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good evening, everybody. welcome to al jazeera. the america first resolve our concerns over iran's nuclear program peacefully. >> president obama takes the stage and says america wants peace, but won't permit iran to have nuclear weapons. >> slammic republic of iran invites you and the entire world community to take a step forward an invitation to join the vague. world against violence and extremism. >> iran's president responds and says he is open to talks with the u.s., but the two leaders did not meet.
>> why are people not able to get jobs in because obama-care is killing jobs. >> and a texas senator takes the stand and tries to cut funding for obama-care. >> the united states and iran could be on the brink of a diplomatic break through. we heard strong words today, they said today the country is willing to would recollect out its differents with the u., be uh how urs earlier president obama also said that he thought improving relations with iran were a possibility but the u.s. appears to be moving cautiously. joining us live with with the latest, john, how would you describe these two today? >> john, this was two men trying to change the tone. trying to change the
narrative that has existed for so long, if you will, between the two countries. first of all, president obama said he was encouraged by what he heard and read, while president from iran and if they can sort out the nuclear issue there's no reason to have diplomatic dialog. play -- as long as we prove there's no bomb involved and for the first time he made mention of pass interferences in internal affairs. for his part, i don't think he will be hit best friend any time soon, but his tone was significantly different. there was no mention of the holocaust. but tonight interestingly, word just crossing that he has told a television station that he accepted that the holocaust happened and that it was a great crime. he offered immediately
nuclear talks with the united states, that would be results orien tated. so the two men began a conversation here of the general assembly that is now playing out in the immediate wayaround the record. let's hear from first president obama and then his reply. >> i do believe if we can resolve the issue of iran's nuclear problem that can serve as a major step down a long road to a different relationship. >> one based on mutual interests and mutual respect. >> since i took office, i have made it clear, in letters to the supreme leader in iran and more recently to president rohad. that america prefers to resolve our concerns peacefully. although we are determined to put them iran from developing a nuclear weapon. >> i listen carefully to the statement made by
president obama today. at the general assembly. rouhani. with the political will of the leadership, in the united states, and hoping that they will refrain from following the short sited interests of warmongering pressures we can arrive at a -- to manage our differences. >> so john, what was world reaction to these speeches? >> well, we heard from the israeli prime minister the israelis put up a minister that gave a reaction, and that was that this was a game of deception. playing by the iranian delegation. remember, the two men did not mere here today. the white house is telling the press core,
that they offered the iran yarns a chance for an encountner the environment of the general assembly, and they said no it is too soon for that. so the next big event will be john kerry's meeting with the iranian foreign minister. and that will be on thursday, and that will be the heightest level meeting between the two since the revolution, 34 years ago. >> so what was your take away, john? what was the headline today? >> the take away is that iran dominated. they also raised multiple other issues. including the conflict, and syria. it was threatening syria with a security council resolution, not force. and late word tonight, breaking news, we hear that there was a meeting today between john kerry and the russian counter part. the word is they are edging their way to be tabled possibly thursday or friday. we will have more on
that. >> john kerry reporting from the united nations tonight. according to today, they support direct diplomacy between u. and iran. the group found that 51% of americans and iranians questioned say they favors direct talks between the two nations. it sparks some protests in the streets of new york. kristen has that part of the story. avenue nearly four decades of silence, demonstrators are saying enough, it is time to talk. >> you don't solve problems by going into separate rooms and slamming doors. they want their leaders to talk. they want them to be saved. >> newly elected president hassan came to the united states egg tore find a way to end cripples economic sanctions.
imposed by the west, so fry to stop iran from developing weapons. but mistrust runs deep. >> we are at agelong vagues across from the u.s., organized by a group. and the people they have organized demonstrations like this for the past several years calling for an end to iran's religious leadership. that year, they are getting a lot of support. from norm city mayor, to u.s. u.n. ambassador. mesh wants to succeed in negotiating with iran, can't do it by begging to negotiate. two should make demands of iran. >> it was after the ref lewis of iran when 52 americans were held hostage for more than a
year. that the u.s. cut off diplomatic relations. >> . >> gary sick was a member of the u.s. national security council during the iran hostage crisis. he thinks they have a limited window of opportunity. >> from both sides there's a domestic policy problem. that has a time fuse attached to it. they need something positive right away, and the united states has to show positive results in order to silence all the hardliners on both sides. >> president obama left the u.n. without meeting the president, there is still the prospect of high level discussions. later this week, john kerry is scheduled to attend a meeting that will incued tehran's. it would be the highest level meeting between the
two since the revolution, and many feel perhaps their best chance for a break through. jinx us now to talk about the remarks at the general assembly, is a former ambassador to the u.n. mark wallace. and ambassador, it is great to see you, thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> your organization releases a statement. those who are expecting a dramatic depassion churr are disappointed. why war you disappointment. there was this incredible public affairs campaign. other than a few references to the holocaust which were
terrible, and naming the united states and israel by name, the bill of particulars that president layed out, critical of the united states were very similar to what we have seen for nearly every president previously. so i think the was in the diplomatic community was one of disappointment. it was not the expected tone, and certainly not the substance we were hoping for. >> every president over the last several has said that iran's program is peace., but at the same time, the international atomic agency, and every reasonable government has concluded that only real purpose is a military one. because they are doing things that make no
civilian sense. >> won't they have to prove it? if these talks go on, went iran have to prove that they don't have nuclear weapons. >> which allows full and robust inspections of its many nuclear facilities. to date, iran has not complied. and the inspectors are very dissatisfied because they haven't been able to get into the facilities to see the true intent. >> so the question comedos my mind, so maybe iran has changed. is it possible? >> we hope so. remember, iran has been subject to very robust sanctions. >> maybe they worked? maybe the pressure on the economy, and is fragile state has immaterial pressed upon its leadership, that in order to have a functioning economy, it should give off military based program. we hope. >> so your organization
is against nuclear weapons in iran, obviously, i mean would you suggest that the united states get serious about diplomacy and try to work this out? >> whatever you do, with you support president obama or not, he ran on a campaign of engangment with iran. in his speech, first term, he said i extend my outstretched hand to iran. >> he didn't outstretch his hand today. >> that's not true. i mean physically. >> he tried. and the white haws has said over and over again, they tried to arrange a meeting. and earning certainly the tone you saw today, was the the tone of a man was ready to meet p.m. >> you would say that -- i think president obama has made it clear that he is open to talks. to date we haven't had them.
>> you think that is a mistake? >> a mistake by? >> a mistake by the u.s.? >> i think they need to be tougher? >> no, i thinks to important that we exercise all thing os on the table for a very difficult regime. that means we engage in robust diplomacy, pursue economic sanctions you engage in chings that are special operation type things including computer vie russians and the like. >> but not by lateral talks. >> and you engage in military plans. i think if he was serious about negotiations i see no reason why there shouldn't be by lateral talks. >> and you think he is serious? >> absolutely. >> i mean the president of iran? based on what you heard today, do you think he is serious? >> i think today we saw the real domestic considerations which was a much harsher tone than this public affairs campaign and the run up. >> let's say that he
isn't serious, that it is a fake out? what is the point. >> first of all, he could be serious. the real leader of iran is the supreme liter the itoll la. so clearly this was designed to end, or try to end, or limit iran's international isolation, and the robust economic sanctions that iran's economy is facing. >> he says he is authorized to negotiate. >> hopefully we can test that theory. if he had met with president obama, he couldn't pas express that theory. >> i guess i'm trying to judge where you stand on this. is it caution, and move forward. iran show the wrights seriously, whether or not you want to do this. >> of new leader -- let's face it, if they are serious about changing the substance, with their
nuclear program, they could do it today. they could do it anywhere, in washington or new york. until we see real action, i think we have to be very cautious. >>'s been 34 years. >> is that all. >> what is happened since then to make you so convinced that it's possible iran isn't serious? >> history has to be our guide. we have seen these sort of reach outs and they haven't been backed up with substance. if you talk about the negotiators the people that have been trying to negotiate, they will tell you stories of diplomates. that talk about the right to enrichment, and all these things that are very much politely repeated today. so i think there was a lot of hope in the run up with this public affairs campaign.
it is great to see you. >> as john reported just a few minutes ago, there is breaking news coming from the united nations concerning syria. john kerry and his cushion counter part have tried -- have constructive talks today. al jazeera has learned that a resolution on chemical weapons could be on the table as early as thursday. and during his speech today, at the u.n. president obama said it is important for the u.n. security council to act on the u.s. russian agreement to eliminate syria's chemical weapons. >> the syrian government took a first step by giving an accounting of its stock piles. now, there must be a strong security council resolution to verify that the asaad regime is keeping its commitments. and there must be consequences if they fail to do so. if we with can't agree even on this, then it will show that the united
nations is encapable of enportioning the most basic of international lobs. the united nations says the chemical weapons inspectors will return tomorrow. in the village outside aleppo. last week the team confirmed that saran gas has been used. killing more than 1,000 people including hundreds of children. far from the diplomatic process, millions of refugees are struggling to survive. part of that story and she joins us now live from the turkey syria boarder. >> yes, john, the united nations basically described the disaster as one of epic proportions. one of the wester we would have witnessed in our lifetime, and just to give you an idea, when the united nations general assembly was meeting exactly this time last year, we were
talking about 20,000 people whoa are killed as a result of the conflict in syria. of course, the united nations talking about a third of the population being displaced as a result of this. 5 million was in the country, and 2 million refugees outside the country placing extreme pressure on neighboring countries such as turkey, jordan, and lebanon. of course, here in turkey, some 500,000 syrian refugees alone, and it is something that we have heard president obama reference in his speech today, saying this united states has pledged a fresh 300 million u.s. dollars to deal waythis humanitarian disaster, something that both the heads of state of turkey and jordan pleaded for in their speeches. and it is important to remember, these are not -- they are just numbers we are talking about, they are actual human beings who require
food, shelter, and medical care. >> mer sons are surviving on crumbs. her family didn't use to live like this. she used to be a sports teacher, she fled to teacher at her home was bombed. her husband killed, her children or fanned. >> i tied the two blankets i brought with me, and made this stand to shelter us. the other day, it rained. we got absolutely drenched. >> here for a month now, four-year-old has a fever, but there's no medical care for him. and the warm clothes as winter approaches. there are 2,000 syrians who now call this park home. came here hoping for a place in a refugee camp but there's no room. camps already hold twice as many people as they are supposed to. and as the u.n. general assembly debates the state of syria, these people wait, in squalor. surrounded by human
excrement and the zone of urine. the closest toilet a mile away, only water source a public tap on a nearby street corner. >> the majority of people here do not know much about political proposals or diplomatic negotiations but their message is simple, help end the conflict in syria, whichever way possible, because their choice cannot be their hometowns or life in these kind of conditions. >> his wife an engineer, they abandoned their middle class existence for this. >> military helicopters dropped barrels on innocent civilians. the children were constantly in sheer terror. the sounds would make them scream. >> their old life destroyed the new reality destitute. yet now, eight-year-old is defiant, he shows me his drawing of a rocket he says fell so close to him, he could see the numbers on it.
>> once the regime force goes back and we rebuild a better stir yeah. >> a sense of home, not shared by many who are older than him, more refugees arrive outside the park. i am a lawyer, she tells me. i am not used to this humiliation. she points to her sons, and says look at his broken leg. we can't even fix that. let alone our lives. >> and so many horror stories that i have heard in that public park. something as simple a shower is a grand luxury. for these people, many of them telling me they haven't showered in 25 days of being stranded there. and they are very close to a refugee catch, but that refugee camp was initially built for 15,000 people. now housing some 32,000, so way above it's capacity, once again to put the numbers in context for you, this
conflict has spanned 2 1/2 years it took two years to reach the 1 million refugee mark, just six months to reach 2 million. >> on the syrian border tonight, thank you very much. and let's turn to washington now, where congress has less than a week to reach an agreement on legislation to keep the government open for business. the measure is now before the senate where texas senator debt cruz has launched his own protest against obama-care by talking until he can't stand any more, right now he is live in washington, d.c. talking, and mike is life at the capitol as well. well, plenty of theatrics. they are veering into the theater of absurd. ted cruise, rose on the floor, and began to speak, he said he will speak as longs he has
breath, and can still stand. it is not technically a filibuster, because no matter what he does, this is by all appearances a lost cause. there will be a vote tomorrow around noontime, in the senate that's already locked in, a true filibuster would be delaying that vote. but never the less, he has remained on his feet. he and a few of his wing men have gone back and forth frying to talk about what they call obama-care. of course the signature healthcare law, it begins to go into effect next tuesday, the house has sent over to the senate, this bill that couples funding the rest of the federal government, defunding obama-care, the senate is likely to decouple is that and send it back to the house. there's little he can do about it, but he was admonished by many when he stated that obvious fact, and therefore, now they are putting on a good show on the senate floor. talking for hours on end, talking about a lot of things, includin includinge healthcare law, and even green eggs and ham.
a dramatic recitation, he said he was reading a bedtime story to his daughters at home. >> the story i love reading them, i actually don't get to read it to them often, because we have a rule at home they get to pick them. for whatever reasoning they don't pick dr. suess' green eggs and ham off that often. soy don't get to read it that often, i but since tonight girls you aren't here, you girls don't get to pick the book, so i got to pick green eggs and ham. and i am going to read it to you. sam i am. sam i am, that sam i am. i do not like that sam i am. do you like green eggs and ham? i do not like them, sam i am, do not like green eggs and ham. >> okay, your tax dollars at work. someone was saying we should slip him a copy of
good night moon. basically, it is a lost cause, this bill is going back to the house it is going back without the funding of obama-care, the only question is when it will happen. it could take all week. the house gets it might be two -. >> obviously we had some difficulty with mike's signal there, we are trying to get him back. in the meantime, we continue getting access to medical care is still ahead on al jazeera. the nationwide problem with finding a primary care doctor, and the state that has the worst shortage of doctors. al jazeera america - a new voice in american journalism - >>introduces america tonight. >>in egypt, police fired teargas at supporters of the ... >>a fresh take on the stories that connect to you. [[voiceover]] they risk never returning to the united states.
americans is now living without easy access to primary care doctors. primary medical care in the united states is most accessible in the state of past mast. there are 130 primary care doctors for every 100,000 people. but mississippi ranks 50th in the 63 primary care doctors for every 100,000 residents. robert gray take as closer look at the medical challenges facing the people there. >> sister ann brooks is a doctor in the town. she worries who will take the place at the clinic she has run for 30 years. >> if 74% of my patients can't pay me, how do i earn enough to pay the salary of another doctor.
>> sister brooks is one of just three primary care physicians in her poor rural county. >> they are there when grandma dies, when the baby is coming, you are just with the family, and they become part of you. >> just breathe in and out. >> it is a nationwide problem. a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by the end of this decade. >> and here in hattiesburg mississippi this new medical college was started as a solution to the shortage of primary care physicians in the gulf. >> that is true. from japes turner is dean. he predicts it will make the situation even worse, because millions of americans without health insurance, will suddenly become eligible. >> adding the burden to the system, is only going to make it worse. >> 24 new medical schools opened in the u.s. since 2008. turner, says that's only part of the answer.
>> what we are about to see is a backlog where all these new students are getting to a point that they won't be able to go into practice and actually solve the problem because they won't have the opportunity to have post graduate training. >> his school is trying to set up programs in rural settings like where sister brooks is. but with so many doctors even people that have health care coverage today, may soon find it tough to get an appointment. h othis is going to be ebb creasingly difficult to get in to see a primary care physician. >> so people here will have no choice but to keep relying on sister ann brooks. >> i still think you will be a doctor when you get big. you are. okay. >> robert gray, al jazeera, mississippi. >> and stay with us, many on today's u.n. general assembly after the break.
obama-care, until he is no longer able to stand. he is speaking at this hour. iing his colleagues to vote down a measure that would prevent a government shut down, but would also end federal funding. president obama told the u.n. general assembly that it is insulting to suggest that anyone other than syria's government was under last week's attack. and a diplomatic break through. the two countries should manage their differences, president obama also spoke about improving relations with the country, both leaders were in new york to attend a meeting with the general assembly. james joins us with the lacest, james. >> john, world leaders from all over the world here, but one man everyone wanted to hear from, the new president of iran, very new in his job speaking to the general assembly. not surprisingly, very
mixed reactions to his speech, a short time ago. we have an israeli minister here inside the u.n. saying this was an exercise in dill lewis. others much more optimistic, after what they say were symbolic words. the focus was on one man, iran's president and less thank two months on the world stage, means a promise of a new start to his country's relations with the west. >> mr. president. >> was can he bring change, he didn't meet president obama who spoke several hours beforehand, but both men spoke cautiously, after more than three decades of misinstruction, about the possibility of a new relationship. >> we are encouraginged that president received from the iranian people a mandate to pursue a more moderate course. given his stated commitment to reach an agreement, i am directed john query to pursue this effort. with the government.
he offered this concession, they can have a peaceful program, and he acknowledged -- >> the united states and iran have been isolated from one another since the islamic revolution. this mistrust has deep roots. iranians have long complained of an interference of u.s.? their affairs. later he took to the podium. >> listened carefully to the statement made by president obama today. at the general assembly. hoping that they will refrain from following the short sited interests of warmongering pressure
groups. we can arrive at a frame work to manage our differences. let me say clear, that peace is within reach. >> it was not all talk, there were familiar criticisms of military engangments in the middle east, of drone strikes and of israel's treatment of palestinians. what has been and continues to be practice against the innocent people of palestine is nothing less than structural violence. >> u.s. diplomates listened to those words the past years they walks out with a leader addressed this gathering, for now, they are staying giving diplomacy a chance. so james, what are the chances of u.s./iran talks happen. >> well, as you know, big
speeches like this can alter the tone but what really matters is the actual talks that take place behind the scenes. the nitty-gritty trying to get to the concrete detail. we have the first test of that taking place on thursday. what is known as the p 5 plus 1. that's the permanent five members of the security council, and germany, representing the international community, sitting down with iran. we are hearing that meeting on thursday, going to happen at foreign minister level. that means secretary kerry will be there for the u.s. sitting down with the iran january foreign minister. it is the highest level meeting between the u.s. and iran since 1979. a number of things happening at the u.n. today, syria making head way as well? >> yes, secretary kerry, again, because i think look at the meeting that he had with his opposite number the russian foreign minister. they have been talking
about tries to get things moving forward. the most immediate, i think is the chemical weapons and trying to get that team in to start taking hold. what i have been told by a number of diplomates is there seems to be some progress now, with that organization in the hague, in h the netherlands talks that point, they will be able to meet on thursday to come one a mechanism for all this, and possibly then, the security council and the u.n. may be able to meet as early as friday. nothing definite, be uh 1245's the way things are looking right now. >> all right, thank you so much. now, the latest on the mall massacre. kenyan's president says he president will begin three days of mourning tomorrow. kenya's military is still trying to make sure all of the rebels have been removed from the mall.
this morning the attackers claimed they are still holding hostages. two or three americans and one british citizen participating in the attack. she believes americans were involved in sunday's -- saturday's mall attack, but kenya's president said that has not been confirmed and today, the fbi told al jazeera that it is looking into the allegations. the fbi says it is wrongerring with the state department, but would not go into any more specifics. joining us live, mo hamed, can you tell us more about today's reports of new deaths and also of the floor collapsing. >> well, john, the reports we are getting are still confusing. we don't have a year picture of who died and whether the hostages have been -- as the government says rescued and all of
them, because the president's speech contained some references to the bodies still under the rubble of the three floors in the mall that have collapsed. there's a lot of questions that are coming into the minds of kenyans right now, and chief among them, is what happened to the 69 people who are unaccounted before, and who are considered the hostages who are being held by the gunman. in which the ken nan defense officials have been saying what they used as human shields. another question, and a very key one, is what happened to the men who had attacks the mall and who were holed in there with hostages, because the president can only say that five of them have been killed. we are being told that there are between ten and 15 gunman. and already, the blame
game has started. institutions saying that what happened year was a failure of security intelligence, and security institutions and so as we go forward and the mission of removing the debris, and trying to get the bodies out that are under the rubble, that definitely the death toll is going to rise. >> there were reports that witnesses actually saw some of the attackers escape early, what do you know about that? >> there have been reports to that effect. there were some people that were rescued on saturday and sunday. some of the the other attackers that have taken the clothes from some of
the people in the mall, and then mingled within the crowds that were being saved. and rescues from the mall. however, the government has not confirmed that. and so far, they are saying that the arrested 11 people, who are expected of having been involved in the attack. whether they are part of those actually entered the mall, or have been involved in the shooting or if victims or whether there are people who just participated in the planning process, we don't know. >> reporting again for us tonight, thank you. and joining us to talk about the potential threat chris, it is great to see you. what is the global impact of this attack? >> well, i think what you need to look at here, is that people are learning the methodology of terror. they are learning how they can project
themselves on the global stage with relatively few resources many p a few people of gunnings take other a soft target, and basically hold the world's attention day after day. that is what is really scary. more scary than the ideology, more scary than the particular group, because anybody identified with al quaida or any other group, can start to carry out these attack attacks ad they see they are very effective. >> a lot of americans asked this question, why didn't the united states see attacks like this, here in this country because we were told with al quaida likes big spectacular attacks. >> that was true for a while. you had bin laden, saying we have to do at least as much as we did in 9/11. maybe we can't top it but we have to do that well. well, they couldability and they can't. that's too much for an organization that esunder the kind of pleasure they are. so they have lowers their
standards and now that bin laden is gone, he is really lowered the standards and said basically hit any time, any time you can. >> and this is just as terrifying if you look at countries like israel, where you go into a shopping mall, they stop your car, is what the united states is headed for? >> i'm afraid it may well be. we have already gotten used to the idea that shooters attack movie theaters, that they attack schools. we haven't gotten used to random shootings. it is a horrible thing, but somehow we accept that we may get to the point where israel is where england was during the i.r.a. bombs whether it is a horrible thing, people are terrifies but they keep calm and carry on. >> we keep hearing the connection between al sha babb and al quaida, is this just a wanting to be associated? >> no. >> no. it is more real than that. basically when these groups are acknowledged by the core al qaeda, as
being affiliated then they are adopting that global ideology. they are moving from a world in which they are just trying to achieve local ends. and they are buying into the idea that they are a part of the terror. >> so if the reports are true, maybe some americans were involved in this attack. how does that factor into this. >> well, smallian americans may be particularly vulnerable, young smallian men may be vulnerable to the kind of thing being preached by absha babb. they are also americans who were not smallian that got involved. it's basically the attraction of what these young people see as a romantic cause. >> hard to understand? >> rouhani pant nick the sense that they think they are identified with an oppressed people. in ear terrorist
movement, basically you have young men who are attracted by the idea that they are going to be knights in shining honor, defending the interest of a people. >> timothy mcvey, and this kind of thing is can be focused on a community. but then in addition to that, you have in today's world, the full attraction of spectacle. you probably have seen the recruiting film, where one of these guys is over there already, is saying this is the real disneyland. what does he mean by that? he doesn't mean you are going on rides he means this is the big spectacle. and the al quaida recruits used to spend a lot of time watching disaster movies. independence days things like that, because they like the image to project themselves on the word. now, they see that they can do that with really very few resources. because the world has gotten scared by what they have seen in the past, and everyone is tired.
>> a great deal f experience covering these stories and we appreciate you sharing your insight. >> thank you very much. >> let's head down to washington, d.c., joey chen standing by to show you what is coming up on america tonight. >> good evening, john. we will visit a small new mexico town, where residents are fuming over a chemical warehouse in their neighborhood. these so called bucket brigade is leaving this fight for fresher air, collecting suspected samples and then sending them off to labs. but residents tell us the air is not the only thing, they say that government oversight is missing and they don't know why. >> the narrative is good, but we need the numbers, the stuff that makes politicians.. they say they listen to, that kind of thing. that just tells us the facts. >> that story and a lot more coming up at the top
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wrestler. sumo wrestlers treated like rock stars in japan, because it is their national sport. now there's a rising star in the land of the rising sun. our june has the story. >> started sumo at 17. but is now a rising star ranks in the top 17. >> at this training stable in the japanese city, he has being put through his paces despite an injured leg. at the beginning i wanted to go home every day. the training was hard. i struggled to get good. >> one of the sports greatest champions recruited him eight years ago. he says choosing is like gambling on a racehorse, because sumos strict
rules mean each team can only have one foreign fighter. >> in japanning, it is their way of promoting their own tradition. there's now sumos from all over the world. and it may be a little prop 3459ic if all the foreigners become champions. >> mongolian dominates sumo wrestling. two of the top ranks hone their skills out here on the steps. mongolia's success originates in its own form of traditional wrestling. over zero mongolians have used it to rise to the top tiers. normally you keep your hips low and you push. the traditions can kill the opponents out of the ring.
mongolia is is also aid ed by a lack of local interest. youth prefer soccer or baseball, because sumo wages are low. and the training remains intense. al jazeera. paid to gain weight, sign me up. not as bad as it looked. it was feared that he tore his a.c.l. or mrc, which would have required surgery or take an year to recover, but an mri revealed today that the 21-year-old all star tore a ligament in his left knee, and he could begin running in six to eight weeks. they are hoping he request recover without having surgery. on the college gridiron, penn state will be getting five more football scholarships next year, and will gradually be restored to normal levels. the ncaa aunderstand nod that they are reducing
their sanctions against the program, in wake of the child abuse scandal. along with the $60 million fine, and other sanctions that were issued a year ago. so the ncaa backing off, and saying they are on their best behavior, not taking it out on the kids. >> all right, thank you very much. rebecca stephenson has the weather after this.
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not only cancer, but brain cancer. been getting recordhas rainfall, and now tonight, northwest florida is getting its fair share. we have been tracking a squall line that has brought powerful wind gusts. in a few sports has moved through mississippi, alabama, and now through northwest florida. two to three inches of rain, that's the rain rates coming down with this line. as it moves through pensacola, right now it is tracking towards panama city, and expect this heavier rain band to continue as we track towards tallahassee. so do expect it to fall
apart a little bit. is from a storm that's moving in right now, tonight, on the west coast. snow levels coming down with this, initially starting its rain along the divide, but lit be changing over to snow, where we expect up to a foot. into thursday even, but notice the difference in temperatures. this cold air that has been pushing in and dropping temperatures, is going to continue into the mountains overnight tonight. that's when two snow level falls. wet heavy snow for lower levels in montana, western montana may get power outages.
welcome to al jazeera. here are tonight's top stories. a possible breakthrough for ice and iran. the iranian president says the two countries should manage their defenses. both leaders were in new york to attend a meeting of the u.n. general assembly. a resolution on chemical weapons could be on the tables early as thursday. president a bam ma said it is important for the security council to act on the u.s. russian agreement, to eliminate syria's chemical weapons.
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