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obama has a list of potential targets in syria and continue with dinner with putin at the d-20 summit. hello and welcome, glad to have you here, i'm in doha and the world news from al jazeera. cracking codes that were supposed to keep your information online and private, new revelations about u.s. spying activities. and thousands of workers join hands in the u.s. for a nationwide protest against walmart.
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♪ it has been a week since the u.s. president told the world he would take military action on syria but there is opposition to military strike at the g-20 summit at the world's richest nations in russia. we now go to st. petersburg where that is taking place and peter sharp is standing by. and as we see along with the economic and financial agenda, barack obama was at the summit, also pushed for support for intervention in syria, how has he done with that? >> well, really the whole war clouds over syria is totally eclipsed what should have been a solid economic conference. if president obama felt this was going to be easy he will have been mistaken and it was always going to be a hard sell and the president has faced real difficulties in persuading members of the g-20 that their
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interests lie in supporting a u.s. strike against syria. in fact, the only countries that he can rely on within the g-20 who would approve military action by america would be france and turkey and saudia arabia and he will return to washington later a disappointed man. >> reporter: and, peter, we are also hearing that russia is sending more war ships to the mediterranean and what can you tell us about that? >> the missile crews are heading in from the atlantic to join the existing russian fleet but is as it always is on stand by off that part of the eastern mediterranean, the russian defense ministry are at pains to point out it's not a result of the build up of the crisis, this is a regular deployment and regular rotation of vessels in
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the area. of course there is a sizable presence of the american six fleet in the area with five crews missile carries destroyers but russians point out this is not in reaction to that. but obviously i mean it's a chance for the russians to fly the flag and remind the americans that the eastern mediterranean is not just their pawn. >> reporter: peter sharp, d-20 summit in st. petersburg, thank you. and we go to live pictures of the summit right now. there we go. we see barack obama speaking to david cameron. this is the final day of meetings and of course the main agenda of the summit is economic, the economy and financial issues. but of course much of that has been overshadowed by the push for intervention in syria and we will get you more as the day develops. well republic senator john mccain is heckled about giving a
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speech about syria. and many in the audience in phoenix objected to his support for military strike. so according to polling most americans are against military action and barack obama is facing an up hill battle to get the support he wants from congress and the white house correspondent patty takes a look at the president's options. >> reporter: the majority of the american people are telling people they don't want the u.s. to intervene in syria. even if chemical weapons were used. >> we will do again is create another problem so we need to stop. >> reporter: the message being sent in town hall meetings and calls to their washington offices. >> let the senator know you are opposed to intervening syria. >> reporter: and swaying some elected leaders especially the house of representatives where it shows 49 representatives leaning to a yes vote, 199 no. but what are the repercussions
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for the president if he can't get congress to approve a strike? he has been very careful with his words, not saying either way what he will do. >> but i did not take this to congress just because it's an empty exercise and it's important to have congress's support on it. >> reporter: the war powers act says the president can only use military force if there is a declaration of war. statutory authorization from congress or in the case of an emergency if the u.s. is attacked. but that law is often ignored ignored who usually ask for permission after they attack and bill clinton had senate approval before launching planes and missiles and later p authorization did not pass the house. >> to prevent it. >> reporter: the difference clinton had the backing of the u.n. and obama does not. still the president could act even if congress says, no. >> it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if he went ahead
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even without congressional approval. obviously there would be an avalanche of criticism and the public which is strongly opposed would be more strongly oppose and suspect it would take ten points off his popularity but if you are never up for election again why does it matter. >> reporter: it matters because with low popularity his second term agenda likely stalls and could face impeachment proceedings in the house if it is unlikely the senate would agree. without congress he would pay a price for acting, his aids are working hard behind the scenes to make sure he won't have to make that decision. patty al jazeera washington. >> reporter: american and british spy agencies cracked encryption systems designed to protect information on line according to newspapers the guardian and "new york times" and say they got the information from documents leaked by the whistle lower edward snow den and rob reynolds as the report.
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>> reporter: they cracked many of the codes that are meant to keep sensitive internet communications private. according to new documents released by former national security agency contractor edward snow den, the nsa has invested billions of dollars in custom design, super fast computers to broken contributed communications including banking transactions, consumer e-commerce, corporate trade secrets, medical records and other confidential information. the documents also show the agency secretly persuaded or legally forced technology companies to provide it with the keys to their encryption programs so it could decode billions of e-mails and internet chats and phone calls in the u.s. and across the world. in a 2010 briefing memo for nsa's uk counterpart the government communications headquarters for dch q they
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boasted of an aggressive mulder tell pronged effort to break widely used internet encryption technologies saying that vast amounts of online data that was previously ignored is now being exploited. the british agency reported it had developed what it called access opportunities to google eastern contributed traffic and there are over 400 million users of g mail, other companies targeted by code breakers include yahoo, facebook and microsoft's hot mail. the documents collected by snow den have been shared with the "new york times," the guardian and the nonprofit news organization pro-publica and they coincide with a new poll released by the pew research organization showing half of americans are worried about the information available about them online. 7 out of 10 believe laws and government policies are inadequate to protect their private data. >> the snow den revelation about
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the nsa i think that is focused a lot of attention on this and i think that the pew poll shows that people are increasingly concerned. >> reporter: the nsa appears to believe its code breaking abouts are a trump card in rivalries with russia, china and other countries. in the future, one document states super powers will be made or broken based on the strength of their cripto-analytic programs and rob reynolds with al jazeera. >> the dutch supreme court said the neither lands should be held for the massacre and they were ordered to leave a u.n. compound by peace keeping troops and could impact future un peace keeping missions. now kenya voted in favor of pulling out of the international criminal court. the president are due to go on trial for crimes against
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humanity and they say that it will continue to prosecute the two men even if kenya withdraws and kathryn has this report from niarobe. >> and the debate and the opposition argued against the plan to pull out of the international criminal court but the coalition had the numbers and the motion sales through. >> they want to give a chance in their own country, yes, and also the icc political case and kenya case is a political case. >> reporter: the resolution allows for a bill to be tabled within 30 days, and that is kenya from the jurisdiction of the so called rome statute that established the icc. if the bill is passed as expected it will be up to the president to sign into law. pulling out of the icc is a long process and it will not affect the cases already at the hague
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including those against the president and his deputy. >> there has been considerable effort by part of the political class through propaganda and messaging to discredit their institutional and functional credibility and integrity of the icc. >> reporter: and the international criminal court's popularity has been declining in the country there are those who are saying this is all political and that the bigger picture has been forgotten, the crimes against humanity were committed and someone has to be accountable. this group listened closely to the parliamentary debate and they are post election balance that took place in 2008 when more than a thousand people died and she was raped by a policeman. . >> translator: we have been forgotten to expect anything to change as the case is referred
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back here. >> reporter: she doesn't expect to ever see justice. al jazeera. >> reporter: japan is facing further fall out from the nuclear crisis and we have details of a new ban by south korea over radiation. and football season kicks off in the united states we have the latest on a lawsuit involving thousands of former players. ♪ there's more to financial news than the ups and downs
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♪ hello again, these are the top stories from al jazeera,
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american and british spy agencies have the ability to break systems designed to protect information online. the u.s. military reportedly working on an expanded list of potential targets in syria, as they enter final day of talks at the summit that is over shadowed by the conflict. russia has a navy vessel in the eastern mediterranean and join 8 other ships sent to the region in the past week. omar is in the southern turkey city near the syrian border, over to you omar. >> reporter: -- we have some audio issues and we will try to get omar backup when we can. let's move on and this also has to do with syria. and a new report on the suspected gas attack in syria last month says the amount of toxic material used was bigger
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than first thought and researchers in the u.s. say a study of photos from the incident seem to show that rockets carried significantly more nerve agents from massachusetts and the diplomatic editor has this report. >> reporter: exactly what happened on the outskirts of damascus on august 21 is still deeply disputed. western intelligence agencies say they are convinced beyond reasonable doubt the regime carrying out the worst chemical weapons attack in decades but samples collected by u.n. inspectors are being analyzed in europe and a new report by two weapons experts in the u.s. could be important. >> this is the remnants of a much larger container, it doesn't contain 5-10 pounds of syrian but contains 100 pounds of syrian. >> reporter: one of the authors professor theodore postal works
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for the massachusetts technology institute and after examining photos from the scene he believes this was a new design of rocket carrying more of the deadly sarin than other experts suggested. >> they are looking for a russian war head or whatever. and this is not -- this is a designed war head that is unfortunately very cleverly thought out and very effective and very deadly. >> reporter: and there is more of the sarin than you would expect, how much? >> probably between 10-20 times more than people were thinking. >> that is why it killed so many people. >> probably that is the reason. >> there are people who say that you have not analyzed any of the actual samples themselves, this is an assessment from a far rather than scientific proof. >> the evidence is very clear, we have carcuss on the ground that have small craters next to them which would have been created by the small amount of explosion -- explosives used to
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disburse chemicals and sheets of metal that are torn off, a central core, so i am very confident that we understand this. >> reporter: the professor doesn't have the evidence to say which side carried out the attack but in his judgment the rocket was so sophisticated it was almost made in a well equipped weapons facility and he says this is a sad regime the main suspect and al jazeera in cambridge massachusetts. for more on the issues that syrians are facing we have omar in the southern turkey city near the syrian border, omar? >> reporter: yes, i spent a day with syrian refugees inside and outside the refugee camp and now despite the misery that refugees are living in miserable conditions what struck me was the mixed feelings they have
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towards the possible military strike. >> the u.n. says syria is the greatest tragedy of the 21st century and it's set to continue. over 20 families arrived near this camp two weeks ago hoping to find a spot at an already overwhelmed turkey refugee camp and they sleep and eat and watch in the field. they lost their homes in syria and now they say their human dignity is gone too. some children here eat scraps of dry bread. and they talk off camera and say they want an attack against their government. others are more cautious. . >> translator: we want salvation. we are getting killed and displaced for three years. we want to strike that doesn't kill civilians or hit targets by mistake. >> translator: i ask god we return to our homes.
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only god, only god will help us, no one else will. >> reporter: and despite the threat of a possible u.s. military strike, the number of people going in and out of syria is increasing. turkey is now home to almost half a million civilian refugees. the camp you see behind me has reached its limits with more than 32000 refugees living inside. this means when you come like this people cannot get in and this has become their home. just across the road inside the camp, the conditions are better and families live inside caravans and considered lucky to have found a shelter and the minimum to preserve their dignity. many here welcome the possible strike against syria but there is deep suspicion of the real intent. >> translator: i'm not sure if the west was sincerely sent by us. i fear the strike won't be aimed at the regime and maybe they
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will strike the revolution and regime sites as well. >> reporter: the final decision to launch a strike is up to the u.s. congress and president obama. far away from the misery of these people. its effect however could either end or worsen the plight of millions of syrians. now the syrian opposition are calling on the international community and the organizations and regional countries to give more aid to the syrian refugees because their number is now over 2 million people. the opposition are saying half of the syrian population has turned into victims by their own countries. >> we are live and thank you. they are finding itself in the hot seat because of the nuclear crisis in fukushima and it defended experts after
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neighboring south korea ban fish products coming from the region and from turkey we have lowie. >> reporter: still leaking radiation two years after a meltdown. all right unions ban fishing along the fukushima. resent years the contaminated groundwater is flowing in the ocean daily caused alarm and now in south korea which has a partial ban on fish products from japan extended it to all fisheries products from 8 place including fukushima. >> translator: the government has concluded the information provided by japan so far is not enough to help predict how the incident there will unfold. >> reporter: the latest ban comes into effect on monday and will elastin definitely. the latest development is not going down well in japan. the government says it has high safety standards and imposes strict control on food experts. the secretary said the decision
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was made too hasty. >> translator: we are taking care and consideration providing relevant information to the south korean government and ask them to handle this issue based on scientific data. >> reporter: test readings of water in the ocean around fukushima show that radiation levels are below the safety threshold. if other countries follow south korea's example that will be another blow to japan. tokyo will host the 2020 summer olympics and the government has been promoting the city's reputation for safety and concerns of radiation my ruin its chances and florence lee in tokyo. >> reporter: a move seen as a sign of improving relations between korea and the deal was made between talks of members of a committee who talked about reopening the case on joint industrial zone and the hotline is a coordinate cross border travel are used to coordinate
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cross border travel between two countries and cut after the north's nuclear test in february. and refugees are refusing to turn themselves to a facility. 100 people broke out of the cell where they have been kept for nine months and it's dirty and over crowded and security forces surrounded the building and given the prisoners two days to surrender. walmart is one of the wealthy country in the world and brings in 10s of thousands of revenues but they have been protesting against the low wages and we have the story from new york. >> walmart. >> reporter: chanting at the edge of walmart parking lot and allowed no closer, 25,000 a year and better conditions and benefit and reinstatement of workers let go for attending similar protests last year are the demands. and elaine is one of 20 laid off
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and fighting for wall mat associates who said are not afraid to speak up. >> you have associates that don't have money for food, don't have money to put clothes on their kids backs and getting so many bonuses and you will not share that with your associates. >> reporter: at one point some of the protesters tried to march past the store's front door but security was on to them. walmart protesters attempted to walk around the park crossing over the main entrance to the store but at the last-minute they were turned back by security officers and the mall is private property and the people who have control of the property are asking them to leave the property. >> reporter: in a written statement, walmart says this group of demonstrators is primarily made up of union members and activists and the fact that no associates are participating in this event should tell you the opinions being expressed aren't representative of the vast majority of the people who work for us. critics say protests like these
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are just whistling in the wind and there are ten people who will jump on any vacant walmart position and the company knows that. >> if enough workers say no and stand up they won't have anyone to work with them and that is what we want, we want everybody to feel they have a place to make opinions and grievances and their rights known and that walmart can't trample over people. >> reporter: with walmart workers and low-wage restaurant workers taking action supporters say a movement of the low wage is gaining momentum in the country. >> we seen workers protesting from wendy's to walmart and are part of a movement and a movement of low-wage workers and it's so critical that people see it in the context under which it is happening. >> reporter: for proof of that just look at the 11 other protests taking place outside walmart nationwide on thursday. john with al jazeera valley stream long island. >> reporter: and still in the united states investigators in the state of california say wildfires in and around yosemite
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national park were started by an illegal camp fire. they say the blaze was sparked by a hunter who let the flames grow out of control. firefighters have now contained 80% of the blaze and been recorded as the fourth largest in the west coast history. the 2013 american football season kicked off with the usual razzle-dazzle but there is an under tone surrounding the sport after the national football league settled a large lawsuit out of court and they were accused of hiding evidence regarding brain damage and we have more. >> reporter: the final touches in the final hours before the 2013 football season kicks off in colorado. and it has been anything but a smooth off season for the national football league and settled a massive lawsuits with thousands of former players who said they covered up evidence linking football and brain damage. in a huge victory the terms have
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lienlt and the case will never go to court. >> they were afraid of getting the facts out and afraid of sitting down and being deposed under oath and afraid to have their computers cleansed to see what was in there. the damaging e-mails about what they knew. >> reporter: in the first public statement on the settlement nfl commissioner said it's a tremendous amount of money that we think is going to the right purpose which is helping players and their families 765 million is a lot of money. collectively, yes, but not perhaps when the money is divided up and deciding who gets how much is a long and difficult process and not perhaps when you consider the nfl has 20 years to pay the full settlement amount and comes from america's richest sport which generates about $10 billion a year. sports journalist michael has interviewed dozens of former players and many are living quiet lives of desperation in huge physical, emotional and financial pain. and he believes the future of
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the sport could be in trouble. >> what is happening down at the lower levels of football, the high schools, the youth programs and universities and colleges, can they sustain you know the spur spurns -- insurance they have to pay and increasing concerns about long-term damage to football players. >> reporter: there are lingering questions about what the league new about head trauma in the sport and when it knew it. some belief it's a matter of time before that information becomes public. thousands of former players are waiting for financial compensation and the settlement may have spread others into action and four more ex playerss have sued the nfl and helmet maker and the problems are far from over and al jazeera new york. >> reporter: let's look at some spectacular pictures from peru, you are looking at the volcano and it's spewing ash and follows a ee eer eruption and they wan
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evaluation plan and the president visited the site, in the south of the country. and he handed out, goggles and masks to keep them protected from the ash. in the stream. it's back to school for kids all over the u.s. but is it also time for nationwide education standards? ♪ ♪ kids are trading beach days for back packs as they head to school but what will they be learning? what's called common core state standards go into effect in 21 states this school year. states have been setting different standards for what students should know and do at different grade levels. that makes it too ha


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