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>> even while the president was aboard lobbying for support for a strike on syria, he was
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calling members of congress, asking for a vote to support the use of military force for the use of chemical weapons. vice president biden approaching others to ask for their votes. >> the syria question overshadowing the g20 summit. in the end the world leaders could not agree on a solution. barnaby phillips has that part of the story. >> they always managed to smile for the family photo. there was a wave. this was the summit of low expectations. at least as far as syria is concerned. so it turned out with russia and the united states positively further apart than when it ended than it had been when it began.
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the russian president said most leaders were opposed to action against syria without the backing of the un security council. he seems to have left support for his sentenceance that the syrian -- insistence that the syrian government did not use chemical weapons on 21 august. >> translation: the use of chemical weapons is a provocation on the part of rebels, hoping for assistance from countries supporting them. the use of force is only done as self-defence. it's an illegal act. >> president obama spoke soon afterwards. he looked tired but his words were passionate. >> over 1400 people were gass gassed - over 400 of them were children. this is not something we have fabricated.
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it's not something that we are looking - are using as an excuse for military action as i said last night. i was elected to end wars, not start them. >> after st petersburg president obama will carry on trying to win international support for the idea of an attack on syria. he knows how difficult that will be. increasingly, he appears distracted by the domestic challenge of winning that crucial vote in congress that could go a long way towards defining his presidency. . the american leader had friends, but the french president who supports military action against syria seems in no rush. >> translation: france should not accept that the chemical massacre should remain unpunished. therefore we'll await the decision of congress, the us
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senate, the house of representatives, and the report and then i'll once again make a decision. >> intense discussions into the night. furious lobbying. there was a lot of this at the g20. there were agreements on many pressing economic matters. syria hung over everything. the abiding memory will be of how leaders failed to meet agreement on perhaps the most pressing issue of our time. meanwhile syria's deputy foreign minister has a warning about president obama's call for military action, suggesting it would make a bad situation in syria worse. >> translation: this war that he's going to start against syria is a dangerous war, threatening the peace and security of the world. it may reflect negatively on america and friends in the world.
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we hope the congress to be vice and do its duties related to piece and civil security, especially seeing syria did not threaten peace and security in the world. >> some are eager to see the us intervene. we have this report from lebanon - others are suspicious of president obama's intentions. >> this is where the fight for the syrian capital has been happening for a month. the rebel held suburbs. the objective of the campaign, government forces want to prevent rebels entering dams. armed opposition fighters were hoping us-led fights would weaken the regime's defences, allowing them to enter the capital. >> translation: the international community knows the regime is week and military action will give the rebels a
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chance to enter damascus, taking over strategic locations. that's why they delayed so syria could take the hits. >> the armed opposition is not a unified force. many are suspicious of washington's intentions. the us has said that it doesn't want groups linked to al qaeda to prevail. >> the us administration does not want to bring down the assad regime now. the opposition is in such a situation of disarray and islamist radicals so dominant they'll end up in power. >> delay has brought the syrian government time. some syrians join what they call a human shield campaign to protect important facilities in the capital. the opposition says the deposit is using civilians as shields.
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military assets and loyalist forces have been used to residential areas, using some to question the effectiveness of taking out military target especially since the army has been changing its tactics. >> for a long time they have been adapting to the resistance doctrine. so if the united states wants to bomb a fixed facility, they can, it won't be a major impact. >> the syrian army is not fighting a conventional war. generals are relying on paramilitary group, they can play a greater role in army physicians are targeted. >> syria wants military action. the obama administration administration has been seeking approval for limited action, limited or not for now what is
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clear is that washington won't use combat troops on the ground. >> the us said it doesn't want to get involved in syria's civil war. taking out military targets may rebalance the military situation in the opposition's favour, which in turn could lead to a political solution. un secretary ban ki-moon asked weapons inspectors to speed up their work and release their findings. edward lock is the dean of peace studies and worked under ban ki-moon. thank you for being with us this morning. the question that is, in many cases, asked is the un is regarded as being a huge battleship that moves slowly. is there a fast-track, a sense of urgency within the un. >> there's several uns, there's the un of the security council,
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which passed a couple of resolutions on syria and presidential statements. the big ones, the use of force and coercion is blocked by russian vetoes, and chinese well. >> you have the humanitarian un, the special joint envoi, brahimi, and the arab league, engaged in the diplomatic process, and before him covey annan. there's different uns. they are engaged all the time. we have the question of the monitors who went there to see if chemical weapons had been used. people have to remember that that mandate is to see whether weapons were used, not who necessarily gave the order to use them. >> it almost seems to be overwhelming that everyone agrees that chemical chemical
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weapons were used, the question is who was responsible. if the united nations can't answer that question, the question has to be asked - is it enough? >> it's a problem when you have a deep political split in the security council. that makes it difficult for the inspectors and the secretary-general to pronounce it one way or the other. i think the un has been strong, and the secretary-general and the high commissioner of human rights from the beginning have been speaking out against a huge humanitarian war that the assad regime conducted against the syrian people. they have been clear about the moral rules here. the question of who used chemical weapons will be controversial. given the size and the nature of the attacks and the use of sarin gas, it's pretty obvious. >> what is the end game? >> well, the end game to me is
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getting beyond the question of the military situation, looking towards negotiations and a future syria where the different groups can live together. a mistake early on was not focussing on the protection of minorities, particularly the alawite community, 12-13%. they really are fearful about their future in a syria which would be dominated by the sunni majority 75-76% of the population. because the regime has been so cruel in its attacks on the people, and has made it very much into sectarian conflict, they may have created a self-fulfilling prosify, that in the end there -- professy that in the end there could be attacks from one to the other. over time we'll need to move from presumably a military
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stalemate to one that is a prospect for a diplomatic solution. if either side thinks they are near a military victory, they won't. at some point they may get tired of killing each other on the battlefield and turn to diplomacy. >> thank you mr luck for joining us. apologise for calling you mr pace. it is the early hour that we are operating in. >> thank you very much. >> mr luc, the former secretary-general general top un secretary-general banke c ban ki-moon. keep it here for coverage on the crisis in syria. and stay up to date on our website. >> when your job is finding a job. americans seeking employment in an economy that is trying to recover. plus a cheating scandal that is rocking the boat at the most prestigious race in the world,
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the america's cup. >> all the rain fell in the north-west, in addition to the thunder storms that delayed a football game - caused by moisture coming from a particular source. i'm show you where that was coming from
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coming up next. over the counter drug for babies is being recalled. johnson is calling motrin infant drops, berry flavour, off our shelves because 200,000 bottles may contain plastic bits. >> the latest figures had not been what the obama administration had been asking
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for. unemployment rate has been put at 7.3%. as al jazeera's patricia sard reports million of americans have been out for months, if not years. >> when this man earned is masters, he never thought that two years later his 2-time occupation would be looking for a full-time job. >> they want people with experience. it's stressful from day to day. every day in my nine to five is looking for a job, which is stressful, and never ends. >> alex, who doesn't want to use his full name, because he's afraid it might hurt his chances on getting a job. has gone through 20 interviews, an internship and revamped his resume 15 times to boost his appeal. for all his efforts, he's worried all they'll see are the gaps in his work history. >> they are sizing you up,
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trying to get a narrative from your resume. if you haven't worked for a bit of time, it's hard. it is like a stigma. they want to employ people who have been employed now, not people unemployed for a long title. i'm aware of the label. it's another way to be discriminated against. >> 4.3 million americans are in alex's position - so-called long-term unemployed, hunting for work 6 months or more. the numbers is off its peak, but still high and could spell trouble for the economy. >> if you are out of work for six months or more, people get discouraged. they stop looking and it reduces people willing and available for work. it will, in the long run, slow down the growth of the economy. >> we may be four years into the economy. a lot of job seekers in it for the long haul are losing hope.
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the share of working men's who have a job or looking for one -- working americans who have a job or looking for one hasn't been this low since 1978. the economy is adding jobs, but not fast enough. quality is lacking. 8 million americans working part time would rather have full-time positions. alex is not giving up on his dream job and wants employers to know he and millions like him have something to give. >> there's a wealth of talent and good ideas in the community of people who haven't worked for a while. >> nasa's newest robotic explorer is on its way to the room. it's called ladee blasting off a little before midnight from virginia. (count down). >> ignition and lift-off.
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>> 280 million mission will study the atmosphere to see if there is water on the moon. the spacecraft will orbit the earth before plunging to the moon's surface. >> i'm metrologist rebecca stevenson. we have been tracking moisture that's been coming along the south portion. tropical storms developing in the atlantic. we have had several in the last week. you can see the systems, along the intertropical convergence zone. moisture from this has been redirected through mexico to the west. we've had a lot of flash flooding because of the moisture flow due to a change of winds for arizona, new mexico and nef. they know it will be wet at the
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end of the summer because the wind shifts and brings the moisture up. a good way to see the moisture is looking at a satellite enhancing where it is. areas of dark green indicate the highest water content in the atmosphere. you can see the thunder storms, an energy exchange basically in the thunder storms near the equator, and you can see how it taps in, travels up through the south-west, but for the storm that brought the record rain around seattle yesterday - we certainly have a lot of moisture moving in with that from the south-west. we are still watching it move across the pacific. when it tracks across the pacific it picks up moisture from typhoons. we are still looking at the moisture coming up from mexico to the south-west, and we get more coming across the pacific
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from the typhoons falling apart, tracking to the pacific north-west. there's rain around for the next 24 hours for a lot of folks, from the seattle area to the gulf coast portion of the united states. it will be a soggy one here - cooler to the north as well. more ahead. >> thank you rebecca stevenson. when we come back an outdoor art gallery, artists using one community as a canvas, trying to turn a run down neighbourhood into an aspiring work of art.
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the america's cup begins in san francisco with the reigning champs starting out. as we are told, three members of the usa were thrown out of the competition for cheating. >> in a race to defend the trophy oracle taem usa faces a handicap, the highest penalty. >> there's no two ways about it, it's not been the ideal preparation, which is what has been transpiring. we are here to race. >> this week an international
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jury of yachting authorities found oracle team usa guilty of cheating, saying it added illegal weights to the 45-foot yacht in a preliminary event. they were boats similar to these. some yachters believe strategically placed weights can paying the boat faster. oracle said it didn't help the team win and managers did not know about it. three team members were expelled and punished the team as a whole. >> we have a fantastic team. it's harsh to judge the team on actions of a few individuals. >> oracle will have to win 11 races, but the changer emirates team new zealand needs to win only nine. >> we'll see a very, very close battle between two teams that seem well prepared. >> the prestigious reg ata was tarnished by a fatal training accident in may, and the $10 million cost of the boat
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required for the finals has scared off potential participants. in miami the walls are the canvas as andy gallagher reports. they are used to turn graffiti into a work of art. >> in urban landscapes graf eaty is seen as a blight, something communities work hard to get rid of. it's a symbol of decline. along came the winn ward arts district. it's essentially a blank canvas for graffiti art the artists. it's now touted as one of the biggest open-air galleries in the world. >> street after street, bold and distinctive murals cover walls, buildings and businesses. this is one of the largest collections of graffiti in the
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world. an artist says one important factor makes it unique. >> i like the artwork in the streets, and not in homes of collectors or galleries. it's like an opportunity for the every day person to see creative expression, and, like, to have your work available to the community 24 hours a day. >> there's something else that makes it different - that's the driving force behind the project. from the inception it was the business community and not the artists. for local actists chan. that can be a problem. >> people living in the neighbourhood get priced out. >> in winward's art galleries, there's uncertainty about the future. there is a worry that the area may be a victim of its own success. >> gall ris and artists are forced out because developers are seeing signs and raising
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rents. it's a shame. they want to act like they have bit and made the neighbourhood happen. it's a farce. >> the neighbourhood continues to foster and grow. the walls are gaining a global reputation as one of the best displays of free art on the planet. >> real and money with ali velshi is next. thanks for watching. and the woman who never gave up looking for work, and just landed a job. this is real money and i'm ali velshi. this is reel money. you the most important part of the show. join our live conversation with


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