. he picked for the support of john boehner and eric cantor. before the meeting the president tried to reassure americans. >> the military plan that has been developed by our joint chiefs and that i believe is appropriate is proportional. it is limited. it does not involve boots on the ground. this is not iraq. and this is not afghanistan. this is a limited proportional step that will send a clear message not only to the assad regime but also to other countries that may be interested in testing some of these international norms, that there are consequences. >> we have also heard from the syria government today - the
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country said un ambassador spoke a while ago challenging military action. >> who appointed the american administration to anticipate on the outcome and the findings of the mission of investigation? how could the united states of america act unilaterally speaking from outside the context of the united nations? who asked mr obama to be the bully of the world? why not waiting until the investigative team is finalised and completed its mission of investigation? >> meantime members of the obama administration have been fielding cens on capital -- questions on cap till hill. we have monitored the testimony. libby, the panel told the senators in no uncertainly terms
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that a vote against the resolution would have dire consequences. >> that's right. and they also gave the assurance that there will not be boots on the ground. this is a key phrase. many democrats on the senate foreign relations committee were supportive. they talk about the heart-wrenching images of children killed by the alleged chemical weapons attack. members of the committee, like senator barbara boxer said her heart went out to the families affected by the assad government. they did, however, say, "we are behind you mr president, but only if we limit the scope of what these attacks would be like", and so they heard reassurances from secretary john kerry about how limited in scope this would be. >> president obama is not asking america to go to war. and i say that sitting next to two men secretary chuck hagel
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and jerm dempsey who -- general dempsey who knows what war is, senator mccain knows what war is. they know the difference between going to war and what president obama is requesting now. we agree there'll be no american boots on the ground pt the president -- the president made clear we have no responsibility for civil war. >> senator robert menendez brought up the boots on the ground. secretary kerry said he was thinking out loud when he said if chemical weapons fell in the hands of terrorists, only then would we have to think about having an involvement with boots on ground. then the secretary spent the rest of the hearing saying that's not what we are talking about, this is not that moment, we want to go in with limited strikes. republicans were skeptical and
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had a lot of questions about what that would achieve. we heard from many saying, "you have lofty goals but a shot across the bow, a tight set of strikes may not achieve the goal" defence secretary hagel was there talking to his former colleagues and his role was to reassure what the defence department and strategy would look like. >> a refusal to act would undermine the credibility of america's other security commitments including the president's commitment to prevent royal adelaide hospital from acquiring a -- to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. the ward of iran must mean something. it is vital. >> secretary chuck hagel making his case of why ipp action is not an -- inaction is not an option. there were questions about what the opposition forces in syria look like, how strong are they and what might happen next if
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president assad leads power. some questions will be answered behind closed doors tomorrowment the senate foreign relations committee will have a closed door hearing which will get classified information that we are not privy to. >> thank you. libby for us on capitol hill. >> there are reports that syria has begun hiding military equipment and moving troops away from military bases and into stillian areas. al jazeera's david jackson joins us from beirut lebanon. what is the story, the line i'm reading about the assad - president assad going on the offensive? >> well that's what it feels like a little bit. we heard through the last couple of days that they have been moving equipment and personnel and men into different locations that were in residential areas, taking them away from the military bases and taking equipment from the bases and putting them in closer to what
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amounts to residential areas, areas far away from the military bases that they expect to have targeted if and when the strike occurs. it stands to reason that they would have considered something like that along the way because they had time on their hands, and that time was being put to use. that being said, the syrian national coalition, the sunni rebels fighting against assad's forces say they are taking advantage and they don't move things with impugn itty in the nation, they come under fire from the rebels. both sides are taking advantage of this to their own advantage. the rebels taking a clans to take shots at the assad regime while they try to move the equipment. that's what we heard coming out of the country. >> david, i wonder if there has been an official response. we saw something earlier, or if there's more of an official response from the assad government to what looks like a
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global momentum for military strikes against the country? >> well, thus far, tony it appears that official response came from the un ambassador. he spoke for the assad regime, for the administration publicly. we have not heard anything out of the country itself in terms of an official response, it being 1 o'clock in the morning, they are more than likely to come out with something in the early morning hours, a few hours from now, but nothing that has been officially stated from the regime itself. we just know that what we have heard over the past few days, this thing about troop movement and other information of that sort seems to be holding true and that has been their position thus far, other than to state they did not use chemical weapons and are not the war pongerers behind this.
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the united nations warned barack obama that strikes could launch more turmoil in the region. banke moon said political action is needed. >> i take note of the argument for action to prevent the future use of chemical weapons, at the same time we must consider the impact of any punitive measure on efforts to prevent further bloodshed and facilitate the political resolution of the conflict. the turmoil in syria and across the region serves nobody. >> joins us now from washington dc is brigadier general, great to talk to you. generally speaking the objective seems to be to deter, to degrade assad's capabilities, to launch any more chemical weapons attack. is that enough, in your opinion of a mission or should regime
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change, which is also as you know a us objective, also be a goal? >> well, it certainly is the case that in today's testimony secretary hagel and kerry tried to compartmentalise suggesting that what they were of course aing for at the hearings was the -- asking for at these hearings was military force for the purposes of punishing the assad regime and deterring future youse of chem -- use of chemical weapons by despots around the world. there is the question will it change the behaviour of assad, and will it get us to where we want to be in syria a year from now? unfortunately by compartmentalising the two operations, the punishment of assad and assisting in the overturning of assad - there doesn't seem to be connective
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tissue, and i'm concerned that we'll whack up a day after the -- wake up a day after the strikes and say, "what is next?" and we won't know what is happening. >> as we talk here the hearing is wrapping for the day. you see handshakes all around here. the senators and secretary kerry. general, look, one of the questions that americans will be aski aski asking is how likely will this action of this strike lead to war, as americans know war to be? >> if there is going to be a war in the middle east our strike will not be the catalyst for that war. there's a lot of reasons that war could break out tomorrow, whether it's the instability that's created by the syrian civil war in lebanon, in jordan, within turkey.
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what this operation intends to do is try to constrain and contain assad so that, in fact, there is less probability. as one understands the consequences of using chemical weapons and number two, that he is kept inside his box. i remain concerned that we don't know what the next steps will be. >> maybe attempting to get at that - who is the vetted opposition? will degrading assad's capabilities clear the path to damascus for the opposition? >> no. chairman dempsey has been clear that the degradation of the military forces as a result of the strike will not be sufficient to change the battlefield call kul us on the ground. you will not go from the position with syrian forces are stronger than the rebel forces. this attack will not rebalance the equation, the strength of
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the rebels. that will have to be done by further arming and assisting. that, i hope, is the next step after the strikes are done. >> let me ask you directly - what are your concerns about the day after the strikes? >> i have a lot of concerns. number one, as you mention - we have not vetted the rebel forces in their entirety. there are active al qaeda elements among the rebels. number two, we don't know what the response from bashar al-assad will be. it's hard to imagine that he is just going to sit in his bunker, take the strikes and come back the next day and say, "let's get back to the civil war." number three - we don't know how iran or russia will react. the chairman seems to think they'll maintain moderation. we are looking at a regional issue fought out in syria. how will iran and hezbollah act? what lesson will they take away
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from the operations? those are the questions that stick in my mind. >> they are terrific questions. i wish we had more time to talk about it. general mark kimmitt. great to talk to you. i wish we had more time. we'll get you back on al jazeera. thank you. . >> if you were anywhere near the north-east yesterday you know it was a messy day for many people. things have changed. i'll take you to the wall. the rain has moved away into the atlantic ocean. what is behind it is going to be the beginning of what feels more like fine. new york is at 79, albany at 70. the difference between today and yesterday - for pittsburg - you are 14 degrees lower. philadelphia, you are higher. albany is minus 7. that is the cold front. in the north-east some of you will feel like it's about 35
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degrees when you wake up on wednesday and thursday morning. now, down here towards the south-east we are looking at the same trough laying across the gulf region bringing showers from new orlanes, and across to savannah. atlanta - you have cleared out. it is good news. 88 there, and 90 for new ar leans. heavy -- orleans. heavy showers across ida hoe. oregan - a risk of fires, it's dry and warm. >> another reminder we'll have continuing coverage of what has been a fascinating day in the senate foreign relations committee - they were meeting in washington dc and debating, questioning and debating the continuing resolution for the use of force against syria for the august 21st alleged chemical
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attack in the suburbs of damascus. that resolution has not been drafted. we understand that the chairman robert menendez and the ranking member bob corker will be working on that resolution through the evening. we'll have continuing coverage. as always, if you would like additional information on stories we are covering, including this on al jazeera, go to our website. a break and we'll be back with more of the day's news after this.
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. >>. welcome back to al jazeera. parents in denver are running into a space problem. there's no more room left in
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government-supported preschools. as tamara banks reports budget cuts are to blame. >> 3-year-old william is full of energy and to mum full of participation much. >> he's a boy that is developing. he observes everything. . >> she wants to send william to preschool. he can't get in. >> he's on the waiting list for a year. every mum will be asking is there a child who has birthday so they need to move to another class. >> william is one of many children qualified to attend free classes for low income families, but will be turned away because there are not enough slots. it's a problem nationwide. federal spending cuts to head and start means 15,000 children that would have started precool cannot enrol. >> the shortage of preschool lots is a particularly harsh
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blow to low income families. they must rely on state-funded preschool for the educational boost it gives kids. >> early learning is about play and language development and learning how to form strong relationships with care givers and teachers and other children. >> due to budget constraints law makers capped the number of children attending the colorado preschool program to little more than 20,000. >> we have higher demand on our earlier childhood education system than 10 years ago. >> legislators are hoping to change that. in november colorado voters will be asked to raise taxes to fill the void. >> literally in the last 35 years the number of kids living in poverty doubled. . >> researchers at the university of california berkley say for children living in poverty can impact memory and attention.
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they compare the damage to that of suffering a stroke. >> if kids are not sufficient in reading by the end of third agreed they are 4-6 times likely to fall behind or drop out. they are closing the opportunity gap, not just the education gap. >> it could mean losing the opportunity to become competitive in school and the global marketplace much. >> it's not just a caller ardo -- colorado matter more so than china, england, or japan. >> education specialists say preschool can address problems early. helping low income children to reach the level playing field. tam ra bank al jazeera denver. . >> business news. big changes coming for consumers with mobile devices. microsoft is jumping
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into smartphones. spending over $7 million on a slice of nokia. samsung will release a smartwatch on wednesday, and apple's spending out invitations for a 10 september event. there'll be more on this with real money with david. what is the significance of microsoft having nokia's phone business. >> microsoft sees that so many - no one is using the computers, we are doing some functions on hand-held mobile devices. microsoft is a software company and decided to get into the hardware business, mobile devices. nokia had a good start but has lost market share in the united states and around the world. microsoft hope to, in the final 12 months of steve balmer's tenure to get into a lucrative hardware, mobile
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devices. that's the play for nokia. >> what are we expecting from this? i'm interested from apple's launch on 10 september. >> analyst are suggesting that apple will role out two versions of iphone 5, one with an uch dated operating system, things will be faster. the other is a play for the international market. it's expected to be, essentially, an inexpensive version of the iphone 5, so that apple can compete against samsung in the huge emerging market of china. keep in mind in china there's 725 million potential customers. that's where apple sees the next profit centre. they are fighting for that market. >> is samsung's smartwatch a game changer for the company? >> not according to the, "parties. it's -- experts. this is expected to be a niche market. like google glass, it hasn't taken off.
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it's an emerging market for people who want the computing function on their wrist. they are making a play for it. we'll see what the consumers - whether they like it or not. >> their vote counts. see you at the top of the hour, real money. while the world awaits samsung's products, is america willing to wear a device on the wrist. let's bring in tim. is this a game changer for samsung? >> it could be down the road. it's a developing market within the consumer technology world. there are some devices out there, not particularly selling well. these will sell millions of devices. . >> there are other smartwatches out there. >> there's the pebble smart watch, it's simply with a low resolution display. there has been smartwatches for a decade.
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they've been clungy and ugly. -- clungy and ugly. they are now evolving. >> what do they do and how are they useful? >> think of them as a secondary display for your phone. instead of taking out your phone to read the email, you'll get a notification on the wrist saying so and so sent you a text message. you'll do video chat, health thinks too. this will be samsung trying to capitalise on the market. >> it feels james bond, get smart. >> how many will we pay for the devices? >> we don't know. i'm guessing $400 for the samsung device. it's not cheap, but it's samsung saying it's the first product in the line. there'll be more devices down the line. it will be a little higher, but next it will be smaller and cheaper. >> what do you think is coming from apple on the 10th.
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>> we are expecting two smart phones, an upgrade. and a c version, a classic version at a lower tost. >> tim stevens edcore of with us here. . >> hey, it's sports. we had a shocker after roger federer was bounced in strait sets by tommy robredo. novak jokavich takes centre stage. his match was not close. novak showed why he was the number one seed. he won in straight sets 6-3, 6-0, and 6-0. he squares off against mikhail
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youzhny. azarenko dropped her opening set, rallying back to win the next two, to punch her ticket to the quarterfinals. on grid iron. a statement made. number five georgia was beaten 38-35. as a result the tigers moved up from number eight to number four ranking. the last time they were ranked this high 1988. tony was trying to get his licence then? >> yes, if only. >> all right. dennis rodman is back in north korea to visit his friend kim jong un. cameras caught up with dennis rodman at budget's air -- beijing's airport. the visit comes as the us is trying to negotiate the release of a missionary. he was given a life sentence at a labour camp.
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the communist leader is said to be a basketball fan and med with dennis rodman in february as he visited north korea on a promotional tour. >> the obama administration making its case for a strike on syria. coming up next testimony from capitol hill and the political cost of voting in favour of the military action. also - a melt down in london. the odd danger posed by this unusual skyscraper.
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. >> . welcome back to al jazeera, i'm tony harris. here's the headlines. secretary chuck hagel and kerry spent the afternoon fending questions on actions in sir ya. they warn in congress votes against action there will be desire consequences world wide. president obama has a meeting with congressional leaders of the white house and is lobbying for action in syria. >> john boehner and eric cantor left the meeting saying they support the president's plan, but syria's ambassador is asking who gave the us the authority to ask? >> how could the united states of america act unilaterally
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speaking from outside the context of the united nations? who asked mr obama to be the bully of the world? >> while congressional hearings have begun for the public, president obama is working behind the scenes to shore up support for an attack on syria. he met with republican leaders. now live to washington and randall pinkston. it looks likes the meetings that the president is having in private with congressional leaders are beginning to pay off. >> leaders of both parties are praising decisions of the president to allow congress to weigh in on strikes against syria. after two days of meetings the president picked up support from democrats and republicans who often criticise him. >> president obama's meeting with congressional leaders was a high-stakes gamble. he was confident republicans and
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democrats would support military action against syria. >> i made a decision that america should take action. but i also believe that we will be much more effective, we will be stronger if we take action together. >> once the cameras left the room the president, vice president and secretary of state presented the case, spelling out goals and limits of the plan. >> the military plan that has been developed by the joint chiefs, and i believe is appropriate is proportional, it is limited, it does not involvement boots on the ground. this is not iraq. this is not afghanistan. >> the result a rare showing of biparty san cooperation. house mirnty leader -- minority leader pells , a democrat -- pells supported a democrat against bashar al-assad, who it is said killed more than 1400
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people. the use of the weapons has to be responded to and only the united states has the capability and capacity to stop bashar al-assad, and warn others around the world that this type of behaviour is not going to be tolerated. >> people say well, he killed 100,000 people, what is the difference with the 1400 much the 1400 he crossed a line with using a chemical weapon. >> house majority leader eric cantor, a republican, released a statement saying. . . >> the white house is continuing its full push on the hill. vice president biden is postponing a visit to florida in order to play a larger role in whipping up congressional support. >> for all the progress president obama appears to make, he has work to do with some members of his own party who are very reluctant to intervene
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militarily in syria. >> so, randall, what is the president's next move? >> as you know, he is on route to russia for the economic summit, but we can expect him to work the phones from air force one and the hotel, and he has left vice president biden back here with key members of his staff who will continue to lobby members of congress. what the president wants, what the president really wants is the unanimous vote. he may not get that, but as many votes as he can get supporting his military action - whatever it turns out to be will be the goal. >> he won't get rand paul's vote. now, according to the latest polling president obama is facing an uphill battle trying to convince americans to support military strikes in syria. a survey was conducted of 1,000, asking if they supported strikes
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against syria. 29% supported military action. nearly half said they are against it. 23% said they don't know. there's more - the survey asked if americans fear a long commitment in syria should there be a us-led military response. two-thirds of those questioned - 61% saying yes, 26% said no. 13% said they didn't know. men's were asked if they -- americans were asked if they think a military strike will discourage use of chemical weapons: 33% said yes, half said it will not deter chemical weapons and 16% don't know. >> david perform acman and david johnson joins me. -- pacman and david johnson joins me now. >> david johnson is a professor working in the cam paps of democrats -- campaigns of
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democrats and republicans. >> thank you for being here. during the hearing, when senators take this vote - let me bring this to you - do you have a sense they are not only voting for limited action, but also for the consequences of that action? >> they have to. you are not buying chickens and cows, you are buying the whole farms. everyone who is thinking about the vote realises that whether this goes belly up or well, they'll be held responsible and accountable. they'll want to make sure all the questions are out now. when they inest itably vote yes, they no it can go in any direction. . >> is that why we get questions about boots on the ground and who is the opposition? >> yes. it started fine and john kerry said his first canned answer. but he got into a bit of trouble saying, "no, we'll not take it off the table", and not only that, it's not what we want, it's not our intention nor the plan. there are situations where - to quote him, he said if syria
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implodes he can't make guarantees. that is important. when you look at the language, not the tone, the language, there's zero guarantee that it won't escalate. >> do we have a slide from john kerry when he talks about boots on the ground. let's cue it up. we don't know at this point. there are a number of questions on that. we don't know the nature of the opposition, and for anyone who says the opposition is made up of mostly - however you qualify that, moderates, there's just no way at this point to substantiate that claim. >> right.. >> do you agree? >> completely. the idea of what a moderate is is shifting. the president of iran is considered a moderate by some people now. we have no idea what the end result of supporting the troops could be, what would happen if assad falls, and how it could effect israel, lebanon and other
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countries. . >> let's go to john kerry's byte. he was talking about the possibility of this escalating to encompassing boots on the groupted in syria. -- ground in syria. let's listen. >> president obama is not asking america to go to war. and i say that sitting next to two men, secretary chuck hagel and general dempsey who know what war is. senator mccain knows what war is. they know the difference between going to war and what president obama is requesting now. we all agree there will be no american boots on the ground. the president has made crystal clear we have no intention of assuming responsibility for syria's civil war. >> i guarantee it. he can't do that. >> he can't do it. it's abundantly clear that's where the line of questioning was going, a couple of senators
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got involved, and the concern was reasonable. we know if you look at the polls, over 60% of respondents in the us believe that if we do anything, which now is these airstrikes, it is likely going to lead to more, and it's a perfectly reasonable assumption to have. >> the idea of deterring and degrading assad's capability - is that enough of a mission moving forward? the president has stated that one of his goals here is that assad leaves power. >> right. >> either forced or under his own volition. >> the question - we heard it a few times - is whether or not regime change should be on the table. >> regime change is on the table and it's the administration of the obama administration for years. they are not going to say it now. that's part of the concern of every person on the committee. if you look back to the votes that senators made on iraq and kosovo. they know where it's going.
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half the committee has been around for 10 years and have done the votes before. they know this is a song and dance by kerry, because it will expand. >> do we take the president at his -- syria's president at his word, speaking to a french newspaper and bashar al-assad said that a us strike would cause the region to descend into further chaos. how are we to read that? >> it may or may not be true. it's separate from whether he says it himself. in the scenario where there's regime change. if you listen to what was said and you think there are some mod rates, let's agree to that. there's no way to know how many, and how many extremists and who is likely to take control. can you get the mod rates together to do anything. can you get the extremists together to do anything? anyone one of those groups or ones not discussed, could make the decisions and be in power. >> jason, the resolution is being drawn up. what will happen when there's a
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vote on whatever the resolution is and how nahhor or -- narrow or broad will it be. >> it may be a non-binding resolution. if they put a non-binding resolution, that allows the president to say whether they vote yes or no, he can do what he. >> what are your thoughts. >> it's for the president to say here is my decision. i say yes, now you decide. that's a way to almost put it back. we'll vote and maybe we'll vote yes, but it's non-binding and it is back in the hands of barack obama. >> david, appreciate it. david pacman and jason johnson. appreciate your time. it is difficult to know how ordinary syrians feel with nearly a third of the pop u laghts out of the count -- population out of the country. we gathered a few opinions from syrian refugees on the
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possibility of action. >> we wish a strike would happen today, now. we need to remove bashar al-assad, the cancer in syria. . >> if they want to strike syria, maybe the prisoners and innocent will be wiped out. it's not the officials or president it is the innocent civilians who will be killed. >> i expect the number of syrian refugees to reach 5 million, because bashar al-assad is hitting the syrian people. because of daily killings people will escape. we call on obama to carry out an attack to get rid of the regime. we don't need promises, we need him to act in order to return to our homes. . >> there's a flood of people trying to escape the violence in syria by crossing the borders to neighbouring countries. according to the un there are 2 million refugees that fled the fighting, al jazeera's reporters in iraq, turkey and lebanon have been monitoring the situation.
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>> i'm in a rev gu camp. -- refugee camp. when i arrived two weeks ago this camp was a third full. it now stretches all the way as far as the eye can see with tents. there are about 15,000 refugees here in this camp alone. some 52,000 have arrived since the border crossing was open nearly two weeks ago. all of the aid agencies and the kurdise tan regional government told us they don't have the resources to cope with another influx of refugees as a result of military strikes. the mayor told us that the un are giving them 10% of what they need to supply all the refugees. there's a massive funding crisis. if there's a potential military strike the refugees will continue to stream across the border leading to pressure here in northern iraq. >> here along the turkish border there are more than 32,000 syrian refugees.
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when the camp was built two years ago it was mapt to house 15 -- meant to house 15,000 people and is indicative of how the situation had gotten out of control. there was a time when turkey would say it would take up to 1 huz,000 sir -- 100,000 syrian refugees. it's grappling with half a million. the government spend up to $2 billion and it's time for other members of the international community to step up. . >> the lebanese government tas over 1 million syrians live here. one in every five people is a syrian. it caused tegess in the -- tensions in the country. syrians live among the local population. the lebanese complain that syrians are taking their jobs and that the apartments rent skyrocketed. some people are exploiting the situation. there is interpretation, and there's also the security aspect
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of this crisis. lebanon has not been able to stay out of the syrian conflict. we have seen security incidents, bombings, kidnappings, and they blame the syrians, they are present for the instability. the syrians in lebanon are supporters of the government or the opposition. lebanon is worried if the west decides to strike against the regime, then this country will not cope. >> an egyptian military tribunal issued sentences to supporters of morrissey. 48 -- morse. they have been convict of assaulting troops during wry ots in suez last month. >> thousands of anti--i koo protesters. they interpreted up in geiser outside care.
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. the demonstrations mark two months since the ousting of morsi, calling for the former leader to be reinstated. we'll take a break. more of al jazeera in a moment.
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. >> following years of delays increasing cost and unending debates san francisco bay bridge has reopened. take a look. the eastern span of the bridge opened late last night, connecting oakland with san francisco. it replaces a bridge damaged in an earthquake. it's been built to withstand earthquakes at a cost of
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$6.4 billion. there's an odd building in london that is reflecting the sun. it is so strong it's literally melting cars. we have this report. >> this is london's latest hot spot. in the middle of the city's bustling heart a beam of light radiates on to the street - powerful, dazzling - and seeringly hot. the cause of this phenomenon - this 37 store yes tower. once known as a walkie talky, it's called the walky squatchy. it has had an unfortunate effect. >> it's curved. it's a vast area collecting solar energy. if that went out in all directions it wouldn't matter. it's focussing to a point, down here. all the solar energy is being pushed here and temperatures are getting high. . >> so high it recorded a
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temperature of 198.6 degrees. the sun is out and hitting the building behind me. you can see the intense heat. anything in the glare of the reflection can go up in smoke. it damaged this car park. it caused carpets to installeder, tiles to smash. it's so hot you can fry an egg and singe your hair trying. >> it's hot. >> as you march through you feel the heat, it's intense. >> it's as you come through. >> you can get a tan. >> it is hot here, yes. >> the designers say the problem is the elevation of the sun over the next two to three weeks, weather permitting, it will shine directly on to the building. they are working on the problem, but the worst of it lasts for two hours, and it's one of the busiest times of the day - lunchtime. it's too much for londoners used to murky times.
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best to keep calm and covered. . >> let's get you caught up on the day in sports. ros is here. >> is it nfl time. thursday night. the new york giants will be tested when they head to dallas to take on the cowboys. eli manning and company own the cowboys , they are a perfect four in the house that jerry built. they are feeling good about themselves heading into the series opener. victor cruz is back from a foot injury and expected to start sunday night. cruz signed an extension. >> it was weird. we had the training camp could there, people there. it was quiet, just us hearing ourselves talk. it was good to
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get out there. get some runs in me. >> i watch the films, got a now routs to them. i didn't see anything different. they looked sharp. he had full speed. >> as of now everything continues to feel good. i wake up in the morning and it doesn't swell up or anything crazy. i'll be good to go. >> the nfl cook off serious continues tonight. the 2-time super bowl champ yn is under pressure like team-mates because upper management said it's time to man up. john henry smith explains. >> after missing the playoffs three of the last four seasons every new york giant player is on notice this season. it's not new. >> this is nfl. there's always another man in line. we are on notice about our jobs, reputation, security in this league. to be honest with you, there's
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not a lot of - when your general manager says that, everybody's ears poke up and you make sure no matter what happens, we won't have a let down like last year. >> the late season swoons are unwanted for the giants. they've gone a combined 4 and 7 in the last three seasons, bad luck for worse. >> it's something we create ourselves - whether through lack of focus or passion. we can point to a point where we are okay - we had the game won, we didn't finish or we came out flat. something is going on. i think the key for us is to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> this year the super bowl will go down at the home of the giants metlife stadium. i asked if any of the giants rivals could stop the giants playing a home game for the
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lombard jirks trophy. >> we started with the red socks. >> we have speed off a tremendous athlete. that will put him at the top of. he can be as good now. in my opinion should they run as much as they did, no, it's a dangerous play. it will lead to injury. >> as for the eagles, they hired chip kelly. we know michael zip will run the offence. how much of the oregan spread offence will be brought to the eagles attack. >> we leave that to the coaches. i think developing game plans to aid us in stopping it, no matter how much or little he brings in. >> then the cowboys. they didn't make many significant changes this off-seas
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off-season. the fact they didn't do happy moves means they may try to make a push. all the teams in our decision, it's not about winning. we are trying to get to super bowl and win. i understand where they are coming from. i meal here -- i feel here we have a better chance of getting it done. >> nfl continues tomorrow with mjd. jacksonville running back. we have soccer and at the us open roger federer was bounced by tommy robredo. novak takes centre stage against marcelle. the jokester shows why he's the number one seed. he would win in straight sets. hardly broke a sweat. as for the quarterfinals, he squares off against mikhail youzhny. >> victoria azarenko had issues
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against ivanavic. victoria was surfing the net in the far court. azarenko lost 6-4. it was a wake-up call. she rallied back to bin in three sets. and advances to the quarter vines and faces daniela hanachova. serena williams on centre court tonight. >> next the national forecast. at the top of the hours it is real money. >> coming up on real money nokia's phone business lands in the hands of microsoft. plus we'll tell you why some employers are looking at your credit history, and why it could reduce your chances of landing a job. us factories are cranking things up in august. we talk to an autodealer about what is driving demand. that's all i have an real money.
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. >> if you have travel plans it will be wet, cloudy and windy.
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we have a storm making its way to the southern part of the japan. it is a tropical storm. it's the 15th one of the west pacific season. over the next day it will move quickly, previously dumping rain over the islands, and now the storm is picking up momentum and making its way across japan, probably closer to tokyo. by that time it will be downgraded to a tropical storm. if you have travel plans into the area it will be a problem. now, here towards our area we are looking at the potential - the national hurricane centre upgraded an area to a 50% development here. this is the area we are talking about. we haven't really seen hurricanes this year. september we could see a first one starting. we'll keep you informed. that's a look at your weather. headlines are coming up now.
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. >> welcome to al jazeera, i'm tony harris, here are the top stories. members of the senate foreign relations committee spent the afternoon hearing from secretary of state john kerry and defence secretary chuck hagel about action in syria. they warned congress should congress vote down the vote there'll be dire consequences world wide. john kerry told the senators president obama is not asking americans to go to war. president obama has been meeting with congressional leaders, republican leaders john boehner and eric cantor left supporting the


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